1 Verse, 1 Hearse #19, Krispy Kreme – The Pain
Krispy Kreme is probably going through an all too familiar scenario right now. He wanted stardom, but he didn’t want his privacy to be invaded. Although he’s only had a small taste of fame, he’s already had a great piece of his personal life exposed. But like he says in 3 messages to the haters, “don’t hate the player, hate the game.” In this case, don’t hate the players, hate the game. This is how the game works. A person can’t be famous and have privacy at the same damn time. Amongst the revelations about his not-so stupid past, and all the addresses and phone numbers for Tyler Cassidy, we’ve seen the true lyrical abilities of one, Krispy Kreme, real name Tyler Cassidy. I know that I should probably 1V1H Tina Fey’s verse on “Real Estate,” but I would be Krispy Kreme’n y’all. Instead, I’ll just give you a little dose of one the baddest rappers right now. Some are already saying that he’s the next Eminem. I can’t cosign that, but I will cosign Tyler Cassidy.
On “The Pain,” Krispy explores the pressures of success. Listening to the song is like reading Tyler Cassidy’s diary. Tyler wanted hip-hop success, but given the fact that not a lot of suburban white Michigan kids can be taken seriously in hip-hop, he created this stupid (literally) hick persona called Krispy Kreme. People immediately gravitated to this Krispy Kreme guy because the possibility of Krispy Kreme’s authenticity was unbelievably insane. Unfortunately, Krispy Kreme isn’t 100% real. Luckily, Tyler Cassidy is.
To understand the hearse of the verse, you have to understand Tyler. The dude graduated at the top of his High School class with a GPA of 3.95, which is near perfect. I can’t claim to personally know Tyler, but I can guess that a person in his shoes has a lot of pressure on him to succeed. For him to take on rap was probably not the wisest decision, to an outsider at least. I also found Krispy’s situation unique. Most young rappers feel pressured to succeed because they need to get out of the ghetto. Krispy is just trying to fill the shoes given to him. So this rap thing better work out, thus far it looks like it is.
‘Cause one day I’ll explode and retire from this long life.
Not another nightmare. Not another long night.
Not another night of walkin’ streets until the sky’s bright.
Not another day where I’m chasin’ after the lime light.
Not another day where I’m afraid I’m gonna blow up.
Go nuts, walk into the bank this is a hold up.
Shoot until a cop fires five into my left side.
And the sheriff has to come and tell my mother, mam your son died.
No I can’t let it happen like that.
When life throws a left hook I gotta stick it right back.
I gotta learn to fight back before I read my own memorial.
God already showed me and that isn’t how the story goes.
God already told me that I’d be a king one day.
And that’s the only reason I try and avoid the gun-play.
The only reason I don’t drive the wrong way down a one-way.
Someday my life is gonna change, some day.
During the first quatrain, Tyler raps about the pressure he’s under. When he says that he’s going to blow up, I doubt that he’s talking about suicide because it doesn’t fit the mood of the song. Later on, he says that he is meant to be a king, so he’s obviously feeling good about himself. By blowing up, he’s talking about cashing out and retiring with a condo on his wrist. The dream life, basically. You know, bouncin’ on the highway switchin’ four lanes. Screamin’ through the sun roof money ain’t a thang. He dreams of sleeping his 9 hours a day and not have to stay up all night brainstorming ideas in chase of the limelight.
He’s under so much pressure to get to the kreme that he thinks about resorting to crime but he quickly shelves the idea. He knows that robbing a bank is a suicide mission because he’s no criminal. Krispy would never pull off the perfect heist. Shotgun bullets are bad for your left side. Tyler is very aware of the position he’s in and he knows that he’ll make it one day. As a side note, some kid in Australia named Tyler Cassidy got shot 5 times in his side by the cops. It’s an interesting coincidence to say the least.
Krispy finishes the verse with a lot of optimism. He claims to have a word with God where he reveals his plans for him. It’s a godly revelation if you ask me. This dude knows of God’s plan for him. Not in a metaphoric way either because he raps like he knows. Once again, he knows the talent he’s been given so he stays away from crime.
If you would’ve asked me 2 weeks ago if I would ever give Krispy Kreme a 1V1H, I would’ve blocked you. But he has really impressed me, not to say that I wasn’t impressed with “The Baddest.” That track was hilarious and his lyricism still shined through if you looked past the comedy. Krispy is not Lil B or Kreayshawn. His stuff actually rhymes, a lot. Additionally, the 1 Verse, 1 Hearse series is a series that’s sometimes meant to push overlooked songs into the limelight. I hope Krispy Kreme pushes forward Tyler Cassidy’s rap career. “The Pain” was a relatable track with potential and plenty of depth. I look forward to hearing more from Tyler Cassidy. Krispy Kreme might be the baddest of them all before you know it.