CIVIL​.​i​.​AM

by Megaciph

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Attention 03:20
Verse 1 Keep it moving not observant public servant out of service Out of order get in line don’t deserve this that’s absurd its Best practice is Sunday masses nightly news feeds the masses Mass extinction on the brink of human evolution magic Cult like culture distribution independent music matters Human trafficking is sadder human trafficking is sadder Collective consciousness could raise the bar with our purchase power Most are cowards disavow me or condemn and call me sour I can take it I been called every name but fake To my friends I am ThatsGoodness to my enemies I’m strange To myself I’m just a nightmare sleep is something I can spare Burn the wick at both ends work and research because I care Prayer and meditation are my forms of medication Super saturated anti-biotic resistant nation Passive in the face of injustice watching waiting Chorus 2x Do I have your attention now? Throw your fear and apprehension out While you waiting for the sun to come down You missing everything that life is about Verse 2 They’re not like me their God’s frightening They don’t like me they’re so right wing War’s the right thing thunder lightning More and bigger buy brand new things I want options I need choices Take my freedoms ignore our voices Safety’s got its price and I’m ready to pay it Take me to the heights of the dragon so I can slay him With the lives of our soldiers lost we’ll never know the true cost Leave me in the depths to decay where I can’t shake it off The make ups caked up for the cameras I can’t take it off For fifteen I sold my soul so what’s the loss They’re not like me their God’s frightening They don’t like me they’re not right wing War’s the right thing thunder lightning More and bigger buy brand new things We are the greatest they are all evil They are the axis we are the people They are the other created unequal We want justice they need democracy It is their right so says our plutocracy And they’ll embrace us or we’ll erase em Off the face of the earth in this war on terrorism This war will never end this war will never end This war will never end this war will never end (Silence – 1 measure) Chorus 2x Do I have your attention now? Throw your fear and apprehension out While you waiting for the sun to come down You missing everything that life is about
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Am I Next? 02:27
So what does it mean to be civil in your eyes? You label me a nigger and give me the door prize That’s back door service entry out in the front lines Blacks got no place in the service that’s no punch line 4 Spoken from the mind of a man that knows Smoking gun in the hand with one eye closed My third open on the field and it’s no Ha-lo I heard coping get you killed so I don’t lay low 8 I’m a stand up dude in my man up mood So I don’t snitch on the crew I take the bruise And that’s none other than honorable my choice the best If the pigs come shooting I’m a have on a vest 12 Fire back with my hands up resisting arrest You damn right I’m a fight back until my last breath Beating on my chest cause there’s treasure inside I’m a God in disguise as a man why lie? 16 A Black man and since my youth been demonized Captured on wax so I am immortalized That means I’ll live forever my ego has been severed Cut off at the root to this earth I’m untethered 20 Walk truth talking beats banging all through the streets If I’m sagging, in fatigues, on the court or in cleats The corporate office the drug spot wherever we meet I got two lives to lead so I cannot sleep 24 I got to give my all just to compete and make a dent Bounce off pavement shatter the ceiling to make rent You see mortgage is for owners I’m on this land to work Get my hands dirty flex even take off the shirt 28 A sex symbol the one that you love to hate Aggressive the one your daughter wants to date Suggestive I touch it your wife masturbates And subjected to brutality prejudice and hate 32 I’m a man I’m a beast I’m a king with a plan I’m a servant and master of ceremonial chants I’m a spectacle you bet not get caught looking at I’m a son, husband and father with a neck full of tats 36 Am I Next?!!
