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Time In Between Thoughts

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Parasailing I ain't never ever ever since the beginnin of ever/ Never ever ever felt this good befo’/ Man this California weather nothin better for me/ Got me writin strawberry letters like I’m Shuggie O/ I was hibernatin for a minute in the mitten then I had to come up out the dungeon like the Goodie Mo/ You thought I wasn't when I was finna pop up on ya like the Fountains of Bellagio you shoulda known/better It feels good to escape the cold weather/ I can feel it down in my bone marrow/ The hawk was in the air like Dominique/ So I gotta flee take flight with drone propellers/ My home is everywhere, visit my turf/ Ask me what set I'm claimin, nigga the earth/ Footprints in the dirt, wings in the sky I'm floatin Ascension/ Over petty beefin and over divisions/ Anybody can have the juice like A-Rod then stray shots/ Can take you out the game like a coaches decision/ Never wrote this I lived it, God as my witness, prayer emoji/ This ain't a booth it's a stairway to holy/ See these rappers be rhymin words for the sake of rhymin words/ I'm givin you all some medicine to take when life occurs/ I do this for the sick, the shut in & the ailin/ I just be glidin on the mic it's like I'm parasailin Parasailin I don't really care what these niggas gotta say get these niggas out the way/ Cus God blessed this child it's a Billie holiday/ Don't compare me to them I was rappin before they touched a mic/ They darts ain't sharp enough they throwin them butter knifes/ Underhanded, they understand but they don't get it/ So when somethin happens, here comes the panicI'm just trying to make/ History, make millions and make my lady happy/ If I can do one or two of those I've upgraded vastly/ If ya ask me, so what's your happy place?/ Is it attainable? Something you can grab or taste?/ Where you headed? Don't let em decapitate/ Get to your goals by any means, gravitate.../ (Damn, I gotta think about what I just said myself) Get to your goals by any means, gravitate/ We all pass away, so no excuses/ God gave me a gift so I'ma use it/ Styles upon styles upon styles it what I have/ Rest in peace Phife dawg still travelin on that path/ We all travelin, no matter how you get there/ By land sea or the sky, parasailin mid air Parasailin Parasailin through, time
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The Aforementioned I make the anthem for the free thinkers The believers and people tryina achieve freedom Reach deeper, we gon make it to the kingdom I promise (I promise you that!) You know I got my crown on erryday/ Wear it like a wedding ring send you on your marry way Frere “J” Dormez Vous ok they’re awake (Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up) Bells ringin yo shit is finished like Helsinki Catching L’s frequent the Lions the last 12 seasons When hell freezes I'll call it quits until then The beat goes on drummers drummin on the 12th evening Long days, long nights my thoughts fight All day car rides to palm mics Hard floors slept on save loot Bar tours, slept on, they snooze They lose , home run, Babe Ruth Brave dude, home run, I'm Hank too I go left, left field, I'm out there Protest, let’s kneel, this our prayer Our Father, Our Father, Who Art in Heaven Bless me to do this art, this art forever/ Our Father, Our Father, Our Father Please bless me to go farther, we just startin And you know me as the aforementioned Tryina restore order in this rap orphanage Tormented, wicked game with sore winners I'm just tryina stay true to my core image Whatever that is it's all about better balance And trying ya best to be prepared when the weather happens When it rains it snows And sun drops sprinkle when the wind sways and blows I feel sorry for whoever can't change & grow I used to think that I would always stay the same get old Then I changed up my aim with the arrows and bows They never change like cartoon character clothes Evolution, they say we need a evolution I stay active to survive and y'all barely movin When some sharks stop swimmin they might stop breathin That's why I keep goin at it that's the top reason Our Father, Our Father, Who Art in Heaven Bless me to do this art, this art forever/ Our Father, Our Father, Our Father Please bless me to go farther, we just startin
