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Daily Jam : “Scapegoat” by Atmosphere

June 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Today’s daily jam takes us back to 1997 Atmosphere- when it was still a group of Minneapolis MCs Slug and Spawn, three years prior to Spawn’s departure from the acclaimed hip-hop outfit. The 1997 release of their debut studio album “Overcast!” unleashed a single that caused even more fans to accumulate: today’s jam “Scapegoat.” Thinking of Atmosphere often takes the mind directly to track titles such as “Sunshine” or “Yesterday”- but for the sake of music and hip-hop, look a little further back than these popular hits. “Scapegoat” brings so much depth and talent to the table, as does much of “Overcast!” The lyrics are definitely worth dissecting if there’s an opportunity presented… such as this. In all seriousness, not enough people take the time to analyze as much as they possibly can. People claim to love certain artists or types of music while simultaneously falling ignorant to the raw message and purpose behind the music. Don’t.

It’s the caffeine, the nicotine, the milligrams of tar
It’s my habitat, it needs to be cleaned, it’s my car
It’s the fast talk they use to abuse and feed my brain
It’s the cat box, it needs to be changed, it’s the pain
It’s women, it’s the plight for power, it’s government
It’s the way you’re given knowledge
Slow with thought control and subtle hints
It’s rubbin’ it, itchin’ it, it’s applyin’ cream
It’s the foreigners sight seein’ with high beams, it’s in my dreams
It’s the monsters that I conjure, it’s the marijuana
It’s the embarrassment, displacement, it’s where I wander
It’s my genre, it’s Madonna’s videos
It’s game shows, it’s cheap liquor, blunts
It’s bumper stickers with rainbows
It’s angels, demons, gods, it’s the white devils
It’s the monitors, the soundman, it’s the motherfucking mic levels
It’s gas fumes, fast food, Tommy Hil’ and mommy’s pill
Columbia House music club, designer drugs and rhyming thugs

It’s bloods, crips, fives, six, it’s stick up kids
It’s Christian conservative terrorists, it’s porno flicks
It’s the east coast, no, it’s the west coastIt’s public schools, it’s asbestos
It’s mentholated, it’s techno, it’s sleep, life, and death

It’s speed, coke, and meth
It’s hay fever, pain relievers, oral sex, and smokers breath
It stretches for as far as the eye can see
It’s reality, fuck it, it’s everythin’ but me
On and on and on and on
The list goes on and on and on and on
It’s all according that life on a whole
It’s in the water, it’s in the air, it’s in the meat
It’s indirect, indiscreet, it’s inconsistent, incomplete
It’s in the streets, every city, everywhere you go
In every man it’s the insanity, the fantasy, the casualties
It’s the health care system, it’s welfare victims
It’s assault weapons, it’s television religion and it’s false lessons
It’s cops, police, pigs with badges guns and sticks
It’s harassment and a complex you carry when you’re runnin’ shit
It’s wonderin’ if you get to eat, it’s the heat
It’s the winter, the weather, it’s herpes and it’s forever
It’s the virus that takes the lives of the weak and the strong
It’s the drama that keeps on between me and my seed’s mom
It’s that need to speak long, it’s that hunger for attention
It’s the whack who attack songs of redemption
It’s prevention, it’s the first solution, it’s loose, it’s out for retribution
It’s mental pollution and public execution
It’s the nails that keep my hands and feet to these boards
It’s the part time job that governs what you can afford
It’s the fear, It’s the fake, it’s clear it can make time stop
And leave you stranded in the year of The Snake
It’s the dollar, yen, pound, it’s all denomination
It’s hourly wages for your professional observations
It’s on your face and it’s in your eyes, everything you be
‘Cause it ain’t me, motherfucker, ’cause it ain’t me
On and on and on and on
The list goes on and on and on and on
The list goes on and on and on and on
The list goes on and on and on and on
It’s all according that life on a whole
It’s all according that life on a whole

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Stephanie is a senior Advertising and Public Relations & Multiplatform Journalism double major at Duquesne University expected to graduate in May 2014.

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