Soul Minor: PerMission To Shine

by Quincy Davis

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released June 7, 2013

All lyrics and all tracks produced and recorded by Quincy Davis
Mixed/mastered by Evan "K4" Hodge, Blackhorse Masters
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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: Save Our Souls
I look around and try to understand
If people knew the blood that is on our hands
Would we have to think of how to find a way?
To help all the people that will die today?
Can someone help me try to understand
How this the home of the slave and the freedom land
Is this how we goin' down in history?
Or will we be the change we wish to see?..

Is this what you call humanity?
A society seduced in the fear an the dire confusion
Is this what you call sanity?
Or are we choosing delusion and desire
In this empire of illusion
If you hear me, tell me it can it be?
That if they manage our perception
All our actions are neutralized
Are you really understanding me?
While you intellectualize
Technicalities of how we brutalize
How can these so-called civilized, speak morality
Confined to the matrix, what's reality?
Out the prisons of mind
I'm on a mission to find, knowledge
As ammunition, for this vision inside
With these soliloquies I take responsibility
Knowing these decisions of mine
Influence what the outcome be
Now when I'm spittin' these rhymes, it's verbal alchemy
Sniper from the balcony, incisions in time


We blessed with insight, intelligence in genes
To help us realize & manifest destinies
They tryin’ to classify your worth into the system
And dissipate your power by believing you a victim
In masks of illusion true intent is crypted
All these television actors got you living like it's scripted
Fantasies to see, addicted and complacent
When the magazines you read program indoctrination
Don’t feed-in and let your energy be wasted
It turn your heart colder than a 33rd degree
We choose to be free, of these systems you feed
We refuse your greed, and psychology
Now it's so clear to see, how you reuse your lies
We refuse your ties, and symbology
We grow stronger, no longer choose to be blind
The greatest weapon you can use is the mind
For those who choose to search, you will find
The greatest weapon you can use is inside

Track Name: Recognize
I spit it wit a vision for my people who been hypnotized
Into submission in these prisons of the civilized
The hive machinery of technologic power mines
Feed the comforting illusions of a cowards mind
Are we believing that it's freedom leading our lives?
Or is the programming feeding into our lies?
What type of energy is flowing through these power lines?,,
The same time a child's dyin' up in to Palestine
With these words I know I'm crossing the battle lines
But the master of ceremony keep a balanced mind
At manipulation masters wit villainous tongues
My sword swing precise not Killin' for fun
I know knowledge is a weapon that’s as real as a gun
But you can't touch the power like you feelin' the sun
They say my chance at victory ‘s a million to one
But imma conquer empires like Attila the Hun

See, I been to the mines
From deep underground on a mission to rise
Now I’m livin’ with this vision inside
I’m Soul Minor, PerMission to Shine

I'm not playing in this entertainment game
Perception, deception, the pleasure the pain
To gain from the system, the system's engrained
I see the game as the system, system as the game
Deprogram your brain, it'll never be the same
You don't feed the beast, the beast won't remain
Maintain a visual, change individual
That from within manifests in the physical
Recognize life like a ritual
No longer waste away our energy habitual
We won't comply to be victimized
Shine light on the lies of illuminate eyes
We recognize the ties, of where the enemy hides
But sometimes the worst enemy's inside
I’m not a victim, programmed predictive
I lived it, decrypted the program and flipped it


This energy that flows from the soul through a man
Resonate truth cuz I know who I am
See earth is my mom dukes, sky is my pops
I live for my people, won’t die for the block
See this authentic power is not what they got
The mind of a King kill lies that they taught
Straight from the depths to shine on your blocks
Soul Minor drop bars like fort Knox
Livin' for the cause, gotta give it to you raw
Knowledge is the key, I gotta be Iike Escobar
Flippin’ when I speak in the booth, dead sober
Trippin' off reality cuz I'm a fiend for the truth
I represent 7G an the deepest of the roots
And when you recognize the harvest, you'll believe in the proof
Only God knows all the dues I've paid
And one day they'll recognize all the jewels I laid
Track Name: Heart In Me
We can sip poison and lounge with your enemy-friends
Where we can act like rappers and pretend to be men
Now I’m feelin’ like Pac, writing Hennessey raps
Then my memory’s blacked and my venom is trapped
Now I spit a antidote with my pen and a pad
But still the old homies pretend that we back
But na, I’m on track in my ten-and-a-half’s
Got a vision of my path and my memory’s back
Quincy? Na you’re Jack
Guess there’s no way around that
People think I’m tryin’ to be black
Guess they don’ know that this **** is just a part of me
So pardon me when I’m tryin’ to speak the heart in me
Through hip-hop, and damn it’s been a while
So imma spit this verse then imma have to smile
From the earth rise like I’m similar to fire
You can watch but you can’t touch my style

I don’t get high no more
I ain’t just gettin’ by no more
As days pass by
I ain’t livin’ in a lie no more
I ain’t lookin’ to the sky no more…
To ask why

This a message to the universe from a man in the flesh
Though I don’t understand the meaning yet the answer is yes
Yes, we ready for the change
Yes, we breakin’ out the chains in these shadows of life
I’m killin’ lies when I battle with mics
Destruction, creation, when death is a matter of life
It’s dedicated to my people down to fight
My people down to dream and my people down to build
To my people on the scene…
Who bring reality, to the ceremony
Earn the title emcee
I thank the teachers for the reason I can see
And I thank the trees for the reason I can breathe
I thank the earth and the mothers of our seeds
To my woman who heals me underneath the sheets
And anybody who feels me when I speak my peace
Cuz freedom and truth is what we seek
That’s why…

