Ian Mackaye

by Jae Havoc

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about

Ian Mackaye was the frontman for the hugely influentual DC Hardcore Punk band "Minor Threat".After pushing their ethos and energy for several years, Mackaye moved onto Co-Front the band Fugazi, which expanded on the idea of what punk rock was and could be, while maintaining the heart/ethos that had made the music of yesterday so special. He changed up his game and stayed a successful musician, but kept true to his roots. He was also a guy who knew the power of DIY.

Rap is a constantly changing beast and is always looking to the future, while the best rap music can only do so while acknowledging its roots. Perspective is key.

And bars....

Gotta have em.

lyrics

[Verse 1]
…Tuned in…Turned up/ …Very Ape…Andy Serkis/ Since In Utero…had a purpose/… to the funeral, bread and circus/ bred to kill with a license to ill/ I’m nicest you’ve seen like I paid for the bill/…that brain food…/tear it up like you ain’t ever ate food…I’m the chef, boy/ young Raekwon… I’m living in infamy before the fame, they’ll remember your name like Jay Sean/….. mmm what ya say? Huh?/… I don’t remember, convenient Amnesia/you still on that same shit, the superest senior/ I’m on a new level, I’m Ferg as a Caesar on top of the Berj Khalifa in a beamer…fuck/ my dreams are the dreamiest/…birthing a flow that’s the creamiest, yours is the seamiest, man you’re delirious thinking you could even see my shit/ Man, you believe this shit?/…I’m relatable, but my level’s unattainable, seeing these artists they flow’s interchangeable/ seeing these minds and they made to blow/…I’m sorry I hate on that grade below/ I’m sorry I sound way too cocky, I gotta/ If I ain’t on my shit they just rap about prada/ If I am on my shit, they still rap about prada/ I’m wrapping they necks, calling in the armada/ crew banging the beats (banging the beats). Breaking all of the bars (breaking all of the bars)/ we lit that shit up, cuz we lit, it ain’t slang, boy we all are just actually stars//

[Pre-Chorus]
Things change, yea/ Life is in a flux/
Maintain boy. Make a couple bucks/
Got this feeling in my eyes and in my guts/
Been broken inside, so I had to switch it up//
[Chorus]
Ian Mackay (Switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
(switch it up, switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
Ian Mackay (Switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
(switch it up, switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
Out of step with a world I ain’t feelin/
So I turn it up a notch, yea we bringin down the ceiling//






[Verse 2]l
I am a patient boy… I wait, and I wait, and I wait/ to switch it up, Ian Mackay/ but these rappers are bougie and fake/ the game is Fugazi, my save is corrupted/ gotta start over, so grab some more funyians/ get the sticks ready, I’m in it to win it/ and every cliché, just cuz fuck it, I live it/ they club is exclusive, we 98 Civic/ bust in they circle jerk, get em all livid/ taking they broads that they rap about taking, cuz if you that easy you pledge to no nation/..world on fire, I’m feeling the heat/ shirt off my back like I’m on second street/ waving my flag like I’m on second street/ Joe is a patriot, know what I mean?/ doing my thing for the workers and such/..I’ve been here grinding, you knowing that much/ moving the crowd like I’m riot control/ making my way and a couple of bucks/…do it for homies that’s repping the state/ shout out to them just for paving the way/…now that I’m here you can all take a break/ get some cake and relax, cuz the legacy’s safe//







[Pre-Chorus]
Things change, yea/ Life is in a flux/
Maintain boy. Make a couple bucks/
Got this feeling in my eyes and in my guts/
Been broken inside, so I had to switch it up//
[Chorus]
Ian Mackay (Switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
(switch it up, switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
Ian Mackay (Switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
(switch it up, switch it up, switch it up, switch it up)
Out of step with a world I ain’t feelin/
So I turn it up a notch, yea we bringin down the ceiling//





[Outro]
Woooooah (mod over 8 bars)
Do it yourself /do it to death, make a movement yourself /
Whore for the label, they sit on the shelf/ love of the fame just ruins yourself/
Ain’t holding my breath for the world to go changing itself/
Holding my nuts, getting faded/ fuck wealth/
Put up your hands if you’re feeling my shit, if you ain’t then you probably just hating yourself
If you ain’t know, baby. Joe #1/ if not, then holler when this show is done/
Give life to some that think they’ve got it locked/ then come back, I call them my prodigal sons/
Havoc will only be bringing the ether/ whether on bears or you’re peeping a feature/
Ain’t get the message, then start it again/ Repeater, repeater, repeater, repeater//

credits

released July 9, 2017
Produced/written/Performed by Jae Havoc

Recording/Mixing/Mastering by J. McShan

Artwork by J. McShan and A. Reasnor

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Jae Havoc Rochester

Hip hop musician Joe McShan (aka Jae Havoc) is from Rochester, Minnesota. Joe’s solo music benefited from his endeavors with other bands and branched out into other styles including soul, punk, electronica and metal. Joe has also aided in other local artists work, including recording vocals for Kasson, MN Metal band "Amercing The Weak" and Eyota, MN Indie artist "I Fuck God". ... more

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