Scales of a Broken Libra DELUXE EDITION

by DEF davyne

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The culmination of DEF davyne's 13+ years in the Northwest hip-hop scene. A melodic combination of harmony, imagery, rhyme-form, wordplay and deep messages.

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released 22 November 2012

Production by: Sinima, J Gramm, Young Dec, Mister KA, DJ Shaw T, Hollywood Legend Pro, Wizard's Magic, Mr. Flamez, Lucky Beatz and Caddy Beats

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Track Name: Intro
The eternal struggle, between good and evil, is nothing new…
Every mans conscience, reminds him of the difference, between right and wrong
The decision of life, or death, is an easy one… but not everything, is black, and white…
And to the brown man, who wears a blindfold, what is day or night, dark, or light…
Like every Libra before him, he relies on his scales for balance… For he knows, that one can not exist without the other… there is no sweet, without the bitter.. or joy without the pain..
But what happens when that man tires from having the weight of the world on his shoulders…
When he loses all faith, and his moral compass becomes askew, to the point he doesn’t know what’s a lie, and what is true… When his wounds leave him open… and his conscience becomes broken…. These, are the scales, of a broken Libra….

Can’t, blame it on my scales I know it’s me that’s broke
But still I’m plotting on the daily to achieve my goals
Tell me what’s it really means if I can feed my folks
But I can’t be there, for those, that mean the most
In my thirst for knowledge, I been keeping notes
And I’ve found this industry is fulla thieves and clones
2012, shit’s real, time to cease the jokes
Is my soul really sold, like a demon hoax
5 years off the pipe, no more weed to smoke
When amongst warlords inner peace provokes
Never worried bout the cost, all they see is gross
More than meat and bones, I’ma beast with clothes
Making magic out of tragedy with beats and flows
Most teach they peeps, but me I seek the globe
Too many to count competitors all fall like leaves in groves
Chicks come begging to make cum skeet and moan
Tryna see me on my back, knee deep in hoes
But I know better, than to let em, beneath my robe
So I chose, to be alone, free from foes
Now I’m cold, can’t even, find a decent coat
And I’m falling so quick, I need a rope
Praying to keep my family alive and release my locs
And for the families of their victims increase their hopes
So that’s the message I’ma preach, til I reach the pope

2 scales, balanced perfectly I’m in between
One, is the underground, the other, is the industry
Evaluating numbers studying statistically
But deep inside my hearts saying, think realistically
Money, fame, drugs and hoes no this isn’t me
All I need is trust and respect to live simply
My evil side is saying fuck it, you’re a living king
All while the better half of me, humbly disagrees
Painting mental pictures with metaphorical similes
Knowing if I lay with dogs, I’ll wake up with some fleas
And there’s no way to shake the rats when it comes to getting cheese
Temptation in its finest form, still is a tease
My flesh is weak, so weak like I got syphilis
So every night I pray, right after I hit my knees
If I die tonight, at least, let me rest in peace
As I pick up my pistol and let the trigger squeeze
Track Name: Chamomile Tea {Deluxe Edition Only}
Shhh…

While they sleep I’m creeping
While they sleep I creep
While they sleep I’m creeping
While they sleeping I creep in
Peep it…

I’m... Doing things and moving improving my dreams all while ya snoozing
Slipping into a slumber, neva ta make up, wake up wonder why ya losing
Choosing, to refuse the illusion, and follow my own conclusion
Keepin the game on lock like an institution, that’s there’s my solution
No substitution, my competition a sad delusion
This rap pollution, got me sicker, than a bad contusion
Beat beat beat it up, I’m bruising, eardrums bump bddd ump while cruising
Neva ta loosen up my laces, game tight… who’s in?

Niggaz sleeping on me like Chamomile tea
Tryna front like I won’t make it, but, damn it, we’ll see
Police chasing after me and I’m and I’m guilty
Cuz I been killing beats, since the 19-90’s
Niggaz sleeping on me like Chamomile tea
Tryna front like I won’t make it, but, damn it, we’ll see
Steadily headed for the top like I got a magical bean
With my team, doing the same thing, they right behind me

The industry be sleeping on me, posturpedic
But every level in this game, I done got completed
My lyrics always posted, but did they stop and read it
Got her heated, déjà vu my nina thinking bout shots repeated
My flow be phat, fatter than most, ya’ll close but ya’ll bulimic
More than weak, your defeat, would be cheap like a cheat, cuz I bleed and ya’ll anemic
Scheming like a demon I’m creeping on da come up while ya’ll sleeping
You don’t want beef, betta stick to chamomile tea and dreaming

Niggaz sleeping on me like Chamomile tea
Tryna front like I won’t make it, but, damn it, we’ll see
Police chasing after me and I’m and I’m guilty
Cuz I been killing beats, since the 19-90’s
Niggaz sleeping on me like Chamomile tea
Tryna front like I won’t make it, but, damn it, we’ll see
Steadily headed for the top like I got a magical bean
With my team, doing the same thing, they right behind me

DEF davyne Stayin hot, like a fever
Always on the grind Worth more than ya Visa
Listen to the rhyme Shaking haters like a seizure
Look at how I shine With more stripes than a zebra
Kill em with every line Smoking foes like they reefer
You don’t wanna feel the nine Betta watch how you treat us
All up in my prime Turning critics to believers
These are the, broken, Scales of a, Libra

