Last of the Brave

by ScholarMan

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We live in a time where most follow trends instead of setting their own; this album is for those brave enough to stand alone. This project is dedicated to those willing to sacrifice fitting in or blending in; instead they stand out by keeping firm within their beliefs. Whether artistic, spiritual, cultural or moral views - this album is a soundtrack to those willing to go the distance to reach new levels of respect while staying true to their passions.

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released February 11, 2014

Produced by ScholarMan & Lagbara Beats.

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ScholarMan is a Maryland based hip-hop artist and producer known for socially conscious and soulful music.

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Track Name: Break Down, Build Up
Verse 1

When the weather gets cold
Feel the chills in your bones
With thoughts you can’t control
Quite consumed
Insight in tune
Ignite the room
With light like high noon
Whirlwinds and typhoons
Controls where minds move
Never walk in my shoes
Judgmental and blind dudes
A peak into my life
Where these beats ease the strife
tryna, plant my stake in the game
From peas and rice
Taking elderly advice
From folks twice my age
Claim they know it all
But still youngins in the game
From their frame and their make up
Honesty, will they face up?
Build my place up
This here is just a taste of
Where sky meets the earth
Every line in the verse
Idle minds think worse
Wondering what came first
The science of a man
Maneuver with a plan
Trying to understand
Complexities at hand

Chorus

Break down, build up
Focus to get the skill up
Heel up, wheel up
Anything to build the mind
Improve its design
By calculating the formula
How many strong enough?
The game, not a foreigner
Well versed
Too many trying to be first
A show without rehearse
Lights out, so call a nurse
Put ‘em in the ER
These dudes know who we are
Hate to acknowledge the talent
So fuck it, we are

Verse 2

Hold up
Slow down before you crash
Or end up with whiplash
You moving a bit fast
Pump brakes
Most of these punks hate
Delivering big plays
Coming off the pump fake
Relax, a calm state
Building a peace of mind
We gotta wake up
How the blind gone lead the blind?
Lack of direction
Climb
Strive perfection
Addressing any issues
Comments or questions
An open forum
The realness before ‘em
New avenues explore ‘em
Not following decorum
Haters we ignore ‘em
Keep our eyes on the goal
Trying to get inspired in a game
That lacks soul
Build a trifold
Whatever the sky holds
Not a bunch of talk
Maneuver with mouth close
Yeah
Because the struggle is real
Trying to reach and press forward
Regardless of how you feel

Chorus

Break down, build up
Focus to get the skill up
Heel up, wheel up
Anything to build the mind
Improve its design
By calculating the formula
How many strong enough?
The game, not a foreigner
Well versed
Too many trying to be first
A show without rehearse
Lights out, so call a nurse
Put ‘em in the ER
These dudes know who we are
Hate to acknowledge the talent
So fuck it, we are

Break down, build up
Focus to get the skill up
Heel up, wheel up
Anything to build the mind
Improve its design
By calculating the formula
How many strong enough?
The game, not a foreigner

Audio clip

Since when is truth unacceptable?
Since when is dissent unpatriotic?
I mean, I thought I lived in the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
Track Name: Waves
Verse 1

Parallel perspective
Political objective
The mission directives
Change the perceptions
Look into reflections
The lines in the message
So intrepid
Guess it
No one contest it
Expose media
Gravitate
I’m a meteor
Pound for pound
Meatier
The truth
No Wikipedia
For your eyes only
Spit lines for the homes
Comrades
My cronies
Small circle that know me
Share with a chosen few
Focus what I’m supposed to do
Too many comfortable
Tear them out the fucking frame
The last of the brave
Break free of the chains
Fight for better days
In the midst of the pains
The beast they can’t tame
Get close, your team maimed
Discover the truth
And the proof
The game changed
They doing the same thing
Results of the same patterns
Can’t handle different things coming at ‘em

Chorus

Holding on to memories
Building off abilities
No matter what facility
Maneuver with agility
It’s written in the plans
Supply and demand
The task at hand
No matter what withstand
Weathering storms
Against the grains and the norms
Through the music reborn
Ride the wave till its calm (x3)

Verse 2

Spit the curriculum
Perfectionist
Particular
Lyrics moving vehicular
Mysteries of the trivia
Finding clues
Without the evening news
Evidence we peruse
Walk the path in our shoes
Passionate dudes
Always will focus on the come-up
From sun-down to sun-up
We hoping our numbers run up
I’ve saved and I lost
Paid dues
Paid costs
Had the highest of the highs
And the lows I’ve seen dark
Embark on my next thing
These demons that I’m wrestling
Using only best means
My time I’m investing
And the stock expensive
These blocks be defensive
Use aggression when needed
With good intentions

Chorus (x2)

