Executive Realness: Suite Independence

by I.K.P.

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about

This project could have been a continuation of the IKP 4 President mixtape series. If it had been, then the songs may not have gotten the breathing room they needed to flourish. So they deserved their own identity. I believe songs are like time capsules that are gateways to moments that make up different eras of your life. That's what the Executive Realness concept is all about.

So I'm letting this project be the official follow up to my 2011 album Ignoring the Known Protocol.

This "Suite Independence" Edition is made available as the official underground "Indie Music" release, due to it containing some songs with unlicensed material sampled within.

The "Suite Reign" Edition is made available commercially through many online retailers and streaming sites. That edition will be entirely sample-free.

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released November 11, 2013

Executive Producer: Kenny "I.K.P." Alvarez
(C) 2013 Reigning Positivity Music, a division of Ominous E.Y.E. Enterprises

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I.K.P. New York, New York

Born in East New York, BK...raised in Norfolk, VA. Veteran of the U.S. Marines. College Graduate with a Bachelor's in Music Business from Full Sail University. Single from upcoming album Ignoring the Known Protocol features the OutMusic Award-Nominated single "Let It B. Known". ... more

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Track Name: Executive Realness
I:
If I was to be a father
I would learn from Kenny Rogers
Reach for the whiskey, bypass the Henny bottles
A gambler, running away from Morgana
That new chancellor
Trynna take a chance on my stamina
Beam me up to the 80s, my login is Kenny Loggins
Straight to the Danger Zone
Dammit mane, I'm home
KC is for Keyshia Cole, Is Kenneth Cole related?
How come my connection to him is never debated (huh?)
I'm just a hope carrying proletariat
In a world of have-nots it's overbearing
The notion of failing I won't bare with it
I don't care with it
I'm so fearless
My Uncle Swanny says....
("Fuck you cowards and the naysayers!")
Maydayyyyy!
You falling off and you ain't got no prayer
And the real niggaz know to keep the hustle-hustle
ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle
ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle
ALIVE!

Hook:
They stay killing Kenny
But he come back ALWAYS
Certified, Executive
Realness ALL DAY
Why lie?
The extreme divide of the
Rich and Poor keeps the hustle-hustle ALIVE!

Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!

Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!

II:
Evidently you can never check me
Unless you're setting records like you're Kenny Chesney
And I fight for everything, even my sanity
You be surrounding me with lies and insanity

Why the fuck must I explain what it means to be Black and poor?
Ad nauseum you've heard the story tracked before
I won't elaborate on Blackness in America
Rather get the dynamite
Collapse every barrier
(Boom!)

I'm advocating for myself
That's how I move through the public assistance system in stealth
What makes you look at me like I want to commit a crime?
No tats, no piercings, and I never did a line

Don't play with me, you coke heads just sniffing (flour!)
you should be afraid of what I'm doing next, I'm a stalwart
Not one those bastards robbin Baskin Robbins
Where my validation for not being part of the problem?

Hook:
They stay killing Kenny
But he come back ALWAYS
Certified, Executive
Realness ALL DAY
Why lie?
The extreme divide of the
Rich and Poor keeps the hustle-hustle ALIVE!

Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!

Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!

I need candy on my cigar
Zoning out to Kenny G
Might play the sitar
But focused on that getty green
You walk around with herpes and don't even fuckin know it
But you worried where my dick is going like you want a dosage
You gotta comment but you'd rather be blogging it
Face hidden, name changed, you assholes anonymous
How you part lips in a cinch?
Ass out, jeans labeled Abercrombie and (Bitch!)

Lemme call Kanye
Oh I mean Kenny West
He could fill me in on the real, send me plenty texts

All these young boys looking for Daddy to feed em
To get by they turn trick
Exposure indecent

Falling in these traps ain't the business
But it's a surplus of hoes underselling their stock, what's the difference?
Real niggaz know to keep the hustle-hustle
ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle
ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle
ALIVE!

