The Frustrated Artist

by Karl Nova

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about

Over a period of time during recording sessions for the project that became PLTFRM SE7EN [SIDE A] which came out June 3rd 2014 and PLTFRM SE7EN [SIDE B] which will be out Sept 13 2014 the tracks on this project emerged.

I experimented with creating beats inspired by grime, dubstep, trap and UK funky house. I got inspired by London underground bass music. These track didn't fit in with the soulful boom bap flavour I was trying to make for the PLTFRM SE7EN projects. This is the thing with music, sometimes it just comes out how it comes out and you have to just let it happen.

At the time I was creating all this music I was very stressed and frustrated about the constraints on my expression that the scene i come from tries to place on an artist like me. I am not trying to preach or force my beliefs on anyone. I am not trying to convert people to my worldview, I am simply expressing myself FROM my worldview. I use music as therapy. I use music to try make sense of my experience. If you find inspiration, hope, encouragement, upliftment and food for your faith or anything meaningful to you in my music and songs I am humbled and grateful because honestly I am not trying to make anyone believe what I do. I am just trying to live and express myself musically in the most honest way possible and to the best of my abilities. These songs are like gasps for breath. In fact that is what all my music is like to me.

I am not claiming to represent for a genre or a scene. I am not representing for any man made label or musical categorization, if this disappoints you then you are not probably hanging around for me or my music, you are probably looking for me to represent an ideal that is important to you. All I can say is whatever you get from my music is for you. I am grateful what I create can mean something to someone else in any kind of way even if it is little. I am not famous or very well known or any of that, honestly that was never my primary reason for doing this. I am not even rated by many in the scene I am from as an artist but that is cool, when I started making music it was me alone with beats and rhymes dealing with my frustration, pain, brokenness expressing my heart and mind and trying to make sense of life and it is still that way today.

To those who "get" what I am about and truly support me this is for you! much love to you! Maybe my music is for those who know what it feels like to be lost, broken, frustrated, confused and yet determined to keep the faith and keep hope alive.

P.S There are those who say free music is "killing the scene" well you have an option. You can pay whatever you want with this project. You can download it for nothing if you like. I don't feel entitled to your money, I feel I have to work to earn it by making something of value that you feel is worth purchasing. I don't mind sharing my music with you. If it connects with you and you want to share back financially and can do that then don't hold back.

It is also available on itunes, amazon, google play and all digital stores if you don't want buy this directly from me here and prefer the convenience of those outlets.

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released 26 January 2015

​All tracks produced by Karl Nova except "Overcomer (Dubstep mix)" produced by MUNDU and "Back to the start" produced by and featuring Mr DaMention

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Karl Nova UK

Having fallen in love with poetry and Hip Hop as a child, he discovered his passion for lyrics and found his voice.

He toured extensively with award winning collective GK Real but has also managed to carve his own niche and create his own lane by going against the grain and not being afraid to speak his heart and mind.

He's a versatile lyricist that wears his heart on his sleeve with great flair
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Track Name: Maintain Your A.I.M
A-I-M
A-I-M
You've got to maintain your aim

Let's get it started let me begin
Let's get it on, get it in, get it in
I dig deep and go deep within
I strike oil so I'm slick with the ting
Get it? I'm slick when I spill
This black oil I speak what I feel
In these times you don't need a deal
But to build
you do need a skill
You need thick skin
and some nerves of steal
Breathe life, speak life
when they aim to kill
Pay close attention to details
Be a student
not just full of zeal
look around
survey the field
Sharpen your sword
don't forget your shield
Know good and well
that Life gets ill
But even broken hearts can heal
Take time out to chill and be still
Don't fake deepness just be real
In this matrix
pop the red pill
Unplug from the system
It's a thrill
You better know yourself out here
That's how you find your wealth out here
You better move with stealth out here
So many lose themselves out here

Know who you are,
know your path
Speak from the heart
Freely through bars
Prepare for wounds
You will get scarred
Some will not care
You will get parred
Artistry, industry, ministry
I aim to balance all 3
Deep calls to deep
I've been called see
Maybe one day
You will all see

