No Honor Among Kings

by Strife of Thought Crime Collective

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about

After 2 1/2 years of blood, sweat, and tears and countless hours of writing, organizing, performance, political repression, frame-ups, and reflection Strife's first solo album "No Honor Among Kings" is finally here. This album is a wake-up call to the peasantry that we still live under the iron fist of business tyrants and that when backed into a corner, storming the castle yields better results than giving up and crawling onto the dead-pile.

We live in neo-feudal times, an age of peasants & kings, tenants & landlords, mansions & castles, guilded gentry pushing gentrification, commoners foreclosed from their meager hovels, aristocrats in business suits and knights & vassals in digital camouflage aiding mercenary armies who engage in armed conflict across the globe to secure access to ever-dwindling resources.

To understand the concept of my first solo album, "No Honor Among Kings" you have to understand that capitalism as we know it today succeeded in abolishing feudalism by instilling the belief in the poor, that if they worked hard enough that anyone could “pull themselves up by the bootstraps” and become a neo-feudal tyrant. Despite this oft-repeated rags-to-riches fairytale, the end of feudalism was never an end to the social relationships between kings and peasants or masters and slaves. Feudalisms demise brought about the beginning of the poisonous and elusive promise that tyranny could somehow be democratic and that aspiring to accumulate vast amounts of property and power were valid means to achieve personal freedom at the expense of our collective survival as a species.

Capitalism taught us that it is unimportant how many people you exploit, betray, or enslave in the process of climbing the social ladder as long as you end up on top, even if you lose your heart in the process. The wealthy convinced the poor to compete against each other for smaller and smaller portions of crumbs of the pie that we all baked in the first place and convinced us of our freedom prematurely, but there is no such thing as freedom when others are oppressed and the word rings hollow without true equality.

Most of us work our whole lives away trapped in life sentences of poverty with an iron fist around our necks and a boot-heel dug deep in our backs if we step out of line. As a result, instead of pursuing our collective self-interest by cooperating against those who oppress and rob us of our labor we choose to keep our heads down, distracted by symbols of consumer bliss, numbing ourselves with the mass-media spectacle, too focused on the happiness that a endless supply of possessions will supposedly bring, to realize that human connection is the most important thing that we have on this earth and exactly what we sacrifice in our shallow pursuit of products, status, and prestige.

Transnational corporate power has increased exponentially since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the invention of the assembly line and the spread of neo-liberal globalization which was an extension of feudal and colonial models of economic extraction and exploitation. This unprecedented trend towards efficiency and mass-production has had a very serious consequence of dehumanization of the workers who created these vast sums of wealth in the first place but it also meant that C.E.O.s. and shareholders now amass personal fortunes and collect political influence that would even make a king jealous.

This stark economic reality is coupled with the expanded executive power of the federal government in the U.S. and the militarization of police forces who have become increasingly brutal in dealing with social movements who aim to challenge the widening wealth gap (as witnessed by the coordinated crack-down on the Occupy Wall Street movement). The newly minted powers of the Department of Homeland Security granted by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 would make George Orwell roll over in his grave. The U.S. Empire has sought and been granted the power to lock up and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of "supporting" a very ambiguous definition of the word "terrorism" without knowing the charges, without a trial, or even access to a lawyer for demanding their rights as human beings and refusing to be treated as merely a means to an end. We are living a new dark ages, a time of grand jury witch-hunts of political prisoners, service sector alienation or sweatshop enslavement, drone-strikes and pre-emptive mass-murder, a time where our technology has outpaced our conscience and we are sliding ever closer into the abyss of fascism.

This album is a weapon to sharpen your mind and a call to sharpen your sword and prepare for the inevitable clash with the powerful that is on the horizon.

credits

released 01 September 2012

Vocals by: Strife, MK Ultra, Northern Draw, Valerie Irene
Produced by: Rey Holliday, C-Dot
Mixed by: Saif Bari
Mastered by: Jeremy Highhouse @ Carson Labs

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Track Name: Art of Culture War
[Intro]
Art's a Mirror
of Society Reflected
But it's also a Hammer
to Shape it in the Right Direction
Art's a Weapon
Poetry's a Weapon
Music's a Weapon

[Verse 1: Strife]
Art's a weapon
To be reckoned with
Watch, as I explode the myths of censorship
Self-expression's a loaded smith and wessun
Aimed at the oppressors chest
Musics a weapon to sew seeds and
Build connections
To transcend our helplessness
Cultures a weapon
To bring us together
To name our nemesis
Collective medicine
Against the greedy and decadent
Who gentrify everything
Homes for the wealthy
While the many sink
They Got no pity
Developer vultures
Swooped down on your city
Embezzled ya culture
Turn towns to yuppie playgrounds
Police assault you
Treat us like prey now
The rich are the poachers
The owners, trespassed on ya conscience
Jailed those with less cash
and walled off commons
Til you open wallets for implanted desires
Get panhandled by advertisers
the master’s violence was implicit
The tyrants raised the rent, we got evicted
They demonized the different for dividends
Still, we ain’t givin' in
To the state or big businesses
Cause they kissing cousins
Know the price of all things
But the value of nothing

[Hook: Strife]
I’ll Feed the Fires of Your Blazing Passion
Until We Rise like a Phoenix from the Ashes
Be Inspired to Create and Imagine
A Life Free of Slaves and masters (x3)

