Socially Just

by NomiS

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about

It's been 3 years since the last official release from the Oceanside California native known as Nomis. In that time, Nomis has re-prioritized his position as an artist and the direction of his music. We've seen more and more glimpses of Nomis' passion for Social Justice as he's been very outspoken on current issues such as Human Trafficking and Law Enforcement. Being a HipHop & Spoken Word artist who openly takes a stand for Social Justice is something he has now embraced with open arms. We've seen similar versions of this in the past with legends such as KRS ONE and Public Enemy. We even see pieces of it from a few current artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco. But with the album "Socially Just", HipHop will finally get a "socially conscious" project where the themes expand further than just the issues of our neighborhoods and the inner city. While creating awareness, "Socially Just" will quickly become the soundtrack to anyone who holds a level of concern for the often disproportionate distribution of opportunity and privilege. Though the themes are heavy, it won't depress you but rather encourage you. The album is informative yet innovative. Driven by substance without sacrificing the craft of MCing. "Socially Just" is the sound of the masses gathering as one.

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released November 13, 2015

Produced by Nomis, Anthony Cruz, and DJ Rek
All Scratches by Nomis

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Track Name: Socially Just
1. Socially Just
V1:
They want to label us as radicals, uninformed and supposedly nuts/
because when we speak its emphatical, but thats just the passion, they don't understand the socially just/
see its easy to pass us off as just a "classless, awful group stirring a situation"/
well I guess thats half true. Its cliché to say but I will stir a generation if I have to/
this is that 25th of Matthew, right now we separate the Sheep from the Goats/
so I seek to provoke the people to at least take a note, so at least they can know the truth that it ain't equal for most/
it ain't equal for so many and transcends any one community or village/
both locally and globally, theres an issue with distribution of opportunity and privilege/
well thats socially justice in a nutshell, and how the systems we believe in and we trust fail/
the principles must prevail, get on the same page first then we'll discuss details/
theres problem that we're facing. If you see a problem in a nation, addressing that problem is your obligation/
yeah I said it, "Obligation". Because we as a people are one/
we as a people are from the same dust, same dirt, pain thrust the same hurt so we must contain the same worth/
and so we must proclaim the same worth. Hear the musket "bang"!/
no baton but we're all running in this human race. Focus because theres only one of them/
all of us just the same as it pertains to "team name" in this human race, because theres only one of them/
WE ARE THE SOCIALLY JUST
Track Name: Make Your Voice Heard
2. Make Your Voice Heard
V1:
I speak for the people who never get a platform/
I speak for the people through music in a Rap form/
I speak to the people and the people are tired/
we need to inspire the peeps we admire to ride, put their feet to the fire/
I came to enlighten you now, even if it I never fit in/
I came to enlighten this crowd, even if it is forbidden/
I came from a light-beam and "blaouw"/
now my town isn't hidden. Found in sufficient sound and the nouns I've emitted. Down in a prison bound break ground with precision/

SCRATCH BRIDGE:
usher in a movement of enlightenment/

HOOK:
make your voice heard/
not on my watch not in my generation when faced with all time misplacement we make our voices heard/
make your voice heard/
not on our watch not in our generation we face an all time disgracement and make our voices heard/

gonna fall if we don't make the balance, will you fall or will you take the challenge/
we're following the greats who spoke in faith so make your voice heard/
(2X)

POEM:
social media leaving us seemingly deaf, as we move through this life from one screen to the next/
how can we expect to hear the cries of manipulation? They were tricked and then were stripped of any amplification/
this is classic "Ursula to Ariel", left voiceless. Choice-less, but our voice can wreck oysters/
pierce through the noises for their sake, so when they speak we speak, and return to them what is rightfully theirs/
I implore you, SPEAK/

V2:
back in the ring after the same thing, I ain't after the fame/
I ask you to bring passion ingrain latch and attach to your brain/
the past that we came is the proof that we have to look after the lame/
the path is a lane that is Batman to Bane, they'll be cracks in your frame but you bask in the pain/
walk in the ways often portrayed "off" when I offer a way/
up up off and away opting to speak up when the cost finna raise/
a multi billion dollar industry thats making profit off a multi million people trapped we are the key unlock it/
try to haul me away, halt. Leaving my mark, I'm a Hulk in a rage/

