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The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee’s new album ‘The Iceberg’ is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, ‘The Iceberg’ is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement. ‘The Iceberg’ is out February 24 on Mello Music Group.

Lead single “Things” acts as a mission statement for the album, a deep dance groove with lightning-quick lyrics about “things” he’s going through. Says Oddisee, “"We all go through the trials & tribulations of life. Why is it we feel the need to individualize our shared experiences? If only we could see our concerns as others do, maybe they wouldn't be so serious."

Oddisee World Tour
March 2 – Paris, France – La Place
March 3 – Lyon, France – Bizarre!
March 4 – Nantes, France – Stereolux
March 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
March 8 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
March 9 – Dublin, Ireland, The Sugar Bluc
March 11 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
March 13 – Munich, Germany – Ampere
March 14 – Erfurt, Germany – Franz Melhose
March 15 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen
March 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
March 17 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria
March 18 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
March 19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
March 22 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
March 24 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bird
March 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
March 26 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
March 30 - Milan, Italy - Biko Club
April 7 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Sofia Live Club
April 8 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane
April 10 – Vienna, Austria – Grelle Forelle
April 11 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
April 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
April 20 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
April 21 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade
April 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
April 26 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
April 27 – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas
April 28 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
May 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 5 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
May 7 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
May 9 – Eugene, OR – WoW Hall
May 10 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 11 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 12 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
May 13 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
May 14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
May 17 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
May 18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
May 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – The HiFi
May 26 – Detroit, MI – Arab American National Museum
May 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
May 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 31 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

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released February 24, 2017

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Track Name: Digging Deep
Verse One
The short timing, I've been on the life thing/ I've lived like kings/
& the men who set aside all the nice things/ Searching for what life means/
& all I found was dreams until the night came/ Rights made wrong from a point of view/
Morality is relevant to what you're going through/
On a high I'm a judge, on the low I'm like your honor/ If you only knew the karma
You would light plea/
I feel sorry for the people that are probably hated/
When you take the time to understand the makings of a man/ You comprehend/
That he's the sum of circumstance/
& that evil ain't incarnate & if cornered we can all created/
I know it's easy when you’re angry just to shallow grave it/ But dig deeper for the reasons & we're all related/
To kill a cousin ain't as easy as stranger/
But the danger’s not the bullet but the anger/
Chorus
So let’s get into/ deeper/
down/
Verse Two
Nothing happens overnight/
Stop thinking you can make it if you copy what I'm doing right/ My mistakes ain't in the credits but that's what should get it/ Failure fueled the drive like 87 unleaded/
Never gassed up/
I'ma stay the same/
You could give me fame/
Or could take away my last buck/
Switching lanes ain't in the formula forget it/
One me & that’s the person i'ma be until I'm dead'ed/
I ain't hear to tell you everything will be fine/
Cause thinking critically is really on a decline/
Please read between the lines/
For they cross us & we hang like free time/
I'm on the incline/
Steady growing like a garden, try to tend mine/ & you go folding in the foliage of a forest/ Filled with fortune/
In the form of something for us/
That's a grape vine/
Chorus
So let’s get into/ deeper/
down/
Track Name: Things
Things

Things, on my mind when I wake up/
Things, all my time try to take up/
if I could save up money like worry I'd be a rich man but the sorrow would plague much/ I have made up the fiction/
that I'm the center of a system/
causing the day's rust /
center stage in a monologue play of/
me & the audience all in my make up/
what a view & it's all the show/
assuming what I'm doing's what you already know/
I think I'm in the middle of a palm heavy globe/
everybody trying to steal what I already own/ but oh in this life we are all but alone/
but feeling that you are is a problem condoned/
so sunlight is a spotlight that we hold/
like it's one light & we cuff tight until it's gone/
one candle on the cake for the taking/
souls set sail on a race trying to take wind/ we are faves in the chips that we place in/
I better build self anybody else cave in/
so I'm holding on to pressure like it's all mine/
that ain't sweat it's just the way I keep the floors shined/
everybody queued up for the long grind/ thinking that we're next in a short line/

Thinks I'm going through (chorus)


