Armand Hammer – RACE MUSIC : LYRICS

Hatchet Job

(Woods)These the beats they play for ghost detainees

weeks with no sleep I’m living the dream

Crabs/hit em with the Old Bay Chesapeake

Steam

At high heat/repeat/red, gold and green

Marcus Garvey/crumbled fronta/Jamaican Rizla

Spanishtown/back to basics, the Spanish Prisoner

Kicking kitchen spanish looking like Sizzla

London Blitz airhorns

He spit that Stalin vs Hitler

 

(Elucid)so goth i was born black

son trapped within a crux that endorsed crack

dirt nap before 21 be the forecast

flown flag half mast

crass paths ventured

lucky if you just got stabbed

limp ginger, flesh wounds still tender

picking scabs

block too hot, triage care expensive

post grad, head of my class expensive

sessions extended

reality bites butjakes pinching

old co defendant, new solo mission

head spinning

short glimpses

all city

 

 

(Woods)Staged shooting/Praise God they missed me

unsolved mysteries/started from the upper middle

closed the gap quickly

sold soul to the devil replete with hidden fees

you fucking with a gypsy

white man handshake/twinkle in eye

you caught a bad break

two half-truths but not one lie

The new guy got my spidey sense in overdrive

Dog, in the grand scheme I was just a cog

Lawyer said forget about getting off

it’s about damage control/ so hot he stop drop & roll

yet the pack was sold before he copped

King of All Blacks/the new Pac

 

Chorus:

Had to cut ‘em off, I aint have no option

They the type to come back with the choppers choppin’

 

(Elucid)From apprentice to kingpin

basshead pipe dreams fenced in

pinched tims, ends scampi, barely noon reek of cheap brandy

baggy suit church food pantry

assembly line, hand to hand

worst fears, out here a grown man selling candy

teddy grahams

rubber band reup

astronomical scale flipper

make that fetti fan

fifty fluttered fitters

fuck a fair one

full frontal flared

banned from tv scanned discreetly

unseemly means, justified extremes

 

(Woods) Nosy neighbors/Rear Window

Rodney Little played by Delroy Lindo

memories fade like Memento

when someone threatening your kinfolk

Played out/ Super Nintendo

Shylock how he weighed out the super endo

keep it 100 like loosies

fishscale raw/ Bolivian sushi

bargains driven harder than hoopties

Pillar of the community/Kente cloth on the kufi

Liberal white friend played by Donald Sutherland in the movie

hit Cannes with tanned groupie

Palme d’Or!

exuberant applause

but I still came back for my money like Mookie

 

 

Black Ark

(Elucid)

WHEN SPACING OUT DONT HIT ME WITH THAT BASIC MATH

CATCHING HIM BREAKING FAST WHERE THE ANGELS LAUGH

BOARDING ANCIENT CRAFTS

BURN YOUR GOLDEN CALVES

NOTHING SACRED

LAST CHANCE

ESCAPING NATURES WRATH

GRAVITYS GRASP

MEGABLAST

SPLASH

FOREVER CAST

CLASH

PAST PRESENT

MASS TRANCE

SUGGEST A METHOD

SLEIGHT OF HAND

MAGIC A TAD RECKLESS

LESSONS

MATHEMATICS

TRANSGRESSIONS

FLOOD THE PLANET

FEELING MANIC

PLAYED WAY OUTTA TUNE

MANY SUNS MANY MOONS

WHIRLWIND PYRAMIDS

SOULS SPARK FILAMENT

ONCE DARK SYMBOLS

BORE  FAMILIAR RESEMBLANCE

LIGHTBODY BRILLIANT

RHYTHM AND VIBE

STRETCHED WEIGHED MEASURED

DISCIPLINE TO ALIGN

LORD OF THE RHYME

STRANGE CHORDS FOREWARN MY ARRIVAL

ALL EYES ON CAIRO

KNOTTY HAIR GROWN IN BLACK SPIRALS

SMOKE BELLOWS FROM WIDE NOSTRILS

TURBULENCE

TRUE APOSTLES

SPACESHIP  EARTH

MOSTLY COLD AND HOSTILE

AWAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE

EXERT PRESSURE

LORDS NEVER WORRY

 

Chorus:

DESTINED

ALTERED MYTH

ALL  IM LEFT WITH

ECLECTIC

HEADTRIP IMPRINT

RELEASE THAT TENSION

I  SPEAK ON POTENTIAL

 

(Woods)

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred

Lunging/the cables jerk

Elevator plunging/black faces in black cages

Fire in the Earth

Four kilometers of cold dirt

Exodus/breathe dust/dance with death

Her cheeks blush

Finest gown at the ball/sirens call/legends of the fall/crushed

Velvet inside the coffin

Heavy metal particulate coughing blood often

Sent home to your orphans dead walking

TB/Houses In Virginia/scorching

Gulp air in shaft/the gas burns sky blue

Theirs not to reason why

Die whether you don’t or do

Cross-legged in catacombs/Jules Verne sent to break stone

Fumes diesel

The world turns, bones picked clean

Intelligent boll weevils

Smiegel yearns/by all neccessary means.

