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

by Third Root



"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" vimeo.com/181380794.



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 (www.thescrewshop.com)

Contact: thirdroot210@gmail.com
IG: @thirdrootmusic Twitter: @thirdrootmusic


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Third Root San Antonio, Texas

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

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