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"The Craft" (2005)

World Of Vibrations Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Joy King, Ledisi)

[Gift of Gab]
We'd like to welcome you all again to the world of vibrations
Introduction to the nation of revolutionary thoughts
Hear the sound evolve, expand, and change
Most of the things that we're sayin' haven't broken through your chatter
So y'all niggaz still ego trip based and
Have not begun to taste the kundalini wisdom bliss
I'm droppin' as a lyric quotin' vessel for the stages
Play this on your play list
I like dough
But musically I'm transcendin' the physical
And don't blame me for the slang and the words
God writes these rhymes through me
I just listen to him
I'm just livin' duke
Matrix driven rules haven't fooled me
Cuz I still think abstract
And stay metaphysical
And challenge what is really real
And keep creatin' with the force to bring rap back
Not that it's away
But everybody got somethin' to say
So let me speak the opposite of what's hot now
And make that hot
So it will get exploited
And the corporation only will back dudes who bite my style
And they can try and try again
I've been influenced by a lot of pioneers
South to the East and West
But when a hot MC
Gets on stage with a real MC
Most of the time the situation gets hostile

[Chorus: Ledisi]
We vibrate at higher frequencies
Welcome to our world and intro to
Fall into a space
Where there is no thoughts
Just moments captured
Here we go

We vibrate at higher frequencies
Let us up inside your head
Just step inside our world of vibration
Bump this from your birth to your deathbed

[Gift of Gab]
Take time with the pad and the pen to dig within
In a world of BS that we're livin' in
To my ears music sound sweet as cinnamon
So I stay poundin' out tunes and tunes again and again
In the 5th chapter ladies and gentlemen
And I still got MCs on my dinner menu
Write late at night this isn't David Letterman though
On second thought, I'm like a letter man though
Let the craft evolve catch a little syndrome
Shootin' through your vains, vibratin' though your eardrums
Used to think 30 years old then the end comes
Now I feel like I'm just gainin' momentum
Seen the world two times all except for India
About to vacate there when we finish this one
Work hard but still some sweep
We won't mention them
In fact, they act as fuel for our engine
Engine engine number 9, mic lynchin'
When we're done with this these songs are our pension
MCs are puppets, Me, I'm Jim Henson
Take a squat or get chopped by the henchmen
City, town, state arena or convention
Please believe these the G's that ease pension
Rakka and Ev said that it's a marathon
Song after song, we keep on inventin'

[Chorus: repeats]

Supreme People Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Chorus]
Su-preme (Supreme, Supreme) [x8]

Su-preme people living with they backs aligned
Up against the wall cause these days are asinine
Living in a money matrix, How cats survive
Some will fade away and wither, others will blast a 9
Kings and Queens working 9 to 5's
And making nothing searching for a deeper purpose in life
This CAN'T be life...
? can't be right...
Without no money in my pockets I just can't see right
I used to try to preach to younguns like, "Do right kids"
Now-a-days all that I can say is, "Get it how you live"
Live how you get it, shit!
Don't nobody wanna get...
A promotion up to fry cook like little Calvin did
Some would rather take a gamble, hey they might to bids
The allure of fast money in this hell-bound system
Got you look at two-hundred bucks a week
Versus, like a thousand in a day
Tell me what makes more sense to these...

[Chorus]

Trapped like rats in mazes for the cheese
Every natural resource is here, We don't really need money
But certain people need power over people
They act like that cause they're trapped inside their EGO-sphere
And now you can't feel free
Without material possesions, you can't just be [Be: echo]
And without 'em you're left stressin, so anxiously [Be: anxiously]
So you grab the Smith & Wesson, then aim, then squeeze [Squeeze: echo]
To get what's comin' to ya
The block's so hot, it blew the top off the thermometer
The rush for drama is more appealing than a plane light
Cause life is insane, so insanity is a sane light
It's so easy to see, simple as day and night
SU-preme people born out of the way of the light
In the darkness, trying to fly straight
To some folks it's like being a fish swimming with sharks... shit!

(Perhaphs not since men turned their ears the preachings of a mere prophet
2000 years ago have the words of humble men reached so many with such force
? Perhaps because it has been burning for long, now smoldering
Now bursting into hot flames, now hastily covered over to smolder again
Until the next outbreak.)

[Chorus]

SU-preme people only want the best and uhh
SU-preme people won't settle for less then uhh
Straight from royalty put inside projects and uhh
Capitalist system that don't make sense to ya
SU-preme people put against the fence, Get up!
? hostile if you aint fixing the...
Problem you created that make these condition up
A little reparation for your acts are sent to us
SU-prome ride to die to get the bucks
? by any means so, uhh, lock your benzes up
Tuck your chain and watch and keep your defenses up
All they wanna do is live it up like ?

[Chorus]

SU-preme...
SU-preme...
SU-preme...

Rhythm Sticks Lyrics - Blackalicious

[CHORUS]
Rhythm Sticks
Rhythm Sticks
Get 'em
Go
[x8]

[Verse One]
Go from out the gate
The Great
Create the styles that dwell within
The flow no doubt will wake you take you
Acres aways well within
The sacred space
The place
Where we awaken
From this hell within
If you ain't heard about my crew
I guess I have to spell it then
B
B is for the beat you knock
While puffin on you L
L is for the lyrics on the beat that have to get to
A
A is for the absolute that dwells
Everywhere you can't C
C C C C
C is for creating that is if you're in the K
K is for the knownin' which will bring us back to A
A as in another A and then another L
I hope you follow me me me me
I as in myself
Myself and me
C cultivate and capture
Put a cease
To I
Ignorance cause ignorance must die
Die die die
Fly away make us free
Free free free
O
O is for the oneness that is U
U U U U
U is universal like the sound your listenin' to
S
Essence of the spirit in the music that opens up
The Chi Chi Chi

[CHORUS]

[Verse Two]
Up and
Down the trails
Of many styles we can go
What's in
Store for the future
Doubt that we can know
But in
Ourself we can create
And we can grow
To be a vessel
For these days days days days
Touchin'the moon and stars
With such a cosmic glow
Rushin'
MCs that end up in the hospital
It's nothin'
Sometimes it's simply how it's got to go
That's if you suckas want to play play play play
It's such an
Inebriating feeling
To be creatin' really
It really makes me feel free
You think this ain't the real thing
Then you just can't be listenin'
To what my ears are hearin'
There ain't no way way way
Pitchin'
So twisted if you're hittin'
Nigga it isn't pretty
Wittier inner dealings
Committed venom deadly
All in your inner city
I'll spit it when I'm ready
Don't make me spray spray spray

[CHORUS]

[Verse Three]
Now this is not
Your average
Everyday tune
It is in tune
With frequencies
Speakin' through me
And keep reachin'
Way out to you
Seekin' to find
The triple I
Mastery through
The rhythm sticks
Given to listeners
Rendered prisoners
To the mu-mu-mu-mu-music
Inner centered
Vessel astral planning travelers
Sent to this dimension here
To inform the whole planet earth
Time is runnin' out
At any moment death it can occur
Celebrate the moment fully
This is what you have it for
Avid rap fanatic
Magic
Add it and subtract it
Rabid
Mathematic patterns
The sporadic
Manic anthem
Static
Cannot have a chance
Enchanted random
Valiant chantin'
And some
Gallant cabbage grabbin'
Stackin'
Hammer slammin'
Captain
Stabbin talent lackin;
Yappin'
Slackin'
Rappers
Smack 'em
Backwards
Ballads
Tackles
Actors
Savage
At this
Bammer crap is damned and banished
Lavish
Fans will go bananas
And command
Some Gab
A master at this
Transcendental gathering
Of rhythm sticks

Powers Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Verse One]
Met her out of town
In a small cafe
She had the motion of the ocean
How her hips did sway
She had everybody lookin'back
And everybody tookin' back
And anything she wanted all the guys
Obeyed
Now she was a site for sore pupils
And she likes to flaunt it cause she knows she got it
And she does the most intoxicating things
To make a man with worries
Feel everything is okay

[CHORUS]
She's got powers
And I think I want to get in her spell
Powers
Every bone inside me of all my cells

[Verse Two]
She holds you down but when you need a push
She keeps it honest
She reflects
Then she'll force you to look
You dig everything about her
From her head down to her follicles
There's a heaven in her smile
She'll steal your heart like a crook
Now she knows
Exactly what you want and when
And she goes
To any measures just to see you get it
And she flows
Like the now
I think that she was Nephertiti in a life
Before this present life was took
She got powers

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
P-O-W-E-R-S
Fizz and bubble when I see her yes
Want to see just how deep her abyss gets
Lost in the magic of her secret bliss
She is a bonafide keeper just
Want to travel inside and seek her depths
Mystique so fresh
From the west coast to the east coast
It's a death blow make a Negro get
Spun up in her web she don't need no net
People low and behold
She knows just
What I need make an ego
What I need make an ego
Fly like an eagle
Feelin' regal, o b-o-y
O she's so fly
Lethal injection
Frozen in my step like deep in breath
Keepin'a brethren like me in a head spin
Doc take a rain check
She is the medicine

[Verse Three]
She got some tricks and she got some treats
She'll shake the ground underneath you
Knock you off your feet
She got everything you dream about
Everything you think about
Hear melodies and sounds of music
When she speaks
She stays persistent with her energy
And she plays
Those games when its time to play 'em
And she ages
Like the finest kind of wine
And just a whiff of her ferment
Will make your knees get weak

Your Move Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Lifesavas)

[Chorus x4: imitating Big Daddy Kane on "The Symphony"]
You, got to groove...
Freeze, stand still, MOVE

[Gift of Gab]
Huffin and puffin, this track is bumpin discussion
on how we crushin and snuffin
The one's that bluffin, it's nothin
and while they lunchin, we bustin
to get you, up in the club and
We keep you wantin and dubbin
Dig it like somethin you puffin on
Fill it up in your stomach to your astonishment, on a mission
The marvelous, starvenous, verbal novelist, killin 'em softly
Offin them, often they in a coffin, we drillin' them, taunt 'em
All in the tournament, in the bottomless pit again
Pardon me, but this art is like the parliament rockets parkin
All on yo' gardens and +lawns+ just like +potholes+, sonically stompin
Up on a mission of dominance, solid flawless, so obvious
Callin y'all to the ball to get off the wall, everybody yes, YOU [echoes]

