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Track 14: Sweet Victory

Hook: (Dmitri)
I feel thorns where my crown was
I’ll be weak but I’m alive
From the dust until dawn yeah
I’ll survive cause I got
Sweet Victory
Nobody can take it from me
Sweet victory
Cause I got, sweet victory yeah

Verse 1:
You see me limping , I know you see me limping
You can’t tell on these CDs, but bro I’m knee deep in it
I’m wading in my weakness, he made me dependent
I’d be lying through my teeth to say I don’t resent it
Even as I write these lines I’m close to tears
My body ain’t been working right for seven years
So miss me with that “keep your chin up try to smile”
Bruh I’m twenty-six, I should feel better by a mile
Keep all your anecdotes and cute quotes
I’ll pass on clichés for true hopes, he’s too dope

Hook

Post Hook:
Toast to the King, cheers to the ceiling
Feeling good we gon’ to make it to the finish
Sweet victory
You hear me, holla if you feel me
We still running even though we limping
Sweet victory
Cause we winning, yeah you know we winning
Even though we winded we still in it
Sweet victory
Cause we winning, yeah you know we winning, now we live in
Sweet victory

Verse 2:
They see me on the stage, they…

Track 13: I’m Gone

Verse 1:
It’s something on my mind do you got a moment?
Soapbox swag, I just got upon it
I been in these chains and I’m tired of it
(Car noise) I know you hear these tires rubbing
Screeching down the road, gotta get away
I plotting my escape, I think this the day
‘Cause I been in bondage do his dishonest lies
Tried to free myself but wasn’t qualified
Get em high, get em high, get em high
Novacane in my body, no I ain’t feeling lies
They say that I’m salty and they can criticize
But I’m praying for slaying, can’t wait for his demise
Before you groan, and tell people I’m gone
I’m talking bout the loser Lucifer, you know he wrong
I know you ain’t posed to break up on the phone
Is it wrong if I break up in a song?

Hook:
I hear what you saying, but I don’t believe you
‘Cause you just be lying, and I don’t need you
I got a new Lord, I know I don’t see you
But I see right through you, so I gotta leave you
(Repeat 2X)

Verse 2:
How many times do I gotta
Tell y’all that I refuse to follow
That bad deal, cause that old master kills
Call me Harriet I’m trying to get…

Track 12: All My Love

Intro: (Natalie)
I see you watching
Do you like what you see?
Am I single?
Well, sorta kinda maybe
What did you have in mind?
Your face looks familiar
I see you all the time
And I can keep you company tonight
You ain’t gotta tell nobody
Ain’t nobody else around watching
Yeah just say the word and you got it
Right here, right now

Verse 1:
Jay was lonely
And he’s looking for love on the net
A man has needs, what you expect?
He looked through all their pages
And when he found her man he lost his breath
Cause it was love at first sight when they met
His heart beating hard
She was kinda light skinned, eyes like he liked them
Can’t fight them feelings when they hit you this hard
It’s long distance, so he’s with her online all the time
He’s at work but this girl’s on his mind all the time
He can’t wait to see her, she got them banging features
When they together he don’t mind he gotta pay with Visa
His homies warned him “slow down that woman can’t complete you”
But he’s in the game of love he don’t want to stay in bleachers
Or so he thinks, What I forgot to say is
Jay is married and his heart’s supposed to be…

Track 11: Lazarus

Verse 1:
Boy I hopped out the grave good morning
I been sleeping for too long I’m yawning
Everybody talking trying to see me, disbelief
Like how he breathing? He was six feet deep
Boy what you saying? Hold up shut your mouth
Dead men can’t holla, what you talking bout?
‘Cause once through that door it ain’t walking out
But let me take you back in time to my coffin now
Ooh know you smell it in the air
Cause I been in the grave for too long I swear
People crying I’m missing, obituary been written
My face pale, they can’t tell your boy about to be risen
Close the coffin, call the preacher, he so gone
It’s over can’t nobody reach him, say so long
But hold on, before you cry and run out
I heard somebody coming, saying something yelling, “come out”

