The Achievement Gap

by Foci

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about

While this is a concept project that addresses various facets of academic success, this album also touches on revealing FOCI’s insecurities (Motion Pictures), his search for love and companionship (Promise Land), and the murder of his best friend and manager Cesar Morales (Cesars Song).

The Achievement Gap as a whole serves as a statement on the current condition of Hip-Hop, which ultimately culminates in the songs (Real DJs & Desperado). Unlike many of the new artists that are coming out today whose success is simply measured by how well their album charts, FOCI is more concerned with making sure that this album measures up to the standards of the legends that he has shared the stage with.

For FOCI, his responsibility is clear; whether working with students in the classroom with a lack of proper materials (Devil in Disguise) or taking listeners to school on wax (Three's A Crowd), one way or another, FOCI will do whatever he can to make sure that The Achievement Gap is nothing more than a distant memory.

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released 28 February 2013

Featuring Production by: Diverse, Jansport J, Nathan Allen, Emani, and Science.

Additional Vocals by: Christine Ariya, Annie Elliot, and The Alumni
Cuts by DJs: 4080 & Gemini

Art Direction: Thomas Wu
Tracking Engineer: Chris "Emani" Terry-Smith
Mixing & Mastering Engineer: Omar "Ikuestion" Loya

All songs were recorded at theJTCollective Studios - Pasadena, CA
Executive Produced by theJTCollective

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Track Name: Los Angelinos (4 Carl Get'em) [Produced by Science]
Whattup Carl, peace to my man Carl Get’em

Chorus (2x)
C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em
Say what say what yo where you at Los Angeles
Say what say what yo where i’m from Los Angeles

Verse 1
Yo, she like german (achoo) Gusenteit
Yup and your outfit goes on tight
It don't take any liquor to lick her
But all within the building is kickin' scriptures for a picture
Blinding paparazzi and the flashing lights
She's talking crazy so the obvious goes down tonight
Let's get out of here too many eyes too many ears
Too many years of this nonsense to bring it here
Somewhere isolated, (what) mono y mono (ha)
Drinkin' irish and I ain't Bono
But me and you too rockin' bloody Sundays
The fun ways for them fun days
This is Hip Hop I used to put it down at Spundae
Tus poquito besitos got me looking dumb way
Smile on face like the radio gave me some play
You know it’s gotta happen, one day

Chorus (2x)
C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em
Say what say what yo where you at Los Angeles
Say what say what yo where i’m from Los Angeles

Verse 2
I don't believe what you believe but I believe in freedom (freedom)
I don't see what you see but I do believe I'll lead them (lead them)
You'd rather be happy through someone else's misery (uh huh)
And you can count me out the difference 'tween you and me
And if she doesn't understand that's her problem B
And if she doesn't feline land success on her feet
Yo ha ha ha yea that's another problem C
Her final grade will probably end up as a D
No Es are given unless she's taken drugs
But to fail is an F earned like fakin' thugs
If she worships G's up over Jesus
Some may just fall in love and H try to please her
But never for I that's asking the heart to break
These girls shady like J and always play for stakes
And this man named K ain't got time to play
Leave with an L loser for the lover's sake

Chorus (2x)
C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em, C’mon Get’em
Say what say what yo where you at Los Angeles
Say what say what yo where i’m from Los Angeles

Verse 3 (Outro)
LA (where you at)
SGV (where you at)
Southbay (where you at)
South Central (where you at)
San Fernando (where you at)
MidCity (where you at)
Eastside Eastside worldwide (where you at)
Westside Westside worldwide (where you at)
Track Name: Remote Control feat. Christine Ariya [Produced by Diverse]
Verse 1
I always done my dirt all by my lonely
Nature has this instinct for us to be Naughty
Serves as a natural thinning of the heard
Common in nature coming throughout the third
Worlds, while we march to the same drum
Ya'll off beat dumb follow false philosophy
Show belonging an S after an apostrophe
And on me, (cheh), there is no stopping we
People want drama with blood and guts
Not see us do laps see us crash it up
Not see us pass then see us flash it up
End of a pool game and not even rack it up
If I said change is now would you mash it up
Abstain from looking down while not seeing what is up
Lifted higher than Sikorsky Sky Cranes
Not for me I like laying low with a migraine

