undone heroes (deluxe)

by dada powell

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    This deluxe edition of "undone heroes" commemorates the 3-year anniversary of the original release, and features:
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    - original artwork
    - pages of my rhyme book
    - preview of "blackbody radiation"
    - 2 bonus tracks from the upcoming album
    - 1 unreleased track
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drunk off feeling abundant but nothing is comfort everybody here already know where you come from based my whole life on the rhythm of hum-drum figuring lump sums, grippin a plump bun, hoping that love come, such a conundrum but nothing to run from look around .. for something to run to Coelho, Murakami, Vonnegut, Sun Tzu nothing is comfort thought it was this chick I wanted to come first took a couple nuts just to figure who come first just to be living in comfort living on borrowed time, loan some numerous, humorous/humerus girls, bone some everybody still so lonesome living on borrowed time loan some numerous, beautiful homes, own one everybody still so lonesome the very definition of comfort who wants to be a millionaire? stop asking me dumb shit haters can duck six and sick duck sick fucks worshipping big bucks big trucks packed to the brim with utilities chrome rims two-liter fuel-injected whale-penis interior diamonds in the dash from the jeweler's inspection just enough to flash, not enough for protection for that shit you gotta keep a gat under the mattress and put a couple guards by the gate of the mansion shit you gotta be careful .. be careful of them teflon dons/dawns, kevlar dusks high-powered rifles, get more bucks living on borrowed time, loan some numerous, humorous/humerus girls, bone some everybody still so lonesome living on borrowed time loan some numerous, beautiful homes, own one everybody still so lonesome (but still everybody want one) sitting in my bulletproof chevy bulletproof metal, bulletproof glass make my bulletproof heavy rearranges insides, bulletproof seats bulletproof summers, bulletproof heat bulletproof bums on a bulletproof street bulletproof 3-piece italian designed silk shirt bulletproof cufflinks, bulletproof tie bulletproof seashore, bulletproof tide bulletproof sunset, bulletproof high bulletproof this and bulletproof that but they still don't make no bulletproof hats .. just to be living in comfort
2.
watch as i engage in my physical destruction rum and coke binges, i'm all kinds of drunk and tryna find a girl who wanna smash like a pumpkin all of life's pleasures in a day getting lumped in with all the other dreamers in the big city thought it was a hinderance, really it's a privilege lost in my own thoughts, watching all the robots from the negativity, i try to keep my distance life could all change in an instant and it's just determined by the strength of your perception you could risk it all doing something major or live your life based on shit that you're afraid of panic in my sleep, and bad dreams woke up in a cold sweat, quarter past 3 ex-girl lying in the bed next to me, thinking everything is cool but nothing's as it seems she'll be gone tomorrow on a plane to chicago and i'll find solace hollering at models can't fix anybody's problems but mine and if i keep thinking on 'em i'll keep running out of time and time is the one thing i can't get more of yesterday was bad but tomorrow's more important (so i gotta get my shit in order) watch as i engage in my physical destruction rum and coke binges, spliff big as hinges life on the fringes, listenin to hendrix burnin all the time, you can smell it at the entrance a bit blessed to be thinking of such things as the proper color for the freshest of blunt leaves everybody got a set of problems and just need just enough time and strength to follow one dream i know it's not just me, everybody got something that they love deeply and if that's not the case with you then you're probably not someone that I wanna talk to Time on the Earth, there is no Part 2 so i'm living my life like it was a cartoon chasing these birds right over the cliff and all the while thinking, "I need to be different" following the carrots/karats won't make any difference i need to be significant while i'm living watch as i engage in my physical destruction rum and coke binges, spliff big as hinges life on the fringes, listenin to hendrix burnin all the time, you can smell it at the entrance honest to a fault got into a couple of scuffles i should've lost but fuck it, i still fought this is my legend, i reckon mistakes turn into my lessons every second -- i keep forgetting like, "Whatever." (JASON) forever sojourner, slow learner but known as a dough-earner shit's funny on that minimum wage still bummy but i'm privileged, man and cats talk all day long about rich folk and rich folks saying that it's better for piss-poor individuals because they don't gotta worry about residuals and making rap songs isn't nearly as critical for getting through the day, i guess i'm living too spiritual i get it, dude, but i've been that way since i was still in school living off pasta, Ragu, and canned soup and reading some Albert Camus couldn't really get it so I listened to Camu couldn't really get it so I'm hitting the damn booth to craft new lives for myself and the fam, too "Man, you really shouldn't quit your day job" well, i disagree this is bigger than hip hop i'm trying to make it my job, making them heads nod watch as i engage in my physical destruction rum and coke binges, spliff big as hinges life on the fringes, listenin to hendrix burnin all the time, you can smell it at the entrance
