Hip​-​Hop For Scholars

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CM aka Creative follows up his Raiders of the Lost Art ablum with Hip-Hop for Scholars. Providing music that is not heard much on the radio but that is definitely still represented in certain circles. CM comes to his listeners, who are not in tune to the dummied down version of Hip-Hop that is being forced, with music that has substance. CM's bring that 90's New York vibe for your ear drum along with pure, unfiltered Hip-Hop. The album features vets and new comers a like who represent the Golden Era: Substantial, Javier Starks, RM, Hosway, SoSoon & Doc Becket* (on the bandcamp exclusive bonus track - Street Delight*). On the production side are names you might not be familiar with yet brings the album to life. Sharing their talents are: C da 76er, Mr. Line, Top Story, Boonie Mayfield, Nate Beats, Battle Skars and The Strength* (on the bandcamp exclusive bonus track - True Recognize True*)

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released June 4, 2013

Written by C.M. Lugo, S. Robinson, J. Starks, M. Rivera, J. Rosario, J. Gantt, S. Bland*
Produced by C da 76er, Boonie Mayfield, Mr. Line, Top Story, Nate Beats, Battle Skars, The Strength*
Mixed by C.M. Lugo & Substantial
Mastered by Channel Fuse Media

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CM aka Creative Gaithersburg, Maryland

New York born (Lower East Side of Manhattan), the half Puerto Rican, half Dominican: CM aka Creative, has made his way to Maryland, where he's been honing his skills. His NYC vibe brings you back to the golden era of Hip-Hop. His many collaborations with artist from all over shows he's always looking to create music. You can find his free albums & EP on www.blocsonic.com/artist/cm-aka-creative ... more

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Track Name: INTROduction
Let’s get into it, I move as swift as time
Fluid, my gift of rhyme got me equip to drop a line
To make you say, my that’s true, that’s what C is telling
Proof isn’t how I’m selling but how you feeling, I’m dealing with a
Whole lot of issues, no need to pass a tissue
I remain solid, maintain my character, outcome might not be crystal
But there’s hope on the other side, coaching me through
All the things that elude and slip through the obstacles
That I consider to be that bullshit, the worst of me want to unload a full clip
The best of me want me to fulfill my destiny by following the recipe of
Hard work pays off, never stop chasing your dreams
So I whip up a batch and then I scheme to make it reality, given the fact
That most dream chasers never catch up, forever running in the same spot
Double lapped up, and all they doing is giving me the same shot
To fall on my face, or find the leader, then over take
Then I become the one that dream chasers want to chase, ya dig me
Failure is the weak man’s thinking, so I refuse, like really
Yall people aint feel me, that’s cool, I keep it moving till I find a spot that do
Cause I’m over due for the respect that clamor for
Some vets give me love, other treat me like an amateur
Cause I aint travel the world and shit
I aint go wood in the hood, damn, aint that a bitch, if only I could
Let you walk a mile in shoes, my lack of success aint lack of skills
It’s lack of attitude, too humble for my own good….
Track Name: Who's With Me
Yo, I’m back with a vengeance
Coming to school ya like I’m back from detention
Recognize me well, true tales I spit every line I exhale
Is the true deal, no bullshit on the scale
The only weight that I move is my body mass
I’m trying to keep it all good till I’m in a body bag
Toe tagged with my name on it
My coolness doesn’t show just how bad I want it
To make a mark in this culture called Hip Hop
Without the flashy jewels, sexy ladies or big bottles
Of Goose or Ciroc, my only concern is mics to rock
I’m trying to create something hot to invade ya blocks
So when they ask who’s that, you can be proud to say Creative
MoCo reppa, New York Native
Love it or you hate it but I’m want to make it worth while
So you when you go play my shit you gotta turn it up loud

Who’s with me? I’m trying to bring back some of that essence
Showing all these doubters that we’re steadily progressing
Hip Hop is far from dead, she was just resting
Now she’s coming back with a vengeance, tell me
Who’s with me? Who’s down show love instead of hate
Where everybody can get piece of the pie off this plate
Where we can all rep together for a better cause, better late
Then never dawg,. I’ll do my part while I patiently wait

To see who’s with me, the line might be short
But the folks that’s down to ride, go HAM like pork
I know a few killers who’ll lay you on the ground
Outline in white chaulk, but I’m not messing with them
Need one riff raff cat so I’m only chilling with M
He’ll only wild out under certain situations
So when that blue moons out and dudes be acting insane
I’m only breaking one fight up like my names Mills Lane
Not a brawl, that’s why I can’t fuck with all of yall
Yeah we still cool but I know the rules
Cause when you’re ego’s mad soft, you’re gonna want to bust off
Just to show that you’re that dude not to cross
Man, understand, but listen, my ego’s like cement
You can talk all you want and it won’t make a dent
I got bigger shit to worry about, then your redundant treats
Only sacrifice my life for my fam & that’s a bet