Chorus (2x)
Stop look remote control now
What they feed you is holding us down

Verse 2
No disdain I gain from my grains
Say it aint so fly i'm far from a plane
You can play it goes in the fast lane
Minutes til take off I barely made boarding 'mang
We link up stack up its daisy chained
We drink cups fast up crazy train
Rocky, Ozzy, Randy, and Daisley
Heavy Metal Park Paisley the Prince mentality
Now if the church molested
Should we have killed the priests
And within that resides a hidden beast
Yo. Tauro on that Spanish
Bullfighting running over any outlandish remark
Bear witness to how the BS starts
No bite to begin with yo it is just bark
People don't think about what they start
'Til it ends with one with no beating heart

Chorus (2x)
Stop look remote control now
What they feed you is holding us down

Verse 3
Disappear in the earth hollow way as a group Holloway in Aruba
Rest in Peace
Your the type to try to force democracy in Cuba
Ain't welcome to stay this is woodwind you Tuba
Death meticulous and ridiculous
Deciduous planted within the thick of this
Sleep provides me the answers in me dreaming so
To be related to death it has no meaning oh
Equivalent to what on screen you are streaming
And the various things they have you believing
Direct my TV thousands of channels you on Channel 9
So many options, so why, would you follow mine
Track Name: Devil in Disguise [Produced by Nathan Allen]
Verse 1
Waking up dead from a nightmare
Right there outer body feeling the might of fear
The nights near
Shadows stay resilient to form a silhouette as she dances to a minuet
Triple time it's 3/4 quarters to a whole
3 points triple shot attempt to take my soul
Try to walk away I feel it in my soles
Looking for some class but the books stay on hold
For it to connect its gotta be the shoes
They look at me as I look at 40 of you
Provisions don't line up with what is required
I watch her movements as to what she desires
As the clock strikes 10 31
Limited not by imagination but some sort of fund
Mitigating circumstance in this institute
The machine freezes as it attempts to boot

Chorus
They lied, they lied, I don't even know why I tried
I tried, I tried, any and all attempts to save lives
Your life your life who what when how where the why
They lie, they lie, they lie, they lie

Verse 2
Luring you in with an appetizing meal
Selling you what you want to hear how good it feels
Sign on the dotted line the deal is sealed
Commence the nightmare I can't tell what is real
Suffering through the heat of the devils kitchen
Where children steal slices of pie during intermission
My skin hurts and my mouth burns
A sense of deja vu from the first year curse
The name rhymes with another cripple
The joke was on me they called it the riddle
Pulling my strings song played on a fiddle
Hallucinations purgatory laying down in the middle
Now you want to give yourself to faith real quick
It is sick for if you ever believed in it
The characters around surround
The rest laid off to silence now

Chorus
They lied they lied and I don't even know why I tried
I tried I tried any and all attempts to save lives
Your life your life who what when how where the why
They lie they lie they lied they lied
Track Name: Gone With The Wind (Pushing Daisies) [Produced by Science]
Verse 1
Laying legendary plans me Ben Kingsley
Saw money thought i would take care of her easily
Eyes got real big she wanted it from me
I strategize now look up and just king me
Checkers better game play is up in chess
Could you imagine this sound emanating from my chest
Malt with science while history ruin Mayans
Looking back to see fail less more trying
It's so serious
How she'll plot for the lot real estate in your pockets
Caught up in a problem call up Houston Rockets
Won't make play offs launches heart in lockets
So I don't cop it and you're better off to stop it
But kinetic motion got you dropping all them off
Reasons to hate but wait, what you gained is your loss
Set it straight ok bottom feeders accost
Let it stay nayguy she just made you soft

Chorus 2x
Gone with the wind and the wind just blows
Love them leave them Rick James
(Cuts)

Verse 2
There are pathetic women out there plotting preying & waiting
Trapping men & playing 'em pull them a stray then hating
To leave you entranced yet shaking
Waking hours of making
A situation of faking
Emotions lies and changes
Her deranged mind will actually make you cave in
Fighting a battle to lose an idiots way to game it
Whether college educated drop out or she made it
Far enough to say you're like my dad yea i'll say it
Lie to your face place it in stages pages engaged in
Pacing hospital floors enraged in
Brief never long winded bringing a jingle to mingle every single emotional case in
Yo shut up listen no water out of a dry basin
So strange she initiated some sort of frat hazing
Rather than support a grape she sucks you dry to raisin
Gazing to stir and take away any complacence