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Sob Story Song My brothers don't know each other, we barely know our sister We don't even got no family pictures We try to love each other from a distance, but it's hard to think something’s missin Without typical sibling experiences from the beginning But tell me this though, what is typical? Momma raised me and my brother like a African ritual Like Rafiki raised Simba in the openin scene Like Kunta raised up Kizzy both hands holdin his queen To the sky, my family ain’t the photoshop stock image But we got the job finished when we clocked in and out Momma ran the show like coach Popovich Big brother was Tim Duncan with my pops dippin out I guess that makes me young Kawhi then The nice kid deadly but silent No commercial endorsements but I'm worth your endorsement Tryina carry the load, like I'm workin a forklift You see the vision This ain’t a sob story song This ain’t a sob story song This ain’t a sob story song Just tellin you what’s goin on My best friends used to pick on me because my skin is dark Said you could only see my eyes teeth when I was in the dark They called me African, like that was a bad thing How was that considered an insult? I'm just askin The crazy thing is, the crazy thing is The same shit is goin on today with these kids I said the crazy thing is, the crazy thing is, The same shit is goin on today with these kids I see it This ain’t a sob story song Naw this ain’t a sob story song This ain’t a sob story song Naw just tellin you what’s goin on Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears Love me now cus we still here Please don’t cry for me Please don’t cry for me When TBT on Instagram come up I can't even post no pictures of my family up I don't even think my family owned a camera But I know the one thing that we had was love Black love, tough love, one love When you love someone it's hard to unlove The word love, what does it mean? To different people it means different things Some people got a funny way of showing love Sometimes I think my people don't show enough Then I remember we only show what's been shown to us Slavery, Jim Crowin us and the war on drugs So when I work with these young folk I try to show em something else Even though it probably ain't enough to help It's like a drop in a bucket a bucket in the Pacific I try to toss em a nugget I'm lucky if someone gets it Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears Love me now cause we still here Please don’t cry for me Please don’t cry for me Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears Love me now cause we still here Please don’t cry for me Please don’t cry for me Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears Love me now cause we still here Please don’t cry for me Please don’t cry for me
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Koool-Aid When I was little momma always made Kool-Aid She went heavy on the sugar it was too great I could do the red, or I could do grape She throw some lemons in it hip hip hooray But nowadays, Kool-Aid ain't a part of my diet Shit juice is bad enough but when I'm shoppin I buy it Can't even trust the water, can you tell me what's in it? I'm only a couple minutes around the way from where Flint is They putting us in the clinics, sending us to the dentist Or maybe I'm out my mind just a conspiracy theorist All of it’s smoke and mirrors, just my imagination Gimme one more prescription and gimme that vaccination Who you worshippin? Who you purchasin? Once the curtain lifts, the verdicts in Feel the Bern it's lit, the Hillary dab But who gon stop the police from killing my ass? Another unarmed black man buried today Red, white and blue the Amerikoolaid/ Another unarmed black man buried today Red, white and blue that Amerikoolaid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid She drop a selfie every now and then like rappers drop mixtapes To let em know she still got it, she still poppin Everybody and they mom and daddy wanna bang Drum solo like Phil Collins until the cops come Knockin, she still got em, options But the topic is not about her bod pics Just because she post a couple pictures on the gram Doesn't mean she searchin for attention from man And even if she was, who gives a damn? Why you gotta comment like ya name was Jim Nantz or Jeff Van Gundy, why people so ugly? You need to keep it pushin go learn somethin on Buzzfeed Who told you we care about what you think about This woman's picture and if she got some cleavage peakin out? (SHUT UP) Some of y'all be talkin so reckless You musta been sippin that Kool-Aid since breakfast Step away from desktop, put the mouse down Go for a walk, get up outta the house now You can change homie, it ain't too late But put the cup down first and Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Don’t drink the Kool-Aid
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Defamation of Character Stones and sticks we known to shift the culture Golden Ticket the flow is Willy Wonka OCD Obsessive Compulsive I, flow too clean the test diagnosis They suggest a higher dosage But drugs can’t cure me I admitted to my sickness Before the judge and the jury Mad Man on my Don Draper But I’m still a class act Megatron 8-1 Lebanon Beirut, civil war in my mental core Fighting against myself I look in the mirror torn They said I was a bright child brain LED Now they tryina put my lights out and leave a shell of me I hung around the right crowd no gang felonies Still Amerikkka’s Most Wanted O’Shea LP Aww they tryina claim I’m a criminal That’s defamation of character Straight to my face or subliminal That’s defamation