Who’s with me? I’m trying to bring back some of that essence
Showing all these doubters that we’re steadily progressing
Hip Hop is far from dead, she was just resting
Now she’s coming back with a vengeance, tell me
Who’s with me? Who’s down show love instead of hate
Where everybody can get piece of the pie off this plate
Where we can all rep together for a better cause, better late
Then never dawg,. I’ll do my part while I patiently wait
To see who’s with me, put your hands up
If you with me then, put your hands up
If you with me then, put your hands up
If you with me then, put your hands up
If you really ready to ride, then put your hand high in the sky
If you with me let it bounce one time
If you with me let it bounce two times
If you shy Imma let that joint slide…

You know how it goes, got friends, got foes
Got acquaintances who show love but hate on the low
It’s the same everywhere I go
If you’re not helping me succeed, then what you here fo’
I’m trying to live a life with a purpose
All this love I got in the inside, I’m trying to show on the surface
So I go & show support to all the folks I feel are worth it
And hopefully they show it back cause they know I deserves it

Who’s with me? I’m trying to bring back some of that essence
Showing all these doubters that we’re steadily progressing
Hip Hop is far from dead, she was just resting
Now she’s coming back with a vengeance, tell me
Who’s with me? Who’s down show love instead of hate
Where everybody can get piece of the pie off this plate
Where we can all rep together for a better cause, better late
Then never dawg,. I’ll do my part while I patiently wait
To see who’s with me, put your hands up
If you with me then, put your hands up
If you with me then, put your hands up
If you with me then, put your hands up
If you really ready to ride, then put your hand high in the sky
If you with me let it bounce one time
If you with me let it bounce two times
If you shy Imma let that joint slide…
Track Name: What You About
What You About
I'm about trying to go and turn this shit out
Off the humble though, I aint gotta big mouth
Once you discover me, I'm sort of like a luxury
Possibly I'm someone that you couldn't live without
Creative freshness, cultivates the session kid
I'm on some next shit, show me what you're messing with
Steadily progressive, once you crack my messages
The undertone is go out and do your best, ya dig
Hoild me down now, Line provides profound sounds
That I bless with rhymes that you care to be around
Dopeness fills the air, can you hear us now
Get you neck bobbing once the bass shakes the ground
Influenced by that golden era vibe yall
Got the Roots, got that Common, got that Tribe yall
Good music is what we trying to provide yall
Straight from the heart and soul, Hip-Hop's alive yall
Whether I'm with my Deadly Combo or my solo shit
What I bring forth is the true, have you noticed this
If not listen close, I'm about to blow the lid
On these false dudes, claim they the best in the biz
Can't believe every thing that these cats say
It's just a image that these people go out and portray
What you see on your screen is just a shade of gray
A lot of bullshit mix with truth shouldn't be the way
That an artist comes out to get some type of dough
In our heart, as an artist, we all trying to blow
But if it doesn't happen, I'm still going to be comfortable
Doing this art I love, without selling my soul
Track Name: CM aka Creative featuring Substantial & Javier Starks - Hustle & Grind
CM

Dream chasing is never easy, some make it seem so
But not for me ma, so I focus hard on being a pro
And you know (when your lights go down)
I'm up late night tyring to spark some sign of life
Into this grind of mine, someday it'll all pay off
More headaches, more fans, more dough be the trade off
No sleep but (when your lights go down)
You're comfortably under the sheets while I listen to beats
Or creating my own diddies for myself or my peeps
It's been a long time coming trying to make ends meet
Gotta eat but (when your lights go down)
You're preparing for your own grind, we're both trying to make moves
My mind wheel stay spinning, thoughts be providing
All the fuel that I need to keep my dream striving
Regardless how impossible it all seems right now
I'm so focus on creating something to go rock the crowd, you know how I do....

HOOK
(I gotta keep moving from place to place)
Stay on my hustle and my grind, knowing that in due time
We gonna have our turn to shine but meanwhile
I'mma put in work just like I always do
And put myself in a position to make big moves
I don't do just for me, it's always about us
So if I'm not home tonight, I know I have your trust

SUBSTANTIAL

Girl I'm out here on my grind, cliche
Trying to make the world press rewind to replay
My highlights, 'til we live the highlife
With minimum "alrights", ain't thinking 'bout 5 mics
I'm working on things that don't fit in a stanza
Too big to be limited with proper grammar, Nah'talkin' bout
9 to 5 can't confine my grind, I surpass that
25/8 stay creating this HAZMAT
Just ask cats, in vast rap books I stash crack
In the form of vocab, black. This fast track
Might leave your ass flat. Individuals that slack
Have never been I, so forever he grind
That's why I been on it, our lives depend on it
Don't tell you what to do, I just show you how it's done
Be back by the morning, just keep my plate warm
In case I'm dope as "number 2", I gotta be number one!
At least in your eyes...

HOOK

JAVIER STARKS

I tell her its true, you can look inside your heart (He'll be back)
Playing the role he designed to, so I don't need to remind you
If I shine you shine too so (when your lights go down) I'm gone,
got a lot on my plate other hustlers gotta relate!
I'll be back don't cry boo wipe your eyes (He'll be back)
With a shoulder lean on, hold you in these arms...
Women tryna lock me down, feds wanna lock me up
Because I'm up and coming down to grind, super fly, kinda cocky but darling
I'm all in, call (He'll be back)
To patiently converse and say your favorite three words
Daily he at work so (when your lights go down)
Stacking stacks so you can turn'm back on in the morning
I love it when you laugh at me (He'll be back)
Whether you sad or you mad happy through battles I scrap glady
No challenge's a challenge, honest I promise i'ma provider,
Provide your desires got it de nada mami just ask daddy...
You have me but sadly...