Holding on to memories
Building off abilities
No matter what facility
Maneuver with agility
It’s written in the plans
Supply and demand
The task at hand
No matter what withstand
Weathering storms
Against the grains and the norms
Through the music reborn
Ride the wave till its calm (x3)
Track Name: Sweet Nothings
Met her on Main Street
Where them fiends and things meet
Facing the same heat
Get her from this lame creep
She
spread ‘em nightly
Off night not likely
Slow whispers fall on earlobes slightly
Bitter sweet nothings
The ones for the loving
To get her through it
Liquid courage
Get a buzz and
Laying in the filth of her lifestyle
Guilt
A dead end
Is what her lifestyle built
So it seems
The passion for the gleam
The fire in her eyes
Extinguished
Lost dreams
Hallow in the core
The life of a whore
One point looking for more
Now goals she don’t explore
Product of a broke home
Hope that she holding on
Wondering what’s going on
Moms always fucking gone
A toxic pattern
In ways she can’t fathom
She gone so much
To her son she is a phantom
Fly by night love
Living in the light of
Lack of stability
Civility
In spite of
The damaged psyche
The come-up unlikely
Overdose
Comatose
Highly likely
Tough enough
He might be
To get through the pain of
Suffering
Bottled up in containers
She popping pills
So johns can feel
The block is ill
New cards to deal
Abused as a child
Her pops was running wild
Virginity defiled
Walk under a dark cloud
Scared to ask for help
Didn’t want nobody calling
She bruised and battered
So fragile
Can’t afford it
Mind and body numb to it
She just look away
No tears for the things that he took away
Finding peace
Sneaks out when he sleeps
The comfort of the streets
A little light when it’s bleak
Hard for her to smile
Or be touched once in a while
Coming from a living condition
That’s very foul
It’s like issue after issue
The drama she try avoid it
No choice in the father she was appointed
So now she sells sex
Cause sex to her is nothing
Never had true loving
A reason to rise above it
A reason to care
In her eyes a blank stare
Wonder if a soul there
She no longer hold fear
A hard shell
She overwhelmed from the struggle
She says what she feels
There’s nothing about her subtle
Don’t want nobody sympathy
Prayers or charity
She focused on the money
And that’s sincerely
Track Name: Toxins
Verse 1

Yo, cut from a different cloth
Wisdom from a different source
Bring the new mission forth
Ready for a mental war
Words of weaponry
Can’t touch it like its leprosy
I got the recipe
To get you to your destiny
Master the art of it
All of it
Not a part of it
Heart in it
Like you wanted it
Harness it
Like it’s monitored
The realest action
I’m focused on what lies ahead
Instead of speaking the truth
They speaking lies instead
Time to wake up
Build and get this cake up
The foundation been laid
So now the stakes up
Like
Fully blossomed
Touching the sky awesome
Everything aint what it seems
Use caution

Chorus (x2)

To quit
Not an option
Trying to remove toxins
Shadowboxing
The issues on the blocks and
Recruit
Build a flock and
Birds of a feather
Things may fall apart
But with effort it’s back together

Verse 2

The yellow tape
In place
Don’t trade places
On any bases
Avoiding any cases
Who first to throw stones?
Designed to get it on
The faith it’s built upon
In zone
The mind blown
Intellect of the masses
Collective in fashion
New things we mastered
Together like it’s plastered
Fist against a brick wall
We wonder what we here for
Get an ear-full
Can’t walk the streets fearful
Eyes open
Line for line potent
Poor but still coping
Maintaining the focus
Hard grasping it
Standing not an accident
Created immaculate
Support
Get in back of it

Chorus (x2)

To quit
Not an option
Trying to remove toxins
Shadowboxing
The issues on the blocks and
Recruit
Build a flock and
Birds of a feather
Things may fall apart
But with effort it’s back together

Verse 3

Embrace the struggle
We move with a vision
Trying to make the right decisions
On all our assigned missions
What’s the delta?
Spit it without a filter
Carry the game
Built to
Sam is out to milk ya
Sucking the life out of ya
The new great depression
Retirements gone
Savings gone
Yo, the message
Looking for that light in the sky
Peirce clouds
Wondering when that day of change coming out
Tired of losing
Frustrated, improvement
Always seeking the divine through the music
Our time
Can’t refuse it
Adjust to the journey
Seen too many brothers flat line on the gurney

Chorus (x2)

To quit
Not an option
Trying to remove toxins
Shadowboxing
The issues on the blocks and
Recruit
Build a flock and
Birds of a feather
Things may fall apart
But with effort it’s back together
Track Name: Atmosphere w/ 3rdSunSoul
Ay, ay, ay come here

Verse 1

Hold up
Hold up
Yo turn that thing around
Love when you looking up
When I lay it down
Eye to eye
Thigh to thigh
Chest to breast and
No breaks between
We gets no rest and
Simultaneous
Our neighbors
Yeah they hating us
It’s the bedroom paparazzi
When we taping us
No fuss
Just us
In midst of love and lust
Love when you bite your lip
Calling God and cuss
This our sanctuary
Your body is my temple
Let me cherish it
Praise it
It’s oh so simple
Cause sexy is an understatement
There are other metaphors that I love to play with
When describing you
It’s crazy what the mind will do
Love everything about you
What’s inside of you
And when inside of you
It’s like I’m in another realm
Like an outer body experience
Caught on film
What you done to him
To get him to write these words
Been with a few
But it’s you I have preferred

