November 1

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released November 1, 2012

Produced by Hajj Laboratory (3), Jordan Reed (2,4), Zane (1)

Written by Zi
Mixed and mastered by Pierre Clément
Artwork by Sept&Demi (axel.septetdemi@gmail.com)

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Track Name: Memories & Kodaks
Memories of past Christmases
Everything was simple then we didn't know much
Reminiscing young and innocent my soul was
But I was hyperactive and couldn't wait to grow up
And life circumstances never told me hold up
Skipping class shit my father would've whooped my ass
He had me doing more that just show up
Had a special way to show love
But you know what
I guess that's the reason why we're so tough
Zi The Warrior 'cause I was raised like a soldier
They used to say you'll understand when you get older
But shit I understood why the screaming got louder
Would've done anything I could 'cause all we needed was a few thousand
And 'til this day I still feel ashamed and wrong
For acting spoiled when the dough was too low
Had my mother ready to get a loan 'cause I was begging for some new clothes

Go back wanna go back
We grow up in a hurry then we wish to go back
We're talking 'bout the past memories and Kodaks
Believe me little man you don't wanna grow up so fast
Go back wanna go back
We grow up in a hurry then we wish to go back
We're talking 'bout the past memories and Kodaks
Believe me little man you don't wanna grow up so fast

No Play Station at the crib in the dirt we played
And when it got cold you'd be watching TV the whole fucking day
Listening to music I was in a perfect place
With all these rappers I was always trying to impersonate
Not yet a man but I had to learn to play
The mother and the father when they were working late
And when you wouldn't listen you would go to bed with no dessert but hey
Misbehave you deserve the pain
Nowadays I hear kids saying shit I would've never had the nerve to say
A young babysitter
10 years old I'm not a chef but I'm cooking dinner
Taking care of my brother and my sisters
And what a hell of a mission
Going crazy 'cause I couldn't get them to listen
Struggling to put one to bed while the other 2 are fighting in the kitchen

Go back wanna go back
We grow up in a hurry then we wish to go back
We're talking 'bout the past memories and Kodaks
Believe me little man you don't wanna grow up so fast
Go back wanna go back
We grow up in a hurry then we wish to go back
We're talking 'bout the past memories and Kodaks
Believe me little man you don't wanna grow up so fast

I used to hang out in the halls even though I can't stay
I used to play ball even though I can't play
And every year we'd learn a new walk and a new handshake
That's also when you start letting your pants hang
And I ain't talking 'bout the slang
Shit was changing everyday
Taking words from every place
From north to south east to west Africa and the States
We looked up to the drug dealers and the thugs
So we started acting stupid stealing selling stuff
Quickly had bad feelings shit just wasn't in my blood
So I tried to find another way to make a buck
To all the kids listening your elders are hard on you for a reason
So show respect to your parents and your teachers
And live your childhood to the fullest growing up ain't easy
Please believe me

Go back wanna go back
We grow up in a hurry then we wish to go back
We're talking 'bout the past memories and Kodaks
Believe me little man you don't wanna grow up so fast
Go back wanna go back
We grow up in a hurry then we wish to go back
We're talking 'bout the past memories and Kodaks
Believe me little man you don't wanna grow up so fast
Track Name: One Day
What the hell am I supposed to be
A king in my mind but I ain't shit socially
And am I wrong for trying to become what I hope to be
Feeling like the future's holding on to whatever it holds for me
A piece of my heart in every piece of poetry
I rap about the struggle and I ain't trying to quit
Until they understand what being at the bottom feels
And all the shit we gotta go through for a dollar bill
You see the system turned workers into hostages
I got tired of screaming fuck the world now I'm trying to get on top of it
'Cause I don't want my kids to wear the shoes that I wore
The closer I ever got to the top was climbing those five floors
It hurts to lose hard to choose what to live and die for
When the devil offers everything you've been praying to God for

I wanna get paid like right away
Hop on a plane and just fly away
You ain't got to worry 'cause I got you babe
I gave it all I got now it's got to pay
I wanna get paid like right away
Hop on a plane and just fly away
You ain't got to worry 'cause I got you babe
I gave it all I got now it's got to pay

I promise we can make it if we stick together
You see I've seen a bum give money to a beggar
Didn't have a camera on me and I regret it
'Cause that right here would've taught the world a lesson
To all the families torn apart over financial issues
To those we haven't heard crying for help and now we miss you
Don't let your problems get bigger than yourself 'cause it will kill you
And suicide is a point no one should ever get to
I said I promise we can make it if we stick together
You see I've seen a bum give money to a beggar
Proof that you do not need to have a lot to give
Just 'cause you feel like it no religion and no politics
Lack of compassion's what the problem is
And all that other bullshit is just a consequence
Yeah all that other bullshit is just a consequence

