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As the follow-up to the popular jazz hip hop album, "The City Cries At Night," Lightfall introduces an entirely new realm of jazz, R&B, and psychedelia with a unique blend of rap lyrics and melodic vocals, experimentation with song structure, genre-crossing elements, and a recurring daylight theme that encapsulates the essence of the record. Featuring the amazing vocals of both Terence "T-Squared" Harris of Goliath Warfare and Aixamar Lopez who was previously featured on two songs from Collideascope, this album opens up new doors into the mind of the emcee known as QJ and is by far the most personal piece of work by him, all put together for the listeners' enjoyment.

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released November 18, 2012

All songs are written, performed, and produced by Quentin Garriett AKA "QJ Goodwin," with additional performances by Terence "T-Squared" Harris and Aixamar Lopez. Beats by Jazz Logic, Moods, Dylan Graham, Marc Mac, Planty Herbs, The Jazzment, Smith, and Peet.

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Goliath Warfare Charlotte, North Carolina

Consisting of two musical powerhouses, Quentin "QJ" Garriett and Terence "T-Squared" Harris, the two perform music both solo and together as the cohesive hip hop duo, Goliath Warfare.

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Track Name: Lightfall
[Introductor Intro]
Welcome. You are about to embark on a journey unlike any other. I will be your guide for this unique adventure. Now, without further adieu, I present to you, QJ's Lightfall.

[Chorus]
1, 2,
1, 2, 3

Goodnight, I'll see you when the light falls

Goodnight Goodnight, I'll see you when the light falls (X3)

[Verse 1]
Yeah, listen, yo
Not trying to ruin anybody's buzz, uh
I think everyone's probably drunk enough, so
I'm just gonna hop up on this vacant microphone
See it mocking me silently, just can't leave that life alone
Don't know what you're hyping on, you won't remember it anyway
I'll spit a couple verses while you sip that hard lemonade
Man, just keep on partying, I'll be your musical getaway
And for lyrics' sake, I'll keep it simple
Don't want you to have to think so much
Cause no one wants that on a night like this
Let's save the worrying for later, nothing quite like this
And I might wish, that you'd focus more so on what I'm saying
But don't worry I'm fighting it as I write this
Got my rock music if I want to hear something that stays true
But rap, I want to hear about the fly shit that they do
Glamorize it up, cause yo, reality's too painful
Just help me escape, be the key to my chains, boo

[Chorus]
Goodnight, I'll see you when the light falls

Goodnight Goodnight, I'll see you when the light falls (X3)

[Verse 2]
Yeah, uh
Remember back in verse one when I said I wasn't trying to kill the buzz?
Well now I just don't give a fuck
So what if I was? I got every reason to
All this wack shit is like corrosive acid seeping through
Had to be my favorite rapper's concert opening my eyes to see it too
To me its true, everything is red, you all just see in blue
Or maybe even green, money mixed with all the weed in you
I'm not even against it, just music when it comes to being true
Say they want that real shit but diss it when they receive the truth
Sleeping on that real realness without even meaning to
I can't just sit back and let them take you where their leading you
When people think that they don't even need a youth
Fuck that
I'm not gonna give you the same bullshit other rappers have been feeding you
There are better things out there for me to do
Than waste your time, so I always make it count
City stops crying when daylight is out, so let's do it

[Chorus]
Goodnight, I'll see you when the light falls

Goodnight Goodnight, I'll see you when the light falls (X3)

Yeah

[Introductor]
Now wasn't that special?
Track Name: Club 27 (ft. Aixamar Lopez)
[Intro]
Yo
Welcome to Club 27
My name is QJ
I'll be your emcee for the evening
Let's have some fun, yo

[Chorus]
Yeah, I like this sound
But give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh, I like this now

Better tip your bartender before you can't remember, ha

Yeah, I like this sound
But give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh, I like this now

Guess the drinks are on me tonight, that's all right

[Verse 1]
Oh yeah, we're gonna do it proper tonight
I'm your musical bartender, yeah I've got the supply of that
Margarita music, no way you can confuse it
Cause its manufactured from the very brews of the truest
Here's a taste of the vibe, Quest name of the Tribe
They say if you aim to try, just kiss the fame goodbye
So I guess I'll still be here, mixing you an Opera
A shot of vodka, Hip Hop's Frank Sinatra
Got that class, two shots of Tupac
And a tall glass of Biggie, mixed with a little Jimi
I'm feeling a little indie, here's some Gambino dopeness
With Lupe poetics and Kendrick Lamar focus
Conscious rap of Nas and Common for you to cope with
And taste gets raw with Eminem and Royce soaked in
We will let it flow (flow)
Everywhere we go (go)
So subliminal (yo)
Steady breaking hearts like Oh!

[Chorus]
Yeah, I like this sound
But give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh, I like this now

Better tip your bartender before you can't remember, ha!

Yeah, I like this sound
But give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh, I like this now

Guess the drinks are on me tonight, that's all right

[Bridge]
DJ (Play my song tonight)
All right (Play my song tonight)
Okay (Play my song tonight)
QJ's gonna (Play my song tonight)

[Verse 2]
Yeah, I live it like the night because we're both still young
Got no swagger, it doesn't matter, the song is still sung
Cause I'm classier without it
Go 'head, call me a hipster cause I don't talk about it
Its always a little crowded on the bandwagon
I'm just a friendless no fan-having
Lunatic who thinks changing the game actually can happen
I call it "trans-rappin'," lyrical phantasm
With spiritual land spasms, you hear but you can't handle
Miracle, its the bass rocking on the streets, Ah!
Tipsy kind of feeling when I'm rapping over beats, Ah!
Flow intoxicating, beautiful, my seniorita
You can feel it baby, make you get up out your seat, I'm
Feeling you, I hope you're feeling me now
But if you're feeling new, I hope you're feeling this sound
Cause I can feel it too, so if you're feeling blue
Then you can play it all night and maybe you can feel my feelings too
That ain't the liquor talking, baby, that's just the music
But you already knew it, keep it classy well-suited, uh
We will let it flow (flow)
Everywhere we go (go)
So subliminal (yo)
Steady breaking hearts like Oh!

