Stranger At Home

by Dr Koul

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[Intro] Have you ever felt out of place in familiar surroundings? Felt misunderstood by those closest to you? Have you ever felt... like a stranger at home? [Chorus] I'm a one man army, all on my own I stand out in a crowd as if I'm always alone People looking at me strange like I'm a stranger at home You know what's strange? I'm considered even stranger at home I'm a one man army, all on my own I stand out in a crowd as if I'm always alone People looking at me strange like I'm a stranger at home You know what's strange? I'm considered even stranger at home [Verse 1] I'm trying to get so much further But it's hard when there's so much murder So much death. Poverty and so much debt Simultaneously distracted by gossip and stress Buy this, sell that, we're distracted and divided We want to do good but don't know how to decide If this is good and that's bad or that's OK Overstimulated, anaesthetized, we waste our days Is the president bad because he's different Or more of the same? Our morals are f****ed We don't know our roles in the game Matter of fact, we don't even know who invented the game Who's playing the game, who made the rules And which rules you can break Who's got the loopholes? Who's got the breaks? Who's the sumo wrestling with BJJ? And who's the cultural appropriator? And who's the serenader? Who is genuine and honest, and who is just a hater? [Chorus] I'm a one man army, all on my own I stand out in a crowd as if I'm always alone People looking at me strange 'cause I'm a stranger at home You know what's strange? I'm considered even stranger at home I'm a one man army, all on my own I stand out in a crowd as if I'm always alone People looking at me strange 'cause I'm a stranger at home You know what's strange? I'm considered even stranger at home [Verse 2] NSA, modern age, War on Terror, COINTEL My son will bring a page from Paulo Freire to his show and tell My daughter's decorations will be Malcolm Carlin, Marley, Martin on the balcony and Angela Davis Yeah I had a lot of privilege like having a dad's love Influenced by the 5 percenters like Nas was I follow in the footsteps of the grandmasters So now I won't be depressed by the pressure like harrassment I'm one with my contradictions, my mixed-up wisdom I'm done thinking I'm dumb for being the odd one out I'm on a mission: to have the most open position And being modest if I overstep and get called out [Chorus] I'm a one man army, all on my own I stand out in a crowd as if I'm always alone People looking at me strange 'cause I'm a stranger at home You know what's strange? I'm considered even stranger at home I'm a one man army, all on my own I stand out in a crowd as if I'm always alone People looking at me strange 'cause I'm a stranger at home You know what's strange? I'm considered even stranger at home [Verse 3] Yo I'm a foreigner wherever I go I fit in with the misfit nomads I plant roots and I grow And even when performing a show I'm internationally unknown when I be on the mic'
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[Verse 1] Waste of my privilege Dirty feet stomping on silk sheets Escaping my innocence on some ill beats Anti-authority, half a minority, still street Happy but worrying my mother her cell beeps It’s the police - stop. We just get no sleep Why can’t you be more like your brother And get home 3 o'clock? Principal's office, see what this cost us? Who would have thought this Dreadlocked kid make it to college Got girls naked on campus Nothing sacred, don’t mistake it for candour Hold a candle to faces shocked, save it for Santa And if I got tamed it was after Self-taught shameless with banter But always got a good heart Painfully honorable, it pays to be honest Off to a good start, after it’s all said and done We had fun, now I’m ready for round one With art that’s around some of the hardest around, son Let’s party, come on [Chorus] And you could state it how you want it Say it's fake or that I fronted But I just am what I am And you could take it as a challenge Or confession of my problems But I just am what I am And I can say what I say And it won't change how you see me If you feel me then you'll understand Let's make this music like we never cared [Verse 2] Waste of my privilege I shape-shifted into a misfit Smoking weed at the cinema skipping gym class Running from cops getting my ass kicked I was a little sh**, taking sips out a hip flask Until of legal age to drink and then I quit I got my ass kicked, more than I kicked ass But learned to think fast and never to kiss ass Cos back then you could have slipped back in the back end I navigated opportunities wasted Till I figured how to probably make it with ideologies sacred, Minimizing the compromising and rightfully make it I spit rap in a culture from underprivileged classes And give back by giving underprivileged classes Martial arts and gift bags of knowledge of self Representing the elements that protected me well It’s Hip Hop [Chorus] And you could state it how you want it Say it's fake or that I fronted But I just am what I am And you could take it as a challenge Or confection of my problems But I just am what I am And I can say what I say And it won't change how you see me If you feel me then you'll understand Let's make this music like we never cared My dirty feet will take you anywhere [Verse 3] Waste of my privilege, taste of my innocence lost Framed for a difference Off-color but practically milk-skinned With summers abroad, gathered with families All across diasporas varied and broad Stranger at home, lone ranger with hope Part of a network all over the globe