NokSide

NokSide

 Harwich, Massachusetts, USA
BandHip Hop

Biography

My name is Nik Gallerani and when I'm on stage or rocking a beat they call me 'NokSide'. This name goes way back to about 6th grade when I began recording "RAP" music and it has stuck with me. I used to be caught up in the image of rap and emulated what I thought it was about. Many years have passed since my induction into the genre and I have grown to learn that hip hop has nothing to do with emulation; at least not MY hip hop.

I make music for average people with average feelings to relate to... When I say average feelings, I don't mean that I don't delve into the deeper emotional issues, that is actually what I'm all about. I realize that people aren't perfect and go through less than ideal situations more often than not and convey that in my music. I also make music for you to nod your head to or to cruise around with buddies to, partaking in whatever recreational activities you choose...

I have been a writer my entire life, long before writing rhymes. I have written poetry since a single-digit age and always appreciated artistic efforts and endeavors. I began writing hip hop lyrics on textcee-battling websites, namely Hollafront.com and some of my earliest written lyrics can still be found there today in the Hall of Fame section. This is where my true lyricism and quick witted nature could truly shine for the fact that the lyrics were not forced to be simplified to match a beat and could be read as many times as necessary. The kicker that really made me step my lyric-writing game up was the fact that everyone on the site was encouraged to critique the pieces in order to make posts of their own. This forced me to elevate my game at an incredibly rapid pace and the lyrical content is now present in my music.

I was always reluctant to listen to hip hop music as a younger child, convinced that it was too fast to listen to and, in all honesty, thought it took no talent. Consequently, I turned to underground hip hop artists to help me change my opinion. Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, CunninLynguists, and Masta Ace were some of my major influences. Other artists that helped shaped my musical identity include Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and Dave Matthews Band. Needless to say, my musical preferences cover an extremely wide spectrum and have helped make me into what I am today.

I 'hail' from Cape Cod and represent that fact to the fullest. I was born and raised here and consider myself the luckiest man in the world for that fact. I am extremely thankful for the wonderful people I have in my life. I have an incredibly supportive family that I am extremely close with as well as the best "fans" anyone could ask for. I use that word hesitantly for the fact that anyone who enjoys my music can consider themselves a friend of mine. I pour my real emotions and thoughts out into my music and you can get to know me quite well by listening.

I work with local artists quite often and enjoy the underground label that I wear proudly upon my music. I have worked with/continue to work with artists such as Greedy Irish, Mighty Ceej, Whitman, Pops, Alter Ego, Sinima Beats, Anno Domini Beats, among others. To me, being underground is what makes my music so real and relatable. I don't have tons of money and a flashy car with topless women constantly surrounding me, or an entourage that strikes fear in onlookers hearts... I have a huge college debt to pay off with a hand-me-down car and more often than not, a relationship issue that needs ironing out... My "crew" consists of laid back folks who enjoy the simple pleasures in life and have their priorities in order.

My music is extremely unique and it is important to me that it stays that way. I have no intention of ever "selling out", regardless how far this music thing takes me and will always keep it 100% real for my fans and family and friends. I hope you find my music refreshing and enjoyable and help to spread the tunes! I realize that my lyrics involve intensive listening to truly feel the message within them, but I assure you the extra effort will be worth your time... I am working my hardest to keep hip hop alive in the musical pessimists' hearts, I myself included in that group.

Lyrics

It Was You

Written By: NokSide

NokSide
“It Was You”

[Verse 1]
You were my best friend, my lover, my comedy source;
Who had me walking on air as if on oxygen floors.
And, you were my proton, my positive force,
Who had me falling even faster than it’s autumn, of course.
But, we changed like what Obama assured,
Had trouble swallowing, though, because the knowledge is coarse.
And, we all want to be sure, we think we’re set in stone,
In reality, we’re only chalk on a board.
This love is a sponge and you and I are often absorbed,
See, you were my life and I honestly thought I was yours.
And, I used to wonder why but not anymore,
‘Cause I now acknowledge divorce is only par for the course.
And, you can’t love everything you’ve got to be sure,
‘Cause love takes skill, luck is what the lottery’s for.
I have a message for you like bottles that wash to the shore,
I found the root of my lunacy and cut it off at the source.

[Hook]
It was you, you who always started the fights,
And it was you who was the hardest to like.
And I’ll admit that it was you who said things ought to be brought to the light,
And for once I thought you were probably right.
Damn baby, it was you, you who always started the fights,
And it was you who was the hardest to like.
And I’ll admit that it was you who said things ought to be brought to the light,
And for once I thought you were probably right.

[Verse 2]
We went our own ways separately; you acted like I set you free,
I guess to me it seems as though you cut me just to let me bleed.
I’m trying to walk away but moving like a centipede,
And can’t absorb the shock of this, I guess I should’ve bent my knees.
See, your eyes were the loveliest mine had ever seen,
But if being with you was a dream, that means I’ve been asleep.
The love I had for you was deeper than the seven seas,
I became submerged and now appreciate each breath I breathe.
Separate entities, there was no respect between,
So I’ve got to treat it like a Lennon beat and Let it Be.
I’ve got to accept that it’s dead and let it rest in peace,
I will not be played by you again; don’t even press repeat.
On a scale from one to ten our love’s a less than three,
You’d even type it in the messages you sent to me.
I’ve met some cold-hearted people but yours is set to freeze,
I didn’t believe it until I finally felt the breeze.
I was tired of fighting and now I’m less fatigued,
Felt like I was climbing up to meet you but I never reached.
Plus I don’t exactly get the cream,
And those of you who’ve dated chicks know that relationships are never cheap.
Don’t want to make a bad decision with a head of steam,
Yet it seems there’s no way around it like you set a screen.
It’s either my heart or my head and I need mental peace,
So although I know you always said it’s me…

[Hook]
It was you, you who always started the fights,
And it was you who was the hardest to like.
And I’ll admit that it was you who said things ought to be brought to the light,
And for once I thought you were probably right.
Damn baby, it was you, you who always started the fights,
And it was you who was the hardest to like.
And I’ll admit that it was you who said things ought to be brought to the light,
And for once I thought you were probably right.

[Verse 3]
Now there are several ways to go with it,
Either I get over it or try to make it work and find a way for us to coexist.
But I wouldn’t bet on us with poker chips,
I’ve got to weed out the uncertainty, then pack it up and smoke a bit.
So, while you’re emotionally throwing fists,
I treat the punches like a strawberry duchess the way I roll with it.
But this is meant to be; I know it is, two soloists.
I’ve got the guitar and you have got the bone to pick.
Together we could be harmonious,
And for us to play the melody of love would be my only wish.
I know there are secrets you’ve been keeping that you wont admit,
And this is probably what hopeless is.
I want to know if this is worth any more time or if you’ve given up,
And if the tribulations have outweighed the trials.
I know that every good relationship begins with trust,
But we haven’t had that now in a while.
I need to know that when I fall for you you’ll pick me up,
And brush the dirt off of my shoulders with a smile.
When you envision your future now do you picture us?
Or am I nonexistent in the vision you compile?