BURN 2 EMERGE

written and performed by Mykel Hawk

I thought that I was on my way

Right from the beginning day

I found out when I took my turn

That I still had a lot to learn

But that ain’t gonna stop me no

That ain’t stop my flow

That ain’t gonna kill the urge

They say you gotta burn to emerge

 

(VERSE ONE)

 It’s Mykel hawk and I’m a motherfucking rap star

And I’m not bragging I’m just stating what the facts are

I don’t like boujee rap I bump more shit like Black Star

And yo this track here got more flavor than a snack bar

This shit has been / A way of Life / Since I was ten / All I would do

Is sit and write / while listening/ to beats all night / until morning

Would turn to night / then once again

And I’d pretend that I was in the shoes of rappers I looked up to

I had a mic and a boombox I’d hook it up to

I’d put a concert on right there inside my bedroom

In only underwear I didn’t care cause I’d have cred soon

It had to be / more than a dream / because it seemed /

And felt so real / I’d sign a deal / and then of course

my music vid / e-yo would play / on MTV’s show YO/ with Dr Dre

and they would have me there like damn near every weekend

because I’d have another single that was peaking

my people keeping me from my own braggadocio

fans screaming never sleeping on a tour of Tokyo

That was the goal / that was my vision / I would explode / A rap musician

Some people told / me that my mission / would never grow / into fruition

 I’d never listen / to no dismission

I’d only laugh cause every year that passed I’d just get better

And it was clear I was advancing fast in my endeavor

Vocabulary showing bars growing ever clever

Abandoned almost everything but HIP-HOP altogether

One day my con / fidence had grown / I stepped out to club that loc / ally was known

For hosting battles rappers flow / ing for the throne /

I grabbed the mic walked out and froze just like a stone

My ego blown

(HOOK)

I thought that I was on my way

Right from the beginning day

I found out when I took my turn

That I still had a lot to learn

But that ain’t gonna stop me no

That ain’t stop my flow

That ain’t gonna kill the urge

They say you gotta burn to emerge

 (VERSE TWO)

I started out just as a child with aspirations

Some found it wild that I had such determination

To read about myself in Hip-Hop publications

I didn’t know then I would face the complications

I never thought about or gave considerations

That I could find myself in fucked up situations

Some people said I lacked the real qualifications

Said I’m a dreamer with a big imagination

I took my demo to the local music station

I couldn’t even get a play in they rotation

I started doubting myself losing motivation

Like “me a rapper”? pshh, Hallucinations

But then epiphany hit/ a revelation

I wouldn’t be defined by other’s limitations

I make this music for the positive vibrations

Now I could give a fuck about interpretations

(HOOK)

I thought that I was on my way

Right from the beginning day

I found out when I took my turn

That I still had a lot to learn

But that ain’t gonna stop me no

That ain’t stop my flow

That ain’t gonna kill the urge

They say you gotta burn to emerge