Just Waking Up

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The second independent, full-length studio album from the Minneapolis hip-hop artist; a follow up to his February release, "Dreamer's Poetry".

Presented by DJBOOTH.NET & Flud Watches.

Minneapolis emcee and longtime DJBooth.net fave Mike Dreams has hooked up with DJBooth.net and FLüD Watches to bring fans his sophomore independent album, Just Waking Up.

The follow-up to this year’s acclaimed Dreamer’s Poetry LP, the project features 18 brand new tracks by the freestyle series alum, including reader-approved leaks “Wave to Em,” “So Long” and “Any Day Now.”

Joining Dreams throughout Just Waking Up are Christina Fisher, Ashley Dubose, Dominoe Ch’yea, Jeremy Austin Smith, DJ Corbett, Ryanne Noelle, Toyebi, Hypel and Annastasia. Production comes courtesy of K-Salaam & Beatnick, Jimmy Easy and more!


-Courtesy of DJBOOTH.NET

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released October 14, 2010

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Mike Dreams Minneapolis

Mike Dreams, born Michael Alexander Hannah, on November 13, 1988, in an American Hip-Hop Artist & Writer, from Minneapolis, MN. Since 2007, Mike Dreams has been releasing and performing original music. His music and material have gained local, national and international exposure.

Mike Dreams is currently recording his 4th independent studio album, "Pardon My Vices", slated for a 2016 release.
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Track Name: Ready for Me
(Verse 1)

They wanna know who
Is this young, new
Rapper on the scene
Swagger a little dapper
Maybe different than you’ve seen
Hopefully you’ll read his chapters
Just to figure what he means
This God given talent, see
I got it in my genes
Like thread up on the pocket
That you sew into the seams
But never match the outfit
Of the masses
So it seems
I’m so left field
And I ain’t even talking baseball
But I’m here to take all
Got bets
Place all
Can’t lose when you messing with a dude
With this much ambition
I’m up, man listen
Why do I stand out most in a peer meeting
Cuz my quotes meet quotas
Most my peers ain’t meting
I’m confident in that
If the haters wanna chat
Tell ’em that they can bring it on
No cheerleading
My premonition is that
What they missing in rap
Is spitting the facts
These lines will have listening back
In fact

(Chorus)

They keep asking if I’m ready for the game
Ready to be a star
With the money and the fame
And no matter where you are
Everybody knows your name
I’m looking right at ‘em
Asking the same

Are y’all ready for me?
Are y’all ready for me?
Just know that I’mma tell the truth
And no I won’t stop
I started at the bottom
Now I’m ready for the top

(Verse 2)

These dudes wanna stunt hard
I ain’t trying to show off
Cuz all I see is negative
Turn the show off
They start in the right lane
But tend to go off
So that’s why when I write mayne
I tend to go off
Sincerity is missing
That’s probably why they dissing
When they smelling something different
That I’m mixing in the kitchen
Homey, I’m never pitching
All the money in the world
Couldn’t help you pay attention
I’m hoping you’ll listen
My mission’s to get a buzz
Like delivery boys
I’ve been working on my lyrics
And delivery boy
To birth life into this game
Like deliveries boy
Put myself in this position
I’m deliberately poised
To be the next up
Yes, yup
Till I am the best up
Best out
‘Member them days when I was stressed out
Watchin’ ‘em make moves
Feelin’ like I was left out
Now they better give respect out

(Chorus)

They keep asking if I’m ready for the game
Ready to be a star
With the money and the fame
And no matter where you are
Everybody knows your name
I’m looking right at ‘em
Asking the same

Are y’all ready for me?
Are y’all ready for me?
Just know that I’mma tell the truth
And no I won’t stop
I started at the bottom
Now I’m ready for the top

(Verse 3)

And I’ma put my city on the map
Whether they like it or not
I’m bringing the essence back
See, I’m writing the plot
To the story of my life
Put me in the best spot
Sketching out my blueprint
I ain’t talking S. Dot
Just the life and times
Of Mike Dreams
And my dream’s
For my scene
To go and shine like light beams
It might seem
That pie in the sky is kinda high
But if I spit this cold flow
For the cash
We’ll call it ice cream
Then make Alamode
I don’t rock ice creams
I don’t need designer clothes
To show ‘em what I mean
I am the freshest out
And if your dollars had sense
You would sense
I’d be the hottest investment out
Sorry Mr. Jacob
But I don’t need a chain
I drop this knowledge on ‘em
Let the words be the rain
As I take over the reigns
In the city that I claim
Ever since Prince left
They’ve been looking for a king

(Chorus)

They keep asking if I’m ready for the game
Ready to be a star
With the money and the fame
And no matter where you are
Everybody knows your name
I’m looking right at ‘em
Asking the same

Are y’all ready for me?
Are y’all ready for me?
Just know that I’mma tell the truth
And no I won’t stop
I started at the bottom
Now I’m ready for the top
Track Name: Followin' Dreams (ft. Ashley Dubose)
(Verse 1)

Gather round young world
That’s if your still living
Get on down to this hope filled rhythm
People lend ya ears
As I bleed these lines
It’s enjoyable to know
That you feel just fine
I guess a dream
I’m selling it
They sitting in the dark
I let the sun shine in
Like a young Fifth Element
Woke up and took a big whiff of the heaven scent
Head held high, get a whiff of my elequence
Used to play ball
I was swinging for the fence
And that has been my daily goal
Probably ever since
I was a little boy
Basking in my innocence
They used to ridicule
Had to put on my defense
Dreams were worth way more than money
So even when it didn’t make dollars
It would still make sense
Funny without a bat
How I still make hits
This is real
Hope you will crank this