[Bridge]
Strife from theories to practice
Alive with genius and madness

[Verse 2: Strife]
This songs for the crazies, the unruly misfits
The ones who amaze us and refuse to fit in
Those who see things different
whose flames leaders wanna extinguish
The round pegs in square holes
The powder kegs about to b-b-b-blow
The fiery dynamos of this world
No dreams deferred
We can’t quench our thirst
We keep the powerful on their toes
we share common foes
won’t follow biased rules
Double-standards, of the status quo
Hate getting micro-managed by this cast of fools
our existence is radical that’s the truth
what the fuck do we have to lose?
Hypocrites and their pious platitudes?
It’s the rich who have violent attitudes
It’s a class war, a culture war, a social war
So my vocals cords act as a focused sword
Slicing nooses that are choking the poor
Fear and greed are a hopeless cause
Do more than consume
Our fates to evolve
Create and explore
To move the human race forward

[Hook: Strife]
I’ll Feed the Fires of Your Blazing Passion
Until We Rise like a Phoenix from the Ashes
Be Inspired to Create and Imagine
A Life Free of Slaves and masters (x3)
Track Name: By Any Means (ft. MKUltra)
[Intro]
Hold up, I thought you knew by now
We revolutionaries until the cemetery
We gonna get free (x3)
By any means necessary
You didn't know?
Go read Malcolm X

[Verse 1: Strife Verse]
Rise up
Banks went bust
They stuck us up
People robbed
Left in the dust
Now we're bankrupt
We stay stuck, pray for luck
Blind, deaf, dumb
We heading towards collapse
At a fast pace
Capitalism's in
It’s last stage
Cataclysmic last days
We treat the earth
Like our ash tray
Go out the fast way
Expressing class rage
Make the past pay
Don't forget the recession
Or the bail-out
Don't be thankful
We’ve been fucked
The whole earth's a jail now
All space is for sale now
The poor get blamed if we fail now
Bullets hail down
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
When every inch of ground is privatized
Politicians caught in lies
Pigs keep us traumatized
Talking heads vomit lies
The rich split a rotten pie
Land and rights commodified

[Hook:]
We're Taught Wants Not Needs
We're Taught to Flaunt Our Greed
Reclaim Your Self-Esteem
Defy Our Enemies
We Gon Get What We Need By Any Means (x4)

[Verse 2: MKUltra Verse]
Crooked cops in the streets yo, its due time
Getting caught in the heat stumble straight lines
Pig sties permeate state wide central power modified
Leviathan personified, sapien suicide modern life formaldehyde
Criticize ask why italicize, malice lies like work consume die
Goodbye what’s the fate of human kind let it die
Educative rap styles
Squad wild, weapons prowl
Surround foul police and hounds
Crowds hold it down team of goons
Shoot you down, loud rebels riot
Smash sounds, hoodies up masks down
Never snitch, never found
Never cower Vs. the power
In the final hour
Earth sours, upper class devour
Profits spike from the bomb shower
Red blood fertilized poppy flowers
Heroin flows out of golden triangles
Coming from many different angles
Guerilla tactics
Gats, boots, camos, hatchets
We attacking
Track Name: Dare to Struggle (ft. Northern Draw)
"Dare to Struggle"

[Intro]
Yo...
Rey Holliday on the beat
Thought Crime Collective in your ears

[Hook: Northern Draw]
We All Got Our Dreams
All Got Families
Hate, Love, Fear, and Need
We All Die and Bleed
We All Got Our Dreams
We All Fight and Scheme
Love, Hate, Fear, and Need
We all die and bleed (x2)

[Verse 1: Strife]
Life's a daring adventure
Or it's nothing at all
Don’t be scared
Or apprehensive
Grab the bull by the horns
Take risks
I’m on the offensive
Against those living large
While children starve
The system scars
Fight back
Like theres no tomorrow
Melt the prison bars
Find maps
Follow the hidden stars
Keep ya head up
Stand tall
The time has risen, ya’ll
Our plans will make the man fall
Make demands
This is your call to arms
Take chances
And turn your life to beautiful art
Ignite musical sparks
That burn down this gilded prison
Take courage to heart
And insist on better living conditions
Actualizing potentials
Amidst a sea of indifference
Don’t be ruled from your room at a distance
Consumed by big business
Your too strong to give in
Smash television wombs
That stole you vision
Left you lost
You’re better than that mission
Don’t allow yourselves to be farmed
Do more than get by
Despite the pain
All of us should swarm
Nows the best time
To rearrange the game
and flip the house of cards

[Hook: Northern Draw]
We All Got Our Dreams
All Got Families
Hate, Love, Fear, and Need
We All Die and Bleed
We All Got Our Dreams
We All Fight and Scheme
Love, Hate, Fear, and Need
We all die and bleed (x2)

[Verse 2: Strife]
Dare to care
or indifference will haunt you
Share with others who dare to wander
Let no one treat you like a number
I’ll never be conquered
No potential squandered
They’re the predators
We’re the prey
So it's time hunt the hunters
Wake the fuck up from your slumber
Tired of waiting for summer
To do what we wanna
Ya killing time
I’ll be the first-responders
I see the big picture
So call me a long distance runner
Tearing the whole system asunder
Don’t support pillage and plunder
Lift the boot heel your necks under
That keeps us estranged from one another
Get back into the fray
Or be a consumer goner
Obey the rich till your old and grey
That’s a foolish mantra
Don’t cave to sordid sponsors
Plunge the blade into this corporate monster

