Symantix

Symantix

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The vivacious and fearless energy of Symantix is known to leave observers in constant suspense. From sarcasm, to politics, to club hopping, Symantix’s music is peppered with the dual persona of the “nice girl” and the “not so nice girl.

Biography

Born Lakeisha McCoy, this femcee is genuinely dedicated to the study of the language of hip-hop, right down to naming herself semantics — the study of the meaning of language. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, young Lakeisha was always a cut above her peers. As early as 10 years-old she began constructing her rhymes, and by age 15 her rhymes would win her numerous poetry contests, even landing her some local fame in a Pittsburgh newspaper. She'd continue to mix the language of hip-hop with education when she used it to get into college. While most kids write long-and-boring self-congratulatory college application essays, Symantix dared to be different and submitted a rhyme titled "Black and Proud." This essay got her into the prestigious scientific university, Carnegie Mellon. Though she went off to college, she never once turned her back on hip-hop.
Following college, Lakeisha fully became her alter ego, Symantix, moving to Washington D.C. and joining the Freestyle Union. With the Union, she honed her skills as a freestyle rapper — a skill she believes is necessary to become a thorough and well-respected artist. With that in check, Symantix settled in Harlem and took to the road. Hopping between major cities like New York, Atlanta, Washington D. C and Pittsburgh, she's hit up popular venues and events such as Joe's Pub, SOB's, Jack Rose, CBGB's, the Izzy Bar, Soul Café, the Studios Museum of Harlem, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the Lions Den and B-Girl Manifesto. She also opened for Nona Hendrix, former member of the popular '70s trio LaBelle (fronted by the world famous Patti Labelle), as well as proved her worth countless times by holding her own in the "End of the Weak MC" competitions and in the twenty-six female battle royal, "Set if Off." And as far as stepping away from the battlefield, Sym has the ability to mellow out and is a regular at the Black Lily showcase - a jazz-inspired hip-hop/neo-soul venue that has featured performers like India Arie, Jill Scott, Floetry, Kindred and many others.
Having recently signed to the Indie label Blackout Entertainment and released her debut CD (The Devil With The Blue Mic,) Symantix is out to prove that the ladies of hip-hop can hit it big wile still providing substance through their music. Citing the likes of the Wu Tang, The Fugees, Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix as some of her major influences, with the exception of underground sensation Jean Grae, this girl is doing something that hasn't really been tackled since Lauryn Hill was in the spotlight. The video for her single featuring the socially conscious and always political Dead Prez can be seen across the nation on MTV, and she can also be seen as the narrator in Def Film Maker's The Incredible Cluck or Free-styling rhymes in The Boom Boom Room: A Hip-Hop Documentary. With plenty of charisma, humor and intelligence, this fun-lovin', venom-spittin' she-devil is ready-and-willing to introduce the world to her shiny blue mic.

Lyrics

Clap Your Hands

Written By: Symantix

The party's jumpin, the place is packed,
when the crowds like this I'm ready to rap.
But not tonight see I'm ready to mack,
got on my tight slacks wit a Gucci hat.

Now, brothas hawkin me front to back,
askin my where my man is at,
I'm askin them where they manners at,
cause dawg I'm not feelin where your hands it at.

We continue to maneuver through,
always 4 deep in the crew,
Keisshia, Angela, Susan too,
nails done, hair tight you know how we do.

Nice night feels right no fights...
ladies FREE now that's the right price.
Cuties from left to right
and they buying us drinks for the rest of the night.

Chorus
Clap your hands if you're feelin this
Move your feet if you're feelin this
Wiggle and Jiggle if you're feeling this
IIIII want to know if your feelin this

Clap your hands if you're feelin this
Move your feet if you're feelin this
Wiggle and Jiggle if you're feeling this
Want to know if your feelin this

A couple a smiles then couple of winks,
then a couple guy bought us a couple of drinks.
A couple good songs and what do you think?
We up on the dance floor doing our thing.

