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….

The Dove ink Sessions: Work for Peace

 

The Dove Ink Sessions COVERWhat up People…Starting today Me and Aaron Evans (Formally known as Eyamme) will be releasing the first Song from our upcoming project The Dove Ink Sessions: Work For Peace. Each week on #NewMusicMondays we will be releasing 1 song recorded between 2002 and 2007 when the two of us ran Dove Ink Records together. Being that this is in the era before Aaron Evans started doing vocals I handles all the rhymes and Aaron handles the beats. These tracks are raw and untouched in there original form. Most are early yet solid mixes but by the time we finish releasing the many random tracks we have in the vault we plan to give them a little extra polish and shine. So Check out the First Joint Hot lead…Below…

Home from tour. Back too work.

Hey everyone,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve reached out to you. I’ve been home from tour for a little over a month just working. I have a great energy and excitement to get back to work. So let me give you a short and sweet rundown of what I’ve working on since I’ve been home…

Bend But don’t Break Tour Thank you

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First of all, I would like to thank everyone that came out to any date on the “Bend but Don’t Break” tour. Blueprint, Rare Grove and I enjoyed our time with you and we hope that you enjoyed your time with us. We would also like to thank every one who picked up our new album Bend But Don’t Break. We truly Appreciate the support and hope you enjoyed the record. We will be doing a few more shows in November. You can catch us in the following cities:

Friday Nov 8th Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Brewing Co. / Join The Facebook Event

Saturday Nov 9th Atlantic City, Ny – The Boneyard / Join The Facebook Event

Illogic & Blockhead – After Capture illogic-blockhead

We would like to thank everyone who has purchased our Eps Preparing for Capture, Preparing for Capture 2 and Album Capture the Sun. As many of you know we did over 30 songs for the album so after the eps and the album we still have some great songs left that we are going to share with you very soon. I finished up the mixing last week and sent it off to mastering. The artwork is also almost done. Pre-orders coming in the beginning of November.

Miscellaneous

I have been working on My new record and doing a lot of work writing and reading. Just burring my self in books and bettering my self as an artist and as a person. I am finishing school as well. I will have my bachelors degree in a few months so I am excited about that.

I have also been doing a lot of guest-appearances for friends and fans. Here is a montage of some of the features that I have done. If your Interested in getting me on a track Email me at askillogic@gmail.com for rates and conditions. Enjoy….

The New Greenhouse Album “Bend But Don’t Break” Is out today!!!!!

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The new album Bend But Don’t Break by GREENHOUSE (Blueprint & Illogic) is finally here.

Here are are your options for picking up the album:

DIGITAL VERSION

http://greenhousecrew.bandcamp.com/album/bend-but-dont-break-retail-version

DIGITAL VERSIONS

Digital Retail Version $8
Digital Deluxe Version $12 – w/ album instrumentals + 2 music videos
Free Version

PHYSICAL VERSIONS (orders are shipping right now)
Signed CD + Sticker = $10 Add to Cart
Signed CD + Sticker + Signed 11×17 Poster + Instrumental CD = $20 Add to Cart
Signed CD + Sticker + Signed 11×17 Poster + Inst. CD + Greenhouse T-Shirt = $35 Add to Cart

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ALSO AVAILABLE: The Greenhouse “back catalog” deal. For those interested in the albums that started the Greenhouse and Weightless movement, you can get the “Columbus or Bust” CD (2005), the “Life Sentences” CD (2001), and the “Up to Speed” CD (1999) for just $12 Add to Cart

Behind “Bend but don’t break” Episode 2: The Creative Process

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Illogic and I explain the creative process and relationship behind the creation of the upcoming Greenhouse album, Bend But Don’t Break.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK7XpT38E0c

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Illogic and I explain the creative process and relationship behind the creation of the upcoming Greenhouse album, Bend But Don’t Break.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK7XpT38E0c

Preorders for Bend But Don’t Break start today! Order your signed copy now!

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The brand new album from Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic), Bend But Don’t Break, will be available on Tuesday July 9th on Weightless Recordings. Pre-orders for the album start right now, and ship out on Friday July 5th!  Those that preorder should receive their orders the day (or weekend) before the actual release date. We’ve got stickers, signed CDs, signed 11×17″ posters, album instrumentals, and Greenhouse t-shirts! Take a look at the special offers below and make your order now!

