A Garden at the End of the World [LP]

by Vagabond Maurice

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1.
[Chorus] Solar System traveler, waiting to, transcend / They ain't realize, the work, we putting in / It's Peace, Power, Overstanding when I ascend / On Celestial Self Love, loving my melanin / [Verse I] I’m probably the / Most underrated, yet, elevated / Meditative state / Open up your mind like, / Chakras / Chakravartin / Moving Spartans / Spitting esoteric wisdom / Through the dew, prism / See’em glisten in they vision / I, Tear planets from heavens and place them in a new sky / Nomadic Medjay, calibrating your third eye / Foresight of Garnet, navigating the streams of time / Magnetic poet, bend words like the Avatar / Afro-magical, shatter your tabernacle / An Afrocentric Buddha spinning mantras in the lyrics / Uplifting spirits / Zenyatta with the harmony / Purple haze Hendrix, kiss, sky when I resonate / Majora with the mask, command, magic and moons / Modal be my Soul, that's word, to Seba Jun / Chewing on some donuts, with Dilla, I will commune / Timeless, through soundscapes, elevating the truth / [Chorus] Solar System traveler, waiting to, transcend / They ain't realize, the work, we putting in / It's Peace, Power, Overstanding when I ascend / On Celestial Self Love, loving my melanin / [Verse II] Fractions of Godbody / War tactics of Shaka Zulu / Art of War like Sun Tzu, Art of Peace like Morihei / Book of Five Rings, wielding Dragons when I Dream / Steel, sharpening steel, but rhymes cut through diamond / Fabric splitting universe craft, eternal shining / Black Fist, revolution, mind state glisten, like / Shotgun Urameshi / Spirit Bomb of Goku / Black(er) than Zamasu, my Super Saiyan is Rosé / Blacker than, Rick Ross, steady yelling out Rosé / Hue of crosshairs, ready for warfare / I'm a, Levitating Monk, who, cross counters in midair / Hit them with that knowledge, rolling punches like I'm Dempsey / Barrel roll through cosmos, seek, peace, in my journey / Afro Samurai, who smiles, like sun rise / I comprise these thoughts, while I stay, Black and die / [Chorus] Solar System traveler, waiting to, transcend / They ain't realize, the work, we putting in / It's Peace, Power, Overstanding when I ascend / On Celestial Self Love, loving my melanin / [Bridge] Black people unite, let's all get down / Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two It's the third eye vision, five side dimension The 8th Light is gon' shine like All Might / (Brown) people unite, let's all get down / Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two It's the third eye vision, five side dimension The 8th Light is gon' shine like All Might / (Everybody) unite, let's all get down / Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two It's the third eye vision, five side dimension The 8th Light is gon' shine like All Might / (Everybody) unite, let's all get down / Now everybody hop on the one, the sounds of the two It's the third eye vision, five side dimension The 8th Light, we gon' shine (Bright Tonight) / [Verse III] Peep the word. Yes, my, heavenly word / Tongue clung to the edge of reverse blade swords / Sworn deity of mercy, I'm Guanyin, perceiving the sounds of the world / Ambiance of the record resounds through the soul / Transcribe, my melody in the warmth of this jazz / Root, tendencies, in the fabric of these lyrics / Garden of the galaxies, I'm searching for Leylines / And infinite sunshine, together we mobilize / Like the Megazord / Write through discord / Zenyatta with the orbs, I'm balancing, the source / Between, Heaven and Earth / Monolith and the verse / Obelisk and the mind / Align, My inner scripture as I feel the astral texture / Of an Afro child, just, gazing toward the clouds / Cavalier of stratospheres, conquering my fears / When I shoot for the moon, just to land, in the stars / [Chorus] Solar System traveler, waiting to, transcend / They ain't realize, the work, we putting in / It's Peace, Power, Overstanding when I ascend / On Celestial Self Love, loving my melanin / [Outro] Lotus flower / Nebula, rise out of the mud / Kissing through the earth / In search of Buddha's love / Bloom, out of the darkness / Illuminating magic / Radiate to the world / Enlightenment in passion /
2.
