“What’s the problem?” a critique/review on Godessa “Social Ills”

A picture of the group Godessa

On a collaborative album titled “Interesting Flavours” many promising African artist come together to assemble a musical work of art. One group on the album is the female rap trio Godessa, which is formed by Eloise “EJ von LYRIK” Jones, Bernadette “Burni” Amansure, and Shameema “Shame” Williams. Their track on the album is entitled “Social Ills” and speaks upon a lot of crucial subject matters.

In “Social Ills” Godessa talks about all the problem and issues society has that make people clones and not individuals. These issues are coming from the media and commercials showing what is hip or not. An issue that they talk about is the materialistic society we live in. People want to buy the newest Nikes, Levis, etc. They also touch on society’s beauties standards for people. One of the standards they talk about is one that seems to be universal amongst colored races, which is the thought that lighter skinned people are better looking. All the issues that they talk about basically sum up to the lack of originality amongst people and how they want to be like everyone else from the clothes they wear to the way they want to physically look.

These issues that a Godessa talk about weren’t given without a solution. They say these issues can be fixed with self-awareness. They express that self-awareness and knowing who you are can give you the key of originality. Finally, through originality people can change society so they can stop being clones of each other and be individuals.

I believe this song is universal and can be related to what is going on today amongst everyone. It is not just relative to black people, but to people of all races. I give this song two thumbs up and for it to have been Godessa’s first single it was great and pleasing.


“Social Ills” x Godessa Lyrics

[Chorus: Godessa]

So many social ills, society breeds

It’s like sobriety kills the reality that feeds

Off the air that we breathe there is no need to decieve

Through the eye of the beholder, I can see

[Verse: Shame]

Is it your Nike sneakers or Filas that breaches

The code of conduct that features in stores

Collecting salaries like whores on low calories

Both trying to marry me with fashionable jeans

So expensive can’t tear the seam apart

From the need to laugh at a gifted form of art

Switch the norm from light to dark

Don’t you know that Adam and Eve draped leaves right from the start

It’s hard to understand why you don’t wear what you like

You wear what you think that they think is tight

And I don’t think it’s right

To find replicas of Jennifer’s all over the world

Every boy and girl as fake as extentions or curls

Those keeping it real and those chilling of coz

Keep flossing that s*** to spinning these words

Coz popular culture’s a b***h is what I heard

[Verse: EJ]

Right if I’m different never judge me by your book

See what I wear and how I look, might leave the in crowd shook

Like the fingerprints of a crook (crook)

You can immediatley make that distinction by just one look

It’s like society conditions you to be a clone

And when your seeds grow up they lack a mind of their own

And the media perpetuates the situation

With advertising rituals as the exclamation

[Repeat Chorus 2x: Godessa]

[Interlude: Godessa]

Eye of the beholder… so many social ills (social ills)

[Verse: Burni]

It’s the possible critcal multi cutural particles

Phsyological visuals the typical individual

Don’t wanna bordem with oricals, wanna stick up their nostrils

Guillible one syllable mediocre individuals

If you don’t fit the conventional essential

Editorial like cartoon pictorials

Individual development ain’t affortable so this is in memorial

Of people with hair in all the wrong follicles

Probable cause as society flaws caught in the claws

Can’t be original of course

I got a divorce from Levi’s jaws and musical whores

Media is the source when it comes to mental source

And public applause

Knowledge of self is personal wealth we need to question ourselves

And kick pink panther mickey mouse snouts with big mouths

Below their motherf***ing belts (that’s what I’m saying!)

[Verse: EJ]

Deviation from the norm

Is similar navigation in the storm

This mainstream slave ship is sailing and before long

You will mourn when your individuality is gone

So caught up in material bulls***

That the thought of being real seems putred

Whatever else you hear seems to be muted or strange

Coz imitations the epitome’ of fear for change

[Repeat Chorus 2x: Godessa]

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