HOOK
Track Name: Count Down
Yo, I’m talking for real, I’m hard slot to fill
When I hear a dope beat I always go in for the kill
You can keep all of your deals, kid, I’m already set
Do I already got the ability to put out music, yep
I take it a further step, while yall cats slept
I put out project after project, showcasing my bid for the best
Slept on individual, yall keep spitting that typical rap
That’s why I stay fully loaded with my lyrical gat
I keep it cocked back, always ready to bang
To any cat who ever try to come test my lane
I respect the true, never go respect them lames
Trying to make themselves a name but aint done a damn thing
Yo, it’s a damn shame, I aint bringing Hip Hop back
I’mma bring it to front so you can see where’s it’s at
I’mma keep it fresh yall, call that shit a Reynolds wrap
Can I get a yes yall, I’mma bring it back on track

Commence the count down, 5, 4
I can give it to you all night long baby pa
3, 2, hit me with that 1
If you want that true then come & get some

So won’t you check it out, I’m back without a doubt
Me and Skars been doing this here music for a while
Aint nothing new to us, these cats are feather weights
They think they fly but these fool can barely levitate
So I’mma set it straight, hit you with that dopeness
Only the truest fans will go head and promote this
The rest of them are hopeless, so closed minded
Listen to only radio got them so blinded
Fam be like rewind this, take it back to the top
I aint got no tats or no ice, never been shot
But I am so Hip Hop, you can check my repertoire
I aint a gansta or close to being Pablo Escobar
Yet I can bring it extra hard, only if I need be
Raised on the Lower East Side, New York City
Where my people keep it grizzly, when shit hits the fan
We came a long way from manhunt & kick the can

Commence the count down, 5, 4
I can give it to you all night long baby pa
3, 2, hit me with that 1
If you want that true then come & get some

Ayo, I’m back on my usual steez
The bar is set so low, it’s kinda hard to not exceed
About to shatter everything you believe
If you feel these cats are lyrically nice, I’ll have to respectfully disagree
Put some pressure on these dudes, making it hard to breathe
I’ll make it easy to leave, if they confess to being thieves
Stealing ya money, life, acting like it was theirs
One day they’ll get it right, till then, I’m well prepared
To give yall the trueness, everything I spit
It’s easily proven, on every mic I grip
It’s no illusion, just some insight of the life I live
When it comes to music, I got much more to give
And I stay giving my all
Take the good with the bad & still stand tall
You can check my back catalog, my tracks, hard to knock it
Now stand back & watch how CM rocks it

Commence the count down, 5,4
I can give it to you all night long baby pa
3, 2, hit me with that 1
If you want that true then come & get some
Track Name: Aint Too Many (Like This)
Catch me in the PM
Scripting, flipping bars that plan to go and spit in coliseums
Have fans screaming CM, better yet Creative
When my peers give me love off my music, I’ll know I’ve made it
Fuck being the greatest, never did for the fame
Just adding to the culture, trying to build up my name
Create a brand that’ll expand across the globe
So when you see me at a show, you’ll already know when you put down that dough
What you’re getting into
Keeping it consistent is essential
You’ll know I’m not gangsta packing pistols, fronting is no issue
I got many styles but it’s all repping true, creatively official
Giving you a part of me with every bar I lay down
The more you listen, the more you recognize from what I say now
That I speak what I feel, letting you know what the deal
I’m not to concern about keeping it real, just keeping it true

Watch how CM spits
Aint too many people go and do it like this
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Put me in the mix, watch how CM spits
Aint too many people go and do it like this
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit

Catch me in the AM
Shifting, mixing tracks that I can upload to have people go and play them
Have cats saying dayum, this is what’s been missing
Just some ‘ol good music without the crack cooking in the kitchen
I’ve never been a dealer so I’m not trying to sell you that
Just an underground dweller trying to put myself on the map
So when you see my logo at any event
You’ll know what it is off the strength of gems, humble like Clark Kent
I’m all about getting it in
It aint a win unless I can share success with the fam & my friends
It aint nothing better to be surround by those
Who had your back through the ups & downs, you know how that goes
Life a bitch then you die like the rest do
I’m trying to stack this dough up before my spirit leaves this vessel
And leave a legacy behind that’ll come to your rescue
When you need that trueness, when you done with that bullshit

Watch how CM spits
Aint too many people go and do it like this
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Put me in the mix, watch how CM spits
Aint too many people go and do it like this
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Every time I grip a mic, cats be like oh shit
Track Name: All Hand On Deck
Do you mind if I go ape shit
Feels like I’m losing my grip up in this matrix
I’m trying find a tool I can use to escape with
‘Cause all I’m hearing is lies, the truth, I’m trying to face it
All they doing is testing my patience
Hoping that I go Hulk & get they’re face split
Hoping I go berserk & give ‘em a face lift
Feels like that’s the only option that even makes sense
And I swear they get a kick out the outcome
Where I lose my cool and my reactions make me act dumb
But I’m smarter than that tho
Take a deep breath, breathe slow & stack dough
My success makes for the best revenge
Where I do what I love, not even stressing them
And I know yall lil suckas can’t deny & peep growth
On the outside looking in like my life’s a peep show