Wiggling, jiggling, spines is winding.
Two stepping, bumping and grinding.
Feet moving and elbows flying.
Sweats dripping and flesh is trembling.

The one I'm wit won't stop for nothing,
He gone mess around I'll make him my husband.
SIKE! I'm playing wit dat,
This is all about fun young I'm staying wit dat.

Chours
Clap your hands if you're feelin this
Move your feet if you're feelin this
Wiggle and Jiggle if you're feeling this
IIIII want to know if your feelin this

Clap your hands if you're feelin this
Move your feet if you're feelin this
Wiggle and Jiggle if you're feeling this
Want to know if your feelin this

After the show it's the after party,
After the party it's another party!
We gonna do it till the DJ stops.
We gonna do it till the sun comes up.

Do matter what you came to do,
Gaiter boots or Seeleitto shoes.
Doobie wrap or an Afro Poof,
Baller cat in a two piece suite.

Don't matter what coast you're from
East to West young it's all in fun.
Midwest to the Dirty South,
We gonna tear the club down and turn it out.

All my ladies gonna turn it out
All my fellas gonna turn it out
Every body gonna turn it out
We gonna tear the club down and turn it out.

Chorus
Clap your hands if you're feelin this
Move your feet if you're feelin this
Wiggle and Jiggle if you're feeling this
IIIII want to know if your feelin this

Clap your hands if you're feelin this
Move your feet if you're feelin this
Wiggle and Jiggle if you're feeling this
want to know if your feelin this

Hope & Pray feat. Dead Prez

Written By: Symantix feat. Dead Prez

Verse 1 M1 (Dead Prez)

If you believe it you can achieve it,

That’s wise words of wisdom.

Or really would you whether just be

Pimped by the system?

Nobody knows the reasons we here,

We just surviving from day to day,

Caught up in this game you have to pay to play.

Head up, fist clinched, we keep pushing forward.

Dare to struggle keep bubbling and go for it.

I’m inspired by those who keep trying,

Reliant giants, who studied light and try to use it as a science

My theory is to keep firein irons, realize were not dieing

Ever defiant, we like lions.

Keep applying the gift, like the story of the man an the fish,

Then make reality instead of a wish.

You got to be brave in these good and these bad days.

Live and learn Homey, we growing in mad ways.

We done been through some ish that made us grow up quick,

I done been around the world and can’t never forget that we can make it yall!

Chorus

I hope and I pray,

Maybe one day,

We’ll all get a chance to say,

We finally made it!

I’ll keep my head to the sky,

Keep my eye on the prize,

Maybe then by and by,

We’ll finally make it.

Verse 2 Symantix

In the beginning I did it for fun.

But it was out of love so I did it for crumbs.

I knew if I stayed on my grind and stuck to my guns,

It was inevitable, the money would come.

So I plan my work and worked my plan.

The last to lay it down and the first to stand.

The first to get it cracking and the last to quit.

If hard word was a class then I mastered it.

But I had my bought with fears and doubts.

People the built me up just to tear me down.

People that turned about, when my hand stretch out.

You know the so-called “friends” that aint never around?

But I stuck to it though the blues and the pain,

And I stuck to it through confusion and rain,

And I’m-a stick to it though what ever they bring.

They aint putting my asleep just to still my dream!

Chorus

I hope and I pray,

Maybe one day,

We’ll all get a chance to say,

We finally made it!

I’ll keep my head to the sky,

Keep my eye on the prize,

Maybe then by and by,

We’ll finally make it.

Verse 3 Symantix

With the diseased invested waters.

And the fathers molesting daughters.

It’s like the sheep is lead to slaughter

No wander profits claim this is the “New World Order”

Shit, half my friends can’t get no job,

The other half done been laid off.

Big Business is fudging the books,

Economy on the ledge and they trying to push.

But I’m-a go-on keep my head up fo sho,

Cause we got some shit that they never could know.

