Normal 2​.​0 (DJ Pack)

by More Or Les

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Normal 2.0 04:26
INTRO: People need to stay in their house, and learn some fucking facts before they come out. And stop being racist to Asian people. CHORUS ONE: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Anxious, hoping that the world stays improving. Try to see the shape of things but nothing is conformal. Live in the moment to get by in this new Normal. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Feeling kinda crazy with this cabin fever brewing. The choice to exercise and get outside is not informal, It's vital, if you're able. Welcome to the New Normal. VERSE ONE: Welcome to a mangled form of the planet you're born from. It had dangers before now, pandemic tours. ‘Course some just want to ignore or they're kinda bored, or some have theories galore of planned attack, that you're forced ta' resist or endure. Rest assured Money Keepers don't want us money makers to get lured Into the thought Capitalism would stop. I get the sense quite a lot would like to get back, to “stat quo”, get back to rap shows, get back who passed - those you lost. Those who fought this back - those cats know this crap ain’t the flu. Ain’t for you to say squat. Don’t say you’re trapped if you’re in a mansion and paid lots. Drake says you could be trapped in your mental, so take stock of yourself and your friends. That depends if they’re not already too busy fighting the existential crisis now manifesting in folks globally just like the virus. CHORUS TWO: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Cool, except for my mind that I feel I might be losing. Live in the Matrix, or fell through a dimensional portal: it could be either one, living in this new Normal. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Good as long I ignore the lies that Trolls are spewing. Ya think ya virus-free, protected by pretentious morals? “Hello, hi haters, welcome to the new Normal!” VERSE TWO: I’m straight dumbing out on people’s lack of intelligence. You’re not a Virologist, so your theories are irrelevant! Guess I’m not a populist - I agree with government sentiment that safety comes first. We’re all taking an “L”, get it in ya head. But get out y’mind that you’re a hero for telling friends on Facebook you think your neighbours are infected since you saw one of 'em sneeze from allergies. You better get ready for false positives. Yeah, I’m truly negative for skipping out on Zoom meets, but who needs to reinforce feelings of guilt for feeling like shit to be indoors safe, sound and dry, ‘cause I can’t play sounds outside. Yo, I might break down and cry but you already know this ‘cause I already posted shit on FB and IG. High speed internet, VPN and I see torrents for the Beastie Boys Story. Nevermind me - caught between facing shit or hiding my fear behind screens. CHORUS THREE: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Great, as long as food, drugs and internet keep fueling the underlying stress, undying. Just feeling amoral for struggling with uncertainties of this New Normal. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Pissed at plans getting ditched for shit I was pursuing before this tale started. Sales targets make me chortle -- your biz is probably fucked: welcome to the New Normal. VERSE THREE: (How do you feel?) A little bit exhausted, but that's my own fault when I stay up late too often. Feel like "who you?" to be in a car, when I'm outside. Feel like "fuck you" when I'm in a park and get side-eye. I feel silly for not putting more lotion on my hands. Wash my hands so often, knuckles look and feel like sand. Feel grateful to be able to buy groceries and booze. Feel like these rhymes should be fancier, but this is what my muse wants to do, so I do it. Feel like making more music. Wish I wanted to take a break, but this is how I get through shit. Feel like anyone who thinks this pandemic is false, should get the virus while getting punched in a boob or their balls! Feel like playing Modulok's "Old Records, Hard Liquor" wit that El Dorado Guyanese rum uncorked quicker than it takes to get depressed from reading nation death tolls. Extoll frontline workers exposed! Speaking moistly? Just don't. Just go! CHORUS FOUR: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Don't even ask. Everybody wears a mask. Had to tell a guy behind me in a line to step back. Most spots I know are closed. Sanitizer makers, makin' mad cash. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Welcome to the New Normal.