SCRATCH BRIDGE:
inviting them to stand and fight with us/
HOOK:
make your voice heard/
not on my watch not in my generation when faced with all time misplacement we make our voices heard/
make your voice heard/
not on our watch not in our generation we face an all time disgracement and make our voices heard/

gonna fall if we don't make the balance, will you fall or will you take the challenge/
we're following the greats who spoke in faith so make your voice heard/
(2X)

SCRATCH BRIDGE:
I'll keep rapping never backing down/
Track Name: Traffic (feat. John Givez)
VERSE 1:
If I could just change lanes, If I could get over, I know I can make it/
If I could just change lanes, would you let me get over? You don't know whats at stake/
If I could just get there. This meeting it happens in nine minutes/
And im trying to prove to these nine cynics that if Im in it, we can finally silence the critics/
If I could just get there. This always happens to me. Well if people could drive then I could just get there/
If I don't get over this traffic will eat me alive/
If I could just…..
If I could just make it up out of this traffic I could just…..
Forget it Im getting up out of this traffic/
Im going to gas it, Im going to make this happen, shoulders open, move past fine/
I can pass him, not going to brake or ask him, ive been late for the last time/
And I swear ive missed or last date, and his last game/
If I could just get to the fast lane, no longer neglecting the people who share my last name/
And Im tired of these work trips. Every sunday working, wheres worship?/
If I could hold it down in this meeting then Im going to move up and….that'll be perfect/
If I could just…. If I could just make it up out of this traffic I could just…./
If I could just make it up out of this traffic/

CHORUS:
(Trying to get away now)

VERSE 2:
If I could just change things, if I could be bolder, I know I'll be free/
If I could just change things, then when I get older, who knows what i'll be/
I could do fashion. They sold my soul and they cashed in. The door is closed and they latched it/
But I can get back to my parents if I could get passed it/
I could just view the stars and soak in the light, at night in the bed/
I never view the stars at night no instead, my light is red/
If I could get passed this, for far too long it has lasted/
The door is open they cracked it, by an accident, im coming home if I could get passed it/
I could just….I could be anything I could be free, I could be anyone I could be me/
I could be viewed as a person and not as a service, I could be seen/
If I could just make it up out of this traffic I could just…../
Forget it im getting up out of this traffic/
Im going to run, Im going to make a break for outside, thats going to make or break me out right/
I'll hitchhike, when a car comes make them brake, thats my ride/
Look at me run! Im going to conquer this obstacle, even though it seems impossible/
If they catch me they'll stop me but right now a freeway is right in my opticals/
Look it ive made it. Theres so many cars im elated/
Just thinking how long that ive waited, for someone to come in and save me/
For someone to come in and do something. Thats all over now, I see cars all over now/
Theres one on the highway, coming my way on the shoulder. WOW!/
He isn't stopping. He isn't seeing me, he isn't budging/
Of course he don't see me, everyone doesn't/
Thought "this my ticket to freedom", it wasnt/
She just couldn't make it up out of this ….. no/
She just couldn't make it up out of this traffic/

CHORUS:
(Trying to get away now)
Track Name: Smile
4. Smile
HOOK:
I don't know how to deal today, but you wont take my smile away/
you wont take my smile away (2x)
I kneel to my knees and pray, "please don't take my smile away"/
please don't take my smile away (2x)

V1:
I've got the blues in me/
it used to be "you and me" but you were using me/
did I fail to mention/
that it's been brought to my attention that the little homies pimping/
that messes with your psyche/
when you've invested years of teaching peers to do the right thing/
its striking, lighting/
I've been blocking spammers while you're cocking hammers and its frightening/
a little sudden that it hit me/
so quickly, like the vodka is to buzzing/
and its hard not to feel a grudge when/
your momma tells you that they've shot your little cousin/
heard who did it, first reaction was that Dilla noise/
we morn your death and celebrate your life to fill a void/
now a statistic and I'm still annoyed/
but you wont steal my smile, steal my laughter, steal my heart, no you wont steal my joy/

