Built to Last

by Akrobatik

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released May 28, 2014

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Akrobatik is a hip-hop artist from Boston, MA. His talents have taken him on several tours in the US and to over 25 countries around the world. Akrobatik also teaches hip-hop history and practice at PHACharter School as well as at UMass-Boston as part of its Honors Program. He will release his third solo album, Built To Last, in winter 2014 ... more

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Track Name: Ak to the Future
It’s time to start – goin’ off, goin’ off (go off)
Roll up on your city like the Trojan Horse
These rappers is Nickelodeon soft
Ak’s back for more homie, simply took some sodium off the diet
You’re in tune to the one man riot – Ak
Integrity intact, ‘cause you can’t buy it back
And though many will deny the fact
It’s a lot of rappers wishing that y’all would have said ‘goodbye’ to Ak
Not yet – too many verses I ain’t dropped yet
Hotness – it’s the monster Dread Lock Ness
I ain’t here to ride the pop set or cop jets
I’m a microphone fiend repping hip-hop vets
General stripes: salute that!
It’s time to get the medical wipes when I pollute that skin
With the acid that I’m spitting from within
My cyborg chest cavity – my flows test gravity
It’s no sense grabbing me, I’m radioactive
Ak be clearin’ up the game like acne – name me Proactive
Blame me for actin’ out of this world but, see, I’ve been there and back
Call me crazy, but I’ve been hearing that shit
And I ain’t fearin’ jack shit, when you’re hearin’ Ak spit
It’s like Negro spirituals re-enacted
Deep wisdom like teeth that’s impacted
Peep rhythm – murdering beats I have mastered
I guess that makes Ak an assassin, a human Mac and I’m blastin’
Right through these tracks – I hope your seat belts are fastened
Cause once the heat’s felt, there’s no masking the pain
When they’re collecting the remains and their asking the name – tell em
A to the motherfuckin’ K, homeskillet
He’s growing stronger – rap’s void he’s gon’ fill it
With these lyrics that be militant raw – Many were hittin’ before
But most of them had one significant flaw
That good livin’ kept them from focusing on diligence more
And they forgot the reason that people was listenin’ for
Black Dialogue, I showed you back with Lif in ‘04
If you were sleeping then, well, now you’re gonna listen for sure- let’s go!

[scratches]
Let's go for those that don't know
This is Ak to the future, no DeLorean
Let's go for those that don't know - know
This is Ak to the future - that's right
Let's go for those that don't know
This is Ak to the future, no DeLorean
Brace yourself, for the main event
I'm back - better than ever - and I'm just gettin' warm
Track Name: Built to Last
[Intro - Mr. Lif and live crowd]
When I say "Akro", y'all say "batik"
"Akro!" "batik!" "Akro" "batik!"
When I say "Akro", y'all say "batik"
"Akro!" "batik!" "Akro" "batik!"

[Verse 1]
Yo check this
These rappers come and they go
But I've been here the whole time letting motherfuckers know
This is longevity vs. brevity
You'll never be ready to meddle with my pedigree
I'm not impressed by Mr. Fresh Guy
Who's hot now - next year, working at Best Buy
This is Akrobatik, brother, why would you test I?
You leave with your chest fried - even the best tried
And lest I forget, pop rap is no threat
I'm a vet from the era of the purple cassette
And yo, no, I don't drive no fancy car
But where I've been, so, your whip will never get you that far
I'm known as an underground international star
You're the answer to a trivia question at the bar
You won't be around next year
But guarantee aother Akrobatik gem will reappear
Because (I-I)

[Hook]
I'm built To last
I'm here to stay
I hold it down
Get out my fucking way
I'm built to last
Yeah, you're here today
But you're gone tomorrow
Get out my fucking way

[Scratchwork - DJ Reel Drama]
Cause I'm the type of nigga that's built to last
Built To Last
Cause Im the type of nigga that's
Built To Last

