All of us go through a period of wondering what the fuck we’re doing with our lives. Sometimes that feeling lasts weeks, sometimes months, years or a lifetime. I’ve been in and out of one of those phases for the last year and a half, but then I lean back and realize I’m sitting here blogging about rap music and figure it could be worse.
“Why do I do this shit?” sums up the feeling, though, and it’s a question Black EL asks on his newest tune, “5 to 6.”
Amidst the “cops killing” and the “dirty water in Michigan,” the Boston rapper ponders his worth and meaning in life, especially after recognizing a pattern in his daily activities. “5 to 6, I get lit, then I go through the list,” he raps on the hook, noting the schedule of his 9-to-5 job, an hour of relaxing then going through the list of shit to get done before the next day starts.
It’s a mold millions of working people fit into, and it’s also a mold millions of working people constantly want to break. And as if that weight wasn’t heavy enough, cops are killing civilians and vice versa, a maniacal reality star and businessman is running for president and politicians are cool with a whole city’s drinking water being poisoned.
So try and figure out life with Black EL below.