I want a lot more things/
biggie tried to tell me what a lot more brings/ a head strong man will take a lot more strain/ seeing pleasure in the presence of slot more pain/
it's like I'm in the plot of a horror flick scene/ & i'ma run towards where I thought I heard screams/
cause things draw me like a self portrait/ blank paper trying to fill it with a lot more green/
cause things make life & life worth living/
is a life worth giving to a fight for dreams/ but when your schemes matter more than the next man/
the next mans matter more than the rest than/
we all forget we are not all things/
so i'ma take in the line/
all those behind me can chill/
but if I was the last, I'd probably be the first one to wine/
for real/

Things I'm going through (chorus)

We just want to matter more/
trying to be the matador/
in a pit of bull/
trying to gather our status in the masses/ looking at the glass saying that's pitiful/
I ain't seeing what you're seeing cause your problems ain't my problems how you solve them really I don't even care/
putting pressure on my shoulders that ain't really there/
but I know you see it when you stare/

Things I'm going through (chorus)
Track Name: Built By Pictures
Verse One
I was born with small access to big dreams/ & detached homes/
& lazy boy couches were fit thrones/
That, would sit kings/
Lion statues on fences larger castles they guarded/ Lawns made to pastures pristine/
A race with the have nots/
Broke but the mote's where the Jag's parked/ Doing dirty work but the whips clean/
Notice the Jones's/
All of what they have is for the showing even notices on doors of for-closers/ I'm trying to get income/
& them some/
Ride around in something/
The system bumping/
The disk jumping/
I'm rolling/
A slight high/
From being able to buy/
What you shouldn't but you never knew why/
Never mind/
This the feeling I've been wanting for time/ Flying blind/
Into a wall strong drawing to shine/
Chorus
I just looked at the pictures/
Didn't have a manual to build this/ Just assemble it from feeling/
By looking at the pictures/
I was given tools meant for building/ With no instruction for wielding/
But look at the picture/
It ain't even close to the description/ & yet it's works as I wish it/
By looking at the pictures/
& even though parts of it are missing/ It's still complete in depiction/
Started off trying to make a way/ then I made a wave that made a wage, that lay to waste the paper chase that i was into race/ but how you even stop this thing/ I never learned so in turn, i'ma burn out breaks/ spend it faster than the churn out makes/ but I'm a Phoenix, went from ashes to classes/ shoebox to plastic/ credit could get what ever imagined/ developing habits I can't kick/ man I was rocking cleats to a match full of baskets fast break/ broke the safe trying to bask in/ sums that wasn't real but ones & nils & they asking/ debit or credit the ladder please/ climbing into debt without a sweat when it's gradually/ had to make couple mistakes couldn't couldn't erase/ overdrawn but it turned out great/
Chorus
I just looked at the pictures/
Didn't have a manual to build this/ Just assemble it from feeling/
By looking at the pictures/
I was given tools meant for building/ With no instruction for wielding/
But look at the picture/
It ain't even close to the description/ & yet it's works as I wish it/
By looking at the pictures/
& even though parts of it are missing/ It's still complete in depiction/
I maneuver by example/ Good or bad/
Triumphs & tramples/ Something couldn't grasp/ I wouldn't pass/
I would rather struggle assembling what I can do/ Look at that/
Little different but the differences make it what it isn't/ Is, is whatever I want to witness/
Behold a vision outside of the city limits/
Where time is more valued than money for the spending/ Ascended to deeper things/
Never knew reasoning/
Throwing random spices into life for the seasoning/
Without a silver spoon I couldn't taste what I was prepping/ My guessing made the wooden whip a problem to a question/ Why do my people spend more & have less than/
No seat to eat the meal that I'm responsible for cheffing/ Imagining the window was just mirroring reflection/
I turned the sideline into a seat at the concession/
Chorus
I just looked at the pictures/
Didn't have a manual to build this/ Just assemble it from feeling/
By looking at the pictures/
I was given tools meant for building/ With no instruction for wielding/
But look at the picture/
It ain't even close to the description/ & yet it's works as I wish it/
By looking at the pictures/
& even though parts of it are missing/ It's still complete in depiction/
Track Name: Hold It Back
I'm asked to speak but not to tell the truth/
Anonymously in the credits you can check the proof/
In the camera, innovators & creators real/
In the mirror imitators & the takers steal/
That's a practice put in action that could win awards/
Yeah we love the frauds/
But hate the ones that really come with cause/
Moment of silence for me, I don't really need applause/
