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J Scienide and Hassaan Mackey tag team a Dom Sicily beat (Song premiere)

Give it here, and don’t say anything.

Give it here, and don’t say anything.

Over the weekend when I spoke to the gentlemen about their recent collaboration, J Scienide and Hassaan Mackey evoked cheerful spirits. Excited to unleash the Dom Sicily-produced record about “catching a Jux” to the world, both rappers explained that they wrote their illustrative verses from opposing perspectives. Taken inspiration from the lead artist, Hassaan Mackey penned the devious thoughts from the mind of a delinquent.

I sincerely swear when I leave this porch/With this hoodie on and hit the stick I torched it/That all my thoughts/Gone center round all-out war/The sweet-sounding shots in the great outdoors/The pocket rocket carrying no merit of course/Ain’t plotting, but am plotting to take what’s yours /That Jekyll & Hyde vibe/Man my thoughts were lost/Right side of my brain couldn’t laugh it off/I’m trying to leave niggas lost in the applesauce

Ahead of the J Scienide’s poetic entry, gunshots and broken glass set the tone—sounds often heard in urban communities and war-torn neighbourhoods. Next, a sampled lyric from “Don’t Say Nuthin'” by The Roots comes in. Skillfully, the Washington, DC-based musician, who also produces, paints a grim picture in HD.

Armageddon body on a weapon/The Angel of Death in mere seconds/Life’s a lesson/Class is in session/Back to the essence/The block’ll miss your presence/Children of the future, but they’ll shoot ya/No Malcolm X, Martin Luther, just computers/See the fear in all the subway commuters

Ironically, today is Columbus Day in the United States. An infamous holiday that commemorates one of the most violent stick-up kids, ever, and the genocide he brought to America from Spain. Unfortunately, we (as Americans) have celebrated it for hundreds of years. Still, I am not astounded. It is a numbing norm, like everything else.

Stream the terrifically produced record now. It is five seconds shy of three minutes. About the average time of a bank robbery, and shorter than a home invasion.

Note from the Editor: By no means does it mean that you are a criminal if you wear a hooded sweater. Athletes, college students, women, children, and business executives wear them too, on their off days.


Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is the North American Press Agent and US Business Manager for Oxlade; Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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