Hemys

Hemys

BandHip Hop

Hemys is a gifted lyricist whose songs are poignant, emotional and intelligent. His tracks are serious soundscapes that entertain the listener as the lyrics cause them to reflect on their lives. Hemys' goal is to create a balance in the hip-hop genre while redefining its current boundaries.

Biography

Why this name?
I chose the name Hemys because I used to be in a group called The Spheres and it worked. I also used it as a way to convey that I aim at hemispheres with my music. It might not hit everybody at the same time, but like the sun, it will hit them sooner or later.

Do you play live?
Yes

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I believe that people have more access to music than ever in the history of mankind. The internet has opened the floodgates to good and bad music. The real purpose is to have access to everything and then make a decision as to the best selection for you.

Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If the opportunity presented itself, I would consider it. I want to do enough on my part to make sure that when I am approached, I position myself to have negotiating power.

Your influences?
Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Big Daddy Kane, Babyface, James Brown, Bill Withers, James Taylor, The Beatles, Nat King Cole, Isaac Hayes, De La Soul, etc

Favorite spot?
New York City is my favorite city so far!

Equipment used:
Pro Tools - Reason - Sonar - Korg products - Ensoniq products - Roland products - JBL products

Lyrics

Then Reality Sets in

Written By: D. Tyndale

"Then Reality Sets In"
(Lyrics: Hemys / Music: The XP)

Verse 1:

Days have passed and I still haven’t seen a change
I guess only strong dreams remain
The regimen is ingrained
People look at me strange like what has really gotten in Duane
Is he insane or scarred by the environment?
That once praised him but now begs for his retirement
He’s in a pickle cause this city is fickle
In this ocean, now he barely makes a ripple
And that ripple seems quick to dissipate
The analogy I use often to illustrate
The effect I used to have is now dwindling
Emcees that used to mean something are now invalids
Succumbing to a false goal
Pretty similar to those that are lost souls
If you fathom what the cross holds
Let it reach your head so you never let my thoughts go

Verse 2:

Winter is beautiful
But a cold shoulder from a good friend kind of feels like a funeral
And you’re in the pine box
Laying back trying to figure out when time stopped
By my watch, it appears that it never did
But at least you kind of know where my perspective is
Cause it seems the thoughts once shared
Are now off limits and it’s so unfair
This isn’t rare, matter of fact the opposite
Human error takes a friendship and topples it
And what remains, a bond strained
Or fractured, depending on the depth of the pain
I’m just trying to live in his name
Now I see our vision was never the same
I’ve grown up and I’m feeling a change
And if you feel this, then I know you’re feeling the same

Verse 3:

I’m trying to be a flood light in these dark hours
A pathway of dreams deferred, not devoured
And when that support has soured
A dream is like Andersen jumping the towers
Even when the leap seems enormous
It’s better than IDing your passion at the coroner’s
Believe me y’all, I’m not a foreigner
To internal struggle that always wants to spar with you
But you got to give your best, though
Even when you doubt yourself and want to let go
Keep in mind there’s nothing special
About being stagnant until your death blow
That’s why I stand as a symbol
Of how to play Monopoly, even if you’re the thimble
Stop dwelling on everything you’ve been through
Make a new reality/It’s that simple

(©2004)

Where Did It Go?

Written By: D. Tyndale

Hook (2X):

Where did it go? / When did the love leave
When did the beautiful music turn ugly
Now our kids don’t know if they should hug me
So I’m asking the Man above

Verse 1:

We started off so happy/Your first look at me
So confident in love that you had me
And I was wild in need of a family
And we were so young but we needed it badly
And you became my source
My solace when the axis of the world was off
And you liked the attention
Plus my spontaneity would always keep you guessing
I don’t know when our world stopped turning
And I don’t remember when the fire in us stopped burning
I don’t feel the same and I know you don’t
I can’t apologize and I know you won’t
I know you though and you’ll just move forward
While I’m sitting in my room like Brandy Norwood
Thinking of us on top of the world
And finally coming to terms that you’re not my girl

Hook (2X):

Where did it go? / When did the love leave
When did the beautiful music turn ugly
Now our kids don’t know if they should hug me
So I’m asking the Man above

Verse 2:

Please understand my love is undying
I pray that, inside, I’m not the only one crying
I know I suffocated hope with defiance
When, really, that was my defense for reliance
I was supposed to be strong
But your strength shows the level I’m supposed to on
You know my dreams/You helped me build them
Even when they came between me and children
And I never stopped to see your pain
Or the wedge driven between our aims
I so appreciate how long you remained
In a bond where you couldn’t even feel the flame
Inside, maybe I feel the same
But it could never overshadow how I feel ashamed
In my life, the hardest lesson
IS that I’m not at the place where your heart is destined

