Survive

[HipHop, Underground]

 
 
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Survive Knowledge E.P
  1. Beyond
  2. Letting you know
  3. Why i rhyme
As a new, up and coming Mc Survive is inspired by the best MCs like Rakim, Kool G Rap, Public Enemy, Mc Lyte, Nas and Wu Tang. What inspires him the most is how they changed the game through their lyrical style and content, maintained their integrity throughout their careers.
What Survive respects about hip hop is also what he would like to bring back to hip hop. He wants to create classic albums that defy time and bring back the positivity and knowledge back to the music.

Survive\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s first cd was his demo called the Returning, which was a statement of his mission in the hip hop game. Survive is on a mission to make classical hip-hop music to defy time and bring positivity and knowledge to his lyrics. The Returning features the song Me & The Alien, which is the debut of Survive\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s mischievous extraterrestrial friend.
Survive\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s next musical project was dubbed The Love EP and included the well received \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"What Is It?\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" which he performed to a receptive crown at the now closed R&B Caf. Other hot tracks include Deep concentration, and a return of the alien in a planet hoping adventure On Tour.

The latest self-produced album is The Short Road EP. This album is a darker turn for the talented MC. With tracks that touch on lost hopes and crushed dreams of urban existence Survive creates a tapestry of lyrics and beats that are painted for characters in pain and despair. While there have been some touches of nihilism in his previous ventures this album takes the tone a step further as Survive continues to stretch his legs as a storyteller.

The first track on the record is \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Stop Signs\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" a call for those with ambitions to continue to chase their dreams. The track is gritty, with distortion so thick I had to check my speakers when I first heard it to be sure whether it was my equipment or the music. The beat falls and rises with a sharp snare that Survive follows as he implores people to ignore the obstacles in their life. It is a fitting opening to an album that reminds us of the difficulties that can ensnare the hopeful on the path.

The next track is \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Exit 42\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" where Survive talks about the self-denigration and demoralization that seems part and parcel with the current state of popular music. The beat is haunting, with a slight moaning horn over the single piano keynote that strikes faintly in the distance. A violin is strummed over the hook as Survive repeats how negativity and disgrace seem to follow the short road to success. Despite the reminders of the dangers on the path Survive reminds the listener \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"you are not useless, you can be a success.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" The message is clear on this track, selling out is never worth the toll on the soul. It is as though Survive were taking the listener on a walk through the metaphoric landscape of the hip-hop genre to remind them of the positive and negatives of forgoing your integrity for lucre.


My favorite song on the EP is Alien Love, a testament to the dangers of diving too quickly into sexual relations. The song has a laid-back synth sound relying heavily on the guitar strings with the co-producer Drew providing the hook. While Survive follows the Alien into a doomed relationship Drew encourages the listener to \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"estimate the situation, way before penetration crosses your mind.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" The song plays with Survives lyrics a little behind the music, as though you were trying to make out his voice over the tunes in a bar. Although it is not in the sample, you can almost hear the clink of glasses in the background and smell the cigarette smoke as the Alien makes a fateful attempt at a new conquest.

The final track on the Short Road EP is entitled Giving up. It comes in hard with Survive telling the stories of Jane and Malik, two young kids with aspirations of Law and medicine. Their dreams are cut short by the devastating reality of urban existence, where just having goals can be a shortcoming when obstacles like negative peer groups and institutional requirements stand in the way. The way Survive unfolds the tale makes t difficult to not sympathize with the characters while still placing an onus on their personal responsibilities in their downfalls. It seems that despite their impediments there were still choices that had been made in their situations. They didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t have to go the route they did. It speaks to the sadness of children with lofty ambitions who find despair in frequent setbacks and see no other way out.

Before the Final track ends Survive stops to remind us all about the title of the EP, and that the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Short Road\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" is the path to destruction. It is telling that he gives the reminder on a song called Giving up. Survive is someone who has been toiling on the dream of creating hip hop for almost a decade, and instead of turning in his mic for the short road, that could lead to more material success or notoriety. For all those Rappers who seem to laud their participation in the narcotics trade Survive is a refreshing example of an MC who is willing to put in for the long haul.

While some might call his employment of a message a little self-righteous I have to applaud his willingness to maintain his integrity. It speaks to how hedonistic our music has become when someone with a solid message about responsibility and perseverance and personal integrity seems a little odd.

