Another Day in the Life of​.​.​.

by Bop Alloy

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released 08 April 2014
All songs written & produced by Substantial (Unlimited Vinyl, ASCAP) & Marcus D (Marcus D Productions, ASCAP)

Executive Producers: Substantial & Marcus D
Co-Executive Producers: Zack Edwards, Andrew Schoen, Andrew Thomas, Rodrigo Tapia, Alexander Lee & Cecil Rappold
Mixed by Vitamin D
Mastered by D-Sane
Art & Design by Stan B. Robinson
Photos of Substantial by Rachelle Etienne-Robinson
Photos of Marcus D by Sawyer Purman

Carolyn Malachi appears courtesy of Carolyn Malachi Legacy Brands (ASCAP)
Cise Starr appears courtesy of Hometapes / CLYDEMAX (ASCAP)
Justis appears courtesy of Himself
Kenichiro Nishihara appears courtesy of Unprivate
Oma Pearl appears courtesy of Herself
Pismo appears courtesy of Shou Records / GroundRhythm (ASCAP)
Steph, The Sapphic Songstress appears courtesy of Twelth Sign Publishing (ASCAP)

We’d like to thank God, our families, friends and fans (especially those who supported the Kickstarter Campaign that made the album you’re holding physically possible. -BA

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Bop Alloy

Bop Alloy, comprised of Maryland born emcee Substantial and the Seattle, WA producer Marcus D, haven't set out to be the next group with a throwback sound, but to "make quality music that anybody, from any walk of life can enjoy," says Marcus.

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Track Name: Not 4 Show ft. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress
We do it for real
Repeat 4x

VERSE 1
We’re not your average underground
Rap group frontin’ like we’re down
With everyone that come around
Or show up on a blog
But something unique & profound
Working to perfect our sound
Kings without a need for crowns
Like the son of God
We ain’t aiming to be Hell bound
Like these other sell outs
Watch’em you can tell how
They’re whoring for applause
(Not too many will reach our level
Spread your wings come fly with us)
You’re lovin’ how we put it down
Feel free to sing aloud
Watch how we move the crowd
Like Rakim Allah
Marcus let the rhythm hit’em
I provide the lyricism
Disregard the criticism
Do it how we want
Puttin’ plenty soul up in it
Been ill for a minute
They were hoping that we’re Fin(n)ish
Like we’re from Vaasa
(They fear us ‘cause we are rebels
But it’s all love when you rock with us!)


HOOK

VERSE 2
We don’t do it for a rack of pay,
To receive accolades
Though it’s nice to gather praise
This is ‘bout expression
But it cost to have it made
Somebody has to pay
If you want the tracks we make
To add to your collection
Sorry but I have to hate
Shady biz in rap today
Not the best path to take
As your profession
(But if your skin is hard as metal
You might be equipped to fly with us!)
Every night I have to pray
Several hours after 8
That the ends I calculate
Justify the means
Partner bout to graduate
I got a little gal to raise
But not enough to allocate
Funds to all our needs
Hope our plans coagulate
And the fans advocate
So success validates
Us chasing our dreams
(Keep on reaching for the next level
May God blessings shine on us!)

HOOK

BRIDGE

(Sample) Do it for the well educated and illiterate
Real and nonsense, conscious and ignorant
Do it for the wealthy and the welfare recipient
If you down, listen up, you out there, listen in


VERSE 3
For well placed instruments,
Flows that’s intricate
And infinite
Our growth’s imminent
Need a bigger belt
(We’ve out grown these children farewell
They just can’t keep stride with us!)
Whether the crowd’s intimate
Or it is significant-
ly larger, we’re killin’ it
Cause we’re known to rip it well
All for the feel we get
Recalled from our innocence
Call it a stimulant
We offer a little help
Hardly coincidence
Our songs make you reminisce
Of times where a lyricist
And DJ we’re rocking bells
(They would drop, not just rock jewels
Want that real come ride with us!)

