Kardi Gras, Vol. 1: The Clash Album

Artist(s): Kardinal Offishall

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Kardinal Offishall Kardi Gras, Vol. 1: The Clash Cover Art

Tracklist

Hope

length: 5:40

[Spoken Intro]
To all of the song system
And all the players send a representative right now(now)
So we can start the war

[Song Intro]
What if my time comes before it's time
So much so that I can't finish my life?

[Verse 1: Kardinal Offishall]
I was writing this sitting on a German airline
I paid thirty euros for my air time
Just got news Barrack won again
While he saying his speech somebody got shot again
On twitter we vex, they still calling us niggas
But an hour later we screaming "sho(u)ts to my niggas"
LOL SMH ETC a red rogue does not make it with VIP (no!)
Vision of leaders with real legacy
Reality will just lead you to drink remmy (huh)
The same city that they president came from
Has multiple homicides possibly with the same gun
Being black outweighs the fame
When you fit the description you know it outweighs the name (huh)
Last seen in a white car wearing all black
Arrest everybody because we are all strapped
I met folks who never left the east coast
Unemployed but ironically eat the most
It's not a trap if you've never seen outside the cage
You don't know my story if you've only seen a page
I guess it's hard to go back to your inner self
When outside influences increase your wealth
I've seen humble cats change 'fore my very eyes
It's like even in a dialogue, wear a disguise
There's still a lot of malcolms in the neighborhood
Troubled by their exes cause the sex was good
Coupled children together but they live very alone
No DNA in Jaggers but fathers were rolling stones
My father deviated from most of what he was shown
Tried to correct it so I would inherit stolen thrones
I see the roses but i'm greeted with the hidden thorns
Watching the heavens rain still trying to weather the storm
They say that it gets the darkest 'fore the brightest light
Both my hands are tied but i'm preppin' for the fight
I'm spending time alone, praying, sending God a kite
Momma told me don't worry but the prize is out of my sight
I'm starting to notice others living in dimming lights
The trumpets blaring in the distance, I welcome the night
When I close my eyes, all hope is realized
I hope when I part my lashes, they materialize
I'm getting by on a dollar and a dream
When the government taxes that, try to intervene

[Chorus]
What if my time comes before it's time
So much so that I can't finish my life?
What if my stars collide moons ago? (what if what if)
So now I'm a reflection in your eyes
Is there really a heaven for someone like me?
Will you help me get there?
Is there really a heaven for someone like me?
Will you help me?

[Verse 2: Kardinal Offishall]
I feel like I was born to say more than feelin' you win on bright lights and good whores
For those who ain't never left they shores and feel bound to the mindset of struggle in poor (hey yo)
Never take no, never say can't, never think not, never only have one plan, never listen to your man, never listen to your girl
Nobody was born two at a time to this world yo(no)
Live your life for the first time with every breath that you breathin'
A few million dollars ain't enough for me even
I gotta make so much bread that my kid's kids good when I'm dead
I speak gifted like Andy with occurrences
Oratory dietitian, every word nourishes
Every prince flourishes before he claims king
This is my raspberry beret for the win

[Chorus]

[Spoken Word]
You don't know me, but as the dance goes on you're gonna know 'bout me
So my team set up(set up)

Baby It's U!

length: 3:48
It's not the way you smile that touched my heart
It's not the way you kiss that tears my apart

But how many many many nights go by
I sit alone at home and cry over you
What can I do, can't help myself
'Cause baby it's you, baby it's you

You should hear what they say about you (cheat, cheat)
They say, they say you never never ever been true (cheat, cheat)

Wo ho, it doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do, then it's true
Don't want nobody, nobody
'Cause baby it's you, baby it's you

Wo ho, it doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do, then it's true
Don't want nobody, nobody
'Cause baby it's you
Baby it's you, don't leave me all alone

OG

length: 4:28

[Intro: Assassin]
Mad something!
Oh Assassin, Kardinal a bad something
Search ya know!
Kingston!
I don't know 'bout ye
Man a real OG