HOOK:
I don't know how to deal today, but you wont take my smile away/
you wont take my smile away (2x)
I kneel to my knees and pray, "please don't take my smile away"/
please don't take my smile away (2x)

V2:
I wrote these words so I could honor the people/
who's fate they faced but then they escaped astonishing evil/
who's brain was ached but didn't break they conquered cerebral/
to see your pain it angered me but look at who you became, you inspire me/
I wrote these words to honor the hurting/
who's current state is facing this great astonishing burden/
this global state is veiled but we will conquer the curtain/
to see your pain it angers me, to freedom in HIS name, you inspire me to smile/

BRIDGE:
little lady you're a conquerer (yes you are)/
pretty lady you're a conquerer ( yes you are)/
your scars they are removable (yes they are)/
pretty lady you are beautiful (yes you are)/
little homie you're a conquerer (yes you are)/
big homie you're a conquerer (yes you are)/
they thought your heart was one they can kill (they were wrong)/
so beat your chest because you're a man still/

HOOK:
I don't know how to deal today, but you wont take my smile away/
you wont take my smile away (2x)
I kneel to my knees and pray, "please don't take my smile away"/
please don't take my smile away (2x)
Track Name: Prevail (feat. Propaganda)
5. Prevail (feat. Propaganda)
V1 (Nomis):
We offer you an organic force, through a digital means/
the marriage of music and movement we've restored the divorce/
of course it would seem that if I claim to be a man of God/
the music may be digital but action is in analog/
hand to the plow, we do work/
I build my stamina now to make it, until we know that what we do works/
and I know that what they do hurts/
material's got them scraping the numbers off the serial/
material's got them turning to killers that are serial/
material, moves them to currency at any cost/
and currency is currently a cause/
of a dying culture, and so we aim to be a tourniquet/
consider the World Cup, any major tournament/
the traffick is rampant and turbulent/
turning these turntables with "overturn injustice" within it/
now hows that for revolutions per minute?/

HOOK (Fallon Moore):
you can chase your dreams/
its okay, succeed/
when you face the need for more, don't forget about us/
you can chase your dreams/
its okay, succeed/
with integrity proceed and we prevail/

BRIDGE:
everybody take a vow (principles must prevail)
everybody take it now (principles must prevail)
everybody take a vow, everybody take it now, everybody make it loud (principles must prevail)

POEM (Propaganda):
and I've asked nothing but my fair share and that shouldn't scare you, how dare you?/
a man is worth his wages, but if them wages wave flags of defeat to my fellow fellows/
then that man should make his legs legit right angles. Humility, priorities/
see people ain't objects and objects don't have sovereignty, or personhood/
and there was a time I would blame some sort of outside force/
as if that was the source of my selfishness. Stems from well made products such sorcery/
soars out of the sores of my souls hole, how should we escape?/
it pours out of the pores of my poor soul and this piss pour attempts to create glimpses of heaven/
POEM (Nomis):
and we've all been condition the same way/
If you're not first, you're last. There is no "runner up", and no second place trophy/
get through that maze, get that cheese first by any means/
because if you don't, believe that someone else will/
somewhere along the line we've abandoned the idea of loving our neighbor/
and adopted the idea of loving our neighbors possessions/
replacing decency for decadence. The rat race/
and all for a shiny blue ribbon, that has no eternal significance/
principles will prevail, principles must prevail/

V2 (Propaganda):
and that I yell, like the stature we've taken as a nation/
in relation to the time we've wasted/
its kind of like humility and service, without love its worthless/
and in lieu of all attempts to fix us/
we lift up an enclave thats awkwardly awesome always/
and in all ways I've tried them paths don't lead to heaven bruh/
I laid my eyes on trash that bleed forever bruh/
I've craved the time I've dashed against the jagged rocks/
as if eternity was still mine to waste/
and I know these are nose bleed seats words over your head but/
I believe in you, promise I wont leave you/
me and you could do better if we knew better/
together we a crew in the storm we do weather/
so fist to the superficial, giggle when they try and sell it/
fist up the official symbol of the true rebellion/
the true rebellion, lets yell it/

HOOK (Fallon Moore):
you can chase your dreams/
its okay, succeed/
when you face the need for more, don't forget about us/
you can chase your dreams/
its okay, succeed/
with integrity proceed and we prevail/

