Word Is Bond

Synopsis: A late night stop for Chinese food in Queens turns out to be a violent turning point in the life of a young Latino.
Genre: Drama, Short
Year:
2003
13 min
4 Views

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[train clattering slowly]

[clattering continues,

train whistle blowing]

[J. Cole]

I just wait for a feeling.

When I get a... a chill,

when I get, "Whoof. Oh!"

That's how it is

when you in the zone.

'Cause, like, it's not

really you speaking.

It's you speaking,

but it's, like, the real you.

It's, like, the...

the non-ego you,

the soul you, you know?

The part of you

that's connected to God.

It's like, it's wiser than...

than the physical you.

[ tranquil hip-hop music ]

[Rakim] I was always

kind of private

with my method, man.

Sometimes I'll have

something on there

where I felt how it would feel

if somebody seen it.

They'll figure out

how I put that rhyme together.

[Nas] A thought

can become a reality.

What you speak

into the universe

can come true.

[Rhymefest]

You gotta create a rhyme

like a theater in your mind.

It has to be something

that when you say it,

people can see it.

[Nas] I'm just happy that

I was coming up at the time

where the American language

was being shifted

by young black people,

poor righteous teachers,

in the streets.

Hip-hop MCs have spoken

a new America into existence.

While the Jesse Jacksons

of the world

were on their way down

from their fight,

it was time

for a new soldier to get up

and change the direction of,

"How do we get out of this?"

Hip-hop did it verbally.

[Rapsody]

The power to hold a mic,

to take 16 bars,

and in 16 bars,

you were influencing

a whole world.

[Rhymefest]

Maya Angelou, she said,

"Words are things.

Guard them."

[Styles P] Words are the man's

most powerful weapon

in life, period,

whether you rap or not.

Like, you could be a father.

You could be a husband.

You could be a brother

or sister.

You saying the wrong words

to a family member

can affect

whether their life

goes negative, positive,

whether they have

a good day or a bad day.

So definitely,

words mean everything.

[Killer Mike] Lyrics don't

always mean complexity.

The simplest of rappers

have made the grandest

of statements.

[Erick Arc Elliott]

When your pen is that strong,

you want everybody to know

all the nuances of the words.

Don't ever delete your rhymes.

Don't ever.

That's my word...

that what I just told you

is my bond.

[]

[hip-hop music playing faintly]

...need more people,

my heart is so evil

Now I'm trying

to get elite-lite

Talking 'bout your strap,

how you carry that

Said you had the packs,

3,000 Sour Diesel

You said you had the bitches,

but I never see 'em with you

You said you like the pipe

but always huntin'

For the pistol,

a bitch told me 'bout you

Yeah, I think

her name was Crystal

She said you gave

a short screw

She could never forget you,

you got a chain

But you ain't get it

from a jeweler

I have to really be moved

to go and make something.

You had A Bronx Tale.

I wanted A Queens Story.

I could see that

as a film, actually.

"Rest in peace

to Black Just,

riding through Jamaica, Queens

in his black truck."

I could see myself

in the truck with him,

you know, playing his records

and... we rocking,

driving through

Jamaica, Queens.

He's showing me blocks...

back blocks

where everybody's gambling,

and I'm meeting dudes

from 40 Projects, Baisley,

and we over here

and over these backstreets

and all that.

He's showing me

the ins and outs,

and we just talking,

having a good time,

and I'm writing,

"Timbs was 40 Below,

waves to the side of his dome."

I'm describing him,

but I'm seeing it.

It's not just me

writing a rhyme anymore.

It's like,

"This is a serious moment."

After my first album,

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