Niggaz sleeping on me like Chamomile tea
Tryna front like I won’t make it, but, damn it, we’ll see
Police chasing after me and I’m and I’m guilty
Cuz I been killing beats, since the 19-90’s
Niggaz sleeping on me like Chamomile tea
Tryna front like I won’t make it, but, damn it, we’ll see
Steadily headed for the top like I got a magical bean
With my team, doing the same thing, they right behind me

While they sleep I’m creeping
While they sleep I creep
While they sleep I’m creeping
While they sleeping I creep in
Peep it…

DEF davyne Stayin hot, like a fever
Always on the grind Worth more than ya Visa
Listen to the rhyme Shaking haters like a seizure
Look at how I shine With more stripes than a zebra
Kill em with every line Smoking foes like they reefer
You don’t wanna feel the nine Betta watch how you treat us
All up in my prime Turning critics to believers
These are the, broken, Scales of a, Libra
Track Name: Game of Thrones
Trying hard to make it, trying even harder, not to cry
Still they have the nerve to wonder why I gotta lie
Stupid questions getting answered with an odd reply
If I told ‘em how I really felt they’d wanna die

They call em white lies, I call it I’m nice
Sumthin like a pussy, in a room fulla blind mice
I got ya’ll scratching ya head, like when you find lice
Wondering what’s behind my eyes, the prize of living with shining lights
Call me a liar and I’ll tell you that you speak the truth
Giving myself away on a daily basis how I feed the youth
The hungriest rapper alive, if you need the proof
Invite me, up in ya studio, watch me, eat ya booth

Welcome to His kingdom, this is the game of thrones
Where fans coach, coaches play, and playaz own
If you wanna stay on top, you gotta stay alone
No matter how far you make it though… make sure you, make it home

Beautiful, but in the mirror, you feel like a monsta
Cuz Karma’s deep inside ya conscience and she haunts ya
Gotsta, let go of the feelings that you foster
Cast them demons out ya body like imposters
Lose it in the music you can use it as ya mantra
Before you end up in a Band, called Contra
Before your neighbors, hear a noise and call the cops up
And find you hanging, like the dreads on a rasta
The cost of, taking shots of, pure adrenaline
Fucking up ya children like the waste, out in Kettleman
Home it isn’t always the place, that you have settled in
The Devil grins every time that the rebels win
You cannot let em in, armor up like metal skin
Don’t let em fade you, like hair, when it’s getting trimmed
From Desitin, till they sing your final destined hymn
Just remember DEF davyne is Des, and Desmond’s him

Trying hard to make it, trying even harder, not to cry
Still they have the nerve to wonder why I gotta lie
Stupid questions getting answered with an odd reply
If I told ‘em how I really felt they’d wanna die
If I really spoke my mind I’d leave they feelings hurt
So I just smile and nod, and reveal a smirk
Throwing up in my mouth, when I hear their work
Call me fake, I’m simply trying to conceal a jerk
Strong minded, wishing my soul, it wasn’t weak
The pinnacle of pain, everyday I touch the peak
Tryna be like Jesus Christ, just as meek
But they disrespecting both my ears and my other cheek

Welcome to His kingdom, this is the game of thrones
Where fans coach, coaches play, and playaz own
If you wanna stay on top, you gotta stay alone
No matter how far you make it though… make sure you, make it home

They say the only thing to fear, is fear itself
So I stay in motion, grinding, geared for wealth
Happiness it can’t be bought, it’s nowhere near a shelf
But ask Magic, no magic, money cured his health
Money Talks, don’t you know, Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen
What’s the point of working though without a little partying
I swear my mind is dirty, but at least my heart is clean
Sleeping with 1 eye open, makes it hard to dream
Only worried cuz of my consequences, not your harmless team
I roll with renegades, who’ve all mastered the art of mean
I’m an Emerald City Solider, part regime
We ain’t just from this city nigga, we are Eugene
Coming for ya place, like when housing lenders stop ya loan
Put it on the auction block, then I got ya home
Here to remind you industry cats, that you are not alone
I’m the reason ‘Ye and Jay, gotta watch the throne

My music motivates, those who already have ambition
The rest be sitting on they ass cuz they can’t stand to pitch in
Even when I’m dreaming, I still be having visions
Cataclysmic systems, arisen for those who practice bitching
Walking what I talk, getto pastor, I’ma rapper Christian
Praying to my maker, Lord, send me someone to match my rhythm
Blessed with these words, I been following the path I’m given
Welcome to my class, I’m doing the work, your only task is listen

Still they try, and act like
DEF davyne, don’t rap tight
I got no shine, dead flashlight
I ain’t killing these rhymes, is that right
They’d rather I go back to banging, rappin bout trap life
I’m gaining from the rain and coming up like stalagmites
Still they’d rather see me hangin like stalactites
Pain held in vain… every time I act nice
Track Name: Flight School
Don’t know where I’ll be landing
If I can even fly
But I have too much passion
To try to keep inside
I know that I’m not perfect
But everyday I try
Bet you gon’ see me working
Till the day that I die

DEF davyne did my time why I claim boss
I keep my mind refined, full of great thoughts
Searching for Christ, in denial like I ain’t lost
Down to die for my cause on the same cross
Knowing that a couple friends, it may cost
Haters still in my grill like face wash
They don’t want beef, like teeth when ya can't floss
Rolling stone, only way known, to shake moss
Dreams so deep, when I sleep, I get brain loss
Still I shine though, similar to paint gloss
Or a whip, with a lil bit of faint frost
Full speed ahead, like when ya breaks stop
No bench, I’ma ball, and make shots
My time is overdue, like a late watch
Feeling like a slave enraged about to break locks
Sitting on the runway, about ta take off

