George Mpanga, known popularly by his stage name, George the Poet, is a British spoken word artist and rapper. With songs such as ‘My Love Is Your Love’, ‘Wotless’, ‘In The Quiet’ and others, he is a rising spoken-word artist which speaks on social and political issues.
A personal favorite of mine, starts off with him relaying futuristic probabilities of a struggling couple post-breakup with the woman finding solace in lonely nights and sex toys while the man who “wears the trousers” in which deep held power dwells, will keep entertaining other females. Pre-breakup, the boyfriend engages in conspicuous sexual relations outside the relationship, insulting the intelligence of his girlfriend by blatantly denying this fact because all the evidence leading to these accusations are not concrete. His girlfriend is sick and tired of the lies and deceit despite the obvious signs that point to the exact opposite of what he claims to be doing at certain points, when he is actually cheating.
She threatens to cut the skin of the next slut he fucks.
The next verse paints the picture of a female who lives on the drama caused by her twisted and flawed relations with the opposite sex. Her 9-5 is clearly to short to occupy her lazy and bored self so she has more time to pitifully obsess over having a man. One with “daddy issues”, she automatically distrusts any man that wants to move close to her; bringing up issues they’d already been over at the beginning.
After putting out his stand on wanting her, the male’s patience is running thin.
In the last verse, the talented artiste gives his listener a scenario in which a woman in a relationship is hurt by the nonchalant attitude of her boyfriend towards an issue important to her. A fight occurs and he leaves. She wants to call him back but knows there is no future for them anymore because she is suffocating and has no breathing space. She finally gives in and messages him; from slow replies to no replies at all from.
Over at her “girlfriend’s” place, she begins to welcome the idea of revenge on the boyfriend and remembers a guy who has been and is still clearly head-over-heels for her.
In incognito mode, she goes to the ‘backup plan’s’ place, is received with open arms.
The artist finally takes us into the head of the irredeemable lover-boy, he sees she’s been crying and needs comfort but knows it’s a different kind of comfort than her girlfriends can offer; gets a blanket, cuddles up with her in a corner all the while worshiping her and her body and counting his gain as her worthless boyfriend’s loss in his head.
He tries to convince himself (and her) that he is the right one to take away her pain, promising her that her infidelity won’t feel so bad after all after the sex, bubble bath and hot meal.
The artist is George the Poet and the name of the song is “If the shoe fits” featuring Mega. I highly advice fans of spoken word and those who appreciate both its content and delivery to put this on their playlist. And for more soul-calming spoken word pieces, take out your calendar and mark the 5th of August as a date to bathe your mind in beautiful words by talented artists at the Lemon Curd 2.0, holding at the Muri Okunola park, VI.
Thank me later.