Hardly with effort improvising and performing at shows Under-appreciated mostly, still been named as a pro Bring logic and assurance in a poem or prose Flow with the poise, slow kill with the poison I’ve infected the ant hill to destroy it - structurally But my objective’s for us all to be free I’ve avoided pitfalls my friends fell into and we fell out Trying to keep the family threaded and not to sell out A balancing act, my baggage is packed I’ll always be a travelling man Keep my sanity by practicing rap [Chorus] And you could state it how you want it Say it's fake or that I fronted But I just am what I am And you could take it as a challenge Or confession of my problems But I just am what I am And I can say what I say And it won't change how you see me If you feel me then you'll understand Let's make this music like we never cared My dirty feet will take you anywhere [Outro] My dirty feet will take you anywhere My dirty feet will take you anywhere My dirty feet will take you anywhere Clean hands, my dirty feet will take you anywhere Clean hands, my dirty feet will take you anywhere Clean hands, my dirty feet will take you anywhere
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[Chorus] My feet are dirty but my hands are clean My feet are dirty but my hands are clean My feet are dirty but my hands are clean Ain't no telling where my soul has been [Outro] Ain't no telling where my soul has been Ain't no telling where my soul has been Ain't no telling where my soul has been
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[Intro: extract from 1958 Mike Wallace interview of Erich Fromm] Interviewer: When you say "the true religious experience", what do you mean by that, doctor? Erich Fromm: I mean by that the capacity to feel deep love, deep oneness, with my fellow man, with nature, and if I were religious in the conventional sense, I would say with God. But it doesn't matter whether one uses God or doesn't, what matters is which experience a person has [Chorus: Dr Koul] You could tell me everything you ever thought inside of you And I would find a way to not decide if you're OK, I mean You could tell me everything you ever want to try to do And I would try to listen and just smile and say, "OK" I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to hang out take the hours of the night away I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to watch the sky and listen what you've got to say [Verse 1: Dr Koul] My mind is kind of limited, I think a lot and listen bad I'm trying to learn to do this better, practice what I speak about But someone turned the speaker loud So now you've got to spell it out in body language As we now pretend to comprehend eachother And maybe we do We start to dance and as we sway we know the truth We swear we know the truth, we know we know it all Or that we know as little as the prayers that we throw to God I share it all with you, you share it all with me And in this moment of intimacy we're locked inside our minds But we are also free. And if it's up to me We'd take this moment, make it last forever But then again it's what ever 'Cause the present is the infinite and we're together in it And that's a tragedy but also how it has to be until the finish But is there such a thing or is it only a beginning? And now I hear you speak and I'm remembering to listen Listen [Chorus: Dr Koul] You could tell me everything you ever thought inside of you And I would find a way to not decide if you're OK, I mean You could tell me everything you ever want to try to do And I would try to listen and just smile and say, "OK" I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to hang out take the hours of the night away I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to watch the sky and listen what you've got to say I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to hang out take the hours of the night away I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to watch the sky and listen what you've got to say [Verse 2: Dr Koul] The problems of this world start to dissolve and we become OK Layers of our beings shed like skins of growing snakes Misunderstandings are just growing pains Social constructs go away, let the monsters show their face Even biological realities are no longer in place Our atomic structures mingle and they show the pace From here to outer space, everywhere is our place Namaste you see my soul I see your soul I know that we are one and one alone and in a million And from the sun into my home, and all the galaxies Anxieties, philosophies, it's just for fun Because there is nothing to gain when there is no one Or someone, or something, or somehow, or somewhere Don't go there: Too late. What we created is too great The love just brought us to a new place A new zone, a new globe, but who's home, and who knows A rhizome, and my poem, the mind's blown And I'm going to be sick, and now I'm feeling better So I'm going to re-sit the exam of my endeavour, as we sit Face to face, palm to palm inside a gentle embrace Our heart beats in calm. I remember not to judge you As I listen to your heart's desire And we both attempt to make it work I play my part, liar, until we do depart Why are we so complicated can't it just remain As simple as the plane depart. We're just a brain and heart We're just a frame for art, we just refrain From starting to remain apart. And then we drift together As we play the harp or God plays us Like the strings that must never touch Except by proxy of the fingers strumming us like paper cuts Extracts of our beings fly across and try to touch [Bridge: Dr Koul] But we will never separate nor will we unite So we will never love nor will we