[Verse I] Stars aligning, think my chakras in Zion/ 4th dimension matrix, mixing poetry in space and time / Continuum, shifting Buddha in spatial knowledge of Five Percenters / But I’m roaming like a Ronin who’s / Bringing ancient mathematics back to modern man / Reveal my hand while painting zen, through the pad and pen / Ascend your status through the magic of my ancestors / Finding voodoo in the vision of my Avatar / State / Kicking science through lit/er/ate– –Sure, they want to dance, but these lyrics be my / Ther/a/py / Finger through a sea of vinyl for / Clar/i/ty / I’m slaying Cleric beasts as I / Reach / Palms stretched below the heaven’s skyline / Preach / Buddha breath whisper hymns under starlight / Chakra’s align, in the basement of, Zion / As an Architect, watching Morpheus / [Pre-Chorus] Bloom / Bloom / Bloom / Bloom [Chorus] I take flight / travel light / Through the stars / and twilight / I’m in flight / to my dreams / Viewing seas / of star beams [Verse II] God body affiliate, sky dweller who be, pedaling intellect/ Sun scripture, writing toward the bigger picture / Hieroglyphics glitch reality like the matrix / my / Magic be like stardust, magic me like star light / Illuminating my sight, Illuminate my path / Like solar flares from Krillin's dome / Tienshinhan third eye be open like the / Eye of Ra, eye caught in the storm / I Byakugan / analyze every flaw / I the only legend, wielding an I-Ron fist / Obliterate your crew like the eye, of Anima / Sending adversaries to the far plane, I claim / Wisdom in the fingertips of / Confucius / Wielding Infinity Gems / Riding on shooting stars / Shattering rhetorics, keeping it heaven sent / While I’m steady, waiting to / [Pre-Chorus] Bloom / Bloom / Bloom / Bloom [Chorus / Outro] I take flight / travel light / Through the stars / and twilight / I’m in flight / to my dreams / Viewing seas / of star beams [Transition into “& Earth”, Produced by Manny Beats] [Intro] I take flight / travel light / Through the stars / and twilight / I’m in flight / to my dreams / To my dreams / to my dreams / [Verse III] I’m just, anti you / Anti all the smoke and mirrors / Anti social in the cypher coughing poems made of / Anti Hero, Hero Hunting Mercenary of the Astral Clock tower / Tongue shift atmosphere, there's a Kingdom in my spear / Kingdom come on inner palm, releasing all the fear / Relasping in the star's calm, crystal clear / The pressure form a diamond as I meditate in / Rhinestone / Eye of Storm / Me and Brad / Spent the last year, chopping records with my spirit on layaway / Laying increments of my common sense on the breath / Of my dissonance, sharpening my pen, as I pen / Against anxiety and the doubts of men / I'm / Falling out of orbit, pushing planets from afar / Moonlit canvas, grasping toward the, stars / Gazing toward the distance, watching peers as they bloom / Disassociate, like Dr. Manhattan, as I / [Chorus] Dream, I gotta dream / where are my dreams / I gotta dream / believe my dreams / Moving on dreams / I gotta / Dream I gotta dream / I gotta / Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream / (Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream) Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream / (Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream) [Verse IV] Pallbearer who bares the mic like hearses / Verses be like voodoo, a conduit to my magic / Multitude of interludes, see'em like Agamotto / Modeled after mottos, my mantra, be the Lotus / Reflecting through the pain, when penning my first refrain / Searching for the wisdom, the prism refract the frame / Of a study in scarlet, a journey through stardust / Melodies of memories, drowned in Hennessey / Peering pass my obstacles, blast'em down with these optics / Prisoner of politics, liberating our souls / Panther party alchemist, activist kicking knowledge and common sense / In the union of inner circles, I circle Ouroboros Dragons / Breathing up fire while in the spire / Conspire for Exodus, blooming / Out of the darkness / Lotus of the mud, who found the sun / Running the jewels, I drop gems / And bend the soul till I can / [Chorus] Dream, I gotta dream / where are my dreams I gotta dream / believe my dreams / Moving on dreams / I gotta dream / (Bend the soul untill I reach, gold, like) Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream / (Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream) Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream / (Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream) [Verse V] These bars are blessed from Allah / Arm, leg, leg, arm / Head, hunting of ya / Vagabond, putting the pieces together like, Exodia / Exodus heaven sent, Kratos Olympus bound / Been plotting on, your legacies / Beheading your kings and slaying your Queens / So whose that Hotep, fucking up, my frequency / Waxing them fake poetics to heighten up your ascetics / My religion is guillotine, for you and your crew / That's why I don't kill soloist, I only kill, squads / Ruby Ibarra bars, that's, hella raw / God, Body be like Goku, Saitama in my tactics / Deliver a One Piece, that's Monkey D. Maurice / A, Funky five percenter rhyming on a higher pantheon / Ten thousand hours, shifting Gods with my mastery/ Formulating flows composed to snatch souls / So what's a Liu Kang to a Shang Tsung? / Son's Ichiban / Sun Tzu / Number one / Black man trying to / [Chorus] Dream, I gotta dream / where are my dreams / I gotta dream / we gotta dream Moving on dreams / Believe my dreams / (Black man powered by the sun, light/like) Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream / (Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream) Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream / (Dream motherfucker, dream motherfucker / Dream)
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[Bridge] We be that, we be that Afrodisiac, 'disiac [Chorus] I'm drifting with the night time / Dawn Shining brighter than the rising / Sun The morning / Star [Verse I] Hear the music like Stevie, I’m free / Painting murals on the soundscape, I see / Different views, of the portrait, I dream / Twilight hue canvas, I gleam / Out of orbit, falling comet, I streak / Through loophole sky line, I seek / Outlaw Star Leyline, I speak / From the valley of the matrix, I break / Into enlightenment, conquering fallacies, when I’m / Aligning my chakras, channeling energy, down from my universe, to tell / Glistening parables, pairing my melanin with different metaphors, I weave / Magic & Spells / Excellence spills, still / Training on mountain top, skills / will / Shatter your ceiling, ascending to stars / Ascending to stars / Holding my resonance, sharing it all / Share it with all / Smiling my synergy never will fall / It never will fall / Holding the elements bend to my call / They bend to my call / I’m feeling my, feeling my / Frequency traveling light / travel in light / Shining and spreading my light / Somersault cloud / Nimbus in flight / Willing and ready to change the zeitgeist / Thunderbolt deity, shaking my entities / Sounding my inner peace, shrouded in enemies / Wanderlust wondering, where life will lead [Chorus] I'm drifting with the night time / Dawn Shining brighter than the rising / Sun The morning / Star [Bridge] We be that, we be that Afrodisiac, 'disiac [Verse II] Feel the music like Sade / Assemble my similes in / Magic, my destiny is / Aligning the heavens in my / Pen and my Pad / Moving the cosmos and breaking my enemies, down / Guillotines glistening now / Sharpen my syllables, darken my interludes, speaking in/ Py/ra/mids/ Kumite specialist / Baki the Grappler, unlock / Endorphins / Grooving with the Buddha, funk / In the foot steps / Moon walk/ On hues of the twilight / Carry heavy insight / Smile like All Might / You Might / You might just find me / Ascending to stars / Ascending to stars / Holding my resonance, sharing it all / Share it with all / Smiling my synergy never will fall / It never will fall / Holding the elements bend to my call / They bend to my call / I’m feeling my, feeling my / Energy / Frequency / Spitting the fountain of youth, you see / Write my soul’s / Poetry / Speaking the truth in the booth, you see / Tempering wanderlust, centering stardust / I cusp / High lights at dusk, I must / See, where my life, will, lead / [Bridge] We be that, we be that Afrodisiac, 'disiac [Chorus / Outro] I'm drifting with the night time / Dawn Shining brighter than the rising / Sun The morning / Star
4.