[Hook: Northern Draw]
We All Got Our Dreams
All Got Families
Hate, Love, Fear, and Need
We All Die and Bleed
We All Got Our Dreams
We All Fight and Scheme
Love, Hate, Fear, and Need
We all die and bleed (x2)

[Verse 3: Strife]
How can a plant grow if you don’t nurture it
How can we overcome the feelings of worthlessness
Searching for meaning in the merciless pit, fiendin'
For more than forfeited dreams and a death-wish
How can the wound heal if ya don’t address it
I’ll open your heart
Reveal the essence
To transcend the present
See the past
Glimpse the future
Speak your vision
Manifest it
Free to grasp
the roots of class collision
A rebel perspective
Don't settle for concessions
You swallowing bad medicine
I’m taking ya’ll on an exodus
Away from you fall off the precipice
Most aim to be respectable
That'll turn you to a vegetable
Letting fear get the best of you
Leaves ya readily digestable
I’m gritty and irrepressible
Witty and unpredictable
A chess professional
Cause conflicts inevitable
Know my enemies move ahead of em
and throw royalty off they pedestals
Track Name: Insurrection
"Insurrection"

Verse 1:

Born into shit,
I’m sworn to resist,
Always been a thorn in the side of Big Biz,
We can’t afford to submit, time to Think big…
Take over ya workplace, hand ya boss a pink slip
Told us we're all pre-rich
i believed em, till the sherriff came to evict
and my debts eclipsed, my right to exist, i've seen shit
Protests been villianized, I mean it,
it’s getting late
the states militarized, plain as day
free speech ain’t free, the cost is a cage
speak up- get framed and locked away
maybe lost in the rat race maze
but it’s not too late,
I’ve lived under the gun,
and I’ve lived under strain
Still Driven to overcome the hunger pains
while some brains get branded and tongues get trained
I Reveal the puppeteers who fund campaigns
See the bank in flames will burn gepetto’s strings
Lemme explain the game and set it straight
we don’t stop em now, how can we see a better day?
In this free market state,
control breeds hate
wall street the target
let’s clear the slate
test ya free-will, time to wrestle fate
Manifest with skills, don’t just speculate
We’re not vassals or slaves
Grab tha torch and storm the castles gates

Verse 2:

I’ll bring it to ya face cause
Talk is cheap
Mean what you say,
Say what you mean
Our Love & Rage
We’ll take it to the streets
The owners won’t let us dream
We won’t let em sleep
I’m in ya corner
Best believe
I gotcha back
Til we’re wild and free
Launch attacks
Till we get what we need
Don the black mask
The math doesn’t add up
That’s a haunting fact
Raid the rich
take the sponsors cash
we’re coming for the king
now the pawns have gats (x2)

Bridge

Tip the scales
Of robber-baron policy
Pistol sales can
Flip the script of inequality

Verse 3a

Get off your knees
the foods under lock and key
Soon charged you for clean air to breathe
It’s Manufactured scarcity
we make ends meet precariously
you got the match, (huh.)
I got the kerosene
Now we baring our teeth
And sharing their feast
I’m daring to get free
They’ll never break me,
I ain’t a rat
chasing fast cheese
Manipulation leads to catastrophe
Gentrification is dastardly
Don’t accept it passively,
That’s not how it has to be
Blast with me,
Turn ya life to a masterpiece
Learn from trouble strife and tragedy
In struggle we’re all one human family
So Get the last laugh with me

Bridge

Not surprised our rights been neglected
Watch us rise tonight, it’s insurrection

Verse 3b

Back Against the Wall
Waiting for the Axe to Fall
Facing Shock and awe
we cock and draw, plan and plot,
Get your neck off the chopping block
It’s the final straw,
It's the last stop
We’re the have-nots
Why we share what we got
Tired of being double-crossed
Strike while the irons hot
All ya need is
spray-paint, rocks, and molotovs
go to war, don the black camoflauge
smash the chain stores
it’s economic sabotage,
Track Name: Nomadic Wanderlust
"Nomadic Wanderlust"

Verse 1:

Hit the open road,
the whole worlds ya home
The winds of change have blown
So I share what I know
Stoke the flames of revolt
Underground overgrown
Wonder how… wisdom sewn
Beyond words, sticks, and stones
Around earth I roll
Like the moon hurls tides to the coast

everywhere I go… that’s my home…

When shit hits the fan,
Understand… I’m a Ramblin’ man,
anarchist vandalist with a gargantuan clan
Panhandling with a spray-can in my hand
Fly by the seat of my pants, the road is the plan,
Wind at our backs, damaging cameras,
gain advantage over the man
send him off in an ambulance
some can’t handle this…
but fuck the management
I’ve had enough, I can’t stand it
Won’t get cuffed, stuck, or stranded,
Won’t die ahead of my time forever panicked
I’m an adventure addict, I’m dynamic never static
I’m Clever and nomadic cause Freedoms what I’m after
Ya efforts to grasp it will soon uncover the magic
Feathers untethered, to fill the skies with my laughter
My wings spread wide, fly high til the casket

Hook:

Hold my own
Roam like a rolling stone
Blow sativa in my zone
Down the less beaten road

My heart is my home
The seeds have been sewn,
into the dark unknown
Now my dreams have grown,

recite the CRAZIEST poems,
to ignite ya dome
rip mics that EXPLODE
with Spontaneous combustion flows

Verse 2:

Travel expands my minds frame
the time came
to explore concrete jungles and high plains
Get lifted with misfits, hitch-hike & ride trains,
Kissing under bridges my desires to disobey
drinkin' whisky night and day,
Pass the sensi light and blaze,
Lifes too short to behave or die a slave
When pigs twist our wrists, we live our lives enraged,
bring knives to fist fights and take a dive at your face
Recline in redwoods, rhyme in a haze…
Rebellin’ tellin stories around the fire-place
Dwell in the glory of stars get high as space
Make love til morning light after the cyphers slayed
We Smile at the wrath of the wine and grapes
That Finally let our minds escape
We want the worlds wide embrace,

On a journey to live

We crave simpler things,
Music that tugs heart-strings
piss and vinegar still pumps through my veins
Dumpster-dive our food, you might call that strange
But if it’s free, then why pay?