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PHYSICAL VERSIONS

Package #1- $10 Add to Cart
Signed copy of Bend But Don’t Break CD
3″ Circular Greenhouse Logo Sticker

Package #2 – $20 Add to Cart
Signed Copy of Greenhouse Bend But Don’t Break CD
3″ Circular Greenhouse logo Sticker
Signed 11×17 Bend But Don’t Break Poster
Bend But Don’t Break album instrumentals CD

Package #3 – $35 Add to Cart
Signed Copy of Greenhouse Bend But Don’t Break CD
Signed 11×17 Bend But Don’t Break Poster
3″ Circular Greenhouse logo Sticker
Bend But Don’t Break album instrumentals CD
Green “Bend But Don’t Break” T-Shirt (select size at check out)

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ALSO AVAILABLE: The Greenhouse “back catalog” deal. For those interested in the albums that started the Greenhouse and Weightless movement, you can get the “Columbus or Bust” CD (2005), the “Life Sentences” CD (2001), and the “Up to Speed” CD (1999) for just $12 Add to Cart

DIGITAL VERSIONS

Digital Promo Version – FREE
There will be a promo digital version of Bend But Don’t Break available on July 9th.

Digital Retail Version – $8 Add to Cart
The digital retail version will be available here as well as ITunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp on Tuesday July 9th.

Digital Deluxe Version – $12
The digital deluxe version contains the album instrumentals as well as all Greenhouse music videos.

 

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TRACK LIST:
1. This is It
2. E-F-F-E-C-T
3. The Lockdown
4. Bend But Don’t Break
5. The Web – featuring Supastition
6. That’s What’s Up
7. Willing to Bleed
8. Fast Lane – featuring Nina D
9. Microwave America
10. The Movement
11. Winter Warning

Description:

  • First full-length album for the reformed GREENHOUSE crew of Blueprint and Illogic, and follow-up to their Electric Purgatory EPs released in 2010 and 2011.
  • Produced entirely by Blueprint.
  • Guest appearance from Supastition.

Capture the Sun song breakdown w/Lyrics (Pt 3)

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Here is the last installment of the “Capture the Sun” Song breakdown. Sorry it took so long to finish. I hope you guys enjoyed this and I hope you enjoy the Album. Feel free to leave a comment on what you think of the entire series of post. Many people have expressed interest that i do this with my other albums so I’m compiling all of my lyrics and attempting to fulfill that request. Thank you for listening. If you miss the first two installments feel free to click on the links below and start from the beginning.

Song breakdown w/ lyrics part 1

Song breakdown w/ lyrics Part 2

 

One way ticket F. Zero Star

One way ticket is a rant of sorts. It is me being frustrated with the world that I live in and some of the things in my personal world as well. It is me wanting to live in a place of comfort and trust, a place of love and honor and a place of peace and tranquility.  This is not the world that we live in at this moment but I came to realize that I form the world that I live in. I choose to have peace or live in chaos. I choose to live with love and honor in my heart. I choose to trust, So if I just believe that I have the power to create my world with God’s help then I will be ok.

Intro (Zero Star)