of character My personality it might just split I’m in between a rock a righteousness My personality it might just split I’m in between a rock a righteousness This is yo brain on cocaine songs But my niggas please hang on just hang on I’m in the kitchen like Raekwon chef apron Over the stove with the flame on Wolfgang sauce Champion sound your ambient style Way too many flows I’ma start handin em down Goodwill, Till Emmett gets real justice I’m still bustin through bicuspids to feel somethin People shoot to kill huntin, automatic weapons like smartphones In every household like Big Pharm Cos Drug industry, gun industry hey It’s all the same they love killin me they call it free publicity I can see why some people flip out Now you see why wanna dip out, we manic Panic leads frenzy, and in return the frenzy leads to panic I might move to Canada if not I might just leave the planet Aww they tryina claim I’m a criminal That’s defamation of character Straight to my face or subliminal That’s defamation of character My personality it might just split I’m in between a rock a righteousness My personality it might just split I’m in between a rock a righteousness
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Demons He ain’t wanna face those demons He ain’t wanna face those demons She ain't wanna face those demons She ain't wanna face those demons She ain’t wanna face those demons But that's the only way you can erase those demons A baby on the way Can chase ya dreams away Ya faith can run astray You can't make them wanna stay Lookin past the blessin It’s right there in ya face It's hard to learn a lesson When ya past still effects the present day He ain't wanna face those demons He ain't wanna face those demons He ain't wanna face those demons But that's the only way you can erase those demons She ain't wanna face those demons She ain't wanna face those demons She ain’t wanna face those demons But that's the only way you can erase those demons Focus on the truth Focus on you You can't escape the haters Cus they swarm like locusts on a fruit No I ain't no doctor No I ain't no saint Yea I got some problems And some demons in my way Highs, lows Times when I fight with both Cons, pros Nights when the light don't glow I, still manage, I'm still standin Like the Silverdome even though it's abandoned Can't lie to myself and think I ain't damaged I'm open minded I might need my head examined No know where I'm goin Only took whole bunch of Slow motion roller coaster rides around the sun solar I was frozen the moment like a cold hearted snow queen Stole my soul left me wide open like a blown coverage Hole in my colon, I was broken, at my lowest Like the Gulf of Mexico was just, posted on my shoulders Just know, I represented from the Go’ like the Molemen The Last Dragon glowing like Shonuff's opponent I guess I gotta face those demons I guess I gotta face those demons He ain't wanna face those demons Cause that's the only way I can erase those demons I guess I gotta face those demons I guess I gotta face those demons I guess I gotta face those demons Cause that's the only way I can erase those demons No fear, no more No fear, no more No fear, no more No fear, no more No fear, no more
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Lucid Love me The same way, that I love you? I know, That seems, so uncool But don't take it personal I bet she bust it open for me if I ask her to And I bet it's so juicy like a passion fruit I say thank you, I show gratitude Shoot a movie for me she the whole cast and crew But then I woke up From a dream I was havin Reminiscent of that early B.I.G. life status juicy It was lucid it seemed like it happened I was off the Pinot Grigio and quinoa salad, aye I'm tryina eat better, and sleep better, She dream of me and get her bed sheets wet up But it's all just fantasy, league She ain't really on my team it's just virtual reality Why don't you, Love me, The same way, that I love you? I know, That seems, So uncool But don't take it personal
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Messages Sometimes words get in the way Like semis merging in ya lane Skrrtin, hydroplanin, swervin in the rain I’m askin what’s my purpose anyway? Communication what’s goin on? What topic is trending? Avoiding the voice in my head like the cops in the trenches I’m sick as hospital visits without doctor prescriptions I need to find realignment like a chakra was missing Hello hello hello Hello hello hello iMessages, you messages Green messages, blue messages Old messages, new messages Mixed messages, 2 messages Direct Messages, hidden messages Verbal messages, written messages Delete the messages, keep the messages Mixed messages, a few messages I be on this phone too much Headaches and my eyes be hurtin, carpal tunnel Arthritis, plus my back be hurtin Why am I so attached? Awkward silence Ain't shit on this phone but I can't leave it alone I flip from app to app, back to back Refresh, refresh, mentally I need a Reset, recess, I need to