Social Change

Social Change

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Social Change is Australia's Hip Hop supreme team, featuring the emcee who goes by the same name, renown music producer Funkwig, and champion turntablist DJ Snair. "V.High.P" is the name of their upcoming full length album. They have recently toured Australia and released their highly regarded E.P.

Biography

With a distinct brand of heavy duty production, razor sharp turntablism and authoritative lyrics, Hip Hop group Social Change makes true music with universal appeal. Having honed their skills for over a decade, Social Change defines dedication to their art. Specialists in their respective fields, emcee Social Change and producer Funkwig met in 1990 and by 1995, with a common interest in classic Hip Hop, they were making their own tunes together.

In 1998 these Hip Hop stalwarts who had grown up on a healthy dose of Public Enemy and Rhyme Syndicate decided to make their own contribution to Australian Hip Hop. They burst onto the local scene in Adelaide with a self titled E.P, featured on radio, played gigs with the likes of Phat Albert, Hilltop Hoods, Dogbouy and Crossbred Mongrels, supported international acts Mystic Journeymen and Living Legends and won freestyle competition "Vocal Lords". Social Change then went on to play the live gig circuit around Adelaide with their band The Funk Movement.

In the years that followed they supported Australian artists such as Brothers Stoney, Quro, Koolism, and Mnemonic Ascent and also featured at shows by Jurassic 5 and Grandmaster Flash (USA). Funkwig made a name for himself producing for various well known Australian artists (Lazy Grey, Hilltop Hoods, Resin Dogs, Delta and The Herd to name only a few) while also releasing his production album "F&d - Worship the Grit" to national acclaim. The album featured Social Change, and it was around this time that the duo began working with champion DJ Snair who had been making waves in the DMC and ITF tournaments, representing South Australia numerous times at the national level.

The trio began recording together in 2005 and by the end of 2007 they released their critically acclaimed E.P titled “V.High.E.P”. On the strength of this E.P the group toured the East-Coast of Australia and earnt support slots for Kool Keith (USA), Paris (USA), Jehst (UK) and Australian pioneers Def Wish Cast (NSW). In 2008 they released their classic internet single “REAL” and video for underground favourite “Lifted”. They were selected as Triple J Unearthed feature artists and their songs picked up by commercial and community radio alike.

They have gone on to play shows Australia-wide, support numerous Australian and International acts, and headline and host events both locally and interstate. Social Change has recently put out the "Double Banger" promotional CD which features new tracks "Black Text" and "Putting in Work" from the upcoming album, and they have just released the Fat Pockets "Butterthief Phat Tape" which features two new Social Change songs plus exclusive verses, production and cuts. All eyes and ears are firmly on Social Change now as they prepare to release their full length album titled "V.High.P".

Lyrics

BLACK TEXT

Written By: Social Change

What would you say to people who would be very skeptical about whether Hip Hop can create Social Change? Hahahahaha!!!! Yeah, you know who it is...

As I come back...
Social Change is back!
As I come back...
It's written in a shade of black!
Oh, Come on!

I know who I am,
I play my part in the plan,
I don't work for the man,
I work for the cause,
Universal law,
Putting my all on a A4,
Explore the doors,
To a higher platform,
When I get warm,
Roll to boil and simmer,
Heat you up from the inner,
Thaw the frozen closed minds,
Steady on the incline,
No time,
Gotta climb out the decline,
We grind with a peace sign,
See what I'm saying,
Rewind if ya miss it,
SC shine wont flicker,
Witness we do it different,
They aint microchipped us,
Or got us thinking riches,
Are making the world turn,
In ya chest it burns,
When I let superb words,
Flow a fresher verse,
They all quit the hype,
When I grip the mic,
Shift position to strike,
Click the Bic to write.

Flowing thru the mixdesk,
Banging a clinched fist,
Scribbling the Black Text,
Written with felt tips,
Bite it ya teeth chip,
Spit ya facts quick,
Otherwise you can chase it,
Never to catch it!
Flowing (Flowing),
Banging (Banging),
Scribbling (Scribbling),
Written with Black Text!,
Flowing (Flowing),
Banging (Banging),
Scribbling (Scribbling),
Written with Black Text!

My state of mind,
A straight up rhyme,
That aint confined,
A raging lion,
Break the cages iron,
Take flight,
Set the stage alight,
Ignite pages I write,
When I blaze the mic,
It's taken some late nights,
Just to make it right,
And get the tape tight,
Now a ray of light's in eyesight,
Raise the sirens,
Change is rhyming,
Funkwigs beats are bumping nation-wide,
Snair cuts it,
Dropping shit swift,
When we kick the gift,
Up in ya optics,
Witness the script get flipped,
We lock this down,
Under the ground,
With a sound profound,
On the lyrical tip,
Not the bullshit,
These are intricate lyrics,
For the heads who can hear it,
No gimmick or mimmick,
Did it different from day one,
Serious spitters,
It's serious business,
If ya living it with us!

