A Letter to the Lost Generation

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released December 31, 2013

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J "Nova" Peters (6J Recordings)
K.E.

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Track Name: Dear Generation
[Intro: Tense]
DEAR GENERATION, I GO BY THE NAME OF TENSE. I'M A FRIEND, I'M A PEER, AND I'M SOMEONE WHO CAN RELATE TO YOU. LOOK AT YOURSELF. EVERYTHING YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH IN LIFE. EVERYTHING YOU'VE HEARD AND FELT. THAT'S MADE YOU WHO YOU ARE, AND DEEP INSIDE, YOU'RE FED UP AND YOU WANT CHANGE. YOU KNOW THEY SAID "WHAT THEY DONT KNOW WON'T HURT EM", RIGHT? I GOTTA DISAGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT BECAUSE FOR YOU NOT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL MAN. FOR YOU NOT TO KNOW THE TRUTH WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THE SAME HURT THAT YOU'VE BEEN DEALING WITH ALL THESE YEARS. SO, TELL ME HOW ACCURATE IS THAT STATEMENT. YOU DONE LOOKED INTO PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS AND THAT STILL AINT SOLVED ALL YOUR PROBLEMS. AND BELIEVE ME, I DID THAT TOO. BUT I WANNA SHARE SOMEONE WITH YOU WHO CAME AND CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE. AND THEY CAN DO THE SAME FOR YOU. I'M TALKING ABOUT JESUS. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO.

[Verse 1: Tense]
THIS INDUSTRY AINT GOT A RIGHTFUL PLACE FOR PREACHIN
TELL ME TO COEXIST, TOLERATE WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN
I'D DO MYSELF A FAVOR IF I DIDNT FLOW FOR JESUS?
THAT'S NON SENSE, BUT TECHNICALLY IM FLOWING FOR YOU PEOPLE
WITH THAT SAID
I KNOW YOU CAME FOR THAT ORDINARY (AY)
THAT MUSIC THAT'LL HAVE YOU IN A MORTUARY (AY)
SAME MUSIC GOT YOU HAVING SEX BEFORE YOU MARRIED (AY)
THAT'S WHY I GIVE YOU TRACKS TO GET YOU RIGHT BEFORE YOU BURIED (GO!)
I KNOW THIS GONNA COST ME, KNOW WHAT I'M STANDIN' FO' (FO')
FOR THIS GENERATION, HEAD BOWED, HANDS CLOSED
I AINT GOTTA MAKE A DOLLAR, THAT AINT MY PLAN SO
BELIEVE ME WHEN I WAS DOING TRACKS IN MY VAN BRO
TOOK AN UNPOPULAR STANCE, AINT GOT NO PROBLEM WITH THAT
YEAH I SORTED ALL THE FACTS, YEAH I WENT THROUGH ALL THE STATS (STATS)
WE A NATION WITH MANY GODS, ONLY ONE IS TRUE BUT
HOW COME WE CAN'T TELL? IT'S CUZ WE PERSECUTE HIM

[Hook: Tense]
AND THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY'RE TELLING US IS TRUE. AND WHEN SOMEBODY OUT THE CROWD SEE IT IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT LIGHT, THEY WANNA LOOK AT US DIFFERENT FOR THAT? WHAT? BUT ASK YOURSELF THIS. "WHAT IF EVERYTHING I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO REALLY IS A LIE. AND SEE YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW THAT. BUT YOU JUST DON'T WANNA DEAL WITH IT. BUT ONE DAY YOU'LL HAVE TO (LOOK)

[Verse 2: Tense]
MAJORITY STEADY DOING JUST WHAT YA PARENTS DID (DID)
YOU FALL TO IT, AND THEN IT MOVE TO THE GRAND KIDS
BUT IM STANDING UP TO BREAK THIS TREND (BREAK)
MAKE THIS END SO MY PEERS NEVER HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY AGAIN (NEVER)
BY LIVING FOR THE ONE WHO PAID FOR MY SINS (JESUS)
YOU SHOULD TAG ALONG, BEFORE YOU BE CHASING THE WIND (WHOOSH, WHOOSH, WHOOSH)
THIS WORLD'LL HAVE YOU LOOKING PAPER THIN
PLUS YOU A FOOL TO THINK THEY REALLY MADE SLAVERY END
KEEP IT 100, NEVER COMPROMISE
(STUTTER) TELL YOU THE TRUTH, TELL IT TIL I DIE
TELL IT BY NO SURPRISE
HOMIE, NO DISGUISE
SO DONT LET IT OVERFLY FORGET WHOEVER TOLD YOU LIES
CUZ IF I NEVER TELL YOU, THAT WOULD BE HOMICIDE
SO I'M COMMITTED, NEVER SLACK TO KEEP YOU NOTIFIED
MY PRAYER IS THIS LETTER MAKE YOU GO TO GOD
ASAP, CUZ ONE DAY YOU GONE DIE, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW THE TIME

[Outro: Tense]
LOOK MAN, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I WOULD RATHER STAND ON THE LEAST POPULAR THINGS IN THIS LIFE NOW, AND WAIT UNTIL THE DAY THAT I DIE TO SEE IF IT WAS TRUE OR NOT. WE STEADY TRYING TO FIND SOLUTIONS ON THIS EARTH AND WHAT WE DOING AINT WORKING. EVERYTHING YOU'VE TRIED HAS LET YOU DOWN. NOW HOW YOU GONNA GET DIFFERENT RESULTS DOING THE SAME EXACT THING? I'M PRESENTING JESUS CHRIST TO YOU. FORGET WHAT YOU HEARD IN MEDIA. FORGET WHAT YOU'VE SEEN IN THE CHURCH. THIS IS YOU AND HIM. NOW CHOOSE THIS DAY.
Track Name: Choose This Day
[Intro:]
YEAH, COME ON YEAH (AY)


[Hook:]
CHOOSE THIS DAY, WHO YOU GON' SERVE
CHOOSE THIS DAY, WHO YOU GON' SERVE
AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD
I SAID, AS FOR ME MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
TELL ME WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
TELL ME WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
TELL ME WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON


[Verse 1:]
AY I BET YOU WON'T LAUGH, WHEN
THIS WORLD DON'T LAST, IT’S ALL GON' PASS
AND IT’S GON' GO FAST,
LEMME EXPLAIN, NO GIRLS, NO CASH
IM TALKIN' RICH BECOMING WAY WORSE THAN LOW CLASS
WHEN THEM ANGELS BLOW THAT BRASS
YOU GOT IT BAD
YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT HIS LOVE, NO, LET'S TALK ABOUT HIS WRATH
REMEMBER THE GAME OF MASH
PICK A NUMBER TO DECIDE WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE
ALL THE STUFF YOU SOLD YA' SOUL FOR, YOU WISH YOU NEVER HAD
SCRATCH THAT, JUST CROSS OUT THAT WHOLE PAD
GAIN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, YOU BETTA' KNOW ITS GOT A PRICE TAG.
YOU BETTA KNOW THE COST
IF I WAS YOU, I WOULD REPENT
WITH GOD, IT AINT NO SUCH THING AS JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT
EVERYBODY SHOWING UP, TWO SIDES, SHEEPS AND GOATS
TWO DIFFERENT ETERNITIES, EVERYBODY NEED TO KNOW
THIS WORLD IS ENDING SOONER EVERYTIME WE SPREAD JESUS SO
IF YOU NEVER HEARD OF HIM, WELL HERE WE COME TO PREACH HIM, LET'S GO

[Hook]






[Verse 2:]
SEE MY GOD TOLD ME JUST TO SPEAK THE TRUTH TO THIS WORLD, AND NOTHIN' BUT IT
SO FORGIVE ME IF MY MUSIC SOUND REDUNDANT
ALSO FORGIVE ME IF I SEEM TO PASS JUDGMENT
'CAUSE THAT’S NOT MY JOB, MY JOB’S TO SHOW YOU WHO DOES IT
I WOULD WASTE MY TIME IF I SAT HERE FUSSIN'
IF YOU DON’T ACCEPT CHRIST, YOU GO TO HELL, NO DISCUSSIONS
YOU CAN CHANGE YA HEART UNLESS YOU WANT THE REPERCUSSIONS
IF YOU AINT GOT JESUS IN YA' LIFE, YOU GOT NOTHIN'
YOU CAN SMOKE YA' LIFE AWAY AND BE ON CLOUD DOZEN
THINKIN' ITS GON' LAST FOREVER, UNFORTUNATELY, IT DOESN'T
YOU AINT GOIN' TO NO HEAVEN IF YOU GOT A PRAYIN' COUSIN
OR IF YOU SAT IN THE FRONT PEW EVERY SUNDAY
OR IF YOU PAID YA' TITHES
AND SUNG IN THE CHOIR, WORE A BLAZER AND A TIE
BUT YO' HEART IS FAR FROM HIM
BETTA' BELIEVE THE SKY’LL CRACK ALL OF A SUDDEN
IF IT DOESN’T, IT WAS 'CAUSE YOU WAS TOO BLIND TO SEE HIM COMIN' (CHOOSE)

[Hook]


[Verse 3:]
HOMEBOY TRIED EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD, NEVER TRIED GOD
WON'T LISTEN TO THE TRUTH, BUT YOU’LL LISTEN TO AN IPOD
WALKIN' AROUND WITH YA' EYES BLOCKED LIKE CYCLOPS
NO ONE’S EXEMPT, THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LIKE, NOT
EVEN CELEBRITIES HOMIE, NOT EVEN ICONS
NOT EVEN DYLAN, DYLAN OR DYLAN (LAUGH)
IF YOU NEVER GIVE YO' HEART TO JESUS
YOU GON' ALWAYS BE DEFEATED
LEAVING EARTH WITH NO ACHIEVEMENTS
EVERY SECOND THAT YOU LIVE CONCEITED
IS A WASTE OF TIME BREATHIN'
CHASIN STUFF THAT LAST FOR A SEASON
AND WHEN THAT STUFF DON’T LAST AND START LEAVIN'
YOU’LL BE UP SCREAMIN'
FOR IT TO COME BACK LIKE KEL CHASIN' KENAN
BACK TO BACK MARATHON EVERY WEEKEND
OF THE SAME OUTCOME OF LIVING LIFE IN DEEP SIN
YOU CAN CHOOSE THIS DAY TO FOLLOW GOD AND ONLY PLEASE HIM
I SAID YOU CAN CHOOSE THIS DAY TO FOLLOW GOD AND PLEASE HIM




[Interlude:]
WITH THAT SAID (LAUGH)
SERVE THE TRUE LIVING GOD
DROP THE IDOLS
PICK UP A BIBLE

[Hook:]
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
TELL ME WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
TELL ME WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
TELL ME WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
WHO SIDE IS YOU ON
Track Name: I Wonder
[Intro: Tense]
YOU'RE RUNNIN FROM GOD
EVIL'S RUNNING YA' LIFE
AND YOU DON'T SEEM TO MIND
BUT I WONDER ARE YOU HAPPY (YEAH)
BUT I WONDER ARE YOU HAPPY (HAPPY)
(STUTTER) I WONDER (WONDER)

