In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Killing Me Slowly” Ft. Chris Patrick & Dende — Paris Price
How We Found It
Fueled by the shared isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the idle hands of a world in lockdown, the internet has experienced somewhat of a creative renaissance. Driven online, independent artists and creators of all kinds have enjoyed an unprecedented burst of virtual teamwork and networking. One such pocket of this growing digital dungeon family spans coast to coast in a web of collaboration from artists previously featured on CentralSauce such as Chris Patrick, Paris Price, Jaywop, Deante’ Hitchcock, Dende, and Bairi.
Now that outside is open again, these collaborations — once facilitated by the convenience of emails and delayed by the inconvenience of time zones — are hitting new heights. The collective efforts of the independent artists are like a studio grab bag, assembling excellence from any and all combinations. “Killing Me Slowly,” produced by DLUXESOUND, found our SubmitHub inbox courtesy of Price and featuring Patrick and Dende.
Why We Like It
Love is one of those abstractions that permeates so powerfully through the metaphysical that we’re compelled to give it form as if to make it more real. The most popular visualization is through the heart. Whether the soft and pleasing symmetrical curves of the cupid-esque representation or the unsymmetrical beating organ that keeps us alive, through a striking red deep as blood, love is tied to life and thus death. It’s this relationship that “Killing Me Slowly” pulls from.
Romance brings life by more than just baby-making. It’s the flutter in your stomach and the race of the aforementioned heart that sends a rush of blood through the system. Whether the blood flows up or down may depend on the type of love. As Price raps in the first verse: “How do you see it from the bird’s eye? / Thinking with my third leg, not my third eye.” In one couplet he lifts the perspective of a potential partner above his base instincts while admitting that his judgment is clouded by the prospect of romance. It’s the kind of self-awareness that often only comes in retrospect.
The death knell of this relationship sounds like the creak of floorboards breaking the silence of a restless slumber: “Hearing them footsteps in the dark / baby you tip toe on my heart.” As his girl either sneaks in or sneaks out, the drums drop out with her, lending the space to the transition from bars to Price’s resonant croon. “Killing me slowly,” he sings on the hook as the drums snap back in.
Bridging the song, Dende separates the relationship troubles from Earth with what amounts to a prayer for help. “It’s too late, that day I lost my soul / Lord just help me, please don’t steer me wrong.” As the drums drop out again for the bridge, Dende’s natural rasp and weighty voice seemingly stretch out the beat — propelling the track into a liminal space akin to heartbreak. As the drums come back, they bring Chris Patrick with them, spitting an energetic verse that attempts to further distance the trio from the love that ails them.
Where Price’s verse dealt mostly with the aftermath of romantic fallout, Patrick’s braggadocio initially staves the punctured heart, albeit with risk to other organs: “The perks of you just working for me / is me slidin’ this anaconda to do work on your spleen.” The way those initial bars pop proves yet again that introducing a Patrick verse via Dende hook is an undefeated combination with the right production accents. But even the Jersey emcee’s confident visage falters as the loss sets in — communicated by the hollowing of the instrumental and Patrick’s lone croon: “I just hope you would have chosen me for life.”
“Killing Me Slowly” is an expression of heartbreak as an affliction. From Price’s lasting pain within a slowly dying relationship, to Dende’s pleas for relief only a higher power could grant, to Patrick’s attempt to bury the wounds under a surge of faltering self-assuredness, the romance that initially brought life takes the gift as it leaves.
From Paris Price
[Love and death] are often presented as two sides of the same coin. I think that the point of us being here is to love and find love. Not our sole purpose of existence but a vital piece. To me love and death coincide because most people are in a rush to be loved before they die. This may seem dramatic but some people would kill to feel loved. We are all human beings that need that in our lives. Like you said, it’s two sides of the same coin, but if the love isn’t there it can be detrimental to everything about yourself. They always say stress can kill you and I wholeheartedly agree because our bodies and our minds are one unit. Love and death can be opposites, but slowly merge if you aren’t careful.” – Paris Price for CentralSauce
More From The Artists
There’s a lot of ground to cover if this is your first introduction to any of the three artists featured in this story. Paris Price has a 2020 EP, In the Mean Time, along with rising potential energy that warrants a follow on Twitter to keep up with future releases. You can also check out my interview with Chris Patrick on his 2020 project, From the Heart, Vol. 2 and my interview with Dende on his 2021 musical short film, “In Case You Forgot I’m BLACK.”
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