Take Control

by Shai Mate

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about

Through the connections at Nimbus, Shai Mate had the privilege of working with such
legendary producers as DJ Kemo, Garth Richardson, Chin Injeti, and Rob The Viking of Swollen
Members. Take Control went into production and writing in December of 2012. The songs were
all written and a demo was recorded by September 2013. Between September 2013 and March
2014 the album went through rigorous post production stages. Take Control was mastered near
the end of March 2014 by Brock Macfarlane. Not only was Shai responsibly for the vast majority
of the Mixing and post production, he also designed and painted the original artwork for the
album cover.

credits

released April 29, 2014

1. Break It Down (prod. DJ Marko) :
Produced by: DJ Marko and Shai Mate
Additional programming by: Matt Mills
Written and performed by: Shai Mate
Recorded by: Oliver Garrett @Nimbus School Of Recording arts


2. Stand Still ft. Lee, Djax, and Tonye Aganaba (prod. DJ Marko)
Produced by: Dj Marko and Shai Mate
Additional guitar and bass by: Alex Gamble
Written and performed by: Shai Mate, Lee, and Djax
Additional Vocals by: Tonye Aganaba and Nimbus School students for gang vocals
Recorded by: Oliver Garrett and Shai Mate @Nimbus School Of Recording Arts and The Rock Space


3. Exponential Growth ft. Evil Ebenezer (prod. Chin Injeti)
Produced by: Chin Injeti and Issey Lamb
Additional drum programming: Issey Lamb
Written and performed by: Shai Mate and Evil Ebenezer
Recorded by: Shai Mate @Project Renaissance

4. Walking Away ft. Tonye Aganaba (prod. Panther)
Produced by: Josh Matumona
Written and performed by: Shai Mate and Tonye Aganaba
Recorded by: Shai Mate @Project Renaissance

5. In Its Purest Form
Produced by: Shai Mate and Matt Mills
Written and performed by: Shai Mate
Recorded by: Shai Mate @Project Renaissance

6. Skaky ft. Amy McCartie (prod. Willie Sacks)
Produced by: Willie Sacks
Written and performed by: Shai Mate and Amy McCartie
Recorded by: Shai Mate and Willie Sacks @Nimbus School Of Recording Arts and @Project Renaissance

7. City On My Back ft. Djax (prod. AstroLogical)
Produced by: Nate Drobner and Shai Mate
Written and performed by: Shai Mate and Dominic Ezikiel
Recorded by: Shai Mate @Nimbus School Of Recording Arts

8. Lord Jamar Interview (prod. DJ Kemo)
Produced by: DJ Kemo
Written and performed by: Shai Mate
Recorded by: Shai Mate @Project Renaissance

9. Switch Sides (prod. Rel!g!0n)
Produced by: Hayden Baptiste
Additional DJ cuts by: G Swift
Written and performed: Shai Mate
Recorded by: Hayden Baptiste @Wondering Worx Studios

10. On The Cusp ft. Tonye Aganaba (prod. Rob The Viking)
Produced by: Rob The Viking
Written and performed by: Shai Mate and Tonye Aganaba
Recorded by: Rob The Viking @Blue Light Studios and by Shai Mate @Project Renaissance
Mixed by: Rob The Viking and Shai Mate

11. Sink Or Swim (prod. The Ronins)
Produced by: Oliver Garret, Rob Edge, Matt Mills, and Shai Mate
Additional guitar by: Alex Gamble
Additional live claps by: Nimbus Students
Written and performed by: Shai Mate
Recorded by: Max Dishaw @Bodhi Tree Productions and by Shai Mate @The Rock Space

The whole record was executively produced, mixed, sequenced, and arranged by: Shai Mate
Mastered by: Brock Mcfarlane
Original Cover art painting by: Shai Mate
Graphic Design by: Asher Isbrucker
Co-signed by Garth Richardson

Special thank you to Funhouse Tattoos, Heated Apparel, Illumni&co, Minty Clothing, and Nimbus School Of Recordings Arts

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Shai Mate Vancouver, British Columbia