ever fight But we will never separate nor will we unite So we will never love nor will we ever fight [Chorus: Dr Koul] You could tell me everything you ever thought inside of you And I would find a way to not decide if you're OK You could tell me everything you ever want to try to do And I would try to listen and just smile and say, "OK" You could tell me everything you ever thought inside of you And I would find a way to not decide if you're OK You could tell me everything you ever want to try to do And I would try to listen and just smile and say, "OK" I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to hang out take the hours of the night away I don't want to judge you, I just want to love you I just want to... Yo, I don't want to... I just want to... I don't want to... I just want to... Yo, I don't want to... I just want to... I don't want to... I just want to... I don't want to... I don't want to, I don't want to, I don't want to [Outro: Erich Fromm] Love is not easy. All great religions postulate love as one of the greatest accomplishments. If it were that easy, or as easy as most people think, certainly the religious leaders would have been rather naive
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[Verse 1] Sometimes I look over and I think, "None of this is working The chemistry is on the brink of deserting Nothing is certain It’s disconcerting. A feeling of disconnect Fear & insecurity is what we project Over each other. But will she ever change? Will we ever recover, if we ever go astray? And under the covers, will things get strained?" Why are we so afraid, take another deep breath and say: "It takes work. I knew it since birth Learning to walk, to say the first words When we first said I love you we were really immature But I believe that there was beauty there That we want to preserve." That’s the seed, the fleeting instant we perceived And now we persevere, giving the love we receive That we deserve, and that we need So when I tell you this my dear, best believe [Chorus] It takes work to make love funktion It takes work to make love funktion Love is a verb, an action you do to someone You wanted something sure, stop acting on a presumption It takes work to make love funktion It takes work to make love funktion Love is a verb, an action I know you want some So don’t be insecure, we’re making the love funktion [Verse 2] Remember when we laughed about sexuality? That waitress and the menage a three? Are we really cut out for monogamy? Or are we a cut-out trying to be an origami Are we the ebony and ivory on Wonder's piano key’s Or will we fall out, like Beatles Lennon McCartney? I’m sorry, I always see the glass half empty But when I’m with you, it’s like I finally have plenty I suppose it’s mix between The impostor syndrome and issues with dependency I don’t want to impose limits to the dream And we’re both lone human beings Caught in the midst of the music scene Where individualist materialist philosophies Breed envy and jealousy, and our response should be: Peace love and unity. It’s by example we lead So come with me [Chorus] It takes work to make love funktion It takes work to make love funktion Love is a verb, an action you do to someone You wanted something sure, stop acting on a presumption It takes work to make love funktion It takes work to make love funktion Love is a verb, an action I know you want some So don’t be insecure, we’re making the love funktion [Verse 3] Don’t try to change her (Don't change her) Maybe try to change yourself Trust in God, and in the process of love Don’t be a stranger, lucky you don’t know it all The wonder of discovering another is the funktion of LOVE And in her reflection, you can truly find yourself Don’t chase yourself, embrace yourself You’re the one you love and it’s now or never Cherish and accept what you’ve got, today And forever it’s - okay [Chorus] It takes work to make love funktion It takes work to make love funktion Love is a verb, an action you do to someone You wanted something sure, stop acting on a presumption It takes work to make love funktion It takes work to make love funktion Love is a germ, hard work is a symptom We don’t want the cure, we’re making the love Funktion
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More than half my life When I stopped feeling white From realising I was painted as white More than half my life My role models have been blacker than The blackboards of my colonised curriculum Stolen idols were ridiculed, until passed as white More than half my life Since Hip Hop’s beat infiltrated my heartbeat Initiated my heart from hard streets, reinvigorated my heart More than half my life Inspired by the struggles of slaves freed Who unselfishly shared their wisdom On pages they’d orally speak in sound waves I realised I was born to seek More than half my life... And the best of it More than half my life... And for the rest of it Influenced from afrocentric philosophers in a relentless Current in a race against time, in a race against race pride The construct of space time could have effortlessly swept More than half my life From now on, I side with the oppressed Privilege, what I afford to possess Until death, torture arrest – If it’s for the cause, you can have my life Behind or on bars rhymed; You can have my life ... More than half my life