Flowing thru the mixdesk,
Banging a clinched fist,
Scribbling the Black Text,
Written with felt tips,
Bite it ya teeth chip,
Spit ya facts quick,
Otherwise you can chase it,
Never to catch it!
Flowing (Flowing),
Banging (Banging),
Scribbling (Scribbling),
Written with Black Text!,
Flowing (Flowing),
Banging (Banging),
Scribbling (Scribbling),
Written with Black Text!

Break it down! Break it down!
It's written in a shade of black!
It's written in a shade of black!
Writing my name! Writing my name!

Social Change is back,
We came to bang these tracks,
You're looking at a page of raps,
It's written in a shade of black!
Black! Black! Black!

The paper,
The feel of the paper turns me on!

LIFTED

Written By: Social Change

Yeah, Yeah, ha, Come on, Yep, It's good to be here, You know it, we're taking off, Yeah, Social Change, Any time of day, Feels good.

The art director,
Of rhyme architecture,
Hard to measure,
You'll find that ya can't do better,
The flavour lasts forever,
So sharp I sever,
At death we don't part,
'Cause we ride together,
Aint a end to the extra texture,
Best verse since the very first,
Classic emcee you ever heard,
Fuck a fake phony,
'Cause a fool never learns,
Focussed on my mission,
It's my only concern,
True heads listen,
As I get final word,
All's revealed in the wash,
Like a tidal surge,
I rise and emerge,
To satisfy the urge,
For a point to a conversation,
I had to resurface,
It's worthless trying to go against, The current news,
These views are too much to stomach,
Gotta ask yourself,
How much do you want it?
A little Social Change,
Never hurt nobody!

Get lifted,
Anytime of day,
No better way I could of said it,
Feels good on ya head,
Like a cap that's fitted,
We stick together,
When most of these cats,
Would of quit it! (repeat)

Give em a lift, it feels good!
Give em a lift, it feels good!
Give em a lift, It feels good!
Give em a lift!

I'm not the rapper,
With limited subject matter,
Spitting a constant jabber,
Full of nonsense blabber,
Cut the chatter,
Man I got too much to offer,
Just to waste a lot of words,
Saying nothing proper,
I'm a hip hopper,
I don't mess with the shit talkers,
I spit raw shit,
And flow like rapid water,
I'm not caught up,
I say what they never thought of,
And what most were too scared,
To have brought up,
The hoards of wack emcees,
Fall short of,
The mark that is set,
When we enter tearing doors off,
Better come correct,
Or take ya little hands off,
The microphone,
I puff herb like Gandolf,
And get lifted,
To heights you can't stand on,
Travel to other planets,
Spaceships can't land on,
With my companions,
A crew full of champions,
Hit the sucker for 6,
Over the grandstands!

Get lifted,
Anytime of day,
No better way I could of said it,
Feels good on ya head,
Like a cap that's fitted,
We stick together,
When most of these cats,
Would of quit it! (repeat)

I knew that it was something,
That everybody said I should stay away from,
But it felt so good.
Here was a group to be reckoned with,
And it was different.
Yeah, Get Lifted, Yeah!

Get lifted,
Anytime of day,
No better way I could of said it,
Feels good on ya head,
Like a cap that's fitted,
We stick together,
When most of these cats,
Would of quit it! (repeat)

Yeah, It's some good shit!

REAL

Written By: Social Change

So what is the real?
Social Change!
I'm the type to make anything sound funky,
Listen,
It's the real,
This is Social Change
I am real,
It's the real,
Without further ado,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It's the real,
Right about now,
Real to Real...

I keep going,
And I don't stop,
Off the end of the tracks,
Like I ran thru ya road block,
Then I blow up,
Leave a microphone crushed,
Shred ya whole verse to saw dust,
With a chorus,
Call this the rawness for sure,
It's a cure for a connoisseur,
This here's the purest,
Word is one taste,
You'll want more of it,
Superb shit,
The way I say it,
Man they all love it,
It's called something,
That's rare and unusual,
I say it with a rap,
'Cause it's there,
And it's usable,
Aint a thing more suitable,
For speaking to the people,
Of my planet,
At a time so crucial,
Don't you do,
The same as the rest,
Gotta do you for you say,
You gave it your best,
Stay blessed,
Beats like this bang in ya chest,
The topic matter that I address,
Is everfresh! It's real!

