To This Union A Sun Was Born [DELUXE EDITION]

by Substantial

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  • Substantial's debut album featuring production from the late great Nujabes, and Monorisick, now known as DJ Deckstream. This deluxe edition features 3 bonus tracks, including the DJ Kiyo remix and Live Version of "If I Was Your Mic", and a never heard before Remix of "Ain't No Happy Endings" by Nujabes.

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released 19 October 2001

Tracklisting & Production Credits

01. Intro / Beatbox by: Substantial
02. Substance / Produced by: Nujabes
03. CIM / / Produced by: Nujabes
04. More Than A Game / Produced by: Monorisick*
05. Somebody Stole My... / Produced by: Nujabes
06. If I Was Your Mic / Produced by: Nujabes
07. Home Sweet Home / Produced by: Monorisick*
08. Kalitwutchawon2 / Produced by: Monorisick*
09. Be People / Produced by: Nujabes
10. The Love Song ft. Hana / Produced by: Nujabes
11. Bananas / Produced by: Nujabes
12. Remembering Dave / Produced by: Nujabes
13. Ain't No Happy Endings / Produced by: Nujabes
14. If I Was Your Mic [Live in NYC] / Lead & Bass Guitar by: The Onliest + Drums by: Swiss Chris
15. If I Was Your Mic [DJ Kiyo Remix]
16. Ain't No Happy Endings [Nujabes Remix]

*Monorisick is now known as DJ Deckstream

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Substantial is synonymous with hip-hop, from the indy label he launched, to the lyrical dexterity of his common-man flow. He has collaborated with Kool Herc, Bootsy Collins, Chew Fu, Cunninlynguists, Nujabes and Bruce Kulick & Gene Simmons of KISS. Not bad for a DMV rapper and community activist: he builds recording studios for at-risk youth, and has raised money for school music programs. ... more

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  • Nov 08
    Springfield, VA

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Track Name: Ain't No Happy Endings
HOOK

Ain’t no happy endings, ‘cause nothing really ends
When this life is over, another begins
And that’s the way it works in the circle of life
Balancing these good days in these times of strife.

Ain’t no happy endings, ‘cause nothing really ends
When this life is over, another begins
And that’s the way it works in the circle of life
Balancing these good days in these times of strife.

VERSE 1
I’m just trying to make it
Life’s precious for granted I’ll never take it
Every breath I breathe to me is sacred
Back when I was young, my only love was football and my mama
Learn to use curse words before I ever used a comma
Little bad ass
All I liked in school was gym and art class
Life’s changin’, I was age ten when my pop past
His love for cancer sticks and alcohol prove to be tragic
My fam’s seen it all we became immune to havoc
My lyrics is satisfaction to those who use to be addicts
Soothin’ the beast in all those who use to be savage
I advocate the acronym F.U.B.U. speak to
As if my tongue was tatooed with the word uhuru
Using my freestyle to emancipate mind states
Fuck 21, I’d like to live see 9 – 8
But this world’s got me going bananas like a primate
People you thought you knew full of surprises like a blind date
And I hate,
Cash flashing niggas with a passion
More to life than dollars and rockin’ the latest fashion
Seems like we either wanna play ball or be assassins
While children go to bed to lullabies of guns blastin’
No matter the weather
I’m striving to make it better
But my motto is a contradiction “Never say never!”
I will not
I remain poetic like Gil Scott
So stand up, get up
My people keep your head up!

BRIDGE

And live everyday like it’s your last
‘Cause life only get harder as time goes past
And yo, the sun might not come out tomorrow
Don’t let your life end in sorrow.

That’s why you live everyday like it’s your last
‘Cause life only get harder as time goes past
And yo, the sun might not come out tomorrow
Don’t let your life end in sorrow.