A-I-M
A-I-M
You've got to maintain your aim


It ain't just about art
It's a business too
It's not just that
I'm a witness too
And many get it twisted too
But soon they will get this too
Purists always say stay true
and you should
Always pay your dues
Act right
don't miss your cues
When it's time
You must follow through
It's a biz be professional
Make sure you're on your Ps & Qs
Dot you Is and cross your Ts too
Don't be anyone,
just be you
Learn 'em first
then break the rules
Don't break the law
that's different dude
Outdated formats are doomed
Stay updated and on the move
Don't let anyone label you
You tell em who you are
And stay true
Stick your guns
You'll break through
Your mind is a weapon
You'll Blaze through

You better know yourself out here
That's how you find your wealth out here
You better move with stealth out here
So many lose themselves out here

Know who you are,
man know your path
Speak from the heart
Freely through bars
Prepare for wounds
You will get scarred
Some will not care
You will get parred
Artistry, industry, ministry
I aim to balance all 3
Deep calls to deep
I'm called see
Maybe one day
You will all see

A-I-M
A-I-M
You've got to maintain your aim

Ready
Steady
Aim
Fire
Track Name: WOW
You reached into the mud and the grime
to rescue this broken soul of mine
You didn't hesitate to get your hands dirty
so you could touch the hidden parts that hurt me
the enemy he tried to murk me
please forgive me if I'm not churchy
in fact I don't apologised
'cause he used dirt to open blind eyes
modern day pharisees can't see
that He can use anything he used me
this is an urban translation
of the gospel to my generation
and we will keep penetrating
pop culture with His revelation
meanwhile church folk keep debatiing
as we keep breaking the chains of satan
i repeat this one more time
He reached deep into the mud and the grime
in the mud I dwelt like swine
getting so filthy time after time
even after i heard the sermon
to do my own thing I was determined
i was in such pain, pain
like paul and silas in chains, chains
all I wanted was a change, change
He got grimey so I praise, praise
He who knew no sin became sin
so i could become righteous in Him
He who knew no sin became sin
so I could become so free within
He who knew no sin became
overcame sin that's why I'm saying

WOW! You got grimey (x3)
you went to hell and back
just to find me

WOW! Oh my God!

Aint you heard The Word became flesh
God in the flesh was made manifest
I know that it doesn't make sense
that was two thousand years ago
it's past tense
what about right here, right now
the world is still grimey slimey and foul
soon the trumpet will sound
and to Him every knew will bow
wow, but first he got grimey
He came with good news that is timely
i can now put the past behind me
He pushed fast forward, you can't rewind me
yes He became as one of us
in the flesh He came like one of us
He felt pain just like one of us
how can i explain like one us yeah
call me an evangelyricist
cause bringing the good news is the street psalmist
God's got my back so I won't front
I fall back, back down or back up
G-O-D is my DJ
and I'm His emcee feel me
in fact God is the emcee
and i'm just His M-I-C
in fact I'm just a speaker
do you get it? I'm just a speaker
He's our strength and He's our song
we sing this music all day long
so turn the volume up
we sing even after the music stops
even if all our albums flop
you are our song and our chart you top!

WOW! You got grimey (x3)
you went to hell and back
just to find me

WOW! Oh my God!
Track Name: Stadium Music
We've got that (x4)
Stadium music (x4)

Tun up, Tun up
Tun up real loud (x3)
I've got that stadium music
You gotta bang it out

Ooooh this feels like a concert
The bass in this man it's bonkers
It's enough to wake those unconscious
It's a beast man it's a monster
So like David imma kill it
You know I gotta slay this giant
You know that it's by the Spirit
That I can stand here defiant
So I speak truth from my soul
In booth with my flow
On the move with my hopes
I move with faith so I'm bold
In a world that is cold
With a whole new approach
Some say we are watering down and by the mainstream we will get drowned
But I travel underground
The world is my oyster
I'm not bound

We've got that (x4)
Stadium music (x3)

Play this all night
Play this all day
Some think we're mad
But that's okay
You love the sound
So let it play
It's more than just music
You know this anyway (hey!)