Hook:
They stay killing Kenny
But he come back ALWAYS
Certified, Executive
Realness ALL DAY
Why lie?
The extreme divide of the
Rich and Poor keeps the hustle-hustle ALIVE!

Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!

Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Hustle-Hustle ALIVE!
Track Name: Super-Trippy
Why they ain't fuckin wit me
Cuz they ain't ready

Hook
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these parasites and bottom feeders
I get trippy when I'm bizzaay
Busy when I'm trip trip
Busy when I'm trippy
B-busy when I'm trippy

1:
I dive
Into the bottomless underground
Got five
Think I wanna smoke another pound
To bail
Nagging responsibilities
That fail
To get riches to riches in my vicinity
But still
Can't none of this shit imprison me
Oh you feel
I'm inhibited by iniquities
But yet
You whore throughout these industries
You spent
Diseased by the time you're 53
Before it get repetitive
Take a chance
Don't be scared of the cards and the way the hand
Plays; keep the Ace in case the man
Betrays with a Spade you can sway the champ
While you doing the most, I play like I got nothing to lose
Cuz its actually true
The real shit needs no fuckin excuse

Hook
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these parasites and bottom feeders
I get trippy when I'm bizzaay
Busy when I'm trip trip
Busy when I'm trippy
B-busy when I'm trippy

2:
Uhhh!
I swear
Cleanliness is Godliness
No fears being surrounded by sodomists
I'm in a hostel, bathrooms are unattractive business
If it's ever clean, Goddammit it must be sacrilegious
If you test my testicular fortitude
At best, get shot in the eye; a sordid view
I suppose you talk the game taught to you
So disposed to lies most affordable
Here's the irony
Cuz all day niggas got doe for the opiates
And the dope is laced
with nothing but caffeine and ritalin
Molly don't know your face
Good pussy only come to those that wait
Keep playing you'll be limp by 48
And apparently you don't know lotion
So ashy you should exfoliate

Hook
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these parasites and bottom feeders
I get trippy when I'm bizzaay
Busy when I'm trip trip
Busy when I'm trippy
B-busy when I'm trippy

3:
If you can't stand the heat
Stay out the kitchen
Unless you're a peon, made of freon
I can't call it but I'm predisposed
By my sun sign Aries
I guess the fire keeps me on
Blood stream pyro
Heartbeat neon
That's why when you consider death you should think of me beyond
Any other beyond
Shadow of a doubt
Cuz I'm only showing you the light before you see dawn
Extended metaphors for yo ass
How I overcame the pain of the past?
It's called frequent masturbation
A day without it and I can only think if your ass waiting
Cuz my urges never latent
But if I settled for a whore then I'm complacent
Neither of us would let each other go
I must be hell bent against letting you escape to God's graces

Hook
Hook
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these
I ain't I ain't sticking with these parasites and bottom feeders
I get trippy when I'm bizzaay
Busy when I'm trip trip
Busy when I'm trippy
B-busy when I'm trippy

Out
I ain't sticking with these
I ain't sticking
I ain't I ain't
I ain't sticking with these
parasites... bottom feeders

They ain't ready
They ain't
They ain't
They ain't
They ain't
They ain't
Re-re-re-re
Re-re-re-re readaaayyyyy!
Track Name: When I Sip (Holy Spirits)
You know how I do..
Libations
Oww

Hook
I need that brown (Owww!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits
Chuuuuch!
I need that clear (Clear!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits

Refrain
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good when I'm misunderstood

1:
If you throw stones out of a glass house
You might amass lacerations all in your bad mouth
From chards of glass ricocheting
You spitting game that'll slit your brain crisp and plain
The shit's insane
Better quit complaining unless ya live in a derelict tenement that's crumbling to the sediments
There isn't a sentiment settling
Giving way to any kind of sympathy for negative energy
Just a master of ceremony
Trying to get his Masters faster on the fly
So I could pacify the flaccid mass of guys
Only satisfied with acting bastardized
Imagine if my dreams we're actualized
My natural eye be the one with the battle cry
Perhaps gratified that I could look back at life
Classified as a Black defying tragic lies
Of Uncle Tom stereotypes that belie
Making it difficult for some to practice pride
Shoulda been an ancient dragonfly
Breathing fire on slave-owning forefathers, patricide

