Blackalicious Imani

[Chorus:]

You are not Imani [x7]

When your mind feels stressed and the soul feel drained

And you get depressed cause the world’s insane

And you feel durest in the wildernest

You will kill to just find a different plan when the jobs are few

And the funds are low when the justice slack and you want some more

Cause the post they poll when the rich get more

And you starving inside and can’t

Front no more when the government lies

And they rig them votes and they you wonder what happened

And they friendly folks because no one stops

When the news go wild and the old news hope

You life’s on trial when you try your best and

You live one pay cheque to the next pay cheque

And then the darkness builds because the needs aren’t met

And you right at the breaking point on the edge

[Chorus]

When the doors all closed and the bridge all burnt

Feel wrong because of what you are

And you stay too long because this feels too good

And it feels so right and the world so wrong

And they call you back and you can’t seem to catch it

Your fears are back and the world that seems so massive

And you wanting to cry but you still go back

When you just exhausted and everything all done

And you feel to retreating and forget everyone

Who is around you and it’s like no one has an ounce of belief

You overcome and they all say no but you feel this force

That will not stop flowing and the time went buy and in this moment

And all you can see is the final moment

You will never get more than you can ever take

Take the dollar that you got and put it in a faith

You know there is something on the other side that awaits

So you don’t have to be fighting to go to another place

You will never get more than you can ever take

Take the dollar that you got and put it in a safe

You know there is something on the other side that awaits

So you don’t have to be fighting to go to another place

And have faith have faith have faith have faith

Have faith have faith have faith have faith

[Chorus]

Blackalicious I Like The Way You Talk

[Hook:]

I like the way you talk

I like the way you fuck

I like-I like-I like-I like-I like

The way you fuck

I’m better than the average letterman

You better plan ahead instead of rantin’ sending steady telegraphin’ poems you’ll never ever grasp

The clever vasking relevant

Misstep and thrash all through your metal bastard

Like an elephant

My head expands forever

Every chance I get to tear a jam

I’m trending, mad shit my endeavor hella better evidence

Of verbal in a trance, you’re spitting trash

My man begin again

My mind is militant and will reveal your little innocence

The citizens of villages be like

“Hey Gift, oh you the man

My nigga can you spit again

And kill them with your infinite flow?”

Did it and made dividends

And exit with your chicken head

Right when we fled the premises

She leaned right in my ear and said

[Hook x2]

So talkative, I’m out to live the life of mountains

Shift just now and then my style offends

But only if you’re out to grip the crown of emcees

Bound to pound the sound

Ain’t clownin’ just a lesson grounded

It’s so fresh, astounding

With these records y’all ain’t shit to us

Your non-existent flow will fall to shit

You step inside of our existence

All of y’all I’ll call your mama just to save you from the drama

This is Quannum call your doctor

Get your karma forming all inside your noggin

Storin’ with them rhymes

It’s sound like I was soundin’ one-on-one to toddler

Barely walkin’ round the new place

Droolin’ slobber fallin’ out my mouth

I’m ga-ga-in’ and goo-goo-in’

It’s voodoo when you step into new energy

I threw you when you kick them zippo rhymes

That you do when you rap

Fool you in a trap, see me and you doo-doo in your pants

Rule you with my crayon

Iron hand gon’ do you with a lance

As my mind expands I enhance

Do you feel my wrath?

Your girl had told me

“Gabby, I love listening to you man.”

[Hook x2]

But anyway I did hear you on the radio today

If you were tuned into my show then you had an experience

I produce, write, and direct my own material for both radio and television

Because I own them

Just another one of the things that makes me so special

Blackalicious Back To The Essence

[Lateef]

When I’m on the mic I stand tall with gall

Style worth more than anything you goin find in mall

The treasure of the mutiny is what keeps you all enthralled

I lively up the people with the yes yes y’all

Create wait watch and let the fake fall

Employ my strategy like checkmate

Call your bluff in that destruction of all previous discussion

When I hit like a concussion your heart rate stall

Recorders all stall you jaw’ll go slack

I deliver makin quivers and shivers all down your back

Like a river flow the beat

Bounces in cadillacs bumpin that vicious blackalicious

Kick drum that keeps punchin thru that speaker countinously meticoulously

Etchin out the spaces in time

For miles affecting rhymes that changing minds permanently

Like mescaline giving your whole peception perspective a new design that

Wreck that misconception now we seeing eye to eye yet?

