[001]

by MEROSTOMATA

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bob sacamano
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bob sacamano love the production, flow, rhythm, moods -- hope to hear more from this project. Favorite track: danielewski.
Marta
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Marta I enjoy the hell out of this record. The instrumental tracks are a great addition, & they recently calmed me down during a stressful flight, which is a much higher compliment than it sounds. And if it were possible to gently remove my brain and place it in a bath of liquified track 3, I would gladly do it.
Raymond Birkett III
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Raymond Birkett III I dig it man. Reminds me a little bit of Atmosphere.
brainedbysaucepans
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brainedbysaucepans Brilliantly relevant introspection. Deeply personal, but accessible enough that it doesn't come across as navel gazing. The beats are deliciously chilled and it's become my soundtrack for when I want to sit down and draw. Favorite track: relevance (ft. jesse dangerously).
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1.
04:16
got a choice for you hardline red or the boys in blue cut toys in two suck the snakebite, get the poison through and we're phasing out ain't no phase what we rage about we should stage a count cuz the numbers ain't right; these are strange amounts everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like this everybody move when the bass just twist everybody stop when the beat persist (it's magic) everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like this everybody move when the bass just twist everybody stop when the beat persist (it's magic) this is outer space organized, nothing out of place nightlife is a crowded waste i'm a drum track crying and a pouting bass nothin right or wrong manilow the way i write the songs up late til the light is gone flashlight battery staying mighty strong everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like that walls move forward and the floor move back people just stop and the room goes flat (it's magic) everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like that walls move forward and the floor move back people just stop and the room goes flat (it's magic) buy in; one stack to play scrape for a dollar, throw that away and i godzilla, i'm a monster, hey i'm a dark grey cloud on your awesome day and i make it rain or hail everybody trying to get inside my brain'll fail shocked like you grazed the rail and this is no short story, this an major tale paid by the word yeah it's still me, same guy you heard and i'ma blow up like a firebird phoenix got you feeling like its high alert rise from the ash swoop into your game, kid, stumble fast look into my eyes -- it's dumb to ask it's the future, loopin back from the past keeping it real went way wrong i'm a fraud when i play strong to the folks with their hearts on their sleeves and the tears in your eyes, motherfuckers, this is their song and i'm a man with doubts who i am, who i was, what i'm all about gave hardcore a solid bout but to my sad-brain people, yeah, i'm callin' out everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like this everybody move when the bass just twist everybody stop when the beat persist (it's magic) everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like this everybody move when the bass just twist everybody stop when the beat persist (it's magic) my old shit's well-done but i'd rather get rare here i am, pretense stripped bare keep it honest, just play fair persona's played out like that old grey mare i'ma reinvent myself from a lone wolf to leanin' on my friends for help ease up, extend the belt for the sake of my music and my mental health everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like this everybody move when the bass just twist everybody stop when the beat persist (it's magic) everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like this everybody move when the bass just twist everybody stop when the beat persist (it's magic) this is outer space organized, nothing out of place nightlife is a crowded waste i'm a drum track crying and a pouting bass nothin right or wrong manilow the way i write the songs up late til the light is gone flashlight battery staying mighty strong everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like that walls move forward and the floor move back people just stop and the room goes flat (it's magic) everybody everybody wanna know how how i make it sound like that walls move forward and the floor move back people just stop and the room goes flat (it's magic) buy in; one stack to play scrape for a dollar, throw that away and i godzilla, i'm a monster, hey i'm a dark grey cloud on your awesome day and i make it rain or hail everybody trying to get inside my brain'll fail shocked like you grazed the rail and this is no short story, this an major tale paid by the word yeah it's still me, same guy you heard and i'ma blow up like a firebird phoenix got you feeling like its high alert rise from the ash swoop into your game, kid, stumble fast look into my eyes -- it's dumb to ask it's the future, loopin back from the past
2.
03:21
