So You Really Know

by Masai

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ABOUT:
Over the past several months I've received questions from individuals on topics ranging from music, to activism, to family issues; as well as asking for opinions, soliciting advice, and inquiring about my own personal wellbeing. I've provided answers when time has permitted, but also started keeping track so I could address some of the questions lyrically. "So You Really Know" is my long winded response to many of those inquiries, mixed in with some sentimental ramblings for good measure.

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LYRICS:
I know it's been a minute since I said something//
I promise everybody I been busy though//
I'd rather write songs in my free time//
Lay the vocals down and focus on the video//
But lately I been called to another purpose//
You probably seen me running round the city so//
I figured I would take this opportunity to answer all the questions coming at me so y'all really know//
I'm still an emcee to my last breath//
and I'm still stuck living in the paste tense//
and yeah I still lash out when I should tap out cuz I need a helping hand but I'm too stressed//
I stopped feeling pain when they throw slurs//
But I ain't heal yet from all the old words//
Guess It's hard let it go, when you travel down the road with the [...] weight of the world on your shoulders//
And I'm still a big nigga over two fifty//
And yeah I still say nigga when the mood hit me//
Far from perfect but it's still a lotta truth in me//
But nowadays honesty ain't what it used to be, nah//
9 to 5 at the Office of Mental//
It make me think of all the geniuses wasting potential//
The blackmail of a Black male steady trynna break out of his bonds but they pay for the vision and dental//
And though I made it to a place of privilege, know I'm still the little kid on them conjugal visits//
In the sandbox question my father's existence like, "He don't want us mamma why ain't you even resisting?"//
And when she moved on we moved on but some times you can't do right when shit is too wrong, so what I'm gonna do son//
10 years old and nobody got the a solution//
That's partly why I hate on them dudes with the blue suits on//
Cuz who saving the families that we forgot?//
People crying for help and we only sending them cops, damn//
I get distracted I know I'm saying a lot but i just wanna clear the air with the precious time that I got, fam//
And that reminds me [...]
I ain't seen my brother in 4 years I hope to see him finally//
Or better yet I hope to find a way to take the animosity from that night and put it all behind me//
If we could back in time we [...] would probably do the same thangs all over again//
But I'd still try change how long it woulda been//
'Fore we could pick up the phone and get to making amends, cuz//
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hurt from it//
Had to walk away before the shit got worse for me//
As we got closer to another anniversary//
I hope it ain't too late when it occurs to me...//
That It really aint no such thing as second chances//
only learning from mistakes till we get the answers//
We pleading with the clock though it still advances//
So maybe we should try to understand this//
And I’m still sentimental if you couldn’t tell//
Dropping change in the world like a wishing well//
I even found the right girl but I don't kiss tell//
But know that she was on time like the dinner bell [...]//
[...] and this go out to all my brothers in a prison cell//
And all my sisters that be going through a living hell//
And everybody in-between I aint forget about you//
Nor the reason that it bothers me//
I feel guilty that I made it out of poverty//
Survived a lot of abuse along the odyssey//
But honestly I feel I owe everyone an apology//
So call my motives into question//
I'll end the speculation along with the second guessing//
I know I'm being selfish they say I serve as a blessing//
But really I'm trying wrestle my demons from adolescence homie//
But still they say I want the praise//
Imagine what they'd say if the curtain was ever raised//
And the things I do behind it should come to the light of day//
It's just the tip of the iceberg really with Dontay//
But still waters run deep//
So they can skip stones right up against me//
And shatter glass houses until they wrist weak//
I understand the skepticism I've studied the history//
But that don't change where I'm coming from//
I let burn through my veins like the summer sun//
I'm only trynna make a difference for my run is done//
So it's no questioning the fact that I'm my mother's son//
And I don't care if they ain't here for it//
I can't wait til I don't bother to explain things//
I never claimed to know the path to certain victory//
I barely have the pateince for the people on the same team//
But I'mma play my position until I fall//
I figure that my pen would be mightier than the sword//
But now I see it's taking a combination of all and that really it's only worth it if everybody's involved//
So consider this an open invitation//
Or better yet a closed conversation//
I always thought I was inspiring the masses but now I think I do it for my own motivation//
I'm long winded but glad to be checking in//
I appreciate those who been asking me how I been//
Almost came full circle we creeping around that bend//
So it's fitting that I end it in the way that I begin//
I know it's been a minute since I said something//
I promise everybody I been busy though//
I'd rather write songs in my free time//
Lay the vocals down and focus on the video//
But lately I been called to another purpose//
You probably seen me running round the city so//
I figured I would take this opportunity to answer all the questions coming at me so you really know//

credits

released August 8, 2016
Written and arranged by Masai. Song is a reinterpretation of "7 Years" by Lukas Graham. Produced by Future Animals & Pilo. Mixed by JSTBCZ Entertainment.

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Masai is an MC and writer from Upstate New York.

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