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released July 7, 2016

All lyrics by Quincy Davis

Beat production:
Dreamlife Beats (tracks 1, 2, 5, 10)
Strong Symphony (tracks 3, 4, 6, 9)
Kloud Nine Music (track 7)
Mantra (track 8)

Additional vocals:
Nafisaria (tracks 5, 6, 10)
Antonia Marquee (tracks 2, 7)
Charlie Dinero (track 3)

Additional cello by Samantha Black (Tracks 4, 8, 9)

Recorded / produced / mixed by Quincy Davis
Mastered by Nick Moon / Tone Proper LLC
Executive Producer: Quincy Davis © 7G Creative


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Quincy Davis Portland, Oregon

Quincy Davis is a recording artist and producer nominated as Portland’s Best Hip-hop Artist (2017 Willamette Week readers poll) which is a testament to the deep connection with his audience. His passion and dedication to his craft has cultivated a unique sound, blending conscious lyricism, soulful tones and deep rhythms that carry the power to move crowds. Dropping new music in 2019! ... more

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Track Name: All I Know

I still got my soul
if it’s all I know
made my mistakes, earned my scars
my heart’s not cold, I still got my… soul

(Verse 1)

there is no pathway ahead of me, so I trail blaze…
play this game wit integrity, let em know there’s a way

yeah they_say that you conscious, but you aint selling
start selling, they say you aint conscious
I just wanna give em an option
I just wanna break these boxes

dealin wit fake sh**, dealin with hatred
dealin wit places where nothing is sacred
stuck in the Matrix, dealin wit people that lovin enslavement

I got no chain for the savior, cuz no one gon’ save us
in the city of angels, city of demons
dear God give me somethin to pray for

give me somethin to believe in, I been duckin these haters, dealin with snakes, don’ trust in their favors
don need to catch up with neighbors
don need to puff on these vapors

used to live life blunted, and wonder where the day went
trippin at night wit synthetic light
dance in the shadows wit masqueraders

now I’ll never go back, memories in my brain like kodak
made it so far, gotta remember…. why I do this, an hold that…..

in my minds vision… hold that in my minds vision
not about_copin these whips and f****** these hos
let it be known this a higher mission


(Verse 2)

been underground, levellin up now
this the point I can never give up now
this the point where the devils show up now
with 2 bad chicks ready to f*** now

how do you want it? Do you want to pleasure? Do you want money?
I know you want something...
you can be famous in the eyes of the public, we’ll give you that coverage

people just wanna be entertained, like shadows on cave walls
don’t matter who’s real and who are the puppets
just give em your poison, they'll love it

na… I don want nothing, cuz people I’m one with
they judge em, but dealing wit gods, in glass ceiling, so what’s above it...
I wonder...

do we just wanna f***, like we forgot what love is ?
do we jus wanna see the blood and not feel the pain from the heart that pump it?

I need healing, from the trauma my ancestors suffered
colonized, civilized mind, slow death, killing us bloodless

addicted to feedin that hunger, that’s a part of my past that I’m don with
got back up and I learned from it
now I stay on this path with a compass

it’s a cold game, who you trust in?
with this dirty money, would you touch it?
I’m out the cave, will I reach the summit?
I’m close to the edge and pray I don’t plummet

Track Name: Back Home Again feat. Antonia Marquee
(Verse 1)
this dedicated to the movement
born leader steppin forth, Imma have to prove that

Love is the key, though, it’s hard to find where proof is
in this world, sometimes, it’s hard to find where truth is

they say, it’s a cold game, I know that you knew this
every table that you sit to break bread, there’s a judus

gotta sacrifice, but my soul I won’t lose it
deep rooted ties only ride with straight shooters

in the city I’m from, paid my dues, earned my stripes
finally feelin like it’s time to pack up and take a flight

across the ocean, ridin with my beautiful wife
in this moment truly understand a beautiful life

yeah this a vision I been holdin close…. before I let it go
cuz it’s a plan that only God really knows

so for now I’m workin hard, like my great grandfather
mining coal, but I’m mining soul

(Chorus) (Antonia Marquee)

I found myself again
I can see a way through the chaos
Now I clear my head
I can see what my heart is made of

