Hip Hop Is Forever

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released June 3, 2013

Written by Christopher Mitchell
Production by Jeremy Arey
Scratches by DJ Jazz T
Recorded at Breakstone Studios in Concord, California
Additional recording by Chemo
at Kilamanjaro Studios in Forest Hill, London
Additional recording by John Robinson
at Clique Studios in Kilburn, London
Mixed & Mastered by Chemo
at Kilamanjaro Studios in Forest Hill, London
Album Art by Berela

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Track Name: Chemistry Perfected
[Intro: Kinetik]

Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present to you
A collaboration of epic proportions
It's Kinetik, Kuroisoul, Hip Hop Is Forever
Bass & Format

[Verse 1: Kinetik]

See I'm a product of the struggle reminiscent of a different time
Forget the glamour and glitz, this is the grit and grime
Prose and flows are like picture and sign
A true novelist addiction, this was written with big in mind
From boy to man, from feather to quill
In me the heart of a writer is forever instilled
And with a bleeding heart, I decorate the canvas
Believe it's art that's why they venerate the stanzas
None equal my tongue is regal
But still I sing with the slaves cause I'm one among the people
So as I examine the human condition
I'm under the tree of knowledge and I'm feasting on the fruit of wisdom
I'm a purveyor of the pen
And when the lines are designed, you'll be rating them a ten
It's from the heart even when I say it with offence
Kinetik and you spell it with a K at the end

[Hook: Kinetik]

We're coming live and direct from across the miles
The newest tag team coming with a proper style
You might've heard it like this, but not in a while
Kuroisoul and Kinetik, we're chemistry perfected
We're coming live and direct from across the miles
The newest tag team coming with a proper style
You might've heard it like this, but not in a while
Kuroisoul and Kinetik, we're chemistry perfected

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

He's like the offspring of Preem and a descendant of Pete
Somewhere in California just perfecting a beat
Making sure the music is rooted and kept in the street
And with just a kick and a snare, you'll be listening clear
Right on the spot just watch for the slice and a chop
Igniting the block but never try and slight him for props
Cause the beats are retarded but not for the weak hearted
And as soon as he sparks it, you'll be nodding your head
And some'll do their best but he's the meaning of super fresh
A sick mix of Dilla, RZA and Nujabes
And yes, he'll be sat at the feet of legends
Deep in their presence, releasing a sound that'll reach heaven
So as he keeps pressing and teaching lessons
On how to inveigle an ear in need of refreshing
That's when your head and neck will start to respond
Kuroisoul, no words, still his heart is in the song

[Hook]
Track Name: London Mornings (feat. Tone Richardson)
[Verse 1: Kinetik]

See every time I open my eyes, usually it's gloomy weather
Today there's no clouds and the sky is blue as ever
I'm looking out the window, the scene is green and gritty
A little wind is blowing but I'm in love with the city
I get the evil eyes when I realise that it's time to rise
But this morning I feel revitalised
Cause for the past week, I've been grinding the axe
But now it's Saturday so I can recline and relax
And now I'm tuning in to Smackdown
I got some instrumentals bumping in the background
Pick out a couple of beats that I can vibe to
The early morning boom bap puts me in the right mood
And then I have a shower and then I'm getting dressed
Fresh creps match the shirt and my jeans are freshly pressed
The next step is a cappuccino from Starbucks
I grab my phone and iPod, they're both already charged up

[Hook: Tone Richardson]

I woke up feeling so good
Feeling so good
Nice to know that my bills are paid
And I still got the rest of the day
Said it feels fine, so good
Feeling so good
Walking down the street smiling
All my troubles are gone away
And it feels so good

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

So it's another Sunday so peaceful and tranquil
As if the world itself is at a stand still
I grab my pad and pen because I got to write some more
But my head is banging like the music from the night before
I let the track play and after 30 minutes
I had my raps straight, the hook and verse were finished
Then I recited them to make sure the flow was tight
It's like I had them rhymes stored in my brain overnight
I'm feeling kinda lazy
I'm back at work tomorrow but no it doesn't phase me
I'm lounging in my boxers and listening to Gospel
With the smell of my breakfast tickling my nostrils
I got the ackee and the salt fish
And no I never have a small dish
That's how I got a spring in my steps
And now my appetite is satisfied and everything is bless

[Hook]
Track Name: California Nights (feat. Tone Richardson)
[Intro: Kinetik & Tone Richardson]