HOOK

Do it for the real
We do it for real
Repeat 2x
Track Name: Why Not (TFWNN)
VERSE 1
Wake up early in the morning bout a quarter to six
Beat my alarm by several moments yo I’m yawning & shit
Finally get up out the bed, trip over my kicks
Plus I’m hungover maybe I’m calling in sick
Nah, there’s this shorty at the office I’m longing to get
Can’t kill the party for it’s started by calling it quits
So I hit the shower, then in an hour I’l hop in the whip
First I grab my gear, then the grub and scarf it down quick (Ah)
Got my tunes, keys, wallet (check)
Can’t afford to leave all this
Double back if I ain’t got it
Then I’d be late into the office
Always a little cautious
I ain’t trying to take no losses
Brush my teeth after I eat, so my breath don’t smell like sausage (pause)
Get in the whip then I’m fixin’ to find something to listen to
Preferably something refreshingly dope that’ll fix my mood
Play it hella loud so the car nearby is sick of you
Scroll for a second, there it is, I think this will do!!!

HOOK
It’s the B the O the P the A
Double L the O the Y (Why not!)
REPEAT 3X

VERSE 2

Sitting at my cubicle
Today’s business as usual
Like EPMD but I’d rather find something new to do
Yeah I’m makin’ dollars but my job don’t make sense
Blue in the face from this blue collar life I’m chasin’
Lookin’ forward to the weekend but the week it just started
Gotta find some way
To ease the pain
While I get bombarded
With shit that I don’t care about but you know why I came in
To see all her
Sweet torture
The anticipation...
Makin’ it hard to focus
So I put my earbuds in
In seconds I’m zonin’
Ain’t distracted by nothing
My drive’s on a hundred
No longer lethargic
Vibe’s chillmatic feelin’ cooler than the artic
The music I am lost in
Trapped by the melody
Slave to the rhythm, shit this good should be a felony
Then shorty step to me
Like “hey, sorry to bother you
The way you’re nodding I just had to know what you are rocking to”


HOOK

BRIDGE
Maybe you need a break from life
Trying to change your state of mind and escape the fight
Or you’re riding on subway late at night
When the vibe’s all wrong, this’ll make it right

VERSE 3
Work week’s FINI
And this week we got paid
Bout to hit the city
With a new friend that I made
Haircut’s immaculate courtesy of my barber
I would come with a scabbard if I was any sharper
Scoop my dry cleaning and a purple gatorade
Hit the crib to get ready then we’ll paint the town red
Now I’m headed crosstown
Droptop down
Stuntin’ in a rental with my music up loud
Turn it down a little as she’s coming out her building
Damn! She’s the brightest star tonight out of billion
Open up her door like the gentleman I am
And you already know what’s on the radio fam...

HOOK
BRIDGE
Track Name: Another Night At Club Family
VERSE 1
Listen...
I am enveloped by the night air
If there was somewhere better I’d still be right here
As if the greatest poets had chosen to write here
For that inspiration I’d journey a light year... yeah
It’s that dope, only she’s it’s rival
Fighting for attention like they need the title
Of muse, who’s every move is vital
To fill the void ensuring my joy’s survival
And you boy’s entitled to a night out
Sleep after the sun’s arrival like a night owl
Enjoying her subtle smiles as we vibe out
Aura and her sense of style raise eyebrows
Swore I heard them play Miles as we dined out
Spot I ain’t been a while we hittin’ right now
I know she’ll be diggin’ the sounds, that’s without doubt
Now we are funward bound, heading crosstown, lets go!

HOOK
Wake me up this can’t be real life...
Can’t put it in to words but it feels like...
Somebody wake me up this can’t be real life
I can’t put it into words but it feels right... Right?

