Josh One - What's Going On? (feat. Demetrius Rhymes & Eighty Bugg)

by Josh One

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Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhhhh Listen..... What’s going on.... Listen...: What’s going on.... DEMETRIUS (RAP) Tell me how you take a crack at the capital They ain’t clap it you It’s Demons in the door way Savages acting animal Reality is role play Everything real Abandoned you Your avatar can take those scars When they slander you Cuz you don’t have to have no heart To push the panic through Energies epidemic Poison is in the air now All you did was bother to breath And it’s man down Heavy is the headline Why they have to flat line I don’t blame the government love is not the covenant My bloodline was built from a slave Why would they care now look at they got us behaved how we stand down Clicking into zoom calls Morning time to moon fall Brain full of blue light Spirit in a true fog Cuz how is you supposed to eat If you log off What are you supposed to feel If you sign out How is you supposed to live If you got no clout It’s sorta of tragic Life is digital magic Reinvented augmented And Reduced to a status Shopping for your food Through a plastic apparatus Rats in a maze Apes wit bananas Water full death On a dying ass planet And I was born black That’s another batch of static But imma leave wave Deeper than the trans Atlantic Do the knowledge on the chapters Go beyond the middle passage Know that I was once a king Even though I’m looking tattered Tired from the daily grind Of getting up and getting mine Tryna learn the angles When only know a crooked line Lost in the struggle Of these troubling times Listen... What’s going on... SCRATCHES (OUTRO) Trying to travel on Bleak as Babylon Heed the warning signs Listen to the to the siren song Dark as double night Fight what you know is wrong Or you can step inside And hide what’s going on


Josh One releases “What’s Going On?” lead single and title track off his forthcoming EP featuring Demetrius Rhymes, formerly Chicago-based MC ADaD and Eighty Bugg. “Current and concurrent, the song is about what’s going on and ongoing,” Josh One says of the present-day turmoil and shifting tides of the country. The track’s dark and powerful undertone takes listeners on a cinematic journey challenging contemporary themes of complacency and collective hardship from a now more-than-ever broken system.

The defining Rhodes theme gives way to haunting vocals under Demetrius' precise lyricism confronting today’s headlines that beg the song title’s question. Offering one of the best verses in his heralded career, “What’s Going On?” addresses “these troubling times,” set to the award-winning producer/DJ’s genre-blurring production packed with intricate layers of head nodding MPC drum programming, electric guitar riffs and powerful synth lines backed by live instrumentation and scratching.


released April 2, 2021

Produced/Arranged/Mixed: Josh One
Vocals: Demetrius Rhymes & Eighty Bugg
Strings: Cyrus Melchor
Bass & Guitar: James Bautista
Piano: Gene Bautista
Scratches: Josh One
Mastered by: Shawn Hatfield
Artwork: Swank One


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