HOOK

VERSE 2

I try to live day by day without a fear or a worry
It’s no time to I make moves in a hurry
Use to be so clear now my vision’s getting blurry
Streets is hotter than Tabasco sauce on chicken curry
Bullets fly from guns with no target in particular
Fatally hiitin’ ya
Leavin’ bodies perpendicular
To those still existin’
Silencers hissin’
Piercin’ the darkness
Bringin’ forth another carcus
Total bedlam, swear these streets is infested
Filled with the many horrors that the devil manifested
Children molested
Nuclear weapons being tested
Somehow I avoided being shot and arrested
Brothers tried to bring it to me
Sends slugs through me
Almost was bodied thrice back when I was just a juvy
Hard to deal thought about putting one in my own temple
Permanent scars on my physical and my mental
Sometimes I’m glad my niece is no longer around to see this
Not a trace of unity society’s in peices
Liquor splattered on concrete to mourn those that we miss
Watch day and night, controlled by unseen leashes
Watch day and night, controlled by unseen leashes
Watch day and night, controlled by unseen leashes

Yo, but no matter what…
You know something?
This is what you gotta do…

BRIDGE

HOOK
Track Name: Ain't No Happy Endings (Nujabes Remix)
HOOK

Ain’t no happy endings, ‘cause nothing really ends
When this life is over, another begins
And that’s the way it works in the circle of life
Balancing these good days in these times of strife.

Ain’t no happy endings, ‘cause nothing really ends
When this life is over, another begins
And that’s the way it works in the circle of life
Balancing these good days in these times of strife.

VERSE 1
I’m just trying to make it
Life’s precious for granted I’ll never take it
Every breath I breathe to me is sacred
Back when I was young, my only love was football and my mama
Learn to use curse words before I ever used a comma
Little bad ass
All I liked in school was gym and art class
Life’s changin’, I was age ten when my pop past
His love for cancer sticks and alcohol prove to be tragic
My fam’s seen it all we became immune to havoc
My lyrics is satisfaction to those who use to be addicts
Soothin’ the beast in all those who use to be savage
I advocate the acronym F.U.B.U. speak to
As if my tongue was tatooed with the word uhuru
Using my freestyle to emancipate mind states
Fuck 21, I’d like to live see 9 – 8
But this world’s got me going bananas like a primate
People you thought you knew full of surprises like a blind date
And I hate,
Cash flashing niggas with a passion
More to life than dollars and rockin’ the latest fashion
Seems like we either wanna play ball or be assassins
While children go to bed to lullabies of guns blastin’
No matter the weather
I’m striving to make it better
But my motto is a contradiction “Never say never!”
I will not
I remain poetic like Gil Scott
So stand up, get up
My people keep your head up!

BRIDGE

And live everyday like it’s your last
‘Cause life only get harder as time goes past
And yo, the sun might not come out tomorrow
Don’t let your life end in sorrow.

That’s why you live everyday like it’s your last
‘Cause life only get harder as time goes past
And yo, the sun might not come out tomorrow
Don’t let your life end in sorrow.

HOOK

VERSE 2

I try to live day by day without a fear or a worry
It’s no time to I make moves in a hurry
Use to be so clear now my vision’s getting blurry
Streets is hotter than Tabasco sauce on chicken curry
Bullets fly from guns with no target in particular
Fatally hiitin’ ya
Leavin’ bodies perpendicular
To those still existin’
Silencers hissin’
Piercin’ the darkness
Bringin’ forth another carcus
Total bedlam, swear these streets is infested
Filled with the many horrors that the devil manifested
Children molested
Nuclear weapons being tested
Somehow I avoided being shot and arrested
Brothers tried to bring it to me
Sends slugs through me
Almost was bodied thrice back when I was just a juvy
Hard to deal thought about putting one in my own temple
Permanent scars on my physical and my mental
Sometimes I’m glad my niece is no longer around to see this
Not a trace of unity society’s in peices
Liquor splattered on concrete to mourn those that we miss
Watch day and night, controlled by unseen leashes
Watch day and night, controlled by unseen leashes
Watch day and night, controlled by unseen leashes

Yo, but no matter what…
You know something?
This is what you gotta do…

BRIDGE

HOOK