(Chorus)

I let the sun shine down
On my face as it beams
Cuz they’re never taking my self-esteem
I’m so focused, got a head full of steam
And when they ask what that all really means
I say I’m following dreams
I’m following dreams
I’m following dreams, following dreams
We can make it if we try

(Verse 2)

You can be whatever you want
I promise you, forreal
Bump what them haters talking bout
Just follow how you feel
I’m dishing food for thought
Let these words be meals
If ya glass half empty
I’ma serve refills
They probably say I’m corny
Cuz I’m always talking positive
But that’s to combat
All the negative they depositing
Stay up on grind
Just do what you do
I’m trying to have a beautiful day
U2?
I’m no Bono
Just a rap role model
For these kids in the world
Believing is the motto
For the boy who wants to rap
Or the girl who wants to model
If you got the energy
Then you can like Full Throttle
And if they hatin’
Cuz you doing ya thang
Just tell ‘em they could be doing the same
Reach your hands to the clouds
Turn this song real loud
And let the whole world know
That you following dreams

(Chorus)

I let the sun shine down
On my face as it beams
Cuz they’re never taking my self-esteem
I’m so focused, got a head full of steam
And when they ask what that all really means
I say I’m following dreams
I’m following dreams
I’m following dreams, following dreams
We can make it if we try

(Bridge)

And there ain’t no stop to this
I can’t help it, I’m an optimist
And we gon make your head bop to this
And in the end, you gon rock to this

(Chorus)

I let the sun shine down
On my face as it beams
Cuz they’re never taking my self-esteem
I’m so focused, got a head full of steam
And when they ask what that all really means
I say I’m following dreams
I’m following dreams
I’m following dreams, following dreams
We can make it if we try
Track Name: Can I Have A Second (ft. Dominoe Ch'yea)
(Verse 1)

Here it is, a groove slightly transformed
I say I’m different
I’m slightly past norm
I’m just looking for a lady that can match up
If that might be you
Then maybe we should latch up
I won’t claim that I’ll be the greatest catch
But I will let you know where I’m at
And what I have to offer
Do you have a second for a chat?
You can decide if we have a second after that
Don’t judge by the guys in your past
You know how nice guys finish last?
Well, I’ve been sitting in the stands
Watching you deal with them so-called star players
That you really can’t stand
And it makes no sense
Living under false pretenses
Hoping that you’ve came to your senses
Cuz I feel that you’re more than a dime
You’re divine and if you don’t mind…

(Chorus)

Can I Have A Second?
Show you what I'm really about
Cuz this just might be something
That you can't picture living without

(Verse 2)

I won’t try and front lady
I ain’t trying to stunt
I don’t got no ice grill golds in the front
I don’t got a Tahoe that be sitting on dubs
Or be poppin’ bottles with some models in the club
I ain't never been a thug
More like a regular dude
Work hard and I'm payin' my dues
And I'm just looking for a lady on the same
Grown man status, I ain't spittin' no game
Cuz that's so lame
I wanna be sincere
And give a good impression of the man right here
And find my way into the world you reside
Let our souls connect, then maybe we can glide
Maybe we can ride, get a bite to eat
Or a sit down dinner, would you like a seat
You're someone I would like to meet
Maybe this is a sign
I'm just asking for a second of your time

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

[Rapped Part]

I just
Thought you was fly
And I'd like too
Come get to know you if you'd like
Please let me know if that's alright
Right, right, right, right

(Repeat)

(Sung Part)

Thought you was fly
And I'd like too
Come get to know you if you'd like
Please let me know if that's alright

(Repeat)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Bigger Than This (ft. Jeremy Austin Smith of See The World)
(Verse 1)

I am here and it’s clear
I arrived on the scene
With a brand new lean
That they may have never seen
Rap game DR
They was killing the game quick
Well I’m the ambulance
I speak ER
The nouns and verbs
CPR
To breathe life in the sounds
And words seeping through
Your speak ERs
He, he, he are
I mean I am
The newest edition
To this vast world I’m in
They say we need a hero
I was dreaming of fast cars
Fast girls
And a pocket fulla dinero
‘Til I woke up to this regular life
And had to deal with the ills
And the pressure and strife
Now I’m feeling alright
So fly
With dreams to succeed
And to touch that sky
So to reach those goals
Is my imperial wish
Cuz life has to be bigger than this

(Chorus)

We are who we are
We go where we go
We live how we live
But I wanna know
If there’s more to us
That I need to see
And I know there is
Cuz I know life is
Much bigger than this
(We Are, We Are)
Much bigger than this
(We Are, We Are)
Much bigger than this
(We Are, We Are)
Much bigger than…this
(We Are, We Are)

(Verse 2)

They told me I should move with the times
I just move with these rhymes
And I’m moved by the signs
From above
God’s love
As I moved to his shrine
I was equipped with knowledge
I could use on the grind
Where they moving them dimes
Stand elevated
Fully prepared to be the most hated
A martyr for the cause I believe in
So I’m running fast for the truth
Chest wheezing
Until I stop breathing
We’re all blessed heathens
We were all born the same
But grow up to gain
Different mind frames
Some will play the game
For the money and the fame
Platinum or gold chain
Just so they can make a name
But me
I choose just to be individual
Never ever hiding behind sublimals
A much bigger purpose upon this life
You can’t purchase
A rider of the flow like the Seminoles
(A ‘rida of the Flo’ like the Seminoles)
Now here we go