Overall I would say that the Short Road EP is an excellent album. I have been bumping it steadily since I received the album. I find myself more drawn to mix tapes and independent albums lately due to the over saturation of junk rap. Survive\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Short road EP is a gem to my collection.


First Off Thanks to every fan for taking the time to listen to my music.

you can contact me at survivehiphop@gmail.com

https://twitter.com/SurviveHipHop

Please download my new mixtape here http://www.datpiff.com/Survive-Knowledge-EP-mixtape.439094.html
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The Slap House
{ 02-02-2013 23:53 }
Real true hiphop 5 my friend
T-dawg
T-dawg says:
{ 01-28-2012 13:36 }
check out my page
G.B.Nation/H1.Ent A-Wil A.K.A Slugz
{ 08-24-2011 13:04 }
5's allday from me...50 plus of the Hottest Track of 2011. Good music. Keep it doing ya thang. Come join me at http://www.reverbnation.com/h1slugzawilland http://twitrax.com/AJWilliamsJr
shaylah
shaylah says:
{ 07-07-2011 00:10 }
thanks for dropping by my showcase keep doing your thing musically always.
Ms.Money
Ms.Money says:
{ 06-25-2011 11:45 }
Coming through showin some luv keep up the good work
M Bizzell
M Bizzell says:
{ 05-04-2011 00:01 }
just added new music
ITS LC BABBYYY
{ 01-15-2011 11:18 }
whats good ... this lil chris ... come check out my new tracks
Prince zalu
{ 01-14-2011 13:05 }
i give u a 5 good work keep it comming!!
BIG O
BIG O says:
{ 11-18-2010 08:22 }
shit hot 5 all day
Possitive Vibes
{ 08-19-2010 16:54 }
i like alot...oldschoool feel...keep it up. check ours out an let us know wut yha think
LIL"PEX
LIL"PEX says:
{ 08-03-2010 15:15 }
nice one men thax 4 ur rating.waitin 4 a day 4 our collaboration.thax men its a 5 from me.
C.T. / eXecutive Mindz
{ 07-15-2010 16:32 }
Nice flow 5's from me off top! check out my showcase and let me know what you think!
SouthCentid
{ 07-10-2010 03:19 }
good shit 5 from me, stop by and show sum luv back homie.. peace
David X
David X says:
{ 06-28-2010 05:14 }
This is my type of hip hop. 5 all day. Stop by and return the love. Peace
jazzie jai
{ 06-19-2010 22:05 }
i like your tracks good music you get a 5 from me.check my page out and return the love peace
skeezoideluxe
{ 06-19-2010 10:12 }
Hey man, your old skool feel poppin thru, takes me back 15yrs or so....and that's good! 5 on 101 P*E*A*C*E
Xmann aka Mr.Rakane (110)
{ 06-10-2010 12:53 }
Feelin this one, 555's across the board. keep grinding and doin ya thang. Stomp thru and check ya boi out and return the hood luv. Xmann
POP ONE PRODUCTIONZ /FLATLINE MUZIC
{ 05-25-2010 13:55 }
I LIKE YOUR STYLE CHECK OUT MY TRACKS MAYBE WE CAN DO SOME WORK POP ONE FLATLINE MUZIC ITS THA FUTURE
Smoove Soul
{ 05-18-2010 17:07 }
Thank you my dude
CY YOUNG
CY YOUNG says:
{ 05-11-2010 12:57 }
thanks for the luv..keep listing..like ur beats to
Jason Mask Da Booth/Mask Out Records
{ 05-11-2010 09:07 }
it's all good homie you know im wit it you got hot music too homie you get a 6 from me keep up the good work
Bricktop
Bricktop says:
{ 05-06-2010 13:19 }
gotta chek me fam!Im on da same road u cruisin on!
smiiffy
smiiffy says:
{ 05-01-2010 19:07 }
kool i top you up a 5 star yh? cheers for comment feel free to put my music on your blogspot its all good with me thanks for the support contact: smiiffy@hotmail.com
