AWKWORD Breaks Down The People’s Champions prod. Harry Fraud
“The People’s Champ” is the first big record I ever did. It’s one of the saving graces of See The Light, if you ask me, and it’s the first official music video I ever shot. To me there was no question in compiling the World View album that some sort of remix of “The People’s Champ” would be included. In fact, “The People’s Champions” is the first of two ‘remixes’ that appear on the larger project. This remix, the second World View track produced by Harry Fraud, with Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline and Beretta 9, features the first of my two original verses. Part 2, produced by Trilian of Serbia and featuring AKIR and Y-Love, features my second verse and appears on the World View Bonus Disc. Both new versions use my original chorus: “Right is right, get em, wrong is wrong / Sick of all the mis-advice, why I’m singin this song / Hatin how ya live your life, why you singing along / I’m The People’s Champion, Torah Bible Koran”.
This is the revolutionary anthem. I pull no punches in outlining how I plan to revolt and — with the sing-along hook and instructional elements in the verses — bring everybody with me.
I enjoyed listening to all the World View remixes that came in from all over the world, as well as the guest verses I received from many of your favorite underground rappers — and this was especially true for “The People’s Champions”. It was difficult choosing which fit best. For parts 1 and 2 I went with songs put together after the remix contest.
Whenever Harry Fraud offers you his production, you say “yes”. Fitting is an understatement for the beat he crafted specifically for this song. Appropriately, we featured two artists who, to me, are underground legends, Shabaam Sahdeeq and Punchline, as well as a frontman of one of my favorite groups growing up, Wu Tang’s Killarmy. “The People’s Champions” may even be better than the original, and for me that says a lot.
“Rock a tattoo of the Star of David, the sacrificial Hebrew /
Cleaning up the world’s mess, that’s the dirt that we do /
Is it better to be miserable, living your life cursed on this earth /
Or better to be delivered in a hearse, to your whole family, it still hurts /
The pain is inevitable, plus, the pain is relative /
Is it better to be resting in peace, or dragged down by sedatives /
To dwell in the present, is to be broken down by the president /
But I ain’t gon let that shit happen, not for my Sub-City residents”
Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance