The Remnants vol 1 (unmixed, unmastered, unreleased and barely noticed) Free Album!

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What up people?

I know it’s been an while since I gave you something new to listen to. I’ve been working hard to make sure that whatever I bless your ears with next is truly a blessing. With that being said, this summer I will be self releasing my 5th official full length album A Man Who Think With His Own Mind. It is produced by Tha Sound Cultivator (Ill2lectual). It is our follow up to the Something in the Water  ep released in 2014. I am also finishing up another full length with California artist and producer Lucid Optics as Lucid Logic as well as  working on a book of the lyrics and personal significance of all of my albums. Needless to say there is a lot in store.

In preparation for all of that as a gift to you for your continued support I offer The Remnants vol 1 (unmixed, unmastered, unreleased and barely noticed). This is collection of mostly unreleased songs that I have made at some point over the course of my 17 year career. Some of the songs were left overs that didn’t make the cut of albums. Some are unfinished. Some are rare. Some are appearances from other albums that you may or may not have heard. Some are rare or unheard remixes, poems, etc. This is only the first installment I hope you enjoy it. Please subscribe to the news letter below to receive your link. Thank you for rocking with me.

2 Fingers….

Journal entry 8/7/13: Poem- Empty Streets

Empty streets are full of nobody’sempty street
Looking for somebody to hold
Variations of lonely are a great flood
Engulfing souls for 40 days and nights
The lights flash but tomorrow never dies

Lies are neighbors knocking on doors to borrow cups of sugar
The bigger the barrier the more challenging the climb
The more lessons learned on the way
Keep me in your prayers
Kneeling
hands folded
Eyes closed
Cause I’ve never seen a unicorn dance with such grace and I’m afraid its all a dream
As The lights flash
But Tomorrow never dies

Carry me far away from these reflections of the empty
Nothingness wrapped in rainbows
You want to be all you can in theory
but u keep running from yourself
And there in lies the crime
Passion is a high wire walk with no fear
While the lights flash only guaranteeing that tomorrow never dies

I’m here for a reason
To hold your hand and let u know its going to be ok
To let you know that your tomorrow is bright and brilliant
To show you that there is no comfort in success.
To show you that there is hope in the pain that you endure for the night because joy rides bareback on the morning light.

Embrace the life of the Flashing light in tomorrow

 

Make sure to Catch us in your city…Remaining tour dates below…

Weds Aug 7th – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar | https://www.facebook.com/events/240274046097961/

Thur. Aug 8th – Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room | http://on.fb.me/15HgD3k

Fri. Aug 9th-  Los Angeles, CA @ The Airliner | http://on.fb.me/16AsWkb

Sat. Aug 10th – Oakland,CA @ The Legionnaire Saloon | http://on.fb.me/1cobaC4

Mon. Aug 12th – Boise, ID @ The Shredder | http://on.fb.me/1aOWSwm 

Tue. Aug 13th – Spokane,WA @ Carr’s Corner | http://on.fb.me/10WJcgY

Wed. Aug 14th – Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 | http://on.fb.me/15HgSeE

Thur. Aug 15th – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Project | http://on.fb.me/10m6sSW

Fri. Aug 16th Ketchum,ID @ Whiskey Jacques | http://on.fb.me/14uzjDO

Sat. Aug 17th – Bozeman,MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge | http://on.fb.me/11OupQz

Sun. Aug 18th – Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row | http://on.fb.me/1aOX9zj

Tues. Aug 20th – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium |  http://on.fb.me/12DT0Xb

Wed. Aug 21st – Sioux Falls, SD @ Billy Frogs | http://on.fb.me/121rZNl

Thur. Aug 22nd – Duluth,MN @ Red Star | http://on.fb.me/10m6CK5

Fri. Aug 23rd – Green Bay,WI @ JD’s Bar | http://on.fb.me/19vs4T1

Sat. Aug 24th – Minneapolis,MN @ Pour House | http://on.fb.me/10WJCUo

Mon Aug 26th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme | http://on.fb.me/1aOXhyV

Weds. Aug 28th – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

Friday Aug 30th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe

Sat. Aug 31st – Buffalo,NY @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar | http://on.fb.me/10m6L03

Sun Sept 1st – Erie, PA @ Crooked I

Journal Entry 7/27/13: Welcome to Asheville

AshevilleSignAsheville, Nc is one of those places that if you visit once you never forget. It’s a small city of about 100,000 so the community is really close and really liberal. A lot of people call it a hippie Town. The people have beautiful spirits and would give you the shirt off of their back if it came down to it. It has the feel and closeness of a neighborhood. The last time I was here was about 10 years ago with E&A and I played with Blueprint and the original Greenhouse Effect a few years before that. We played this spot called the Music Zone back then. It was the spot a perfect venue. The perfect size for the Perfect people. This time we played a spot called Timo’s House (http://timoshouse.com/) and I think this is the new spot in Asheville, for us at least. Its a nice size bar with a small stage. Very intimate. It was thick in there and people in Asheville love to dance. Blueprint and I killed and Dj Rare groove closed out the night with a dance party like only he can do. It was a great night.

This weekend they were having the Bele Chere Arts and Music Festival (http://www.belecherefestival.com/) which is a large festival that they have had in this town for over 35 years. For Columbus heads it’s like if Comfest span our whole downtown. It was full of awesome venders, art and fun music. We got to hang out for a while and it was a really good time. I was told that during this festival the population of the city grows from 100,000 to 300,000 people so it was great time for us to play. During my time exploring the festival I wrote a little poem that describes the diversity of the festival and the city itself…

Strollers pushed by teenage mothers and or nuclear family members
Mimes painted silver frozen for change
Violins loop as a tilt a whirl whirling notes of a tomorrow remembered
Sun dresses kids in khaki shorts and tanks
Topless matriarchs bear their hearts cage screaming freedom
Intellectuals discuss philosophy on street corners no matter how misguided or off kilter they seem
Off key karaoke religious zealots only sharing the anger of God and forfeiting his love loosing souls with fear camouflaging their message.
Only on a beautiful day in Asheville.

More to come. You can still catch the “Bend but Don’t break Tour when it hits your city…

Sat. July 27th – Johnson City,TN @ Mecca Lounge | http://on.fb.me/1aOWspP

Sun. July 28th – Nashville, TN @ The East Room | http://on.fb.me/15BOQ5L

Weds. July 31st – Dallas, TX @ Crown and Garp | https://www.facebook.com/events/295176187295037

Thurs Aug 1st – Austin, TX @ ND Austin | http://on.fb.me/14yggsA

Friday Aug 2nd – San Marcos, TX @ The Triple Crown | http://on.fb.me/17nVON1

Sat. Aug 3rd – San Antonio, TX @ The Limelight | http://on.fb.me/10WINv0 

Sun. Aug 4th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls w/ Souls of Mischief | http://on.fb.me/14YvgCr

Mon. Aug 5th – Santa Fe, NM @ The Lodge at Santa Fe Cabaret | http://on.fb.me/15HguwJ

Tue. Aug  6th – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS | http://on.fb.me/11Ou9RH

Weds Aug 7th – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar | https://www.facebook.com/events/240274046097961/

Thur. Aug 8th – Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room | http://on.fb.me/15HgD3k

Fri. Aug 9th-  Los Angeles, CA @ The Airliner | http://on.fb.me/16AsWkb

Sat. Aug 10th – Oakland,CA @ The Legionnaire Saloon | http://on.fb.me/1cobaC4

Mon. Aug 12th – Boise, ID @ The Shredder | http://on.fb.me/1aOWSwm 

Tue. Aug 13th – Spokane,WA @ Carr’s Corner | http://on.fb.me/10WJcgY

Wed. Aug 14th – Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 | http://on.fb.me/15HgSeE

Thur. Aug 15th – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Project | http://on.fb.me/10m6sSW

Fri. Aug 16th Ketchum,ID @ Whiskey Jacques | http://on.fb.me/14uzjDO

Sat. Aug 17th – Bozeman,MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge | http://on.fb.me/11OupQz

Sun. Aug 18th – Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row | http://on.fb.me/1aOX9zj

Tues. Aug 20th – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium |  http://on.fb.me/12DT0Xb

Wed. Aug 21st – Sioux Falls, SD @ Billy Frogs | http://on.fb.me/121rZNl

Thur. Aug 22nd – Duluth,MN @ Red Star | http://on.fb.me/10m6CK5

Fri. Aug 23rd – Green Bay,WI @ JD’s Bar | http://on.fb.me/19vs4T1

Sat. Aug 24th – Minneapolis,MN @ Pour House | http://on.fb.me/10WJCUo

Mon Aug 26th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme | http://on.fb.me/1aOXhyV

Weds. Aug 28th – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

Friday Aug 30th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe

Sat. Aug 31st – Buffalo,NY @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar | http://on.fb.me/10m6L03

Sun Sept 1st – Erie, PA @ Crooked I

 

Capture the Sun: Song Break Down w/Lyrics (Pt 1)

Buy “Capture the Sun” – $14.00

Many people seem interested in my thoughts on the songs for “Capture the Sun” and what they mean to me and what my favorite lines are. You guys also asked for the lyrics so here I thought I would post about it and give you more insight to the album content. I’m going to break this up into three parts because one post would be way too long. So here we go….

“Neva heard”
The concept behind “Neva Heard” stems from the thought of what if no one has ever heard of me before.? How would I want to present my skill with words and the depth of my writing?  I am not under the impression that everyone has heard my music so I just wanted to spit some bars that display a touch of me with word play and skill.

Lyrics

Verse 1:

Conscious with a purpose the undeniable viable franchise for the verses

These pre-Madonna rhymers lost their lip gloss in they purses

Now their stories make up don’t glisten as much even though they touch up the blush babbling

I’m on the road travlin

Thinkin of ways to make my days more extravagant

Heard that crime pays but it only the law of averages

Rather grow old chillin with my children eatin sandwiches

On the porch with my feet up then beat the street with savages lookin for scraps to eat up.

Though patience is a virtue I’m runnin out of it got to get back to the basics

Cause walkin in place is startin to wear the tread on my Asics

Ageless pages keep me eternal It’s a  challenge within it self

A rich man is one with knowledge happiness and his health

That’s obvious common sense way too intense for subtleties

You ridin the fence while lightin incense but I made my pick

Side chosen while sparkin the wicks of dynamite sticks I’m holdin

T minus ten then blowin

Verse 2:

Watch for the shrapnel that spreads

Tried to adapt to lampin in laps of luxury it seems then when I woke from my dreams no body’s touching me

I had the gull to turn my dreams to reality

Suddenly gluttony is everybody’s favorite sin mouths full with empty belly’s

Open your eyes the rich get their checks from the wealthy

I’m tired of clockin in watchin em break your spirits

but you left with no options when you acknowledge a glass ceiling

Shattered shards sliced me up something crazy but baby I’m healing fast

Every laugh is a band aid

I never embrace fear cause I’m beyond all the things that man made

A day in the life of the nicest writer you never heard

Favorite line
I never embrace fear cause I’m beyond all the things that man made

Pillow of dreams
This song is an insight to the conversations that I have with myself in my own head about my life and the life around me. It is kind of a scattered account of a dream chaser stuck between responsibility and the disregarding of responsibility to spreads his wings but in the end understanding that the embracing of responsibility it whats drives him to become his dream. Also if you notice the rhyme pattern is a little unorthodox. It may sound like I am not rhyming hardly but if you listen close I rhyme every 8 bars instead of the typical 2 or 4 bars. It allows space for my thoughts to flow with more layers also giving leeway to more internal rhyme and extended word play.

Lyrics

Hook:

Face paints and pantomime

Daily operations in the cycle of the orthodox

Repetitious wastes of time

I’ll believe in you again as long as you don’t leave this box

All in together now

Give me your all and I’ll give you my opinion

And you seem so scared to smile

You have to learn to dance to get a chance at redemption

Just as the leaves change

Make sure your name embraces brilliance to be reborn

But tell me if you find insane

Heard he was last seen lost in a laugh traveling the path you’re on

Failure never fails to shoulder tap

Just knowing that is enough to keep the pistons pumping

I live for greatness

As an example to my sons I’ll capture the sun

Verse:

I talk to the stars and walk on the clouds

Hold hands with lightning to strike fear

From where I stand there’s no living allowed

Only surviving the next sundial cycle

 

Telegraph punch is my poison of choice

Raise your hand when it tackles the blood stream

Recently removed the crutch from my voice

To take part in silence recital

 

Flat on my face for bridge burning pleasure

But the clouds are my footsteps with no fear

Went out on a limb after climbing the tree of life for good measure

There’s never been a sun rise as tomorrows

 

The morning of tonight is what we crave

I didn’t see you standing there eyes closed

Now you walk by sight and not by faith

I prey you have some new prey to follow

 

There was Too much time on my hands not a watch in sight

I hold an abacus in each pocket to countdown

The moments that change dark to light

All that we touch is so fragile

 

There’s rhythm in the wave crash

There’s music in the breeze

I was always the first to be the last

But having lasting life alone is a battle

 

The Casualties of war tastes so sweet

Even though your house of cards topple

You only asked to get some sleep

knowing the alarm clock was broken

 

Only if you could wake up

You could hear the cries of tomorrow’s memories

knowing that Your existence rides on the wings of a dove

Lets just hope when you arrive the door is open

 

Where do we go from here silence is golden

But I heard that noise shines platinum

If ever shed a single tear for the yesterdays stolen

Don’t wake me I smile in nightmares

 

Consequence holds me close to the bosom

I often thought life would reflect simple

I fell in love with no regard for the cushion

Even though my pillow of dreams was right there

Favorite line
There’s rhythm in the wave crash. There’s music in the breeze. I was always the first to be last but having a lasting life alone is a battle.

Capture the sun
This is of course the title track to the record. The concept of capture the sun is to go after your dream no matter how difficult and impossible success may seem. This stems From My grandmother telling me that “things delayed are not things denied” meaning no matter how long it takes to reach your dreams if you keep fighting and working then you can hold it in your hands when it is time to.

Lyrics

Verse 1:

He was drenched in broken smiles open arms and Shattered hearts

Lost a step with every mile with consequence as works of art framed perfect

Was always scared to finish what he starts

The Same worthless image stared back from the mirrors surface then he felt a spark

Wingtips script seamless flight plan

Raising the bar reaching for stars till ones captive in each hand

Blinded brilliance ill’s resilient feel the passion

I Brave the Flames floating on streams of tears staying dragon fly

Fears a luxury i can afford to buy

My sons are watching me I got to be a hero in their eyes

I got the shoulders of a front line soldier

So my peers can have faith that I’ll show up to hold up the fallen Sky

Hook:

Time is always there

But the moments never perfect

His visions not so clear

But the way he’s feeling seems so worth it

No need to cry

Don’t shed a tear

The locks will soon break

Freedom is near

Be who you are

Envy no one

Reach for the stars

To capture the sun

Verse 2:

Honesty lies when the sun falls asleep

so we find truth in the moonlight for the Cycle of it and we love it

Never been fond of beyond my reach

Remain calm to the Common leach trying to latch on to my uncommon speech

I speak with action cause talk is cheap admission is pay attention

Every purchase is a priceless masterpiece to pass to your children

I lasso ambiguity and rest it on the horizon

Hog tied pain so you could see a pure heart to confide in

Lost today in a pack of smokes found tomorrow in Jiryn’s hopes

My pants were fixed until my pockets broke

See the Wingtips script seamless flight plan

Raising the bar reaching for stars till holding the Sun in both hands understand

Favorite line
I speak with action cause talk is cheap admission is pay attention, every purchase is a priceless masterpiece to pass to your children

Beautiful Sunday
“Beautiful Sunday” is a commentary in how fragile and shot life is. When you look at life you have to see the beauty in it no matter how ugly things may get. Sunday is the first day of the week and a day of rest and reflection. So this song is a reflection of that reflection.

Lyrics

Hook:

It was 8:45 on beautiful Sunday in the spring

I woke early that day to see the sun rise and hear the birds sing

I sat on my couch watching the ceiling fan spin

Listening to Miles blend batches of bitches brew

Thanking God for allowing me to see another morning

Blessed to breathe Oxygen again

I see the breeze dance through the leaves of trees

Reminiscing of lost family and friends

Knowing that tomorrows only a dream

I choose to live today to the fullest.

Verse:

Blessed with the life that I live cause I know it can all be gone in the blink of an iris

So I dive in and swim every lap of my life I invite all the scars and Surprises

Speak Stars in alignment Wing span spans destinies

I elude the divisive livin out dreams through Faith and Legacy

The truth in my footsteps lighting the way on this uncharted path

I’ll Prove I can Smile in place in case I’m ever lost in a laugh.

Take nothing for granted wishes upon shooting commits of cosmos

Variable variance lesson littered heritage Morse code ethics escaped the side show

Breathe life into darkness the life of an artist ends and begins every master piece

Just being alive we arise from the ashes to say the least

Favorite Line
I’ll prove I can Smile in Place just in case I’m ever lost in a laugh

Bridges
Have you ever been in a situation where you know its not food for you but you just don’t know how to let it go? This song stems from past relationships with people in my life that I had to let go and forgive. Letting something go doesn’t always mean that it is irradiated from your life but the betrayal can burn the bridge to your heart or to your trust. Sometimes the bridge can be repaired and some time the bridge needs to be burned. Its up to you to decide which.

