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Since The Last Time

Since the Last Time contains songs that embody hope, social commentary, history, and plain ol’ danceable jams. We should praise Arrested Development, if we are so inclined, because they are an excellent group, period, not just in hip-hop but also in music as a whole. We should recommend them because their songwriting has actually improved in all this time, not simply because they don’t curse a lot. Arrested Development’s approach emphasized the commonalities between human beings without necessarily de-emphasizing the importance of our social constructs (i.e. color, class, creed). Careful to balance the practical implications of “race” in our societies with the common ground of being classified as members of “the human race”, the group offers a song like “Sunshine” on their latest album.


Since The Last Time

It’s been ten years since we blessed stages together,/ we covered bases together/and whether we all agreed or not/20/20 vision is hindsight, and now we got that so we done got back/Some of our soldiers have fallen/so many years of toiling touring tears falling/naw pouring/jaded from the industries jabs/a lil slower like Muhammad Ali but still we able to last/so we go in the studio/it felt new but yet in a good way/it felt old routines we did came back so lucid/we was boosted we juiced it/and came up with some tracks that’s stupid/and people responded to em, heads on the blocks wit locks and baggie jeans/the whole scene was fond to em/and how we got the labels kissin’ our hind parts/we desired art and never sold out for the high chart/positions Since the last time…/Many rap groups attempt to latch/to the popular cultures statutes and thus they detach/their roots from the soil that kept them loose/and made what they delivered so true/There’s a desert waste land of past artists that’s so cruel/feeling thrown out like woody in toy story two/and yo we felt that but let me tell you/Satan he delt that I think it’s time to give him his deck back.


Miracles

We used to dream about changing the world with a style that was universal/real and commercial heal and immerse you/in the waters tired of seeing lost black sons and daughters/but in 94 we slipped a notch/no juice over the years couldn’t piss the pot/hip hop went insane but 10 years later back in the game/c’mon push up the faders cuz we believe in miracles

I believe in Miracles yeah yeah I believe in you/And Harriet Tubman would tell us…/Don’t stop yawl get down, just rock yawl get down/We’re made of more than this/don’t let em define us/don’t let em confine us/we’re warriors/From the underground railroads/we sneaked through swamps to sit VIP in a restaurant/Hill Side projects get down/North Shore projects get down/They give us platinum medallions to cover our hearts/Keep us far away from the most powerful parts of us/Cuz if they keep us looking outside then we won’t bother looking inside/I’m too old a dude to be scared of flopping/we’re from the old school this is real hip hopping/And we talk about what we see, won’t dumb it down/ Cuz I ain’t around dumb company/We smarter than this/And we can come harder than this/and do a brag rap on the next song on the disc/Cuz right now you know you’re all in the midst of miracles!/I believe in Miracles yeah yeah I believe in you/B-boy Filipino’s Asians Latinos you feel me as I kick this stee-lo?/Cyphers round the world got a knife around the neck of the world/But only demanding respect & girls/What a waste of power-hip hop in the most powerful hour/Like Babel we’re building our tower/BUT we got a chance – while the whole worlds under our trance/Who’s gonna use it so the folks can advance/Cuz we believe in miracles I believe, I believe in you/take me higher/I believe in Miracles yeah yeah I believe in you


How Far Is Heaven?

I’ve been lost in my own ways and I’m getting weary (How far is heaven)/And I know that I need to change my ways of living (How far is heaven)/From church to Liquor store we search for healing/Big crowded world filled with lonely humans/I’m an M.C. battling with melody envy/ Cuz melodies the only thing that seems to sooth me/So we rock organs adjust the B-3’s/Have the folks clap to the rap taking it Back to the color – purple – church/Where ladies shouting’ joy in the midst of hurt!/Revolutionaries have a curled fist at first/Then years pass and it turns to a clasp/They ask in the midst of all/God show me ways to resist the fall!/Yes yes yawl/pressure pressure/the whole under/can’t stop the crime/can’t stop the killing/watch dem life dem ah keep going under/somebody lend ah hand we hafta save dem roots and culture/we have to teach dem cause it ah the root of dem/life bigger/bigger blessings they hope they receive them/pray for them every night/I gotta change my ways/I need you every day/Don’t wanna make no excuses/My life is so confusing/Way down deep inside I wanna tell ya what’s on my mind/so sick of tryin I’m dyin My heart hurts so I can’t keep from cryin


São Paulo

Meet me 100 miles outside São Paulo/I know someday you will see me/And we’ll dance in the night on a whole nother side of the world

All natural/braided up hair with the braids/Afro’s dread locks like ropes/Outside living off the land I plant I cook I love I pray I cope/Natural mystics realistic pop culture paints us as freaks not so/We lived in the belly of the beast tried to plant seeds/but strong weeds make seeds not grow/Boxster in the yard, red leather, drop top, all silver and I’m fine with the factory rims/ Feeling’ like this world is house on fire and we snatching’ as many as we can from within/God provides money we fulfill inner fantasies while still giving to our like-minded kin/Don’t want the thoughts of the negative tribes to provide any doubt for my thoughts deep within… /Kin…