[Tun up, Tun up
Tun up real loud (x3)
I've got that stadium music
You got to bang it out] x2

We've got that (x4)
Stadium music (x4)

Tun up, Tun up
Tun up real loud (x3)
I've got that stadium music
You got to bang it out

Oooh you don't know about me
I'm that familiar stranger
I rep for the few that feel me
But I'm not stuck in an echo chamber
I make music straight from the heart
This is audible art I've been true from the start
Even if I never chart
My little light will shine in the dark
Believe that, receive that
Holla back with your feedback
Truth spoken in love I need that
If it's negative then leave that
the doubts and fears you're projecting
Those things will not be affecting
My life as I am connecting
with hearts and souls it's a blessing

We've got that (x4)
Stadium music (x3)

Play this all night
Play this all day
Some think we're mad
But that's okay
You love the sound
So let it play
It's more than just music
You know this anyway (hey!)

[Tun up, Tun up
Tun up real loud (x3)
I've got that stadium music
You got to bang it out] (x2)
Track Name: Break It Down
Break it down

I wanna build you up
but first i've gotta break it down

when it comes to this art
it is all from the heart
so my body of art is alive from the start
body art like ink on the skin
reflecting what I'm feeling within
i carve verses I care for the craft
even if they think I am daft and they laugh
you don't know me you don't know the half
I'm being made whole my wounds turns to scars
It is part of the process
In my verses I'm charting my progress
deep in my heart I know I'm so blessed
I was so stressed man I was hopeless
I'm not here for the genre drama
save the politics for obama
I'm not carving a false persona
I've been there done that and no longer
am I trying to fake it to make it
this is all real take it or hate it
it's old now so I will not debate it
there's no split betweeen secular/sacred
for me it's all sacred I'm awakened
this is all worship that is basic
some can't understand this but face it
the word is carved in my heart
can't erase it
I see through a whole different lens now
and I sense how things are so tense now
I stand straight and I will never bend now
I stick to my guns take that POW! POW!
of course I'm metaphorcially speaking
I don't pack a gat as I'm beasting
on this track I'm just frankly speaking
I'm hoping it's the truth that you're meeting

I wanna build you up
but first i've gotta break it down

The fall is not where it all started
Creation came first God's an artist
don't start the story from the wrong place
or in your mind you will miss the target
everything was meant to be good
it was made to be good,
hope that's understood
then the fall came order was broken
and the whole creation is hoping
and groaning longing for the day of redemption and restoration
spoken
from the mouth of God
was a promise
no slogans
the Word became flesh
cos see actions speak louder
and they put him to death
but he rose again with great power
all our sins have been paid for
but we're not going back to Eden
we're moving forward to something greater
from above a Kingdom we're receiving
it's for those who believe in
the good news of which I am speaking
so hear the word and receive him
inhale new life, breathe in
then keep breathing and keep cleaving
to the faith, keep believing
over time your faith will deepen
it's precious in a world that cheapens
everything that is so precious
we were made for more not lesser
I hope you've got the real treasure
amazing grace no one can measure

I wanna build you up
but first i've gotta break it down
Track Name: Roll Out
Roll out, roll out
I open my mouth
and pour my soul out

Whether you like it or not
I will do what I do
and I will never stop

Whether you like it or not
I will go where I'll go
and I will never stop

Whether you like it or not
I will say what I'll say
and I will never stop
I will say what I'll say and I'm saying a lot
I am speaking the truth
and I'm dropping it hot



I'll rep from the start
and i'll rep to the end
I speak from my heart
listen up comprehend
get the message as the message I send
I do not blend and I don't follow trends
ok I follow a couple of them
I'm coming out of my trouble again
I am now outside my bubble again
overcoming all my struggles again
many don't know all the places I've been
they don't have no idea at all
that's why I bust a wide grin
when they talk their empty talk
You don't know what I will do next
man I'm too blessed you are clueless
when you address me have some respect
step back pause and reflect
see me I'm on a next ting
I'm calm not on a vex ting
oh youre a joker and you're jesting
this dark knight is a blessing
you do not know me, I'm kinda lowkey
I'm not a snob though so approach me
I'd rather break bread, than have beef
I don't wanna break jaws and smash teeth
man it's deep
how youngbloods get brave in the tweets
I just pray that you're safe on the streets
and it's peace on the day that we meet
my steps are ordered faith moves my feet
I spread love in north south west east
please think before you speak
listen close and think deep

