Shadow City

by Jaq + Cas Metah + Ruffian

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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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Track Name: Shadow City
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
Track Name: Cas & Ruff
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
Track Name: Come Down My Way
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
Track Name: Parasites
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
Track Name: Ohio Road ft. Wonder Brown
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