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]
I've been to Africa, Brazil, everywhere across the Americas
Canada, France, Italy, Copenhagen, Australia
Everywhere, every time, every audience, mass hysteria
Some rappers make good records, but live they are a failure
Mailin your area, special delivery carrier
Tearin the various barriers, 'til everyone's everyone
Whether you're heavy or Libra, or Aries, or Lebanese
Vegetarian, Ebony, Ivory, seventeen or ninety-THREE
I don't care if you're arrogant, or inherit inheritance
From yo' parent's parent and then didn't share it with N'ER NIGGA
Prepare if you dare, to get yo' HANDS IN THE AIR
It's a rare form, Mary'll shake her derriere witcha
BEAR witness to SNARE kicks that TEAR and rip through
the blarin' speaker woofers that pummel into the AIR [and] hit cha
It's there witcha, yo' cares lifted, don't stare driftin
The airs shiftin slightly, so come into the lair, get SUM

[Lifesavas]
"Party people, you are now being rocked by the sounds
of Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab, Blackalicious
We're here to take you higher, y'all!
And I want everybody from side, to side in the front
and the back Everybody in the building
MAKE SOME NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOISE" [crowd cheers]

[Gift of Gab: through speakerphone then normal]
Jumpin and movin
and dancin and sweatin
and shoutin and grindin
And bobbin and weavin
we takin you outta yo' mind
and the science applyin this, high in the sky in this pio-lots
Flyin this, dia-late ir-is, wireless mics
The fire is bright, retire, I'm sire, you're squire
and dire straits, admirin higher intelligence, dialect science [exhales]
I elect my-self Vice Prez, I'll belt
Rappers that lie to get by and get fried
and left by their self scientists
Thrive when this guy is lit, try and spit fire
with my intent I in-vent sciences, try the best with no side effects
Buy a vest or be lyin in rest, tryin to test
The eyes in the eyes of the vi-brant lion with iron tiger fists

[Chorus and guitar riff]

Lotus Flower Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. George Clinton, Joy King)

[Chorus]
Be alive now
Let me open the door
Let the music captivate and make the voices still
And
See the light
See the lotus flower
Spinnin' around within
Openin' up all new worlds to explore
Ay Ay Ay Ay

[Repeat]
[Repeat]

[Verse One]
Here we go ridin' on waves
See the lotus
Creepin' up without a notice
Make a foe spaz
Dwellin' in a zone that's so rare
Really no man
Be up in or try to go there
Outta your head
Flyin' through the sky on mopeds
Yellin' oh yeah
Cosmic universal showcase
I'm a go head
Shoot the gift at y'all
With no lead
Get you open
Runnin' around the rings of Saturn
And some Pro Keds
Screamin'

[Chorus]

[Bridge: George Clinton]
Ain't nothin' wrong with you
Do not adjust your channel
Keep movin' on won't you
We've just began to travel

[Verse Two]
Stylin' infinite and passion
Make me mash on
Till the last song is done
So fasten
Your belt and let's run
To intersessions
You're probably stressin'
I didn't come to rhyme about
Using a Smith and Wesson
We test understanding
Lessons
That come from down and under
Where sons haven't been born
At my discretion
I'm here to bless ya
Apply the pressure
To get ya
Aligned with mind and body
Party
Syncing
With the bigger picture
You may not get it now
But in the future
You will mature
And join the Craft
And outer sessions
If the music lets ya
It's just the essence
Of pure common sense
It's not a lecture
If you don't make it in this life
I'll see your spirit
Next time
Screamin'

[Chorus]

[Bridge: George Clinton]
Just let the song take you
To places where the magic
Is going on people
I know you've got to have it

My Pen And Pad Lyrics - Blackalicious

[whispers]
Here we go...here we go...

[Gift of Gab]
Back on the journey again, tool is the pad and pen
Cool is the fan as the wind, soothin' you after I send
True inter vision risen and driven while givin' you MY
Isms of intuition while niggaz is livin' a LIE
Syllables spill and I fly, high as a pittacle rhyme
Not to belittle a fool, but try to get into you my -
Lyrics inherited form awareness somewhere in the sky
Clearly you'll give them merit and cherish 'em better wit' time
There is none ever and on like rivers, so clever I shine
Verbal ambassador travel in this endeavor of mine
Never a anti-gangster, the ghetto is still on the mind
If I was, not rappin', a nigga might be up inside
All of you terraces, stealin' wallets and necklaces, I
give hella gratefulness for the blessin' share this and fly
Everywhere people outside the culture now try to deFINE
What it is, but it is MINE, such it is, love with BLIND
Vision but no division is vivid we livin' inside
Vicious vindictive and mental prisons from within the mind
I sit and find stillness from minutes is written the RHYME
Gettin' you smitten wit' it, particularly if you're a prime
Listener, listen up, twist it up like the lyrics was lime
Vintage is instant, so give it up when you hear it recited
Recite it at attention, relivin' tension and bendin' yo' spine
Sendin' you signals to get yo' internal system aligned
Lyrical pittacle, situation is critical
Syllable after syllable, Give It To You, deliver you my -
Intervals, sendin' you through dimensions who didn't know
Hidden in you, within you, when you get in the begin into it
Sentiments internets, couldn't send you yet signals you get
Rippin' through skin and through tissue, fix you elixirs that MIGHT -
(lift your peripheral vision, the mystical wisdom that tends
to go into the infinite system of livin' and this is the ending
As well as the beginning of the Gift and his prime)
Mission the bliss is divine, Christen it, isn't it fine?
Listen and dissin' it, that's the incident innocent
Men and women hit, lyrics is killin' niggaz, they shivelin'
The predicaments thick, and it spills the wig of the ignorant lyricist, puttin' fear in their spirit...
Yo, that's my time!

[record skips in fast forward]

[Intro to "Side to Side"]
I know all you fellas have had a lady in your life that, you really appreciated
and you wanted to do something special for her and, let her know it
Well, I gotta lady like that, and I wrote this song to her...

Side To Side Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Lateef The Truth Speaker and Pigeon John)

[Verse One: Lateef The Truth Speaker]
When you first walked in and I saw you at the bar or somethin'
I ain't really wanna holler or nothin'
I just pegged you as the type for frontin'
Steady chucklin' with your girlfriends actin' contrary and cluckin'
But ya song came on, and somethin' changed in the way she was movin' along
Eyelashes caught flashes of the possibilities, maybe this one is the one for me
She's movin' to the dance floor, we'll see
What I seen was inspirational, highly motivational
Had to maneuver the set, up to confrontationals
Even though it was my chance to mack
I already did my dance, had the reservoir tapped
Hit me like a thunder clap, though
Can't let somethin' that fat pass BY, why asks why?
Made my way through the crowd with the side to side
Then I pushed up on the tush 'cause, uh, I ain't shy!
Said, "Excuse me Miss, but I liked what I saw"
When she spoke, I damn near dropped my jaw!
HELL NAW! I can't believe she SAID that shit!
I need to call my sister, "Come up through and check this chick!
And put some sense in her, cause her IQ 'bout six"
Bein' that, stu-pid in pub-lic there should be a law against
I mean, she didn't have a CLUE, tell you what to do
Just SHUT UP, ride the groove, and let's move now

[Chorus x2]
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two

[Verse Two: Gift of Gab]
When I stepped into the coliseum, I was slidin' through
Just bein' me, lovin' the space and lettin' everything be free
And bein' free to 'til I seen her, me, I popped up, solutions
Could it be? She was the one that could make me a believa?
Step through the crowd like a bobber and a weaver
Couldn't really see the crowd, all that I could see was HER
Looked directly in her eyes, all that I could see was blurred vision
Couldn't really tell if she was prime and ready furr pickin'
She was downin' that 'Yac in straight shots
Offered me a drink, I told her I was tryin' to stop
I thought to reconsider mackin', then she pulled off her top
and yelled, NEXT THING I KNOW, SHE WAS DOIN' THE WOP
She said, "Gabby, Gabby, Gabbyyy, you need to come and swig"
I said, "I think I'm cool, you need to find another nigga"
Baby, baby, baby PLEASE, then she dropped down to her KNEES
Then I had to leave, I didn't want to contract diseases
I said, "Don't take it personal, I think you need Jesus
You're movin' kinda fast, you need to stop and just breathe"
Hopin' she would have a clue, tell you what to do
Just SHUT UP, ride the groove and let's move, now..

[Chorus x2]
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two

[Verse Three: Pigeon John]
As soon as I walked in the DO'-woe-woe
The rati-o was in favor of me, 'cause as far as I could see
all the bitties on the FLO'-woe-woe
was movin' in such a way in the heat, kinda made me wanna pee
Leavin' ME wanting MO'-woe-woe
But I was scared, of major defeat, 'cause I saw the girl Lateef
was dancin' with sayin' NO-woe-woe
and Gab was wrestlin' with a freak who was topless
I was intimated to SHOW, any interest at ALL
I just stood still, pressed against the walllll (that's when I saw her)
Time froze, the ice around my heart e-RODED
Glasses she looked like a spy, wanna decode it
I said, "My name is Pi-Pi-Pigeon Johnny"
Stuttered a little bit, felt like a big DU-mmy
She said I didn't have a clue, she told me what to do -
She said, "SHUT UP and ride the groove"
I said, "Okay", like..

[Chorus x2]
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two now
Side to side to side, times two

[Intro to "Automatique" - Natalie Stewart of Floetry]
If you gonna be creative, y'know
You're ultimately offering yourself as a sacrifice
A sacrifice of, channeling something, bigger than yourself
and existing here at the same time, y'know
Being measured upon your words
when you're channeling yourself at higher than your state
is a pre' serious, jump to take on
So, if they truly about, the word
poetry, singing, writing, and drawing and painting
or however it is, then y'know
want us to realize we're here to record ripples of vanity, y'know
Ripples of mathematics, that's really what you're dealing with...