Pre-Hook:
Hopped up out the grave, good morning
I been sleeping for too long I’m yawning
They buried me in black suit, black tie
I’m alive and I woke up looking fly
So from now on

Hook:
From now on you can call me Lazarus
From now on you can call me Lazarus
From now on you can call me Lazarus
Former dead man walking Lazarus (Repeat)

Verse 2: (This’l)
They got a missing persons report and…

Track 10: Something New

Intro/sample:
Hold up, hold up
Let me get another one (Repeat 4X)

Verse:
Boy you know I got them J’s, rock them on my feet
Caught up in the craze, my closet ain’t complete
You know I got them 5’s and I just got them 12’s
But you know them 1’s I really wanted is on sale
So a couple more clicks on the site, till I’m feeling just right
Bruh I gotta keep my sneaker game tight
If everybody got them homie that ain’t what I like
Now everybody wanna be like me instead of Mike
My addiction isn’t women or the booze
Sneakerheads anonymous, I’m itching for some shoes
Put it on my card, I ain’t got nothing to lose
Sometimes I wonder what it is I wanna to prove
Cause I wan’t something new
What I got it won’t do
I think I got some kinda flu
Cause I’m addicted to that new
It got me like

Outro/sample:
Yeah it got me like
Hold up, hold up
Let me get another one (Repeat 4X)

Track 9: Insomniac

Verse 1:
I’m going in today
This my only shot
My life could end today
Yeah my heart stop
If I go out tonight I’m going out on top
I give it all this life ain’t all I got
Yessir now wait a minute bruh
I see y’all rocking with your hands high
Waiting for that beat to take off, 808’s on standby
When I’m breathing bangers I say statements that I stand by
The ground gon shake when that beat drop, landslide
Please let me off my leash
I feel it, I feel it, I’m feeling too good
Like I’m a beast
Like a gorilla who’s real in the hood
So I’m going on and on
I’ll be resting when I’m gone
Rise and grind is what I’m on
Bruh that’s why I wrote the song
Tonight I’m going off like
My life span just lasts all night
If I don’t wake up in the morning, bruh I’m gon be alright
Throw caution to the wind
Let go we bout to go in
No slowing down, we gon win
No slowing down, we know him
Brag

Pre-hook:
Tonight I’ll risk it all to follow
And live like my life’s over tomorrow
We love it
We go hard all week
’Til it’s over ain’t no sleep cause we getting it getting it getting it

Hook:
Insomniac
We be getting it…

Track 8: Beautiful Life 2 (Mine)

Intro:
Oh, I love you, yeah
Like no other, yeah
When I see you smile you shine just like the summer, yeah

Verse 1:
You know that feeling when them words fail
It’s hard to verbalize what I wanna tell
To my mini me, my little man
Be talking baby talk, I don’t know what you be saying
But it’s music to my ears though
Boom bap to your daddy when I’m near though
Mommy put you in them polos and skinnies
Curly fro wild, you be flyer than a leer though
You got that mixed kid swag on them
Looking like your mama and your dad on them
Straight out the womb you was real fresh
I cried so hard till I ain’t have tears left
Since then you keep a smile on my face
Wrestling and dancing, wild in the place
Look I know you got my name
But I want wearing his living for his fame, I love you

Hook:
Oh, I love you
Like no other
When I see you smile you shine just like the summer
My vision can’t be clearer no no no
Cause you’re beautiful, it’s no wonder I love you

I can’t believe you’re mine, I can’t believe you’re mine
You’re always on my mind, I can’t believe you’re all mine (2X)

Post hook:
I can’t…

Track 7: All Rise Up

Sample:
If we all rise up, oh yeah oh yeah (repeat)

