LIVIN' PROOF



My life story strictly business never blew my chance
Moms kicked me out the house when I was flippin "I'm the Man"
Put the boys on the street, make them walk this beat
Teach them how to eat, and to seek for peace
Son I stamped this name Livin' Proof cause I mean what I say
Bring the fake to reality and make them pay
Yo these ghetto rhyme stories got em scared to death
I'm tryin to get the **** out, see what the world's about
Check it nineteen-eighty-six is when I reached my peak
Take my brothers outta state and tried to make some ends meet
First destinate your sector then it's just like that
Makin moves with my brothers and there's no turnin back
We got thirty-six grams on the scale right now
Gettin ready with my brothers time to break the **** down
I'm not about killin my people but you know how it go
Work with me not against me and we'll make mad dough
Wear my co-defendant out when I break down with rap
Hold me back and give me love and now I'm givin it back
A unique sound from the streets and it's just so sweet
My Livin' Proof life story, let me break it in piece

Yo I rock on the block with the real hip-hop
As you start to clock... and jock
Yo, I'm comin off with mad rage
Eighteen, and hittin the real stage
But don't worry bout me, cause I'm makin it
And if I can't have it, then I'm takin it
That's how it is, cause I'm livin trife
Where's my knife, take a chance witcha life
Rappers decapitate, and disintegrate
You I will mutilate, when I penetrate
Go for the one when I say raid
A hit man for hire and I want to get paid
Cause bullets are sprayed and anybody is laid
More money is made and that's the family trade
See I make moves and tell what's the truth
That's why I'm here, to be livin proof

Chorus:

"Leave it up to me while I be livin proof"
        "Life as a shorty shouldn't be so rough" --> Inspectah Deck
(both lines from C.R.E.A.M.)
(cut and scratched by DJ Premier 4X)

I'm lost, must pay the cost to be the boss
With force, rather get my point across
I'm goin off on the mic insane, out of sight
When I take flight (like who kid?) Like Mike
And you see, I be rollin like a battlecat
And I'm ready to rip on my combat
Beef I'm not havin that yo, I pull my trigger back
And all you ***** *****z know where my heart is at
I like to stay down low but yo I flip at times
Like when I'm kickin lines, or bustin out nines
It's like that, **** I jumped off the roof
Pysch, cause I wouldn't be livin' proof

"Kick the truth, to the young black youth" --> Inspectah Deck

The moral of the story - what the ****'s goin on?
NYCeez won't see two thousand if these *****z keep frontin
I used to hustle on the block, now I rock for papes
Watch out, the world turn, and I will come back
Relieven stress off my brain I got the la-la for that
Breakin down all subjects, and then all facts
Lettin lose everyday, but still, keepin it fat
Bust it *****z keep on frontin in this game aight?
Scared to death *** rappers don't get no props
Scared to come to the ghetto talk about bustin shots
See I can walk around the ghetto stand in peace and at ease
Get my ghetto crowd open yo you know what I mean
Indeed, see what I see and then you know what I mean
Gettin ready for the future so don't **** with me
My livin' proof life story *****z I kill it with ease...

Chorus + "to kick the truth, to the young black youth"

The Progress EP: MANIFEST AWESOME

VERBS new album is out Free DOWNLOAD. THANKS MAIGN! To find out more about Verbs peep this interview http://www.graffitibrains.com/2012/06/progress-in-happiness.html.

FEEL THE MUSIC



Music!
Music!

[Guru]
Times like this make me clench my fist
Then I'm caught up in the midst of the musical bliss
Guru, blow a kiss to the ladies in my corner
Caress the mic, and kick my game like I want to
What? You never see the brother Guru falter
Respect is due; praise me like the altar
The crew - we're as true as they come, son
We come from ill life experience, and take rap serious
Feel the music

[Chorus]
We hold the key to our destiny
We can make it, everybody
Feel the music
Just free your mind; sit back, relax, and unwind
To a higher plane, we're going
Can you feel the music?

Music!

[Guru]
Original baldhead Crooklynite, rudebwoy instructor
I came back to lay down law to the suckers
I'll crush ya if you ain't actin' like my brother
Make one false move and with the mic I'll bust ya
Just lay back, and feel the music

[Chorus]

Music!
Music!
Music!