[Chorus]
Yeah, I like this sound
But give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh, I like this now

Better tip your bartender before you can't remember, oh

Yeah, I like this sound
But give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh, I like this now

Yeah, Intermission

[Verse 3]
"Here you go"
Okay, resume

Morrison, Hendrix, Jones, Joplin, and Cobain
With Winehouse, the latest legend in the club's domain
On the wall of Club 27, opposite of profane
But what do I know, I'm just a bartender with no name
Its closing time, everybody's leaving with something
But I'm leaving with the music, there's no reason to complain
Cause we will let it flow
Everywhere we go
So subliminal
Steady breaking hearts like

[Outro]
Oh Yeah
Give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh Yeah
Give me something that burns when it goes down
Oh Yeah
Give me something that burns when it goes down

Guess the drinks are on me tonight, that's all right
Track Name: Breathe Easy
[Verse 1]
So many ways to dive in
Only to come up short, you call that survivin'?
I feel the chains tighten, seeing you in every song I'm writin'
Perfect distraction, flames ignitened
Frightened by your very image
Like a viewer of Fox News to the phrase "Growing Percentage"
Cause what we had was vintage, authentic
But it transformed me into a cynic
As much as I'd hate to admit it
You were the only sound I heard minus the crickets
The only light I saw, then again it was (Just an illusion)
The only thing that made sense in this confusion
But now I 'pologize for the intrusion, jumping to conclusions
Yeah, you know its quite amusin' to have you deny me so willingly
Silly me, should have explained the difference between sarcasm and passive aggression
Guess I'll save that for the next lesson
So for now just breathe easy

[Chorus]
I swear (I swear)
You (You)
Just left me to drown

Inside (Inside)
Of (Of)
The back of your mind

I guess (guess)
Its (Its)
The story of my life

But one day it'll all be fine

[Verse 2]
Gotta remember you're not real, that its (just an illusion)
Guess you have that effect on people when you're just so damn fake
That we don't realize you're a human being till its too late
This is true fate, not gonna give it up for anyone
Durability to make it last the next millenium
The time-space continuum can't rival this complexity
Disaster recipe, want you next to me
Fuck it, breathe easy

[Chorus]
I swear (I swear)
You (You)
Just left me to drown

Inside (Inside)
Of (Of)
The back of your mind

I guess (guess)
Its (Its)
The story of my life

But one day it'll all be fine

[Verse 3]
Oh yeah
Uh

A nuance of freedom still lies in my grasp
Relying on the past when I shouldn't have to ask
If the shadows that we cast still linger
You act like I can't see my heart between your fingers
You keep trying to hide it from me when I know its (just an illusion)
You obviously don't even know me if you think I'd shed a tear
Over something that never fully appeared
So let me make it clear
I don't know if its fear
You just really think I'm lame
Or jealousy of where I'll be in the next ten years
But you should know that I forgive you
Even though I don't, but I know that its what it takes
For me to breathe easy

[Chorus]
I swear
You
Just left me to drown

Inside
Of
The back of your mind

I guess (guess)
Its (Its)
The story of my life

But one day it'll all be fine
Track Name: Paradise (ft. T-Squared)
[Intro]
Never thought I'd see beauty so bold, it'd make me examine my whole identity
You're not my enemy, its your energy
Equal to serenity, multiplied by the tenth degree
Even with all this math, it doesn't add up
Its mad love, had me from the moment that you spoke to me
Guess you've awoken me
My mind is open thinking hopefully
We'll be supposedly what we're supposed to be
Its only a matter of time...

[Chorus]
She's as fresh as the night
Just one step from paradise

She's so bright, outta sight
Just one step from paradise

She's as hot as the light
But her eyes are cold as ice

Girl, let me make it right
I'll make you my paradise, yeah

[Verse 1]
Streets covered in snow on a crystalized night
A beauty out matched by hers, can't be mapped out with words
Feeling like she's got my nerves wrapped tightly around her finger
No escape when I'm in this hold (no)
No longer in control
Injured soul, fantasy and reality interwove
No way for me to process, now I'm stuck in these intervals
Of being constantly poetic
You hear it too I know it
I can't control it, thinking about her at every moment
Turn an emcee 'to a poet
Can't even deal, I guess its something I've just got to go with
Just want to know if, she's feeling the same about me
The thoughts running through my head as I travel through the city snow to meet her
Passing the parking meters like they're lined up to witness
Love, infatuation, is there really a difference?
Nah, don't even mind walking this distance
Could all be downhill from here but I guess I'll risk it

[Chorus]
She's as fresh as the night
Just one step from paradise

She's so bright, outta sight
Just one step from paradise

She's as hot as the light
But her eyes are cold as ice

Girl, let me make it right
I'll make you my paradise, yeah

[Bridge]
Streetlights shining over the snow on the road
Now its looking like its paved with gold
White winter heaven trapped inside the cold
But the patience will keep us warm
Flesh can retreat from thorn, just hope we can reach the morn

See that the snow is falling, baby, soon I'll be with you
I know you can hear me, I'm still calling for you
Let's make it happen
You're mine tonight

[Verse 2]
So close that I can feel that you're near
But the night is getting colder
You're sending me a text that I probably shouldn't come over
But I'm already half way there, just hope the path stays clear
You know it just ain't fair
How I can be so close, yet so far away
Once afraid of rejection, now I'm taking it all the way
Trudging to get to you just so I can have the balls to say
How I really feel, now its getting surreal, girl