VERSE 2

Paid admission then got our drink tickets
Smoke filled dark room, but the scene’s vivid
Told her how I love it here and had to revisit
She winked and says she’s game now I call that team spirit
If she was any cooler, my dude she would seem frigid
‘Round chicks who’s description is all that a queen isn’t
A lot of loose booty in here but their jeans fitted
Drink ‘til they reach limits then rock & lean with it

HOOK

VERSE 3

DJ getting it in while I’m led by her waist
She’s strictly diggin’ the gems got impeccable taste
But make no mistake she’s not a gold digger
But the type you could take with you to go diggin’
Both sippin’, malt liquor at a moderate pace
While she busy deciphering the look on my face
Devil on my shoulder saying things I won’t mention
Angel on the other tellin’ me “don’t listen”
Who knew, we’d be cold chillin’ like Juice crew
For real though, rubbing elbows with the who’s who
Mellow a player’s ball slick as Guru
With my black magic woman, I’m bewitched by her voodoo like...
Damn, damn, damn...

HOOK
Track Name: Saxophone Jones' Revenge
HOOK
Hey!!!
High!!!
Hey!!!
High!!!

HOOK
Everybody say hey!!!
Let me see them hands high!!!
Everybody say hey!!!
Let me see them hands high!!!

HOOK
Hey!!!
High!!!
Everybody say hey!!!
Let me see them hands high!!!
Track Name: Sketches of Pain ft. Oma Pearl of Conjure Woman
VERSE 1
Peacemaker
Son of a violent man
Dream chaser
Raised on divided land
Where thieves raped us
Treated like I’m not a man
Our behavior
Like rebels without a plan
Step false get offed by a coward’s hand
Life’s shorter than an hour hand
But the least of my worries is the Taliban
Or hopin’ that they’ll pass an assault rifle ban
Most guns where I’m from aren’t licensed fam
The ones that are
Usually held tight in hands
By the cops and so called authority figures
Cringe at my black skin while calling us nigger
But 6 letters can't define me I'm so much bigger
The path I walk,
Most people can’t endure the rigor
Back up talk
By displaying so much vigor
Mastered art
The blind just ignore the picture
Passed a tart
But of course my portion’s bitter
That or starve
Cause round here they don’t deliver
Grabbed a quart
Rather be engulfed in liquor
Lacked support
And I wasn’t born a winner
An afterthought
These know-it-alls won’t consider
A man of God
Who sits upon a throne of wicker
Who scratched & Clawed
to reach the very point I’m sitting
After-all
That’s what fuels the poems I’m spitting

HOOK
(Substantial)
I’ma take this pain I’ve been dealt with and use it
This ship can’t reach the stars if I don’t fuel it
Without my music and art I’d be useless
I always knew
I got to do so...
I’ma take the pain I’ve been dealt and use it
This ship can’t reach the stars if I don’t fuel it
Without this music and art I’d be useless
I always knew
What I had to do 'cause...



(Oma Pearl)
You can’t hide from who you are
You can’t hide from who you are
Not even the highest peak
The lowest place
In every space
You always leave a trace
You always leave a trace
Always leave a trace!

VERSE 2
Blood pressure high,
Self-respect low
Could be cancer inside
Am I’m scared to know
Lucky to be alive
At the age of 34
Livin’ in fast times
Still manage to die slow
IV pumping morphine in my bloodstream
Woke with a scratchy throat & groggy what a rough dream
Something’s
Not right, nurse can you help me sit up
Felt like I was stabbed,
Every time I try to get up
Hurt so damn bad,
I can’t even cough this phlegm up
Pain every minute
Every moment that I been up
When I told the fam
They looked at me like I’m finished
Huh! I’ll be damned
if anything we’ll make me give up
Wishing I was home in my chair
Anywhere but here
Baby girl completely unaware
Lives without a care
It ain’t fair
When your child, you can’t even pick up
But I did it for her, so I’ma keep my chin up

