Blackalicious Day One

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

(Hey)

Stay away from monetary

Gain temptation

Feel your inner souls vibration

We are channels for a place from

Deep within where we all came from

Relaxation meditation

Connected to all creation

Infinite but all the same one

(Hey)

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

(Okay)

Drive on my course I drift afloat

Plus the times life is inner mystical

Seein’ signs, see it’s planted in the road

More I know more I don’t pretend to know

Just a piece and a fragment in the hole

Just a servant not labeled friend or foe

Begin again good or bad is just

A moment in eternity

A fight to get your soul, back

Get your soul back

(Get your soul back)

Get your soul back

Get your soul back

(Get your soul back)

Get your soul back

(Get your soul back)

Get your soul back

Get your soul back

(Get your soul, get your soul)

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

(Hey)

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

(Hey)

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

(Hey)

Days turn to night

It reveals itself true light

Back at home, out of wrong

Where it feels right

(Hey)

Blackalicious Introduction: Bow And Fire

Ladies and gents, soul music lovers everywhere

All around the universe

You know as well as I do that things are changing

Changing, changing

The day will come, warning, warning

I got my arrow, I got my bow

I got my fire and I’m walking through the darkness

Slowly on a tight-rope wire

Got my arrow

The forces trying, trying, tired

Then the wind is blowing harder

But my power comes from higher sources

Arrow

I got my bow, I got my fire

And I’m walking through the darkness

Slowly on a tight-rope wire

Got my

Arrow

Blackalicious Making Progress

[Chorus: Gift of Gab]

We keep embellishin upon a new uncharted path

Expressin what we see and how we comprehend the math

So there’s enough for everyone we gotta make it last

We gotta make it last..

[Gift of Gab]

As I embark on life’s journey from the point where I’m at

Peace to everyone I know or who I go way back wit

Every pimp every mack, every gangsta to jack

Every hustler feedin babies, anybody pro-black

Every sister raisin kids without the help of a dad

Wantin for they children all the things that they never had

All the brothers handlin business even though shit’s hard

Wakin up at five A.M., holdin down three jobs

All my rasta brethern gettin insight from trees

To my brothers up in college gettin Ph.D’s

Or any other degree, even if you just read

For mental health, see you’re concious that your mind is free

All my people locked down, for your past mistakes

Mentally and spiritually, dwellin past the gates

You could change your ways, elevate today

To all recovered alcoholics chillin up in AA

Every black-owned business, keep doin for self

Helpin out the community and spreadin the wealth

Understand that help ain’t gonna come from nowhere else

Revolutionaries makin the unjust get dealth wit

Head on black people got to meet the task

Educate, keep learnin, gotta question, ask!

And let your light keep shinin and remember the past

By any means necessary, we’ll be free at last

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]

As I embark on life’s journey from the point where I’m at

Peace to everybody strivin to live right and exact

Even though anxieties try to pull you down

See your troubles as a blessin and you’re homeward bound

Everybody gotta struggle, that’s the way of the world

Can’t develop biceps if you don’t do curls

Can’t achieve a a garden if you never water your crops

If you never paid your dues, then you don’t get props

Couldn’t eat a proper meal without cookin it first

Can’t receive a paycheck if you don’t do work

If it wasn’t for the rain, then the trees won’t grow

When the spring came around, what a sight to bestow

When you face adversities, dark clouds won’t last

If you never study, how do you expect to pass?

The grasshoppers laid around while the ants did chores

When the winter came around, he was left outdoors

See the cycle keeps moving like a big machine

Evolution of the mind, soul body and being

God’ll never put upon you more than you can take

Sometimes you even gotta learn from OTHER people’s mistakes

So head on black people got to meet the task

Educate, keep learnin, gotta question, ask!

And let your light keep shinin and remember the past

By any means necessary, we’ll be free at last

[Chorus]

Blackalicious Release Part 1,2 & 3

(Release)

(Release)

(Release)

[Gift of Gab]

Prevalent melanin elephant bailing

And carrying sedatives that’ll give average lettermen callouses

Wrecking with savageness, catalyst

battling rappers’ll stagger right after the dagger is left in it

Cherish this Caliber (Release) Attica

Shatter your algebra with calculus (give it up)

Damage your pattern I’m pounding you so fabulous (give it up)

Enough is enough is enough and I’m busting up outta this shell

In eruption and rupture your structure the fuck with you (Release)