I got a one way ticket I don’t know what I’m a do with it

One way ticket so I’m guessin I should use it quick

One way ticket I don’t wana be abusin it

One way ticket so we write it hope the music sticks

But alas we are here so the past that you fear will it last even here

Perhaps what you hear is claps and the cheers

so that what you hear yeah laugh through the tears

Verse 1

I wana go where the sun never sets

Where class is based on respect far from the devils rejects

Where pain is a memory and joy is normalcy

Where banishments the result of conformity

I wana go where love is the foundation of living

Where we cherish what we receive and polish what we’re giving

Where children sing and dance shielded from struggle

Where you progress further the harder you hustle

I wana go where I’m immersed in bliss

Where my wife skis is the alarm that wakes me from my slumber

Where we use our brains to fight not fists

So we can find peace in the beauty of lightning and thunder

I wana go where my sons are the light of my day

Where they listen to what I do and watch what I say

Where the see the honor in the times we pray together

and feel pride in the fact that we pray together

Hook (Zero Star)2x

Far far away from here yeah that’s the ticket

So can you help me out with my one way ticket

I heard that heavens really off the chain we can kick it

I’m out here trying to hustle for my one way ticket

 Verse 2

I wana go where the truth has no foot notes

And to most is no surprise that hope floats

Where what we say on mics is tuned to the key of life

Where your willing to pay the cost no matter the price

I wana go where hip hop is how we live and how we walk

What we wear the books we read and how we talk

Not what set we claim or the length of our chain

But a medal of honor beyond a musical genre

Wan go where I can breathe and leave the nicotine dependence

That’s a feat in itself but I’ll take it by inches

Where the land of the free and home of the brave comes to its senses

And comes to its own people s defenses

Where our leader is competent

And wouldn’t wave a flag of mission accomplished

if his people are still in fear of bomb threats

Where we know we’re role models so our words are conscious

Never under estimate those who see through nonsense

Verse 3

I wana go where my friends are my friends because they love me

Not for who I am or what they can take from me

Where silence is priceless

And the breeze that walks through the leaves of the trees is free of crisis

I wana go to the sky and hold stars in each hand

Place a bow around the moon as a gift to my mother

So she never questions or doubts that I love her

Where I can be an island of refuse for each of my brothers

I wana go where reality is fantasy incarnate

Where loving and being loved is harmless

A place where children can relax cause their fathers are men

And their lives can be balanced from the day it begins

I wan go where women respect themselves so their respected

Where their virtue is praised and protected

Just wana go to a place where somebody cares

Then it hits me if I walk by faith then I’m already there

Favorite Line:

I wana go where love is the foundation of living

Where we cherish what we receive and polish what we’re giving

Where children sing and dance shielded from struggle

Where you progress further the harder you hustle

Atlantis Depth

This is actually A poem that I wrote at a time when I was lost and questioning my future In the world of hip hop. Life was weighing me down and much of it was My own doing.  I actually didn’t have my license so I was just feeling stagnate literally. I couldn’t move. And I felt like I was going crazy. I felt like I was in a ditch that was as deep as the lost city of Atlantis is in the ocean. I was being pulled in so many directions and music seemed to be getting me nowhere, but as I wrote this I felt free. I only had dreams to break my fall and after letting those feelings out I felt somewhat free and fearless because I was a gain starting to recognize my purpose in being the artist that I had become.

Verse

Haven’t had my license in a few years

so right now it’s illegal to drive myself insane

But laws are made be broken so I ride dirty 4 tracking

rocking a Roca-wear straight jacket

Consciously high wire walking no net to catch me if I’m fallin only dreams

In time realized I of sound mind find sound slaves who bathe in the sound waves of my blood stream

Cyclops watches from mountain top those who topple from pedestal praise

Show me a humble man and I’ll show you a hero

show me the prideful and I’ll show you an unmarked grave.

To demonstrate we excavate at Atlantis depth

Questioning questions don’t always lead to where the answers kept.

The Wicked live where faith and doubt intersect

so if it’s a last breath they’ll bleed it till no passions left.

Listen, only those who have mastered the framing of masterpieces will bask in the master’s peace

So recognize the genius in others in order for your genius to be recognized for the heights it’ll reach

Favorite Line:

Show me a humble man and I’ll show you a hero

show me the prideful and I’ll show you an unmarked grave.

Smile F. Abstract rude

Sometimes you have to smile to keep from Crying. With all that goes on daily in the world and all that goes on in our individual lives it gets harder and harder to smile. They say that it takes less energy to smile then to frown so if we smile more then we will exude more positive energy in the world. I try to keep a smile on my face no matter what adversity I go through and it helps me to keep a positive outlook on life even when I look out and there is nothing to smile about.  If we smiled a little more than we can reap it benefits.

Hook
(They Got me out here Dealin with) all of my trials and tribulations of the day
had to force me to smile
I’m smiling inside I’m grateful so never look a gift horse in the mouth
gettin tougher every mile strugglin to hold it down
makes it harder for me to smile
how my upside look now all the love that i found
gave me upside down frowns

Verse 1

The more I look for it the more it itches

The more I scratchin the stitches actin as if it’s not a load I chose to carry

Bury me 6 feet deep beneath Atlantis (please)

I never planned this to be as hard as it seems

Deemed a carcass of Dreams an artist of masterpieces

Givin the last of me is just part of the territory

Every story is a glorious link in the chain

A stream of rain fall and train rails the awe can make the brain fail

(Smile) I try to every now and then but every now and then

I’ll find a bone to pick that’s Missing Calcium

Is it a mystery the outcome isn’t easy to stomach

Wanted a fountain of truth in the youth but all I could do is (Smile)