[Verse 1: Kardinal Offishall]
When you the realest
You don't need to try to be relevant (OG!)
416 all we doin' is stick to the regiment! OG!
My Gosh
Money is talkin', de madem a try to be eloquent (OG!)
I'm friends with the hustlers and I give the daps to the reverend (OG!)
I told them to pray for the block and to pray for my brethren OG! (Pray for me!)
The ghetto is hungry, they robbin', shootin' and embezzlin' OG!
Wherever there's love I am home
Welcome to my residence (OG!)
They talkin' bout all that they doin', but where is the evidence? (OG!)
I do this for all of my kings that's living in tenements (OG!)
A moment of silence for haters
We offer remembrance (OG!)
I give you opportunity, you talkin' bout opulence OG!
You couldn't see what we doin' with Gucci binoculars

[Verse 2: Assassin]
Tell me!
What a nigga know about me?
I get L-I-V-E
You don't want beef and you the king
And all you wanna do is just preach?!
Niggas want everything free, you can get this D-E -L-I-V-E-R-A-N -C-E
S to the T-R-A-I to the G
H-T still in HD, holla at me, OG!

[Chorus : Kardinal Offishall]
OG! With no T-wop in my life my niggas is nothin'
The devil talkin' so loud, but we know he bluffin'
Youngsters don't provide info, yeah, we know nothin'
Tell me somethin'

[Hook: Kardinal Offishall & Assassin]
Tell me somethin' OG!
OG! Tell me ye ain't heard about me!
TICKA TICKA Real OG
OG! Tell me ye ain't heard about me!
TICKA TICKA Real OG
OG! Tell me ye ain't heard about me!
TICKA TICKA Real OG
OG! Tell me ye ain't heard about me!
TICKA TICKA Real OG

[Verse 3: Kardinal Offishall]
Nowadays...you can see me drive slow
Through the west side (OG!)
Big up all da man upon road, I was born on di East Side (OG!)
Sum' o' dem pull bad, I don't really trust da police out here (OG!)
Speed bad, doin' 80 in a 50, goin' straight through Leaside (OG!)
808's in the trunk, slave to fashion with a chain on (OG!)
Kunta Kente, still have plenty, I'm you're neighbourbhood Trayvon (OG!)
So many killed, don't have names, don't get reported on the TV (OG!)
So many illiterate, ignorant, that can't even spell LV (OG!)
You don't really know about me!
Trust we ain't from the same scenes
Trust we ain't' from the same genes
Trust we ain't inna dem tings
Nah, you ain't on my team!
Cuz all of us are born kings
And Queens respect the crown when you see it
Some wanna be it
But got they eyes focused on a Beamer
Tryin' hard but I'm still a sinner
Oh God, OG!

[Chorus]

[Verse 3: Assassin]
Real OG manna real OG
Ya girlfriend said that I'm a D-O-G
Cold-breaded assassin call me Kobe
Operator to the ting I'm like a D-O-C
Fear no man it's only G-O-D
Real OG no real orgy
'Nuf of dem a talk 'bout OG
They don't know 'bout the gangsta C-O-D-E
Dat dem with a big man
Big papa soldier with
Big man thirty
We a G-major dem a g-minor
Me g-shocks put them in a big flat
Then G pon
[?]
Pulla envy
Or we up a inna club where we drop 10 Gs
Or a 100 Gs pon a new Benzi
Partna's like "OG" When dere girlfriend see it
OG no hse up in the front seat
[?]
Mission complete
Everybody dun speak!
OG!

[Outro]
Me do me research!
What I can't cuss?
Me do me research!

