[Verse 1: Big Punisher] Super Lyrical by Big Punisher (Ft. Black Thought) 2

I was not in the studio with him. I was in the studio with his little terror squad and I’d just come from a long run in Europe. Pun and I had been communicating on the phone a lot. I was reading interviews where he was saying I was his favorite rapper. And it was a mutual appreciate. We’d spend a lot of time on the phone. I’d speak to his wife. We never worked together physically, but on this track we were trading verses.

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New found ways of ripping shit up, I de-ve-lop
Your squad chest swell up, still you're mini-ay-ture to me
Nature-ally I bring the extremity
Super Lyrical by Big Punisher (Ft. Black Thought) 2

That whole thing of changing the way words are

A lot of the performances we would do early on were freestyle. Even before we had a record deal, we’d tour with a lot of jazz musicians … any artists doing edgy collaborative stuff with hip hop. We would go touring just as the “guest rapper” and a lot of times you’re performing isn’t in a meter of 4-4, which is what most of us learned to rap and sing to. You have to ground yourself some way in what seems to be chaos. In a situation where your main concern is meter and fitting in the beat somewhere, you don’t want to overthink the words you want to rhyme. You might say something you didn’t meant o say. The vocalist’s instrument is his or her voice.
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I get off work, right back to work again Dear God 2.0 by The Roots (Ft. Monsters of Folk) 1

That line. That’s just real. That’s about now. Here, working at NBC… where I get off around 6pm and I would just walk around the corner to the studio and go back to work. And you know, Def jam is also around the corner so it was go to work, go down the street. It was the never-ending cycle of labor. And how I must be crazy to do it.

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[Black Thought] Rising Down by The Roots (Ft. Styles P & Yasiin Bey) 2

My verse on this was probably inspired by An Inconvenient Truth

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Between the greenhouse gases and earth spinnin off its axis
Got mother nature doin back flips
The natural disasters
Rising Down by The Roots (Ft. Styles P & Yasiin Bey) 2

I feel like everything I was writing about then has come to pass. A lot of that shit has already happened. The way it was explained in books i’d read in back in the day, whatever new thing the government wanted us to know, they would desensitize us to it. FEMA is common now. People waiitng for a FEMA check. The new normal is conspiracy we were telling in the 90’s.

All of it, the vaccinations, curfew, all of it is kicked into gear like aiight it’s nothing.

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Sex, drugs, murder, politics and religion
Forms of hustling
Don't Feel Right by The Roots (Ft. Maimouna Youssef) 2

That’s it. It speaks for itself. That’s what I think. They’re all different hustles. There are people who deal in all the above conscious of what it is that they’re doing.

Dice Raw: “I can’t hustle my sex”

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If you ain't speaking your life, your rhyme's adopted
If it don't feel right, then stop it, you know what I'm sayin'?
Don't Feel Right by The Roots (Ft. Maimouna Youssef) 2

This is the last line. If it doesn’t feel right then stop it. It’s bringing closure to every idea in the whole song.

It’s just a statement about people who are telling a story and try to make it their own just because they identify with it. Identifying with my story is one thing but it’s not gonna be yours. If that’s the case it’s okay but it won’t be your brain child.

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