Shai Mate grew up in Vancouver and was always surrounded by music like The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Abba, Michael Jackson, The beach boys etc. Lauryn Hill and Big L have become huge influences in his sound as of recent. He has begun to adopt Lauryn's expressiveness while incorporating Big L like flows. In the last 6 months Shai has grown immensely and Take Control is an amalgamation of that. ... more

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Track Name: Break It Down (prod. DJ Marko)
Let me break it down x8

Is your glass half full or is your glass half empty
You gotta fill it when the envy
Gets in the way of what you can be
Put your thoughts in a buster let me break it down

Let me make it clear when your living as a pessimist
Concentrating on the negatives
Always hating on a better man
Cause he can do it better then you
Sharpen your tools when your negligent
Its like a sedative if you let it get
The best of you take control set your goals dont be hesitant
Elevate and reminisce use it as a medicine
Enter a different element the way your medaling
Sick of settling pick up a settlement
The suddleness is setting in
Fuck with us dont be celobit
Thinking of getting into business where the credit is
Due bringing the truth to the forfront of these sentences
Like Methamphetamine addicted to the bettering
Of your own being beyond be it for the better end
Feel the positive and let it in
Cause Im everywhere you never been
And better then I ever been

CHORUS:

Is your glass half full or is your glass half empty
You gotta fill it when the envy
Gets in the way of what you can be
Put your thoughts in a buster let me break it down

Let me break it down x8

Let me break it down
For all my people breaking down
Breaking down earb blazing loud
Your taken out taking out your frustration now
Learning to harness all your hardships and embrace them now
Then identify your fears so you can face em now
And express and shed a tear so you can taste em now
Building blocks like Im tetris
Never stopped like Im nexus
When I drop what Im scripting then it shake the ground
Like an earthquake equate your sound
As a mix of influence to then relate your sound
To listeners and kids at home without a bank account
That listen close changing the way they even make their bounds and leaps
Find out your dreams before you chase em down
Put an honest effort into trying to race the hands of time
But keep in mind that when you reach the clouds
The earth will seem miniture so redeem yourself

Is your glass half full or is your glass half empty
You gotta fill it if the envy
Gets in the way of what you can be
Put your thoughts in a buster let me break it down

CHORUS x2
Track Name: Stand Still ft. Lee, Djax, Tonye Aganaba (prod. DJ Marko)
Shai Mate:

Yeah
Shai Mate
Djax
Young Lee
Vancity to California back to Seattle
Lets go

CHORUS: Shai Mate & Tonye Aganaba

Forget your stresses
Learn your lessons
Know your destined when you do it right
Get up and move it right now
Unless your resting
Cause your tempted
Cause you messed around a few nights
Yelling ay ay ay

Forget your stresses
Learn your lessons
Know your destined when you do it right
Get up and move it right now
Unless your resting
Cause your tempted
Cause you messed around a few nights
Yelling ay ay ay

Shai Mate:

I dont know what I can do
To get away from my feeling is impossible
Toke an eighth away and then pop a few
Advils until my brain breaks and the cash builds
Filling up a void that you cant fill
When your acting like an asshole
Open up your mind and ears
To hear clear and engineer for your peers
So your hammer hit your anvil
Dont be living at a stand still
Smoke out till you dont know how you hands feel
Light it up like a candle
Dont vandalize use your eyes as a vandal
Be sick as a landfill when drinking
Cause like Brooklyn we go hard
Like C-O-M-P-T-O-N
We have a radar to just po up
Sonar
Composing Im Mozart of this rap shit
Get it moving like a match stick
Fuck a doobie roll a cigar
Your addicted like a crack rock in a glass dick
Drop a classic thats what I do its natural
Out-rap you Im Van Gogh
Reproduce amo like sperm cells
Check the style out thats a true example
On the console
Like Luongo let em all go pronto
Shaking your head like vibrato
My life is hallow just like the bottle
And pipe we all smoke
But me and you we got to have a convo
Im an innocent G like Tony Soprano
But I sing in alto
Chill while Im bumping on shit like a bongo