[Verse 2]
Little dudes handing their careers over like they lost bets
Ain't willing to put in the years to be a boss vet
Immovable object, Rock of Gibraltar
There's greatness running by you like you're blocking for Walter
Old Faithful, verbal shots bust your whole grapefruit
If Ak smells hate, troop? Then Black Hell Breaks Loose
Here's something new to peep and blast, niggas
For my 2092 jeep ass niggas
What you hear leaves the careers of mad toys dead
We ain't going nowhere, like Bad Boy said
Fresh since the 80s, in the 90s I was dope
Since 2000, I've been one of the most dependable to quote
Whether you know it or not, I've been blowing up spots, collecting victories
Rocked with y'all New York City to Italy
I strangle the track, and make the song squirm
Standing strong, firm - Built To Last for the long term, saying

[Hook]

[Scratchwork]

[Verse 3]
Ayo
I've returned from aortic dissection
To move hip-hop into a forward direction
So you can clear the orbit of this morbid perception
That hip-hop could forfeit border protection
Y'all forced it with this corporate affection
That's leaving fans absorbing nothing more than your sexin' and flexin'
If you ain't the authentic, then order my next shit
Sit down with it, learn a thing or two about the hectic eclectic
Electricity when I flex my ethnicity
It's no mystery when I bless the set vividly
That history is being made
In every Ak verse you hear, sincere homage to pioneers is being paid
I make the jams that the fans want to rush for
Akrobatik is the one-man Mt. Rushmore
Reason laid the dope drum track for me
To proceed with rap's greatest comeback story
Because I am

[Hook]

[Scratchwork]
Track Name: Campus Invasion
[scratches: Paten Locke]
The big man on campus

Most rappers fail ‘cuz of the sloppy way their beats are chosen
They need to move to Germany and rock some Lederhosen
You fuck with Ak, you hear that beat explosion
A good look, like you found a parking spot that had the meter broken
I’ll rock a heap of shows and wake up all the sleepers dozin’
And get these heaters goin’ so we get the people knowin’
Best believe I go in – flowin’s in my hemoglobin
Plus I got the game to pull that shorty by the speaker posin’
She lookin’ good and smilin’ like she would be pleased to know him
Whispered in his ear she got some supple double D’s to show him
Legs were lookin’ lovely, bubble exceeded the norm
Did a couple more songs and bounced with the key to the dorm
What’s your name again? She smiled and repeated it for him
Watched a little movie, then it quickly proceeded to porn
Threw on the lingerie, she want him to beat it ‘til morn
Now the heat is on, lights are gone, and the speakers are blowin’
Hip-Hop, Run-DMC ‘My Adidas’ is goin’
Her homie’s callin’ and he want a Ak CD, a old one
And if I sell it to him, we can have the weed he holdin’
Took it to her room, my name was on the wall, graffiti golden
Strip poker man, you know you’ll never see me foldin’
Now she’s standing there in the bottoms of her bikini only
R.A. is knocking at the door – don’t let him see me homie
I’m fully dressed but, yo, these college heads don’t need to know me
I politely stepped out the side door
And continued with my homies on my worldwide tour, but
She got expelled, so I guess the knowledge is:
Be careful when you fuck with a college chick

[scratches]

The big man on campus

Rain on your college-ass disco dorm

Hey baby, you got a girlfriend? Me so horny. Me love you long time
Track Name: Mercenary's Theme
Get your money up
(Gimme, gimme, gimme....)
Everybody get your money up


Come on Uncle Sam, really – it can’t be hard
I’m just tryna re-up on my EBT card
What you mean I got no government access
Then why you got access to my taxes
What clowns? How’d the government shut down
Over some shit that’s been in the books for months now
Come on, are you serious
Yet Congress wanna give bomb threats to Syrians
You throwin’ stones living in a glass house
‘Cuz back home you leaving your own assed out
Waiting on funds while they’re home passed out
But the end of every week, y’all's checks is cashed out
Of course citizens are gonna lash out
At each other when it seems like hope is cast out
The thanks we get is more tanks and shit
For electing you bozos – kick their ass out

Get your money up
(Gimme, gimme, gimme....)
Everybody get your money up

I ain’t saying to be scared – I’m saying be prepared
‘Cuz it’s looking like the muhfuckas really don’t care
So we gotta cash out
But so many of us will go the fast route
Try to make a milli up in the crackhouse
Or maybe ball out like Jerry Stackhouse
Everything’s a gamble so don’t crap out
When you wrestle with them demons, you’re bound to tap out
Had to bring my homie from my high school class out
Told him it was bottom of the ninth, last out
He said ‘Ak, you always went the class route'
So he took me to the bank and yanked the cash out
(Yeahh), now Built To Last’s out
Now Ak can hit the stage and rash out
Take it to your face while the beats blast out
After this I’m goin’ back in the booth to black out

Get your money up
(Gimme, gimme, gimme....)
Everybody get your money up

Everybody out here fightin’ to survive
Got us lookin’ like a real life GTA 5 - damn (x2)

(Gimme, gimme, gimme...)