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Verse 1 This knock from Okinawa out to Pakistan Parisian runways or posh clubs in Japan Norwegian suites all the way down to Swaziland Where ever you go Megaciph is the man 4 I walk with confidence in bare feet no vest You know this mind is a gun so you’re no contest Marine politicking with high level execs You want conflict or interest? That’s the test! 8 Lets’s get it popping caviar and bottles to the table Cracking crustacean shells while the cooks ain’t able To even eat or feed their fam without six days labor The media downplays it these problems major 12 This culture is global Selfie shots on mobiles Celebrity locals Trading shots with moguls This how we supposed to be occasions are rose to Do more than exposed to like how all the flows grew 16 Make our own dude or D-I-E trying Its D-I-Y til the day I die and dope I be supplying M-Y lyrics get you high and fans be multiplying I just take good notes and read the codes and that’s what I’m applying 20 It weird science with our chemical brains This is biological warfare for my lane I’m a carbon creation with a hulking frame Inspiration to many that things can change 24 Chorus Let’s go I’m on a roll you can’t stop me Inflammatory mind they gon’ try an pop me Product of my times Global society To the new world order we toppling the hierarchy I could make you all move with the word or the gun I could make you all move with the word or the gun I said I’ll make you all move with my word or the gun I laid it out you just got to pick which one Verse 2 I laid in brothels slept in hostels bought and sold from Rasta’s Scaled a mountain trained with rifles read the whole green monster Built with rappers earned my masters chef up some lobster Lived on streets then the penthouse my mental’s colossal 4 Colossus with the flow real heavy on dropping knowledge Like heavies in basic training tenured profs in college This is not for the novice giving homework to scholars I advise you acknowledge if you hate I admonish 8 Got em polishing knobs in hallways up in my home For their past infractions bloggers leaving me alone This a crystal palace you cannot enter my dome Or rent in my vicinity you’ll flinch in my zone 12 This ain’t how I get along this is how I get the win If we don’t get along you might catch one on the chin The tempers real long like a jet stream wind My weather punch like Pac you don’t wanna begin 16 Heavyweight trained to kill in the streets no joke Off the head knock off the head of both you and ya bloke This ain’t light smoke it’s choke holds going for broke Dr. Carl Hart’s subjects choosing money over coke 20 It weird science with our chemical brains This is biological warfare for my lane I’m a carbon creation with a hulking frame Inspiration to many that things can change 24 Chorus (2x) Let’s go I’m on a roll you can’t stop me Inflammatory mind they gon’ try an pop me Product of my times Global society To the new world order we toppling the hierarchy I could make you all move with the word or the gun I could make you all move with the word or the gun I said I’ll make you all move with my word or the gun I laid it out you just got to pick which one
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Verse 1 I finally made it impatiently waiting Eighteen’s about to be the greatest year of my life I got no kids and wife no hating No obligations except this signed contract on my life I'll give em four and be gone make a love song With my own car the GI bill and home loan Smoking home grown when I'm at home Never alone when smoking we stay in a zone 4 I get em open bringing the best back to base Introduced after basic now I love the taste Keep one rolled always take one to the face Posters of smoking Bob and George up in my place That's George Washington on Rushmore Surprise inspections I'd have to flush for Flush my blood more with teas and water before Piss tests pissed that's just what I was caught for, I confess yes 8 Chorus These are supposed to be The best days of my life It don't matter what I choose to do I'm free and supposed to be Make it my way in life I won't mask no more moods for you It seems I'm supposed to leave We always at strife I just clash with your rules and views These are supposed to be The best days of my life The best days of my life, the best days of my life Verse 2 A hard headed jarhead you couldn’t tell me nothing I was taught to kill and I was always hunting Off season or on looking for the targets Sold weed, shoplifted, robbed the corner markets Knocked niggs out and treated women like bitches A cold motherfucker with a code full of glitches This is what I can say that the Corps created A time when many an assault were very aggravated 4 To have seen combat I would have been elated But as chance would have good fortune I never made it Yes I was dedicated to my God and country Salute the flag and then get drunk in the street I was exemplary decorated and trained well From 500 yards with no scope send a fool to hell That’s right or left handed but I was disbanded And not for being a bandit but for smoking cannabis 8 Chorus These are supposed to be The best days of my life It don't matter what I choose to do I'm free and supposed to be Make it my way in life I won't mask no more moods for you It seems I'm supposed to leave We always at strife I just clash with your rules and views These are supposed to be The best