Think I'm loud enough when I'm alone with all my inner thoughts/ May not never meet the people I'm inspired by/
& find out that they're really, really fake or they just kind of lied/ Kind of surprised I was able to keep my mouth shut/
This long, but/
On this song/
I'ma tell how i feel keeping quite is a crime/
Not enough fake G's doing time/
I’m not the only one to notice that/
I’m cutting all my ties/
I think it's time i stopped holding back/
Chorus
Hold it back/ ​(Repeated) No I can’t/
I make more than my sister/
Cause I was born as a mister/
& I ain't never been to college/
& she graduated honors/
Still the bosses think that I'm a better fit, huh/
That annoys me more than cargo shorts/
& yoga pants worn at anything that's not a sport/
Dinner plans/
At eight/
& if show you up in some sneakers better call me in advance/ To say you running late/
I’m a contemporary man/
I mean take it back to what, so y'all could screw it up again/ While you’re running for an office/
I'ma run away from coffins/
Pray the policies show progress/
Before they boot it up again/
Cause everytime we restart it/
We try to push the demons deeper in the closet/
It ain't no secret they just seeping out regardless/
Keeping logic hostage/
we need to stop/
Chorus
Hold it back/ ​(Repeated) No I can’t/
Tell them how you really feel, they label you hater/
That's the greatest trick imposters ever played on the creators/
You around here acting like we’re equal It I'm greater/
Bring up talent all you want but you can keep your resume though/ Talk is cheaper now & it is just dropping by the day though/
Take precaution/
Putting stock in
Anything somebody say though/
We gone tell you anything we want to get the payload/
Don't be shocked if they come talking to you like you were a day old/ Cause every time the clocks restarted/
We try to push the demons deeper in the closet/
It ain't no secret they just seeping out regardless/
Keeping logic hostage/
We need to stop/
Chorus
Hold it back/ ​(Repeated) No I can’t/
Track Name: You Grew Up
Verse One
Let me take it back to my childhood/
When six flags was still called wildwood/
Where I had every race as a neighbor/
We were all working class trying to make it out of our hood/
My best friend back then was a white kid/
we were tight he liked the same things I did/
Despite us being different colors/
We were tight as Elmer's, & we called each other brothers/
While I was trying to keep my Nikes clean/
He was trying to scuff his Chucks scuffed up/
He was grunge
I was fresh we were young/
Cuss along to rap while we're sneaking into punk clubs/
But things changed when his pops got laid off/
He blamed my father for the loss of his job/
He said immigrants robbed citizens jobs/
& I better never set foot again in his yard/
As we became adults in a cult called America he got himself a job as an officer of law/ My thoughts got blacker & his views got cracker/
There was no way backwards/
To the roots at heart/
Many years part recognized him in the news/
He shot a black man that was sitting in car/
Near same park where we used to shoot hoops/
& all I blame as the cause/
Chorus
You grew up/
No you didn't change/
You were made the same/ As those before you came/ Cause you grew up/
All our growing pains/
Were given like our names/ & you just bought the blame/ Cause you grew up/
Verse Two
You ever have a friend that became a fanatic/
Most of you all haven't/
But if you ever did/
You'd understand the one thing they all have in common/ That somebody took advantage of their damage as a kid/ I knew a guy who's folks were professors/
Proof in the flesh that Allah was a blesser/ Grew up in a midwestern town/
Where there weren't many brown/
People he could seek reflection/
Got picked on in school during lectures/ Graduated hating everybody in his class/
Picked on because he prayed five to the east/
& he didn't eat meat that Allah said was bad/
One day a man approached him in mosque/
& changed his life when he asked him a question/ Do you ever feel your was a loss/
& what if I could teach you that life is a weapon/ Attracted strong to the feeling acceptance/
He was soon gone to delusions of a cause/ People of the present had faces of the past/ Make them easier than blast/
If he feel they did him wrong/
You can raise a child in a house full love/
But can't keep them safe from a world full of hate/ So he blew up/
The only mistake that could hold all the blame/
Is he grew up/
Chorus
You grew up/
No you didn't change/
You were made the same/ As those before you came/ Cause you grew up/
All our growing pains/
Were given like our names/ & you just bought the blame/ Cause you grew up/
Verse Three
My heart's a jug & when I was born it was filled with love/ It ranith over, life ran me over till I spilled the blood/
I poured the cups & left it up you to say enough/
Never ending, never quenching, I sealed it up/
Tried to change my reality but settled for, real enough/
Life is better when you're thinking lesser go on give up/
