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Present EP [Clean]

by Substantial & Marcus D (Bop Alloy)

VERSE 1 Started in Cheverly, the line was orange On January 7th, a star was born Stayed in Seat Pleasant ‘til mom and I moved on To the next stop, come ride along Left pops, moms tired of the fighting and tears So in Landover’s where I spent my formative years While living here I met my oldest of peers Underprivileged yet I’m overcoming my fears Like robberies and shootins, now we out in Suitland Right behind my high school to focus on my schoolin’ No longer boostin, now I’m beat looping Pre-To This Union, writing with my blue pen Penning blue lines from Pentagon & Addison Battle raps dumb funny like Billy Madison Battlin, til my name spread like a pathogen This is just the start I can feel it in my abdomen! HOOK All I see is lines, letters, colors Zippin’ right by, with plenty numbers Runnin’ thru my mind, what to make of it It’ll make sense one day All I see is lines, letters, colors Zippin’ right by, with plenty numbers Limit’s the sky, ready, comin’ Take the Sub way VERSE 2 Left Maryland, but still spittin these bars Next stop Brooklyn, off of Clinton & Wash New York, New York was the City of Gods In Hip Hop, big stage. Hope they give me a part Took the 4 Union Square, rap ciphers galore Or the A to West 4th hoping I’m in the store Fats Beats showed love, thought I made it for sure Years later, All City on an NY tour… now... HOOK VERSE 3 Take the J to Koscuiszko to see old the crib Or the 2 to Flatbush another place that I lived Shot to JFK, first Tokyo trip Bullet train’s like magic, blew my whole brain to bits everything’s changin’ chances being taken More time at Grand Central and Penn Station OT. Brazen… confidence. Amazing… Where my train of thought took me with a little training HOOK VERSE 4 Headed back to MD had a family to start Now in Baltimore City couple minutes from the MARC Spending time in DC teaching youth and rippin mics Kill a show on U St. at Benning Road I save a life Did the same off Southern Ave. teaching kids to rhyme & more If I wasn’t with the youth, highly like I’m on tour Then our brother Junior passed rocked our family to the core Relocated to VA to hold the fam down for sure Out in the burbs not too far Dunn Loren Still nice with the verbs and far from done touring Now we in Huntington and I’m maturing Still in PG everyday ‘cause I'ma support’em Where it all started, I’ll head home someday Journey’s never easy but I’m making it... someway Some tracks are curved and some straight And not everybody will Take the Sub way
VERSE 1 Ya ready?! Get get get get get get ready?! Get get get get ready?! Ready... Aim... Fire… like Blow! World tuned in to what I write now. Past. Future. Right now! Marcus check the levels how my mic sound? (All good) Movin’ right on Fist in the air like right on Keep letting bygones be bygones Chuck a deuce to your a*** like bye! GONE! (FOH) Use to party like I gave a f*** Lips on a bottle with my eyes on her butt Foot on the throttle tried to keep it turnt up Like my hand on the volume don’t care where we turn up (No chill) Now I party like I got a plan S*** I use to do for free now I get about a grand Some are still asleep and they really not a fan They was looking for sheep but instead they got a man (So real) HOOK Steppin' out the crib I wanna move it, But when I start to move, I start a movement. So, stop and take a look at how I do it, I Party with purpose. So, you can pop your bottles 'til you lose it While the sound is drowned out by our music. We gon' keep your hands high while we do it, let's Party with purpose. VERSE 2 We’d party and bulls*** Living our lives to the fullest Back when Gangstarr had a full clip After everybody was on the Bulls d*** Plenty Bullets. No Wizards Youngin’ pull ish. Go bizerk! Folk run the street doing dizzirt It was nothing sweet, no desserts Hit the chizzurch, trying to wash away their sins Til Friday come then some do it again And the people run for fun and get it in 'Cause we creep from slums where none of us s'pose to win And I'm, and I'm, and I'm up in here with'em Share the same problems we don't only share rhythm Working to resolve'em while we up in here sipping Til we empty out a bottle we ain't up in here tripping And we ain't bullshitting just sh****** on the bull Got us off track, cup still half full Gon pushback til we really have pull ‘Fore you lift that skirt better lift that wool And know who you effin’ with The truth will probably make a hooker turn celibate They can sell a bit of lies but we sidestepping it Miss me, quickly that ain’t what we represent, nah! HOOK VERSE 3 Ain’t no party like a party with purpose If you party with a purpose don’t stop For lyin’ a** journalists, punk politicians Or racists a** murdering cops Ain’t no party like a party with purpose If you party with a purpose don’t quit For fake a** thugs or culture vultures Won’t cha get off our d*** Yeah we did it before, just did it again Been this way from the door, getting it til the end Givin’ yall the raw for sure give it a spin From the core we swore to war until we win One accord. Of course the source is from within And the force is strong as Thor or Benjamin Grimm hardbody decor but sport a grin Slim’s leavin’ balance restored workin’ a pen HOOK
