The Clik & Doble Filo - Still Waitin'

from by Sage Lewis

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NEIGHBORHOOD: A street that starts in Los Angeles and ends in Havana.

FICTION: In The Closest Farthest Away, this song gets composed on a laptop by two hiphop artists waiting for a bus in the streets of LA. The music magically transports the bus to the streets of Havana where Doble Filo finishes the song.

INFLUENCES: Black Star, Eric B. & Rakim, GangStarr, Los Aldeanos, Los Orishas, Afro-Cu-Hop.

OTHER: Like jazz, hip hop was once forbidden in Cuba as an American art form. However, after Harry Belafonte explained to Fidel Castro that real hip hop was a revolutionary anti-capitalist movement, the Cuban government started supporting the music form as the vanguard of the revolutionary voice of the people and hosted an important annual hiphop Festival in Havana called Agosto Negro that attracted US artists such as Mos Def, Common, The Roots, Dead Prez, Chuck D, Gil Scott-Heron, Tony Touch, Black Thought, and many others.

lyrics

Sun risin', enterprisin'
Early bird gets the worm
Try to spit hot fire and the city it burns
Thought it was our turn
Time to turn the world on its axis
But the money's pushin' back man how can we crack this?
Try to make a scene and then they cut us back
But we're a whole generation man we will outlast
And you never gonna break us, united we stand
And it's a new day comin' and I'm a patient man.

Still waitin' on the world to change
Still hope it's our time to rearrange the world
Cuz we right here, we right here and we ain't goin' nowhere.

Wild and out the dead the shout the past to present six to seven ten to eleven and back to seven the cycles back and cycles heaven.
The repetition of yesterday's kitchen we're something to mention.
No escape, no escape for the wingless pigeons.
The back days become the next days the ways of the ancestors debts to be paid and so it's never broken the mother's always spoken the 360's livin' hard and the truth is always cloakin'.

Still waitin' on the world to change
Still hope it's my time to rearrange the world
Cuz we right here, we right here and we ain't goin' nowhere.

Esta es mi Habana, ciudad de matices y encantos
Capital de ritmos, lugar donde alzo mi voz y mi lírica de asfalto entona
No soy de la loma pero canto en el llano yo
Como cubano llevo música en la sangre
Así que escúchame y no me cambies
Que para el hambre de tu mente
Mi recipiente trae caliente un léxico tosco
Yo reconozco que
Benny Moré, Matamoros, Los Van Van aquí están
Guardados en el estante de mis gustos
Yo no me asusto, ni me disgusto al decir que son mi esencia
Que su música es la herencia que las costumbres me dejaron
Te hablo claro, dime que hay de malo asere
Para que digas que lo que hago no es cubano
Mi gente sabe

Que soy de aquí que hablo en español que soy cubano aunque no mezcla con el son
Llevo con mis raíces lo real y lo mas tosco, digo soy rapero pero yo reconozco
Que soy de aquí

credits

from POR AMOR: the album, released December 18, 2010
Hip-hop collaboration between Havana's premiere underground duo Doble Filo and Los Angeles experimental hip-hop artists The Click. The song was conceptualized and produced by Sage Lewis who carried their beats and lyrics back and forth between the two cities.

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Sage Lewis Los Angeles, California

Sage Lewis is a Los Angeles-based composer who writes for concert, theatre, film/video, branding, and new media. His music has appeared on Nintendo 3DS, at the Havana Film Festival, REDCAT, Maiyet, Miami Light Project, TMx, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design, National Children's Chorus, TheatreForum Magazine, Discovery Channel, and the Academy of Arts & Television Sciences. ... more

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