Hook:

Hold my own
Roam like a rolling stone
Blow sativa in my zone
Down the less beaten road

My heart is my home
The seeds have been sewn,
into the dark unknown
Now my dreams have grown,

recite the CRAZIEST poems,
to ignite ya dome
rip mics that EXPLODE
with Spontaneous combustion flows

verse 3:

Laugh & Love with us wandering spirits…
Blast off in the blue yonder, cause were fearless
Enough resolve & calm perseverance, magnificent
We Know where we stand, we’re gifted dissidents
Traveling caravan of shoplifting miscreants
Actions riskiest, but I’m gathering life experience
Attack ignorance, and the avarice of big businesses
we lost our innocence
found out how real it gets, when feds bury militants,
neck deep in the sand
Still Wonder why we throw blows in advance
Never froze-up, we dance
Scream, shout, and let it out
you know my style,
you know what I’m about,
I’m volatile,
Always known as
the problem child
subversive & wild
cutting hands off ya clock dials
Track Name: Freedom
"Freedom"

Intro:

What you risk determines what you value

Verse 1:

Shell-shocked I’ve been through protest warzones
Got battle-scars on my mind & more than a few broken bones
hit with night-sticks til I’ve bled spoken poems
Left in the cold and froze, STILL it ain’t over though
Don’t switch sides, Hit the frontlines, get off the ropes
The going gets rough, I’ll get tough, won’t just blow smoke
Put my body on the line, it’s do or die,
blow the chrome at those hording dough til the overthrow
While Suits & Ties, rule and divide,
Whose got control of your mind, you decide
I’m Risking life and limb for my beliefs
Never give up, never give in to corporate cannibal schemes
Defend the mountains, the seas, the animals, the trees
Fight for the poor, pigs closing the door,
We’re demanding the keys

Hook:

Stand up
for what you believe In
Wake the fuck up,
we spent too long sleeping
Spray em up,
Wall Street Thieves left us bleeding,
Break the handcuffs,
Steal Back Your Freedom (x 2)

Verse 2:

I’m a man of integrity,
I won’t just let it be
We don’t hang together,
We’ll hang separately,
For revolt, I got the recipe
fight back collectively,
in the open and clandestinely
Outspoken til the death of me
Ya chokin,’
Give the rich a vasectomy
Soak em,
since they hijacked the necessities
Stole our lasting legacy,
aimed at our backs with weaponry
Left us to freeze horrendously
Shortened our life expectancy
Destroy self-esteem to control us mentally,
In the streets, on the job or in the penitentiaries
We’ve been getting robbed for motherfuckin' centuries
Once upon a time, we overthrew kings and dynasties
Now corporate tyrants rule behind the scenes quietly
They buy off politicians, and crush movements violently
Every dollar we give em, funds financial piracy,
They prey on passivity, twist the knife and fire me
Silence is complicity when the accrue property privately,
No room for accountability
They bury our urgency in the tomb of stability
So consumed with security you hand over your liberty
Free yourself from mental slavery, resist physically
The rich won’t surrender wealth willingly
toss the nobility in a guillotine, for their tyranny

Hook:

Stand up
for what you believe In
Wake the fuck up,
we spent too long sleeping
Spray em up,
Wall Street thieves left us bleeding,
Break the handcuffs,
Steal Back Your Freedom (x 2)

Verse 3:

I’m a black block militant,
Wild & free-spirited
A hell-raising maverick, and a drastic lyricist
They’ll call me crazy and savage
cause I’m passionate and serious
An outcast inverting the fascist pyramid
A different cast of characters,
Pushing the master’s narrative
Don’t trust the markets heartless math we’ve inherited
I’m a truth-teller, a warrior, a rebel, why they fearin' this
I’m peerless, it’s blowback, spitting hard facts
Gotta think fast, theres a target on my back
Monopoly has spread, so I’ll go father than the rest cause
Property is theft, and now your martyrs are dead
Business is government, governments a business
Nothing left,
but a gun to our head
and a rope around our necks
They use our fear of violent death
To rule us till our dying breath,
I won’t stay silent in check,
I cheat the reaper laugh in death’s face,

Even when getting dragged to an early grave,
We got nothing to lose but our chains, and the world to gain (x 2)
Track Name: Night Of Love & Rage
"Night of Love and Rage"

Love is mutual aid carried into practice
Love is more than mere words, it’s actions
Love is the enemy of preconceptions and prejudice

Love is the highest evidence,
We don’t need mayors and senators
That peoples needs more important then the rights of creditors

Love is the defiler of establishment norms and laws
Love is the annulment of our marriage to alienations many flaws
Love is the conqueror of hopelessness and despondency
Love is the heightened awareness of one’s own capabilities

Love is not allowing your dreams be smothered
Love is the intensified compassion for others
Love is actualizing desire
Love is actually lighting fires

Love is defending a comrade till death
Love is fighting back, defying threats
Refusing to be ruled till your dying breath

Love is a challenge in fact,
A careful balancing act
Takes tons of talent and tact
To weigh the needs of the individual with those of the collective
And ensure that the earth’s rights are universally respected

Love is the soil where solidarity finds purchase
Love is disobeying when they say resistance is worthless

Love is overcoming the confines of ego
Love is the inescapable attraction of equals

When they slay the dove?

