10 years ago today—legendary night for our WP family at the Thirsty Turtle.
I’ve been wanting to share this story properly for a while now. Thanks to Pigeons & Planes for publishing. Check it out.
I’m back baby. Back to Westcheddar, back to the daily grind. My wife and I had an amazing trip to Kauai, with stops in Southern and Northern California. It was the time of my life. My wife (I love saying that it’s so fun) took the picture above from our hotel lagoon early in the morning on our first day at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. She got real “snap happy” (she coined that) on the trip. She’s a pretty good photographer huh? Me, well I did a lot of reading (I’ll get to that in my next post) and also managed to write a few tropical bars by the pool. So while MY WIFE was in the shower getting ready for dinner one night, I took the opportunity to recite them while I had the mean island backdrop in effect. Check the video that I call “Book of Rhymes: Hawaii Honeymoon Pages”…
And would you believe, when we got back to New York, I was surfing the net for what I missed in the music world while we were away, and I stumble across the new Kanye West “Amazing” video that coincidently was shot in Kauai!!! I mean, he’s got footage of himself at the Waimea Canyon on blast through the whole video, and I’m like, “Babe, we were just there!!!” Peep the pic, then the video…truly AMAZING.
I’ll leave you with another impressive shot that my wife took from our table at the Beach House restaurant on the south shore near our hotel (it was her birthday!!!), and one of us too from the same night. Stay tuned for more posts…peace and love.
I found this in one of my many old notebooks of raps sometime last year. I wrote this in the spring of 2004 during a four month stay in my old bedroom on Ogden Avenue. I was working at White Plains High School as a substitute teacher by day and recording in NYC at Sony Studios by night, fresh from a seven year stint on my own in Maryland and D.C., now at home sharing a bathroom with my Mom and Dad. Of the millions of bars that I’ve written in my life, these are my 16 favorite.
It was my most personal, meaningful, and lyrical verse long before it ever ended up on the Matisyahu song “WP”, and that’s the truth jack. In fact, I spit this verse on stage with Matis in November 2004 at SUNY Purchase, about eight months before “WP” was recorded. Matis saw me in the back of the audience (he didn’t know I was coming to the show), and he motioned for me to come up on stage to spit something. And I spit this verse that I had been listening to in my head for months.
He didn’t know it at the time, but he indirectly inspired this verse. It was about us, our experiences growing up in White Plains, all the nostalgic thoughts I was having at the time, working at my old high school and living in my old digs. I loved the verse for so many reasons, but mostly because I felt it so accurately represented me and how I felt as young guy growing up in the NY suburbs. AND THE LYRICS ARE SICK. Peep the alliterations kid. MISTY MORNING AND MY MOMS A MESS. I knew the second I wrote the first line that this verse would be perfect for those special kosher Matis moments where a rap about blunts and tits was not gonna fly.
Well the verse must have resonated with Matis, because in July 2005 when he was working on the YOUTH album, he called me up and said “remember that verse you kicked…?” No one ever heard it before that night at SUNY Purchase, but thanks to Matisyahu and Epic Records, this verse is now immortal.
My “WP” verse, live from the SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY, with Matisyahu on the 311 Summer Unity Tour, July 2007.