I wrote this song on my first plane trip to New York City after September 11. Though it was a few years after 2001, the emotion was raw as though the disastrous events just happened. I reflected on that day and how race, color, class, and political affiliations didn’t matter. We were all Americans. I was (and still am) proud of the service women and men who are fighting and dying for the U.S.
Those events put us in check that life as we knew it would never be the same. This sense of security we had as a country was to be gone forever. The attacks were a reminder that you don’t know when the last time might be that you’ll step out of your house and not return. I was compelled to create a song to motivate myself and others to start doing something with your life and live each day like your last.
This song was originally going to be on the Below Tha Surface album with C-Rel. His spoken word at the end added a nice element to the message of the song. The beat was created by Vision, who presented me with several rock-inspired beats after watching 28 Days Later. I loved this beat the best. After hearing it, I got with a local musician to play live guitar on the song. It came out amazing!
As the smoke clears from the Twin Towers, we’re waking up to Red Dawn final hours
With these cowards.
Got trouble in the U.S. , trouble in Iraq,
More hostages taken, and more heads decapped.
Now we’re too deep in the moat just to turn back now,
How am I supposed to start off my day with a smile?
My heart goes to the soldiers in the zone,
Make us proud to be American and keep your faith strong.
Everyday I can’t imagine how it is,
Laying down your life for the future of our kids.
That’s what real is, and that’s some real inspiration,
Got me thinking about myself and how to be a better person.
Now I’m reaching out my hand when I normally wouldn’t,
Telling myself I can when I normally couldn’t.
‘Cause ain’t no way that I’ll ever let my freedom get stripped,
So today I’m stepping out the house like this is it.
Kiss my kid in case I don’t see him again,
Hug him tight, let him know what a dad’s love is.
My heart is on my fam, my mind is on the cash, living everyday like it’s my very last.
I’m looking to the future, not living in the past, living everyday like it’s my very last.
My hand is on the wheel, my foot is on the gas, living everyday like it’s my very last.
I can’t slow down, I’m moving too fast, living everyday like it’s my very last.
Waking up in the morning, stretching, yawning,
Would like to stay in bed, but the day is calling.
Man, what I gotta do to make ends meet,
Get up off the couch and get on my feet.
About to do something for real, soon you will see,
The vision like the cat that laid down this beat.
This goes out to everybody who knows how it feels,
Not to make enough money to cover your bills.
In a tight squeeze in a rut or just bad luck,
Coming home from work dirty with your shirt untucked.
Don’t get stuck with less when there’s so much more,
Yeah, I’m registered to vote, but never done it before.
And that’s the first thing I gotta change, how can I talk,
About doing something big if my walk is soft?
I’m stomping on the ground trying to leave deep prints,
Looking at God’s plan like this all make sense.
Being controlled by fear, having all believing the end is here.
So be it if it’s the time, for I have the holy grail and the key to King Solomon’s mine.
With the treasure box unlocked and the secret now revealed.
Blue or Red pill is the choice, looking for a voice of reason in these days of Revelation.
At this substation called Earth on the way to our final destination.
Get past the external and look below tha surface.
For what is seen is only temporary, for what is unseen is eternal.
- Hip Hop