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[Intro] Listen, it's like this [Verse 1] Rocking rhymes I decolonize Light binds the colorblind when divided by color lines My rap skill is opposite Advil © Awaken the feeling that brings healing To back pain that you can't kill I lucubrate and lubricate the brain when the rap's ill Calling out every rapper by name who stands still All these dope rappers coming out of the woodwork Even though record execs once doubted it would work World Wide connects we created a network With more in perspective than the count of my net worth Hanging out with an enlightened crowd But not elitist. Welcome to the underground: We're all leaders. One of the realest family around Me and Evita, Cas.B, OscioPak: It started in Geneva Better believe we go pound for pound in tetrameters Our sound astounds crowds whenever they hear us Everybody argue top 5 alive But what's important's not the wrapper, it's the bar inside The bars rhymed are the outer layer But where the bar's raised to, that's what makes the rap greater And f*** rap, I'm rocking for Hip Hop A culture that you're all a part of Whether you tag or you disk-jock Whether you pop-lock or you just rap Or really just sit back, thinking of a plan to get rich fast OK with me as long as you give back, build fam 'Cause mental slavery's off the list man, for real, damn So raise your cup if you feel it We're raising up the glass ceiling Trail blaze a snail pace at jet pack speeding [Chorus] So how you deal with it? Do you run up in the streets Do you summon up the beast Do you cover up in sheets Nah how you deal with it? Do you give up say you beat Or do you rap it on the beat Do you rummage up a feast Mmmm, now tell me how you deal with it! I say I’m all right Now how you deal with it? I say we all gon fight Now how you deal with it? I say we burn this bright In the flames of the state, just follow the light [Verse 2] How I deal with with it’s not to depend on a meal ticket Learn to steal if it’s necessary and to leave with it Self-heal with knowledge of self Not to kneel to the false image of the profits they sell you When you listen to your heart the only prophet's yourself You’ve got more to benefit from benefitting yourself And you’re irrelevant whenever set to fit on a shelf The elephant’s skeleton rests in the cupboard Of any gullible shell shocked company You fell fault to currency, well stocked but sordidly Hell’s hottest economy, cell blocking ecology Rotten from profits ill begotten It’s probably still not a philosophy Not to have a method, epistemologic anarchy But pissed on a pantheon Of well-meaning misleading Freedom of thought-blocking apologists So pardon me for stealing the spotlight To fight for those who bleeding a lot [Chorus] So how you deal with it? Do you run up in the streets Do you summon up the beast Or do you cover up in sheets Nah how you deal with it? Do you give up say you beat Or do you rap it on the beat Do you rummage up a feast Mmmm, now tell me how you deal with it! I say I’m all right Now how you deal with it? I say we all gon fight Now how you deal with it? I say we burn this bright In the flames of the state, just follow the light [Verse 3] Wearing a fez like Narcy Always getting dead prez like McCartney Ain't seeing red like McCarthy And I end up in her bed like Darcy (What up!) Some age like wine while others are immature Some stay in their prime while others are vinegar Put your strengths on the shelf for your moment of need Your weakness is the gem to be worn on your sleeve So make a strong attempt to get up off of your knees And be humble when death comes, welcome the breeze They say its the tyranus versus the chivalrous But the knights on shining armour are often the ones killing us When did they put the fear in us? They send our sons off in choppers, the victims are all civilians And when they come back in coffins the victims are all civilians [Chorus] So how you deal with it? Do you run up in the streets Do you summon up the beast Do you cover up in sheets Nah how you deal with it? Do you give up say you beat Or do you rap it on the beat Do you rummage up a feast Nah tell me how you deal with it! I say I’m all right And how you deal with it? I say we all gon fight And how you deal with it? I say we burn this bright In the flames of the state, just follow the light So how you deal with it? Do you run up in the streets Do you summon up the beast Do you cover up in sheets Nah how you deal with it? Do you give up say you beat Or do you rap it on the beat Do you rummage up a feast Nah tell me how you deal with it! I say I’m all right And how you deal with it? I say we all gon fight And how you deal with it? I say we burn this bright In the flames of the state, just follow the light
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[Verse 1] Weed wakes up baked feeling messed up Hears a "knock-knock-knock" and lifts his head up Aspirin is yelling so he gets up Grabbing at his cash 'cause the rents up, Aspirin is fed up Cos Weed comes up short, so he gives him a warning Tells him he’s hell of annoying! He regrets doing business Weed goes into the street thinking he needs something to eat And on his way past the corner, wonder who does he meet? Well there's Crack begging Lean for just one more freebie And Lean says, “Hell no that’s wack” Crack begs and begs until Lean draws heat And then Crack steps all the way back Now that Crack’s out the way, Lean hollers at Weed and says “Hey! How's school? You know you gonna make it someday!” Weed says “Yeah its all good, one day we'll move out of the hood” They shake hands, and Weed is on his way But truth is: he’s been skipping class, feeling all type of bad Knowing he's supposed to represent and be the one to pass But that was not how it transpired… Weed had an unfortunate future ahead I can’t hide it [Bridge] You all know how the story goes [Chorus] Yo, they call it the War on Drugs But if drug addicts are people it's a war on us It's a war on love. It's a war on loved ones When we support the