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03:13
let me tell you i was sitting on the train just the other day, and this girl, yo, her face was impressive but suggested that she didn't know her way i started to investigate but caught up with her late the moral of the story is the honey got away just for a moment in delay, what a shame can't pause or hesitate, what a game but this dame that i saw had me saying, "Can we talk for a minute in exchange for your digits and your name?" she looking at me strange so I took another aim: "You're the cutest thing that I've seen all day, pretty babe, by the way, could you wait? 'Cause you caught my attention in a way that suggested that I may penetrate .. your .. defenses I am what I am, that's a man with a plan but I'm saying, that for you, that'll wait." because .. I never wanted something so bad and I'm glad for the things that I have but damn, I never wanted something so bad as i scribble in my notepad thinking of the things that I really want bad thinking of the things that I'm never gonna have and I draw a blank, 'cause I'm getting all that man, I'm getting more stacks and I don't sleep, no, never Snorlax maybe go chill in Ecuador next and never no stress, cuz I'm getting more sens and getting more sex, and getting more checks that's how I wanna live, man, getting more rest chilling with a gorgeous and a mortgage as I steady progress 'cause I'm getting more blessed I never wanted something so bad and I'm glad for the things that I have but damn, I never wanted something so bad now who was saying homie don't rap? you could talk shit, you don't know me though, black if you met him, you would know he hold back but never anymore is he ever gonna slack just a penny more is a penny more saved and I'm getting more paid in many more ways I'm a Renaissance cat the era of the black father figure and the thing is i'm a modern day nigga i stay shining, got a great vision and i'm always smiling, got a great dentist got plenty knowledge and I gotta stay winning so if i were you, I'd put a lot of faith in him thanks to his mom, got a lot of strength in him i want it so bad, man, i just gotta get it
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nights are cold, but the soul is colder bet it all burn when the dro is rolled up everybody got problems, yea, but so what? deal with that shit on your own, don't show up to my residence with that negative shit which is tough to do when it's prevalent in everything that you do, and you just can't do right at times thinking that you just can't do life resort to the sentences, bars, and the elements because it keeps you grounded, kinda like the sediment the good life doesn't exist, they made it up to sell a few albums and make a couple bucks the people who did that are probably rich as fuck got a lot of dough but they'd probably give it up for that good life, that good life everybody wanna try that good life yea that good life, that good life no telling what you giving up for that good life headed to the spot where the girls all get it in smiles look heavenly, intentions are devilish one night stands sound good in a rap song until you bust a nut and find out that the strap's off and this chick don't believe in abortion wanna have a family, wanna pay mortgage wanna marry a nigga, wanna divorce him leave him assed out, leave with his fortune suppose that's the price that you pay for your fantasy eventually you find out that shit is a fallacy the good life doesn't exist, they made it up to sell a few albums and make a couple bucks the people who did that are probably rich as fuck got a lot of dough but they'd probably give it up for that good life, that good life everybody wanna try that good life yea that good life, that good life no telling what you giving up for that good life (i'll tell you what i'm giving up for that good life) chilling on the beach on a hot summer day talking to my mom at least once a day sleeping with these girls like every other day working someplace where I'm not underpaid not chilling at a keyboard with a rhyme going to my bed at a reasonable time not being tired, going out a lot but still not being inspired, admired, or a liar being more quiet, and through it all see that a truly good life is the one beyond reach the good life doesn't exist, they made it up to sell a few albums and make a couple bucks the people who did that are probably rich as fuck got a lot of dough but they'd probably give it up for that good life, that good life everybody wanna try that good life yea that good life, that good life no telling what you giving up for that good life
