ePRHYME feat. Jon Madof – “Heavy Shtetl”

“Heavy Shtetl” is the second installment in ePRHYME’S series of Rap/Duets, which pair his densely packed poetic rhymes with a solo master instrumentalist.

For “Heavy Shtetl” ePRHYME has teamed up with Zion 80 front-man Jon Madoff to explore the creative process of “making music out of noise.”

***Warning from ePRHYME: Acquired taste! Not for everyone.

LYRICS:

HEAVY SHTETL

The journey home isn’t always
what it was supposed to be
I’m grown locally but also roam globally
Intone soul vocally
Through your headphones hopefully
You feel the poetry
and now we’re headed for the opening

What’s present in the past
that reminds me of the world to come
Heard the drum and hit the highway
with a rule of thumb —
DON’T BE DUMB!

Or at least try to overcome
obstacles and body blows
that shock our souls and make us numb

This is the mission

Assume the position
Prepare to care
It’s called the human condition
There’s no pot to piss in
Even the walls won’t listen
to the proof of your vision
so the truth remains hidden

Like a little village
over the river through the woods
Way of life lost
Found the path

now its underfoot

Look up in the sky
A word flies off the page
It’s the time of our lives
contained in a picture frame

-chorus-
I carry water for a living
so that we can drink
Teachin’ people think
like a fish
so you never sink
Even when the earth
is formless chaos and void
Make the choice to raise your voice
Create music out of noise

What if the past was a place
as well as a time
With a beautiful name and a face
and a taste intertwined
With a language sublime
to Guide the Perplexed with a rhyme
From the anguish of the nations
to the spaceships and the ancients

This is an all encompassing mental environment
I’m higher than leviathan freestylin’ with spiderman

Try your hand, buy some land
that don’t make it private property
Lambs following plans of the damned
headed for lobotomy

If that’s the way its gotta be
then i guess i’ll play the lottery
Sell the crazy talk for free
and battle rap with Socrates

Until then, g-d willin’                                                                                                                               i’ll I’ll be buildin’ for the children
May the wounds we pass on
not last for too long
or prove too strong
for the youth to move on
In tune with a new song

-chorus-
I carry water for a living
so that we can drink
Teachin’ people think
like a fish
so you never sink
Even when the earth
is formless chaos and void
Make the choice to raise your voice
Create music out of noise