No Reason

length: 3:59

[Intro]
Alright man the following song contains motherfucking bad words
Just so you listening

[Hook]
No Reason
Throwing money in the air for no reason
Pouring liquor on the floor for no reason
Look 'pon them, I don't need a reason
Burrr, skrt
I don't need a reason


[Verse 1]
Look 'pon them fool dem (nigga)
Showing off like the first school day (nigga)
I don't really care about any money that anybody making
Nigga I'm on a role, yeah (nigga)
I came from the hood like the next guy (nigga)
Reppin' from the east to the west side (nigga)
Only difference I ain't on no goon thing
Them niggas is coons, they say God is gonna bless thy (nigga)
Wonder if them rap niggas heard that (nigga)
Probably too worried where the birds at (burrr)
I am more concerned for my people from Africa living right there where the curb at (nigga)
I'm talking that talk, they don't hear me though (nigga)
With the big chain on, but they see me though (nigga)
Careful what you wishing, my mission is make you listen
Cooking crack up in the kitchen, pissing all up in the video
What me say? (What me say?)
You don't hear me though

[Hook]
Standing on top of the chair for no reason
Throwing money in the air for no reason
Pouring liquor on the floor for no reason
Burrr, skrt
I don't need a reason
Ayeeee No, I don't need a reason
Ayeeee No, I don't need a reason
AyeeeeNo, I don't need a reason
(Look 'pon dem) I don't need a reason
Burrr, skrt, I don't need a reason

[Verse 2]
On the real, I don't really care (nigga)
Do what you do my nigga, hell yeah (nigga)
Pour a little liquor the police is coming the get yeah
From the picture that you posted
The custy is overdosing
And they saying that you sold them what they died from (nigga)
Thing 'dem look sticky can't lie song (nigga)
No bother look at me, I'm just a square who seen his fair share of real niggas with a real bad outcome
Me and Five-0 is like apartheid (nigga)
They say I work for the wrong side (nigga)
I try to be friendly but most of them would wanna send me
To prison without a key cause I'm black I'm free
F that
I'ma ride for the new day (nigga)
I don't care what 'dem say don't shoot them (nigga)
The more that you become the enemy is the more that the killers and hoes are gonna recruit them (nigga)
Who dem? Slow down

[Hook]
Standing on top of the chair for no reason
Throwing money in the air for no reason
Pouring liquor on the floor for no reason
I don't need a reason
Burrr, skrt
I don't need a reason
Ayeeee No, I don't need a reason
Ayeeee No, I don't need a reason
Ayeeee No, I don't need a reason
I don't need a reason
Burrr, skrt, I don't need a reason

[Verse 3]
Maybe you listened but maybe you didn't (nigga)
It doesn;t really matter it's your decision my (nigga)
All I'm tryna do is get through to my niggas that'll only pay attention when they hear me say (nigga)
Maybe on day we will really ride (nigga)
Come together fighting for the bigger pride (nigga)
Until then I will just keep spitting nitrogen
Talking 'bout revolution inside of the pen (nigga, nigga, nigga)

[Hook]
Standing on top of the chair for no reason
Throwing money in the air for no reason
Pouring liquor on the floor for no reason
I don't need a reason
Burrr, skrt
I don't need a reason

[Outro]
It institutionalized slavery, family
You don't see what they doing out there my nigga
There's almost as many niggas in jail as there is in college my nigga
My nigga
You gotta do what you gotta do fuck what they telling you out there my nigga
It's bigger than that
There is a reason

To Kill a Shadow

length: 5:07

[Intro]
All I respect is money bro
That shit just trying to get this paper
You know what I mean
I ain't got nothing else
All I got is time on my..time

[Verse 1: Kardinal Offishall]
Yo
Time on my mind with not a second to spare
Want everybody from the ghetto to be a millionaire
But to get that guap they gotta earn it
Egos, they got to burn it
Divide and conquer, gotta unlearn it
We living in the days where the killers like prey
Lions in my eyes they behead us for the pay
We [?] protest against yay
With God we might've had it right, but godless I stay
Born here, raised here, summers in J-A
Get up at the same time getting money every day
Mr. Officer we got the ears of the youth
Staring at a king, I guess I would be afraid too