reassess Get my priorities in order It’s scary borderline Rick and Morty with the horror First thing in the morning reaching for it The last thing that I see at night is that screen and light I wonder how many beautiful thoughts I done lost Time that, coulda been spent, lookin within or pushin a pen But who am I kiddin, I’m writin in my phone now I ain’t gon never put this phone down Hello hello hello Hello hello hello It’s the way I stay connected to you I’m dyin to get this message through It’s the way, I stay, connected to you I’m dyin just to, get through! iMessages, you messages Green messages, blue messages Old messages, new messages Mixed messages, 2 messages Direct Messages, hidden messages Verbal messages, written messages Delete the messages, keep the messages Mixed messages, a few messages AAAHHH! Somebody take this from me Somebody break it How come whenever I’m without I feel naked? Hello hello hello I be on this phone too much
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Trying To Get That Yea yea yea Yea yea yea Get it how you live Get it how you live Get it how you live Yea yea yea Get it how you live Get it how you live Get it how you live Yea yea yea Bottled up emotions, free em At the bottom of the ocean, freedom Tears get washed up So how we supposed to notice weepin? I guess I can’t blame you For being so hateful Weighed so heavy on me I had to hit the weight room Season after season I been bleedin Like the hands and feet of Jesus Leaking like a hemo-phili-ac Trying to get that Trying to get that Trying to get that Trying to forget that shame Trying to forget her pain I’m trying to forget mines too I feel it every time I move Like a gunshot wound when it rains Runnin through my mind like a bad D-line It’s somethin bout her eyes that attracts me It’s like the sun don’t shine when she’s absent I’m blind And a part of me dies yea it’s that deep, it’s like I got her Tattooed on my like I’m Guy Pierce in Momento I never meant to make you cry tears in your pillow The hard times rough feelin Brillo Scrub the dirt, the love, the hurt, it’s all sentimental Value like heirlooms And if I’m not ok I’ma be there soon Way too many details to spare you I share some and hope I grow like a flower that’s outta season rare bloom Yea yea yea Yea yea yea Get it how you live Get it how you live Get it how you live Bottled up emotions, free em At the bottom of the ocean, freedom Tears get washed up So how we supposed to notice weepin? I guess I can’t blame you For being so hateful Weighed so heavy on me I had to hit the weight room Season after season I been Bleedin like the hands and feet of Jesus leakin like a hemophiliac Trying to get that Trying to get that Trying to get that Love, Money, Sex, Drug, House, Car Trying to get that Freedom, Job, Wealth, Chain, Brain, Knowledge Trying to get that Love, Money, Sex, Drug, House, Car I been on the grind Just tryina get it right Niggas out here flippin sides Like I shut the blinds Shuttin off yo shine Now I’m wantin mine No more eatin off of me No more dinnertime
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Neutron Star So this is how it feels to be a falling star A falling star A falling star A falling star Well I’ma fall forever And never land Let’s enjoy this ride forever Forever and, what's longer than forever? What's longer than forever? What's stronger than together? We all a part of this together Singin in harmony together We East 99 Eternal Smokers gon ‘head and burn one Yogis gon head and om I ain't really either but I know 'em And one thing I know, we can't do this shit on our own Even when you grown Hey I may not ever be a star one day But I’m gon shine anyway I’m gon shine everyday I’m gon shine in ya face, shine in ya face I still shine on, still shine on I still shine on, still shine on I still shine on, still shine on I still shine on, still shine on See way back when I was a neutron star I always dreamed I would be super large Momma used to tell me that I was a superstar I knew I had king blood runnin through my arms Way before Kendrick, way before Cole I rocked that crown on my album, all gold Homies used to tell me that I shoulda went gold Shoulda went platinum, all around the globe Guess I’ma shoulda been I just never found the door to get my foot up in Always felt like I was on the outside lookin in When the teachers taught the lesson in success I guess I musta skipped with Ferris Bueller playin hookie then Ever since my rookie year they said I was the next one I double excel no freshman I guess it wasn’t in the cards like a birthday with no money I'll settle for that slow money Hey I may not ever be a star one day But I’m gon shine anyway I’m gon shine everyday I’m gon shine in ya face, shine in ya face I still shine on, still shine on I still shine on, still shine on I still shine on, still shine on I still shine on, still shine on We live, baby Tonight I shine like a thousand emcees We live, baby Shine so bright like a thousand emcees We live, baby Tonight I shine like a thousand emcees We live, baby Shine so bright like a thousand emcees
