Some of the best rap is real rap. Sure, fans love to hear about the flashy lifestyles of models, cars and expensive taste items. On the flip side, fans also want something they can relate to whether it be love, pain, happiness, whatever. Ghet-O-Vision affiliated Rittz created “Nowhere To Run” in response to all the issues going down in his life at the time. Featured on White Jesus, his debut tape, Rittz joins Sermon’s Domain’s The Art Of Storytelling series to further break down one of his deepest records.
“I was looking for a deep track/beat that I could really just describe what I was going through at the time when I was writing White Jesus. DJ Burn One played me this track and it just described my life story. Not even growing up but just where I was at that moment. This was really only a couple months ago.”
“So, the first verse was about me talking about going to work and trying to maintain a relationship while working that night job and busting my ass in a kitchen. I was the only white guy in a line of Mexicans. It gets heated in the restaurant business. Motherfuckers were talking about me in Spanish, so I get in and square off with people at work, but you couldn’t do it anything because you can’t lose your job when you got a house to support and everything else. [In “Nowhere To Run”] I was talking about the frustrations of really being smart enough and grown up enough to keep in your anger. You gotta get that paycheck coming in.”
“At the same time all that was happening, I had to go meet Yelawolf at the studio. So, not only was I gone all the time working, at night I couldn’t come home either. It’s like the relationship would deteriorate and also maintain a drive to go to work and write songs. It’s hard to keep up with Yela and them when you’re tired and just want to go home. “Nowhere To Run” had a lot to do with that.”
“Another subject on there was using drugs to get through it all and soothe it out. But it ends up making it worse anyways, because it beats you down more. The hook was more I want to run away. I want to run but there’s nowhere to run, because everybody, I think, with their life getting into situations and feeling beat down would want to run away. You just kind of got to man up and get through whatever is going on.”
“That particular song I was saying, “I want to run away and I had a gun to my head/ praying to god but my girlfriend said put the gun away/ and I told her love just saved the day.” The love from her kept me going through all of it, through Yelawolf and trying to make it as a rapper. At the end of the day, that relationship kept me going.”
“That’s pretty much the whole song. It was where my life was, you know? It just happened. I just quit my job a couple months ago. I been trying to juggle both things, follow a dream and also realize when to give it up when it’s time to stop and make something of myself. This song portrayed it perfectly. Hope everyone likes it.”