BRIDGE:
everybody take a vow (principles must prevail)
everybody take it now (principles must prevail)
everybody take a vow, everybody take it now, everybody make it loud (principles must prevail)
Track Name: Flaw
6. Flaw
V1:
a pledge of service and protection, but something here is not right/
you see I'm one of the "good guys" so why am I nervous everytime you're beside me at a stoplight?/
when I'm in need, I pray that you'll be there in a flash/
and that your preconceived notions are buried and stashed back at the precinct/
I ask my dad, "why am I 30 years old and I'm scared of a badge?"/
you see its funny but I'm not laughing/
why do you continue to belittle me? It riddles me/
silly me captain, actually I'm not on parole/
just like I wasn't 30 seconds back when you already asked me/
and so they ask why I'm shook by beast/
because lives keep ending and they seem to all look like me/
and if we cry out they'll treat us like we're overreacting/
on social media they'll meet us with no compassion/
because these folks cant imagine living in a broken system/
so to make it all make sense to them, they demonize the victim/
lets all take shots at a dead man/
show his flaws, hopefully the captured it on webcam/
at what point do we matter? When does our demand for justice become justified?/
and have you ever thought that maybe things were actually as bad as we perceive it/
but due to lack of melanin you don't receive it, and so therefore you don't see it/
because if you did, well then you would have to actually believe it/
then you would have to actually believe it/
flaw/
Track Name: Theme Music (Life In Motion)
7. Theme Music (Life In Motion)
HOOK (Sarah Dean):
this is the sound of a life in motion/
shake beneath the ground/
the sound we make is a great commotion/
walls come falling down/
If revolution had a movie I'd be theme music/

V1:
the masses are gathering/
with one mind elevated crafted on Saturn's ring/
do we respond or do we sit still/
I'm alarmed and sick still from the passiveness the latter brings/
and the sound of a battering ram echoes the same sound of a unified voice/
so we raise in upliftment, a noise with amazing persistence/
we're poised with a phrase of resistance/
"I will not stand down, I wont speak softly"/
consequences of silence is costly/
hands off me, audibly I'm offering/
an option to stop harboring all of the options/
and offering the offspring a doctrine/
that doesn't turn away the lame and coughing we'll embrace them until the coffin/
so in the vein of the Doctor King/
and the author of my dreams, I see it from the mountain top/

HOOK (Sarah Dean):
this is the sound of a life in motion/
shake beneath the ground/
the sound we make is a great commotion/
walls come falling down/
If revolution had a movie I'd be theme music/ (3x)

V2:
raise up from that couch and that mattress/
wait of this world pressing my back like the Atlas/
Atlantis to the land, this planet is a broke sphere/
damage. I pray that we don't panic when the smoke clears/
because many tend to vanish/
when the obstacle is so large and grandiose we're at a disadvantage/
a standard we don't trust, its supposed to be us/
this is the burden of the socially just/
but the burden is a gift kid, born with something different/
in our DNA, gene pool of the misfits/
if chess we're the Bishops/
I fell like I'm X-Men Gold Team School of the Gifted/
we're about to educate, you with some pressure/
IF YOU CHOOSE APATHY YOU SIDE WITH THE OPPRESSOR/
and I don't want to hear that you just didn't know/
you caught the knowledge when you came to the show/

HOOK (Sarah Dean):
this is the sound of a life in motion/
shake beneath the ground/
the sound we make is a great commotion/
walls come falling down/
If revolution had a movie I'd be theme music/ (3x)

SPEECH EXCERPT (Dr. King):
from the "Mountain Top" speech

V3:
we will not stand down, we wont speak softly/
consequences of silence is so costly/
hands off us, audibly we're offering/
an option to stop harboring all of the options/
and offering the offspring a doctrine/
dont turn away the lame and coughing we'll embrace them until the coffin/
so in the vein of my father, King/
and the author of my dreams, I see it from the mountain top/