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troubadour: not really subscribing to things they talk about trying to get on my quest narrative walkabout see what finds me and what i need to know filter out the excess and keep it low brim and profile beats never though i tried once but i'm succeeding on the second go been a prototype for a decade or so quarter century and now he's the next to blow away the last name on some clever girl too smart to know everything so he'll never learn all there is about the peace that one finds with timing he and a track like two protons colliding universe created in the mind and in the body enlightened solely off the time that he's allotted wonder if the moment will ever be there for finding empty space to keep the memory clear been falling from grace so the heavens beware my absence on Earth don't mean I'll never be near steady orbiting a different plane of existence in ether materializing beneath the sub-basement that means the core is my preacher keep it hot and heavy until the epitome reach ya in the form of the least of the best here among us giving and taking the rest that he promised let's just be honest world ain't the way we thought it'd be after we changed guess we didn't so once again we'll have to refrain from the coping mechanisms and the overactive brain so-called truths that he often ascertained making the most of immediate resources in range embracing every thought even if awfully strange denial leads to the the fraud of the self in the moment tolerating mediocrity even when i shouldn't condone it forgiving faults in others 'cause it's often myself who needs the advice given taken back to himself been around the world minus a couple of places life full of loved ones minus a couple of faces how you doing, man? same old, same old trying to get mine, trying to stay on the payroll they say i'm fine, but hey what do they know? every damn day it's the same old, same old dada: three point stance, the tracks are so pivotal j kick static in visual dolby digital spiritual intellectual, all of the above with vitamins and the minerals for everyday living when jason is immersed in the rhythm 9 out of 10 experts recommend it for when you try to put the best words in a sentence jason is the president and troub is the senate and we a problem that y'all can't solve 'cause you all involved, the problem systemic we are the government, straight up running shit whether you like it or not, you stay loving it this is not something that i learned recently see, writing the reason that the deities sent me to the ground level just to see a little better what a rainy day feels like without an umbrella everybody else just wanna stay dry and they wanna ask when they see me smiling i just reply that i came from the sky and though i'm out my mind, no man is an island how you doing, man? same old, same old trying to get mine, trying to stay on the payroll they say i'm fine, but hey, what do they know? every damn day i be battling with Kano and always losing - Flawless Victory i'm always boozing, a complex history they all say you is a pretty cool dude but the honest truth is you got this mystery all around you that they can't through and they can't understand why you won't let 'em in can't really say 'cause i can't understand it physically i'm here but i'm on another planet mentally, they telling me i'm distant, fact is i'm Black Eyed Peas trying to Bridge the Gap Kids get down with that gimmicky whack shit this is on some immigrant and penniless black shit action-packed or a Bad Romance it's Gaga when i smoke a spliff full of lala dada and troubadour come here to author a brand new chapter of this hip hop opera got to take the shit farther and honor the lates and the greats of the hip hop altar ought to recognize a true rap scholar who does it for the love first, second for my mama and third for the dollars try to make a profit i'd rather be a prophet treat the beat proper how you doing, man? same old, same old trying to get mine, trying to stay on the payroll they say i'm fine, but hey what do they know? every damn day it's the same old, same old
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anabella had a fat ass bigger than the ballast you find on a cruise ship dark skin smoother than the cool whip i'm dreaming of squeezing all over her nether regions, until i met thea 'cause thea had them features had the whole street buzzing like onomatopoeia we had met up on the E like how you doing? nice to meet ya was keeping it discreet until i met this lady roxanne, like goddamn this lady had them baby-making hips crazy maybe but i'm saying i could take a little shit 'til she annoy me then i'll escort her out like Kevorkian and letting in this chick i met in brooklyn, joyce leeann bald headed, cinnamon-y melanin tat on the back of her scalp, kinda menacing but really she was sweeter than the syrup she was cute as fuck, fly like she doing dust with peter pan started off being just an eager fan planned a date for summer stage i'll tell you all about it on another page in the meantime, met another dame then another dame, met her on the J met her on the plane met her on the way to the train, like "baby what's your name?" i could do this all day in the meantime, met another dame then another dame, met her on the J met her on the plane met her on the way to the train, like "baby what's your name?" and this is called game hey i like your locs, how long have you had 'em? madame, oh you got a man? isn't hard to imagine you could probably do without him plus i didn't ask you all that so i'm guessing that you're lying or he's really just an asshole besides, what's he got to do with you and i? and then she reply, you're a really nice guy but you're just too young for me, just too sprung for me and i can see your junk pointing at me in your dungarees alright, okay take my number anyway and let me know some other day if you wanna get some lunch with me 'cause baby you should fuck with me in the meantime, met another dame then another dame, met her on the J met her on the plane met her on the way to the train, like "baby what's your name?" i could do this all day in the meantime, met another dame then another dame, met her on the J met her on the plane met her on the way to the train, like "baby what's your name?" and this is called game
7.
