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Wednesday
Oct012014

A Suite for Souled People Lyrics

 

 

Funeral (written by Elucid): 

The world’s most dangerous 
Nature of the threat 
Fear painted us 
Shades of scarlet 
Smear campaigns 
On marked targets 
Even unarmed 
We spar with marksmen 
Arms too short to choke out pale devils 
Makeshift rookie rebels 
Versus military surplus reserve grade weapons 
Save for reference 
The message 
The pigs response we saw in Ferguson is a look into the future of policing in America at large 
The ghetto’s been an experiment 
Abuse of power comes as no surprise 
Reinforcing the divide 
As the gap widens 
Know your place or face extreme violence 
Your right to remain silent been suspended 
Sparked the offensive 
Groundswell as the phalanx inches 
Facing opposite the winds 
Tear gas dispenses 
Returned vollies 
Black bodies trigger hidden bias 
Rounds flying distant siren 
Homegoing kiss the gates of Zion

 

Mourning (written by Curly Castro):

Recreate the phalanx, spears at that angle 
This fight is for our lives & Zulu is the failsafe 
Blood spilled all over ribbons star spangled 
You’d think we were the Wendigo, how white men never feel safe 
Police were always tasked: go and round up all the freed slaves 
Never free at last, have us searching for the real tapes 
Grew up Brooklyn ‘88 
Perpetual police state 
They walked the beat, whistled Dixie 
Pointed nightsticks in our face 
Taught that chokehold, ran amuck 
Then deemed it all illegal? Wait? 
… 
I hear another Black body falling 
Black star extinguished before he found his calling 
Cuffed up in the backseat, hands behind the Black 
But yet and still we shoot ourselves?!? 
What kind of sense is that?? 
Dutton said the hunt was on, the prey- the Men in Black 
Rebel’s the only option, all the passive hit the back. 
And all my Rebel Massive, green and red and then the Black 
The tide is soon to turn, a flood of Forty Nights in fact 
Feeling lucky test the theory, kill another boy that’s Black 
And you’ll have this Boom Bap Zulu 
Out the trees like Ceasar’s Back!! 
It’s the rebirth of the dawn of the fear of the Planet Black! 
It’s the rebirth of the dawn of the fear of the Planet Black! 

But every nigga on my block 
Can’t stop, and he won’t stop, and he don’t stop (repeat 7X)

 

Revival (written by billy woods):

tell my son like this 
Don’t admit to shit but Don’t resist 
Don’t flinch when you get gripped up metal bites the wrist 
Don’t talk about rights 
or what’s right 
or what would happen if you were white 
even if they whip your ass Don’t fight 
Don’t laugh 
or get tight 
might jump out the shadows middle of the night 
but it’s on you Boy to keep those hands in plain sight 
Don’t touch your belt 
reach for your wallet 
or happen to be holding your cell 
normal speech is a yell yelling is a reach for the gun 
silence an admission of guilt 
Don’t try to walk away 
if you’re running then run! 
if you’re smart play dumb 
Don’t get caught in the slums or a nice neighborhood you aint from 
if you need help Don’t call 911 
Can’t Truss It

Friday
Sep192014

A Suite For Souled People

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as Staten Island, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Los Angeles) have lifted a veil of comfortable ignorance across this country. The murder of Michael Brown, resultant cover up and egregious treatment of protesters has shown that the perception of Black people in America has changed little since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Americans live in a country where the oppressed are dehumanized and told to be quiet and gracious about their anger; and where the oppressors are harbored by our government and rewarded by our peers. Where the media warps facts to prove agendas against citizens and digital voices rush to play devil’s advocate to conceal their own bias. These are terrifying statements and not exaggerations. I’m no revolutionary. But I am someone who wants to look his children in the eyes and say when his country showed its worst, he did something. 

- Paul “Willie Green” Womack, Sept. 15th, 2014

 

Monday
Aug112014

Updates

It's been about 5 months since my last update, which seems about par for the course.  We'll just chalk that up to the studio being busy, which it definitely has been.  Since the last post I've engineered releases for: Corina Corina, PremRock, Donnie McClurkin, Warren S. Britt, Henry Canyons, Armand Hammer, Johnny Jabbour and Wiz Khalifa, with projects from Vinyl Cape, Urban Miracle and MC Gebo/Acid Reign coming soon.  And that's just the things I can talk about, there's always more in the pipeline.

On the production standpoint there are some new things to hear; look out for some new exclusive music in the upcoming "Concrete Jungle" animated series by Steve Cartoccio, and of course on the previously mentioned releases by Corina, Prem, Henry Canyons, and MC Gebo & Acid Reign. (Nothing with Armand Hammer this go around, sorry!)  With the exception of producing the bulk of Corina's "The Free Way," that doesn't sound like a lot considering the output of years past, but that's partially because:

I've been writing again.

A lot.

For the past few years I've been promising a full length album that I just couldn't seem to get started on, and any attempts I made stalled out for no reason but my own stalling.  I'm really excited to say that I'm about 18 demos into the new project.  That's demos, not beats; I'm approaching these tracks as evolving songs not just beats waiting for rhymes.  Also, yes it is a rap album.  Not my raps of course, but I'm (admittedly quite slowly) handpicking emcees for the project.  The album is going to be an experiment on a number of levels as I'm trying a lot of things I've never done before.  But as a producer, that's the point of making your own records: to take chances with your own vision for a change.  The plan is to be as ambitious as possible and work backwards from there.  The end goal is to make an actual artistic statement, not just some songs that all happen to have the same artwork.  That sounds a little self-important but creating art itself is a little self-important.  That's not a bad thing, why make it if you don't feel your voice matters?

I am also happy to say this album will be back home with Backwoodz Studioz.  I've had other label situations over the past few years, but Backwoodz is family and is the proper place for this work.  They will also be home to the lead up projects I have planned, including at least one new instrumental project for you Heroes and Villains and Dirty Jordans folks out there.

I have a few other things in store with some new artists I'm immensely excited about, but I'm going to hold my tongue on those for now, 'cause well, poachers stay poaching.  But trust and believe The Greenhouse is running at a nice clip, for myself and many others.

Thursday
Mar062014

Corina Corina - I Can't Resist ft. Henry Canyons

For the last 10+ months, Corina and I have been hunkered down in The GreenHouse drinking coffee and putting together a great new project - her sophmore album The Free Way.  The album doesn't drop for another couple weeks, but I Can't Resist is the first official look.  Featuring the one and only Henry Canyons, we think I Can't Resist is a hell of an intro to the new album.  Checkit.

Sunday
Feb162014

Tumblr

So I have a Tumblr account, which I actually use now.  If you're into studio pictures and the occasional awesome post from someone else that I've reblogged, check out WillieGreen.tumblr.com, or click the link on the left.