Lyrics

Talk is cheap but a Whisper is priceless

I choose to take a leap of faith no matter what the price is

arm or leg heart or head voice or tears

I’ll be content to be the change if I have to slave for years

I’ve been marked for death since in the womb

Umbilical cord around my neck I barely made it out

Plus, they found cancer in my retina when I was 2

Became a Cyclops but saw clearer than everybody else

Didn’t understand this blessing thought it was a curse

Felt that God had forsaken me cause I didn’t know my worth

Saw hate in a puddle till I saw love in the crowd

Then my wife told me that she was pregnant with my first child

Started to smile more named him Jahi Rais

Which means “Dignified Leader” there’s prophecy in a name

I had a family now that looked to me to be a man

Didn’t understand what that was just knew I wouldn’t be the same

As my father before me an absentee landlord

Hoping I wouldn’t notice all the foundation cracks

I’ll be there and give my children something to build on

Didn’t want end up salty so I stopped looking back

At Sodom and Gomorrah I let it burn but didn’t forget

The lessons learned memory as vivid as an elephants

Prepared me for the city where just living is a privilege

And how to break chains by embracing forgiveness

Speaking of which what up Fess it’s been a while

Since we found out you were Judas tried to hang us for thirty pieces

I hope that it was worth it cause we have resurrected

Stronger than ever knowing now you need the ashes for the phoenix

Now I can read a snake from a mile away and you’re to thank

Downsized my circle to escape the holding tank

People you love don’t always love you like you wanted

So when it’s time to burn a bridge throw some lighter fluid on it

Favorite Line
I choose to take a leap of faith no matter what the price is; arm or leg heart or head voice or tears ill be content to be the change if I have to slave for years

Pt 2 Coming Soon….

Poem Time #13: Life is a trip

There is a page of our book yet to be written
many chapters yet to be formed from consequence
we live in an age of tomorrows but a dream
and today is all there is to hold in arms
Mislead commandos falling on swords all around
no one in place to take a stand and speak
At some point the samuri has to get Tired of bowing
and to think you were once pedistoll placed
How sharp must a tounge be to stike fear in the hearts of men?
It seems these days forked just doesnt do it any more
how far must you go to prove your innocense?
Hopefully its not as far as they have to go to prove your guilt
Cause what lies on the surface of the sun it is singed through forever
and your only Savior is caught between a clock and and a suitcase
remember, Life is a trip.

What your destination?
                                                                      
                                                                      

“Capture the Sun” Video, Artwork, Track list and Press release

01.  Neva Heard
02.  
Pillow of Dreams
03.  
Capture the Sun (Feat. Slug of Atmosphere)
04.  
Beautiful Sunday (Feat. Taylor Francis)
05.  Bridges
06.  Live From The Horizon
07.  Justified (Feat. Blueprint)
08.  Where’s the Exit
09.  She Loves it
10.  Finally Free
11.  One Way Ticket (Feat. Zero Star)
12.  Atlantis Depth 
13.  Smile (Feat. Abstract Rude)
14.  Last Breath (Family Fabric)
15.  Blindfold
16.  Lighthouse (Feat. Kristoff Krane)

Via audibletreats

     On April 16thIllogic, a veteran of the Columbus, Ohio, hip-hop scene and Blockhead, a veteran of the New York hip-hop scene and long-time producer forAesop Rock, will release their first collaborative full-length, Capture The Sun. The album, which includes features from Slug (ofAtmosphere), Blueprint,Abstract Rude, and more, will be released on TK viaMan Bites Dog Records. Today, Illogic & Blockhead are releasing a video for title track “Capture The Sun,”which features Slug ofAtmosphere and is directed by H. Rockwell.

While Capture The Sun serves as the first full-length collaboration between Illogic and Blockhead, the two share a friendship, and working relationship, that dates over a decade. And for Illogic, an artist who’s largely been quiet on the scene for a handful of years, and Blockhead, who’s recently immersed himself in solo instrumental work, Capture The Sun comes during a creative intersection in the artist’s respective solo careers. “I’d been wanting do to an album where it’s just one MC and one producer,” says Blockhead, explaining how he got back into producing for rappers. “All it took was Illogic dropping me a line, and I was down. 

Capture The Sun is a very personal project for Illogic, now married and with children, and everything about the album, from the music to the title, stems from the life changes that Illogic has experienced in the past years, as he nurtures his family while still pursuing his dreams of artistry. “The title, Capture The Sun, comes from something my grandmother always told me: ‘Things delayed are not things denied,'” says Illogic. “Things happen how and when they’re supposed to; the point is to go after your dreams no matter how out of reach they may seem, no matter what road blocks may get in your way. Keep going; keep moving.”

Those sentiments resonate throughout Capture The Sun, with songs like “Beautiful Sunday” or “Lighthouse,” tracks that display not only Illogic’s penchant for open, relatable stories but also the pairing’s ability to create unique, complex songs. Another is “Last Breath,” essentially an open letter from Illogic to his parents. “‘Last Breath’ is about how I’ve seen them over the years, how I appreciated what they’ve done for me and my brothers, but it also deals with their divorce,” explains Illogic. “The song took me almost three years to write – I wanted to be sure I found the right words, for them and for myself, to understand my feelings.”



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