Verse 1:
I know I don’t deserve to touch the mic bro
But this craft is something that I would fight for
I’m in the lab with this pen and a pad
Knowing I might finish last, that ain’t really why I write though
Let’s go back in time to ’04
I met 116, quickly I was on board
Fast forward four years, we on tour
And we ain’t know just what he had in store
But now here we are ten years later, flows got greater
Bonds got closer, plus it’s more haters
Saying we just do it for dough, but they won’t break us
‘Cause the Lord we serve with the flow he is so gracious
And if they ask me why I do it
I tell them it’s the music of a movement
Yeah I’m speaking for my unashamed crew
That will never touch a stage but they’re walking in his newness
Rise up

Pre Hook:
If we all rise up
That would be my dream
We should all rise up
And give a standing O for the king cause he’s good

Oh yeah, oh yeah
Oh yeah, oh yeah
We should all rise up and give a standing O for the king cause he’s good (3X)

Verse…

Track 5: You Don’t Know

Intro/sample:
Some days I feel so close
And some days it seems so far
Surely goodness and mercy shall always follow
And never return void, oh
Hallelujah being the highest praise
I’ll give it to you gladly all my days
I just hope that all my life conveys that I mean every word, ooh
Even with evil with me
Jesus, Oh Jesus, My Jesus, that’s why I love you so

Verse 1:
Boy I feel like I’m gliding
Running to make my election sure, Obama Biden (get it?)
Everyday I’m homiciding
Killing that villain within me, sometimes it’s traumatizing (ain’t it?)
But bro it’s not surprising
That it brings me joy when I cling to his word
I’m promise riding
I promise I been regretting it when I’m not abiding
I’ve been exposed, but I’m in him
Synonym: I’m in hiding
Feel like I got a hole in one
They throwing shade, but I’m beaming cause I know the Son
Feel like I’m dreaming with eyes open, my minds floating
Gliding by sky rises, cloud 9 that’s my ocean
Swimming in that ozone layer layer
Hey I’m soaking
But he lit that fire up under my behind I’m smoking
Can’t undermine him, he’s higher than us you silly boy
Look I just say all that to say man I’m feeling joy

Hook:
The way you…

Track 4: Manolo

Hook:
I do it for the turn up
Got that ammo locked and loaded
I ain’t talking about no burner
Flip a page, I’ll explode it

Got a cabin in Manolo (nolo)
Manolo (nolo) Manolo (nolo) Manolo (Repeat 2X)

Verse 1 (Trip):
Trying to tell them boys I never leave the crib alone
Cause I keep one in my car and I got two at home
They different kinds, but they do the same thing
Double edge, double barrel, bang bang
I’m out here facing dragons, I ain’t out my mind
They coming for my soul, so it’s bout that time
Them lies they trying to kill me, if you don’t believe me
I don’t care, I don’t care, I can’t take it easy
I’m flipping a page, I’m trigger-happy a clip and a gauge
Clicking it, hitting the stage
Hit you with truth, its in every phrase
He cut me deep I’m diving, I’m diving in
When I ride I got that fire fire, I’m alive again

Hook

Verse 2 (Lecrae):
Manolo Manolo, I’m out here going postal
My partners think I lost it, my mama think I’m loco
I keep my shooter close though, you know it’s fully automatic
Shoot you straight, man that truth will do you plenty damage
I got enemies I can’t see them all but…

Track 3: Shweet

Hook:
Get them hands in the air
Make a little noise in the stands if you there
Brag on the Godman if you dare, only if you dare
That’d be shweet
What if when you brag it wasn’t ‘bout the clothes with the tags?
That’d be shweet
What if when you brag it was bout him who’s the first and the last?
That’d be shweet

Post Hook:
I heard them talking like they hot man
Somebody got them gassed up, on that octane
Look I hate to tell them they ain’t better
Better get a umbrella, God reigns

Verse 1:
Let’s go back in time to late eighties
D town hold me down, that’s where they made me
When I’m back there, I ain’t vaca-ing (vacationing)
Feels like I’m home, thinking about staying, I ain’t staying though
Ooh already already
Lone star state bred, how could I forget it
But I ain’t pop up out the blue
It’s fly how he knit me, I ain’t talking bout the shoe, shoot
I got a lot of problems but I’m straight, that’s shweet
I know my God will toss them in the lake, that’s shweet
How many times I gotta tell you he’s the boss and to him anything’s a piece of cake?

