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Talk That Talk: Top 5 Notable Quotables Of 2011

By 12.15.11

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“A mother lost her child, I tried to ease her pain
‘It’s only God’s will,’ she said she felt the same
It’s funny how the sun will up and battle rain
As if the clouds couldn’t stand to see me outside again
Wrote a rhyme that was kind, with some vision to it
Bottom line, it might expand yo mind if you listen to it
Too much shine can dull the soul
If you feel how I feel, then I rap some more
How can the Devil take my brother if he’s close to me
When he was everything I wasn’t but I hoped to be
I get a little honest, and I ask my self
If the time come, will you save me if I ask for help
Send my mind on a journey to the outermost
To document what it had seen, and Cc: me the notes
And ask Kurt Cobain why, ’cause I need to know
He stopped when he had such a long way to go
I saw love in the eyes of a perfect stranger
She overlooked my caring heart in search of a gangsta
Will we ever be together?
Only time will tell
She called my phone and talked to me as her eyes would swell
I put my problems in a box beside my tightest rhymes
Under lock and key, buried deep off in my mind
And when it gets too full, and I can’t close the lid
I spaz on my family and my closest friends
Trade my materials for a piece of mind
I’m so close to Heaven, hell, I just need some time
Who cares about life, and the highs and lows
Maybe I should write another song about pimps and hoes
Cars and clothes, idol gods, golden calves, Louis scarves
I do this for the love, and it’s free of charge
I don’t need jail to be behind bars
This is purely art, in my Grandma’s household this was surely taught
Don’t be naive, yeah, these times is hard
In the midst of all the glamor, hope you find God
I never wished to be the burden bearer
But souls need saving, and it’s now or never
Shock value’s all they wanna see
It’s us against them, and it’s just you and me
Trying to take heed what I say in my songs
Forgive me if I ever, ever steered you wrong
Most people stop for signs, but I’ve driven through it
If it don’t touch my soul, then I can’t listen to it
The radio don’t play the shit I used to love
Or maybe I’m just growing up
I never seen a star on a red rug
If I wanna see stars I just look above…
To the Heavens”

Big K.R.I.T. on “The Vent,” from the album Return of 4Eva

K.R.I.T. is consistently lauded for his beautifully-constructed production (and rightly so) but he can be simplistically dazzling with a pen. He needs just two short lines near the end of the verse to conjure up a layered observation of what it is to mature and change as a Hip-Hop fan. And that’s just one couplet. The first two bars alone pack enough lived-in pain and unsureness to strike a chord with anyone who has had the difficult task of trying to comfort a grieving loved-one or acquaintance. It’s all part of the gripping internal struggle at play here — K.R.I.T. fighting to maintain positivity and perseverance in the face of personal experiences that invite doubt and disappointment. It’s a lyrical feast for those who like their rap a little more contemplative, a little more substantive. — Samir S.


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