All hands on deck
Make moves and use the gift and potential we posses to gain respect
Can’t afford to waste time, done watch the clock tick away seconds
That we can’t get back, now check it…

Learn to live off the basics
I can see all the obstacles that we’re all seem to be faced with
Most of us are in the same boat, trying to get our footing right
Trying to keep things balanced while maintaining our appetite
Hunger Pains shows its face on the regular
But some rather spend dough on clothes, whips and new cellular
Choices need to be made, bills, vices or provisions
Depending on your funds makes this a hard decision
Time to strap ya belt tight, might just be a long haul grinding
And these cats in a better position need to be reminded
That we all out to strive for a better dream
Or we gonna have to target them off a better scheme
Cause no man should ever starve in a land as wealthy as ours
Need to stop praising these mortals who are just human stars
Strip ‘em of their labeled wardrobe, cash & extensive cars
And what you have is someone who is exactly like who we are

All hands on deck
Make moves and use the gift and potential we posses to gain respect
Can’t afford to waste time, done watch the clock tick away seconds
That we can’t get back, now check it…

City or the burbs, always come across hater
Gotta brush ‘em off, stand tall, tell ‘em, catch you later
Same dudes see success, now they want some favors
I’m grinding on the steps, they chillin on the escalator
True recognize true, respect the work you put in
So I don’t take shorts, you can always catch me pushing
And the weight that I bare on these shoulders, immense
But I take it day to day, till my life is past tense
Till then, I’mma keep fighting a good fight to the end
Can’t stop, won’t stop, whether I lose or win
‘Cause if I make to the top, I’mma grab fam & friends
And they’ll grab fam & friends, till 99% of us are in
A step closer to the 1 percenters
See if they buckle off the pressure of all these representers
Cause when living good is in the balance, you gotta pick a side
You either with the 99ers or where the 1 resides

All hands on deck
Make moves and use the gift and potential we posses to gain respect
Can’t afford to waste time, done watch the clock tick away seconds
That we can’t get back, now check it…
Track Name: Konami Code
Peeps keep telling me the sky’s the limit
But I’m thinking that my talent is like the galaxy, it’s infinite
And I’m only impressed by the skills people exhibit
Not by the label or the crew and who’s names that be in it
I support the talented underdogs, not talentless stars
Who aint saying nothing when they performing and spitting bars
Don’t get it confused, just cause you got many expensive cars
Don’t mean a damn thing when come this art of spitting darts
Yall can hire the best producers and writers
Lay it down in the best studio and then go and hire
The best promoter to get your tracks played on the air
But it’ll probably never knock as true as what I’m spitting here
This a knock to your team though
Probably a knock to your ego, you be tripping over amigo
And my name probably never ring as strong
But I can stand behind my work while you just sing along
To somebody else’s life story, you’re like a puppet
But you getting paid though, so you gotta love it
I do it for the art, you only in it for a pay check
I can dig your hustle but will never earn any of my respect

Cause all I hear is puniny flows
If you need a new life, I’ll hit you with that Konami code
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B-A Start
Re-up with 30 new lives, now lets rip this shit apart, c’mon

Don’t mind me, as pass you on the freeway
Hit the radio station and straight kidnap the DJ
Have him play all my dirty tracks on constant reply
And have pissed off mothers calling asking, what did he say
Giving ya a good reason to be sick of me
While underground cats converge and scream out victory
Security trying kick down the door, don’t mean shit to me
Now I’m hearing sirens, death threats or more, a ghetto symphony
Now I’m sitting in a back of squad car
Hands behind my back, approached by some dude who’s a pop tart
Fruity on the inside but hard on the surface
Trying to start up some shit while he’s off that liquid courage
Now I’m switch to another police cruiser
The officer explains how he’s sick of Hip-Hop abusers
The game done change, not feeling these new schoolers
But I told him not all these new cats are air wave polluters
Hip Hop far from dying or dead dude
I witness with my own ears & my eyes, he said where too
Took him to the Up & Up, he’s like, that’s what’s up
Gave me a dap after taking off the cuffs

Cause he’s tired of that puniny flows
If you need a new life, I’ll hit you with that Konami code
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B-A Start
Re-up with 30 new lives, now lets rip this shit apart, c’mon

I could tell you’re about to do something critical
Your mouth tell me lies but your eyes tell the factual
Don’t ever sleep on me just because I’m a little dude
Cause if I don’t survive, then my squad coming back to you
And it aint gonna be nothing nice
You gonna need more than a Band-Aid and a bag of ice
Cause these fool that I know might take a life for merchandise
So when it comes to revenge, everybody’s getting sacrificed
I’m something like a mediator
Calm down the dogs when hate is the motivator
We all can collect & cash these mic checks
Why is there a need to try flex & test with idle threats
You say you run this shit around here
Long as I don’t hassled, man, I really don’t care
You go do you, I’mma always do me easy
And watch out for them cats who go do peeps greasly
I could read through the subliminal
You aint as slick as team big you up to be in interviews
A lot of tough talking acting like a criminal
But with the body guards & entourage, being soft is your ritual