Can the mc speak? the suckas stay quiet

The crowd can get rowdy like the party was a riot

Try it and the ladies will whoride your ass up out the spotlite

“you crazy dont you know that fool lateef’ll set it on you?

He better than you” she telling you the truth due –

I give you the proof due

Step you end up getting cut up by the cornerstone’s edge

Down back by the end I say dont get contrary

Cause baby I’m very highly motivated

I’m trying to do that play and ownership thing like Isiah did

Hope your vision ain’t impaired

But my prayers you can hear what I’m saying to you

Now if you fakin it may sound strange to you

Like some way under my breath maybe I’m playing you

But I only do that murder rap shit for those whose the cap fit

As for the rest I’m trying to you all back to the essence

[Chorus:]

Back to the essence when we in the house feel the almighty presence

Making mcs act humble like peasants

Smoking the mic and leaving nothing but resin

Making the spots pop like pots full of wesson

Making it hot cooking your goose and your pheasant

Taking your props leaving your ass butt naked

Soul exposed no material protection

Low and behold we going back to the essence

[Gab]

I be that G-I to the F when I get def up on that mic

I swing that lefty no discrepency and effortlessly

And in the right frame of mind

Electricity combined with mind soul and the way I flex the agility

Focus ability makes some heads quite restless in this vicinty

Trying to fill me out but they just jesters in my vicinty stuck in my art

Trying to feather my energy I bless plenty of enemies

Hittin me with expressions that would so would like to get rid of me

In my quest to be the epitome it’ll be cold in helll

‘fore I feel stress from any of these illiterate

Insecure about they little insignicant contributions

Infinitely I’m mocking yes and don’t whenever the Gift put out a fly quote

Yes I’m doing my thing and leaving a cloud of cess smoke

Wherever I go whether i’m balling whether I’m flat dead broke

I’m heeding my call and leaving a ball of rappers with heads roast

And bringing that universal dopeness to the east and west coast

And really no one the best though is god

Allowing you to harness the energy within whoever feels the most

At the moment takes it the farthest

So thank him cause it’s through you that he manifest artistry

Like a painting with an infinte beyond lifetime warranty

And satan is a wack diseased that needs to be quarantined

And caged in, I’m riding a boat of dopeness come on aboard with me

And engage in a tale of musical invention,

An mc lynchin convention GA lyrical fifth dimension miracles

All up in your system

[chorus]

Blackalicious World Of Vibrations

[Gift of Gab]

We’d like to welcome you all again to the world of vibrations

Introduction to the nation of revolutionary thoughts

Hear the sound evolve, expand, and change

Most of the things that we’re sayin’ haven’t broken through your chatter

So y’all niggaz still ego trip based and

Have not begun to taste the kundalini wisdom bliss

I’m droppin’ as a lyric quotin’ vessel for the stages

Play this on your play list

I like dough

But musically I’m transcendin’ the physical

And don’t blame me for the slang and the words

God writes these rhymes through me

I just listen to him

I’m just livin’ duke

Matrix driven rules haven’t fooled me

Cuz I still think abstract

And stay metaphysical

And challenge what is really real

And keep creatin’ with the force to bring rap back

Not that it’s away

But everybody got somethin’ to say

So let me speak the opposite of what’s hot now

And make that hot

So it will get exploited

And the corporation only will back dudes who bite my style

And they can try and try again

I’ve been influenced by a lot of pioneers

South to the East and West

But when a hot MC

Gets on stage with a real MC

Most of the time the situation gets hostile

[Chorus: Ledisi]

We vibrate at higher frequencies

Welcome to our world and intro to

Fall into a space

Where there is no thoughts

Just moments captured

Here we go

We vibrate at higher frequencies

Let us up inside your head

Just step inside our world of vibration

Bump this from your birth to your deathbed

[Gift of Gab]