I wanna get paid like right away
Hop on a plane and just fly away
You ain't got to worry 'cause I got you babe
I gave it all I got now it's got to pay
I wanna get paid like right away
Hop on a plane and just fly away
You ain't got to worry 'cause I got you babe
I gave it all I got now it's got to pay

You see it's all about that one day
We keep pushing hoping that one day
We keep praying thinking that one day
We spend our whole life chasing that one day
You see it's all about that one day
We keep pushing hoping that one day
We keep praying thinking that one day
We spend our whole life chasing that one day
One day one day one day that day
When I can get paid like right away
And finally visit my mother for the holidays
One day one day one day that day
When I can get paid like right away
And finally visit my mother for the holidays

I wanna get paid like right away
Hop on a plane and just fly away
You ain't got to worry 'cause I got you babe
I gave it all I got now it's got to pay
I wanna get paid like right away
Hop on a plane and just fly away
You ain't got to worry 'cause I got you babe
gave it all I got now it's got to pay
Track Name: Fall In Love
First time I met you my first thought was wow
A beautiful woman with class shining through the crowd
If I could make her my own shit I would be so proud
Tried to seize every chance I got to make her smile
See Cupid came my way I wasn't quick enough to pull my gun out
Now the feeling's banging on my heart like I want out
See I've been thinking 'bout this for a month now
I think it's time for me to say it I just don't know how
Express my feelings girl I wasn't raised that way
Plus I think that it's the first time I even feel that way
See if life is a trip I never thought I'd hop on this train
But I can picture this so clearly all I'm missing is the frame
Matter fact it's ironic 'cause they say the feeling makes you blind
My heart pounds every time I hear your name maybe one day I'll give you mine
Baby do you have what I have in mind

It all started with a kiss and then of 'course it got wild
See even to my homies this something I can't no longer lie 'bout
Plus we've been knowing each other for some time now
Don't know where this will take us but I'm willing and ready to find out
Got everybody telling you you're bad and you know it too
But I'm not them so at first I acted cold with you
Like baby you're fine but I don't even care
Plus I'm not a player so I wouldn't even dare
But deep inside I'm loving everything about you from your spirit to the sexy clothes you wear
So eventually we got closer not thinking that my heart would take it there
See really I don't even think of this as a commitment
'Cause she may be the mother of my kids I can't miss this
Could be the hardest thing I'd have to live with
So believe me baby if I told you I love you I meant it
Track Name: Deep Waters
Reality's a hard thing to cope with
And it gets critical when you get tired of hoping
Your life sucks but you swore to never give up
You're picturing your future hoping that there's better to come
But sometimes reality just catches you up
And this is when you catch yourself pouring death in a cup
You go from drowning your worries to drowning in your worries
Start to wake up late although you go to bed early
You could've been a doctor a teacher an attorney
Now you're not even sure if you'll ever make it to thirty
Used to have a dollar and a dream
You just killed that dream with a dollar
Couldn't find no open door so you've opened a bottle
And though it ain't funny it's ironic
How trying to get away got you hitting rock bottom
Can't say that was a smart move
Hoping for a bright future drunk in a dark room

Some people drink to forget you drink to have something to remember
You're 'bout to hit the club it's the 31st of December
Kiss your daughter good night thank God you found a baby sitter
Meet up with a few friends and hit the liquor store
So once you get there you're just ready to get down on the floor
Music banging plus you know the DJ 'cause you've been there before
And all night you'll be drinking some more
And some more and some more
'Cause it ain't fun if you don't get drunk
You're acting so dumb but it's so much fun
Celebrating life and the fact that you're still young
Imagine all the crazy things that you wouldn't have done
But now it's time to leave the party 'cause it's like quarter to six
You're drunk but confidant that you can make it to the crib
Your eyelids are getting heavy and you try to resist
Close your eyes for a second now you're driving off the bridge

You're at this party fine women everywhere it's like a movie
You're feeling fresh mood is set the DJ's playing Juicy
You spot one and walk up to her staring at the booty
To go home with that cutie's like a duty
Exchange a few words and buy the chick a drink and shit
2 hours later she's the chick you're leaving with
Half hour later she's the chick you're sleeping with
And last time you heard from her told you she was pregnant and she's keeping it
'Cause when you stopped to get that bottle you forgot the condoms
You thought it wouldn't've been a problem 'til you find out you're a father
And now you're thinking if she wants to keep it well be it but you
Never wanted that kid
So you ignore the situation acting like your daughter doesn't exist
But seven years later someone shows up at the door to your crib
Telling you her mother just died after driving off a bridge
See you were picturing your future hoping that there's better to come
But sometimes reality just catches you up
And this is when you catch yourself pouring death in a cup
Yeah pouring death in a cup
Yeah pouring death in a cup