Meet me 100 miles outside São Paulo/I know someday you will see me/And we’ll dance in the night on a whole nother side of the world

Forward only and I’m ready to roll/Forward only and I’m ready to roll/Forward only and I’m ready to go/Meet each other on the top of the world

Can’t let the plastic define who I am/If they asked and I told them they still wouldn’t get it/Yes, I’m a prince yet a servant and a king yet a slave and a hypocrite at times I admit it/Most of the battles in life is fought in the mind not body but the body will show it/Whomever this song resonates to it’s all by design in yo life and you know it when you know it/Kin…

Meet me 100 miles outside São Paulo/I know someday you will see me/And we’ll dance in the night on a whole nother side of the world

Forward only and I’m ready to roll/Forward only and I’m ready to roll/Forward only and I’m ready to go/Meet each other on the top of the world

(Woman) The drums play – round the fire in the darkness/All the dancers dance their praises/And the children laugh with wonder/While the starry night protects us/And the elders give their blessings/While the women look with gladness/And the birds sing in the wilderness/As we celebrate our love/There’s no hanging advertisement/There’s no placements or endorsements/There’s no glitter that ain’t gold/It’s a wisdom from days old/Kin…

Meet me 100 miles outside São Paulo/I know someday you will see me/And we’ll dance in the night on a whole nother side of the world/Meet me 100 miles outside São Paulo/I know someday you will see me/And we’ll dance in the night on a whole nother side of the world


Sunshine

Yo What can happen on an average beautiful day? You never know. Summer brings seasonal changes; it gets hot for a brother. On a beautiful sun- shiny day, I felt real free check out what happened to me.

A nice breeze going through my hair/I’m loving how it feels right now!/Beautiful people around: man, women, child./Kids with the Hula hoops hips going round/Mothers breast-feeding, kids lips pressing down/Beautiful-ist women: white, yellow, red, black, brown and dreads/Melting pot going down!/Definitely an aphrodisiac crowd/And it’s time for me to go on stage right now!/I take command of the mic like POW!/Six o’clock white woman in the 6th aisle/She and her friend be smiling at me so wild/and I must admit she has a beautiful smile!

I’m loving the sunshine, can’t help the way I feel/in the sunshine

Folks to the right won’t ya raise ya hands and the folks to ya left won’t ya raise ya hands.
From the front to the back won’t ya raise ya hands everybody in the joint won’t ya raise ya hands.

After the show there was an autograph signing and she squeezed back stage and got in line/and…I was wrapped up with the fans/Sharpie in my hand, there she goes again/beautiful smile long hair, brushed across my hand like silk I swear, no lie/This is not me trying to deny who I am nor my race/I know my black sisters are constantly debased/and the truth is black berries are my taste/but I’m high off possibilities of this thing blossoming so I just give it a try/As she handed her num… I felt a little numb inside of my mind/feeling like I just betrayed all of my kind/But without no delay, without more to say, without no consideration for my race/she said,”yo why don’t you come to my place”/I said, “right away”/ I’m loving the sunshine, can’t help the way I feel, in the sunshine

Many would have me say that this girl was evil/We both human beings and I know we equal/but we hung out and talked and we walked and things/And some brothers gave me stares I said that ain’t fair/we two humans beings here/And I ain’t confused, I know my history’s clear/the sunshine’s beaming on both kinds of hair/Wisdom speaking loud, some folks don’t want to hear/There’s nothing new under the sun, many things that was had to succumb/to the rhythm of the drum cuz we’re children of the son/And only he’s seen what has been seen since the beginning of day one/And the truth is this story is more of a lesson/ I’m actually married to a sister that’s a black one/But under the sun what ever color your attracting, just remember loves and action word/and character is more so what we should prefer/I’m loving the sunshine, can’t help the way I feel, in the sunshine


Stand

I stand for children/innocence in they eyes/playing under blue skies/trying out fake cries/to see dey mamma sympathize/ wanting dey new toys/thinking it a bring em joy/thinking mom and dad are wack but later on they realize/Children playing in the dirt getting wet in the rain/falling till they learn that/part of life is pain/crawling till they learn that/walking is another thing and running can come only when walking is no type of strain/I stand for beauty/earth sky woman man or other worldly things like birth strife and death again/and things that we cant touch like love faith and sacrifice/things that we like much like good food and moon light/cloud formations clear blue skies/four season leaves and the colors that stop by/great songs great art great books and stories/unrecognized underdogs that later gain glory