HOOK

BRIDGE
(Oma Pearl)
No matter what happens today
Tomorrow the sun will rise
We'll be there
We'll be there
We'll be there
To greet the sun
Good Morning
Good Morning
Good Morning
Good Morning
Track Name: Count On Us ft. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress
No surprise I’m the one they sleep on, I roll with dreamers
But when us two come thru we make’em believers
Fiendin’ thru your receivers when it’s all 3 of us
For the love of the music, high 5 for Jesus
In a Motel 6, wake up call at 7
Breakfast we ate later had these players in heaven
By 9:10, I’m in a cab to the airport
Boarding’s at 11, I’m not stressing so therefore
It’s time to finish up this rhyme I’m 12 bars into
Hold up... 13 now yeah this shit’s cool.
Came up since 14 with a hissing ass demo
15 minutes strong though the songs were hella simple
Finish that 16 then I crashed like a cymbal
Sounding 17 again, I’m gon’ bodied that instrumental
Night before, packed house. It was 18 an over
Still would’ve been killed if only nine teens showed up
We focused, in 2021 we may have more for you
But still be underrated they say that’s a catch 22
We wanna be... rated the greatest like #23
But since our thinking’s too forward that’s something we might never see
25 mins before I board for my trip
Hit my driver with $20 + a $6 tip
Thinkin’ that I was 27 when I heard Marcus shit
28 when we began to plan the very start of it
Dark skin chick tapped me saying , “I don’t know what’s on your mind.
You’re holdin‘ up the line, by the way your gate is 29"
“Purdy” lil’ 30 something sista from the motherland
Thanked her for the info, passed the checkpoint with my stuff in hand
Copped gum, snacks and a book for something to do
Cashier said my total’s $31.32
Phone at 33%, my battery is lame
Charged it and called my family ‘fore I boarded the plane
34 years young, making music with my friends
Documented through a 35 millimeter lens
Day and a half before, yo that’s when we hit the road
Only 37 copies of our album in tow.
One show they all go ‘cause they’re a hot commodity
Imports plus shipping be like $38 a copy, B
Finally boarded, near a guy who’s 39 or 40
By the time we’re in the sky I closed my eyes and started zoning...


HOOK
Just another day in this life of ours, homes

Seems like we the ones that you can count on
Feels right the moment they put the sound on
Count on us to hold it down from now on

REPEAT HOOK

Drop on the 1
Clap on 2
Nod on the 3
This is 4 you
Drop on the 1
Clap on 2
Nod on the 3
This is 4 you
This is 4 you!!!
Track Name: Step Into The Cypher ft. Cise Starr of CYNE
VERSE
Tonight there’ll be blood on the dance floor
So they won’t sleep on us any damn more
Trying to step up in our house
And turn the party out
Like they don’t know what we’re about
That’s the last draw
Like an artist’s final sketch on his deathbed
I ain’t gotta speak a word but the message
Couldn’t be any clearer
When bringing the terror
With the moves I deliver
I’m the best yet
The crew’s far from new to this
Move with the fluidness of
Tai Chi
Kinda like a high stewardess,
Fly B
And my style so mutinous,
To try me
Foolishness, you’re the stupidest,
Likely
And I’m a dance floor general
The war that’s in store for y’all will be biblical
Crying out Oh my God he’s invincible
Far from typical always unpredictable FRESH!


HOOK
Ever dance with the devil in the pail moonlight
Refusing to kneel ‘cause you’re ready to fight
Warriors UNITE
‘Cause it’s on TONIGHT
Wanna see who’s nicer?
Step into the cipher!

(“Step Up” sample cut up)

Bboys (step Up)
Bgrils (step Up)
Why you sitting down right now better get up

VERSE 2 (Cise Star)
Cise Star in the building

Hide wife and children
They rapping with everybody over here killin’

Dobeson just did another song made a million

Yeah I got jokes me and Stan now chilling

Hardcore b-boy stance black Sicilians

Diamonds in your ears cause my words stay brilliant

Don’t stop cause the cypher still rolling

You were the next up now you in the crowd stoic
Hiding behind don’t even want to get noticed
Cause you like damn these brothers just owned it