See baby, you should know by now
Don't have the option of slowing down
I would walk across this whole town
Just so I can have you around
I'm willing to make this distance
I'm not gonna lose out, won't miss this
That's why I'm letting you know
That I won't ever be letting you go

[Chorus]
Fresh as the night

Bright, outta sight

Hot as the light

Girl let me make it right
I'll make you my paradise

She's as fresh as the night
Just one step from paradise

She's so bright, outta sight
Just one step from paradise

She's as hot as the light
But her eyes are cold as ice

Girl, let me make it right
I'll make you my paradise, yeah
Track Name: Think Twice
[Chorus]
This is life, can't revise
Got a one track mind, we don't have to think twice (X2)

[Verse 1]
Living for the moment screaming "YOLO" by the day's end
Adult life's coming up, takes a while to phase in
Swagged out lifestyle, already so amazin'
Can't have real life sneaking up on them, glazed in
The glamour, just a nail under life's hammer
With the smartphones, snapbacks, and internet grammar
Only thing that's real to them is what they're playing from the cameras
So its easier to feel like nothing really matters like they're
Too close to the edge, Grandmaster Flash
Is this the only time we've got? I feel I have to ask
Cause everybody seems to think its so short
But that's cause we're not paying attention to the present, we just let it pass
Before we know it, another life goes by and we just have to sit back and laugh
Cause we can feel the draft
Of the wind from the door we'll have to go through some day
Slam that shit behind you, go out with a bang, hey

[Chorus]
This is life, can't revise
Got a one track mind, we don't have to think twice (X4)

[Verse 2]
Mind on the music, music on the mind
One song at a time, every bar, every rhyme
At the drop of a dime, give it all, let it shine
Till the climb becomes the conquest
People ask why I go on with all this nonsense
In order for me to live, I gotta stay conscious
Both in music and in life, thought that was common sense
The fall is always bottomless
And so I rise to prominence
Until I reach the populace

A band full of psychos
All we got's our word, so our story's full of typos
Hit that spell checker, it'll still be looking nice though
Head where the city lights glow
Taking in this life, no telling where we might go (X2)

[Bridge]
Yes yes ya'll, and you don't stop
A-to the beat ya'll, and you don't stop
A-1, 2, ya'll, and you don't stop
Yeah its that Bass and Treble Crew and we don't stop

A-Yes yes ya'll, and you don't stop
A-to the beat ya'll, and you don't stop
A-1, 2, ya'll, and you don't stop
You see the Lightfall, it'll be sure shock

A-Yes yes ya'll, and you don't stop
A-to the beat ya'll, and you don't stop
A-1, 2, ya'll, and you don't stop
Yeah its Goliath Warfare and we don't stop

A-Yes yes ya'll, and you don't stop
A-to the beat ya'll, and you don't stop
A-1, 2, ya'll, and you don't stop
Just watch the Lightfall and it won't stop, keep it classy

[Chorus]
This is life, can't revise
Got a one track mind, we don't have to think twice (X4)
Track Name: Goldfish
[Verse 1]
This'll probably be the worst love letter written
I hear this beat and then I think of you and so I'm sittin'
looking at your picture while its playing, so damn smitten
Now I'm sick of wishin', I should step, step, step up
But you don't even know me, wish I could get to know you
But you're friends with people I don't trust
One of which in high school I had a crush
So if I talk to you and you ask her 'bout me, she'll have nothing good to say about us
I'm mostly speaking out of lust
Haven't even met you or felt your touch
I've only seen your face but that there's enough to give me a rush
And you like a lot of stuff, I like some of the same
You'd think that'd be enough for me to step, step, step up
But truthfully, we have what? like a handful in common?
And we're both probably busy, so I worry about timing
In fact, I've talked myself out of it
They say there's plenty fish in the sea and you make me want to jump out of it
But I'm guessing that I

[Chorus]
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (Oh-oh)
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (Yeah I do it cause I)
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming

[Verse 2]
As much as I'd just like to go for it, the odds are stacked against me
I know if you ever get to hear this within this century
You'll just think its creepy, a guy you don't know who doesn't even know you
Writing songs about you must be disturbed deeply
Completely out of my mind, not necessarily true
I just camp in my subconscious, which people rarely do
Fueled by the thought of just making myself a "Gary Sue"
Long story short, that means everything works out between me and you
Most girls take this time to criticise what I say and do
But I'm only good at two things: Writing novels and staying true
Music's not a talent for me, its more like I'm paying due
I had you on my mind to write this for at least a day or two
Probably longer, you're the model to the canvas I'm painting on
(Q, what are you waiting on? Just do it, man)
No I'm still doubting it
They say there's plenty fish in the sea, I feel like I want to jump out of it
But its seeming like I

[Chorus]
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (Oh-oh)
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (Yeah I do it cause I)
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming

[Verse 3]
Pressure is enormous cause you are simply gorgeous
And I'm just kind of scared that my pursuit will end rewardless
At war with emotions that are swimming inside me
I know that once it happens there will be no rewinding
But I'm not gonna sweat it, yeah I might just be embarassed
But its these moments I cherish that make me a better man
I'll just do what I can, I've got a Carpe Diem attitude
And no one will be mad at you if you say that you can't
But I'll make it worth your while if you just let the doors open
Climb out of the water tank, come join me inside the ocean
I'm a Goldfish, I'm proud of it
They say there's plenty fish in the sea but I'm never gonna jump out of it
Cause you make it so I

[Chorus]
Don't have a choice but to keep swimming (X4)
Track Name: Mad Science (ft. T-Squared)
[Intro]
Uh-uh
Just keep it classy
Hey!