Automatique Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Floetry)

[Floetry]
It's automatique- now
So here bring my speak- style
Show y'all how to freak- star
Is automatique- now
So automatique- now
The sound you gon' keep- down
Come listen and peep- how
It's automatique

[Gift of Gab]
It's automatic sporadic movements on the brake
The moment's magic the last thing that I should do is think
I burst the energy that hints that really it's no time
At birth you start to think that after death back to no mind
A rest that makes you new again now you embrace the planet
And stand in all of all the thing you daily took for granted
The trees are posin' all unique in form make this perfection
The most important time is now tomorrow's a projection
A co-creator if you only just believe in that
Right here today inside is where I find my freedom at
Is simple as a lyric from my soul to yours as felt
I didn't write this I just let the pen move by itself
It's ART-o-matic

[Hook]

[Natalie of Floetry]
So blessed we rest in a space over-standin'
This breath's so unique we must trace where we landed
Magnetizin' minor tracks is subliminal
So fiend-in to the evidence is evident I'm bein' true
True to the moment the channelin' the callin'
True to the heartbeat the passion and the formin'
This rollercoaster's the one I stood in line for
Hands in the air these upside downs here are paid for
Make this relevant and here what you gotta hear
I'm recordin' all the secrets of my silent shed
Don't think about it just absorb everything you taste
If it set you free you gonna find the ways
You're who you gonna be unless you choose otherwise
If you let it flow the universe will empathize
Check your programs they monitorin' your sanity
Now close your eyes inside you find the clarity
It's automatic!

[Hook]

[Floetry]
Free your body know this ought to be open
Then lose control just let it happen then
Live at it and set it
Move again your clarity start to assume again
I know this one twist will feel it in
You think you don't know the engine [???]
But it's so automatic
So so so automatic


[Gift of Gab]
It's automative, beyond the common logic native
Beyond the ball around my drama now I'm divin' waitin
So stop and wait this, now operate it on the wavelength
A thought of way is presented by true laws of nature
Across the nation a lost of patience is cost inflation
So caught in waitin', and contemplatin' obligations
Read up inaugurations politrations violatin
And all the haters all up it cannot invadin'
The honest tension, two orders sacred not created
Good thought I made it!! I'm born beyond the constellations
So concetratin', and follow man we all are awakin'
It's automative, you gotta make it follow faith in
Come on come on!

[Hook + adlibs]

THE CRAFT!

The Fall And Rise Of Elliot Brown Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Part I]
"I mean um, I got years man, I go back, actually
I-I-I just got back to these streets man, this is home to me though
Y'mean, I was goin' for a while, ten years to be exact
I lost my lights in the streets, y'know but for these streets, me and my dude
We got down and dirty for it, man, we did e'rythang, we took, nah'mean, to eat..
That's what it's about when I was comin' up in the 80s', everybody tried to eat man
and my way livin' to eat, man I gurped in theses streets
I grind, walked to these streets here, nah'mean?"

[Gift of Gab]
Got to get this bread
Got to get this dough, got to get these chips
Got to get these whips, and fits and -
Got to get real mean, got to get real clean
Got to get these fiends a fixin'
On a mission to get rich real quick use wit' no intermission
Got to live big, gettin' the tip on them big {?}, so spendin' spendin'
Any witness get hit quick, this lick isn't never no kid shit
Not a picnic, flip bis-cuit/get rich, that's it
Big bills, just Ben's, no frills, just Benzes
Spendin' endless spendin' sprees
Limitless, BUILD IT UP TO THE MILLIONS
Then I can have things, like a new fly ring
and a new fly fling, I can do Irene, Darlene, Charlene
and Francine, even get inside Pam's jeans as clean as you ever did see
On the scene doin' real big things, as I PIMP this simple SYSTEM
Then I hear si-rens, and I see high beams
Now I am fly-in', but they're behind me
NOW I'M ON ONE KNEE, AND THE DOPE'S ON ME
NOW MY HOPE'S GONE SEE AND I LOST MY FREEDOM
LOCKED UP, SEE YA!!

[Part II]

[Verse One: Gift of Gab]
..He was a young lad
Off of happiness and smiles, he was sprung bad
Wanted all the trendy classy number one fads
In a very short time, learned the rules of combat
Learned who was a punk, and who would have swung back
How to take from the weak, especially when hung-ray
While mama's workin' two jobs, and daddy's gone away
and police be throwin' you vibes, even at a young age
and it was like he was livin' inside a cage
from the outside world, 'cause he just couldn't relate
..and then life really began
and trifeness was a giv-en when he graduated

The Fall [echoes]

[Verse Two]
..So he hustled
doin' whatever just to get the bread and the mustard
Stacked high, grew wit' some niggaz he trusted
He shouldn't have though, 'cause them same niggaz got him busted
And 'bout the same time he 'bout to get sent up, his -
Ex-girl is like, "I'm pregnant baby daddy - plus it's twins"
and when he goes to jail, he has company
in the form of fifty percent of the cats he grew up wit'
Gets out, goes back, just like a puppet
Caught in a genocidal death trap of the government
The don't rehabilitate, they just be lovin' it
When niggaz is in the pen, 'cause that's big money makin' to them

The Rise [echoes]

[Verse Three]
For some time he sat and pondered
Trapped in a cell filled with criminals and convicts
Time had arrived to confront the real conflict
Lookin' within, not without, he got honest
Started to read and acquire that self-knowledge
Learned he was royalty and didn't come from garbage
How to embrace struggle and learn from his problems
True wealth is health, family, and a higher conscious-ness
Learned most of what he was taught was nonsense
Read up on economics and how to start a business
Self-determination and dedication empowered him
Somethin' inside him told him only God could STOP him
Now he's out livin' what others said was impossible
Thought he would be another victim of ghetto obstacles
Through a concrete, a rosebud started to blossom
Remember change is really all that remains constant, yeah [echoes]

[Intro to "Black Diamonds and Pearls"]
"Saved message...Friday...3:56...P.M."
"Hey, ?B-Cam?, this is your sister Dee-Dee
I was just callin' to tell you that I, gone to see Frankie
and I told him that you wanted him to, um
GIVE a, like, what it was like to be in prison
and what, advice he would give and
Oh my God, I got this letter from him
Tim, you've got to hear it, this word should be in the book or a song or something
I mean really..."

Black Diamonds And Pearls Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Larry Saunders, Ledisi)

(Black diamonds and PEARLS)

[Intro: message continued from interlude]
"I'm just gonna read you a little bit of ?:
'I like to start off by saying that prison is truly a living hell
It is a place where love and compassion are looked upon as weaknesses
And violence and brutality are worn like a medal of honor
Prison is a tedious task of survival that could shatter your dreams and ambition
The California Department of Corrections ISN'T designed
to help you rehabilitate yourself or even help you
to become a productive law-abiding citizen'"

[Chorus: Larry Saunders (Ledisi)]
(Black diamonds and PEARLS)
Keep on, keep goin', march on, move on
Keep blowin' it up
Keep ON, keep goin', march on, move on
Stay strong, keep goin', keep, blowin' it up
(Black diamonds and PEARLS)
KEEP ON, keep goin', march on, move on
Keep blowin' it up, yeaaaah
Blowin' it up, yeaaaaaaah

[Verse One: Gift of Gab]
Young leaders, little unsung heroes
You can run some meters, be a hoop or a track star
School teacher, scientist, or even
own your very own street, maybe even be a rap star
Times witcha, you could change whole pictures
Make a better situation, for your mother and yo' big mama
Make dollars, own a ride and a house
Get it right, use your powers, getting' everything you did want
Then the youth say, "Look at where I'm at now
Straight poverty, death is in my backyard
Dope dealers, get fifty G's a pack
While my teacher don't really give a damn about a black child!
And the grown folks say, 'tell the truth', then act fowl
Say 'no' to drugs, hidin' all they crack vials
And talk all about peace and love and God
But then why are we at war, killin' people in Iraq now?"

[Chorus]

[Verse Two]
Young sista had a child, still young herself now
And it's others all around screamin' turmoil
Ain't done wit' school, how are you gonna make it now?
Life is gonna be a little harder for you girl
Some how, she sees the face of a child
And on her face is a smile, and now it's brighter up in her world
And makes her stronger now, she's gotta carry on
And be a very good mama, this is life, let it unfurl
And she's doin' it, mother of the earth now
Found a blessin' in the struggle through her first child
Kept goin', kept growin', kept flowin'
Kept strivin', kept knowin' God would make a way somehow
Live yo' life, girl, show 'em how it's done now
I believe in you, so keep it movin' 'til the sun's down
Never let them hold you back from anything you want now
Life is but a ride, so find the treasures that are unfound

[Chorus]

[Verse Three]
Young brotha, takin' care of his mother
Makin' bread, gotta hustle, 'cause the table's lookin' thin now
Stress ridden as he walks his little sister
to her preschool, which is up the road just a few miles
Back at the house, his mom seeks magic
Through the pipe smoke travelin' through her lungs out and back down
Worst part that breaks the young man's heart
is he's the one that's supplyin' it, he feels like he's trapped now
'Cause every time he says, "No", then she'll spaz out
Start shakin', "Mama, please, where is dad now?!"
Guess he's gotta be the home's only man now
Left the life alone and gotta whole other plan now
Stacked enough to put her in a rehab found
Work and got a G.E.D., his sister's in his hands now
And with support from other members in the fam
Gonna make it out this struggle, young people, here's your chance, come on!

