Odd Renditions

by Oddisee

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Paralyzed 02:35
When the hairs on the back of my neck are raise up/ & my heart is pumping/ usually that means, it's the start of something/ same feeling when you come across what you're afraid of/ I made up my mind I'm jumping/ reaching for the sky, I'm trying to blow up/ but if I ever fail & I start to fall the/hope I don't land on a mine or something/ hope I don't miss my calling/ passion I got to have for what I'm involved in/ half ass'n 9 out of 10 results in/ crashing, ya drive pump breaks ya halting/ But I got to keep it going, no time to stop I'm a I'm a beast I'm all in/ I make hot beats & keep recording/ those who got beef I keep ignoring/ I keep exploring, not a corner of the earth Ain't psyched to see/ been allot I places, rumors of racists/ but I can't lie they was nice to me/ I dress real smart & the clothes make the man/ than you notice than I don't miss the mark/ I'm always on point, I'm always so sharp/ when you focused man, you know to play parts/ positions and such or you'll end up stuck in ditches and such/ a rut you can't get out/ game you got to sit out/ & I know it got to suck when much is in clutch/ & you just can't grasp it/ monumental the tribulation & task is/ Trial & error, life is/ outlast it/
Take a seat any city I know the spots to eat/ the rougher side of town I'm round unless it's proper bleak/ Made it to Paris without the use of a private jet/ check in an Ibis yet check me out, I'm the flyest yet/ They exhibitionist & we're both in the exhibition/ Them to be seen, & for me to see the collection, listen/ Most of my people, they're missing out on the point of living/ To be rich or enriched is our own decision/ prone to the latter I am but most of my people isn't/ they focus different, they tend to see me as broken vision/ Man I'm trying to be a leader, if I'm shinning/ Well, that's the blind leading blind then/ Women want me cause they think that I'll complete them/ I just compliment them better than some nigga that's beneath/ I ain't talking about remarks about their hair or what they wear/ I'm just a puzzle piece when mother's start to ask when I'ma meet him/ yeah, I know my role so we rolling/ we're in a part of I know she probably don't be going/ Price is rather cheaper, the decor is rather meager/ But it's nice, it's all about the spice that the throw in/ like life, off I'm ain't showing/ Chorus Not bronze nor silver I'm forever winning/ Not the given, but my own definition/ Last minute dot com/ I'll have you sitting next to palms where the weather's rather warm/ that's the type of shit that I be on/ spontaneity with charm & it ain't costing me an arm/ Legs up & I'm looking at the Adriatic/ Hustle off down time young I got to have it/ but not for long, yes I'm a workaholic/ drunk off the feeling of getting it cracking/ thinking of something, put it to action & seeing it happen/ laying a snare, layered with clapping/ to seeing them clapping/ conversations finding their way in the shit that I'm rapping/ See all about exchange, it ain't all about the fame/ I'm living upper middle class & people hardly know my name/ cause the dollars that I gain ain't at the cost of rotting brains/ I'm from a time that's been forgotten where the scholars entertained/ Music with a message, message with the music/ records for living reckless & records for wreck improvement/ Practicing what I'm preaching, the good and bad in me meeting/ To much of one or the other mean your perception is skewing/ fix up & care less of others doings/ ambition ain't bout results, what you perusing/
I know the question that I'm asking & the answer ain't correct/ & if loving you is wrong well then the answer won't be yes/ so I'm lying to myself cause lying next to you the best/ every second in your presence, worth a minute of neglect/ but the minutes turn to hours & them hours turn to stress/ am I courageous or a coward that's unable to except/ that I'm here but you left, I'm mean we here but you ain't right/ yeah you right here but you ain't like/ with me, so I need to step/ You would think that moving on, wouldn't even be a sweat/ I mean yeah you do me wrong but I conveniently forget/ I just harbor on the better like what ever to the doubt/ when you try to plant a seed, I just see a weed in drought/ as you twist your lips to lie & it's leaving out your mouth/ I decide right then & there that I won't even here you out/ I know love is peculiar & you are even more so/ how you wear your heart on your wardrobe/ lord knows/
Loosing sight of what matters/ dimming my demeanor in the brightness of the flatter/ Enticing is the chatter of room filled with candor/ Replaced by the fumes that conclude with the banter/ Moth to a flame & couldn't hold a candle to what I use to be, to what I use to handle/ I use to be hungry appetite for respect/ Now I just expect people want something from me/ Service at a table that revolved in my favor/ designated savior guess I'm picking up the check/ developing a pallet for a rather bitter flavor/ the fruits of my labor at a price I won't fetch/ cost me friends, cost me an ex/ but that ain't even debt that I would see as regret/ But most men would, as I probably should/ the man I am now ain't the man I recollect/ Searching for the elements of how I came together/ stumbled on some blame, bumped into whatever/ my disposition say that I don't give a fuck never/ there was a few times that the armor got severed/ The walls came down & the skin wasn't leather/ & if you wanted to hurt me, the closer, the better/my foes were, poser as a shoulder/ & went I to lean on, they let me fall over/ & those are, the lessons that you when you're older/ it's harder to burned when your heart becomes colder/ a bolder, but in return for your heart of stone/ it's harder to let your guard down when the problems gone/ a soldier, that keeps fighting when the war's done/ forever ready for when more comes/ aiming a the mirror I might end up shooting me/ don't recognize the man that I use to be/ who's he/



01 Paralyzed - Bon Iver 're: Stacks'
02 The Gold Is Mine - Metronomy 'We Broke Free'
03 Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye 'Ain't That Peculiar'
04 Man I Use To Be - K-Os 'Man I Use To Be'


released May 15, 2012

All tracks produced by Oddisee. All rhymes by Oddisee. Additional instrumentation by Dennis Turner, Ralph Real & Olivier Daysoul.


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