ManiM

ManiM

BandHip HopAvant-garde

"A former MIT math geek and Wall Street bond trader, Iranian-born ManiM gave up the moneyed life to address social politics in confrontational hip-hop rhymes. Over varied musical backdrops--from explosive, distorted guitars to Persian-pop synths—ManiM drops edgy lyrics that cannot be ignored."

Other Info

Cover band: 
No
Record Label: 
Dome Invaders
Band Website

Lyrics

Red Sand

Written By: ManiM

Chorus:
when was the last time you saw red sand
saw grey goose comin outta all sweat glands
i'm the best motherfucka that Allah let stand
about to have the tri-state wearing gauze head bands

Verses:
doin finance I had the whole world in diapers
traded bonds wasn't thinkin bout cyphas
but somewhere inbetween iraq and rap being lifeless
found myself having an identity crisis
saw seiks shot dead over wrapped turbans
middle east cursin american flag burnin
how these fags merck have people ass hurtin
you a nigga, and i don't mean being a black person
I'm worse than the twerps in the government bombin earth
at the airport save a prayer for the commoners
who see sleep sneak heat through the monitors
semi-automatic that is made of carbon polymers
all of a sudden I'm a c4 carrier
bleed for my family or bleed for america
free speech even though police gonna stare at ya
these deeds be what I achieve for my character

it's like nerve gas, that'll leave ya ass blinded
comin from mani sound in the path finder
like every middle eastern fund al-qaida
or make suicide bombers outta cab drivers
now its jihad from bagdad to riyad
honestly god I don't think there could be god
so we dip to the bar never detox
and we get our bleed opt in the triage
and I breathe thoughts meant to make pain atrophy
to remain sane help keep my brain actor free
but sweet fucks make my blade spray daquiri
my shit is made for heat trucks, AK factories
I feel like a west bank bomber, death make honor
while fake thugs stress over fake drama
talkin bout pushin rocks and bank
while its muthafuckin people throwin rocks at tanks

you think they wanna know how I feel? I'mma tell em how
sick of the way the middle east be sellin out
its why I get on stage and I spit my cerrebellum out
president bush tell me how ya shit is smellin now?
I'm askin cuz it your shit that I'm trapped in
I breathe weed my speech leak no compassion
plus hashish is the base of assassin
have cats screamin oh captain my captain
actin like we can't see through saddam and
teachin the press how to breathe through a condom
now they like mani I can see you a problem
lets review what we do wit caution
buy bombs and you need the funds so you rob me
and listen to that douche bag ahmed chalabi
I represent truth like Mohammad and Ghandi
the ten percent through when you fuckin wit mani

Irans Finest

Written By: ManiM

Chorus:
We were two of Irans most promising talents
But he chose blood, and I chose balance
And he sold drugs and rode into violence
And left me to clear my throat in the silence

Verse1:
He was laughed at cuz he wasn't a nasdaq climber
Threw his Brass Rat in a glad bag liner
Said, "Fuck You Vaginas tryin ta pop a white collar
When the shit goes down ya'll are nogahide ballers!"

I knew him the kid was the truth as a student
But everything true has a skew distribution
He withdrew - from the rogaine track when he saw men grasping for gold plated captions

The stock market bubble had minds overdosin'
Flying over oceans, trying for promotions
Nothing could approach him, pride over dough -
and if I had a bitch it was tribe over ho
Because when I couldn't flow he took every diss I took
Fuck man - he even bought my first rhyme book
Two men on two ends of survival
I went for the title - he went homicidal

verse2:
He was the type of cat who'd fuck Eve and then take a piss on the rest of Eden
I wanted to be him, but my chest beat and
told me don't pretend to be in empathy or pledge allegiance to his shit, I had my own meaning
See, I went from reading dirty mags to building detectors at Fermi Labs
and sonned sesame street fags like I was Ernie's dad
-and he was dirty mack, pro-cash vagrant
who sold crack to a Prozac nation
scraping the skin off they Kodak wavelengths
till they handed over they whole bank statements
Nomad grace with the faith of a soldier
and though we had bonds, my duration exposure
left me alone and awake in a coma
July '03 had a vapid aroma
and Wall Street left me with half assed patience
and that's how I forfeit my last chance to save him

verse3:
I saw him last week with his face all glazed
ended up both drinking eight ball all day
we were wasted as fuck you could laugh man
self made millionaires kicking over trashcans
and when we couldn't stand words started droppin'
he couldn't stop talkin', scriptures, doctrines -
shocking - i'd always pretended he was Scarface
but he was bringing war like the ending of Stargate
my heart braked as he targeted targets
said that he was gonna meet God as an artist
he was gonna make C4 statues
rid the middle east of marine corps tattoos
I said "Fuck I can't believe it but if that's you and you're on my plane, I'm doing what I have to"
And I'm married to the rap game fuck the gun play
but when i looked up he'd eloped in the subway

American Psycho

Written By: ManiM

I suffer not from emptiness but from a purposeless direction
My need to be important's like workin wit infection
In the lungs, in the brain, brung pain, dull - never sharp
Almost like I'm better off in the womb wet and soft
Workin for the demigod green blood coursin
Abortin my force but i'm flossin affordin
The toys that I want but I suffocate from boredom
Like holdin the chips isn't all that rewardin
Drip wit decisions swimming in my indecision
Even women visitin can onl make a little difference
Like I serve a civil penance movin out to greenwich
how and when is not important just remember this - an era ended
In the memory like maryland and now we teach the body
for the first time in a while I do not believe in Mani
And its prolly why I can't write a decent fucking lyric
But I hope the pain will help release the demon from my spirit