Hook
I need that brown (Owww!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits
Chuuuuch!
I need that clear (Clear!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits

Refrain
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good when I'm misunderstood

2:
I'm at the risk
Of attacking unattractive masculine characters with an asterisk
Throw em like ninja stars
In defense of contingents posing like demigods
Must be time to get out the small pond
If its lonely at the top and there's nothing but all pawns
If it's free enterprise why ain't freedom as free?
Exhorbitant extortion, unbelievable fees
When they discovered I wasn't bluffing
They tried to stuff a muzzle on me to muffle my nuggets buzzing
But if it wasn't for none of my rugged plugs
You would b stuck suffering thru insufferable crud
Coming frim these bums strutting duds
Everyone knows you're a bust
A thug in Uggs
Showing so much love you starting fucking the crew
At the W
But there was nothing in it for you
I get it in on simpletons and sinners
Offending beginners
I don't need Guinness to bring the business
Dawg, you're barking up the wrong tree, get back un your kennel
Before the Chinese slip you into the menu

Hook
I need that brown (Owww!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits
Chuuuuch!
I need that clear (Clear!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits

Refrain
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good when I'm misunderstood

3:
Fiery knowledge
Incendiary to the brain
No expletives, I'm more profane than you proclaim
And you sound weak, you don't know pain
Let me enlighten you;
Pour the propane
On your scalp
Ignite a massive massacre
To make it sizzle like the afterburn of an unnatural perm
When it's not apt to curse, I'm taciturn
You're left for dead like I was a passive nurse
I've grown weary of weird theatrics
Steered by your myriad of geriatrics
The pickings are slim; stick to the script
Most of you boys are decoys devoid of poise
I'm impervious to flirts
When I observe perverted politicians refer to each other as perverts
Turn em into nervous wrecks
Whenever I thwart my third leg
When they notice the girth, shirts shed
So they thirst and twerk in absurd ways
These self-serving politicians get gassed
When I rip ass
Trying to deep throat for my vote

Hook
I need that brown (Owww!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits
Chuuuuch!
I need that clear (Clear!)
When I sip I tap into the spirits
When I sip I tap into the spirits
The holy holy spirits

Refrain
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good bloody good
BLOODY GOOD!
And it feels bloody good when I'm misunderstood
.
Track Name: No Mention
hunkE, IKP
hunkE, IKP
hunkE, IKP
Brotha it's your time

A:
I don't be stressin over fellas that dont b really be checkin for me
Been doing this regularly
I chew off the head of a beast quickly
Keep em abreast of my pedigree
I'm a master with better degrees
Better believe I spit a sick game
How you invest then settle for cheap
They selling you rhetoric never acceptable at a fixed rate
Ya better get with the metaphors
Meta-7s Meta-11s I'm giving up to you this day

You would think the shit is invisible
You can't even witness the skill killing you like gammas and X-rays
On the other end of the spectrum
Ya still can't see me with ultraviolet blue and infrared rays
I been amongst the city scum
The trifling niggas collecting urine and pitching it out their windows
You be overlooking me
Can't see where I'm coming from
Stay young and dumb getting burned by the innuendo

Breakdown
Ima eat a lil nigga up for breakfast
Put you in a state of shock
It's electric
Take away the anesthetic till you're breathless
I get aggressive
No question

Why you sitting there worried bout the next prick?
Getting mad cuz ur name ain't on the guestlist
Looking stupid when you feeling so pretentious
Just accept it

Hook
No Mention
You just the next bitch
Begging for attention
Come for the Prez leave headless
And you get no mention
I LIVE
You just the next bitch
I LIVE
Begging for attention
I LIVE
Come for the Prez leave headless
And you get no mention