Out here in Boston, Taxachusetts
We’re chasin’ an American dream that’s elusive
It’s ‘bout to be a bunch of wild people on the loose
If you don’t stop measurin’ our necks for the noose fit
But all y’all wanna do is cash out
Bring your name a Lil’ Fame and Mash Out
Beggin’ for trust when all you is cast doubt
I’m bookin’ a flight – fuck this, yo, Ak’s out

Get your money up
(Gimme, gimme, gimme....)
Everybody get your money up
Track Name: Three Hunnit ft. Edo G. and Masta Ace
[Cuts: DJ Therapy aka Paten Locke]

Huh-ha!!!!

[Verse 1: Akrobatik]

Ayo
I’m throwin’ off your hand-eye co-ordination
Now your modus operandi is subordination
Niggas notice how my band flies across the nation
Masta Ace, Edo, and I – the coronation
Radio guys: really, how can I support the station
They only play music from dudes who can afford to pay them
Fuck that – I’m stormin’ through with different forms of mayhem
Whether you’re sleeping in, or steppin’ to the A.M
Y'all rap niggas is hysterical
That’s why we’re coming through to break down the walls like Chris Jericho
You turn blue like varicose veins
Soon as I shoot this convoluted venom dose to your brain (my nigga)
Yeah, and as your system shuts down
You recognize this is how the dope shit must sound
I’m from New England, so you know when I touch down
I’m in the spot with legends, and we’re tearing shit the fuck down

[Hook]

All for one, one for all
You ready for the brawl, we answerin’ the call
There’s only three of us, and 300 of y’all
But we comin’ with the battering ram to break the walls

[Cuts: DJ Therapy aka Paten Locke]

One for all, and all for one
All for one, and one for all
One for all, and all for one
One, One, One, Huh-haaa!!!

[Verse 2: Edo G.]

Edo, Ace. Akro – bold, not bashful
King of the castle, stop your ride, break your axle
Break the shackle of the rascals with wack flow
The baldy, dread, and afro – we assholes
You’re the wrong groups hypeman
Unexcitin’, Nazi – Adolf Eichmann
Fightin’ the enlightenin’, the bottle of lightning’
Encitin', no bitin’ have you rappers re-writin’
Fuck conservatives and liberalism
Never been forgivin’, ‘cuz I am the rhythm
Fuck Illuminati and the symbolism
Free your mind, homie, from the mental prison – ay!
I been cocky, hip-hop hierarchy
Ak been marinating just like teriyaki
We don’t die – you can’t kill Rocky
Love DJ’s, but hate Disc Jockeys

[Hook]

All for one, one for all
You ready for the brawl, we answerin’ the call
There’s only three of us, and 300 of y’all
But we comin’ with the battering ram to break the walls

[Cuts: DJ Therapy aka Paten Locke]

One for all, and all for one
All for one, and one for all
One for all, and all for one
One, One, One, Huh!

Listen – every verse that I spit, be on some personal shit
I’mma be cursin’ every person you with
Man, I’m just trying to urge you to quit while you’re behind
‘Cuz before you ahead, you gon’ be dead or lose your mind
You ain’t verbally fit for the Fantastic Three – Ace, Ed, Ak
Send you back to hell in a handbasket
So beware – we go all out like a street fair
You speak out, and get stretched out like a beach chair
Don’t be quick to be looking to claim a victory
‘Cuz we swear – there’s all kinds of defeat here
Now be clear, ‘cuz it’s all painfully obvious
This ain’t a game, and our main aim is to body this
Any jerk, saying he lyrically do work
Ain’t worth shit, and his workmanship is the shoddiest
This ain’t a party, it’s somethin’ closer to Mardi Gras
We look at y’all and laugh at y’all, like ‘hardy har’

[Cuts: DJ Therapy aka Paten Locke]