Don’t know where I’ll be landing
If I can even fly
But I have too much passion
To try to keep inside
I know that I’m not perfect
But everyday I try
Bet you gon’ see me working
Till the day that I die

{I} Been around the block, like a bike lane
Fuck a G6, been fly like a biplane
Behind the mask of my {w}raps, I’m plain
I stay hungry, like the diet of a rice grain
Independent rapper, like Tech N9ne, quite Strange
Knowing that I’m Abel but I’m not willing to fight Kane
Same old dude, with a whole new mindframe
DEF davyne, tryna live up to Christ’s name
I don’t wanna Die, but life, is like a Dice game
Looking at what’s Left, wondering if I’m doing the Right thang
Knowing this way of thinking’s not tite like a tight chain
But I’m busy making Dollars, so why Change
Nice gain, battling my conscious, migraine
Morals staying in my line of sight like a bright stain
Scope of my vision you couldn’t see it with a wide frame
See, my pain, go blind, from the eyestrain
Just a man, regardless of what I might claim
Under, the weather, standing in the ice rain
Feeling played out, kinda like a trite saying
Rappin with a passion, I don’t even like fame
No satisfaction, I’m crashing mind drained
Feet dragging, the action, of my brain
Falling off the wagon, hoppin on the Night train
Still I got the soul of an angel with fly aim

Don’t know where I’ll be landing
If I can even fly
But I have too much passion
To try to keep inside
I know that I’m not perfect
But everyday I try
Bet you gon’ see me working
Till the day that I die x2
Track Name: Conspiracy
Neva been a slave, my mind, and body, clear and free
Still I grab a mic, and go to work, wheneva I hear a beat
Knowing information’s not always what it appears to be
And neither am I….. but still they try to mirror me
They say it’s hearsay, I say it’s heresy
In the name of Jah, I continue on fearlessly
But fear is deep, cuz Satan knows his posse’s near defeat
Proly why I share the truth, and they call it conspiracy

Drones, flying over, clones, coming in our homes
Thinking kill or be killed, cuz it’s in our chromosomes
On a quest to be defiant, they’re all giants, we’re just gnomes
Leading us in, to nuclear battle, and supplying us all with stones
It’s the game of thrones, on ya TV, in ya headphones
1% blowup, 99% get blown
All up in ya grill when you wanna get left ‘lone
And, when you actually need ‘em, they ghost, they get gone
Ain’t no TANIF, ain’t no WIC, ain’t no SNAP, ain’t no FEMA
Just a club fulla tricks, and trap fulla dealers
Materialism’s, been around since “My ADIDAS”
And we act, like slaves, so slaves, is how they treat us
Most don’t wanna hear the truth, cuz it’s too hard to handle
They were happy in the dark, barely lit like a candle
Rather hear ‘bout celebrities, than ‘bout government scandals
In the Garden of Eden, teeth in the forbidden apple

Neva been a slave, my mind, and body, clear and free
Still I grab a mic, and go to work, wheneva I hear a beat
Knowing information’s not always what it appears to be
And neither am I….. but still they try to mirror me
They say it’s hearsay, I say it’s heresy
In the name of Jah, I continue on fearlessly
But fear is deep, cuz Satan knows his posse’s near defeat
Proly why I share the truth, and they call it conspiracy

Beefing with eachother, we just cattle in the slaughterhouse
They using drugs, to suppress, all the thoughts aroused
They pound our will away, till all we got’s an ounce
Blood sweat and tears for years, no wonder these authors drown
Tryna feed my family, not in it, for ooohs ahhs and wows
Made a little green, I once was yellow, now I’m stopping doubts
Expect the heartless to gather, whenever a profit counts
Big Brother’s been watching us, ever since the Holy Father bounced
Ya they’re mighty, but our record’s Epic like we Modest mouse
They keep us high, thinking we fly, cuz we lost in clouds
They give us sexy vixens, when all we want’s a spouse
Carrying round a guilty conscience, like we forgot our vows
They should carry round a mirror, so they can watch their mouths
Babies talking, children walking, concert full of jocking crowds
Pop music, killing the industry literal popping sounds
Something like a pharaoh, slaves’ll never reach a common ground

Neva been a slave, my mind, and body, clear and free
Still I grab a mic, and go to work, wheneva I hear a beat
Knowing information’s not always what it appears to be
And neither am I….. but still they try to mirror me
They say it’s hearsay, I say it’s heresy
In the name of Jah, I continue on fearlessly
But fear is deep, cuz Satan knows his posse’s near defeat
Proly why I share the truth, and they call it conspiracy

The thirst for power leaves the masses as dry as the desert
The average citizen is no match to the minds of the clever
With the might of a scepter, sitting higher than ever
On a pyramid looking down like the flight of the zephyr
Those who fight back, get out casted like the plight of a leper
Going blind from the effort, now that’s a sight to remember
Hard to swallow the price, like the insides of a pepper
But one that’s based on reality, that’s the life I endeavor

