Truth Be Told

from by John Eklof

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Revisit the opening scene at Columbia City.

Viewing it all from a different angle.
Making sense of everything.
The puzzle pieces fall into place.
I had to crucify my musical career in order to fulfill my purpose.

Fade to black.


sacrifice my rap life
to resurrect my spirit
my consciousness evolves
if you ever check my lyrics
back in 06’ all I claimed was important
was getting fame and fortune
went back to school
then ____ got abortion
fast forward 010’
now I’m flowing on my own
my homies stopped rapping
so I’m growing on my own
started buzzing like a bumble
from my spoken worded poems
yo it’s wild
strangers in seattle showing
love up on the random
my style
is kind of malcolm x
I guess I get respect
they say I’m reincarnated
I just say I’m next
to tell the truth regardless
to powerful and heartless
ignorant and smartest
get ready

yo it’s time for revolution now
when this country meets atonement
from this microphone I’m holding now
I’m emboldened
my words turn to riots and resistance now
there’s magic in promoting
self reliance and persistence now
defiance of the status quo for instance now
yo it’s senseless how
they killing so many people that’s defenseless now
so no more writing verses
I finally found my purpose
telling melanated people
“please, could you let your genius surface?
you’re golden how could you feel worthless?!”
yo I’m talking dr. king and malcolm alchemy
to overcrowded halls people overflowing balconies
just to hear me speak
what’s written in their heart
if illuminating truth
is forbidden in the dark
then my weapon is my honesty
and I’m giving out some sparks


from TEOTB, released February 21, 2016



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