[Chorus and ad-libs]

Black diamonds and PEARLS

Give It To You Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. KWEEN and Lyrics Born)

[Chorus: Gift of Gab and KWEEN]
Rhyme for rhyme and line for line
The lyrics from the mind that's prime, arrive on time
and rip into you fine as wine, sublime the kind
of spitters who would shine divine
with rhymes and life, is what you make it
Rhyme for rhyme and line for line
The lyrics from the mind that's prime, arrive on time
They rip into ya night to night, recite the type, of written
Come inside the light, tonight's the night, we give it to ya

[Verse One: Gift of Gab]
Comin' back to stay, when I rap this way
Blowin' minds wit' these lyrics out my fact-oray
That are practic-ally, on some maste-ray
Show you all how a funky record has to be
Not to toot my horn, I'm from Californ
It's the +cheese+, not the kind that's grown from cows in barns
But the kind that meets your needs in like a thousand forms
As we dance to the ever flowin' masquerade
Homey, pass the J, homies pass away
Over pride when another nigga blast a K
Evil thought hearts chilly, Dickie Dastard-lay
All his people mourned deeply as the pastor prayed
Come though from out of town, you wouldn't last a day
All they know is long money and assassination
Get it now, not tomorrow, don't procrastinate
This is my grind, verbal slangin', I'm a master fate
In a drastic way, this is class so pay
Close attention, write all night 'til I gasp and faint
Get my people out this struggle of that Section 8
If you want it, hey we got it, you don't have to wait because...

[Chorus]

[Verse Two: KWEEN]
Golden voice wit' style, spirit poised for power
Definition of a goddess, I'm a poster child
As I boast about, here's a dose fo' trail
Evil spirits don't concern me, tell the ghost be out!
Shine my light to dim, all the spite within
Competition, 'cause at times, I know we frighten them
All we really wanna do is give some sight to them
All my people, New York City to the coast of Cal
I'm the toast of towns, I'm the cat's meow
Movin' faster than your mind, come and catch me now
Niggaz see me on stage and wanna ask me out
I'm the true original never a hand-me-down
When I flash no doubt, know that ass is out
Nefertiti, Mama Zulu, try and pass the Nile
Take your breath away it's like you're catchin' asthma now
In this verbal marathon, you couldn't last a mile because...

[Chorus]

[Verse Three: Lyrics Born]
Lyrics Born to rap, I put it all on that
Twelve years deep, my foot ain't comin' off the gas
We walk the chosen path, close the culture gap
O.G. like the Figure-Four the Boston Crab
All across the map, beyond the almanac
You see the backstage posted lookin' so relaxed
Lady wit' me, open toe, lil' shoulder bag
Hat tipped just a bit, ooh she cold like that
Where my ballers at? If you can call it that
Potna' both you and me know that shit is boulderdash
We see right through yo phony ass like youse a holograph
We so real, when they see us, it's like they pause and gasp
Cat's lookin' like they see a flyin' saucer pass
Cross they arms, turn they heads like they was Ultraman
We gotcha whole clique surrounded in a cul-de-sac
So baby get ta jump-ropin' over a broken glass because...

[Chorus]

"The Craft"

Ego Sonic War Drums Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. P.E.A.C.E.)

[Peace]
Our house is in the middle of the street
I'm a talkin' head, talkin' head
Spittin' speech, Hungry like A Wolf, Where's the Beef?

[Gift of Gab]
Beef eater gin, in-toxicant, men-tal
Alternate, end-ings, opposite trend Zen
Copperfield, pen bend, topple and kill end men
Send them, in wind, tremblin', off of them skills (skills, skills, skills...)

[Peace]
My copper top is poppin' tops (tops), the heat keeps blowin'
+Energizer+ bunny, ain't it funny, how I stay so +ever ready+
But I never see the money (money, money, money...)

[Gift of Gab]
Money never makin' me
I make it, come inside and take a seat
It's vacant, Ego Sonic, inner space
The sacred sequel on again
Erase and cease the hatred season
of the drums of war of sages past
and speakin' through the ancients
speakin' through the, speakin' through the ancients, speakin'
(speakin', speakin', speakin'...)

[Peace]
As a kid, I was Harry Potter-like
Not locked in a room but on the streets, they poked fun and took my bike
Until I chose to write, spec-tacular, vernacular, spells, for the fight
(fight, fight, fight...)

[Gift of Gab]
In the, middle of the class, I was writin' my secret agenda
Getting' a bl-ast from ignitin' my deepest surrender
A bit of chastisement I may have gotten from teachers when the
classes were done, masses were stunned, I pass it on
(I pass it on, I pass it on, I pass it on...)

[Peace]
I be flingin' stones at yo' dome and yo' +Jet-son+
and +Elroy's+ El Dorado drivin' while the sun sets some
Back seat, fulla cotton candy, beer, and bubble gum
(bubble gum, bubble gum. bubble gum...)

[Gift of Gab]
Summertime in the city
Pity rappers fallin' to the Ego Sonic War Drums [echoes]

[Chorus x2]
Ego Sonic War Drums, we so hard - RUN
Beatin' on yo' door come, try and get SOME
You'll get trampled, tryin' to sample, end up gettin' NONE
Ego Sonic War Drums, we so hard - RUN

[Gift of Gab]
Heeey ya, raise the bar to another level of rhymin' again
Maaa-jor daaays of, verbal assault tactics that get
waaaay out, Blazin' the bow again to set new trend of flaa-va, Dйj-а vu
We blowin' 'em up wit' the way we slaaay-a, saaay ya praaa-yas
Set in the head of the rappers we SLAAY-a
YAAAY-A, HI-YA, HI-YA, HO!
Come on in-SIDE and try the flow
Creepin' up on yo' mind just like a SPID-A
KIND-A slow, SHINE and FLOOOW
Sparkle and rock until I can't SHINE NO MO', OHHH!
Low and beHOOOLD, FOOOE
Animal instinct comin' out of the SOOOUL
Chief Coyote, Blackfoot, Savage NavaHOOOOS
Scalpin' yo' top and rock out the spot, off the top knockin'
and then I frolic about the DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUGH

[Bridge]
Just because we out there, doesn't mean we don't care
Respect our clout, yeah, Gift of Gab dope, yeah
P-E-A-C-E, yeah, E-S-W-D, playa
Arrows flyin' everywhere, Ego Sonic warfare

[Peace]
Peace pipe, puffin', arrow stick you in yo' stuffin'
OH-WO-WO-WO-WO-WO-OW, think I'm bluffin'
Jumpin' off my horse and runnin' up on you ain't nothin
I don't have no rifle, I just throw my hatchet in yo' face
Catch it, get an eye FULL
Hear them drums? Battle sounds! See that land? Battle grounds!
See the men? Battle rounds! Hear me now, man down!
Bows UP, clear the section, roll out a winner
In my Ego Sonic head dress in
and for you dum-dum opponents, hope you learned yo' lesson
(learned yo' lesson, learned yo' lesson, learned yo lesson'...)

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]
Chief Apache drummer, tipi dweller, eagle feather bearer
Chalice lighter, inner fire starter, worship Mother Nature

[Peace]
Mohawkin' egos clawin' beak seems to bear it all
Seminole, Blackfoot, Mohican, and Choctaw

[Gift of Gab]
Choppin' ya, scalpin' ya, offin' ya, moppin' ya, falcons are
flockin' around you, wreck shop while I'm poppin' at Pocahontas

[Peace]
Death it won't fall upon us, as long as I'm Geronimo-an
Keepin' the heater flowin', you know they ain't into throwin' 'em

[Gift of Gab]
Burnin' the tip of the Arrow, the temperature's blarin'
The endin' is near when we hit you wit' THIS, then you're perishin'
(perishin', perishin', perishin'...)

[Peace]
Cherish everyday light, light
Couldn't picture livin' life in the dark right, right, right?

[Gift of Gab]
Ear to the ground, I hear 'em comin'
Do you really think they comin'?

[Peace]
Ego sonic, hear that thumpin'
Do you really think they drummin'?

[Gift of Gab]
Do you really think they comin'?

[Peace]
I can see 'em!

[Gift of Gab]
HERE THEY COME!

[Gift of Gab and Peace]
If they catch us, they gon' kill us
Wouldn't want to be us, RUN! (RUN, RUN, RUN...)

[Chorus and ad-libs]

The Craft Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Chorus]
This Craft, this beat, this rhyme, this vibe
This style, they say music gives new life
From a source inside that is forever flowin'
This stage, this mic, this crowd, this show
This life, I've been given a gift tonight
And for that, I vow to be a vessel

[Gift of Gab - Verse One]
I didn't have to be, given the gift to rip
I'll never master me, I know that it's from Him
or Her or It, dimensions that sit
Waitin' to sift through me, I fall short, still it hits me swift
I didn't have to see, I coulda hit the lick
I coulda drifted it quick, I coulda quit so quick
It's really a trip, I guess I was picked
I don't know what I did to deserve a ride like this (Damn!)
I didn't have to eat, I coulda been so thin
I didn't have to be, quoting these sentences
I didn't have to reap, the work put in but then
even the work in itself was such a blessin
I didn't have to see, the planet lip to lip
I didn't have to make, a livin' writ to writ
I didn't have to dream and then begin to live it
And for that, I vow to be a vessel

[Chorus]
This Craft, this beat, this rhyme, this vibe
This style, they say music gives new life
From a source inside that is forever flowin'
This stage, this mic, this crowd, this show
This life, I've been given a gift tonight
And for that, I vow to be a vessel

[Verse Two]
I give thanks for my rhymin' ability
I don't front like it's not a responsibility
I can open a mind, if the youth will listen to me
I'm not goin' to front, like I'm on some killin' spree
and as hard as the times are, God is livin' through beats
that come not from minds, but that travel through spiritual reasons
Some of the time, I feel like, it's not even me
No mon-ey can buy gateways to infinity
Still I'm hun-gry to shine, when I know I should let it be
I want but I have, every single thing that we need
So help me align self with soul and then I'll be free
To sculpt and design verbal styles and experience freedom

[Chorus]
This Craft, this beat, this rhyme, this vibe
This style, they say music gives new life
From a source inside that is forever flowin'
This stage, this mic, this crowd, this show
This life, I've been given a gift tonight
And for that, I vow to be a vessel

[Chief Xcel samples]
"Let go, do what's in front of you"
"Then, let go, then do what's in front of you"