Up in you and cut you a costumer

Huffing and puffing, discussing absolutely nothing, disgusting

Plus I’m feeling me rushing up in your country percussion

No woman gets struck in the boundaries

Wake up if your lunging, I’m something, you’re nothing (Release)

Now come see grunting, I’m hunting

For one emcees running

I’m stomping my foot through your army

They couldn’t have stopped me with shoties

Oddity, why did he, why do these entire societies inside of societies

And survivors still remain alive (Release) emcees

Thriving to flow, opting to go

five hundred and fifty-five syllables to go

Split em’ with subliminal intentional digital pro

Unlimited flow unriveted, inhibited, vindited

Now you can’t get rid of it like (Release) business

Magnificent, intimate, in it with, in a minute, gonna be in a nicks

In it with a gig, big fat heads like eggs Benedict

Pigs lick shit, rip with words in a bismol energy

It’s time I society beats release

[Saul Williams]

Inner breathlessness, outer restlessness

By the time I caught up to freedom I was out of breath

Grandma asked me what I’m running for

I guess I’m out for the same thing the sun is sunning for

What mothers birth their youngens for

And some say Jesus coming for

For all I know the earth is spinning slow

Suns at half mast ’cause masses ain’t aglow

On bended knee, prostrate before an altered tree

I’ve made the forest suit me

Tables and chairs

Papers and prayers

Matter versus spirit

A metal ladder

A wooden cross

A plastic bottle of water

A mandala encased in glass

A spirit encased in flesh

Sound from shaped hollows

The thickest of mucus released from heightened passion

A man that cries in his sleep

A truth that has gone out of fashion

A mode of expression

A paint splattered wall

A carton of cigarettes

A bouquet of corpses

A dying forest

A nurtured garden

A privatized prison

A candle with a broken wick

A puddle that reflects the sun

A piece of paper with my name on it

I’m surrounded

I surrender

All

All that I am I have been

All I have been has been a long time coming

I am becoming all that I am

The spittle that surrounds the mouth-piece of the flute

Unheard, yet felt

A gathered wetness

A quiet moisture

Sound trapped in a bubble

Released into wind

Wind fellows and land merchants

We are history’s detergent

Water soluble, light particles, articles of cleansing breath

Articles amending death

These words are not tools of communication

They are shards of metal

Dropped from eight story windows

They are waterfalls and gas leaks

Aged thoughts rolled in tobacco leaf

The tools of a trade

Barbers barred, barred of barters

Catch phrases and misunderstandings

But they are not what I feel when I am alone

Surrounded by everything and nothing

And there isn’t a word or phrase to be caught

A verse to be recited

A man to de-fill my being in those moments

I am blankness, the contained center of an “O”

The pyramidic containment of an “A”

I stand in the middle of all that I have learned

All that I have memorized

All that I’ve known by heart

Unable to reach any of it

There is no sadness

There is no bliss

It is a forgotten memory

A memorable escape route that only is found by not looking

There, in the spine of the dictionary the words are worthless

They are a mere weight pressing against my thoughtlessness

But then, who else can speak of thoughtlessness with such confidence

Who else has learned to sling these ancient ideas

like dead rats held by their tails

so as not to infect this newly oiled skin

I can think of nothing heavier than an airplane

I can think of no greater conglomerate of steel and metal

I can think of nothing less likely to fly

There are no wings more weighted

I too have felt a heaviness

The stare of man guessing at my being

Yes I am homeless

A homeless man making offerings to the after-future

Sculpting rubber tree forests out of worn tires and shoe soles

A nation unified in exhale

A cloud of smoke

A native pipe ceremony

All the gathered cigarette butts piled in heaps

Snow covered mountains

Lipsticks smeared and shriveled

Offerings to an afterworld

Tattoo guns and plastic wrappers

Broken zippers and dead eyed dolls

It’s all overwhelming me, oak and elming me

I have seeded a forest of myself

Little books from tall trees

It matters not what this paper be made of

Give me notebooks made of human flesh

Dried on steel hooks and nooses

Make uses of use, uses of us

It’s all overwhelming me, oak and elming me

I have seeded a forest of myself

Little books from tall trees

On bended knee

Prostrate before an altered tree

I’ve made the forest suit me

Tables and chairs

Papers and prayers

Matter vs. spirit, through meditation

I program my heart to beat breakbeats and hum basslines on exhalation

(Release) [x3]

[Lyrics Born]

