Run the Blues

by Corina Corina

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About Run the Blues: Not many female artists have rocked the male-dominated DIY hip hop touring trenches the way Oakland/Brooklyn-based Corina Corina has. Sure, sleeping on floors and couches, living on pizza, coffee and cheap beer, and driving for long stretches everyday to perform for little to no money would be hard for anyone, but being a woman has its added stresses.

Corina has confronted misogyny in all forms: not being respected as a tour manager, constantly being asked if she's the DJ’s girlfriend, or full blown sexual harassment. Corina never wanted special treatment, she just wanted to be an equal in the battlefield that is the indie show circuit.

Turning that frustration into determination, Corina dealt with being a woman leading a nomadic lifestyle in the best way she knew how: she wrote songs about it. Her latest release, Run the Blues, explores a not-often-discussed side of femininity and serves as a tribute mixtape to two of her favorite artists - Killer Mike and El-P otherwise know as Run the Jewels - featuring all original lyrics and melodies written by Corina Corina exclusively over beats from 2013's Run the Jewels (Fool's Gold Records) and 2014's Run The Jewels 2, (Mass Appeal Records.) On it, Corina reflects on the past five years touring nonstop and the unique effect it’s had on her.

She talks candidly about her fleeting love affairs, fatigue from being constantly sexualized, disappointment from lackluster show attendance, and loss of a longtime-love to another woman. However, never one to take herself too seriously, she also shows that female MCs can be just as bragadocious as their male counterparts and that she doesn't have to ask for permission from anyone to do, say, or be exactly who she is.

Keeping it in the family, Corina collaborated on the project with her younger sibling, Mari C., who is the head of sound at the legendary 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA, and recently received a degree in audio engineering from the SAE Institute. Creating this project together was nothing less than meant to be.

The project also features scratches from DJ Halo (Fake Four), a verse from Philly emcee, Deshawn Timothy (ex. Sgt. Sass), and a bonus track produced by Corina Corina’s longtime creative partner, Willie Green (Backwoodz Studioz), featuring Bay Area hip hop duo dubldragon.

Serving as a side project in between her second a long-awaited third full length album, Run the Blues is one part tribute, one part family affair and one part intimate memoir of a modern-day musical road warrior.

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released January 6, 2017

1. Get it

2. My Baaad

3. RTB ft. DeShawn Timothy

4. Disappointment

5. Mine ft. Dj Halo

6. No Sugar. No Cream.

Bonus Tracks

7. Run the Whips ft. dubldragon. and Dj Halo (Produced by Willie Green)

8. RTB (Corina Corina solo version)

Executive Produced by Corina Corina for Know Better Music (ASCAP)

All songs Recorded and Mixed by Mari C. and Mastered by Willie Green for Paul Womack Media (BMI)

Photography: Daniel Gensel

Art Direction & Design: Jus FCA

1. Get it - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina, additional vocals by Sel-P and Mari C.
Instrumental: “Get it” from Run the Jewels, produced by El-P

2. My Baaad - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina
Instrumental: “Love Again” from Run the Jewels 2 produced by El-P

3. RTB ft. DeShawn Timothy - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina and DeShawn Timothy, additional vocals by Sel-P, Run the Dads and Mari C.
Instrumental: Ddfh from Run the Jewels produced by El-P

4. Disappointment - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina
Instrumental: Job Well Done from Run the Jewels El-P, Little Shalimar, Wilder Zoby

5. Mine ft. Dj Halo - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina
Instrumental: Angel Duster from Run the Jewels 2 El-P Little Shalimar

6. No Sugar. No Cream. - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina
Instrumental: Jeopardy from Run the Jewels 2 El-P Little Shalimar

Bonus Tracks

7. Run the Whips ft. dubldragon. and Dj Halo - vocals written and performed by Corina Corina, Skeptik and Danny G of dubldragon.
Instrumental: produced by Willie Green, cuts by Dj Halo

8. RTB (Corina Corina solo version) vocals written and performed by Corina Corina, additional vocals by Sel-P, Run the Dads and Mari C.
Instrumental: Ddfh from Run the Jewels produced by El-P

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Corina Corina Brooklyn, New York

Vocalist Corina Corina was born in Oakland, CA, & has made her career in NYC. This gifted songwriter brings a fresh vocal hybrid to modern R&B with strong blues & hip hop influences.

