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Spiderman On Vitamins – Making The Song

Autor admin | 09.02.2011 | Category Uncategorized

July 15, 2009: I joined facebook, something I was quite certain I would never do.  I planned to use it strictly as a tool with which to promote my music, and possibly my identity as a person named me for the sake of getting people interested in my music. On November 3rd, 2009 I whimsically posted a status update, declaring that I was “Spiderman on Vitamins.” It was a slightly amusing concept, a superhero taking supplements, and it nearly rhymed.  A man called James V. Heinz (also known as J57 of the Brown Bag AllStars) “liked” that particular status, providing me with a bit of, “Ooh, good,” regarding its value…which is silly, but that’s kind of the nature of facebook, isn’t it.

January 18th, 2010: I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a fresh crop of beats from Spills, as he was out in Cambodia at the time, and I was in NYC pushing our newly released Alphabutter project.  I received an email containing a handful of music, one track that was entitled 4B. I emailed and tweeted and GChatted across the globe towards Spills’ general direction immediately, determined to secure the rights to that beat. That beat…I immediately knew there was something about that beat.

February 13th, 2010: I was down in Orlando, FL at KDS Studios, working on what would become my most recent mixtape, Bars & NoBull. We had a day-off because it was Valentine’s Day or the NBA All-Star Game or something, and I decided to lock myself in the B Room all day and write to some beats I had been saving. I later found out that Eminem wrote most of his Relapse album in that room…an album that I didn’t particularly enjoy, but it did inspire me to step my pen game up when it first came out. I remember sitting on the couch in that room, eating lots of granola and thinking about conversations I had had that morning with my cousin, with whom I was staying while in Orlando. We had discussed my childhood in NYC, my intrinsic infatuation with hip-hop from the earliest stages of my life, and my constant interest in questioning mores with which I was presented during my developmental stages.  4B was banging around the circumference of the room, urging me to brag about my brash beginnings and boast about my bold boyishness – but I wanted to be honest and factual, sincere and genuine regarding what I felt to be the most delicate of truths: my love for hip-hop.

So I began to write about my mom and my name, playing with the ‘Jes’ sound, using words like ‘majestic’, ‘jetski’, ‘ingesting’…it felt right. So I kept writing in this manner, telling my story and doing so fervently. Yet when it came time for the bridge (which I had arranged as part of the beat), I felt it needed a major switch, in both rhythm and in content. It was time to stop being so “real” and be a little more hip-hoppishly braggadocios. But braggadocios I’m not. Suddenly that facebook status popped into my head, a line wreaking of braggart but cloaked in self-awareness and tongue-in-cheek hyperbole. I decided to go with that theme for the bridge, lyrically declaring that I invented the most basic of human entities, such as clapping and snapping, kissing and wishing, lying and dying, etc. I was, in fact, Spiderman on vitamins (I did, and do, take a lot of vitamins. Shouts to Shaklee.)  When recording the bridge the next day the engineer kept cracking up, saying to me, “The hell’re you TALKIN about, son?!” but it felt right. I emailed Spills that night, saying: “In terms of 4b, I plan to use that on my EP, not this mixtape. That song’s goin straight to the top of the pile. hooray*”

I removed that new song (which I hesitated to call Spiderman On Vitamins, but relinquished all fear eventually) from the rest of the tracks that would go on to encompass Bars & NoBull, forcing me to sit on what had become my favorite song for a year before actively releasing it. I leaked it last summer to a few sites, including DJBooth.net, where it peaked at #3 on its Top 10 Charts, but was essentially holding it back until I was ready to attach it to an official project worthy of its leadership. The One Day EP, dropping on March 1, is spearheaded by this song, and should be viewed not in its shadow, but in its company, as the whole record is one of which I am quite proud.

Another entity which has filled me with a bit of superbia is the fact that a writer working for a British website, AllLyrics.net, took the time to write out this new song of mine. Lovingly and graciously I stumbled upon this page recently, and spent quite a bit of energy laughing uproariously at the misinterpretations and falsified assumptions that became this website’s rendition of my lyrics.

Spiderman On Vitamins

Here are the accurate lyrics to the song:

(v1)
My mom named me Jesse
Hebrew for emcee
Majestic since birth
Quick as a jet ski
I was home and ingesting
No milk, just words
What a fine blessing
To be raised so well
Rays of light even when I raised hell
Razor sharp was a phrase I knew well
My reign was inevitable, never to fail
Then I got older, by the age of one,
“crawlin!”
I was dangerous
Met a girl named Rap, it became a crush
The rest of the world seemed lame to us
So lame to us, it’s so lame to us
The whole entire planet was a game to just be played on so I stayed on my course
No chores, just bars, sharp darts and metaphors

(Hook)
Eyes open wide
But you can’t see me
If I was your guide
Still can’t see me
Might if you tried
No, you can’t see me
Leave your mind petrified
You can’t see me
x2

(v2)
Mom named me Abrahammerhead shark
Jaws so sharp that I gnawed on bark at the doggon park and I crawled on shards of glass so fast that I never got scarred
Never got taught, never got smart
Teachers tried to reach me but they never got far
In Hebrew school when I was eight my teacher tried to tell me that God was everything
I raised my little hand and said, “How can that be?
God’s not stupid, God’s not mean.”
“God’s flawless, perfect and great. He makes everything”
“Does he make mistakes?”
You can’t teach me about God
That’s not something I can learn from the outside
No doubt. Now what do I shout?
if it’s not from within, it’s without.