Yup, I'm out in California
My first time on the West Coast
I'm having such a good time, I really don't wanna leave
I'm loving it here [I ain't ready to leave]
I love it so much, I might start crip walking and just throwing up a w or something

[Hook: Kinetik & Tone Richardson]

Another night in Cali-forn-i-a
I'm getting twisted like oh my days
I love it here and I really wanna stay
Another night in California
Another night in Cali-forn-i-a
I'm getting twisted like oh my days
I love it here and I really wanna stay
Another night in California

[Verse 1: Kinetik]

Saturday night and I'm loosening up
[I'm doing my little two step in front of the mirror you know]
I'm in the house with the booze in my cup
[A yo, Jeremy pour me another J.D. bruv]
Cars outside hear the boom of the funk
[You know who that is, that's Masato]
And my clothes match so I'm never losing my touch
[Cause you know we black folk have to co-ordinate man]
Crazy now we're headed down Saratoga
Tonight's the night I wish I had a chauffeur
In the club everybody wants to have us over
Sitting at the table or laxed on the sofa
We shoulda got a round of claps
It's all love and we must've had a thousand chats
And even more heads are coming from around the back
It's Hey Mr. D.J. I like the sound of that

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

Bright lights got me thinking I'm in showbiz
[I can't lie, I feel like a super star]
Nice night but what's happening at Blowfish
[I heard about Blowfish back in London]
I'm getting funny looks so I suppose it's
[Cah dem know sey me look like a true bad bwoy]
The Sprerry's on my feet looking sweet getting noticed
[I'm gonna need that sponsorship money though]
Wavy, that's how I felt from the A.M.F.
It's adios, I'm ghost, I should be laid to rest
Rusty nails are the most pain
Sipping liquid cocaine got me twisted with no shame
Folks came just to party hard
We're getting drunk and it's looking like we can't be charged
I'm paralytic off the liquor and my back is to the wall
Posture lean but you know I'm having a ball

[Bridge: Kinetik & Tone Richardson]

Give me one more night, one more day
One more night in California
Okay, so it's 3 A.M. and the night is still young
But before we go home
We're gonna bring back a classic
Shout out to Zhan・
Hey Mr. D.J., hey Mr. D.J, hey

[Second Hook: Tone Richardson]

Everybody
Move your body now do it
Here is something
That's gonna make you move and groove
Hey D.J. keep playing that song
All night
On and on and on
[One more time Tone]
Everybody
Move your body now do it
Here is something
That's gonna make you move and groove
Hey D.J. keep playing that song [keep playing]
All night [all night]
On and on and on
[On and on and on and on]
Track Name: Dead Rappers
[Intro: Kinetik]

All I can see are dead rappers
Every studio session is a funeral because when I'm done in the booth
I be stepping over dead bodies
That's why there's a funny smell in here
Okay!

[Scratched Intro]

Prepare for this rap killing
Prepare for this rap killing
Prepare for this rap killing
Prepare for this rap killing

[Verse 1: Kinetik]

See I'm one of the sickest spitting with no inhibition
From the sound of the bell, I'm out to leave a clown on the shelf
Even the ref is getting pounded as well
Put it on You Tube and tally up an extra hundred thousand in sales
Zoomorphically I'm thought to be enormously beast like
I'm accordingly gory when I'm killing your cheap hype
So each fight is deep like a flurry of knee strikes
I heat mics without a piece of respite
So if the fee's right, I'll leave your jaw stuck
Scraping on the floor like hwoar cause you're awestruck
Stiff in your disbelief, flows and hooks coming from a golden notebook
And no I never rip the sheets
So when this hits the streets, keep your fists discreet
Or duck when I'm brandishing my poisonous darts
Even mannequins will know their only choice is depart
So do the same cause your lame and your moist in the heart

[Scratched Hook]

I can write it or recite it off the top of the dome
Here's how it goes I am a genius, I mean this
Say what you say
And throw down some ice for the nicest emcee

