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How Much Is Water?

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Wise words are like water. Crystal clear and essential for life.

"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche.

"How Much Is Water?" challenges listeners to consider how much music is worth in today's landscape. J-live experiments with various modern styles of production and enlists double time rhyme schemes that he hasn't incorporated since the days of the classic single "Them That's Not" from his debut album "The Best Part". J-Live maintains the balance with his signature boom-bap ethic, jazzy eclectic samples, and thought-provoking lyrics. "

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released November 13, 2015

All songs produced by J-Live.
Cover art by Sean Fahie

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Track Name: Warm Currents
Warm Currents
Walking round your city this morning like, ‘who ever thought I’d make it out here?’. In fact, who ever thought I’d be back? All from just putting my thoughts over a track. Every visit is the chance of a lifetime. No hits but still I touch all the bases. Grind hard like a designated runner. Still bad with names but I don’t forget faces. From the port to the street to the shops to the stage to the staff to the crowd. Take a picture it’ll last longer. But a thousand word song pixelates much stronger. Whoever said love don’t pay the bills musta never made art for a living. I’m living as a kidnapped hostage on the land of a wiped out tribe but even still every day is thanks giving. Warm currents.
Killing time online in the afternoon shooting the shit with some complete strangers. iTunes listening back to my own shit. Old young shit to brand new grown shit. Checking in with the fam like I’ll be right back. It’s good to be home. It’s good to be missed, for real. It’s good to be missed away from your home, indeed. Not everybody gets down like this. Its good to be loved, it’s good to be kissed by the sun on every time zone of the Earth. If she don’t see that he wasn’t doing it right. Having said that what we doing tonight. And I confess, we just looking for a way to release that stress. For double meanings you could blame that dress. But I digress. I’m eating off of food for thought. Neither of us should ever settle for less. It’s arm currents.
Looking around at this crowd right now thinking, this about to be the greatest show ever. 5 50 500 5000. You will not forget tonight. Nope. Never. This ain’t a concert, it’s a commencement. Congratulations on your graduation. You are all now J-Live alumni. Throw your hands in the air it’s a celebration. Everybody up in here with your hands up. A little higher if you down for what ever. All the single ladies in the house, by the end of this show now we go together. I’m just playin unless ya gon do it. Shit, don’t knock it until you been through it. I got my eye on this one in the front if she front it won’t be a deterrent to none of these warm currents.
Track Name: Feel This
Feel This
You done caught me at the wrong time. Like I been waiting in a long line. And I was waiting for a long time. Only to find out it was the wrong line. On top of that you coming at me with the wrong rhyme. Full of sound and fury signifying nothing. Empty threats to a invisible enemy. Even figments of your small imagination know you bluffing. That whole style that you sonned is playing with toy soldiers shooting with toy guns. It sure looks like fun but I put down childish things to get this work done so… Run along sonny run. Go play somewhere in traffic for all I care. It gets graphic in here. We crush a lot of players Stay out of the dragon’s lair, ‘cause you aint no dragon slayer, nah.
Now all my real emcees you gotta feel this. Fake writers and biters just won’t feel this. Hip hop junkie fanatics gonna feel this. Posers and front runners just don’t feel this. Now you should throw your hands up if you feel this. Get out your seat and stand up if you feel this. B-men and B-women if you feel this. This is only the beginning.
I suppose you could call me a battle rapper. Truth be told it’s been a while since I battled rappers. After a certain level a master doesn’t half to. Still a warrior but that’s not the battle I’m after. I am no longer so concern with my competitors. None or threats simply some are worse and some are better. Battle myself like I’m the writer and the editor. I save the hunt for preying on my natural predators. I battle stop and frisk cops for my human rights. Covert and overt racists actin’ mighty white. Religious vampires trying to suck my people dry. The all eye seeing vs. The all seeing eye. I Battle these lobbyists and politicians steady scheming. I’m looking deep within battling my own demons. I’m battling this cycle trying to be a better father. To show my babies to never give up on what they’re dreaming.