One for all, and all for one
All for one, and one for all
One for all, and all for one
One, One, One, Huh-haaa!!!
Track Name: Stop and Stare
[Chorus: Eleon]
Stop and stare
Stop and stare

[Akro Intro]
By now y'all know how I do things
Slightly off-center but always on point
It's Ak, yo

Quick description: 5 foot 3 vixen
Beauty and intellect at once – she is the perfect contradiction
Friends from the beginnin', clicked ‘cuz we both winnin’
Getting paper worldwide, got the globe spinnin’
It’s tough when we’re both together
Her body too perfect not to receive the utmost pleasure
It’s frustratin’ – and even though I ain’t just waitin’
Don’t wanna be too blatant and flagrant, so I’m patient
Proper alignment of the constellations
Is required for the consummation
But every conversation be makin’ me more anxious
Pure anguish – now we’re going through more changes
One day it’s like I got the green light
Next day: things don’t seem right
She’s slightly out of my reach, like the sweetest fruit on the peach tree
And by the time she reach me, all I can do is

Stop and Stare, yeah
Is it that curly brown hair, or that round derriere
Or that little savoir faire that you got
Either way, you’re hot to the point that I’m speechless (x2)

[Chorus: Eleon]
Stop and stare
Stop and stare

I know you remember that road trip
Where every other sentence was a Freudian slip
And you flashed that little grin to let me know that you acknowledged it
If I was working at the school, you would've got a scholarship
And it seems to me you took your character and polished it
You been through a lotta shit, but don’t dwell in the politics of it
Your true depth I gotta discover
Ready to give a whole lot of this brother, and not just as lovers
And we gon' make it hotter this summer, glad you provided your number
I’m wakin’ out of my slumber soon as you come around
Wait – I’m wildin' – the moment that you showin’ up smilin’, I just fall silent
Nothing to say except ‘how was your day?’
Tell me ‘bout your last show and what club did you play – hey
It’s not like I don’t care
But when I want to say what’s really on my mind all I can do is

Stop and Stare, yeah
Is it that curly brown hair, or that round derriere
Or that little savoir faire that you got
Either way, you’re hot to the point that I’m speechless

[Chorus: Eleon]
Stop and stare
Stop and stare
Track Name: Alive
I'm in my crib feeling blast
Early afternoon session and my homies just left
All of a sudden started feeling mad stressed
Like an elephant was standing on my mother fucking chest
Now I start to panic and the game took in false
Agitated by accelerated rates of my pulse
I called up my lady like I think I'm dying, hon
She said, get off the phone with me and call 911
I tried, cause shit was really faded in a hurry at this point
The numbers on my phone was all blurry and shit
But by the grace of god I managed to dial
And told them please send somebody to my crib right now!
I knew that that's the only way that I would stand a chance
I'm a rider, but now I'll be riding in an ambulance!
They found me face down on a pavement
Probably thinking about my tombstone engravement
Vague memories were begging for resistance
They said they couldn't help me
But we're just a short distance from a hospital
Mass general, class medical facility, incredible professional abilities
Next thing that I remember was my mom's voice
Ain't she in VA and holding my hands
My aunt Joyce, what's going on?
How long have I been strapped to this table?
I wanna speak, but the ventilator makes me not able
I'm hoping that is just a nightmare
But every time I open my eyes I'm right there
Tools and machines everywhere, I guess they're helping me survive
Well, at least I'm alive!

Been down, been down, now, now I'm back
Been down, been down, now, now I'm back
Been down, been down, now, now I'm back
Never felt more alive

A so called heart attack
Got you brother acting, ICU
You almost murdered me
It's time for a emergency, surgery
In and out of consciousness, doping me up
Not knowing they're about to call, open me up
They couldn't hesitate, they had to saw through my chest plate
It's sort of wild how they fix my aortic valve
Artificial parts and wires will take months to heal
Now it's for real when I say that I'm the man of steel
Friday the 13th, the day that I won't be hating soon
Cause friends and family was pondering in the waiting room
Words spread quicker than a stronger aroma
Roumer was that your boy was in a comma, yeah!
Shit was serious, of course I was oblivious
Damn near frozen, but not decomposing
Best friend in my ear saying I'm the chosen one
The resurrection, far from the dead direction
Cousin hugging my arm for what felt like days
For all the love I was amazed
Then the docs finally let me know that I would survive
I can't believe I'm alive