days of my life The best days of my life, the best days of my life Verse 3 I’m twenty two fresh out the service feeling worthless Living with my aunt, no job and no purpose I ain’t made a payment on my car in months Yeah I know about repos but didn’t think once That they would come for me they didn’t think twice Struggling on job hunts on foot ain’t nothing nice In rural Georgia ain’t for the working poor Where sidewalks and bus schedules ain’t for sure 4 That’s for sure but still didn’t get my act together Well on the way down the road to never Going anywhere in life, nowhere approaching fast No benefits from years of being treated like trash No cash Karma’s a mean assed female dog Down to your last and still have to hear the bark Right before the bite pinched so many times For possession my rap sheet would blow your fucking mind Chorus These are supposed to be The best days of my life It don't matter what I choose to do I'm free and supposed to be Make it my way in life I won't mask no more moods for you It seems I'm supposed to leave We always at strife I just clash with your rules and views These are supposed to be The best days of my life The best days of my life, the best days of my life Verse 4 What’s a man to do with no transferrable skills? No ethics, desire, morals or free will Never taught how to pay bills or live on my own Forever royal thoughts with no respect for the throne Thrown forward and back by the winds of change Playing games getting caught short without change- -ing my ways in my own way blocking the aisles While my own future selves trying to prove their style 4 Have they passed me by seeking better days? Are there better ways to express I’m not bitter in anyway? I’m here to stay learned from my mistakes And I will no longer delay in pitching my stake Making my claim I’m here to participate Carry my weight and help make the world a better place Ventilate my deepest desires and darkest fears Let the air out and hope that you hear me hope that you hear Chorus These are supposed to be The best days of my life It don't matter what I choose to do I'm free and supposed to be Make it my way in life I won't mask no more moods for you It seems I'm supposed to leave We always at strife I just clash with your rules and views These are supposed to be The best days of my life The best days of my life, the best days of my life
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Verse 1 Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool Chorus 2x I rise to the call stand tall for the occasion Rise above the fall this man will be amazing It's not one above all above all are celebrating So let's rise beyond all the fear and hating Verse 2 I was taught never lay down let em take my life/ We leave no man behind never run from a fight/ In the same breath I teach my son it's wrong to fight/ Respect authority but never let em dim your lights/ Know your rights fight when they're infringed upon/ Study history and cite facts carry the baton/ For ancestors and progeny I leave imprints in wax/ Archived and timeless there's a war going on/ Nonviolence ain't practiced outside on your block/ For the violence we practice with the parry and block/ Societies violence from becoming a stumbling block/ Over cycles of violence that land you in a cell block/ Or a box know yourself that's the first lesson/ Your enemies keep you from reaching your blessings/ They might be your own family or national pride/ Fear and courage are the same coin opposite sides Chorus 2x I rise to the call stand tall for the occasion Rise above the fall this man will be amazing It's not one above all above all are celebrating So let's rise beyond all the fear and hating Verse 3 The horrors of global war the saga of dominion/ Of man over man in his fight over religions/ Over women or the children over land all the killing/ Of the villains is dwarfed by the number of civilian/ Lives lost collateral damage they name the cost/ Impersonal titles help dehumanize the loss/ So we protest wars but keep supporting their cost/ Our tax revenue goes to the war machine boss/ On his gilded horse expensive suit and tie/ Blood money filled briefcase legal at his side/ With the eagle on his side so much evil in his eye/ He cannot see that Palestine suffers apartheid/ So I ride for the freedom of Gaza to this beat/ Uprise on the legions for a peaceful defeat/ My allegiance worn proudly never discreet/ It's a badge of honor to be with Veterans For Peace Chorus 2x I rise to the call stand tall for the occasion Rise above the fall this man will be amazing It's not one above all above all are celebrating So let's rise beyond all the fear and hating