Who gets paid…

Who can afford to shrug?

My rage comes from a place of love

Whenever I spark upheaval,

Remember my hearts with the people
Track Name: License to Be Violent (ft. Valerie Irene)
License to Be Violent

Hook:

The way things are, is not the way they outta be
They use authority to extend our poverty
No prisons bars, destroy private property
Fuck those in charge, overthrow the aristocracy

Verse 1:

I don’t wanna live til I’m old,
rather die bold, be bolder
I’m tired of the weight of the world on my shoulders,
instead of getting what’s mine
what I’m owed, sir
They want me passing time,
behind bars busting boulders
They raise walls but I’m a get over (x 2)
Guns go bust, when you a soldier
I’m a soldier in this class war, I thought I told ya
We burn millionaires mansions till they smoulders

Hook:

The way things are is not the way they ought to be
They use authority to extend our poverty
No prisons bars, destroy private property
Fuck those in charge, overthrow the aristocracy (x2)

Verse 2:

I don't stick to to life that scripted
I don't think the rich are god's gift cause they're tight-fisted
the necks of these pigs might get twisted,
for leaving us poor, sick, and evicted,
neglected, cold, hungry, and naked,
lift em off their feet in a second
left us with less to eat, we got digested
feed the world starve the rich,
since they invested
in paying us pennies for boring routines,
assign chores til we feel we we're born to please,

Hook:

The way things are is not the way they ought to be
They use authority to extend our poverty
No prisons bars, destroy private property
Fuck those in charge, overthrow the aristocracy (x2)

Verse 3:

Fuck a right to be silent
I gotta license to be violent
Overthrow ruling class tyrants
Meet in the streets, start a food riot
Make the rich choke on gold
Like that fool king midas
You fearin this? Just listen
Watch as I topple pyramid systems
Fuck power-hungry politicians
Backed by big business villians,
Cut the noose of profits
The time has risen (x2)
We demand greater options
Than dying in a gold-plated coffins
Stop playin' possum (x2)
If you're following stock-tips,
You'll be swallowing glock clips
Don’t knock this
Challenge the path of least resistance
Betray privilege gained through indifference
Take the less traveled road
It’s time to lock and load
Take the less traveled road

Time to take back what were owed (x2)
Track Name: Stay True
"Stay True"

Verse 1:

Find the fire inside of me
Display my desires and
what inspires me
my hearts the only compass
that’s guiding me
I focus on my art single-mindedly
not on those despising me
cause my foes lied to me
Said we’re free in society
But the divide is steep
Gotta grind to eat
Or you die in these streets
Most stay quite and meak
But Not me (x2)
Reveal my mind and speak
smoke the finest weed,
dance w? revelry
Sail wide and deep
Across the 7 seas,
let’s get free collectively,
Our destiny
destroy the dollar diety
money brings bliss fleetingly
Connection with others
what we need to breath
So I Flow fluidly,
To pursue my dreams
I spit the truth lucidly
& no one will sign me,
Show the bigger picture in it’s entirety
I think too deeply, and I rhyme too fiery,
I get heated and irie
Yo, I’ll never go quietly,
I piss on your piety,
Leave this cold world firing

Verse 2:

Smothered
In societal stencils
Fear of taking chances
Paralyzes potential,
Snuffs our creative spark,
Limits our mental angle
Til we don’t know where to start
Imagination strangled
They made us hate ourselves
And love their wealth
But falling short on this route
Drained minds and hollowed us out
Self-esteem destroyed by fears and doubts
There’s more to life than being someone else's cash cow
So don’t back down ya’ll
it’s not too late
Don’t listen to what liars say,
All Empires fade away
I’ll Inspire ya to grow and change,
The whole of society could be equally arranged
Don’t get stuck in place,
Don’t avoid or delay
Or ya might get sucked
Into the void and decay
Be daring and brave,
not scared and afraid
Voice ya rage,
Time to seize the day

Verse 3:

It’s non-fiction
As the plot thickens,
I think critical
but I spit optimistic
caught in this twisted prison
I Got no inihibitions
Use my guts & intuition
Cause the clock is ticking
The sands are shifting
our potentials infinite
Manifest a vision of resistance
A world without the poor getting charged out of existence
Not a place where victors play the victim
Hiding hate behind a fiction of innocence
leave no stone unturned
no task unfinished since
Time waits for no one
no matter how vigilant
These capitalist left a void,
So I’m filling it
their house of cards,
I’m flippin it
Even if I gotta put a hit on big business, shit
Only got one life, I’ll live it to the fullest
No lies or gimmicks ya’ll... I’ll bite the bullet
Track Name: Politicians Interlude
"Politicians Interlude"

Why they do us like that?
Why they do us like this?
The invisible hand of the market has a tight fist
Ruling class donates, wealth gap widens
Only foolish lambs vote to lie down with lions
Corruption payin' for systematic violence
So gluttons stay rich, while they rape the environment
Reforms just forestall the collapse
We live in a war basically based on class
Gender, sexuality, and race detract
From how much cash you can stack
We face a run on the state by the banks
Public purse ransacked,
Safety nets slashed,
You ask why that
Stray-shots spray cops
Who die fast
When fat cats scratch backs for pay-offs
Riots are backlash,
For sweat-shops & lay-offs,
Fast-track to liberation
From brain-wash so blast back!