The heaven-sent benevolent medicine man reverend

Peddling deliverance that resemble amphetamines to

the residents in the meadow of pestilence

Who developed a chemical dependence on pessimism, now

Is he is, or is he ain’t

The most distinctive speaker seeping through your sleepy speakers

Yes he is, oh, yes indeed

So distinguished, so close some people think he’s half queer

Ain’t no secret, people, trust me

It’s mostly hustling

Moves me up strait

But just focus on the gun scene

Boasting and fussing

They both so unproductive

Suppose it go in my blood stream

Let me post this question

Ask anybody, just anybody

They’ll tell you that the antibody to the petty

Potty mouth gots to be

Success at something

To be the best of something

And not to stress the dumb shit

Cause you ain’t missing nothing

You got to

[Gift of Gab]

Motivate, accelerate, never wait, know your weight, throw away hate

Grow and make weight of your older dates

Elevate, concentrate, get your focus straight, aim orchestrate fate

Just motivate, accelerate, never wait, show the way, no escape

Take hold and shift shape, live a longer day

Elevate, concentrate, get your focus straight, and orchestrate fate

Astrologist, colleges follow this through the metropolis

The dominant brown bomber, I’m in it, being prominent

Walking it, mean walking it, clean the scene, stalking it

Volcanic, got you all panicking, false canyon

And, awe wait, all day

Outlandish bandits be slandering what we mastering cause they can’t catch us

They all pray for our downfall

Maybe one day, sike

You never get no balance if you’re crooked so play right, snake

I’m mongoosing on you, stormtrooping through your form

Oncoming, enslaught, on one

Chopping you, I’ll tomahawk, trauma hawk

Long running champ and rocking shit ’til i was born

You’re a Tom Thumb and I’m King Kong Bundy

Strong thunder, all summer long, keep on coming

Dawn, dusk, night, morning

I’ll bust tight poems

Raw, just mic zonin’ you all

With the white motive, motivation

Motivate, accelerate, never wait, know your weight, throw away hate

Grow and make weight of your older gates

Elevate, concentrate, get your focus straight, aim orchestrate fate

Just motivate, accelerate, never wait, show the way, no escape

Take hold and shift shape, live a longer day

Elevate, concentrate, get your focus straight, aim orchestrate fate

Blackalicious Sports Alphabet

Now, it’s time for our wrap up

Let’s give it everything we’ve got

Ready?

Begin

Alley-alley-alley-alley-oop on amateurs

Air above all and any actors that’s average

Big barbarian basically beasting

Biters get blown up being brave, beatings

Casually, I chef cash cheddar, fools get

Casualties and caught off guard with chin music

Dirty when I drop dimes damaging the dang earth

Devastate the defense detonate danger

Entertainer entertaining everyone and every mass

Enemies is envious ain’t even peep the elbow pass

Fire en fuego flick of the wrist foes in

Fear of the fury left flattened and frozen

Gloves off for the glass jaw by the goons

G.O.A.T of all G.O.A.T.S gone giddy gettin’ through

Human joystick, heating up, heat check BLAM

Hit ‘em hard, hella hyped, hero going H.A.M

I’m isolated on islands it’s over, it’s over

Ice in your veins getting colder

Juke jock jerk to those who aren’t worthy

Jamming through my journey in a jet black jersey

King Kong of K.O.s kid kiss the ring

Knuckle up now with the knuckle buck king

Lemme live a long life leading with my laces out

Right now losers look up cause it’s lights out

My moves marvelous, money shot, massive

Main event, moon-shot, MVP, master

Nails in the coffin knots in their knees, triumph

Nutmeg through their knees nothing but nylon

Opposition oft on the ropes in the octagon

One-two, punched out, lights going off and on

Pillow picked passes of prolific poetry

Power plays, pickpocketing petty phonies

Quest for the cup, it’s quantum y’all, quote me

Quiet all quitters feeling qualms when we’re quarreling

Raw ringside riots relish and remain

Rallying, rough rated rhymes make it rain

Swishin’ on simple soft suckers spitting swag

Slice dice shimmy nothing-but-net, splash

Turnt up, taking out timid minds. Twister

Leave ‘em turnt out, they are truck stick victims

Unstoppable ups, stay uninvolved

Unanimous, universal, year of the underdog

Vicious and vital, victories calling

Volley y’all out victorious velocity

Bob and weave well, wide receiving words woven

Moonwalk when I whip, get the world open

X-celling, X-treme, X-tra X-plosive

X-hilarating X-out competition so quick

Yolo pass rhymes, y’all young bucks fall

Yoga stretch rhymes yelling yiggy yes y’alls

Zero zero zero on the clock, game’s over

Zoomin to the zenith, zero out, in my zone, ZONING!!