Precious, older than evil

Earth quakes/Fire rages atop mercury lakes

Alone together in the darkest place

But Lord’s never worry

 

Shark Fin Soup

(Elucid)

Home is a place inside myself

Not a physical domocile

Love hate indifference in this space we all float around

China doll crystalline

Financiers And Cappuccino raw cinnamon

Lines drawn i fill em in

Illin since

Rubin and simmons splitting sicilians

Unlikely affiliates lemme Tell u how it really is

Living off experience

Closet reptilian bitches be my achilles

Earth girls easy though mostly inferior

Turning Brilliant corners

Pitching quarters

Put ya money on it

i break em down in Installments

Periodicals and volumes hoarded

My footsteps haunted

dead mans ballys im sporting

Flawless

Georgia red clay complected

Crossroads

Gatekeeper posted at the intersection

Coined flows to Keep it interesting

My pen arresting

Apex predator sole profession

They vexed

Stunted developments

20 year cycles

Raw deal no embellishment

Im a young old nigga tryna remain Relevant

Core elements

Chalk it up to my heritage

They stare incredulous

Tryna Get the scoop like pelicans

You j.v. niggas better off Pouring beverages

Kick my feet up ‘fore im settled in

 

 

Chorus:

Pump tapes out the trunk

Too short

The product sell itself like newport

Or Al Sharp

Thats new york

The soup shark

Dumplings pork

Mott street noodles out the mouth when i talk

 

(Woods)

Last call, she poured mine on the house

December 25th, he’s the Grinch, I’m Oscar the Grouch

Magic 8-ball, “all signs point to no”

Chasing waterfalls, his grand summation

“the bitch is a hoe”

What does one say to that?

I sipped the yip with thoughts black

a bad trip like you gotta take the bus back

wishing he never fucked with it like crack

But if wishes were horses, beggars would ride

and I wouldn’t be here nursing this sucker

thinking bout getting high, motherfucker

if you nice like that then you better do it live

dusty loop

heavy bag drums

I’m not from Brownsville so never had a problem when it came time to run

Rabbi and the Golem

base clay left to harden in the sun

Mobutu Sese Seko

Kill em all without touching a gun

house made of legos

throw all the stones you want

Play the wall like they playin techno

regs in a Phillie blunt

Slaughter Rule/chop the heads off fools who refuse to punt

duel with the beat

words measured then cut with teeth

unspooled into the city’s last payphone

A young Larry Merchant, perched

on the ball of my feet

 

 

Sunni’s Blue’s

(Woods)

Lion of Judah/tree sparked him like Buddha

Freedmen in Liberia/Back to the Future

knuckled down/came back with some shooters

shakers and movers/Jump-Outs/crack paratroopers

carpetbaggers blend with the looters

Crazy Baldhead Lex Luger’s

dreaming Prussian Blue

Pleading with the sherriff that you just passing through

Wandering Sephardic Jew

Cant Stop The Prophet

panhandling apocalypse/posthumous

Wallace Fard Muhammad forging documents

then into the ether

Nasir out the speaker

Z York and Charles Taylor taking flicks on Monrovian beaches

secrets need keepers/finders get found under the bleachers

April 21st, 66, Kingston see the Black Jesus

dreamin’ feverish/demons fiendish/reached my zenith

withdrew the penis

Agent Zero Gilbert Arenas

finger guns outside the court appearance

smoke & mirrors/Jim Jones/hint of brimstone/scale of the lizard

NGE is the schism

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Smoked out, stabbed or sitting in prison

Philly’s Finest dynamiting your building

Guernica how they learnin’ ya

Titanic/rearranging the furniture

Freeway X James Harden

Final Call moving slow in the new white Harlem

bean pie and St. Ides MMM I was starving

 

 

Chorus:

3 days the body lay in the weeds

Tall grass wet leaves came back

Anointed as a G

 

 

(Elucid)

Guns germs and steel

Scripture civilize these savages

One true gospel

Hazardous

Post radical

Plastic explosives level tabernacles

Children mangled

4 little girls

This cause admirable

Scaled global

Words manifest

Infallible raw

Suspended by time

Defended in war

Tricks of the mind

Please Hold ur applause

Pressures applied

No room for the torn

Sworn assassins

50 lashes

Take the kingdom by force

One accord

Whats the law

Blood’ll further my cause

False gods

Great satan

Locked with Babylons whore

Whos report will u believe?