Just Hannibal taking on the Romans

Lyrics hit hard like the boy in the Omen

Made you jump like my name was Shonen

Everybody wanna get down when I’m on it

Like Lauryn who’s runnin The Score

Cause I’m like a young Biggie in front of the grocery store…

HOOK

VERSE 3 (Substantial)
Yo you better bring it, no cowards over here
Train real hard for the battle of the year
Keep my weapons sharp and dance without a care
My arsenal is raw ‘cause I gotta be prepared
No kitanas, nunchucks and such
Hand 2 hand combat is rough enough
Keep them windmills tight for you bust your gut
Fascinating movements leave you like what the F---!

Buckle up, we about to run a muck
In our track suits, shell toes no button up
Or ties but we mean biz so put em up
If action speak louder than words we shut’em up
Shut’em down like Flav & Chuck, they can’t hang with us
You ain’t Starrs like Cise, you can’t Stand with Sub
Chill, your offense ain’t ready for Marcus’ D
Still breathin’ life in the artistry, peace.

HOOK



BREAK
Give me a sec to tighten my shoes
Watch when I hit the floor and I move
No one alive is stopping the groove
When the beat drops and I cannot lose



BREAK

OUTRO
Ain’t no party like a BA party
‘Cause a BA Party don’t yield
Get you hella live
With your hands in the sky
Or switch up the vibe
And CHILL
Track Name: Writing My Wrongs ft. Justis
HOOK
Whether you can’t forget
Or it’s not that big of a deal
I could...
(Never right my wrongs, less I write it down for real)
So I swear
(For real)
It was my bad
(For real)
I could...
(Never right my wrongs, less I write it down for real)

Whether the issues dead
Or you’re tryna find a way to heal
I could...
(Never right my wrongs, less I write it down for real)
So I swear
(For real)
It was my bad
(For real)
I could...
(Never right my wrongs, less I write it down for real)

VERSE 1
This is... for every single person I hurt
Whether it was unplanned or on pur-
pose (pus)
If I didn’t own up I’m worth-
Less
This is for..
Any girl I raised my hand to, ‘Fore I realized that ain’t what a man do
Thanks to my big bro, ya’ll know this manhood shit don’t come with a manual
All them record stores that I stole from
When I was flat broke and so young
So I really can’t blame y’all when y’all find my albums and download’em
Any of my brothers I stole on
Should’ve turn the other cheek and rolled on
But I mistake pride for self hate, I can now say I was so wrong
Forgive me

HOOK



VERSE 2 (JUSTIS)
Reminisce on my younger days
Had hunger pains on those summer days
Every man for himself like Hunger Games
From a city where we don't see the sun for days
Mama had one daughter, 3 sons to raise
I was gone for days like runaways
With a blunt to blaze
Drugs I could slang to get money raised
Couple of mistakes and it's judgement day
Got cuffed up but I lucked up that the cop put the gun away
Looking back now and it must be fate
Set me free when he judged my case
Could of been in the pen or could've been killed
"I could never right my wrongs unless I'm write'em down for real"
For real!
HOOK

VERSE 3
This for the times that I was dishonest
Every single broken promise
Treating you beneath the you, you are
When you should be regarded as goddess
For my student they laid to rest
Many days I wept
From the pain your death has caused
Missed your requiem,
Overseas blessin’ them
May the most high protect your soul
For them family functions I missed
Missing your dap, hug, or kiss
Hope you don’t feel dissed
But you know the real is
Pretty safe bet I was doing this
Even though I be ripping and running
From trying to be something, I know you exist
I know you don’t see it
But call if you need it
Don’t wait til you’re out of your wits
And for you haters,
Sorry that we made it, on our terms not the ones they’re making so...
Minor or major, don’t matter they’re paying as long we’re not the ones playing ho
Chased down our dreams and we made it so, though we can’t be found on the radio
But the realest, know where the real is that’s real ish most people just lazy yo
Sorry we’re not more accomodatin’, yall worried about who the stars datin’
Times a wasting our apologies this bull shit’s dominatin’
So we’re concentratin’ on innovations not nominations
With a small congregation to spread our gospel to the population!