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

I got an amazing cadence laced with abrasive statements
Making patrons place it on Satan's play list
Face it, I made this for the greatest debaters
And you were never rated or adjacent when the pressure's on
My echelon suggests my lexicon is extra strong
Blessing the present though certain legends and vets are gone
I'm not a human cause I'm more like Megatron
And my team of Decepticons are getting lean off the energon
I'm like an 80s cartoon when I start flowing
I go in, you're thinking maybe it's my last tune
But less chit chatter, still I'm a cocky dude
That's blessed with the it factor, I'm the rap Bobby Roode
In the lab with a pad looking like some Bible scriptures
Ink hitting the page and spreading like viral sickness
So in your final minutes all you're gonna see is me
With a big gold belt with no l's or title switches

[Scratched Hook & Outro]
Track Name: What I See
[Verse: Kinetik]

I can see a single mother walking up a hill with shopping bags
Struggling as if her legs are gonna give out
But still she has to make it up the hill and make it home
Cause if she don't there'll be no food in her kid's mouth
I see a father crying over his first born
Not cause he was born but because he met an early death
Brutally murdered and no he wasn't perfect
But he was Black so the police say he deserved it
I see a little girl looking like a princess
And everywhere she goes she's the object of interest
Beautiful but hidden deep beneath is sadness
She thinks her skin is too dark and makes her unattractive
I see a little boy staring out his window
Wishing for the depiction of the man that he should call his Daddy
And sadly some'll fill the role but his joy ends
Every time Mummy goes and gets another boyfriend
I see a soldier coming home from war
Happy to be alive cause life he thought it would end
In a year he was homeless with no job
Feeling abandoned by the country that he fought to defend
Then I see a nurse getting ready for work
But on this particular morning she was mourning
Cause her religion is important
So she's torn from not wanting to perform an abortion
I see a footballer training in the gym
After being on the bench for a year
But in his first game back he felt a snap in his femur
So now he's thinking it means the end of his career
I see an executive sat up in her office
After losing her profits and everything she wished for
Stressed depressed cause life was a mess
Then she jumped from the 25th floor
And that's what I see
Track Name: People Don't Understand (feat. Tone Richardson)
[Verse 1: Kinetik]

It's funny how the truest love can always breach the heart
I'm pining for you and we've only spent a week apart
I'm staring at your photos like they were a piece of art
Getting emotional but nah I need to keep it smart
Missing the simple things like going for coffee or dinner
And feeling proud because I know that I got me a winner
And sometimes I drop the ball like a sloppy beginner
Then you're in the baddest mood but I love your attitude
And every morning when I wake up I'm reading your texts
From the night before but it's more than me fiending for sex
And even in a different time zone
Whether you're on Skype or Facetime you leave me with my mind blown
I love your dress sense and I'm always left impressed
I stare even when you wear some leggings and a vest
And when I look at you it's quite surreal
You're way above the rest and that's even when they're wearing high heels
My harshest critic and my biggest fan
It's never been hard to admit it but you've made me a different man
Teaching me new things as well as expanding my thoughts
You put some colour in my life just like the Vans I bought
So when I'm sitting next to you at Sunday service
Or on the bench at Queen's Park where we had our first kiss
That's when I'm certain it痴 for real and I'm most content
Loving with hope again and now you're like my closest friend

[Scratched/Sung Hook: Tone Richardson]

There ain't nothing in this world that can take your place
Love, love
People don't understand, they can't understand
How I feel about you
That's when my heart stops
One love
People don't understand, they can't understand
How I feel about you

[Verse 2: Kuroisoul]

Me and you, night and day, one and the same
We became each other's favorite I swear the love was sacred
I'm amazed with the way we clicked so very quick
You can tell we were joined at the very hip
So many were quick to make their remarks
About the fact that I'm a Black and you're an Asian
At times it was blatant, at times it was hidden
We knew that they were talking but we could never listen
They say I put you on a pedestal
Some of your friends said that my intentions were only sexual
A few of my friends did it discreet
They figured Asian women are timid and weak
When your Mom figured out we decided to stay together
She cut off your bills didn't care whatsoever
But you stuck with me for over two years
Stood up to your parents stood up to your peers
And then they forced you to move to Hong Kong
A love story gone wrong cause now you long gone
Even though it's not easy maybe we can get past this
Sitting in my car where we shared our last kiss
That's when I knew it was for real and I'm most content
Missing you with hope again cause you're like my closest friend
Cause you're like my closest friend
I told you I'd make you a song

[Scratched/Sung Hook]
Track Name: Boom Bap Babies
[Intro: Kinetik]

Shout out to all the boom bap babies worldwide
This is time machine music
We're gonna take you back to a time when Hip Hop was great
When the laces were fat and when the boom box was king