[Chorus]
Here's how you define it
This is Mad Science
Always professional, do not try this
Its meant to start riots, defiance
With a midas touch, baby
Now you're rocking with the world's finest
Let 'em know

Yeah, they're hoping when we get too high
That they'll see us fall

But soon enough, once we get so high
They won't see us at all

[Verse 1]
Now normally I don't do this but uh
I don't do this enough, so I'mma do it with love
No need to worry about how I'll be doing it cause
I will be doing me, just keep letting it do what it does
I guess I'm supposed to be here to entertain you?
To do what I was trained to? Different animal, same zoo
They tell me "the life you're headed for's gonna change you"
I say "that's what I want, yeah, fuck remaining the same Q"
But that's just life
I'm growing into something that I idolized a decade ago
I'm still not satisfied
Life of false alibis
I went from awkwardest loser to skilled musician that can't even be classified
They hate when they can't put you into a category
They don't want people who try harder than them to have the glory
Passion, skill, and a dash of crazy is mandatory
This is Mad Science, step into my laboratory, uh!

[Chorus]
Here's how you define it
This is Mad Science
Always professional, do not try this
Its meant to start riots, defiance
With a midas touch, baby
Now you're rocking with the world's finest
Let 'em know

Yeah, they're hoping when we get too high
That they'll see us fall

But soon enough, once we get so high
They won't see us at all

[Verse 2]
The City Cries At Night, but it stops when the Light Falls
this is just a sign though, go 'head let your mind grow
Laidback Conscious Rap, some people can't handle it
Distracted by the fire, you can barely keep the candle lit
Battle with the poison that you think that you can drink away
Mind small cause of Moronic Television Shrinking Ray
Controlling what you think and say, make you think they lead the way
When all you really need is a clear mind for you to seize the day
Not something you can keep away, I'm the real deal, baby
Mad scientist, been this way, guess what? I'm still crazy
Don't care how you feel, maybe I just grow a pair when I'm on air live
Shine right before their eyes
I know where no where lies
Its microphone airlines
I spit the fire, take you higher with these dope rare rhymes
Its basic science, I'm not even tired
One half of Goliath, yeah we triumph over giants
Hit 'em with it, Go!

[Chorus]
Here's how you define it
This is Mad Science
Always professional, do not try this
Its meant to start riots, defiance
With a midas touch, baby
Now you're rocking with the world's finest
Let 'em know

Yeah, they're hoping when we get too high
That they'll see us fall

But soon enough, once we get so high
They won't see us at all

[Introductor Outro]
Congratulations. You have now reached the halfway point of the album, Lightfall. We hope you are enjoying the selection so far. If you are not, then go die.
Track Name: Shotgun Kisses
[Intro]
Okay
Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (X2)

Lady, you blow my mind
You blow my mind
You blow my mind

Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say
Hey

[Chorus]
Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (X2)

Lady, you blow my mind
You blow my mind
You blow my mind

Cat has got my tongue
Kiss is like a shotgun

[Verse 1]
Gunpowder Lips, Shotgun Kisses
Cupid's got a gun but he's only shooting for misses (Mrs.)
Double entendre, against all wishes
Gotta get accustomed to minding my own business
Down with the sickness, so mean and vicious
Start a conversation, I guess I'm being suspicious
Wait for your response, its like waiting for Christmas
Pretty much the same, except you're making my wishlist
Don't even know why
Your words fly from the chamber, I let them go by
Never thought I'd be seeing it with my own eye
Oh My, you're the fatal anomaly, no lie
But so am I
You can probably tell I've been through this madness before
Just wondering how much you're gonna make me endure
Its your allure (yeah)
Got me coming back for more
You're the bullet to my gun, pull the trigger, start a war, I

[Bridge]
Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (X2)

Lady, you blow my mind
You blow my mind
You blow my mind

Cat has got my tongue
Kiss is like a shotgun

[Chorus]
Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (Ha)

Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (Yeah)

Lady, you blow my mind
You blow my mind
You blow my mind

Cat has got my tongue
Kiss is like a shotgun

[Verse 2]
Gunpowder Lips, Shotgun Kisses
Love is a trigger, but I'm not shooting for misses (Mrs.)
Double entendre, no asking permission
Hard to make it work without any contradictions
General admission, unlimited ammunition
Came into fruition destroying the competition
But this girl's addition changed the conditions
Now I make it my mission to be ambitious and give her what she's missin' now I'm

Growing obsessed, caught up in this mess, and I'm out of time
Overcome with stress, no way to repress, gotta let it shine
I don't know what's next, just want to caress, girl, if you'd be so kind
What's it gonna take to make you mine
Everytime we kiss, you blow my mind

[Bridge]
Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (X2)

Lady, you blow my mind
You blow my mind
You blow my mind

Cat has got my tongue
Kiss is like a shotgun

[Chorus]
Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (Ha)

Never know what to say
Know what to say
Know what to say (Yeah)

Lady, you blow my mind
You blow my mind
You blow my mind

Cat has got my tongue
Kiss is like a shotgun

[Outro]
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, you blow my mind (X5) (Tongue Kisses, Shotgun Rounds
Shotgun Rounds
Shotgun Rounds X5)

Ha yeah
Gunpowder Lips, Shotgun Kisses
Cupid's got a gun but he's only shooting for misses
Gunpowder Lips, Shotgun Kisses
Love is a trigger but I'm not shooting for misses

