Stranger At Home

by Dr Koul

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

C.O.T.I. (Captains Of The Imagination) is an English-speaking Hip Hop crew based in Geneva, Switzerland. Imagine, Evita Koné, Dr Koul & Capitán on vocals, Dj Tiny Tim on the decks, and SeZ' on the beats.

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Track Name: Stranger At Home
[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'
Track Name: Dirty Feet
[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
Track Name: Clean Hands
[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
Track Name: Safe Space Sex
[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
Track Name: Love Funktion pt. II (It Takes Work)
[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
Track Name: Half My Life
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
Track Name: Deal With It
[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
Track Name: Weed
[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
Track Name: Voter Fatigue
[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...
Track Name: Animal Revolution
[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
Track Name: Winds Of Change
[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
Track Name: Martial Hip Hop
[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
Track Name: Postmaster Delivery Status Notification Failure
[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
Track Name: Blue
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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