Take time with the pad and the pen to dig within

In a world of BS that we’re livin’ in

To my ears music sound sweet as cinnamon

So I stay poundin’ out tunes and tunes again and again

In the 5th chapter ladies and gentlemen

And I still got MCs on my dinner menu

Write late at night this isn’t David Letterman though

On second thought, I’m like a letter man though

Let the craft evolve catch a little syndrome

Shootin’ through your vains, vibratin’ though your eardrums

Used to think 30 years old then the end comes

Now I feel like I’m just gainin’ momentum

Seen the world two times all except for India

About to vacate there when we finish this one

Work hard but still some sweep

We won’t mention them

In fact, they act as fuel for our engine

Engine engine number 9, mic lynchin’

When we’re done with this these songs are our pension

MCs are puppets, Me, I’m Jim Henson

Take a squat or get chopped by the henchmen

City, town, state arena or convention

Please believe these the G’s that ease pension

Rakka and Ev said that it’s a marathon

Song after song, we keep on inventin’

[Chorus: repeats]

Blackalicious Aural Pleasure

In amidst, of the deep blue abyss, without your love found chance

Energy surround, enhance spirit now Aural Pleasure

In amidst your souls across ropes checking where your mind sun shines

Energy surround your head spinning now aural pleasure

They call me Gab and I rap

And I do my thing and swing it bring it

In my hab-i-tat

Where my vocals stinging even linger

In the back of your neck

Where you feel the tingle lingle ling

You will adapt to your snapping your thumb and finger eagerly

Now since we have to achieve

We must believe believe believe

Into a certain degree

Just like the wheat you need to feed you

Man this circus won’t cease

It just eats and eats and eats

Until we serving these beats

In addition to serving MCs

‘Till they go berserk and then freeze

Any day of the week I speak through speakers

You can burn with this heat

MCs you freeze to see (the reasons)?

Take your circuits and free ya up

From the he’s and she’s and needs

Emotion surface to be

Having your search through the abyss Aural Pleasure y’all

In amidst, of the deep blue abyss, without your love found chance

Energy surround, enhance spirit now Aural Pleasure

In amidst your souls across ropes checking where your mind sun shines

Energy surround your head spinning now aural pleasure

Check it out

On the corner of jail, but not a dealer of death

Realer, iller, conceal a feeling, sealing there’s nothing left

On the top, on its penicillin, you got wish

It’s a oracle, then it seize ya, I’m sure you got lifted

Oceans of rhythm inside a killer go ta death

Coming divine as I reach and travel in the depths

Moving your spirit just like you’re walking through a ‘X’

Choice of the generation, that come and be the peps

Bubbling all in your cups, don’t even follow it up

Nothing to wallow in but the sound that you’re gobbling up

Rocking in time until your popping your mommy up

Calling your Aunt, and also your pa, and the swallow the funk

It’s just a little something that open your comatose

Stay to living in Babylon, with the spiritually dead ghost

This is recommended, I highly advise a toast

Hopefully it inspires and maybe encourages growth

Aural Pleasure y’all [x5]

In amidst, of the deep blue abyss, without your love found chance

Energy surround, enhance spirit now Aural Pleasure

In amidst your souls across ropes checking where your mind sun shines

Energy surround your head spinning now aural pleasure

Watch out Blazing Arrow

Test ’til it’s scarred

Press through the storm

Find who we are, with true desire

For no human being

Quest for your dreams

By any means, endure the fire

PURE

Test and trial

An error destined to endure

Infallible unyielding to the adversary’s law

‘Cause I graft for the after me

Syntax in a masterpiece burner

Unless your flame’s life surpasses eternal

You couldn’t swing it if you had a pendulum strapped to your sternum

I am the sun

One with the son of man righteousness

Won’t be defeated by the underhand faceless

Hands in the presence of greatness

I’ll teach you how to backstroke

With cinder block bracelets

Dark paddling kicking in the quick sand no aces

Constance under pressure

Test how true your faith is FAITH

You wanna see my face, connect the stars

Passion birth right RAW

Hide electric Gibson guitars

Spark cohibra cigars

African Tsars

From the call

Think fast like Ramadan

I’m beyond the book of Ramah ad

Nigeria Phenomenon

A bbo

Dot to dot

I am the might of common law

Kum Bay ya

Chronicle

Got the run of flow

Jungles beside a hole

Songs that a side atold Geronimo platoon

Undergrounds a phat

I tousle now swallow slow

Let my fire killer higher

Hell a soul

Floss you with barbwire coils

Anoints with Allah bills

Cause royal karma’s close

And can’t wait (And can’t wait)