war on drugs We turn our backs on those that we loved once [Verse 2] You see, Booze paid crack to spy on Lean With the eventual aim of following the supply stream Booze suspected Lean was kicking up to Coke Supplying fiends like Crack and getting rich as a result Crack had them tapped like Bojangles Booze and them surrounded attacked from all angles Suited up, booted and strapped to go tango You’d have thought Booze was the army in all camo But Lean was nowhere to be seen like Sasquatch Instead they found Weed in the stashspot But Weed had a college degree, it was his man’s fault Weed couldn’t rat on Lean the way that Crack had So Weed went to prison and can’t sleep 'Cause Meth was getting into position to stab Weed And Weed has a family but only gets one call a day And even Weed’s own mama doesn't know what to say Because Prozac gave the judgment despite the hung jury Weed awaited trial in jail and was hung during This tragedy is common in cold-blooded America Where drugs run the system of profit They call it fair but it is not honest They call if fair but they are NOT honest [Chorus] See they call it the War on Drugs But if drug addicts are people it's a war on us It's a war on love. It's a war on loved ones When we support the war on drugs We turn our backs on those that we loved once
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[Intro] You want a strong leader who is not afraid to act. You chose me. Whatever I do, whatever is done in my name: you partake of it [Chorus: Dr Koul] Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue The electoral process got us going to sleep Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue They throw us a bone, they’re like "bon appétit" Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue The electoral process got us going to sleep Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue They throw us a bone, they’re like, they're like [Verse 1: Dr Koul] "Well hello there, let me teach you about it It's he wonder of our system you wouldn't be free without it It's what separates us from the savages It's our way to give a little bit of power to the powerless Once a year, crowd into the voting booth Look at the names on the page What do you mean you don't know how to choose? There's only 2 candidates who can really win And the media already told us which one of them’s fit to lose Congratulations, you chose your president Who for the next X years, it's your fault if you resent He's the one you drew and you could have prevented it Any atrocities that he causes is on you What do you mean its the only candidate you were presented with? Are you saying it was rigged? Are you Russian or American? Don't you love freedom? Well swallow your disagreement I guess you’d rather keep dreaming" [Chorus: Dr Koul] Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue The electoral process got us going to sleep Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue They throw us a bone, they’re like "bon appétit" Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue The electoral process got us going to sleep Voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue They throw us a bone, they’re like, they're like [Verse 2: Dr Koul] "And of course immigrants and felons can't participate We dont want their ignorance nor any of their hate And even less their life experience to put us in our place To make any real change and then shove it in our face And look at that now, Blacks can vote too! Just as long as they have a paper saying They're uncle Sam’s nephew And women got the right to vote not that long ago Now they think they're worthy? Wonder who will be the next to vote And if you chose not to vote then this is all your fault What did you do that for? Give it some long hard thought People died for your right to vote, they suffered and fought You're insulting to their memory, it's as if you forgot" But voting is a system that is there to control And stop you resisting, insisting that you condoned And uplifted it by voting you show you approved it And by not voting you’re ignored They tell the news that you're clueless The revolution from the ballot box isn't in the ballot box The lobbyists and oligarchs are counting on you And all because you started counting cash And gave it back in tax that's spent to further The way they taught you to They got their tu tu costume and hairdo too It’s a reality TV, don’t care if you do Gossip and betrayal, follow it because you’re bored And everyone else, to you is just uninformed Give me a break I wanna break out! They all drop bombs, and they all work for corporate thugs With double entendres. No one is safe now The change that is needed is too radical For this back and forth voting to have a chance at all I wanna lay down, it’s giving me a headache Wake me up when the un-televised revolution is taken up And call a medic to check the heart rate of these rolling eyes Who still don’t get it. 'Cause it's the [Chorus: Dr Koul] Voter fatigue, its the voter fatigue The electoral process got us going to sleep It's the voter fatigue, it's the voter fatigue They throw us a bone, they’re like "bon appétit" 'Cause it's the voter fatigue, its the voter fatigue They throw us a bone, they’re like "bon appétit" 'Cause it's the voter, voter, voter fatigue 'Cause it's the voter, voter, voter fatigue [Outro: Dr Koul] Yo I'm just going to sleep man, give me a cup of tea Some marijuana I could just get myself at ease Just chill on a riverside and never have to worry about it I'm just sick of that sh*t, now listen I'm just Going out of my mind, when I've got to find Where I'm going this life is a crime I'm trying to find myself out flowing but I know I'm...
