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Bigger Than Jesus

Currently serving a life sentence, Mark Chapman was denied parole for the 8th time back in 2012. Receiving an autograph from John Lennon a few hours before assassinating him, Mark says he had to end John Lennon’s life after learning about claims and stats that ranked The Beatles popularity higher than Jesus…

 

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“Mama

Still wonder if this shit is real

I get on the stage and women scream like Meek Mill

Fucking in some nollis bar with…

I took off my pants and she said short gun long dick… Load up the chopper like it’s December 31st

Roll up and cock it and hit them niggas where it hurts

If I die today, Remember me like John Lennon

Buried In Louie, I’m talking all brown linen

huh?”

 

They say everybody loves a hero, but what makes a hero? The villain of course, okay scratch that, before I go on a tangent I’ll come up with a different answer, perhaps one that is less mind wrecking to all of us, better yet, let me just insert the music part of this post while I’m at it, as music fans we all have music heroes, and with that, there’s something rather magical that happens when an artist decides to pay homage to an artist they perhaps look up to. With hip hop stars going on about how absolutely awesome they are in every other song, it’s refreshing when they rap or write in praise of an artist before them.

I think we can all agree that “Doc Shebeleza” was the biggest hip hop song in SA back in 2014, a song that pays homage to hip hop’s very own Doc Shebeleza, I don’t know if any one noticed this, but if you’re not from South Africa, “Doc Shebeleza” is basically a downplayed version of “John” by Lil Wayne. Both songs are titled after respected artists, both songs lionize living the life of a rockstar and well, the energy of the song is very much the same. Undress your mind and play Lil Wayne’s “John”, ignore the lyrics and rap/sing “Doc Shebeleza” over it an all will be obvious.

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic, It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost”- Arthur Ashe

 


The 11th Daily Bread

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Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try, No hell below us, above us only sky, No angels but birds fly, yes, there comes a time when every bird has to fly, there comes a time when every rose has to die, when bonds untie, alone they cry, together they fight, out to test their might, practicing their rights, no might can hold it back, add a little doubt and stand back, watch it crack, watch it fall back off track, play that Jay Z track.

Man, if I had a billion rands for every time someone sampled or reworked Jay Zs “Song Cry”, I’d have…. a lot of money. Yes, if I had one percent of that for every time someone reworked the song, I’d still have a lot of money, but I just thought I’d be greedy and make it a billion. Being more realistic, Rihanna, Lloyd, letoya, Keyshia Cole and Ghostface killah are amongst the more than a dozen recording artists that have covered the song. though uncredited the Jaguar Write vocals are the soul and Jay Z verses are the heart of this Grammy nominated number. It is without a doubt one of the leading songs that made the 1st Blueprint album the masterpiece it is.

We all have rights, well, at least in paper we do. In reality the right or freedom to express yourself is bound by ideas inforced by society, this idea being a collective of ideas, two which imply shedding a tear as a sign of weakness, and admitting that you’re wrong as a sign of defeat. In Song Cry we see Hova explore his more emotional side, his mistakes, mistakes that doomed three of his relationships to failure. Though for the reasons I’ve mentioned, us men aren’t meant to cry, but they say crying helps, they say it’s therapeutic. But what happens when the tears just aren’t there, when the pride inside just wont let them out? In Jays case, he lets them out with a song, he lets the song do it, the Song Cry.

 


Working Class Heroes

Working Class Heroes

“There’s room at the top I’m telling you still

But first you must learn how to smile as you kill

If you want to be like the folks on the hill

Working Class Hero is something to be”

With spiralling controversy that lead to a radio station manager spending a year in prison and a $10,000 fine for allowing it uncensored airplay, this John Lennon classic has been covered by Ozzy Osbourne, Greenday and Marilyn Manson, just to name a few. Influenced by the left-wing political movement and thinkers at the time, it carries a messages that hits home to all of us. In the song John Lennon denounces the rules of family and school that diminish an individual, in it, he encourages revolution in the heads and hearts of you and I.

“Keep you doped with religion, sex and T.V

And you think you’re so clever and classless and free

but you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see”

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“When they’ve tortured and scared you for 20 odd years

Then they expect you to pick a career

When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear…”

They say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, they say no one dies a virgin because life fucks us all, they say everybody dies but not everybody lives… let me digress a bit, yes, I consciously want to digress. See, every few weeks I visit the barber, the one I go to is situated on the closer outskirts of the CBD and often when I’m there, I get to see homeless people walk in to ask for water. Whilst they wait for their buckets to fill up, surrounded by mirrors, oblivious to their worn-out clothes, they start dusting themselves up. Helplessly I experienced a profound sense of sadness when I first saw this. It doesn’t occur to us that a homeless person who probably has a single meal a day (if they’re lucky) gives a damn about what they look like… back to my point. We allow society to program us into thinking that not going to parties every week and not being affluent means you’re not “Living”. FUCK IT. whether you’re upper class or lower class, we all have days that are better, likewise worse than others… it’s those days that remind us that we’re alive, that we all have the strength to go on… that we all have a story to tell… a story that perhaps has evolved the soul into appreciating a beauty so invisible to a sister in her LV shoes.

 

"Superheroes" video shot

“Superheroes” video shot

This one is for the unsung heroes, written by Irish pop rock band The Script, “Superheroes” is one hell of an inspirational number, It hollas at people who are going through the hardest of times but still manage to keep their head held high.

Shot In Johannesburg, South Africa the video tells a story of a struggling single dad who makes sure that his dear little daughter isn’t affected by the financial struggles he faces in the dark… An unsung hero indeed as so many people have been brought up by single mothers, no one ever really talks about single dads… we forget about them, just as we tend to forget each others values as human beings, grading each other into lower, middle and upper class.

 

"Superheroes" video shot

“Superheroes” video shot

With a suit and tie facade, the dad leaves home for work only to change outfits as he in fact works at a dump(ster). As for the daughter, wishful thinking often comes around when her dad is away, thoughts of her actually having friends. She feeds these wishful thoughts with the little she has only to be let down once more… at least ’til her hero comes back home… Damn! if you haven’t seen this video, you have to.

"Superheroes" video shot

“Superheroes” video shot

“When you’ve been fighting for it all your life

You’ve been working every day and night

That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Every day, every hour

Turn the pain into power”

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“Superheroes” video shot

Heads up, yes they’re not coming to Durban but The Script will be returning to SA in a few months, Get your tickets and who knows? maybe they’ll shoot another video here 🙂