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Down

by Denise Chaila

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‘Leigh anois go curamach / Can’t define who I am with a Trocaire box’

With her signature ability to convey issues both personal to her and relatable to many with a single bar, ‘Down’ is a grimey rap tune that sees Chaila once again delight in challenging the concept of putting people in boxes.

It’s a recognition that confidence is not the opposite weakness. It is not a rejection of insecurity. It is an acceptance of it. It’s not a feeling; it is a daily commitment to acknowledging who you are and what you’re willing to be down for.

Denise’s independent label, narolane records, says of the song: “It may be called ‘Down’ but the energy is all the way up on this one. A track to make an entrance to; An opening statement from an artist exuding passion and confidence as she ushers in a new era. More on than later on but in the meantime, unpack this.”

lyrics

Verse 1:

Leigh anois go curamach,
Don’t need an autopsy to open up
Wear my pajamas to the corner shop
I keep my ion what makes me up
I dance on the graves of dead traditions
No lip service to bad religion
Cleaning house like I’m playing quidditch
Can’t waste time doubting my decisions
An bfhuil cead agam dul go dtí—
I don’t need permission to be free
Can’t affect my confidence adversely
I’m well versed so you won’t out verse me
Round of applause for the ones who say you’re clapped when you turn them down
Imagine being able to be anything
And CHOOSING to stay a clown
I could Bruce Wayne or Batman
I could play nice or show you Arkham
Come in my inbox again and I’ll chat to your girl and raise her standards,
Badman
Don’t let the internet make you brave
When you wouldn’t say it with bass
Say it to my face
Say it with your chest
Say it with your heart
Know what?
Say less
I’ll cross that bridge when I burn it
I’ll give credit when you earn it
My pupils taught me the vision
Don’t need anyone to affirm it

Verse 2:

Leigh anois go curamach
Can’t define who I am with a Trocaire box
I might graduate with my bonnet on
And a Colgate smile like Chip Skylark
I wear my tracksuit under my socks so
You already know where I’m from
Looking like United Colors of Bennetton
What accent is that?
All of them.
(Call me Saoirse)
Shea Butter Shaka Zulu
I’ll show you the meaning of Ja de vu
Character arc on Zuko
I could strike a match or light up a fuse
Junchuuriki without a seal
I am not afraid of my Biju though
Envision the waves I don’t wanna coast
I am not afraid to say I have No-Tions.
I know my power
I am the princess, the tower, the dragon
A young Bilbo Baggins
And I am not dragging anybody with me
Tell your king I’ve got the keys to the city
I won’t go away quietly
I don’t Everest it’s peak
Summit up
I am the life in my own streams
I’m the girl of my own dreams
You cannot hold me (down)
I could Fit a lecture in sixteen bars
I could make a scene and make you dance
I don’t get even I even the odds
Calculated when it don’t add up
You are not a leader til you make one
Looks like you need a consultation
I don’t need you to rate me
I’ll send my rates on

credits

released May 1, 2020
‘Down’
Written by Denise Chaila
Produced by MuRli
Artwork & photo by Tara Thomas
narolane records

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Denise Chaila

In her breakthrough track Copper Bullet, Denise Chaila succinctly described the thriving hip-hop scene in Ireland.

The fact that Chaila was able to convey the sentiment of a nation in one perfect line displays both the depth and skill of the Irish MC.

It perhaps partially explains why, following the release of her debut EP Denise has become one of the most in-demand MCs in Ireland and beyond.
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