move along folks, push 'em back there, show's over move along folks, let him bleed til he bleeds out back to the parking lot, back to your cars, to your homes all you people with your phones and your keys out move along folks, push 'em back there, show's over move along folks, keep your hearts and your minds true show's over folks, everybody get back where you came we're the all-seeing eye and we'll find you this is providence speaking eye on the pyramid always open and seeking that data trickle in, but the flywheel leaking come along way from the payphone phreaking just the same old file with some new docs now the whole damn word is a blue box capital is a clue, and it's you you're the new breed - the new blood - the new stocks and i'm complicit too trying to push what i make til it gets to you and it don't matter how the pistol shot if you talk about ethics than you missed the plot cuz we're feeding from the bottom sow can't tell what they sell? you're the product now the hell that we built somehow where a few smart people keep the world dumbed down move along folks, push 'em back there, show's over move along folks, let him bleed til he bleeds out back to the parking lot, back to your cars, to your homes all you people with your phones and your keys out move along folks, push 'em back there, show's over move along folks, keep your hearts and your minds true show's over folks, everybody get back where you came we're the all-seeing eye and we'll find you the convenience caste locked ourselves in, they didn't need to ask and they got the tightest grasp on our hope for the future once they write the past you opt in to the movement hand over what makes you a human and you know they'll traingulate leverage all your loves and your fears and hate this manufactured fate got a slick new crowd-sourced surveillance state email your resistance? great! write your senator, embody a collection plate things hectic, right? tent cities bulldozed by electric bikes that you rent with a chip or a swipe and let five more companies on into your life move along folks, push 'em back there, show's over move along folks, let him bleed til he bleeds out back to the parking lot, back to your cars, to your homes all you people with your phones and your keys out move along folks, push 'em back there, show's over move along folks, keep your hearts and your minds true show's over folks, everybody get back where you came we're the all-seeing eye and we'll find you
3.
read my wikipedia delete my wikipedia the elephant in the room when we try to stay relevant (boom) alphabet blocks spill, spelling out letters of doom picking up the pieces, i'll be getting that broom cuz we're malevolent in a way when we try to stay relevant (hey) and make the authentic and benevolent play but gotta be like "fuck that, hell what they say" look at me and you look at you all the things that you think i exist to do but my heart was missing too sounding just like the people that i listened to and you could fill a book in with all the cadences and styles i took in man, it had me shook been to New York twice but I rapped like Brooklyn y'all never cared a bit long as i wore the mask spit some grimy shit but i got embarrassed, y'all i use a whole different voice when my parents call that fake accent was hella lame and you could see right through me like i'm cellophane i try to understand, but failed but you bought it and at least i got my bandcamp sales the elephant in the room when we try to stay relevant (boom) alphabet blocks spill, spelling out letters of doom picking up the pieces, i'll be getting that broom cuz we're malevolent in a way when we try to stay relevant (hey) and make the authentic and benevolent play but gotta be like "fuck that, hell what they say" * jesse dangerously * i ain't perfect but I am quite good. where's my medal? where's my knighthood? where is my order of canada? Where is my fresh start? at least I got my verified check mark it’s oddly not fair they shut it all down since the nazis got theirs now when I wanna staunch my bloody nose i print a list of all my blocked irony bros write your own cheque, mine’s blue, what is this? i am what I am, like a brand or business can’t get a AmEx for the concert seats; they don’t do it like my clicks, I’m a sponsored tweet, YEUCH favstar numbs my behaviour top ten times I was unkind to strangers unwind my anger; If it makes you happy oh! screen shotted and blocked, don’t @ me the elephant in the room when we try to stay relevant (boom) alphabet blocks spill, spelling out letters of doom picking up the pieces, i'll be getting that broom cuz we're malevolent in a way when we try to stay relevant (hey) and make the authentic and benevolent play but gotta be like "fuck that, hell what they say"
4.
03:43
another locked in weekend where the calm and the peace end but the company i'm keepin' all sowing what they're reaping and they leap into the deep end who? what? when to be? no struggle when my only real friend is me in the dark here endlessly i'll pay later, but for now i'll pretend it's free face the news i'm never really happy when i'm making moves i'd rather stay making tunes and just waiting for an earthquake to shake the room just gotta reach out more but first i gotta reach that door and it feels like a mile away but you fake it til you make it -- big smile today (hey) this is my happy face i can feel my jaw slipping, put it back in place running ten laps at pace but i gotta stay working, making rapping tapes cuz this is my posi song no eeyore in the joint, get my fozzy on my psyche a falling bomb hope my self-criticism all probably wrong my own worst critic my own worst influence burnt so many bridges that i gotta mix metaphors