B:
Ha haaaa
If u on that bullshit swag
I will not participate
Burn you at the stake or should I eviscerate
You busy pitchin them pennies with underhand strokes
Gotta have ya two cents knowing everybody broke
I suppose u really digging for gold, let it go
Why u gotta have ya nose all in everybody dope?
You ain't built for that, and I must mitigate
better get it straight
Stick a dick in the stigmas u instigate
And let it penetrate
Wait
It ain't been safe
Everybody know killers at large and everybody tote
Photographers ain't always running round with a Canon
And real soldiers don't always throw down with a cannon
Truuu!

Breakdown
Ima eat a lil nigga up for breakfast
Put you in a state of shock
It's electric
Take away the anesthetic till you're breathless
I get aggressive
No question

Why you sitting there worried bout the next prick?
Getting mad cuz ur name ain't on the guestlist
Looking stupid when you feeling so pretentious
Just accept it

Hook
No Mention
You just the next bitch
Begging for attention
Come for the Prez leave headless
And you get no mention
I LIVE
You just the next bitch
I LIVE
Begging for attention
I LIVE
Come for the Prez leave headless
And you get no mention

C:
Yo Prez
Talk to em
On some real shit uh huhhh

They say lyricism is dead
But you know that these niggaz ain't paying for skills
They barely got skills to be paying the bills
You that the shit that I'm saying is real
It's cray and it's trill
And most of you yapping can't handle this
If you tried you would sound like you stammering
So quit the shenanigans
I'm hot as a wick at the end of a candle tip
How in the fuck are you managing
To get in the game witcha mans and them?
Real niggas is out here famishing
And you ashy monkeys need lanolin

I will be killing these phonies and giving a eulogy with a damn mandolin
You fucking your way to the top
End up with chlamydia cutting a champion
Fuck out of here, go back to ya baby moms she needs pampering
There is no way that you're tampering
With the spirit of me and my handsome men

Ya aptitudes I'm damaging
I sound like I'm speaking Mandarin?
The thrill is gone
Terminal, killing ya, flow cancerous

And you get no mention
Oh you the next bitch
Begging for attention?
Come for the Prez
Leave headless
And you get no mention!
Track Name: BILL
Tastefully tasty
Tastefully tasty
Tastefully tasty
Tastefully tasty

Tastefully tasty
Tastefully tasty
Tastefully tasty
Tastefully tasty

Hook
I could be the only queer rapper with a conscience
Cuz I own it
I wear it with a badge of honor
Why?
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
And it don't phase me
Why?
Cuz I own it

Better switch it up when I drop, I does this
Tastefully tasty
Why?
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
And you can't phase me
Why?
Cuz I own it

Breakdown
I don't wanna live life paying bills
I need greenback bills
I wanna rock like Bill Laswell

I don't wanna live life paying bills
I need greenback bills
I wanna rock like Bill as well

1:
I don't own an aviary homie
So I never cared for a bird that pigeonholes me
I am Lyte as a rock
STILL CAN'T HOLD ME
Cuz I got gigawatt knowledge IN MY HOLDINGS
Who the hell you supposed to be with corroded gold teeth?
Better just mosey
If you see me zoning
Ah Ah Ah
I never dwell in the throes of broke dreams
And I
Won't approach no goal with no scheme
Mostly, I unload the flow to blow steam
If you know me
You know I like Cheddar with roast beef
I'm too busy being a Veteran
Collecting benefits to let a delicate minion interfere with grown folks steez
Booby Trap!

