I don't usually go this fast on tracks but I’m zoning you know it when I laugh and my hats on back Intro: Lost by Shad (Ft. Ian Kamau, K-os & Lisa Lobsinger)

This line shows Shad rapping at a much faster than he normally flows in his songs. He’s showing his listeners he means business with his bars.

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I got horn sections for bronchial tubes Moisturizer by Flash Bang Grenada

A brass, or horn section is usually comprised of trumpets, trombones, and tubas, and they have a very full and powerful sound, Busdriver’s voice matches this commanding sound perfectly.

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Aesop Rock Album Art Breakdowns by Art Genius

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Labor Days (Album Art) by Aesop Rock

The cover was designed by artist Dan Ezra Lang, whom has designed multiple covers for Aesop and similar Hip-Hop acts such as El-P and Cannibal Ox.

The cover depicts a horde of people, all with different appearances and expressions, moving about. The cover is a direct representation of the album’s central concept of the day to day struggle of people considered “wage slaves.” Many of the songs on the album are topical and based off day to day life such as No Regrets or the working man’s song 9-5'ers Anthem.

The album art also depicts four different angles of a catapult in the top right corner, this may be meant by Aesop to display the different turns life may take or throw at you, or it may be a reference to this line in his song on the album The Yes and the Y'all:

I catapult brain opera past basic

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February 20th, 2014

The art seems to depict a commuter train, people wear suits. The man bottom left is being held back by the horde, they are attempting to lead him into their conformist structure. A theme of the album is Aesop’s attempt to escape from this conformity. He talks about grabbing his ambition in the face of the social norm in “No regrets”, “9-5'ers”, “the yes and the y'all”. He simply wants to do what he enjoys, “cause it makes him smile when it sounds dope”, despite others' expectations of him.
In “Bent Life” we’re given an illustration of New York. C-Rayz talks of the self interested, perhaps zombie like commuters pushing into the train before he can get out, stuck in their world, more concerned with getting to work on time than helping a fellow man out. But the mood of the album is not blaming these commuters.
The album describes the state of affairs in a claustrophobic urban working environment. The cover embodies this.

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Backstabbers find the best spines to bury knives
May they die the true death addicted to every vice
Another Galaxy by Natti

Those who use people can tend to find those to use who have the most to lose, this suggests many people have tried to use Natti due to his status as a rapper. These people deserve a fate that meets the ruthlessness of using someone for your own gains. A similar stance is taken by Natti’s QN5 label-mate Tonedeff on his song Loyal.

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In search of truth while the world spin on lies
Revised televised tell me lies tell me lies
Another Galaxy by Natti

The world we live in today is a world that is skewed, every where we look we’re given facts and information that were decided by those with more power than us. These lies are transferred to us by those on television, radio, and the like who should be presenting the world honestly, instead of this watered down view we get.

A similar statement is made by Lupe Fiasco in his song Words I Never Said:

If you turn on TV, all you see’s a bunch of “what the fucks"
Dude is dating so and so, blabbering ‘bout such and such
And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homey, that’s the news
And these the same people supposedly telling us the truth

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But...
The morning time, is when I miss you the most
I miss you
The mourning time, is when I'm full of regrets
And I ain't got nothing left
World Of Giants by YC The Cynic

This is a contrast to the lines sung by YC in the first lines. The hate he feels towards this girl are instantly met with feelings of affection and desire to be with her. Any anger caused by her is minute to the affection he has for her.

These feelings strike him hardest in the mornings, this is a nice play on the homophones morning and mourning. He feels regrets for mistakes he’s made and things that have came and gone, perhaps he feels this way at this time because his dreams from the night have come to an end and the happiness he may have felt in his dreams has went away.

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I do not know what occurred during the other nine miles. However, all of a sudden Mr. ——— laid his hand on my shoulder and shouted: A Literary Nightmare by Mark Twain

The unnamed pastor stops Twain’s ramblings of the jingle to let him know that he has repeated the jingle for the entire NINE MILES of their journey. Throughout the journey each of the pastor’s words fell upon Twain’s deaf ears that were unable to hear anything but the jingle that plagues him so.

This caused great curiosity and worry from Mark’s pastor friend, to such an extent that he now possesses the desire to learn the jingle that has possessed his friend.

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Two days later, on Saturday morning, I arose, a tottering wreck, and went forth to fulfil an engagement with a valued friend, the Rev. Mr. ———, to walk to the Talcott Tower, ten miles distant. He stared at me, but asked no questions. We started. Mr. ——— talked, talked, talked as is his won't. I said nothing; I heard nothing. At the end of a mile, Mr. ——— said "Mark, are you sick? I never saw a man look so haggard and worn and absent-minded. Say something, do!" A Literary Nightmare by Mark Twain

The jingle has remained in Twain’s hea for three straight days now, and he is all but lost in the misery the jingle has set upon his mind.

Twain goes on to have a meeting with his friend, the unnamed reverend, who notices Twain’s distressed state. When he inquires on what while they are walking Mark was only able to utter the jingle to him. When the reverend doesn’t understand the jingle and the affect it’s had on Twain he resorts back to repeating the jingle over and over, as he has for the past few days.

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When I could stand it no longer I altered my step. But it did no good; those rhymes accommodated themselves to the new step and went on harassing me just as before. I returned home, and suffered all the afternoon; suffered all through an unconscious and unrefreshing dinner; suffered, and cried, and jingled all through the evening; went to bed and rolled, tossed, and jingled right along, the same as ever; got up at midnight frantic, and tried to read; but there was nothing visible upon the whirling page except "Punch! punch in the presence of the passenjare." By sunrise I was out of my mind, and everybody marveled and was distressed at the idiotic burden of my ravings—"Punch! oh, punch! punch in the presence of the passenjare!" A Literary Nightmare by Mark Twain

Twain made attempts to remove the jingle from his mind, these attempts were futile however as the jingle prohibits him from sleeping, and those around him began to become annoyed and afraid of his unstoppable ramblings of the jingle.

It seems Twain has contracted a serious Earworm.

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