[Verse 1:]
LET'S GO (UHN)
ANOTHER DRINK IN YA CUP (CUP)
ANOTHER NIGHT OF THE SAME BUZZ (SAME BUZZ)
YOU THROWING DOWN TEQUILA 'TIL YOU CAN'T BUDGE (CAN'T BUDGE)
YOU HALFWAY DECENT WHEN YOU WAKE UP (WAKE UP)
YOU CAN'T REMEMBER SO YOU GO TO DO THE SAME STUFF
GOIN ALL OUT, AINT A THANG YOU ASHAMED OF (YOU AINT ASHAMED)
YOU GETTIN PAID PLUS
GETTIN CHICKS BANGED UP (BANGED UP)
WHIP DRAPED UP
YEAH THEM HATERS CAN'T TOUCH
BUT THEY DONT SEE WHAT'S BEHIND ALL THE MAKE-UP (AY THEY DON'T SEE IT)
THIS LIFESTYLE GOT YOU WETTIN' YA WHOLE FACE UP (YOU CRYING)
YEAH, AND YOU BE SWEARIN' THAT YOU STRAIGHT BUT
YOU DON'T WANNA DIE THIS WAY, SO YOU NEED A SAVIOR (JESUS)
I GIVE YOU JESUS, YOU DENY HIM TO HIS FACE CUZ
YOU RUN AWAY EVERYTIME HE CALL YO NAME (YUP, YUP)
AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU AFRAID OF
YOU LYING TO YASELF IF YOU KEEP LIVING THIS WAY (UHN)

[Hook:]
YOU'RE RUNNIN FROM GOD
EVIL'S RUNNING YA' LIFE
AND YOU DON'T SEEM TO MIND
BUT I WONDER ARE YOU HAPPY (YEAH)
BUT I WONDER ARE YOU HAPPY (HAPPY)
(STUTTER) I WONDER (WONDER)

[Verse 2:]
ONLY IF YOU KNEW THAT GOD LOOK AT YOU AS VIRTUE
BUT INSTEAD YOU SETTLING FOR LESS, AND IT HURTS YOU (HURT YOU)
RECEIVE LOVE FROM A MAN, YOU NEVER LEARNED TO
YA' MAN BEATING ON YOU 'TIL HE SEE YA' FACE TURN BLUE (BLUE)
AND TO GET OVER THE PAIN, YOU JUST TURN UP
MAMA GOT CONCERNS, BUT THE CASE IS UNHEARD OF
KEEP GOING THROUGH IT, CUZ YOU COVERING THAT DIRT UP
'TIL IT'S TOO LATE, WHEN YOU ON THE NEWS AND YOU MURDERED
YOU WANNA ESCAPE, BUT YOU GOT NO ONE TO RUN TO
'CAUSE EVERYONE YOU KNOW APPARENTLY SEEM TO RUN YOU
HEARD ABOUT THE LORD, BUT YOU DON'T THINK THAT HE LOVE YOU
YOU SAID A COUPLE PRAYERS BUT YOU DON'T THINK HE GONE COME THROUGH
MONTH 2
BABY ON THE WAY, YOU THROWING UP FOOD
TOLD YA MAN ABOUT IT, NOW YOU TRIPPIN 'CAUSE HE DUMPED YOU
LOOKING FOR GUIDANCE, BUT YOU HIDING AND YOU FIGHTING
YOU WANNA BE TREATED RIGHT, BUT YOU DON'T WANNA LIVE RIGHTEOUS

[Hook]

[Bridge x4: Tense]
HOW LONG WILL YOU RUN (RUN)
HOW FAR WILL YOU GO (GO)

[Verse 3]
SOME PEOPLE SPEND THEY WHOLE LIFE TRYNA MAKE IT THROUGH (THROUGH)
TWICE THE TROUBLE WHEN YOU ALREADY HEARD THE TRUTH
AND THAT'S WORSE FOR YOU
FEEL LIKE THE WORLD VERSUS YOU
AND THATS CUZ YOU REFUSE TO GIVE HIM WORSHIP DUDE
GOTTA REMIND YOU OF YA FIRST LOVE
THE ONE WHO MADE YOU FROM THE DIRT (DUST)
THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES YOU WORTH MUCH
YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE THE HURT BRUH

[Hook]
Track Name: Lift Him Up (Feat. Edify & Brotha Dre)
[Intro: Tense]
AY THIS WAS SO UNEXPECTED MAN.
BUT LISTEN.
I BROUGHT TWO GUESTS WITH ME.
WE BOUTA GO IN.
TALK TO 'EM EDIFY

[Verse 1: Edify]
YEAH, I'M IN MY ZONE HERE WE GO
THEY BE LIKE EDIFY RELOAD, I GOT A PLAN TO TAKE CONTROL
WHEN I GO IN, I GET THESE SOULS
AND I DON'T BREAK, I ONLY FOLD
THEN I GET UP AND TAKE SOME MO'
GIVIN' GLORY TO THE LORD (YEAH)
WE ARE THE SOLDIERS
DON'T NOTHING CONTROL US
THEY'RE TRYING TO HOLD US
WE'RE BREAKING THE GROUND
IF YOU'VE BEEN SATISFIED BY THE SUFFIENCY OF THE LORD, THEN YOU'D BE REPPIN' HIM LOUD
GOT A BACKPACK, MAN SCRATCH THAT
GOT A WHOLE TEAM, THEY CALL US MSG
WE ALL SPIT FACTS AND RIP TRACKS, AND WE NEVER GONNA STOP 'TIL WE D-I-E
REFUTE HIM, THAT'S A FALLACY
A NEW BIRTH IN HIS MAJESTY
HAS GIVEN ME EVERYTHING THAT I WOULD EVER NEED, FLESH IS JUST A CASUALTY
(UHN) AND I REPENTED, I'M FORGIVEN, AND I KNOW THAT HE IS RISEN
I'M SECURE BUT OUTTA PRISON
I HATE SIN
I ERASE IT
DON'T EVEN LET IT IN THE BASEMENT
CAN'T TASTE IT
NO FAKIN'
BUT WHEN I FALL, STILL NEED HIS GRACE MAN
IMMA KEEP RUNNIN', I'M CHASIN' THE SON
IMMA KEEP FIGHTING, THE BIBLE MY GUN
SO CLICK CLACK, GET BACK
CUT THE TRACK, 'CAUSE I'M DONE

[Hook: Tense]
JESUS CAME TO FREE ME FROM MY SINS
AND HE AINT SET A RECORD BRUH HE SET A TREND
AND HE AINT SELL A MILLION BRUH HE BOUGHT 'EM ALL
HE TOPPIN' ALL OF YALL
MAN THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
YEAH THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
YEAH THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
YEAH THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP
THAT'S WHY I LIFT HIM UP

[Verse 2: Tense]
AY WHO YOU KNOW PURSUE PERFECTION TO DEATH
COMPLETE NEGLECT OF HIMSELF
WRAPPED HIMSELF IN THE FLESH
WE ROCKIN OUT WITH THE BEST
WASN'T A BENCH THAT HE PRESSED
BUT HE WAS RIPPED IN THE CHEST
YOU BOUGHT A WHIP WITH A CHECK
HE TOOK THEM WHIPS FOR YO DEBT (TURN UP)
YOU LIFTIN' UP THAT BEAMER
I'M LIFTIN' UP THE REDEEMER
I'M SEEKING GOD, YOU SEEKIN' HER
TRYNA FIGURE OUT HOW FAST SHE CAN TWERK
YOU LIFTIN' UP HER T-SHIRT
'CAUSE SHE BOUNCING LIKE SOME REVERB
I FIGURED OUT I DON'T NEED HER
SO I PRAISE GOD 'TIL MY TEETH HURT
BUT STILL THAT LORD IS SO GREAT
TURNED WATER INTO ROZAY
GROUP OF THE SAME LANGUAGE INTO MICHAEL, LEE AND JOSE
HE BE GETTIN NO FAME
BUT STILL BE GETTIN' YO PRAISE
YOU GIVE HIM DIRT AND BOUQUETS
BUT OUT THE GRAVE HE RAISE
LOOKIN HEALTHY LIKE ZUCCHINI
BRING THIS GOSPEL THROUGH YO' TV
DON'T BLOW UP WHEN YOU SEE ME
IM LESS IMPORTANT LIKE LUIGI
I GOT TRUTH UP IN THIS CD
YOU CAN PLAY IT 'TIL YOU SLEEPY
SALVATION IS A FREEBIE
FOR THE NEEDY, NOT THE GREEDY (GO IN)

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Brotha Dre]
AY, I'M BROTHA DRE
I GIVE HIM PRAISE 'CAUSE HE HOLY
AND HE THE ONE AND ONLY
WE BE WEEPING FOR A NIGHT, JOY'S COMING IN THE MORNING
SO I LIFT HIM UP (HIGH)
I LIFT HIM UP (WHY)
TOOK THIRTY-NINE STRIPES THREE NAILS, TWO THIEVES ON HIS SIDE,
ONE CROSS, NO LIE (AY)
IN ORDER FOR GOD TO BE LIFTED
YOU GOTTA GET RID OF THE WICKEDNESS
GIVE IT TO HIM, IT'S RIDICULOUS
IF YOU COMMITTED TO LIVING FOR GOD, AND CONTINUE TO GIVE IN TO SIN
MY FLESH GET NO MO' PROMO
FOR THE LORD, I GO SO LOCO
COMING ON A WHITE HORSE, POLO LOGO
DEMONS FINNA GET ATE LIKE OCHO
STONE ROLLED AWAY SO COLD
STONE COLD (STEVE AUSTIN)
STEPPED ON THE WATER SO GANGSTA, YOU CAN CALL THAT SEA WALKING
SPEAK THE WORD, THAT'S SWEET TALKING
PREACH THE WORD, 'CAUSE THE STREETS TALKING
ONE DAY I'M GON' BE WALKING ON A STREET SO CLEAN, YOU CAN EAT OFF IT (EAT OFF IT)
EVERYWHERE I GO, I SPREAD THE GOSPEL LIKE A CONDIMENT
I LIFT HIM UP, LIKE I'M GIVING COMPLIMENTS
EVERYTHANG YOU DO UP ON THIS EARTH, IT GOT A CONSEQUENCE
THAT'S WHY IN THE LORD, WHERE I PUT MY CONFIDENCE (LIFT HIM UP)

[Hook]