[Verse I] Trans/ Formative, I’m glorious, the narrative is Buddha sent / Resonance in Soul Gems / Renaissance in harmony / Zen meeting clarity / Inner peace embedded in the views of the sun / Setting in modal hues / painted in royal blues / Lotus in second bloom / blossom in steady grooves / I’m, a / Mortal paying dues from the view of an obelisk / Counting common sense in the / realm / of my / pen / Seeking outer wisdom so my mind / can a/scend / Decipher hieroglyphics, see my rhymes / com/pre/hend / Kaleidoscope of knowledge on a higher / vi/bra/tion Metta meditation, I soul sketch, enlightenment / Tight rope, the universe / Sought, balance in symmetry / Found self, in poetry / You, can’t / Outsource serenity / Paradise is found, within your garden of compassion [Chorus] I’m walking through the valley of the shadow / Fear no man because faith be that arrow / Treading through the universe, stepping like a Pharaoh / Travel through the sky, with the eye, of a sparrow / [Verse II] Trans / Scendent, I’m mending, the symbols of astral / Parcels of self love, parcels of self bloom / Marshall of scarlet and Haikus / Dreaming in sky blue / Chasing the cosmos / Streaking like comets, I’m shining / On a canvas of / Cosmic indifference / Glowing resistance / I’m a solar flare in / Galactic existence / The one true Mystic / Universal vessel of ancestral knowledge / Speaker of the scholars who advances wisdom / Silhouette of nebula spawn, out of the darkness / Whirling through an infinite Black pool of Genius / Rise through the ashes, blaze like a Phoenix / Thesis of a dragon, return to eternal / Supreme mathematics, that ambient magic / Wielding my, presence as the Sorcerer Supreme / [Chorus] I’m walking through the valley of the shadow Fear no man because faith be that arrow / Treading through the universe, stepping like a Pharaoh / Travel through the sky, with the eye, of a sparrow /
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[Chorus] Damn I missed my space ship, While on the way to Zion / Count away the seconds, While in the rain I’m climbing / [Verse I] "What do you write / fight for?" It's like I'm fighting for freedom, writing for freedom / Pimping my wisdom, pinpoint the trauma / Sought knowledge in the droplets of rain / Let it wash over my essence / like, catharsis / I placed my trust in those who didn't need it / Gave advice to those who ignored it / Curse of Cassandra, the clarity of my voice / Penetrates through the depths of, the void / Avoid the hardheaded, protecting my energy / Devour the hard lessons, develop my inner peace / Destroy, the mental barriers, searching for harmony / Free fall from asteroids, center self to breathe / I speak in metaphors, write in similes / To seek my inner scrolls, and the, vinyl of my soul / The tone of self love, sounds like my brother's prayers / Kissed palms whisper to my flaws when I / [Pre-Chorus] Holler and you holler, you finally fall (x3) But I'll levitate, till my spirit, grasps fate / [Chorus] I missed my space ship, While on the way to Zion / Count away the seconds, While in the rain I’m climbing / [Verse II] "What are you worth?" Speaking in dreams, a black man holding the seams / Of duality, shedding self, so I can see / Through reality, wielding the Agamotto, I heard / The voice of truth, but missed myself / Calling the knowledge of self worth / The wisdom of self love, the trinity of the verse / Reflects, my Xeno works / A / Black boy finding secrets of Utopia / Wrestle inner demons, seeing, oceans of my inner being / Sitting on the edge of the river, quoting Siddhartha / Look for definition of self, like Saitama / Foot steps, treading on Mars, like Manhattan / Weightless, dancing on air, like Zaheer / God's Hand in the Zen Garden / Stay patient till my mind's open / Evanescent plotting Buddha's Armor / To the hymns of my brother's prayers / Kissed palms whisper to my flaws when I / [Pre-Chorus] Holler and you holler, you finally fall (x3) But I'll meditate, till my soul, illuminates / [Chorus] I missed my space ship, While on the way to Zion / Count away the seconds, While in the rain I’m climbing / [Verse III / Poem] This ain’t a sad song, it’s a sonnet of / My inner thoughts, seeing / My outer being, reaching / For reflections in the droplets of rain / I yearn, for definition, defining my life’s plane / Through, Countless hours of, honing my craft, it’s / Time to show, my, work’s gold / A / Virtuoso lyricist, count stars with Nujabes / Tight rope misfit, balancing common sense / I don’t sleep often, but I, dream well / Every, verse spills, from / lucid lips, like / Like, loose leaf pages ripped from my soul’s scroll / The calligraphy is sloppy, but sounds like Jazz / Whispers of saxophone solo / Sound, like I can’t keep quiet / Writing as if, the fountain of youth can be discovered between her thighs / Spit, like there was a hurricane left on my tongue / Tastes / like Nostalgia / on the rocks I’ve spent too many midnights marauding for war / sun, glimmer like Gai-sensei grin Senpai, I’ve finally noticed the Super Saiyan lurking in my speech My Taj Mahal is nostalgia mural’ed in apparitions reminding myself that “selfies” are a radical form of self love My journey to Enlightenment