Its never quite the Plight we intended when light is suspended

And we try to bend it to shape our darkness

If we wait as artists it will fall into place

So I’ll keep running this race with a smile on my face

verse 2 (Abstract Rude)

where can i turn when both cheeks have been bruised swollen
frozen in time Emmit till casket open hoping one day to smile
learn it’s no peace but we press forward
don’t wanna allow police beatings excessive force
peeping out Egypt and we thinking how they looked
king tut and the sphinx even got a facebook
and u facing a crooked government they put the drugs in the community
felonies off to prison where the brothers went
smile? how can I when they shutting down family businesses
smile? how can I when they handing out life sentences
smile you’ll do more for the world then frown
enjoy when u look around avoid what’s putting you down
killem with kindness when u smile your highness & then they bow
they couldn’t figure you out let’s face it you took the town
who u calling a rookie now cuz u couldn’t cage a brothas thunder
must’ve forgot age ain’t nothing but a number homie smile

Favorite Line:

Deemed a carcass of Dreams an artist of masterpieces

Givin the last of me is just part of the territory

Last Breath (Family Fabric)

This song expresses the love I have for my mother and father. This song actually took about two years to write. I actually had the first two verses for some time and then my parents were divorced so I had to finish the story. Originally I had a third verse that I never finished about my brothers, but once the divorce happened I felt in my heart that there needed to be closure to the song and an expression to my parents that we understood and that we would be ok. Needless to say this is my parent’s favorite song of the album.

Verse 1

You gave me a suit of sharp intellect a hat of rebellion To match

I rock em for the world to see as we speak wrapped in a smile

Many say that our actions and attitudes are similar

Vocab in the clouds wild no denying that I’m your child

And though biological wasn’t tangible I have to hand it to you

Cause you helped raise a man any father would be proud of

Encouraged me to be me and dream beyond my means

I gave your wedding ring to my queen when I found love

And though you didn’t want me at first I can only imagine

The feeling when the doctor came and told you I had cancer

Spreading from my eye to my brain the chances of me dying

Were high it’s insane what makes us turn to the most high for answers

I love you more then you know and the more that I grow

The more that I see all that you sacrificed trying to give me the best

You gave me all of you what more could I ask for

A mother beauty beholds I owe you my last breath

Verse 2

You gave me a suit of selflessness a hat of responsible to match

I rock em for the world to see as we speak wrapped in a smile

Hardly saw eye to eye but I watched you provide for the family

Treated me as an equal to my brothers though I wasn’t your child

Took on a weight to you shoulders that most men couldn’t bench

And you embraced it lased it from the love to the discipline

Of course I hated the long talks you would give us

But no matter how many times eyes rolled or shoulders shrugged I was listening

You one of the greatest men I’ve ever know and I mean that

From the depths of my heart your compassion has allowed me to say

That even though we met when I was 1 to this day

I consider you my father in every way I don’t care about DNA

I love you more then you know and the more that I grow

The more that I see all that you sacrificed trying to give me the best

You gave me all of you what more could I ask for

A father with the heart of a lion I owe you my last breath

Verse 3

Blessed to be your son every morning the Sun is risen

I can never ever repay you for all that you have given

Me, Mike, Zach and Elijah always had the best

So don’t worry we understand why you had to split

As long as you remember the love once shared no matter what you do

Know you’ll always be together we’re reflections of both of you

The laughter and the sunshine is etched in our memories

Hold on to all the good times we’ll give you the energy

Never regret a thing my God doesn’t make mistakes

He kept us all those years with his mercy and his grace

From Oak street to satinwood and places in-between

You’ve earned this time to finally go and live some of your dreams

Trained us in the way we should go won’t depart from it

Even if we stray now and then we won’t ever forget

That you gave us all of you what more could we ask for

Precious parents of purpose we owe you our last breath

Favorite Line:

And though biological wasn’t tangible I have to hand it to you

Cause you helped raise a man any father would be proud of

Encouraged me to be me and dream beyond my means

I gave your wedding ring to my queen when I found love

Blindfold

Many of us choose to walk through life blind to the fact that we are not alone. This is all by choice. No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, this song is a testament that we keep our selves ordinary by choice when we are created to soar. It’s difficult to try to stay in that mindset when life smacks you in the face over and over again, but if you keep your eyes on your dreams and your purpose in life then you can be what you are called to be. Make the choice to see your greatness and you can fly without fear.

