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XV - The Kick

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  • Artist: XV
  • Track: The Kick
  • Producer: DJ Tech-Neek
  • Album: None (Promo Single)

On a highly-acclaimed 2009 mixtape single, XV compared his musical grind to the death-defying chases and vertiginoius leaps of PS3/XBox classic Mirror's Edge. Two years and change later, the Kansas City native's situation is considerably less precarious: with a major-label contract under his belt and a highly-anticipated debut album on the way, his life is almost starting to feel like a nice dream... like any Inception fan, however, he knows The Kick that sends him tumbling back to reality could come at any moment. On this unreleased promo cut, DJ Tech-Neek looks to the 2010 film's Hans Zimmer score for inspiration, flipping iconic theme Time into a cinematically sweeping backdrop for the freestyle series alumnus' reflections on the ephemeral nature of success: Though the emcee poignantly wonders whether he really deserves what he's got ( "Lord, can I change my life with these sentences, when I got boys doing life 'cause of sentences?") he ultimately resolves to make the most of it while it lasts: "I know this life with all of the lights ain't real but f*ck it I don't wanna leave / 'Cause you can never have déjà vu, if you don't ever dream." This thought-provoking joint isn't attached to any forthcoming project, but fans can, as always, keep it locked to the Booth for anything and everything Vizzy.

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