Hook
I could be the only queer rapper with a conscience
Cuz I own it
I wear it with a badge of honor
Why?
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
And it don't phase me
Why?
Cuz I own it

Better switch it up when I drop, I does this
Tastefully tasty
Why?
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
And you can't phase me
Why?
Cuz I own it

Breakdown
I don't wanna live life paying bills
I need greenback bills
I wanna rock like Bill Laswell

I don't wanna live life paying bills
I need greenback bills
I wanna rock like Bill as well

2:
Gotta be in it to win it
I'm on it like a hornet
When I get it, you got it
Get it got it the gone!
Cynically distressed
Chronically homeless
Clinically depressed
Serotonin zoning
I lack hosts to digest lactose
And I might be mad close to a mack that lacks hope
(*Hock*)
Coughing phlegm cuz I had a McFlurry
Stoned, rock bottom but absent of worry
My tennis shoes unclean
My funds fuel my dreams
Dingy 6-by-9s how I slumber in the New York scenes
Monthly checks blown the first week to keep it all alive
Subsidized rent and EBT get me by
If I don't fuck witcha
Don't make me go for the jugular
You have no function at my junction
With lyrics limp as erectile dysfunction
No further discussion, done!
Booby trap!

Hook
I could be the only queer rapper with a conscience
Cuz I own it
I wear it with a badge of honor
Why?
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
And it don't phase me
Why?
Cuz I own it

Better switch it up when I drop, I does this
Tastefully tasty
Why?
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
YEAH!
Cuz I own it
And you can't phase me
Why?
Cuz I own it



Extended Breakdown
I don't wanna live life paying bills
I need greenback bills
I wanna rock like Bill Laswell

I don't wanna live life paying bills
I need greenback bills
I wanna rock...
Gimme drums!

Gimme mo drums!
Track Name: Settin' The Record
intro:
this is an emergency broadcast coming to you from Reigning Positivity Music
to nofify you that this delectable mixture of ear candy you are witnessing are the sounds of.....Master Majj (echo)

and featured on this track is the ever-changing, ever-growing rhymer known as I.K.P., and he would like to take a moment to offer some ill words of wisdom on this musical marvel.

Yeah!
Yo….

verse 1:
this time I do it bigger
do this a bit sicker
like venom in ya liquor
at greatness I stay a winner
never quitter my chin up
my roots sweet as ginger
you call me a sinner
but you won’t make me bitter
cuz in the few minutes elapsin'
I’ll have your brain collapsin'
Even if you feel you're relapsin'
i'll have ya spine prolapsin'
nervous system breaks down when ya feel my verbal attack's propinquity
stick with me, you bout to see the sickest streak run the victory
swag stooped, down syndrome
systems, shutting it down and shiftin them
ri-diculous, have you skinny-dippin down in antarctica
i don't want no parts of ya
unless you’re goin hard as F-U-C-K
thirty-eight twenty-five on the cell-ay
my game’s official; you might just get arrested
and in these days in age i aint got no time for witness protection
fuck a "sweet dream": i ain't tatooing no nigga's name across me
or in my heart, i'm just letting it be known what life has taught me

hook:
if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

breakdown:
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (ok!)
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (alright!)
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (ok!)
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (alright!)

verse 2:
I think MDJ wants pussy on a plate
Yup! That’s what he said
Pussy on a plate
p-p-pussy on a plate
back in the day, nobody gave a damn about my probity
my words fall on deaf ears, totally, but the hope in me
was coaxing my suicidal tendencies notably
when my options were running out, soaked under the coldest grief
that's when i took it upon myself
with the help of no one else
playin it out, the hand i was dealt
rockin till my vibes were felt
and even if they ain't feel me, i made sure niggas knew me
to those acting clueless, i only fucks with the truest
truth set me free long time ago
things fall in to place like dominoes
now i'm a dominatrix
who takes it back to the basics
basically, even as the end times are chasin me
i'm only thinkin of breakin free
and improving my circumstances faithfully
so i can end up where my angels be
but if you living dangerously take it from me eh eeeee!

hook:
if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

breakdown:
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
uh, uh! uhhhhhh!
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (ok!)
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (alright!)
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (ok!)
eh-eh-eh, uh, uh! eh-eh eh-eh, uh! (alright!)