smiiffy
smiiffy says:
{ 05-01-2010 19:07 }
kool i top you up a 5 star yh? cheers for comment feel free to put my music on your blogspot its all good with me thanks for the support contact: smiiffy@hotmail.com
Traphouse Coalition
{ 03-18-2010 17:47 }
thx 4 checkin us out here's a link 4 www.reverbnation.com/lilwuntraphousecoalitionent
1Revsconie
{ 02-11-2010 11:27 }
ITS 1MILLION RAP ARTIST,BUT 2MILLION ARTIST RAPPIN. FIGURE THAT OUT? U GET 5 FROM ME. I NEVER WANTED TO B A RAP ARTIST, SO LISTEN TO MY CD & YOU TELL ME WHO CAN CLONE ME? I'M GOD SENT. OMA
"BIZZOP"
"BIZZOP" says:
{ 02-09-2010 07:07 }
would be honored 4u 2 post da trax. FAITH
"BIZZOP"
"BIZZOP" says:
{ 02-08-2010 20:17 }
preciate da luv & letz do da thang.4 sho. FAITH
RoyaL KinG
{ 02-08-2010 15:51 }
Great sound!!!..Alien love bonkers homie...go head n add my joint 2 your blog...keep it positive ...holla!...RoyaL
"BIZZOP"
"BIZZOP" says:
{ 02-07-2010 22:03 }
u tite work.keep make'n it do. FAITH
Epic-Gz
Epic-Gz says:
{ 02-05-2010 16:02 }
Sup g? you can do that if you would like to holmes the songs the video watever it sounds good to me!!!keep the music flowin!!! rate 5 you know it
Dash Too
Dash Too says:
{ 02-05-2010 08:54 }
looking in on U ,hearing many interesting melodies & informative view Point lyrics,my pref is melodious music & vocals,which i wanted more of; leaving U a High 555
Adequate
Adequate says:
{ 02-04-2010 20:53 }
great music brah 5 all day
shaylah
shaylah says:
{ 02-04-2010 12:39 }
your music sounds real good i really like it keep doing your thing up here and all abroad, shaylah forever.
Leaf James
{ 02-04-2010 00:22 }
What's up my man? It's hot! I love an artist who keeps it real & work for positive outcome! You deserve the 555!
UnSung 1s
UnSung 1s says:
{ 02-03-2010 16:34 }
REAL! keep it goin man, we love it. 5 rating. AND DEFINITELY you can post our tracks on your blog. please keep supporing us, annnd we'll do the same for you.
Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 01-04-2010 15:46 }
You got it fam...feelin the tracks, you took me back...v5 Got to show love fam get at me
ARN B PRODUCTIONS/DALAB
{ 12-01-2009 16:53 }
blazin hot feelin the music and vocals keep up the good work 5up
Conqueror
Conqueror says:
{ 11-21-2009 04:49 }
stop'n through 2 show sum luv 5 on it check me out
HoodHurtz
HoodHurtz says:
{ 11-14-2009 02:54 }
http://www.showcaseyourmusic.com/HoodHurtz
HoodHurtz
HoodHurtz says:
{ 11-14-2009 02:52 }
HoodHurtz's Showcase..Thank you for you comment...
negus roots
{ 11-10-2009 12:30 }
GREAT JOB GOOD LUCK U GOT 5 FROM ME
HoodHurtz
HoodHurtz says:
{ 10-22-2009 19:26 }
Ya beats is hot!! Keep it up Homie.rating a 5.Come check out HoodHurtz
BLOODBROTHAS
{ 10-17-2009 03:15 }
high 5 here all day....yea man post our songs mane
Tha boss
Tha boss says:
{ 09-13-2009 14:27 }
thank you 4 yo comment, you are very good yourself, big respects peace. 5
Billion Redy
{ 09-09-2009 09:46 }
BILLION STOPN THRU TO SERVE U THIS 5... KEEP SMASHING!!!
OxypaC - (BLACK ARTS \\\\\\\
Peace blood, 5 4 you Rool over
Official KRJ  from tha ARK page
{ 08-23-2009 15:42 }
just voted for u feeling the tracks slide thru and vote for me show tha luv bak
AGony aka 718Ag
{ 08-23-2009 09:59 }
Whats good,stoppin thru 2 support ta music.Good lookin 4 the comment on my pg.I got 5 on ya showcase
T.B
T.B says:
{ 08-11-2009 07:21 }
Ill Beats. Seen