The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am

I stand for truth/political or spiritual/and I know the truth can hurt but I’d rather hear it though/whether truth about the past present future or all/I know the man who hates truth is the man who will fall/I know that every single issue boils down to sin/and the only way to kill sin is from within/and the man who points his finger at everyone else/has got 4 other finger pointed back to himself/and that people don’t change cuz of words alone/yet a nation can moved by one person whose strong/and truth can be buried for moments of time/but like the last day buried things are bound to rise…

The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am

As I stand, so I rise/Lift my tears up to the sky/I stand for something or everything I fall for/even when I’m wrong yo you know my views/we choose most of our paths and that’s just the truth/even if most of our ways lead to further blues/and sometimes I stand for nothing/I just sit and listen cuz no matter how much I got/there’s things I’m missing so when its all done and said I stand for this/when its all done and said I stand for this/when its all done and said I stand for this/Children beauty truth and something that stirs my insides/inspires my very life cuz bottom line/for everyone is you stand or sit/you stand or sit/you stand or sit/you stand or sit/As I stand, so I rise Lift my tears up to the sky

The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am/The things that I stand for/tell who I am


It’s Time

Things seem so unfair the way the cards fall/Don’t have a yard much less the whole nine yards/with every black that gets the dough to start moving up/you see the whites packing up to move away from us/And now the suburbs are the ghettos and the inner cities/is renovated with lofts and looking nice and pretty/Because our ghettos really all inside our minds yo/If we can sort it out its crazy what we’ll find yo/rewind yo

There’s no way I’m gonna Give up right now/We gotta push thru some way & some how/I wanna live for good in every way/ And start a new slate with every day/I ask God for the meaning of life/Out in the streets/It’s like were rollin’ the dice/It seems our heroes are dying away/And so it’s time/it’s time!

I’ve been around for minute now/I Seen you go I see you come/and see you hanging out/People living to die until they it the pavement/The Bigger they head the less need for steady aiming/We see the hood and the need for some major changing/We see the church and the need for some rearranging/On every corner there’s one but still cant see the sun/If he was walking amongst us would he walk in one/the dumpsters is where he hung and drunkards is who he won/Daughters and sons being raised by TV/and they streets ain’t sesame/they young kids are wrestling with who they are/it’s our duty to address there things/I’m not trying to diss but we all got to deal this/Radio play this realness things is killing us you feeling us?

There’s no way I’m gonna Give up right now/We gotta push thru some way & some how/I wanna live for good in every way/And start a new slate with every day/I ask God for the meaning of life/Out in the streets It’s like were rollin’ the dice/It seems our heroes are dying away/And so it’s time it’s time!

Thugs writing love letters up in Detention homes/To the girl dat at the time they only used to bone./But now they see her in a different light a different way/Cuz steel bars tend to turn your mind to different things/Decisions are like bills that we all have to pay/Can speak loud on credit but debts a breath away!/Cuz when your rep is like confetti it’s messy/Next day dey repossessing yo nest eggs


Inner City

Arrested Development coming/Alright/Pulling might from the inner cities/Always gritty/The people requesting us/We had enough of resting up/The best amongst us is refreshing us/Stand up my inner cities/Down trodden, brethren, we kin, we lend our love to ya Mathematics/musical path, a musical wrath 19-member staff family/Ramming the inner city down the throats of the bourgeoisie/Did anyone tell you whose I be?/I be the cat that way back in 92 Reminded you that there’s more to do in the inner cities!

A.D. in this thang, man we go against the grain/It’s a shame how the lame, done infiltrated the game/I’m for real, we got our own slang in the field/To identify the Jake from the fake and the real/For ever I love Atlanta, it’s hotter than country grammar/Got old folks wearing white T’s and bandannas/So if our style jumps off the track Pick it up, Pick it up, Pick it up/
Back on the scene, the projects apartment 74/First door on the left, man second floor/See, I never had a crib just a dresser drawer/Never stressing Big O she let her little professor grow/Hear the sounds from the corner like a serenade/Where the girls ball hogging like Dewayne Wade/So I moved to Westwood, man the best hood/Learned the game how not to be lame and how to dress good/You can find nines, dimes and stallions/Club full of freaks in Jesus piece medallions/I got the key to the city like I’m P. Diddy/Inner City, my city we keep it real gritty/Like throw backs, fitted hats, gold chain, gold teeth/Drug dealers and killers, they all about the rap beef/No curfew, these young boys will hurt you/It’s very obvious that there’s more to do in the Inner City


I Know I’m Bad

I’m bad I know I’m bad/Like James Brown, and Ali I know I’m bad/Like X and Garvey I know I’m bad/Like Christ himself I got wealth that most wish dey had

Now deal wit it… I’m moving’ back up the scale admit it/Instead of dousing my flame hater’s fanning’ it/Hip-hop makes bread I put the jam in it/The ones scratching dey head ain’t understanding’ it/Just watch, I’m taking off the wrist watch/And the jewels bout to fight old school/Punches only, you think you know me/But you bout to feel all the real that’s on me!/There’s nothing phony! I’m sly and stony!/Girls have boned me cuz they was sick of bologna/Girls disowned me cuz they was sick of bologna/Yawl is zoning cuz you so sick of bologna/I’m like Monie/so much Love in my name/People come cuz I got love in this game!/Arrested Development stomped when we came/Now it’s me the M.C wit a verb as his name/ We like a gang how we bang!

