CA; Oakland — "Everything Else" is a short verse written and performed by Shy'An G that reflects her experience of growing up in low-privileged neighborhoods and how her thought process has changed over the years.
"Everything Else" (Excerpt)
Coming from a senseless solution
Full of many problems with the same conclusions
and all is tied to the central,
which makes your first baby step the grimiest
and the twelfth month the mightiest.
Inside of this reformed fossil
No telling when an archeologist
will have the ability to identify it.
While ice is spread amongst the creases of the sidewalks.
Salt -- that's the core
covered the kid drawing in chalk.
Fast forward to it, as expectations
grew among metal, then they called me fake swag nation
more bullets stuck in my thoracic
every step of my cadence
I told them, check my mere presence
because it reps my penance.