PALANCHE-  NEW ALBUM- In Stores Now
{ 06-18-2009 18:56 }
AM SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET BACK AT U, I JUST BEEN SO BUSY IN AND OUT OF TOWN TAKING CARE ON SOME BUSINESS, AND YES AM READY 2 COLLAB, GET AT ME. HOLLA
SMD
SMD says:
{ 06-15-2009 13:46 }
Thanks for the support! It's five all the way from us. One Love Always!
Bonez Da Loc / Rel Life Records
{ 05-26-2009 19:37 }
I'm that nigga Bonez Da Loc. I'm bacc on the streets and feelin that mellow vibe ya on. keep ya ear 2 sight 4 more and it'll be 4 sale on line real soon. Da boy is bacc!!
The Slap House
{ 05-20-2009 17:55 }
Shits crazy hot 5 all day keep it bumpin
negus roots
{ 05-15-2009 04:02 }
WELCOME TO SYM YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB GOOD LUCK HIT ME ON MY PAGE AND RATE U GOT 5 FROM ME HOLLA
G.U.T.T.A Boyz
{ 05-14-2009 22:06 }
preciate da luv and keep hittin da site and download new songs weekly! much luv
Strategy
Strategy says:
{ 05-13-2009 19:44 }
You got some sic flows Survive! Lovin' the sounds and styles comin' from Ohio! A well deserved 5 from the 905! Respect!
JT
JT says:
{ 05-12-2009 20:51 }
no doubt man keep in touch bro... peace JT
Huhu
Huhu says:
{ 05-12-2009 00:06 }
5 all day. great music keep it going and we cant wait to hear more.Elohim check us out and tell us what you think.
Geezy Da Phantom
{ 05-11-2009 12:17 }
the music is getting them the tracks is hot....... u could really catch good a good vibe......
TryMe
TryMe says:
{ 05-10-2009 23:23 }
good stuff dude stay hustlen
JT
JT says:
{ 05-08-2009 18:38 }
yo whats up...like ur music hit ya up with a 5... come check out my music and rate me up... peace JT
Big Boss aka Da Bossman
{ 04-30-2009 21:42 }
Thanks for the look fam....
D-Lyve
D-Lyve says:
{ 04-30-2009 16:43 }
u aint far from da Lex at all! keep doin ya thang hood neighbor
Bill Sterling
{ 04-28-2009 12:58 }
Thanks for stopping by listening now.... 5's are the going thing on this site so heres you a 5
GOODBOY/ Mndbp.ListenHear
{ 04-26-2009 22:33 }
wat up fam just coming through to check u out keep doing ya thang and when u get chance come check me
Super instrumentals found HERE
{ 04-22-2009 11:39 }
def a dif sound! 5 from me! keep grindin and holla at me with a rating! bless spittah
drgroove07zbeatz
{ 04-22-2009 07:49 }
U GOT UR OWN ORIGINAL SOUND..TIGHT WORK...5
K-Woodz (T.B.N.)
{ 04-22-2009 07:39 }
Like your style 5555555's
2-GRAPHIC
2-GRAPHIC says:
{ 04-13-2009 02:46 }
keep doing you
Possitive Vibes
{ 03-24-2009 23:36 }
mang.... i like hands of time,,,5555555s 4 show,, check our out let us know wut yha think,,,,peace
MaddBeat
MaddBeat says:
{ 03-14-2009 19:47 }
nice checkout maddbeat and vote wanna collab myspace.com/darealmaddbeatmusic showcaseyourmusic.com/maddbeatsmusic jamesflamesmaddbeat@yahoo.com gave you a 5 !!!!
MaddBeat
MaddBeat says:
{ 03-13-2009 20:31 }
checkout maddbeat lets collab jamesflamesmaddbeat@yahoo.com myspace.com/darealmaddbeatmusic gave you a five playa nice hard work!!! b safe JF
velveteen rabbit
{ 03-13-2009 15:22 }
great production and sound. :) high five from sandytherabbit.
BIG PAUL THE DON
{ 03-10-2009 12:26 }
WHAT UP DOE ? YHO HOMIE , I LOVE YHA STYLE . KEEP UP THE HARD WORK , AND STAY ORIGINAL . OH YEAH " I GAVE YOU A 5 HOMIE STAY UP !...MIDWEST 4 LIFE
velveteen rabbit
{ 03-10-2009 11:56 }
i love it.. had to come back a coupla times.. :) high five
