This album was composed largely as a result of fruitful conversations that I had with many people across the country as we all felt the brunt of the collapsed economy. This song for me was the ultimate experience of attempting to be the voice of the people while having the people chime in to let their voices be heard.
As the woe of the common man grows / I suppose / I should flow / Think of all the things that we should know / The hood grows out to the burbs / too many words to describe how we've gotten what we didn't deserve / The nerve of these leaders to cheat us / Dangling the sweetest opportunities for home ownership /then flip / Now it's over / Foreclosure / Four soldiers died in Iraq / Stumbled in a trap / Ain't no bringing em back / I'm swinging the axe to chop off, whatever pops off / the nasdaq drop off / but people are not soft / We're pissed off, fucked over, overlooked / Overbooked for unemployment / Lost and ready to destroy shit / B- Boy shit / That's what I remain on / I stay strong / Call me up, my name rain napalm/ You're funding a war / but you can't fund us? /And you plan to turn the planet to dust? / I heard it today!
It started when the planes hit home / Then it really hit homes / Now we're out in the street / with no shoes on our feet / so I turn to the beat / Keep my mental physique / functioning at it's peak / Til you call me elite / Then I repeat the steps / Give some change to vets / They caught you with bullets
They caught us with debt / I step silent / in attempts to side step violence / Tap into my brain so I can remain timeless / I'm just / out here trying to cope
try to eat a little food / try to buy a little smoke / Choke a couple politicians
cause I've got a couple dollars missing / Buy some lotion so my skin'll glisten
Missile hissin' / Direct hit when you didn't expect / All ordered by a president we didn't elect /So I'm hoping that the DJ will give this some play /so the people that'll listen can say / We heard it Today!
They were willing to give people with bad credit loans / cause they knew within a few years / we're out of our homes / and they can buy up all the same properties they sold us / For the wealthy and maniacal the shit was a gold rush / They told us rates could fluctuate / but they didn't say they could spike / Now our credit is like / "How we gonna get another place?" /Look at our face / Distress at best / and yes / Anger manifests / when our president
Sees us drowning in the elements / He really doesn't give a fuck, so he acts with hesitance Bush offered only one tenth of us paupers / relief / that may or may not decrease grief / He'd rather help the lenders /Original offenders
That sent us off to get job number 3, humbly sacrificing education and health care / He'd rather just perpetuate the war cause there's wealth in it / Health benefitted, heavily tinted windows of CEO's Rols (Royce) / remain closed / So they never have to listen to those who oppose the path that they chose / To slow economic woes / they'll prey upon our desperation / instead of seeking elevation / Shit is catastrophic in my estimation /It happened during a Republican reign / and some of y'all still went and voted Mc Cain? / I heard it today!
from I Heard It Today,
track released April 14, 2009
I Heard It Today - Produced by Willie Evans Jr for The Nerdy South (ascap) /Written by J. Haynes for Virtua Stab Publishing (SESAC) / Recorded by Decaye at The Ivory Tower / Mixed by Joey Raia at Gotham Studios NYC / Mastered by AmDex for ADAM / Additional vocals by Cheyrl Tiggs, Erica Stewart, Jesse Bator, Scanz, Nissa Selbeau, Ryan Elmore, and Gail DiBerardinis
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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
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This is the type of art that I'm always looking for. Honest. Story presented as a sort of folding of previous classic technique and still coming out fresh. To be moved forward with great work. Ben "Angrycrow" Nix-Bradley