Neva been a slave, my mind, and body, clear and free
Still I grab a mic, and go to work, wheneva I hear a beat
Knowing information’s not always what it appears to be
And neither am I….. but still they try to mirror me
They say it’s hearsay, I say it’s heresy
In the name of Jah, I continue on fearlessly
But fear is deep, cuz Satan knows his posse’s near defeat
Proly why I share the truth, and they call it conspiracy
Track Name: Answers
So many questions, number 1
Who’s Desmond, just a son
Wisdom of a father, part brother
Good friend, with the heart of a lover
Who, will I be, when it’s all, said and done
Is it, all work and, no fun
So few like me, none other
DEF davyne, all alone I suffer
What’s my purpose, why am I here
Tryna succeed, but what do I fear
Do I have what it takes to evade the snakes
And if I end up on the wrong path, pump my brakes
Look at my age, did I wait too long
Can I still save face, when my grace is gone
When they hear my rap, will it make em strong
Do they even understand what I’m saying in my songs
When its time to go, what will I leave behind
Will it help them see, will it make them blind
Will it keep em down, or elevate their mind
Will it grind em up, or will it help em grind
When they listen to my music will it leave em crying
Give em faith and, keep em from a life of crime
Will I die a martyr, will they build a shrine
Answers, what I’m on a search to find

Between lines, I look for answers
In class I shine, with my hand up
So ready, to run it, like a panther
But guilt, is deadly, like cancer
Duck tape on my mouth, no ransom
What I wanna say is ugly, not handsome
Who I really am, go ahead and ask em
Everybody tryna give me tips, like a dancer
Tryna elevate, so many fellows hate
Drama escalates, and accelerates
The more real you are, the more they hella fake
Gone when you working, but they there when you celebrate
Good God ya’ll got my headfull
Looking for wings, I’m bout settle for a RedBull
Heart beat, like the rhythm of techno
Tryna flow, bout to lose my tempo
Searching for peace, like a monk in a temple
Low like bass, tryna reach that treble
Feeling like I gotta get high, to get level
Heck no, that ain’t my m.o.
Modus operandi, nope no plan B
Only Grammy I know is my family
My kids, they both be half me
Only goal, is to see them happy

I’ma follow every feeling dat be breaking out my body
When I wake up from this slumber I’ma shake Illuminati
All eyes on me like I’m naked at a party
Almost 30 now, tell me will I make it till I’m 40
Can I live with the rain when my days ain’t sunny
Will I give in to the pain, stand still let it run me
Can I make a big change, and a lil bitta money
Cuz I’m in it for the gain, but the game ain’t funny
SMH, no LOL
Tales of a Libra, scales so frail
Looking for heaven, but know hell so well
Record deal can’t help or heal my ail
Or hide what I hold inside beneath
Time to release these tears and grief
Looking for relief underneath when I leave
Knowing in the end I’ma still believe
Track Name: Scales of a Broken Libra with Vanessa Reimer
Mind molded, attracting track synergy
Rhymes loaded with rap passionate energy
Lines quoted with fact-enhanced imagery
Blindfolded, the black statue of liberty

Waka walk in my shoes, lil homey from the Poc
I was Section 8 raised, how you know we been broke
Just a nerd with my words, tryna grow up with the locs
Tryna pull the gangsta out me, had to hold it like a rope
Moving every 9 months, like a baby out the womb
Tryna sweep me under the rug, but couldn’t shake me out the broom
With my headphones on, tryna take me out me my room
I’ll be married to my music, till the day that I’ma groom
When my daddy left home, momma moved us from the hood
And I couldn’t hate her for it, she was doing it for good
But Cali was still inside me, like a moose up in the woods
And it’s hard to have a happy home when you misunderstood
Still I did what I gotta, moved out, 16
20 dollars to my name, but I had big dreams
Captain of my own ship, even if my ship sinks
I’ll be in it, till I’m finished, and that fat, bitch sings
{Bitch sing…}

“These are the scales of…
A broken Libra”

Nearly 30 years old, ain’t a damn thang changed
Tryna run from my problems like a track meet game
But my knees hurt from praying, and my ham string’s strained
Probably why I gave my baby boy an athlete’s name
Old skool, game genie, but I can’t cheat pain
Feeling Backstreet lame, with Blackstreet fame
Claustrophobic yet euphoric like a back seat bang
Still I do what I do, cuz my fans need, flamez
So I spit it like a dragon, while my chest steady burns
Got a smile on my face, but the rest of me squirms
Bout ta give up, Des is done, now it’s Destiny’s turn
I can hear my teachers talking bout me: “Desmond, he learns!”
But a day, in the Bible’s, the lifetime of a man
"And he’s close so close, to rising like we planned"
"No light, without dark, the price, he understands"
Scales heavy, with the devil and Christ in one hand

“These are the scales of…
A broken Libra”

Mind molded, attracting track synergy
Rhymes loaded with rap passionate energy
Lines quoted with fact-enhanced imagery
Blindfolded, the black statue of liberty x2
Track Name: One Chance {Deluxe Edition Only}
What up girl, can we talk about last week
Can’t breathe since ya left, can’t speak
You been running thru my mind like a track meet
You give me drive, like I’ve never seen a back seat
Ya I been around the block, like a side walk
But still you make me choke, everytime I try’n talk
You so, …fine… ...hot
Fire, everything I desire, I’m a liar, not
I know you cry a lot, from what you been thru
Cuz it’s a cold game, shame, what some men do
But my lyrics are honest and my pen’s true
Still I apologize, If I offend you
But I can’t hide, feelings dat I keep inside
When I go to sleep, you’re the one I see at night
I just think of ur smile, when I need some light
And if you give me the chance, I would beat it right
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All I need is one chance
Ima show you x3