When I was younger I was so determined I would change it all/ Couldn't fly but wasn't chained to fall/
So where is it I put the blame & cause/
I grew up
Chorus
You grew up/
No you didn't change/
You were made the same/ As those before you came/ Cause you grew up/
All our growing pains/
Were given like our names/ & you just bought the blame/
Cause you grew up/
Track Name: NNGE (feat. Toine)
Verse One - Oddisee
I mean what is there to fear/
I''m from black America this is just another year/
If you're new to disrespect by your elected puppeteer/
well let me show you how to persevere/
Just get up every time somebody knocks you down/
& celebrate in front of people like they're not around/
& if they try to build a wall to keep you balling out of bounds/
Use the bench they told to you warm to keep the fences knocking down/ Shout out to latinos because hustling ain't illegal/
Whether praying to the east or the padre, we all are equal/
But if parted they will progress in stopping us getting C notes/
Well let me asked the crowd, do one of y'all disagree, no/
This is for chocolate city though I represent the county/
Until your vote is counted know I got you until I'm outy/
it's all about the effort & effortlessly fresher/
If I'm preaching to choir know they're bound to get the lecture/
it went from folks around me, pushing envelopes & boundaries/
So you won't only hear me where you found me/
I'm somewhere asking questions like can I afforded the most/
You better answer me with more than a no/
Chorus
Ooh, never not getting enough/ From this life that I'm leading/ & all I believe in/
ya'll go, I ain't leaving/
I'm posted, like/ (x2) This if for the county/
& the areas surrounding/ DC, Maryland & Virginia/ know I'm with you/
Verse Two - Toine
What are you willing to let die first/ Your pride or your freedom/
The story of my life's inner conflict/ It's like I follow my dreams/
But how am I supposed to slide in the DM/
On the mic, is what I'm trying accomplish/
I used to do it for the fist bumps & applauses/
But caring about respect started making me nauseous/
You walk in a room, $ bammas speak to you cautious/
like employees trying to figure out who the boss is/
so now I just kick it for, the most divine/
Working overtime/
Sitting with an open bottle, looking for an open mind/
trying not to be aggressively jaded/
Because I find myself just getting faded/
& I know that ain’t quite me/
I step up for whatever it might be/
& RSVP when inspiration invite me/
Because who else gonna look out for those who look like me/ another disenfranchised boy in a white tee/
Chorus
Ooh, never not getting enough/ From this life that I'm leading/ & all I believe in/
ya'll go, I ain't leaving/
I'm posted, like/ (x2) This if for the county/
& the areas surrounding/ DC, Maryland & Virginia/ know I'm with you/
Verse Three - Oddisee
All I know is love/
I give it & I get it, I can never get enough/
Sympathy to enemies cause hate ain't in blood/
& if you can relate you've given up/
I'm trying to make the most of it though/
Getting close is a no/
Want nothing less than yes because it's suppose to be so/ The cost of nothing's too low/
My expectations are too high/
I'd rather die/
Than be complacent with the way that it goes/
Apathy is a disease & we're just steady sharing needles/ Unaffected people carry evil/
Ease is what know/
We've got to raise the bar though/
The sorrows of today will give away to a tomorrow/
So what's a week of paid leave/
& empty promises of hiring/
Just to fire me before retirement/
I'm trying to make more in one day than 401 K/
So give me what you promised to pay/
Because it's never enough/
Chorus
Ooh, never not getting enough/ From this life that I'm leading/ & all I believe in/
ya'll go, I ain't leaving/
I'm posted, like/ (x2) This if for the county/
& the areas surrounding/ DC, Maryland & Virginia/
know I'm with you/
Track Name: Like Really
why you want to catch my eye, when you already know that I'm taken/ how you past due on payments, and I'm seeing you on vacation/
how you gonna make us great when we were never really that amazing/ take it back what, I don't find hanging black lives entertaining/
how do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in/ why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping/ how you make a film about Egypt with all lead roles caucasien/
how you saying all lives matter when the stats say we are not adjacent/ tell me if I got it all wrong/
like I signed on the line but I didn't read the form/
and the fine print is all about the times we mourn/
and the color of my skin means I gotta be strong/
& your hand me down faith said if I was reborn/
when I take my last breath that you'll let me breath on/ as of right now we could never pals/
and how are we supposed to get along/ this now more than ever though/
all about force and measure though/ why I'm forced to let it go/
and clean on your messes though/
you take jobs to Mexico pay us less and lesser though/
promised to bring them back, that's how the problem gets the vote/