It's, It's, It's real,
Doing it with or without a deal,
It's real,
Don't need to sell out for that appeal,
It's real,
Sharpen ya craft and skill,
It's real, It's the real!
It's real,
Doing it with or without a deal,
It's real,
Don't need to sell out for that appeal,
It's real,
Sharpen ya craft and skill,
It's real,
Real to real!

I only speak the realness,
So I know how fake you are,
If you can't feel this (suckas),
The deal is,
I deal this to kids like a pill,
It's the ill shit,
Got ya feeling bliss,
But wont kill heads,
Pop this in ya deck,
The permanent high,
Short circuit ya system,
When I'm burning the mic,
And I pulverise,
Yours and mine polarised,
If you'd rather sleep and die,
Read a lullaby,
When the SC ride,
We go straight thru the red light,
Eat what ya want,
But I'm making sure I'm fed right,
Heavy with the insight,
The weight of a lead pipe,
Don't catch Z's,
So these bed bugs will never bite,
Dynamite rap,
Blow up on a tight track,
No competition,
Or opposition can fight back,
This is boom bap,
School the wise cracks,
And stick to the truth,
While the fools side track it! It's real!

It's, It's, It's real,
Doing it with or without a deal,
It's real,
Don't need to sell out for that appeal,
It's real,
Sharpen ya craft and skill,
It's real, It's the real!
It's real,
Doing it with or without a deal,
It's real,
Don't need to sell out for that appeal,
It's real,
Sharpen ya craft and skill,
It's real,
Real to real!

This is the beat ya'll,
Real,
This is the beat,
Real,
This is the beat ya'll,
Real,
This is the beat ya'll of the year!
It's real,
That's some real ass shit,

Wait a minute,
Drop a old school beat,
It's real,
It's real, real, real, real,
Yeah yeah,
That's what I'm talking about,
I'ts real, real, real, real,
It's real,
It's real, real,
It's real,
How many of ya'll are really hip?
Shit!
Is that it?

V.HIGH.P

Written By: Social Change

Get high!
Social Change (yep)
V.High.P (oh yeah)
Butterthief (no doubt)
Yeah,
Goes something like this...

You better be prepared,
When I'm stepping near,
On some deep shit,
I put a hole thru ya thin veneer,
Hit the inner ear like a spear,
Get ya vision clear,
Southern hemisphere frontier,
What I say is rare,
We in the place,
In ya face,
Slapping the bass,
Everfresh taste,
Rotates on the acetate,
Back in the day to this day,
Always rapped this way,
Born and bred rap head,
From Adelaide,
Down for yours,
'Cause I'm down for the cause,
And I'm down by law,
Save ya round of applause,
'Cause I do it for a reason,
Way beyond the rewards,
When I'm on board,
Suckas'll jet like Concordes,
I chair the boards,
So when I air my thoughts,
Be prepared to listen,
Because I'm here to talk,
All the weak rappers dissing,
Inclined to bork,
Gonna wind up lining up,
On the sidewalk!

V.High.P,
A high state of being,
High state of mind,
V.High.P,
Yeah baby,
We're high all the time!
V.High.P,
A high state of being,
High state of mind,
V.High.P!

My contingent is independent,
With a stringent sentence,
Finish any contenders,
One hit wonders are made redundant,
My abundant knowledge,
Outdoes the pundit,
We run shit like a government,
Does drugs and corruption,
We run the streets on production,
Consistent when I drop the diction,
Enough to make a ignorant sucka, (Stop) listen!
I got wisdom,
You got pots to piss in,
Rap with aggression,
Is lacking intelligence,
So I'm taking it back,
Like a renaissance,
Cooking up more hot shit,
Than in restaurants,
Bare witness,
To this a rare richness,
Beyond laws of physics,
The way of a mystic,
Paint pictures,
A to Z texta flexes,
Social Change,
Get ya name on the guest list!

V.High.P,
A high state of being,
High state of mind,
V.High.P,
Yeah baby,
We're high all the time!
V.High.P,
A high state of being,
High state of mind,
V.High.P!
Yeah baby!
(Yeah baby!)

Yeah baby,
we're high all the time!

V.High.P,
A high state of being,
High state of mind,
V.High.P,
Yeah baby,
We're high all the time!
V.High.P,
A high state of being,
High state of mind,
V.High.P!
Yeah baby!
(Yeah baby!)