Chorus 2x
Gone with the wind and the wind just blows
Love them leave them Rick James
(Cuts)

Verse 3
Surely looking at her different was a sight to see
So many ran up in her nickname track meet
How this track meets her without being discrete
Will make it harder for her to walk these streets
Stained sheets on the bed that she made
With the thought of someone to be framed
With the thought of someone to be blamed
This was not just a game played one way
Oncoming traffic never saw the headlights
Wandering blind through men for that head right?
The want for stacks and racks you need to stay off
During your 9 to 5 she's out in a tradeoff
Ball players only love her during playoffs
She's gone with the wind when you get laid off
This is what happens when you go for the flips
Wants you to fall but only makes you trip
Frankly my dear I just don't give
2-0-1-1 Gone With the Wind
Let me say it again for 2-0-1-2 Gone With the Wind
Track Name: She Said [Produced by Diverse]
Verse 1
Yo, ha what you asking me to do
Similar strained ways a formula so obtuse
Auto lose a race in pit stop before you start
Dropping heavy words and bombs fall apart
Explosive wrecking ball all casualties
Prior to foundation being made a sort of fallacy
To believe or not to believe
Words chose the suspect wisely
Finance interrogate Isley
Eyes see esquire acquire the taste for the law
Taste for the rules laid down in a cause
An effect to digest inspect any flaw
And the rest of what's left is drowned till they fall

Chorus
Yea, ah, yea
And it's freezing outside she got nothing she just told me this is her favorite song
And she said
Let's go

Verse 2
Sliding slippery slope BP'd on the gulf coast
And to see the obvious back flash into a ghost
Ha it's eyes closed with dots
An intensity spilled a cap never forgot
To contain but you go against my grain
You bring in the insanity to claim some fame
Without one defining moment of one restraint
Speak in your action and never sound waves

Chorus
Yea, ah, yea
And it's freezing outside she got nothing she just told me this is her favorite song
And she said
Let's go

Verse 3
Some keep pitching in these low digits
Same thing used to lift everybody’s spirits
Now a days to make calls you don't need dimes
Quarters present itself much easier to find
Even if equivalent to you divided by 5
Is equal to something coming more along the lines of truth
Governed too exceed a limit to soothe
Some emo dude that don't comprehend feelings
No matter which way shape form you are dealing
Those cards on deck while everybody's stealing
It's something that Gemini told me was revealing
Diverse provided the solution to her scheming, ways
Track Name: Real DJs feat. Christine Ariya [Produced by Diverse]
Chorus (2x)
This goes out to my real DJs
That do more than just press play
Just touched down
Rock them crowds
Make em say heyyy

Verse 1
Been on for days weeks years over a decade
When DJs really did the real thing
Record breaking and taking no payola
Spinning on actual plates my crates full of Crayola
On the decks we so cold she shows stiff areola
You could get it if you roll in Royce or roll a Corola
Get down with Cholos and Cholas that tote pistolas
With a Rolex or a g shock for all of my soldiers
When we drop it on the 1 yes it begins
And the craze to dance make B-boys do head spins
Just like the vinyl at 33 1/3
Technics decks and music with the realest verse
The Mixer is in effect 57 or the 909
Had a Scratchmaster but no DJ lights
The milk crates, yo hey, stuffed with the vinyl
Did it so great we graduate Serato survival yup

Chorus 2x
This goes out to my real djs
That do more than just press play
Just touched down
Rock them crowds
Make em say hey

Verse 2
Yo it used to be up to us
Can you tell me what happened how we fell off the bus
Hoop jump double dutch wouldn't spin out like a double clutch
Shifted gears listen to program directors too much
What's the rush stations stay getting’ the payola
Still can't get by on hard work and the days over
Out of towners you pardon me if I get pissed
I'm from the West Coast where are our own music don't get spins
In our own districts the public asks what is this
The locals for years yearn for the realness
Labels and radio cheating
Same song every hour they feeding
This meal we rip it to pieces
Not into the force fed radio feces
Yup defecating more than upon a microphone
See how it turned Lauren to break and Krayzie to leave bone
Real recognize real and they're strangers
Radio needs us like staples center needs the Lakers, L.A.

