Knelt

Eyes closed, mind open
I fall to my knees with my heart broken
The images of a battered public
Violence and hatred continuin’ to make me sick

Can’t hesitate to settle down and pray
Since we need divine intervention on this day
Yes we’re all human, but all I see are monsters
We should be lovin’, but instead are torturers

Pick up the pace on this change they say
When in reality it’s more destructive than foul play
There are all these hesitations for the conclave
With far too many people enterin’ an early grave

What’s the case, why the tragedies
Within every place, you see countless felonies
I suppose evil has started the race quickly
So there’s no time for too good to go slow and steady

Don’t focus on the popularity
Do what’s actually right through morality
Each time I blink another soul is lost
Is this world really worth the cost

I almost can’t stand to see all that’s empty
The hearts of those who impose all the fallacy
Livin’ in these times it’s a harsh reality
Being as we just can’t move past our fantasy

No one’s perfect, not one country
Not one group, not the one you’re electing
I hold compassion and great sympathy
However the terrible nature continues with the clock ticking

Celebration

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Thank you God… Thank you Jesus

It’s a celebration… life indeed is a celebration
Here we are again the end of another album
Thank you to all who took the time to listen
Thanks to all who have supported me over time
I appreciate all of the comments and likes amongst my creations

I hope you enjoyed this most recent project
There was once a time I thought I was finished
Lo’ and behold here I am still goin’
There will be more music in the future as time permits
But as this album was titled, I hope you to are lifted

There is a lot to celebrate despite all the drama
Keep your head up and push through the dilemma
Thank you to all the producers who helped inspire this end result
There are a lot of talented people out there that are incredibly gifted

Never be afraid to be yourself and showcase your creativity
Speak your mind and ask questions… learn while you can
Life is a wonderful thing and achievements bring quality satisfaction
I get the pleasure of making music for anyone who will hear
It’s been an awesome journey to continue to meet more and more people… it’s fascinating

I hope that the times ahead will provide as many memories as the past
It is always worthwhile to try and improve the lives of others
To hear that you’ve been an inspiration or have brought comfort to someone else
The feeling it’s truly indescribable
I do this because it brings me joy and it is something that I love to do

It is my hopes others will find what helps them improve and pursue it
There is never a moment that is wasted when you let yourself live
Don’t wallow in guilt or doubt, reach the celebration that is your success
It doesn’t matter what others say or do, if you know it’s right… seize it
Respect others and keep them in mind, but don’t let them control your life

The only limitations that can restrict someone are themselves
There are plenty of opportunities to develop and progress
Some more difficult than others, but determination is a great attribute
Find your motivation and proceed to accomplish the goals you set
Whatever it is you feel preventing you from doing so are just excuses
Again, the only real thing that can hold you back is you

I’ve been around some great people in my life
All of whom have taught me a lesson in some form or fashion
I have seen some great examples of endurance and strength
People overcoming odds that seemed rather daunting
But nonetheless they pulled through the circumstances and were better for it

I try to soak in as much as I can to help myself better understand all different aspects
There are many differences of opinion over various topics
However, there is a common ground that can be found with everyone you meet

There really is no reason to be hateful
Everyone has had difficulties and struggles
Each day we come out of a sleep is a celebration
We get the opportunity to live and impact this world around us
Not everyone has equal resources, but they have equal opportunity to succeed

It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how much money you have
Utilize what it is you do have around you and build
Quitting before ever getting started is far too common
There is always a way to help someone even if it is just yourself
But the more lives you touch, the more support you’ll have

So the next time you are asking yourself if it is worth it
As the saying goes, with great risk comes great reward
Believe in yourself and trust your passion
The time is now to uplift others
The time is now to uplift yourself

It’s a celebration, so don’t sit on the sidelines
Become an integral part of it

Thank you again for your time in listening
I truly appreciate every second of it
I hope all is well for you and yours
Have a great day and until next time God Bless you!

Origins

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Opening:
I was born in brazil, adopted then raised in Michigan
I’ve been brought up as an American
Livin’ life in the sense of freedom
Not because of the stars and stripes, but Christ

At an early age I was introduced to sacrifice
My parents worked hard for me to grow up nice
I never imagined the type of legacy I was following
Until I began to mature when I was in my teens

Lookin’ at the past service of my family
A mission began to come clear to me

1st:
I never imagined at age nine
That my stock in life would rise
It was then I first had real responsibility
The first nephew who began lookin’ up to me

Not long after a second was on the way
My life unfoldin’ into somethin’ other than a mystery
As I continued to grow more talents displayed
I was athletic, into tech, and writin’ poetry

Then someone said to get into recording
Years went by, I finally picked up a mic and the rest was history

2nd:
You see I never planned to do much
This was all just a hobby to fool around and stuff
It wasn’t until more people caught onto it
That I really began to see inspiration bein’ a hit