And spitting that puniny flows
If you need a new life, I’ll hit you with that Konami code
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B-A Start
Re-up with 30 new lives, now lets rip this shit apart, c’mon
Track Name: Can't Turn Back
Clock struck 12:20
Link up with his man, told he could make money
Dude’s no dummy, he knows somebody ‘bout to get hit
Pockets getting tapped quick, greenbacks mixed with poker chips
Observe the dice game in the hallway
Same dude he saw earlier chillin at the ball game
Yep, same cap & the Jesus chain
His brain screaming turn back, keep moving says the hunger pain
Tired if hearing wifey’s mouth
Young seed needs some kicks & yall trying to get out ya momma house
But this life here aint what he about
Rather hit the books then hang with the crooks and give out dirty looks
His spidey sense tingle as they approach the door
One swift kick reveals dead pres & scales full of raw
One dude with a shotty, about 3 or 4 whores
And the ring leader calling for their head, gripping his balls

The situation is ill but you down to get them stacks
Got your team on the front, Grim Reaper on your back
One dirty deed could set you straight for a while
But if you slip, that’s that ass but you can’t turn back now

First man in takes a slug to the vest
Second man in, puts the dude with the sawed off to rest
Shorties running with their breast out scream
As he enters as the third man, like he’s a demon with a gat in his right hand
Chromed out, gleaming, Where the safe at
Ring leader’s like check under the kitchen floor mat
There’s a key that will open the closet that leads straight to the back
That’s where you find what you’re looking for Jack
Smack by the first man, gripping his chest like get that
Dude with the Jesus piece enters flashing his badge
Drop your weapon fast or find a hole in your ass
One & Two survey a path where they can make a quick dash
As they make a break, more cops show up
Quickly One & Two hands throw up, we surrender yall
Third man thinking about what was in store
Rather take his own life than having to deal with the law
So he makes a move for the door

The situation is ill but you down to get them stacks
Got your team on the front, Grim Reaper on your back
One dirty deed could set you straight for a while
But if you slip, that’s that ass but you can’t turn back now
Track Name: True Pros
Where you at CM...
You know where I be fam
In the lab, in the back, create a mean jam
Choppin samples up, throw some drums on it
Let it thump, script a verse, spit at least one on it
You know how I get down, if not then listen closely
Versatile on the mic, cats try to de-code me
Decipher it line for line, my solid bars hold me
Down, like my mothafuckin Co-D
Fendants, cause they know I spit tremendous
Over extensive loops, don’t care what the new trend is
I’m here to be living proof, let you know who CM is
Potential to blow off the roof, every 16 that I’m spittin
It don’t matter if I’m in the booth, cipher or a live show
Not familiar with Creative, peep it out, here I go
Flip flows at a moments notice, phonies I expose
Take a listen, you are now in tune with a true pro

Who’s next yo, well then, let’s go
Who’s down to grab the mic & spit ya best flow
Go rock shows, and let these heads know
It don’t matter where you from, to be a true pro

I got a vision, seeking to accomplish my ambition
Of being one of the illest emcee, spitting what’s written
From the blood, sweat & tears, spewed on my pad like a sickness
Revealing all of the life that I have witness
Like an addiction, I crave respect, still perfecting my craft tho
CM’s still that true cat, never known as an asshole
Inspired by my kin folks, especially my big bro
And my brother Low, let’s go & earn this big cash flow
Been scripting for minute, penning infinite pages
It’s like, once I got started, writing just seems contagious
And once I started rhyming, making tracks in my basement
I bare my heart & soul, it went beyond entertainment
This that true talk, life gets more complicated
Salute to those who made it & others that faded
Now it’s our to be heard, I put so much in this
Believe I put it down, every line, till I’m finished

Who’s next yo, well then, let’s go
Who’s down to grab the mic & spit ya best flow
Go rock shows, and let these heads know
It don’t matter where you from, to be a true pro

Of course you gonna doubt it, it’s a fact of life
It’s like the better you get, the hate gets factored twice
Cause people love to hate me or people hate to love me
All I can say is do your part & try to rise above me
Or join the cause, cats be scared to agree
That CM be on his grizzle, stay on my J.O.B.
I learned from the lives that traded, wisdom for death
We only got one life so don’t ever settle for less
When we die, then we rest, for now, we put in work
I rise every morning, preparing to be the first
Hit the pad, deep in thought, revive to write a verse
Hit the lab, spark a track, lay it down & then rehearse
There’s many CM’s, but just one of me on this earth
I’ve been blessed since birth, so don’t ever question my worth
I put it down, every time, substance in every line
My pen grinds so my see how my rhymes shine