Now all my real emcees you gotta feel this. Fake writers and biters just won’t feel this. Hip hop junkie fanatics gonna feel this. Posers and front runners just don’t feel this. Now you should throw your hands up if you feel this. Get out your seat and stand up if you feel this. B-men and B-women if you feel this. This is only the beginning.
The true and living God battling my devils daily. Defeating my self-defeating self trying to scare me. Making music selling records and promoting shows. It’s a up hill battle but that’s just how it goes. I battle loved ones steady second-guessing my profession. With the whole world stressing I’m battling depression. I battle self-proclaimed conscious people lip professing. I battle fake 5%ers that don’t know they lessons. Battling self-conscious acts of passive aggression. I battle bold face liars and they still aint confessing. Surrounded by the wrong foods we battle hypertension, diabetes high blood pressure not to mention. So many battlefields of physical and mental health. The only weapon I’m armed with it knowledge of self. Now I aint claiming undefeated or somehow perfected, But I bet you Imma die with a winning record.
Now all my real emcees you gotta feel this. Fake writers and biters just won’t feel this. Hip hop junkie fanatics gonna feel this. Posers and front runners just don’t feel this. Now you should throw your hands up if you feel this. Get out your seat and stand up if you feel this. B-men and B-women if you feel this. This is only the beginning.
Track Name: Numbers & Letters feat. Rome Supreme
Numbers And Letters featuring Rome Supreme
First you gotta get the knowledge and then get the wisdom. The understanding is that you can’t be a victim. The culture turned me to a man on a mission making power moves striving to get my hands on a million. Equality, got me thinking family and children. The God in me is deeper than the brand that I’m building. I was built to destroy these niggas and then rebuild’em. Born from a beautiful mother poppa was brilliant. The knowledge of the cipher got me on some keep it real shit. If she knowledge knowledge you know me I probably killed it. My word is my bond if you knowledging my wisdom. Military training. Dollars and them pistols. You know me I’m like a captain. To be a master, it takes knowledge and understanding. Knowledge the culture, and who the man is. Originally upon the planet. I knowledge power, and said I really gotta have it. But can’t pursue it like a savage. Knowledge equality, and then we spread it cross the planet. Now they knowledge god and the plan is, to use my knowledge to build until I’m mad rich. Catch me making knowledge born on your local campus. Now I’ts wisdom ciphers. I’m about to cash in. Catchme on square when I’m dealing with a bad one. You gotta wisdom knowledge if you really wanna grasp it. When I was wisdom wisdom found out I was a magnet. Kept my 22 for the drama I attracted. 23s on plus the women say I’m handsome. Fell likeI’m romantic. Got wisdom understanding. I was born like this already understanding. But I wisdom culture. Seems like I enhanced it. Now I wisdom power, and keep like wisdom planets.
Allah founded this nation just so that we could be born into this life somewhere on the family tree. Eyes wide open realizing that you once were blind. But now you see yourself for what we are. Divine. Recognizing that equality between the son of man and the father. We both God. Separate together over space and time. Trust this. That’s why me and mine, he and I are both Justice. A seed is a seed same knowledge different application. Teach him to lead his family like a King of a civilization. The sun gotta shine bright, even in the night. For the love we go through hell just to get it right. Free your mind from that slave mentality. Master yourself to improve your reality. No time to wait, bring the nonsense to a end right now so the healing of your nation can begin. Every person place or thing in the cipher touched by the live know they dealing with a lifer. My daughters got my power cause it’s never unseen. So when they knowledge Gods he’ll be dealing with a Queen. She not easily fooled smart and strong enough to rule. You could never enslave her they’re their own self saviors. Ya better save yourself with the truth or square biz they’ll hit you with the proof til you know what time it is. You out here in the universe and aint nothing new. The key to victory is know your history. Long as that wisdom remains unknown That’ll be why you zig and zag trying to find you way home. Ricocheting all over like ping ping ping. But we back like a boomerang that was just flinged. Soon as you get your bearings everything is everything that’s why zig zag zee means understanding.