[Guru]
When I step into the club, I come to do work
No hesitation because I'm fully alert
Like Max Julien, I'm an authentic mack
Many others can't compare; I'll bet on that
Dialect and vocal tone, completely exact
I react, then I max in this mellow track
In fact I'm knockin' emcees out the frame
'Cause I'm smooth like jazz
Guru is my name
Feel the music

Music!

We hold the key to our destiny
We can make it, everybody
Feel the music

[Guru]
New reality - a higher level of consciousness
Don't play yourself; get out of line and get stomped with this
Negativity is a chronic disease
But I'm like the cure, causin' infections to freeze
I'm not gonna let up until you get the picture
My sound gets around, so you know I'm always with ya
Feel the music

Music!

[Chorus]

LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE


Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

[Eminem]
I can't tell you what it really is
I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now it's a steel knife in my windpipe
I can't breathe but I still fight while I can fight
As long as the wrong feels right it's like I'm in flight
High off of love, drunk from my hate,
It's like I'm huffing paint and I love it the more I suffer, I suffocate
And right before I'm about to drown, she resuscitates me
She fucking hates me and I love it.
Wait! Where you going?
"I'm leaving you"
No you ain't. Come back we're running right back.
Here we go again
It's so insane cause when it's going good, it's going great
I'm Superman with the wind at his back, she's Lois Lane
But when it's bad it's awful, I feel so ashamed I snapped
Who's that dude? I don't even know his name
I laid hands on her, I'll never stoop so low again
I guess I don't know my own strength

[Chorus - Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

[Eminem]
You ever love somebody so much you can barely breathe
When you're with 'em
You meet and neither one of you even know what hit 'em
Got that warm fuzzy feeling
Yeah, them chills you used to get 'em
Now you're getting fucking sick of looking at 'em
You swore you'd never hit 'em; never do nothing to hurt 'em
Now you're in each other's face spewing venom in your words when you spit them
You push, pull each other's hair, scratch, claw, hit 'em
Throw 'em down, pin 'em
So lost in the moments when you're in them
It's the rage that took over it controls you both
So they say you're best to go your separate ways
Guess if they don't know you 'cause today that was yesterday
Yesterday is over, it's a different day
Sound like broken records playing over but you promised her
Next time you show restraint
You don't get another chance
Life is no Nintendo game
But you lied again
Now you get to watch her leave out the window
Guess that's why they call it window "pain"

[Chorus - Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

[Eminem]
Now I know we said things, did things that we didn't mean
And we fall back into the same patterns, same routine
But your temper's just as bad as mine is
You're the same as me
But when it comes to love you're just as blinded
Baby, please come back
It wasn't you, baby it was me
Maybe our relationship isn't as crazy as it seems
Maybe that's what happens when a tornado meets a volcano
All I know is I love you too much to walk away though
Come inside, pick up your bags off the sidewalk
Don't you hear sincerity in my voice when I talk
Told you this is my fault
Look me in the eyeball
Next time I'm pissed, I'll lay my fist at the drywall
Next time. There won't be no next time
I apologize even though I know its lies
I'm tired of the games I just want her back
I know I'm a liar
If she ever tries to fucking leave again
Im'a tie her to the bed and set this house on fire
I'm just gonna

[Chorus - Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

F*ck WHAT U HEARD



[Sadat X] "Although I hit a pound of herbs I'm still nice with the verbs
So fuck what you heard" [x4]

I break shit up so just chill, and sit still
I'm not on the pop hop but yo my shit still
Sells like a mother, there's not another
Dark brown brother who grew up undercover
Running game on a dame like Too $hort
I'll smoke an MC like a Newport
Or a Marlboro, or a Salem
It doesn't matter cause I take him and I wail him
Get a rush of the nicotine, battle?
Nigga please, I won't even attempt
But if the crowd thinks he's a worthy opponent
I'll grab the mic and show I own it
Yo bust it, better off if you not sing, God bless the pothead
As I remember what my moms and my pops said
Strive for the best, you gain your respect
Or you can settle for a public assistance check
If you don't want to break your neck
So I said "What the heck?"
People always say "Hey we like the way you make beats"
He doesn't use breakbeats
But I take it in stride and do my work on the inside
Won't fake on the flimside

[Sadat X] "Although I hit a pound of herbs I'm still nice with the verbs
So fuck what you heard" [x2]