I’m still surprised to see what God has done
This hasn’t been anything more than fun
Yet, it has gotten to a global level
Reachin’ masses of people when I only aim to please one

3rd:
It’s been a blessing in disguise
Especially with how time flies
I don’t want to be in the spotlight
I just want to encourage others to do right

Reach out and make a difference in life
There isn’t a reason to hold back
A lot of pressure on me to get a wife
So I can carry on the family track

I’d much rather be a renaissance to rap
Or more specifically whatever it is that’s God’s plan
As long as I continue to awake each day
Expect a new track at some point to play

4th:
To be quite honest I didn’t expect to go this long
It’s been quite a few years now since my first song
But here I am continuing to age and being used in music
Who knew the diverse audience that would listen to my exclusives
Every continent… it’s just amazin’

5th:
Live up to your highest potential
Be used in a way that’s positive and professional
You’re uniquely made and highly substantial
Partake in the gifts you’ve been given and make it official

Here I am just a normal guy still wonderin’ why
Pressin’ forward for the great message to be heard before I die
Welcome to my origins, I hope you enjoyed your stay
Stand up firmly with faith, don’t be afraid

Chase what you love and the rest will be ok
Never doubt yourself at any point in any way

I Will

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Opening:
Today it’s used as an insult
Everybody rushin’ to this new cult
People want to crucify religion
Tryin’ to make fun of us Virgins
It’s crazy, get use to it… we’re different

1st Verse:
Many people doubtin’
My integrity and its silly
I’m genuine, yes a virgin
Not interested in your mimicry

I’ve climbed the mountains to abstain
Runnin’ from the temptations each day
You ask how is it possible to do so
Well it’s been a mindset from the get go

I’ve been straight forward from the start
A man of my word with Christ in my heart
I never allowed an opportunity to waver
No matter how many times I might’ve craved her

Many women with such beauty
I’ve remained true and I’m nearin’ thirty
I’ve never been one to cheat
So why would I slip up before obtainin’ a wifey

You and I are obviously different
I don’t demand respect I just get it
The women aren’t mine to objectify
There’s a far greater reason their alive

So to seek only one thing is despicable
I’m not exaggeratin’, I’m bein’ quite literal
The notion of seekin’ temporary pleasure
Isn’t the reason we’ve been given this life adventure

Now close your eyes and ask
Why you want acceptance but diminish another’s tracks

Chorus:
These days people are so concerned with the feels
Little do they know the reality of what’s real
I’ve been accepted and rejected, what’s the deal
I’m not concerned with their judgment, so no need to appeal (x2)

I don’t buy into the gossip
And I’d rather not deal with your problems

I will maintain my virgin status, I will… I will
I will do it for the only King reignin’ right now
I will, I will… I will

Yeah, I won’t give up on this commitment
Just to appease your addictions

I will maintain my virgin status for the true King reignin’
Yes I will, I will… I will

2nd Verse:
Now that I’m older people focused on marriage
As if they don’t have enough to fit on their carriage
I’m in no rush to delve into the mixed messages
I’ve made peace with the percentages

I’m set to ride out my life just fine
I don’t need sex to feel alive
So many differentiations you’ll see
But conformity to self just isn’t me

There’s always an attraction
It’s hard to avoid women when in motion
Even if your life is stagnant
It’s innate to have that passion

People look at my past puzzled
Goin’ through a big college, but kept it muzzled
It wasn’t easy as there were plenty
Of offers to go about fornicating

I may be stronger than the average
But not some super hero, just a simple advantage
I’ve been blessed to know value
To experience what love is from someone true

God doesn’t test me to fail, but failure is an option
Evil exists and many want to alter my situation
However I’m beyond their attempts to slay
That respect I hold for each and every lady

Chorus:
These days people are so concerned with the feels
Little do they know the reality of what’s real
I’ve been accepted and rejected, what’s the deal
I’m not concerned with their judgment, so no need to appeal (x2)

I don’t buy into the gossip
And I’d rather not deal with your problems

I will maintain my virgin status, I will… I will
I will do it for the only King reignin’ right now
I will, I will… I will

Yeah, I won’t give up on this commitment
Just to appease your addictions

I will maintain my virgin status for the true King reignin’
Yes I will, I will… I will

Interval:
If you’re a virgin… don’t be ashamed, be proud of what you are

Chorus:
These days people are so concerned with the feels
Little do they know the reality of what’s real
I’ve been accepted and rejected, what’s the deal
I’m not concerned with their judgment, so no need to appeal (x2)

I don’t buy into the gossip
And I’d rather not deal with your problems

I will maintain my virgin status, I will… I will
I will do it for the only King reignin’ right now
I will, I will… I will