CHORUS

Lee:

Yeah
Ha
Uh

Okay my mentals never resting
I aint stressing its a blessing
When I spit it people get it
Like Im teaching spanish lessons
Smell the essence in the air it might be that purple swisher
I be floating in the sky like I was a floating lizzard
Never sizzurp I aint drinking
It be fucking with my thinking
Im too busy tryna live all my haters busy speaking
They be peaking tryna peak in to my room see what Im chiefing
It be reaking it be smelling
But Im cool like watermelon
Water melon melon water
Any beat I rap I slaughter
Didnt try hard but I got her
Then that mickey d's I bought her
Cause I only had a dollar
Tryna come up from the bottom
Tell me whats the other option
Aint a single day Im stopping
I be going till I die till I die
Till I fall into the sky
Eyelid I was deep inside sleep deprived
Cant nobody override whats on my mind
I think faster then the time
All that stress will leave you blind
Learn to grind all the time

CHORUS

Djax:

Yeah
D----jaaax

He's Picasso
Im a Nacho
Got cheese all on my potatoes
Black tee on like Johnny Bravo
See me on stage clap clap bravo
After shows I hit the models
Buying bottles pink miscatos
Hit her in the whip
When Im done I hit the throttle
She know what she did
Quitters never swallow
Left her ass no head no head sleepy hallow
Found me on twitter now I think Im being followed
White drink black night
Never know whats gonna follow right
Big blunt rolled I think Shai may even have a light
Bright ideas if you lucky we may shine on sight
We bust our rhymes but not Busta Rhymes
Just living life and not rushing time
We crushing time while touching mics
Getting likes and retweets
Song all on your newsfeed
Grinding two feet on skateboards in our streets
New music like concrete
Thats too hard
Northwest is my backyard when Im back home
I may be in Cali but Seatown is my back bone

CHORUS
Track Name: Exponential Growth ft. Evil Ebenezer (prod. Chin Injeti)
Yeah

Capabilities got me stuck
Creative willingness causing cuts up in the record
And Im changing my sector when Im making my treasure
Like a pirate Im twice as violent
Not smoking no earb but I like the violet
Aside from silence my mind is blinded
I assign assignments
An insane asylum is inside this island of thought
Open up the realistate that I bought
And open up the realest state of my thought
There aint no real debate to my thought
Cause this is concrete
Pom trees on a boulevard of broke lost dreams
Stay strapped like its a car seat
In the back seat of an RV
Who is driving
You choose the pilot
You take control then you choose the riders
You choose the writers you choose the riders
It might be wrong but you choose what right is
I might be wrong but my music's guiding me and my direction
My connection feel my intention
Mark the game my stain means
Im bout to make this shit mainstream
Im bout to make it go HD
I mac and screen like Im HP
For your to go corporate
Dont let it happen just force it
Be a jedi Star Wars it
Be as real as you to the core of it

CHORUS: Evil Ebenezer

What goes up must come down
And this world keeps spinning round
I gotta keep rolling
Windows open
Im gonna live my life

What goes up must come down
And this world keeps spinning round
I gotta keep rolling
Windows open
Im gonna live my life
Live my life

Openness dominate my brain
Opiates over take my pain
Copius amounts is making me go another route
And basically soaking up my doubt
To the point Im employed by the joy by catching all the clout
Im the best lyricist in the city when the sticky rolled
And I smoke it dont come out
Not to be disrespectful
Productivities exponential
Conducting a beat mix and send those
It got me on the grid picked up my tempo
Truth is we need a brand new temple
A new messiah to pop the pimple
A new Goliath to fall right into
A new David just to rock a ginsu
Cant know what the fuck I been through
Internal conflict a problemed Hindu
Should I sacrafice myself
Or should I castrasize my health
Or should I actualize my wealth
These are the lessons
But to properly answer what you want you gotta ask all the right questions
In motion now
Usain like a Bolt when I hold it down
Hssein's bout to bolt so we hold em down
Like Jurassic Five why is the oil whats golden now
Why were you put on this earth
Whats your purpose here to serve
How come you only observe
Flap your wings and fly like a bird