if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

if you’re setting the record
(OKAAY!!!)
if you setting it straight
(alright!!)
and if you gon be direct
(OKAAAY!!!)
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct
(alright!!)

if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

if you’re setting the record
then set it straight
and if you setting it straight
then be direct
and if you gon be direct
then have respect
cuz if you trynna come wit it
then you gotta come correct

Coda:
like this…
chiiiid!
But before I get on out this mug
One more thing
Pause on these NUTS Biatch!
Track Name: Nothing Ever (Stays the Same)
Refrain
We've walked together down this winding road
Searching for something true
Together we grew
But now our journey has come to an end and it's on to something new
For me and you

Pre-verse
I'm back on it
A new day is dawning
The vigilante spawning
I got them evils cornered

I'm back on it
A new day is dawning
The vigilante spawning
I got them evils cornered

1:
But only a few understand
What goes on behind the scenes
Looking for the man that I'm trying to be
Trying to find my prime so I finally
Can do the things I planned when I was sixteen
Trying to stay clean, trying to stay lean
Like years ago when I was a Marine
Dynamic, I wont need a time machine
Just to be nostalgic, I focus on the here and now
Like my radio queens I got to Air It Out
Would be an earthquake if I ever fell harder
Elemental party starter
A kamikaze martyr
But instead rather be a dedicated pride marcher
Every lyric is taking you farther tomorrow
Who better than me who brings positivity thru pain?
Lying below the trenches.naked and through the rain
The government can try to take everything
But the people will rise to take it all back
And you can bet that
Put that on EVERYTHING
We may struggle but nothing ever stays the same

Refrain
We've walked together down this winding road
Searching for something true
Together we grew
But now our journey has come to an end and it's on to something new
For me and you

Backgrounds:
We're all searching
We're all searching
For something true
Yeah for something true!

Back on it back on it
Back on it back on it
Back on it

2:
Yeahhh Uh!
Break some weed Nigga
I got a story to tell
That starts a while ago with the breakup from hell
Got my Bachelors cuz still I excel
But the worries piled I couldn't really exhale
The income became minimal I scaled down
To a storage unit and a friend's couch
Finishing my LP, my single gets a nod
Let It B Known, I'm introducing myself own
No clique, small team, me and my cream
Mad interviews and drops to let em know what I.K.P. means
My grandmother passes, I'm by my mom side
Had to dig into the savings for the plane ride
Rivers were cried but that woman still shine
Even tho she had to bury two before her time
When I returned Florida ain't want me no more
The savings empty
Virginia-bound, I was unsure
Would I ever break even with constant debt
Slow job market meant my temp position brings no permanent checks
By New Years I was vexed
I did not leave my room when the ball dropped, feeling stressed
Music my only outlet and the verses pour
The only currency I had when I close the door
And you can bet that
Put that on EVERYTHING
We may struggle but nothing ever stays the same

Refrain
We've walked together down this winding road
Searching for something true
Together we grew
But now our journey has come to an end and it's on to something new
For me and you

Background:
Ain't it man...
Uh ain't it the truth?

Because we need it now
Because we need it now
Yeah
Come on!

Pre-verse
I'm back on it (eyyyy!)
A new day is dawning
The vigilante spawning
I got them evils cornered

I'm back on it (Rrrrrahhh!)
A new day is dawning
The vigilante spawning
I got them evils cornered
Ok

3.
Somehow I know where I'm supposed to be
But it's not exactly where I wanna be nahhh!
A lotta stories don't come with happy endings
If I have to suffer that fate
I won't shake
Long as positivity reigns I'm bringing new beginnings
Perhaps another billing
Maybe another inning
It can be a weird flux, with all the growing pains
From childhood to manhood, emotional angst
Jaded at the world for cards we're dealt
Play em the best we can
Don't wanna fold the hand
But the predicaments put our backs to the wall
Bankruptcy, divorce the future doesn't stall feel me?
Several doors close many others open
If you have faith you will be forced to notice (yeah!)
And you can bet that
Put that on EVERYTHING
We may struggle but nothing ever stays the same

