C-Doc: I was listening to the latest album by fellow Pittsburgher Villain151 and one of my favorite tracks is "Concrete Cottonfields" which is a scathing stream of consciousness three and a half minute megaton bomb. He just kills it.
There's a part where he says, "This is my last shot, the have-nots mascot" and the beat drops out. And it hit me how dope that was and I knew I had to write a song called "HaveNots Mascot" and that Villain had to get down on it.
My verse for this song dates back to a recording session we had at Marcus J's place back in 2003. We were there with Pvt Militant and Tirade and we were recording a handful of covers of some of our favorite Hiphop verses. So PVT wants to write and record a new song on the spot but not everyone is thrilled with the idea. But we try it anyway and I write what I consider to be one of the best verses I have ever written. However, when we go to record it, my allergies deny me (Marcus has cats, of which I am insanely allergic to) the lung power to do so and I vow to record the verse when I return home and recuperate. This never happens as I misplace my lyrics and proceed to be pissed off about it for many years to come.
Cut to eleven years later and I'm digging through my desk looking for something completely unrelated to music and I see a sheet of paper that I've seen many times before but I never really looked at it. It's blank, save for a letterhead. And this is the first time in many times of seeing this sheet of paper that I actually read the letterhead and I suddenly realize that it is for the architecture firm that Marcus works for. And then I flip the paper over and find those lyrics that I wrote in 2003 that I thought were lost forever. What the fuck?!
Anyway, the lyrics are still dope, though not as dope as I remember them being, but they're also only like 6 bars long. But with a little bit of rewriting and extending, I realized that they would be perfect for "HaveNots Mascot."
Def Chad's verse was actually recorded for a PE remix I had done to the song "ICEbreaker". I told him I was working on it and he asked if he could jump on it, but after he recorded it we realized it didn't fit and I told him I would put it away for something else.
I had always figured that this album would end with "Hiphop Therapy II" but as time quickly ticked away and that song wasn't getting any closer to completion, I began looking for a replacement and "HaveNots..." fit the bill. A different type of ending, yes, but one that works nonetheless. And it got Chad on the album after we thought that wasn't gonna happen.
C-Doc: Gimme a mic and a reason and some would call it treason
But then it's maybe something that you're needin'
Or maybe that it's something to believe in
Or maybe that it's something you can use to pass the time along the seasons
Or maybe then it's something you can listen to and diss
Or maybe then it's something to get you pissed
Or get you to raise your fist
And pump it in the air at the crooked millionaires
When they send the pigs running up your stairs
Or maybe then it's something to compare to the overrated
Industry that's decaying down and far beyond repair
Leaving all my people in despair, but since I've been
Growing with this music then you know I've gotta care
And give a damn, or maybe try to understand
Why a helping hand isn't a part of the game plan
Blind man can't see it, a bind in a blind spot
Or maybe we forgot what we thought we were taught
Or maybe when they leave me to rot my mug shot
Will take the top spot as the HaveNots Mascot...
Def Chad: Here I go, here I go
It's the sound of my tribal chant
Born in America, strong Black man
But they want me back in Africa, but my roots ain't Africa
Hard label traffickin', now they call me Afro-America
Born to pay, where I lay
They smack me on the butt, gave me a social number
I woke up livin' in debt in the projects
But my mind I kept- I had a circle of
Strong Black men to help the masses
Get through the classes, CNN
The eye, they all lie, but somewhere down the line
We all got fucked, the hood gave up
Red Black and Green, know what I mean
"Brothers and Sisters!" We on the same team...
Villain151: You got the haves and the have nots,
Fast moneys all good still the cash stops,
Like 2 am at the bar this my last shot,
Got clamps on the game got it padlocked,
Listen this is my mission keep my people outta prison,
Political decisions keep the nation in division,
Part of the master plan executed with precision,
Realty TV keeps revolution in submission,
....Until we dream and strive for more,
We'll forever be suppressed and behind the door,
I heard the blind leads the blind well I'm trying to soar,
Still trying to find my way hope your finding yours,
Look my goal ain't to sign no deal,
I'll share my story with the world baby mine is real,
If I'm guilty of the truth won't try to appeal,
Let's put the pedal to the medal it's time to grind for real
from Everything Has Changed; Nothing is Different (Digital Deluxe Version),
released October 14, 2014
HaveNots Mascot (4:30)
(DC Snyder, J. Herring, A. Sisco, M. Thomas)
Vocals: C-Doc, Def Chad, Villain151
Guitar: Mike T
Recorded by C-Doc at HWIC East- Lower Burrell, PA, James Herring at Fingaprintz- Homewood, PA, Anthony Sisco at P.A.B. Studios- Forest Hills, PA, and Mr. T's- Canton, OH
DefBeat Posse Productions, ID!Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Collective of emcees founded by Public Enemy's Chuck D. Spearheaded by producer / emcee C-Doc, The Impossebulls were
nicknamed "the world's first virtual rap squad" as they would collaborate virtually with anyone at anytime. They recorded their self titled debut in 2001 and are set to celebrate their 20th year in 2021....more