[Verse Three]
This ain't leisure, although it feels
It is a duty, a way to live, another way to give
Another way to just, have communion
With the source of the sun and moon and, a way to pay the bills
Displayin' skills, I take it REAL serious
The vibe's so mysterious, not just one more day to kill
..and I could lose my connection
if I do not respect it enough, fffade away it will
Day to day it gives energies
That replenish me, if I believe and I say it will
and act on it, 'cause action is the key to freedom
Only way to be a leader, lead by the way you live

[Chorus x3]
This Craft, this beat, this rhyme, this vibe
This style, they say music gives new life
From a source inside that is forever flowin'
This stage, this mic, this crowd, this show
This life, I've been given a gift tonight
And for that, I vow to be a vessel

"Blazing Arrow" (2002)

Introduction: Bow And Fire Lyrics - Blackalicious

Ladies and gents, soul music lovers everywhere
All around the universe
You know as well as I do the things I change
Changing, changing
The day will come, warning, warning

I got my arrow, I got my bow
I got my fire and I'm walking through the darkness
Slowly on a tight rope wire
Got my arrow

The forces trying, trying, tired
Then the wind is blowing harder
But my power comes from higher
So seek arrow

I got my bow, I got my fire
And I'm walking through the darkness
Slowly on a tight rope wire
Got my

Arrow

Blazing Arrow Lyrics - Blackalicious

Amazin phase your days your hazy ways my Blazing Arrow
The rays that range from Asia way to Rio De Janeiro
A craze you crave? but work today's the day that in a major way
I'll make you say oh look he saved the day and also paved the way (hooray)
Rockin? my crew like razor blades today and days away from now okay, okay
I'm like a laser ray keepin the stains? away
and dangerous ways rappin the phrase that pays
all things just ain't a phase but ageless ways a cagey great displays
yo hey, this ain't a game, so stays awake
cause if you came to play you'll all behave insane
After we change the game it won't reamin the same
(I'll fade away!!!) So make your disc and play this tape in your Camaro
Amazin phase your days your hazy ways my Blazing Arrow

The verbal God, I throw a murder all my foe and kill 'em
But learnin all and so I'm gorowing while I'm learnin wit em
Infernal I'll explode returnin out the globe about to blow
Now get up out here yo, see head on out the zones that I patrol
Rock and roll might tear you out the soul like blunts and alcohol
I knock your whole toboggan for a loop and now the doubt will flow
I'm not the pro you wanna knock cause on the real I got the glow
Cosmic flows as I suppose thats how its supposed to be
and got to go!!! How'd ya know? Intuition
I was on the old safe surface figure out your purpose that's impossible
But logic will disturb the thought or focus what its not is all about
the grow about the kind of onus only god can know
I rock it for the chocolate, for the awkward for the thoughtless
in your home or at your office
I'm your early morning coffee so who got the ball?
We roll with Navajos with double barrels
Amazin phase your days your hazy ways my Blazing Arrow

Sky Is Falling Lyrics - Blackalicious

Rain and thunder and lightning
Crumbling buildings
Falling hurricanes
Earth shattering membranes
Scattering insane
Happening
Souls keeps burning
And the sky keeps plummeting
Now--

The sky is falling, life is appalling
And death is lurking, niggaz killing each other
Leaving bodies nobodies searching for
And youth announced ..., catching a bit of murder one
And mothers is drinking and drugging, hoe-in; searching for their son
And liquor stores upon every corner
And younger people done accepted defeating
The melting pot of lavas seeping
And the hood is all the mic can conceive when your foes bleeding to their death
And you picking their pocket
Wanna just get even
Niggers is banging and coppers is banging punk snuggin
Highly intelligent Africans lowered to punk smuggin
And capitals of the planet, planets run by the government
And genocide 's overwhelming, devil is loving it
And children in highschool go 'n smokin their classes up
And people thats rich don't be checking for what is happening
Degrading all women, knock em up, leave em, now smack em up
And ain't no way to reach us we're sleeping like hells castle
Sky is falling

Rain and thunder and lightning
Crumbling buildings
Falling hurricanes
Earth shattering membranes
Scattering insane
Happening
Souls keeps burning
And the sky keeps plummeting
Now--

Rain and thunder and lightning
Crumbling buildings
Falling hurricanes
Earth shattering membranes
Scattering insane
Happening
Souls keeps burning
And the sky keeps plummeting
Now--

Rain and thunder and lightning
Crumbling buildings
Falling hurricanes
Earth shattering membranes
Scattering insane
Happening
Souls keeps burning
And the sky keeps plummeting
Now--

The sky is falling, no one is watching
Tornadoes twisting wheres nobody is listening
And fires no one pays attention
Energies are erupting
Blurring the intentional vision
Doctors and lawyers and scientists all are locked in the prison of the mind
And all the youth are unreachable but they teachable
But emcees don't be teaching them too
Down deep down in their soul
Amongst the prostitution and pimping, robbing and stealing
We give a name
sab-a truth
This is nigger-land
Glad to knew ya
But give a damn
For the future
Religions is institutionalized
Hittin truths, even youths...alized
You got two pistols at the head of your own people
Its lethal but its living proof
Instead of leaving smiles leaven death inside of our living room
And instead of college they got us slangin after highschool
For the love of the money and everything that it will buy you
Everybody out for that
And they kill you if you a rival
20 lines and 1 stake on the table
Its about survival
The sky is falling

Rain and thunder and lightning
Crumbling buildings
Falling hurricanes
Earth shattering membranes
Scattering insane
Happening
Souls keeps burning
And the sky keeps plummeting
Now--

Revelation
From the Now ...
To the Temptation
Calm ... the Fury
All .... .....
Drown the confusion
Through the devastation
Live in the trees of elimination
Truth is absolute
Prophets Cant wait long
...... ....
Cant take long
Revelation
Devastation
Better stay strong

First In Flight Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Gil Scott-Heron)

[CHORUS:]
First in flight [repeated 4X]

[Gil Scott-Heron:]
(Cause all we got is rhythm and timin'
We go beyond the edge of the sky)

[Gift of Gab]
FREE! Like a bird out in the wind in the night
Like a 747 to LA that's in flight
FREE! Like a garden flourishing in the wind
Like a student bout to do it when he's graduating
FREE! From any of the energy perception
Can never be defined create the definition within
FREE! Just loving life itself and never pretend to be
Anything other than the man I was meant to be
Travel through time and get a glimpse of the centuries
To come a better day is promised remember
FREE! Like my nephew in a few months about to be out the penitentiary
Meditation [repeated 9X]

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]
UH! I never hesitate about a reluctant mind
Just put the peddle to the metal see what ya find
You back there slouching over won't you pick up your spine?
Let's make it really really happen live up this time
Cause you can choose to say "Good morning God" or "Good God, morning"
With black clouds storming
I walk without umbrellas into these woods
Don't need em cause the might trees above will shelter me good
I'm eating berries from the bushes of the heavenly good
From the ?stakes/steaks? the power came to us whenever we stood
Reverberating out we're reaching each and every hood
Whenever we could the spiritual anatomy fool
But never take the credit for it B cause that'd be rude
It's just the way in life we searchin for that had to be new
You gotta work it though cause everyday ain't Saturday fool
Evolve into a better life and be happy with you and me

[Chorus]

[Gil Scott-Heron]
The first to fly
The first to strive
The first to fight to stay alive
The first to win
The first to strike
The first to live
The first in flight

[Gift of Gab]
RISE! Like the sun up at the crack of the dawn
Like a waking giant in the morning stretching and yawning
RISE! Like an infant being held in the light
Like the smoke from an incense when it's ignited
RISE! If you're sleeping won't you open your eyes again
The greatest high be that natural high within
No need to force the progression just ride the wind
You'll know the answer to the where and why and when
If you keep working for your search you will find the end
Though at the end you find it only begins again
See at the end you'll see it only begins again
And everything you learn you're only remembering
Cause you're

[Chorus (repeat 4X)]

[Gift of Gab: repeat 2X]
It's me
Let your mind and your soul be free
Work to shine meet your goal believe
Spread that kind of L-O-V-E
Take some time off the lonely

[Gil Scott-Heron: repeat to end]
Cause all we got is rhythm and timin'
We go beyond the edge of the sky

Green Light: Now Begin Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Chorus:]
Green light, now begin
Green light oh-way
Ee-yah-oh-way [x3]
Green light, now begin
Green light oh way
Ee-yah-oh-way [x3]
Green light, now begin

The verb annihilator pen, every animator blend
Thought exaggerate a win, comin' at ya made ya thin
Diabolically I grin as I'm frolicking within your anatomy again
Makin' people higher into infinity from sin where your remedy
For them who are feelin' where your friends don't intend to be
A trend but a symphony of hymns lyrics sent to me
From Him I extend to thee the tims of intensity
Lend your attention see is whence your invisions
Of a mental division full of internalisms and again and again
I'm gonna win this division we a men on a mission, green light now begin

[Chorus]

No more of that sittin' in a slump and uh
No more of that coulda-woulda-shoulda junk (nope)
No more of that waiting for the inspiration, innovation
Or a green light--now begin
No more of that lettin' all your time pass (uh-uh)
No more petty illusions of the mindless (nope)
It's time to expand, power from within, you're takin' over this dominion
Green light, now begin

I be the heat of the night (don't fear the leader?)
I'm hear to strike light reveal the meteorite
Eating your readings and pens bleeding intense feeling
Appealing sentence in dents in just reeling 'em in
I'm merely a chameleon amid your elementary
Elements of the century tell 'em that it was me that sent ya
Tell 'em a-visually they'll be in to me until they sleep
And hell I'm an entity bailin' well and a felon, I'm free
Millin' and rousin' and I'm (rollin' and killin'?) from filtering
Hell of intelligent diligent heaven-sent benevolent relevant medicine
Poetry pedestrian peddelin' mad adrenaline to lyrical gentlemen
Okay?
Alright

[Chorus]

4000 Miles Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Jurassic 5, Latyrx)

[Charlie Tuna]
J5 Blackalicious

Yo

[All]
We take a journey through music right now [2X]