Uh huh uh huh uh huh
I like that hunkE

Uh huh uh huh uh huh
I like that hunkE

And you can bet that
Put that on EVERYTHING
We may struggle but nothing ever stays the same
Track Name: Meraki (Pronounced MAY-RAH-KEE) featuring Quentin Adams
Intro:
Yeah
You can judge me all you want
But if I was to ever lucky enough to have a child
I’d love em enough
To tell em everything
And this is where I would start

1:
Back in the days, before iPads actually
I was trynna be the fierce one, spittin in ya Eardrum
Cuz Kweli did it, spittin nimble and gifted
With the likes of Norah Jones and UGK, simply sufficient
Reticent in a solemn night in my first digs, Jacksonville NC
Nurturing my verses behind a large oak desk
Collecting Soundclick beats with the latest HP
Still I stay cheap
Refusing to buy a bed; a bachelor pad for real
My sister on a foldout couch whenever she would visit
I’m on a futon mattress, ignoring the insistence to build the futon
Rather get my crew on
Trey-Deuce-Deuce
Producing a EP with a few songs
Cheap mic, cheap software, fist full of dreams
Wet behind the ears with no kinda fears

Hook
I do it for the soul
One of the few ways that I feel whole
The creativity
Is vivid wisdom for my liberty
Sometimes the love, I don’t feel it
But I’m too invested to give you up so easily
Real Shit!
Ah – I feel like something else got me…


Breakdown:
[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…
[I.K.P.]
Meraki, come over here to Papi

[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…
La-La-La La-La…

[I.K.P.]
What!
Sometimes I get crazy baby girl you gotta watch me

[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…

2:
Trynna be the fierce one spittin in ya eardrum
With the lifestyle I live, you couldn’t compare none
Luring other Marines to take pictures in their underwear
Claiming I was a photographer and nothing weird
Was going on
A lonely kid with money to blow
After a failed relationship, and they ain’t even know
Got that House In Virginia, stayed essentially celibate
Wasn’t selling a bit, but I was buying for the hell of it
I used to ride thru
Wilmington, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Charlotte
Blowing wind in the face of caution
Trynna be cordial through online dating
They would just talk my ear off; I was patient
Meanwhile, scoping my neighbor on the low
Saturdays, shirtless, waxing his black Monte Carlo
Swapping glimpses, timid, I wouldn’t draw close
Peeking through venetian blinds, refinancing my car loan

Hook
I do it for the soul
One of the few ways that I feel whole
The creativity
Is vivid wisdom for my liberty
Sometimes the love, I don’t feel it
But I’m too invested to give you up so easily
Real Shit!
Ah – I feel like something else got me…

Breakdown:
[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…

[I.K.P.]
Meraki, come over here to Papi

[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…
La-La-La La-La…

[I.K.P.]
What What!
Sometimes I get crazy lil man you gotta watch me

[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…

Bridge
To my unborn child
When he asks me how
How I made it
How I made it
Keepin it real, keepin it real (Yeah, Yeah, yeah)

3:
More positivity, less bullshit
More brimstones thrown for less truth from the pulpit
I was trynna be the fierce one, spittin in ya eardrum
Kweli and T.I. in my veins, I fear none
Especially when I heard Kwe “Give Em Hell”
Religion getting skittish when in reference to my existence
And this is how I conceived my artistic mission
And this is how I perceived my personal discipline
Turning out the females at open mics
Alongside Gemynii Evolving as she stole the nights
Only my fervency turn curses into blessings
Only my urgency turn near-death to new life
Viral meningitis couldn’t divert my messages
And a doomed bus trip in Honduras didn’t make me lose sight
Eardrum, bumpin in my Chrysler
Metaphysical vibes heighten to enlightenment
Flowing the nicest through fiber optic bandwidth
And more testicular fortitude than you can manage