Hook (2X):

Where did it go? / When did the love leave
When did the beautiful music turn ugly
Now our kids don’t know if they should hug me
So I’m asking the Man above

Verse 3:

Now things are final / With lawyers involved
Even now, trying to figure what I thought it would solve
I talk to God and I just keep praying
Realizing I made the bed I have to lay in
My attempts to hurt you were flagrant
Cause I couldn’t deal with the choices you were making
I thought I still had time
To be the husband you needed and a father to mine
You know life growing up was unkind
And I wanted them to have us both at one time
I’ve moved on, but to really be honest
Its more lateral than any forward progress
But just please bear with me
The Lord’s doing work on my heart and he’s still busy
And last thing before I let you go
I love you and I wrote this to let know

Reflection

Written By: D. Tyndale

Hook:

This is my reflection
One way that I can look back on my essence and count my blessings
This is my reflection
Just another chance to reminisce and realize what I miss
This is my reflection
So far from what I know, but we still have far to go
This is my reflection
Every day I take a moment for The One who truly owns this

Verse 1

Let’s take a trip down the birth canal/follow my life
The virgin month/I was made to follow light
Brooklyn/The place where I enter the world
And begin to make a presence on this orb that twirls
…but what about Mingya in Queens?
Living on the 2nd floor/Down the street from Miss D’s
Hey Dad, I can’t forget the coliseum
When you took me out to see Dr. J and meet him
And then we moved out to the island
A house with potential/ No aluminum siding
Some people said your thoughts were prehistoric
But you’re both visionaries and I love you for it
And I know Dana felt the same way
Such a strong will dealt to a plain frame
I remember walking home from school
Seeing you home early/ didn’t know what to do
I started running / I was so excited
The potential for the day was just so inviting
Then I open the door to see the pastor
I think that day I lost a piece of my laughter
Cuz the sickle cell formed in pre-natal
Went bad from worse and then became fatal
Now its just us three against society
I wouldn’t want anyone else beside me…

Hook:

This is my reflection
One way that I can look back on my essence and count my blessings
This is my reflection
Just another chance to reminisce and realize what I miss
This is my reflection
So far from what I know, but we still have far to go
This is my reflection
Every day I take a moment for The One who truly owns this

Verse 2

Before we move forward, lets recall
Two friends, now brothers, I’ve been blessed to call
That’s Peter & Cam/ Now through any event
You been there, holding me down, to any extent
We went from Walnut to Turtle Hook and then to adults
Laughing in good times, crying when it was rough
Hey Pete, remember building forts by your house
And not getting paid for your Newsday routes
And Cam playing Rappin’ Duke records
When your pops shouted, you were home in two seconds
But you’ll never know how hard discovery was
Having to move to FL and miss brotherly love
Mom & Dad, I never held it against you
I just faced emotions that I had never been through
New state, new area code
New baggage, just hoping I can carry the load
Pop couldn’t find work, he commuted
From New York to see us, whenever he could do it
And Mom, thanks just can’t suffice
Dealing with me while still missing the love of your life
And then Lisa came in the picture
I apologize for not treating you like a sister
Cause from youth our hearts were damaged
So I hope this truth can impart a bandage…

Hook:

This is my reflection
One way that I can look back on my essence and count my blessings
This is my reflection
Just another chance to reminisce and realize what I miss
This is my reflection
So far from what I know, but we still have far to go
This is my reflection
Every day I take a moment for The One who truly owns this

Verse 3

Now I’m in college/One step closer
To grabbing life and putting it on my shoulders
Third year, when I met my brothers
Who helped me grow in ways I would’ve never uncovered
Yeah, we rapped but we became family
Through the good times and just plain insanity
My love for y’all is in no way small
If you need me, y’all know that you can always call
And then I changed schools, scenery
And met Irene, not knowing what she’d mean to me
We were friends that shared every detail
I was at The Sentinel/ She was working retail
There were so many storms
That we weathered together and came out unharmed
But the time that really hit me hard
Is when I got in a battle between her and God
Willie ministered till my heart was pricked
To learn more about the spirit that started this
She was unsure, worried I would leave her
But His truth made us both believers
We were friends that changed destiny
I pray that I always give you the best of me
Now we’re stronger cause we made it through
So marriage is the level that we take it to…

Set List

Hemys's Typical Set List:

Reflection
Bombay
Then Reality Sets In
Where Did It Go?
We Already Won

I usually perform one set.

My set is approximately 20-30 minutes.