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Verse 1 When I feel I made the wrong choice wish I never left But can’t go back regrets are wasted breath I’m over here killing and miss my baby boy You carry our next flower and I have to deploy I don’t want toys of guns and tanks for my son I grew up on GI Joe but GI’s self destruct Shun the military in dust put the complex on trial I’m an accomplice it’s complicated and meanwhile I can’t speak on what I’ve seen ((What should I write)) When simple words cannot capture moments sprinting off These three do not portray the cost so freely tossed So easily lost along the space time continuum Separating my mind from pen to pad to your eyes I miss you is inadequate I love you is a lie They build machines by gutting our insides Picture cold killer’s eyes where once fires burned Your son was left behind I can’t deny what I’ve learned Blood makes the grass grow And freedom is earned Chorus Verse 2 Guest feature AtLas Chorus Verse 3 Scenes of death color my dreams It seems nightmares are par for the team Par for the course and part of the cost When taking human life is the business you’re in Protecting yourself so how does the killing end? Who can defend with sword against pen? Bills of war are signed money’s assigned And the building of more accurate war designs begins But drones kill more civilians than troops on the ground and Removing the face does not erase the burden ((What should I write)) When simple words cannot capture moments sprinting off Getting off the starting block stumbling and feeling soft I think a lot that’s the problem I should write it more What I fight it for? Burn the wick and find the core The essence and the cause and the lessons in the learning Living in the moment, seeing blessings in the journey Stop questioning the thoughts base desires and yearnings Embrace my whole being and finish off in the furnace Remove the dross Allow my gold to shine
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CIVIL.i.AM 03:47
Verse 1 I stand for change march for peace rap what I see and don't rep the beast I got more than belief when its freedom of speech like Malcolm X on a Sudanese beach Witness injustice got to speak each one teach one and got the reach Move the streets use these beats peep my game as I pop the leach On sheets and hoods in suits in ties disguised as caring concerned guys You legalize genocide by design its amplified I turn up air out your lies with shocking truths on rhythmic lines These loving vibes then magnify in simple terms I'm civilized Chorus I am a civilzed man I have a family together we have plans I work hard I vote I want to buy land And do my civic duty CIVIL.i.AM Verse 2 I break my neck for pay that breaks my back when I pay my bills Check my resume that says I rap and I can aim and kill Plus I’m educated I ain’t waiting on a label deal These words are venerated they the greatest that you’ll ever hear This is for my vets in here, my family and servicemen My active duty children hoping parents don’t deploy again This one’s for the parents of the children that were lost in war Soldiers or civilians or the victims of an unjust law Stand your ground don't back down when they come gather round It's here and now modern cities run like old southern towns Rogue police unaccountable to human decency You'll hear this plea or ignore it based upon your frequency Chorus I am a civilzed man I have a family together we have plans I work hard I vote I want to buy land And do my civic duty CIVIL.i.AM Verse 3 There’s more than meets the eye. I need more than a piece of pie We need more than a slice of cake. Or this whole body gone die Given choice and choose the lie. Give them voice and who deny? Maybe I’m trapped in time. Maybe I’m Occupy. But I won’t stand by or identify with systems that oppress a man I call out lies in rhyme schemes filled with wisdom that can stretch the land I need extra hands to hold the lights fill the venues help sketch the plans I am just one voice for the many CIVIL.i.AM
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My All 04:05
Chorus All that I’ve seen All that I know All that I have to do Is give it my all Verse 1 There ain’t no time to think when a guns in ya face Breath hot Mohave mouth Death Valley taste Too close to lay chase too far to move on Instinctual muscle memory or I’d be gone 4 I screamed be gone! At the top of my lungs You can’t have my life! You ain’t taking my songs! He was contemplating shooting I stood firmly looking Right then my angel appeared the demon in him shook 8 We’re all spiritual where you lie on the spectrum? Atheist or believer? That’s the question There’s a lot of agnostics doing no self diagnostic That’s self reflection fools caught up in life’s mosh pit 12 If they was honest with it like how I just did it They would lay their guns down and justly confess with it Or pick em up and go at the oppressor’s chest with it While the righteous walk the earth and teach to those that’s in it 16 Chorus 1x All that I’ve seen All that I know All that I have to do Is give it my all Counter Chorus 3x Mics, rhymes, trips, models Ice, dimes, whips, bottles Mics, rhymes, trips, models Ice, dimes, whips, bottles Verse 2 It’s the end of another long week Friday night You in the club with ya homies everything is tight Some clown scuff ya kicks you lay him out with a right Did you mean to take that man out his son’s life? 4 Boy grows up fatherless sees men mistreating his mom Lacks the self confidence to stand up against wrong Pretends to be a badass prevention from getting picked on Eventually blows up his old school with a bomb 8 Now his mom has got to deal with all this media hype Newspaper headlines what was the family life like?! She was a widow labeled whore in boldface type Out the window after chugging Tylenol to end her life 12 And where does she land from twelve stories up? On the very same shoes that her dead clown scuffed We are ripples in the water on the lives we touch Don’t get stranded on the beach thinking you’re too much 16 Chorus 1x All that I’ve seen All that I know All that I have to do Is give it my all Counter chorus 3x Mics, rhymes, trips, models