Chorus 2x
This goes out to my real djs
That do more than just press play
Just touched down
Rock them crowds
Make em say hey

Verse 3
Some see it as hot dogging jealous within their soul
It's unconventional our initiative we are meant to blow
Managers try to control but should just let it go
Leaders focus and unleash it
That's why Gemini and I act like we don't see it
Reason as to why it's not where you’re from its where you’re at
It’s knowing where you came from to be where you’re at
And if it’s not your destination you are hustling backwards
Trying to prove something unproven to a slew of slackers
So what as Djs are we supposed to do
Support each other's events music and even crews
Don't date each other’s girls even if she's in your world
Leave it at the door they just nuts for the Squirrels
Real life inspiration use anything to bring it out
If you don't want to support we'll just clean you out
Throw you all in the laundry and just ring ya'll out
Drop you with a clothesline no need to hear you out
Track Name: Three's A Crowd [Produced by Jansport J]
Chorus
Huuuuh, staring out the window wondering about it all
Huh huh huuuuh, feeling kind of lonely ‘cuz I don't know who to call
Hey, I said no better blues
Ho, I like em no better blues
Hey, mirror looking at you
It reflects what you see but never what you knew

Verse 1
He thought he had it made
Lucked up with the chick he had since the 10th grade
Put it all in football
But those eggs in that basket will eventually hit a wall
And it did after days of playing arena
Settled down with the same one badder than a misdemeanor
But if you missed her demeanor it was like a felony
Then you never really ever seen her despite what you're telling me
Two faces opposite the bat's man
A cat scan could only reveal a trapped plan
Benign but it could've looked like cancer
Getting out of the league was the only answer
So back to his music beats on beats
Got with a sick tight click called the GC
And these dudes were lyrically pleasing
To any who found it within reason
To play treason in a day and age where seeing isn't believing
The seasons come and go without ever pleasing
Any and every soul because what he wanted wasn't even
Along the same lines of any of the meetings
And it was revealing when he walked away
From all the hard work in the linking of the chains
With that link out I continue to explain
With that link out more still remain

Chorus
Huuuuh, staring out the window wondering about it all
Huh huh huuuuh, feeling kind of lonely ‘cuz I don't know who to call
Hey, I said no better blues
Ho, I like em no better blues
Hey, mirror looking at you
It reflects what you see but never what you knew

Verse 2
Blair kids called him Carlos Mencia
Hard-pressed to find someone that smoked more cheeba
Than him with eyes glazed red glistenin'
The idea came after listenin' Ghostface
Chillin' inside what was not your average rehab
She's glad at the fact he like he man
And he like he can do it he won't ruin what they have
The greens used to keep him focused in the lab
An addiction to something on a distant path
The path interfered with everything they had
He was choosy with groupies never smoked on a Lucy
But loosely spoke off lips when he was grooving to that green leaf
And swore to the green peace
Leanin' on that crutch to keep him up on two feet
And it was relieving when he walked away
With that link out more still remain

Chorus
Huuuuh, staring out the window wondering about it all
Huh huh huuuuh, feeling kind of lonely ‘cuz I don't know who to call
Hey, I said no better blues
Ho, I like em no better blues
Hey, mirror looking at you
It reflects what you see but never what you knew

Verse 3
So what remains of the last from that GC
A dude with a mission and a mind of a real king
Yola told him can't be a proffit in his scene
As he used to put everyone else in front of he
On that chivalry but never attached to any
Why would this guy settle when there always came a plenty
Why should the sky tremble when the eyes see the twenties
Rollin on a boulevard of stars and dollars pass up pennies
Let the cream rise to the top cash rules every around so we never stop
Or ever quit 'cuz them seeing his progress makes them sick may make him rich
Focused with that plan as he never went astray
It was revealing when I walked away
All that hard work in linking of the chains
With that link out I still remain
Track Name: Promise Land [Produced by Diverse]
Verse 1
I need a grown woman not a grown girl
With a mind that focus' on an empire not pearls
She realizes to get them diamonds
She must stand up for what she beliefs against all silence
Why it has to be what it never is
Why we gotta be full of take but never give
Not to be like how will I ever live
Must realize the full potential is within your skin
And maybe that's really where it all begins
Find yourself you were never lost to be found in
You've always had the map you've turned the compass
You're in the right direction ain't that something
Take steps self analyze when reflected
Hit back so hard look what you erected
And yes yes it is fully respected
And yes yes you know so deep you always felt it

