To This Union A Sun Was Born [DELUXE EDITION]

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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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    Deluxe edition limited 12" double LP of Substantial's classic debut album, 'To This Union A Sun Was Born'. Executive produced by the late Japanese producer, Nujabes, this deluxe version was pressed on 180 gram heavy black vinyl and includes Nujabes' remix of 'Ain't No Happy Endings' and 'If I Was Your Mic' Live in NYC.

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    Deluxe edition limited 12" double LP of Substantial's classic debut album, 'To This Union A Sun Was Born'. Executive produced by the late Japanese producer, Nujabes, this deluxe version was pressed on 180 gram heavy black vinyl and includes Nujabes' remix of 'Ain't No Happy Endings' and 'If I Was Your Mic' Live in NYC.

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    Original 12" vinyl pressing of Substantial's single, 'Remembering Dave (R.I.P.)' released by Hydeout Productions in 2000. These are previously owned copies with the media/sleeve condition ranging from good to near mint.

    A1 Remembering Dave (Original Version) - Producer: Nujabes
    A2 Remembering Dave (Instrumental) - Producer: Nujabes
    A3 Remembering Dave (Accapella)
    B1 Remembering Dave (Monorisick Remix) - Producer: Monorisick
    B2 Remembering Dave (Monorisick Remix) (Instrumental) - Producer: Monorisick
    B3 Remembering Dave (TV Version) - Producer: Monorisick

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    Original 12" vinyl pressing of Substantial's single, 'If I Was Your Mic' released by Hydeout Productions in 2001. These are previously owned copies with the media/sleeve condition ranging from good to near mint.

    A1 If I Was Your MIC (Original Version) - Producer: Nujabes
    A2 If I Was Your MIC (Instrumental) - Producer: Nujabes
    B1 If I Was Your MIC (Remix) - Producer: Nujabes
    B2 If I Was Your MIC (Remix Instrumental) - Producer: Nujabes

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  • Autographed Kalitwutchawon2 12" Vinyl - Single
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    Original 12" vinyl pressing of Substantial's single, 'Kalitwutchawon2' released by Hydeout Productions in 2001. These are previously owned copies with the media/sleeve condition ranging from good to near mint.

    A1 Kalitwutchawon2 (Street Version) - Producer: Monorisick
    A2 Kalitwutchawon2 (Radio Version) - Producer: Monorisick
    A3 Kalitwutchawon2 (Instrumental) - Producer: Monorisick
    A4 Kalitwutchawon2 (Accapella)
    B1 Kalitwutchawon2 (Nujabes Remix) (Street Version)
    B2 Kalitwutchawon2 (Nujabes Remix) (Radio Version)
    B3 Kalitwutchawon2 (Nujabes Remix) (Instrumental)

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  • Autographed If I Was Your Mic (DJ Kiyo Remix) 12" Vinyl - Single
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    Original 12" vinyl pressing of Substantial's single, 'If I Was Your Mic (DJ Kiyo Remix)' released by Dimid Recordings in 2001. These are previously owned copies with the media/sleeve condition ranging from good to near mint.

    A1 If I Was Your Mic - Producer: Nujabes
    A2 If I Was Your Mic (Instrumental) - Producer: Nujabes
    B1 If I Was Your Mic (DJ Kiyo Remix) - Producer: DJ Kiyo
    B2 If I Was Your Mic (DJ Kiyo Remix Instrumental) - Producer: DJ Kiyo

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  • Autographed Home Sweet Home 12" Vinyl - Single
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    Original 12" vinyl pressing of Substantial's debut single, 'Home Sweet Home' released by Hydeout Productions in 2000. These are previously owned copies with the media/sleeve condition ranging from good to near mint.

    A1 Home Sweet Home (Street Version) - Producer: Monorisick
    A2 Home Sweet Home (Radio Version) - Producer: Monorisick
    A3 Home Sweet Home (Instrumental) - Producer: Monorisick
    A4 Home Sweet Home (Accapella)
    B1 Home Sweet Home (Dimention Ball Remix) (Street Version) - Producer: Nujabes
    B2 Home Sweet Home (Dimention Ball Remix) (Radio Version) - Producer: Nujabes
    B3 Home Sweet Home (Dimention Ball Remix) (Instrumental)

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  • Autographed CIM 12" Vinyl - Single
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    Original 12" vinyl pressing of Substantial's single, 'CIM' released by Hydeout Productions in 2004. These are previously owned copies with the media/sleeve condition ranging from good to near mint.

    A1 CIM (Street) - Producer: Nujabes
    A2 CIM (Instrumental) - Producer: Nujabes
    A3 CIM (Clean) - Producer: Nujabes
    B1 If I Was Your Mic (DJ Spinna Remix) - Producer: DJ Spinna
    B2 If I Was Your Mic (Remix Instrumental) - Producer: DJ Spinna
    B3 CIM (Accapella)

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released October 19, 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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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

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