Verse 2:

While they did us like that
We’ve reached critical mass,
No turning back, it’s physical fact,
We live in the earth’s dying gasp
Got out the fire,
now here’s the frying pan
Streams so polluted,
Wonder how the fish hatch
Trees consumed for lumber,
Forests turned to thick ash
What the point of land-grabs
If planet can’t adapt
What good is hoarding wealth
When no one left to buy your crap
So think on that,
When you vote republicrat
They don’t represent you,
They represent the owning class
Phony cats, with crony rats
Who signed donation checks
Won’t toe the line,
I pay em no respect

I pay 'em no fuckin' respect
Track Name: The Forgotten Ones
"The Forgotten Ones"

Intro:

No Honor Among Kings

Strike fast
when nights black
It’s all a heist man
Lives get high-jacked by the crimes of finance
To get your rights back
Go to war, burn a white flag

When the poor get buried, light a match
We’re canaries in the mine shaft

Verse 1:

Where will they go, when they’re kicked out of their homes?
Who will they rob, when they lose their jobs
Who gets killed, when folks can’t pay the bills
Who slayed your niece, when babies need to eat
When everywhere is gentrified, who get’s left to die?
Who gets arrested for flying signs, can’t pay the fines
You wonder why, we undermine their designs
Those who baked the pie deserve a fair slice
Rich parasites won’t share a bite
They pave over paradise,
Then wonder why terror strikes
Your too scared of their might
To step out of line
But I’m fuckin' down to fight, down to grind,
Cause suckers want us outta sight outta mind
Robbed on the job for hours of our time
The most important thing that we own in our lives
Artists, Writers, Musicians UNITE
Hip-Hoppers, Punk Rockers,
Choose @ Side
Buskers, Street Kids, Hustlers,
Get it poppin' tonight
Drop some dynamite
Topple corporate giants,
When the time is ripe,
Pigs can’t stop a force of lions

Hook:

Cockin' Guns
We’re the Forgotten Ones
Ain’t Got a Lot
But There Are a Lot of Us
Who get Left to Rot
On the Bottom Rungs
So We Scheme & Plot
Like Robin Hood
& Mob Deep
On Your Metropolis,
& Share the Feast
That Belongs to All of Us
Free the Populace from Greed and Dominance

I shot the Sherriff of Nottingham

We’re Tougher
than Any Cage He Could Lock Us In
We Will Not Run,
We’re the Forgotten Ones
Ain’t Got a Lot
But There Are a Lot of Us
Who get Left to Rot
On the Bottom Rungs
So We Scheme & Plot
Like Robin Hood
& Mob Deep
On Your Metropolis,
& Share the Feast
That Belongs to All of Us
Free the Populace from Greed and Dominance

Verse 2:

It’s a paradox
A Catch 22
We're never given a fair shot
By those that rule
Why we ain’t scared of the cops
That protect ya silver spoons
We’ll climb the bean stalk
And steal his golden goose
fight or flight
So unite to win
get off the fence
We’re risking life and limb
through thick or thin
It’s sink or swim
So resist 'til your very last inch
Don’t choke, flinch, or retreat
See a pigs nose go for broke
Until he turns the other cheek
How we roll when
We hang by the skin of our teeth
Fewer jobs, means the price of life is cheap
They slashin' food stamps
We can’t provide for our seeds
In a flash, we’ll spark riots in the streets
We need friends to make ends meet
Don’t just make amends,
Take revenge with me
& bite the hand that beats
aristocracy is obsolete
& democracy is a fantasy
guilty until proven wealthy is insanity
from sea to shining sea
reclaim ya humanity

Hook:

Cockin' Guns
We’re the Forgotten Ones
Ain’t Got a Lot
But There Are a Lot of Us
Who get Left to Rot
On the Bottom Rungs
So We Scheme & Plot
Like Robin Hood
& Mob Deep
On Your Metropolis,
& Share the Feast
That Belongs to All of Us
Free the Populace from Greed and Dominance

I shot the Sherriff of Nottingham

We’re Tougher
than Any Cage He Could Lock Us In
We Will Not Run,
We’re the Forgotten Ones
Ain’t Got a Lot
But There Are a Lot of Us
Who get Left to Rot
On the Bottom Rungs
So We Scheme & Plot
Like Robin Hood
& Mob Deep
On Your Metropolis,
& Share the Feast
That Belongs to All of Us
Free the Populace from Greed and Dominance

Verse 3:

We couldn’t make the payments
Now we’re kicked to the pavement
It’s insane children freeze
When buildings are vacant
Like the people under the stairs
Chained in the basement
The down-trodden
Face displacement
We want housing,
Gotta take it back,
Raise the stakes
slay these fat cats
We need a jail break
Face the facts
Cut the barbed wire
Now we dressed in all black,
Spark desire
To smash the bars of this cage
Fight fire with fire to go out in a blaze
Tear down the fences
Friends un-arrested,
Sledgehammers to the walls of this prison
Send a message,
To those that oppress
We don’t need your blessings
To achieve our aims
We’ll do what it takes
To break our chains
No one has the right
To exploit and enslave
So I draw a line in the sand
Got the spine to take a stand
& the teeth to bite the hand
Tenants are peasants
To those who lord the land
Companies got blood on their brands
It's not safe to leave my fate
In the palms of greedy men
Until we get free,
Take the streets again
They prey on the powerless,
that's sheer cowardice
Do you know how late the hour is?
Track Name: Now or Never (ft. MK Ultra)
"Now or Never"