Chorus
Take your steps with me and forever hold
So c’mon baby c’mon baby c’mon baby go
You're in good hands now you understand
Let me take you all the way to the Promised Land
And when we see the lights you already know
So c’mon baby c’mon baby c’mon baby go
You're in good hands now you understand
Let me take you all the way to the Promised Land

Verse 2
And yes I really went there
You know I like it like that you ain't never scared
Fear for what life throws at you perseverance
Success obtained by few and yet you're so near it
So close baby (Uh huh say what yo what up with you)
You're so close baby (Uh huh say what what you gonna do)
Questions asked and it’s so beautiful
The approach to answer is so true to you
She understands what this life’s about
She shuts down those that only can run their mouths
And even when they try to sprint
Spray Malathion when try to bug our marathon and split
Doesn't ever hesitate to be my teacher
Straight schoolin' me what to do with all those features
She has respect for what goes on in this world
She is who can take it down and save my world

Chorus
Take your steps with me and forever hold
So c’mon baby c’mon baby c’mon baby go
You're in good hands now you understand
Let me take you all the way to the Promised Land
And when we see the lights you already know
So c’mon baby c’mon baby c’mon baby go
You're in good hands now you understand
Let me take you all the way to the Promised Land

Verse 3
So blunt and to the point without being rude
Got brute strength but gracefully so smooth
On that back just spread that cocoa butter
Likes chocolates makes the sound's heart wow and flutter
While sky high lateral controlling rudder
And burning rubber to get up and smash out of the covers
Seek and hide only the weak will try
To argue in the face of truth to end with lies
Never to sleep in until the weekend
Vacate for a couple days when that week ends
The other days that business hustle
In the evenings gym time flexin' the muscle
Nighttime she got that sick tight fit
Looking so good so the kid likes it
Showin' off the curves never faking out on swerve
Now show me tell me all of that of what you just learned

Chorus
Take your steps with me and forever hold
So c’mon baby c’mon baby c’mon baby go
You're in good hands now you understand
Let me take you all the way to the Promised Land
And when we see the lights you already know
So c’mon baby c’mon baby c’mon baby go
You're in good hands now you understand
Let me take you all the way to the Promised Land
Track Name: Peace Up [Produced by Diverse]
Yea, it's so lonely
Uh, yea, it's so lonely
Uh, what, it's so lonely outside, yea
It's so lonely
It's so lonely
It's so lonely

Verse 1
On a Tuesday a mental dungeon he had met
To retreat was something better than what he had kept
The way to treat another I guess
A different way to relieve stress
The mess the blood he got a change of clothes
After a short drive and walk Highland Park to S.M.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was the Day of Judgment
Was told yo, you gotta leave can't be here anymore
So then he roamed and left out of that door
Walking down Baldwin each step he would dread
Walking slower 'til he was surrounded by the feds
A thanks to his girlfriend
They drew down and he was soon apprehended
Hmmm, it’s a sad story of survival of the fittest
He, wasn't fit nor did he have people that were willing
You, would think you'd go out with a bang or even die kicking
But, substance abuse depression can keep you living

Chorus
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up in the air
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up in the air (yea)
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up in the air
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up

Verse 2
No one stood up to take him out of the spiral
No remedy to what was more than viral
It's the illness but excuses were committed
A little bit ago I washed my hands of him
I washed my hands of a human?
How could I have been
I'm partially at fault
Fell to the depths and got up but didn't maul
His father told us he needed help
Can you save my son before he takes his own health
Give him assistance against his own fragility
Saw his son breaking into pieces losing the abilities
Injecting and ingesting all these drugs so willingly
Which really was a turn for the worse, literally
Unintended sensation for a need of what it means
What we take for granted his son needed it internally
You will never understand the mind of a killer
Until you deal with a similar hand without the filler

Chorus
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up in the air
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up in the air
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up in the air (yea)
And if you ever lost one put your peace signs up

B Section
In his mind it could've been justified
But I’m sure it was the cocaine that made it right
Antidepressants uppers and downers don't like
To get along within the same body type

Verse 3
It was a Tuesday he bludgeoned her to death
Repeat he literally made her skull collapse
Brain matter meets golf club that's how he released the stress
The mess the blood he managed to get a change of clothes
It was a stay of a few days and then he was told
Yo, you gotta leave can't be here anymore
So, then he roamed and left out of that door
Upon the walk down a street named Baldwin
It's crazy after all of what pops said
But my brother sold him drugs for a sum instead
Hard to believe as it was completely undercover
It was that same night he killed his own mother

