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Penmanship on point

I haven’t jotted down lyrics in a while. When that inspiration hits though, I need to grab pen and pad and just let the words flow. I was waiting in line at the bank today, which can take a while, and I was already playing around with a couple of rhymes in my head when I spotted a sign with “Balance Books” on it. This kicked my mental engine into action and I began to piece together the notions of today’s rappers who flaunt their ability to write hooks and make lots of money quick and easy. This is a dig at those rappers who spit some bullshit verse or hook on a pop single and somehow think this qualifies them as real lyricists.

I also wanted to highlight my appreciation for actually using a pen and pad* to write stuff down. Even though technology has certain advantages, I just can’t see myself tapping away at a keyboard or touchscreen. The flow would be struck down by spellcheck and typos. Handwriting is also a very personal form of expression. With a background in graffiti and tagging, I appreciate how a person actually writes letters rather than chooses a jazzy font. That said, I haven’t been writing for a while so my handwriting is a bit off.

*My personal preference is a Moleskine Classic Notebook and Pilot V5 Hi-tecpoint pen (black ink)

Too many rappers celebrating money making hooks

Their math don’t add up like crooked balance books

Look, it’s been a while since I bust a wild freestyle

Back in the day Busta’s wild style made me smile

But I cut my lines form a different cloth

No sloth with these words

The phat always rise to the top

Penmanship on point to get these rhymes right

Disable microphones so Siri don’t bite

I’m a writer not a typer with a sixth sense for bars

My scroll bars are scrolls, God

Sacred testaments expressing my temperament

Leave you wondering where I went?

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