Roll out, roll out
I open my mouth
and pour my soul out

Whether you like it or not
I will do what I do
and I will never stop

Whether you like it or not
I will go where I'll go
and I will never stop

Whether you like it or not
I will say what I'll say
and I will never stop
I will say what I'll say and I'm saying a lot
I am speaking the truth
and I'm dropping it hot



I don't wanna boast and brag
but see most cats don't know jack
God takes me across the map
puts me on stages and says spit raps
tell them what I have told you
show them what I have showed you
this is all fact this is all true
how you like that man I've got proof
this is deeper than art
it's about the word that is deep in my heart
it's more than just me making my mark
we're breaking apart all the chains in the dark
I was told that I don't have a chance
but in a stadium I did do my dance
it's only by grace I advance
God says I can when men say I can't
this aint about my ability
or about my lyrical agility
it does matter if you're not feeling me
it matters more if God is filling me
you filled my cup and it's spilling
this journey of faith is thrilling
beside still waters I'm chilling
amazing love made me willing
and I'm not done yet,
cos you're not done yet
let's take the next step
I was the joker in the full deck
but God switched the cards, oh yes!
man I'm deep in the game
and no I'm not seeking the fame
it's that familiar stranger again
call me novacane my flow numbs pain

Roll out, roll out
I open my mouth
and pour my soul out
Track Name: Venting
Let's get this clear right from the start
I'm keeping it real coming straight from the heart
though my heart's been broken apart
for the sake of the art and perfecting my craft
most people think you're having a laugh
though the truth is there is a price for the art
my shoulders hurt as I'm bearing this ark
my chest heaving but still I spark
more than just conversation with dedication
illumination, this revelation on this occasion
is for the nation, I'm making statements
'cause we've been placed in such situations
that we are facing it is frustrating but
tribulations they teach me patience
as I follow this path that's ancient
I do this for the love of the art
this is passion straight from the heart
these bars I spark, shine in the dark
so much flow it can float noah's ark
it's Karl Nova that unknown solider
used to cry rivers the bridge got me over
this bridge here aint falling down
the street psalmist is standing his ground
sometimes I feel so underground
that I should have my own station now
so mind the gap that separates us
the Most High elevates us
nothing in the world can shape us
that's simply 'cause you didn't make us
even our folks underrate us
that's nothing new nothing can shake us
yeah we're keeping it moving
it goes without saying there's room for improving
yeah but what we are doing
is more than just music it is a movement
anybody can be a critics
but not many critics can pen these lyrics
I'm defying the laws of physics
i take flight on the mic with no limits
no I'm not wearing a cross
on my neck
man I'm bearing a cross
on my back
and I'm tearing across
this track with such flair and of course
for the right reasons not for the Ps
and not for the fame
trust me it aint easy
believe me it's hard out here
by your own you get scarred out here

I'm still speaking my heat out here
I'm still dropping these bars out here
it's hard out here when you're not supported
by big labels we are not courted
some believe the hype that's reported
they think that you have blown up
and you're sorted
they don't know the doubts you have fought with
they don't know the times you have fallen
that's why I'm not on the hype thing
though I can get you hyped with my writing
call me thunder I'll strike like lightening
nah just call me Nova when i'm rhyming
with perfect timing yes i'm shining
it's part of my blueprint God designing
I once got spellbound by bright things
'til I caught a glimpse of Christ rising
though I get flawed by my flaws
grace once more picks me up from the floor
this aint a game, this is war
I go to war more than I go on tour
I'm like a race horse, on a race course
I've got more horse power than a Porsche
'cause I've been powered by The Source
not the magazine but God of course
I'm a whole new creation
my name's in the middle of innovation
get it? inNOVAtion I've got the flow for the occasion
which each bar the bar I am raising
I'm backed up by scriptures that are ancient
I hope you've got the picture I've painted
Iron sharpens iron I'm abrasive
it is a movement
through us here Jesus is moving
this is God's act see what he's doing
bringing all the enemy's plans to ruin
his will is what we're pursuing
cant you see he's doing a new thing
others are pretenders he's the true king
all things shall be subject to Him
so label me a Jesus freak,
Jesus walks and Jesus speaks
Jesus talks He raps through me
God once spoke through a donkey
He rode a donkey through the streets
just like my flow is riding this beat
there's no place to hide from the heat
the heat of his love pierces deceit
the heat of his love will melt ice grills
and at the same time down spins send chills
sometimes to my mind it seems unreal
through this music I express how I feel
and it's real!
Track Name: Overcomer (Dubstep Mix)
This broadcast is for all my overcomers
while some dumb down and get dumb and dumber (x2)