is a dreamlike ode to the Jazz articulated in break beats The studio is late night haven Catharsis / a pulpit of blues built on twilight And I am a comet streak an apparatus of confetti strung to night sky like star / dus(t)k is moments away but the horizon couldn’t be so close Hue of nostalgia at the bottom of whiskey glass / served, on the rocks I am (30) and unfinished Realizing how beautiful my soul / Is How beautiful I / am How fragile my smile / is / At funerals / where / I wrote eulogies / for / Homies / Poured / Forties, to memory / Block / Feels, like I’ve lost myself / In / Their untold stories, but can’t forget / My / Story / Yearning to unravel my / Story / Even if no one is listening / I guess / Catharsis is the reason / I missed / My spaceship / To(o) / [Transition to “The Scent of Rain”] I’m Happy ^_^ [Verse IV] It don’t take a whole day to recognize my light / I shine bright, eighth light, of All Might / It’s the third eye, five side, inter-dimensional / I calibrate the lyrics to seek, my inner limits and prosper / Limitless I / break down my gifts, in increments / I exist / between the seconds, I blink / Between realities / Slaying the false prophets / Meditate with scholars / I found, Buddha in mountains / Love, struck me to stardust / Palms stretched toward the north star / Celestial secrets, in my repertoire / Tethering the Storm / Omega beauty Ororo / Borealis chalice my magic is universal / Holding onto spirits, I twist, manuscripts / Into voodoo / Pull blues from the moon / Condense my energy / move, in harmony / To align, nomadic minds / [Chorus / Outro] Collapse breaths on a dying star / Vagabond be molding mantras near and far / Kissed palms, I’ll meditate to where you are / Rejuvenate the spirit just to heal them scars /
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No Lotus 04:26
[Intro] Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. [Verse I] Voodoo movement, I speak the spells clearer/ Vagabond the type to see through, your smoke and mirrors / Vibrance in my presence, shifting auras with my vocals / Lotus blooming in my cadence, dancing petals in my vision / Mission to, see the stars / Tapestries from afar / Bushido Brown chasing the gauntlet of the Gods / Rurouni reverse blades / a Samurai Mixtape / Chopped and screwed / Champloo / Soul through the grooves / Hues of eternity, mix it down / proper / Sounding like the harmony of a thousand / Prophets / Wield a thousand hands like Guanyin, in the lands / Where Bodhisattva whisper wisdom soaring through the mind / I’m entering the void, devoid of earthly tethers / Voodoo in my jazz, the jazz a love song / Played on the train, while bumping that Coltrane / Meditating on blues notes, as my mind, floats / [Chorus] Lotus flower / Nebula, rise out of the mud / Kissing through the earth / In search of God's love / Bloom, out of the darkness / Illuminating magic / Radiate to the world / Enlightenment in passion / [Verse II] Glowing like Siddhartha by the edge of the river / Surfing through the tides of Shadow Clones when I ride / Arrive on the scene like Gai-sensei when I gleam / Shifting through the heavens in search of paradise / A wolf, in the rain, with the scent of lunar flowers / Rurouni roaming through a graveyard of fallen samurai / Nubian Nu Jazz / A samurai Mixtape / Chopped and screwed / Champloo / Moving through the hues, of / Celestial blues amidst an asteroid belt / Orion on the orbit of Ganymede, gathering / Stardust in my many steps / Reflecting inner peace, 'till I found myself, just / Entering the void, devoid of earthly tethers / Voodoo in my jazz, the jazz a love ballad / Tuned to the trumpet of, Miles / Davis / Calibrating my mind, in my cavalry of thoughts / [Chorus] Lotus flower / Nebula, rise out of the mud / Kissing through the earth / In search of God's love / Bloom, out of the darkness / Illuminating magic / Radiate to the world / Enlightenment in passion / [Eight Bar Piano Solo by Erick Jay Mateo] [Verse III] Been a long time writing, but damn, I almost made it / Roam around the universe, found my soul on, Pluto / Penning sounds of jewel, projecting my lucid dreams / Supreme, Mathematics equated my soul to seven / Breathing below the heavens / I've, Stumbled down my path, progressed serenity / Alkahest in practice, Abbot to all the masters / A / Nomad / who fears / no man / Slayer / Battousai / Open ya third Eye / Cleansed / Baptized / The truth / From your lies / In / Summer I'm following, monasteries in mountains, my / Sanctuary's in prayer beads, autumn falling for inner peace / Hone my chakras, to open the Seven Gates, just / Entering the void, devoid of earthly tethers / Voodoo in my jazz, the jazz a love dream / Dancing on the keys of Thelonious Monk / Wanderlusting, through the vinyl as the loneliest / Monk / [Chorus] Lotus flower / Nebula, rise out of the mud / Kissing through the earth / In search of God's love / Bloom, out of the darkness / Illuminating magic / Radiate to the world / Enlightenment in passion / [Outro] I’m just a / Solar System traveler, waiting to, transcend / They ain't realize, the work, we putting in / It's Peace, Power, Overstanding when I ascend / On Celestial Self Love, loving my melanin /
7.