[Scratched Hook]

Let's take it back
Back in the days
Let's take it back
Way, way back
Let's take it back
Boom bap, original rap
Let's take it back
This is true Hip Hop in the purest form

[Verse 1: Kinetik]

I reminisce on when I heard Kris Kross in 9-2
No, I couldn't switch off they made me wanna rhyme too
Jotting my lines down thinking I'd get shine too
But I was getting laughed at like nobody'll sign you
Then rappers started getting thuggish for rep
Me I was doing nothing except just dubbing cassettes
And my T.D.K.'s were always coming correct
Every one of my mates had tapes to bump in the deck
And knock for weeks, whether they were swaps or keeps
When they pressed play they wouldn't even stop to speak
And I was copping every copy of The Source
The 5 mics and quotables we had to discuss
In between the freestyles at the back of the bus
When a rap track was stacked with scratches and cuts
When our rewind buttons wasn't gathering dust
Cause from the music to the fashion we would do it with a passion
It was Hip Hop

[Scratched Hook]

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

We've come a long way from Sedgwick and Cedar
The boom and the bap made me a head and a believer
Different place in time, London U.K.
But true say I was living with a New York state of mind
Even the youngsters wanted to get mad props
That's why we started rocking baggy jeans and flat tops
Chatting in slang and fresh was our favourite one
We spoke it like a native tongue but we were young
And still we learned about the struggles of grown ups
After we started rolling with a couple of bone thugs
Going for car rides without a sense of direction
But we'd always end up on the far side
Playing dominoes and listening to ghetto jams
Sipping on ice tea mixed with the gin and juice
Innocent youth who didn't know the business
We were good kids but we had a soul for mischief
It was Hip Hop

[Scratched Hook]
Track Name: Knee High (feat. Joanne Francis)
[Hook: Joanne Francis]

We were the best of friends since we were knee high
And everyone around us could always see why
And any time I'd call he'd always reply
He'll be my best friend until the end
We were the best of friends since we were knee high
And everyone around us could always see why
And any time I'd call he'd always reply
He'll be my best friend until the end

[Verse 1: Kinetik]

Back in the day when we were young'uns
We used to kick it like it was nothing
Inseparable rebels and always up to something
But always on the same level and we would never have a run in
Considered family, we might as well had been
Had different names but to us that was irrelevant
Cause we were tight and never one without the other
In any given moment I considered you my brother
And every summer we were riding our bikes
And going missing so people had to find us at night
And when our other friends would have a beef
You and I were always clicking, politicking over a bag of sweets
And watching cartoons, playing computer games
Acting a fool and calling each other stupid names
We had a friendship and the love was always demonstrated
The realest ever and we could never be separated

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

But then we grew into adults
Started our families and looking out for kids and the wives
I got a job, you moved away
We grew apart but I guess that we were living our lives
And after building up the trust for years
And being closer than the musketeers
We started looking at each other weird
Nothing particular, there was no back and forth
Just one of those things and life took its natural course
And I imagined us just being old with beards
Sat in the garden with the both of us in folding chairs
Having a laugh chatting and cracking the coldest beers
Sharing our stories and looking back on the golden years
So one day I thought I'd give him a call
But his wife would answer the phone and to me that was unusual
That's when she told me that my friend had died a week before
And when I called she was planning his funeral
Keep your friends close
Keep it real and keep in touch

[Hook]

[Outro: Kinetik & Joanne Francis]

Since we were knee high
Be my best friend
[Knee high]
You'll always
Since we were knee high
[You know we came up from like back in the day]
Be my best friend
You'll always be
[Since we knee high literally]
Since we were knee high
Be my best friend
You'll always
[Primary school, secondary school, college]
Since we were knee high
Anytime, yeah
[He's not here anymore but that's still my boy]
You'll be my best friend
Track Name: What Will They Say (feat. Ileen Mitchell)
[Intro: Kinetik]

This song was written in the spirit of my grandparents
John Matthew Watt, who passed away on the 21st of July 1993
And Delzeta Watt, who passed away on the 3rd of January 2007
I miss them dearly

[Verse 1: Kinetik]