Yeah baby,
Yeah baby,
Yeah baby,
Yeah baby,
Yeah baby,
Yeah baby,
It's that V.High.P shit!

It's a state of mind,
You didn't have o get high to be high,
Everything had to do with a higher consciousness is some shape or form,
And the feel was exactly right!

LOTS 2 SAY

Written By: Social Change

Uh, Uh Ha, Uh,
I got a lot to say,
I got some love to give,
I got so much to do,
I got my life to live!

This you'll never forget,
SC coming correct,
I apply characters to a page,
Like Letraset,
I'll never rest,
Do it for the ultimate benefit,
Of all concerned,
Like a natural drug I'm peddling,
I got ya hooked,
Better stop and look,
You want the good funky flavour,
You should watch the cook,
And what I put in the recipe,
As I stir phonetically formed,
Vocabulary 'cause I steadily,
Get it warming up,
Until it's too hot to touch,
Too sweet to resist,
Got ya stuffing ya guts,
'Til the seams split,
Made reality didn't dream it,
What you wanted and needed,
I say it and I mean it,
You aint gonna beat him,
He's so far ahead of the competition,
That's he's in a different league,
And he aint conceded,
He's just comfortable being himself,
So if it sounds fresh repeat it!

I got a lot to say,
(I got a lot to say),
I got some love to give,
(I got some love to give),
I got so much to do,
(I got so much to do),
I got my life to live!
(I got my life to live!)
I got a lot to say,
(I got a lot to say),
I got some love to give,
(I got some love to give),
I got so much to do,
(I got so much to do),
I got my life to live!
(I got my life to live!)

Bashing the decks,
Snapping ya neck,
Mashing the set,
Rapping the text,
Back in effect,
For cats who have slept,
Passing the test,
Surpassing the best,
Controlling the breath,
Outlasting the rest,
Sharpen ya wits,
And quit ya token verses,
About spending a surplus,
You make me laugh,
Like you work in a circus,
Got you nerds all nervous,
When I service mics,
Leave ya wordless,
Speak my heart so earnest,
That the Truth emerges,
Out the furnace,
I throw burners,
I know that I earned this,
So don't take it lightly,
When it comes to my turn,
It's a privilege a honour,
Behold the occurrence,
Bold with the verdict,
Wordsmith with a superb gift,
Learnt this in previous lives,
So I keep it in mind,
There's more to it,
Than what you see with ya eyes,
The secrets inside,
Write what I write,
'Cause I choose what's right,
It's all connected,
Like the moon and the tide!

I got a lot to say,
(I got a lot to say),
I got some love to give,
(I got some love to give),
I got so much to do,
(I got so much to do),
I got my life to live!
(I got my life to live!)
I got a lot to say,
(I got a lot to say),
I got some love to give,
(I got some love to give),
I got so much to do,
(I got so much to do),
I got my life to live!
(I got my life to live!)

We was known to tear shit up,
You know!
Aint it funky!
Aint it funky!
Aint it funky!
Aint it funky!
Aint it funky!
Louder! Uh! Uh! Uh!
Aint in funky!

I got a lot to say,
(I got a lot to say),
I got some love to give,
(I got some love to give),
I got so much to do,
(I got so much to do),
I got my life to live!
(I got my life to live!)
I got a lot to say,
(I got a lot to say),
I got some love to give,
(I got some love to give),
I got so much to do,
(I got so much to do),
I got my life to live!
(I got my life to live!)

Social Change!
You know,
These guys were like superstars,
Right but um,
They were real nice!

Discography

• Social Change "Self Titled" (3 track E.P) - 1998
• F&d "Worship the Grit" (10 tracks) - 2005 - Funkwigs production album featuring Social Change
• Social Change "V.High.E.P" (4 track E.P) - 2007
• Social Change "REAL" (digital single) - 2008
• Dialect "Rugged Uncut Project" (17 track album) - 2008 - track "Soul Call" featuring Social Change
• Social Change "Double Banger" (2 track promo disc from upcoming full length album) - 2009

Set List

A Social Change set can range from half hour to 45 minutes, and can go for an hour or more if required. Social Change play only original songs. The full length album is yet to be released so the current show includes the following songs...

READY - unreleased Battlehoggs Mixtape exclusive
REAL (Digital Single)
SO FLY (from V.High.E.P)
LIFTED (from V.High.E.P)
LOTS 2 SAY (from V.High.E.P)
V.High.P (from V.High.E.P)
BLACK TEXT (from Double Banger album promo release)
PUTTING IN WORK (from Double Banger album promo release)
THE WAY (Unreleased from full length album)
MIC KONTROL (unreleased from full length album)