I want it all!... Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Bring the hook back, Trey!

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And my pen and pad connection are my own ingredients to bread Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Smith finishes his verse by reiterating that the verses he pens will be his way of getting recognition and gaining success

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Cause brain will draw the ear even at the expense of rest Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

“Intelligence will always find an audience, even when it looks like that isn’t the common scenario.”

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And tell Fatigue "fuck off" as I attempt to stay ahead Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Black Smith, as well as some other members of the Publish or Perish collective and many other people their age, has admitted to severe bouts of insomnia and as such, suffers from chronic fatigue. He expresses frustration at this condition but also makes it clear he constantly fights against these feelings of exhaustion and stays on his grind

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So I spill my heart and soul on top of instruments instead Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Here Black Smith disavows materialistic-driven rap and instead states his preference towards baring his soul and venting his purest and most genuine thoughts upon beats

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Cause all these raps about rims got me more tired than the street Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Reminiscent of a line from Common’s “Chi-City” (not surprising, seeing as how Black Smith cites Common as one of his major influences), Smith puns on the words raps and wraps, and expresses a dislike of hip-hop tracks that focus solely upon material possessions like cars (ironic, since that’s exactly what this song seems to be focusing on). Note too the imagery here: Cars traveling on a street road will tend to wear out both the tires of the automobile as well as the literal pavement of the road itself

Hip hop fans familiar with the original Common line might also see a connection between the verse here and Common’s classic “I Used To Love H.E.R.”, in which hip-hop itself is personified as a woman. Could that actually be the relationship Smith is stressing himself about throughout this verse??

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Now it's got me wonderin' whether not I belong up on this beat Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Smith’s doubts about his own future, as well as the fairytale of success that he sees sold to him from various propoganda, has him questioning if he should even be on a track with this type of title. He has no real idea what “success” actually is

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See, what's relative to royalty is never under feet
But what's relevant to honesty is always my defeat
Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

In an interesting use of alliteration, Smith basically states that the rich never seem to lose their status — and that the rich always seem to benefit from dishonesty. Meanwhile, the ones who lack power and status, or are genuine and truthful, never seem to make it

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This threat to my security could tear my life apart
A part of me is comfy, the other side is dark
Got me questioning my loyalties 'fore I even make my start
Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

Here, Smith lays down his fears and trepidation — communicating a common story of doubt that has broken his generation’s ability to trust

Smith fears that opening up and committing to this one woman could endanger the feeling of stability he’d felt beforehand

A part of him admittedly looks forward to the potential happiness that the relationship might bring, but he fears it will turn out like history has shown him: One that leaves him brokenhearted and bitter

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But that blouse I see that devil in is definitely hittin' close
To the home that holds my heart---it's throwin' me off guard
Successful [Remix] by DJ Doo-Bay (Ft. Black Smith, Drake, Kreative Tendencies & Trey Songz)

However, Smith does admit one weakness: Women.

It appears a certain woman is gaining his attention, and making her way into his heart. But Smith’s use of the word “devil” here relays some serious undercurrent of paranoia, as his growing attachment surprises even him…

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