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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released January 22, 2014

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

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Track Name: Borrowed Time (ft. DJ Nickolai)
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
Track Name: My Physical Destruction
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
Track Name: So Bad
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
Track Name: Good Life (ft. Celestin)
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
Track Name: Same Old, Same Old (ft. Troubadour)
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
Track Name: This Is Called Game
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
Track Name: What I Gotta Do (ft. DJ Nickolai)
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
Track Name: Fresh Though
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
Track Name: Get That Money (Again)
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?
Track Name: Me and My Rhymebook
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