Leave no room for distortion

Heart on sleeve

No reprieve for Oppositional forces

Fatal fundamentally flawed

logic reborn

Godbody With a face just like yours

Crown of thorns heavy carry the cross

Sharpen machetes on the jaws of the lost

Vengeance is mine sayeth the lord

Called from the womb

No choice but conform

Storm Heavens door

Purest intent

Real cause for alarm

Divine arms Hold the Righteous

Obedience is priceless

12 lost tribes

Compromise be non cipher

The hate that hate produced

Pathologically ill

Liberation theologian

We’ll destroy and rebuild

 

 

Frog and Toad Are Friends

(Woods)

Unpublished but ghostin’ for Fredrick Douglass

Trust/, I could write your whole album

Eazy-Duz-It

Raiders snapback with the Jheri Curl

gats inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl

they pulled me into this world

Into the light C-section Poltergeist

Hold Northern Lights like polar nights

respect the classics

Dutches mastered

Your titles got an asterisk

stats is juiced/push into hotel rooms

Orenthal James

If the boys come, steadily maintain I was framed

Chapter and Verse, heal the sick and the lame

Dawn to Dusk, man have fe cut cane

leg chained

Babylon a use dem brain

Suggest you do the same

Left on that note

English Channel

Backstroke

The whole family had high hopes

I was hoping to get high/the kick was wide

So begins the time of sorrows

Night of the Long Knives/we gon ride through your sleepy hollow

The lynch mob gathers; fire in the eyes, courage borrowed

 

 

(Elucid)

Woolrich vintage

No socks in his oxfords

Gold bond copper

Tryna hold the funk hostage

Blotter acid in his headband

Wavy New York City wetlands

Mindful where u step

No respect

Come correct fam

A hexed land held in blessed hands

Hell inna handbasket

Im packed

Good bread meat cheese

Old grapes and cloth napkins

Nothing lavish

Rocking duck cloth trousers trimmed with flecktarn camo

Check me out yall

Downtown southpaw swinger

Plugged her 5 fingers

Sweet nothings whispers on me member

Return to sender

Free and independent baby

I wont hinder

Only jewels i lent her

Are u stupid

Or just Assume the symptoms?

Bitches brew u let em stew With vengeance

Play the fool

4th and inches

Smashmouth

Cliqout and Hash clouds

You already know

How this Hardware got passed down

Passed out

Woke to fresh juice eggs and hash browns

Dont ask clown

I Laugh now might not get another

Turn my baby to a single mother

 

 

(Woods)

I dont mess with Swishers

My pops was the type to be like

“One of these days, right in the kisser”

Never quite got my father figured

not sure it’s worth the hassle

like getting high at my mom’s house but i’ll do it if I have to

Nice with rooks and knights/too lazy to castle

that’s how Troy got gaffled

keys to the kingdom

perpetrator play the victim

she stripped straight down to raw ambition

this year, it’s no honorable mentions

Unify the belts, end all dissension

108-mic Pulitzer prizefights left the crowd wincing

as is customary, he paved the road with good intentions

 

(Elucid)

Goatmouth rappers pinching onion powder for you peasants

Cruel recession

Morsels rationed there’s barely seconds

Closed sessions they rant and rave without connections

Lost all the recipes, necessities quote code of veterans

Arresting

No concession

Even triple low remedials of all complexions

Fuck the dumb, need return on investments

Fresh chicken szechuan on corners of Cedar and Sedgewick

Every scroll penned like last will and testament

Rode hard on a horse named pestilence

In the business of soul collections

Stretched weighed measured

Tallest tales, unspoken legends

Shhhhh

Don’t get popped in ya lip

Breathe deeply ahki

Third down its probably a blitz

Bruce Smith round the end

Full frontal impact square in the numbers

Forced fumble picking turf from ya facemask

Looking dejected and pitiful

 

 

Willie Bosket

(Elucid)

sometime i feel like im somebody else

emotions running having conversations with myself

they say he present but nobody’s home

look at this lil muthafucka acting like he grown

shackled to a future via padded room

me and my attitude

me and my attitude

 

 

Underpriveleged overmedicated

Short attention court decisions left em vegetative

(Look how they do me)

In case i might not make it

These feelings Complicated

actions without explanation

Why they build me up to break me down

Really I just wanna make my family proud

What i gotta do to make em understand

I need ur prayers but maybe i should give this shrink a chance

Transferred outta school new alternatives

Teacher scared to death Nobody learning shit

What security? Still sneaking blades and burners in

Disturbed  but we just need a proper turn to vent

What i do to deserve this type of hurt im in

Point the gun at myself I bet they hear me then

No not again promise me youll make it right

Where i done been you check ya soul to Pay the price

 

Chorus:

sometime i feel like im somebody else

emotions running having conversations with myself

they say he present but nobody’s home

look at this lil muthafucka acting like he grown

shackled to a future via padded room

me and my attitude

me and my attitude

 

 

(Woods)

Early

crack of dawn

730

dirty

crack stem palmed

herky-jerky

If it’s the bomb?

Feets is working

Jitterbug, Lindy Hop

The Roger Rabbit

cut a rug/the room is padded

mumble to hisself cant tell him nothing

and the shit he say?

You hope he bluffing

seen him round the way/niggas you never seen before

oh word?

seen him smoking/what it is you aint sure

oh word?

ashamed to say it but every night you lock your door

Witching Hour/Son appears just like a ghost

You call the cops, they come in pulling fucking toast

Take him to the hospital, docs just let him go

Going gone off that water, water, we call it boat

still going strong off some wet he smoked a week ago

Every day is fourth-and-long

What a Niggy Know?

