Personal Life Lyrics: Follow The Light

 

You don’t use our music to get high
Then use our music to get by
Break!!

Boom! I have already started! Still on the music tip with yet another one (said in the voice of DJ Khaled). I mentioned Andre 3000 and Big Boi from Outkast, but I thought to myself:

Why not make it a family affair?

The Dungeon Family (do-do-do-do, snap snap)

Whenever I think of this group, I think of genius.

Straight up

Unfiltered

Genius

The power of connectivity is what drives genius, as it was thanks to the influence of this family that paved a new wave of hip hop:

Mumble Rap.

Follow the lights, they
Lead to something…
Ooh-ooh, ooh-oo-oo-ooh
Ohh, ba-doo-do-doo-doo-doo
Follow the lights, they
Lead to something…
Ooh-ooh, ooh-oo-oo-ooh
Ohh, ba-doo-do-doo-doo-doo
Follow the lights, they
Lead to something…

Now, I will admit. There are many old-heads that dislike the genre (just being honest, I dislike it too) but you must admit, there were many geniuses that used unconventional methods that were frowned upon.

Enter Richard P Feynman.

The theoretical physicist that created a new wave of physics:

QED or Quantum Electrodynamics

Now enter the Future.

The artist that is said to have created mumble rap.

What do they have in common?

Besides loving the strippers (figuratively and literally) and being artists (both are musicians) both of them when creating works of innovation were influenced by those that had a desire do something different from the mold.

The time we’re face-in, uhh
Get off your feet ’cause time is wast-in, uh
Must be strong in this situatio-in, well
So raise your hand and let’s start takin, let’s start takin
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go 

It isn’t easy to be different when you have others there that have already set the standard. You have to bend and break rules. You’ll have to set new rules.

And yes, I will admit that when you hear a track from Future, you struggle to understand what he is saying but think of it another way: The applied mathematics used to understand the applications of physics can be just as similar to that auto-tuned voice as the logarithms that accompany the baseline of all physics.

Hell, I can quote from Feynman;

From the point of view of basic physics, the most interesting phenomena are, of course, in the new places, the places where the rules do not work – not the places where they do work! That is the way in which we discover new rules.

I can easily quote from Future a similar but more complete statement:

I hustle the first to the first.

Even In Darkness
Darker than the Lochness monster’s dwelling
It don’t scare me, that’s fairy telling
But what about Hell and Heaven?
Nothin is that ir-rel-ev-ent, you must find yourself, your intent
Don’t commit thyself, ’cause another @#$*& done did it
In and outta style like leather African pennants
Say that your with the spirit, follow the Ten Commandments
Mad Mixmaster said, “Now can ya spin it?” Say NOW!!

I could quote from Pastor Troy…but I won’t (keeping this kid friendly…slightly. Feel free to listen to Vice Versa yourself*).Yet I will continue to enlighten the power of genius with yet another conflict of opposition:

Acceptance

The darkness of abiding by rules set by those that fear that new rules are not without risk. In the case of physics, the risk of being wrong on paper is nothing compared to the concrete application of it being right.

The thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that’s the most interesting: the part that doesn’t go according to what you expected.

That is the interesting part with mumble rap: To those that don’t like it, it is that part that doesn’t seem to go together with it. Some lyrics contradict themselves. Most lyrics sound like an auditory cipher (which Feynman enjoyed and created a few himself). I mean, hip hop’s foundation is set upon metaphors and similes.

The spoken word over a beat and melody.

Gipp the epiphany
I want to be remembered in infamy
Composer and producer of the symphony
I done had struggles in my life, so I know that it was meant for me
You was sent for me
Showed me light through the power of chi and your intent to see
You teach for He, discretely
Givin them a piece of me — the peace was free, gone

What makes mumble rap genius?

It is a puzzling thing.

It implies the same subject matter from the origins of hip hop yet it is distorted. Perhaps that is what makes it genius. The fact that instead of searching for meaning to understanding the subject matter though metalanguage, it does it with another form:

I’d call it audio cryptology.

Future has composed and produced a symphony using auto-tune, making the words difficult to discern but keeping the lyrical content; the foundation of hip hop based on its basic elements, the same as it ever was (Although when you first hear him on a track, he sounds like Feynman’s Ciphers. I swear when I first heard Tony Montana, I thought that he was saying 21-10).

What I need, what I want, what I see
Is two different things, two different…

You’d never guess that Future was a product of the ideology that defined the Dungeon Family, or that Richard Feynman was the byproduct of the same subject that he hated so much: Philosophy. I’ve learned that often times, we can become the best at the very things that we loathed, doing those particular things very differently. I, for example, can’t stand history. The fact that I had to memorize dates, places, and times was overwhelmingly castrating. I came to realize that history is more than just memorization, but more of understanding how much trends return and subside, using methods that are more ingenious time after time.

It was so elequent-aly, I emerged from the sorta verse
Origin purpose be partially profound of the very power that’s in me
When God said he so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son
I thought he meant me
Jesus is my older brother evidently, experiment in me
Let the complexity collapse the pocket quickly
Life is but a dream, ya row ya boat gently
It’s cool to have a Bentley, I want a Bentley
Yet I ponder why, I smoke my presence prominently?
If you want your mind blow, look we’re all alone… Follow the light

The fact that complexity is made simple (or slightly blurred in the case of mumble rap) is a major contribution to the conception of genius. The blurred speech over a hyped up chorus, a lecture about the wonders of physics, the profound effect that both have on the listeners; it forces you to ponder the realms of God and wonder into the world of dreams and reality. I, for one, linger (musically, like The Cranberries) on possibilities from the endless duality of perspective and enlighten myself to new experiences.

Gipp the epiphany
I want to be remembered in infamy
Composer and producer of the symphony
I done had struggles in my life, so I know that it was meant for me
You was sent for me
Showed me light through the power of chi and your intent to see
You teach for He, discretely
Givin them a piece of me — the peace was free, gone

Some tend to dismiss the persistence and roles that the prior innovators had to endure to create something of worth. Whether it was doing math problems while working at a strip club or working on tracks in an old basement sleeping on a couch, the grind doesn’t stop to create a masterpiece that others use as a baseline to discover new things or create new content.

Truly magnificent.

 

Websites:

https://www.feelingsuccess.com/future-rapper-quotes/

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/richard_p_feynman.html

https://play.google.com/music/preview/Trbtdkhn3i4z7oodijlflviry4i?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-lyrics

*Here is the song:

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