HOOK
Track Name: Your Truth ft. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress
HOOK (Steph)


VERSE 1 (Substantial)

To live a lie isn’t living, You gotta live the life you been given
However you decide to the ending, You try’na make it like you envisioned
Use to run & hide, Use to wanna die
‘Nuff tears cried we could swim in
True self denied, No self pride
Like you’re locked inside your own prison
Try’na fight loose when they bind you
So you’re free enough to go find you
Got enough to say to write a novel
But they’re limiting you to a Haiku
They’ll condemn you with their bibles
Tried to kill you with their rifles
Even hold you down with their titles
Some of us hide for survival
When you really know who you are what another thinks shouldn’t concern you
But of course this is still hard when a person intends to hurt you
Freedom comes with risk... no love without war
What you thinkin’ buddy, gonna take it from me? Have to kick down my door
‘Cause my vision hasn’t been clearer, I am on a mission now I don’t fear much
I won’t give in now, and I’m grinning proud when I see the man in the mirror
So I welcome change like it seldom came,
Very interested in what tomorrow brings
Getting all this pain, slowly off my brain
Now I see that there is so much more to gain

HOOK

VERSE 2 (Substantial)

Some call you black , Some call you weird
Some call you artist, Some call you queer
Some never call, Some are in fear
Some, when you speak, will never lend an ear
Some, when you need, will never lend a hand
Some are simply here to sabotage your plan
Some call you different
Some call you fam
Their the sum of anyone that understands
Come as you are, and they love you
Couldn’t live false if you wanted to
What’s in your heart, can’t undo
Come too far, shouldn’t shun truth
I had to run to another city, to find my true self what a pity 
Where they embrace diversity and don’t try changed you with scrutiny
Because the skin of me and my kin is known to offend and treated as sin
But black is beautiful and always in, that’s the way feel, I can’t play pretend
That don’t make me better that just mean I love me
In a world that loves to paint us ugly
Can’t believe we live in a country
That tells you who you love is disgusting
Thought we lived in a free state
But that’s clearly up for debate
I don’t speak hate, I won’t behave
I don’t give a damn if you relate
I just want peace for the peaceful
And the haters too ‘cause we equal
For I leave you, I really need you
To live your own truth, all my people SING...


HOOK
Track Name: Espelho ft. Carolyn Malachi
VERSE 1 (Carolyn Malachi)
Infinite hips, figure eight mind
Doubt swallows up time and figure ate mine
Down from a 12, I figure eight's fine
But when I look at up the screen my figure ain't mine
Left to the lenses, I'm nothing like the Lindsays
I'm on the right hand of God, kin to the Kizzy's
A slave to fashion, ask'em if I'm pretty
They might tell you "Yeah, but she need to drop fifty."




HOOK (Carolyn Malachi)

Mirror Mirror
Show me clearer
I can’t be what I see
Mirror Mirror
Draw me nearer
Can I be more than I see

, yeah!

VERSE 2 (Substantial)

I caught a glance of someone I know, yet he’s a stranger
Uncomfortably different, must forget him out of anger
He isn’t what I aim for
A relic of my misses
Divorce it my wish is
I am but a painter
Dissatisfied with a poor self portrait
That leaves me mortified but some find it gorgeous
Success-less, I am not, nor full
Off excessive amounts of bull
Push to the limit but I got no pull
Must be out of shape like I’m fresh off of holiday
Prey to the wolves that are cloaked in wool
So I gotta pray, that some how I’ll find a way
To see who I am when I address my reflection
King dressed as a peasant, he’s refreshingly pleasant
I see it in my future. I guess it is destined
Hard to see the gift when you’re living in the present.

HOOK

BRIDGE (Carolyn Malachi)
Eh...
Don't you know you're beautiful?


