ICONography

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Title track was produced by Dirtybird, who is know for other Tim'm classics such as "The Lesson", "Full Moon", and "Acrobatics"

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Iconography
produced by dirtybirdbeats

Hook:

I'm a grown man growing up
My trajectory
I'm a little bit city and a big country boy
that's who I be
I'm a blues, a jazz, a Hip-hop a rhythm
don't ya wanna dance with me
the most fa mous em cee you never heard of
ICONography

Verse 1:

Born in the Nati, over the Rhine
rebirth in a city where the river runs dry
yet full of water for tears of the broken
underground railroading
freedom song getting us open
Class politics and Midwest corruption
race rioting, buildings smokin, folk chokin
1836, '67, 2011
folk actin' like we in a post-racial heaven
that's a 175 years we still clash
yet black folk still get shot
you do the math
in the Cincinnati
The nasty nati
the nastiest thing is bigotry not being catty
first memories were of living on Race street
where you could eat a bullet
before gettin Grippos to eat
it's not Calculus,
the racial angst of the city where I was born
who would have guessed: ICON
(who would have guessed: ICON)

Hook 2

I'm a grown man growing up
My trajectory
I'm a little bit city and a big country boy
that's who I be
I'm a blues, a jazz, a Hip-hop a rhythm
don't ya wanna dance with me
the most fa mous em cee you never heard of
ICONography
(ICONography)

Verse 2:

Then South Dallas OakCliff
Neglect in a hot city not feeling too hot: Texas
childhood abuses: homeless hungry
momma walkin' streets with 4 kids, no money
eventually we found a spot
over the state line, Pig Sooey, life in the Rock
That's Little Rock the biggest city in the ARK
5 with mandatory football cleats in Fair Park
but it really wasn't fair cuz I was really rather bookish
wasn't a good look for a dad
with a straight plan
to make sure none of his boys would be sissies
especially me, all smart, proper, siditty
just like my ma and if she was into men
then I'd ask, "can I kick it" yes you can
with a boy or girl, so I learned to box
a black queer, Highland Court, Little Rock

Hook 3

grown man growing up
My trajectory
I’m a little bit city and a big country boy
that's who I be
I’m a blues, a jazz, a Hip-hop a rhythm
don't ya wanna dance with me
the most fa mous em cee you never heard of
Iconography

Verse 3:

to a small town where there less stress and killin
and god willing, gang violence and blood spillin
Be more protected in a red dirt bubble of 870
Taylor, Arkansas real slow
a town barely on the map, fewer gun claps
other side of the track town, white over black
lots of church where I'd question my worth
ask God: why I'd be cursed at birth
for burdens I would carry
fast, pray, and tarry
do everything to rid the feeling,
that had me demeaning the joy I felt dreamin’
when I crushed on guys
ideations of suicide
but I listened to a voice one front porch night
said you aiight, in spite of inner fights
and one day you'll find others who feel the same
Icon, people gonna know ya name

Hook to fade (music fade... acapella)

credits

from ICONography, released October 6, 2015
Written and performed by Tim'm West
Track Produced by Dirtybird
Background vocals by Ceedro
Mixed and Engineered by Mauryce MoTrakx Owens at 6090 Studios (Atlanta)

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