Ha ha ha ha

Good

Can you say it faster?

Blackalicious Ego Sonic War Drums

[Peace]

Our house is in the middle of the street

I’m a talkin’ head, talkin’ head

Spittin’ speech, Hungry like A Wolf, Where’s the Beef?

[Gift of Gab]

Beef eater gin, in-toxicant, men-tal

Alternate, end-ings, opposite trend Zen

Copperfield, pen bend, topple and kill end men

Send them, in wind, tremblin’, off of them skills (skills, skills, skills…)

[Peace]

My copper top is poppin’ tops (tops), the heat keeps blowin’

+Energizer+ bunny, ain’t it funny, how I stay so +ever ready+

But I never see the money (money, money, money…)

[Gift of Gab]

Money never makin’ me

I make it, come inside and take a seat

It’s vacant, Ego Sonic, inner space

The sacred sequel on again

Erase and cease the hatred season

of the drums of war of sages past

and speakin’ through the ancients

speakin’ through the, speakin’ through the ancients, speakin’

(speakin’, speakin’, speakin’…)

[Peace]

As a kid, I was Harry Potter-like

Not locked in a room but on the streets, they poked fun and took my bike

Until I chose to write, spec-tacular, vernacular, spells, for the fight

(fight, fight, fight…)

[Gift of Gab]

In the, middle of the class, I was writin’ my secret agenda

Getting’ a bl-ast from ignitin’ my deepest surrender

A bit of chastisement I may have gotten from teachers when the

classes were done, masses were stunned, I pass it on

(I pass it on, I pass it on, I pass it on…)

[Peace]

I be flingin’ stones at yo’ dome and yo’ +Jet-son+

and +Elroy’s+ El Dorado drivin’ while the sun sets some

Back seat, fulla cotton candy, beer, and bubble gum

(bubble gum, bubble gum. bubble gum…)

[Gift of Gab]

Summertime in the city

Pity rappers fallin’ to the Ego Sonic War Drums [echoes]

[Chorus x2]

Ego Sonic War Drums, we so hard – RUN

Beatin’ on yo’ door come, try and get SOME

You’ll get trampled, tryin’ to sample, end up gettin’ NONE

Ego Sonic War Drums, we so hard – RUN

[Gift of Gab]

Heeey ya, raise the bar to another level of rhymin’ again

Maaa-jor daaays of, verbal assault tactics that get

waaaay out, Blazin’ the bow again to set new trend of flaa-va, Dйj-а vu

We blowin’ ’em up wit’ the way we slaaay-a, saaay ya praaa-yas

Set in the head of the rappers we SLAAY-a

YAAAY-A, HI-YA, HI-YA, HO!

Come on in-SIDE and try the flow

Creepin’ up on yo’ mind just like a SPID-A

KIND-A slow, SHINE and FLOOOW

Sparkle and rock until I can’t SHINE NO MO’, OHHH!

Low and beHOOOLD, FOOOE

Animal instinct comin’ out of the SOOOUL

Chief Coyote, Blackfoot, Savage NavaHOOOOS

Scalpin’ yo’ top and rock out the spot, off the top knockin’

and then I frolic about the DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUGH

[Bridge]

Just because we out there, doesn’t mean we don’t care

Respect our clout, yeah, Gift of Gab dope, yeah

P-E-A-C-E, yeah, E-S-W-D, playa

Arrows flyin’ everywhere, Ego Sonic warfare

[Peace]

Peace pipe, puffin’, arrow stick you in yo’ stuffin’

OH-WO-WO-WO-WO-WO-OW, think I’m bluffin’

Jumpin’ off my horse and runnin’ up on you ain’t nothin

I don’t have no rifle, I just throw my hatchet in yo’ face

Catch it, get an eye FULL

Hear them drums? Battle sounds! See that land? Battle grounds!

See the men? Battle rounds! Hear me now, man down!

