Dirt - Apocalypse Now (w/ 7Lock)

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Artist(s): Dirt and 7Lock
Song: Apocalypse Now
Word Count: 517
Producer: Fingaz
Recorded: Abbot Sounds
Album: Plague (Rescue rec.1999)

Dirts favorite Line(s): I really dig the whole track. But some of the things 7lock says are just straight dope! ‘left me flesh on the earth, for me knew it was cursed’ and ‘I wish I was a born again man said the Babylon man as the plagues ate his arms and his hands’.


Apocalypse Now is just straight ill!!
Its quite obvious what the track is about (end days, armegeddon, Revelation, ect.). I always loved the way 7Lock ripped his verse. He used what he called his ‘Jamaican style’ where he spit it all with a ‘rudebwoy’ slur. This added to his gruffy vocal tones made for a verse that was intoxicatingly ununderstandable! So many people tripped off of it, “YO! What was he sayin anyway!?”
GoldenChild was supposed to be on it too, but I couldn’t get my label to buy into the idea of spending the loot to get him on. Nowadays it’s a lot easier to just have some dope computer software and track these things yourself. But back in 96 the only way to do it was to pay bucks for a studio (which would have taken a lot added to the fact that GC lived in Florida). It was one of the major let downs of the album because he wrote a phat verse, and I really wanted him on it! In the beginning of the track I say some stuff that seems like I am giving a shot out to a ‘dead’ Goldenchild. Don’t worry he isn’t dead. But in a way I felt like the circumstances ‘killed’ his opportunity. So I gave that shot out in respect to the illness that he had written that would never be heard.
The vocal sample in the beginning is from some TV show about disasters (recorded in the same ghetto way as the sample from Theophilus!). The piece towards the end is from a mythology record that says ‘I must be perpetually on my God, lest that movement which sweeps everything along, should hurry me along also’. I thought was a nice touch. The last sample is actually the ‘end’ of the album. A Rasta friend of mine once gave me a tape from one of his trips back home to Jamaica. It was ‘the Gospels in Patwois’ (Patwois is the slang and terminologies used in the Jamaican ghettos). The story clipped in the song (Mark 4:35:41) is when Jesus and the disciples are on the boat and a big storm comes and threatens all their lives. But “Jesus stayed asleep in de back a de boat”. And his followers scrambled to wake him up. So he went to the bow of the boat and commanded the winds and the seas to be still (“cease, Seckle”). And they did! And according to the taped story, Jesus ends by saying, “You still no believe that me run tings!”
C’mon now! You gotta love that!
My verse is literally me rhyming a ‘clip note’ version of the book of Revelation and its prophecies in order as they happen according to the book. 7Lock then comes in and adds by explaining how it might feel to be part of the rapture! I feel this track was a powerful ending to the album. It was a good finish. Sometimes I will listen to peoples stuff and they start out good but it fizzles at the end. I like to try to cap it where I will put any tracks that lack a bit in the middle but the ill ones at both ends. I dunno, just the way dirty dirt likes to do it!
I feel the song moves through it’s ‘quitting point’ by the way Fingaz switched up the main loop halfway through my verse and then flipping back halfway through Lock’s.
If you listen to the sequencing of the whole track (I am peepin it as I write this) you can really respect the dope ear Fingaz had with music.
This was another track that was a crowd pleaser when me and 7lock got to perform it. In 99 was probably one of the last times we both performed it though. But as of recently I been doin a few of the ‘oldies’ again. Bringin back the ol skool! I took this songs instrumental and chopped it up so that I could spit my verse when I am solo but I added this crazy gunfight and bombs exploding in the middle! I performed it at Cornerstone festival ’02 and it went off hot!

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APOCALYPSE NOW
(GoldenChild –verse not on album version)
IN REVELATION DEVILS APPEAR IN HUMAN FORM
TO CONFORM THE LUKE WARM, PROPHECY SINCE THE VEIL WAS TORN
IT ALL BEGAN WHEN THE SON OF MAN WAS BORN
IN THE FINAL HOURS, YO THE GOLDEN TRUMPET BLOWS
DISAPPEARANCE OF CHRISTIANS BLAMED ON U.F.O's
FROM HELLISH ASHES THE ANTI-CHRIST AROSE
ASCENDIN' TOWARDS THE SKY-QUIK LIKE THE TWINKLIN' OF AN EYE
TAKE THE MARK AND IN THE BEAST YOU WILL CONFIDE
WICKED BLOOD-BROTHERS NOW SWAP D.N.A
LOOK TOWARDS THE SKY AS THE CLOUDS TURN GRAY
MANY STAY SILENT WITHOUT A THING TO SAY
BETTA' GET READY FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DELAY
ALLIES ON THE FRONTLINE BECOME THE DEVIL'S PREY
ABOMINATION OF SIN IS WHAT THEY DISPLAY
WICKED GENERALS WITH NOTHIN' MORE THAN CROOKED SMILES
SATAN'S HENCHMEN EXPANDIN' ACROSS FOR MILES
I SIT BACK AND WATCH AS THEY SINS START TO COMPILE
YOU BEST LISTEN TO THE WORDS' APOCALYPSE NOW
IN THE ENDTIMES YOU BETTA' LEARN TO PREPARE
OPEN UP YOUR HAND, INSERT COMPUTER SOFTWARE
SOCIETY'S CLONES LOOK AT ME WITH COLD STARES