Hook Outro:
I do it for the soul
One of the few ways that I feel whole
The creativity
Is vivid wisdom for my liberty
Sometimes the love, I don’t feel it
But I’m too invested to give you up so easily
Real Shit!
Ah – I feel like something else got me…

[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…
Something else got me…
Something else got me…

[Quentin Adams]
La-La-La La-La…
Track Name: Smilin' (Don't Let Me Stop)
Refrain
Don't let me stop
Don't let me don't let me don't let me let me stop
D-don't let me
Don't don't don't
Don't let me let me stop
Don't let me
Let let let let let me let me stop
D-don't let me stop

One two three four
One two three four
One two three four

I.
I'm barely able to make ends meet
Cuz even tho rent's cheap
Father time remains unfriendly
And sometimes downright condescending
I borrow at his mercy while he hounds for payment by next week
However don't let me stop smiling
It's all I have left when fear starts compiling
I recall childhood there was a time when
Overthinking was not how all my time spent
Now I think of when the vibes sent was vibrant
How did I screw up and ruin that process?
Thumbs down squarely on me
Just being honest
If winning is the topic that remains constant
It don't apply here, the concept is nonsense
Especially when the account balance reads 9 cents
Tears ducts in a drought no sense in crying

All in all don't let me stop smiling
Cuz if I lose that, why am I even trying?

Don't let me stop
Don't let me don't let me don't let me let me stop
D-don't let me
Don't don't don't
Don't let me let me stop
Don't let me
Let let let let let me let me stop
D-don't let me stop

Uno dos tres cuatro
Uno dos tres cuatro
Uno dos tres cuatro
Uno dos tres cuatro

II
He looks to me as the source of positivity
Without the gap tooth flashing, you couldn't picture me
The sweet saccharine zing of caramel drizzling
Makes sweat sizzle and keeps his thistles whistling
If romance is afforded I pray it never forfeits
Like one-eight-seven, do nothing but bring Kaution
If I ever stop smiling could be misfortune
So don't let it stop I am begging the sorceress
The Almighty One putting him in my path
Cosmic blessings feel close within my grasp
I'm bout to go in, Caesarean section
It is unknown what that'll give birth to
The season's vernal
The high is herbal
Standing at attention is that my Colonel?
Real communication is nonverbal
I'm jumping hurtles and the touch is internal
For some reason I can't stop smiling
Even if my heart my just get burgled

Gotta keep it jazzy, Ella Fitzgerald
Gotta keep that positivity eternal

Let's get it!

Don't let me stop
D-don't let me stop

Aba biama ürüa gadrü
Aba biama ürüa gadrü
Aba biama ürüa gadrü
Aba biama ürüa gadrü

Please! Don't let me stop smiling
Because I just don't have anything else to offer
It's just like that ancient proverb
Smile at the world, the world smiles back in concert
Past malefactors have attempted to kill my mood
Military impositions kept me filled with gloom
Social obligations tried to seal the tomb
Smiling was the main thing that helped heal the wounds
Three strikes against me
I always feel consumed
Gay Black HIV positive, who's feeling doomed?
But I'm claiming the power to make millions move
So I can't stop smiling but I'm a be real to you
Words still can bruise
Not much a pill can do
To cure the self-hate whenever you feel confused
It's the will to prove
Whatever you're willing to
One day at a time, let faith fill your room
Witnessed it firsthand, I used to chill with dude
On the verge of suicide, voice filled with blue
Endless rivers of tears but, resilience brewed
Even mourning his mother's death
Still the truth remained
Insecurities to be clearing through
He walked away from a past that held him back
People that kept him trapped
He just knelt and asked
For forgiveness and strength to make his health come back
Couldn't help but smile seeing how far he came
I won't stop till the angels call my name
Even then I'll keep smiling down, shining down
Hope these words guide you as much as your time allows

Yeah
hunkE....gimme blues
Gimme blues!
I need it
Executive Realness, you know how I do!

Don't let me...
Don't let me..
Don't let me...
Don't let me stop!

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