Been down, been down, now, now I'm back
Been down, been down, now, now I'm back
Been down, been down, now, now I'm back
Never felt more alive

Trust me all, the shit does not tickle
Tubes buried in my belly steady eatin' popsicles
IVs and catheter felt like I was massacred
Thanking God I'm not the one they had to buy the casket for
But even now while I'm dropping this rhyme
I'm recognizing if it's not your time, it's not your time!
I went from an unimaginable death
To smile at my homies while I took my first steps
My head cleared when I stopped taking vicodin
Now all I think about it is getting on this mic again
And to each and everyone who said a prayer for me
Shed a tear for me, maybe put one in the air for me
All I Can say is thanks for giving me strength
Because I truly believe you increased my life's length
All I had to do is show some dedication
Now all I gotta do is take a little medication
You won't help me avoid disaster
In the come back, better stronger and faster
Now it's my mission to prove that I'm deserving
Cause thanks to God ya'll and brilliant surgeons
I'm alive!

[Scratches]
Been down, now I'm back
Never felt more alive
Track Name: Where Am I? ft. Mr. Lif
Gentlemen, we can rebuild him
We have the technology
I can't feel anything

[Verse 1: Akrobatik]
It started as the first steps towards a man’s endin’
An ended up being more like Johnny Depp in Transcendence
The numbness, how did I become this
Will anybody learn anything from this
We’ve all felt like a shell of a man
But imagine a man without a shell – that’s a livin’ hell
Virtual prison cell murdered my existence
Or is it preserving my existence
I can’t feel but this is colder than the worst December
I’m like that Captain America flick, the First Avenger
Mind’s intact, but yet and still it hurts to remember
Where’s my home? Did it burst into embers
What about my loved ones? Are they gone forever
Did we take our last road trip singin’ silly songs together
Who’s in charge here? Who do I talk to
What kind of time portal did I walk through
Somebody tell me where am I

[Cuts]
Where Ya at?
I black out and wake up to catastrophe

Where Am I?

[Verse 2: Mr. Lif]
Yo, Ak - You have questions a many. your mind's in a frenzy
Hold up for a moment - calm down, let me tell thee
You are you in the truest form
Just with no human form - nowadays, human ain't the norm
Your body would roast, the sun is too close
With new types of bacterias, our bodies fell host
It's 80 years beyond when you've last yawned
You missed the earth splitters and the winters with the nuclear dawns
Ak, it's me Lif - I stored your consciousness on a disk
I'm leader of a team of scientists
Considered unethical or ill-advised, but we're alive
Please Don't cry with virtual eyes
But visualize the new body you'll have soon
That we've built, powered by the light of 2 moons
With new alloys that I found in Beloize
A new planet that's arisen since earth became void
Free yourself from the who and how
Don't grasp at the past, your path begins now
Your question haunts me every now and again
As I look into the sky and see a mountain of flame
Where Am I

[Cuts]
Where Ya at?
I black out and wake up to catastrophe

Where Am I?
Track Name: Rekless Abandon ft. Reks and Chilla Jones
Grrr, Grrr
I'm rattling this cage - rattling it
C'mon
It's A to the K all day
With my homies from around my way