(Refrain)

I know this world is much bigger than
Inside this box that we living in
Gotta reach the goal
I’m gon get it in
They want me to fold
I’m not giving in

(Repeat 3x)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Wave to 'Em
(Verse 1)

I told 'em I was making a classic
They turned around chuckling, laughing
They underestimated my passion
So I used that as fuel
From these fools
'Till the day I had 'em
Eating they words
Gettin' full from the rations
It's clear to see they lack rationale
If they take a listen to these records
And claim they just average
Been trying to diss him
Story of my life
Back in the day
I was just a fat kid
With a lisp then
Honed my craft to a T
Like Lipton
Finna blow
Can't cool me off here
Listen
Ordinary people
I took the high road to be a legend like John
And I don’t even get lifted
Tell ‘em save room
On they top ten list and competition
I’ll knock ‘em out like Liston
They thought my mission was impossible
I cruise like Tom thru the drama though
I tell them haters vamanos

(Chorus)

(Verse 2)

And I don’t do nothing but write
Like I’m never wrong
That goes both ways,
Pause, I’m forever strong
The opposite of weak
Leave ‘em in awe
Just so they don't have nothing to say
The opposite of speak
When opposition seeks
To halt my operative speech
I break up out the straight jacket
Psychopathic on the beat
Trying to be a champion
But still don't have a ring
Still they way up out my range, and not even in my lane,
My aim, I am the mayne driving crazy and deranged,
Like it’s Jay-Z and his dame when
The car burst into flames
I birth into the game
With an Grade A flow
They get a C-Section
They only see sections
I see the bigger picture
Like projections on the wall
Like we was missing a season
Tell 'em I will never fall
Stall or never let up
Been cutting the mustard
I grind
They way beHeinz (behind)
I’m waiting for you to catch up (Ketchup)
Will they ever?

(Verse 3)

So as I work towards a deal
Bare the fruits of my labor
Before you get to the core
You gotta work through the peel
I work to give my verses universal appeal
I'm ready to play my part
They rehearsing it still
Leave 'em in a hearse
From the steel
When I body these beats
With the heat
You are at my pen's will
All joints ballpoint
There is no pencil
That means they can’t erase
When I’m sketching that real
Vivid image
See it sharply in the frame
Sign my name and leave my mark
Like I threw a sharpie at the game
I plan well
Labels better play they hands well
Or you can tell 'em that it's no deal
Howie Mandell
I’m the host
Give praise to the most
Cuz he blessed me
I ain’t trying to boast
But if he let me
Any chance I get
I’m tooting my own horn
Dizzy Gillespie
And shaking up the world
Epilepsy
Track Name: Me & My Music (ft. DJ Corbett)
Me and My Music

(Verse 1)

How they gon tell me I wasn’t meant for this
Man, I swear I was made to make music
Ever since I was an infant, it’s
Just something I feel in my soul
I wake up feeling like it’s what I gotta do
I gotta reach my goals
I was 8 years old
Just chillin’ at my auntie house
Glued to the television
Didn’t plan on going out
Watching music videos
Killing Me Softly
Remember when it debuted
With Lauryn and her crew
She was singing her heart out
One of those vivid images
I play when reminiscing
Back when I was only wishing
To make it to that position
Now I’m making my own
I’m feeling closer than ever
With visions to take the throne
So that’s what I’ve been after
Writing another chapter
Made it through middle school
Through ridicule and laughter
Imagine my teacher’s face
When her honor role student
Who could be anything
Said he wanna be a rapper

(Verse 2)

Fast forward to high school
New place, new city
We had moved uptown
Like the ‘92 Diddy
Walking down a hallway
Where all the girls looked pretty
In my XL coat
Had me looking like Biggie
Naw really
Somebody found out that I be rapping
Told me I should battle this dude
They say that he be snapping
Just imagine how I arrogantly told ‘em get his weight up
Then started spitting, messed up prewrittens
And I got ate up
No longer was a hater
Swear just the other day
Me and him was kicking it
Reminiscing bout that day
Or back in 11th grade
Spring Break ‘05
Used to get the fresh fade
Hit the mall with my guys
Copping fits for the talent show
Recording in the basement
I swear, that year, we thought we all was gon make it
It didn’t happen then
But I never lost my mission
I’ma do it
I just need the world to listen

(Verse 3)

While these others dream for the cream
And visions to bring the drop out
I’m rapping for the passion
Not looking for a cop-out
This has been a part of me
The artistry
Hopping on the bus to college classes
Bumping the College Dropout
And reading my blueprint
The top is what I’m eyeing
These other youngins
Hoping just to get rich or die tryin’
I do this because it’s meant for me
Give you the documentary
Of my life
And how I just wanna be a part of history
No mystery
They sayin’ they don’t feel boy
Man, they should go shoot a boombox
And kill that noise
I pour my heart into these records
And I just want ‘em to sing those
They mad cuz every song on my album could be they single
So will I stop? Never
Forever, this here is infinite
Got me feeling like Marshall Mathers way back in ‘96
I hope God will send my blessing from the sky
To be a music legend before I die
So tell me why…
Track Name: No More Trouble
(Verse 1)

Introducing the greatest latest
I mean the truest newest
They in da drought
Like Wayne tapes
They needed fluid
Well let me see what this game takes
I spit it fluent
H20
With an H2 flow
That means I keep on truckin’ on ‘em
Where is Eddie Kendricks at
I’ll get David Ruffin on these cats
See I’m spitting that
Whatever he was on
I will never leave my zone
Beat is on
Standing in the booth with all the heaters on
And a jacket, homes
Maybe a down coat
Old rappers mad cuz they careers are on a down slope
No longer sweet
And like a cavity, it hurts
That my career is headed up as if gravity reversed
Do that kill your self-esteem
I guess the tragedy was worse
I rehearse every verse
Till it’s lavishly dispersed
‘Cross the globe
No Flintstone
I came through the rubble
I’m just following my callin’ homey
I don’t want trouble

(Chorus)

We Don’t Need No More Trouble!
No More Trouble!