Gunpowder Lips, Shotgun Kisses (X3)
Track Name: Floating (ft. Aixamar Lopez, Intro by T-Squared)
[Intro: T-Squared]
Unstoppable
Unfathomable
She is my soul
But my mind is the vision
My breath is her life force
Emotions give her wings
Denizen of the truth
Barely obtainable
Her eyes speak beautifully
Unto the ocean's bright blue
The reflection of her tears
Spring to life on my strings
My consciousness never relaxes
Which keeps her heart pumping
While I begin to notice
The absence of her innocence
Shown through her growth
The oath that I swore to her
Was to never forsake her
But through my influence, it was enough to change her
Damned to be tied to her from beginning
A sin to sing her struggles and perserverance
But if I don't, she'll disappear forever into a sea of endless destruction
That's why I love her so
Because with every note I ring through her
Her destruction seems less imminent than before
Speech that cascades across my mind
Binding me into an everlasting swell
Of emotional, devotional floating imagination
Because with every bit of darkness that clouds my sight
Each bit of Light that Falls makes her all the more bright

[Verse 1]
So relaxing
The world is a virus, here is my vaccine
Power of music, ambience attracting
The rhythm creating an amplitude of beautiful but distracting
Colors, the machine hovers above us
But you can still feel its presence
Foreboding and so unpleasant
You're being hunted
But now you've got a shield protecting you from it
Music is medicine, made to keep your mind at one hundred
No longer in abundance
The major labels on top of the summit proceed to sprinkle their bad omens upon it
But you're the ones that run it
Don't settle for this degredation to dumb down the youth of the nation
For the sake of making some pockets heavy, while yours stay empty
I'm far from your average friendly neighborhood emcee
But I still think that we can change the world, so we'll see
For now I'll stop worrying about it and just chill

[Chorus]
I'm floating on air, oh yeah (X3)
Music's got me so high, you can't pull me down

So high you can't pull me down, yeah

[Verse 2]
I just know you're there
No way to compare
There when no one cares
Greatest love affair
You will never leave my side
If it were possible, I would let you become my bride
See cloudy skies and rain hover over the tide
Its no surprise that you're making me let go of my pride
I think I recognize this feeling, its not what's missin'
I'm in love with this beautiful vixen, you know her by the name of Music
Some people abuse her
Use her only for something to dance to or get high to, but they're all losers
There's nothing wrong with that, but that's not why I choose her
She means so much more to me than speakers to my computer
She is my future, if I ever hang up the mic
She'll have had more impact than anything I did with my life
So many different sides to her, I'm in love with every one
The only woman I would marry young
Chill

[Chorus]
I'm floating on air, oh yeah (X3)
Music's got me so high, you can't pull me down

You can't pull me down
Track Name: Spider's Lullaby
[Verse 1]
Deadly but beautiful, so heartless
Traveling lady trying to escape from the crazy
But is there any place that you can go? Be honest
Patiently waiting for something illuminating
I guess its really that unusual, regardless
How you might see it or how you choose to receive it
I just thought that maybe you should know, I want this
Take it or leave it, I only want you to see it

[Lyric Bridge]
Cause now the web is getting thicker
You've got to reach in
Reach in, baby

Now I know that you can
No longer pretend
That you don't feel it

[Chorus]
Girl, you got it
You think you're so fly
Now you're caught in
A Spider's Lullaby (X2)

Why the hell do you think you're so out of my league?
When you're a fly to my web (Hey)
Fly to my web (Hey)
Fly to my web

Girl, you got it
Its over, goodnight
Now you're caught in
A Spider's Lullaby

[Verse 2]
Filled up with confidence, not really
Seriously doubtin', its like I'm climbing a mountain
And we both know that there's a consequence, revealing
All of our secrets, that's why I'm choosing to keep it
But why you gotta be so ominous? It kills me
Not gonna show it, I think you already know it
But I just hope you know what time it is, let your feelings
Get in the way, oh baby, just for today

[Lyric Bridge]
Cause now the web is getting thicker
You've got to reach in
Reach in, baby

Now I know that you can
No longer pretend
That you don't feel it

[Chorus]
Girl, you got it
You think you're so fly
Now you're caught in
A Spider's Lullaby (X2)

Why the hell do you think you're so out of my league?
When you're a fly to my web (Hey)
Fly to my web (Hey)
Fly to my web

Girl, you got it
Its over, goodnight
Now you're caught in
A Spider's Lullaby

[Verse 3]
You will never understand it
How about you abandon the attitude and leave it where its standin'
Go ahead and smile pretty
Cause this is our city, you and me
We can truly be whatever your fantasy is demandin'
The cannons ablaze, there's so many different ways for me to spin this
Just call it my contingence
Might say I have a dependence
On this web of confidence I'm spinnin'
No use in defendin' cause its part of me and now you're in it
Oh Yeah

[Chorus]
Why the hell do you think you're so out of my league?
When you're a fly to my web (Hey)
Fly to my web (Hey)
Fly to my web

Girl, you got it
You think you're so fly
Now you're caught in
A Spider's Lullaby

Girl, you got it
Its over, goodnight
Now you're caught in
A Spider's Lullaby

[Outro]
You think that you're so fly (Fly to my web) (X4)
Track Name: Hopewell
Act I: Freshman Year

[Verse 1]
Jungle, Teenage, Drama
McCain or Obama
Nerdy or Primadonna
Sublime or Nirvana
Homecoming and Prom or
Nada
Why bother when you're trying to fit in with the cool marauders
Its like Transformers Armada, more than meets the eye
When everybody is in disguise including me
What can you truly be when you and me
Are two of two thousand faces hearded through the 200 hallways by security
So much for maturity
You might as well abandon it at the door
Learning establishment of contradictions and square-wood floors
Well-rounded hipsters and whores
"Better stay your course and get to class, walk and talk
You don't want to end up in lockout"
Please, just like the MRSA disease
You come and go as you please
Just make sure Grimm and Dr. Jones or no one important sees
You learn shit like this in months of being a Freshman
With tears and fears of four years, learning the same lesson

[Chorus]
All Day
Walking through this land of plastic
Some so fake
So much gossip, always asking
What to say
Lungless voices, chosen choices
No mistakes
So much noise its all so pointless