Track Name: Ya Momma So Black
Your Momma So Black
Your momma so black if anybody try to play the dozens like that, they need to be Smacked. Even If it’s the last joke in the laugh factory hit the well actually and send that shit back. Your momma so black, if any body try to insult her like that they lose. No matter how funny guess what you big dummy thoughts are things your subconscious Gets abused. Your momma so black like the soil of the most fertile crescent reflecting the essence. You momma so black she attract attention soon as she grace the room with her presence. Your momma so black its blessing on blessings a reward or a penalty stress and be Stressing. Your momma so black my suggestion is do not test unless you want that lesson. Your momma so black she a smack the shit outa you for putting yourself in harms way. Just so you associate the action with pain, and know better than tryin that dumb shit again. Your momma so black she gets double whammy as a woman in a white man’s world. Your momma so black it should make you think twice before you disrespect your girl. Your momma so black it don’t crack and your man so glad to have a woman like that. Your momma so black that song you love that say bitches aint shit, it’s pretty wack. Your momma so black while brothers pass and self hate a white guy saying hey girl. Might as well swoop in since so many black men fantasize about a blonde being they girl. Soma fetishize and objectify. Soma find true love soma really try. But your momma so black she just want you see the value in your round the way girls eye. Your momma so black so blue so brown so red so yellow that hue so dark so light so middle so fair so deep so fine so what who care cause. Your momma so black is black is black is black is black is black is beautiful. Objections? Speak now or hold your piece but its pitiful this is so critical. Your momma so black she pivotal the backbone to her resident nation. American British French Greek Filipino Dominican Haitian Brazilian Korean Mexican Egyptian Canadian Pick one random. Black man black woman mother and father of civilization got damn what a tandem. Your momma so black no matter what your father is somebody thinks you’re a nigger. Your momma so black they attack how full her lips are but want theirs bigger. Your momma so black with the coconut or olive oil on I can see a gutter rainbow. Every color in the spectrum glistening. You think it’s a insult you’re not listening. Your momma so black no matter what your father do for you she want more for you. He can try to debate curve or swerve it. Whether he got it or not you deserve it. Your momma so black its unnerving to the powers that be too resilient. Despite all of the pressure on your coal she made sure your diamond still shine too Brilliant. Your momma so black when she heard about Trayvon she called to check up on You. Your momma so black before she brought you into this world she tried to warn you Your momma so black she might be proud of it or she might not. She might be a victim Or buck the system but she still raised you to shoot your shot. Your momma so black brown yellow Latina Indian Asian it’s the reason your momma so fine she remind me of mine so I call you brothers and sisters!
Track Name: Got Me Thinking
Got Me Thinking
Hey. The name’s J. The one that laugh and joke but don’t play. The one that wants all the buddy. “ALL THE BUDDY?” Well not quite. I’m actually real selective. Emotionally available forward slash over protective. Wondering what’s her objective. Break it down like a true detective. Am I just a piece of meat to be freaked with? If so we could be possibly on the very same frequency. But, recently much more frequently they be equally attracted to my decency and seeing me as some kind of total package. Now It’s not just about the package. Them other brothers aint rapped to tight huh? As if their mother’s aint raise them right or some shit. But let’s just deal with tonight like. You and some good food and some good drink and some conversation. You beautiful. Me? Handsome? Why Thank you. Shall I pull your hair and spank you? What ever happens happens. Details are not why I’m rapping. But some wake up on the love boat and go, “look at me! I am the captain!” Woh… Brand Nubian, Slow Down lil too quick to be in so deep that we gotta make plans. But where you coming from I understand cause…
‘Cause I really had a great night. And you definitely my type. And it seem like your mind’s right. And the chemistry is mad tight. Yeah you got me thinking. I admit it you got me thinking. Girl you got me thinking. Can’t front you got me thinking. NOPE!