girl you are cute, like real cute like, so cute i'm sitting here trying to make conversation and i keep coming back to the fact that your backside look like it got detached from your spine and got a mind of it's own and started growing all wild disproportionate and what not cute face too, looking cute to your shoe lace, boo you look like Zoe Saldana or like Salma Hayek in that 30 Rock episode in that dress, you know? so fit that i bet you eat your vegetables and you're very skeptical of men who try to get with you it has less to do with beauty itself i'm more attracted to the way that you carry yourself acting like you don't know how cute you are waiting for me to tell you how cute you are well i would jump out the window, put a ring on it anything i gotta do for me to say i'm on it i would jump out the window, put a ring on it tell me what i gotta do for you to stay, woman well i would jump out the window, put a ring on it anything i gotta do for you to stay, woman i would jump out the window, put a ring on it tell me what i gotta do i would ask you to live with me before i'm ready and sidetrack my goals for yours get impatient, take a break from you, miss you more and beg you to come back and jump back into the same old routines as you keep criticizing how i do things tune you out when you nag, tune in when i bag turn you out like a light and turn in for the night lose my ambition and lose my trust and ask too many questions about where you was even though i know damn well that you fighting like me to put things back how they used to be and when it reaches that point we both realize the relationship we made has turned to this charade we'll pick a nice day, cop a fat sack of haze bone each other crazy, and think of better days put you in a cab and send you on your way for all the bad times that the good outweigh for when i didn't back down even though i could i didn't trust you even though i should and i would jump out the window, put a ring on it anything i gotta do for you to stay, woman i would jump out the window, put a ring on it anything i gotta do i would jump out the window, put a ring on it anything i gotta do for you to stay, woman i would jump out the window, put a ring on it tell me what i gotta do
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03:59
since when jeans cost 50 for a good pair? i don't even make that much on a good year i'm talkin bout fashion, as if i care so picky when it come to shit that i wear when i'm in here the debit is in air spending this much is a privilege i swear even the eyewear john var some'n, not even the nice pair but i spent the whole check though can't pay the rent, but they fresh though back and forth in my head like yes / no spend to the last i should try to let go can't really get those, but they fresh though but i spent the whole check though can't pay the rent, but they fresh though spend to the last i should try to let go can't really get those, but they fresh though mommy say she used to have to make her own clothes now she don't have to, she make her own dough got her own home, all on her own somethin to be proud of, though she don't know gotta let 'em go, or your kids don't grow same way with the bad habits and the hormones won't understand it until you're more grown then you find out you were really more wrong than you ever thought, she would say that and i was Sajak staring at the wheel on a new maybach pretty good in school but i had to take rap had to face facts i was john henry, had to lay tracks if i'm gon do it, better do it way fast cuz ain't no tellin how long it may last if you not careful the moment may pass and i swear to y'all as every day pass i try to spend less cuz i gotta pay back that girl for her past, but they got the brand new shit in the back and i try to say no, but the answer is yes though gotta cop those 'cause they fresh though yea they fresh though, they fresh though can't really get those, but they fresh though but i spent the whole check though can't pay the rent, but they fresh though back and forth in my head like, yes / no can't really get those, but they fresh though when i'm in here the debit is in air spendin this much is a privilege i swear but they would tell me that i need to sit back and enjoy what i have appropriately growin up, daddy had no shoes for his toes now he got 37 bottles of cologne sittin next to a couple bottles of patron got more trees in the back yard alone that you can hear the breeze, when it comes when it goes money's like that yo, it comes then it goes life's like that yo, it comes then it goes chasin the sun when it comes, but it goes try to get the money instead of the sunshine man, life's kinda funny like that sometimes soon as the check come there the check go shouldn't really cop those, but they fresh though but i spent the whole check though can't pay the rent, but they fresh though back and forth in my head like, yes / no can't really get those, but they fresh though but i spent the whole check though can't pay the rent, but they fresh though spend to the last i should try to let go can't really get those, but they fresh though