No Mud 12:06
[Verse] Syllable sensei, Running through your dojo like Netero / Wielding the syntax off the tips of my knuckles / I’m busy, / Breaking the sound barrier to move the cosmos / And planetary bodies while bodying instrumentals, I’m / God, / Body in a God Gundam, that’s Domon Kasshu spitting Haikus / While, posed up like Kamina, my Kamikaze got you / Dancing in a mausoleum / Colosseum splitting them adversaries in defeat / I spit that, Last Poet / Cadence on that, Black Magic / Swanton to the Bomb, drop jewels up in the calm / Forgetting your accolades when I’m steady grooving souls / In a city where, Black bodies hold, philosopher stones / Vagabond’s the Oroku Saki, Muten Roshi / Urameshi spitting spirits over them caster shells / Dwelling on that Leyline / Alkahestry, shifting your history / Bringing that inner peace, or you’ll leave in / Pieces, solar systems in my thesis / Thesis counting solar system requiems / Dreaming on an astral plane, slick thought in fragments / Word smith, Ozymandias cater the / Blast radius, radiant sword tongue gleam / Under the moonlight, kenjutsu in my insight / Foresight too complex for their metaphors / Morphogenesis in shapes past your concepts / Exodus enlightenment peace sounds eclectic / Mercenary of Astral Clocktowers, I’m watching / Those who watch the watchmen, bury guards in vinyl / Press my ashes in hymns, from now till infinity, it’s / Five point palm, your heart's gone, the method / Ten point program, outline the aesthetics / Eight Trigrams, decipher the dianetics / With sixty-four, strikes, I leave foes just breathless / So what's growth to your inner vision? / Outer wisdom counting on your proper prosper / Prosper glorious, your garden bloom through monsoons / A lotus reaching, from the mud to the, moon / Out of tune, out of reach, I seek things you can't see / A nameless king, wielding lightning in the right dreams, penning / Soul frequencies in the right key, unlock / Barriers of mind and spirit, I am the Griot / Orbiting celestial being, I am the Abbot who / Speaks in Morse code, I'm traveling Moors Gold / Babbling Bushido, while holding my soul's glow / No longer seeking key holes to see the world / A locksmith seeking cosmos to see the whole / Universal spectrum in my pen's serum / Disintegrate my circle for a tighter cypher / Ouroboros tongue, speaking for the sun / Speaker of the stars, coming undun / Unravel my weights like, Rock Lee / Tread lightly through nebula / the sage bleeds/ Knowledge through the scholar who seek divine prophet / See through the sea of false prophets, I part it/ Split dynasties in half, the last Jedi/ See through your mind tricks when I speak the truth / An Alkahest who exists within the shift of paradigms / I climb, through astral charts, to shine / And smack the color blind, in hues, of rhythm and blues / Pursue, the rose aura / Dual wield psalms, like arms / My / Arms, like Guanyin / Hundred-type, ascending / In combat, my alms, be, Samurai Jack, just / Jacking for beats, I study ancient techniques / From on, the mountain’s peak, an isolated beast, like / Trainer Red, command flames, with Charizard / Collapse chakras, hold fires like Avatar / Roku / Carefree like, Goku / Chapter Black Saga, defeat likes, of Shinobu / Successor of the Fist of the North Star / I’ll shatter your whole frame, to maintain the golden status of / The Dragon Hermit / Dragon of the Midwest / Dragon Quarter lyricist, infernos in my penmanship, like / Makoto Shishio, secret swords, I blaze souls / Makoto, third strike, split heaven and insight / I move, with the density of a nimbus cloud / Somersaulting snap kicks, leave you unconscious / My poetry’s deep, leave them drowning, in the flow / My poetry’s deep, leave them drowning, in the flow / My poetry’s deep, leave them drowning, in the flow / My poetry’s deep, seek crowns / While cutting down rapper's with a guillotine leg drop / Figure four to the leg lock, figure eights, I figured my rhymes / Equivalent to Goku's potential left crews fragile / Like Glass Menagerie, actual artifacts, sniper shots / from the Almanac, brotha, it's crunch time/ Pit of Lazarus, half hazardous, heaven sent/ Half evanescent, Freakzoid, pair of noise / Mind, mobilizing like the Megazord / Plasma sword, beam saber equipped to the hilt / That's one cut and one kill / Slicker rhythms when I breeze through and bless the system / Systematically Static Shocking the stereo systems / Have them listen through the whispers of these metaphors / Sharpen my syllables on the skulls of my opponents, God / I be that / Sleeping Dragon of the Terra Godz, going live / Flying high, rocking them scars, from my knuckles to the sky ONSOL attacking the scene from the blind side / Scheming on these demons, moving through the universe / Half a bar from Vagabond, slaughter your whole catalog / Sweeping metaphors to a four-four signature / Power level tearing scouters asunder / Wonder, how I walk with skies, like Ankin, my / Etymology’s slaying frequencies, / Hitokiri getting groovy on the astral plane / wildin', Out on nebula, to unlock my chakra / I'm piecing realities, on the breath of my synergy / I Conjure, limitless, spells / I drown, lyricist, well / A black, miracle, dwells / Beyond, infinite, cells / I broke free, to