Hook
Post Hook

Verse 2:
I been in the A a…

Track 2: Lights On

Intro/sample
Oh oh, the light
We don’t know where we going (repeat)

Verse 1:
Look around it’s all dark, all black everything
Like the million man march, but I’m talking bout everything
Dark hearts, dark souls
Dark minds writing dark flows
Can I get a little light though?
Is that something I can fight for?
Hey we so blind we don’t know
On that highway we go
Go full speed ahead, flying but we low
But we don’t know just what he got in store, no more falling for the okie doke
Nope, he can give us sight for things we never saw before
‘Till that light get to glowing, we don’t know where we going
But it ain’t no google map for life, and it’s like our headlights are broken
Proof: we flashing, passing on some treasure that’s golden
For some nickel and copper, trying to get glory that’s stolen
And reaping what we sowing
Hey we all got dreams, this is mine
I’m praying that he’ll flip that switch and shine, kids are blind
We know you got it, Lord we know you got it
Only you can take us higher, you the pilot
Lights please

Hook
We don’t know where we going
We so far from our home
We don’t know where we going
Blackout, no power’s on
We don’t know…

Track 1: Rise

Hook:
Today’s the day when we all rise
My anchor’s gone so watch me come alive
Together we stand against the burning lies
And now that I found my wings I’m ready to go
Rise, we all rise
Oh oh oh
We all rise
Oh oh oh
Today’s the day
Rise

Verse 1:
Hold up I’m back to boast on these tracks like
I’m mad at em, might back slap mics
Never mind mind the fact I never left I’m hype
Listen up right you ain’t gotta ask me twice
I’m here, I’m here to brag on him like I’m known for
While folks snore I’ma go for it
My God ain’t no folklore, ‘cause he real, he real
Now to the topic at hand
I know the designer, he’s higher than pilots who fly up in clouds he designed with his hands
I’m writing to tell you this life is a flash in a pan
How I’ma retire when we need a cryer to tell us to rise up and stand?
Check yo plans
My dude, that grave ain’t your home
Cause you been underground way too long
Six deep with a date on your stone
All they say, “That boy gone”
Come on, don’t you wanna go home?
Don’t you wanna be more than a clone?
Do you know that you’re loved…

Coulda Been Me Lyrics

Produced by: Gawvi
Additional Vocals by: J. Paul
Artwork by: Alex Medina
Mixed and Mastered by: Jacob “Biz” Morris

Verse 1:
Don’t nobody wanna hear our pain
That’s how I’m feeling when I’m flipping through them twitter comments, all I feel is rain
They telling me get over it’s old
That stuff don’t exist no more
But that don’t ring true when I look in these streets
So it’s real when I feel like it coulda been me

Hook:
Man can I tell you how I’m feeling right now
Ah they wanna know how I’m feeling right now
I feel like it coulda been me
I feel like it coulda been me
We all made in God’s image you know
All our lives matter, our vision is broke
We feel pain cause we been here before
Who’s innocent I don’t know
But it coulda been me
I feel like it coulda been me

Verse 2:
I didn’t know Mike Brown
I ain’t know Trayvon
I didn’t know Sean Bell
But I know they gone
I ain’t know Oscar Grant or Tamir Rice
I didn’t know Eric Garner
But I know they life
Is worth more than they saying on the tv screen
I hate I got a long list, you finna see me scream
Cause I feel like they don’t see we kings
Made to rule like Him,…

5 Questions for Beyoncé

Music is a big part of my life so I’m always thinking about how to use it best. It’s hard for me to enjoy art without analyzing, taking notes, and asking questions. Beyoncé has our nation’s attention right now and she’s obviously one of our most beloved pop stars. The first lady even said if she could be anyone else, she’d want to be Beyoncé.