[Outro: Tense]
LIFT HIM UP (ECHO)
UP, UP,
UP, UP
LIFT HIM UP (ECHO)
Track Name: America
[Verse 1:]
AMERICA’S FULL OF…HATE FOR THE CHRISTIANS
LOVE FOR THE MUSLIMS
HATE FOR THE JEWS
LIES IN THE NEWS
EVER SINCE THE TIME I LEARNED TO TIE MY SHOES,
IT’S BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT I DIE A FOOL
JUST LOOK, GOT THESE LIES INSIDE THE SCHOOLS
THEY TELL US, COLOMBUS FOUND THIS PLACE IN 1492
THAT’S NOT TRUE
LONG BEFORE HE SET FOOT ON THE SHORE
IT WAS PEOPLE WAY BEFORE HIM ALREADY WALKING THE FLOOR
THEY CALL THIS THE LAND OF THE FREE, THE HOME OF BRAVE
ONE NATION UNDER GOD? MAN THAT’S SO OUTTA PHASE
THIS COUNTRY LIVE IN FEAR, THIS COUNTRY FULL OF SLAVES
SO MANY DECADES AND STILL AINT A THING CHANGED
SLAVERY ON THE JOB, PEOPLE STILL BROKE
ALL LOVE LOST, ALL WE DO IS KILL FOLKS
WE PUT A BLACK MAN IN OFFICE,
AND WE GOT WORSE
AMERICA GOT CURSED
'CAUSE PEOPLE DON’T PUT GOD FIRST
LISTEN TO BARACK'S WORDS
AND STILL ON A JOB SEARCH
YOU BETTA' KNOW THAT GOD IS JEALOUS
BRO DON'T STAY REBELLING
NOW LEMME RAISE THE QUESTION
CAN AMERICA BE REDEEMED? IT AINT NO TELLIN'
BUT I PRAY FOR THE BETTER

[Interlude:]
I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH A SISTER AND SOMETHING SHE POINTED OUT TO ME WAS THIS: "THOSE WHO STAND FOR TRUTH ARE A MINORITY IN THIS COUNTRY". THEY WANNA KILL PEOPLE LIKE US BECAUSE WE MESSING WITH THEY MONEY. TO WHOM THIS MAY CONCERN: IF YOU EVER HEAR WHAT I'M SAYING ON THIS TRACK, YOU SHOULDA NEVER GOT INVOLVED WITH TRYING TO MAKE MY LIFE A LIVING HELL IN THE FIRST PLACE. I HOPE YOU DON'T THINK THE ROAD BOUTA BE EASY FOR YOU 'CAUSE I'M NOT PLAYING WITH YALL. VERSE TWO

[Verse 2:]
ALL OUR LIVES WE’VE BEEN LIED TO
AND IT TAKE ME TO POINT IT OUT TO SURPRISE YOU?
GOVERNMENT TRYNA BLIND YOU,
YOU NEVER BOIL IN YA' BLOOD TO THE TIME NEWS
THEY CALL IT FICTION, WHEN WE SAY GOD SET UP DIVINE RULES
NATION WITH NO CONVICTION. IT’S LIKE THEY MIND’S THROUGH
MADE IT OFFICIAL, SAME SEX CAN SAY “I DO”
TO SPEAK AGAINST IT, EVEN THE PRESIDENT WOULD DESPISE YOU
MIND YOU, HE THE ONE WHO SIGNED THE DOTTED LINE, TOO.
AND, IT’S NOT A MUST YOU GO TO COLLEGE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
YA' ELDERS GRADUATED YEARS AGO, AND GOT A PRICE DUE
IT’S NO JOB PROMISED WHEN GRADUATION NIGHT’S THROUGH
YOU WASTED FOUR YEARS, AND PAYING LOANS UNTIL YOU NINETY-TWO
WORK A 9 TO 5 UNTIL THE DAY YOU NINETY-FIVE
LIVING CURSED, YOU BETTER LISTEN TO ALMIGHTY GOD
WHO’S SAYING WAKE UP
NO LONGER FOLLOW THIS FAKE STUFF
THE MEDIA, THE POLITICS, EVEN THE FOOD THEY MAKE US
THE STORYLINES IS MADE UP
YOU WANT SOME REAL TRUTH?
911 WAS PLANNED WAY BEFORE THE DAY IT CAME BRUH
IT’S IN THE FILMS HOMIE
IT’S IN THE TV SHOWS
AMERICA'S OVER RATED.
FOOL’S GOLD
IT’S TIME THIS GENERATION OPEN UP THE SCRIPTURES
THE ERA WE IN IS WICKED
AND CONTROLLED BY EVIL SPIRITS
I KNOW YOU DON’T WANNA HEAR THIS
BUT YOU’LL THANK ME WHEN I'M FINISHED
WITH THAT SAID CONSIDER SEEKING REPENTANCE

[Interlude:]
AY I AINT NO SLAVE THIS SYSTEM MAN. GOVERNMENT SHUTTING DOWN AND STUFF. IT'S ALL APART OF ONE BIG SCHEME. YOU AINT FOOLING NOBODY. I SERVE A GOD THAT KNOWS EVERYTHING AND IS ABOVE EVERYTHING. I MEAN, IN YO EYES I'M JUST A LITTLE WEAKLING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PYRAMID RIGHT? BUT WHEN I START EXPOSING YALL BEHINDS I'M A THREAT NOW? THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE TO ME. MAKE UP YO MIND. VERSE THREE

[Verse 3:]
I NO LONGER PLEDGE TO THAT FLAG
NO LONGER SING THE STAR SPANGLED
I PLEDGE TO THE KING OF KINGS. THE GOD WHO IS ABLE
THE GOD WHO CAN SAVE YOU
THE GOD WHO IS FAITHFUL
YOU SAY AMERICA THE GREAT, BUT IT'S UNGRATEFUL
IT’S A DELUSION HERE
TOO MUCH CONFUSION HERE
NO CONSTITUTION HERE
THAT’S WHY GOD IS MOVING HERE
YOU BETTER LOSE THE TEARS
AND IF YOU LOOKING FOR REAL CHANGE, IT’S FOUND IN THE ONE YOU PERSECUTED FOR YEARS
NOT THE LYING PASTORS. THE MESSAGE IS A GIMMICK
GOT A MEGA CHURCH WITH NO ROOM FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
AND NOT RELIGION, SO GET THAT OUT THE PICTURE
I’M JUST A MESSENGER OF GOD SAYING FOLLOW THE SCRIPTURES
NOT THE POLITICIANS
KEEPIN' ALL THE KNOWLEDGE HIDDEN
INNOCENT GETTING LOCKED IN PRISON
JUSTICE IS NOT GIVEN
MISS AMERICA FELL DOWN WITH THE QUICKNESS
USED TO STAND UNITED, BUT ALONG THE LINES WE GOT RELENTLESS
GOD AS MY WITNESS
YOU CAN’T DEBATE, MISS AMERICA FELL STRAIGHT OFF OF HER LEGS LIKE THE SNAKE
COULDA KILLED HER BUT HE DIDN’T, 'CAUSE GOD WAS GIVING HER GRACE
IT’S SAD IT TAKES AMERICA FIVE YEARS TO PRAY
AND IF YOU DO, THE FIRST THING YOU SAY IS TAKE THE PAIN AWAY?
MOCKING GOD, BUT CRYING TEARS WHEN IT’S HARD, SAVING FACE
LET’S MAKE IT PLAIN, YOU DON’T EVEN PLACE YA' FAITH
IN THE TRUE LIVING GOD, YOU’D RATHER DO IT SATAN’S WAY
THAT'S THE TRUTH
Track Name: Live In Vain (Feat. K.E.)
[Intro: Tense]
YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY WANT THEY LIFE TO HAVE MEANING. SO, WE CHASE OUR DREAMS. WE RUN AFTER THE THINGS WE LOVE TO DO. BUT SOMETIMES, EVERYTHING SEEM TO GO WRONG FOR YOU. EVERYTHING YOU WORKED SO HARD FOR CAN MEAN NOTHING. BUT I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO, THAT ONLY WHAT YOU DO FOR CHRIST WILL LAST.

[Hook: K.E.]
I DONT WANNA LIVE IN VAIN
IN ALL I DO, I WANNA LIFT HIS NAME
BUT THE WORLD TELLS ME I SHOULD LIVE TO GAIN
BUT IF I DO, I'LL NEVER LIVE AGAIN (AY, AY, AY)

[Verse 1: Tense]
FEEL LIKE YOU THREW YO LIFE AWAY
TRYNA LIVE YO LIFE IN THE MICROWAVE
THIS LIFE THROWING YOU TIDAL WAVES
YOU HOPE FOR BRIGHTER DAYS
HOMIE YOU GOT A DEGREE
BUT YOU NOT EVEN PLEASED
THEY TOLD YOU FOLLOW YA DREAMS
BUT YOU WOKE UP TOO SOON,
THE DREAM'S NOT COMPLETE
AT SOME POINT IN THE DREAM IT'S TIME FOR GOD TO SPEAK
BUT YOU DON'T WANNA HEAR HIS VOICE, 'CAUSE HE'S OBSOLETE
WRONG OPTION, SEE?
YOU GOT CAUGHT UP AND FAINTED
YOU FULL OF REGRETS, KNEES HITTIN' THE PAVEMENT
GROWING IMPATIENT, MAKING YA' OWN ARRANGEMENTS,
THEY SAID THE GRADUATES THE ONLY ONES WHO MAKE IT
WELL THAT'S A MYTH
BECAUSE YOU GOT A MASTERS,
BUT YOU MOVING RIGHT BACK INTO YA' MAMA'S BASEMENT
WHY RUN MY OWN RACE WHEN JESUS CLEARLY STATED
I WAS DESTINED FOR GREATNESS, (SO I AINT GOTTA)

[Verse 2: Tense]
I LEARNED I SHOULD NEVER LISTEN TO MY INTUITION
BUT INSTEAD I SHOULD BE LED BY THAT HOLY SPIRIT
DON'T WANNA MAKE DECISIONS IF HE NEVER SAID HE IN IT
'CAUSE I COULD REACH THE END, AND STILL BE STUCK AT BEGINNING
LIKE A HAMSTER ON A WHEEL (AY)
YOU CAN CHASE A VAIN IMAGINATION
BUT YOU NEVER GETTING CLOSER, YOU JUST RUNNING OUTTA PATIENCE
BY THE TIME YOU TIRED OF WAITING
REALIZING YOU NEVER MADE IT
REALIZING YO' TIME WAS WASTED
ALL YOU CAN FEEL IS HATRED
THEY GIVE US FALSEHOOD ON HOW A YOUNG'N 'SPOSED TO MAKE IT
IF HE WORK A 9 TO 5, HE STRAIGHT, YOU CAN'T BREAK HIM
PLUS, THEY TELL US LIVE FOR THE MOMENT
FOR A BENZ AND A ROLIE
TRYNA KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES
DON'T TELL ME THEY DONT KILL AND ROB
THEY NEVER TELL US DO THE WILL OF GOD
FORGET A PLANT WEARING GOGGLES TIL I'M SIXTY-FIVE
MY LIFE GOT MORE MEANING THAN A PITY JOB
'CAUSE I BEEN CREATED BY A NIFTY GOD