VERSE 3
 (Substantial)
When there's enough to get, can't enough
So some tuck and nip to fix it up
All to get plumper lips or lift their butt
Some dudes pop prescripts to get it up
A pick me up of sorts thinking man this better help
All this for what? Of course to feel better bout your yourself
But I'm gonna fail if I don't see the wealth in my
Own self, no lie. Farewell, goodbye!

HOOK
Track Name: New Dawn
VERSE 1
Boy meets girl then they start dating
Love grows quickly though they’re patient
Kindred Spirits, no relation
Bond was strong before relations
Trouble soon come... will they make it
Ignored it’s allure, didn’t embrace it
She brought joy, he’s so gracious
Rarely does an angel grace us
With their presence, he presents ring
Their ain’t nothing like his everything
Though they’re awesome on their own
Would’ve been hard to make it alone
Bought a house love made it a home
Thoughts of a little one filled their dome
Before their new child came to be
Nothing could’ve prepared’em for the change they’d see
Now they’re fussing & fighting everyday it seems
Becoming further divided by the pain it brings
Sharing comments that are rather unsavory
Disrespected his partner quite blatantly
Both of them grew tired of living aimlessly
Cause they knew in their heart this ain’t the way to be
Few are competent enough to rally gracefully
But everybody fights for the thing they need!!!
And he needed her
Like she needed him and their baby needed them
So they made it work
Might’ve started with coals, Ended up with gems

HOOK
And just when you thought it was over
We start over
Baby hold up
A brand new day is closer
Will you show up
Or fold up


REPEAT HOOK

2ND HOOK
Gotta crawl before you stand and
Walk before you run
Though the fall’s not part of the plan fam
It doesn’t have to mean you’re done
‘Cause everyday is a fresh start
Reset, refresh, renew!!!
And you know what’s the best part
It all comes down to you!!!


VERSE 2
Voice meets beat while they were taping
Trekked far east where ears were waiting
Friend links beatsmith with MC
To mesh fresh vocals to sick beats
After being was flown overseas
He was in studio 5 days a week
No idea that they’d complete
Something that touched souls with this LP
They would fight as much as he’d write
Trying to find compromise every night
Creative differences severed their bond
Not before creating over 30 songs
Good eclipsed the bad that started to unfurl
When they shared the music they had with the world
Love songs, helping to spread the Hikari
Like City Lights when the night isn’t starry
Ain’t No Happy Endings to finish up this story
Sub still Blessing it, Nujabes went to glory
Home Sweet Home but the music lives on
Through the peeps that Think different and stand on they own
Like a young talented producer that came along
3 years prior, with fire and desire to make a song
Good vibes and the beats were strong
Sky the limit from the minute that our team was born



HOOK



2ND HOOK

Track Name: Autumn Leaves ft. Pismo
HOOK (Pismo)
It’s all about the journey
Leaving and returning
Breaking off... float around
Autumn leaves, you and me

Our colors of the season
That blend for good reason
Break away... night and day
Autumn leaves

VERSE 1
It’s like I reached that point where many folk lives get froze
Instead I’m busy living most of my childhood goals
Never stagnant, forever I’ll strive for more
This elevator’s barely above the bottom floor
And every level is worthy of exploration
Please know that I don’t do it for no fake ass admiration
I do it for the challenge I refuse to be complacent
‘Cause positive energy activates constant elevation
Peace world!
Been busy weighing all my options
Love to rip it forever but that would defy logic
So before I’m done rockin’ I’ma start this nonprofit
To pass on what I love, just because I can’t stop it
Man you know me!!!
Transforming from a youngin’ to an OG
And some day our new shit will be an oldie
A true classic never dies at all sun
I’m learning how to smile in Autumn
Its kinda awesome
!