(Hook)
Eyes open wide
But you can’t see me
If I was your guide
Still can’t see me
Might if you tried
No, you can’t see me
Leave your mind petrified
You can’t see me
x2

(Bridge)
I invented clapping
I invented snapping
I invented
I invented kissing
I invented wishing
I invented
I invented lying
I invented dying
I invented
I invented freshness
I invented questions
I invented
I invented water
I invented slaughter
I invented
I invented walking
I invented talking
I invented
I invented melting
I invented helping
I invented language
I invented anguish
I invented smiles
I invented style
I invented frying pans and drying fans and buying plans
I’m spiderman on vitamins
I’m spiderman on vitamins
I’m spiderman on vitamins
I’m spiderman on vitamins

But you can’t see me
Still can’t see me
No, you can’t see me
You can’t see me

(v3)
So my last name’s Hartman
Man of the heart and my plan from the start was to stand out apart from the bland and depart from the land and the stars I’m a one-man caravan.
Clan? Not a part.
I float so free
Mother nature and father time had a baby named me
I was born in BC and I live in AD
20/20 vision? I see in HD
I spit my LMNOPs back in elementary
Broke the record for consecutive sheckets when I was three
I guess I could explain what that means
But I never feel the need to clarify speech
It would leave you terrified if ever I preach
Never irate cuz I’m always irie
JAH the initials written on my diary
If I’m not inspiring then I’m retiring

(Hook)
Eyes open wide
But you can’t see me
If I was your guide
Still can’t see me
Might if you tried
No, you can’t see me
Leave your mind petrified
You can’t see me
x2

Here is their version of the song:

My mom named me Jesse, he grew for mc, majestic sends birth quick as a jet ski
I was home and ingesting, no milk just words, what a fine blessing
To be raised so well, raise alike when I raised like hell
Razor sharp was a phrase I knew well
My reign was inevitable, never to fell
Then I got older by the age of one, crawling, I was dangerous
Met a girl named Rap that became a crush, the rest of the worlds seemed lame to us
so lame to us, so lame to us
The whole entire planet was a game to just be played on some wide stadium
of course, no chores, just balls, shorts chords and metaphors

Eyes open wide, but you can’t see me
If I was your guy, still can’t see me
Don’t mind if you try but you can’t see me
With your mind petrify, you can’t see me
Eyes open wide, but you can’t see me
If I was your guy, still can’t see me
Don’t mind if you try but you can’t see me
With your mind petrify, you can’t see me

My mom named me Abraham, hammer head shark
jaw so short that I’m not on board, get the dog on park
and I crawled on short glass so fast that I never got smart
Never got hard, never got smart
Teachers try to … me but they never got far
And he was school when I was eight
My teacher tried to tell me that God was everything
Raise my little hand said how can that be?
God’s not stupid, and God’s not mean
God’s … is perfectly in great, He makes everything, does He make mistakes?
He ain’t teach me about God, that’s not something I can’t learn from the outside
No doubt, now where do I shout? If it’s not from within, it’s without

Eyes open wide, but you can’t see me
If I was your guy, still can’t see me
Don’t mind if you try but you can’t see me
With your mind petrify, you can’t see me
Eyes open wide, but you can’t see me
If I was your guy, still can’t see me
Don’t mind if you try but you can’t see me
With your mind petrify, you can’t see me

I invented clapping, I invented snapping, I invented
I invented kissing, I invented wishing, I invented, I invented lying,
I invented dying, I invented, I invented …, I invented questions,
I invented, I invented water, I invented slaughter, I invented,
I invented walking, I invented talking, I invented, I invented nothing,
I invented helping, I invented language, I invented anguish,
I invented smiles, I invented style, define … can’t survive
…spiderman on vitamins, spiderman on vitamins, spiderman on vitamins, spiderman on vitamins

But you can’t see me, still can’t see me
No you can’t see me, you can’t see me

So my last needs hardened man of the heart,
am I playing from the start was … from the playing in the park,
From the land in the stars, I’m an one man caravan, tearing that apart
I float so free, mother nature found the time had a baby named me
I was born in bc and I live in ad, twenty twenty vision, I see in hd
Spill my elemental peas back in elementary
Bought the record for executive shake it when I was three
I guess I could explain what that means, but I never feel the need to clarify speech
If I leave you terrified wherever I preach, never … cause I’m always hard to read
… the initial reading on my diary, if I’m not inspiring, then I’m retiring

Eyes open wide, but you can’t see me
If I was your guy, still can’t see me
Don’t mind if you try but you can’t see me
With your mind petrify, you can’t see me
Eyes open wide, but you can’t see me
If I was your guy, still can’t see me
Don’t mind if you try but you can’t see me
With your mind petrify, you can’t see me.

Incredibly flattering that someone took the time and effort to put this together, as hilariously erroneous as it may be. At its core, this song is simultaneously one of fun and profundity, as was the experience of creating it. I look forward to receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Marvel someday soon. Yep.