HOOK (Sarah Dean):
this is the sound of a life in motion/
shake beneath the ground/
the sound we make is a great commotion/
walls come falling down/
If revolution had a movie I'd be theme music/ (3x)
Track Name: Filthy Rich
8. Filthy Rich
V1:
you're gonna make waves if you take a stance, but die prolific/
a tone of them wait to watch me drop but I've persisted/
Guantanamo Bay is where they want my life to visit/
for wave making, but I only fear the waves from Oceanside Pacific/
they'll challenge you, channel insecurities and count on dismantling you/
to believe you're a foolish ideological product sounding outlandish/
but you're talented and its that time no more silence don't panic/
destiny's calling you answer the line/

BRIDGE:
so hold your head/
when they do not understand you when you're trying to take a stand/
remember they fed Daniel to the Lions/
so hold your head/
when they deem you sensitive because you're not like them/
remember they're just frightened, because they ain't been enlightened/
so hold your head/
with a slighted grin, smile and you decide within/
how you win with him, your value doesn't lie with them/
you know your worth isn't vein, no your worth doesn't stain/
no, your worth is the same, I know I'm worth risen pain/

HOOK:
I'm filthy Rich/
money makes a man when a man is worth his weight/
I'm filthy rich/
money makes a man and the man outweighs a freight/
I'm filthy rich/
money makes a man when a man is worth his weight/
filthy rich/ (4x)
I'm filthy rich/
something like I'm gold (shut your lips)/
I'm filthy rich/
stunting on these pros (shut your lips)/
I'm filthy rich/
buying all this, stunting like I'm, fronting like I'm/
I'm filthy rich/

V2:
forgive my bold confessionist tone/
but man cannot live on possessions alone/
and in the end when my profession is gone/
what will they say of my progression at home/
(2X)
they'll tell me "beautify sacrifice", the duty and task? A suitable cat to write/
the stories of the glory and victorious movement to maximize the facts of life from black to white I scouted it/
attacked the fight I'm proud of it, while these cats are so out of it/
they just want the same thing, I just want to change things/
the pain of those who in chains arrange to chain the pain until pain leaves/
insanely, crazy enough to think that the world can flip its mind/
when I spit these rhymes and I kick these lines, it simply time to change things/

BRIDGE:
so hold your head/
when they do not understand you when you're trying to take a stand/
remember they fed Daniel to the Lions/
so hold your head/
when they deem you sensitive because you're not like them/
remember they're just frightened, because they ain't been enlightened/
so hold your head/
with a slighted grin, smile and you decide within/
how you win with him, your value doesn't lie with them/
you know your worth isn't vein, no your worth doesn't stain/
no, your worth is the same, I know I'm worth risen pain/

HOOK:
I'm filthy Rich/
money makes a man when a man is worth his weight/
I'm filthy rich/
money makes a man and the man outweighs a freight/
I'm filthy rich/
money makes a man when a man is worth his weight/
filthy rich/ (4x)
I'm filthy rich/
something like I'm gold (shut your lips)/
I'm filthy rich/
stunting on these pros (shut your lips)/
I'm filthy rich/
buying all this, stunting like I'm, fronting like I'm/
I'm filthy rich/
Track Name: Dr. Malcolm (feat. Jurny Big)
9. Dr. Malcolm (feat. Jurny Big)
V1 (Nomis):
shallow waters in the talent pool/
you rose up from a city where the odds were insurmountable/
your bank is bountiful but now a town of fools are drowning/
in the life you preach but you refuse to be accountable/
this word power is no joke, with limited slow growth, and those defending it are known as feminine/
well if you're seeing us as women then, the ending to your primitive ways today are seeming imminent/
your team they benefit from a despicable arrangement/
instead of taking blame you claim its "only entertainment"/
only for the famous, look at the sum of it/
a mans responsible for self but yo we carry some of it/
a person with a platform is a leader, for the fact that he has one/
your tracks show if you're a good or a bad one/
and I ain't saying you cant have fun/
but your biggest fan he aspires to the grams and just to have guns/