It’s been a long road
But I’m back home again
Now I’m back home

(Verse 2)

truth, love, unity - that’s what I stand for
prepared to battle but peace is what I plan for

and my future wife and child’s who I grind for
I live this... I ain’t gotta speak of what I’d die for

so many illusions of this world to get you hypnotized
but only up inside is where the true vision lies

open eyes see the blessings in disguise
to stay with your intention until you manifest it

so many lessons learned hard way, but never give up
cuz everything we need, the universe will give us

just take the next step to see the new vantage point
if you never take action, still that’s a choice

but be brave, only you can walk your path, and there’s a reason
that you breathing
you got a gift, I know the world needs it

deep inside ya heart is the vision, can you see it?
ya greatness is real, but first you must believe it

Track Name: Mines
(Verse 1)

both my grand folks built their lives from from nothin
I guess it’s in my blood to be hustlin

slangin that yola to college kids, yeah they the best customers
but that’s easy pay, the easy way

I remember the day, my mama would say
that my grandfathers watching over me and probably been rolling in their grave

what can I say? do I really believe this the reason I’m breathin?
I think about future kids an what legacy am leavin?

is it all bout flippin these O Zs, running round stressin bout police
gotta get back on track, let go of the past, say that was the old me

addicted to that fast life, slow death, sippin that co dine, blow trees
gotta say No to the old homies, sometimes just stay low key

develop my craft, hella nights lonely
I believe ‘ll payoff in the end
yeah, I chose this life for the music,or maybe it chose me...

if I can just break out of this city, there’s so this world can show me
I can just break through the doubts in my mind that been try’n to control me

rebuild from the ground up, now I really know what my worth is
redefined purpose, all the sacrifice, now I know, it was worth it


From here… I will walk without fear
I can see so clear
Tell me where do we go from here?

(Verse 2)

I been deep in the mines…. of my soul
got diamonds, had to find to bring back
it’s been a hell of a climb, I’ll never forget what I left behind

in my mind, scars of the memory
where the enemy still resides
will they remember me for my dark times
or remember me for my shine?

this redemption music I write, is my attempt to fuse my life
into these songs, hopin’ the people can use it, knowin one day I’ll be gone

in the physical, but then I’ll be home
for now, I’m livin strong
with a mission though
killin shows, flipping gold, that could put my whole city on

gotta stay sharp like obsidian
deallin wit snakes and pretty h*s
crossin’ my path, gotta stay focused
knowin any minute I’m soon to blow

out on the road, I'm doing shows...
hearing cats that I used to know... put salt in the air

thrown hate... that is all good...
as long as they know it aint mutual

it's been a long time coming, now I finally know
why the struggle so beautiful

over stand, Creator got the master plan
still I pray for the future though

overlooking the city, I write these flows
livin proof of the life I chose

spark that rise from the coals
enlighten the dark this the life I…. know

Track Name: Be Brave
(Verse 1)

yesterday, give me nothin but stress today
so I pray for tomorrow

but every step that I take, the temptations get stronger
and the journey seems longer

I just wanna escape from the pain and the trauma
I just want the checks with the commas

I just want girls that give knowledge
I just wanna load up the clip with my dreams... empty the promise

yeah I’m sick, but f*** all the doctors
i jus wanna live in the mountains, chill with the shamans

I been feelin this karma
catchin right up to me, dealin with drama

gotta step back from the crew, back from the chronic
back from the brew, slangin that product

for myself, now it’s time to be honest
dealin wit addictions the problem

what kind of man will I be when I’m raising a daughter?
am I living with honor?

gotta stop f****** wit porno, that s*** is demonic
now I see it, I call it

now that there’s no one to blame, my life aint the same
I just wanna switch up this game
I just wanna break out these chains, make my own name
gotta be brave, cuz this path isn’t paved


gotta be brave baby
make it through the storm
stay calm
You’ve come a long way, baby
keep on
stay strong

(Verse 2)

yeah it’s hard when the weather be rain
to cleanse out pain of the memory... scarred
gratitude be the remedy
I’m not 6 feet deep in the cemetery...