[Charlie Tuna]
Yo, when music temptations cant be resisted
Fifths will be unconsistent make me a misfit
Listed as a phenomenom I got an oncoming bomb
Which is perfection and flexin like I spent time in Nam
The beat is on and its nice an easy
Instrumentals blendin like cinnamon rice and peas
And lifes a breeze when you dont have to kick it to find
Contemplate the creation with blackalicious and I
Tuna fish is for a musical infant hes past gone
Tryin to hold fast and grasp hits like last fall
So last long flash on keepin the past strong
we grab songs and rythm so people can catch on
Yes
My mic honor cause momma I twiced promised her
Love life if music is truly your wife honor her
Burnin to your thermometer stretch a million kilometers
Connect a population at birth to one another for real

[Chorus]
Music, deliver from within and it covers up everything
Music, when the melody and rythm get the moving an unity
Movin, one force one love one whole community
Do it, keep travelin on keep travelin on

[Gift of Gab]
Underground or overboard overlord oh my lord
More remore pure sonic over joy sworn for shorts
Unseen aquatic bout to get explored
Warriors breakin all the limits twistin the laws

[Chief Xcel]
Now who said that underground is only just one more
I'm sellin time and space and matter makin hula-hoops of saturns rings

[Gift of Gab]
And bring my thing and sink to think
That these was meant to be writ if these spits will ever be writ
We on some destiny (shh shhh) we took a piece of this
We often testement on every cultural element
Ever sent to us by the ancestors as though we manifest it
Some new world pedestrians
just lounging with some fishin poles Up on the moons crescent
Just tryin to make some history spittin on a few records
I had a dream like martin luther king in adolescense
And now I'm out in tokyo and europe havin sessions
The final destination used to be my main question
But then I looked and all that I was searchin for was present
The final destination used to be my main question
But then I looked and all that I was searchin for was present

And now I'm out and out on and on the road we play
Soundin off like an army ho replay
Talkin bout walkin miles of roads he paved
Travel out droppin bombs with no delay

[Overlaps with chorus]
And now I'm out and out on and on the road we play
Soundin off like an army ho replay
Talkin bout walkin miles of roads he paved
Travel out droppin bombs with no delay

[Chorus]
Music, deliver from within and it covers up everything
Music, when the melody and rythm get the moving an unity
Movin, one god one love one whole community
Do it, keep travelin on keep travelin on

[Latyrx]
Now see we rock around the clock we dont stop for nothin
Gonna take it to the top - non stop - no frontin
People listen when it drops cause it speaks to something
In they souls when they all alone spacing in the zone
Or walking they block - talking to they homey at the shop
See the point is this - even if the homey got shot
Then there still be the bump knockin in your trunk
Get ya out your slump rockin it straight off the top
I'm cockin it like ingredients thrown hap-hazardly inside a crockpot
With a magic sock schnapps a big ass book and some vodka
And pass it my way cause I'm a real big talker
And i love new experiences I'm the godfather of gettin into to trouble
On the road undercover shit - take your whole crowd if you leave em uncovered
And i believe even hammer would say my shits proper work
Not to put a damper on the underground answer shit
You dealin wit motherfuckers not underground anthem thugs
Rock from the west coast damn near the athens and you still hate a whack song
As much as the next man and still in love with the good one
We interact with listners this is our contribution on the war against
The whiteness is likeness a constitution of fatness
Blackalicious Jurassic more Latyrical madness
Your mind is captured with tactics to get you back to the fatness
And you still want to battle just how long does this last?
We have the fashion to classic the pure love satisfaction
Is when the magic is captured live-action aint tangible with

[Chorus]
Music, deliver from within and it covers up everything
Music, when the melody and rythm get the moving an unity
Movin, one god one love one whole community
Do it, keep travelin on keep travelin on

[All]
We take a journey through music right now [3X]

Nowhere Fast Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Sample (Scratched by Chief Xcel):]

Now you, who ever you are,
as you're listening to what I'm going to say,
will probably not want to believe what I'm going to tell you.
And there isn't any way in which I can make you believe;
I can only state the facts as they are
and hope that you will really believe me.

[Gift of Gab]
Hey yester-day you were supposed to meet me now I got to testify
I waited hours for you guess that all was just a lie
Figured you stepped inside soon enough you said good bye
"Peace Out! I'm gone and won't be back!" I head your echo cry
Oh how the seconds fly left without a second try
I check and try to recollect how I just let you die
And now I wallow in these severed ties

Of Yesterday [woman's voice]

[Gift of Gab]
Of yester-day girl your really gone I guess that's how it just should be
I had big plans for us today but now you're history
Today's a mystery you took pieces I miss of me
I keep on diggin deep tryin to find that kid in me
We had some really good discussions back then didn't we?
Befriended me but now we don't speak like we're enemies
And all I got is memories

Of yesterday [woman's voice]

[Gift of Gab]
But Yester-day memories are priceless and I'm really glad you left em
There etched inside I take a ride when driftin through the spectrum
It's just at times I dwell and dwell and then I have to catch up
To now while back in time it ceased to march it just kept on
I want you back I want you back when it was here I slept on
What I appreciate a little more now as a blessing
Now I'm complaining and regretting

About yesterday [woman's voice]

And I'm just goin nowhere fast

[CHORUS: woman's voice (repeat 2X)]
I don't try to stay here
I just fly away here
Out of my oasis
I am not complacent

[Gift of Gab]
Your stuck in a flurry of illusions goin nowhere fast

I am today I'm all that ever was and ever is and uh
It is an honor, don't become a mental prisoner
Just listen to the now and keep your mind from driftin off
I am the mission, the position of this instance uh
New opportunity to get the love your wishin for
To kick the door in to look for your ambitions, what?
You can move on out to elevate your existence up

Today [woman's voice]

I'm just today, I'm just the way I am
I am ever single day I am
I'm February, April, March and even May I am
I'm only what you make me hope I'm what you pray I am
Today I am, I'm never really far away I am
You better scope me like the hunter does the prey I am
You play "I am" out in the picture yes today I am
I'm everything your memory say I am

Today [woman's voice]

[Gift of Gab]
So seize me, I'm here to serve you if you serve me back
It's easy, but difficult that's time alone squeeze me
From beaming your feet when your all your actions turn to banking
An inkling, a hint, I'm moving faster than your blinking
So treat to just a slice of heaven why you cheat me?
Deceive me and now I'm hell inside these thoughts that link me
To flesh the soul it's bound to I was truly made to be free

Today [woman's voice]

Instead I'm going nowhere fast

[Chorus (repeat 2X)]

[Sample (scratched by chief Xcel):]
I'm only saying this to show how all around
man or beast sleep away there gift of time
and never know the beauty of a good life below

I'm bout to change the way I'm livin homey
I'm eatin vegan, no ham or baloney
I'm startin off my day with yoga stretches
I'm bout to master self to study lessons
I'm swearin off the weed and alcohol
I won't be affected by doubts at all
The sky's the limit, watch I'm bout to ball

I'm spendin every single dollar wisely
I'm writin songs that's bumpin like the Eisleys
I'll have the answers you can all confide in me
Nothin the day could bring that will surprise me
I'm buildin to the fullest every minute
I'm through talkin the talk, I'm bout to live it
Ain't even started yet, I'm at the finish line

Man I can't wait until it's here I'm sayin
Oh what, you haitin? What, you think I'm playin?
You think I ain't just go ahead and watch me
I'll use the lessons yesterday has taught me
I'm countin hours, minutes even seconds
Man I can't even sleep, I'll build my Heaven
Oh what, it here? Oh, oh what, it's what?
Don't even trip, just give me one more day
It's really gonna be on tomorrow

[Chorus (repeat to end)]

Your stuck in a flurry of illusions goin nowhere fast [repeat 3X]

[Sample:]
There we are. All finished.
And you don't know how much I appreciate your pardon.

Watch out blazing arrow

Do it just how you talk it
Nigga rolled in and walk it
Stick a toe in the water
Don't falter, go on and fall in
Tell me, do you know your calling?
Yo, what your mission is fella?
I caught this vision when I met a fortune teller
In New Orleans French Quarter
on the bus bench an arbitrary corner
Sorta scary looking elder woman showed up outta nowhere
She stared into my eyes and said
"Sure as eyes green
You were conceived and walk the earth
Spit that heat, purifying I believe.
So are you ready for your cleansin?
Cause this is only the beginning."

Paragraph President Lyrics - Blackalicious

Paragraph paralyzer rhythmic aristocrat
Mister rap it's the gift of gab about to twist your caps
Swift the fist so fast fury worry hit the switch ya ass
Its 'n bits 'n fragments so midget quit this diss ya ass
Sit ya ass down while I rip the tracks and spit the facts
Hit the grass, green, brown, or purple I'm the diplomat
Rip your raps, really you don't get the math
Just to have, grief, only rhymer, I was meant to rap into that
Fire breathing, rhyme heathen, kidnap your mental black
Hijack your fly dap or con head your intellect
Mind state, arrow blast, center crack, mind gaps
Blind from their eyes back, send ya back crying act
Up pencil pad, my utinsil grab thine attention
Get hit so bad with two jitsu stabs I abid you
And if you rap I'ma send you back rappin in a tavern
If you mad kid it's just too bad
Tell 'em it's the..

paragraph president
And it's official you can hear the cheer coming up
paragraph president
I want to thank you all for having my (?) perform
paragraph president
as a special treat this evening
I have asked America's foremost young poet to read his latest poem for us

Hit you with the funk it's like, "who cut the provolone?"
Government officials put taps on my mobile phones
Nations overthrown hold my own on my zone
prone to leave your dome blown poem after poem homes
Jones for the tones rome with me turn your motor on
Overall this war just just got it goin on
Overgrown child never growin old so when knows pokin notes
Till the never nose ho overdose
On my flows those flows goes deep
Hold your nose bros knows foes yo don't sleep
slow your row, show my soul, total hold
Domination don't ya know
Under comet like Muhammad with the verbal robodome
It's the..

paragraph president
He's been sweeping the nation with a hard hitting campaign
paragraph president
As a politician he regards himself as a national (?)
paragraph president
and so mister president we urge you to do something about the deplorable
state of our nation