V2 (Jurny Big):
the puppet master in a three piece suit/
keep strings on his fingers see what these things do/
you wiggle his index and then sex we're spilling/
objectifying our daughters and mothers of our children/
the power lies in the hands of the puppeteer/
because he shower mine with advance when I signed and made it clear/
that, as long as I'm selling and telling its my story/
I can embellish and relish in my glory/
and never mind the topic of my discussion/
my optic 'cause thats the substance that got the industry buzzing/
the sound, of the humming means money is coming in/
and thats the hymn that made "YOLO" an acronym/
but, the truth is we almost always 'gon lack immunity/
long as we choose to sing off the backs of the black community/
cracks in the arm is what children is getting taught/
and man if the karma ain't even give us a second thought/

V3 (Nomis):
these suit & ties got no conscience/
taking young women and men who've got no constants/
and give them a pen, to show nonsense with no content/
promote convicts so now Nomis gotta go conscious/
its so common but bet that/
later when arrested or they're laid to rest that labels gonna step back/
with no comment. Ain't getting help from no congress/
you get shot then little homie you die, this is no comic/
I want to go vomit, the truth is sickening/
for all of you thats listening, my words the antihistamine/
misplace of the mystery/
1980s privatized prisons in the US homie you can check the history/
the signing of N.W.A., quite a coincidence/
sentence my sentiment to pilate/
you're turning on the TV what is highlit? Then you act surprised/
asking, "why all those black sell drugs and act violent?"/
Track Name: Green Mile
10. Green Mile:
INTRO:
I see the people and they're crying for help/
so I ain't ready to die until I'm done dying to myself/

V1:
No more looking the other way first/
no more waiting on the samaritan/
no more waiting for you to care/
and debating on who should carry him blatantly its embarrassing/
"it aint my responsibility, the calling is gonna choose them"/
try saying that with a straight face/
when I pass through the great gates and he asks, whats my excuse then?/
I'm walking this Green Mile now/
but I don't see a finish line/
'cause he aint finished with me yet/
finish breakfast first that last suppers dinner time/

I see the people and they're crying for help/
so I aint ready to die until Im done dying to myself/
(2X)

POEM:
but lets be honest/
the circle of those out of reach is a diameter far superior to the sphere of those who are actually in arms length/
and the bitter irony of it all/
is that so many who are actually in arms length are so far out of touch, that they couldn't reach those without, even if they tried to/
viewing life with binoculars on backwards/
non exposure becoming non existence/
we don't stand for what we don't see/

I see the people and they're crying for help/
so I aint ready to die until Im done dying to myself/
(2X)

BRIDGE:
rarely do you see an MC out for justice
(3x)

everything is anything/
anything everything/
and all of it is only for the ones who are in reach/