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli
My style slams, but some still want to get with me
I don't understand, kid you just can't see me
When my LP drop all my friends will want a freebie
Whether in a car or you ride the train
My style stands out like a vericose vein
So don't front cause you know I'm the champ
Better off trying to buy a pack of Newports with a food stamp
Cause the odds are none
Cause like Jimmy Castor, I've just begun
Brothers can't believe how the skills have gotten
Spicy as a steak with potatoes au gratin
But I'm not soup, I just got a lot of nerve
Cause motherfuckers want to see me shoot to the curve
But I just won't slip cause a slip ain't hip
I stay on my toe like Broadway Joe
One time I did I thought the girl was a friend of me
So I started sleeping with the enemy
I won't let a stunt misguide me
And you can jump on my tree stump if you want to ride me

[Sadat X] "Although I hit a pound of herbs I'm still nice with the verbs
So fuck what you heard" [x2]

See like hotcakes, people have prostate cancer of the liver
Yo, cause I deliver
Legt new shit that hits like a mule kick
Don't try to flip, moneygrip, or you'll get
A very swift kick in the anus, yeah
Homeboy, I'll make you famous
As a young buck people used to call me shorty
When I was broke I used to chip in for forties
But there's no retreat or surrender
And my pockets stay stuffed with legal tender
So give a shout if you with me (Yeah!)
Give a shout if you with me (Yeah!)
So give a shout and let me know if you like the way the flow, goes
And yo, does it matter on the FDR or the Westside
People contemplate what's the best side
But I sit back and observe like a Bhuddist monk
Cause Diamond gots spunk
For the new generation like Pepsi
I'll make your grandmother say "Heavens to Betsy"

[Sadat X] "Although I hit a pound of herbs I'm still nice with the verbs
So fuck what you heard" [x4]

The Composite Knowledge

HALF KOKESHI by Sam Rodriguez

This exhibition featuring Jaybo Monk, POESIA, and Sam Rodriguez, captures the evolution of graffiti writers to fine artists.

HERUKAS by Sam Rodriguez

{“The Composite Knowledge” unveils exceptional works by these three artists and shows the act of “compositing” by fusing the playful, unconscious process of painting with the techniques that they have gained over the many years of being fine artists and painting with a spray can. Immersed in the experimental, this exhibition aims to excite and surprise fans, artists, and collectors, alike.} http://1amsf.com/art-2/the-composite-knowledge-jaybo-monk-poesia-sam-rodriguez/

JAYBO

FIRST AMENDMENT GALLERY
1000 HOWARD STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

415.861.5089

TUES-SAT 12PM-6:30PM, SUN 12PM-5PM
CLOSED MONDAY

VISUAL STIMULATION


{Android Jones is at the forefront of the visionary art movement, a wave of artists who emphasize creativity as the foundation of consciousness and an agent of social change. 



As a digital alchemist, Android builds on the technical developments of past centuries in art history while pushing the boundaries of the imagination with new technologies and media forms....

Android Jones Art Opening/Black Rock Arts Benefit MichaelOlsen/ZorkMagazine

Moving beyond the traditional technologies of pencils, ink, and brushes, Android develops latent possibilities within software programs such as Painter, Photoshop, ZBrush, and Alchemy, discovering new combinations and uses for tools that exceed the original intentions of their programmers...}
http://www.androidjones.com/

Mind Boggling Android Jones Art


ANDROID + PHAEDRA (his wife) = PHADROID

YARN BOMBER: Lavanya Patricella



"Guerrilla Knitting" artistic vandalism, borrowing the graffiti artist's spontaneity and free-form flow to wrap tree trunks, mailboxes and lamp posts, not with spray paint, but with the color and texture of yarn. ~ http://articles.mcall.com/2012-07-12/entertainment/mc-guerilla-knitting-bethlehem-lavanya-patricella-20120712_1_yarn-bombing-street-art-graffiti

GUERILLA KNITTING
•What: A show of hand knit art by Lavanya Patricella of Bethlehem
•When: Through July 29
•Where: Home & Planet, 25 E. Third St., Bethlehem
•How much: Free
•Info: 610-866-7370

S.S. COACHELLA

This just in.. it seems COACHELLA is taking a note from HOLY SHIP and setting sails. There are two maiden voyages one to the Bahamas, and the other.... Jamaica monn!


Tickets start @ $500...Personally if I were going on a cruise I would be on the HOLY SHIP boat only because the line up is too amazing!! Maybe Coachella should have took the brand name and invested a little more in the entertainment. To each their own.. either way a trip to paradise is in order!