Bridge:

I stroll through life with a blind fold by choice

Hoping to avoid Danger

When I could just take it off and side step

The insanity of telling everything I know to a stranger

I try to talk to you every day

Pray and Digest some scripture

Struggling between doing it my way

And submission allowing you to breathe on the bigger picture

 Hook

Simulated smiles flood the landscape

Elevated pride dilutes a handshake

(We talk with torn souls)

It’s difficult to walk the path and stay straight

Please guide my steps with your grace to seek your face

(Remove the blind fold)

Wings Spread hoping to catch the wind

Even though I’m anchored in earth and sin

(We walk with worn souls)

It’s difficult to walk the path and stay straight

Please guide my steps with your grace to seek your face

(Remove the blind fold)

 Verse 1

It’s like I’m banging on a door that I’m not meant to open

(Not without the sacrifice of making you my focus)

Need to remove self from the equation

All these years worked to polish perfect mask of patience

(No more illusions)

Smoke and mirrors shattered in the lime light

(All false delusions)

Scatter from the stage because the times right

(Please use my music)

To edify souls of the lost I just wana make sure I’m ready before stars turn off

(look) I’ve never been one to apologize but I’m sorry

for not nursing the gift I was given to show signs

Allowing fear and Pride to impede my stride

trying to keep one foot on the ground when I’m meant to fly

Verse 2

It’s like I’m waiting for some tragedy to force me closer

(Misplaced passion in apathy this wounded Soldier)

At times feels like a failure in your eyes

So I dig deeper convincing myself that I can hide

(Cried the Atlantic)

trying so hard to be a star

(When I should be a planet)

and bask in the orbit of who you are

(They don’t understand it)

but I’m here with arms stanched again

Just asking if you can wash me clean and be my friend

(Look) I’ve never been one to apologize but I’m sorry

For nursing the darkness in my heart keeping it alive

Allowing fear and pride to impede my stride

Trying to keep one foot on the ground when I’m meant to fly

Bridge 2

I stroll through Life with a blind fold by Choice

Hoping to keep my family from Danger

When I could just take it off

Lead with an example of confidence and not seem like such a stranger

We should talk to you every day

And as a family pray and Digest some scripture

No more doing it Our way

Well submit and allow you to breathe on the bigger picture

Favorite line:

(Cried the Atlantic) trying so hard to be a star

(When I should be a planet) and bask in the orbit of who you are

Lighthouse

This is a response to the world that we live in especially how it relates to pop culture and the effect that it has on our children. As a father of three boys I see these effects close up. The problem is that we feed into what society tells us is normal. We feed into how society tells us we are supposed to act and what we are supposed to like and we pass these things down to the generations to come. I hope to leave a legacy of love and individuality to my children. I hope to show them that being your own person and thinking with your own mind is something to take pride in and be cherished. We can’t let society raise our children we have to take the responsibility to do it ourselves. If we don’t we can’t complain about how they turn out.

Verse 1

Showered in blankets of 2 dimensional soothsayers

Today’s truth shapers are stick figured visionaries’

There’s a gaping hole in the basket we’ve placed our eggs in

This explains the constant eggshell walking

Whole cities over run with village idiots and jester jingles

Mammoth misogyny massages the minds of model citizens

Children hold hands and dance in the cycles of history

Lost in limericks of its destruction with jovial denial

We take pride in confusion and find Laughter in the misguided

Capitalizing on whatever is deemed the most successfully desensitizing

We fight to win popularity contests and loose ourselves in the process.

Where will we draw the line to ensure future generations

aren’t ashamed of the legacies we leave?

Hook (Kristof Krane) 2x

Something’s missing its all wrong

We forgot how to move on

Mosey down this road alone

Till the Skin falls off my bones

Verse 2 (kristof Krane)

The won’t hang me from my family tree

Slowly fading now falling fast a sleep

Aside from aging there’s no past for me

No more debating

I’m making the best with what I have (3x)

 Favorite Line:

We take pride in confusion and find Laughter in the misguided

Capitalizing on whatever is deemed the most successfully desensitizing

Listen to the new Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic) Single “Bend but Don’t Break” NOW!!!

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Last week we announced that the new Greenhouse album Bend But Don’t Break will be released on Tuesday July 9th on Weightless Recordings.  Since that announcement, I know you guys wana hear some of the Music right?  Well, Here it is.  We proudly present the first single “Bend But Don’t Break,” which is the title track of the album.  As always, if you dig it please share it on your social networks.

Album available July 9th.

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link: https://soundcloud.com/printmatic/bend-but-dont-break-by

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