Woke

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released July 7, 2017

All music written by Stephen Coffman, Pierce Freelon, Eric Hirsh, and Peter Kimosh (BMI).
All lyrics written by Pierce Freelon (BMI) except for
Doin’ What I Love - Pierce Freelon and ZenSoFly
Power Man - Pierce Freelon and G Yamazawa
Had A Good Run - Pierce Freelon and Jon LeSueur

© 2017 Chakra Con Music, LLC
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Produced by Steve McKie
Recorded by Steve McKie at Studio Pine, Philadelphia, PA January 2015, March 2016
Additional recording by Pete Kimosh at Deep Sound Studio, Durham, NC
Mixed by Steve McKie at Studio Pine, Philadelphia, PA
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC

Album art by Chris Charles
Cover photo by Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott
Jewelry by Cockamamie Jewelry
Band photography by Chris Charles

The Beast is
Stephen Coffman, drums
Pierce Freelon, vocals
Eric Hirsh, keyboards, synths, programming
Pete Kimosh, bass

Additional musicians
Baba Chuck Davis, vocals
ZenSoFly, vocals
Dr. Maya Angelou
G Yamazawa, vocals
Jon LeSueur, vocals
Lisa Jackson, vocals
Anthony DeCarlo, guitar
CJ Branch, keyboards
Aaron Draper, percussion
Steve McKie, programming

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Now in its tenth year, The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Straight outta Durham, the cultural and entrepreneurial nexus of a new south, The Beast is a home-grown artistic force, mixing tap-dancers, puppeteers, and spoken word artists into its repertoire. ... more

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Track Name: Power Man
black superhero i’m a weirdo
let me tell you why we here though in your earlobe
Pierce like a spear though Chaka Zulu
Negus we been sleeping cock-a-doodle
dude the force is strong within you
you got the juice blacker the Berry Obama’s in you
Luke we about break up out the cage like a would Assata would do
we banned in the USA like 2 Live Crew
we take the power - from the bank invest in each other’s fate
take the power - from the cops the enemy of the state
take the power - they tried to tell us we 3/5s a man
they was jealous that they dicks was only 3/5s the length
so we Luke Cage on em
raise the Iron Fist let that ma’fucka rain on em
underground run the train em
escaped slave break the chain on em
yeah we coming for ya power

power power power Powerman
power power power
we coming for ya power
power power Powerman power
to topple down Bablyon’s tower
we need power power power Powerman
power power power
we coming for ya power
power power Powerman power
to topple down Bablyon’s tower

[G Yamazawa]
check it out
so many people on a power trip
magnanimous levels of cowardice
are you the rose or the slab they planted the flower in?
can you fathom it homie fact of the matter is
so many think that their power lies inside of their salary oh
never had a hero that looked like me
except for Dragonball Z and my poppa in ‘93
i was locked in my mirror not knowing the major key
is manifesting your energy, strength, muscle and chi
i’m a Beast now
i done learned a lot from the past gotta teach now
cause Tupac told me to smile see my teeth now
yo imma grind with the wisdom of time
until babylon fall in a freestyle
yeah who want what with the youth uncut?
i’m in the booth with the suit untucked
i’m feeling fly the truth epitomized
so send me the address and tell the man
imma bask in the light i found in the blackness
that power

[Pierce]
power power power Powerman
power power power
we coming for ya power
power power Powerman power
to topple down Bablyon’s tower
we need power power power Powerman
power power power
we coming for ya power
power power Powerman power
to topple down Bablyon’s tower we said
wake up wake up brother
wake up wake up brother
are you ready to ride
till our people survive
till our people survive
wake up wake up sister
wake up wake up sister
are you ready to die
so our people survive
so our people survive

let’s start with Assata
she kinda like the Black Panther call her T’challa
and Nina Simone she like Storm
the way she shocked the globe like a thunderbolt
and Malcolm X is Blade
he made vampires leave us alone
Saul Williams like Falcon
when he read us a poem
and Harriet liberated the slaves
she broke the chains
that’s why I call her Luke Cage aka
power, power, power, Powerman
power power power Powerman power
power power power Powerman power
to topple down Bablyon’s tower
i said wake up wake up brother
and get that power man
power power Powerman power
to topple down Bablyon’s tower