V2:
When I'm dead and gone/
my vital isn't on but life within the song is ripe within it strong/
When I'm dead and gone/
I tried to end a wrong I trifled with the "johns" and fighted them with brawn/
When I'm dead and gone/
I sighted timid, calm ignited them along inspired them to spawn/
When I'm dead and gone/
my title isn't gone he knighted him a don the night'll end at dawn/
Track Name: Love God, Love People
11. Love God, Love People
POEM:
As the Pharisees gather with an agenda, they proceed forward with a highly tactical approach, and then they speak/
They say "teacher, which is the greatest commandment of the law?"
Surely he is not prepared for this/
And as the pages turn and the letters burn to Crimson/
sternly yet simply he speaks/
"Love the Lord your God with all parts of you"/
No further questions. Yet further answers were given/
center stage with eyes locked in a second commandment is mentioned and this one is similar to the first/
"Love your neighbor as yourself, all of the law and the prophets rest on these two things alone"/
So easy to comprehend but so easy to forget when faced with a chance to apply it/
I'm sure we all feel like we are loving people/
we shake hands, we wave to familiar faces and we kiss our grandmothers goodbye when they leave/
But the bubbles we've cultivated in life, subconsciously decreases the number of those who we actually deem worthy to be loved/
He's a "bad person" he can't actually be worthy to be loved can he?/
You remember what Jesus said, "love God and love some people" right?/
Or was it, "love God and love certain people", or "love God and love only people who haven't done time or only people who don't share a bed with the same sex"/
Or maybe it was, "love God and love only people who live in this country legally and only if they can speak proper English"/
or maybe it was, "love God and love only people who don't subscribe to this sometimes seemingly radical religion known as Islam"/
Lord help us for we have altered your command to become, "love God and love only those who we are comfortable loving"/
We must stop viewing people through the eyeglass of prejudice or patriotism and start seeing people through the sunglasses of Christendom/
All of us fearfully and wonderfully made/
And again he speaks, "for I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat/
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a foreigner and you did not welcome me/
I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me/
For whatever you have not done for the least of these, you most certainly have not done for me"/
Teacher, which is the greatest command of the law?/
Well that's easy. Love God, love people/
all of the law and the prophets rest on those two things alone/
Track Name: Violence Within the Violin
12. Violence Within the Violin
V1:
its hard to admit but I've got issues that are irking me/
but first heres some perspective of my life out here on Mercury/
my main supporters aint from Dopeboyz or Rapzilla/
'cause my raps are more Macklemore than Mineo and Mac Miller/
and thats not a co-sign for Mack or diss to Min and Miller both/
its more about the social aspect in my rap as an approach/
I found I had a passion for the broken and it stuck with me/
not coming out through rapping for me just wasn't a luxury/
words formed, I wrote songs and felt the Lord was honored/
but he didn't bless it how I expected that had me ponder/
so I figured, "I guess the world aint ready yet"/
but when they start asking for Human Trafficking raps Im here already set/
next thing you know Im seeing all these songs and poems/
most the artists weren't established, but a few of them I know 'em/
and ya'll get recognition now for knowing?/
man I wrote those bars years ago, this must be how it feels for Leonard Cohen/
a San Diego visionary like Im Dannu/
my platform wasn't large enough I started acting brand new/
and honestly in hindsight, I really think the fam knew/
a Dream Junkie showed me his poem and I tried to ban Ru/
from spitting that Trafficking piece that he created/
like I had a monopoly on everything justice related/
I tasted and started to smell the fumes of that bitterness/
I was consumed by my bitterness/
the sooner I admitted it, the sooner I could fly again/
it shot me to my core I really considered retiring/
you can hear the violence within the violin/
another rapper falling victim to entitlement/

HOOK:
Shameful when i'm looking back, painful from the memory/
confusion it was sent to be my enemy (20/20)/
shameful when I'm looking back, painful from the memory/
community was sent to be my centerpiece (20/20)/
it never bothered me the growth of awareness/
why was I bothered when they spoke I'm embarrassed (20/20)/
I never minded if other people said it/
in hindsight I was blinded because I wasnt getting any credit/

V2:
so there I was forced to step back and view myself/
I hated what I saw I can believe I'd loose myself/
in 2008 for me was the start of it/
educated myself on the issue and grew a heart for it/
that same year, I put my art to it/
and wrote, "On Behalf of the Silenced" I just wanted to play my part in it/
nothing was more important than building the movement/
and perfect timing 'cause that time my rhyming skills were improving/
and I can honestly say, the mission never left essential/
but that full time rapper grind is a killer when the rents due/
it adds a certain pressure that music was never meant to/
so without the bills this might've been something I never went through/
but no more excuses, I'm done with the scapegoats/
how dare I complain, my little place has got a gate code/
my heart crossed hand on a bible I'll say I'm grateful/
but its hard to show the darkest parts of me because I hate those/
do you know how much it makes me boil/
when they progress the cause and I respond as if un-joyful/
do you know how hard it is to admit/
that you've let your ego in but you pretend it don't exist/
well im done with it I'm free from it/
look back and I see from it/
learn now how to flee from it/
may he summit and me plummet/
no more of "me" homie we've done it/
shout to every artist out who's ever reaped from it/
I celebrate your work we've got the same assignment/
in the same gang, same goal, maybe different environment/
I embrace the violence within the violin/
never again will be a victim of entitlement/

HOOK:
Shameful when i'm looking back, painful from the memory/
confusion it was sent to be my enemy (20/20)/
shameful when I'm looking back, painful from the memory/
community was sent to be my centerpiece (20/20)/
it never bothered me the growth of awareness/
why was I bothered when they spoke I'm embarrassed (20/20)/
I think I minded that your way was accepted/
my hindsight has given new life and some proper perspective/
Track Name: Bonus: More Than Meets the Eye (feat. Sojourn, JGivens, Kahlee)
Unlisted