[Chorus: May Marquart]
How to kill a shadow is to shine a lot of light (shine a lot of light)
People in every ghetto, you gotta know you'll be alright
So hold on, better days are here, my friend (better days)
Only thing to fear is fear itself
That's where you'll live (where you'll end up)
So hold on

[Verse 2: Kardinal Offishall]
Africa, mother to civilization
Hundred kids mobbin' out at Kennedy Station
Unaware that they're the descendants of Moses
I gotta revitalize the hood 'fore my eye closes
Young G's please turn your cheek to the posers
The OG's suffers through the rightful and hoeses
The [?] clubs to the head so we can throw monies
Sniff coke, pop pills to drop out and talk funny
Every February you revolutionary as soon as march hit blow the whistle, back on the market
Selling street stories make my brother the target
Putting god first when you on the red carpet
Each one, teach one, love your neighborhood
But love the people more, we steady misunderstood
I heard gunshots echo at the peace rally
Why I'm a POI, what a burden to carry

[Chorus:May Marquart]

[Spoken Conversation]

[Verse 3: Kardinal Offishall]
Depressin', stressin', underachieving
Life make you question what you believe in
People that you know become strangers, when money comes
Unfamiliar actions when the money run low, everybody gone yeah
Where the ghetto money though?
It's just you and got bills and your tax debts
Profits you think you made, the IRS hasn't taxed yet
The system works for the hands of the architects
Ultimately we prosper, no matter the hurdle
Prove yourself with the actions and never the verbal
Men cheat, women lie, numbers get doctored
Stand tall, and be careful who you rock with

[Chorus: May Marquart]

So hold on

C.O.D

length: 4:10

[Verse 1: Kardinal Offishall]
They go, they go
Came from the hood ain't never sold blow (no)
Get it so fast that it look slo-mo
Even though I'm on your telly I ain't doing it for show (uh uh)
Here I is, here I is
Shooters put the Glock down, you know what it is
Take your trap money, throw parties for the kids
Spread a little love, give them a reason to live (ey)
Look momma we made it, she said no you blessed but the man dem still sell dope
This a win-lose, double-edged sword thing
Damned if you do, damned when you get more things
Damned if you don't, damned even if you try
So I give a damn but I put a finger to the sky
Lured to the left, lured to the right
Add another finger hold that bitch to the light

[Chorus]
All I ever wanted, was to get that money
And now that I got it (got it)
The whole world look funny, oh well
I just pour a little liquor for the homies who ain't here tonight
Two shots, one love for my people tryna get it right

[Bridge]
On me, got a lot problems
Nothin' that one shot of liquor can't solve man
On me, got a lot problems
Nothin' that one shot of liquor can't solve them
Man, COD, COD, COD
I need to get that COD, COD, COD
I need to get that

[Verse 2: Kardinal Offishall]
I don't care, I don't care
I hear all the fuckery but keep it over there
Cameras off, still a rude boy I swear
Rappers getting in trouble with chicks in their ear
Man get hype start to feel themselves
Tell people keep it real, them then real themselves
You can see them try to live a bad man life
When they go to jail they become a bad man wife
Bad man keeper keep, bad man friends, if you want a bad man, sell til bad man ends
Me? I ain't study in the bad man trends but a bad man asks you a why you [?]

[Chorus]

[Bridge]

[Verse 3: Kardinal Offishall]
I hear them talk, I hear them talk
I ain't really studying how waste man walk
Loading up the clip because I need another shot
Black cat, 9 lives, one love, 2Pac
Biggie lookin' down tryna see who in his spot
You can hear him laughing with Jesus on the block
You selling you soul trying to make another knot
You the man right now but you temporary hot
Fire works bust when the squad gets working'
Chicks spend money when the broads get twerkin'
Rude boy Kardinal still the same person
Power to the people till jock close the curtains

[Chorus]
(Raybans on and I'm lurking)

[Bridge]

Real Live Gangsta (They Say)