see, the whole tapestry / Two verses ain’t enough for my poetry / Twin dragon dragging chariots from heaven / I’m warring with puppeteers / Cut strings, like Zaheer / I peer, Byakugan / Explode, like Bakugo / A legend who, unfolds / on the Dead Emcee Scrolls / I’m / Unraveling time and space, travel through minds, I chase / Babylon, and, Pure Lands / Diary of / A Black Buddha writing sutras on these instrumentals / A Black Boy, found, naps in the pen and pencils / A Black Man / Crack, Tooth, Smile / Shattering the / Dichotomy, of the industry, they said that / “Lyrics are dead,” while I bench press that motherfucker / Atlas Shrugged, with the multi-verse up on my shoulders / Crack boulders with the / One Inch Punch / Or, like / Ip Man / Surrounded by, ten men / I hold / The martial prowess of Demon Back, Yujiro / Iron Finger Roaring Demons Wailing in my Fist / Berserker Guts, swing, bastard sword in Eclipse / Akuma ready with that Shun / Go / Ku / Satsu / Tokido holding that E / VO / lution focus / Im/ pact / from air, like / Initial Lotus / I / Keep, the rhyme, timeless / Stylin’, like Rakim / Pumping up the volume / Transmute, break beats / to / Diasporic / Drum woven path / clad / In dragon scale / ash bristle crown / Praise / Sun warrior, Sun Tzu in the tactics / Wait / Nara covenant, Shikamaru the strategy / Fate / Found reason, under a moonlit kingdom to / Knight me in stardust, I manifest / Seeds that I’ve sown through Buddha text, I resurrect / Epitaph of Twilight, Midna in my subtext / Linking all my wisdom to halt, the cataclysm / Speaker for the Dead, who writes, through solar systems / Raphael Saadiq, my Neo-Soul in Blues / Raphael the hues, the mic, handled like Sais / Maharaja Maurice, penetrating the streets / Pouring 40s on boulevard, an ancient ritual / I mobilize my Gundam to bloom / I’m Domon Kasshu shocking heaven under the moon / My burning finger reaching past the sky line / Outlaw, to the Leyline / Unboxed thought / Untethered from the earth / Weightless with the verse / Tao / Pai Pai / Mercenary / Wise from the Monastery / Heavy tongue unravel the / Context before hopping into combat / My content, indents a, cerebral cortex / I vortex twin text, give’em, rigo mortis / More complex than, I don’t know, Rick & Morty / I’m more complex than the eye, of Agamotto / A Master of Mystic Arts, the mystics of my heart / Is Alchemy in the spark, of a dying stars, I halt comets / Tectonic shifting Toph / Vibrating on a higher / Plane of existence, my thoughts lift / Juggernaut Through ceilings and quench flames of Phoenix / Foot dive to victory / Rage quit when I enter, like / Ta – Ma – Negi / Sensei / Successor to the Iron Fist here / So make – way / Flight through Snake Way / Gate / Less / Door / Ways / Search/ing / for / space / For my mind to take root, so / What’s knowledge in an open cipher? Patient penning stories of a lone Ronin / Love melancholy, write past tense / In my last, life time / I probably played the keys, or was a / Child soldier with a Cheshire smile / Reminiscing of, the day, that war became peace / Found my inner peace, with robes, a canvas of orange / Aura pouring teachings from the Pure Lands / Soaring / To abodes of celestial modes / Soundtracked, by Modal Souls / In light, I behold / The shadow of self doubt / Castaway the fear, to view the truth, clear / Recalling memories, of my Avatar Cycle / Black genetics got me speaking with my ancestors / Revolution got me fighting for Utopia / Black skin is not, synonymous with sin / But, Nigga’s dying for less / I mean, my Negus is blessed / Baoding balls for stress / Documenting the era as best as we can / Last thirty-eight, reflecting on an Obelisk / A humble Arhat dwelling in, wellsprings / Etheric body calling me, from an astral dream / Sancta Sanctorum scribing sacred folds, in the space / Iconography depicting dragons in my hiero / Glyphs / I / Glimpse / through / Arrays of / Flowers on / Silk Road / Transmission, on a mission for the wheel of Dharma / Cosmic order balance karma in, each step / Kama sutra align / virtuous and grace / Curtain calls, for all clowns / Keep my record spinning when my / soul’s in passing / No Dragon Balls are needed for the refrain / Maintain my ideals, despite all the pain / So what’s a coffin with a scratched ceiling? / Bloodied knuckles crack / glass / Tempered breathing / I’m climbing through the dirt to reach my aspirations / Affirmations counting mantras in my altitude / Preserve, interludes, studying the groove / Merchant of the Mask, display all your faces / Read Trigrams, to know, all my placements / Facets, of self love, elevating your palate / Introspective rhetoric, dive deep to open / Chakras / Break Fallacies / And your ignorance / A cold vocalist, whose, floating in the warmth of Jazz/ Unraveling the sea, of my ocean’s being / Unravel clarity of Elysian / I’m Blacker than the middle of a dying star / Shine like treasures of a dynasty / Adorned in, knowledge of self / And Wrapped in the fabric of moon beams / Don’t let their actions, phase my goodness / I found righteousness, in, common sense, so / Any utterance unaimed / will be disclaimed / That’s countless / Rappers / Slain / Any utterance unaimed / will be disclaimed / That’s countless / Rappers / Slain
8.