Every day is drama, mr. zone 6

credit the embalmer, zone blitz

got him zoned out on the couch

you’re living in a crypt

 

Chorus:

sometime i feel like im somebody else

emotions running having conversations with myself

they say he present but nobody’s home

look at this lil muthafucka acting like he grown

shackled to a future via padded room

me and my attitude

me and my attitude

 

 

No Roses

(Elucid)

Shouting from beneath the surface

I stated committed but i wasnt perfect

Was it worth it?

Mostly indifferent but served her purpose

No roses

Hairpin curves the roads frozen

Oh dip

Watch him disappear

Beneath her nose

Unload then roaming Castle Hill at 4 am

Spent and Foggy threw up in ur lobby like i wont be back again

Cleaning up my act hat left by the mantle

Next to 90s r&b cds and Tea candles

Fuck it

Keeping Lies Straight no yaki

Wonder if she really put it past me

Heart committed wasnt hardly perfect

Second guessing this aint really working

Moments played out

Sudden urges

Weak

Speak of the devil

Wetter than last remembered

Repeat offender

Whats it take to make me reconsider

Swear she aint Playing second fiddle for another winter

Her baby boy getting big

First met him in his mothers womb

That aint mine

She let me splash Inside

First time raw

No balloon

I come thru tell her no perfume

Consuming my bassoon

Blue cheese moon

Blowing sour boom

We got history  just a chemistry thang

Peeled outta Memory lane

Man i know i Been changed

 

(Woods)

Like it was yesterday, sitting in the waiting room finally out of things to say

No fear in your face replaced by something I couldn’t place then

nor articulate roday

Scales weighed gave way to beds made, closed eyes,

holding your hand felt like a lie

Clenched till you ground bone & knuckle

Came home bombed, tried to live in the rubble

though it would be enough that I loved you

maybe I didn’t love you enough

While you slept reached for the crutch

no woods in your hood made do with a vanilla dutch

Stalked through Hell’s Kitchen, torch cuffed, eyes peeled but

strangely, didn’t give a fuck

42nd, swept in the crush, human tides under blinking lights

thinking about the device, the life unchosen

the unknown price paid in that moment

empty words, earnestly spoken, copper tokens on debts imposing

Cops hopped out the unmarked whipe, said they seen me smoking

aggressive patdown but the L is down a strom drain floating

radio’s crackling, fresh action

One clapped me on the back “don’t be out here when we circle”

The blood was black-purple

tiptoed inside, cupped your stomach from behind

were you really asleep or was I just that blind?

 

 

Duppy

(Woods)

Woke to blood on the gate

Witchcraft whispered by maids

the fear under the mask/my father’s face ashen

hands grasping/held us back

we were kids laughing

A few months later the hearse had him

graveside

women clutch white napkins

black magic

rumors it wasn’t no accident

state funeral/uniforms and acronyms

eat with the dead pour strong spirits

we Africans

yeah, me and my sister,

we never really laughed again

 

It’s obeah we come for

and paid good money

last weapon of the poor

for this children went hungry

blood on the door

buried charms

paw of monkey

Macbeth palms

Dry-eyed in the Beloved Country

burglar alarm/reach for the heat

find nothing

Die quietly in your sleep

they still say your wife did something

Upon your house a pox

A fortnight, body in a box

don’t believe me, just watch

 

Chorus:

I see fire in a dead mans eyes 4X

 

(Elucid)

once upon a lynching

rank fumes of incense

root workers herb mixing

graveyard dirt pinching

intention imprint

fragrant oils holy waters

sacrifice for those who fell before us

retreat to the forest where the moon don’t shine

and the sun barely sweeps the floor

4 corners

crude shrines

brick dust outlines

marooned

psychic ties

humbly we commune

perfumed resin

laws of attraction

bats blood

black arts

conjure man incantations

fireside divination

don’t forget to feed the loas

when the spirit leads

tell my horse ill ride sidesaddle

star charts and dream books

papa la bas  live from the botanica

all white attire with a mugwort amulet

third eye pierce

geode chevron amethyst

nature my cathedral

backwater crossroads talisman

gypsy woman with a fever vision

destiny altered in this land of the living

elders still whisper

listen in the stillness

 

Chorus:

I see fire in a a dead mans eyes 4X

 

HAND OVER FIST

(Elucid)