[Akrobatik]
Ak’s not the brother you want to fuck with
The type of cat you need a turbo U-Haul truck to hit
The dreaded linebacker frame’s back in the game
With a loaded clip of lyric slugs I’m packin’ for lames
Everybody dressin’, rappin’, lookin’, actin’ the same
Inspect as I inject the real back in your veins
Adversaries’ capillaries bust – they allergic
To the word perfect wordsmith with the absurd gift
To move the herd swift away from the wolves in sheep’s clothing
I do it with this mic I keep holding
Ak spits fire, feel the heat scalding
And live in fear of the career I keep molding
Like ceramic sculptures, gotdammit vultures
Swooping in to manhandle my culture
But fuck that, I give the game CPR
Carefully planned rhymes circulating through its lifelines
You’re busted like a BP pipeline
If you think you can fuck with my new CDs tight lines
I’m not just another nigga with a gripe I’m
Experienced, vintage, high percentage shots
Point blank range on the beat
You’re mad, ‘cuz my joints make change on the streets
Check the archive, my catalogue dates back to analogue
Feeling like the champ right now - raise the banner, dawg
When I’m finished, put my jersey in the rafters
AK-47 musical massacres
I shine like a beautiful Acura
Better yet, I shine like beautiful Africa
I wanna burn an L with Mandela
So he can say ‘Ak, you’re an intelligent black man, fella”
I’ll tell him ‘sir, I’m not worthy’
Then I’ll rip a show in Johannesburg absurdly
Give Akro the World Cup
Because I kick that shit that makes you rappers all curl up
Into the fetal position – like fiends
But no cookin’, no needle, just listen
You thought you was the shit but you were really just pissin’
Everybody off, because your flow was batty soft
The rhyme shotty made ‘em carry all the bodies off
The flow’s murder, your career – no further
Ransacked – y’all niggas is Tampax
Summer’s Eve douchebag niggas with nan stacks
I’ll end it off sayin’ peace to my man Smacks
Eddie Jackson – wish I could bring my man back
This is Ak – 1,2
Now what the fuck you gonna do

Yeah

[Reks]

Such a Star studded lineup, the booth light up
The truth writer sight of cyclops fire
I a sire won't retire like run vocal spitting like Pun, Kool G, uzi on a loose leaf
More Kool Keith than Chief Keef
East beast bars beat what more you want geez
This epic on a record mass most respected lyric weapons
Giving lessons on sentence stretching sit and recognize the wreckage
Etch a sketch spit scribble you out it is about time I rap with Ak
Slap wack cats silly this is very legendary for the city
You miss it its a pity pinching pennies penciling witty commentary
Way before i knew to middle finger Tom and Jerry
I was buried in the five star college ruled parallel lines
Running laps around obstacle courses trying to get that flow flawless
Said fuck the law amidst the lawless
Thinking deeper ala barbers overhead bobbing in the mirror
Momma said to go to bed shoulder shrug to them older heads

[Chilla Jones]

Y'all rappers been hermaphrodites
Since Joe was slapping Mike for not keeping his afro tight
Me and Akro write sharp as an Exacto Knife
Don't even act, you ain't trying to re-enact no fight (nah)
Cats don't like the fact Jones write
I don't gotta rap like I move packs of Snow White (never)
You mad cause you been wack your whole life
Well, your style gotta be more current so get your flow right
Your biggest feat, for me, would be a lowlight
I got a holy feel with the mic, but don't bite
Yipes - I'm back in a zone
I don't care about a crown, I don't rap for a throne
I don't gotta boast, mostly the stature is grown
And you don't gotta say shit when your status is known
I ain't the one to match with to match wits
Sound like I'm stuttering, right?
But I'm sick when I rap, it's a tumor cats get
They gonna die, whether tomb or casket
You three deep? Ak, gimme two more caskets
I reign supreme no matter who forecasts it
Jones
Track Name: Let's Keep It Goin' ft. Dutch ReBelle
[Chorus: Akrobatik and Dutch ReBelle)

This love is built to last
I wanna tell the world about it
Baby put it on blast
We let it marinate when we coulda gone fast
But this love is built to last
See. We keep it goin’
On and on and on and on and on and (let’s keep it goin’) (x3)
On and on and on

[Verse 1: Akrobatik]

I heard ‘em say ‘money over bitches
If you know the difference between what a queen and a bitch is, you’ll always have riches
And you and I are now a unit to get this
So anything that’s not on your wish list is dismissed
I wanna get you wide open like a deep threat
Make it last forever like Keith Sweat
We both agree there’s opportunities that we’ll each get
But let’s agree that jealousy’s a place we’ll never reach – bet? (please, yes)
Please just continue to bless me with your presence
Impress me with your essence, and flex your effervescence
‘Cuz you sparkle like bubbly – so damn lovely
How much more lucky could a brother be than this discovery
Other duos ain’t half as strong, won’t last half as long
Maybe it’s because their math is wrong
We’re solid as a rock, like Ashford and Simpson
You found a brother’s heart’s password, and you went in

[Chorus: Akrobatik and Dutch ReBelle]

This love is built to last
I wanna tell the world about it
Baby put it on blast
We let it marinate when we coulda gone fast
But this love is built to last
See. We keep it goin’
On and on and on and on and on and (let’s keep it goin’) (x3)
On and on and on

