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Muja Messiah “True Lies” (Influenza)

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Approach Influenza as a series which serves to help give insight as to where music is born; these are the thoughts, influences and the inspirations directly from the mind of the artists. Here, Minneapolis-based MC Muja Messiah compounds his thoughts on “True Lies,” one of the near thirty tracks on his latest record MPLS Massacre. First defining the beat as a shift into a modern sound, he identities that his personal tastes weren’t always in the best interest of the record. Finalizing this thoughts on the song he identifies his underlying beliefs on 9/11, the bin Laden/Bush connection, the hypocrisy of the country’s War on Drugs and “the lesser of two evils” in reference to this year’s forthcoming Presidential election.

On “True Lies”:

It all started wit’ this this gutter ass track that my man Naj did! I loved it but it was on some Mobb Deep/Wu-Tang shit! My daughter heard it and said she hated it! I had to remind myself I can’t just be picking beats because I liked it. If I did my shit’ll still be sounding like ‘93, because that was my shit! Anyway my engineer/producer Charlie and he agreed I need a more up-tempo track. He played this shit for me where the voice he sampled sounded like the chick was singing “cashmere thong!” – I’m like that’s it baby and my daughter love it.

I wrote the lyrics to “True Lies” after I watched the second debate wit’ Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I got geeked at the possibility of a black president, but soon realized it was probably too good to be true. I figure it’s gotta be a catch! Then I did the knowledge to the fact that Cheney and Barack were distant cousins, “It’s all based on blood ya’ll n*ggaz think I’m bugging, Mohammed Atta, uh-huh they was bluffing” and kind of got angry at the fact that America got this shit on lock for real! Knowing society is ruled by fear as The U.S. Government has got everyone running around waiting on the next terrorist attack, when in actuality them terrorist n*ggaz is bitches! “They’re all a bunch of wimps, terrorism don’t exist to me its all politics, democratic dictatorship,” but when its all said and done it’s all about the lesser of two evils! That’s why I’m riding wit’ Obama baby despite the “True Lies”! – Muja Messiah

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