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Among The trees


A Lotta Things To Do

We got a lotta things to do up in here today/lotta things to do/lotta things to do/lotta things to do/lotta things to do/lotta things to do up in here today

(Speech)

We gotta take our minds back/Take off the blinders and realize we’ve been inside of a matrix so darn confined that/Men’s penal cord’s are re wired to act as minds and/Womens inner cores are seen as just inner thighs And/hip hop legends are reduced to selling Sprite And/things have gotten so darn weird who knows what’s right?/I feel for the children of Africa, Cambodia, how dey livin?/A descendant of Abraham says Hello to ya/We’ve moved so far from the real in our Utopia/Staring our sets feeling no connect to most of ya/We’re like puppets being pulled by some g-strings/These things are what defines generation bling bling/We sing sing for the people up in sing sing/we da True blue crew you knew you could cling to/Ding! We ring true bring crews the lean grooves/I’m round one Ding! One love is round two/(whew)

(One Love)

I launch this consciousness, regardless If you don’t need or want this/bump this/The dirty south is flooded with rappers that couldn’t cut it/If you aint serious about this game then you need to shut it/And try religion, become a Christian/Aint nothing free, you can ask Hammer or TLC/ This industry is shady, supporting me and my lady/So don’t even start it, if you aint devoted and whole hearted/If it’s a one hitter quitter nigga, will you consider/Pizza deliver then put your dreams up under the river/If you like it you will never last/you got to love it Nothing above it a never ending hunger for cash/See my intentions with this dialect/don’t go believing Everything that you receiving from the TV set/You might wake up find your *** in debt/You aint from Bankhead but I bet, you can bounce a check


Esmeralda

Everybody I’m feelin’ Esmerelda/The times I don’t think about the girl is seldom/And all the special memories I had I held em/Some ask have you ever felt a girl I tell em…

We met at a post office and let me say that I died when I seen you/Shaped like a goddess from the region of Mosimbique/BUTTERNUT tone kinda thick on the bones/Couldn’t leave it alone had to think of how I would speak to you/You was inside I was out for some time/I had hopped in my jeep thinking of a line to intrigue you/My spontaneous reaction when I saw you jettin/ Is to see if you was down wit doing something for my crew/Maybe in a video but not as a video Ho/(sir nose voice) but more like a character wit a legitimate IQ/It was good that you had never ever heard of my group/you was into Whitney and R&B type live grooves/I handed you my phone number hoping & praying that underneath it all a call would be following real soon/One, two, three four days past weeks later/I got the call I told my crew

Everybody I’m feelin’ Esmerelda/The times I don’t think about the girl is seldom/And all the special memories I had I held em/Some ask have you ever felt a girl I tell em… (Oooh woo)

We walked the parkways and watched some kids play/And ducks mate/while we shared each others “one days” dreams/I knew within…that you were more than just a partner for sin/It would depend on what the future brings/So I was trying to call the future to ask/But the line was always busy or no one was answering/Maybe I had the wrong number, but none the less/We decided it’s funner to invest in possibilities

(Esmerelda singing in Spanish)

I loved you more than I knew I could love anyone/However I am torn between my father who is sick in my country and who needs me/And you who is here in this country/But I must tend to his needs/I will be back will you wait for me?

I so hope to see your face again/It brings me reasons for waking no mistaking/ Yo But I’m living as a artist in a group with a record and a tour/every second there’s a newer fine woman that could lure/me away I can’t hang with the fame and the days of your face/being just a faint memory a trace/girl I need you by my side it’s a vibe that you give/and I’ll live for you if you can tell your dad prepare my room/I’m coming over

(Years later they had 8 beautiful children and the first was named after Esmerelda’s father)


Luxury Part 1

Chorus:

Just give me all my needs and some of my wants/Don’t make me too wealthy or I might forget you Lord/But please don’t make me too poor or I’ll be tempted to steal/Just give me clothes O Lord and a good ole’ fashioned meal/uh huh