God’s be ghost

Waving a burning spear

I am Faith I am Faith I am Faith

Blackalicious Blazing Arrow

Amazin phase your days your hazy ways my Blazing Arrow

The rays that range from Asia way to Rio De Janeiro

A craze you crave? but work today’s the day that in a major way

I’ll make you say oh look he saved the day and also paved the way (hooray)

Rockin? my crew like razor blades today and days away from now okay, okay

I’m like a laser ray keepin the stains? away

and dangerous ways rappin the phrase that pays

all things just ain’t a phase but ageless ways a cagey great displays

yo hey, this ain’t a game, so stays awake

cause if you came to play you’ll all behave insane

After we change the game it won’t reamin the same

(I’ll fade away!!!) So make your disc and play this tape in your Camaro

Amazin phase your days your hazy ways my Blazing Arrow

The verbal God, I throw a murder all my foe and kill ’em

But learnin all and so I’m gorowing while I’m learnin wit em

Infernal I’ll explode returnin out the globe about to blow

Now get up out here yo, see head on out the zones that I patrol

Rock and roll might tear you out the soul like blunts and alcohol

I knock your whole toboggan for a loop and now the doubt will flow

I’m not the pro you wanna knock cause on the real I got the glow

Cosmic flows as I suppose thats how its supposed to be

and got to go!!! How’d ya know? Intuition

I was on the old safe surface figure out your purpose that’s impossible

But logic will disturb the thought or focus what its not is all about

the grow about the kind of onus only god can know

I rock it for the chocolate, for the awkward for the thoughtless

in your home or at your office

I’m your early morning coffee so who got the ball?

We roll with Navajos with double barrels

Amazin phase your days your hazy ways my Blazing Arrow

Blackalicious First In Flight

[CHORUS:]

First in flight [repeated 4X]

[Gil Scott-Heron:]

(Cause all we got is rhythm and timin’

We go beyond the edge of the sky)

[Gift of Gab]

FREE! Like a bird out in the wind in the night

Like a 747 to LA that’s in flight

FREE! Like a garden flourishing in the wind

Like a student bout to do it when he’s graduating

FREE! From any of the energy perception

Can never be defined create the definition within

FREE! Just loving life itself and never pretend to be

Anything other than the man I was meant to be

Travel through time and get a glimpse of the centuries

To come a better day is promised remember

FREE! Like my nephew in a few months about to be out the penitentiary

Meditation [repeated 9X]

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]

UH! I never hesitate about a reluctant mind

Just put the peddle to the metal see what ya find

You back there slouching over won’t you pick up your spine?

Let’s make it really really happen live up this time

Cause you can choose to say “Good morning God” or “Good God, morning”

With black clouds storming

I walk without umbrellas into these woods

Don’t need em cause the might trees above will shelter me good

I’m eating berries from the bushes of the heavenly good

From the ?stakes/steaks? the power came to us whenever we stood

Reverberating out we’re reaching each and every hood

Whenever we could the spiritual anatomy fool

But never take the credit for it B cause that’d be rude

It’s just the way in life we searchin for that had to be new

You gotta work it though cause everyday ain’t Saturday fool

Evolve into a better life and be happy with you and me

[Chorus]

[Gil Scott-Heron]

The first to fly

The first to strive

The first to fight to stay alive

The first to win

The first to strike

The first to live

The first in flight

[Gift of Gab]