(Repeat)

(Verse 2)

Welcome to my city (Minneapolis)
Well people suffer from delusions
They conjure up these illusions
And it tends to draw confusion
Get comfortable in they box
Think they really doing something
Really ain’t doin’ nothing
Really these dudes frontin’
It’s ironic
Cuz it’s usually rappers with no backing
Just a bunch of empty promises
That’s never gon’ happen
It could
But it won’t
Cuz I swear they lack passion
I got moore like Demi
Bout to hit it like Ashton
They bout to feel like
They getting featured on his show
Fall back dawg
I don’t want a feature on your show
Not now, not ever
This week or next year
Or a verse upon a record
No one’s ever gon’ hear
Am I talking kinda big
Well maybe it’s cuz I plan to
Be the next big thing
These people wanna jam to
I’m on my hustle
Somebody should page Russel
And tell ‘em I got the muscle
These rappers don’t want trouble

(Chorus)

(Verse 3)

And I don’t got a God complex
I praise a complex God
Who made me in his image
So of course I gotta mimic
And these are just my feelings
People dying over here and overseas
And rappers still making songs about killing
Dawg, you ain’t Ice T
I’ma shine nicely
How much my soul was worth
I couldn’t tell you what the price be
Cuz artists sell just to sell
And to stay fly
Forgetting they gon have to pay well
The day that they die
I say I’m
Figuring out just how to play the game
So even on the Heaven side
I still got that flame
Man, I get it
I never needed gimmicks
Just to cash in
I am not a hipster
I ain’t talkin’ fashion
Bout to bring it home
While the rest of these yougins
Bout to take a Big L
I’m about to put it on
The game’s in Jeopardy
Well, I give ‘em a daily double
And they bets to let
me in
I mean, unless they want trouble
We don’t…

(Chorus 2x)
Track Name: Got It Locked Down (ft. Dominoe Ch'yea)
(Verse 1)

9pm on a Friday Night
She getting ready
Fresh up out a relationship
No longer goin’ steady
So she been on her dolo
But she ain’t rolling solo
She calling up her girls
Asking when it’s time to go-go
Staying home is a no-no
She want you all to see
That new dress and Manolos
That she copped for the low-low
Clutches with the logos
Berkin and Lauren Merkin
She searching all through her purses
Just so she can find the perfect
One to go shut ‘em down with
Night out on the town with
All of her favorite girls
What’s about to go down, it’s
A celebration to life and independence
Someone throw up ya lighters
For the new miss independent
Been grinding all week
Man, it ain’t even funny
Making Donna Summer dollars
She work hard for the money
So you better treat her right
Cuz she on the top now
I swear this girl got it locked down

(Chorus)

Hey
I swear she fly in her own right
Leader of her own life
Man, this girl got it locked down
(Got it locked down)
She sitting on her throne
Everything she own
Said she got it on her own
What she driving
She rolling
Cuz she got it
And she knows it
She work hard
And swear that she won’t stop
You looking at a lady on top
(Yeah, she got it locked down)


(Verse 2)

She been blessed like church on Sunday
At work on Monday
And she ain’t have to twerk not one day
To get to where she goin’
She know that she’s the leader of her destiny
And what a lot of dudes talkin’
Really ain’t impressing
She, got her own movement
So scrubs keep it movin’
She know she ain’t perfect
She got room for improvement
But, still
She’s the master of her domain
Like it’s Jerry and Elaine
Man, I swear she do her thing
Nobody’s in her lane
She swerving on them lames
Especially the dames
Who be hating on the low
But in person
They will claim
Everything is all good
To catch up to her status
Man y’all wish y’all could
She sitting on the top now
Everything she cop now
Got it all legit
She ain’t never have to drop down
Go and pull her top down
Just bought a brand new drop
That she rock round the city with the top down
And she ain’t need a cosign like bad credit
She flash that cash debit for her fash fetish
She don’t even look at tags
But she never gotta brag
She just throw it in the bag like Fab said it
She on a mission
She coming up fast
Yeah, she got class
And she pays her own tuition
Them green lights glisten
And she will never stop now
Swear this girl got it locked

(Chorus)

Hey
I swear she fly in her own right
Leader of her own life
Man, this girl got it locked down
(Got it locked down)
She sitting on her throne
Everything she own
Said she got it on her own
What she driving
She rolling
Cuz she got it
And she knows it
She work hard
Swear she ain’t gon stop
She gotta be that lady on top
(Yeah, she got it locked down)

(Bridge)

And this the kind of girl I want
And this the kind of girl I need
Cuz she living her own life
And doin’ her own thing
She the kind of girl I need
And this the kind of girl I want
And this the kind of girl I need
Cuz she living her own life
And she won’t stop until
(She got it locked down)

(Partial Chorus)