calm... in the eye of the storm
made it so far, but got so far to go, gotta stay strong
what did I learn right from the wrong
wisdom I earned, put my life in a song

put my city on, don’t f*** with the crab bucket
only bout makin crab bucks

stuck on that he say, she say, no us?
there really aint many I trust... these days...
I been gettin pre-paid calls on the ID
from old demons, thought that I set em all free...

but they callin me back like they know me
they be like... where you been homie?
I thought you was keepin it real
you jus a phony... s***

I will just look at you, I won’t react to you
I will just see you for who you are, I will jus laugh at you

I will not hide from you, I will acknowledge you
I will not be down to ride wit you
no more now, this what I’m bout now
this who I am and I live wit no doubt now

Track Name: Rise

everyday I’m on this grind to find a way
everyday I rise, first I give my thanks, and my praise

through the pain, in times of change, gotta find my strength
cuz I know we got to find a way

(Verse 1)

music my medicine
created from love, you can let it in
raw unedited, no sedatives
shine like Edison

on top of my game, it’s evident
I’m feeling better than I ever been
road to success
I made a map, put in my raps, so remember this

everyday on this grind is a test to me
enemies try hexing me
too much medicine that be tempting me
everybody want that best of me

I might of fell of but I’m here now
sobered up and I see so clear now
I am not living in fear now
healing these scars, feeling geared out

I rock these beautiful scars
as I walk under beautiful stars
look inside, to find ya truth
to be living proof to say who that you are

say who that you are
always stay true to your heart
I been to the dark, found that spark
now imma give light, imma shoot for the stars


(Verse 2)

over the haze, over the modern day maze
rise… out of the prisoner walls of the cave, for the modern day slave

I don’t pray to this man made God, I pray to the most high
so I… don’t need to be dealing with devils to co-sign
manifest these dreams from my own mind

I pledge my allegiance to my heart
I pledge my allegiance to the grind
imma stay on track, out of the dark
imma write these raps, imma give em shine

live what I speak, it’s no gimmick
play my part in my own image
freedom to vision wit no limits
need no critics, ya I’m cold with it

you feeling the vibe, just roll with it
give you this art with my soul in it
been to the dark, deep in the mines
found that gold, now I'm gon' spit it

true to my heart…
you will go far if you can remember
just who that you are… be living proof, and keep on shooting for the stars

Track Name: Lighthouse
(Verse 1)

I grew up lookin up to the dealers, now I’m lookin up to the healers
now I’m tryin to hustle this medicine, in my music, can you feel it?
livin the change is feelin the pain, sometimes...
but you don’t have to feel it again

from years past them nightmares are still in my veins, engrained into my memory
the difference is, now I look into mirror and see no enemy

I chose to play this game that’s more competitive than it’s ever been
with snakes so venomous, that spit that poisonous rhetoric

but I transform it into the medicine that make me a better man
I’m all in, God couldn’t give me no better hand, I trust that

but I never was one to trust no devilish reverend
blazin up blunts wit bible passages, laced with amphetamines

pass it around the casket of my past, R.I.P, give my sentiments
turn my back, moving forward, now to life I give my reverence

on stages, blazin' mics, it’s a marvelous sight
to see these visions manifest from the pages, as the novelist write


when the nights get cold
shadows reachin for ya soul
jus know...
we will be that light house (light house)
to help you find ya way home

(Verse 2)

I know one day I'll blow up, I wonder if it’s my time yet
these dreams been on consignment, but that devil that’s in the fine print

land of smoke and mirrors, what’s left when that smoke clears?
what’s left when you have no fear?
I represent for the seers, not deceivers

or true believers
release my truth to the ethers, connect wit the souls
reflecting back the truth you already know, so I will meet you halfway

we’ll find that pathway, through the dark
on the rise, that Phoenix flies, it all started from that spark

yeah death I been so close and that breath of the reaper’s cold
but now that door is closed, and it’s life I chose

I write these flows for those standing at that crossroads
remember you never alone
feelin the winds of change, ahead of us blown strong

we gotta rise as one, and we know that enemies close
temptations I been facing, gotta leave it alone, stay in my zone

remember to just breathe... slow... let that energy flow...
represent this journey, giving that remedy from my soul

Track Name: Purify Me feat. Talilo Marfil + Antonia Marquee
(Verse 1) (Quincy Davis)