I’m the one to go to
Come on baby roll thru
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Everytime you come around, I git a grin
I’ma kid again, young and innocent
Other niggaz tryna get between us, they just middle men
Other chicks, all up on my tip, I’m dissing them
Everytime you come around, I git a grin
I’ma kid again, young and innocent
You make me wanna act bad no discipline
So tell me what we are, is it more, or is it friends
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I wanna climb a mountain top, just ta yell it loud
“I found what I been looking for, and I’m hella proud!”
You make my heart skip a beat, gotta mellow out
Ex just sent me a text, she said she jealous now
Cuz she a dime, but ur a 12 like a timepiece
The only girl, dat belong, between my sheets
Wanna be committed to you, like a signed lease
Cuz I’m feeling you, like how the blind see
A rhyme beast, and you’re the beauty ta tame me
I should call you Belle, now sing like Do-Rae-Mi
Crazy to move this fast… maybe
But look in the mirror, tell me baby can you blame me
Way deep, I’m falling, like we just tripped
Stomach in a knot, got me feeling like I was sick
Got a brotha with game, thinking bout one chick
And if you give me the chance, I’ll make you come quick
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All I need is one chance
Ima show you x3

I’m the one to go to
Come on baby roll thru
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Everytime you come around, I git a grin
I’ma kid again, young and innocent
Other niggaz tryna get between us, they just middle men
Other chicks, all up on my tip, I’m dissing them
Everytime you come around, I git a grin
I’ma kid again, young and innocent
You make me wanna act bad no discipline
So tell me what we are, is it more, or is it friends
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Tell me why, I feel high, when you text me
Sexy, but it’s more than that, let’s see
I think I need a therapist, or an MD
Tryna get you off of mind, but I’m empty
You fill my thoughts up, staying in my head
Day dreaming of your naked body, laying in my bed
Turn you over, hair hanging off the edge
You got me falling, girl I’m way up off the ledge
No comparison, them other women don’t exist
Hard to hold in bliss, gotta let you know I miss
The feeling that u give me got me giddy bet they notice this
They way I stare at ya lips, that I hope to kiss
The way I hold ya hips, and pull you close ta me
You feel the same way, hopefully
Thinking of the beautiful us, that we can grow to be
Who’s the man of ya dreams, you know it’s me
Track Name: Body Language
Lets take it easy, smooth like an interlude
Wanna enter you, but first, let you know I’m into you
Romeo and Juliet style, familes in a feud
Tryna see inside you, before I see you in the nude
Friends till the very end, huh? Baby git a clue
Wanna see you happy, even if its with a different dude
I see you smiling when you with him, but is it true
Look a little deeper, in the mirror, let me switch ya view
I love you for the way you act, not the way you look
If I could tell you all the ways dat you got me hooked
Not just a single rap, I’d have ta make a book
I just wanna steal his place, I am not a crook
If I was ya man, I be damned, if he came along
So I can’t hate him, if he hate me for making us strong
Tell the truth though, if what I’m sayings wrong
Then why you listening to this… change the song

First I get inside your head
Then we slide right in to bed
Let a love story be read
From what our body language said

Hello baby, yup, I’m still here
Waiting patiently knowing my times real near
I wanna be the one to wipe away ya spilled tears
Let me give birth to trust, and kill fear
I ain’t asking you to cheat, I respect that
You gotta man, but damn I can’t accept that
You really happy, I could make you happy bet that
And if you gave me your heart, I would protect that
Let you do ya thang, love you, for who you are
On another level, together we move the bar
You’re a shooting star, keep me bright thru the dark
Cupid shot an arrow with ya name right thru my heart
Call me over zealous, and maybe just a lil jealous
Talk shit, get hit, how I deal with fellows
But this a love story, something like Cinderella's
And we gon have a happy ending, fuck what they tell us

First I get inside your head
Then we slide right in to bed
Let a love story be read
From what our body language said
Track Name: Better Day with Stefano Moses
Baby you’s a queen I’m just being honest ait
Call em how I see em, per diem, you the Goddess type
You gotta man, but realistically, he not as tight
So cold, no emotion, like a Troglodyte
Used ta make love to ya, now he just wanna fight
Tryna tell ya how to live, but not Father like
Used ta be cute, now he vicious, Koala bite
I know this song, ain’t wrong, cuz my thoughts are right
You fell for him like the sun on an autumn night
Then the bright, got dark, and ya lost ya sight
I ain’t tryna gas you up, no need to follow hype
But fuck, dat, nigga, no sodomite
He got you down, let me help you reach a taller height
You wanna getaway, no need to hop a flight
So fly, the moon, it couldn’t block ya light
I’d give it all up for you, baby I’d drop da mic
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What up lil homey, I can tell you’ve had enough
You ain’t even gotta say it, damn its rough
Got ya pulling out ya hair, like a damaged brush
Bout ta jump off a bridge, just ta catch a rush
All in, odds are against ya, tryna match a flush
Feeling like a volcano bout ta blow, and erupt
You don’t wanna run, tryna knock it out, batter up
Hard to pick yourself up though when ya hands are cuffed
Judge asks you how you feel, and you can not bluff
You just wanna relax and maybe crack a Duff
Invite a female over, and share a glass of blush
But life is killing ya slowly like a can of snuff
Tryna keep a smile low profile man its tough
Everybody hatin, you just wanna show the planet love
Just like the fountain of life, when you don’t have a cup
Play this song, when you feeling like ya plans are crushed
Track Name: My Brother
You fucked me over, on more occasion than one
But you were my brother, so I ain’t hating ya none
And now you’re all grown up, you even got your own son
I pray you heard what I told ya, when its all over and done…