Chorus

Love
Take you to a higher
Lust
Take you to a higher
Place
My atmosphere
You, you, you are
Love
Take you to a higher
Lust
Take you to a higher
Place
My atmosphere

Verse 2

They say it’s sexy
When you want someone
That’s wanting you
Especially on deeper levels
Like the love of two
You came right on cue
Thought of you
Now here you are
Laying next to me
I’m kissing on your beauty marks
Cause when duty calls
You know that I’m truly yours
Really digging everything about you
Even flaws
Because they make you you
They make you so unique
Because without them
God’s creation won’t be complete
Tasting you is sweet
Like I’m in a honey hive
You feel non-appreciated with them other guys
But I’ma trying to change
Everything you used to know
Follow the voice of your heart
And where it says to go
I hope it points to me
Making it a point to be
The only thing that you see
Helping your soul get free

Bridge

Love shines in a blue sky
Sun kissed by the moonlight
My atmosphere penetrates new space
In the sea as we embrace
You, You, you are
Love
Lust
Place
Track Name: Smile (From You)
Chant

Just for a little bit
Just for a little bit

Verse 1

Damn she gotta mean walk
Fell in love at first smile
When I seen talk
She graceful
Her presence I’m grateful
Body sweet
Like brown sugar and maple
Silhouette is the best that it gets
Confessing it yes
Impressed by the curves in her dress
From her thighs to her breast
We caressing emotions
Intellect combined
Define focus
I met I was hopeless
Didn’t think it was true
The love that we pursue
Must first blossom in you
The chance to hop to
Thru her I got thru
A genuine beauty
Who showed me the possible

Chorus

Smile from you
Her smile is so infectious
Smile from you
One of the main ingredients that connect us
Smile from you
Got damn, I love how she looks
Smile from you
Just one look, is all that it took

Verse 2

All it took was one smile
One look
Then one spark
New things we embark
Louis Lane and Clark
Embracing the dark
But we shine when we can
The one that I lean on
When life demands
My foundation
Thru her I found patience
The best of the good and the bad
Is what make us
Angelic
Her soul a real relic
The bassline of this beat
Told me to tell it
This for her
True feelings emerge
Memories we refer
Even if it’s a blur
But whats clear is us
We not giving it up
No matter what comes
Whether hard or tough
No matter if its rain
We aint gone complain
Continue to move on
Try to bring some change
Relying on faith
Love the look of her face
So different but relate
Right out of the gate

Chorus

Smile from you
Her smile is so infectious
Smile from you
One of the main ingredients that connect us
Smile from you
Got damn, I love how she looks
Smile from you
Just one look, is all that it took
Track Name: Whats Going On?
Verse 1

Yo
Make em tap out
Guide the game
Map out
Projects is blacked out
Affirmative act
Maxed out
Put the facts out
Reach for something greater
Continue drop hot shit
Like moon raiders
Ignore haters
They aint got us here
Or made us
The true creators
On earth
Nothing can fade us
Keep a dark pen
Fresh fins
For shark pin
Blood from dark men
Slaves that they brought in
Something like Django
Spit it from every angle
Since back wearing Kangols
Travel to where this thing goes
Knowledge gathering
Move pass formalities
Increase our salaries
With a hood mentality

Chorus (x2)

Tell me what’s going on
They still doing us wrong
But we giving it strong
Keep it moving along
Keep our eyes on the goal
Follow light on the road
It’s time to rock and roll
Do it like we got some soul

Verse 2

The African is targeted
The true black market
The price of a soul so low
The greed cost it
Money hungry
The streets are fucking ugly
The rain in the clouds
Got the atmosphere muggy
Hard to crack smiles
The system giving is foul
Gotta fight for what is ours
Seems like blacks are out of style
It’s time to bring that love back
Hating
Rise above that
Come back
With larger than life soul
Not compact
Change
Get it on stat
Format
The forecast
Expose the lies of these guys
Put em on blast
Moving on fast
Can’t continue stand here
The things a man fear
His own ideas
A student of the culture
The fame will come distort ya
Mind state
Proportion
Maneuver with some caution
Grind till exhaustion
Climb to the fortune
The dues that it cost him
His time for the flossing

Chorus (x2)

Tell me what’s going on
They still doing us wrong
But we giving it strong
Keep it moving along
Keep our eyes on the goal
Follow light on the road
It’s time to rock and roll
Do it like we got some soul

Verse 3

It’s like automatic judgement
Color of skin
Thugging
Drugs got us bugging
Our kids can’t rise above it
They profiled
Put in box categories
It’s mandatory we teach them
Get em to glory
Different streets
Same story
Work with the tools before me
Resource
Recourse
Mind exploring
Break down the hemispheres
Thoughts that have got us here
Progression
Connoisseur
Top of mountain
Find us here
Small steps
Climbing
Looking forward
Not behind em
Pain of past refined him
Had him leaving on an island
With no cloning
Only friend
Microphone and
Zoning
My fuck ups in this life
Now I’m owning
Chorus (x3)
Tell me what’s going on
They still doing us wrong
But we giving it strong
Keep it moving along
Keep our eyes on the goal
Follow light on the road
It’s time to rock and roll
Do it like we got some soul