CIVIL​.​i​.​AM

by Megaciph

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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 Overland Park, Kansas

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 for all people. He is a welcome addition to the ranks of lyrical freedom fighter in the universal struggle against oppression. ... more

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Track Name: Attention
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
Track Name: Am I Next?
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?!!
Track Name: Word Or The Gun
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
Track Name: Best Days Of My Life
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
Track Name: Rise f. Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool
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
Track Name: What Should I Write f. AtLas
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
Track Name: CIVIL.i.AM
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
Track Name: My All
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
Track Name: All Dreams Anyway
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
Track Name: Promise
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
Track Name: Volunteers f. Guy Ron Solero Vanterpool
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
Track Name: To The Women
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
Track Name: Another
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
Track Name: The Love
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