(Dirt)
ARMEGGEDEON YOU BETTER RUN
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, DEMISE OF THE EVIL ONE
BLOOD SPLATTERS THE PAVEMENT
INIQUITIES OF FLESH BECOME THE PEOPLES ENSLAVEMENT
TELEVISED PROPAGANDA
DEVILS GIVING OUT GIFTS LIKE THEY NAMES WAS SANTA
CULTS THAT BLASPHEME
"AVOID GODLESS TEACHING, SPREADING LIKE GANGRENE" (2 Timothy 2:17)
A SERIES OF DISASTERS, AFTER SEALS HAVE BEEN BROKEN
CONQUEST LEADING SLAUGHTER, DISEASE, AND FAMINE (REVEL Revelation ATION 6:2-8)
FORCES OF DESTRUCTION, HELD BACK BY ANGELS
AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH (Revelation 7:1-2)
.......A HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR THOUSAND CHOSEN (Revelation 7)
CAPTURED BY IGNORANCE, BUT MAKE THE TRANSITION
TRUMPETS ARE BLOWN, HERE COME THE JUDGMENTS (Revelation 8:6-13)
THOUGH SEVERE, ARE ONLY MEANT TO BRING MEN TO THEIR SENSES
(Revelation 9:20-21)
TURN AWAY FROM IGNORANCE
AND RUN TOWARDS REPENTANCE
FORCES OF EVIL RELEASED UPON THE LAND
LOCUST FROM THE ABYSS WITH POWERS OF SCORPION (Revelation 9:3)
STINGS THAT CUASE SPASM
PEOPLE SEEKING DEATH BUT IT DOES NOT FIND THEM (Revelation 9:6)
SEVEN PLAGUES STRIKE (REVELATION 15 AND 16) BEFORE THE FALL OF BABYLON
FINAL DESTRUCTION OF APOLLYON ("Devil" in Hebrew)
WATCH IT GO DOWN
YOU TALK ABOUT LATER, I TALK ABOUT NOW

(7Lock)
BLOOD DRIPPED FROM THE SUN, ME SAID ME SEE WHITE RIDER
ME KNEW THAT BOY IT WAS THE HOLY SON OF JEHOVAH
FOUR WEEKS THAT I HAD PASSED AND I WAS SURE DANG COOL
CAUGHT UP IN A RAPTURE AS I FLEW THROUGH THE SKY I KNEW
ME SEEN THE RAIN FALL DOWN ME HEARD THE BABYLONS SHOUT
"PLEASE HELP ME JESUS 'FORE THE LAKE OF FIRE I DO DROWN"
ME LEFT MY FLESH ON THE EARTH FOR ME KNEW IT WAS CURSED
THE BEAST WAS UNLEASHED MAKING RAINBOW SHERBERT OF THE EARTH
"I WISH I WAS A BORN AGAIN MAN" SAID THE BABYLON MAN
AS THE PLAGUES ATE HIS ARMS AND HIS HANDS
YOU DANG-DANG FOOL, YOU SHOULD'VE BEEN LEARNED MY SCHOOL
AND BOWED DOWN TO THE LAMB WITH THE MOST HIGH RULE
I HEARD A SEVENTH TRUMPET RISING, RISING, RISING ON TOP OF
MT.ZION WAS MY LORD AND HIS CREW
A SEVENTH TRUMPET RISING, RISING, RISING ON TOP OF MT. ZION WAS
A FACE THAT I KNEW

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from Plague, released October 15, 1997

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Jeremiah Dirt (Shadow of the Locust) Hesperia, California

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Beginning a career in 1999 with the acclaimed album, Plague, after years of touring with, then, labelmates POD, Dirt has kept and keeps his fans loaded up with his unique blend of creative, emotional, revealing lyrical ferocity and love for pure Hiphop.
Founding Father of 'Shadow of the Locust' - he's proven to be an emcee NOT to sleep on.
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