They aint the Gods and they aint in control.

We gonna bust any door down they think they can close!

Bridge

Where you at in life?

What you want in life?

Do you have in life

Everything that you think you need in life?

What are the answers

To all these problems?

Who has the power?

I wanna know… PLEASE I wanna know!

Chorus

I hope and I pray,

Maybe one day,

We’ll all get a chance to say,

We finally made it!

I’ll keep my head to the sky,

Keep my eye on the prize,

Maybe then by and by,

We’ll finally make it

Feeling You (love song)

Written By: Symantix

It's a nice night the summer is near,
maybe I'll go for a walk and cop some fresh air.
The birds chirp in the trees, my knees in the breeze,
grass sprouting up now there's some green on the leaves...

And I'm, looking good, feeling good,
smelling good like I should.
I keep it nice right and tight.

Oh,You know the way that I do.
I stay down to earth, nice shirt
plus some flavorful boots .

I'm hot steppin,
when he steps in my direction.
Off in the distance
I detected his reflection.

Did I forget to mention,
I'm rolling wit my favorite henchman?
My ace boon-koon. Man listen,
Me and Sue, we thicker than thieves.
Thicker the Jada, Vivaka plus Latifa the Queen.

I spot him, my girl spots his friend,
They both spot us then our night must begin.

chorus
can't you see, you got the best in me?
this is real, the way you make me feel.
The way you walk, the way you talk,
I just cant stop thinking about you...
Everything that you do you stay on my mind.

Now we're all walking,
plus were all talking,
everything is good like it's all falling...

into place, yo into position,
the one that I like is not only fine but he listens?!

Nice teeth, nice smile and disposition.
Next to him oh, there's no competition.

Clear to say in every verse I display
this right here got me straight blown away.

(the Bridge)
I just can't help, the way you make me feel inside
you make me feel brand new again.
I want to be in your life if only you can tell me how.
But PLEASE don't hurt me!

chorus
can't you see, you got the best in me?
this is real, the way you make me feel.
The way you walk, the way you talk,
I just cant stop thinking about you...
Everything that you do you stay on my mind.

That special night it came and it went,
and I enjoyed every part of the next day that I spent
wondering if this guy was even feeling me...
could he and I ever be a real possibility?

I must have played it a thousand times in my mind,
over and over my brain pressing REWIND!
How he looked, how he walked, how he talked.
When the telephone rings everything STOPS!!

But I aint pressed naw I aint stressin!
I got to make sure that Symantix is coming off correct when...
I pick up the phone can be excited and shit.
Don't want him to think I've been waiting around just for this.

Just a minute ago... I was stressing, I know,
Wondering if he would even call me fo sho.
But I can't help myself from playing this game.
I want to dance with the fire but not get burned with the flame.

chours
can't you see, you got the best in me?
this is real, the way you make me feel.
The way you walk, the way you talk,
I just cant stop thinking about you...
Everything that you do you stay on my mind.

Discography

Albums
Devil With the Blue Mic
Released: 2004
Label: Blackout Ent.
Genre: Rap & Hip Hop
Parental Advisory, Explicit Lyrics

EPs/Singles
Hope & Pray
Released: 2004
Label: Blackout entertainment
Genre: Rap & Hip Hop

NY Life
Released: 2005
Label: Blackout entertainment
Genre: Rap & Hip Hop

Set List

Real Hip Hop (Call and Response) 3:20
What You See (Medium Tempo Song) Rapping + Introduction of Background (BG) Vocalist 4:15
These Boots (High Energy Song) Rapping, Dancing, Singing with BG Vocalist 4:00
Feeling You (Slow/Love Song) Rapping + Singing with BG Vocalist 5:00
Hope and Pray (Up Tempo Song) Rapping + Singing with BG Vocalist 4:00
NY Life (Finale, Medium Tempo Song) Rapping = Singing with BG Vocalist 4:30