Chorus
Really (repeated)

I be on the grind all day, I don't pay mind to the date (nah like really)/
missed call vibrate, & I find most times it could wait (nah like really)/
I don't talk blue in the face, to just to make movement in place (nah like really)/
out a breath watching other man steps & you wonder why you’re losing the race (nah like really)/ I was sleeping floors/
making bread instead of beds on tour man (nah like really)/
if you ain't never cry about loss/
don't speak about the situation you’re in (nah like really)/
i ain't got a big deal but I'm still a big deal & I feel important (nah like really)/
yeah you got a big deal running a big wheel I ain't with extorting/
yeah I'm independent & I'm making hell of noise/
& I'll never let women make a Helen out of Troy/
got no suckers in the circle that pretend to be boys/
I don't lend them an extension I just sell them decoys/
chilling in the cut is when I'm really feeling voids/
cause the movements getting muted and it really needs a voice/
we're just picking between the evils of the lethal and the liars/
people tired and they really need a voice (nah like really)/
this now more than ever though/
all about force and measure though (nah like really)/
this that calm collected flow/
done right, wrong correctional (nah like really)/
enough bout peace & blessing bro I want that deeper message though (nah like really)/
If you on top that's surface, drop that lesson though, preach (nah like really)/

Chorus
Really (repeated)
Track Name: Want To Be
Verse One
There's this feeling that, I've been chasing/ & I've got leads on, its location/
it changes form every time I face it/
only appreciated when it's gone/
taken for granted like it’s etched in stone/
liberty ain't strong any wrong break it/
placed in, my arms my controls in cages/
tween a rock & hard place & they say move on/
That's what I'm trying to do, a miracle to perform/
but you can't make that without an eyebrow raising/ people want your magic for their own ovation/
when you're in full bloom is when the beehive swarms/ The time I've wasted, trying to fit in norms/
people like me more when I pretend I'm basic/ but what do I do want, I practiced patience/
& right then & there it dawned/
Chorus
I just want to be happy/
I just want to be free/
I just want to be left alone/ I just want to me/ (Repeated)
Verse Two
What in the world are you looking for/
can't a young man get money on tour/
live Brooklyn buildings pre-war/
with a name that don't make you think of C4/ high ceiling apartments/
no ceiling on my living I ain't giving up options/ love without a limit is the mission accomplished/ don't expect to get it without wetting the armpits/ I sweat these pores/
In this American scheme a picket sign to a fence/
They want to kick me out the country as a line of defense/
See me, I'm from the country & I'm proud of my ends/
& even though you try to shun me you ain't shrouding intent/
I’m just a man with a vision in a tunnel with hitmen/
trying to shoot my lightbulb because they thought I was twitching/ got a few ideas, wrote them down in list/
Let me say them now before I forget them/
Chorus
I just want to be happy/
I just want to be free/
I just want to be left alone/
I just want to me/
(Repeated)
Verse Three
I don't believe in a promise/
unless it's one I made to myself/
cause there is no denying the facts/
if I'm the only accomplice/
& rarely have I courted for help/
I ain't trying to monstrous/
I just want month's rent/
a little something extra I ain't hoarding the wealth/
cause 99 percent of us is trying to get success/
that 99 percent of us was already dealt/
no trophy on the mantle but I got a mantle/
when mama couldn't pay the power I would grab the candles/ I'm just thankful I can channel that to block tangle/
steering straight & I don't hesitate to park an angle/
I'm just trying to turn a smirk to a smile/
restricted to allow/
all while keeping my distance from distance from the crowd/ & that may change along the road I pave/
But today right here & now/
Chorus
I just want to be happy/
I just want to be free/
I just want to be left alone/ I just want to me/ (Repeated)
Track Name: This Girl I Know
Verse One
I got a lover but it's complicated/ we've been off & on/
trying to keep the fire warm/
but a brother jaded/