I’m guarantee to sell, cuz there’s too many of us/When yawl hear me there’s an immediate rush/When yawl get near me I be feeding’/yo lust It’s da feel good real hood/Cousin re-writing the whole meaning of us!/Any mic is just a grape that I’ve been fiending to bust/Brother give it to meI

I’m bad I know I’m bad/Like James Brown, and Ali I know I’m bad/Like X and Garvey I know I’m bad/Like Christ himself I got wealth that most wish dey had


Down & Dirty

I said clapp your hands and stomp your feet/Get down and dirty to this AD beat/

I see you on the floor/I like the way you move/You make me want you more/The special thing you do/I love your conscious style/Your high up on the pile/It’s time we make some moves/I’m talking bout me & you/

Folks came back cause they wanted more/See we spit galore til you hit the store/Every metaphor hard to the core/They tried to lock us out but we kicked the door/Arrested we give it to you versatile/If you want it now download the file/Too fast, that’s fine rewind the dial/Hello, (clearing throat) can you hear me now/In your system like a virus, with wires or hooked up wireless/ My team always seem tireless, supreme but far from fireless/In your system like a virus/with wires or hooked up wireless/My team always seem tireless/supreme but far from fireless

I said clapp your hands and stomp your feet/Get down and dirty to this AD beat

Can you feel it down in your soul?/Everybody come young to the old/‘Hey hey hey hey woo woo woo woo woo/Now Eshe, what you talking bout when you say down & dirty you talking bout Atlanta dirty/Naaww, I’m talking about the whole world dirty!/ C L A PP your hands/S T O M P your feet/Can you feel it down in your soul?/Everybody come young to the old/‘Hey hey hey hey woo woo woo woo woo/Come on and just jump and leap/Come on and just skip to the beat/Everybody just move yo feet/ Get on down to the funky beat/Come on. clapp your hands (repeat)/C L A PP your hands/S T O M P your feet


Caught Me

Da da da da

Yo my pride is heavy as two tons of scrap metal/inside of a black kettle hanging on the back of a bike while a cat pedals/I mean I would normally never say that today I’m in a bad mood/got eyes black like a raccoon/But that’s not the man you looking for I know it you/need a black man with the confidence of a poet/and today I’m a blow it/Cuz truth is I’m not there in fact/I’m sorta scared of the direction my life is going/hey it was good knowing you but…

Chorus:

Baby – you caught me at a bad time In my life/my head is off the hook like a busy line/Would it be alright – if I decline your flirts/You should refine your search/I can tell you, you deserve better than this but…

The truth is you sorta the most beautiful-ist girl I’ve seen in a while/Your pearly white teeth spread like an eagle/You’re so regal when you smile/I see you on the beach with a long sarong with a wild print like/Uh huh but uh uh/Cuz still I’m just a nappy headed artist/and you’ll regret it the hardest/once you see my moods and attitudes/Move as far as you can from this man I’m warning you flesh is weak/don’t let me put no thorn in you/At another time and date it a be great to just hook up/I’ll be filled with sooka sooka sookie sookie now/My mojo would over flow a good looker now/Show yo friends the type a fish that you hooking’ now/But as of now I’m just a fat cow and I’m feelin low/Weak and uneventful stomach like a pillow/Not hard like a brillo pad I’m feeling bad and it’s sad/If only you would have come at a different time I wish you had but…

Baby – you caught me at a bad time In my life/my head is off the hook like a busy line/Would it be alright – if I decline your flirts/You should refine your search/I can tell you, you deserve better than this but…

(Female) I’m feelin you, I want you, I know you want me too/I’ll just give you time to unwind, relax your mind/I’m here, don’t fear, I want to be near

It’s so amazing that you’re still given me play even after everything/that I say what are you?/Some type of cultural daffodil the princess of some distant land/where your face is on they dollar bill/And like you coming to America to hook up with the real thang/I guess I’m Eddie Murphy on Boomerang/Feeling like I lost my groove but that’s alright with you/you picking me up licking my cut/fitting’ my rut you hitting’ me up

Baby – you caught me at a bad time In my life/my head is off the hook like a busy line/Would it be alright – if I decline your flirts/You should refine your search/I can tell you, you deserve better than this but…

You giving me love/Wow/You making me feel better uh