MOP THE DECK

RING AROUND THE COLLAR

A PROPER SWEAT

ILL FITTING

POLYESTER POLOS

FADED SAVE FROM YA MEMORY

WITH YEARS AVOIDING PHOTOS

ROCKING MOHAWKS IN ‘04

THAT BOY GONE

MASTER KEY A BLOW AND SO ON

LET A NIGGY KNOW

BLUES AND REDS

BUILT LIKE MO VAUGHN

POKE A LANE BRYANT THICKUM BUT I AINT MAKE IT THROUGH THE WHOLE SONG

CROWN FRIED

DEADEYES

AND CLAMMY FLESH

AS SHE SLEPT

LIFTED TWENTY FROM HER PURSE BEFORE I LEFT

CALLED ME IN LIKE AN HOUR

THAT WAS FOR MY BABYS LUNCH

YOU AINT ABOUT SHIT

WHEN I SEE YOU IMMA…

CLICK

LISTEN MY TRAINS A COMING

SILVER PEAK SHUTTLE OUTTA PEEKSKILL

PURPLE DAWN RISING

REEK OF SOUR MASH REFILLS

EPILLS

GRIND DOWN MY MOLARS I CANT KEEP STILL

GRIMY NIGGA RAGTIME

BRUSH MY TEETH WITH HEINEKEN

SLOW DOWN TO CUT A HALF LINE

RED WINE AND SHIT BROWN BOOMERS

NO.7 ESIASON BLITZ

WILD EYED FRESH OUT THE LIONS DEN

HIGHER SCIENCE

BLEND WITH SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

AN ILLUSION BETTER LIVING THRU CHEMISTRY

 

Chorus:

Well known offender

Lords never worry but pussy respect pressure

 

(Woods)

early bird gets the worm

fuck that weed shit son

I aint tryin to burn

What’s the word?

Let me hold something

Aiite, then fuck it

Let me roll something

I need that doe cousin!

tight than a mug

fuck showing love im on that

jerry maguire

bitch said she sick and tired

Bitch you singing to the choir when

all a nigga really need is his shirt ironed

bout to see my P.O.

apply myself to these applications but

if i dont get a j.o. dont say nathan

when you see me going in the basement

knocking Sports, Drugs & Entertainment

Food in the dark

I aint trying to read for Mr. Magoo part

bullshit glengarry leads

Cadillac Eldorado

second place is steak knives

In the streets its talented kids but

they corner only teach em how to take dives

Ima take mine like a date rape on Valentine’s

dressed to the nines

flower in lapel

just goes to show, you never can tell

 

(Creature)

Kufi on in a crack house losing his religion

truthfully  gone blackout out of commission

 smelling like a sewer system you would diss him

came home after four days the eulogy written

ghost in the snap shot a shadow of himself

lost hope on the bad block a battle for help

four children and wife  depend on him

ignore feelings despite the stench on em

eyes the same  color  as damu’s flag

son cried ashamed  not you dad

judge mental  life’s never budge or bent you

could use a hug  gentle in dark light resents you

day break time to get right with your maker

stay safe what you invite can take ya

where the sun stood still on the darkest corner

numb  can’t feel like a heartless mourner

 

Where The Wild Things Are

(Elucid)

First fight came home with a bloody nose

Second fight same day pops like dont step back in this yard if u dont take control

Or deal with me u need make it  known

I aint raise a punk U better hold ur own

I walked back slow and snuffed Rahmel from behind

Closed my eyes Still swinging hard fire welled up inside

Power bitter to the taste

Swollen my face felt fried

Winded tell me got this

Learned to walk with my pride

Must Earn your right to survive

Rite of passage

What was foreign grew familiar with time

Too young to process particulars

My views unrefined

Innocent mind

Before neighbors was truly ready to die

Dyno bmx spoke chrome cycle kept spinning

Acts of violence im a victim and a wide eyed witness

Block Yellow tape ballistics

South jamaica 88 fever murder rate statistic

Growing Older higher stakes been normalized by repetition

Fall in line late for the wake

Henny pour it to me straight

Moms reminded me im different

From these Miseducated henchman

Murdering my brother not gangsta but mostly desperate acts of submission

Throw ur hands up in the air

Strays Whistled from a distance

Scratched serial standard issued

All night prayer, tears, pass moms a tissue

 

(Woods)

Dumb out/stupid nice

Waiting For Superman

classroom fulla criptonite

Juvenile Hell

The Trife Life

Ossie Davis been dead

now they hand you gun and knife/said

Do The Thing Right

bannana in the tailpipe

eyes squeezed tight squeezing off

on a-alikes with the Armalite

born yesterday but hey

they was up all night

looking for niggas only found theyselves

pulling on triggers

spot Enemy outside his home

let fly like Predator drone hell to pay

like predatory loan

Rule Of the Bone did the Regents off the dome

studied the streets

prepaid the phone hand a lil’ nigga the heat

you don’t really want to know how it go

like ground beef

a mother’s grief

overdubbed on top some hot beats

shots cheap/foot chase in Rock Creek

I’m wired

can’t sleep behind a fade someone caught last week

King of the Wild Things

made it home for supper

You should see the other kid

he’s a dead motherfucker

 

 

Renaissance Garments

(Elucid)

2 for $20 denims at the Busy Bee

Massapequa

This was 93

Ill take the mustard and the hunter green

Surplus fatigues and klan conehead hoodies little “C” patches on the chest and sleeve