I pledge allegiance to the pen and the pad
And the mic and (?) of America
And to the republic, kiss my ass
Thugs fakin, actin hard to get this killer beef that was given to me
I must bust for all

Leave your city burnin like Gamera
Stamina, blaze up your space, plus I got it on camera
And I'm a animal animator landin a
Blow cleaning clocks nothing left for the janitor
Punching through your granite a good will ambassador
From another planet I could kill and smash ya up
And it won't stop and I can't stop (?)
Can erupt and it does had enough amateur?
A rammin ya feel the goats horns slammin ya
Ham it up every single time that I stand in a
Crowd of emcees backin up when I'm actin up
On a frenzy after ya yellin, "that's enough!"
And it tempts me, that it does, and I'm glad it does
When I flip see spatula style's stackin up
Many big threes rappers on never catchin up
Passin up, ride passenger, is it black enough?
Spectacular! Now you know who's attackin ya
Crackin up mashin ya top mind capturer
I'm the..

paragraph president

It's Going Down Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Lateef the Truthspeaker, Keke Wyatt)

[Chorus - Keke Wyatt]
Sit back, close your eyes
Peep back, got you open wide
I'll let you get a taste of me
It's going down in mystery
Sit back, close your eyes
Peep back, got you open wide
I'll let you get a taste of me
It's going down in mystery

[Gift of Gab]
Well it's the microphone ripper, party-rockin Gift of Gab
I hit the scene, lift you on my beam
And send you through my high plains
Mind-train shiftin through your migraines
Spit with that I hit with patterns get you twisted sideways

[Lateef the Truth Speaker]
And I'm the head honcho, sport golden tonsils
Inventin new styles all the time like pronto!
Four by four, runnin over suckers like a Bronco
Haters say the lyrics ain't Gonzo but they wrong though

[Gift of Gab]
We walking up and locking up the game and sparking up the flame
You're not gone' be the same when our flow reach your brain
It's 'bout to bust

[Lateef the Truth Speaker]
Not your crush, show up at our show in a tacky dress
Sparking us, talking 'bout your prowess but we're not impressed

[Gift of Gab]
Checkmate, populous crush, monstrous plush
Rhymes that just thrust onto your buck buck
Just rush

[Lateef the Truth Speaker]
Just rushin' like the Nile River, power we deliver
See it's (going down in mystery)

[Chorus x2]

[Keke Wyatt]
You know, I know, you know, I know
(It's going down in mystery)

[Gift of Gab (Lateef)]
(Gift of Gab won't you learn 'em and assure 'em)
(That the fire that you spit'll burn 'em)
Burning up the track and turning up the action
(Murder one attack him)
Serving what you're rapping
Urban gutter anthems
(Certain of the fact)
Curtains for the wack
Searching for the knack
(You're pervin' off the fatness)
Fury of the rather early mornings after
(Worldly like disasters)
Purely just the baddest, the chief clamp down on 'em
(Like a vice on a melon squeezing tight on your temples)
Feel the bass (as the wind blows)
In your face (and your mental) hear the taste
Instrumentals even break down on you like this
(We surpass your previous standards) drastically
(Mastering bass), setting nights so bright
(Beneath the skylight)
And days (and weeks) and months (go by)
And years (and decades) and we still so fly
(While the others are just fly by night)
And not tight (we keep writing)
Like scribes (but we tight) and so wise (c'mon)

[Gab & Lateef Together]
The rhyme historian exploring everything that we got
And even more so we exploring everything that they not
These are the glory days for lyricisits, forever we plot
Wait wait wait wait hold on a second bring it back (we plot [x4], c'mon)
The rhyme historian exploring everything that we got
And even more so we exploring everything that they not
These are the glory days of lyricisits, forever we plot
(It's going down in mystery)

[Chorus x 2]

Make You Feel That Way Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Chorus x15]
Make you feel that way

[Verse One]
Up an early for the hope of a brand new day
See a homie you ain't seen since back in the day
Fresh haircut fitted wit a fat ass fade
End of work, we chilling on a Saturday
How you felt when you first heard the data came
Rakim KRS hey I had that tape
Cooling out with ol girl on a fat ass date
Find a hundred dollar bill wow man that's great
Get promoted at your job up to management
Plot a long time finally a plan has made it
Time I feel I wanna shout, man its real that way
Wanna think of things that make you feel that way

[Chorus x15]

[Verse Two]
Christmas day when your mamma got your first bike
Type of feeling when you went and when your first fight
How your team felt winning championship games
Celebrate in a huddle dancing in this rain
Have a thought see a shooting star cross your screen
Put in hard work finally your living your dream
Deaf man get his hearing now in come vibes
Blind man get sight see his first sunrise
Dumb man speaking out, now he's load and clear
Earth through your chout smile so proud ya wear
Going in your third eye for the styles ya hear
Making music that'll bump for a thousand years
Eating right feeling conscience like health is first
Said a prayer that's sincere and you felt it work
Times I feel I wanna shout, man it's real that way
When I'm thinking things that make you feel that way

[Chorus x15]

[Verse Three]
All up in her vibe something coming over me
Summer days more likely that you notice breezes
Winter days more likely that you notice heat
When I'm warm more likely that you notice me
In the dark it's more likely that you notice light
In the light more likely that you notice night
Hungry more appreciation for that meal
Dead broke more appreciation for that grill
A bad day'll make you really notice ones that's good
And that'll make things a little better understood
Times I feel I wanna shout, man it's real that way
When I think of things that make you feel that way
Make you feel that way...

(Ya know its like ahh like the most greatest feeling you could ever feel
you like just total illation. Sunny day, just that day.
You know its just like you know just the most joyous feeling
you could ever comprehend. You know, chilling with your family.
You know just you know just really really feeling,
feeling the moment, with the folks. Ya know really really really just chilling.
It's love. It's love. It's love)

Brain Washers Lyrics - Blackalicious

Tryin' man, I'm tryin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
Where do I go, where do I go?
Tryin' yes, I'm strivin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
How does it go?

Walk to a time when minds was one
Came into creation as itself, mankind was born
Step into the eye of the storm, survive as pawn
Casualties of evil men, slidin' the blinders on

Lies will spawn, hey, are you conscious what side you're on?
Is the total story told or is it they hide you from?
Why are we, on the brink of murderin' more innocent?
Now we slide, we're patriotic and so militant

Get ya ride on, rise on, take a look
They done even takin' righteous laws, rewrote the books
To benefit the prize they got they eyes on
Minds run rampant, to be revealed when the proper time comes
Brain washers

Tryin' man, I'm tryin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
Where do I go, where do I go?
Tryin' yes, I'm strivin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
How does it go?

Brain washers, it's when you think how they wanna think
Speak, how they wanna speak, livin' in defeat
When you don't wanna question what they teach, as the truth
With no proof, with the fear of burnin' in eternal heat

When your programmed not to be your own man, but a sheep
Bein' heard as they word it, so you think it ain't free
When you sleep in a deep sleep, standin' on your feet
When your beat makin' ends meat, raw, thin and they see

Now your labeled obsolete, workin' for relief [Incomprehensible]
In the heat on bare feet, smile, showin' off your teeth
Good grief, it's a [Incomprehensible] how they work it
And they jerk it, while they surf, plus the surf keeps
The [Incomprehensible] underneath the brain washers

Tryin' man, I'm tryin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
Where do I go, where do I go?
Tryin' yes, I'm strivin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
How does it go?

Tryin' man, I'm tryin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
Where do I go, where do I go?
Tryin' yes, I'm strivin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
How does it go?

Tryin' man, I'm tryin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
Where do I go, where do I go?
Tryin' yes, I'm strivin', lies and lies ain't buyin'
How does it go?

{You just keep playin', can you bring that level up in my earphones?
And you bring their level up in my chairs, 'cause I'm playin' with sticks
And I'm drownin' 'em out, so if you can give them more of this
Yeah, you can bring that in even more, bring up}

{Yeah, you guys play
Yeah, that's perfect
Sounds of science
Kool-Aid, Chemistry, Arrow}

Chemical Calisthentics Lyrics - Blackalicious

[Gift of Gab]
I can do anything

Neutron, proton, mass effect, lyrical oxidation, yo irrelevant
Mass spectrograph, your electron volt, atomic energy erupting
As I get all open on betacron, gamma rays thermo cracking
Cyclotron and any and every mic
You're on trans iridium, if you're always uranium
Molecules, spontaneous combustion, pow

Law of de-fi-nite pro-por-tion, gain-ing weight
I'm every element of brown

Lead, gold, tin, iron, platinum, zinc, when I rap you think
Iodine nitrate activate
Red geranium, the only difference is I transmit sound
Balance was unbalanced then you add a little talent and

Careful, careful with those ingredients
They could explode and blow up if you drop then
And they hit the ground

Let it flow, yo, just let it go, get back

C-O-H-O-2 wine water solution of calcium hydroxide
Slobbin it, C-A-O lime will make bleach powder
Galvanic metal beats stomp out louder
Dried ice, C-0 squared refrigerant
N-O-2 makes you laugh, it's laughing gas used by the dentists
I nearly added acid glue, I'm like oil of a toil, the king of chemicals
And the G heat gas waved all your mats
Chemical change, ice point, melt all your raps
Atomic weight, hold shocks, when you call
Refillable gas keep going way beyond
Biotch I'm only ill with buzzin, feel the ambiance
A diabetic process outta calm your ass
After I warm your ass, I'll give sodium, silicate N-O-2-S-1-O-3, a water glass
Borax flexure full of brimstone sulfur
Boraxic acid, hip-hop preserver
C-O-2 could never put away the fire
Style aroma is scientific; the lyrical fuse would be connected
To teach you chemical calisthenics

The Theory is that all matter is composed of at least three fundamental particles
Protons, electrons, neutrons, Protons charge is positive
By now you've guessed electrons are probably negatively charged
Neutrons don't follow either, neutral, in the middle, only no apologies
Centered, unmoved by yin and yang ideology
Neutron, bomb songs, electron fury
Cosmic musical radio-activity
Different points in joints within infinity
Oxygen and hydrogen alive within all types of energy
Within all types of energy
Within all types of energy
Within all types of energy
Within all types of energy, inside a world, inside a world
Inside a universe, inside of me existing although I can't see it

Hydrocarbon, nitrogen cycle, ionization
Heavier than electric motor metals that weigh over a ton
This has been a chemist, Blackalicious creation
Clean out your desk, put your papers away cause class in almost done

This is chemistry plus calisthenics
I'm calcium plus potassium, magnesium, newspaper of sodium, sulfate
Your solvent, chloroform, remedy from the norm
glycerin, purest form Titanium
there is no way out, when this newfy is out
of all arms vibration, forming in a nigga
some bleachin' to teach ya religious is equal to pieces of meteor
Eager to be here or is it, can see here I know all of all
I'ma pickin' up pretty little Cindy
I'm more, I'm thinkin of more,
I'm cookin a potion!

