Interlude (HandMeDowns)

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Everything in life is second-hand... so peep game. I like this joint because it pulls the album together and lets me do a little more rapping than the rest of the record.


Interlude (HandMeDowns)

“Bring it back when the spot get crackin -
Drop bars, no aderol added -
Fam lampin, pop cans with -
My girl dolled up, Cosmo fashioned -
...Sour mash, fitted crooked -
Johnny come get it, quit it, now look it -
Dust memories like old footage -
Feel how I should like good home cookin -
Wake up from snores to spins -
Thin line in Sunday morning sins -
Feet still sandy, brush off the lies -
Dick yellin piss but I’m tired -
Roll out, new day, inspired -
Yesterday lost to the fire -
Found my purpose (survived!) -
I got ripped pockets where all my money go -
In torn up jeans honey threw to the floor -
Handmedown shirt aged 10 years -
Holes in the sleeves, ya’ll could see my tears -
...Handmedown notebooks and tapes -
That I kept as a kid to rewind fate -
Pick my spots to go in or go easy -
Go fish, go big with a cigar n doze, sleepy -
Lay prone, let the girl go deeply -
Or take hold ‘this handmedown life that won’t leave me -
...I just play in every ciph I get in -
There backstage when no mic to spit with -
World confrontin me, there’s gonna be music -
Feet up under me, brother, we together now thru it -
...Every memory, person, place and time -
Ya’ll right there with me long as I’m alive - THRU
Pennsylvania fields, Texas -
Cali beaches, Jersey exits -
New York’s in my blood til death -
With saltwater skin, and whisky breath -
Yo I am what I am because of where I’m from -
So I never hang my hat where at hat get hung -
Now, Now... lemme, pour this drink -
I need some fuckin time to think -
Bout where I’ve been, and whatcha’ll is callin impossible-
...Saved ya some hand-me-down in the bottle...”


from Re​-​Gifted: Thrift Shop Experience, released December 15, 2010




John Public Jersey City, New Jersey

Find me somewhere between Mos Def & John Mayer: organic hip-hop with smokey, funk-laden rock n blues. I have roots in Jersey City, am a DXNext, have opened for DMC, J. Cole, Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, Brown Bag All-Stars, The Cunninlynguists, Das EFX & Immortal Technique and currently live in Washington, DC. My album "Re-Gifted" is available for free DL at or for purchase on iTunes. ... more

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