Beyoncé is more popular than she’s ever been, so you can’t turn on the TV or get online without seeing something about her, from reviews of her new album to pictures of her walking down the street with her daughter. I’m impressed by her talent and inspired by her drive, but I’m also puzzled by some things I see.

Beyoncé and I do have a few things in common. We’re both from Texas, and have lots of family in Houston. We’re both artists who’ve released around the same number of solo albums (though she’s just a little bit more well known than me). And lastly, we’re both sinners in need of God’s grace.

With that in mind, if I had the chance to meet her these are some of the questions I might…

The Future of Trip Lee

Most of you know me as a rapper and performer, but the truth is, at heart I’ve always been a preacher.

For as long as I’ve been making music, my deepest desire has been to proclaim the Gospel and declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace I’ve had the opportunity to use music to do that on a public stage. I’ve loved every second of it and I’ve tried to do it with excellence. Over the years, I’ve sensed God calling me and equipping me not just to make music, but also to preach and to write.

That’s why last year I wrote The Good Life, a book that dives deeper into the message behind my record of the same title. It’s also why I announced last fall that I wouldn’t be traveling quite as much as I have been. I want to learn how to be a faithful pastor, and that can only really happen in the context of a local church. So I’m taking the time to invest in learning from godly pastors at my church in Washington, DC. Lord willing, as I serve on staff at my church, I’ll…

The Beautiful Lives of the Unborn

Trip Lee on “Beautiful Life” from Desiring God on Vimeo.

The first song I wrote for my most recent album, “The Good Life” was a song called “Beautiful Life.” Desiring God asked me about that song and my heart behind it. Here’s their entire blog post.

And here are the lyrics to the song, which features V. Rose:

Hook:
Beautiful Life Inside
Living Moving Breathing
So Let Hope Arise
God knew what He was doing
When He gave
Beautiful Beautiful Life

Verse 1:
Dear sister, I hear the place you at
I know it ain’t nothing easy bout going through that
There’s a baby in your womb, but you wasn’t trying do that
You’d take it all back if you knew that, but you ain’t have a clue that
That time with your boyfriend, that late night
When you thought you was making love, that you would make life
And now it’s feeling unfair, man it ain’t like
You ain’t got a life, shoot, the timing really ain’t right
Can’t quite tell you that I understand your pain
But I know you shouldn’t feel discouraged and ashamed
And I know that baby in your stomach ain’t a game
He’s got a heart beat, he’s bout to grow…

Man Up Video

This September we released a short film and album called “Man Up” to challenge young men to be men. Here’s a music video for the “Man Up Anthem.” You can purchase the short film and album here 

I Love Music

Every now and then I go back and listen to albums and songs that really moved me artistically and spiritually when I heard them. One of those albums is The Solus Christus Project by Shai Linne. It is one of my favorite hip hop albums- period. The production is unique (though not commerical), the content is incredible, and Shai’s lyrical skill is on full display. This is one of those albums that makes rappers ask themselves, “Why am I still rapping again?”

I can’t quote the whole record in this post, but here’s one of my favorite verses from the album. It’s shai’s verse from “Mic Check 1,2″:

He gave His life as a ransom, I’m hype and I’m dancing
When reciting my anthems of Christ, the Righteous Lamb who lights my lantern
Who else but the Lord of the nations
Can hype a heathen drunkard to write without even one word of self-glorification?
My feeble words- inadequate indeed to describe the Immaculate Seed
Destined to do miraculous deeds
At the age of twelve, he had the old heads amazed at His insights
Obeyed His parents, even though He created their wind pipes
A true Anomaly- and who can ponder the
Servant fighting the serpent in…