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[Verse 1] I saw the crows conspiring with the sparrows The pigeons send word to the rats in the shadows Ever since the start the cats have been hip They all know the dogs are humanity's bitch Don't let them near the parrots, they've been known to snitch But mostly they tell jokes as a trick to code-switch The dolphins are divided on whether to save man The wales made the decision: too late to change plans In Australia the takeover is easily done The flora and fauna been waiting since day one The apes kill the braconeers with their own guns The rhinos and elephants quickly have overrun The nightmare of the farmer the cows open the pen The chicken and the pigs eating up the dead men The horse finally bites the hand that feeds And mankind pretends to be shocked and stands bleeding [Chorus] This is not Orwell, no Animal Farm And even Dead Prez didn't take it this far It's the Animal Revolution It's the Animal Revolution (The time's come!) This is not Orwell, no Animal Farm And even Dead Prez didn't take it this far It's the Animal Revolution It's the Animal Revolution [Bridge] They gonna take you right out If you mess with them You can not stand up to them It's the end, right now [Verse 2] Bats send infrasound espionage messages Translated into howls of wolves in owl's nests Insects work hard from the hives to anthills And the widow finishes off what the mantis can't kill Termites burrow through cement and bricks So the buildings collapse in tunnels the moles built Every mammal reptile bird fish has roles to fill There's no such thing as animals with no skills Mosquitos bring diseases that we helped to conceive Un-killable cockroaches were never going to leave Civilizations crashed, the ancients and Europeans Humanity wiped out - Yep, even the vegans The bacteria and fungus had planned this from the start Modern medicine unwittingly played its part If you think you can reverse it, think again You contributed to cursing the Earth, now it's the end [Chorus] This is not Orwell, no Animal Farm And even Dead Prez didn't take it this far It's the Animal Revolution It's the Animal Revolution This is not Orwell, no Animal Farm And even Dead Prez didn't take it this far It's the Animal Revolution It's the Animal Revolution This is not Orwell, no Animal Farm And even Dead Prez didn't take it this far It's the Animal Revolution It's the Animal Revolution This is not Orwell, no Animal Farm And even Dead Prez didn't take it this far It's the Animal Revolution It's the Animal Revolution
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[Verse 1] Whiplashed by the winds of change, I stay grounded Until I uproot to fly on the wings of great mountains Walking on leaves of boughs, I weave poems in clouds As I leave the bounds of state crowds I can circumvent or travel across, disassociating molecules From structures that they hover around Jog on water, poured from jugs I only bow to the power of love and lake shrouds Underground and above the atmosphere Within space and time, my bravery comes after fear In a continuum that has no beginning or end I am the understanding of the ledge you can't get near I am a paradox – Salvador Dali melting clocks I am the unvaccinated solution to chicken pox I am the stricken ox, carrying Lao Tzu In the stream of consciousness and the consensus That we’re near to and can almost touch I am the bullet such as Pharoahe Monch Ricochet Pinochet to fascism I'm to Hip Hop I am a staunch defender of the underdog Bearing feline fangs ferociously I fear no man Except my very own ego of a hero damned [Bridge] Damn The winds of change are catching you up [Verse 2] Messianical complex, tyrannical onset, Tyrannosaurus non rex I am the anarchist contest, to be the last winner in a line of success To be the best loser that I can and not less To be the sun’s lunar eclipse. To be the sun’s moon and eclipse To be like Sun Tzu when I spit To be the one who never quits, but never started To be the father of a fatherless style in my garden To be the only one with a smile when I bargain Poker face, broke; Hope that won’t erase chokes Toke the older taste, joke the pain away On spokes of 808s; as we roll and fade to grey In the hold of a greater shade, from the growth of the great escape To the prose of unexplained... From the rose to the earth we lay on We pray on, stay on: It’s a seance [Bridge] The winds of change are catching you up Yo [Verse 3] I could hold on for dear life Write some more songs with near rhymes Right some more wrongs, but I’m more wrong When I veer right. Not for sure strong, but don't fear strife I might go on, on a sheer hike. When the storm calms There's a clear sky. Draw my sword long, cut a mere knife There's a war on, And I'm real nice A zen gardener in a bull shop, but this bull shit gon' stop When I feel like it. Sanderdly awkward with standard precautions And re-writes. Real insightful; Re runs of a recycle On a weird night, for a mere Michael, not a real knight But I seem like it. Real righteous is what we’re like When real recognize real right? But real recognize real 'Cause we need recognition so that we're right To justify the lust and lies and trust that we gon' be alright The love can die and so can I but until then keep up the fight [Outro] So you when you want to reckon with us You spin the record till you turn into dust right? (Turn to dust) The wind of change is catching you up And all you think about is making a buck like (Making a buck) The end and the beginning is love So please don’t let your hidden fears interrupt (Interrupt) Depending on dependence is rough We got to learn to lift our own self up! The winds of change are catching you up The winds of change are catching you up