I tell my peeps I was like 18 hungry for a chance for recognition to get paid/…for my talent as a …hip hop musician/I raised …spirits from the dead thru musical inventions/I laid…time and energy into…my compositions/In time people started to request some for my pieces/Dey like starting to channel they dollars for my releases/I’m like totally flattered and then the money flowed/And as they say in this biz you know how the rest goes/It’s like hotels 5 star wit suites that meet/Together private bell cap’s fall at feets to get/whatever Women want to get to me cuz dey see the ballin’/All this luxury & heat from years of crawling/Everybody wants to be down with the money/But Nobody wants to pay dues ain’t dat funny?/So dey dive for the fast buck but the pools been drained/So now dey lying on the concrete while banging dey brain/This love of money!

Luxury don’t give me too much/Credit cards/I don’t wanna spend what I ain’t got/Limosines/it’s all good sometimes/Everybody wants to live fine/Give me/just enough to eat/right Food to eat/and clothes on a cold night/You’re blessing me/everything extra is fine/The credits all yours and it’s not mine

Chorus:

Just give me all my needs and some of my wants/(dat’s right) Don’t make me too wealthy or I might forget you Lord/But please don’t make me too poor or I’ll be tempted to steal/Just give me clothes O Lord and a good ole’ fashioned meal/uuh huh

(9 lives)

Modest men turn to monsters over monetary gain in this game/People identify with fortune and fame/Always the same story/came up from nothing to something/A little status starts the over consumption/What’s the function of the frontin and lustin over the loot/Some say it’s the root of all evil but tell me is that the truth?/Does our ego make us feel like we got something to prove/And that success is measured by expensive cars and jewels/I can’t call it

Luxury don’t give me too much/Credit cards/I don’t wanna spend what I ain’t got/Limosines/it’s all good sometimes/Everybody wants to live fine/Give me/just enough to eat/right Food to eat/and clothes on a cold night/You’re blessing me/everything extra is fine/The credits all yours and it’s not mine

Chorus:

Just give me all my needs and some of my wants/(dat’s right) Don’t make me too wealthy or I might forget you Lord/But please don’t make me too poor or I’ll be tempted to steal/Just give me clothes O Lord and a good ole’ fashioned meal/uuh huh


Honeymoon Day

Yeah yeah woo woo

It’s ya charming one/Ranked at number one/The one you know to go to When you need some lovin’ to come/(rrah )And even tho I’m just A hop & a skip and a jump/Away baby sometimes We role play the funk/(uh) yo secret thing like a one night fling/that just happened to be married to you and gave you a ring/so no… guilt just pleasure/so much dat it’s known to tilt the measure/yo touch has been known to ease my pressure/oh my God/it’s so incredible the way he shaped your bod/ingenious mixing soft wit hard/little sweet little heat spicy hot/gotta a lot a seeds wanna put in yo sod/I can’t see your face If ya feel me just knod/Girl yous da picket fence house and the yard/da picket fence house and the yard hu huhhh

Chorus:

Girl just take off yo socks Let me lick on yo feet/I’ll rub yo body & watch you roll yo eyes to the ceiling/Won’t you lay on down Let my face be yo linen/C’mon and sho me yo ways/This is our honeymoon day/We’ve been waiting for this day/Let’s just free our bodies like the last day of living/girl we can be real naughty there’s no need for forgiving/Won’t ya dance for me Let my face be your mirror/C’mon and sho me yo ways/ This is our honeymoon day/We’ve been waiting for this day/

Check it out I told yo Mama don’t wait up/Don’t check up on us/Don’t call we handled it all/I’m ready to bust/& I’m really hoping yo daughter can handle my lust/you done had yo chance now that land is handed to us/pop’s knows how it goes shoot any man does/fine daughter like his can’t afford to miss love/& I’m a give it to her sho nuff without a flub/give it her like a fat man giving himself grub/You think we waited for nothing my bloods pumping/needs go to where it’s needed the most relieve something/shoot certain parts of me resemble a mule/stiff and stubborn it’s like I’m Rosa Parks on the stool/(rrrgh)We going all out hittin’ the balls out/Coming deep from the soul Like a Lou Rawls shout/ People next door screamin who let the dogs out/Man it’s our honeymoon we here to knock the walls out

