Spose Saturday; Turf
Looking at Sposes feature on the JR Specs song Turf.
Today for this Spose Saturday I get to combine two friends of the show, JR Specs and Spose as we look at The King of Maines verse on the song Turf. Turf was released by JR Specs as a single in 2020, and then was on JR’s 2020 album, ‘99 Daydream.
When I spoke to JR about a year ago about the song, he stated that he had it made and sent it over to Spose. He detailed how he felt that Spose could help take the song from a half banger, to a full banger and he certainly did.
Turf makes for the ultimate gym song, and Sposes verse hits perfect for when you’re trying to hit a new PR or pushing for that extra rep.
JR brings Spose in after the second chorus with “Spizzy get ‘em!”
“Out the booth when I demonstrate, earn what I learn, Turn puke into lemonade, putting in the work”. Now I usually have a good nose for what Spose is rapping about, but the “turn puke into lemonade” is definitely a tough one to grasp. It works in the rhyme scheme with demonstrate and lemonade and it sounds cool, I just don’t understand it.
Two lines in his verse that I really like are back to back. The first was “You can't even disparage the art because I climbed steep lines in my character arc”. What I gather from this line is that Spose has been through adversity to build the person he is today.
The line that follows expounds on Spose developing his character. “I can't stop myself, I top myself, I can script it, so I twisted the plot myself”. Spose has developed so much in his life through hard work that he can decide his own fate. If he sees that the plot of his music or career isn’t going the way he wants, he’s got the ability to flip it on its head and change it.
A few lines down, Spose drops two more back to back lines that this time, are fairly humorous.
“I know you dudes is roasted vegetables, as in you're soft”. I’ve heard dudes that are soft be compared to Charmin and baby shit, but never in my twenty years have I heard them compared to roasted vegetables.
Now it makes a lot of sense. When you cook carrots or broccoli they do turn extremely soft. It’s a tremendous comparison, one I would have never thought of.
The next line is one that I cannot even begin to try and breakdown. “And I'm Spose, I'm mostly testicles, I've been the boss”. Why is Spose the testicles? How is he the testicles? What does being the testicles mean? Whatever it is, if Spose is the testicles, I guess that I want to be the testicles as well because it seems like a good thing.
The King of Maine caps off his verse on the JR Specs join with “Doing what I did and how I did it got my visage grizzled, Wizened and bespectacled, when you see me grinding in the--late night”. I think I’m decently smart, not one of those academic types, but common sense smarts, but when Spose throws in words like wizened, bespectacled, and visage, I don’t know what they but they sound great with the beat.
An absolute ten out of ten verse by Maine Gretzky on a ten out of ten JR Specs track. When the top dog in the vacationland pairs up with a young gun from the sticks like this, it creates a masterpiece.