[Verse 2: Dutch ReBelle]

Like the last two bars in my verse – that’s where you’re crucial
I’m positive that negative’s blurred, you keep me neutral
So all my ladies give you respect, my dude’s salute you
‘Cuz pictures can get fuzzy when the funny wanna shoot you
But when you’re in my flash, you’re quick to crack a smile
Feel like we're runnin' laps, still go the extra mile
Living like a joyride when I crashed into you
Leaving parties, wrapping food up in some plastic for you
My past filled with you, I’m staying on this pathway with you
Just so I can spend my last day with you
They don’t know about the half I would do, staying true
If we ever get in trouble much, skipping through – no double dutch
We talk, sharing lessons with no chalk
Not mad, Boo, that’s just the way I talk
Too hard not to keep you in my thoughts
Style chic from your kiss down to your locks – on the clock for ya

[Chorus]

This love is built to last
I wanna tell the world about it
Baby put it on blast
We let it marinate when we coulda gone fast
But this love is built to last
See, we keep it goin’
On and on and on and on and on and (let’s keep it goin’) (x3)
On and on and on

We keep it goin’
Uh, uh on…
What up
Track Name: Hope ft. JTronius
[Intro - Tarik MacFarland and Akrobatik )

Thank you
It just puts you in the moment. I'm not even thinking about where I'm at
Im just - my headphones on on the train
I can't wait to just sit across and listen to it
Once I do this one
And what, this dude got pipes too. When he lays it down it's gonna... (yeahh)

[Chorus - Akrobatik and JTronius]

(Hope) My city need it
(Hope) My family need it
(Hope) My people need it (we all need hope)
(Hope) the whole world need it (yeahh)


[Verse 1: Akrobatik]

You can feed your seed if you can feed your weed habit
Opportunities like these, indeed – grab it
Our community is in need, can we please have it
Young, intelligent minds conceive magic
While neglect breeds tragic outcomes
I understand a sinkhole is hard to climb out from
But yo – we have to make it, so why procrastinate
And make the future generations wonder why they have to wait
Get out and see the world, your block will blind you
And you can’t escape things you need to leave behind you
I don’t mean to preach, I’m just trying to remind you
To not be another statistic with a line through
I know the bills be compilin’, cops profilin’
While you’re with your crew freestylin’
I seen this girl with no arms, smilin’
Same time, I was mad about a late flight – I was wildin’


[Chorus: JTronius and Akrobatik]

At the end of the day, we all need hope

So if you ask me ‘bout the scar on my chest
I’ll tell you on some Man of Steel shit, ‘that ain’t a ‘S’’
When I thought I was done and at the end of my rope
They tattooed my body with the symbol for hope, uh-huh

(Hope) My city need it
(Hope) My family need it
(Hope) My people need it (we all need hope)
(Hope) the whole world need it (ohhh, yeahh)
We all need hope, yeahhh


[Verse 2: Akrobatik]

Hope is something that we gotta maintain
No matter what the evils attacking your mainframe
Bailing out is ill, son
‘Cuz I have yet to meet the brother that gave up and still won
In poker, if you got a chip and a chair
You could end up the millionaire that’s doing flips in the air
Overtime buzzer-beater. Sudden death goal
It’s that killer instinct that was never left cold
And I’mma kill shit until my last breath – old as fuck
Long as my body stays holdin’ up
And even after that I’ll still have something to say to ya
I’ll rock it like Dilla or Professor Xavier
I’ll let my students know they’re not mutants
And redirect them from the pollutants that got ‘em shootin’ each other
The ones in control don’t love us
But we're brothers, we're brothers (come on)

[Chorus: JTronius and Akrobatik]

At the end of the day, we all need hope

So if you ask me ‘bout the scar on my chest
I’ll tell you on some Man of Steel shit, ‘that ain’t a ‘S’’
When I thought I was done and at the end of my rope
They tattooed my body with the symbol for hope, uh-huh

(Hope) My city need it
(Hope) My family need it
(Hope) My people need it
(Hope) the whole world need it (we all need hope)
(Hope) My city need it
(Hope) My family need it (ohh)
(Hope) My people need it
(Hope) the whole world

We all need hope