Yea, it's so lonely
Uh, yea, it's so lonely
Uh, what, it's so lonely out there, yea
It's so lonely
It's so lonely
It's so lonely
It's so lonely out there
Track Name: Motion Pictures [Produced by Diverse]
Verse 1
I do not live for drama but they always cast me
No roll in trauma units nurses run past me
Lights Sirens Cameras and the blinding action
You can only take it whole not as a fraction
Mashing smashing at a high velocity
Crashing half empty akin to my philosophy
The rates framed by cinematography
Not down with women that focus on cosmetology
The way it looks if you've been through the half
You'd understand that there is no stopping my path
Action is called yet everyone remains silent
Quiet on the set and I’m the only one wilin'
To hear complaints and the wine of a violin
Laced with a way to raise up all the violence
Have your defenses played down to a science
Alliances built for one to defy compliance

Chorus 2x
Been through a whole lot of negative
So in my lyrics I'm supposed to let it live
"El Veterano You could only pray to learn what I know"
And what I know there may not ever be tomorrow

Verse 2
Some choices leave you in pieces taken apart and torn
I will literally take the bull by its horns
And Drag it through the mud so be forewarned
Thorns don't stop me that is word to my unborn
Scores of my pain can never be ignored
Came in the same vein for exchange of more
My music equals reels of Motion Pictures adorned
Watching my movie live can't catch the flicks in stores
Never it's not commercially accepted
And if you speak the truth you won't be selected
But I’m happy with what the reflection projected
And I’m snappin' against anyone who doesn't respect it
And I have to say that it's the rawest of intentions
I read through thoughts and will complete any sentence
Place punctuation citations must be mentioned
Just so I know it's within proper comprehension

Chorus 2x
Been through a whole lot of negative
So in my lyrics I don't let it live
"El Veterano You could only pray to learn what I know"
And what I know there may not ever be tomorrow

Verse 3
Can you still hear when a trees fall in a forest no one is near
I don't speak on much of any tribulation but it still happened
A round of applause are when the guns start clappin'
To put down a man's ovation when he's standing
In the foreground shows a red nosed clown to be laughing
Chuckling like it's a joke
But he too is trapped hiding behind the smoke
Of what he knew which had him
And now he's broke for his actions
Always spoke Louder than him trying to get traction
In so many forms he's a distractor
Not an actor of real life
A sinister character of the like
Of the mark of a beast
Or a mark in the fat boy in his feast
Greedy and obese not sharing eyes glaring
Wearing that of what can't fit
So I stand here declaring

Chorus 2x
Been through a whole lot of negative
So in my lyrics I don't let it live
"El Veterano You could only pray to learn what I know"
And what I know there may not ever be tomorrow
Track Name: Desperado [Produced by Emani]
Verse 1
Best word to describe what goes on now pathetic
I stand to refute the demands of any who defend it
If you align with a lame that says you can spend it
With a negative account broke ballin' with 2 cents in
My 2 cents win so I follow my senses
You're where you belong deaf dumb blind convention
My dishonorable mention to you extended
The unprepared crash and burn like the Zeppelin
Rock out real hard with the OG L E Ds
Veterans are who I learn from Hideo Rest in Peace!!!
These young cats take test with an open book
Still getting wrong answers thine eyes never looked
Influenced by those that ain't got 10 in
A career ending decision before you ever begin
I live by the fact that the driven never settle
Out of gas and you trying to push pedal to the metal
Damn

Verse 2
My free projects cost me a lot of duckets
'Cuz I pay for my tracks yup a little somethin'
If you don't pay for beats you're not an emcee
You're an opportunist the trap is in what you don't see
Tired of the idiots tired of the tontos
Got no employees and claim to be the head honcho
When it rains it pours you ain't even got a poncho
Villa nope you're more like a poquito puerco
We don't do swine and we don't waste time
Blue Phi to my Sigmas shout out Devine Nine
Put my money in to support and watch it grow
People come so my numbers get better at each show
On stage with me but dissin' on the presale
Its only pay to play when what you do don't sell
Instead of hating just do what my fans do
Stick around after the show for an autograph or two