and mend the fence this is codependent yeah, i can't defend it one day i woke up all alone and forgot what the normal way to make a friend is i don't think i'm what you think of me, dude making tracks just an excuse to start drinking at noon dirty plates and a tarnished spoon but that world would collapse into carnage soon cuz it's what happens when you lose yourself and invest your whole life into someone else (and then) then you're left with an empty shelf when they're gone but you're too strong to beg for help (i'm like) a sadsack fixing a poem i'm getting better at existing alone like i do my own dishes and the kitchen is clean keep the blinds up, sunlight enriching my scene no more staining old clothes with some new tears rolled back from a twelve pack to two beers got a rack of new worries and some new fears but i'm crawlin' out the dark past few years this is my happy face i can feel my jaw slipping, put it back in place running ten laps at pace but i gotta stay working, making rapping tapes cuz this is my posi song no eeyore in the joint, get my fozzy on my psyche a falling bomb hope my self-criticism all probably wrong my own worst critic my own worst influence burnt so many bridges that i gotta mix metaphors and mend the fence this is codependent yeah, i can't defend it one day i woke up all alone and forgot what the normal way to make a friend is
5.
04:03
just a child's voice numbers on a radio shortwave transmission cumbersome codes tell you the way to go critical condition maybe yes maybe no but when you stop codeswitchin everything's debatable it's a grasping hand reaching out of your speakers now it's the corner of your block after dark that you never even dare just to peek around and the water's off tap won't stop with the leaking sound ant-lion claws just below a patch of the weakened ground a one-time pad decipher what i rap about call the best and the brightest minds in the world all to come and try to map it out it's enigma shift two-fifteen counts of threes it's the flames of warfare burnin down all your house of leaves i speak in cipher crypto, not the rhyming kind try not to lay back don't wanna be a cat with a reclining mind this is codetalk steppin this a hard rock weapon this if fifteen counts of threes in a turn just burning down your house of leaves count backwards now block of eighteen digits got you on alert and the caller says "B" while your "A" team figets we're real austere no time for piss and rage but what's happening here is a playbook left with a missing page i will x your o's i will dot your t's i will cross your i's off the list as we go, got a lot of these binary backwards writ in steam on a mirror when you work it out, though you'll dream awful clear a one-time pad decipher what i rap about call the best and the brightest minds in the world all to come and try to map it out it's enigma shift two-fifteen counts of threes it's the flames of warfare burnin down all your house of leaves i speak in cipher crypto, not the rhyming kind try not to lay back don't wanna be a cat with a reclining mind this is codetalk steppin this a hard rock weapon this if fifteen counts of threes in a turn just burning down your house of leaves
6.
02:03
i keep my inventory froze in back i could be the fuse that blows the stack this is the song where i'm supposed to rap the best and do some boastin bout my style cuz i chose it as the closing track but i'ma take a different attitude and express my fucking gratitude this old cowboy's rarely in the saddle now i barely ever battle speak my piece and maybe that'll do ain't on a mission trying to save rap i'm on a mission trying to change me just to shed all the pretention and ambition and just basically be living like i'm cage free just a glimpse cuz i'm looking fast a reflection in some crooked glass this is the first, but it could be last this is the present but it could be past who knows where it goes from here? but for now you go something that you chose to hear i'm exposing my weakness, my hopes and fears but i got no ambitions this is no career (repeat ad nauseam)

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this is a collection of hip-hop adjacent music inspired by the sound of a dim lonely apartment, a lack of sunlight, the slow death of the ego, and a week-long episode of bipolar disorder. it exists as a document of a time in the life of a human being with feelings and struggles and loves and thoughts and fears beyond the hollow words of a self-styled artist playing a character

too much of the art i once enjoyed and the art i have made in the past was driven by self-regard and persona, and so much of the stuff that i enjoy now exists in a void of ambiguity and facelessness. i dunno if this is a natural function of getting older or a result of overexposure to the kind of art that is essentially about "being an artist" vs "making things", but this is an attempt to embody the latter rather than the former

* ALL DOWNLOADS INCLUDE INSTRUMENTALS OF EVERY SINGLE TRACK SO YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN SLIGHTLY DEPRESSING RAP MUSIC AT HOME *

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released September 28, 2018

written, performed and produced by j. w. friedman with an assist on track three from halifax rap legend jesse dangerously

created with software and some microphones and a giant shelf full of hand percussion and an accordion and a bunch of other bullshit

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