I see no changes... wake up in the morning and I ask myself...
if life’s worth livin should I stash myself...

clean water for my family to survive
in Flint michigan, did we listen to the cries?

got me thinkin' as I’m watchin water flow
down the drain, not knowing where it goes, it’s a shame

to know people die everyday from the thirst
while fresh water flows to the lawns in the burbs

they got it good, but what about the rest?
and we never know, who’s next

while they tryin to privatize water, in my own state
got the cascades on lock, for their profits to raise

all around the world, controlled by nestle
but if I try to catch the rain, they’d arrest me

for the dollar bill, where does it end?
could you own the water? could you own the wind?


(Chorus) (Antonia Marquee)

Do you hear me?
Tell me do you hear me
I’m in need of purity
There’s nothing pure for me to drink

Why you tryin’ to own the water?
Who do you think you are?
You better give us what we deserve
We need it as pure as our hearts

(Verse 2) (Talilo Marfil)

knees weak arms heavy
they say they care about us, but they don’t
just cuz I’m poor don’t mean that I’m not ready
to give my body to greater good of yours, of course

a war is breaking out so... i see the drought through the windows
but it stained with the pain of the chains
that have stayed even tho back in the day they was broke

i wrote and put my broken soul into the ink of the pen
paint a picture of this vision, the Picasso of men
i see a throne built on power and the greed at the head
of its sheep, is a wolf in its skin

in the middle riddle civilians belittled by the mighty men that are witful
that says, your basic needs aren’t fitfull to grip a pistol
your water contaminated your race is not superior
you don’t know your history we flippin this pyramid


purify, purify me
in my reach, swear that I got it
life that i thirst, death surrounds my whole body
as I open the bottle, I aint finding no water

purify, purify me
i can’t believe what I’m seeing
i been trying 't find a reason
why my family is bleeding
in a land full of water but can’t drink it


(Bridge) (Quincy Davis)

purify me
need to find a way to live for my seed
m’ni wichoni, water of life
so holy, sacred
what will it take us...

to remember, never take it for granite
tell me what they search for when they look at the planets

yeah, water is life
to grow the seed into the trees
we need the trees to breathe
Track Name: Who Am I
(Verse 1)

I been building up these prison walls
in my mind, stuck in solitary
old homies turn to adversaries

now I’m dolo, hustlin this yola
tryin to get this paper right, weight up off my shoulder

this world is getting colder, these years I’m gettin older
you look into my eyes, see no fear keep composure

this pain I hold inside is like tears of a soldier
keeping on this mask like the last of October

aint tryin to feel nothin, I’m going through the motions
if early death is my fate and it’s already been chosen

why waste time? heater on the waist line
moves across state lines, you heard through the grape vine

I’ve fallin by the way side….
stuck in between these angels and demons want me to take sides

I walk the city blocks and cats are lookin wild
with illuminati eyes and crocodile smiles

evil in disguise, in this world’s full of lies
now I look into the mirror and don’t even recognize


who am I
who am I?
tell me what you see, lookin through my eyes

(Verse 2)

it seems like these ill thoughts up in my mind will never cease
am I livin in the Matrix? will I make it out this dream?

just breathe... breathe is what the buddha say
if I was born inside a prison would I choose to stay?….

and try to play my role, keep losin sanity
in this game all about the vanity, dealin with the fantasy

and drama in this world of lies, the world is mine
with these dreams of my own demise...

all eyes on me...
must be bumpin too much Pac
cuz now I got early death plots, of my own design

while dealin wit these demons, they always say the coldest things
trying snuff out my hopes and dreams

I'm trying to oversee and fly over seas,
cuz people 'round me say I won’t achieve
nothin' but a broken dream

f*** em, this hunger in my soul got that fire
these devils saying, we can give you all that you desire

mean while, God asking, what you got to give?….
what you willin to sacrifice, so that you can live?….