Yeah, I won’t give up on this commitment
Just to appease your addictions

I will maintain my virgin status for the true King reignin’
Yes I will, I will… I will

Closing:
Be proud… don’t be ashamed, be proud
Don’t listen to all the negative hateful sounds
Stay true to you and that significant other you’ll commit to

Vigil

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It was by grace this pathway was paved
Little did I know when my time came
Sacrifice is engrained within us all
We can either use it or deny the call

Acknowledgment is a rare utility
We need to embrace our surroundings
Living for ourselves is detrimental
Since in the end we’ll all eventually fall

Knowing a memory and idea can live on
Why would one have greed with no bonds
Relationships are meant to endure
It is part of the way we can really prosper

Uniquely channeling our purpose
Can take a lot of practice and patience
For those that don’t know this
They’ve most likely indulged in ignorance

Faith resides in our very existence
But many choose not to believe its relevance
Opening our minds on a daily basis
Can grant us a prominent oasis

You can only find that which you seek
So don’t hesitate to step away from the bleak
We’re not meant to remain empty
Choose to fulfill your life with meaning

I’m not one who tries to be the best
But will give my all until I’m laid to rest

Lie In Darkness

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Opening:
In a world so dark we sometimes forget the good
We’re told to do certain things as if we should
But are they really the best options
With so much fear and instability, we need solutions
All the problems that surface it’s hard to take
Are you not tired of all this heartache

Verse:
Sympathy seems to be lacking
We’d much rather go out and tweet
Whatever it is a celebrity says like a parakeet
Becoming more and more like sheep

So intent to share things on facebook
Instead of enterin’ the real world showcasin’ our outlook
Airin’ out dirty laundry an enhanced form of gossip
It’s no mystery why hatred continues to blossom

Throw out a photo on instagram about a cause
While actually sittin’ privately frozen in a pause
Bein’ primarily focused on acquirin’ likes and follows
Just shows how much humanity has hollowed

We now anticipate rewards without any pursuit
Hardly anyone speakin’ up for hope, it’s as if most are on mute
I’m left curious on what technology has done
Supposedly it produces connection, but I see none

Since when did risk symbolize impossible
The amount of lazy has become despicable
This darkness that continues to consume
Will eventually lead us into our doom

There are many attempts to preserve a sense of trust
When in reality the actions just resemble a bust
It’s hard to invest in somethin’ that can end up corrupt
Too many want materials that will one day just be dust

Closing:
Wake up… seriously wake up

Life comes and goes
Don’t lie in the darkness with no hope
Analyze your surroundings, are they pleasant
If not, swallow your pride and repent
It’s simple the work has been completed
But your journey is meant to help repeat it

Broken Dreams

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1st Verse:
Everyone out there workin’ hard
Gettin’ that money for a house and car
So many wantin’ a form of fame
Anything for millions to know their name

They sell themselves to the highest bidder
Whatever it takes to reach the top quicker
No real sense of safety or morality
Just the rush to get the status of celebrity

Too many these days forfeit what they love
Because it doesn’t get them riches they heard of
It’s a sad sight to see them give up the fight
The reality of a crushed dream and no delight

Lots of people don’t even put in the effort
Due to the fact they feel they have no worth
Those feelings of regret begin to creep in
Without ever allowin’ themselves to begin

It’s not a one way street of guarantee
But without tryin’ who knows what they’re missing
There needs to be a little more belief
So their lives aren’t robbed by self pity

Hook (x2):
A lack of confidence, a low self esteem
The pursuit of happiness gone to the broken dreams
Re-evaluation needed to get back clean
Keep hope alive to overcome the obscene

2nd Verse:
So many young women with beauty
Feelin’ as if sex appeal is their duty
So many aspire to get into modeling
But end up in the realms of pornography

Some truly seek to be genuinely classy
But can’t control the costs of entry
There are those forced into human trafficking
The last thing they wanted was slavery

The fact that this rampant objectivity
Is closing the door on more dreams
By creating nightmares for many ladies
Diminishing lives and their priorities
It’s sickening to say the least

I can’t fathom the amount of betrayal
Lookin’ in the mirror as a different portrayal
The life they once dreamed for
Is being treated like trash thrown out the door

By stayin’ smart with their decision process
Many more can avoid all of those losses
They just need to be educated of the signs
To know they’re not destined for that type of decline

Hook (x2):
A lack of confidence, a low self esteem
The pursuit of happiness gone to the broken dreams
Re-evaluation needed to get back clean
Keep hope alive to overcome the obscene

Closing:
Don’t get trapped
And don’t hold yourselves back
This life doesn’t last
So get your dreams on the right track

Ups and Downs

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1st Verse:
As we all age, nothin’ stays the same
Our physicality, mentality, and life change
We can only anticipate certain stuff
Yet forget that what we have is so much