Now I can speak
From the shell I forced myself in
Poison so sweet
Forced to fight or be just like them
Lies (the lies)
Deceit (deceit)
All the world manifested
Here (right here)
So weak (so weak)
But I've got no regrets at all

But I've got no regrets at all


Act II: Sophomore Year

[Verse 1]
Yeah
Sophomore Blues
No way to pick and choose
Its my second year in school
No way for me to lose
In a parallel universe, cause in this one, I'm doomed and cursed
To feel the fabled heartbreak
Guess I should start taking my time, but you won't make it easy
Cause we live two different lives, my friends would probably tease me
If I told them but
Wasn't old enough to see how stupid I was being
Barely holding up, only perks of growing up, sho' enough
Didn't even know what's up
I'm lounging on the wall, watch you walking down the hallways
Its after 4th block, been waiting for this all day
I call your name out, hope you don't take this the wrong way
But I like you and I think we should go out sometimes, can I get your number?
That's what I wanted to say through the "Ums" and the look of wonder
On this nerdy black kid's face, can't believe I got it
I also gave her mine, I'm pretty sure she forgot it though

[Chorus]
Don't even care I was better off without you
Take a look at me now, I'm rocking it
Baby, you got me right where you want me

Now I'm the guy that you wanted back then, so cool
Guess we both got something out of it
Baby, you got me right where you want me

[Verse 2]
I don't really blame ya for ignoring me later
And telling me that you didn't want to talk, its cool
Just not as confident as I probably should have been in school
Its just the way you handled it was a little cruel
I don't mean to ridicule
But you said you couldn't remember who I was
When we used to talk all the time in Gym Class
I just couldn't get past that, so fucking jaded
Went from everything I loved about this school, to everything that I hated but I

[Chorus]
Don't even care I was better off without you
Take a look at me now, I'm rocking it
Baby, you got me right where you want me

Now I'm the guy that you wanted back then, so cool
Guess we both got something out of it
Baby, you got me right where you want me

Baby, you got me right where you want me (X2)


Act III: Junior Year

[Intro]
Aw Yeah
This is where it all started
The beginning
Get ready for it

[Verse 1]
Yeah
More incredible than you have ever seen
Now you can see it take over everything you're cherishing
More impossible than you could ever dream
Shit must be embarassing
Maximum volume, so loud, you're perishing
Spitting fire like ignited keroscene
Cause everybody wants it, now we've got it
Hip hop in us, gotten the whole populace so excited
And it all started here, Junior year, where I'm writing my fucking brains out
The only thing that's helping me let the insane out cause there's

[Chorus]
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(I won't forget, I won't forget that)
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(Never forget, never forget that)
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(I represent, I represent that)
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(Let's tear it down, Let's tear it down, yeah)

[Verse 2]
Phantom Rose, name of the band we started
Handful of fans, "retarded
Way to advance as an artist," I was told
Given cold shoulders by people I once held dear
Self-induced fear of failing
So many people bailing out on us
But I'm still proud enough to keep it going
Only evidence is a pile of notebooks that keep on growing
Filled up to the brim, its the animal within
Now the past is getting dim and now the future's growing brighter than a gem
I can fill it in my skin, just a matter of knowing when
Apparently not soon
Just a Hip Hop/Rock Band of talented buffoons
Interference from haters inside this stupid ass school
Telling us we wouldn't make it, that our rhymes sucked
But as you can hear, we didn't let them deny us
So wise up
Get ready, open your eyes up
As we rise up and kill the status quo
If there's one thing Hopewell's taught me, its that there's

[Chorus]
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(I won't forget, I won't forget that)
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(Never forget, never forget that)
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
(I represent, I represent that)
So many ways, so many ways to tear it down
Yeah


Act IV: Senior Year

[Verse 1]
Senioritis coursing through my veins
Its been four years, this school has barely changed
"Goliath Warfare," think that's a better name
Hopewell Talent Show, first performance changes everything
But I can barely stay focused inside the studio
Thinking about another girl, caught inside another world
But this time we actually have a chance
Till July rolls by, when she's off to college and in someone else's hands, no

[Chorus]
Oh
Baby, you're on my mind (Uh-huh, yeah)
Baby be mine
Can we make it to July?
Oh

I cannot lie (right)
Baby, you're on my mind (Uh-huh)
We don't have much time (Yeah)
Can we make it to July?
Baby

[Verse 2]
Okay
Its just the way she looks at me, petrifying gaze
The kind of thing that makes it so hard to skip all the cliches
So unfair, got so much that I want to say
But I've only got a few months, until I graduate
And then its pretty much over, but I don't want it to end here
Not like other guys, no, I can remain sincere
Know you feel more comfortable just by having your friends near
But I just want to get you alone for once
Seems like you've thrown the punch but I've got these feelings for you
You know I do
So I show you just what I do
Special song written just for you
You hear it, uh

Its right there in the lyrics
Baby (X3)

I just want to get to know ya
But soon high school will be over
Its making my mind so flooded
You are the Ark, I am Noah
Can you feel it? uh

Give me the wheel, I'll steer it
Baby (X3)

[Chorus]
Oh (Oh)
Baby, you're on my mind (Uh-huh, yeah)
Baby be mine (Oh)
Can we make it to July?
Oh

I cannot lie (right)
Baby, you're on my mind (Uh-huh)
We don't have much time
Can we make it to July?
Baby

[Outro]
Ha, The End

[Introductor]
The Hopewell Song has concluded. Please continue listening to the following album by QJ and keep the volume high.
Track Name: American Bass
[Intro]
I apologize in advance for this