HOOK



VERSE 2
So many years painting our pain with these words
Illustrating our struggle through songs yall might’ve heard
If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words
Amount I’ve used sharing my struggle has been absurd
See what I’m saying
Graffiti Art, Comm. D, & Printmaking
So many tools to choose bout give in to temptation
My career’s duration spent in recording studios
Meanwhile the art studio has been vacant
Honestly it’s home to my 1st creation
My very first love, it appears that she’s patient
Still got it, guess it was laying dormant inside of me
Time to let it out and then hang it up in a gallery
Maybe the next time that I hear from the Smithsonian
It’ll be for my art they’ll be beggin’ for me to loan’em one huh...
And that ain’t far fetched at all sun
When you’re learning how to smile in Autumn
Kinda awesome!

HOOK

VERSE 3
Nonbelievers still doubting their fears I seem to ignore
Been many places I’m planning on seeing some more
Top of the list, the very place my people were born
That’ll be bliss... plan to bring the queen I adore
Might return to BK when I finish raising my family
Enjoy the quiet life but I kinda miss the insanity
Difference is I can dip when the stress is compelling me
And catch a flight anywhere when the spirits propelling me
You ain’t telling me nada bout life being over
Got youngins watching gettin siced bout getting older
Wiser than I was and I’m freer than I been
Got a lot of love, there’s no end to my ends
Dream come true, then the next one begins
A few fail through, overshadowed by wins
And I’m still hungry for more sun
Learning how to smile in Autumn
Beyond awesome.

Hook
Track Name: The Proposal
Dear friend,
It’s hard to separate truth from dreams
A beautiful struggle discovering what love truly means
And where it lives...
A modest place, somewhere between
Honesty & fantasy and only here they reconvene
The hardest thing, I’ve ever done I’m doing now
Putting feelings into words.
Absurd to do without you.
Whether far or close by
Want you every single minute of each day that goes by
Oh my goddess...
I crave for the safety of your arms
In harms way before this but you’re my fortress
You and I are one like there are none before us
Work hard everyday securing what I want for us.
Dreaming of my future and my life with you
Hoping I reap the benefits of your right to choose
Just the thought of it sets a fire inside.
Though my physical will, my love won’t expire with time.

HOOK
I’ll give it my best shot,
Take a leap from the pinnacle
Hoping that I reach even higher! See...
I’m giving you this heart
Faithfully but conditional
Long as you keep it in entirety
It’s yours!
You inspire me
It’s yours!
You inspire me
It’s yours!
You inspire me
And loves the only fuel that our fire needs.

VERSE 2
You’re the reason I wrote this opus
In a sea of lotus, you’re the one I notice
I’m nervous of the outcome but it’s time
Place your palms in mine
Let our souls align
Lock your eyes on mine.
Can you see what they reflect? Or rather who?
It’s simple really. The answer’s you
But I didn’t have to ask ‘cause you already knew.
No need to change or adapt, ‘cause you’re already you.
The one that I was destined to find
Your presence is a blessin’ one gets from the divine
The way we reach forever is a step at a time
Gotta consistently endeavor as together we climb
To new heights

HOOK

VERSE 3
It’s difficult sharing my feelings but I put forth my best effort
Immortalize it with music so this moment lives forever
Like my feelings toward you since our first encounter
Your spirit is uplifting in a world of downers
Life’s hard, this world be can be cruel
But I somehow escape the stress when I traverse it with you.
I am blessed and I pray I feel this way as an old man
For you I make a fool of myself screaming out “Oh damn”
You can tell by my smile from time to time
All else pails in comparison ‘cause you’re primed to shine
Truth is everyday w/ you is like New Year’s Eve
So my new year’s resolution's to be better.
Except defeat... never.
Work hard at it for the rest of my life.
A life I’m willing to share with you... if that’s what you’d like?
Accept this ring, become my bride to be?
Make me the happiest man that I can be.


HOOK
I’ll give it my best shot,
Take a leap from the pinnacle
Hoping that I reach even higher! See...
I’m giving you this heart
Faithfully but conditional
Long as you keep it in entirety
It’s yours!
It’s yours!
It’s yours!
You inspire me
So will you spend the rest of your life with me