CHORUS

Brigde:

Uh
Coming down from your high
Knowledge pussy and cocaine for the wise
Your bestfriends will stick a needle in your eye
So dont trust confide in noone but you

In noone but you

HALF CHORUS
Track Name: Walking Away ft. Tonye Aganaba (prod. Panther)
Tonye Aganaba:

While your looking for a reason to leave me
Im searching for a reason to stay (to stay)
Tryna find the words to decieve me
But baby there aint nothing to say

Shai Mate:

Im walking away Im tryna let you go
But you keep pulling me back and I gotta let you know
I study the art of seduction like Im at Harvard
Reducing my spark of production it make my heart hurt
Like open surgery Im knowing that we're perfectly matched
With no uncertainty my hope is like a lock on a latch
Need to open it Im blinded like my eyes in a patch
Feel like garbage but its time for me to take out the trash
But my beings fill with hesitance
Your feeling are evident
Just experience and let me in to your world
Spin and give it a whirl
Cause I would give you the world
If I could make you my girl
A curl of thought is confusing you
So even if its rejection support whatever that you choose to do

A bed of roses aint enough of a gift
Youll be my queen and my goddess and the mom of my kids
Whats love

CHORUS: Tonye Aganaba

While your looking for a reason to leave me
Im searching for a reason to stay
Tryna find some words to decieve me
But baby there aint nothing to say
Troubles been rising
Im on The horizon
Ima let you know that Ima let you go
Cause baby Im walking away

Shai Mate:

On the horizon like the flames of the sun
Take a blue pill or a red pill and Ill make you the one
Like a mule or a gecko in the face of the sun
Handle the heat cold blooded sweat Im making it run
Like a marathon
Im a spectator for you to stare upon
Sprinting past the general public lexicon to carry on
Without even acknowledging my existence
And motivating my brain for me to redefine persistence
But distance is what the lord must be insisting
Religion is the engine belief is the piston
Forseeing what the end is will not complete the mission
Unless you keep pretending
That you didnt feel us kissing
Bringing forth new emotions in your body
It caught me off guard that I was holding on your body

A bed of roses aint enough of a gift
Youll be my queen and my goddess and the mom of my kids
Whats love

CHORUS

Tonye Aganaba:

Cause Im walking away
Baby baby Im walking away
Said Im walking away
Baby baby Im walking away
Ooh yeah
Said Im walking away
Baby Im walking away
Na na na
Said Im walking away
Baby baby Im walking away
Track Name: In Its Purest Form (Interlude)
Blaten Distraction resurrects love in its purest form
A certain swarm of deviated emotions cause decietful intention when the earth is torn
But of course this would be the outcome
If everything happens for a reason I feel thoughts are simply holes to pull out from
How come the she feels dosent realign with the tasset complicity my heart throbs with
Im not Robbin nor am I Batman
Im an outlandish metaphor for the true processes by which continuous pain divides from
Metamorphasis cant come from manipulation or fountains
Containing the purpose of love extensions of us will forever live through our music
Use this an a message deflecting commercial appeal with shear expression of inconspicuous uses
My genuine contention of the intentions of the planet
Force intellectual havoc on those who cant grasp it
Multifaceted indivisualistic artists result in the manifestation of confliction markets
But for out thou even Shakespeare cant compare
Psychopathic personalites hold vengeance on those physchiatric canopies housing regular people
The death of biased religious tendancies are the rash actions moved by capitalistic remedies
When we see the forsight painted in the clouds it will conclude the pain relying on our animalistic valves
Only a specific human being can articulate the inner feelings of a culture
It may not be fair for me to say this
But this is my only and primary concern

Ill miss you
Track Name: Shaky ft. Amy McCartie (prod. Willie Sacks)
Amy McCartie:

Trust is all you have
You must sweat to barely stand

Shai Mate:

Yeah
Shai Mate

The road Im on is shaky and weighing kinda heavy
Pouring out your expression like its some kind of levee
Reaction and frustration Im staying kinda steady
Keeping focus is hard getting money in my mind already
Hidden dream and nightmares of me topping charts
In school with indivisuals saying that they're not the star
But Ill be honest that truth is not the same for me
Im walking blind like Stevie and its an unlit street
But Ima shine and light it up in entirety
Not glass pipes that process is getting tiring
The industry is the epitome of false perception
Like computer system viewing needing rewiring
Finally Im at a point Im feeling comfortable
But what is comfort thats why Im feeling reluctant though
Wonderwalls the building blocks to a new Oasis
To fill the spot imagine yourself as Killa Cam
On the block and failing but your still the man
Noone can tell you what you will or what you wont do
If you believe the bullshit they think you wont prove
The doubt will wrap its hand around your neck and choke you

CHORUS: Amy McCartie

Trust is all you have
You must sweat to barely stand
Take your mind out the realm of reality
And dream bigger for all your plans

Trust is all you have
You must sweat to barely stand
Take your mind out the realm of reality
And dream bigger for all your plans

No distractions overreactions
Over attraction of staying home and relaxing
Going through the motions your emtion and passion
Holding you back critisizing debating and lashing out
At the people that is passing you
Irrational wack rappers going national
Imagine those bigger dreams getting tangible
An antidote eating poets like a cannibal
An animal by nature
No time waster
Darth Mall of rap whipping both light sabers like a boomerang
Like I was a jedi
I bet I will profit from being a prophet probably the debt I owe will get paid
Roads will get paved
Thrones will get filled
And shows will get played
So when your thinking your close your head weighs heavy
Heavy enough to get buff and get praised for it
Laid for it working as I wait for it
To be a boss forever and never take orders
Like the weather you never change for it
You gotta cloud your demons to get the rain pouring

CHORUS
Track Name: City On My Back ft. Djax (prod. AstroLogical)
Shai Mate:

Yeah

My main control is persistence
Like the hospital I been sick
Got a big dick so I rap that way
Like a baker in the kitchen when I cash that cake
Cant even get sleep
Cause I need to work all night lights in the street
Shining down on my entire town
Going off when the sirens sound
I dont know if Ima loose myself
Or if Im about to need a hand and use some help
To get to where we need to go
Shai Mate he gon be CEO
On my Jimmy Iovine shit
On my Biggie rhyming shit
Tell my city I need this cause I cant kick this habit
Like a match stick with cancersticks Ima kill this bitch
God said Ima kill this bitch
So I get my knife out
My brains too sharp the mics out
My lifes out of focus so I zoom in like a flight now
The pilot of the protools
Need a nine like she sadoku
So I poke you chop sticks
Im riding round and the drop sick
But its not mine I cannot afford
I pop molly dont rock Tom Ford
Im flyer then an add poster
Step to me you get ran over

CHORUS:

Shai Mate:

I got my city on my back and its going down
I got my feet up on the track cuz I run my town

Djax:

I got my city on my back and its going down
I got my feet up on the track cuz I run my town


And its going down down and its going down
And its going down down and its going down
And its going down down and its going down
And its going down down when its going down

Djax:

Persistence is my mission
Something cooking like the kitchen
Put myself up in these words hope you listen
I just grind
Turn on my shine turn on my shine like the flashing lights
Tryna fly high I got that kite
Pedal push hard till I crash my bike
In a Greyhound bus Ill be gone two nights
Hit Vancity we go out tonight
Then back to the studio back to the mic
Back to the flame and back to the fight
Bout to start a movement what you doing with your life
Doing something stupid running round with purple sprite
We pushing out the songs while they paying us the price
We excercise our rights when we wrong and when we right
Make a bomb track take a pen and we ignite
She call me like the plumber I be giving her the pipe
Then back to the future call me Marty Mcfly
Just a nineties kid disney channel Smart Guy
My head is in the clouds guess my musics in the sky
Headphones on loud instrumentals on high

CHORUS

Djax:

Yeah
ha

Its going down why so pessimistic
The world is my class its a lesson living
I change my vision I got a dope prescription
Feel I could change the world with the right intention

Shai Mate:

Yeah

And thats the reason I tell all of them to pay attention
Life is like a twitter I wont even pay em all a mention
My main intention is for us to make it clear
That the stearing wheel of your oppurtunity is only yours to steer

Djax:

So I veer all off to the side all off to the side
Sparks fly cause Im on my grind skateboarding or not

Shai Mate:

In the studio all night but I know that sounds cliche
But we the definition of repetition its a race so let me relay

Djax:

All this information its amazing
All you do is push play

Shai Mate:

While I mix amazing the kick and bass hit
Harder then a frieght train

Djax:

Now my heart is racing to the tempo
Bass and treble to your temple

Shai Mate:

Got these bitches down in limbo
With shock value like my name was Timbo

CHORUS
Track Name: Lord Jamar Interview (prod. DJ Kemo)
Lord Jamar Sample:

White rappers your coming to this almost as a guest okay
Matter fact you are a guests in the house of hip hop

Shai Mate:

So many homies think they get it but they dont
That the door is open to em theyll be let in but they wont
People think that they know how to do it
Intrusive intellect make black music
In its essence remember that rap musics for the have nots
Not for the hipsters puffing on earb and have alot
For the crack spots and homies hustling to get this money
Who stack guap for the fuck of it and never running
From insecure humans always tryna threaten
Their integrity with weapons and it teach em a lesson whenever
They leave the house when the fortunate are seeking out
An easy route break the patterns that we speak about
By being one example of a white boy
Who understands he's a guest in the house
With the right noise
To be let in the house
Fill the right void
Its a test if your style communicates the true agenda of a culture
That feeds off being real like a vulture
My sole purpose is to clarify and verify
The arrogance when I look up high and stare at life
I realize theres no other way around it
Prove yourself to the brothers that surround it
Sisters fathers and mothers that will doubt it
No credit is given until the cloud spits down on you
And when it rains it pours
Im addicted like a fiend noone can save the boy
Imagine what you want when your taking course
Of action face facts and the pain will pour
Naturally in a way it will get you
Accepted in a way they will let you
In the house cause the key is perspective
So lock out all the teams that neglect it
Track Name: Switch Sides (prod. Rel!g!0n)
Yeah
Im back on my shit

I was right but she left when it panned out
Didnt wanna hang with what I harnessed it was tandum
My love was like lottery ticket but when it ran out
It made me take a seat for a minute I couldnt stand em
Plans of us tryna run things
So we ran sums of ransome
Our passion was the back drop
Filling the place for a packed spot
Really just tryna stack quap
Riding on the train until the last stop
Mad props awarded but no calls recorded
Longing for her like I got deported
Right from the jump shots like Jordan
Were taken forming and informing
The same informants that were not as dormant
That is not my women
Its seems that love has gotten foreign
God has forces been forgotten that I have gotten for em
So I pray to concur courses
Keep the cost accordingly realistic
And youll meet her when the stock is gowing
Hold up

CHORUS:

Now as of recently
I see that beauty truely lies in the eyes of the beholder
People successful will tell you
On piece of advice to live by is go for it
Whether that be a person or ethic to live by
Constantly expressing your inside
Elevate your presence till you essence is inside
Heavens gates so when you die you dont even switch sides

Cause right now I feel broke like a condom
I consume my constant aint a costume
The definition of real but when I lost you
My perspective rearranged my spectrum
Of view to persue the things I must do
Out the blue like a clue you must adjust to
The process of progress
And context of content is key when your locked in the closet
Im pushing like Im in labor
Cooking and I can cater
Put my hood on first then put it down for my neighbours
The flavor switches
Created just to save the business
It takes a minute to create it but a day to fix it
Thats the reason that im tryna make it clear
When your feeling discouraged its important just to persevere
Cause in a year you might be be the man
Think happy thoughts and fly like Peter Pan
Keep a plan that you plan on acting out
My brain is heavy and I plan on maxing out
I know Im ready so in fact Im smacking out
All these rappers tryna swing a rap like Pacquiao