What she driving
She rolling
Cuz she got it
And she knows it
She work hard
Swear she ain’t gon stop
She gotta be that lady on top
(Yeah, she got it locked down)
Track Name: Already A Star
(Verse 1)

Who is he
He’s the greatest rapper you’ll ever meet
So you should pay homage when you see him in the street
And you should spaz out
When you hear him on beats
And anything he breath on
Just save it for safe-keeps
He swear it’s gon be worth it
As hard as he working
He has no flaws, he’s perfect
So tell me why they searching for the next
He’s already the best today
It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday
But he say
Just forget about the history
You kidding me
Nobody before this
Was ill as me
Them haters killing me
They are all basic
He is the epitome of greatness
The places
You tryna be
He already go
When they ask who he is
He say “Yo, you already know”
He feels that he’s the greatest
He don’t need nobody help
Problem is
So does everybody else

(Chorus)

But he’s already a star
And right now
It don’t even matter
That nobody really knows who you are
He’s doing his thang
And he don’t even stop to recognize
There’s a million others doing the same
He lives in the moment

(Rap)

He give ‘em everything he got
And hopes that one day they’ll remember his name
And call him a star
Call him a star
And this will be the song they sing…

(Verse 2)

Who is she
She’s the prettiest girl in the world
And you should get to know her
You can see that she a pearl
A diamond in the rough
Just look at her apparel
Whenever she on the scene
They like
Who is that girl
She schooling these other women
Like a classroom
She have fun
Throwing stones
From her glass room
And she dropped outta college
Like last June
Went and spent her trust fund money
Going to Cancun
But she getting cash soon
And she swear it always smell like roses
When she walk up out the bathroom
And she ain’t even need a Plug-In or aerosol
Gotta fly first class
If she in the air at all
Model pics on her MySpace, Facebook
She just wanna see how everybody face look
When they finally admit that she the baddest
Cuz she can never settle with being average

(Chorus)

She’s already a star
So right now
It don’t even matter
That nobody really knows who you are
She’s doing her thing
And she don’t even stop to recognize
There’s a million women doing the same
She lives in the moment

(Rap)

She give ‘em everything she gots
And hopes that one day they’ll remember her name
And call her a star
Call her a star
And this will be the song they sing…

(Verse 3)

They say Ooo
You so conceited
But you never believe it
They try and give you feedback
But you don’t ever read it
Cuz you don’t really need it
You feel like you already where
You wanna be
And they gotta receive it
Though you know
That they know
That you frontin’
They still can’t tell you nothing
Cuz you was born for stuntin’
So nothing else matters
Haters can kick pebbles
While you walk around telling people
Get up on your level
There’s that arrogance
You feeling like you the heir to the throne
And that there’s nare a comparison
Even if it’s yearned
It’s still gotta be earned
Them bridges on fire
And you just letting ‘em burn
So tell me what’s the aim
If you trying to do the same
As the rest of the world
Cuz you destined for the fame
And you’d probably go insane
If you woke and you coped with the fact
You’re nobody
And that may never change
So you put on this face
And you hide behind a mask
But I see straight through it
Like you hide behind glass
Know you wanna be known
Know you wanna be loved
No longer wanna be known as a wannabe
You love
The attention
Is that the reason you go hard
Fake it until you make it
Just thinking you’ll go far
See this is all true
But you’ll probably disregard
Cuz what’s it matter to you
Look where you are…



(Chorus)

You’re already a star
And right now
It don’t even matter
That nobody really knows who you are
Ya doing ya thing
And you don’t even stop to recognize
There’s a million people doing the same
You live in the moment

(Rap)

And give ‘em everything you got
And hope that one day they’ll remember your name
And call you a star
Call you a star
And this will be the song they sing…
Track Name: So Long (ft. Ryanne Noelle of Seventh Ascent)
Intro:

Ooos (Refrain)

(Verse 1)

Look
I’ve been dealing with this drama for a long time
You trying to figure me out
Get in the long line
It’s been the same thing
Over and over
I thought it would’ve changed when I got a little older
But I smell it in the air
That same vein odor
And jealousy is there
I switch my lanes over
But they keep swerving back
In my path
I just can’t stand
The thought of having to go back
In my past
Where you hope that they’d understand
But never can
Wish I could jump high in the air
And never land
Cuz I swear
I am getting so tired of they negative
Just because I’m one who desires to
Set a precedent
So whatever they saying
To me is irrelevant
Whenever I’m present
My passion is surely evident
You can only listen to nonsense so long
‘Till you feel like telling ‘em so long
(And I’m gone)

(Chorus-Ryanne Noelle)

Why, do I have to go through this
One more time
Cuz I feel I keep losing my mind
And I’ve been through this stuff a thousand times
So I’ll just have to tell these people bye
So Long, So Long, So Long
Cuz I’m gone, I’m gone, I’m gone
So Long, So Long, So Long
Cuz I’m gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

(Verse 2)

Wanna know what I was speaking bout in the first verse
I was trying to find self
Guess I had to search first
Had one side saying I wasn’t hood enough
The other side stereotyping just cuz my hoodie up
Both of ‘em had me feeling like I wasn’t good enough
Until I grew up
And saw the hatred they was putting up
Yup
All because I wouldn’t play the game
No, I am not a Martian
But we are not the same
I swear they ain’t got the fuel
Or the gasoline
To even plug into my source
Like the magazine
I be feeling like
I don’t need this world
So I be asking God when I’ma leave this world
I’m not talking bout dying
I’m talking bout change
Tell me when will they accept
That I don’t wanna be the same
You can only deal with ‘em judging you
For so long
Til you feel like telling’ ‘em so long
And I’m gone

