Shadow City

by Jaq + Cas Metah + Ruffian

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1.
Shadow City 03:24
Verse 1: Ruffian They dead roots that still produce flowers, juice sour, red moons Underneath tilted from the potion, dancing statues So melodic but only they head move, robotic Sanctuaries in bedrooms, pull the sheets down By their feet, from the ceiling is where they sleep now Pictures of God, history books about beings that bled blue Forgot the beginning is nonsense Begot from the pages we read they read not The intoxicated live, the rest die when they detox A puzzle with a piece lost, assume there's light End up with your arms stretched out and your feet crossed And nails buried deep, singed cheek from sleeping so close to Hell From thinking oh well, the tails of old no longer wag And the new beast has no leash crouched along the path And His teeth? His teeth sink into the soul Deceived and mislead too, trying to think upon your own, Shadow City Hook: X4 Shadow City Verse 2: Cas Metah They don't think they just act, they don't blink they just nap With they eyes open, holding on the brink 'bout to snap Relapse, recover then relapse The jungle's full of shadows smothered underneath the cracks Living for the fly, running from the facts Giving up on life, giving in to the black cloud overdose Settling for comatose, when potion grows into poison better hold your nose Death tolls are on the rise, zombies walking off beat and not between the lines Officers are trying but ultimately they're not stopping the crimes 'Cause there's too many users, not enough cruisers riding Abuse is a muse for many They get addicted to the feeling and end up spending their last pennies on Anything their dealer brings into the picture pretty It can get pretty ugly living here in Shadow City Hook: X4 Shadow City
2.
Cas & Ruff 03:28
Verse 1: Cas Metah Get up, get up it's Metah on another level Better dead the set up brother I'm fed up with the jealous See me never, battle my team with satelite feeds we'll crash your shuttle Moon marooned viewing double, we rock well, you rock rubble Cas & Ruff a classic match up like Abbot and Costello Ready for whatever with evidence the fifth element's heavens gift for Armageddon Arm your weapons army veterans, mark your death wish on your left wrist Start your engines, come and get your motor response total recalled We are a newer hope, sons of super novas Who'd have known a couple of country cats from the 'O' could rap with a flow bad to the bone With a witty delivery though, this isn't attack of the clones It's Independence Day we made this space crafting something our own Mastered how to leave a deep impact when we speak and leak a track So not just aliens can read between the cracks Hear these beats by Jaq, the EP stacked, SI's back step to the rear We know you scared, you can't compare, you clearly see we lead the pack Hook: X2 I know you feeling like you can't be touched You talking big but it's not enough You think you cool, you slick, I'll call your bluff You can't compare you scared it's Cas & Ruff Verse 2: Ruffian Can't be touched, too advanced I can transform into a storm until it ruin your day Boo in your face, untrained But the gift is something you can't gain Unexplained, I escape to a place that makes the brain erase And the physical can't hold on So my spirit bleeds through the song I make Tracks that grab, hold time in place Warp speed with no foreign force Your words weak with a boring course I'm hyped up and my mind is strong, a menace to your purpose Natural flow no circuits, Hats off when I surface Cats lost trying to search me, but none of my fans go thirsty Drink from me, then they applaud, go home and they think of me This God given, light that makes the lost feel it Cup full and it's over spilling, words bright and I'm steady healing Never broke and I'm always building Reach for me, turn around get more than I do And then preach to me, this is what it means to be great In a place that you need to be This is Cas and Ruff have you had enough, tell me Yeah, yeah, this is Cas and Ruff Hook: X2 I know you feeling like you can't be touched You talking big but it's not enough You think you cool, you slick, I'll call your bluff You can't compare you scared it's Cas & Ruff
3.
Verse 1: Cas Metah Come down my way... Ever since Nine Eleven I've been on a flight to rebellion trying to sever the heads over the right wing Know that might sting a lot of my peeps, but my beliefs are my beliefs and it's time to speak 'Bout these liars and thieves hiding their greed behind diabolic plots and schemes Y'all waving false flags, claiming y'all had no way to stop the hijack attacks, that's all crap NORAD your wack excuses lack the proof to refute Truth Movement conclusions Let me ask, who are the conspiritors? Do the math, add up all the figures and learn Don't interpret the Commission as scripture Don't listen to NIST it gets worse Physicists found components of explosives in the World Trade Centers dirt Forensics weren't given thorough attention Yet a terrorists' passport's in perfect condition? They planted evidence and expected us to buy it But my sense is tied up, welcome