[Verse 1]
Music from the land of opportunity
Hear the bass knocking, its shaking the whole community
Water ripples unusually, sending cracks through your jewelry
Godzilla footsteps, the beat is so like a eulogy
Presumably, because he's so fresh to death
That's why he's rapping about his women, cars, clothes, and wealth
He came from truly nothing, now he's living in good health
That's why these girls' hearts' melt and his vainful lyrics can still be felt
America loves an underdog
As long as he changes to appease
Its all for one and one for all
Like changing of seasons
And truthfully I'm one to talk
But I'm changing for reasons
That will end with me lined in chalk
Cause I'm fresh to death, oh so zombie
So Obama, so Mitt Romney
Its metaphores galore, thank you kindly
If I rep the swag, I'll have labels rushing to sign me
Just, just

[Chorus]
Just roll with the bass
Just roll with the bass
Gotta keep it coming, keep it coming
Yeah
Gotta keep it coming, keep it coming
Yeah
Gotta keep it coming, keep it coming (X2)


[Verse 2]
Had a conversation with my friend, Ace
I don't fault him for it, but he's got a mainstream taste
I can get with that some of the time, but old school is where my heart's at
See the soul if you peel the parts back
But he's got it playing, 50 million views
Damn, everybody's loving it, still that's old news
Bunch of young people partying and yeah, its looking really fun
Pretty women, pretty rims, pretty bling, pretty dumb
That's just my opinion, no disrespect
Cause I can see the appeal, watch the teenagers connect
Like a moth to the flame
And so I ask, "do I really have to be just like that to make something out of my name
Or can I make it off of being myself?"
He keeps it real, "I don't know man
Just be you, or get with the program
Can't have your cake and eat it too"
Just what I needed cause either way I'mma see it through
By being true, so I
Just, just

[Chorus]
Just roll with the bass
Just roll with the bass

Gotta keep it going, keep it going
Yeah
Gotta keep it going, keep it going
Yeah
Gotta keep it going, keep it going (X2)

[Verse 2]
Some people like to think that if Pac and Biggie were still alive
Hip Hop would have survived
Not taking into effect, they weren't legends until they died
Which means they'd be like the legends that didn't meet their demise
Either retire early or you barely hear about them
"You hear that new Biggie record" "Hell no, I'm bumpin' Drake's album
B.I.G. is a hasbeen" that's a general conversation in this alternate universe
Its scary and true, it hurts
You wanna hear something worse
Picture Tupac rapping about "swagger" wearing a snapback and skinny jeans
Over generic pop beat, Nate Dogg on the hook with autotune, by any means
Anything is better, the only way you could let it be said
That they were better off dead, but the music still lives
The unbreakable bricks that were given to us to build with
Fuck the fear-induced media, glamorized shit their feeding ya
Cause guess who might be the one to change all of that?
Forget it
Just, just

[Chorus]
Just roll with the bass
Just roll with the bass

Gotta keep it coming, keep it going
Yeah
Gotta keep it coming, keep it going
Yeah
Gotta keep it coming, keep it going (X2)

[Outro]
Gone with the wind
Going with the flow
Rolling with the bass, yeah
Yeah (X4)
Track Name: Lady Of Cythera
[Verse 1]
Cigarette smoke
Punkish indie band doing covers of the Strokes
Abandon all hope with your animal fur coats at the door
Its life in the city, what more could you ask for?
Its 21st Century Beatnik, vain and conceited
But its the beauty of it all that's still leaving me speechless
A hipster kind of vibe, trying to see how far it reaches
I can get through it all, the girls are my only weakness
Multi-colored sidewalks, alchoholic beverages
Smokers in the bathroom higher than Mount Everest
A perilous adventurer I am
I journey to this land of artistic vision subtely being twisted
Into Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll
I kinda like it, but I guess that means I've got to go
And as I'm headed for the exit
I catch the eye of a woman with the beauty of a goddess
And then I get the message

[Chorus]
Oh, Olympus, Oh (4)

[Verse 2]
Venus
Venus Aphrodite
She tells me that's her name, I tell her that its mighty beautiful
She gives me gratitude
So gorgeous that it hurts but with a humble attitude, she's a knockout
Born and raised in Greece, later moved to Rome
Came to America this week, she came here on her own
There's no accent when she speaks, and so I know she's lying
But I play it off, let her have her fun
The night is done, but we know the morning's still young
The indie bar is all but empty, we leave at around 1
And head back to the hotel that she's staying in
Making out outside of her room until I'm baited in
A night of passion, the feeling can only be described as mythological
Practically illogical, weird way for me to chronicle
The making of the love between an artist and a goddess
My mortal mind can barely comprehend, I've got it honest, yeah

[Chorus]
Oh, Olympus, Oh (4)

[Bridge]
Lady Of Cythera, Beauty of Olympus
Scallop Shell masterpiece laying from me inches
Away
Away
Away
Away (X2)

Away
Away
Away, yeah

She is just
Mythology
Mythology
Mythology

She is my
Mythology
Mythology
Yeah

[Verse 3]
When Helios is shining and the Lightfall washes over
The true divinity sinks in, now that we're sober
No hangovers, just a cup of folgers, Adventure Time re-runs
And a pink iPod that's playing blue October
Now I've traveled to where the God of War himself has been
But the last mortal bragging about being with her didn't make it far back then
Struck down by the bolt so only I will know this myth
But she's leaving for the mountain tomorrow, so this is it
Gives me one last kiss, she smells of Elysian Fields
Its really crazy all the things that one night can reveal
Might never see her again, but this is only the beginning
So then again, maybe I will