(Chorus-Ryanne Noelle)

Outro: Ooos (Refrain)
Track Name: Dream At Sunset (ft. Christina Fisher)
(Verse 1)

I say that I’m here
Dreaming at Sunset
Writing this in my head
While looking over the edge of the city
Like I’m the one next
Digging in my soul
Visualizing my goals
So this is where my mind resides
Everywhere I go
I know time is of the essence
Solo is how I spend most
And I ain’t where I wanna be
But you can say I’ve been close
People used to see me, but lately
Can say I’ve been ghost
Even my dogs couldn’t spot me
Or come Glen Close
Cruella Deville
I’m better forreal
Yeah, sure enough
I am a rookie
With a veteran feel
I swear these rappers put on acts
And they be better Will
Give ‘em an Oscar for that trash
And tell ‘em they time passed
They was taking a break
I had my mind on gas
On this quest for success
Put your mind on blast
Cuz you dealing with a winner now
Them others dudes talent is a waste
Like running the air condition
With ya windows down
I just tend to let go
I’m focused on my next goal
They told me you gon lose your soul
Tryna be the next Hov
This past year’s been crazy
I wonder how the next go
I’m yelling in an empty room
So all I hear is echoes
I guess that means I’m listening
To no one but myself
And the God that sketched me out
I don’t need nobody help
I told ‘em I’mma be fine
Bout to make a B-Line
For the throne
That’s a chair
So I guess that means I recline
The rest of ‘em can decline
I never need a rubric
When making this life music
That paying the price music
That you just might have to sacrifice
To change your life music
Hate me for the same reason
That they hated Christ music
Stand amongst the darkness
And just shine your light through it
Progression involves risks
Gotta roll the dice
Do it
Tell ‘em my heart I’m ready to give
And I’m feeling like they resurrected BIG
How I’m ready to live

(Chorus)

(Singing)

You can take a look thru my eyes
And you can try and see what I see
I walk around feeling so blind
You don’t know what it’s like to be me

(Rapping)

I’mma do a lot of living
Cuz I ain’t lived yet
My sins are forgiven
Now tell me what’s next
I’ve been waiting so long
I’m feeling upset
I gave ‘em my all
Don’t have much time left
My head to the sky
Ordered my steps
Put my work in
I’ll pass that test
They pass that torch
I will carry it the best
From the morning sunrise
Till I dream at Sunset

(Verse 2)

I lost my Grandma this past year
May her soul rest
I saw her one last time
An hour before she left
And even though I wasn’t there
To see her last breath
No regrets
I know she got to leave this stress
Life’s weight up off her chest
And there’s life after death
Really no death at all
When you know they you’re blessed
So I know she’s up in Heaven
And she’s sittin’ right next
To the same God steady telling me
To get set
For the plans that he got
So I’m focused on the goals
God floats my raft
Can’t sail my soul
That just let’s the rest know
They were ain’t on the same boat
Bout to bring a storm down
You gon need a raincoat
How I rearrange quotes
And spit over these notes
Go and read what I wrote
Bet I give my town hope
From a city fulla dreamers
And sadly so many haters
Just bitter because they lost every time
Ralph Nadar
We used to be on top
I’m here to reclaim this
Life is like a 7-game series
Playing game six
And I only got 2 wins
So I go to win
They needed a breath of fresh air
You can call me new wind
There’s only a chosen few
Let’s see if they let you in
Eeenie, Meanie, Minie, Moe
Homey, I’m a shoe-in
Cuz if I don’t make it
What purpose do I have
With a fraction of the truth
You still wouldn’t know the half

(Chorus)

(Singing)

You can take a look thru my eyes
And you can try and see what I see
I walk around feeling so blind
You don’t know what it’s like to be me

(Rapping)

I’mma do a lot of living
Cuz I ain’t lived yet
My sins are forgiven
Now tell me what’s next
I’ve been waiting so long
I’m feeling upset
I gave ‘em my all
Don’t have much time left
My head to the sky
Ordered my steps
Put my work in
I’ll pass that test
They pass that torch
I will carry it the best
From the morning sunrise
Till I dream at Sunset
Track Name: We Gon' Work It Out (ft. Toyebi & Hypel)
(Verse 1)

I see the struggle that you going through
I can relate, cuz this life
Can have me going too
Wishing it could all be perfect
But you seeing things just aren’t working
Now you feeling down
Wonder if it’s all worth it
Got bills to pay
But you just got fired
Got mouths to feed
But you can’t get hired
Tragedies that put you in a whirl
Sometimes it’ll have you questioning
Why God put you in this world
Some things are just hard to understand
I see you lady
Over there
Having problems with your man
Cuz you just want a soul mate
And he just ain’t living up
There’s times in this life
Where you feel like giving up
Cuz things ain’t working out
I advise that you look up to the sky
Pray the things you’ve been hurtin’ bout
Will soon past
Find the answers you’ve been searching bout
And whenever you’re in doubt
Know that you work it out
(Chorus)

They say things change
But they stay the same, well I know
(When times get tough and you get let down
Don’t give up now, cuz)
We Gon Work It Out, work it out
We Gon Work It Out, work it out
We Gon Work It Out

(Verse 2 - Hypel)

