Soul Force [Prod. Adrian Quesada] feat Da'Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against the Storm, Bavu Blakes, & Vocab

by Third Root

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"Soul Force" is the second single from Third Root's highly anticipated third album LIBERTAD. The song brings together seven of Texas Hip Hop's most insightful emcees over a percussion driven composition by legendary musician/bandleader Adrian Quesada.

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To go behind-the-scenes, view the mini-documentary "THE MAKING OF SOUL FORCE"



Da'Shade Moonbeam: Yeah / we comin' fresh from the southern soil / from a pot that's on simmer / cause the block is on boil / we're the chefs in the kitchen / pitchin finger lickin chicken / out the window of nutrition / fresh food is what you gettin/ Da'Shade brings the energy to move / your medulla oblangatta with your buttocks / to the groove / of a samba that is fused / with some twerkin to a rumba / on a plate the size of TX without conservative drama

Chaka (RAS): Even small coffins are heavy / ready to break my levies / let this liquid spirit carry / like a Chevy bending corners / marching like parades in New Orleans / new days upon us / seeing new dawns, a new plain, a new song / for new sons and daughters / spittin against the storm erasing all your lines and borders / riding on the low end cause it's more than just a theory / I add some real loving so my future children hear me

Easy: The Bob Dylan of rap / my pen is the trap they glorify / my poetry dope / my hands dirty / I've been playing in art / create from the heart / deep roots / Black is the thought / wicked as Cain / audio flames / Easy is the name / my composure the same / a hog in the lane / but quit swine to go lean and make room for the Queen

Qi DaDa (RAS): The selectah's Legba / what you need the bread fah / prestidigitize it from the ether / or you could get it from me the high priestess / press reset the circuitry is the secret / the juice and the butter / no use for u suckers / I'm the hues and the colors / in plexus the nexus / a sistah spits / now you rappers get sexist / I move my torso and bring the light more so / from batas to go-go / dressed to impress it's the African social / spread the word la sapeurse vivant / the water and the will to get you what you want / so let me flaunt

Easy: Qi I like dat / Queen do dat / gold slugs thugs guns drugs where I grew at / Hip Hop is all dat plus this know dat / scribble at yo level of knowledge / where my OG at?

Bavu: Let's not put the cart before the horse / there's an order to the ops that the corps can't endorse yet / let the collective supernature take it's whole course / step by step Barbara Jordan called it SOUL FORCE / so if I can't change the world I can change mine / so we could change minds / multiply / trying times / instead of watching time fly / Lord keep my circle tight in the sweet by & by

Vocab: Sacrificed my rhythm on the alter of wisdom / pendulum swings centripetal interim / hearing them clarion congas / tumultuous timbales / bongos / macho / hembra / clavé / dalé / crack skin against skin conjure uprising / palm to stretch distressed flesh / we press & we strive / blood to beat / strike & repeat (2x)

MexStep: Third Root live at the BBQ / at night in the Cypher where we spark a few / verses from SA to the ATX / posse in effect like The Last Poets / these days we bring to you community rap / lyrics for the mind to get you amp on a track / critical beat down to bump in your ride / at home in the office inside outside / don't hide from your kids bring em in when you listen / to new styles & rhythms with old traditions / bomba, plena, rap, son jarocho / MexStep tejano, Chicano, Pocho, local hero in halls and bars / on stage rockin with some Texas stars / DJs, MCs, activists, scholars / building and connecting roots it's all love


released September 8, 2016
Conceived & Arranged by DJ Chicken George
Lyrics by Third Root, Da'Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against the Storm, Bavu Blakes, and Vocab
Produced & Mixed by Adrian Quesada
Recorded at Level One Sound (Austin, TX)
Artwork by Izabella Tablante of #WRLS
Art Design by Tosin (

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Third Root San Antonio, Texas

Third Root is a HipHop project that consists of Charles Peters (Easy Lee), Marco Cervantes (Mexican StepGrandfather), and the legendary DJ Chicken George (DJCG). Peters is an accomplished poet/author/MC & high school teacher. Cervantes is a producer/MC/Ph.D. who teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio & DJCG is a world-renowned DJ, musicologist, designer & Jazztronica! Peddler. ... more


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