Chorus:

Girl just take off yo socks Let me lick on yo feet/I’ll rub yo body & watch you roll yo eyes to the ceiling/Won’t you lay on down Let my face be yo linen/C’mon and sho me yo ways/This is our honeymoon day/We’ve been waiting for this day/Let’s just free our bodies like the last day of living/girl we can be real naughty there’s no need for forgiving/Won’t ya dance for me Let my face be your mirror/C’mon and sho me yo ways/ This is our honeymoon day/We’ve been waiting for this day/

When I say true you/say love True (love)/true (love)/You got a wedding ring/(put it up put it up)You wore ya bling bling/(throw it up throw it up) Oh yeah it’s on baby/I’ve waited for this so long/Oh yeah it’s on baby/when I hang up the phone I’m gone!/We gonna bail collect that mail let’s go/to the hotel and… Skip the reception girl lets head to the limo/Tinted window hard to find like Nemo/Real Cancun real honeymoon like woo/ You can find us on the beach you know/I’m in heaven daily cuz I’m lovin this the physical bliss/Come here baby give me a kiss

Chorus:

Girl just take off yo socks Let me lick on yo feet/I’ll rub yo body & watch you roll yo eyes to the ceiling/Won’t you lay on down Let my face be yo linen/C’mon and sho me yo ways/This is our honeymoon day/We’ve been waiting for this day/Let’s just free our bodies like the last day of living/girl we can be real naughty there’s no need for forgiving/Won’t ya dance for me Let my face be your mirror/C’mon and sho me yo ways/ This is our honeymoon day/We’ve been waiting for this day/


Wag Your Tail

Yeah can I have a big bimbo box meal hold the bimbo sauce two super sized freaky fries and a make me shiver shake (I know who this is…how you doing?) I’m doing good sweetheart how are you? (I’m O.K. anyway drive around to the 2nd window please)

Baby remember how you were as a child/Everything was up and nothing down/Every day was hopes and dreams no fears/Whatever happened to those years?/Let’s Rent a Private Jet and Escape/Fly To Paris Walk on Champs-Elysées/Let’s Live Your Dreams/Wag Your Tail for Me/I Cannot Read Your Mind/When You’re happy Baby Show Me a Sign/Just Let Me See/You Wag Your Tail for Me/Baby don’t depend on what you see/Everything’s perception not reality/Life has thrown some curves but we’ll throw them back/Straighten out what’s wrong and get back on track/I called your boss on the telephone/And said my babies flying off to Rome/Let Wendy take the register/And let Cindy sweep the floors/and Let Joe and dem close the store/my baby needs a dream/and I’m taking her wherever seems/to make her happy!

Baby baby you can live your dreams/Let’s not settle for anything/You deserve the best of things/Honey child let’s go ride in the car/And we’ll fly as far/as our minds can conceive/Let’s rent a private jet and escape/Fly To Paris walk on Champs-Elysées/Let’s live your dreams/Wag your tail for me/I cannot read your mind/When you’re happy baby show me a sign/Just let me see/you wag your tail for me/If you’re happy show me a sign/Wag your tail for me/Reality is meant to defy/wag your tail for me/baby darlin you are so alive/so am I so let’s fly the sky


In The Sun

Every morning I wake up with a choice to live life And I yearn to live it out in the sun

(Speech)

Yo, coming from a city like Milwaukee/The weather there has taught me/That a foggy day don’t mean/there’s no sun Between being/a man of God Or a no one/walking the streets I yield for no one/(whoo) Life is like a sword I wanna wield it like a shogun/Swinging back and forth as I road run/Like Chuck D says ‘My uzi weighs a ton”/So I gotta use it well if I want to succeed/My mama said son

