We all have those songs that we listen to where we hear a certain bar that makes us pause the track and say “hold up!” Lyrics that have been sprayed by the artist but give you the feeling that it wasn’t approved by everybody who was around at the time the artist said it in the studio. It’s kind of normal to be honest and I don’t know if that’s weird or not because some of the lyrics come with questions that need to be answered.
Not long ago I decided to listen to ‘Family Tree’ by Ramz, a divisive artist from the UK. The song itself sounds pretty nice, he’s got the kind of music that looks like it can appeal to people from the ages of 7-14 so I can see why he gets a lot of views on his songs, but not to stray too far from the point, he has line that goes “If I eat then my people are eating too, If it’s beef then my people are beefing too, If I’m dying my people are dying too.” Hold up, wait a minute? If I’m dying my people are dying too? Like as in if he’s getting shot in the head then so are his friends. I don’t even know the guy and I’m asking why he signed up his friends to this scheme. Why did he do it on a song? I want to ask if his friends are fine with this but his friends are singing it as well (fuck, one even has his hands in prayer sign).
The song is a nice way to say that there’s a strong sense of loyalty between himself and those around him but this sounds like some cult (or blackmail) shit. I’m not letting this one go, because this guy confidently said he’s taking his friends to the afterlife with him regardless of whether they feel like dying that day or not. Not a single person walked up to him after he recorded that line to say “it sounds nice bro, I’m not even down for that dying stuff.” If I was personally in Ramz’s position and said that, it would have meant that I’ve been buying my friends stuff they can’t afford. Taking ownership of all of my friend’s date of death is serious claim.
I know it’s just lyrics but some of these lyrics are just asking for problems, I’m just saying if my friend and I are in a fight with some other people and my friend has told me if they die, I die then this is me.
Let me show another visual representation of me if my friend says I die when they die just to make it clear.
If there’s something that I’ve learned from this, it’s what I’m not letting any musicians I know associate me with.