Liberation

by EL.i.BE

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    Liberation: Liberation is the follow up to EL.i.BE's 2014 project "Dreams". Liberation encompasses EL.I.BE's story as a Liberian refugee and his interactions with friends, family and countrymen. A story of victory and defeat all while coming to grasps with the reality of what the American dream really means.

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Liberation is the follow up to EL.i.BE's 2014 project "Dreams". Liberation encompasses EL.I.BE's story as a Liberian refugee and his interactions with friends, family and countrymen. A story of victory and defeat all while coming to grasps with of understanding the American dream.

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released May 19, 2017

EL.i.BE is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by voters of Minneasota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.

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Track Name: Chance
Verse:
Dancing with the devils
Mamas feared
Young,black, ignate my dude
and I couldn’t hear
came up out the sewers my dude,
straight off on a dare// haha
glimpses of a life
I wanted while others feared//
Haunted by doubt my dude, I’m over here (echo)
Preaching to a choir of sinners and buccaneers//
Oh yeah Crystal clear//
switch them gears on ‘em
nah they talking’
they ain’t want’em
posted at every block
until I get my hands up on it.

Bridge:
Down up on my luck//
I put my middle finger up
And when it’s time to bow my head
I ask the lord to double up
X2

Hook:
All I ever wanted was a:
Chance x 9
All I ever wanted was a:
Chance x 9

Verse:
Damn near 30
Riding dirty//
Boy I’m in a hurry
These dudes shuckin’ and jiving and I’m riding like nick fury//
Swore to my advisories that sleep aint ever concern me//
It’s burning under the collar no dollars means that we squadin’//
No problem too big to solve’em
Go getting’ it like we spaldin’
Destiny’s fucking callin’ you picking up or you stallin’
Yolo up from the solo cup
Pour me up cause I had enough
Tell them boys that I’m off the cuff
Best believe when we double up

Bridge:
Down up on my luck//
I put my middle finger up
And when it’s time to bow my head
I ask the lord to double up
X2

Hook:
All I ever wanted was a:
Chance x 9
Alll I ever wanted was a:
Chance x 9

Bridge 2:
All I ever needed was a chance
Making it
All I ever needed was a chance
Taking it
All I ever needed was a chance
Getting it
All I ever need was a chance
Now I’m breaking shit x 2

Verse:
Hustlin’ taught me how to make dollar out a dime
It said it comes with patience I ain’t got a lot of time//
Pushin up on 30 see too many folks ain’t heard of me//
It’s swervin on my patience I ain’t got the time for courtesy//
See nah, don’t get bombarded//
Not too many made it out from where I started it’s the penny.
That hardaway
do what you want
But you’ll never take this heart away
Track Name: Doors
Verse:

They be giving me the side eye free love likes it Tie Die//
Now it’s hashtag woke with the wide eyes//
Chuck the duce getting loose all night
Speak the truth// copped the juice all right
Shhhh/ hush the fuss/ it’s dangerous busta bus//
Long nights on the road hopping bus to bus//
The worlds shady I ain’t got must to trust//
swimming a pool fulla liquor//
basement jumpin big tigger//
big figures is what I’m lookin for//
chefin, in the kitchen what I’m cookin’ tho//
dishing off the flows like a give and go//
you don’t know the struggle til you live it tho//
mind over matter got another show
I’mma shut it down let a brotha glow//
Comin for the crown and let ya mama know//


Hook:

Go live or go home
go go go go go
Head High in my zone
Go go go go go
Won’t til I’m on
Go go go go go
Til I’m dead or I’m gone
Go go go go go

Go hard or go home
Go go go go
Head High in my zone
Go go go go
Won’t til I’m on
Go go go go go
Til I’m dead or I’m gone
Go go go go


Verse:

Side steps//
Yo I got hi reps
When it comes to bullshit//
Coulda lettered then/
Feelin’ like veteran//
Aged 10 boy//
But you know how i get it in//
Pass the rock home boy cause you know that I’m hot//
Brought it back to the good ol’ days -----D-Mine//
A bottle of a gin and gone sin//
Going hard as fuck boy// Rewind//
grippin' on my mutha fuckin visa//
tell lil shawty girl ease up//
making moves to Ibiza – yeah play it cool, don’t freeze/
so when the lights start stunnin
and the stars start runnin//
and those haters stuntin’
ain’t nothing you can say//
take a chance with the devil
Trying to reach a new level
The only you gotta yell is
mutha fucka ol’

Hook

Bridge:

Been down on my luck I don’t want that no more
Now I’m up and I know what I hustle for//
Cashing out and I want all they got in store
Opportunity is knocking I got doors

Outro:

Been down on my luck
Now I know i'm up
What they got in store
They knockin' at my door
Track Name: Real or Nah ft Graydon Francis
Intro:

Graydon:
Real or Not
They ask if it's Real or Not
Tell me is it Real or Not
I ask is it Real or Not
Real or Not
Real or Not

Verse:

Look I’m African, like real African
They tell me go back again, man//
Chilling with my black friends and they like
You ever road a tiger, tsh.
No, Nigga no
You talking real reckless, nah, chill let it go//
See I heard it before and it sound just the same//
Ain’t none of my teachers pronouncing my name
And I’m like well, y’all can say EL// Thought world changed
But I can’t tell, I went from nothing and I still got nothing//
Except for my hustle and that never fails//
Watching the ship in the sea as it sails//
The love of the liberty took us to hell //
Being Liberian and what it entails//
Wait for them papers to come in the mail// and chill,
Wait on immigration/ they tell me I should be glad I’m in the nation//
And black, good in theory but in practice they lack// got my papers and tell me to go back//

Hook:

Real or Not
Tell me is it Real or Not
They ask is it Real or Not
Tell me is it Real or Not
Real or Not
Real or Not
Tell me is it Real or Not
They ask is it Real or Not
Tell me is it Real or Not
Real or Not
Real or Not

Verse:
It’s been a minute
Livin’ in the states//
I won’t lie , it feels good//
Fittin’ in great//
But the homies like w’aint ever hear you banging pac//
We ain’t see you on the block //
Ain’t flipping those packs //
Getting stacks in December
Remember you gon need that black card to enter…. Fuccck///
Back to square one//
Sitting here… stuck//
Scheming on a pair of ones//
And Turning these fubu’s to coogi’s//
Cause they say they want the true G’s//
It’s killing me soft…..
I feel like the fugees//
And I’m like whos me//
New me// looking in the mirror
Can’t recognize myself//
I used to be somebody else//
I threw that on the shelf//

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