Riff: MC Paul Barman – “(((echo chamber)))”

Mar 14, 2018

I spark offense against the dark arts’ heat. Neat!/Hindsight’s a divine right/So stay untrue to yourself and think your forethought through/Acknowledge we’re all brainwashed and you’re not you

from (((echo chamber))) lyrics by MC Paul Barman

The wackiest lyricist you’ve never heard of throws his hat back in the ring, pouncing all over a bulbous Questlove-produced beat to get his message of liberation across. The wordplay is at max capacity, and per usual he weaves together a series of rhymes that prove he’s one of the most creative rappers in the game. Open Mike Eagle lends a hand, and true to the song’s namesake he mirrors the same rhyme scheme as Barman. There is no overarching theme, but the advantage of this style is that each line is a story within itself, which warrants multiple listens. One of the most dynamic lyricists is back in full force, and the rap world should be celebrating.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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