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Fellow Man

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People keep talking about how history repeats, and why wouldn’t it? The basic game hasn’t changed in a couple hundred thousand years. We eat, work, think, fuck, defend our own. We put our trust in powerful people so we won’t have to work so hard and get to think and fuck a little harder. The powerful people build walls and gates and sooner or later there are barbarians at them. Go read Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. You don’t have to read the whole thing, or even most of it. I didn’t. There’s always corruption. People are either rallying or scared shitless. Believe me, there are always barbarians at the gates.
I know that’s melodramatic, and not particularly original. Hiphop has been predicting the end of society for thirty-some-odd years now. It was created by a group of people who looked around at the disappointing society they had, and decided to make their own. Since then, it’s acted as a lament and a dirge for, a satire and a chronicle of the waning society. What I wanted to do was look at the whole problem from a new angle, find some unexplored perspectives, and I’ve always been fascinated by the way people talk. Language, dialect, idiom, jargon—there’s a whole universe out there. Listen to some radio broadcasts from the 1930s and 40s. People talked different back then. Listen to Dylan Thomas. Listen to Lenny Bruce. Listen to Malcom X. Corporate lawyers speak a different language from construction workers. Cops speak a different language from hippies. Hiphop speaks a different language from everybody—but if we’re smart, it’s up to us to learn everybody else’s language so we can figure shit out.

I was born on 10 September 1985 in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC, a scant six blocks from the Exorcist steps. At 16 I started writing rap lyrics, influenced early by Tupac, Mos Def and KRS-One. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I listen to everything--from ambient to zydeco, so my influences are many.