Cleaned and pressed

Steamed starched with creases check

never forever fresh

fall and spring School shopping Money stretch

U dont work u dont eat

Kids Odd jobs raking leaves

Some friends would graduate to theft

Herringbone gold drape they neck

I would beg for J’s(jordans) and reebok pumps

Turn the page

Eastbay catalog

Highlight fly shit every month

Air mowab

Jansport backpack hella colorful tags

Most my gear second hand passed in pathmark shopping bags

Off brand

Tommy hilnigga

Guess crewnecks bondooloo leather logos

Long face rebeca lobo

Coulda had a polo shirt

Bo knows

Splashing cool water on borrowed claiborne

Oxblood chukka tryna be that fly mufucka

 

Chorus:

Aint what u want baby

Its what u need baby

Aint what you want baby

Its what you neeeeeed

Aint what you want baby

Its what you need baby

Just come see me

Satisfaction guaranteed darling

 

 

(Woods)

window shopping

Merry-Go-Round to Chess King

Knowing damn well you can’t buy a thing

A peasant/ Wandering int he Valley of Kings

thorough niggas fly through on Avirex wings

post-up, pick and roll like basketball teams

Charlotte Hornets warmups

Carhart jeans/ Butterscotch Tims

admire the attire aspire with your friends

wait for bus silent

Thinking how the fuck to get ends

Eddie Bauer Ralph Lauren

dye packets on the Starter jackets

Hardaways and the black Shaq’s

Kid

Imagining holding talisman shine halogen

lime skin New Balance the girls gather in

gassed like paraffin

caught the vapors in zig zag papers trying to be men

dreading weekends in Marshall’s dressing room

thin skinned in Russell Athletic

acid washed Levis Mom dont get it

and if you said it out loud sound pretty pathetic

 

Cloisters

(Elucid)

 

tripping balls on the bank of the hudson

earth rumbling

reevaluating my function

tongue tungsten

melting down they assumptions

i got a hunch

they acting out of need of some substance

after grilled pepper shrimp

i hiked my hand up her sundress

vivid gradient sunsets

12 steps

start at zero

fear no

sacrificial lamb in a gyro

here go

fresh out the roach coach

my beard long

try not to impose on folk

and clones alike

beholden hype

imma show u right

sound of mind

one way boarded flight

twinkling lights

over my city

unlike any

bust my hump for these nigger pennies

it been deep

like sinkholes for repent freaks

under mi sensi

feeling extra sensory

grip slippery

citrus piffery

400 year old trees whisper how they sent for me

kush school of mystery

if u cool ill waive the entry fee

knowledge reigns supreme

over nearly everyone

peace scientist

zions lion

I’m on 12fifth (125th)

 

(Woods)

Nonstop to DC free wifi

far removed from the days of New Century

Chinatown Bus lines

weight in the duffel weighing on my mind

things change

bag full of laundry now been a long time

Red Line train get off just rained

smells like mulch and pine

let myself in moms sleep

cut the light pull the covers under her chin

kiss her cheek

she still with the Camry 96 take it for a late night

slide past spots where we used to get right

spill cigar cuts in dark cuts tip 40s under porchlights

But it’s houses where those woods was

strange faces

kinda bugged my peoples gone out the hood

Up county in bracelets over drugs

or got a job, a wife, up and moved cuz

respect due

certain point you gotta stop eating baby food

night breeze the trees whisper truths I breath green

knock the cherry off on my shoe

parked at the park for old times sake sittin on the trunk

wishing you was there to watch for Jake

 

NEW MUSEUM

(Woods)

Dropped to no reception

empty exhibition white walls silence deafening

negative space stretching

the internet every couple seconds refreshing

the same couple mentions

merch boxes in the closet

out-of-sight-out-of-mind but paid outta pocket

couple friends at ya show them other niggas got a mosh pit

day job in the morning just the thought makes me nauseous

 

 

(Open Mike Eagle)

Don’t put me with the rottweilers

Walk me in with the show dogs

Fool, I’m Nikita Koloff

So committed I never break character

Forget the fucking marketplace

I’m an installation, now where’s my carpet space

Jerk this lever, click my media

Do my own cuts, wik-wik-Wikipedia

 

 

(Elucid)

10 curated commandments

Lessons live from the Schomburg

Critic acclaim Hard earned

Full body knob turns

Enthralled blond birds

Hypnotized like farnsworth

Milquetoast served by futurists in pom pom skirts

Fog Smoke and mirrors Give em something to talk about

Lukewarm rap wizard behind the curtain be fizzled out

Far from the source

The isolationist

Close Shave against the grain

Came full circle but what he saying?