fist in the air if you are an overcomers
while some dumb down and get dumb and dumber

Yeah she's an overcomer. he's an overcomer,
you're an overcomer, I'm an overcomer
we are overcomers
yes we are overcomers!

Overcomer I'm an overcomer (yes I am!)
overcomer (x4)

Everyday I must remind myself
'cause in situations I find myself
feeling so down all by myself
but I know God provides my help
so when I'm weak, I say I'm strong
when I feel the beat, I will go on
sometimes I just wanna press pause
no time to rewind, I press fast forward
I'm dealing with all kinds of feelings
it's overwhelming I need healing
my chest heaving, I'm still breathing
I'm still here and I'm still believing
oh yes I won't give up
'cause I'm blessed I won't give up
when I'm stressed I won't give up
through my tests I won't give up nah!

Overcomer I'm an overcomer (yes I am!)
overcomer (x4)

the battlefield is the heart and the mind
you win outside if you win inside uh!
you see I am my worst enemy
they're like what. what are you telling me?
I'm telling the truth oh yes
my greatest enemy is my own flesh
also my own insecurities
i won't let them get the best of me

oh yes I won't give up
'cause I'm blessed I won't give up
when I'm stressed I won't give up
through my tests I won't give up nah! (x2)

Overcomer I'm an overcomer (yes I am!)
overcomer (x4)
Track Name: More Than Conquerors
This is a fight of faith
I have bouts with doubt
We all go through it
But I'm coming out

We are more than conquerors (x3)
Cos of what you've done for us

Yes I've felt like quitting
I've felt like I am finished
Wondering why I am still in this
felt like my shine has diminished
Look I've been minding my business
Log in my eye I needed forgiveness
I've been acquitted I am a witness
I know a few of you will get this
I've weathered the storm and still i am thundering bringing enlightenment
I recognised that it's by grace and that handles my sense of entitlement
I will not conform so I stand out
I won't blend in with my environment
I've still got the passion in case you are wondering where the fire went


Oooooh you give me peace
Oooooh you give me joy
Oooooh you show me love
When I'm down
You lift me up

We are more than conquerors (x3)
Cos of what you've done for us

No I am not quitting
And no I have not finished
Like my homie in this to win this
My flame cannot be extinguished
By faith I keep on winning
Stormy frowns turn to bright grinning
Nothing is clouding my thinking
From a deep well I've been drinking
I've weathered the storm and still i am thundering bringing enlightenment
I recognised that it's by grace and that handles my sense of entitlement
I will not conform so I stand out
I won't blend in with my environment
I've still got the passion in case you are wondering where the fire went

Oooooh you give me peace
Oooooh you give me joy
Oooooh you show me love
When I'm down
You lift me up

We are more than conquerors (x3)
Cos of what you've done for us
Track Name: Invincible Joy
No matter what they say
no matter what they do
you've got an invincible joy
and it's inside of you (x2)

You, yes I mean you.
I see through the facade of your mean crew
I know cynics and sceptics they dream too
So allow me clear the air as I breeze through
I'm just shooting the breeze as I ease through
My name is nova yeah nice meet you
I make that feel good music for the people
My 1st album was just as I am The Prequel
I haven't got many hits on youtube
But that doesn't phase me I just do what I do
My style I would say is international
I'm that London boy that is a Lagos dude
To many I'm invisible
That used to upset me but now I'm just cool
In this jungle for many it's monkey see monkey do
But I've got my thing and a joy invincible

I have got to tell you something
you've got to listen
and pay attention (x2)