Close your eyes
Picture no crimes
Picture no cryin’
Picture us fine
Living long
Don’t picture us dyin’
Picture love
Now picture peace
Picture God
Hope when you see ‘em
You picture WE
Picture you’re finally free
Flying over the seas
Picture a cure for the poor
And the disease
Picture your family
Who let you know you’re not alone
So when you get lost
Close your eyes and picture home
Can you see it
If you can’t, I understand
Deprived something normal
As home
Swear it’s a shame
I’m trying to find my rationale
Before I go insane
On the pursuit of happiness
While I’m dodging pain
I’m on the quest to see what life
Is all about
My future looking foggy
Still I’m trying to plan my routes
We all wanna know what we’re supposed
To be in life, before it’s too late
Money can buy everything but time
And they say…

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

We gonna work it out
We gonna work it out
We gonna work it out

(Repeat)

We gotta work it out
We gotta work it out
We gotta work it out
We gotta work it out

(Chorus)
Track Name: Count the Ways (ft. Ryanne Noelle of Seventh Ascent)
(Verse 1)

I’m on another bus ride home
Still looking out the window sill
Still wondering how the wind gon feel
If I ever get a chance to blow
Just want a chance to know
What it’s like to reach dreams
Man, I have to go
So I spend nights awake
Insomniac forever
Pondering on ways to put it together
And whether
I should stick with it to get it or simply back down
And this my theme song playing in the background
I’m seeing peers pass by
With progression
I try to live through ‘em
But I’ve learned my lesson that
Everybody’s nobody
Till they make it
But I’m just feeling I don’t have patience, and y’all gotta

(Chorus)

Believe me
I’ve been out on my own too long
I’ve been gone
I can’t go home, cuz I know
You ain’t gon get it for nothing
You always gotta trade it for something
And there’s a million ways to get it tonight, tonight
So I’mma be…

(Rapped)

Counting the ways, count-counting the ways
Let me count all the ways, count-count the ways
Let me count the ways, count, count, the ways
Let me count the ways, let me count the ways…


(Verse 2)

It’s funny how they tell you go hard or go home
As if home’s just a place where you rest your dome
It’s where you feel safe, a space and a zone
With that said, I could never go home
And see, I could never comeback to the season I was on
Just give me some young money
I’ll be so far gone
Like why should I lie
Like I’m not that guy
Just telling you how I feel in-side
Gotta get it how you live
I say I got one chance
Two eyes
3 minds
With a VCR
You couldn’t rewind
2 lungs
And even CPR couldn’t refine
How much they’ve been polluted
Though I still plan to do this
Not saying that I would
I’m saying that I could
Friends and fam never thought I should
But I can’t wait
They say you can’t have cake and eat it too
In that case, just hand me a plate
And y’all gotta believe me…

(Chorus)


(Verse 3)

Y’all don’t see the demons that I struggle with daily
And the devil right there saying pay me
Cuz it you want it all like Warren G
Better buy a warranty
Just so I can shine
And this whole world can warrant me
But
It’s not like nobody warned me
I know the risks
But I’m fresh up out the quarantine
Which means I’m still sick
Trying to build a clientele
Hoping they’ll feel this
In this game of buy and sell
A new year
A couple more people know me
I still got a handful yelling out show me
Cuz I just haven’t proved yet
I got mustard seed faith
But a couple of mountains I haven’t moved yet
They wonder who’s next
I got my hand raised
Just tryna get a connect like Hughes Net
But it seems that my life’s on dial-up
But see that’s just about enough
To get my riled
To take stab at it
With my knife in the air
You let ‘em purchase
Hope the pricing is fair
They saying live in the now
And worry about it the afterlife
But tell me if it’s worth the sacrifice

(Chorus)
Track Name: Up Here (ft. DJ Corbett)
(Verse 1)

Three quarters after 11
We in the final hour
“Fore it’s over and I’m stepping on my stairway to Heaven
Hoping for triple 7s
Give me 15 minutes
I’ll show ‘em I’m bout to win it
See there is no limit
I been Master of my Ps and Qs
No gimmick
Just me
Just I
Tell ‘em I’m never finished
Put the hatred to bed
Can you pass the clean linen
Dissing everything I’ve said
But you tuned in to listen
That’s the juxtaposition
Of this cold world we live in
Chip on my shoulder
I carry that affliction
I’m whippin’ a prescription
And working with keen precision
So intelligent decisions
Is how I’m making my living
Now I’m making provisions
For the city that I live in
Many have done me wrong
God told me to forgive ‘em
But still never forget it
So when they see me out
They’ll know exactly what it’s bout
I advise you respect my vision

(Chorus)

Headed for the top
You can love me or hate me
And I had a couple friends
But I ain’t seen them lately
Cuz I’m out tryna make it
You can’t take it
I swear nothing’s gonna bring me down
Because the view is so clear
Man, it’s crazy up here
The view is so clear
Man, it’s crazy up here

(Verse 2)

I’m never cocky
I am confident
Confiding in confidants
Who share the inspiration
That my music seems to compliment
So I convey it on a day to day basis
And if you’re not an acquaintance
You can tune into the station
And bask in the ambiance
Sit inside the audience
The fact you get acknowledged
You should take it as a compliment
Cuz I swear
That the looks upon they faces
The day I actually make it
Will require picture taking
We sitting inside a Matrix
I ain’t taking no pills
How you gon be #1
And still make it so real?
Well, that’s what I’m bout to figure out
You can tell I’m shooting for the stars
With these bars
By the way I brought these triggers out
People tend to tell me my mind is awkwardly different
Cuz I tend to tell the truth
To the people that wanna listen
Like Moses with the commandments
God said it, so it’s written
I’m spittin’ that Bobby Brown
Tell ‘em this that New Edition

