The Watermelon Man

by Bomani Armah

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    releases March 3, 2017

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04:20
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03:34
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04:36
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Smoke Fighters
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Malcolmlittledetroitredmalxolmxmalikshabazz
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Brown Liquor Woman
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Where I Want to Be
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What I Love

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This hip-hop album is a slice of watermelon for my people.

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releases March 3, 2017

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Track Name: Libation
INTRO
the after life is speculation.
from heaven and hell to reincarnation
when I realized we are one organism,
it led to my decisions to make people my religion.
to be an ancestor honored in remembrance
because the seeds they plant are harvested by descendants
helping generations we won’t see is a miracle
nothing in the world could be more spiritual

CHORUS
heaven exist in the mind of the living
it’s where you will be if you’re kind and giving
to put our ancestors in that final destination
we’re here to pour libation

VERSE
we never forget so never fear
for homies who ain't here we're pouring out a beer
because of you it will never be the same
we keep saying your name while we pour champagne
for the mothers and the father figures
you flame still flickers we're pouring out some liquor
we're the sons and the daughters of heroes and martyrs
honor you by pouring out some water

CHORUS

VERSE

BRIDGE
this is how it works
your ancestors aren’t sleeping in the dirt
it's not metaphors, this ain't simile
I'm talking spiritually to scientifically, i mean literally
they're in our DNA
they're alive in the things that we do and say
lessons they taught and examples they gave
last way past when they are buried in their graves
so i try to understand and remember them
learn from their lives, i know i can depend on them
from when the light turns on to when it fades to black
our life span is shorter than a finger snap
and that’s a time i’ll never get back
so i use this time to keep the circle in tact
death with feel like before you were born
energy doesn’t die, it transforms
Track Name: My People
I'm the Black Colin Powell, so glad we met/
I'm the crazy lover father who ain't taking his meds/
in the middle of the stage just shaking his dreads/
who uses his words just for raising the dead/
most rappers use their gift to get the ladies in bed/
'cause the sound of his voice makes her panties wet/
he has the power to make her do what he said/
he uses that to say "shake your ass, give me head"?/
I'd rather build a nation instead/
of women bringing home the dough and baking the bread/
versed in healing the body and shaking the feds/
who know the battles we've fought and the path we've tread/
who can handle post pardom, or pre-med/
ain't worried about the stardom, or the street cred/
with a pencil or a gun, she's aiming the lead/
and when she's done all the ignorance is dead/

Chorus

This is what I fight for/
what I read and I write for/
stay up all hours of the night for/
you a soldier make sure you're in the right war/
I. Do. This. For. My. People./
My people (come on), my people (come on)/
My pe-pa-pe-pe-people!/

Hola amigo. Como esta?/
Rap last name Burton 1st one is Levar/
like Jordy Leforge who worked for Captain Pekard/
I travel to the future faster than the light from a star/
if you don't know your Roots you won't know who you are/
So I take you to a time before they brought us from afar/
to when reading a book meant breaking the law/
Like slaves eat sugar cane, have you eating it raw/
Have you chewing on the truth until it's breaking your jaw/
"till you get the picture I'll continue to draw/
connections from the past help you see what they saw/
from your great-great-grandma's great-grandma/
I know you might think this brother is odd/
or that the mission he's on is way to hard/
but I'm swearing to God, I don't need your applause/
I don't need you on my team, Man I'm raising a squad/

Chorus

This is what I fight for/
what I read and I write for/
stay up all hours of the night for/
you a soldier make sure you're in the right war/
I. Do. This. For. My. People./
My people (come on), my people (come on)/
My pe-pa-pe-pe-people!/

I'm Mr. Read a Book, the man the myth/
I"ve got the power of the force, but I ain't a sith/
I took Lil' Jones voice, and Beethoven's 5th/
and rocked the hip-hop world like a planetary shift/
Leafing through the books like I'm rolling a spliff/
putting knowledge in the air, go ahead take a wiff/
Never under estimate a man with a gift/
or a hungry young lion who can see what he sniffs/
has measured his prey, knows the height and the wiff/
ready to fight 'cause he's pissed, using his mic like a fist/
Telling the truth, ain't no need to resist/
Rap perjury needs to cease and desist/
Cointelpro rappers don't need to exist/
Spittin' fighting words but they swing and they miss/
"The harder they come the harder they fall" - Jimmy the Cliff
"I love it when a plan comes together" - Hannibal Smith

Chorus

This is what I fight for/
what I read and I write for/
stay up all hours of the night for/
you a soldier make sure you're in the right war/
I. Do. This. For. My. People./
My people (come on), my people (come on)/
My pe-pa-pe-pe-people!/
Track Name: Late Shift
this is for all the people with 9 to 5's and 6 to 12's. check for the music video
lyrics
Chorus

This is for my people out here hustling trynna make it
ain’t nobody give us nothing so we gotta take it
gotta keep our spirits up the devils trynna break it
this is for my people out here hustling on that late shift
Cooking on that late shift
Cleaning on that late shift
This is for my people out here grinding on that late shift
Pushing on that late shift
Leaning on that late shift
This is for my people out here grinding on that late shift