There’s no less pain in the heart of the city

Thanks mama, Now that I’m older I’ve witnessed both extremes/And love seems to be the ocean/While the pain is the stream that leads to it/ People say your life seems so fluid/But I tell ‘em yo, it just seems that way/Cause in reality pain comes from day to day/And many bruises I’ve made from the bumps and mistakes/If you get a bruise in life, don’t keep rubbin’ it/Let God take it away/Yo, we gotta hit it, quit it, learn from it, love it/Life lessons all around for the discovering/If the area’s sore, don’t keep rubbin’ it/Let it try to heal itself/let it try to heal itself/let it try to heal itself

Every morning I wake up with a choice to live life And I yearn to live it out in the sun

(Jax)

Truth born In the deepest part of the great lakes/Living in the heart of the mitten state/The Midwest vibe Where the Sun don’t shine/half the time And cats got Cali dreams on their minds/There’s something in the water/Making this part of the world here/Brighter than a light bulb idea Let creativity be the contrast, clear/To all the greys and browns/That want to keep us down/We live it up

(IX Lives)

Moving swift to the rhythm of my heartbeat/shuffling feet absorbing heat from these concrete streets/immersed deep in the struggle/to find the balance between being myself and letting myself go/I strive to reflect the energy given by the MOST HIGH/like the lunar guide in the night sky/Eyes open searching for the luminous truth/and letting go of the useless excuses

Every morning I wake up with a choice to live life And I yearn to live it out in the sun


Among The Trees

Chorus:

Among the trees I feel like I am really free/Through the reflection of the pond I can see me/Without the roughness of the world just a gentle breeze/It reminds me of the dream of how I want to be

Silence sometimes I need it/So I can hear the voices in my heart/Cause every bodies got their opinions/And they’re all fighting to play their part/But now and then there’s a place that I can go to/And it’s my Eden just me and God/ It’s the nature of life I love to flow to/And it’s refuge when times is hard

Chorus:

Among the trees I feel like I am really free/Through the reflection of the pond I can see me/Without the roughness of the world just a gentle breeze/It reminds me of the dream of how I want to be

I wish that some could see me/When I’m living like this/It would clear up misunderstandings/And all the petty things are dismissed/It’s just the purest of humanity/Against the power of his majesty/And then we’re nothing there’s no celebrity/There’s no better or worse there’s no vanity

Chorus:

Among the trees I feel like I am really free/Through the reflection of the pond I can see me/Without the roughness of the world just a gentle breeze/It reminds me of the dream of how I want to be/Among the trees I feel like I am really free/The way they stretch up to the clouds it convicts me/The way they reach towards one another it inspires me/And reminds me of the dream of how I wanna be


Baba O Je’ Is The Oldest One Part 1

Chorus:

Many can get the club real hyped/excite the people and rock a mic/but Baba Oje is the oldest one/Many have rocked their fans/and plenty of hip hop cats can dance/but Baba Oje is the oldest one/Who can travel from state to state/72 in great shape/Baba Oje is the oldest one/ There’s many elders in hip hop but even they/have got to stop and say/Baba Oje is the oldest one

Don’t let nobody tell you nothing different/Some bodies been busy separating the youth and/The elders in the community while we weren’t looking/But we can make straight what has been made crooked/We need our elders we need their wisdom/We need to be slower to speak and quicker to listen/Is it worth all the shooting, and all the blood that’s spilling?/Jam master Jay, Tupac and Biggie young lives is taken!/Ooo Elders in they’re house full of knowledge dying/Yet they have done and lived through all the things we’re trying/Get the keys and let them out of their fear drenched prisons/Let’s close the gap envision their vision!/ ooo

Chorus:

Many can get the club real hyped/excite the people and rock a mic/but Baba Oje is the oldest one/Many have rocked their fans/and plenty of hip hop cats can dance/but Baba Oje is the oldest one/Who can travel from state to state/72 in great shape/Baba Oje is the oldest one/ There’s many elders in hip hop but even they/have got to stop and say/Baba Oje is the oldest one