The focus seems to be on what isn’t there
Whatever happened to gratitude
Did it just vanish in thin air
Sometimes we need to check our attitude

The forgotten template of struggle dispersed
As if we’re not thankful until things are worse
So many forget that what they have others may not
It isn’t about the gain or what it is you got

Look out beyond yourself to notice
There are needs everywhere so potent
Your senses and clothes seem simplistic
But speak volumes to how you’re livin’

Not everyone’s lifestyle is pleasant
The luxuries we have are what’s mostly taken for granted

Hook (x2):
Life is full of ups and downs
We travel through with grins and frowns
Our abilities often overlooked
And our necessities unnoticed
Realize the ways you’ve been blessed

2nd Verse:
They say you never know what you got till it’s gone
It’s rather true when someone says so long
Those relationships that build
Are irreplaceable because you’re fulfilled

You have to put in action to get a reaction
This life isn’t about our personal satisfaction
Our methods and antics have consequences
So there isn’t a need for any nonsense

What we do affects many in society
Even if you’re reclusive you still have a family
Some may feel alone, but there are those that care
If you take a second to look it is clearly there

Love is often sought out
But the definitions are leavin’ many in doubt
So many different spins on it
Hardly anyone knows when it is truly legit

In accordance to what you’ve obtained
Be thankful for some of the unexplained

Hook (x2):
Life is full of ups and downs
We travel through with grins and frowns
Our abilities often overlooked
And our necessities unnoticed
Realize the ways you’ve been blessed

3rd Verse:
Go out and hug your family and friends
Tell them you love them till the very end
Not everyday is a guarantee
So don’t take for granted that which you need

Embrace your responsibilities and priorities
For they help give you a part of your meaning
Not everyone can do what it is you can
So help progress the success of the grand plan

Hook (x2):
Life is full of ups and downs
We travel through with grins and frowns
Our abilities often overlooked
And our necessities unnoticed
Realize the ways you’ve been blessed

Catalyst

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A lyrical stylist
Usin’ verbal violence
To murder these beats
Increasin’ the peace on the streets

A catalyst to restore hope
Before ignorance gets close
Causin’ further damage down the slope
Deterrin’ families bein’ able to cope

I rise like the sun to shine light
Runnin’ toward the fight
To impose all that is right
This message that breaks the dead of night

Unleashin the chains of pains
Unlockin the mess of stressful terrain
Am I insane to think I’m game
Or weird for not wantin’ fame

I’m after a different cause
I do this without pause
Write to introduce proper law
That which is Holy not raw

Indecisive acts that are rash
Will lead one to inevitably crash
Think fast, this life doesn’t last
Make more memories not cash

I’m a traveler on this globe
Only one place I’ll call home
It isn’t within this atmospheric dome
And can’t be reached by phone

I’m saved because He gave
So I’ll be alive again after the grave

Don’t Bother

[Lyrics to a storylike song I was going to put on the upcoming album project, just didn't like how the track was turning out]

She looked at me and whispered…

Don’t bother they’re already here
The voices in my head makin’ it all unclear
I’m enclosed and surrounded by all these fears
I just wish this lifestyle would finally disappear

You see, I was walkin’ down the street
And I noticed a girl lookin’ over at me
The look she had wasn’t familiar
It was of curiosity as if I was meant to deliver

I walked up and broke the ice
Typical small talk after saying “Hi”
She then went on to tell me her story
A complete stranger revealin’ her inner most inventory

She expressed how she had been coerced
Charmed into a life where everything got worse
Slipped into one bad habit after another
After so long her emotions didn’t even bother

I was shocked and confused
Not knowin’ much of what to do
I began to reply back with what I thought was right
Little did I know she wasn’t quite ready for any insight

She looked at me and whispered…

Don’t bother they’re already here
The voices in my head makin’ it all unclear
I’m enclosed and surrounded by all these fears
I just wish this lifestyle would finally disappear

So I simply asked do you know what love is
Not the pleasures you’ve measured in ignorance
But the bliss that your heart can reminisce
The feeling of joy and one of purpose

It seems you’re enclosed in the dark
Allowin’ this mess to attack like a shark
Take a deep breath and analyze your past
Because from the sounds of it you don’t want this to last

All that you’ve tried in materials
Can’t be found in the spiritual
It’s time to step away from the physical
To allow your body some time to heal

What has been culminated isn’t what you deserve
You need to abandon the pressure of these pervs
There is someone out there much greater
That didn’t create you to reside in this torture

So take my hand let’s walk together
Get you to a place that can provide some shelter
Transform your life into somethin’ far better
Where you’ll be appreciated for more than just three letters

She again looked at me and whispered…

I’m glad you noticed me sittin’ over here
I was certain you weren’t just another stranger
I believe I’m ready to surpass these fears
So that finally this lifestyle can disappear

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