“Can’t do it. Won’t do it. I want winners.” I put the single in Microphone Singletary. Don’t get caught up if I’m cookin you dinner. Breakfast is hard to earn. Rest in Peace Guru. “On To The Next” new new. If it’s a “Daily Operation”, You should win an award for lots of patience Cause that’s all a sister could have for a brother caught up in his kids music and math. You really wanna “Step In the Arena” just show me your true colors and get to know me. Mean time I aint trying to be mean but my time is money so “No More Mr Nice Guy” I mean, Imma keep hitting that spot when you doing that thing I like but uh nice try. You really coming at me with a “Full Clip”. Trying to get them other girls curbed. Want me to put my name on it like we “The Ownerz”. Lock it down like all rights reserved. Take it to a level that we both deserve. Break out the cuffs to protect and serve. Cause we don’t get on each other’s last nerves and you Like the way I handle those curves. I mean the proposition is tempting. Like Gon head and make yourself at home. They say the grass aint greener on the other side if you simply water your own. Hmmm…
‘Cause I really had a great night. And you definitely my type. And it seem like your mind’s right. And the chemistry is mad tight. Girl you got me thinking. Must admit it you got me thinking. Yeah you got me thinking. Can’t front you got me thinking. NOPE!
Look. I am not a pimp apologist. Just Happily single not currently monogamous. I gotta move the way king moves. Not concerned with what the Queen’s logic is. She can fly across the board. Imma take it one square at a time. You never knowing how each game goes down. A pawn could mess around and score a touchdown. A queen could get forked by a knight. I seena rook get pinned by a bishop! Two moves later checkmate. Why can’t we just focus on the next date. I see you rushing to the end game. She even tried to play me on the clock. I’m gonna have to decline that gambit. But you looking so fine got damnit. And I love it cause you stay so candid. And how we keep going til we can’t stand it. Truth be told you’re my favorite planet. But things don’t always work out he way planned it. I guess I could say the same. If its time to grow who am I to stay the same? If we moving onward and upward, why remain on this plain? Maybe I need to quit playing.
‘Cause I really had a great night And you definitely my type And it seem like your mind’s right And the chemistry is mad tight yeah you got me thinking girl you got me
thinking can’t front you got me thinking I admit it you got me thinking NOPE!
Track Name: The Seven Sees
The Seven Sees
My flow change up like the seven seas. The bars be deeper than the seven sees. This music take me all across the seven seas. For those that show me love yeah the seven sees. My flow change up like the seven seas. The bars be deeper than the seven sees. This music take me all across the seven seas. For those that show me love yeah the seven sees. Welcome back to my You-n-I-versity. This is a master class not a nursery. This is for all the vets not the rookies. This that meat and potatoes not that milk and cookies. It’s water water everywhere. Only a little bit is fresh tho. If you aint got a drop to drink. Don’t it make you wanna stop and think. Like that Sprite say “obey your thirst”. Just don’t display your thirst. Less you betray your thirst. Then you just prolong and delay your thirst. You counting friends. How many real though? You counting on your friends is the issue. Not everybody that’s witchu is down. Not everybody that’s down is witchu. Some people change up like the seven seas. Showing something saying nothing but the seven sees. When you flowin they be salty as the seven sees. You can front all you want but the seven sees. My flow change up like the seven seas. The bars be deeper than the seven sees. This music take me all across the seven seas. For those that show me love yeah the seven sees. Thank you shout to my fans and my frienemies. Imma hustle til it seems like it’s 10 of me. I hope you getting yours cause potentially. We could help each other exponentially. Since we all want the same things, competition is redundant. When we realize we on the same team. We could achieve it all in abundance. Some thinks it’s all about having thangs. Some think it’s all about doing thangs. Money sex power drugs. Tripping off the joy it brings. I got goals on the timeline. Still presently complete within mine. Happy regardless it won’t make or break me. Knowing I’m God means God can’t forsake me. I achieve this easily. Simply by consciously being me There aint no later in my alphabet. There aint no do either better yet. But there’s a now and be though. Same deal as above so below. Minding my own biz. Keep it on the d low. That’s why the god stay so tranquilo. I win the race at my own pace. Hard to explain easy to demonstrate. Pay attention on time and never hesitate. That bill has the illest interest rate when it’s late. As I make my own way around the seven seas. For all the ups and downs that the seven seas. The waves be choppy as the seven sees. But I won’t let it stop me cause the seven sees. My flow change up like the seven seas. The bars be deeper than the seven sees. This music take me all across the seven seas. For those that show me love yeah the seven sees.
