Made this beat in my garage when I was living in Berkeley, CA. Drum pattern is an extension of my Barbadian roots. Truly one of the pivotal songs of my career. Releasing this song not long after 911 required some bravery. It definitely caused controversy, sparked some serious discussions with fans and non fans at various venues across the world, and created some memories I'll never forget.
Now let's talk about self expression / True expression / Open your minds without question / No doubt / Tell me what you're thinking about / Let's try to set aside pride and clout / Can you believe I feel the same exact way you do? / You truly do believe these modern ways have fooled you / Systems exist so we'd never meet each other / Pretty soon from now, they'll outlaw the word "brother" / And that's true / If they see you walking with a crew / If you don't know, that means more than two / I'll tell you what they'll do / They'll pull over / Hunch you over / Kick your ass / Night stick to your shoulder / I know it's unjust / As if it wasn't enough / If you try to fight back, they're locking your ass up / And Chuck (D) already told you that a cell is hell / But I'm waiting for the phone, so I'll sit for a spell / Call the guard / Tell him I'm a piece of God / with no beliefs in his streets or his boulevards / I eat rage, so my mental is hard / and the heat from the anger just melted the bars / They reach for their guns, so I put em to sleep / Break the chains, and put the shoes back on my feet / He's on the loose with no discernible scars or marks / Just the mind of Mandela, and the heart of Rosa Parks / So I dip / Time to see the governor and mayor / Tell em life ain't fair / See if they care / Well, they do / but only if they're on the air / so they appear..to have a heart and mega flair / But they haven't done shit for us and that's a fact / Their only function is to keep the funny money where it's at / And it causes, pain, stress / Ask me if we need a different way of life....
Headline: Bush steals the presidency / He needs the backing of the meek / What could the remedy be? / The country's headed for recession reminiscent of the great depression / Are lives worth a world of power? / Easy question / Planes hit the towers and the pentagon / killing those the government wasn't depending on / It's easy to control the scared / so they keep us in fear / with their favorite Middle Eastern demon named Bin Laden this year / Bush disguises bloodlust as Patriotism / convincing the living to love Operation: "Let's Get Em!" / But when he realize we don't support their attacks / They needed something to distract / Hmmm....Anthrax / This further demonizes Afghani's / So American's cheer while we kill their innocent families / And what better place to start a war / to build a pipeline to get the oil that they had wanted before / America supported the Taliban / To get Russia out of Afghanistan / That's how they got the arms and... / They're in a war against The Northern Alliance / and we can't build a pipeline in hostile environments / Here's what your history books won't show / You're a dead man for fucking with American dough ($) / They're killing several birds with one stone / while you're at home with anti terrorism up in your dome / But my eyes are wide open and my TV is off / Great cause I save on my electricity costs / And you can wave that piece of shit flag if you dare / But they killed us because we've been killing em for years
-Mr. Lif 2002
from Emergency Rations,
released July 31, 2014
Produced by Mr. Lif for Thought Wizard Productions / All lyrics written & performed by J. Haynes for Virtua Stab Publishing (SESAC) / Cuts by Fakts One / Recorded by Keith Atkins and Ray Fernandes / Mixed by Ray Fernandes at Boston Butta Beats
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This record is dope as Hell and continues Mr. Lif's mastery of rhymed storytelling. The first two tracks feed into each other as a harrowingly real tale of a new relationship grimly overshadowed by the girlfriend's stalking ex-lover with things inching closer & closer to inevitable confrontation. Brilliantly creative and very true to life, these are hallmarks of Mr. Lif and this new record is instructive, entertaining & worth attention. Sir Reginald Styles