 

 

(Busdriver)

Observe the piece to right of me

completed in the late nineteen hundreds

It saw no praises from contemporaries

and generally had all the enlightened flummoxed

It cradled notions of art as crime

and developed wildly, set apart from time

But when buyers make decisions along the party lines

so harvest mine, they tarnish your shine

hang like a varmints behind

 

 

(Woods)

Bottled mineral water live sampling bird calls

back to the audience brass on the balls

politiely inquired as to the loot

the Talented Mr. Smalls notwitstanding

trailer to the video on Vimeo

Grandstanding

Instagrammed Wired covers got me backstage

Gladhanding

If you can sing a lil something might soften the landing

have the fans American Bandstand dancing

 

 

(Elucid)

 

Murse ratchet

Flanked by wing dykes u cant hack it

Bass akwards

Short of cult classic With kings Rations

Voted Most consistently average

big budget mastering

Squandered passion

Pump action but still banging flaccid

Npr think pieces

Ex conscious rappers laid Out to pasture

Blowhard circle jerkers chatter

Broad strokes from hands of irrelevant self described  masters

Fractured patterns

Crooked paths to look back and laugh at

 

 

(Open Mike Eagle)

Wish I could eat offa brownie points

Who’s the next messiah the spectacled crowd anoints

Put my dirty drawers in the glass cases

Make gasfaces at typos and backspaces

Get it right the first time

Micromanaging this class of interns

Hire docents to meet the required quotient

and keep your greasy fingers off my kraftwerk

 

(Woods)

Sip cafe-au-lait kaffiyeh, hoodie and tims

Knightsbridge pied-a-terre, friends of friends

Richard Wright in Paris status

damn right I wear my sunglasses at night

Hobbesian Savage

egg white omlet carmelized shallots

Stockholm Syndrome

Cote de Rhone cleanse the palate

checking account check the balance

shelltoes and rope gold all he told the stylist

bitter like old-timers when they hear that looped soul behind us

 

 

(Busdriver)

Murky depictions of dead pigeons

given red ribbons at the local gatheri-opening

I gasp at the earnings of a Cold Chillin’

even though I’m supposed to be sold for millions

cause I’m more Jesse Owens than Owen Wilson

cold chilling

On a placinated cell wall Bell Palsy body language

my deadened gaze is a tell all

And I’m not art, until I’m seen here

sentenced for killing every turn of phrase during my teen years

 

 

The Rent Is Too Damn High

(Woods)

Section 8

but hall plush with piff and sour grape

wet cough through thin wall

keep me up late

the man in 3C is dying of cancer

told me straight-up

I admire his candor

sent him to his fate like Taliban commander

They sell death off my steps

necromancers

woodwinds play for the local Jo Jo Dancer’s

woods in the wind

plastic cups Seagrams & Fanta

till police shut down the Party

Black Panthers

retreat into the jungle

I watch through peepholes on the humble

like I got points on the bundle

true self secret like Rumple/stiltskin keep it

every man for himself when the long arm reaches

cassette tape Nkrumah speeches

face-creased

streetcorner preacher screeches into loudspeaker

 

Chorus:

I can hear my neighbors fucking

calling on jesus/Christ

radiator cold as ice but outside

the heat stay on like pilot light

they grew strong outta spite

 

(Elucid)

modest brownstone sad ghost in the hallway

I’m doing the right thing all the wrong ways

more haze crushed as the song fade

breaking dawn

im plotting on long range

change came

broke niggas

affording pain

lean protein stashed in parka pocket

fishers market

down a couple on the humble kept his boots polished

full time college

loan mileage

still vibrant

5 bill black barrel jerk chicken down on prospect

hogs breath

red and blue

6 pointed stars and suwoos

crude jewels

can’t tell who’s who

platoon move

i’m thru and thru

acrid fumes

blunts pipes and burnt spoons

aunties uncles cousins thrice removed

for whom the bell dings

12 string guitar gently weeps

supreme kings

wayward out outta reach

Black jesus on the main line

give a ring tell him what u need

seed crackle brown tree steams

fiends vanish scene when that caprice sweep

indeed indeed

 

Chorus:

I can hear my neighbors fucking

calling on jesus christ

radiator cold as ice but outside

the heat stay on like pilot light

they grew strong outta spite

Shunned the beast and kept the old ways like Mennonites

 

 

Kanun

(Woods)

At the end of the day/only wanted what was mines

Now the whole town gots to pay/the piper’s pied

and nope/I dont have a fuck to give, sell or tithe

In over your head hoping he throws a line

but son just waved like roll damn tide

the Mind Plays Tricks

we’re Violent by Design

base alchemy Metro-North turned nicks to dimes

leapt from the balcony with John Booth lines

serve mine cold

alongside a bottle of fortified wine

Number One Chief Rocka so its no shocker

when you see him in San Sebastian with Serge Ibaka

Alive with Pleasure

under pressure chopped and screwed

weighed measured

as a child refused to mind my betters

but a belt at night will have you standing at breakfast

bitterly thinking, when I get big we gon’ see who the toughest

William Woods to the white courtesy phone

white bleached bones on the throne

crown on the dome/rakishly tilted right

you aint about that life/presidency

Late nights drawing up lists of enemies

double space typed death is the penalty

human sacrifice/fled the scene Ted Kennedy

My kingdom for a horse

but your loss I savoured like warm Hennessy

 

 

(Chorus)

Follow me if I advance

Kill me if I retreat

Avenge me if I die, there won’t never be no peace

 