Track Name: Kings Just Rule
Kings Just Rule
They say heavy is the head that wears the crown. And everybody wanna catch the game of thrones. So much that people just recycle the same ole sounds. And make the rap game look like attack of the clones. They got beats that knock for like three notes. A whole album of bars with like three quotes. Rappers mumble behind their deep accent. Sayin Jack sounding like autotuned deep throat. So in the land of the blind the cyclops finds the shine. But there’s plenty to see on the periphery. The spotlight hits a handful of real emcees and people act like they solved some kind of mystery. You want to front like lyrics is back. They never left fuck all that revisionist history. I mean they are who we thought they were you wanna crown em. The court’s fulla killers with flows that might drown’em.
Yeah rap beef rap fued rap feudal system. Rap futility. Infertility. So much pent up anger. Hostility. No love lost or found for that crown. The throne or the ring or the play’s the thing. The Poison in your ear makes it hard to hear. With fake Journalists just glorified dick ride. Pick clicks for clicks Playing the perfect courtier. Yasiin been told you who was run this rap shit. They Add a T sign a 360 and traps kids to Rap drug traffic over hi hats rapid. Your Pennies on the dollar like a tree sap tap kid. I’m Fickle with your trickle cause my flow like rapids. The God stay crazy cause the dogs is rabid. They Leashes real tight as they flash fake riches. Chase the snake bitches and swing for wild pitches. As the mate tricks glitches since the snitches get stiches. Dee Jays play along knowing they dead wrong. The weak or the strong. Who got it going on? They claim kings of media but really just pawns.
Yeah teachers teach and do the world good. Kings just rule and most are never understood. The rules get broken and the kings do to. For kings that teach subjects remain true. When the revolution come, if all you was talking about was your crown don’t act like you was down. Get found up under your thrown. Get dragged up out of your home. Get right or get gone. I salute success in these days and times. For all those that built a empire out of rhyme. I see you and your greatness shine. Inspiration is the only way your greatness can relate to mine. So when I hear a master teacher claim king of a region. It sounds unreasoned like truth out of season. We know it aint no best. We have no opponents. The job of the emcee is to rule the moment.
Track Name: How Much Is Water
How Much Is Water?
Way back when Fard asked Elijah. On this earth how many square miles are land and how much is water? Allah let me draw it up fast forward. How much is water? How much is water? How much is water? How much is water? Way back when Fard asked Elijah. On this earth how many square miles are land and how much is water? Allah let me draw it up fast forward. How much is water? How much is water? How much is water? Allow me to draw it up.
Two questions that I’m asking. For my lil ole 5 year plan. 1 How much is water? 2 How much s land? Geography’s not what I’m thinking. I mean real estate and for drinking. You’d never guess which one’s more premium. Like it’s aint our whole means and medium. Tank level on the fresh been sinking. Before it hits E let that sink in. They say don’t shit where you eat. But where you sip is stinking. Not just how much is water. How much of that water is clean. For your meat to live in and your drink. Tub and kitchen sink. Whole earth three quarters water. Can’t get a whole bottle with three quarters. Whole body three quarters water. You literally buy yourself. Feel like I’m all by myself. How are we all by ourselves? All standing right by each other. Pulling bottled tap water off shelves. Yawl talking about save this planet. But the planet’s gonna be just fine. Man might not be surviving. Beyond that new horizon. Sea level just keep on rising. This weather is not surprising. Mother nature is undefeated. Think she feel like compromising? Just like these corporations. More powerful than half these nations. Community, humanity, wholistic. Sounds like why yawl hating. Get money fuck patience. Got money still got no patience. Preying on they patrons. Think they feel like negotiating. Charge poor what they don’t have to get what they can’t live or work without. Tax your spot and pump it out. Front like they really gonna work it out. Hide your lakes, hide your wells, hide your springs, shit hide your hydro. That’s where they go to hide the toxins. Mad drugs in your water cycle. On accident and on purpose. The more you know the more nervous. Can’t even keep track of what’s in there. Your government at your service. Fuck your lawn, fuck your golf course, fuck your fountain, fuck your dam. When we fighting over water like oil you’ll understand. Man!