Track Name: When The Drama Ends
(Verse 1)
choppin' up rocks with soda cane
got street dreams, of holdin weight
dropped 6 for a zip
the homie got pearly white that’ll blow ya brain

now I’m makin moves over state
wiped-down dirty 8 stay on my waist
and when imma pull it, I’ll go in a blaze
and wonder who’ll go to my wake

for now I’ll be makin it flip
til I hold them bricks and they know my name
roll with my clique that be loadin up clips
so we let em all know that we holdin them thangs

blue blood and the coldest of veins
no love to show in this game
stack it all up, blow it away
numb out the feelin like novacane

I can’t say why...
I start to get high on my own supply
drink to the yak, yak to the drink
multiplied, until I close my eyes

then I realize, that I gotta wake to another day
in the city of rain, where it’s all the same
and I got this shadow that follow my frame

and these sick thoughts all in my brain
and these six shots callin my name
and these demons that's callin me out
for mistakes that I made, gotta swallow the shame

when I feel this bottled up pain
in the mirror is who I know to blame
lookin at life through a broken pane
at the closest range wanna go Cobain

Just looking for a way out
I'm just looking for a way

(Verse 2)

give me a reason, I got to live
they say to prey an then God ‘ll forgive
but how can make it through heavenly gates...
if I never paid the cost to get in?

sick of this suffering, stuck in my mind
time to escape this prison ward
I’m out by the time I hit the floor
but when the drama ends, we livin for?

what we livin for? an what’s worth dyin for?
let it be known, if there’s a higher force….
or set it in stone... RIP

wait…. that’s not the way
I can’t give up, no, not today
what do my ancestors got to say?
in this spiritual war, I’m not a slave

listen…. than a voice spoke to me, said you got the choice...
to give energy to who you supposed to be
and all of this, you were supposed to see

and all you’ve been taught is not really true
and the thoughts in your mind, they not really you
you got a path, you got work to do
for this world to change, it’s all on you

be the change, live ya truth
in this shift we in, it’s much bigger than you
but you bigger than this, you the infinite
gotta know ya self, gotta give ya gifts

speak truth when you grip that mic
make it through the battle and get that stripe
you played with the shadows, now give that light... give that light

don’t sleep too deep, there’s no time
you got these enemies and I won’t lie
at times it’s hard on the cold grind
but inside your heart is the gold mine

don’t need no devils to co-sign
manifest these dreams from ya own mind
sacrifice, stay strong
like great granddad, deep in the coal mines

start the climb
find that spark from ya heart inside
ignite that fire that start to rise
find ya path through in the darkest night

live ya life... speak ya truth when you grip that mic
you made it through the battle, now get that stripe
you played with the shadows, now give that light

I'm just looking for a way
Track Name: No Turning Back
(Verse 1)

I been dealin wit this pressure making diamond from coals
the mind of a king, but I’m grinding like I’m mining for gold

my timing to blow, gettin close, now I find on road...
these devils from below that’s tryin to put a price on my soul

but let em know I’m past the crossroads and reachin my goals
organic home grown, represent the city of rose

that’s a zone where they say nobody’s been put on
everybody say that it’s their time and it won’t be long

lookin up to the OGs who paved the way, we salute you
I just wanna unite my city like a zulu, turn off the youtube

organic grown community, started locally
connected overseas, plant these seeds globally

representing Cypher CURE we got that recipe
for people dealing with that virus of the matrix, this that remedy

remember we all in it together collectively
as the consciousness rise to manifest this destiny
yeah it’s meant to be

(Chorus) (Featuring Nafisaria)

keep followin ya heart
keep reachin for ya dreams
remember who you are
and this vision that you see

(Verse 2)

I play this game with the cards that I been dealt
they say that you can change the world, but first you change yourself

I wonder what I’ll leave behind the day l fade away
not just to make a name for fame, but to pray for change

it aint all about this paper chase, still I get my paper straight
everyday I lace my J’s, keep it moving, blaze my way

elevate above the nonsense and comments haters make
stay motivated, cultivate these seeds day by day

dream chasing?.. na, we vision manifesting
and if we really bout it, everything around will test us

but every challenge that we ever face is just a blessing
in disguise, on the rise, we connected with the essence

love is the key, on this earth we need some healing
it’s not drugs that I’m dealing, now I redefine what real is

this shine I won’t conceal it, I'm not tryin to be the illest
I’m just tryin to put my heart into this music hope you feel it

(Chorus) (Featuring Nafisaria)

Keep following your heart (repeated)
Remember who you are

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