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INTRO: People need to stay in their house, and learn some fucking facts before they come out. And stop being racist to Asian people. CHORUS ONE: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Anxious, hoping that the world stays improving. Try to see the shape of things but nothing is conformal. Live in the moment to get by in this new Normal. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Feeling kinda crazy with this cabin fever brewing. The choice to exercise and get outside is not informal, It's vital, if you're able. Welcome to the New Normal. VERSE ONE: Welcome to a mangled form of the planet you're born from. It had dangers before now, pandemic tours. ‘Course some just want to ignore or they're kinda bored, or some have theories galore of planned attack, that you're forced ta' resist or endure. Rest assured Money Keepers don't want us money makers to get lured Into the thought Capitalism would stop. I get the sense quite a lot would like to get back, to “stat quo”, get back to rap shows, get back who passed - those you lost. Those who fought this back - those cats know this crap ain’t the flu. Ain’t for you to say squat. Don’t say you’re trapped if you’re in a mansion and paid lots. Drake says you could be trapped in your mental, so take stock of yourself and your friends. That depends if they’re not already too busy fighting the existential crisis now manifesting in folks globally just like the virus. CHORUS TWO: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Cool, except for my mind that I feel I might be losing. Live in the Matrix, or fell through a dimensional portal: it could be either one, living in this new Normal. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Good as long I ignore the lies that Trolls are spewing. Ya think ya virus-free, protected by pretentious morals? “Hello, hi haters, welcome to the new Normal!” VERSE TWO: I’m straight dumbing out on people’s lack of intelligence. You’re not a Virologist, so your theories are irrelevant! Guess I’m not a populist - I agree with government sentiment that safety comes first. We’re all taking an “L”, get it in ya head. But get out y’mind that you’re a hero for telling friends on Facebook you think your neighbours are infected since you saw one of 'em sneeze from allergies. You better get ready for false positives. Yeah, I’m truly negative for skipping out on Zoom meets, but who needs to reinforce feelings of guilt for feeling like shit to be indoors safe, sound and dry, ‘cause I can’t play sounds outside. Yo, I might break down and cry but you already know this ‘cause I already posted shit on FB and IG. High speed internet, VPN and I see torrents for the Beastie Boys Story. Nevermind me - caught between facing shit or hiding my fear behind screens. CHORUS THREE: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Great, as long as food, drugs and internet keep fueling the underlying stress, undying. Just feeling amoral for struggling with uncertainties of this New Normal. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Pissed at plans getting ditched for shit I was pursuing before this tale started. Sales targets make me chortle -- your biz is probably fucked: welcome to the New Normal. VERSE THREE: (How do you feel?) A little bit exhausted, but that's my own fault when I stay up late too often. Feel like "who you?" to be in a car, when I'm outside. Feel like "fuck you" when I'm in a park and get side-eye. I feel silly for not putting more lotion on my hands. Wash my hands so often, knuckles look and feel like sand. Feel grateful to be able to buy groceries and booze. Feel like these rhymes should be fancier, but this is what my muse wants to do, so I do it. Feel like making more music. Wish I wanted to take a break, but this is how I get through shit. Feel like anyone who thinks this pandemic is false, should get the virus while getting punched in a boob or their balls! Feel like playing Modulok's "Old Records, Hard Liquor" wit that El Dorado Guyanese rum uncorked quicker than it takes to get depressed from reading nation death tolls. Extoll frontline workers exposed! Speaking moistly? Just don't. Just go! CHORUS FOUR: (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Don't even ask. Everybody wears a mask. Had to tell a guy behind me in a line to step back. Most spots I know are closed. Sanitizer makers, makin' mad cash. (Hello, hello, how you're doing?) Welcome to the New Normal.
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about

Picture it: December, 2019 - hearing about a mysterious virus in parts elsewhere, not thinking much of it, but hoping that people catching it will be ok, and it doesn’t spread to familiar places. And now here we are about half a year later, washing our hands a lot, not touching our faces until we’ve washed our hands *again*, arguing over our right to be in public spaces, standing in long lines at supermarkets, some of us, hoarding things, some of us, being racist to Asian people (STOP. THAT!), some of us, unemployed, trying to generate some kind of income to pay rents and mortgages, sad, frustrated, overwhelmed, and just plain over it. WELL, it ain’t over, it’s just the new normal - NORMAL 2.0. Here’s my attempt to talk about it, but more importantly, let’s talk *to* each other, not *at* each other. Let’s help each other out!

And Peace, Love and Respect to all the Frontline Workers risking themselves and their families being at their job. 

Video: youtu.be/DZttxzbOLpg

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released May 22, 2020

Raps, Cuts, Beats, Mixes, sorrows by More Or Les.
Leslie Seaforth (SOCAN) 
(c) 2020 Leslie Seaforth.

Artwork by Terence Cheng.
Help with mixing from Fresh Kils.
Advice from Measuring Man appreciated.

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