MK Ultra Verse 1:

It's Like
Give your life up for the hustle
Give your life up for the game
Dollars, dollars, get it, get it
Any way it’s all the same
Police wanna jail us
Investigate, detail us
Federales
Forensic files trail us
white collar swine, ATF, FBI
I'm fighting back
Going in for mines
Poisons, pesticides,
Cancers not benign,
Fam cries
Vest, strapped, 40, and a 9mm
Physically collide, world-wide, heads high
For those killed, jailed,
Never testified,
Never snitched
Never lost their pride

Strife Verse 1:

Take a look in the mirror
And repeat this here
I must not fear
Fear is the mind-killer
Fear is the little death
Obliteration in all respects
I will face my fear
Let it pass through me with patience
When it’s past,
I'll see my minds eye adjacent
When the fear has gone, there'll be nothing at last
I’ll wipe a tear from my eye & blast back
Chug a beer, & that’s that (x2)
We on the fast track to a last stand,
Status pending
Born into a life of shit
Go out declaring my own ending
you understand the meaning,
Declare my own beginning
Go out of this cruel world swinging
& grinning,
You understand the meaning,
Understand how I’m leaning, tight
Point blank
Who has the right to run your life?
You have the right to run your life

Motherfucker, it's Strife

Hook:

We Deserve Better Than This
Were In This Together
Now or Never, Light Spliffs
We Deserve Better Than This
Were In This Together
Now or Never, Raise Your Fist
We Deserve Better Than This
Were In This Together
Now or Never, Load Clips

We Deserve Better Than This
Were in this Together
Light spliffs
Raise ya fist
Load clips

Strife Verse 2:

Keep it in perspective
I’ll make it explicit
As long as oppression existed
There’s always been resistance
As long as there’s been shady big business,
There’s been resistance
As long as there’s been lazy government indifference
There’s been resistance
As long as we’ve been fooled by religious restrictions
There’s been resistance
Why I'm pulling triggers, stayin' true to convictions
As long as most have conformed to petty systems
Some have learned to overcome the deadly contradictions
& that’s resistance, pulling triggers, question how you living,
That’s resistance, and that’s the realness


MKUltra 2nd verse:

Prison complex
Generating profits
Billionaire execs,
Cash the biggest checks
Corporate conquest,
Global markets
Military swine department
Special Forces, US marshals
Execute demands of the major caucus
A pig is a pig,
No conscious,
Noxious progress
Locked populous
Forced through the process
For drug related nonsense
Caught in a case
Lost behind steel gates
Lifting weights,
Reading books,
Poison food on your plate
Industries of slavery dominate
Subvert economies
Study feasability of getting paid illegally,
Risking prison time unreasonably
The grind is resistance basically
Track Name: A Better World is Possible
"A Better World Is Possible"

Hook:

Together We’re Unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Together We’re Unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Never Sell Out to Corporate Control
We're Building A New World in the Shell of the Old (x 2)

Verse 1:

We are the 99%
The ones who get left behind in all this mess
Banks bailed out, now they shred the social safety net
If we rise up, we face crazy threats
Spend our whole lives trapped in a haze of debt,
Can’t pay student loans or pay the rent
Most living paycheck to paycheck,
So our cars & homes get repossessed
Can’t keep a roof over our heads
Living in streets, or living in tents,
Either way, we’re facing death by benign neglect,
The time is now to resist the 1%
They try to blame the victims,
That’s pure nonsense
They got their riches
Through enslavement & conquest
The time is now to resist the 1%
Never Submit,
We’re facing
Death by benign neglect

Hook:

Together We’re Unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Together We’re Unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Never Sell Out to Corporate Control
We're Building A New World in the Shell of the Old (x 2)

Verse 2:

We need unity for community
We need unity for co-mutiny
Get off your knees
& Get what you need
Occupy Wall Street, all day, all week
Occupy All Streets
& Bring the golden bull to it’s knees
For true equality
Bridge communities
Reclaim space
Live communally
Spark mutiny
& Soon you’ll see
We got strength in numbers
Don’t let the social fabric be torn asunder
Occupy & provide for your sisters and brothers
Time to strike like thunder (x 2)
We have a right to resist any system
Rewarding greed and indifference
But can’t feed it’s children
Can’t do it alone
We need unity in resistance
Don’t sell out,
Don’t lose your convictions
We need unity in resistance
What’s missing in this system,
Human connection, just listen
Your heart's not made
Of pumps, gears, and pistons
The 1% got bailed out
The titanic christened…

Hook:

Together We’re Unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Together We’re Unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Never Sell Out to Corporate Control
We're Building A New World in the Shell of the Old (x 2)

Verse 3:

The 1% got
Endless wealth to thrive
Bare-bones,
We counting pennies to survive
They are the few,
We are the many,
Time to rise
No orders from on high,
We’ll self-organize
Build below,
Grass-roots resistance
Directly democratic,
Autonomous interdependence
Self-defense of our tents,
Repression’s senseless
The poor are put on trial,
We’re full time defendants

Hook:

Together, we’re unstoppable
A Better World Is Possible
Together, we’re unstoppable
A Better world is possible
Never sell out to corporate control
We are building a new world in the shell of the old x 2
Track Name: The Right to Resist
“A Right To Resist”

Intro:

Ahhh...
I see how it is
Repression for the poor
Tax breaks for the rich?
How’s that justice?