RISE! Like the sun up at the crack of the dawn

Like a waking giant in the morning stretching and yawning

RISE! Like an infant being held in the light

Like the smoke from an incense when it’s ignited

RISE! If you’re sleeping won’t you open your eyes again

The greatest high be that natural high within

No need to force the progression just ride the wind

You’ll know the answer to the where and why and when

If you keep working for your search you will find the end

Though at the end you find it only begins again

See at the end you’ll see it only begins again

And everything you learn you’re only remembering

Cause you’re

[Chorus (repeat 4X)]

[Gift of Gab: repeat 2X]

It’s me

Let your mind and your soul be free

Work to shine meet your goal believe

Spread that kind of L-O-V-E

Take some time off the lonely

[Gil Scott-Heron: repeat to end]

Cause all we got is rhythm and timin’

We go beyond the edge of the sky

Blackalicious Purest Love

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

Was born in a small town [Incomprehensible] California

Where them gangstas bang ghetto life thuggin’ on the corner

Youngest child of six when I came pops split with momma

Used to visit on the weekends, till he moved to the north side of Cali

14 he died, 15 my mom’s died

Alcoholic diabetic forces were my life too

Moved with my older brother taught me discipline

But I wasn’t ready though still shocked and holding pain in

So I skipped school got F’s got the posters on my wall

Takin’ down no TV times I felt like y’all ain’t want me around

Set up in my room developing the mind of a loner

Writin’ rhymes rappin’ out my days instead of homework

Through it all my three sisters placed the place like one time

As I was like this rap thing is gonna pay I know that I was triflin’

But still set in my ways livin’ for better days

Until I die I’m startin’ if I’m broke or with that cheddar check

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

Purest purest

Purest purest

Purest purest

Purest purest

The two realest cats I know?

My two older brothers

The most beautiful woman in the galaxy?

My mother

The strongest black women raising kids alone?

My sisters

The best part of my future

Is my present love interest

The most important time

Right now and ever after

The greatest expression

Is love, happiness and laughter

See life is a book and this song is just another chapter

I’ll stay down to earth and real if you speak I’ll speak back

I’m not a preacher or a scholar I’m merely just a rapper

I probably don’t fit in to the current state of

What you consider that to be, so you ask how can I rap

If I ain’t thugged out, pimpin’, flossin’ my ice, packin’ a gat

Man if this is what I got, I want dough I can’t lie

But never sell my soul ‘n front inside mainstream’s eyes

The purest love is how I’m driven, sent and reach for my goals

If nothing else I’ll leave the world some songs that speak from the soul

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

One precious love so good to me

One precious love the purest thing

Blackalicious Rhymes for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind

[Gift of Gab]

I got rhymes for the deaf dumb and blind

And a 20/20 eyesight; big mouth yappin

Crystal clear ear competition mere child’s play

When I’m formin up, can’t be guarded now, sendin y’all to the

Drawing board, I floored niggaz with the skills

I’m sick and bored, of all the triggers and the steel

That you’re cappin; why don’t you give all that weak shit a rest

And start rappin – I’m puffin the buddha bless yes I’m packin

BOWLS, and spittin the rhymes on ?testabra?

Be like D’Wayne from _What’s Happening_ talking about “Uh-uhh!”

Ya, can’t defeat me, delete me, beat me, greet me

With a grin or, get your chin jaw and your neck broke

And then I’ll rip off your arm and throw it in a stew —

Boy I’ll make mincemeat of you, ? speed a few, wimps eat a few

Shirmps need a new, temp-orary mind-boggler, follow me, G

Niggerole, bigger flows, hover over small ones

Others flows will fall, come and get some

Runnin shit one rhyme AFTER the next

Master the flexology, follow me, take all of me

Fuck a beast, buck a beast, sucker please

Don’t you know _Miuziweighs-a-freakin-ton_ like Chuck D’s?

Psych! Thought I would contradict myself, didn’t ya?