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Time In Between Thoughts Time in between thoughts I’ma married ass man, still tryina carry rap plans Still got the pen and pad in my hand Time in between thoughts, is the time I cherish most That’s when I’m fully present in the moment my awareness grows That’s where the magic happens 24 karat flow Flow, current, river, stream live on yo periscope Time in between thoughts, is the time I cherish most That’s when I’m fully present in the moment my awareness grows That’s where the magic happens 24 karat flow Flow, current, river, stream live on yo periscope Millisecond, half a second, nanosecond (tick tock) Be still & present no past or present forecast the weather (NO NO) We only got right now But it’s gon last forever Let’s hope this moment feels like the greatest orgasm ever (WHOA WHOA) I mighta dozed off but Im still awake Thoughts running through my mind all night occupying that real estate Searching for answers the Zillow way Questions bout my own mental state And they open-ended like a pillowcase Who knows (I don’t know I don’t know) I’m sharing inside stuff yea Willow Bay Trick or the treat Pick up the pieces I feel Like a pit on a leash Flick off the fleas Of course I would much rather Die on my feet Than live on my knees Bliss, what is the meanin Yea what is the meanin of bliss? The question is Does it even exist? Who are you in between thoughts? Are you happy with yourself or do you seem lost? Who are you in between thoughts? Are you happy with yourself or do you seem off? It’s those moments similar to meditation No agenda just you and them breaths you takin They say it takes you much higher than medication They say, they say, they say, yea they say They say alotta things, it all depends on which they you’re followin Some are the opps to me, some mean a lot to me some wanna boost the economy Some say change your mind Some say that the mind changes naturally over time Who are you in between thoughts? Are you happy with yourself or do you seem lost? Who are you in between thoughts? Are you happy with yourself or do you seem off? Time will tell, time will tell, time will tell Time will tell, time will tell, time will tell What you thinkin ‘bout? What you ‘bout to do? Can you overpower somethin more powerful than you? Do you think it’s hopeless and you don’t got the tools? Are you followin the path that God got for you?
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about

We’re always looking forward to the next thing. We look towards the next show, the next shoe, the next time with that woman or man, the next paycheck. What about the time in between those things? How do we feel during that time? About life? About ourselves? Believe it or not, there’s more time in between those events than actually experiencing those events. Time In Between Thoughts is Jamall Bufford’s attempt to capture those moments and hold on to them. On his 6th studio album as a solo emcee, Bufford tapped into what brought him piece of mind. It turns out it’s the moments when he isn’t bombarding his brain with a trail of thoughts on top of thoughts.

If that movie or that new car doesn’t bring you the joy you thought it would, or maybe the joy doesn’t last as long as you thought it would, it might be more beneficial for us to value those small moments of thoughtlessness and symbolic silence whenever they happen to come around. We’re always thinking about bills we have to pay, the health of our family members, the government, and all things heavy in the world. Time In Between Thoughts is that split second of weightlessness. It may not last long, but we can try our best to recreate it throughout our day, on a daily basis.

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released August 24, 2018

01 Cloudless Sky [prod Magestik Legend]
02 Parasailing [prod 14KT]
03 The Aforementioned [prod Ian Petrarca]
04 Sob Story Song [prod Schematic]
05 Koool-Aid [prod Slot-A]
06 Defamation of Character [prod Monsuun.]
07 Demons [prod 14KT]
08 Lucid [prod Unjust]
09 Messages [prod Slot-A]
10 20 Racks feat Pep Love & T. Calmese [prod 14KT]
11 Trying To Get That [prod Magestik Legend]
12 Neutron Star [prod Slot-A]
13 Time In Between Thoughts [prod Simon SMTHNG]


All tracks mixed by Magestik Legend except the beat for “The Aforementioned” which was mixed by Ian Petrarca and the beats for “Parasailing”, “Demons” & “20 Racks” which were mixed by 14KT.
“The Aforementioned” interlude produced by Kensaye, pitched down
vocals by The Black Opera.
"Messages" outro interlude produced by CrisFantom.
"Neutron Star" outro interlude produced by Magestik Legend, vocals and keys by Asante.
All Tracks sequenced by Magestik Legend & Jamall Bufford at The Legend Lab studio.
All tracks mastered by Magestik Legend.
Album Recorded in Michigan and California.
Executive Produced by The Black Opera.

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