Who’s next yo, well then, let’s go
Who’s down to grab the mic & spit ya best flow
Go rock shows, and let these heads know
It don’t matter where you from, to be a true pro
Track Name: Gotta Be For Something
Since my existence, I slowly put myself in a position
To make a difference, I gets it done with lyrics & rhythms
I’m trying to impact those who peep my ill precision
Over beats, so even if your not a fan, you can’t help but listen
Draw you in for just a mili sec, grip steel like the mic is the illest tec
Wield my skill, still learning how to perfect my wreck
You peep the growth from the beginning to now
I got some cats like wow, this dude, I’m diggin his style
But yo, my mental is on another plain, hardly ever seen
And my brain is something that I train to never fall for greed
Through my window I can only see a spec of reality
Eyes closed, I could see different realms in other galaxies
So what I do is for everyone, I put that on everything
I’m not a lime light seeker so you can keep all the fame
And I would love for music to put me comfortably financially
But if it has to be, I have no problems giving you music for free

Through the good & the bad, all the cons & the pros
Dealing with the unknown, it’s gotta be for something right?
All the sacrifices we’ve made in our life
Even dealing with the strife, it’s gotta be for something right?
All the good we’ve ever done, all the bridges that we’ve burn
All the lessons that we’ve learned, it’s gotta be for something right?
Life’s a strange journey, we all go through it
Some more than others but it’s gotta be for something…

Impose my will against those who chose to go against my flow
I know it’s kinda bullish, but I gotta stand behind my growth
Cause what I promote is hope, hard work & integrity
But I’m a man, flaws and all, perfection don’t exist to me
I humbled myself, no more trying to go on a cheddar spree
Spending till the I’m broke, then wonder about the rest of the week
Eat, sleep, breathe, that’s something that I believe in
Maintaining stability, it’s something that I’m now achieving
Grown man mentality, work hard regardless what the salary is
Put effort toward my goal while handling my biz
I got fam in the trenches with me, we were born to get dirty
Filthy fingernails and funk got sweet cats departing early
I’m not a pretty boy, so when things turn and get ugly
I stand my ground, roll with the punches, I know my functions
So as I weather the storm, stay low, shift my weight
Patience is the key to unlock the gate to do great

Through the good & the bad, all the cons & the pros
Dealing with the unknown, it’s gotta be for something right?
All the sacrifices we’ve made in our life
Even dealing with the strife, it’s gotta be for something right?
All the good we’ve ever done, all the bridges that we’ve burn
All the lessons that we’ve learned, it’s gotta be for something right?
Life’s a strange journey, we all go through it
Some more than others but it’s gotta be for something…
Track Name: Pushing
Yo, Salute to all the originals
They say Hip-Hop condition is critical
Nah, she just receiving too much TLC
That’s Terrible Lyrical Content that’s invading the scene
But that’ll never kill the culture, it’s was built to last
And some of these new cats bringing that lyrical back
Plus these OG’s still doing there thing on tracks
So some of yall huh, some of yall just need to relax
I’mma do my part, put my heart & soul
And if I don’t make it big, would I stop, hell no
Cause this is far from a hobby or a part time thing
This is what I live for, this that true I bring
And I’mma keep doing my thing till I’m under the dirt
On my tombstone, it’s reads, CM put in that work
Whether it’s producing or writing, I’mma pass it along
To the new breed that’s gonna continue it strong

So I stay pushing, pushing
So I stay pushing, pushing
I keep pushing till I have cats say
That dude CM done did his thing

I use to think that my body of work spoke for itself
But most avoid it like my body of work is bad for their health
And so I sit & wonder what I gotta do to get
Cats to really listen to all this shit that I just spit
Over beats that gifted cats like Skars done blessed me with
Or I copped for a small fee, for them, I represent
Have cats proud to have me spit over what they create
Some can dig it, some pass it up like it’s jail bait
Sometimes I don’t even know what to think
A be hitting ‘em with bars, beats, the kitchen sink
And I know it shouldn’t even be this hard
When radio be playing tracks I personally would have discard
Not their target audience so I’m on outside looking in
Trying to figure out a way to get radio play
Without having to change today what I daily portray
As being authentic, myself, Creative all the way

But I stay pushing, pushing
So I stay pushing, pushing
I keep pushing till I have cats say
That dude CM done did his thing

Let’s get it out, let me show ‘em how
I bless then wreck tracks, that’s what it’s all about
Them cats act like I aint handle my business
Like the bars I spit aint quality, my tracks aint tremendous
All my shit is garbage & these kids are contenders
Come on man, what I see are pretenders
Grippin their nuts, acting like they packing heat
But when things gets for real, situation gets deep
They quick to scoop up their pants and do a quick dash
Like these lil suckers be running a track meet
That’s why I do what I do & I just be me
I aint gotta put a front on when you see me in the streets
I show love to all cats, showing improvement
If I got problem with you, then I just keep it moving
If cats want beef, I aint got time for the child play
We can get ignorant but I prefer to do it my way

Just keep pushing, pushing
So I stay pushing, pushing
I keep pushing till I have cats say
That dude CM done did his thing
Track Name: So Cool
(I’m so cool) Even through the bullshit I go through
Stay calm under the illest conditions, my cool is soulful
No doubt, there be times I be ready to go postal
But I think first, then I react, I’m unemotional
Is what I am told at times, but that’s not the case
I just don’t overreact with some of the shit that I face
Why make things worse than they need to be
Cause some simple situations can turn bad easily
When you don’t know how to act, getting all out of line
Learn to stay in your lane, and things might just turn out fine
Don’t sweat the small shit, some people just love drama
But I’m not one of them, remain cool like the Dali Lama