So easily we're getting caught up in the extra living
We keep our house and our car in the best condition
And for the next position
We get rich or die trying irrespective of the repetition
But the funniest thing in this world where money is king
We're the slaves to the ways that the currency brings
And cause of that very lust we keep our treasuries stuffed
So we can live heavy and plush but it can never be enough
It's that tragic
And it seems that we care less about our characters and even more about our tax brackets
And now our basic needs are like make believe cause we're fixated by the face of greed
But after the last breath when we're stiff as a board
When we're in the past tense and then we're shipped to the morgue
Know whatever we make here, we can't take it there
And we'll be empty handed when we go and visit the Lord

[Hook: Kinetik]

So what will they say when you close your eyes
And what will they say when your life goes by
And what will they say when your time is through
And when it's over, what will they say about you
What will they say when you close your eyes
And what will they say when your life goes by
And what will they say when your time is through
And when it's over, what will they say about you

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

Way before the u-stream and the computer screens
I was renowned as a person in pursuit of dreams
My lofty aspirations became an afterthought
I stopped reaching for the sky as if my arms were short
And it's not as if I didn't try
Cause even though my feet were on the ground, my head was in the sky
Just merely drifting, bitter and pessimistic
And looking at the world as an enemy
Then one day I took a trip to the cemetery
I felt a mixture of peace with serenity
I read a tombstone that sticks in my memory
It said this person had left with a legacy
And I was frozen, truly overcome with emotion
Cause one day I know that I'll return to the essence
So as my minutes turn into seconds, I question
Will you laugh or cry when you remember me?

[Hook]

[Outro: Ileen Mitchell]

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our separate ways; I to die and you to live. These are the words of Socrates and it demonstrates that life and death is but a meeting place. It is a place of passing on the baton from one to another. Therefore, it is of vast importance that the lessons we learn from living is safely transported into the hearts and minds of those who yet remain.

One will need to fight for what they need; but not by using man-made arsenals, but through the education of the mind and the re-positioning of our thought processes, by bringing it into line with that which was purposed for us before our birth. We are here to fulfill our full potential and not take it with us to the graveyard. In so doing, the graveyard will become richer for it and lies poorer for us not delivering that which we were sent here to do.

It is said by keen thinkers like Dr. Maya Angelou that we are standing on the shoulders of those who have gone this way before. So as we are now in a place of transition; supported by the past and reaching up to the future, continue to excel, continue to do right, continue to achieve, continue to invest in those looking up to you, because one day, they too will be standing on your shoulders.
Track Name: As Long As I Live (feat. Tone Richardson & Joanne Francis)
[Verse 1: Kinetik]

I started rapping as a kid, I was a hit in school
Fast forward I’m the object of ridicule
And some will reckon that my prospects are minuscule
Forever slow and they’re wishing that I never blow
So I try and plan for the future
Starving artist, I’m branded a loser
So I can either keep it real or eat a meal
For now I’m snacking on cans of tuna
Then I remember the days of my youth
My friends at the parties and raising the roof
I was hustling pennies just to make it to the booth
And lay a couple of verses, some would say it was worthless
Under the surface my focus and drive
Said to open my eyes and to go for the prize
Before I turn ghost in the sky
So whenever you hear this flow just know that hope is alive

[Hook: Tone Richardson]
We’re gonna make it somehow, cause you know we’re gonna make it
You know we’re gonna make it someday
We’re gonna make it somehow, cause you know we’re gonna make it
You know we’re gonna make it someday

[Verse 2: Kinetik]

Another month with another bank statement
I’m in the red with no money in my savings
Not to mention I don’t have a pension
I’m at the show getting no’s at the entrance
Am I an underachiever
I guess so when I’m looking at the funds on my Visa
And some folk will only praise you when you’re hot
Not when you’re scraping the pot and tryna make it to the top
And even though I’ve never slept round a gutter
I still feel as though I let down my mother
I could’ve been a doctor or lawyer or such
Accumulating six figures and raking in big business
But then again my focus and drive
Said to open my eyes and to go for the prize
Before I turn ghost in the sky
So whenever you hear this flow just know that hope is alive

[Hook]

[Bridge: Tone Richardson & Joanne Francis]

We're gonna make it some how
Some way, some how
We're gonna make it some how
Hey, we're gonna make it

[Outro: Tone Richardson]

Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[Oh, we're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[Hey, we're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[Oh, we're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[Hey, we're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[We're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[We're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[I feel it in my bones]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[Hey, we're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[We're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[I believe]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it
[We're gonna make it]
Gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it, gonna make it