 

(Elucid)

ran out of cheeks to turn

slow boil over steady heat

fool me twice shame on me

you’ll burn before you earn your keep

mark your stripes

the kettle screams

troubled waters  belly deep

hardly too far out of reach

just when you thought its peace

creeping while u sleeping

what they sow shall reap

season of the vic

highest treason

feeding lowly base desires

famished valleys

no survivors

the devil is a liar

hired gun beside em

what jah provideth

no man to minus

underline

end time skies of fire

space rocks spit across horizon

covenant backsliders

tent revival

pick the sty from my eye before i spoon out yours

hysteric cries of a child scream from behind locked doors

who’s checking score

keeping short accounts

transfer barrel in his mouth

overdraw then bounce

cashing out

calvarys march

thorned crowns

mouth wide

silence be the sweetest sound

prayer cloth

wipe my brows

good and faithful servant

fuck ya life the bitch deserved it

spare the rod

getback was certain

heretic verses with deflowered virgin

lay down your burdens

this is righteous murder

a public service

may u burn eternal

my hell is here

 

Nosferatu

(Woods)

Drink first, drink deeply

From sleeping to writhing beneath me

weakening/it aint easy

while she gone barely breathing

the money comes back greasy

good pussy don’t come cheaply

open her veins drink again

bottomless

the dick is drained the bitch is trained

I get hunger pains riding around looking at things

sliding in shadows

put the glass slipper on a young hoe/moon eyes

sucked the pussy dry left her more dead than alive

Don’t act surprised/nothing lasts forever

from turned out on the dick to name on the whip to

burned out on the strip/we’ll be in it together

bloodied her lip buried the treasure

triple x marks the spot

forget-me-not’s and black roses

Palefaced/handon her throat/stolen moments/

choking/out of pocket get broken/black moon/

I gotchu opin

riding and smoking spit game wide as the ocean

hypnotize minds mindless devotion

Watch you put on lotion while I light the drugs

flesh by the pound but not a single drop of blood

 

Chorus:

slept all day heavy curtains drawn

her head on my chest heart in the palm

i could make a fist but the night is young

 

 

(Elucid)

the dick dont come cheap

your soul to keep

crown of her head, sole of her feet

touch tease, no other but me

pussy seize throb and cream

invest in my dream

hallucination machine

pyramid schemes

for whosoever believe

ask and ye shall receive

slip on outta them jeans

ass gleaming

lebanese cedar sheen

shes a keeper, portishead out the speaker

earthly pleasure strung out begging for extra

free to drain

aint nothing here in my name

start to pester?

second thoughts

on to the next one

she bluffing dropping bread crumbs back to the rest, son

lost one

forked tongue in both holes

heart froze

toxic lows

somehow keep coming back for more, sadistic

casualties and statistic

eating cold eels thinking distant thoughts

absurd

jack johnson minus purse and furs

she’s hooked

he’s got much nerve

hardly invested standing on the verge of leech and lover

stubborn

keep her white knuckled in our throes of pleasure

whatever

cant purge the kid

your curse is his

 

 

White Lies

(Woods)

Some said, he did it all for a fat gold rope

or was it at the mall over a fashinable coat?

Speculation abounds

Was he really broke?

word around town he getting pounds of that okey doke

and you know how that go

I just heard that though I don’t really know

interrogation room Utz chips cherry coke

Mentholated smoke

that’s that New Negro

W.E.B. du Bois in the peacoat

H.B.C.U. keynote/speaker/rewrote

History only to find the future bleaker

Black Orpheus

My girl eloped with the reaper

Throw the next bitch down the well

if she float thats a keeper

in the lab white smoke bubble out the beaker

hunchback jump when I yell eureka

Love don’t cost a thing

but I’m looking for something cheaper

 

Chorus:

No more space to hide

Tell me Who gon change my mind

I felt all wrong   Inside

How to make it right?

Someone told a lie

No more space to hide

Tell me Who gon change my mind

No more space to hide

No more space to hide

 

(Elucid)

To the corner sat a Wide eyed youngin in the rear pews

Rev. kept his timepiece flooded

Many mansions what i’m heir to

Kingdom kid with an Apocalyptic worldview

Fire from the sky into oceans swirling like whirlpools

Moms talking abt don’t have me look for you behind the gates

Can we all just die now i shouldn’t have to wait

Maybe when im older i’ll have Half her faith

Give or take

tell them rich niggas pass the plate traphouse of the lord where Some would traffic weight

Hid Under covers of the cloth

Statutory rape

Touch That Old rugged cross

Sung his Highest praise

True we all fall short most disguise their pain

So you can talk that talk make it seem less staged

Snatched down off that horse how u see no shame?

What he call divine law made me look both ways

Twisted messages relayed

I didn’t come back the same

 

Chorus:

No more space to hide

Tell me Who gon change my mind

I felt all wrong   Inside

How to make it right?

Someone told a lie

No more space to hide

Tell me Who gon change my mind

No more space to hide

No more space to hide