I’m so Cool, so cool, uh huh, uh ha huh

(I’m so cool) Need to wear a hoody in the summer
From sun down to sun up, making yall people wonder
How can I remain calm when the world seems so hetic
While ya keep stressing, some things, I just except it
And keep, I keep moving right along
Some days I go against the grain to right a wrong
But most of the time I just taking what life just keep dealing
My coolness is bone chilling, like I got no feelings
It’s true, I continue to do what I does
Some of that junk you yapping just gets swept under the rug
How I look, cracking your jaw then end up in jail
So I just brush off my shoulders remaining cool as hell

I’m so Cool, so cool, uh huh, uh ha huh

(I’m so cool) Similar to a cool breeze
When you chilling outside and it about 50 degrees
Hit ya with some shit that I just script with ease
And all yall do is bob your head, that shit’s cool with me
I’m cool, like them cool kids forever film videos
Trying to make a cameo, let’s do it in the city tho
Six borough, L.E.S., Smith project represent
Darkside alumni, my pops still resides, yes
Or we can take it straight to the ave D
3rd Street, Lillian Ward, chill with the family
And all my brothers from another mother, they keep it true
So when we all get together, we keeping it cool…
Track Name: Live My Life
How you doing dawg? staying out of strife
Fam doing good? Some up to nothing nice
Trying to do something? Only if it feels right
Keep doing you man, I’m just trying to live my life

Get it on and popping, you’re looking like you trying to stop me
I aint hurting nobody, just making moves, copy?
Don’t say a word just watch me
Approach me on some peace shit should I ever cross the line
When you speak to me, make sure you’re talking sense
I don’t understand crazy dawg, no offense
Cats around here act like they the president
Trying to boss dudes around like this is a playground
I’m a grown man, son, I pay my taxes
Own my own spot, drive my own whip
Of course, everything I got, share half with my wiz
She puts in major work, so I don’t even trip
I’m trying to do good, been out the hood for a minute
Got some fresh new tracks, let me send it
Trying to raise up some dough so I can save some & spend it
On me & the fam, never been stingy, come & get it

How you been man? I’m just chilling fam
Keeping on the low? Cool like a hundred grand
You know I get it in, maintain my stance
Just doing me, till the day I can’t
How you doing dawg? Staying out of strife
Fam doing good? Some up to nothing nice
Trying to do something? Only if it feels right
Keep doing you man, I’m just trying to live my life

I might never make it big time, but I stay crafting pro bars
My shit be so deep, can only peep, using sonar
I can keep it civil or go hard
Depending on the situation, you might see the worst of C
But lyrically, I come correct, regardless who’s on deck
Respect only those that earn it, you need to check
Your ego at the door, there’s nothing but love here
Take your “I’m better than you attitude” to the rear
And stay clear, put that true in the air
I aint talking smoke fumes, I’m talking music to share
Make the sound wave shake & create some dope track
That’ll have your head nodding, asking to bring that shit back
I am back for another round, people give me dap
Whether they love commercial or strictly underground rap
And I’ll try to provide you with everything that you need
But at the end of the day, I gotta remain being me

How you been man? I’m just chilling fam
Keeping on the low? Cool like a hundred grand
You know I get it in, maintain my stance
Just doing me, till the day I can’t
How you doing dawg? staying out of strife
Fam doing good? Some up to nothing nice
Trying to do something? Only if it feels right
Keep doing you man, I’m just trying to live my life

Mother may I, spit a verse that is full of intent
To move a crowd, whether they sober or majorly bent
Need to vent sometimes, get this dough up, pay the rent
Aint trying to live outside with the rats & the peasants
Repent, Mr. Wack Emcee, leave with what you came with
We don’t want what you got, need to go head with that lame spit
And your team spewing that same shit, bunch of drones
Not one original individual, take your asses home
Please, I’m dying to be inspired
Become a fan of the freshness, beyond spitting fire
Need that heat that’ll having me running straight to a pad
To script something lethal for people who hate getting mad
Every time they turn the radio on, the same cats
Spitting the same raps, over the same tracks, perhaps
I can be your alternative, call my shit affirmative action
Creative got that true by the stacks kid

How you been man? I’m just chilling fam
Keeping on the low? Cool like a hundred grand
You know I get it in, maintain my stance
Just doing me, till the day I can’t
How you doing dawg? Staying out of strife
Fam doing good? Some up to nothing nice
Trying to do something? Only if it feels right
Keep doing you man, I’m just trying to live my life (x2)

How you been M
How you doing Low
How you been sis
How you doing Joe
How you been Love
How you doing Mom
How you been Ant
How you doing Pops
How you been E
How you doing Gold
How you been Phills
How you doing K
How you been Bec
How you doing Jav
How you been Sub
I’m just trying to live my life
Track Name: Change Someday
Breathe in, breathe out, gotta take it easy
I understand the shit that we’re going through is knee deep
Something’s gotta give, it’s becoming harder to sleep
Cause there aint nothing sweeter than the life that I dream of
Then wake up to the same ‘ol, everyday routine
Feels like I can wear a blind fold & still doing things
Day in, day out, trying to make some progress
Very low support system got me feeling heartless
I hear a lot of talk but no action, stop it
Got me ready to wild out like I’m in the center of a mosh pit
Can’t breathe, can’t think, what’ll happen if I make it
No more private life, gotta deal with this fame shit
Careful what I wish for, thought I had it bad before
Imagine being scrutinize by folks I don’t know at all
Want the money & respect but don’t want to be a celebrity
I can’t have it both ways, choose one & let it be

