Woke

by The Beast

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Infinite 03:55
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The Pledge 01:28
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Power Man 03:23
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
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I Need You 04:29
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Mothership 03:32
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Runaway 03:50
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Woke 04:29

credits

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

The Beast would like to thank our fans for being patient.

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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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