Momma always working, daddy gone, went away
I still remember like it all happened yesterday
Just kids, no concept of getting paid
But still we went to sleep, dreaming of a better day
I was 10, guess that would of made you 5
My baby brother, for you I woulda gave my life
Momma taking us to church, in the name of Christ
But I was the only one, there for you day and night
How’s a child supposed to raise a baby
Still I tried everyday thinking maybe
We could drown out, everything they say
But I had my own problems, goin crazy
All I knew, together we had a better chance
Looking back, I laugh, at my pathetic plans
Tryna pick you up and carry you in little Desmond’s hands
But just look at us now… I don’t regret it man

You fucked me over, on more occasion than one
But you were my brother, so I ain’t hating ya none
And now you’re all grown up, you even got your own son
I pray you heard what I told ya, when its all over and done…

How many times the cops they came knocking
Thieves, and fiends, in my house, you let em walk in
You never changed, no amount of talking
Still I prayed, Lord, keep him out a coffin
When you went away, I thought about you often
Sometimes I felt we were cursed like we could not win
Then you came back, still, going all in
Pullin licks, coming home with an odd grin
I still remember that day, you said “I shot him”
Pale face, eyes white like Hopsin
The look of desperation, no option
You couldn’t hide ya pain, like raw skin
So many times, when you couldn’t, I cried for ya
And when the police came around I lied for ya
You the only, one I believe that say I’d ride for ya
That’s why I love ya, baby brother, I would die for ya

You fucked me over, on more occasion than one
But you were my brother, so I ain’t hating ya none
And now you’re all grown up, you even got your own son
I pray you heard what I told ya, when its all over and done…

The other night I fell asleep, in deep thought
Thinking about our blessings, and everything we got
The type of game you can’t buy, gotta be taught
Cradles on the bough, now we sitting on the tree top
Look how far we’ve come, look look how much we grown up
We both fathers, with kids, that we can show love
Most of, the people in our life all know what
We be killing this game, about to blow up
They don’t know our past though, who we are
The pain inflicted by you that left me scarred
The strength you give me, when this life of mine seems hard
Keeping each other focused on our vision we can see far
Family is forever, like the ink on ya arm
Gotta go thru me if they bringing you harm
Tell em ring the alarm, cuz the Ford’s are back
Put my soul on the track, this is more than rap

You fucked me over, on more occasion than one
But you were my brother, so I ain’t hating ya none
And now you’re all grown up, you even got your own son
I pray you heard what I told ya, when its all over and done… x2
Track Name: Dear Momma
Dear momma, I love you so
I wrote this song, just so you would know
How much I miss you, every time you go
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for helping me grow

Now I ain’t gon lie bout our family portrait and claim it’s perfect
But you were the one to wipe away my tears and make it worth it
You taught me bout respect, and all the ways to earn it
And how to stay away from haters cuz anger’s allergic
You told me only God can judge and say if they deserve it
Cuz they can trick a man, but in the end, can’t change the verdict
I know this life’s been a test, ever since the ancient serpent
So when I say I’m hurting, I mean the pain is working
I know you pray I follow you, and all of my brothers bring ‘em
Cuz we so lost without our faith amidst a world of demons
Sex, drugs and gangsta rap, temptation so deceiving
Dreaming up on stage I’m singing, signing a record agreement
But if I sell my soul will I gain achievement or bereavement
All I know I’m so tired from working barley breaking even
Even when I saw my faith in Jesus, getting up and leaving
You always stayed and gave me something to believe in

Dear momma, I love you so
I wrote this song, just so you would know
How much I miss you, every time you go
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for helping me grow

Not just my momma but my friend you’re Sarah Kae to me
You showed me DEF when all the rest taught ABC’s
You told me sin it costs dearly, but faith is free
And living for a higher purpose, only way to be
Leading by example not just told us, you showed us
Remaining optimistic, when it all seemed so hopeless
Rapping was my passion, no hate, you helped me focus
And made me feel like every song it was my magnum opus
Though you were still learning yourself, you laced me with your wisdom
Gave me the tools, to not be a victim of Satan’s wicked system
Cuz this the world we gotta live in, until Christ has risen
You taught me life with sin, is no better than life in prison
I really tried to listen, even when I had my doubt
Cuz I knew it killed you everytime my brothers acted out
Sometimes I felt neglected, taking the passive route
Funny, how a woman’s the one that, showed me what being a man’s about

Dear momma, I love you so
I wrote this song, just so you would know
How much I miss you, every time you go
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for helping me grow

When it’s your time to go, momma I swear I won’t be grieving
Cuz I know Jehovah holds a place for you up in his kingdom x4

Dear momma, I love you so
I wrote this song, just so you would know
How much I miss you, every time you go
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for helping me grow