[Verse 3: Tense]
SEE I LOOK TO THE HILLS, ASKING LORD PLEASE BLESS THE WORK OF MY HANDS
I DONT WANNA DO THESE TRACKS TO GAIN MORE FANS
'CAUSE WITHOUT HIM I'M A BEACH THAT GOT NO SAND
HOWEVER I BUILD WILL DETERMINE HOW IM GONE STAND
WHATEVER I BUILD BETTER BE HIS PERFECT WILL
'CAUSE VAIN LABOR SLOW YOU DOWN, HAVE YOU HURT FOR REAL
YO' BACK AGAINST THE WALL, NOW IT'S TO THE GRAVEL
YOU CAN BUILD, BUT TO FINISH? NOW THAT'S THE BATTLE (YEAH
IT COMES CRASHING DOWN, BECAUSE OF BAD RATIONALE
YOU WAS COOL AT FIRST, NOW YOU USED TO LASHING OUT
AND IT'S SAD CUZ TRUE SATISFACTION'S NEVER FOUND
HIT THE CLUB, YOU DRINKIN UP MORE THAN ELEVEN ROUNDS
I LIVE TO PLEASE JESUS. THAT'S WHAT I TELL THE CROWD
HE LEAD MY WAY, THAT'S WHY YOU NEVER SEE ME SELLING OUT
I DID WHAT YOU DID, BUT THEN I TOOK THE BETTER ROUTE
MIGHT NOT KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT KNOW THAT I CAN NEVER DOUBT

[Hook]
Track Name: Men & Women (Feat. Chris "Only 1-Way" Jones)
[Verse 1: Tense]
HE’S A MAN HUH? LET’S CHECK HIS PROFILE
OH GOD, THIS A LONG LIST TO GO DOWN
MY MAN’S A HUSTLA, PUSHING HARDER THAN SNOW PLOWS
GOT A LOT OF FRIENDS, BUT INSIDE IT’S A GHOST TOWN
WALK AROUND WITH STACKS, BUT STILL FEELIN HE’S BROKE, HOW?
MADE IT OUT THE HOOD, TO THE BURBS, BUT STILL DON’T SMILE
HE DID IT ALL LIKE HE SAID, YEAH HE WAS GON' CLOWN
HIT THE CLUB AND THROW DOWN
BUT NOW HE WANNA SLOW DOWN
WEARING R.I.P SHIRTS AND HEARING BLOW SOUNDS
NEVER SATISFIED WITH THE WOMEN, THEY TOO PROFOUND
MANIPULATING
IT’S BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE GARDEN DAYS
SHOW YOU SOMETHING GOOD, BUT IN THE END, TAKE YO HEART AWAY
CAN’T NO WOMEN, CAN’T NO MONEY, OR NO CARS OR JAYS
OR CARTIERS MAKE YOU A MAN
WHAT YOU HEARING IN THE MEDIA, I CAN’T UNDERSTAND
'CAUSE IF YOU KNEW GOD, YOU PROBABLY WOULDA MADE OTHER PLANS
GIVE HIM THE UPPER HAND

[Hook: Chris "Only 1-Way" Jones]
I’VE GONE SO FAR
THAT I CAN’T FIND MYSELF NO MO'
I DON’T WHICH WAY TO GO
THEY TELL ME LET GOD TAKE CONTROL
SO GOD, PLEASE
PROMISE YOU WON’T LET ME DOWN
PROMISE ME YOU’LL STICK AROUND (YEAH)
'CAUSE I BEEN LIFTED UP BUT BROUGHT BACK TO THE GROUND

[Verse 2: Tense]
SHE’S A WOMAN HUH?
AT LEAST THE TV SAID
SHE’S A CARNIVORE,EATING ANYTHING DEAD
GUYS HEADS TURNING
HALF-DRESSED ALL THE TIME
LOST A COUPLE POUNDS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME LOST HER MIND
AND IF YOU CROSS THE LINE, SHE PUTTING DOWN HER SOFT SIDE
ACTING LIKE A MAN 'TIL SHE LAYING IN SOME CHALK LINE
SHE AND HER GIRL FIGHT OVER THE SAME GUY
WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, HE GOT NEITHER ONE OF YOU LADIES ON HIS MIND
THIS DUDE ON HIS GRIND
YOU HAD SEX WITH HIM,
THEN HE SAID THAT YOU THE ONE AND ONLY
BETTER KNOW HE LYING
LISTEN TO ME, YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY
YOU CAN SERVE GOD, IF NOT, YOU MAKING A BIG MISTAKE
YOU SAY HE HATE YOU,
YOU WAS FIRST TO SPIT IN HIS FACE
IT’S CONSEQUENCES WHEN YOU CURSE GOD AND NEVER GIVE HIM PRAISE
YOU JUST INFLICTING PAIN
BUT HOWEVER, THE WAY YOU BEEN LIVING LIFE IS NOT PERMANENT, SO GET IT CHANGED

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Tense]
THEY LIED TO US
TELLING US TO KISS ON THE FIRST DATE
JUST TURNED TWENTY-ONE, THEY TELL ME SIP ON MY BIRTHDAY
SHACKING UP AT THE CRIB
MAKING THE BED ROCK
DEFILING THE BEDROOM, WITH A KID BORN OUTTA WEDLOCK
STILL LAY TOGETHER, EVEN THOUGH GOD SAID STOP
WE REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER, HE UNDERSTANDS WHY WE CANNOT
THAT’S FOOLISH, GOD SAID BECOME ONE FLESH DOC
INSTEAD YOU CHOOSE SOMEONE WITH POTENTIAL TO BE YA EX, DOC
NO SIGN OF COMMITMENT
GOT FIVE OTHER WOMEN
AND THE ONE UNDER THE ROOF DOING LIKEWISE
TIL SHE START CHANGING AND ASKING “DO I LIKE GUYS”
CUZ ALL OF EM DOGS, IT’S HARD BEING ME SOMETIMES
ALL THE EMOTIONS
FROM MEN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ME
LOOK IN THE MIRROR FEELING UGLY
FROM DAMAGE THEY DONE ME
NOW SHE SHAVING AND CUTTING
WITH A RAZOR OR SOMETHING
AND HOPES TO FIND WHAT SHE COULDN’T FROM HER SAME SUBSTANCE
SHE PLAYS THE MALE ROLE AND SEEKING A SEX CHANGE,
BUT WHAT YOU GOT BENEATH ALL THAT, YOU CAN’T EXCHANGE
WE TRY SO HARD TO FACE LESS PAIN
THAT EVEN IF IT’S RISKY, WE’LL GO TO THE EXTREME
GENERATION JUST WAITIN' TO SEE THE NEXT THING
WELL I GOT IT FOR YOU, JESUS THE BLESSED KING
AND AFTER THIS, YOU SHOULDN’T SEEK AGAIN
HE’S ALPHA AND OMEGA
BEGINNING AND THE END

[Hook]










(BEAT CHANGE-UP)
TIL YALL END UP SEEKING FOR A SEX CHANGE
BUT THAT WON’T MAKE IT BETTER, CUZ WHO YOU ARE BENEATH THAT, YOU CAN’T EXCHANGE
NO MATTER WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNEEL TO MEN TO GIVE EM PLEASURE,
YOU CAN KNEEL AND PRAY
Track Name: Father Figure (Feat. Aris Yancey)
[HOOK: ARIS YANCEY]
ALL THIS LIFE YOU SEARCHED AROUND
LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO SHOW YOU THE ROPES
AND YOU FOUND NO ONE,
SO YOU QUESTION WHO TO GET LOVE FROM
YOU CAN FIND A FATHER IN HIM
HE MAKES NO MISTAKES
JUST CALL ON HIS NAME
HE’LL BLOW YOU AWAY



[VERSE 1: TENSE]
IN THIS LIFE, MAN, YOU BEEN ON A JOURNEY
TRYNA FIGURE OUT LIFE ON YA OWN
YOU FULL OF MUCH GRIEF, MANY WORRIES
YOU FEEL LIKE YOU A KID, EVEN THOUGH YOU FULLY GROWN
I KNOW YOU BEEN IN SUCH OF A HURRY
TRYNA FIND YOU A PLACE TO CALL HOME
DEEP DOWN MAN YOU VEXED
YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WAS LEFT IN DAYCARE
YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MANY MORE DAYS YOU CAN TAKE HERE
YOU FEEL THIS LIFE WAS A MISTAKE AND IT AINT FAIR
GREW UP IN THE SLUMS, BY THE WAY, POPS AINT THERE
CUZ HE EITHER BEEN SHOT, WAS POSTED ON THE BLOCK
OR WAS TOO SCARED WHEN YOU POPPED OUT
TRUST ME, I BEEN THROUGH THE SAME
MY DAD STOLE FROM ME, SOLD DRUGS, BEEN IN AND OUTTA PRISON
BUT I ADMIT THAT I FORGIVE HIM
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT THAT I GET TO SPEND WITH HIM
BUT WHEN HE’S NOT AROUND, WHO CAN TAKE HIS PLACE
EVERYTHING ELSE MIGHT TAKE UP SPACE
THAT’S WHAT I USED TO SAY
BUT IT’S A FATHER WHO WANTS TO ADOPT YOU
AND HIS NAME’S JESUS, HE WANTS TO FATHER YOU TODAY

[HOOK]

[VERSE 2: TENSE]
NOW IF YOU LIKE ME, YOU GREW UP IN THE HOUSE WITH YA MAMA
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, A HOUSE WITH NO FATHER
MOST DADS DOING NO GOOD
ABANDON YOU LIKE A HOUSE IN THE HOOD
OR LIKE YOU OUT IN THE WOODS
HEY, YOU BOTTLED UP, YOU WOULD SHOUT IF YOU COULD
BUT YOU SCARED TO LET IT OUT
BRO OPEN UP YA MOUTH
YOU’LL KILL YASELF IF YOU DON’T VENT
ACTIN LIKE YOU AINT HURT HOMIE, WHEN YOU GON' QUIT
DRUGS AND WOMEN, THAT AINT GON' FIX
ALL THE DAMAGE ON THE INSIDE
YOU CAN PRETEND THAT YOU HARD, BUT YOU CAN'T PRETEND PAIN DON’T EXIST
YOU HURTIN CUZ YOU WISH YOU HAD A DAD, JUST ADMIT
WELL LEMME SAY IT AINT THANG THAT YOU MISSED
CAUSE THE WHOLE TIME GOD WAS IN THE MIDST
I PROMISE YOU THIS
JUST OPEN UP AND FOLLOW HIS SCRIPTS
YOU AINT NEVER HAD A POPS LIKE THIS
HE’LL NEVER LET YOU SLIP
WHAT HE WANTS IS YO' FELLOWSHIP
HE WANTS TO SHOW WHAT A REAL FATHER’S LIKE IF YOU LET HIM
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LIVE YA' CHILDHOOD AGAIN
GOD’S NOT THE ONE TO MAKES MISTAKES HOMIE, IT’S ONLY MEN