Verse 3
G Dep taken a step back 10 times 3
If it was meant to be is that what it will be
Struggle to tow between destiny divinity
G'd up from feet up throwing C's up eventually
Afros to fades look like Julius Cesar
Napoleonic complex some carry a piece up
Ready to take anyone down to meet that Jesus
Keep it real your fake like her upgrade to a D cup
So while you try to talk about illuminati
Listen to music poppy diversion razi chismosa mock me
Society mocks thee worry about you
For another L.A. Riot Marshall law curfew
As the blind man attempts to seek truth
And when I see you yup I will see through you
The battered subject themselves to domestic abuse
I do like J. Lo in enough your life I refuse
Track Name: Cesar's Song feat. Annie Elliot [Produced by Diverse
Verse 1
They say when it rains it pours coming from the clouds
To replenish the grounds
You still making roots grow so look at me now
How you held me down since we were yay high
You kept me level right
You moved like fluid guy
My cup never dry
Yea you seen me cry
And you seen me lie
But you never tried to judge me, that’s who you were
Always above me but you never ever would
Hold it over me before the days of Foothills
During Pop Warner me with speed us learning skills
Dreams of All-Star league could've paid our bills
Wish you Chris Rix'd me Amat could take me still

Chorus
Pain still remains as we stray away from our sorrow
An hourglass holds the sands of time of which we have borrowed
Some say it is thy will and some refuse to ever follow
Someday we'll breathe for today and tomorrow

Verse 2
How you doin' man
It's been a long time
It's been a long climb
Up on a long vine
But all week it’s been pouring raining from the sky
They say it only happens when the heavens cry
...
And when the tears fall from your mother’s eye's
To keep her up, your sister brother father try
For we to share in pain only understates the ways
For us to be thankful, for what we have today
For what we have lost is within the heaven's gain
Forgive me for wanting you so selfish in the same, ways
Like how we were kids and we always played
Could it all be so simple back in the day

Chorus
Pain still remains as we stray away from our sorrow
An hourglass holds the sands of time of which we have borrowed
Some say it is thy will and some refuse to ever follow
Someday we'll breathe for today and tomorrow

B Section
We all thought the temper from the G in me
Would be what made me the o-n-e

Verse 3
Yes the good die young so I remain to misbehave
Who am I kidding I’m reformed you made my edges straight
That day in court somehow you made me say those words
Wrote only hours prior to the cause this pain deserves,
In so many different ways you were controlling me
My mind thoughts actions to have the nerves to be
...
You always had faith in my music and my words
Ideas you had so I listened and I heard
But the other guy your mom told me leave alone
No show to the trial memorial funeral
It's hard to grasp this feeling in myself
It’s hard to hold back my mind hasn't dealt
Its so hard to withstand how it kills my health
Emotional rollercoaster lays in stealth
Counting the days and months to years and how we feel
We all have emotions that lie to us still
Inanimate in death some say God's will
Is it any different when intent was ill
If the red slayer think he slays
Or if the slain think he is slain
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep and pass and turn again

Chorus
Pain still remains as we stray away from our sorrow
An hourglass holds the sands of time of which we have borrowed
Some say it is thy will and some refuse to ever follow
Someday we'll breathe for today and tomorrow
Track Name: Pasadena to Medina feat. The Alumni [Produced by Science]
Verse 1
Just say no? I say watch it more
We are no different we fight never ending wars
Gang warfare no winner destruction implored
We don't even differ from the governmental whores
Worn and thin and torn within
Few take the time to see where parallels begin
Night turns day awake most get played
Paychecks gets cashed so nothing being saved
Girls and boys drop E at raves
Call them outcasts back underground they stay
Never appreciating the good that's done
One slip up Oscar is Grant’ed a gun
To the back and a face to the floor
Through the lens of a phone that can record
They resort to acts society deplores
And they try to have all of us ignore

Chorus (2x)
And I don't quit (quit)
And I don't stop (stop)
And I won't flip (flip)
And I won't flop (naw)
Uh huh from Pasadena to Medina uh huh
But over here the grass really ain't greener