[Outro]
Beauty of
Olympus
Olympus
Olympus

Lady of
Cythera
Cythera
Cythera
Track Name: Brighter Than The Sun
[Verse 1]
Time to make a statement
Straighten up your face, kid
You're gonna go far, let's just see how far you take it
So close that I can taste it
Life is what you make it
All original flow, no copy and paste click
Don't even need Lasik to see what's right in front of me
Come with me, experience is better than a summary
Little Black Submarines, Summer breeze
Wanna be done with these
Fake people cause they can see I'm hungry
And I am done playing games
Its always kind of strange
How they string your dreams up by a noose and leave it where it hangs
Like a thousand hurricanes brewing
They ask me what I'm doing
If I answer then I've already lost, cause I don't even know
Guess I got caught up in the magic of a moment where I felt like
Anything was possible and now I can't stop
Point of no return, so I press on
Stay slicker than Teflon
But the mind is like a Smith & Wesson
The Future is

[Chorus]
Bright
Bright
Brighter Than The Sun (X4)

[Verse 2]
It wasn't too much long ago despite the way it might seem
The days of PS2 and black president pipe dreams
I'm writing my first novel just to do it
The motivation for everything I did
Imagination as a kid, it drove me forward
Nobody could tell me otherwise
Living for that glory and that proud look in my mother's eyes
So many different things I want to do
Can't settle for number 2
Cause in my mind, I am second to none
Until I step in front of a mirror and taken back to the surface
The only thing I fear, reflection that's so imperfect
Compared to expectations
I'm caught inside of heated conversations
With my conscience, telling me I'll never be good enough
No matter how much you say it, its only this guy that I'm trying to prove wrong
Cause I've been waiting too long to watch it as it gets away
Won't let what those bitches say get in the way or get to me
The words ricochet, I leave them in disarray
Cause I will keep shining

[Chorus]
Bright
Bright
Brighter Than The Sun (X4)

[Verse 3]
I was told that I should dream big
But I might just be dreaming too big
Wondering how I'll do this
I'm not shooting for the moon or the stars, but the sun is now my target
Man, just look at what I started, its so different so misunderstood
"You should rap about what people want to hear," shit, sometimes I wish I could
But I can't be anybody other than myself
Just hope that will be enough to make it to the top of the shelf
I just want people to see Hip Hop for what it really is
Beyond assumptions and stereotypes, something serious
With so much wasted potential
I just want to change the world, make something influential
Inspire whole generations with just a paper and pencil
Bold enough to say this, I just want to be one of the greatest
So I can look at my family and friends and tell them we made it
And really only God will tell
But Hip Hop is alive and well
Right here, its thriving
Won't stop until the whole world's shining

[Chorus]
Bright
Bright
Brighter Than The Sun (X4)

[Outro]
This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine (QJ)

This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine (Lightfall)

This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine (Yeah)
Track Name: Atari
[Verse 1]
Pen to page, work in progress
City bus that I'm riding now
Tune it all out cause no one
Gives a fuck what I'm writing down
Walking home, its pitch black out
Look at the stars where I might be found
My friends beside me whole night gets loud
the fast life, its that lightning round
I try to pretend that they like me now
Hitting them hard with that inticing sound
But they don't listen, so I don't listen
Sleeping on me, no night, no gown
But I gotta look like I might know how to deal with it
I'm still trippin' on this realness that everybody says they have
Placebo of Reality, you see that?
I'm guessing that probably makes this Rehab
Old school, how long 'fore we reach that?
Road trip kind of song, pull your seats back
Rollerskate on the beat, no kneepads
You are hearing Hip Hop, I don't speak Rap
One is poetry in motion, I speak that
Other's full of vanity, so we detach
Let me retract, let you react
Others only want the fame, so they seek that
But all I want is the freedom
This is my Garden of Eden
Ain't enough fire to burn my kingdom
No reason to see them cause they ain't even looking at me
Look what's happening
Took this rap thing and turned it into art
And this is where it starts, I'm gonna

[Chorus]
Live my life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living Atari

You just gotta live your life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living the Atari Life

[Verse 2]
Music coming from my heart
But honesty is a lonely word
Life's a game, 2 more lives left
YOLO haters gonna call me "nerd"
Don't even make systems anymore
And even still, the name "Atari"'s heard
Its longevity legacy so I know where to be
There's no more, yo, I'm sorry sir
Fresh out of fucks to give
Its kind of hard to rap with a busted lip
I could shut my mouth, but I must have slipped up
And hit the ramp of life, so I must have flipped
But its a new life for us to live
I'm living one I've been trusted with
The future is bright so I must admit
All the city lights are a custom fit, aye
Game time, so these haters run
Money talks so I pay the sum
Hip Hop is my native tongue
Yo, I used to suck, a long way to come (cum)
To get where I am now
Cruising through the city, look how it pans out
Doing something different, that's how I stand out
Rolling through the night with the crew, chilling out, wind down at a friend's house
Then do it all again tomorrow
Just going for it all, like we're winning the lotto
From New York, LA, Miami, Chicago
Everywhere we go, the good times follow
Oh Yeah, taking you higher than Killimanjaro
Oh Yeah, just my way of getting rid of the sorrow
I gotta

[Chorus]
Live my life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living Atari

You just gotta live your life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living the Atari Life

[Introductor: Album Outro]
Atari, its a brand name that has developed and transformed on a corporate level since the year of 1972. Though it no longer makes the revolutionary gaming consoles that launched it into popularity many years ago, the brand name still remains relevant in today's society, even outside of the gaming community. Therefore, "Living the Atari Life" refers to the concept of accomplishing something or living your life in such a way that you will be remembered for many years after hanging up the towel.

We very much hope you have enjoyed taking this journey with us through this unique world that only some will get to experience. We hope that you take something from this record that you will be able to cherish for the rest of your days. Special thanks to T-Squared, Aixamar Lopez, Moods, and all others who made this album possible. The Light has now Fallen. So please stay calm...and keep it classy.

[Chorus]
You just gotta live your life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living Atari

You just gotta live your life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living the Atari Life

[Outro]
Live your life
And never be sorry
Concrete Safari
Bathing in the City Lights
A One Man Army
Living the Atari Life