I've even moved up to Brooklyn so that we could bond/ Feel like I see even less then when I lived away &/ Suffocated by the city she ain't never home/
She in LA or any other place that ain't my arms/
Can't say she cheating because she was never mine alone/
I just think I'm better for her than the drug dealers & the lie tellers/ yeah am I wise but could wrong/
Please don't let be/
I gave her time in half while others get her free/
& I ain't one to compare but what I see/
Is her in a lesser form with anybody instead of me/
we on a different page, same play different stage/
waited on the street to say hi, I must have missed the wave/ await her call to come by/
Chorus
I know this girl around town
she cool, she cool
she coming around, round/
when no one around, round/
She come through, come through we messing around, round/ alrighty for now, now
we do, what we do
but we know that for now, now/ is only for now, now
we through, we through
but I still lover her though
Verse Two
We've come a long way/
Even though she keep me arm's length/
Over her head & she responds late/
I place the blame on all them clowns that she round/ because cause intelligence ain't part of their style/
smarten up dumb it down/
Drop jewel rocking jewelry/
The way you move done parted the crowd/
& I know you did the knowledge before admitted to college/ So why you hanging round with this foolery/
The same lame bragging how he bagged you dorm rooms/ Done tried to flip the mattress acting like he adore you/ Same bed, if it ain't all true/
why am I here/
You know they lying through the locks & the beards/ Although I'm faded I'm as sharp as they is/
cause he ain't seen a barbershop in some years/
don't mean that he the one to lead us when apocalypse near/ you see the light, you know I'm right end of days/
final calling me I'll see you tonight aye/
Chorus
I know this girl around town
she cool, she cool
she coming around, round/
when no one around, round/
She come through, come through we messing around, round/ alrighty for now, now
we do, what we do
but we know that for now, now/ is only for now, now
we through, we through
but I still lover her though
you ever love somebody that didn't reciprocate it/
but they give you just enough to keep waiting/
thinking maybe they might see you how you them with patience/
will come say when they quit faking on the heart that you gave them/ but do you give it for gifts or for the feeling itself/
if nothing's in it for you would you still be willing to help/
I think my love know me more than I give credit for/
she made me greater though I tell her that I'm better for her/
but she done heard it before & she gone hear it again/
it's plenty men that tried to holler in metaphor/
i'd love to talk to her but I talk through her/
we speak our minds the same time & so I let her off/
am I the side piece or the main squeeze/
either way I'm filled with pride when I hear her thank me/
so she can come & go as she please/
she leave me lone but not in moments of need/
ain't only mine & maybe so it should be/
Chorus
I know this girl around town
she cool, she cool
she coming around, round/
when no one around, round/
She come through, come through we messing around, round/ alrighty for now, now
we do, what we do
but we know that for now, now/ is only for now, now
we through, we through but I still lover her though
Track Name: Waiting Outside
Verse One
Been a hot minute we ain't speak/
Been a little while we ain't fought
Guess you doing better than the last time we met up/ When you ran away from feelings getting caught/ Why you always got to get a grip/
When you ever gonna let it slip/
Bottle up your pride never drinking what's inside/
But you ever gonna sip a thought/
Why you always gotta make a split/
What you say & how you feel don't ever fit/
Ain't nobody watching/
You can lay away the caution/
This the perfect opportunity to vent/
Say it while we're sitting in the dark/
You don't need nobody else talk/
Talk to myself and my brain spoke back/
When you finish trying to block/
Chorus
I’ll be waiting on you/ On the outside/
After last call/ (Repeated)
Chat with I, myself & me/
I never stop to asked what helping needs/
It works for me & I don't work at it/
Some type of service to curve a habit/
Don't believe in magic shirts & sleeves/
Rabbits & such as luck would have it/
I am one of many to converse the tragic/
& pride myself with the worst of me/
That's a vital part in the art of blackness/
