In “Callous,” he speaks about how he can become callous at times. Urbina says that it is not a healthy way to act and think, but it has gotten him through some frustrating days. “It was being honest, saying there’s a callous that can kill you and a callous that can save you. Honesty is really what I wanted to do.” He hopes that listeners will relate and connect to it, and reflect upon how they can be callous at times.
Oscar Urbina has worked as a teacher for the past five years, teaching in high school in New York City, and currently for middle schoolers in the Miami area. “Tupac Shakur had this view where ‘We’re teaching kids how to read, write, [learn] history, and all that stuff, but when kids graduate at eighteen, they still feel lost.’”
He wanted to share his thoughts on education with the song “Teacher’s Chronicles.” Urbina’s main objection to how youth are currently educated is that they are not taught enough skills to prepare them for life and adulthood.
“School is where you’re getting trained so you can tackle the jungle called life. A lot of kids, once they’re eighteen, are not ready.”
He believes that students should be taught about how to manage money and finance, how to budget.
Urbina also says that health classes should be taken more seriously; being healthy is such an important aspect to each person’s life, whether they think it is or not. He believes that each gender should be taught how to understand the other, and thinks that it would lead to lower divorce rates and better relationships between couples.
Another important topic that Urbina thinks is important for students to learn is how to manage stress, a standard aspect that comes with school. He also believes that students need to come out of school with a knowledge of different religions and worldview, a subject that people are often unsure how to address, or if they should address at all, in schools.
“I Have to Know” is a song on MP2 Darkness that should be understood in the context of a person driving, says Urbina. He says that sometimes when he is on the highway, especially at night, he has deep and serious thoughts about life, looking back on his past, analyzing his present, and imagining his future.