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The Midst of Things (Single)


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The Midst of Things is a song about coping. It examines the complexities of living in a black body and navigating the stresses and trauma that come with it. The feeling of constant scrutiny. Having to “code switch” in order to get a job, or not be stereotyped.

“I didn’t need your love… but I’m gonna need your love.. when I didn’t need your love..”

I wrote this song during the peak of the pandemic. Minneapolis was literally burning.
After the murder of George Floyd the city was demanding meaningful change. Dollars and donations were pouring in and corporate virtue signaling was at its peak. This song examines white guilt and the propensity to throw money around rather than dismantling systems of oppression.

“Soak my soul in “simple green”… a simile for your sympathy..”

This song gave me space to move through some of my pain and vent my frustrations. I hope it can do the same for you.


[ Verse 1 ]
Rollin around in misery

Chest on fire a familiar sting

Smokin’ loud in the mezzanine

Hold it down In the midst of things

All have sinned and fallen short

An undone trial with a wild report

Soak my soul in simple green

A simile for your sympathy

[ Chorus ]
But I didn’t need your love

No I didn’t need your love

But I’m gonna’ need your love

When I didn’t need your love

[Verse 2]
Silent prayers & buddha beads

Keep the devil away from me

A Subtle hint of the potpourri

Hold it down in the midst of things

If I die by the police

Pray the lord my soul is free

Liquid death fructose for free

A simile for your sympathy

[ Chorus ]
But I didn’t need your love

No I didn’t need your love

But I’m gonna need your love.

When I didn’t need your love.


released June 16, 2023
Bass, Rhodes, Synths: MMYYKK
Organ: Kavyesh Kaviraj
Vocals: MMYYKK

Produced by: MMYYKK
Mixed by: Akiyoshi Ehara
Mastered by: Alec Ness
Artwork by: MMYYKK, Patricio De Lara


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MMYYKK Minneapolis, Minnesota

MMYYKK (pronounced "Mike") is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and music producer from the Inland Empire CA, and currently residing in Minneapolis MN. MMYYKK's eclectic and forward-thinking sound situates itself at the intersections of Soul, Jazz, Electro and R&B; blending analog synthesis and neck-breaking rhythms amalgamated with sonic alchemy. ... more

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