Bailouts for the Upper Crust,
While We Face
Death By a 1000 Budget Cuts,
The Systems Corrupt
Enough is Enough
The Systems Corrupt
Enough is Enough
Refuse to Submit

Hook:

We Have a Right to Resist
The State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit
Refuse to Submit
We Have a Right to Resist
The State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit

Verse 1:

We’re losing sight
Foods a basic human right
We’re losing sight
Educations a human right
We’re losing sight
Healthcares a human right
We’re losing sight
Shelter's a human right
Choose to fight,
Or lose your rights
When the states serving corporate might
Don’t get bitten twice
Don’t just ask for a piece,
Demand your slice
Take control of your own damned life
Occupy all sites, all day, all night,
Unite to fight, then call a General Strike,
Make the rich pay for all this strife (x 2)


Hook:

We Have a Right to Resist
When the State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit
Refuse to Submit
We Have a Right to Resist
The State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit

Verse 2:

Never kneel, to the dollar bill,
Greed kills, the rich steal
Look at the blood they spilled,
For short-sighted profit,
Corrupt business deals
Decolonize your mind,
Resistance for real
No more united state of amnesia,
No more monopolistic media
No more bowing to these corporate leaders
Who cheat and beat us
Our lives face search and seizure

Hook:

We Have a Right to Resist
When the State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit
Refuse to Submit
We Have a Right to Resist
The State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit

Verse 3:

Capitalism Is the Crisis, face it
Reforms given us
Longer chains & bigger cages,
The 1% gave us genocide & eco-devastation
Colonialism, imperialism & privatization
Now it’s a race to the bottom for these slave wages
Bootstrap mythologies, backed by free market hatred
Monopolies & bureaucracies have more than two faces
So the whole globes bowing to neo-feudal corporations

Hook:

We Have a Right to Resist
When the State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit
Refuse to Submit
We Have a Right to Resist
The State Serves the 1%
Their Power's Illegit (x 2)

Verse 4:

From the Paris Uprisings to Tahrir Square
We’re looking for a world that’s equal & fair
The Zapatistas, to the Spanish Acampadas,
A new worlds in our hearts,
No we haven’t forgotten
The stolen lands of Palestine,
To the tribes of the Lakota,
For a world free of military & Corporate takeovers
The Battle in Seattle to the Squatters in Greece
As long as there’s no justice, there can never be peace
Cascadian tree-sits to strikes in Flint, Michigan
The owners want endless expansion,
though resources dwindling
From the Oakland Commune,
to the demands of the Panthers
For a world free of
bosses, bureaucrats, & landlords
From revolutions in
Syria, Bahrain & Tunisia
From the Arab Spring,
to the factories of Argentina
To Occupy Wall Street
& all comrades who believed us
Solidarity World-Wide
To those Fighting for their Freedom
Track Name: Splendid Vengeance
"Splendid Vengeance"

Hook:

Pull the Plug
& Cut the Cord
Make These Sick Fascists
Fall on Their Own Swords

Pull the Plug
& Cut the Cord
Make These Rich Bastards
Fall on Their Own Swords (x 2)

Verse 1:

They wonder why
We’re so lawless
It all makes sense,
When you can’t make enough dollars,
Whose left behind, whose stuck in squalor,
Rise up, time to rip off your collars,
Rip off your muzzle,
Hit me up, peace holler,
I’m a street scholar,
Bringin' the heat,
Droppin' knowledge,
Throw down in a tussle,
Hold it down,
Like jobs we juggle
Reppin' the hustle,
Busting gats with gust-o
Raise ya fist
Got brains &
Muscles to resist
Drinking a fifth
Strife strugglin',
Bare knucklin' it
The beast nipples
You been suckling, kid
Got you stuck in place
But somethings got to give,
Wall street smothers your dreams, so fuck that shit
Big brother's frontin' for these fat cats & foolish pigs
Cut the upper crust,
So we all can l truly live,
Blaze this shit
for all ya'll unruly kids
Bring the ruckus,
Somethings soon to give,
Cut the upper crust,
So we all can truly live,
Bring the ruckus,
Somethings soon to give,
Cut the upper crust,
So we all can truly live


Hook:

Pull the Plug
& Cut the Cord
Make These Sick Fascists
Fall on Their Own Swords

Pull the Plug
& Cut the Cord
Make These Rich Bastards
Fall on Their Own Swords (x 2)

Verse 2:

Pull my sword out,
On the route to war now
with more style,
I’ll take your whole force out
Wall Street will be torn down
By the poor child,
On the route to war now blasting
When exploited from
The cradle to the casket
Can’t afford to forget
The struggle's everlasting
I fight with the cunning masses
Against the moneyed masters
Their coveting our assets &
Covering their asses
Fuck these fascists &
Their minions
The rich claim the earth
As their own dominion
They have an unconscious wish for extinction
Obsessed by power and wealth’s sick prescriptions
They left the whole globe in miserable conditions
As they crush resistance
And imprison the living
Tell us to follow,
Listen & bow in submission
But what happens
When most
Got no pot to piss in?

The Poor Are On A Vengeance Mission
To Overthrow this Horrendous System (x 2)