(Chorus)

(Verse 3)

I put my heart, mind, body, soul
Even in the smallest acts
I don’t need your two cents
How am I ‘spose to ball with that
I could never make it rain with some change
But I could bring change
Just to break us out these chains
And shackles that we carry
That’s word to Mary Mary
Life is scary like Carrie
Unless you’re a visionary
Well, luckily I am the latter
Like I’m climbing up
If you ain’t on the bandwagon
I suggest signing up
Cuz I’m grinding, yup
I’m selling tickets to the greatest flow on Earth
And gon have everybody lining up
Be looking out for me
Cuz I’m coming and see everything y’all doing
Like I’m standing on a balcony
I’m spiritually inclined
My hand is on the handle of the door to success
Only a matter of time
On a diamond flooded watch
Guess that means I’m trying shine
I’ll be back at 11:59
But for now, I’m

(Chorus)
Track Name: Live.Love.Life (ft. Annastasia)
(Chorus)

Will you remember
At the end of the night
With those angels standing strong behind you
These are the moments
When it all feels right
With all the people that you love
Beside you
And we can share this night together
And hope that these moments lasts forever
Because the stars are out
And the moon is bright
Till we fade into the morning light
Let’s just live.love.life

Live.Love.Life (5x), Live
[Repeat]


(Verse 1)

Man, I love life and I don’t wanna give it up
So every single moment, yo
I gotta live it up
And every single night
I’m feeling on top of the world
And on stage, I was rocking the world
Like Tito’s brother
Rewards for a hard day’s work
Is a hard play night
So we live just like
We ain’t got a care in the world
The weight was on our shoulders
From where we carried the world
Like Atlas, but now at last
Like Etta James
I’m the name that will put us on the atlas
Chillin’ with a lady
I don’t necessarily call my baby
But could she be my soul mate, maybe
Cuz life is crazy like that
See, I like that
Never quite know
What this night could bring
At a time like this
How it feels so right
We shine like this
And we Live.Love.Life

(Chorus)

(Verse 2)

We all just got paid my dude
No debts owed
I done paid my dues
So let’s live it up
I tell ‘em woo-sah
Take a fresh deep breath
And the stress, give it up
Cuz we only got one life to live
No soap opera
Real life it is
So, I say we make the best of it right
Thank God that you blessed for the rest
Of the night
As we shine much brighter than the stars
Up above us
No time for haters
Just friends and lovers
Out there showing there you care for another
And you bask in the moments that you share
With each other, this
Is how it feels when the sun goes down
We rock this nation and run this town
At times like this
Yeah, it feels so right
How we shine like this
And we Live.Love.Life

(Chorus)

(Instrumental Breakdown)

Live.Love.Life (5x), Live
[Repeat]
Track Name: Waiting for Something (ft. Toyebi)
(Chorus)

See, I
Don’t know if what I’ve been waiting for
All my life
This future I can’t see
I feel so blind
So I’ll just sit and wait
As time goes by
And I just wonder why

But here I am
Still I stand
And I’m gonna do what it takes
And try the best I can
Don’t know where I’ll go
Don’t know where I’ll be
But all I know is I’m just gon be me

(Verse 1)

See I don’t know what I’m waiting for
But I’ve been waiting on something since the day I was born
It hasn’t came
So I guess I’m still searchin’
Back up on the grind
Yeah, I guess I’m still working
And waiting on a sign
Praying it’ll fall from the sky
Cuz it seems like I’m never satisfied
With this life that was given
This life that I’m living
My sights and my visions
Always seem to turn different
I feel so complacent
Waiting on my placement
Within this big world
Wishing I could switch places
With those who’ve advanced
If I just had the chances they had
I could make the advancements they have
But I’m stuck inside this basement
Writing this letter to myself
And I’m praying that somebody would help
Give me a little guidance
And maybe shed light
And tell me everything is alright

(Chorus)

See, I
Don’t know if what I’ve been waiting for
All my life
This future I can’t see
I feel so blind
So I’ll just sit and wait
As time goes by
And I just wonder why

But here I am
Still I stand
And I’m gonna do what it takes
And try the best I can
Don’t know where I’ll go
Don’t know where I’ll be
But all I know is I’m just gon be me

(Verse 2)

You ever have a day
Where nothing is goes wrong
But nothing feels right
That’s what I feel like
The same old 24-hour routine
I’m the playing the same part
Living the same scene
Conception of my visions
They soon became dreams
But making it happen
Is looking more difficult
It seems
I am stuck here
Waiting on my life to change
Like I’m in a car
Waiting for the light to change
So I can drive down that same road
They say so many have
Wish I could take a shortcut
You know, a mini path
But it looks like
I’m in for the long stretch
Trying to live inside the present
But I’m feeling all stressed
I need to learn to be comfortable
In my skin
And learn to be content with
The position that I’m in
Focus on where I’m going
And be proud of where I’ve been
But right now
This is where I am…
I’m Waiting for something

(Chorus)

(Bridge 1)

Now turn it up on the radio
Flip the notch on ya stereo
If you don’t know what you’re waiting for
But you ain’t got time
And you just wanna live you’re life
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah (Repeat)

(Bridge 2)

We’ll I’mma be okay
Man, I hope so
Okay, yeah, yeah,
Man, I don’t know
We’ll I’mma be okay
Man, I hope so
Okay, yeah, yeah,
But I don’t know

(Chorus)