Marcus J: This song was originally called “What If?”, and I believe it started as a C-Doc remix of a Regenerated Headpiece song. So C-Doc had his verse first for that song and I just followed his lead. The song is basically just asking a bunch of crazy off the wall “what if?” questions.
A few weeks before I got this song I had written down the line, “Let’s rap about things rappers don’t rap about”. I was thinking about all the songs sounding the same, etc. and I wanted to rap about something no one ever had before. When the song came, it was the perfect opportunity to use that line and overall idea.
An original idea I had for this song was to write a rap song that didn’t rhyme. That ended up being too difficult, so I decided to try rhyming every other line. But that also became too difficult as I became too tied up in the structure of the song instead of the song itself.
I also remember after I finished writing I had to hurry and record a scratch vocal ASAP, because I really liked my “What if God was one of us?” line, but I thought it was too obvious and everyone on the track would probably have the same idea. Even though I was the last one on the track to record his verse, I was afraid one of them would think of that idea and redo their verse.
C-Doc: I was at a convention on Long Island with Kyle Jason and Mported Flows where we had our first public screening of my film Dark of Winter. On the way out of town, Port swung by the house of his old friend Phon-X from Regenerated Headpiece. Unbeknownst to me they threw down what would become the song "Sad But True" (which you can hear and download for free on the "Master Plan" single at blocSonic.com).
I was about an hour from home when I got a call from Port and he was raving about the new song he had just recorded. He said that when Phon-X was finished mixing down the temp he was gonna send it along.
So I finally get the file and I'm listening to it on my phone and it sounds like shit but I get the gist of it and I immediately want to remix it and add a verse. And then my verse came to me as I drove and I spit it into my phone so as not to forget it.
I never did the remix but I did invite Port to get down on this song as it was basically all his fault anyway.
I knew that we were not going to call it "What If?" because that would have been a disservice to everything and everybody. I asked Chuck for an idea and he came up with the crazy title "The House of Who, If & What." But out of that suggestion came the scratch samples that I sent to the incomparable DJ Lord who came back with ferocious cuts and a new title: "Think (About It)."
C-Doc: What if the lyrics that I'm writin now are my last song?
What if the flavor of my chewin gum doesn't last long?
What if the time I spent thinkin about it doesn't amount to shit?
What if I had good looks, would I be rap's Brad Pitt?
What if Bush knocked the towers down although I know he didn't
Cause anyone who knows better knows that Cheney did it
What if I wrote a rhyme and spit it, but then would not admit it
Because the rhyme was so dope that you thought I went and bit it?
Oh shit! It's a conundrum, what if I called it done, son?
What if this was the last song, would you say you want some more
Music from the crew that tried to give you what you need
What if I slit my wrists on paper, would my lyrics fuckin bleed?
What if I told these rappers that they got it all wrong
All along, what if I tried to write the same song
That you hear on the radio? Would you think I'm slick?
What if I told you now that you'd be jockin my shit?
Mported Flows: What if jock itch could talk shit?
Toss quick, control the cockpit
Drop sick, toxics, known to be obnoxious
What if I was known for bein cautious?
What if my lost hits were suddenly found?
What if I hired a midget for rubbing me down?
What if my digits switched it to 4-1-2?
What if I could kick it with more lungs, too?
What if cigarettes stopped calmin me down?
What if mic skills were more commonly found?
What if music was original, beats all visual
What if I'm unique, one in a trillion individual?
What if residuals could pay for my songs?
What if I had time to just play with a dog?
I'm sayin, you're playin along to my rant
Shit if my uncle had tits, he'd be my aunt
Marcus J: Let’s rap about things rappers don’t rap about
Like are we alone in the universe….
What if rap didn’t rhyme not all of the time
And really only rhymed like every other line
What if rap backwards was average score in golf
What if golf backwards was a type of assault
What if ass salt was only used to season your ass
But your donkey had heart disease
Is sodium the tool used to kill your mule
Or a movie starring Angela Jolie
What if movies never moved me even if they were black
With apologies to Chuck D the industry is wack
Except for The H-double-U-I-C
I didn’t get paid so that promo was free
One more what if question then I cuss…
What if god was one of us?... God damn it….
from Everything Has Changed; Nothing is Different (Digital Deluxe Version),
released October 14, 2014
Think (About It) (3:27)
(DC Snyder, M. Porter, M. Ankeney, M. Thomas, L. Aswod)
Vocals: C-Doc, Mported Flows, Marcus J
Cuts: DJ Lord
Guitar: Mike T
Recorded by C-Doc at HWIC East- Lower Burrell, PA, Rusty Skelding at Gristle Audio- Dayton, OH, 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