Always Carnival Time

length: 3:54

Insert Here

length: 3:17

One Dream Away

length: 4:30

The Naked Truth

length: 4:10

Sunshine

length: 3:47

That Chick Right There

length: 3:48

[Verse 1: Kardinal Offishall]
Pst, hey x3
I ain't never seen terrible fold
One pretty little chick trying to run out through the back door
So I stepped to the left, puffed out the chest
So fly had to show her that S
That action, distraction, make this a chain reaction
She was more than a ten
Her and her friends made their own money and had their own ends
Yeoah, Yeoahh
Come here and let me show you, show your pretty face more than dough, d-dough
You stay here and let your girl go
I don't mean, mean no harmin'
I want to show you the Rude Boy charmin'
Give me the signal I'm on it
That there body need wantin'

[Chorus: Chaisson]
Yo that chick, she's fine
And you know she's 'bout it
And how she looks, she's mine
She's all I want and I need
No lie, I ain't wasting no time
You see no fooling around because
Hol' up, wait a minute
That chick, that chick right there [x8]

[Verse 2: Kardinal Offishall]
She seem like a quiet girl
You know I don't buy it, not for a sec, on your mark, get set
Everything you protect is out
And I'm trynna see what you all about
Are you a Gemini? Or a Leo?
I'm a Taurus check out my ego
A little famous, check out your te-vo
Want to see a pretty gal go weeoh
Yo I'm on in good company
And a quick check, let me put you in check
Come erect when it comes to the sweat running down your neck from the DJ set (pull out pull out)
Blonde, red head or brunette (pull out pull out)
I see you rollin' it like roulette (pull out pull out)
From the front view to the silhouette, you a threat
Even now they boy in debt

[Chorus: Chaisson]

[Verse 3: Kardinal Offishall]
She a little off to the left
Skirt showing all the goodies that she got left
Now you off to the right
With about five guys following behind her all night
She comes them seems to the test
That seam cannot cover the breast
Heart pumping like a twenty minute workout
She in control, keep Captain Kirk out
See the twerk that, see the body bounce
You know that she only dips when it really counts
Animal prints on all them garments, give me one touch I'm on it

[Chorus: Chaisson]

Do Dat Dance

length: 4:13

I'm Just a Man

length: 4:36

[Chorus: Allan Rayman]
I'm just a man
Only chaos makes my plate
More chaotic than I am
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, just a man

[Verse 1: Kardinal Offishall]
Staring at a blue-eyed Jesus
Praying that my envy and my anger decreases
I'm on a journey
Someone tried to convert me and burned me to the bone
I can't escape life when I'm home
Saw my mama cry once and I don't want the deja vu
I wanna be like [?] with a better view
Tryna build a better me, you looking for better you
So I disconnected a little, seeking the better truth
True story, people don't want the scars
But they want the glory
I'm a survivor, every category
Married to the life but the leeches want alimony
Auntie, say a prayer for me, I'm just a man

[Chorus: Allan Rayman]
I'm just a man
Only chaos makes my plate
More chaotic than I am
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, just a man
Only chaos makes this man
Something more amongst his friends
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, I'm just a man

[Verse 2: Kardinal Offishall]
Brave thoughts from an old soul broken
I exist in many places where they see me as a token
Doing what I gotta, hoping it's leading me to doing what I want
It's most men's dream to flaunt
We wanna do that stunt but the moves may paralyze
You should see how life look through my pair of eyes
Pair of G's, I'm looking for paradise
Paraphrasing for petty checks, yo I'm an enterprise
See me emphasize empathy
Most them other guys moving, rarely looking back at me
Oh, what a surprise
Proving what I'm worth's like an orphan with family ties, irony
I'm looking to bury my family lies
Life cuts deeper when you feel it in back of you
Fighting feels worse when it's family attacking you
Yo, they judging and making their minds up without asking you
Most of what you hear is not actual, I'm just a man