No matter what they say
no matter what they do
you've got an invincible joy
and it's inside of you (x2)

You, yes I mean you
You don't have to follow what they say and what they do
You don't have to swallow what they say if aint true
If all they say is hollow and empty then don't be fooled
They say happiness depends on happenings
So what happens when you ain't happening again?
I think the best thing is to find a joy within
It can't be destroyed by storms and blasting wind
And since this world did not give it it cannot take it
This joy you've got to live in it you cannot fake it
When buried by sorrow somehow this joy emerges
And through my heart mind & soul strongly it surges
You won't find this joy if you're skating on the surface
You've got break the ice and dive deep you might get nervous
I don't know it all but I know a thing or two
i know that I've got a joy invincible

I have got to tell you something
you've got to listen
and pay attention (x2)

No matter what they say
no matter what they do
you've got an invincible joy
and it's inside of you (x2)
Track Name: What Is Your Story?
yeah we've all got a story
what is your story?
i'll start mine like this

Once upon a time, time time


Story story (Story)
Story story (Story)
I've got a story (story)
we've got a story (story)

Story story (Story)
Story story (Story)
we've got a story (story)
so tell your story (story)

yep yep i've got a story
no one else can tell it for me
all the details might be gory
but still I give God the glory
it's my choice, it's my voice
no one can silence us we'll make noise
it's a story of sorrow and joy
our spirit cannot be destoryed
we won't be distracted by decoys
from Lagos over to Detroit
back to London we'll be like oi
you'll eat it up like it is moin moin

So what is your story?
what is your story?
what is your story?
I've got a story

what is your story?
what is your story?
what is your story?
we've all got a story

so tell them your story
tell them your story
tell them your story
we've all got a story

Story story (Story)
Story story (Story)
I've got a story (story)
we've got a story (story)

Story story (Story)
Story story (Story)
we've got a story (story)
so tell your story (story)

yep yep I've got a story
no one else can tell it for me
all the details might be gory
but still I give God the glory
I don't wanna front anymore
I just wanna be real from the door
and speak the truth from my heart's core
to me that is keeping it real, hardcore
if you don't like it then move over there
I've got nothing to prove over here
right now I'm just making it clear
i'll keep breathing if you're giving me air

So what is your story?
what is your story?
what is your story?
I've got a story

what is your story?
what is your story?
what is your story?
we've all got a story

so tell them your story
tell them your story
tell them your story
we've all got a story

Story story (Story)
Story story (Story)
I've got a story (story)
we've got a story (story)

Story story (Story)
Story story (Story)
we've got a story (story)
so tell your story (story)

yep yep I've got a story
no one else can tell it for me
all the details might be gory
but still I give God the glory
my story is mine to tell
and you have got a story as well
everyday your story unfolds
the Author of Life writes it in bold
so be bold like lettering
learn from veterans
as each page turns keep on treasuring
every moment, tell them tell them
you're born to shine, tell them tell them

So what is your story?
what is your story?
what is your story?
I've got a story

what is your story?
what is your story?
what is your story?
we've all got a story

so tell them your story
tell them your story
tell them your story
we've all got a story
Track Name: Flowing On
They're asking what's going on nova?
as I'm flowing listen closer 2x

Going going gone
what's going going on
I'm just flowing on
yes flowing flowing on

Stop look and listen
if not then you are missing
stop look and listen
if not then you are missing

on this track I'm moving like a soul train
powered by a love supreme like coltrane
It's a dance track and I feel no shame
invincible joy got me feeling no pain
I get down on the rhythm no time to waste
I'm low key I stay close to the base
I feel out of this world, out of space
I feel weightless and I'm floating away

Going going gone
what's going going on?
I'm just flowing on
yes just flowing flowing on

Stop look and listen
if not then you are missing
stop look and listen
if not then you are missing

Going going gone
what's going going on?
I'm just flowing on
yes flowing flowing on

they say that funky is dead well you can call this afrodance
call it what you want you will nod your head
It will not affect my stance
which is that I am free on the track
if you don't like it you gotta deal with that
without 9 lives you will feel this cat
you'll want more you'll keep coming back

Going going gone
what's going going on
I'm just flowing on
yes flowing flowing on

I'm feeling real good and I'm having a blast
time doesn't stand still it's moving fast
life has rhythm therefore I dance
sometimes I'm off beat and my steps are wack
I find my rhythm, I get it back
and step in the name of love true dat
back to life sometimes I just laugh
back to reality how you like that?