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[Intro: Scratches by DJ Ara'Z'Cut] Supreme skill from hard work You must think first, before you move! (Dr Koul: Step into the cypher) [Verse 1: Dr Koul] Hip Hop is a martial art, and creativity is self defence In a society where you can just be torn apart Thrown in a classroom, fenced off from your heart Knowledge of Self is an offence to them They want you to be controlled, so they can teach and mould And preach what the preacher told to the newly enslaved They white-washed your history and claimed They did nothing to the Nubian name So now we punch back with graffiti and punchlines B-boys inspired by kung fu and samurai The deejay cuts like a katana We reload downloads & freeload the internet’s data Reappropriate the tools man used to oppress It’s never too late to be the best you can be Above and beyond rap, when you become Hip Hop It’s a way that you become free [Bridge: Scratches by Dj Ara'Z'Cut] Car la perfection n'est approchable que par la Car la perfection n'est approchable que par la Car la perfection n'est approchable que par la Car la perfection n'est approchable que par la répétition [Verse 2: Dr Koul] In Hip Hop we sample and take inspiration From the various cultures that we relate with from the nation So when it comes to combat we GET DOWN The original mixed martial art is freestyle It’s Jeet Kune Do meets 52 blocks Do whatever you gotta to get away from the cops Parkour, skateboarding and perfecting a jump shot Choose what to use, put it together with Hip Hop And then unlock the Knowledge of Self And fight with honor, no cheap shots below the belt You can keep your sword sharp by battling your brother But remember to be calm in your heart, and to recover ‘Cause the enemy is division and we need unity Healthy in our body and spirit, a free human being Whether for self-defense for sport for health for fun Hip Hop culture is how to become ONE [Outro: Scratches by Dj Ara'Z'Cut] Who's that? Supreme skill from hard work Let me think... Don't think! Feel It is like a finger, pointing away from The rhythm Sister write rhymes all day and all night Use Tai Chi to deflect off our enemies The deejay cuts like a katana Become free You must think first, before you Massai, je partirais comme un samouraï
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[Chorus] At your best, you were one of the smartest At your worst you would self-harm regardless At your best, you we loving and helpful to all At your worst, you were in trouble and made it worse for us all At your best, you were one of the smartest At your worst you would self-harm regardless At your best, you we loving and helpful to us all At your worst, you were in trouble and made it worse for us all [Verse 1] I remember when I met you I thought you were hilarious I underestimated your worth and your intelligence Couple years down the line chance brought us together Again, but we got up to no good, lacking in common sense By then you were famous for blowing up the toilets Expelled from high school and propelled into a legendry status You always did you, a pro-gamer. Everybody else was a noob Saying f*** you haters [Chorus] At your best, you were one of the smartest At your worst you would self harm regardless At your best, you we loving and helpful to all At your worst, you were in trouble and made it worse for us all [Verse 2] A hustler, street entrepreneur careerist A chemical and bio-mathematical genius An artist, a philosophical theorist But mostly you were our homie we respected your realness Every now and then I think of something to show you To laugh at, or something I would ask Like, "Do you like when I rap that?" And then it hits me, I remember that you’re buried and gone Nightmarish confusion, I wish I was wrong You were a being of infinite potential I’m clinging on to whatever’s left of you I don’t resent you, I represent you There’s a cognitive dissonance of your absence I suppose this is death and denial of what has happened Like what the f***! I mean seriously, what the f***, I keep asking... What the f*** happened? [Chorus] Don't you know that at your best, you were one of the smartest And at your worst you would self harm regardless At your best, you we loving and helpful to all At your worst, you were in trouble and made it worse for us all [Verse 3] How can I face your parents your sister Your baby nephew your little brother A handful of real friends and hundreds of others I walked out of your house carrying a hard drive Of your music my eyes dried my heart cries: "How can I do this!" I’m filled with regret and so much guilt Sometimes I wonder if it’s cos of me you were ––– I know it wasn’t, I know I was a real friend But I had such a hard time supporting you twards the end I couldn’t see you in the state you would put yourself in I preferred ignoring your calls, MY GOD I feel selfish And not making it to your funeral was a continuation I’m honored I made it to the second congregation Paid my respects to your grave, this song is a conversation The things I never said to the friend that I couldn’t save This song is a conversation The things I never said to the friend that I ... [Chorus] At your best, you were one of the smartest At your worst you would self harm regardless At your best, you we loving and helpful to all At your worst, you were in trouble and made it worse for us all [Verse 4] You were a drug addict But like many drug addicts you were really a love addict The ravages of love sent you to drugs The ravages of drugs made you abandon the love Once you finally had it Sometimes you’d get paranoid that my bars were about you Now I’m finally rapping about you and it's into the void Another film you told me to watch and I had avoided When I finally watched it I saw how you had been destroyed [Outro] One song will never be enough Rest in peace None of y'all really knew my friend pmNiko Most of y'all just met him at the end, like RZA in Repo
