Video + Lyrics : Shay D — A Figure of Speech


We had to post up the lyr­ics to this dope Shay D track ‘Fig­ure Of Speech’. Filmed  whilst head­lining a show in Nor­way, the video also caught the atten­tion of Hip Hop Vet­er­an Chuck D who shared the video across his net­works!



news clips, view hits, blame it on the music

the new Caitlyn Jen­ner to girls skin­ni­er than tooth­picks

views in hun­dred mil­lions to help you lose this

mind  that you’re tryna get right what’s the excuse


women placed up on the shelf like an orna­ment

and was beauty skin deep coz now its fraud­u­lent

coz we are made to com­pete like it’s a tour­na­ment

accord­ing to the media we sub­or­din­ate


and deaths get­ting pop­u­lar if you’re a for­eign­er

will you even make it past the bar­rel of an officer

bankers spend our money and blame it on the immig­rants

war refugees that are escap­ing a big­ger threat


we fund our earn­ings to the main­stream routes

pro­mote songs about drugs and sell sex to the yoots

the industry élite put young men in the booth

that glam­or­ise the break­down of our cul­tur­al roots



this life were destined to lead (to lead)

so what you get is what you believe

every truth you hear that I speak

is on the tip of my tongue

I’m just a fig­ure of speech  (hip hop)


Speak up, speak up fam where do you stand?

Is time to be a boy or is it time to be a man?

How do you feel about your life, are you happy where you are?

Or do you dream about cash, a big house and a super­car?

Ladies! they got us in a mess

tryna trick us into facelifts and double d breasts,

see im rich in love and im rich in health

I do not meas­ure riches by mater­i­al wealth

nor feel sorry for myself for any cards i been dealt,

or have to improve my looks to work on my self

let’s get our minds right  start with the insides

I don’t wanna look back on my life in hind­sight

think do I rep­res­ent, sup­ple­ment

anoth­er human life, even just one per­cent

with the words I chant, with the craft of art

How does the hip hop I cre­ate touch your heart?

Last verse:

As if our bod­ies a com­mod­ity, they keep­in us face­less,

If they’re not makin a profit then you will stay name­less,

Busy with the retweets and how to get fam­ous,

Be aware of the sex­ists and racists,

People caught up with celebs on big broth­er,

Shows that encour­age you to hate one anoth­er,

Watch­ing tv shows about watch­ing tv shows

How far does this chain go

And they kick back laugh­ing these elit­ist crooks

But the tv guide down man and pick up a book

A man at your work­place is get­ting paid more

If you’re a woman and ori­gin­ate from abroad

Equal­ity rejec­ted it will not make them a profit

If we don’t float the same boat

Then they will push us off it

Lock it, it’s in the bag and pock­et, shut it down and rock it,

They will try and stop it, HIP HOP is the peoples top­ic!

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.