Ice, dimes, whips, bottles Mics, rhymes, trips, models Ice, dimes, whips, bottles Verse 3 I’m an all in type of cat ain’t one for fronting If I feel you I got you if I don’t you’re nothing We ain’t parker brothers and I don’t shoot dice That’s no time for games I don’t gamble with life 4 Time is of the essence the essence is the blessing The blessing is the gift and the gift is the lesson The lesson is the reason and the reason is your purpose Your purpose is your cause without which you’re worthless 8 Another hollow shell just taking up space The walking dead flee when I step in the place Cuz I know why I’m here, you see it in my face I used to wander like you, was nearly erased 12 The experience of grace made me recognize my greatness Real recognize real, you can’t replace this Life lesson with imagery of God on the playlist I know I am that I am he that man in the mist 16 Chorus 2x All that I’ve seen All that I know All that I have to do Is give it my all Counter chorus 2x Mics, rhymes, trips, models Ice, dimes, whips, bottles Mics, rhymes, trips, models Ice, dimes, whips, bottles
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Chorus (2x) Guns blaze blunts haze most days Drinks raised ain’t fazed same page Dimes laid rhymes slayed stacks made Who gives a fuck it’s all dreams anyway Verse 1 I live by the code and I’m dying every minute Every sixteen unload re up and go get it Headed straight to the gates is heaven gone win it? Or will hell take this pen for the sins I committed? 4 Got me living on the edge like Pac in Juice Giving orders off the head guillotine noose White liquor and OJ niggas getting loose Over proof burn the evidence torch the roof 8 This is station shut down terminate transmission Strictly underground movement pirate mission Take the mainstream hostage hold that slut for ransom And don’t release her even when the payout handsome 12 Smash something taught to kill and trained well Grab twist and pull I Rock the Bells For whom it tolls no airlines I am south west Show stopper, stealer you’re smelling the best 16 Chorus (2x) Guns blaze blunts haze most days Drinks raised ain’t fazed same page Dimes laid rhymes slayed stacks made Who gives a fuck it’s all dreams anyway Verse 2 I wanted a car with tints so I got one Sitting on twenty inch rims so I copped some Hitting big bass from ten forced abortions With candy paint and airbrush pens for quick foursomes 4 One of the four horsemen apocalypse style Speaking up Armageddon soldier rank and file Reading revelations literal devils in exile Self hatred subliminal product of mixed child 8 A style so sick it owns your attention My ego untamed no fear or apprehension Bombastic big movements fast ascension Over the top I’m over honorable mentions 12 Exclamations follow behind my name I’m loud obnoxious clinically insane Obtrusive as fuck won’t stay in my lane A lion in the concrete jungle with locked mane 16 Chorus (2x) Guns blaze blunts haze most days Drinks raised ain’t fazed same page Dimes laid rhymes slayed stacks made Who gives a fuck it’s all dreams anyway Verse 3 You wear accessories I wear armor For you its jewelry for me good karma I show up to the club in a beat up bomber And get treated like a king wearing snake and llama 4 Top shelf warm the soul and ease the mind Trees are fine pass the bowl squeeze lime My tequila three fingers and pour to the line Two rocks in the glass sit back and unwind 8 In due time you can find everything you seek Stop searching listen when a true G speak Be still calm thy spirit kill what’s weak Voices of doubt embraced grow self defeat 12 I won’t be seated sidelined or put on hold Independent to the day I die and stand bold In the face of the masked man the down presser I spit I piss and release the lever 16 Chorus (4x) Guns blaze blunts haze most days Drinks raised ain’t fazed same page Dimes laid rhymes slayed stacks made Who gives a fuck it’s all dreams anyway
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Promise 04:02
Verse 1 I know it broke your heart when I signed up for the service Your baby chose to leave as if all you did was worthless Seventeen years working two jobs to support us For all of your guidance I still sought a higher purpose 4 Or so I thought and I walked I had to be a man Stand on my own learn to fight, kill and withstand And with Stan a friend I still have to this day Packed my bags boarded that bus and went away 8 And ohhh all the games they play on your mind They sent me first and left my man behind Told us it would be fine we’d be in the same platoon Aight brother I love you and I’ll see you soon 12 The next three months was just punishment and torture DI’s push to your hardest and kill anything softer We started with seventy five and graduated thirty Daaamn they really made a brother feel worthy 16 Chorus (2x) Forever promised to the few and the proud So much potential I could hold the clouds So much promise, promise I’ll say it loud I promise to spit fire only to control the crowd Verse 2 I’ve been lucky … never had to kill a man But if I had to … yeah I could just kill a man Woman or child … is that my fam? The shame of it all like why they’re hooded in the Klan 4 Boots on foreign land … protect America? From what … this threat is hilarious AlQueda? … that was created by us By us I mean our leaders with their sick blood lust 8 And I should trust? … obey blindly? Orders from the top … given kindly And