INTRO I don’t really want I don’t really want I don’t really wanna see you go! I don’t really want I don’t really want I don’t really wanna see you go! VERSE 1 When we met you were at age of 12 While you were trying to raise your grades I was out here raising hell You were selling toys and art, I had other things to sale I showed you love though you’re far from thug With the heart of a cub so you can’t be frail I respect that. Can’t lose it if you know where your head at Couldn’t slow down, I was crackin’ heads Since Derrick X was out here yellin "head crack" But you’s a brand new being? While I’m stuck in my ways on this block for life Smoking and drinking and uhh all night, sticking these hoes I ain’t got no type But you got a good chick that there’s type of broad you wife I did some bad s*** but this some pretty damn good advice You with the wrong crowd but you tryna live right, stood by your hood and it wasn’t your fight Duck a few strays almost lost your life, 'round the same time you were rockin mics Told me you had plans, destined to advance and my mans and I knew it Said you’d never leave home if these song helped you blow, n**** don’t be stupid Cause all that bama s*** you talkin ‘bout gon’ get your a** killed so let me help If you gettin’ money and you still here I’mma rob your a** myself. HOOK You don’t really need to be round here Only broken hearts and dreams outchea I don’t really want I don’t really want But I don’t really wanna see you go! You don’t really need to be round here Hard to rise above defeat down here I don’t really want I don’t really want No I don’t really wanna see you go! VERSE 2 Cruel world, letting women pass by, good girl with a thing for a bad guys Why boast, enemy to most, you and me close, you’re my only ally You were dying to find something real and willing ride when nobody will Even if I lie, cheat and kill, man it’s all I got, usin’ my skill At first you ain’t really know the truth, maybe you did but ignored the proof Why you chose to stay I have no clue, bad for your image and health too Now we went from perfect strangers to taking selfies with our middle fingers Ain’t got much in common and it got me wondering if you only love me 'cause I’m dangerous Plus you bound for college, I know you’ll accomplish anything. For me that ship has sailed and I got s*** to sale and they ain’t made a drug I ain’t slang Tryin’ 2 tell me that I can do better, act like you know better I know you smart Got these dollars on my mind and that ain’t bout change just cuz I gave you my heart These killas out here show no mercy, probably kill you just to hurt me That s***'s true I ain’t perping, you know moving on ain’t the worst thing… If you love someone let’em go if it’s meant to be they’ll find there way back That’s what they say and I’m in your way only, girl I’ll love, that don’t change the fact that… HOOK
HOOK Gimme a break to build on Blackout til it’s just ______. Still goin’ Thieves in the night and we might just steal dawn To prolong the groove and mood from hereon REPEAT HOOK VERSE 1 (Substantial) My bars is barbells, ring the alarm The wait is over, pressing forward my team bout to charge And we got all our Visas Hip-Hop hybrid F*** anything pre us, follow our ish Like it's written by Jesus, Holy Ghost Writer Johnny Praise, the beat nuts, Marcus got fire Call’em Pyro Les... American Psycho Go dutch on a stage if the price is right though VERSE 2 (Intelligenz) Psycho, now rewind the cycle Elevate the love and remember like Michael Maestro, when I flow I might glow Illuminate the moment while moving on to night shows Fist up… with a team we might grow Listen and lift up, we dream we might blow Father walkin’ on water so maybe I might flow Heaven over hell but they dwelling in nitro 12 years a slave, I’m paid Klein mics yo - When the break comes around I’m just building a light hope VERSE 3 (Substantial) Tell me what do you fight for? Money and fame? Freedom, power, respect or a household name? Equal pay on your check or some more chump change Tighter noose or gold chain? Both one in the same I want neither. Freer thru speakers I find All I got is my voice to compete with the times I see with my brain while speaking my mind Like Krang. Til these lames stop