She has independently released 2 full-length albums & is currently working on her 3rd LP with creative partner, Willie Green.

For her extensive USA tour schedule, She is signed with Deep Thinka Booking Agency.
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Track Name: Get it
Get It




Been around the block in a tour van
Driven from oakland to austin
Asheville all the way to boston
yeah


Many many men I’ve forgotten
Between the drinking and all the talking
But there’s something about this one’s skin
Man i just couldn’t stop thinking


And i’m not sure why he’s on my mind
I meet new guys all the time
Plus he’s so unaffected


I’m rarely taken by rap guys
I know not to trust my own kind
That same unstable tour grind
But this time i am blind


Many many men act thirsty
As if they’ve never been around a lady
Plus I melt faces off with my RnB
So why hasn’t this one stepped to me?


And i’m not sure why he’s on my mind
I meet new guys all the time
Plus he’s so unaffected


You know I’ll get it!


Avery night is brand new
New city, always a new boo
I do whatever I want to (true)
I’ll admit I’ve had a few


We’re small fish in a big pool
We’re just trying to get a piece of the pie
I do what I have to
Right now I’m just trying to catch this one’s eye


And i’m not sure why he’s on my mind
I meet new guys all the time
Plus he’s so unaffected


You know I’ll get it!
Track Name: My Baaad
To every guy that I
Ever kissed and didn’t mean it
And when I went MIA
I just hope you took the hint

Thanks for all the compliments
They were all so sweet
But if you’re looking for a sure thing
You won’t find that with me

I just wanted conversation
Assumed that you were fine
But you were just being patient
Hoping I would change my mind

Didn’t mean to play games
Or give you false pretense
But sometimes a girl like me
Just needs some attention

Yeahhhh

You know sometimes a girl like me
Just needs some attention

For every time that I
Ever bounced in the middle of the night
Sorry I left you alone
I prefer to wake up at home

I hope you don’t think I’m cold
I really think you’re great
But you are just playing yourself
If you think I’m gonna stay

I know you wanted me
And I thought you were sexy
But baby you should have guessed it
I won’t ever be invested

Didn’t mean to play games
Or give you false pretense
But sometimes a girl like me
Just needs some attention

Yeahhhh

You know sometimes a girl like me
Just needs some attention

I hope you’re not too sad
Never wanted to make you mad

My baaaad
Track Name: RTB ft. DeShawn Timothy
(Corina Corina)

Two cuts in my eyebrows stay wildin out
Eyes all black, bright pink on the pout
Like the isleys make em twist, make em shout
Cause all they wanna do is just put me in their mouth


Line up the shots don't forget to tip
Fortaleza for everybody in my click
Cause we gets it in on our business trips
And you already know I’m the boss in this


On stage shining slangin cds
Back of the house counting merch money
Some think I’m cocky but please believe
Sayin no all the time gets so tiring


Cause I'm not a floozy thirsty for the D
None of these lames coming home with me
But if I feel like a little roll in the sheets
Just call me a lyft, give a kiss on the cheek, peace!


Run the, Run the Blues

(DeShawn Timothy )

Crawled up from the bottom, fucking hater I’m here
I’mma stay in the field, like them trackers John Deere
Mow suckers over, until I’m worldly discovered
Dressed in all black, I’m gonna show my true color

Spit sick from da lips, honeybun, that’s valid
I’m the best forever, ask DJ Khaled
Middle fingers up, if you fucking with me
Put ya drank in the air, for the kid, DT

Whoa, Philly jawn, stay bomb, stay shittin
Bums still can’t see me so they stay squintin
Ghostwrite for ya fav, just call me Quinton
Miller, point blank, son, I’m iller

Not to mention that I’m so fucking gorgeous
“#STAYINYALANE” or proceed with caution
It’s Corina Corina, DeShawn Timothy
Visibly the sickest queens up in these streets
Track Name: Mine ft. Dj HALO
Don’t look at me with those beautiful big brown eyes
I know you can see right through to my insides
When you get close, I can’t even hide
That you bring my cold dead heart right back to life

I know they see it all from the outside
When you’re near me I can’t ever break my smile
It could be months or just a little while
From a foot away or three thousand miles

It’s obvious when I look at you
I'll never look away
There’s too much water under this bridge
But I still have to say

You’re mine, all mine
She thinks that you are hers but we all know that’s a lie
You’re mine, always be mine
Quit trying to be a tough guy, why even deny?

