Sketches of Liberation f/ Mellow Man Ace [Prod. by PICNICTYME]

by Third Root

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Third Root and Hip Hop legend Mellow Man Ace unite to spread a message of liberating the mind, soul and body. The track was produced by Dallas, TX own PICNICTYME (of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids band) and includes a brilliant flip of Blue Mitchell's "Blues 3 for 1." Hope you enjoy this slice of Blue Note Jazz/Hip Hop fusion and the first of several new projects on the way from Third Root.



MexStep: mind elevation, deep concentration / fixed on the beat, window seat education / past street dealing to 9 to 5s in buildings / to academic ceilings on the mic to share my feelings / jazz words floating high out ya speakers / like Raúl Salinas, like Alurista / connecting Black Power Movements to the Movimiento / revolutionary consciousness, conocimiento / God’s work, like Rahssan Roland Kirk / music and a message broken down in a verse / Mellow Man Ace in the place, we met in NYC / now connect SA to LA / underground forecast, transmitted vocally / Cubano, Chicano, Black Arts Poetry / fighting the oppressor, music for the struggle / on a ride taking you to a higher level

Hook: liberate the mind / liberate the soul / liberate the body let your world unfold (scratches)

Easy Lee: that strobe light moment when the facts are revealed and the truth settles in / so the ink your pen starts spilling like the water in New Orleans when the levees broke / study what the Moors wrote / hints in the penmanship / Kush got a story, her scholars were the first / the colonized mind might condemn me for this verse / but the jewels and the pots and the stories on the stones that we scribbled on live in Rome / underneath the Vatican / bring em out like Tip say / knowledge is the weapon but you gotta get your own gun / love peace nature in creation we are all one / look at me the linguist talkin like a Daoist / ignorance is childish / my OG put me on to Ngugi Wa Thiong’o / Third Root, Mellow Man Ace got a verse too / hooked up with the legend humble convos bout oppression / jazzy instrumentals for these liberation lessons


Mellow Man Ace: it’s invisible / in order to see it you need triple optic visuals / but it’s there / the unseen vice grip of life in the form of inflation and taxes from the white / supremacist organizations from the days of plantations / and 1492’s mandatory indoctrination birth Negro-Peans and ignorant Natives / so listen to democracy now to get the latest / 500 years of blood sweat and tears / and manufactured viruses to keep the people in fear / the devil’s wide awake however God’s in a slumber / waiting for the day that life calls his number / so I live my life like it’s 1491 / before they forced Jesus with a Bible and a gun / word to Juan Flores / who lived his life for us / educating all the slaves so we came out the forest / rest in peace




Produced by PICNICTYME
Mixed & Mastered by Josh Hack for VirtuoSound Studios (Canton, GA)
Trumpet by Jason Collier (Atlanta, GA)
Recorded in San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA



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Third Root San Antonio, Texas

Third Root is a HipHop project that consists of Charles Peters (Easy Lee of MoJoe), Marco Cervantes (Mexican StepGrandfather), and the legendary DJ Chicken George. Peters is an accomplished poet/author/MC, and Cervantes is a producer/MC/Ph.D. who teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio. ... more

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