I Don't Know
SlyArtË (feat. Darick DDS Spears and Ella Miss)
I Don't Know 4:150:00/4:15
Rap Lyrics: What I Don’t Know Rap Lyrics By Darick DDS Spears Written 11/5/2019
Str8 off these Mil-town streets Potholes-dirt roads Loud cars go beep-beep-beep Stay awake- state to state Society’s been- sleep-sleep-sleep
Hatred fills these avenues Blood just leaks-leaks-leaks The police vs. the O.G.’s These telephones give you no sleep The end is here, that’s what they told me
Nobody to coach me Hold me- or console me Depression gives me nose bleeds Lately feeling braindead Can I get an Amen-Amen-Amen?
So, I zone out in my notepad Don’t feel like going to no class Wifey ain’t giving up no ass This week I ain’t made no cash Time to get that ski-mask
Funerals then that repast Pressure made me reach that Can’t breathe- need a C-Pap What I don’t know? Is if the love is real?
The blood we spill for a cup or meal- the hunger’s real Clothes torn- can’t conform to the worldly norms Feel like my soul is gone, but I’m holding on Til the Lord blows up the ozone
The warmth has left been feeling cold bones
Life’s a time lapse Each minute time is subtracted from the time capsule So, make lucrative moves while you time travel
But I tell you it’s all vanity Living in this flesh is the calamity The random beefs The issues we never settle Bandaging, damaging, That’s hammering to the planet
Make those correct connections, Your tongue could be effective or ineffective Send a direct message or indirect message I seek the Heavens for directions Because I don’t know.
When I read the rap lyrics written by Darick DDS Spears in November of 2019 for SlyArtË's track "I Don't Know. I knew they were powerful, significant, relatable and relevant. Even more now after the death of George Floyd. Watching the video over an over on the news is gut-wrenching and even still today there are pains that ache within my body. Yet, already, I am using what I hold in my hand, better educating myself, transforming my thoughts and taking action to improve our country in the face of this horrible time. Thank you, Darick, for expressing these experiences so wonderfully.
Today is the release of my first music collaboration with artist SlyArtË and artist Darick DDS Spears. There were so many small steps that lead to this amazing opportunity. It all began in 2014 with an amazing online learning program, Soundfly.com. The mentors taught the ins and outs of music production, they encouraged me to think of myself as an artist, they even helped with marketing tips for IG. When I shared with the Soundfly private slack group that SlyArtË contacted me to do a mix for this song, the founder Ian Temple said to accept the challenge then lined me up with a mentor, Andrea De Carlos, who mentored with the comping of Darick DDS's rap vocals and the mixing process. I’m so grateful for the privilege to learn in such an incredible way with online instruction from Soundfly.com It is a privilege to have met artist SlyArtË and Darick DDS Spears. hit the
Thank you for your support and sharing in this musical journey.
It seems strange to feel so connected in a world that is currently social distancing to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. It is hard to describe what it is like to be a close friend and collaborate with a person who is living in Italy, hard-hit by such a violent virus, and yet here we are. Long before the pandemic, in October of 2019, Andrea Sollai, aka SlyArtË, discovered my Instagram profile and reached out to me hoping I would collaborate on the track "I Don't Know." At which time, I had only begun learning to produce music a few years prior with the help of Soundfly.com. I thought it would be a new and challenging experience so I accepted his offer. Andrea shared the music tracks and the lyrics he had already written. I created the melody of the chorus with the lyrics he provided and recorded them. Next, he was hoping to find a rapper to express his struggle with whether to conform and fit in with society or live more true to himself, which meant possibly being on the outside of a societal norm. I searched online to hire a rap artist and found Darick DDS Spears, who within a week supplied vocal improvisations and all of the rap. He sent the stems to me and I began to comp them and mix the song, with the help of a mentor from Soundfly, Andrea De Carlo, who also lives in Italy. When it was finished, to the level I was able, I took it to an engineer, Landon Arkens, at Blasthouse Studios in Madison WI, who finished the mixing and mastering. Despite, currently living in a time of social distancing, this experience will always remind me how people can be far apart in the world and yet connected by spirit and love for each other. We are incredibly proud of this first collaboration and look forward to sharing it with you on April 17th.
Here's me on Nov. 11, 2019. I had spent the day mixing. When I reached a point that I felt good about it, I let loose and jammed out. Enjoy!
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