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This gem is off Myka 9’s 2009 album “1969”. I tried to transcribe the lyrics here, however there were a few words I couldn’t understand (indicated by the question marks). What I’m trying to do is determine what this song is really about.
I believe it has something to do with the garden of eden, as it’s seemingly referencing a perfect “oasis”.
Here, no war exists
And fear, is just a myth
The whole song sounds a like an extended metaphor about Planet Earth being the oasis before it was scarred by mankind. Where it says
Yet in spiritual zones it’s important here not to sniff
Of any flower, or lift any stone
I believe he is saying that Earth should be left how we found it, i.e. That the globalisation and cities humans have built are the scars on mother nature. This is because it was a perfect environment before, where
Snakes and trees, vines, meshed together to form barriers
It is also reinforced at the end of the first verse
As some started fighting the forest
They all began losing their soldiers
Where humans building civilizations is “fighting the forest”, and “losing their soldiers” refers to the living beings destroyed such as trees and animals.
However I still do not understand some of the lines such as the references to the two famous novels by George Orwell & E.B. White
Uniform and consciousness
Small garments and bears
Something out of Animal Farm or Charlotte’s Web
Also the second verse still confuses me, I think it has something to do with the metaphysical, temple referring to the mind.
And some simply wouldn’t believe the curse of the temple is the evidence
Only seeking freedom from shame
Some chose to remain and became victim to a more enduring pain
When morning came all that was left were the bones of their frames
From the souls that were claimed
The rest entertained enlightenment
As in an elevated chain of awareness
Fellow Rap Geniuses, any more ideas to add to figure out what this song is really about?
They didn’t believe that they could lose to a forest because that would be shameful so they stayed, and those who did were destroyed by morning time
That’s a nice song though
I made a couple edits to the transcription, see watcha think.
I would imagine that the title 1969 has everything to do with the meaning, but I’m not sure. It could be an extended metaphor for some of the political happenings of the time, or mauybe a reference to a novel or movie that came out in 1969?
1969 is the year Myka was born. He spoke about the concept of the album here
Definitely. If you notice, the album has a definitely nostalgic sound. Most of the beats sound kind of vintage. Once me and Factor decided to do this album it took on that sort of pseudo nostalgic sort of vibe. For instance, I didn’t want to curse that much, I wanted a hint of soulfulness, a hint of an older quality. Not that we meant to do it this way, because Factor is a DJ, but there isn’t scratching on it because they were just starting to scratch in Hip-Hop back then. There weren’t any live embellishments other than the actual tracks themselves. It’s all live. I asked myself, what if somebody rapped the way I rap back in 1969? That was the goal I was trying to get, to bring up those icons, those ideals, of that era, that I knew were infused in me when I was in the womb. People like to attribute the hippie era to the 70’s whereas it really started in the 60’s, as well as that kind of soulful disco, militant, really started in the late 60’s, but then became commercial in the 70’s. No knocking any 70’s children out there, love you guys, but I was seeing afros in the late 60’s, not the 70’s. I also wanted to expand on the cross cultural aspect of it. It wasn’t just the black experience in ‘69, it was the white experience, the multicultural experience, as well as that spiritual rising that was happening in '68, '69 and '70. I saw how it happened and I think I got pretty close to hitting the mark when you listen to the material and the subject matter on some of that stuff, be it “Cadillac” or be it other songs with beats that are a little more bizarre and out there, like maybe “Smokey,” or “Chopper,” but even “Chopper” is written in the spirit of Easy Rider and that came out in '69.
@methus thank you for those edits! It makes a lot more sense now. It does seem more like what I posted in OP, but I’m still not completely sure.
Hey my homie actually produced this song! Nice to see some Factor love on RapGenius, not to mention some love for the criminally slept-on (in these parts) Freestyle Fellowship boys.
As far as the actual song; I don’t have a ton to add to your interpretation, I think it’s pretty on-point, except that it probably should be noted that Myk does a fuckton of drugs including shit like acid and DMT and believes in energy and the inter-connectedness of everything in the universe and stuff like that, and puts that psychedelic spin in his music. So a 100% “concrete” explanation of his work the way you would try to explain a more “conventional” rapper might be impossible.
This is actually really good thanks for bring it up