Verse 1

Gotta nine to five, got a six to twelve
trynna put that gas in the ride, trynna put that food on the shelves
Got old bills, with the same news
got new green, with the same blues
New Balances are tight ‘cause we’re in the same shoes
so we need to stop making the same moves
Two car garage
felt it smelt it, it ain’t a mirage
gotta get this money and get out of dodge
but these Beastie Boys wanna Sabotage
I work all day and I work all night man
got more work to do that the average white band
For these BG’s trynna stay alive
us OG’s got more than a nine to five

Chorus

Verse 2

For calloused hands, and tired eyes
for future plans and valiant tries
For people out here on a mission
high on coffee and ambition
striving for higher positions
For easy answers, to hard decisions
looking ten years from now, more than 20/20 vision
Look, this is for all the people who called into work tonight, to come to the show, let’s go!

Chorus

Bridge

I know it gets hard sometimes/
out here on your grind
Out here chasing for that silver and gold/
the highway up to heavens got a crook on the toll/
don't everybody like the smell of gasoline/
my hands are dirty, bill collectors after me/
tired hands and callouses can't fake this/
this is for all my people working on that late late shift/
That late shift (8x)
Track Name: Africa for the Africans
Chorus (4x)

Africa for the African
We taking back the land and put it in the people's hand

Verse 1


Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny,
our ingredients our own recipe's
as we build our world collectively
imperialist don't mess with me
consider this verse your vasectomy
or castrating you unelectively
like you do to our people so deceptively
you oppressing me say you're protecting
ne-glecting me disrespecting me
with your corporations and your weaponry
who the hell are you to be checking me?
you're qualified for directing me?
with your zealotry and your treachery
trying to tell me how's best to be
like your economy runs effectively
then why your rich and poor live separately

Chorus

Verse 2

Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary,
not these wanna be luminaries
hiding behind their militaries
filling up all of our cemeteries
now it's time for visionaries
if your hair kinky, lips are thick and your skin is brown
the kool-aid your drinking, taste like shit, and burns when it going down
hit'em with the middle and the trigger finger cause we tired of propaganda
but we still screaming out chimurenga rocking in a noose for Mbuya Nehanda
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Track Name: Lovesexmarriagerocknrollblues
love sex marriage different rules
everybody got theories, ideas and clues
if you get the three of them confused
turn your life from rock'n'roll to the blues
love sex marriage yeah that coolyou want all three, you can get by with two
one is no fun, down to none then you're through
turn your life from rock'n'roll to the blues

love is emotional, marriage practical, sex is physical,
evolutionarily critical
romantic, frantic or, tantric it's spiritual
that's why i call on god when i know you in the biblical
so be my delilah i'll be your sampson
little head is holding big head for ransom
he has only one thing he wants it to grant him
to find some fertile soil to plant him
the rolling hills called your hip are my favorite place to play
i traverse your skin, it's the color of clay
run my fingers through your hair, a chrysanthemum bouquet
your petals start to blossom so i know that it's okay
i find a place where i want to hide
your machiatto grotto beckons me to come inside
that feeling rolling through me like a rising tide
is spirits trynna break through from other side

love sex marriage different rules
everybody got theories, ideas and clues
if you get the three of them confused
turn your life from rock'n'roll to the blues
love sex marriage yeah that cool
you want all three, you can get by with two
one is no fun, down to none then you're through
turn your life from rock'n'roll to the blues

sex is physical, love emotional, marriage practical
its a business so you need capital
ready to ride and live when government is after you
and run away with the step kids like they did in Matthew two
so be my mary, i'll be your joseph
cause after god i need to be the closest
this is more than a big party where they toast us
it's hand in hand in life's great roller coaster
its worth more than that ring on your hand
i'll carry you if i can, through any burning sands
preparing the future for your great grands
make love, make babies, but you better make plans
when come to hand to hand combat
you gotta know who's got your back
we make-up no matter what cause we got a compact
word is bond, they even make you sign a contract

love sex marriage different rules
everybody got theories, ideas and clues
if you get the three of them confused
turn your life from rock'n'roll to the blues
love sex marriage yeah that cool
you want all three, you can get by with two
one is no fun, down to none then you're through
turn your life from rock'n'roll to the blues

marriage is practical, sex physical, love emotional
unfakeable, unbreakable, unshakeble uncoachable
when you find it how the are supposetoknow
won't find in your bible, in your hymnal or devotional
an immaculate misonception
your heart is a compass that points every direction
that romantic love is such a spiritual connection
if nothing last forever what makes love the exception
you don't want to hear me, you just want to dance
no fear of consequence or analyzing circumstance
when it's versus romance, marriage and sex don't stand a chance
your heart is halfway between your hat and your pants
it's a big trip, that's why we fall in it
ich liebe dich, nakupenda, or whatever you're call in it
poets show us joy and pain when they're recalling it
can't touch-taste-smell it, see or hear it, but we put our all in it