Verse 2
They still lock their doors and they still hold their purse
It doesn't matter my profession it's the ignorance they nurse
Curse me beat me lynch me to try to defeat me
Give my kids molesting preachers and teachers can't define meaning
What they do on their own time is really on them?
Behind close doors lies spit then coated in phlegm
You disgust me fronting like you something lovely
Trust is nothing coming monthly
Anger for how I speak so bluntly
Expecting a coat of sugar to say somethin' sweet
I spread salt to gain grips against icy streets
We just kept it moving and you can keep it rollin'
See how we stroll in keep an eye on what Nate’s Holdin
Minorities need more than a scolding
My priorities bleed core fans that are golden
To watch the way we govern
It’s California southern
The vultures still hover
But never a keeper’s brother

Chorus (2x)
And I don't quit (quit)
And I don't stop (stop)
And I won't flip (flip)
And I won't flop (naw)
Uh huh from Pasadena to Medina uh huh
But over here the grass really ain't greener

Verse 3
From above and below its written in your mood
Your attitude can be determined by the altitude
If you’re destitute it ain't rude to lose your cool
Action Affirmative reppin' Title One Schools ugh
I'm as much a part of it as it is a part of them
Constantly have to fight against pre judgment
A path that is pre set using free will to reset
Lack away to see tests pleading to all your regrets
So much is done to try to shut you out
So much is done to make you shut your mouth
The music they push on you is one route
Lack of lyrics reality calculated doubts
Can't you see they trying to hold us down
And what we choose now affects us now
Try to separate us and lead astray
If you don't get it press stop rewind then play

Chorus
And I don't quit (quit)
And I don't stop (stop)
And I won't flip (flip)
And I won't flop (naw)
Uh huh it's the streets of Pasadena
Uh huh over here the grass really ain't greener
And I don't quit (quit)
And I don't stop (stop)
And I won't flip (flip)
And I won't flop (naw)
Uh huh It's the schools of Pasadena
Uh huh the problems is the schools of Pasadena
Track Name: Rise Up [Produced by Diverse]
Yea
Uh huh
Diverse, Diverse, Diverse, Jay Raw McCraw
Yo DJ Gemini and Foci

Verse 1
Standing still got too much of a reason to move
Switching mood broods a different type of attitude
Stay committed force negligent heads to give in
Dedication never questioned wheels keep spinning
Time to go yup um let's roll
Getting tired of the same lames that can't flow
The desire of the strange lanes that must go
Finding my place on top I’m on my plateau
You know! Bluuuuuuuuu
Status it’s the way she wants it
Your water weak struggling to come down the faucet
Better believe the agnostic the pain of the caustic
You believe nothing but believe in this loch ness
We beasts ragga muffins yes we monster
Unique exclusive extraordinary mobsters
Men that act like female fear is their sponsor
Here off of a scared dove of what taunts her

Chorus (2x)
Yes, this is where you rise up
The hook to get you cooked up and higher
Gemini I don't think they heard me
Diverse yo are these people worthy

Verse 2
Coming from the S to the G to the V
Hold my tongue for no one c’mon please
Stick to my guns so awesome when I need
Rather die standing than live on my knees
The escrow said to lay low 'til close
In the past you trippin' off of that Jim crow
You self segregate you separate and withhold
Only fools fall in love with ratchets and bimbos
Lifetime of punishment worse than that corporal
Follow your own path who said it was simple
She comes close but hidden in her dimples
Is another secret held from her own kinfolk
With no slopes uphill still pressing brakes
Why would you refuse to accept your fate
Music is my religion and I worship it
That entrepreneurship opposite of hurtin' it

Chorus (2x)
Yes, this is where you rise up
The hook to get you cooked up and higher
Gemini I don't think they heard me
Diverse yo are these people worthy

Verse 3
Left in the smoke of the tires
To hope to get inspired
It's similar to what liars do
You'd end up as lion’s food
Speak to complain is like what the winers brood
Prey on the weak we prey on the strong
They prey for that newspeak we don't prey to get on
Make it happen through life and through song
Lay it trapped in sights fiend for clues drawn
Get fly when startled crash into skies above
Success is a gift and a labor of love
But a curse if you don't know what it’s made of
If you are weak hearted this ain't for paid gloves
It's fitting to see how that Mark got caught
Nocturnal instincts ripping through the dark
To get right with ignition to write the art
Prepare for opportunity get it from the start

Chorus (2x)
Yes this is where you rise up
The hook to get you cooked up and higher
Gemini I don't think they heard me
Diverse yo are these people worthy

Yes