Aural Pleasure Lyrics - Blackalicious

In amidst, of the deep blue abyss, without your love found chance
Energy surround, enhance spirit now Aural Pleasure
In amidst your souls across ropes checking where your mind sun shines
Energy surround your head spinning now aural pleasure

They call me Gab and I rap
And I do my thing and swing it bring it
In my hab-i-tat
Where my vocals stinging even linger
In the back of your neck
Where you feel the tingle lingle ling
You will adapt to your snapping your thumb and finger eagerly
Now since we have to achieve
We must believe believe believe
Into a certain degree
Just like the wheat you need to feed you
Man this circus won't cease
It just eats and eats and eats
Until we serving these beats
In addition to serving MCs
'Till they go berserk and then freeze
Any day of the week I speak through speakers
You can burn with this heat
MCs you freeze to see (the reasons)?
Take your circuits and free ya up
From the he's and she's and needs
Emotion surface to be
Having your search through the abyss Aural Pleasure y'all

In amidst, of the deep blue abyss, without your love found chance
Energy surround, enhance spirit now Aural Pleasure
In amidst your souls across ropes checking where your mind sun shines
Energy surround your head spinning now aural pleasure

Check it out

On the corner of jail, but not a dealer of death
Realer, iller, conceal a feeling, sealing there's nothing left
On the top, on its penicillin, you got wish
It's a oracle, then it seize ya, I'm sure you got lifted
Oceans of rhythm inside a killer go ta death
Coming divine as I reach and travel in the depths
Moving your spirit just like you're walking through a 'X'
Choice of the generation, that come and be the peps
Bubbling all in your cups, don't even follow it up
Nothing to wallow in but the sound that you're gobbling up
Rocking in time until your popping your mommy up
Calling your Aunt, and also your pa, and the swallow the funk
It's just a little something that open your comatose
Stay to living in Babylon, with the spiritually dead ghost
This is recommended, I highly advise a toast
Hopefully it inspires and maybe encourages growth
Aural Pleasure y'all [x5]

In amidst, of the deep blue abyss, without your love found chance
Energy surround, enhance spirit now Aural Pleasure
In amidst your souls across ropes checking where your mind sun shines
Energy surround your head spinning now aural pleasure

Watch out Blazing Arrow

Test 'til it's scarred
Press through the storm
Find who we are, with true desire
For no human being
Quest for your dreams
By any means, endure the fire

PURE
Test and trial
An error destined to endure
Infallible unyielding to the adversary's law
'Cause I graft for the after me
Syntax in a masterpiece burner
Unless your flame's life surpasses eternal
You couldn't swing it if you had a pendulum strapped to your sternum
I am the sun
One with the son of man righteousness
Won't be defeated by the underhand faceless
Hands in the presence of greatness
I'll teach you how to backstroke
With cinder block bracelets
Dark paddling kicking in the quick sand no aces
Constance under pressure
Test how true your faith is FAITH

You wanna see my face, connect the stars
Passion birth right RAW
Hide electric Gibson guitars
Spark cohibra cigars
African Tsars
From the call
Think fast like Ramadan
I'm beyond the book of Ramah ad
Nigeria Phenomenon
A bbo
Dot to dot
I am the might of common law
Kum Bay ya
Chronicle
Got the run of flow
Jungles beside a hole
Songs that a side atold Geronimo platoon
Undergrounds a phat
I tousle now swallow slow
Let my fire killer higher
Hell a soul
Floss you with barbwire coils
Anoints with Allah bills
Cause royal karma's close
And can't wait (And can't wait)
God's be ghost
Waving a burning spear
I am Faith I am Faith I am Faith

Passion Lyrics - Blackalicious (feat. Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples))

[Cuts by Chief Xcel and DJ Babu]

An open microphone can be dangerous
Let's tune in on two of the greatest MCs out there

[Chorus]
[Rakaa, Gift of Gab]

Passion
The will to win, the spark within
Passion
The strength within the hearts of men
Passion
The drive to press, to strive for best, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion
To play through pain and love the game
Passion
To break the chain and blaze the flame
Passion
The fight for rights to love your life, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion

[Rakaa]
Propaganda, positive propositions
Politician, musician and a triple optician
Still part of my missions to slaughter the opposition
Critics that don't get it, I tell 'em to stop bitchin'
I do without blacks, I've done it without cash
Strictly for the love of the art - that's passion
Flashin', rappin' or jammin' or soundblastin'
When Quannum meets Expansion, this is what happens

[Gift of Gab]
Runnin' through the jungle with a flare gun
Arrow-arms, zoning out my mind
Like I was hooked on hero-ine
Take the fire, turn it up and blaze whole forest down
Pullin from within' the inner insane warrior
California to the District of Columbia
Hella high octane, lookin' through a lazy eye
All ablaze, fire, flames, lightin' up the sky
Runnin' through the burnin' sun, yellin'
Ride, nigga ride, nigga ride..

[Chorus]
[Rakaa, Gift of Gab]

Passion
The will to win, the spark within
Passion
The strength within the hearts of men
Passion
The drive to press, to strive for best, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion
To play through pain and love the game
Passion
To break the chain and blaze the flame
Passion
The fight for rights to love your life, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion

[Rakaa]
Desire, the fire that inspires
I don't state facts, I state buildings, like empires
Passion
The journey, the learnin', the time-turnin'
The searchin', the mind yearnin' to wake and find morning
Passion
The ladies they love the long-lasting
Asking for action, braced for satisfaction

[Gift of Gab]
Passion
The black-skinned African jazz-men of the half in Aspen
Relaxed, gettin' my back rubbed

[Rakaa]
I'm still here, I've seen cats get killed here
I've seen cats make a mil but millionaires still fear
You can buy airplanes but you can't buy cheers
Blackalicious, Dilated, vibratin' your ears

[Gift of Gab]
Sent vibrations for years, I've been waiting for years
I've been patient for years, we ain't playin' this year
We hold stake in this here, it ain't safe for this year
We in the zone watch next level, takin' it there, this is

[Chorus]
[Rakaa, Gift of Gab]

Passion
The will to win, the spark within
Passion
The strength within the hearts of men
Passion
The drive to press, to strive for best, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion
To play through pain and love the game
Passion
To break the chain and blaze the flame
Passion
The fight for rights to love your life, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion

Babu!
Let's listen to this recipe for-
Chief Xcel-
The most astonishing-
Soul-
New seeds of wisdom, craft, and skill
(Check it out, y'all)
Listen now, to this classic moment from-
DJ's, around the world, DJ's around the world

[Gift of Gab]
Had a rough week, it got beat by passion
Saddled up, tweaked off a beat, started mashin'
Matador Rica, the heat from the heater
In her world, dwellin', hear the world
Yellin' for a leader

[Rakaa]
I don't bother with the dealers, I take it to the lab
It's Rakaa chillin' with Babs, Xcel, Gift of Gab
I grab mics and fans gravitate, I can't waste it
My whole life, I wanted it so bad, I could taste it

[Chorus]
[Rakaa, Gift of Gab]

Passion
The will to win, the spark within
Passion
The strength within the hearts of men
Passion
The drive to press, to strive for best, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion
To play through pain and love the game
Passion
To break the chain and blaze the flame
Passion
The fight for rights to love your life, to rise
You've just arrived the quest is driven through
Passion

Purest Love Lyrics - Blackalicious

One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing
One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing

Was born in a small town [Incomprehensible] California
Where them gangstas bang ghetto life thuggin' on the corner
Youngest child of six when I came pops split with momma
Used to visit on the weekends, till he moved to the north side of Cali

14 he died, 15 my mom's died
Alcoholic diabetic forces were my life too
Moved with my older brother taught me discipline
But I wasn't ready though still shocked and holding pain in

So I skipped school got F's got the posters on my wall
Takin' down no TV times I felt like y'all ain't want me around
Set up in my room developing the mind of a loner
Writin' rhymes rappin' out my days instead of homework

Through it all my three sisters placed the place like one time
As I was like this rap thing is gonna pay I know that I was triflin'
But still set in my ways livin' for better days
Until I die I'm startin' if I'm broke or with that cheddar check

One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing
One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing

Purest purest
Purest purest
Purest purest
Purest purest

The two realest cats I know?
My two older brothers
The most beautiful woman in the galaxy?
My mother

The strongest black women raising kids alone?
My sisters
The best part of my future
Is my present love interest

The most important time
Right now and ever after
The greatest expression
Is love, happiness and laughter
See life is a book and this song is just another chapter
I'll stay down to earth and real if you speak I'll speak back

I'm not a preacher or a scholar I'm merely just a rapper
I probably don't fit in to the current state of
What you consider that to be, so you ask how can I rap
If I ain't thugged out, pimpin', flossin' my ice, packin' a gat

Man if this is what I got, I want dough I can't lie
But never sell my soul 'n front inside mainstream's eyes
The purest love is how I'm driven, sent and reach for my goals
If nothing else I'll leave the world some songs that speak from the soul

One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing
One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing

One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing
One precious love so good to me
One precious love the purest thing