Going going gone
what's going going on
flowing flowing on
I'm just flowing flowing on
Track Name: I Was Frustrated
I was frustrated
Just a little frustrated
I got tired of debating
I just wanna be creative

As the earth turns,
learn to discern
Look beneath the labels
and the man made terms
Beneath what's expressed
find out the real concerns
The passion for truth
deep within me burns
I'm not aiming to cater
to just one market now
I'm not tailoring my content
or dumbing down
I seek to speak from the heart
through this art
And give the whole truth
not just bits and parts
I don't subscribe to your marketing labels
I'm content to let my content turn the tables
Of the moneychangers only concerned with profit
Those only concerned with deepening their pockets
I don't think Christ died to birth a subcultre
He died and he rose to redeem souls
So while they're feeding on the flesh like a vulture
I walk in the Spirit by faith
with worn soles

I was frustrated
Just a little frustrated
I got tired of debating
I just wanna be creative

some folks
are more concerned
with descriptive labels
but if you aint really that
those labels are fables
It's all about the content
and the intent
God knows my intent
and with that I'm content

What really is a christian rapper
And why in that subculture does it matter
That an artist feels they need to
hold on to this label
Let's take a closer look and see what's under the table
From a label's point of view
it's all about marketing
The label is needed
because they're targeting
Those who are most likely
to part with cash
It's most likely Christians
will buy Christian tracks
So they mark all these products with Christian tags
branding is more important
than if it's good or crap
consumers affirm their identity through stuff like that
And separate themselves
using cultural artifacts
To make up for what
deep within they lack
Just buy christian products
bump Christian tracks
Hide in the false security of your bubble
And act like it's all perfect with no struggle

I was frustrated
Just a little frustrated
I was tired of debating
I just wanna be creative

Not everything labelled christian is about the Christ
It really took a while for me to see the light
Uncle Chuck warned me but I did believe the hype
The hype gassed me 'n' left me dissatisfied
I must confess in some cases Gandhi was right
To say he doesn't like Christians but likes The Christ
Cos we are so unlike The Christ most times
And are more concerned with this subculture in which we hide
We're more concerned if we look good on the outside
Instead of being real about the struggles on the inside
We seem more concerned about this culture we've made
Which is more about legalism than about grace
It's more about a polished image and being fake
It's more about the label
than in who we've placed our faith
Is it really about rules that are man made?
Call me a joker but I'll call a spade a spade

I was frustrated
Just a little frustrated
I got tired of debating
I just wanna be creative
Track Name: Back To The Start Feat Mr DaMention
it all started so simple and innocent
deep within my own heart I was witnessing
a new birth because your love entered in
i thought i was a loser I was meant to win
is what you told me and I believed you
i made a promise that I would never leave you
but as time moved on I kinda drifted
somehow my whole focused shifted
now I feel low I wanna get lifted
I feel like I'm cursed though I am gifted
i feel so messed I feel so conflicted
I wanted to do my own thing I felt restricted
i feel like I have gone too far now
I'm so far gone turning back is hard now
in my heart now, I'm feeling scarred now
I wanna go right back to the start now

And I wish we can go back to the way we started
I wish we can go to the way we started
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah [x2]

I wish we could go back to the way we started
please take me back before I'm hardhearted
before I'm dearly departed
let your love be the arrow and my heart the target
this relationship wrecked I feel like i'm sinking
Why did I leave you? What was I thinking?
I don't know how to face you, want to embrace you
nothing in this world can ever replace you
i feel like there is wall for me to break through
only your love can make a way through
take me back to when I first believed
when I first received, relief from my grief
i'm so sorry, oh please forgive me
give me another chance I am weary
this is the very cry of my heart now
I wanna go right back to the start now

And I wish we can go back to the way we started
I wish we can go to the way we started
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah [x2]

come into my heart again
please let us start again
I don't want us to be apart again
help me not to depart again yeah [x2]