Raynard (Sterling Ray Luciano) Bly
{ 03-06-2009 22:40 }
You bring funk to poetry, and it sounds great 55555
THE INVISIBLE CHILDREN
{ 03-06-2009 18:51 }
Your beatz are funky and you get a funky 5 from me.
Micantee
Micantee says:
{ 02-27-2009 07:04 }
You've got sounds ,keep it high, 5
GOODBOY/ Mndbp.ListenHear
{ 02-24-2009 20:45 }
wat up fam just coming through to check u out and when u get a chance come check me out
Adequate
Adequate says:
{ 02-16-2009 22:19 }
keep "REAL HIP HOP ALIVE" with that bein said i wish i could give u a 10!! best of luck to you man check me out mayb we can drop sum..one
MOVEMENT CLICK
{ 02-15-2009 16:50 }
THX KEEP ON DOING WHAT YA DO BWOI CHESS-MAN SHOWING SOME RESPECT FOR THA GAME AND THA PLAYERS
Full House Records
{ 02-07-2009 16:59 }
CHECK OUT THE NEW SHIT WE JUST POSTED
CVegus
CVegus says:
{ 02-06-2009 17:29 }
Very nice choice of trax, they take me back, good voice to. Peace All Wayz
PASSIONZ
PASSIONZ says:
{ 02-05-2009 17:39 }
Nyc music fam.... keep up the good work you got my vite 5.. holla back and vote
REEM ROC
REEM ROC says:
{ 02-01-2009 22:10 }
YO! YOUR HOT HOT HOT I LOVE YOUR STYLE AND FLOW..5 ALL DAY FROM ME HOMIE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..CHECK OUT MY PAGE AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK AND DON'T FORGET TO VOTE..MAYBE WE CAN MAKE SOME HOT MUSIC ONE DAY SOON..REAMROC..
The Council
{ 01-31-2009 13:45 }
A wonderful twist to your genre, an all out five from us/ chazz/ v5
SPECIAL CECILIA
{ 01-27-2009 21:58 }
YEAH I REALLY LOVE YOUR DEEP CONSCIOUS GROOVY HIPHOP STUFFS.BIG YOU UP WITH 5.WHAT'S YOUR MYSPACE? COME VISIT ME SOEMTIMES.STAY REAL AND CREATIVE.PEACE
MISSLANEOUS
{ 01-21-2009 22:24 }
NICE SOUNDS!
2Dafunk
2Dafunk says:
{ 01-18-2009 17:03 }
Yo I,m feeling Deep concentration for sure taking hip hop to where it belongs. you got a 5555 from me keep doing your thang. Peace 2Dafunk
Big Blindz
{ 01-10-2009 10:35 }
i fuks wit deep concentration... FIRE!!!
E-NASTY
E-NASTY says:
{ 01-07-2009 22:15 }
i fuck wit it shit nice 5allday
Lyrisis
Lyrisis says:
{ 01-06-2009 15:05 }
feelin ur style,unique trks,NICE,its a 5 from lyrisis,keep doing ya thang,thks 4 the luv
White Rob
White Rob says:
{ 12-26-2008 19:11 }
What Up Man I Had To Come Through And Check You OUt,Im Realy Feeling All Dat,We Close To We Should Get Up And Work TOgether Get at me personally.1 oh yeah 5 all day
X
{ 12-22-2008 17:44 }
nice music droppin in to return the favor
SMOK3 SHACK\
{ 12-22-2008 13:11 }
rated you a five
Purple Cherry Productions
{ 12-21-2008 05:18 }
yes ....i feel cuz .. thankx for droppin by .. your tracks are hot but your lyrics are even hotter !!! hot golden 5zzz fresh out the oven homeboy .. thankx again for your support ...
KING LHOTA
{ 12-21-2008 00:25 }
Hey G,salute,keep the good work up.great tunes yah lines up down there. me give yah 555555 full time. link up www.myspace.com/kinglhotajolof
B mode
B mode says:
{ 12-20-2008 16:05 }
good music. I gave it a 4 because I think it could be spiced up a lil bit. But on the other hand good vocals
Dank Sinatra \\\\\\\"ol red eyes\\\\\\\"
apperciate the love fam the music is crazy and the flow is nice -need to let ya boy get one of them jazzed up tracks for my new mixtape be part of history-send tracks to stricknate@yahoo.com-with info to be put in album -for production credit