who am I? … never mind me I’m just the overlooked voice of the poor majority 12 Trusting in his country to keep its first promise Defend the rights of the people and always remain honest This dishonest land of the money tree and slave To the almighty ungodly dollar and getting paid 16 Verse 3 How many kids leave home to serve their country in war? How many parents never want to get that knock on the door? How many men saw their friends shot brains on the floor? Coming home post traumatic and now how many more? 4 If I could make one promise it would be to end it all No more slaughters at the school or the local mall This can’t go local y’all let’s get national calls Take it international make peace fashion a ball 8 And bounce it off words at the bottom of the screen The amounts of absurd problems make me want to scream I count on being heard because I have a dream Make some noise when you hear this if you know what I mean 12 (ahhhh!! Screaming) it’s time to scream time to yell The time of dreams has passed you’re now living in hell Just look to the past for what the future will tell We either change the present, or … oh well 16 Chorus (2x) Forever promised to the few and the proud So much potential I could hold the clouds So much promise, promise I’ll say it loud I promise to spit fire only to control the crowd Verse 4 In the years since I’ve been out I’ve done a lot of things Made a world of difference to some future queens and kings Impressed a ton of people but still seeking it myself After that family crossed the minefield there’s awe in nothing else 4 That night - my soul went to hell and back When babies hang in barbed wire and we’re ordered to hold back What holds us back from breaking orders? What keeps us from breaking rank to hold obscure borders? 8 These are broad questions with pinpoint answers Why are people persecuted for smoking the cure for cancer? Why are global greenhouse emissions still not addressed? Why incarcerate instead of educate? I’m not impressed 12 We’re oppressed with fear, scared of change or the other Allowed our government to become big brother Was it a big blunder, a grand mistake, or fate? Though I have walked through the valley of death I am awake 16 Chorus (2x) Forever promised to the few and the proud So much potential I could hold the clouds So much promise, promise I’ll say it loud I promise to spit fire only to control the crowd
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Verse 1 Swollen images of glory in my mind at enlistment Over head a flapping red, white and blue filling the distance A grand divide between myself and conscientious convictions Or belief systems that stop people from killing over religions 4 I was young and I was out of options in my mind It was supposed to be fun my obligations ill defined I’d be the one to take charge with a gun back of my mind Without college or riches no dreams are realized 8 Well I’ll never have the latter the Marines will get me the first Ain’t nothing badder than them dress blues or the one spitting this verse Just see the world pay into the GI bill fatten the purse My recruiter made it sound simple a play he had well rehearsed 12 Forever cursed are the ones who get young innocent signatures Under the guise of for god and country their honor diminishes Greed built a standing army went against the founder’s wishes Now free democracy conducts war games and peace keeping missions 16 Ironic Hypocrisy Verse 2 I scored high on my entrance exams or ASVAB And chose oh three forty one with a guaranteed Hawaii track Graduated basic now M-O-S school’s where I’m at A mortar man with a thirty five pound gun on my back 4 Plus my rifle eight pounds and sixty five pound pack I’m eighteen weigh a buck ninety five and feel jacked One hundred eight pounds on my back a boot marine in Cadillacs A short twenty mile hump four quarts and my flack 8 After seven miles swear I hear my right foot crack I’m an E-1, tell my Sarge “I think it snapped” He’s an E-5, shouts “Private, don’t feed me crap!” “You got two feet, compensate and don’t fall back” 12 After four more miles my left foot joins in the dance Only nine more to go I walked em all that’s a fact One certificate for intestinal fortitude not having shat And three months healing lost Hawaii to Guantanamo wrap 16 True story Verse 3 (guest feature Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool) Verse 4 I’ll never let my children volunteer for the military To make the same mistakes as I did these days could be deadly If they’re drafted we’re dodging my go bag stay ready I support Manning and Snowden you know where this country’s heading?! 4 Global tyrant hegemonic bully police force Demonic practice virgin sacrifice blood lust Oil wars valuing corporations over people This is sick worship of objects and pure evil 8 National desires are valued over personnel Personal privacies and whistleblowers are given hell Arms manufacturers supply both sides of conflicts do you Have a problem with any of these statements or doubt they’re truth? 12 I’m a father and a veteran and I stand for peace With Julian Assange against our commanders in chief But it’s hard to be better when daily demands compete I’m not ignoring the slaughter I’m just trying to eat 16 Like you
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To The Women 04:22