God I'm sick of being sick, sick of coughin tryin ta fall asleep
All ambition fallin off, feel my coffin callin me
You want it honestly? Like modesty is a commodity?
When every thought I speak is like emotional lobotomy?
I'm sayin this cuz for me to crumple into laziness
Is like watchin a man of god convert into an aetheist
Or maybe its the way we get inside the inner radius
Cuz close to makin it we start succombin into craziness
Because when I reflect regret is just around the corner and I'm born again
So I take success in any form its in
Up in the RS6, heading out the city ordinance
I'm through wit ornaments its why I choose to move coordinates
It all depends on how you view a year of concentration
In a vacant studio gettin my brain to start the sprayin
Water droplets on the glass condensation from my statements
Got a lot of patience takin the time creatin my creation

When I sleep I tear apart the dark, caught wit a carousel heart
Rims got scarred god I can't parallel park
where does hell start? where does heaven stop happenin
Trade all week saturday attack rap again
Let the dark side attract annakin I won't budge
No such luck throat crush and I flow blood
From the stem, pen got my hands held ransom
To cramps in my head transplant temper tantrums
You can't understand him, thought he had everything
Bezzie, bling, drink Remy king, hmmm lemme think
Peek inside a half masochist, quarter hedonist
The other twenty five percent is dieing to believe in it
I'm underneath the sea in the abyss, lost, leaderless
From every meter that my tongue spit, blood feverish
And to my readership and listeners and glass prisoners
And solitary souls, fat chicks, and whack visitors
Relate what you can but I invite no comparison
A tight flow comin from a psycho american

Discography

All chart statistics are based on numbers reported by www.soundclick.com unless otherwise noted.

Irans Finest , 21 Mar 05, mp3 size is 3.76 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General
Highest charts position: # 2 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 2 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)
Rotation, Pirate Mobile Radio, mFlix channel www.piratemobile.com
Rotation, AA Media Music's Music 4 iPods Podcast, Sep-Oct 2005, www.music4ipods.com

Red Sand, 25 Oct 04, mp3 size is 4.18 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General
Highest charts position: # 4 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 3 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)
Rotation, Pro Flow Fa-Sho Show, hosted by Mad Maxxx, www.indieartistradio.com, www.garageradio.com, www.maxheat.com
Each One Teach One Volume Two, Hosted by Pete Rock (non-profit mixtape to benefit Upliftment Jamacia)

Business as Usual (Tsunami Song), 02 Jan 05, mp3 size is 9.69 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hardcore Rap
Highest charts position: # 2 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 1 ( 83,276 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hardcore Rap)
Tsnumai Benefit Album, Catchy Records (UK), www.louisewillgrasstsunamifund.co.uk

I Don't Need a Girlfriend (Valentine's Day Song), 30 Jan 05, mp3 size is 4.26 MB
Genre: HipHop - Alternative Hip Hop
Highest charts position: # 4 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 1 ( 40,104 songs currently listed in HipHop > Alternative Hip Hop)
Rotation, Pro Flow Fa-Sho Show, hosted by Mad Maxxx, www.indieartistradio.com, www.garageradio.com, www.maxheat.com

We Can't Touch 13 Dec 04
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General, mp3 size is 3.21 MB
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 185 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)

Welcome to the Third World, 13 Mar 05, mp3 size is 3.86 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hardcore Rap
Highest charts position: # 10 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 1 ( 83,276 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hardcore Rap)

Stairway to Heaven (Suicide Bomber ), 10 Apr 05, mp3 size is 3.65 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General
Highest charts position: # 5 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 3 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)

That Look, 21 Feb 05, mp3 size is 4.36 MB
Genre: Urban - R&B/Soul/Pop
Highest charts position: # 8 ( 33,933 songs currently listed in Urban)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 5 ( 20,097 songs currently listed in Urban > R&B/Soul/Pop)

American Psycho, 07 Nov 04, mp3 size is 3.98 MB
Genre: HipHop - New School
Highest charts position: # 5 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 1 ( 40,062 songs currently listed in HipHop > New School)

Soho Smasher (ft Conscience), 13 Apr 05, mp3 size is 3.45 MB
Genre: HipHop - Alternative Hip Hop
Highest charts position: # 825 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 35 ( 40,104 songs currently listed in HipHop > Alternative Hip Hop)

Make An O Wit Ya Hand, 18 Oct 04, mp3 size is 3.93 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General
Highest charts position: # 2 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 2 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)

Jasmin, 28 Mar 05, mp3 size is 3.68 MB
Genre: HipHop - Alternative Hip Hop
Highest charts position: # 7 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 1 ( 40,104 songs currently listed in HipHop > Alternative Hip Hop)

Pole Position Premix, 07 Mar 05, mp3 size is 3.06 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 488 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)

American Me, 17 Jan 05, mp3 size is 4.14 MB
Genre: HipHop - Hip Hop General
Highest charts position: # 15 ( 642,513 songs currently listed in HipHop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 6 ( 380,592 songs currently listed in HipHop > Hip Hop General)

Beautiful Americans, 10 Jan 05, mp3 size is 5.06 MB
Genre: Urban - R&B/Soul/Pop
Highest charts position: # 45 ( 33,933 songs currently listed in Urban)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 34 ( 20,097 songs currently listed in Urban > R&B/Soul/Pop)

Airplane, 25 Feb 05, mp3 size is 3.95 MB
Genre: Pop - Pop General
Highest charts position: # 52 ( 31,887 songs currently listed in Pop)
Highest charts position in subgenre: # 18 ( 12,268 songs currently listed in Pop > Pop General)

Jesus Walks Freesty

Set List

Sets can run between 15 minutes and 90 minutes depending on venue. Typical listing:

Iran's Finest
That Look Remix
Make an O Wit Ya Hand
Red Sand
American Psycho
Business As Usual
Beautiful Americans