CHORUS
Track Name: On The Cusp ft. Tonye Aganaba (prod. Rob The Viking)
Yeah

It can be discouraging Im flourishing
Malnourishment can be the result
When making art is more important then
Cooking up a meal tryna make it real
And your tryna pay your bills but only care about appeal
See the problem is you aint living in reality
Cause your brain is going wild from all the ideas of a real salary
Should you just
Concentrate and bust
Down the door cuz your down for more
More structure on the cusp of accomplishment
Your telling me that you want this more then anyone
Be the producer of your life make sure everything is getting done
And when its done youll be looking back at
The crack that you took at it like a flick you put on snapchat
So open up dont isolate your ambition
Change is hard so start making that transition

CHORUS: Shai Mate & Tonye Aganaba

Between the struggles of doing work and raking in
All of the leaves that are metaphors for making it
Its hard to scheme when your getting irritated with
Everyday that you dont grow

Between the struggles of doing work and raking in
All of the leaves that are metaphors for making it
Its hard to scheme when your getting irritated with
Everyday that you dont grow

Irritation is much like irrigation
Fix the problem by motivating or shower on all the inspiration
Keep focus a clear perspective and motive
Appear attentive and fear neglecting an open
Oppurtunity when usually you dont know why
But currently being doobie free is helping you by getting by
Getting high aint making you happy
But once upon a time I felt like it was everlasting

A new chapter opens up when you flip the page
A new rapper opens up when you hit the stage
You move faster from the love rather then the hate
So stay positive dont rush when you gotta wait

Virtues are a hard thing to handle
Patience might be the thing that hurts you
But also might be what gives you amo
So load your weapon and kill em all like your name was Rambo
Until your destiny you fill it all cuz you took a gamble

CHORUS

Its hard to grow if you dont water the plant
But every person on the planet gods got a plan
So when your worried about your movement and your direction
Take a quick look in the mirror
And ask yourself the most important question
Based on passion you living up to your full potential
And if your not then just correct what is on your mental
As for me I know Im doing just what Im meant to
Feeling like Im miseducated but tryna get to what Im tryna get to

CHORUS x2
Track Name: Take Control (prod. The Ronins)
Sink or swim
As I blink I gotta understand it
As I inhale again
On the brink of another one demanding
That the future brings me to
The destination I dream of I dont mean to sound too corny
But Im clouded over cant keep up
With everything Im tryna do its difficult what I chose for
My life path Im right back on a ship society wont board
My father dont comprehend
All the energy that I gotta spend
Cause all he sees is that Im broke and sooner or later its gotta end

I hope eventually he'll see the bigger picture
And not just that I used to smoke and indulge myself in liquor

This the whole route of the problem
Im a creature like I am Golem
When I become the Lord Of The Rings
My pops will probably think its appauling
A foreign culture has taken over his sons mind
Just like an ulsar he cannot simply unwind
Also cause Im independent
Fuck a label Im a true decendant
Of one Lamont Coleman my old man he just dont get it

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Its transparent Ima see it through cause its see through
A new invention innovate yourslef to be true
So by association your so prophetic your associated
With the definition of being real manifesting itself in motivation

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I was born with a passion I cant cope with
Use the force of attraction and you wont slip
Even when your thinking your persuit is just a waste of time
See yourself as king for you to get into that state of mind

I needed a platform
For me to go ahead and catch more
Attention from the audience when the game is tryna cast more
Fake dudes just to fill a role
Not pay dues or be on the road
Cause all they're thinking about is how to get
To the top of the world like they're about to blow but no
I need to take it back to the roots in which we came from
Thats hard work and starved nights just learning how to make some
Tunes that you can relate to
Moves that you can debate to
Possibilities of a proper message what will it be that breaks through
Noone can know that shit
Just trust your gut and go for it
Michael Jordan only became the best
Because he missed those shots and knows that its
Only a matter of practice till sinking every basket
Jay Z didnt always smash hits in one take dont believe me go ask him

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