Chorus 1x A letter to the women the ladies and the girls From all around the world Let me show you mine When the flags unfurl and the guns salute I been sent to protect Not intrude or shoot Verse 1 Put boots on the ground we won’t beat or rape I got a queen at home I could feed some grapes I’d like to take you all by the waist, knees and nape Over my shoulder hold ya we could escape 4 This ain’t a cape love song where I’m treating you well Or a hate moment when I ain’t myself Apologizing afterwards sneaking in your cell With my insecurities getting jealous as hell 8 Just want to let you know your assets fine Everyone of your deposits on my mind If I said that they wasn’t you’d know I’m lying I’m your broker banker stocks are flying 12 Your returns are high you’ll come out on top Even when you’re on the bottom your rewards won’t stop Got your price locked in but ya ain’t for sale Leave whenever you want freedom suits you well 16 Chorus 2x A letter to the women the ladies and the girls From all around the world Let me show you mine When the flags unfurl and the guns salute I been sent to protect Not intrude or shoot Verse 2 In Cuba skin tones run the full the spectrum Alabaster to chocolate their beauty’s a weapon An American embargo makes you work hard Though lives and cuisine that’s a piece of art 4 Yo kept a piece of mine like girls in Okinawa Life in devastating poverty under Japan’s power Here women are property sex workers unite!! Trade in human flesh ain’t properly polite 8 This truth on the mic Megaciph’s the name My medicine sour just to ease the pain I’m a witch doctor lion’s mane head of the game Boiled down concentrate with Hiphop for the flame 12 Put a beat to it elevate it that’s how I do Work the mind and the body make you come to the tune Get you back to the room I’m back on stage It’s always time to perform put ink on the page 16 Chorus 1x I know you didn’t enlist to be raped I Know you didn’t enlist to be raped I know you didn’t enlist to be raped No woman deserves to be raped His daughter didn’t enlist to be raped His wife didn’t enlist to be raped His mother didn’t enlist to be raped No woman deserves to be raped Verse 3 I love a smart woman who can think for herself Protect her kids and her man focus on her health Make her own choice never put her spice on the shelf Flavor every single situation that’s a MILF 4 I mean a mother in love fighting madness in life For moments incredibly lifting fatherless males Interchangeable limitless females more immaculate Leveraging forever monuments in laughing fits 8 This is what passion is that’s where the action is Weak men only want mattresses models and actresses And not mothers of their seeds but others they don’t know To smother to beat to rape are no no’s 12 Let me show you what a real man supposed to do Ask permission before getting close to you Imperial your body brings life to the world Royalty more precious than diamonds and pearls 16 Chorus 2x A letter to the women the ladies and the girls From all around the world Let me show you mine When the flags unfurl and the guns salute I been sent to protect Not intrude or shoot
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Another 02:51
Verse 1 I’m dating myself but it was 1992 When I lost my innocence what’s a man to do? I tell the truth honestly that’s the mission I’m on That’s probably before most of y’all listening was born 4 But I ain’t here to preach or reminisce on what it used to be You can hear me reaching for the essence in the youth in me Guess just what I used to be ‘cause you could never see it now Yes that kid was me mad geeky and my head was down 8 Buried in the underground way before the music came Hurrying around the crowd making moves for loser’s lane Losing change to bruisers and losing face to jokers Choosing made the future that doing takes the most love 12 So I’m compassionate because I’ve been shoved and pushed Even had my ass was kicked over my love for books Always studious my first love had them looks We never fucked but I touched all of her nooks 16 Chorus That little boy is gone and he’s never coming back Another sad song another war stat Another flag folded another home visit Another flame pinched for this greedy ass mission That little girl is gone and she’s never coming back Another sad song another war stat Another flag folded another home visit Another flame pinched for this greedy ass mission Verse 2 That young virgin boy shipped off to boot camp Grew up with no father now learning death’s chant What makes the grass grow Blood blood! This what Marines chant on their morning run 4 Grown men in his face less than a inch away Thinking should he swing or just try and run away From his obligations his duties and agreements Life’s responsibilities he learned em in a season 8 Necessity the reason insanity the option The mother of invention his mother’s always watching But she ain’t on the island in South Carolina And she won’t recognize him when she come for the line up 12 Her little boy done grown up into a man The worst kind one that don’t give a damn To survive I had to lose a piece of myself So I forgot my childhood for mental health 16 Chorus That little boy is gone and he’s never coming back Another sad song another war stat Another flag folded another home visit Another flame pinched for this greedy ass mission That little girl is gone and she’s never coming back Another sad song another war stat Another flag folded another home visit Another flame pinched for this greedy ass mission
14.