Check out allthe details @ http://ss.coachella.com/index.php.

HONEYDIPS



Honeydips in Gotham
Honeydips in Gotham
Represent

[Verse One] [Vex]
Twelve O'clock on my block on a hot summer's day
Asiatic dragonfly's passin' by my way
Sister Africa with oriental eyes here she come
Ebony rose from the Earth gettin' darker in the sun
Cocomo complexion brown sugar with the smile
Sun showers to the knees love flower by the Nile
Peace be ? the love survive
Coolin' in the park after dark with the tribe
Aww yeah
Check out all the honeydips in Gotham
Aww yeah
Chillin' with the deadlock crew
Aww yeah
Respect to every black woman I'm
Standin' on the street watchin' you
True
You know how we do
Chillin' in the aura effervescence just me and you
Out in Gotham, baby you fine
I think that I'm losin' my miiiiiiind

[Chorus] [x4]
Honeydips in Gotham
Honeydips in Gotham
Represent

[Verse Two] [Mondo]
A strong black complexion
You draw me like a magnet when you smilin'
You check me cause I made it, might you be from the Island?
The eye of the beholder couldn't handle you, you're precious
Pardon me my man as I address this
Honeydip I'm clockin'
Right on time here comes the perspiration
I'm not the man, she has an aura of intimidation
If I can know you name perhaps tomorrow we can grow
Your eyes don't lie, I'd be a great African hero
He who breaks the barrier will be the one's successor
I'm claimin' you my cheese because I'm fresher
At night I pray to God, we'll walk the path of righteousness together
Natural potent, my dip don't be smokin'
Patience is a virtue so I wait around for you
Honeydip in Gotham, I know there's but a few
Give me a day in the life of you, you smile with contemplation
Startin' off the evenin' with some pure conversation

[Chorus] [x4]
Honeydips in Gotham
Honeydips in Gotham
Represent

[Verse Three] [Vex]
All the lovely ones, bounce on the one
Switch on the two with the sister next to you
Now bounce with a new brother and rock with your crew
Honeydips represent, aiight
This is how we do
Coco butter brown sugar makes the underwater chocolate
Special dedication to the sisters come to rock it
The mind makes you fine so money can't buy it
All the ugly sister's be quiet

[Mondo]
Conversation is on the up rise
Not ended until dusk
When we're tired and are arms wrapped will make Egyptian
Must niggas get mad? When they see the honeydip and me
In Mocodo shorts, but we know who niggas wanna be
Flyin' through the galaxy, you'll be the star beside of me
The temple of the energy
The sister and I miss ya, when you're with me
Your my sweet and sexy thang
You're a honeydip to me!

[Chorus] [x4]
Honeydips in Gotham
Honeydips in Gotham
Represent

WALL 2 WALL

Miami - Wynwood: Wynwood Walls


In Miami.Florida.2009 Tony Goldman decided to transform the warehouse district of Wyndwood into giant canvases. He started with 6 buildings alon 26th & 25th ST, he hoped to develope the area's pedestrian potential.

Wynwood Walls

He also wanted to give the street art and graffiti movement the respect and appreciation he thought it deserved.

Wynwood Walls

"By presenting it in a way that has not been done before, I was able to expose the public to something they had only seen peripherally."

Wynwood Walls - Miami, FL

Shepard Fairey: WYNWOOD WALLS

"Shepard Fairey" "Wynwood Walls" "Deitch Projects" "street art" graffit "art basel"

{The world-class murals and spirit of the project continues to attract thousands of people to the Wynwood Walls each year. Among other things, it is an inspiring model for the revitalization of run-down, abandoned historic communities and a must-see destination for the city.} http://thewynwoodwalls.com/

Stelios Faitakis in front of his mural at Wynwood Walls, Miami

PHLIPSEYED


LOOKS LIKE A GOOD TIME! 

PHLIPSEYED CLOTHING LAUNCH PARTY
SATURDAY July 14th 2012
Woody McBride
Terry Mullan
DJ TWIST.
Funny Bones Crew

It's the get DOWN!

SOUTH CENTRAL

I was mobbin down central catchin' tags when I stumbled across this exquisitely painted smoke shop. Obviously they support our culture, so why not support them! If your ever in the neighborhood hit up this spot! Even if it's just for the eye candy. 


3601 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ
85040