What It Takes

by Something For The Pain

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A rumbling bass with a tight beat, mixed with some "Smart Alec" layered acoustic guitars and a socially conscious lyrical message about the untold story and harms of hardcore drugs. We sure hope that you have a sub-woofer for this one... you're gonna need it.

Side note - This song does not advocate the use of drugs. In fact, it unveils the layers of problems that unfold, leading up to a simple narcotics transaction. Lose yourself in the story.

lyrics

[Brandon Carter - Spoken]
Ya' know, when we get high
We think, ya' know
We just get it from the dealer
Smoke it, and we snort it
Ya' know, that's it
But a lot more goes into it than that
Ya' know, a lot has to happen
For you to get that into your hands
This is the other part of the story...

[Brandon Carter - Rap]
In South American soil
It was grown by the farmers in the trees
They tried to grow some other crops
But nothing pays them
Like that cocoa leaf
He barely makes enough money
While he's hunted by the government and thieves
He's chopping up that cocoa plant
Then mix it with acid and kerosene
That separates the drug from the plant
And then it leaves a sticky paste
It's sent off to a laboratory
And hydrochloric acid makes it base
It's sent of to America by a smuggler
She ties it to her waist
She wish that she could legally feed her children
But there's no other way
She does it for her family
She risks her life for her loved ones
To get into Miami
Past immigration and customs
If she's unsuccessful
Her family gotta run from
That Cartel
Because if she fails
They said they gonna snuff one

[Brandon Carter - Hook]
This is what it takes
What it takes for you to get high
This is what it takes
What it takes for them to get by
This is what it takes
What it takes for me to get mine
This is what it takes
Make no mistake
People risking they lives

[Brandon Carter - Rap]
She gets it to the dealer
She gives him the coke
She's lucky that she got it
He sends her back
To Columbia
Finally got some money in her pocket
He takes the coke
He stomps it out
He cuts it up
To multiply his profit
He's paranoid
He's gotta watch his back
Cuz that's how it is
For a n*gga livin' lawless
He's strapped up
Even when he's chillin'
A gun is under his seat
Because his competition
They tryin' to kill him
It ain't safe for him in the streets
He's idolized by the children
From the outside it looks sweet
But he's hot as hell in Miami
In his vest he can hardly breathe
He puts the coke in the community
And he's ruining the streets
Got junkies robbing people and doing things
To get the fix that they need
They gotta get it
Won't stop for sh*t
And they don't give a fu*k who bleeds
As long as they can get high today
And that's the only thing that they need

[Skit - Spoken]
Cocoa puff? [Snort] Ahhhhhh...

[Brandon Carter - Hook]
This is what it takes
What it takes for you to get high
This is what it takes
What it takes for them to get by
This is what it takes
What it takes for me to get mine
This is what it takes
Make no mistake
Some people won't survive

[Brandon Carter - Rap]
He gets the coke
He lines it up
And rolls a twenty to snort it
Sixty dollars for every gram
He can't afford his mortgage
His boss about to let him go
Cuz his job he's been ignorin'
His family need food and clothes
But that sh*t ain't important
He inhales through a dollar bill
Cocaine enters his nose
Absorbs into his blood stream
Up to his brain it goes
Dopamines release
And euphoria overflows
Now he need another gram
In twenty minutes
Because he hates the lows
He wish that he could quit
Can't give it up if he tried
He's 'bout to lose his kids
His family and his wife
He never would have fu*ked with it
If he could turn back time
But there's no starting over
He's far from sober
It's got control of his mind

[Brandon Carter - Hook]
This is what it takes
What it takes for you to get high
This is what it takes
Make no mistake
Some people gotta die

This is what it takes
What it takes for you to get high
This is what it takes
What it takes for them to get by
This is what it takes
What it takes for me to get mine
This is what it takes
Make no mistake
Some people gotta die

credits

released January 15, 2014
Ryan O'Donnell, Brandon Carter, Alec Orenstein, Easy E

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