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Middle-class child from a unified house Presents there at Christmas, parents there when it counts So how can I account for the sadness I found? People often ask me why you ALWAYS SO BLUE First music that I chose on my own was the blues Afrocentric white boy that they thought was confused Brought soul to my home, 'cause I had them dance moves Nothing to do, ALWAYS SO BLUE First rock 'n' roll already in my hippie way Grew locks with the reggae chose herb over booze When I finally went to Hip Hop well that was the day Peace love and unity but ALWAYS SO BLUE My brother survived from a terrible illness Now I strive for happiness no matter the instance I guess a little strife helps give you the wisdom But its difficult when everything is ALWAYS SO BLUE Let me tell you about the world how we're divided Why's it got to matter what my skin colour and eye is? Arabic, Latino, Swiss and American And when I think of Africa I'm ALWAYS SO BLUE Blue eyes white devil colonised Now I bear the mark of the men that I despise Slaves upon slaves upon slaves and it's still today So don't wonder why we're ALWAYS SO BLUE White privilege used against white supremacy Hip Hop culture gave me views of my relevance The enemy is money in this pervert economy Fraternity is needed when we're ALWAYS SO BLUE But we need to redefine what we're all about Show respect to the cultures that we're trying to holler at We have to have a block party, it's a way to give a shout Revolution without being ALWAYS SO BLUE Freedom solidarity and having fun But how can I achieve it if I'm so darn glum? Uplift the community, not just warn of the doom Let's find a way to stop being ALWAYS SO BLUE Why must I always flirt with temptation? Inner desperation, a will to end the frustration No matter what the situation, got to be patient But really I'm the doctor who's just ALWAYS SO BLUE Pale skin and an education means that I'm hidden to villains that make victims of nations What an awkward situation, at least I know my vocation To help the displaced in any location, yo I'm living it I'm giving it, maybe I'll be regretting it I'm letting it I'm getting it crazy how I'm so limited A rebel since the cradle safe to say I'll be remaining it And all I'm trying to change is that I'm ALWAYS SO BLUE You all know what it's like (come on, tell me) To be fated, to be hated, telling only lies Now who said it? The biscuit's limp And we try not to regret it though it's ALWAYS SO BLUE Blue colour of United Nations & Israel Suffering Palestinians & abducted drug cartels Red, black and green flag versus white flag Black pirate flag... but its ALWAYS SO Blue uniforms, blue collar courts (blue!) Protect and serve the absurdity of the norm (blue!) Blue of the sea in the depths there is peace (blue!) In the river is the exit from the hell in the streets Blue ocean where bodies are dropped (blue!) The notion of which we forgot Threw Gaddafi, Bin Laden, Saddam Blue soldiers fighting Boko Haram Blue blood, blew money, blew bombs Blue suede shoes, blue like the man in the moon Blew like Japan being nuked, blue made moves Blew like Clinton and Trump Blew like Nixon and on and on and on My education is white, my poetry is Arabic (!عربى) Latino revolutionary maverick (¡Revolución!) My martial art is Russian, philosophy is asian Fighting for a black struggle and I'm ALWAYS SO BLUE Too rich to be poor, too poor to be rich Too white for the Arabs, too Arab for the Swiss Latinos say that I'm gringo Americans think I'm French Too Sufi for the Christians but I'm ALWAYS SO BLUE I'm a white black nationalist, holding up a fist Red, black and green, with some blue in the midst Taoist philosophies with love as the fix I woke up from a dream, wondering what I missed I'm for the natives of the nations but loving to see the mix Yelling "kill whitey!" but begging to coexist I'm an intelligent and positive agent of how to live I know I'm still mighty, but rarely do I insist Too inhibited and anxious, timid in a sense Living giving thanks, humility's the defence And they bringing tanks to civilians are the fence So I give you the past, and future in present tense I got mixed nationalities with split personalities It's an old world disorder I got mixed nationalities with split personalities It's an old world disorder I got mixed nationalities with split personalities I got mixed nationalities with split personalities Yo holler at me if you got Mixed nationalities with split personalities Third-culture kids You know it's mixed nationalities with split personalities World Wide connects You know it's mixed nationalities with split personalities And I'm always so blue Mixed nationalities with split personalities (Damn) Blue Most of my best work gets done at 4 in the morning And the dopest shit I do never gets recorded But I get a lot accomplished so if I’m really being honest There’s no reason at all to be ALWAYS SO BLUE

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Dr Koul’s first solo rap album, Stranger At Home, is an exploration of identity and self-expression, using Hip Hop culture as a therapeutic tool for personal development from the perspective of a ‘Third-Culture Kid’.

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released February 2, 2019

Mix by OscioPak
Art by Teto (cover by Teto & Rebel Eye)
Backing vocals by Evita Koné
Guitar by Jad Azkoul
Violin by Julian Azkoul

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Captains Of The Imagination (C.O.T.I.) Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva's leading English-language Hip Hop crew constantly evolves through creative lyrics and orchestral arrangements over hard beats & smooth melodies. Principle vocalists: Evita Koné, Dr Koul & Imagine.

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