I’m Ignoring You

Yo, I’m not even gonna’ front She makes me be like, I’m saying like ummmmmm

You’re so fine girl you blow my mind but still/I’m ignoring you/The way ya move your hips when you dance I trip/but still I’m ignoring you/And when ya come my way girl it makes me strange/that’s why I’m ignoring you for real/Cuz if I taste you I won’t wanna put you down

(Speech)

First of all I’m inclined to be attracted by a deep black sister with wits/When I looked at you for the first time I saw the potential/And I knew I had my nose wide open to sniff/There were hints by the way you touched my shoulder/As we hugged I loved your scent – cool like peppermint/Dreads hanging like beads in the Seventies in the doorway/As they came and went I’m so bent/

(IX Lives)

It’s not fair the way you came dressed to kill/your sex appeal is enough to give dudes goose bump chills/you givin’ meaning to the word thickness/the way you swivel your pelvis got me feelin’ motion sickness/ooh, you seeing my composure slip/I know that eye contact would be the death of it/you got me B-movie actin’ like I just don’t see you throwin’ it in my direction/full court pressuring me

You’re so fine girl you blow my mind but still/I’m ignoring you/The way ya move your hips when you dance I trip/but still I’m ignoring you/And when ya come my way girl it makes me strange/that’s why I’m ignoring you for real/Cuz if I taste you I won’t wanna put you down

(Carlos Mena)

Honestly I’m quite affected by the way that you stare/You’re glare pierces the air, making Carlos Mena very aware/but I ignore your walk, the talk, the way that you smile/your eyes calling me outloud, making me turn around/giving my back to you you baby, cause I just can’t hang/ feeling guilty from the vibe, and I haven’t done a damn thing/let’s call it quits and not even start conversating/’cause I’m feeling afraid for what your feelin and contemplating

You’re so fine girl you blow my mind but still/I’m ignoring you/The way ya move your hips when you dance I trip/but still I’m ignoring you/And when ya come my way girl it makes me strange/that’s why I’m ignoring you for real/Cuz if I taste you I won’t wanna put you down


Pain Thangs

God thank you for giving/Me to this certain path Living/what I be living you must believe that I can grasp these/things that you be throwing’ I’m just hoping that I can last These/struggles I be fighting against these battles in my past/Why can’t you wipe my slate clean?/I know you have You say life’s not forever Lord/it all will pass!/Oh please just grab me tight Lord/I know you have!/I still need your might I can’t do this all alone!

Pain thangs/that’s the things that grow you/Its those pain thangs/God uses to know you It’s those damn thangs/Trying to control you Yo I’ve known some pain

The older that I be getting seems/the more that I don’t know/yet you keep on letting me wake up/so my God what does that show?/I used to be like know it all/But now I’m average Joe/God you humbled me thru time to where/silence has more pull/I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut Just like Job/I’ve learned to give you credit Lord/That’s all I know/I fight against injustice/Even my own/Including within my family/Where ever known

Bridge:

Pain thangs that’s the things that grow you Its those pain thangs I know that they help me discern thangs Cuz I want to make a lane change!

(Nicha)

Pain hurts me so much/God, I need your touch

Sustain:

Pain thangs that’s the things that grow you/Its those pain thangs/God uses to know you/It’s those damn thangs/Trying to control you/Yo I’ve known some pain (2x’s)

From women, to my group members/Internal business thangs/To the interviewers and consumers/False friendships and fame/To friends who became enemies/Who know just where to mame/Where to place all their disdain/slander my name it’s this pain/that keeps me on the D.L. on the humble/on the quest for the/real not all this systematic cycle-istic mess/We’re all caught up in the flesh/in the bosom of this net/I won’t forget that Lord you gave us pain/so we can manifest our purpose our purpose

Bridge:

Pain thangs that’s the things that grow you/Its those pain thangs/I know that they help me discern thangs/Cuz I want to make a lane change!/ Pain thangs that’s the things that grow you/Its those pain thangs/God uses to know you It’s those damn thangs/Trying to control you/Yo I’ve known some pain