[Verse I] Face the blind cupid's arrow, staggering through the barrel/ Rolling down the boulevard, crash knuckle, fisticuffs shatter bone shards of bloodied knuckles/ Search for the twelve jewels, or at least the master emerald, master plan scheming on dreams, bind ambition by the seams/ Let the one winged angel sing the chorus with Taurus, madator flocka yoga flame Tauros, consult constellations in the night time/ Sipping on some moonshine, astro glide through the cosmos of the mind, field of bombs/ [this is the eye] of the storm, InAniMate be the forefront, fortress gorgeous built on the corpses of opponents, four horsemen be the apocolypse - now/ Four sips from being an alcoholic, cigarette glowing with the morning sun, mind shattering moons as we move through the universe/ Writing and rhyming, climbing the mountain of zion empty my mental on the notepad, switch gears until I'm clad/ In my sword and shield, parry and pierce crews Pursuing the boulevard where dreams bloom Yo, pursuing the boulevard where dreams bloom Yo, pursuing the boulevard... [Chorus] So yeah you, and you in the back, you can come too As we search through my memories Breaking clear from my fallacies Battling he, the ying and the yang in the mirror Cleaning the attic, within my mind, until my vision is clearer [Verse II] Quiet hustle, moving the world with my word's muscle, Aristole divine, the poetics of the mind/ Comedy, the link between infernos and me, Poetry so smooth and sultry like the voice of Esperanza Spalding/ I, gotta be, moon walking with the stars - gazing, with the third eye, on the climb to zion/ Vagabond's living the life of a bohemian, in the rhapsody, capture the, in the melody of - forever/ So tell me what you're looking for, words found between: Jazz, Blues, syncopated swords we blend/ Or Confucianism wisdom until our mentals ascend, I be that cat, deciphering the plans of mice and me/ Because I'm steady scribing novels with the pad and the pen, Insight for the masses so their minds. Can get. Cleansed/ [Chorus] So yeah you, and you in the back, you can come too As we search through my memories Breaking clear from my fallacies Battling he, the ying and the yang in the mirror Cleaning the attic, within my mind, until my vision is clearer [Bridge] Stigmata of a linguaphile. So. Who. Wants. To Scrabble again? Stigmata of a linguaphile. So. Who. Wants. To Scrabble again?/ [Verse III] Some semblance of Guru, Collecting wisdom, speak the truth right through you / Formless, like water, I flow text, a martyr / Like / the burning monk, glow jewels of thought / You're on the path to clash theories with my rhetoric / I'm on the path to enlightenment, I'm Buddha sent / Ascend to send energy, passing my inner chi / To glow like a beacon through your, sea of thought / I trout through the valley of the shadow of death / Align with the universe to hear my depth / That universal magnetic, we prophetic / A Dragon Sennin training with the, Turtle Hermit / Lyrics with the sutra, mantra shaking all the cosmos / Penetrating chakras, with a Gentle Palm / Buddhist Palm, Baoding sounds, in my Alchemy / Forever shine, till the whole world hears rhymes /
9.
