DeCypher: ProVerb – Writer’s Club Lyrics
Welcome to the writer’s club/ for all the writers with the Midas touch/ (Writers just like us)
The “Midas touch” is a reference to King Midas from greek mythology who had the ability to turn anything he touched into gold. These days it means being able to profit from anything you undertake. In this context Proverb is calling all writers who profit from being real writers
Emcees don’t cypher as much/ that’s why we need a readers and writers club/ (Sign up)X2
A cypher is where emcees with great rhyming and writing skill would freestyle in a group sharing rhymes or battling each other. Cyphers aren’t as common anymore so thats why Proverb is saying a writer’s club is needed
[Verse 1: ProVerb]
Look, I write what I like and I like what I write/ I like to be right/ but I don’t really write to be liked (difference)/
I get hype when I write like journalists/ but I’m no journalist, so I don’t write for the Hype/
He is referring to the Hype Magazine, South Africa’s biggest hiphop magazine saying that even though his writing skill is of the same high calibre as a journalist and so he gets intense publicity because of it he actually isn’t a journalist so he doesn’t write for the Hype.
and not to say that Hype is not right/ but writing won’t get you hype/ and having the hype doesn’t mean you can write/
He’s not dissing the Hype magazine when he says that writing well won’t get you publicised or get you ’hype” and just because you do have “hype” it doesn’t mean its because you have superb writing skills
hype is the right cover up/ so that whatever you write just might get you on the cover of Hype
Having “hype” means that even if you write garbage you will still land on the cover of Hype magazine because you are already publicised and are well-known
you can count from left to right/ how many writers are left/ and you’ll be left thinking it’s not right/ just how many writers have been left stranded/ it’s quite a mess like tryna write left handed/
He is saying that there are very few writers left and its not right that they have been marginalised even though they have exceptional writing skills, its a messy situation like right handed people trying to write with their left hand
but even though there’s not much left that feels right/ look I’m still here I have not left I still write/ I’m the author with so many books left to write/ slash performer I’m still getting booked left and right
Even though the hip hop scene is not looking good and well written lyrics aren’t being seen as important anymore Proverb is still here writing clever thought out rhymes and he still has so many in him and even though exceptional lyrics aren’t seen as “cool” he is still getting booked for countless gigs.
[Verse 2: ProVerb]
Look, I write what I feel and I feel what I write/ to get the right feeling I put a feeling into what I write/ and the feeling is what I write/ and the feeling is what I like/ call it light reading, because reading it is the light/ you feeling me right?/
He doesn’t just write for the sake of writing, he actually puts feelings into his words so that we as the readers or listeners of those words can actually feel them too. “light reading” in general means to read something that isn’t very profound or serious and here Proverb has switched it up to mean reading something that is enlightening because he says “reading it is the light” so he is saying that when he puts feelings into his words they enlighten the reader/listener.
see by speaking it through the mic and by reading it through the night/ I’m leading you to the light/ you read it you write/ you got the right to read/ I’m reading your rights, so what I write you read/ I’d like to see you see the light/
Carrying on from the line above he is saying that his words lead us to enlightenment because he wants us to see the light)
and I see that you seem to like seeing an emcee who writes/ there’s a danger in being seen as a real emcee/ because real emcees are an endangered species/ that’s the life that I’m trying to lead/ I’m trying to lead writers back to life cause were a dying breed/ I’m trying to breed, writers who write to lead/ and bring life to the writings that you’re dying to read/
Even though there are those who appreciate real Mc’s who write poignant and esoteric lyrics there are very few who actually are real emcees because it is very rare for a real emcee to achieve mainstream success. Proverb’s goal is to try and bring real emcees back and to generate more real emcees who write real lyrics that have depth. Note the beautiful juxtaposition of life and dying in the line “bring life to the writings that you’re dying to read” meaning that he wants to bring back real writings that we as the readers have been longing to read
Extra Observations: Note the use of the antimetabole, (a poetic device that describes a verbal pattern where the second part of the sentence is exactly the same as the frst part but with words reversed) in almost every line of the song e.g “I write what I like and I like what I write” and “I write what I feel and I feel what I write” and within those antimetabolic phrases are puns especially on the words “right” and “write” His repitition of words and words with similar sounds (assonance) is what makes the message of the song so effective because it enhances and enriches the rhythm and flow while adding a sense of urgency that we need a writer’s club. It is also a testament to Proverb’s lyrical dexterity and clever complex word wizardry.
**Explanations that are GREEN have been Verified by the Artist.
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