The Herbaliser - The Blend Feat. What What (Jean Grae)
Got subjects locked in my cerebral cortex On Ampex tape I’m circulating like a vortex Check out my techs that use a synonym as inspect Mentally badgering emcees with my dialect When I inject memory cell motors retrospect To recollect; too genuine skills I resurrect Directed live from the 2-1-2, 7-1-8, and 5-1-6 area Throughout borough to borough, state to state, world thorough wide I ride, driving mass tracks to genocide Verbal defender, the brain infiltrator Break and fracture a sucka emcee’s “structal” delegator The pen and the pad and the microphone get blessed With Nest, with ease now how I digress Brothers are getting busy grabbing Teks while I apex Verbal backshots coming without the latex Watch the caption spin as the wax begin How I’m rapping in to hit the backspin Now end first verse in the blend Herbalise to Resource done done it again
Chorus (2x) One of the three the Natural R-e to the source In the b-l-e-n-d City to city (state to state) Borough to borough NYC to worldwide rock thorough
See me and rhymes alike Tooth to picks Sides to kicks Chops to sticks Seas to sicks Hard Mr. Bricks Chest to Vicks Corruption to politics Sticks to stones Stones to sticks Not opposites flips Cheese to cakes Beefs to steaks Bones to breaks Decks to tapes Good food to plates Movies to dates Cities to states Odes to papes Shaking MCs off their mics like earth to quakes And now the hand of fate dealt me the higher intellect Connect verbs, dissect words down to lecterns W serves as the first repetition H lines and curves take second position A plays the third The fourth brings the T So hit two times so you get ummmmmmm One of the three Natural R-e to the source In the b-l-e-n-d
My verbal attacks react to mental stimulation I’m leaving gaping contusions caused by lyrical abrasion No pausing, no waiting I play the plus and starting to get in, shining like the sun Lyrical patterns double up on the one Like the name when expose the flame I combust like aerosol or kerosene contained Deaf ears turn the conversation severed I set it off like Lateef and getting Debted, forget it, it only happens because you let it I move, swift tongue sliced crews beheaded I said it again so let the repetition end Resource and Herbaliser in the blend
Jean Grae is a favorite of mine, and on her mixtape “Cookies or Comas” (seriously, go google it) she has a track called Assassins (It’s from Pharoah Monche’s album, me thinks). This is inspired by that track, and will be used in an upcoming collaboration with Ms. Grae.
Much like the comic book hero she’s named after, Jean Grae’s mind is lethal. Having been around since 1996, Jean has proven she can hold her own with some of Hip Hop’s heavyweights, like The Roots, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Immortal Technique & more.
In this interview, she discusses the release of her mixtape “Cookies or Death,” what we can expect from “Cake or Death” & the meaning of soul music.