[HOOK]

[BRIDGE: ARIS YANCEY]
FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS
MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER ASK FOR
HE'S SO MIGHTY
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEARCH NO MORE

[VERSE 3: TENSE]
JESUS SAID, I WONT LEAVE OR FORSAKE YOU
HE’S ALWAYS WATCHING OVER YOU, BOTTOM LINE HE IS FAITHFUL
JESUS AINT THE TYPE OF FATHER THAT’LL PLAY YOU
BUT INDEED THE FATHER THAT WANNA SAVE YOU
ON TOP OF THAT, HE WANNA RAISE YOU
AND BE THE ONE YOU TELL OTHERS WHEN YOU SUFFERED, MAN HE CAME THROUGH
FAULTLESS, HE WON’T BLAME YOU
HE ALREADY KNOWS YOU GOT FLAWS, BUT HIS LOVE REMAINS TRUE
NO HE AINT A SPERM DONOR, FLAT OUT HE MADE YOU
HOMIE ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS BLOW YOU AWAY
IN THIS LIFE, HE WANTS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY
TO DEPEND ON HIM, WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO BE GOIN' YA' WAY
YA' OLD LIFE, HE’LL HELP YOU THROW IT AWAY
PLUS HE NEVER BLINKS, EVERYDAY HE’LL HELP YOU GROW IN THE FAITH
LISTEN, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY
EXCEPT THAT I HOPE AND I PRAY
THAT YOU WOULD GET TO KNOW HIM TODAY (YES)
[HOOK]
Track Name: Good Samaritan (Feat. Janisha Hewlett)
[HOOK: JANISHA HEWLETT]
I NEED SOMEBODY TO LOVE ON ME
COMFORT ME
BUT THE TIMES WHEN I REACH OUT, THEY RUN FROM ME
I FEEL SO ALONE WITH NOBODY TO TALK TO
IT'S SO MUCH THAT I' VE GONE THROUGH
I DON'T KNOW WHO I BELONG TO (ECHO)
I DON'T KNOW WHO I BELONG TO (ECHO)
I DON'T KNOW WHO I BELONG TO

[INTRO: TENSE]
YEAH, YOU KNOW MAN, SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO US ARE SOME OF THE MOST JACKED UP FOLKS. THEY'VE BEEN HURT BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME. AND I WANNA TALK ABOUT THE CHURCH TODAY MAN. THIS DUDE KICKED SOME REAL STUFF TO ME

[VERSE 2: TENSE]
LOOK, AY
I ASKED MY MANS WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CHURCH, WHAT'S YA FIRST THOUGHTS
HE SAID ITS SPOSED TO CHANGE MY LIFE, INSTEAD IM WORSE OFF
WHAT KINDA SENSE IS IT TO STEP INTO A CHURCH EXPECTING TO GET HEALED, BUT I'M COMING OUT MO' HURT
I TRIED MEN'S TRADITIONS, AND I SEE THAT THEY DON'T WORK
I SWEAR I HATE RELIGION
I ONLY SEEM TO KEEP ME CURSED (PLUS)
ME AND MY GIRL FEEL LIKE LITTLE TO NO WORTH, BECAUSE SHE CANT BUY NO SKIRT, SHE GOT A CLOSET FULL OF JEANS AND SHIRTS (YEP)
NOT ONLY THAT TENSE, THEY WAS CLOWNIN ME TOO, CUZ WHEN I STEPPED INTO THE CHURCH I WASN'T FOUND IN A SUIT
SO THAT HAD YA BOY LOOKIN LIKE GOD, WHAT DO I DO
THESE FOLKS LOOKIN DOWN ON ME, I JUST COME TO HEAR THE TRUTH
THEY SAT US ON THE BACK PEW (BACK PEW!)
THAT HAD ME THROUGH
'CAUSE TO THEM, WE LOOK LIKE BAD NEWS
LEAVE CHURCH? WE HAD TO
ONE DAY WE PASS THROUGH
TO GET SOME PRAYER
'CAUSE SHE PAST DUE
THEY TOLD US THAT WE GOING STRAIGHT TO HELL, THAT'S THE SAD TRUTH (IT'S SAD)
AND HONESTLY, I DON'T EVEN LIKE MY ATTITUDE
I KNOW YOU GO TO CHURCH, AND TO BE REAL, I FEEL MAD AT YOU (I DO)
'CAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU THINKIN' ON THE INSIDE
I KNOW I'M LIVING WRONG, AND NOBODY'S PERFECT ON THIS SIDE (I KNOW)
I'M AFRAID TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I GET HIGH (GET HIGH)
AND THAT I SELL MARIJUANA JUST TO GET BY
'CAUSE TENSE I DON'T WANNA SEE MY KIDS DIE
YEAH I KNOW IT'S WRONG, BUT THIS THE STANDARD THAT I LIVE BY (YEP)
SOMETIMES I BE READY TO LET MY FISTS FLY
'CAUSE CHURCH IS 'SPOSED TO HELP ME SPIRITUALLY, BUT IT'S A MISGUIDE
NOT ONLY THAT, I GAVE THE CHURCH MORE THAN TEN TRIES
AND I'M STILL WALKING A THIN LINE, BIG TIME
I DON'T FEEL CLOSE TO GOD, I FEEL DISGUISED
TENSE, I DON'T MEAN TO
BUT I THOUGHT THE CHURCH WOULD LOVE ME MORE THAN THE STREETS DO
I'M MORE CONVINCED THEY NO DIFFERENT, THEY ALL SEE THROUGH

[HOOK]

[INTERLUDE: TENSE]
AND I FELT NOTHING BUT COMPASSION FOR THIS GUY MAN
AND AS I LISTENED TO HIM, ALL I COULD DO IS RELATE. I EVEN FELT GUILTY. SO,
ALL I COULD DO IS SHARE MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH HIM.


[VERSE 2: TENSE]
I TOLD MY MANS LIKE THIS,
BRUH I WAS IN YA SHOES SO
I CAN'T JUDGE, NOT EVEN THAT TYPE OF DUDE BRO
I DATED CHICKS FROM THE CHURCH, IT WAS COOL THOUGH
COME TO FOUND OUT HOMIE THAT WAS FOOL'S GOLD
THIS ONE CHICK TRIED TO PUT ME ON A LOOPHOLE
WHO KNOWS? I COULDA HAD HER STOMACH LOOKIN TWO TONED (PREGNANT)
FELL IN LOVE, NOT KNOWING THESE CHICKS LOOSE BRO
SWEARIN THEY SOME CHRISTIANS, BUT AINT LIVIN FOR THE TRUTH THOUGH
PLUS THEY DID ME WRONG 'CAUSE MY MONEY WASN'T TWO-FOLD
HATE WHAT I HAD ON, TELLING ME TO GET SOME NEW CLOTHES
SAD PART IS ME AND ALL THESE CHICKS GREW CLOSE
THEN THEY BROKE MY HEART, AND MADE IT HARD FOR ME TO MOVE ON
ON TOP OF THAT, THE CHURCH FOLKS STEADY THREW STONES
CASTING 'EM EVERYTIME THEY HEAR I DO WRONG
NOBODY SAW THAT I WAS TRYING TO IMPROVE THOUGH
ALMOST LEFT THE CHURCH, BUT SOMETHING IN ME SAID DUDE, NO
'CAUSE I WAS BLESSED WITH A FEW BROS
LIFTIN ME UP, AND 'TIL THIS DAY THEY STILL DO SO
THEM KINDA FRIENDS? AY, YOU DON'T WANNA LOSE THOSE (NOPE)
'CAUSE IN THIS LIFE, YOU MIGHT ONLY GET TWO, SO (TWO)
I LOVE YOU BRO (I LOVE YOU MAN)
AND YOU SHOULD KNOW
IT'S ALWAYS A FRIEND, WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE UP AND GO
YOU CAN'T JUST LET WHOLE CHURCH GO UP IN SMOKE
IT'S PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU, ONLY A COUPLE THOUGH
REAL LOVE IS RARE, YEAH IT'S HARD TO COME ACROSS
BUT WHEN IT FINDS YOU, JUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO BRUSH IT OFF
BECAUSE IT DO EXIST
AND CHANGES THOSE WHO IT GETS
IT COMES FROM JESUS CHRIST, AND IT'S FAR BEYOND A MOVIE SCRIPT
AND IF HE DIDN'T LOVE YOU, I'M JUST ANOTHER GUY
I COULDA LOOKED AT YOU AND SAID LET'S TALK SOME OTHER TIME (STRAIGHT UP BRO)
BUT I'M CONCERNED WHAT'S IN MY BROTHER'S EYE
FOR ME TO EVEN HAVE THE COMPASSION I DO IS 'CAUSE OF GOD
THE LORD ALWAYS GOT A RAM IN THE BUSH
SO WHEN YOU HEAR THE RAM HOMIE, THEN YOU BETTER LOOK
I KNOW YOU FEEL FORSOOK
BECAUSE YOU FEEL LIKE JESUS CAN'T FORGIVE A CROOK
BETTER YET, NOBODY IN THE HOOD
BUT TO DIE ON THAT CROSS DID HIM NO GOOD
IF HE DIDN'T SEE WE WAS LOST, NOW GET THAT UNDERSTOOD (UNDERSTOOD)
THAT'S WHY I TOLD YOU FORGET WHAT YOU SEEN IN CHURCHES HOMIE
'CAUSE THIS IS YOU AND HIM
NOT YOU AND THEM



[BRIDGE: JANISHA HEWLETT]
CRYING TO YOURSELF
'CAUSE SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO TELL
WHO REALLY CARES ENOUGH
WHEN YOU'RE CRYING OUT FOR HELP
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
THEY OVERLOOKING YOU
DON'T BOTHER TO ASK WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH
BUT THERE'S HOPE FOR YOU (FOR YOU)


[HOOK: JANISHA HEWLETT]
GOD IS READY TO LOVE ON YOU
COMFORT YOU
AND THE TIMES WHEN YOU REACH OUT,
HE'LL COME TO YOU (COME TO YOU)
WHEN YOU'RE FEELING ALONE, HE'LL BE SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO
HE'LL BE SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO (ECHO)
HE'LL BE SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO (ECHO)
HE'LL BE SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO

[OUTRO: TENSE]
SO, JUST KNOW. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU'VE DONE. AND IT DOESN'T
MATTER WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID MAN.
LOVE IS SOMETHING YOU WON'T ALWAYS FIND IN PEOPLE, BUT STILL IT DOESN'T MATTER
COME TO CHRIST AND EXPERIENCE REAL LOVE. BECAUSE HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS
Track Name: The Struggle (Feat. King Deo & Desciple)
[Intro: Tense]
You know one thing I've come to realize is this: Whether you know God or not, you gon' always have trials in this life. And yeah everybody don't handle they trials the same way. I done seem some people close to me go astray. One of my bros killed himself; shot himself dead in the head. And if you ask me, I can't even tell you what all he was going through. You know it's thing we all go through in life; it's called the wilderness. It's a time where you feel like you by yourself in everything you going through. It's a time where you gotta learn how to survive when all that stuff you once depended on is up and gone. I tell you man, the past couple of years opened my eyes up to so much in this life. For those of you that's struggling now, you probably thinking about giving up. I thought the same but with the little strength I had man I kept my eyes on God and that's how I made it through. Here's my story

[Verse 1: Tense]
The struggle feels like eternity. I'm talkin' sleepin in the cold.
No heat up on the stove.
Tossed to and fro.
No rest for my soul.
Am I blessed? I don't know
'cause it feel like God is gone.
One minute I was livin on my own.
unexpectedly evicted out my home.
went from sitting on a throne
now i'm sitting on the flo'
i didn't have the best of clothes
couldn't even buy no shoes 'cause my money lookin' bold
I buy a whip every year, it got me stranded on the road
I met some chicks along the way, they stood me up 'cause I was broke
I seen a man touch my mama, he ended up getting choked
all this pain make you wanna pour a cup and light a smoke
nights of masturbation, the only thing to help me cope
got kicked outta school, finishing on time was my goal
I owe the IRS, I didn't mean to dig this hole
But he stretched his hand out, pulled me up and made me whole

[Hook: Tense]
And if that didnt kill me. Im goin' higher.
He came and he healed me and made me a fighter.
Im still standin right on my tippy toes.
I Thought I was done but the lord worked a miracle.
He'll never let u down (never stand you up, only one that man can trust)
He'll never let u down (never stand you up, only one that man can trust)
He'll never let u down (never stand you up, only one that man can trust)
He'll never let u down (never stand you up, only one that man can trust)

[Verse 2: King Deo]
Travel the country, it's a ghetto every place you go
the west side of Detroit is where ya' boy almost abandoned hope
hit the bottle so heavy, blowing trees and dabbled off in coke
run up in ya' house with pistols cocked asking where is the dough
terrorizing my mama, cursing at her, man I'm so ashamed
assaulted after school the last time so I joined a gang
my cigarello full of kush
I'm standing on the edge, just need a nudge forget a push
I was headed to an early grave
I mean, I know about this Jesus but I didn't know he say
there's power in his name, can wake a sleeping bear from out his cave
I was a wild lion, Jesus came and let me out the cage
Real recognize real, this is my story, turn the page
Accepted as I was, took me in and called me son of God
I was bait on the hook, he reeled me in just like a fishing rod
I was endangered to myself, yeah I'm similar to Chedda Bob
Christ came into my life and no statistics bro, I beat the odds

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Desciple]
Spit it for the bishops with the collars and and the crosses
old heads eight in the morning looking nauseous
young cats holding down forts with they taurus
and they aint taking shorts or no losses, i'm from Detroit
where every other corner is a church, and every other corner is a liquor store
So you either spitting flows or sipping michelob
or in the league or winning souls, you don't hear me though
been through some tribulations, I been through some trials
caught a couple cases, never went to trial
Been in some situations, shouldn't have made it out
I fell to temptation, my girl lived in they house
I write(right) my wrongs 'cause if I left 'em out, you wouldn't feel me
look to the hills(heels), he looked beyond my achilles
Renaissance man, D to the rep my city
a strong man because the strong man didn't kill me

[Hook]
Track Name: Free (Feat. Kim Carthage & Calvin)
[VERSE 1: TENSE]
LIKE A PATIENT ON A STRETCHER HOOKED UP TO THE IVY
HIS MIND TELL HIM THATS THE ONLY WAY THAT HE SURVIVE HE
PUT HIS TRUST IN IT
CANT GO ONE MINUTE
TRYIN TO STAY AWAY FROM IT
SO HE DONT WANNA BREAK FROM IT
X RAY STOMACH
YOU WANNA STOP HAVIN SEX BUT YOU CANT EVER SINCE THE FIRST DAY YOU DONE IT
IT WAS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE KEPT BEING GAY COVERED
NOW THIS GENERATION GOT IT RAIDING IN THE PUBLIC
OTHERS TRYNA GET PAST THE HATE AND THE GRUDGES
WANNA STOP SMOKIN BUT YOU CAN'T 'CAUSE YOU LOVE IT
YOU TRIED THE NICOTENE
BUT THAT AINT GET YOU CLEAN
AND IF IT NEVER DO, YOU FEEL THIS IS HOW ITS MEANT TO BE
BUT ALONG COMES THE PRINCE OF PEACE
WHOSE HEART NEVER SKIPS A BEAT, AND HE CAME TO STRENGTHEN THE WEAK
NOT TO JUST GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK
BUT HE CAME HERE TO GET YOU FREE, AND THAT'S FREE INDEED

[HOOK: KIM CARTHAGE]
I'VE BEEN HURT, AND I'VE BEEN TORN
AND I DON'T WANT THAT HURT NO MORE
NOW I HEAR, AND NOW I SEE
THAT WHOM THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED

[VERSE 2: CALVIN]
I KNOW YOU LOOKING AT YA' LIFE AND YOU FEEL AND YOU SEE
THE WEIGHT, JUST KEEP, JUST BUILDING PRESSURE, YOU FALL TO YA KNEES
AS YOU SIT AND YOU SEE
YOU BEGIN TO AGREE
IT'S FACE DOWN AND ON YA' KNEES IS THE PLACE YOU SHOULD BE
FEELING THE HURT AND GUILT AND DON'T KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO
I HEARD THIS LIFE THAT I LIVE IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL
BUT EVERYWHERE I GO, IT'S ANOTHER OBSTACLE
HITTING AND WANT ME TO FALL OVER LIKE I'M SOME DOMINOS
NO! I'M NOT TAKING THIS ROUTE AGAIN
AGAIN AND AGAIN, IT JUST LEAD ME RIGHT BACK INTO SIN
DON'T COVER IT UP OR YIELD TO TEMPTATION, NEVER GIVE IN
GOTTA PRESS TOWARD THE MARK OF THE HIGH CALLING THAT'S FOUND IN HIM (HIM)
EVEN THOUGH I FAIL, HE SAID I COULD WIN
I LET ALL THE OLD THINGS PASS AWAY AND LET THE NEW BEGIN
I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR AND I'M TELLING YOU I CAN SEE
THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE AND YES, MAN I WANNA BE FREE

[INTERLUDE: TENSE]
YOU WILL NOT FIND FREEDOM IN PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS. ALOT OF YOU BEEN DRINKING, SLEEPING AROUND, CUTTING YA'SELF, SMOKING WEED, POPPING PILLS, CHASING MONEY, OVER EATING, CRYING YA'SELF TO SLEEP. AND YOU FIND YOURSELF GOING IN CIRCLES DOING THIS ALL OVER AGAIN JUST COVER UP ONE SMALL LITTLE PROBLEM. LOOK, I'M A LIVING WITNESS MAN. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS REAL AND CAN DELIVER YOU FROM ANYTHING. NOT BECAUSE I SAY SO. IT'S BECAUSE I KNOW SO. I WAS A GLUTTON MAN. I USED TO BE TWICE MY SIZE. I WAS A PORN ADDICT, HABITUAL LIAR, PEOPLE PLEASER, SHORT-TEMPERED-GETTING INTO FIGHTS ALL THE TIME, LOW SELF-ESTEEM. OH, BRO, I CAN GO ON MAN. BUT YOU THINK I BECAME FREE ON MY OWN? NAW MAN. I PUT MY TRUST IN JESUS AND HE TOOK CARE OF ME AND SET ME FREE. FREE INDEED.
[HOOK X2]
Track Name: He's Coming Back
[VERSE 1:]
HE’S COMING BACK ONE DAY, BUT WE DON’T KNOW THE DAY OR HOUR
PUT YO FAITH IN THE FATHER
ITS NO ESCAPING HIS POWER
EVER SINCE THE DAY I FOUND HIM
I LEARNED THAT I NEED TO TALK ABOUT HIM
TO EVERY PERSON SURROUNDING
THE SOUND OF IT IS NOT ASTOUNDING
MY BOYS LOOKIN LIKE TENSE YOU CLOWNING
NOW IT'S DIFFERENT EVERY TIME I GO AROUND THEM
THEY THINK THAT I LOST MY MIND, BUT I'M FINE
IM JUST ROOTED AND GROUNDED
PICTURE BEING SURROUNDED
BY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS
OF JOYOUS PEOPLE
HOMIE HEAVEN IS PEACEFUL
A PLACE ABSENT OF EVIL
AND OUR IMAGINATION AINT EVEN TO CLOSE
TO WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THE FAITHFUL SHEEP
AND IT’S OUR DUTY THAT WE STRIVE TO BE PERFECT
UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN HE CRACKS THROUGH THE SKY AND SNATCH US LIKE PURSES
USED TO THINK THIS WAS FAKE BUT,
NOW IM ALL ON THAT FACEBOOK
TELLIN' 'EM JESUS SAVE 'CAUSE
HE CAN COME BACK TODAY BRUH
YOU CAN FORSAKE THIS WORLD AND GRAB A HOLD OF HIS GRACE
SEEK HIS FACE BEFORE YOU END UP SERVING STUFF THAT PASS AWAY (OKAY)

[HOOK:]
I KNOW ONE DAY I'M GONNA BE WITH HIM IN THE SKY
I AINT GOT NO WORRIES
I’LL BE WITH HIM FOR ETERNITY
UNTIL THAT DAY MY HEART WILL BE CONTENT
'CAUSE
HE’S COMING BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
HE’S COMING BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
HE’S COMING BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
HE'S COMING BACK FOR ME
BACK FOR ME
B-B-B BACK FOR ME