I don’t have the right to be mad that you’re gone
And I can't knock you for trying to move on
You aren't the first but you may be my last
But I walked out so what choice did you have

I wonder if right now you're thinking of us
Cause I just saw you and now I’m caught up
The only thing keeping me from calling now
I know you're not alone and three’s a crowd

You’re mine, still mine
She thinks that you are hers but we all know that’s a lie
You’re mine, always be mine
Quit trying to be a tough guy, why even deny?
Track Name: Disappointment
Another night another let down
Wanna cry but I'm too proud
Can’t bring myself to call you out
So I hold it in for now

Can’t show you that it matters
Whether or not you’re there
Shit would look pretty different
If you actually cared

Yo, I've done so many shows
Wondering if you would appear
Hoping I have enough drink tickets
To wash it all down with beer

I murk stages every night
And there's the internal fight
I shouldn't give a fuck
I'm getting enough love

From strangers and my fan base
It’s growing every day
Don't want those who aren't there
To overshadow a new face

My pride is always compromised
I handle it with grace
Cause you have no idea
I'm keeping it that way

Thank God for this pen and paper
And the attention of strangers
For without some kind of outlet
I know that I'd be in danger
Of losing my shit

Disappointment, ohhh
Disappointment, yeahh
Disappointment

Disappointment
Disappointment

Because of people like you
Now I know the ugly truth
That no matter what I do
I'll end up with the blues

I could do amazing things
Win awards for what I sing
Perform for the president
But you still wouldn't give a shit

No power, yes I know
Over how you feel for me
And even of there was hope
You'd probably never let me know, so

I hope that the spotlight
Is extra bright tonight
Shining so hard in my eyes
That I almost go blind

The whole place will just be cutouts
While I hear them scream and shout
But I know you aren't there
Without a shadow of a doubt

I hope they buy me extra shots
Some x after my set
To distract me from the letdown
So faded I forget

Then all I could remember
Is how much they all loved me
And how I just bared my heartbreak
Where I’m okay being seen
Losing my shit

Disappointment, ohhh
Disappointment, yeahh
Disappointment

Disappointment
Disappointment

Day in and day out
Set up to be let down
I do it cause I have to
Ain’t no other way around

I strip myself bare behind the pop screen
Tears in my eyes, I sweat, I bleed

For every small victory
Is a little bittersweet
Cause another one has shown me
That they’re still not down for me
Track Name: No Sugar. No Cream.
I may be young but I’m not a kid
And I’m not dumb, I know what this is
Reflective, self aware
Asking for trouble but I don’t care


You’re the only one that I can’t read
And another goal i have yet tot achieve
It’s gonna take work taming your beast
But I’ll get you to fall in love with me, so


Keep on playing hard to get
It’s torture but i love that shit
Cause nobody ever turns me down
And that all changed when you came around


Keep on keeping me guessing
You know that I love asking questions
Nobody can challenge me, but
You’re so damn refreshing, so


Touch me touch me touch me
Usually I feel nothing
Maybe in the morning
I won’t leave with no warning


Touch me touch me touch me
Finally I feel something
I’ll let you buy me coffee
All black no sugar no cream


Know what I mean?


Your eyes follow me around the room
Jealous of whoever I’m talking to
You’re trying trying to maintain your cool
But I’m cute, baby I don’t blame you


I so appreciate what you’re doing
You have my attention now please don’t lose it
Urgency is so overrated
They’re all thirsty but you’re well hydrated, so


Touch me touch me touch me
Usually I feel nothing
Maybe in the morning
I won’t leave with no warning


Touch me touch me touch me
Finally I feel something
I’ll let you buy me coffee
All black no sugar no cream


Know what I mean?