I’m gettin ya

I’m hittin ya ass with bass all in your face so taste the bit

In ya, bowls of Soul, get on a Train but I’m not Don Cornelius

Really it’s not no gimmicky shit like chicken popcorn

Now new and meatier, shootin like a meteor

Beats fat and beatier, feed me your brain child

The strange style contains foul language

So tell you kids to go to sleep so the beat can enhance you ock

If you a rapper grab your mic broke cancel the glock yo’

Ass is grass and I’m the lawnmower hey bonhead nigga

Put your rhyme in the towaway zone

Red’s all I see like if my name was El Toro

On the land, smokin a reefer, underwater smokin a coral reef

I squash beef like a meat grinder

I’m the kind of chief rocker to seek and destroy boys

Oy, I’m all of that and a plate of chitlins

So won’t you sit and listen to the way I flip the script

Like, a beat to make a flip to beat to breakin shit

Delete you makin hits complete awaken kids I eat ya

Like a batch of bacon bits takin it to the next step

LET’S GET ILL

Blackalicious Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme

[Gab:]

yeah yeah [2x]

[Lateef:]

Blackalicious

Lateef the truth speaker

[Gab:]

A little somethin

[Together:]

Now if you want some you best come with a gun

You cant fuck with the tongue or the way the song is sung

By lateef and blackalicious we keep it fat, delicious

Complete and grant your wishes

So peep the rap and listen

You cant be idle you best come trifle

But even with a rifle your stylell get stifled

[Lateef:] quick

[Gab:]

Lateef and blackalicious we coming for that dough to get

The lyrics that we wrote again

Are sounding rather vicous beyond scientific

I’ll snap like a doberman I’m unable to hold it in

I really hope you feel it, check it out

Droppin the topic and me apocaplypse

Hip hop metroplis we stalkin mcs

Dont stop this marvelous three partners

This bottomless beat has opened wideness

Invitin us inside of its deep rhythmic enviroment

A labryinth its violent beings just won’t be silent

And higher, and higher means to a world (?)

Where all I need is prez

And that is my rent

Just by fatting the rest

Who wont admire it

Wont rule as a tyrant

Dont condone viloence

Till the next man trys it

Dont tax no pirate

Just watch as I begin to shape your world

All mcs in the land spanked and baked and broiled

Charred and seasoned in a pan – damn

Awakened world stagnant even though they always been there

Laggin about exposing it to the hearing impaired establishment

Raw energy they cant be compared

Tag em then we drag them then we finshed – yeah

[Together:]

Now if you want some you best come with a gun

You cant fuck with the tongue or the way the song is sung

By lateef and blackalicious we keep it fat; delicious

Complete and grant your wishes

So peep the rap and listen

You cant be idle you best come trifle

But even with a rilfe your stylell get stifled

[Lateef:] quick

Let it hit them

The suffocation begins your soul it gets engulfed in

The sound like its emotion it works just like a potion

It hurts just like thats only motion gotta think about some rules

See it cant just all be coastin

Get to get the spectrum of the wave

Whenever you know its flowin

Got a notion and its deep keep it growing like the ocean dont get salty

Its just me get a dose thats instantaneous essential constantly

Fits like a constellation glowing natrually in facts you see the past

The future marches on triumphantly defiantly relentlessly

If it aint one thing its somethin something else

The instrumental that contributes to your mental health

As for most mcs we moving like a ninja that is killin ya stealthily

Handle your bizness candidly fool we gigantic globally locally

And organically aint nothing you gonna do thats gonna damage me

In this currency its tragedy we value beyond champion originality

Is this shit thats happen

We trigger an emotional response causes you to react violently

Yeah we trigger an emotional response causes you to react violently

[Together:]

Now if you want some you best come with a gun

You cant fuck with the tongue or the way the song is sung

By lateef and blackalicious we keep it fat; delicious

Complete and grant your wishes

So peep the rap and listen

You cant be idle you best come trifle

But even with a rifle your stylell get stifled

[Lateef:] quick

[Together:]

Lateef and blackalicious is coming for that dough to get

The lyrics that we wrote again are sounding rather vicious

Now if you want some you better come with a gun

You cant fuck with the tongue

Or your ass’ll get stung by lateef and blackalicious

We keep it fat, delicious

Complete and grant your wishes we move just like eclipses

You cant be idle cause even with a title

And even with a rifle your styell get stifled – yeah

[Sample:] The king is going home to get his throne

From the root to the flute that’s where everything started at…

[echo]