to the riot Hook: Come down my way, where the leaders lie and the road is long, and they faith is drained Come down my way, where they can't find love Don't live by rules, where they can't keep sane Come down my way Verse 2: Ruffian Sold them death out of spoons Needles injected, poluted temple Who's infected? You can choose Foolish mental like life's a rental Leaders lied, they complied Now they up late night fighting pillows Society's numb, no where to run And why they so mad from what I become, huh? Why you so sick that I ain't dumb? I read your books, I ate your lies Not sympathetic for your aches and cries It's a play on a stage of fools And they wink when they wave the rules So you trapped in your days 'til doom Mister young man with a case of cool Got shot in his face 'cause he didn't let them take the jewels Hook: 2X Come down my way, where the leaders lie and the road is long, and they faith is drained Come down my way, where they can't find love Don't live by rules, where they can't keep sane Come down my way
4.
Parasites 03:31
Verse 1: Ruffian You anger struck, too wise to see behind the smiles, know the code Knew the truth, can't find it now Overdosed, runny nose Science is a religion, how? Do you expect to see the sun behind the clouds? Rainy days, minus heat, cold alone? Follow me in the depths as deep as hollow dreams Where the roses grow, between the stones Barely lit, silhouettes of parasites and evil men Survive this and gain the key To open my chest and reach within Make a wish, throw your change Make a change, throw your wishes in Pack your bags, only truth I speak Before this you were visiting, now you home Sit, strip from the flesh and bone Understand this, you can rest in poems Listen close and feel the pressure grow And I hate that I rap just to let you know But I can't take death so it's best you grow Hook: Ruffian Parasites Evil men engulf the night Parasites Can you hear the darkness cry? Parasites, parasites Parasites, parasites Verse 2: Cas Metah You're paralyzed in a paradigm in a parallel line of parasites They carry virus, impair your eyes with a marriage license scared of byes But you got to go prepare your flight for paradise You got to kill the slave, dig the grave and bury vice, Even if they call you cold Hold, share the ice, know their wrong, heir your rights Dare to rise, parasail, parachute, cherish life To paraphrase the paragraph, parakeet the Paraclete Be the paradox that narrow walks but don't be their pair of feet Pause but don't be paranoid, share the void with family Stand beneath the paramount, just wear the crown and believe And you'll see once again, amnesty from within Granted free from the guilt, granted free from the sin Hook: Ruffian Parasites Evil men engulf the night Parasites Can you hear the darkness cry? Parasites, parasites Parasites, parasites
5.
Verse 1: Cas Metah Can't seem to earn my break Every turn I make they just burn me at the stake And I don't know if I can discern these fakes 'Cause y'all just debate and y'all just debate so I go Down my own road doing my own thing Paving my own path, only few homies Can really say they know me and roll with me always Mostly when I'm lonely nobody holds me Accountable to cannibals 'cause all they care about is if I'm killing it and eating it No meat if there's beef in it Cheating the wind keeping it in Need to leak secret sin to be freed within Hook: Wonder Brown Can't find the way I try To know what I know, so I go where I go Don't know the way I'll die But hope that I'll know on this Ohio road Verse 2: Ruffian Lonely road, no tag alongs, Preach to the weak but I ain't strong Need to sleep so I'm flying home I'll get a flat on Easy Street Pot hole thoughts on a gravel song Now I'm in the dust, no direction No sense of right, no correction But I'm on a mic trying to pimp a wrong Like it's cool to slip But when you know it ain't cool to Him, repent 'Cause I'm tired of being luke warm And I'm tired of being the one that knows that I still do wrong Thinking to my seeds like what I'm going do for them if I can't keep for them If I can't keep going, how I'm going go on if I can't perform Hook: Wonder Brown Can't find the way I try To know what I know, so I go where I go Don't know the way I'll die But hope that I'll know on this Ohio road Bridge: Wonder Brown Pave it two by two, it's my life I lead Don't care what you do 'til I'm dead and gone But when I face the truth, find my brothers need and then I do too to help me sing this song

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Are you tired of the same old hip-hop? Looking for something a little different? Look no further. Welcome to Shadow City.

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released November 9, 2010

Audio:
Beats by Jaq
Vocals by Cas Metah & Ruffian
Cuts by EF Cuttin
Mixed by Cas Metah
Mastered by Charlie DeVos

Visual:
Original Artwork by Sabrina Larson
Layout by JustMe

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JustMe, Cas Metah, Elias, Mouf Warren, MattmaN, ReFlex the Architect, Theory Hazit, Wonder Brown, MP Ancient, Sebastian Hochstein, Ruffian

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