[Chorus: Allan Rayman]
I'm just a man
Only chaos makes my plate
More chaotic than I am
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, just a man
Only chaos makes this man
Something more amongst his friends
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, I'm just a man

[Verse 3: Kardinal Offishall]
Walking with the most high, I'm never alone
Conversations with Jehovah in front of my home
Lord, why they move as bitches and say that they grown?
I'm loyal to them but they still wanna take what I own
I told them I'd share it, it's funny, it's never enough
I told them "I got you," they texting me, calling my bluff
I told them I love them and every thing I do is real
I tell them they talented, they tell me "Give me a deal"
I'm like Tyson fighting for ears
Knowing if they really listen, they'd know what it is
I try to show the most love, they show me their fears
Turning backs when I face them and show them my tears
So I wipe them and I took my heart off of my sleeve
Killing everything around me, never see me grieve
I got the accolades, tell me, what did I achieve?
If even God don't believe, I'm just a man

[Chorus: Allan Rayman]
I'm just a man
Only chaos makes my plate
More chaotic than I am
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, just a man
Only chaos makes this man
Something more amongst his friends
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, I'm just a man
Only chaos makes my plate
More chaotic than I am
Simply put, I can't be [?]
No, just a man
Only chaos makes this man
Something more amongst his friends
Simply put, I can't be [?]
I'm just a man
I'm just a man
I'm just a man

Tattoo (Rudebwoy)

length: 3:25

[Verse]
I ain't really into showin' off, rudebwoy!
Jah could sell sixty yo car, rudebwoy
I ain't really trouble nobody, rudebwoy
No coke, no (sniff) that's a joke, rudebwoy
Since when is it cool to be a fiend, rudebwoy?
I grew up on Biggie, how you mean, rudebwoy?
The charters never taste what you be sellin', rudebwoy
Now that pill poppin' what you yellin', rudebwoy?
You came up on the turf, that ain't us, rudebwoy
Don't make an OG call yo bluff, rudebwoy
If you talk tough, back it up, rudebwoy!
You see me got first, that's enough rudebwoy
I ain't really lookin' for no stripes, rudebwoy
I be at the gates, yell at yo face, rudebwoy
Ice water in the bloodline, rudebwoy
Ninty percent of these rappers lyin', rudebwoy
Saying you think to be a star, rudebwoy?
Who you parr wit is who you are, rudebwoy
I'm no hypocrite, I did my dirt, rudebwoy
I'm livin' everyday tryna benefit the earth, rudebwoy

[Hook]
Cause I know I liquidate veteran yesterday, yo
But betta don't ask me nothin' bout tomorrow
Is the ? pajama in sorrow
Irdy why I sing aye
Aye aye ayeyeye
We'll never back down, and I can tattoo that to my arm
Jano say you can tattoo that to my heart

[Verse]
I don't like most 5O rudebwoy
Bust some of them coll carolie, rudebwoy
Some of them will shoot without blinking, rudebwoy
Take ya hand outtta yo pocket, whatcha thinkin', rudebwoy?!
You tellin' the media it's racism, rudebwoy?
But you ain't tell 'em bout the animation, rudebwoy
Cops got you slippin' in the whip, rudebwoy
The breeze couldn't cover up the trees. rudebwoy
Cursin' wit yo bulletproof vest, rudebwoy
You stupid to be resisting arrest, rudebwoy
Now you got 'em reachin' for the Glock, rudebwoy
Assume the position, no talk, rudebwoy
Yo friends might snitch and switch on you, rudebwoy
They ain't goin' to the don for you, rudebwoy
When you back home from yo bed rudebwoy
Act like a man
But remember what you did, rudebwoy

[Hook]
Cause I know I liquidate veteran yesterday, yo
But betta don't ask me nothin' bout tomorrow
Is the ? pajama in sorrow
Irdy why I sing aye
Aye aye ayeyeye
We'll never back down
And I can tattoo that to my arm
Jano say you can tattoo that to my heart