speaking for mine I shine rockstead to the beat one time VERSE 4 (Intelligenz) Tryin’ to comprehend it. Tryin’ to understand it. Black bold and beautiful, forever will defend it. Star-banding universe, you and I, we diverse And we emerge, we divert, we reverse And see the worth, see the work, see the worse Bridge over bloody water, uh, see the hurt! It’s like we living in a different dimension Prison images envision the sentence Wordplay if your vision is in it, the never ending is written HOOK VERSE 5 (Substantial) Break loose. Break fool. Break rules Breakbeats. Breakout. Breakthrough. Break molds. Never let nothing break you! VERSE 6 (Intelligenz) Living in a shadow but waitin’ to break views I break news, there ain’t an ego I can’t bruise I can’t lose, understand the conscious I choose Descendant of a legend, the dereliction of youth VERSE 7 (Substantial) Sub is like eating soul food with chopsticks Half man, half amazing the top pick Songs in the key of strife writer and locksmith HiPNOTT’s the squad in case you not hip VERSE 8 (Intelligenz) Never new with the steam, never new with the means I'm overdo & underheard, never new with the dream & Yeah uh… See I body the scene And you can choose to snooze but I'll body your team So please... HOOK POEM (Substantial) ...an abyss of static Dusty grooves Unpolished sound, combustible energy Broken down by indestructable entities Once flesh Now and forever fresh Encapsulated in black gold Birthed in the land of red, white and blue Descendant of red, black and green Love child of slaves, kings and queens Building on breaks since time began Built pyramids on broken soil in our land Built empires with broken backs Built our children up from broken homes There isn’t a break we can’t build on
VERSE 1 F all the nonsense that preceded Be it from me or partners, please stop it and don’t repeat it Never gave a f*** until a f*** is what I needed Young dumb and conceited, til the day I conceded It’s easy to be the selfish type until you get deleted Many head back to that space ‘cause life’s lesson have gone unheeded Like father like son I’m on my MJ I’m gon beat it Won’t remain seated, stand for those who can’t and fill defeated I know that you see it You’re just too cold to get heated, you on some worry about me shit And you got your reasons and I know why Cause the real heroes don’t make C notes or get love ‘til they die You can think of better s*** to with your time and I don’t blame you bruh HOOK (Precious) They say it's better to give... No matter how righteous you live... Treated like you’re worthless but still some how Walk in your purpose strong and proud They say it's better to give (Substantial: You better believe it) No matter how righteous you live (Substantial: The n could see it) Treated like you’re worthless but still some how Walk in your purpose strong and proud VERSE 2 I can’t promise you Heaven or larger profits, A villa out in St. Thomas or even offer you solace Surely no goddess with a rack and booty that’s flawless Maybe that... would motivate all us, while attracting droves of the thoughtless Few are able, journey’s painful, why tell fables and lies Even less are grateful but an angel will fly Even though it seems the wind up under your wings ain’t in supply Elevate or die can’t tell me the sky is not mine, Don’t try... I rise! Are you a giver or receiver? Either… Rapist or rapee, given a choice who would be either But a victim of such hatred more than likely is in need of An advocate to stand with them when no one will believe’em you see’em If I would’ve cared as much about fame and fortune as giving back It’s probably fair for all us to say I just might’ve had a plaque Or maybe that there is bulls*** couldn’t be further from the facts Bout I’m out here giving support where ever they lack, facts Some of yall be hitting me up like you trying to help the cause Then I hit you back and bamas won’t answer the call And I ain’t mad, no no, but I hope you Never know the pain they have, not at all HOOK VERSE 3 For those capable of more they say more is required Never wanted much, blessed with more than I desired Wanna make a difference or you rather make a profit Or both? Remembered as a glutton or profit?! Give it if you got it, if you got it, give again Give it if you got it, if you got it, give again I say give it if you got it, if you got it, give again And again… and again.... and again.... and again!!!


released May 27, 2016

All songs produced by Marcus D (M. Marino) for MARCUS D PRODUCTIONS (ASCAP)
All songs written & mixed by Substantial (S. Robinson) for Unlimited Vinyl (ASCAP) except for where noted.

Cover art painting by Lionel Frazier White III
Cover art layout by Stan "Substantial" Robinson


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