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dough, cash millions and billions and trillions, meanwhile niggas really penniless bailout packages, men in haberdasheries men who die indebted to their bosses and their managers who profit from the damages caused by the capital and people chasin after it, god damn savages the aldrich family who caused this tragedy is all rich apart from all this hilarity the comedy and poverty, the jokes and the honesty the campaign polls for mccain and obama and the last great hopes that don't seem to honor their promises, all for the love of the profits the dollars and the scholars, the broke baby mamas the low wage farmers all slave to the markets the wall street monsters with yachts in the bahamas and prophets of muhammad and the opposite islamics the catholics and non-affiliated nominations the lovers and the haters, the muggers and rapists the mothers and the racists, the jamaicans and the haitians the beigans and the asians, all of us is slavin for a little bit a paper to tell us that we made it but it's just piece colored fuckin nothin slip of paper! weighted against ya own soul the equation isn't meant to be equated and these fuckas educated in ways to keep the common human being so degraded that the babies growin up and never knowin they sedated wait a, goddamn minute i debated and i came to the conclusion that this shit is really fucked up, ain't it?
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another day in the life another life in a day brick building, Rivington & Chrystie Mikco Material across from the park bench smelling like some stench, Guinness and love sweat bald headed girl looking good in her dark skin dudes walk by and they start to talk shit bags weigh 'em down so it's better to forfeit the sidewalk chock full of resident tourists meanwhile undercover cops in Taurus rich folks ride around clean in Porsches very pretty girl but her mind is a fortress body's a temple you ain't getting in though put a little work at the base of the altar and pray to the father, hope that she single hoping she mingle with men that are gentle until it comes down to the shit in the bedroom wish it was simple to be what she into but i'm satisfied with her smile and her dimples sippin on sinful liquor with kinfolk and sitting on a park bench watching the wind blow and letting my pen go me and my rhyme book whenever i need it chilling this evening, watching the streets and getting the feeling that i'm gonna be okay watching the sunset at the end of a long day whenever i need it me and my rhyme book chilling this evening, watching the streets and getting the feeling that i'm gonna be okay watching the sunset at the end of a long day women in tight pants, women in boy shit try to say "Hi" but i'm feeling my voice slip figure the choice is to leave it alone or maybe give it a go for a chance at them moist lips she handling both hips just like a pendulum every single dude walking by, she affecting them i get on my cool shit coming to my stop i got it all day like the eggs at iHop wait 'til she approach me ignoring the cold feet and everything stop at the moment we both meet she calm and collected, and i was infected my mind stayed sharp 'cause i had a good breakfast let our guard down no need for protection feeling so good that i almost neglected to get her phone number, but then she reminded me of course right then though, my battery died .. it's a damn good thing that i carry my rhyme book everywhere i go, 'cause i just don't know when i'm gonna need it - me and my rhyme book chilling this evening, watching the streets and getting the feeling that i'm gonna be okay watching the sunset at the end of a long day whenever i need it me and my rhyme book chilling this evening, watching the streets and getting the feeling that i'm gonna be okay watching the sunset at the end of a long day

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released January 22, 2014

All tracks produced by Troubadour, and mastered by Daniel Lynas for Ishlab.

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