Way back when Fard asked Elijah. On this earth how many square miles are land and how much is water? Allah let me draw it up fast forward. How much is water? How much is water? How much is water? How much is water? Way back when Fard asked Elijah. On this earth how many square miles are land and how much is water? Allah let me draw it up fast forward. How much is water? How much is water?How much is water?
Look. Everybody rappin. But only few can flow. Among that few that flow really though how much is water? Among that chosen water really though how much is fresh? Crystal clear in your ear not that wrong food pumping fear. I see some of yawl sippin that Kool Aid. A lot of us love that grape soda. Some think there drink is the bomb though. With a plastic grenade full of quarter water. Like what the hell is that blue flavor? White bark raspberries aint neon bright. Some of yawl drink Idiocracy. Braggin’ ‘bout the electrolytes. I mean drink whatever you want. I’d just be sure to drink what I need too. All this music is food for thought. Watch what these rappers feed you. How much is water really worth if when you don’t pay it evaporates? Free download swimming upstream. Trying to wake up from my American dream? My craft man? My skill trade? This aint no get rich quick scheme. This hard work. It’s a labor of love. This art work. From the heavens above. That wisdom getting passed down. But then passed up like pass over. Don’t take these flows for granted. Even if my cup runneth over I. Told yawl on that “Half A Glass”. Always room for improvement.. If you don’t want your assets frozen apply some heat to this movement. Your favorite artist be moonlighting you shrug your shoulders. It’s just he tide? Well if you let that well run dry then maybe your thirst is justified.
Track Name: Cold Currents
Cold Currents
Who are you? Who do you belong to? My point of view is inside out. Whether I think you're hot or not either, I might sweat but I will not catch a fever. Now you could have my attention but I'm still at ease. A Alikes, B boys, CBs, DJs, ladies, promoters, emcees, producers, labels, fans, families, friends, frenemies and not so friendlies. I show love to all cause that's all I be. But please don't get it twisted. Cause Imma be me. From knowledge to born Allah to zig zag zee. “Realizing the realism in life in actuality”? Don't give a fuck about your status or your salary. If you're not self aware that's a tragedy. Knowledge of self is not an act or a strategy. The essence of existence is essentially existential. A pleasant way on an instrumental to tell you that it is what it is. Open to more tiers just by handling biz. Imma water these flowers. Combine this flour with water. Kneed that dough? Bake that bread. You wanna get money from me or make money with me? Come and work next to me get some sweat equity. For those that would rather compete as if their cipher's already complete? I aint agin ya I'm for ya. For those that wanna wait and see to hop on when it's a fait accompli? It's aint that I abhor ya, but I must ignore ya.
That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.” That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.” That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.” That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.”
I heard the best revenge is living well. In that case I hope you get your big payback. The honest truth is that i only want the best for you. Ironically I made myself a hot mess for you. And let you go because my best laid plans were foiled. Bent twig crooked tree now the fruit's spoiled. I pulled the trigger got to hold down the recoil. And bite the bullet cause there's no way to put it back. That's why I never talk gunplay or flash iron. My Nana said don't even show it till you're bout to use it. I know better than to use it unless I have to. It must a been life or death for me to blast you. You wanted till death waiting for me to ask you. I could be down for that, but not because I have to. See I would never jump the gun and half ass you. And not before I have a chance to do the math to, see how things add up for it to last through, the hard times when the wagons get circled. So tight that nothing outside can penetrate. Can we keep each other hot enough to circulate? And stay cool enough to let each other ventilate?… Meant when I said I never wanted you to be anything other than who you truly are. The fine print is that it doesn't guarantee you're what I need. Close but no cigar. I'll guess I’ll simply love you from afar.
That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.” That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.” That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.” That’s why I’m staying inside. “Wash my wears in Tide ‘cause it’s too damn cold out, Tide.”