2PAC {outro}
Track Name: Like Father Like Son
Come, journey back with me, when a brother was 10 years young
I was strong in my fathers shadow, never would let fear come
But, then I was blindsided, feeling deaf near dumb
All I could do was die inside, couldn’t even let tears run
{My} heart is frozen, the reason, I’d rather chill all alone
Plus it’s hard to fake a smile with what I conceal in my dome
I just wanna runaway, but go no will to go on
Cuz this house that I live in, doesn’t feel like a home
I was left in the cold with no weapon to hold
Tryna get up and go, get get with da flow
With a lesson to grow, feeling less than below
With a mess in control, can’t rest any more
Gotta be a man, barely even a teen
Tryna reach all the plans that I see in my dreams
Family, but right now, we don’t even seem like a team
Attempted suicide, popped, a whole box of pills
Didn’t really wanna die, I just didn’t wanna feel
Like a test, had to see, do I really got the will
Hoping maybe daddy would come back if he knew I was falling ill
Life envisioned through depression, it was not as real
As the years, went on, I never to stopped to heal
I just bought expensive things, for my spot to fill
But happiness it can’t be bought and I put that on the dollar bill

Tell me what’s the point of marriage, when divorce is the conclusion
What’s a counselor really doin when he forces a solution
Mind skewed when daddy moved what a distortion of improvement
What’s a child supposed to think when reinforced with an illusion
No support cuz mommas working tryna feed her 4 boys
All she needed was peace and quiet, all we gave her was more noise
Everyone falls, but will you get backup, she told me, it’s your choice
You’ve been blessed, with the rhythm God’s given you your voice
But it was, so hard to use it, cuz I was busy trying not to lose it
Going out my mind, my heart inside my chest but still ya bruised it
Couldn’t go to school, not a fool, I was just too sick
Music was my only therapy, melodical mood shift
Loose lipped poppin off at the mouth, just tryna test my limits
Secluded myself from my friends and all the rest diminished
Deep inside my pride survived, wondering will I get to finish
20 years later, picking right back up, where I left my business

Looking in the mirror, my father, I see him
Tryna see my son more often so our bonds will never weaken
Gotta wait 6 months, wishing he could see me every weekend
I can hear it in his voice, when we on the phone speaking
“Nah daddy, I ain’t crying, my eyes just leaking”
Lost, out at sea, he’s looking for me, cuz I’m his beacon
Everytime I go, his stomach knot up and his heart is sinking
He ain’t gotta say it cuz I know exactly what he’s thinking
Track Name: Gangsta with LoLo Rae
Dear God, let my son be a doctor, a lawyer, a basketball player, or a fireman…
shoot he can even be a rapper like me! But Lord I beg you…

Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {no no not a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {anything but a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta

Can’t go to sleep, knowing rivals might drive by
Eryday he wakes up, knowing that he might die
Living on the edge, just ta get a slight high
Living a life, where, everyday I cry
Only time we see him, in jail or family funerals
Forced to lose his close, homies that he knew the most
Instead of choosing a gang, I pray he choose his bros
This is my heart, not just lyrics over music notes
Won’t you give him the strength, to be a strong brother
And show him pains a part of life, so he will not suffer
Show him gangstas are hard, but God’s tougher
Cuz I’ll be damned, if he dies over the wrong color
Wearing a rag, or American flag
Let him carry round a Bible, stead of carr’ing a mag
Don’t let him get so high, he ain’t prepared for attack
Or look in the mirror, and see the Devil staring right back

Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {no no not a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {anything but a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta

G-a-n-g-s-t-a
Before my son becomes one, Lord let me pray
With his cousin Aykay, and my nephew Trae
At his funeral, singing, “Yesterday”
No betta yet “Gangsta Lean”, like D.R.S.
Help him know love, neva be heartless
Don’t let me and his momma push him, when we are stressed
Make him, your God-son, Lord be our guest
Don’t let us let him slip, simply cuz of missed cues
Or let him run away, simply cuz of split views
Don’t let him ever try to solve his problems with booze
The worlds a match, help us put out, his lit fuse
Help us listen when he shares with us his issues
And when he can’t hold it in, get him tissues
Our life’d be over if me and his momma get news
That our grandson, just put on his shoes

Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {no no not a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {anything but a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta

If he’s left with no choice but to join a gang
Let him find you in the end and avoid the flames
Let the realest OG teach my boy to bang
Let him make his competition look like they ain’t toilet trained
Let his name bring fear, to his enemies
Help him keep his path clear, so he can get his cheese
Let him rest with ease, no tears all pleasantries
A wedding please nah! As long as he finds a centerpiece
Let her be faithful, even if she don’t marry him
Let em have respect for eachother, so she ain’t scared of him
If they choose to have a son let her carry him
All I ask Lord, my son, don’t make me bury him
Let him bury me, and carry on my legacy
Let him see your light, until he’s breaking free
Let I love you, be the last word’s he say to me
And when he dies, Lord won’t you take a G…

Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {no no not a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta {anything but a gangsta}
Please, don’t, let, my son be a gangsta
Track Name: Understand
We were never meant to be, even though we knew it first
We took each others hand, defied the universe
Full speed ahead, way too late to reverse
Looking in your eyes, no lies, sometimes the truth it hurts
Wish I was careful with my heart, the way I choose my words
But only fools fall in love, and move in spurts
My chest was empty, like a body, in a cruising Hearst
Thought I could lose the curse, but our love renewed it worse
Our worlds collided, from the get go our house was divided
Searching for unity, but all we had was you and me
Let me inside, we both excited, it was hard to hide it
Truthfully I used to be, blind but now I choose to see
Cuz half of me’s in you, and it’s too true to be
Commitment’s strange to me, cuz I’m so used to free
Usually, I’m not the one to make decisions foolishly
The only thing I fear, my daughter asking, “who is he”?
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I never understood, how two lovers could
Share a bond so strong, like the two of us would
I love you the best way I know how, you love me just as good
Doing all the things, a loving wife, and a mother should
But nothing’s perfect no, no matter how hard you work it
Smiling up on stage but we both hurting right behind the curtain
Beyond the surface, nothings certain, still the world keeps turning
And you stay on my mind just like a turban, I’m ya servant
You got me open like a house, that ain’t got doors
My pockets stuck in the basement, while I dream of top floors
Knowing happiness it can’t be bought, in shop stores
But I got 2 jobs, and go to school, cuz still I want more
Focused on my mission, you keep me on course
Reminding me I’m not in it for applause or encores
Got so much love if we shared it, I swear we’d stop wars
Blinded by ya beauty, looking in ya eyes, I’m all yours
Track Name: Lookin' At... {Deluxe Edition Only}
Whatchu lookin at... x3
Whatchu lookin at nigga, dat’s my bitch

Had a couple dimes, now it’s time for a quarter
When I met her so fine, I had to court her
Body banging, she the bomb, like a mortar
Gotta be a crime, snitch line, report her
Heart, skipping beats, my love was out of order
Like a midget doctor, patience, shorter
Then she came and the weather changed warmer
Fine like an actress, no recorder
Not a dancer but she work it just like a performer
Extra superior, stout, like a porter
All that, main course, and a hors d’oeuvres
I wanna give her the world, no borders

Ery dude, needs a down ass chick, the type you could vibe with
The type of woman you can fall in love with, and you ain’t gotta hide it
Hold a convo, and ride with, not just take a nice pic
That’s my kinda chick, sheeiitt that’s the chick I’m with…

Whatchu lookin at nigga, dat’s my bitch x3
Whatchu lookin at nigga whatchu lookin at…

Broke nigga but she treat me like a king though
Sitting on top of the world, Kris Cringle
She tells me baby you’re a star like Ringo
So I’ma keep a finger free where this ring go
Back when I was single, she used to play my singles
CD going around, like a dryer full of clean clothes
Even when she ain’t in my arms, she still seems close
She never trip when I kick it with my amigos
Looks good, plus she keeps me warm like a mink coat
She do her thang, put in work, no free load
I keep her wet, like her upstairs sink broke
She’s my platinum love, my gold dreams old

Ery dude, needs a down ass chick, the type you could vibe with
The type of woman you can fall in love with, and you ain’t gotta hide it
Hold a convo, and ride with, not just take a nice pic
That’s my kinda chick, sheeiitt that’s the chick I’m with…

Whatchu lookin at nigga, dat’s my bitch x3
Whatchu lookin at nigga whatchu lookin at…
I go deaf, can’t talk, toddler
Her cat got my tongue, robber
When I eat her like a peach, cobbler
Bust, like a thief, and a secret, shopper
Pretty like a penny but worth more than copper
Kill it everytime I lay her down, chopper
Together we going straight up, helicopter
Funny how I fell in love, but didn’t drop her

Ery dude, needs a down ass chick, the type you could vibe with
The type of woman you can fall in love with, and you ain’t gotta hide it
Hold a convo, and ride with, not just take a nice pic
That’s my kinda chick, sheeiitt that’s the chick I’m with…

Whatchu lookin at nigga, dat’s my bitch x3
Whatchu lookin at nigga whatchu lookin at…
Track Name: Thank You
I just wanna x3
Thank you

All my homies, all my fans
All my family and my friends
If you were with me from the beginning
I’ma be with you till the end

This is for my riders spitting fresh like Listerine
Shooting at them rivals just so I can keep my pistol clean
Never got arrested, if I did though they’d be visiting
That’s the reason the day I make it big we all gon live the dream
Guppies swimming against the stream the only suckas disagreeing
Making noise like Ducks in Autzen stadium can’t miss my team
All I ask is respect, ya’ll ain’t gotta, kiss the ring
But when it comes to this game, ya’ll messing with a king
I stay connected to my roots, Family Tree
Helpin em out, whenever I can, but I can’t neglect, the man in me
Tell me what’s a teacher though, without his faculty
I ain’t talking grammar, when I say I work dat gramarye
Whether I’m up on stage, or behind the scenes like where the phantom be
I gotta lotta life left, that I plan see
Hating I can’t stand for, like a chick, when she has to pee
But ya’ll done shown me so much love, I could not pass the beat

I just wanna x3
Thank you

All my homies, all my fans
All my family and my friends
If you were with me from the beginning
I’ma be with you till the end

I just wanna thank God, no award
And thank my momma, for saying don’t abort
I’m thankful for my life, even though I know it’s short
My father laced me with game, now I control the sport
Hoping my can kids do the same someday on their own accord
And if they pick up a mic, let me hold their cord
I know I’m supposed to take the high road, and hold rapport
But fuck every single hater, that won’t support
To my son’s mom, who told me get a real job
And made me promise, If I don’t make it I will stop
She made me try that much harder, now I’ma better father
Not just for our son, but for my baby daughter
And Audrey’s momma, girl I love ya, can’t thank you enough
Wish I could take it from ya, when the pain it gets rough
Love the way youve never given up when the days they get tough
I see our future, happy family, we made it with love