Night Time Demons

Night time demons starting to roam/Coming out from the shadows to steal his soul/He’s seeing them nighttime demons and they sense his Jones/It’s a drug that’s calling his name and won’t leave him alone/ooh What you waiting for brother what you waiting for?/To resist is futile you’ve tried it before/By now you should understand demonic law/I’ve got you in my claws yeah/What I’ve given you has given you nights of pleasure/There was no where else for you to turn and nothing better/Now you’re acting like you can’t face the bad weather/When your life gets raw yeah/Get off the floor you can do it!/I ain’t thru with you until we go through it/People warned you about me you knew it/But you did it for the feeling I gave ya/You know what’s making me sick is your behavior!/I gave you mental orgasms that was major!/Now you’re trying to back out on my labor/Talking bout some savior c’mon!

Nighttime demons/starting to roam/Coming out from the shadows to steal his soul/He’s seeing them nighttime/demons and they sense his Jones/It’s a drug that’s calling his name and won’t leave him alone ooh This is a cycle that you can’t break easily/Bigger people than you have fallen dealing with me/Just think of the things that I offer you!/You could see me as your friend if you wanted to/We’ve had such beautiful times together! This is the relationship you shouldn’t sever/All those others they don’t know who’s the real you/I’ve seen you do things they don’t see you do/C’mon now don’t act like we’re strangers/I know you like a little bit of danger/You know I’ll keep your life living on the edge/ Keep your neck in the noose but you’re not dead/Stop listening to others they’ll just cloud your judgment I was the one there for you when no one wasn’t/I ain’t gonna lie you know I gotta kill you/But forget that and remember what the thrills do!!!!/Nighttime demons starting to roam/ Coming out from the shadows to steal his soul/He’s seeing them nighttime demons/and they sense his Jones/It’s a drug that’s calling his name and won’t leave him alone/ooh No nooooo


Tings Distracting

It’s like Yes!

Old lady say young man now listen/Life is bunch of tings distracting!/TV, popular dey run tings/Satan ya know he here to run tings/Round n round desert wandering/Most of us be lost/Old lady say young man now listen/Life is bunch of tings distracting!

Yo I ain’t here to stay I’m just visiting/Passing through grabbin’ some water breath some air/& impregnate somebodys daughter/leave some aires maybe make a few changes and water/seeds dat’s dere/demand and expand some order things that’s fair/maybe make a lil difference to the ones in my sphere/but really I’m a mist that in the gist of time/is like bucket of drinking water with just a twist of lime/And since Satan’s not a friend of mine/Got no plans of staying no extended time/Got a lot a things to do while my prime is primed/And signs that I’m aging is just by design/So I make a lil noise thru a melody/Tell life strong not short is how U selling me/Dig some ditches and plant while I’m able to Sit by trees/and mystery on what da creator do

Old lady say young man now listen/Life is bunch of tings distracting!/TV, popular dey run tings/Satan ya know he here to run tings/Round n round desert wandering/Most of us be lost/Old lady say young man now listen/Life is bunch of tings distracting!

Yo whatever happened to nature I love to listen to it/Know the names of flowers I know it sounds stupid/But when I was younger that’s the things I thought of/To my parents I brought up but they were just too caught up/Now I’m 35 and I’m also caught up/Doing my thing in the studio but every once in a blue moon I get lunar yo/Take the whole tribal platoon outside watch the moon glow/Uh uh uh uh I know you thinking man he playing his self uh/Comin with that straight corn puff stuff like uh/Yo but everything we usually think of is temporary/so old lady say…

Old lady say young man now listen/Life is bunch of tings distracting!/TV, popular dey run tings/Satan ya know he here to run tings/Round n round desert wandering/Most of us be lost/Old lady say young man now listen/Life is bunch of tings distracting!/Glory glory halleujah Glory glory halleujah/Since I laid my burdens down