[Intro | The Five Mindfulness Trainings] The Five Mindfulness Trainings are guidelines for how to live our daily lives in a way that nourishes happiness and transforms ill-being. The trainings are also the kind of thinking and acting that have the power to heal. You can recite them daily or monthly, alone or with a group, to renew your intentions and as inspiration to practice. [Verse I: Vagabond Maurice] My perception / Elevated to another plane, melanated I remain / Meditative conscious on a higher stage / Reminiscence on page, ink pen pouring sage / Piece together portraits of me, woven in poetry / Peace of mind, blended on leylines / Discover my altar, divine / Mended in hues of sky blue / (Yo) My saffron steps in the five precepts / (Yo) Peep the process as I pen my progress / In / Magic, spinning fate in the cadence / Conscious of my limits / limitless, I’m fading / Limit breaks, I bare / knuckle box in shadows / Pivot my inhibition while seeking my inner wisdom / Painting my intuition with pen, pad and spirit / Sun, Moon, and Stars / enlightenment be my canvas / A Garden at the End of the World, we steady growing / Memos of myself, to share, knowledge and wealth / (So) (Give Me My Flowers) [Chorus 1: The First Mindfulness Training | Reverence For Life] Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world. [Verse II: Kyd Wah-Lee] oh the sermon begins, with a young wise man, with a pen in his hand, resting for a change, like Obama I stand, with my heart on my sleeve, a perfected stance. learned how I should love, stood hand in hand, with the power of god. that's what perfected the brand. I can tell them to love, although they don't understand, they never will die, even if they won't stand. I don't believe in a race, I believe in division, I believe in divinity are you seeing the vision. From the earth I was born, from the fires ill go, I just hope when I do I sanctify Chicago. Its deeper than rap, deeper than white or black. the final hours a century I'm just stating a fact. I love you forever so show love while im here. instead of waiting until the curtin closes to give me my flowers. [Chorus 2: The Second Mindfulness Training | True Happiness] Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking, and acting. I will practice looking deeply to see that the happiness and suffering of others are not separate from my own; that true happiness is not possible without understanding and compassion. I am aware that happiness depends on my mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that I can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that I already have more than enough conditions to be happy. [Verse III: Sage, the 64th Wonder] I'm just chillin wit my niggas while we're discussing these visions I'm sticking by my word When I say we all gon get it Watch! Imma become great Shoutout my brothers home at Slump.land/ Some DAMN. album dropped and now these others done fam/ I never been one to give a fuck if it ain't gang shit/ The same lame shit occurs when you expanding lanes quick/ Never using metaphors Similes or tethered words/ Kickin rhymes Within height Of gods eye shifting nights Gifted right? Yeah We do this shit And have been for a while/ Always Back inside the room At grandmas house while splitting fries/ Broke shit I know it— but the glowings evershowin/ Watch the internet Lose it fucking shit when they all scope it/ It's the slumpgang777 — syndicate Niggas better spin this shit When we we've got the power perfected we plan to end this shit/ Defend the near and dear/ Hold em down till the ending clears/ I'm sick of daydreaming shit this shit is weird.... [Chorus 3: The Third Mindfulness Training | True Love] Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I am committed to cultivating responsibility and learning ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. Seeing that body and mind are one, I am committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of my sexual energy and cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness – which are the four basic elements of true love – for my greater happiness and the greater happiness of others. Practicing true love, we know that we will continue beautifully into the future. [Verse IV: Khalil Halim] [Chorus 4: The Fourth Mindfulness Training | Loving Speech and Deep Listening] Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness. [Verse V: Vagabond Maurice] It’s a little cold in paradise / I’ve bloomed twice / Mud from Lotus paradigm / I’ve moved mics / Aligning all my notes / rewrite my demise / Loophole in the sky / star searching divine / Soul shattering, scatter the / rhyme / Pattern / Penning the climb / Saturn orbit the mind / Cadence they shatter with time / Jollof Rice juggle the tongue / Magic unravel from lungs / Somersault cloud in the sun / Clarity Dragon, I glide / Floating on these jazz notes, I chew quotes like ancient text / Esoteric heaven sent / Buddha breath in couplets / Say less in sentence / Afrocentric essence / Chocolate hue Black Boy / Sacred Skin Black Man / Shea Butter Baby who smells of sun showers / Griot on the move, singing rhythm and blues / Samurai in context, a Monk at a distance / Ikko-ikki uprooting Shoguns in the moon / while I’m / On this mission to reclaim my energy / From those who took advantage of my inner ki / Culminated chi, for my inner peace / They tried to stifle the grind, but can’t, block my shine / (See) Back in 09’, I came through with the vision / Hit the Windy City with good intent and some wisdom / Humble to a fault, I somersault, through my flaws / Tumble through the clouds / Icarus, falling stars / Enshrouded in the roses I wrote, in eulogies / I found / the poetry, in those, trying to breathe / Eliminated my cipher, to view, the world clearer / Enlightenment in my center, to light, a new path / They call my shit, Jazz Hop, Lo-Fi, or Nerdcore / Chillhop, Conscious, Boom Bap / just know my / Backpack Raps adapts murals in syntax / Stellar in that Black Power / at every hour / Give me my flowers / [Chorus 5 / Outro: The Fifth Mindfulness Training | Nourishment and Healing] Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth.

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In the heart of the autumnal breeze, and after a series of loose singles, our hero has returned for his meditative third chapter, A Garden at the End of the World. Nurtured by nature (rain, flowers, mud) and full of inward reflections as well as outward wisdom, the album is a practice in finding and defining happiness. Executive produced by Brad Kemp (with additional production by Emperor Bohe, Manny Beats and a wealth of musicians), the dreamy and jazzy hip-hop album completes the trilogy and properly connects enchanted lands. A Garden at the End of the World is an introspective and thoughtful auditory experience unlike any other, both within the Windy City and beyond.
(Synopsis by neonpajamas)

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released October 28, 2018

Recorded & Mixed at Second Bedroom Studio
Artwork by The Kao

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