We don't get depressed we compress the sadness/ Feeling anyway about a day's a privilege/
Conversing with the Doc to get expensive answers/ Never visible but I could fill a room/
With people of the sun who run away from feeling gloom/ Anger is an illness that I'm tired of containing/
That's why my mind's saying/
Chorus
I’ll be waiting on you/ On the outside/
After last call/ (Repeated)
Track Name: Rain Dance
Verse One
I remembered when I discovered purpose/
I was good at something Finally worth it/
Told my father that i'ma be an artist/
Foreign parents don't understand all our newer options/
They flee their countries, protect their families, perusing progress/ They think in needs, & we think of wants, are views are parted/
I want to be like doctor Dre, they want degrees from Harvard/ An engineer that slide the fader not designing rockets/
I'm in the lab without a beaker but the speakers knocking/ Making art in broken English they mistake as nonsense/
The only language understood income/
So I got good at business plans as well as making rhythm/ It took this art so serious/
It made any girl I dated so furious/
& put tears in they eyes, I wouldn't dry/
So they turned into rain/
So many lessons I was learning through pain/ (Rain Dance)
Verse Two
When I was younger I was all about the ladies/
Quick to do them wrong, even quicker to call them crazy/ Cause I ain't see the harm in leading on somebody daughter/ Who wanted my commitment but instead they got a maybe/ Four or five I juggled them like I'm Barnum & Bailey/
Until my arms got tired of hugging women I'm breaking/
The less that I was working/
The more that I was flirting/
Can't be somebodies half if you ain't a completed person/ Started developing myself first/
Ain't easy to take for granted when it's self worth/
Kept promises, made money, stayed honest/
In his thick accent my father said I made progress/
Became the man that I was meant to be/
Right on time I met a women that was meant for me/
You know the feeling of Keeping your phone face up/
No interference so nothing's causing a break up/ Drama free/
Verse Three
No a days I'm just trying to get paid/
Stay away from trouble & avoid an early grave/
Read a little more, speak a little less/
My competition listens & they quick to imitate/
Invited to the studio by so & so/
& everybody think that I'm the one that stole the flow/ Where here a quotable/
I ain't jealous or offended/
I'm glad to see reactions of a style that I invented/
To me be remembered means your time is finished/ And I'd rather be the reminder with a minor presence/ Not quick rise & long fall/
For long haul I'm in it so just sit tight/
Things don't grow if the ground stay dry/
I see the good things in the clouds blown by/
So when the rain comes I Presume my stance/
& if I move, it’s to do my dance/
Bloom/
Oliver St. Louis
I can make it rain no matter what the time/ But I'd do it less for some peace of mind/ Reach out and you will understand/
What God put in these hands/
All we be revealed in due time/
Track Name: Rights & Wrongs (feat. Olivier St. Louis)
Verse One - Olivier St. Louis
Two halves sittin on a one sided saw/
roundabouts is how we get round all/
It ain't enough to have fair space between you and the hierarchy/ Wanna fight for some equality/
But what about if You the boss/
And the boss always pays the cost/
how you feel about your pockets, now/
You could never have it all and make everyone feel 10 feet tall/ The rise and the fall must occur to all/
Chorus
What’s right or wrong/ What’s right or wrong/ What’s right or wrong/ (repeated)
Verse Two - Oddisee
I would kill to save life/
Do you see a hero or you'd rather read me rights/
My neighborhood is getting nice/
Safe to walk at night/
I can't afford to pay the price/
Sudan we eat a lot of lamb/
The latins like the chicken but what's better over rice/
I think I'm giving out advice/
But all you hear is judgement on the way you love your life/ Paper that we read not the same/
Yours framing me for the blame/
Mine see you cause all the shame/
We can't agree on a thing/
We both are beyond the games/
But we still play/
Should I fear what's on the way/
Bigger gear push on the breaks/
One man’s heart is another man’s brain/
Forever then the question will remain/
Chorus
What’s right or wrong/ What’s right or wrong/ What’s right or wrong/ (repeated)