Bows UP, clear the section, roll out a winner

In my Ego Sonic head dress in

and for you dum-dum opponents, hope you learned yo’ lesson

(learned yo’ lesson, learned yo’ lesson, learned yo lesson’…)

[Chorus]

[Gift of Gab]

Chief Apache drummer, tipi dweller, eagle feather bearer

Chalice lighter, inner fire starter, worship Mother Nature

[Peace]

Mohawkin’ egos clawin’ beak seems to bear it all

Seminole, Blackfoot, Mohican, and Choctaw

[Gift of Gab]

Choppin’ ya, scalpin’ ya, offin’ ya, moppin’ ya, falcons are

flockin’ around you, wreck shop while I’m poppin’ at Pocahontas

[Peace]

Death it won’t fall upon us, as long as I’m Geronimo-an

Keepin’ the heater flowin’, you know they ain’t into throwin’ ’em

[Gift of Gab]

Burnin’ the tip of the Arrow, the temperature’s blarin’

The endin’ is near when we hit you wit’ THIS, then you’re perishin’

(perishin’, perishin’, perishin’…)

[Peace]

Cherish everyday light, light

Couldn’t picture livin’ life in the dark right, right, right?

[Gift of Gab]

Ear to the ground, I hear ’em comin’

Do you really think they comin’?

[Peace]

Ego sonic, hear that thumpin’

Do you really think they drummin’?

[Gift of Gab]

Do you really think they comin’?

[Peace]

I can see ’em!

[Gift of Gab]

HERE THEY COME!

[Gift of Gab and Peace]

If they catch us, they gon’ kill us

Wouldn’t want to be us, RUN! (RUN, RUN, RUN…)

[Chorus and ad-libs]

Blackalicious Sleep

(Sleep)

[chorus]

The hazy days go to nights returning on and on

The eye in the sky that don’t lie be watching all y’all

The troublesome time filled anxieties just keep crawling on

And a dream world line up in your mind just keep on calling y’all

The shining lights of stages after the show are faded

The crowd is gone away, and now the dawning day

Gives way to creatures lurking, can hear the crickets chirping

Only the owls can see for this is when they start their prey

The homeless ask for quarters for shelter and some water

Say “sorry not today” and turn and walk away

The busy street is empty whistling winds are blowing gently

Listening intently to all of the things they have to say

A day of work completed a night of rest is needed

Almost done read a book but eyelids to heavy to read it

The fireplace is kindling, snug with your queen and building

About the victories tomorrow’s gonna bring your way

[chorus]

(I hope that what I have written will be of some assistance)

Gazing outside the window the sunny skies dwindle

And now it’s full of stars a hurling comet soars

While during the body slumber the soul begins to wander

To dream dimensions see the inner conscious doesn’t pause

Keeps moving where it’s bound to say now I lay me down to

After that stretch and yawn energy left and gone

The sandman’s on your shoulder whispering in your ear he told you

Let all your problems go tonight I’m rapping hear my song

A day of work completed a night of rest is needed

Almost done read a book but eyelids to heavy to read it

The fireplace is kindling snug with your queen and building

About the victories tomorrow’s gonna bring your way

[chorus x2]

(Sleep)

Blackalicious Powers

[Verse 1:]

Met her out of town

In a small cafe

She had the motion of the ocean

How her hips did sway

She had everybody lookin’back

And everybody tookin’ back

And anything she wanted all the guys

Obeyed

Now she was a site for sore pupils

And she likes to flaunt it cause she knows she got it

And she does the most intoxicating things

To make a man with worries

Feel everything is okay

[Chorus:]

She’s got powers

And I think I want to get in her spell

Powers

Every bone inside me of all my cells

[Verse 2:]

She holds you down but when you need a push

She keeps it honest

She reflects

Then she’ll force you to look

You dig everything about her

From her head down to her follicles

There’s a heaven in her smile

She’ll steal your heart like a crook

Now she knows

Exactly what you want and when

And she goes

To any measures just to see you get it

And she flows

Like the Nile

I think that she was Nephertiti in a life

Before this present life was took

She got powers

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]

P-O-W-E-R-S

Fizz and bubble when I see her yes

Want to see just how deep her abyss gets

Lost in the magic of her secret bliss

She is a bonafide keeper just

Want to travel inside and seek her depths

Mystique so fresh

From the west coast to the east coast

It’s a death blow make a Negro get

Spun up in her web she don’t need no net

People low and behold

She knows just

What I need make an ego

What I need make an ego

Fly like an eagle

Feelin’ regal, o b-o-y

O she’s so fly

Lethal injection

Frozen in my step like deep in breath

Keepin’a brethren like me in a head spin

Doc take a rain check

She is the medicine

[Verse 3:]

She got some tricks and she got some treats

She’ll shake the ground underneath you

Knock you off your feet

She got everything you dream about

Everything you think about

Hear melodies and sounds of music

When she speaks

She stays persistent with her energy

And she plays

Those games when it’s time to play ’em

And she ages

Like the finest kind of wine

And just a whiff of her ferment

Will make your knees get weak