Before you die, I hope you'll receive some sort of confirmation that you have done at least one worthwhile thing in your life. You'll do more than one thing, but won't always know it. It's important to know it at least once.
Yeah... Had to get back on the mic one more time... one more time.
Can't waste a moment thinking we can go back
to the Way Things Were.
You know better than that.
We've changed things.
Close up your mouth to lies about what the youth will do.
Most of us would not survive what they get used to.
The ghosts of successful lives now catch a boot to chew.
Those of us about to die, we salute to you.
We kinda dropped the ball and ran, left the pooch screwed;
prophets turned playa, traded truth for Gucci Shoes.
Ever since, I've been in a bit of a Fugee mood.
It was killing me softly.
I'm better now... scuse me, dude.
Ask like "What's up, Fatlip?" and I'm like "Cool it, you."
And incidentally, yes; you are fucking stupid too;
still looking for sponsors under Vodka, Hats, and Boots? it's used.
Early birds have locked it up; you can rap for booze and food.
I offer neither explanation nor excuse; I choose to
start again and again and again and again and again and refuse to lose.
Got nothing to lose as usual; I'm broke, abused, and bruised.
Yeah, I got something to prove
but you ain't the dude
I need to prove it to.
I don't even watch the news. You know what that will do to you?
That ain't a way to get facts, and I should know;
I used to use a few.
Oh good. You're smiling now. I'm happy to have amused you.
You'd think this was despair, but something else has proven true...
Do we live this filthy life til we drop? - Yes we do.
Do you slap a punk who's tryin'a bite what you got? - Yes we do.
Do you believe this is unlikely to stop? - Yes we do.
So do we take this one more time, from the top? - Yes we do.
Do we drop some cool shit like it's hot? - Yes we do.
and when I say "Hip," are you still tryin'a say "Hop"? - Yes we do.
Yes you will.
from Bat Country,
released April 14, 2015
written, arranged by Duke Ellis
performed, produced by Duke Buzzy
vocals recorded by William "Prolific" Rideout at The Chelsea Room, Toronto
mixed, mastered by Duke at Krow Magma Studio, Toronto