Dirt - Breathe Deep

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Artist(s): Dirt and 7Lock
Song: Breathe Deep
Word Count: 269
Producer: Fingaz
Recorded: Area 12
Album: Plague (Rescue rec. 1999)

Dirts favorite Line(s): ‘why do they wanna steal thunder (take what isn’t theirs), ‘if one cant stand how bout the other man?’ (if your gonna be weak, then we’ll get somebody else)


There’s not much behind this track. I just liked the beat initially when Fingaz let me peep it. It’s first impressions were of a dope Bboy type of track that all the crews could get down with on the linoleum. So that is what I eventually wrote with in mind.
I will however tell you the interesting story behind the name. It comes from the old ‘Dinotopia’ book. You gotta go back and check it out. It’s a fictional fantasy story about an island where dinosaurs never died out. Humans get shipwrecked on this island through out the ages and have to stay there because the way the currents flow around the isle, no boat is able to get out into the sea. So the main thrust of the story is about how man and dinosaur live on this island together in harmony (some of the dinosaurs can even talk).
Well the book I read was about a father and two brothers who get washed up on the island. Their boat wrecks and dolphins save them from drowning by swimming them to the land (which is quite normal according to the story). then from there, the 3 are opened up to the exciting world of Dinotopia (go get a library card and check it!) and so and so forth. Find the book and read the story yourself fool!
On the island people greet eachother by saying ‘breathe deep, and seek peace’. One day the younger son finally asks a native what exactly does that phrase mean and he is told that it is in reference to the dolphins that saved most of the inhabitants lives.
Dolphins are obviously mammals that need oxygen to survive, but yet they have been placed in the ocean surrounded by water. Well instead of complaining about it and being upset, they have chosen rather to learn how to adapt to their envioronment. They taught themselves to take deep breathes (breathe deep) and deal with the cards they have been handed (seek peace instead of being upset).
I just thought that was all cool. So much so that I even have a tattoo on each arm written in Chinese characters, one saying ‘breathe deep’ and the other saying ‘seek peace’. So when writing this track I used the name here again.
This track was remixed, by DJ Theatre over a new beat for the ‘Upsetter Mixtape’, 2009

lyrics

BREATHE DEEP
1st breath
ANSWER THE QUESTION, "WHY DO THEY WANNA STEAL THUNDER?"
I MAKE YOU WONDER WHAT KIND OF CAT WANNA BE LIKE THAT
STICK MY FEET TO LEVEL PATH (ISA.26:7)
BUILD MY HOUSE HIP-HOP BECAUSE THAT'S MY HABITAT
MONOTHEISTIC
BRAIN PATTERNS NEVER SIMPLISTIC
OTHERS PACKIN' UP PIPES WHILE I'M PACKIN' UP MANUSCRIPTS
GROWTH LIKE BOTANIC-SATANIC
THOUGHTS ALL UP IN ME BUT I BLOW THEM LIKE VOLCANIC

2nd breath
SEEK WISDOM LIKE MAGI
HANG DEVILS LIKE HAMAN (Ester7:10), REVEALING PLOTS LIKE MORDECAI (Ester2:19-23)
MISTIFY LIKE VAPOR
EMCEE'S ARE RUNNIN' OFF THEY MOUTHS SO I GET THE MASKING TAPE
I DO NOT FRET BECAUSE OF WICKED (Psalm37:1) MEN
THAT TRAVEL SELF MADE PATHS AND ADHERE TO THEY OWN RELIGION
I KNOW THAT THEY DRINK AN EVIL GIN
AND WHEN THEY PICK UP MICROPHONES THEY ONLY SPIT OUT MENTAL POISON
I'MMA BURN IT UP LIKE GOMORRAH
CARRY MY SWORD AT ALL TIMES LIKE CONAN THE DESTROYER
I AIN'T DOWN WITH SPIRITUAL SLAVERY
MICROPHONE IS BLOWTORCH TO BURN THE SKIN OF ENEMY
AND LEAVE 'EM SUBDUED LIKE CANAANITE (Joshua)
WHO TRIED TO KILL ME WITH CAR-BOMBS BUT IT WAS ONLY MY PROTOTYPE
I'M AFFLUENT IN THE WAYS OF RHYMIN'
SPIT SEEDS FROM MY MOUTH AND WAIT FOR FERTILIZATION
I WREAK HAVOC LIKE THE 4RTH TABLET
A MASSIVE HEADACHE TO YOUR MEMBRANE
GET RELIEF FROM THE BIG CHIEF
EXTRACTING JUICES FROM THE TREE (TRI)

THE ANECDOTE-AAAHHH-TO THE SIN THAT YOUR IN
THEOLOGICAL LYRICS ACTIN' LIKE POISON
IF ONE CAN'T STAND HOW 'BOUT THE OTHER MAN
LET'S MAKE PACTS IN THE DARK AND SMUGGLE REAL STUFF LIKE CONTRABAND
PROJECTION LIKE GANG MAN CARRY GUN
VIBRATION FROM THE SON FILLS UP MY LUNG

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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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