[VERSE 2:]
I CANT SUGAR COAT IT, I CANT WATER IT DOWN
A TRUMPET WILL SOUND
AND IF YOU FOUND IN THE BOOK OF LIFE, YOU'LL RECEIVE A CROWN
THE DECEASED WILL LEAVE THE GROUND
CAUGHT UP TO MEET THE KING IN THE CLOUDS
THEN WE’LL SUCCEED THEM, I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HIM NOW
EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESS THAT CHRIST IS LORD, AND EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
IT’S A SMALL ROAD TO FIND HIM AND SO MANY PEOPLE BOUND
AND FATHER WE NEED YOU NOW
'CAUSE SOMETIMES THE SIN JUST SEEMS TOO LOUD
AND DEEP DEEP DOWN, ITS LIKE WE DROWNING, IT AINT THAT PEACEFUL NOW
AS LONG AS I DWELL AMONGST YOU ALL, MAN I WON'T PLEASE THE CROWD
SPEAK IT OUT LOUD, UNTIL MY VOCALS SEEP IN THE GROUND
EVERYONE WILL SEE HIS RETURN, NO PEEPING AROUND
THIS THAT DAY WHEN ALL OF MANKIND’S SECRETS IS FOUND
NOW I SEE, AND YET IT BOTHERS ME, THAT PEOPLE FULFILLIN PROPHECY
EVIL INCREASING CONSTANTLY
PEOPLE DYING CONSCIOUSLY
BUT HE FORGIVES THE MOCKERY
HIS LOVE IS AN EQUALITY
DEMOCRACY
WON'T RETURN UNTIL HE SEE THAT GOSPEL PREACHED

[HOOK]

[VERSE 3:]
THE WHOLE WORLD IS GONNA SEE IT
SO IF A PERSON TRY TO SAY HE’S OVER THERE, MAN DON’T BELIEVE IT
THAT’S NOT THE REDEEMER
HOMIE THIS GONE BE A HAPPY DAY FOR SAINTS, AND TROUBLE FOR NON BELIEVERS
AND STILL THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE IT, AT WHAT THEY EYES WILL BE SEEING
WATCH MY GOD GONE BE BEAMING
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SCREAMING
LIKE A CONCERT IN THE ARENA
ONLY THE CLEANEST GON' GET TO BE ON THAT STAGE WITH JESUS
SO BE PREPARED THAT YOU BE PULLED UP AS FAST AS A TWINKLE
HE’S OVERLOOKING PEOPLE IF THEY HOLDING SPOTS AND WRINKLES
HE WANT THE ONES WHO ARE WILLING TO FORSAKE ALL THE EVIL
AND ONCE HE’S HERE, MAN IT’S NO CHANGING HIS MIND
SO WHILE YOU HERE ON EARTH YOU BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS
AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
PEOPLE WANDERING THE EARTH, LIVING LIFE, NO WORRIES, BUT THEN HE SHOWS UP
NOT FROM THE EAST OR WEST
NOT A DAY SOMEONE SET
BUT A TIME AND A HOUR THAT YOU DON’T EXPECT

[HOOK]
Track Name: Morning to Night
[VERSE 1:]
IN THE MORNING, I WAKE UP
NOT FORGETTIN' THAT I GOTTA THROW A PRAISE UP
FOR HIS LOVE, HIS MERCY AND HIS GRACE BRUH
I COULD BE IN A WORSE STATE, GETTING BLAZED UP
I GRAB MY WINDOW BY THE BOTTOM, MAKE IT RAISE UP
GET SOME FRESH AIR, AND SHOUT LORD THANK YA
AND WHETHER IF I'M PROSPEROUS OR IF I'M BANKRUPT
IT'S STILL AMAZING THAT JESUS IS MY SAVIOR
I PRAY AS THE MORNING PROGRESSES I SHARE MY FAITH
WITH FOLKS WHO NEED HELP BUT CAN'T FIND A WAY OF ESCAPE
AT THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF, NEED THE DUDE WITH THE CAPE
WHO CAN SNATCH YOU OUT THE AGONY AND FLY YOU AWAY
HE’S UP CLOSE IN YA WORST TIMES, NOT MILES AWAY
JESUS PAID THE PRICE WE COULDN’T, HE CAN BUY YOU TODAY
BEFORE THE DAY'S OVER, HOMEBOY WHAT DO YOU SAY
ACCEPT HIM NOW, BECAUSE YOU COULD JUST DIE TODAY (JUST DIE TODAY)

[HOOK:]
BETTER EMBRACE TODAY THIS COULD BE YO' LAST
BETTER MAKE YA' MIND UP 'CAUSE THE DAY GOES FAST
LOOK FORWARD TO THE LORD LET GO OF YA' PAST (x2)
LOOK FORWARD TO THE LORD, LET GO OF YA' PAST
MORNING TO NIGHT THE DAY GOES BY SO FAST




[VERSE 2:]
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY
ME AND MY TEAM ON A MISSION FOR THE SAVIOR
WE DETERMINED TO GET SOME SOULS SAVED BRUH
GOTTA STEP OUT MY COMFORT ZONE TODAY, UGGH
BUT AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, ITS WORTH THE PAIN 'CAUSE
WHEN YOU DO LESS FOR YA' SELF, THINGS CHANGE UP
BE A DISCIPLE, AND LET JESUS LEAD YA
TRY TO RUN AHEAD OF HIM, YOU CANT KEEP UP, YOU’LL NEED TO TAKE BREATHA'
I TRULY WISH THAT THE ONES WHO FELL DOWN
WON'T KEEP LIVIN IN STRESS AND KNOWIN' THEY HELL BOUND
ALL THAT I CAN SAY IS WE’VE ALL HAD TRIALS
I KNOW TO MOST FOLKS, PRAYING JUST AINT YA STYLE
BUT WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU’LL EVER SMILE.
THE LORD CAN CHANGE YA' DARK DAYS, DON’T BE IN DENIAL
IT DON'T MATTER WHAT YOU BEEN THROUGH
WHAT MATTERS IS HOW YOU CAN TELL OTHERS WHAT YOU LIVED THROUGH
YOU GOTTA UNDERSTAND IT'S ALWAYS SOMEBODY ELSE
WHO GOT IT WAY WORSE, SO DON’T FOCUS ON YA' SELF
JESUS FELT EVERY OUNCE OF YA PAIN
BUT HE STILL HE OVERCAME
AND THAT’S WHY WE GOTTA LET HIM REIGN

[HOOK]











[VERSE 3:]
AT NIGHT TIME I STAY UP
TALKIN TO THE LORD
MAKIN' SURE I MAKE UP
I KNOW DIDN’T LIVE PERFECT,
BUT DID I DO ANY OF MY PURPOSE
I KNOW MY PEOPLE LOST, AND I KNOW MY PEOPLE HURTIN'
I LEARNED THAT WHEN YOU START TO GIVE A WOUND THE MEDICINIE
IT REALLY HURTS THE MOST THE FIRST TIME YOU PRESS IT IN
BUT IF YOU WANNA HEAL THAT PERSON, BETTER PRESS AGAIN
UNTIL THEY DECIDE THEY WON’T OPEN UP THEY FLESH AGAIN
I GUARANTEE JESUS TAKE YOU OUT THAT MESS YOU IN
IF U BELIEVE HE CAN DO IT, BUT GIVE HIM YA' SINS
IF YOU LIVE THE WAY HE WANTS, YOU WILL MAKE ENDS
WHO ELSE YOU KNOW WOULD DIE FOR YOU? NOT YA' FAKE FRIENDS
SINCE YOU KNOW THAT ALL NEED TO BE SAVED THEN
LOOKIN AT MY WATCH, RIGHT NOW IT’S 'BOUT 8:10
WHO’S HANDS WILL YOU CHOOSE YA LIFE TO BE PLACED IN
WHAT WILL YOU DO? BETTER KNOW BEFORE THE DAY ENDS

[HOOK]

[OUTRO:]
SO WITH THAT SAID MAN, IT'S REALLY NO OTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT. EACH OF OUR DAYS IS NUMBERED ON THIS EARTH AND ANY OF US CAN DROP DEAD AT ANY MOMENT. AND SEE I DON'T ABOUT YALL, BUT ME? UNTIL HE CALL ME UP OUTTA HERE, IMMA BE LIVING MY LIFE TO PLEASE THE LORD
Track Name: Purpose
[INTRO:]
IT'S THREE CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE: I DON'T KNOW THAT I HAVE PURPOSE, I DON'T KNOW MY PURPOSE, OR I DON'T BELIEVE I HAVE A PURPOSE. BUT I LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS, WE MAKE OUR DECISIONS BASED OFF OF AN EARTHLY PERSPECTIVE. 'CAUSE YEAH MAN, THIS LIFE DOES PASS AWAY, SO WHAT'S THE POINT RIGHT? POINT IS OUR CREATOR WHO IS ETERNAL LOOKS FORWARD TO US BEING WITH HIM FOREVER. BUT IT'S SOME THINGS WE GOTTA DO HERE FIRST BEFORE WE DIE. LISTEN UP.

[VERSE 1:]
IT ALL STARTED SO MANY YEARS AGO
IN A GARDEN WITH TWO MARRIED FOLKS
PURE IN THEY HEART, ACTION AND IN WHAT THEY SPOKE
CREATED BY GOD, ONLY PEOPLE ON THE EARTH
NOT JUST THAT, ONLY PEOPLE IN THE UNIVERSE
BUT ONE DAY THEY GOT OFF INTO DOING DIRT
AND NOW THE REST OF HUMAN BEINGS GOTTA WORK
AND EVERYTIME A BABY'S BORN, HE'S GOT A CURSE
ON TOP OF THAT, EVERY HUMAN BEING'S GOT A HERSE
BUT WE WASNT MADE TO DIE AT FIRST
NAW, WE WAS 'SPOSED TO LIVE ETERNAL LIFE AT FIRST
I WOULD CHANGE IT IF I COULD MAKE TIME REVERSE
BUT NOW I'M AT THAT POINT WHERE TRUTH FINALLY HURTS
DIDN'T CHASE PURPOSE, IT CAME TO FIND ME FIRST
NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE TELLING PEOPLE HOW BLIND WE WERE
BUT GOD SAW MY LIFE BEFORE MY MOM AT BIRTH
AND MY CONDITION COULD BE A MILLION TIMES WORSE
YEAH, SO IM THANKFUL I GET TO WRITE A VERSE
I KNOW THAT'S JUST A PIECE OF THE WAY HE DESIGNED ME
I GOT A BAD PAST, BUT ALL THAT'S BEHIND ME
I'M TWENTY-TWO SHARING GOOD NEWS, THAT'S GOD'S TIMING
FOR MY PURPOSE TO BE FULFILLED, I GOTTA DO HIS WILL
AND THAT'S TO GET AS MANY FOLKS AS I CAN HEALED
I DONT LOOK TO FINISH ANYTHING A MAN BUILDS
'CAUSE MY PURPOSE WASN'T MADE WITH A MAN'S SKILLS

[INTERLUDE:]
WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, I FOUND OUT ABOUT PURPOSE. EVEN BEFORE I BECAME A TEENAGER, GOD ALREADY SET PLANS FOR MY LIFE. NOW, IT WASN'T LIKE HE SPOKE IT TO ME OVERNIGHT AND WALA, I KNOW MY PURPOSE. BUT WHEN I DID FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT I'M MEANT TO DO, IT WAS SIMPLE. AND SEE IT REALLY LINES UP WITH WHAT I LOVE TO DO. I'LL TELL YOU MORE IN A MINUTE.

