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[Verse 1]

Picking up from setbacks, once again returning
A disappointing saga from an optimistic journey

Resuming out of hibernate, the power got restored
Building up the bravery to finally hit record

Hesitant, reluctant, unsure if I can cut it
Hit a wall and then I stalled thus becoming unproductive

Plus I wasn't having luck with, really much of anything
Empty lacking meaning, now reflection getting menacing

Can't express these issues, what if someone overhears
Overcoming challenges to understand them clear

Afraid of facing failure, any move could bring it near
But this lack of forward motion just solidifies the fear

System state corrupted but can't revert the snapshot
A silent silhouette against a solitary backdrop

Abandoned what I have and just focused on the have-not
Lock myself away but I'd probably pick the padlock

[Verse 2]

Finally unplugged from the storm that I had weathered
Crumbled under pressure, put the statement on the record

Lacking any effort, got the madness but no method
Sad and introspective, feeling ever disconnected

Now I'm writing past the margin, hardened, charging from the sidelines
Just invert the five nines, seemed a couple lifetimes

Labelled AFK inactivity displayed
Returning to the stage after having been away

Sick and tired of these single wires, feeling uninspired
The music's undesired but too young to just retire

And I’d never walk away from opportunity for higher
Elevating my community of peers that I admire

Decoded and I’m cold, an alone defeated rhymer
Back myself into this corner, need it warmer, seeking fire

Eroding at my soul to decrypt this weakened cipher
Coming up from downtime but feeling so expired

[Verse 3]

Despite the homecoming, I don't think it's run its course
This is weakness in a story, not a path to be endorsed

Even present day with regrets and this remorse
The fear of failure holding, still imposing quite a force

Afraid that I would ruin any legacy in music
Any other reasons said were really just excuses

Surrounded now in doubt getting blasted with confusion
Success and being fearless seeming mutually exclusive

The only path is forward, rarely looking back instead
Learning from the past, but still focusing ahead

Distant and withdrawn, felt like hanging by a thread
But I just couldn't let it go, though, no matter what was said

Tired of being out of it, clearing out these outages
Regular Expressions 'cause I’m finished with the counterfeits

Excited for the rise so don't tell me bring it down a bit
Finished with my downtime, consider this a power trip


from Downtime, released December 24, 2017
Produced & mixed by c64.
Lyrics & vocals by int eighty.


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International hip hop duo. Rapper int eighty and producer c64.

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