The Love 03:26
Hook (2x) Something for the radio Something for the club Something for the DJ’s Something for the love Something for the emcees Something for the thugs Something for the soldiers It’s all about the love Verse 1 I spit it you don’t want to know the truth I get it Forget it I’m premium most give you unleaded Beheaded rocking so hard from how I set it Sitting at the helm cross legged while I medit- 4 Tate demonstrate this is not a seminar I’m an emissary with the remedy for where we are Mecca God said I come both humble and raw Got a nimble mind agile rhymes and golden jaw 8 Sought after from long before ‘til you know You ain’t got to go home but you got to go If you ain’t bagged yet you ain’t the main show No attraction sneak preview but no roll 12 Credits at the end of the flick is for producers Creators illustrating life for the users The shot out abusers shout out to the few of us Whose use maintains a view that’s the truest 16 Hook (2x) Something for the radio Something for the club Something for the DJ’s Something for the love Something for the emcees Something for the thugs Something for the soldiers It’s all about the love Verse 2 Something of substance something for the assumptions Something from nothing ain’t something I want to fuck with I got something for some things and something for them times When ain’t nothing good enough ‘cept some of these dope rhymes 4 The streets want hood rhymes hood rats want good men This for the both of them the poisons in the pen The killers and the haters and the wakers of the sleep This is for my bakers in this new economy 8 If you align with me we rolling battery powered The signs for you to see we hold it all of the power If these the final hours they been it for a minute Every second of the day just another game for winners 12 Luck of this sinner not to draw the hand of fate Fuck it would be a cold winter make Satan renovate When I Elevate by making my cardiac menstruate Out with the old, now don’t you feel great? 16 Hook (2x) Something for the radio Something for the club Something for the DJ’s Something for the love Something for the emcees Something for the thugs Something for the soldiers It’s all about the love Verse 3 When I hear an order I question its validity Like everything in life follow blind is stupidity Donald Rumsfeld you responsible for misery Dick Cheney and George W Bush are accessory 4 Barrack’s after the fact but not free from guilt Guantanamo to troop levels to suicides still (Beat drop) Twenty two veterans a day take their life 8 The truth heavy, who else could be accountable? Our commanders in chief are human and surmountable That means we could rise up and fight for what’s right Fuck could we should if we value human life 12 As Americans as citizens and Civil I am Because I advocate peace by all means that I can On the very document that enslaved men to this land Reads in the face of tyranny we have the duty to stand 16

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All proceeds from sales of this album are being donated to the organization www.veteransforpeace.org

CIVIL.i.AM is a collection of stories and anecdotes inspired by my service in the USMC. The guest features on this album are former service members as well, Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool (US Army) and AtLas (US Air Force), respectively. All proceeds from sales of this album are being donated to the organization www.veteransforpeace.org for as long as said organization is in existence and fulfilling its mission
"to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars."

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released December 20, 2014

1. Am I Next - produced by Steve Wallace
2. Attention - produced by A Cee Poland
3. Word Or The Gun - produced by Steve Wallace
4. Best Days Of My Life - produced by Steve Wallace
5. Rise - produced by Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool featuring Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool
6. What Should I Write - produced by Steve Wallace featuring AtLas
7. CIVILiAM - produced by Henny Ruiz
8. Am All - produced by Steve Wallace
9. All Dreams Anyway - produced by Official Stichel
10. Promise - produced by Steve Wallace
11. Volunteers - produced by Too Deep featuring Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool
12. To The Women - produced by Steve Wallace
13. Another - produced by Jamie Simmonds
14. The Love - produced by Official Stichel

All Songs written* and performed by Megaciph for Veterans For Peace 2014 (*except for guest feature verses)

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Megaciph is Mental Energies Gather And Circulate In Positive Harmony. Using concepts that are timeless with a soulful approach to the music this is Hip-hop at its finest, it is the truth, infectious, beautiful, exotic, and masterful. Megaciph is a voice that is rare and needed in today's social and political climate. ... more

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