And I know things gonna change some day
Hope some good fortune come around my way
Still grinding , still pursuing, still got dues to pay
But can’t let the life I live today slip away
And I know things gonna change some day
Keep it all in perspective, can’t lose my soul
Gotta stick to my guns, remain so humble
Cause when you rise you gotta fall, that’s the way it goes

Can’t let the fam down, gotta think other ways
Trying to get my money up, support those who supported me
All throughout my youth, every since I was a little seed
Had people around C, trying to bring out a better me
So it only right that, I continue to fight back
Even though I’ve slipped, I’m still headed on the right track
While trying to get my mind right, I pulled a the disappearing act
Sorry I aint write back, call back, skype back
Still in my heart though, as I proceed to move forward
In my past I might have broke down but now, got a new motor
Motivated, giving these haters the cold shoulder
So Creative, so humble, so gifted, so sober
Clear minded, I’m reminded of my true goal
Building with folks, create that positive & watch it grow
It’s up to the youth, don’t know what the future holds
But I know a change coming, and I hope to see it when I’m old

And I know things gonna change some day
Hope some good fortune come around my way
Still grinding , still pursuing, still got dues to pay
But can’t let the life I live today slip away
And I know things gonna change some day
Keep it all in perspective, can’t lose my soul
Gotta stick to my guns, remain so humble
Cause when you rise you gotta fall, that’s the way it goes
Track Name: We Can Achieve
Put the beef on the side, gotta keep on the rise
No matter where we reside, we can achieve
If we all would unite, under one cause, one fight
Show the youth what is right, we can achieve
Let our voices be heard in unison
Let our action spark communities & show unity, we can achieve
We can reach our goals together, build a foundation that will last forever
Best believe we can achieve

I stake my life on the line, become an inspiration
Show the people, hard work pays off, reach my destination
Place, goals of all sorts, distance be long & short
Keep building off success, learn from these life lessons that are taught
Become a front running, take my people with me
Walk this narrow path, stay focus, cause the road can become
Tricky enough, to question the devil’s bluff
But I’m a child of god, negativity, I had enough
Went from the city to the burbs, hit a life reset
Was falling in the path of becoming another street reject
Coming in & out of jail, fight with my fam for bail
Make promises I couldn’t keep, a man you couldn’t respect
A wicked tongue, telling lies, blinding supporters eyes
I seen it all before it happened, before it materialized
I took a deep breathe & took a different path
Put my life in my hands and I gave my life a chance

Put the beef on the side, gotta keep on the rise
No matter where we reside, we can achieve
If we all would unite, under one cause, one fight
Show the youth what is right, we can achieve
Let our voices be heard in unison
Let our action spark communities & show unity, we can achieve
We can reach our goals together, build a foundation that will last forever
Best believe we can achieve

Make the proper change, sacrifice ice & gold chains
And a life that promotes selfishness, where only one man gains
Let’s make it more about us, uplift our surroundings
With a positive movement, our people are drowning
In their problems & in their debts with no help in sight
It’s time we go help each other rise to see there’s light
At the end of the darkness, grab a hand
Walk toward the promise land, make our people understand
What you want, you gotta fight for, never submit
And never forget these trails show you’ll never go quit
Keep striving for good life, never regret
The times you stumbled & failed, just rise up again
It’s hard to pretend like everything is easy to get
You gotta give it all you got just to get a fair win
And they aint playing fair at all, trying to take you to their level
But when you do things the right way, the outcome is incredible

Put the beef on the side, gotta keep on the rise
No matter where we reside, we can achieve
If we all would unite, under one cause, one fight
Show the youth what is right, we can achieve
Let our voices be heard in unison
Let our action spark communities & show unity, we can achieve
We can reach our goals together, build a foundation that will last forever
Best believe we can achieve

Rain or shine, we gotta steadily grind
Through these trails & tribulations, following all the signs
To reach our destination, gotta focus on the right now
Tomorrow aint promised, gotta be ready to fight down
Dark temptations, shady situations
Phony shortcuts, that claims to make you quick bucks
But nothings ever easy, might seem like another sunny day
But we all know that in the end crime never pays
Put the guns away, show these kids that there’s a better way
Show them a world where they don’t have to be scared to go outside and play
Where stray bullets don’t exist, and their life is not at risk
And getting good grades is nothing to dismiss
It’s a great accomplishment, and anything they want to be
Can become reality if they put in the effort
We can do so much more if we strive for something better
The possibilities are endless if we all network together

Put the beef on the side, gotta keep on the rise
No matter where we reside, we can achieve
If we all would unite, under one cause, one fight
Show the youth what is right, we can achieve
Let our voices be heard in unison
Let our action spark communities & show unity, we can achieve
We can reach our goals together, build a foundation that will last forever
Best believe we can achieve