[VERSE 2:]
AY LOOK, I GREW UP IN THE HOOD, MOVED OUT FOR A COUPLE YEARS
THEN I CAME BACK, I TELL YOU GOD GOT ME HUMBLE HERE
I SEE A COUPLE PEERS SIPPIN' ON A COUPLE BEERS
SO I SHED A COUPLE TEARS
AND POUR OUT THIS CUP OF FEAR
'CAUSE I'M THAT TYPE OF DUDE WHERE PEOPLE SAY "THAT BROTHA' WEIRD"
I DON'T WANNA END A CONVO AND IT WASN'T CLEAR
WANT YOU TO SEE A LEGACY AS IF I WASN'T HERE
LORD WILLING I'LL BE DOING THIS ANOTHER YEAR
YEAH 'CAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT TOMORROW HOLDS
BUT IF I GO TODAY, I AINT GOING SORROWFUL
WANT YOU TO SEE JESUS ALL UP IN MY ARTICLE
I'M JUST A MESSENGER, TRUTHFULLY I AINT NO ARTIST BRO
YEAH THAT'S RIGHT BRUH
IT'S ALOT MORE MEANING TO THIS LIFE BRUH
I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT YOU WAS BOUGHT WITH A PRICE BRUH
IN OTHER WORDS, YOU BELONG TO JESUS CHRIST BRUH
I KNOW LIFE SUCKS
WHEN YOU GOTTA TAKE A WEEK AND STRETCH FIVE BUCKS
AND IT SEEMS YOU LIVE THIS WAY UNTIL YA' TIME'S UP
NEEDLESS TO SAY, YOU DOING ONLY WHAT YO MIND DOES
GENERATION'S LOST, BUT JESUS CAME TO FIND US
NOW EVERYDAY, I GOTTA LIFT MY EYES UP
'CAUSE WITHOUT HIM, I'M WALKING AROUND BLIND
I SEARCHED ALL OVER AND, ALL THAT I COULD FIND
TO BE TRUE WAS NOT AN EARTHLY THING, IT WAS DIVINE

[INTERLUDE:]
SO IT BOILS DOWN TO THIS. YOUR HEART REALLY DESIRES TO DO SOMETHING SO BAD. AND AS MANY TIMES AS YOU TRY TO RUN AWAY FROM IT, YOU CAN'T. YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I TRIED TO RUN AWAY FROM THIS MUSIC, AND COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM IT. SO, HERE I AM DOING THE THINGS GOD DESIGNED ME TO DO, AND NOT ONLY JUST DOING IT, BUT I'M DOING IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TO HIM.

[VERSE 3:]
YEAH, QUITE OFTEN, I'M ROLLIN THROUGH THE HOOD,
THE LOOKS ON THEY FACES, MAKE IT SEEM LIKE IT'S NO HOPE
NO JOKE.
WE LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE SO BROKE
PAYING OFF DEBT, BUT IT SEEM IT JUST WON'T GO
SO, WEED AND LIQUOR IS PEOPLE'S OUTLET
IF YOU TRY TO TELL 'EM BOUT GOD, THEN THAT'S A NO NO
AINT NOBODY THINKIN 'BOUT CHANGING,
WE WANNA BLOW DRO
HIT THE STUDIO WITH A TIGHT BEAT AND A DOPE FLOW
SELL IT TO THE KIDS FOR THE SAKE OF WHEN WE GROW OLD
THIS NEW AGE GOT THESE PEOPLE'S MINDS SO GONE
PEOPLE CONFUSED, LIFE WRAPPED UP IN PHOTOS
HAVE A MILLION BOYFRIENDS, AND STILL FEELING SOLO
DO THIS 'TIL THE DAY THAT WE DIE
I SWEAR WE SETTLE FOR LESS
I'M ASKING GOD FOR DIRECTION 'CAUSE HE KNOWS WHAT'S BEST
IF I DON'T DO MY PURPOSE, IMMA DIE UPSET
IF I DON'T DO MY PURPOSE IMMA DIE UPSET
YEAH, I SEEN A GIRL BREAK DOWN
I'M LIKE WHY? SHE EXPLAINED SHE CAN'T GRADUATE NOW
AND SEE? THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WEAR THAT FAKE SMILE
AND YOU DO WHAT OTHERS TELL YOU TO DO. YOU CAN'T BOW
GOTTA KNOW IF YOU WAS MADE FOR IT
IF YOU ONLY IN IT JUST TO GET PAID FOR IT
THEN I'LL TELL THE TRUTH YOU JUST A SLAVE FOR IT
YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE WHEN THE LORD GOT YO' NAME ON IT.

[OUTRO]
LOOK, THIS LIFE IS FULL OF FANTASIES MAN. WE CAN'T CHASE THE THINGS WE THINK WILL MAKE US THE HAPPIEST LIKE THE BEST PAYING JOBS OR THE MOST POPULAR CAREERS. YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU WAS CREATED TO DO MAN REGARDLESS OF WHAT EVERYONE ELSE AROUND YOU SAYS. AND NOT ONLY THAT, GOD HAS TO BE YOUR SOURCE OF DIRECTION WHILE YOU DO IT. LOOK, IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO DO IT THE WAY THAT YOU WANT TO AND GIVE HIM THANKS AT THE END OF EVERYTHING. EVERY MAN AND WOMAN'S PURPOSE IS TO BRING GLORY TO GOD, AND TRUST ME, I KNOW EVERYONE WON'T ACCEPT THIS FACT. BUT WILL YOU THAT'S LISTENING? BECAUSE YOU GOT THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW HIM, AND TO LIVE FOR HIM. SO I SAY TAKE IT, BECAUSE THAT'S YOUR PURPOSE.
Track Name: Yours Truly (Feat. Jewaun Glenn)
[HOOK: JEWAUN GLENN]
YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN LIFE TO LIVE ONCE
AND NOW YOU'RE AT THE CROSSROADS
YOU CAN COME TO CHRIST OR BE A LOST SOUL
I KNOW YOUR HEART'S COLD
BUT THERE'S FORGIVENESS IN HIS NAME
IF YOU WANNA CHANGE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THE SAME
THE REASON THAT HE CAME
IS TO BE YOURS TRULY
TO BE YOURS TRULY
TO BE YOURS TRULY
TO BE YOURS TRULY

[INTRO: TENSE]
LOOK MAN, I DONE SHOWED YOU THE BETTER WAY OF LIVING LIFE. AND NOW YOU HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TRUTH THAT YOU KNOW NOW. AND IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TIME TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE, WOULD YOU DO IT TODAY? BUT BEFORE I CLOSE THIS LETTER, I WANNA LEAVE YOU WITH A FEW LAST REMARKS

[VERSE 1: TENSE]
LOOK, AY, LET ME TAKE YOU BACK TO A CITY CALLED BETHLEHEM
WHERE GOD STORED UP HIS PERFECT PLAN
A PERFECT MAN
FOR WORSEST MAN
BUT SUFFERED WAY UP TO HIS THIRTIES MAN
THESE CATS DID HIM DIRTY MAN
BUT JESUS CHRIST NEVER HURT A MAN
BUT THEY ACCUSED HIM OF SUCH SIN LIKE RAPE, MOLEST, AND MURDER MAN
THEY KILLED HIM FOR IT
BURIED HIM
BUT THAT INCIDENT DON'T END THE STORY
CAME BACK TO LIFE, NO FICTION STORY
AND HE'S IN HIS GLORY STILL LIVING FOR ME
YOU SIN ACCORDING
TO THE WORD OF GOD, IF YOU LIVE ACCORDING
TO YA OWN STANDARDS
WITH NO ANSWERS
YOU MESSED UP
SLOWLY USING YO BREATH UP
I DONE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT, FOLKS IS SICK OF THEY LIFE (ECHO)
YOU SICK OF ROLLIN THAT WEED UP
YOU SICK OF SELLIN THAT WHITE
EVERY NIGHT YOU HITTIN THAT STRIP CLUB
BUT NOW YOU LOSIN' YO HYPE
YOU SICK OF SIPPIN THAT BOTTLE
PLAYIN THAT LOTTO, WATCHIN YO' MONEY GET SWALLOWED
THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HIS DEATH WAS FO'
WENT TO HELL SO WE AINT HAVE TO GO
COMMITTED SIN? IT NEVER HAPPENED BRO
BUT THIS MAN DIED FOR THE MASSES THOUGH
LOOKED UPON AS AN AVERAGE JOE
BUT TRULY HE WAS THE MASTER
AND AS THEY GRABBED HIM
HE DIED TO BE YOURS TRULY ONLY IF YOU ASK HIM

[HOOK]

[VERSE 2: TENSE]
THE END IS SO CLOSE BY
NO LIE
I SEEN FOLKS DIE
WHO AINT KNOW GOD
WHEN YA LIFE IS GONE
YOU GOT NO CONTROL
WHERE YA SOU'LL GO
MOST OF FOLKS'LL BE HOPELESS THOUGH
WISH YOU NEVER HAD AN OVERDOSE
WISH YOU NEVER HAD A D U I
NOW YA' FAMILY GOTTA SEE YOU DIE
DON'T KNOW THE REASON WHY
AND THEY GRIEVIN' NOW
HEART BLEEDING OUT
MAMA SCREAMIN' OUT
SHE CAN'T BELIEVE IT NOW
SHE GOTTA BE WITHOUT
WHEN SHE LOOKS AT HER SON AND SHE SEE THAT AINT NOTHING BREATHING OUT
IN A COFFIN, THEY THREE-PIECED HIM OUT
PLUS, YOU DIDNT KNOW THE DAY WOULD BRING ABOUT
THE UNEXPECTED, YOU JUST SEEN HIM LEAVE THE HOUSE
YOU BLAME GOD, 'CAUSE YOU FEEL LIKE HE WAS SINGLED OUT
BUT, OUR UNDERSTANDING
NEVER MATCHES GOD'S STANDARDS
YOU LOST A FRIEND TO CANCER
YOU GOT QUESTIONS, HE GOT ANSWERS
EVERYTHING WE FACE IN LIFE, HE SEES IT ALL, IT'S NOTHING RANDOM
WHEN A PERSON'S LIFE IS TAKEN
SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD BE AWAKENED
JESUS SUBSTITUTE HIMSELF JUST TO BALANCE THE EQUATION
IF HE NEVER TAKES AWAY, THE OTHER SIDE IS NEVER GAINING
IF HE NEVER WOULDA DIED, THEN YA' LIFE WOULD BE IN DANGER
SEE THE BENEFIT OF DEATH IS FOR ANOTHER ONE'S SALVATION (SO)

[HOOK]

[OUTRO: TENSE]
WELL, WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND MAKE THAT DECISION WHILE YOU STILL GOT TIME MAN?
YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
DON'T HESITATE MAN.
YOURS TRULY,
SOMEONE WHO WAS JUST LIKE YOU (ECHO)