Track Name: It's The Love
It's the love for hip-hop
It’s love for my people
It's love, knowin’ one another as an equal
Livin’ for the good not the evil
It’s time to step your game up and get up out that ego

I feel it's been a minute since my people simply kicked it
Now it's all about the business and the game
I feel something changed, with wicked mind frames
Slick with mind games got em quick to sign names
Then the gifted, switch up their assets to liquid
Pose like it's scripted, my flows is encrypted
Like artifacts, the fakers never spit a harder track
The love, I brought it back through the art of rap
With hip-hop, my mistress, I tune out the frequencies
Cuz all I need is a freak wit me
Do her right, develop into lyrical form
When the word is born, cut off umbilical cords
From the first days of school, keep my style fresh
In the midst of industry pollution take a breath
Now put your hands up and rise wit me,
We keep it real, no mirages, they’re blind to see
Now, forget the clones the robots and the fakers
We **down wit the graf artists, DJ's and breakers
In these strange times
I'm a rhymin’ wit a purpose to change minds
Beneath the surface, we reach for the skies
With deep-rooted underground ties
To put a breach in the lies
Of this matrix, escape ambivalent mazes
And flip the page from the ignorant ways
It’s the love


Imma do my best to express how I feel right now
An I could give a **** about a deal right now
It's for my people, no caps I gotta peel right now
But heal right now, this **** is real right now
An I ain’t gotta speak the same game, money-women-fame
Or perpetuate the same thing from the ego brain
I feel it's time for a change
And hip-hop go wherever we go, I'm sayin’...
Let me take a moment… To look up to the sky
What my people steady searching for is really up inside
If I'm wrong, than let me stand corrected
I say one love, through hip-hop, we all connected
God protected, an you ain't gotta be religious
Just take a moment look around and tell me, what is this?
The 4 elements together, as one
Now it's time to bring back… What's that?

Track Name: Deja Vu
Am I scared to live? Am I scared to die?
I'm feelin’ paralyzed staring at the barren sky
Living with this mind full of parasites
Taken trips on a slave ship to paradise

Dealing wit this sickness, feel I need a brain scan
Something got me twisted, thoughts, not of a sane man
Trying to make the game change wit the same hand
Gambling wit tarot cards, feelin’ like the hanged man
Trying to be the king has got me feline like the fool again
But I ain’t tryin’ to feel this pain rooted in
The shame, that circulate my brain and change the mood I'm in
So let me open up with wound again… Again?
I'm sniffing up the white I gotta move again
Sleeping wit the demons now it seems they’re moving in
Yeah it's me an loneliness my only truest friend
Cycling from dream to life, feelin’ deja vu again
Now I’m feelin’ deja vu again


Addictions to the shadows, visions of the casket
Thoughts in my brain is like slave to the master
Stuck in the dark phase of this rights of passage
Initiation, now I'm trying to break this shell of
Sleeping with the demons now I'm trying to shake this hell off
Speaking to my peoples, yeah they probably said I fell off
Deepening this hole doing low life shit
Got me wondering how low can this low life get
As I'm feedin’ it the sickness seems to grow like this
It's like something’s got a hold of my soul like this
An though I feel so alone an feel cold like this
The truth is… now I kinda feel at home like this
Now I'm feelin’ deja vu again…


But wait, on this day, I don want an escape
I keep frontin’ on reality in front of my face
To break the chains will be a struggle but too much is at stake
Seems I only played myself, tryin’ to hustle my fate
On this day, I see the blessings testing my soul
Responsibility's like flesh, it stretch when it grow
Fire started from a spark, life start wit a breath
The journey of a thousand miles always starts wit a step
On this day, I see the chains binding me
But I'm not believing in the lies that’s inside of me
I do this for my family tree, an my unborn seed
Seems I made it through the struggle for my eyes to see

Can I finally live? For when that day I die…
I'll be shedding tears of joy, by the way I cry
From living with the truth that I know
I fulfilled my purpose
I step aside the river flows
Track Name: Falling In Time
I was fallin’ in time
Days waste away, when I'm lost in the grind
Now Imma follow the signs
Cuz the world won’t wait, won’t wait

As I’m working on this album, tryin’ to process my thoughts
Stressing on the outcome, thinking if I got
Too many battle tracks tryin’ to gratify myself
The homie said, every track’s a battle in itself
Gotta free the lies as I’m travelling this route
I realize, everyday I’m battling my doubts
Tryin’ to get ‘em out
But now that I recognize, sometimes
Your enemy’s your adversary tryin’ to help you out
I train hard to fight, start to write
Deep inside, ignite like sparks at night
And my shadow archetype, I dance with it when I…
Spar with mics, it’s dark and light
And when I’m livin’ in these parts of life
That seem like bars of life
I breathe these bars to life
And remember each scar is right
Of passageway, through the cave
Truth is the harshest light

No longer fallin’ in time
Blaze my own way now I’m back on the grind
The Universe provides, imma follow the signs
Cuz the world won’t wait, won’t wait

If it wasn’t for the pain, I wouldn’t have bars like this
If not for the dark, couldn’t see stars like this
If not the game, couldn’t play cards like this
And I couldn’t have strength without scars like this
For this life I was given, gotta grind like this
When my minds vision and heart combine like this
I find that there’s never been a better time like this
And I’m reminded by my tattoo to shine like this
With my ability to act, trailblazin’ at night
From underground with the sound, vibration and light
Now I find my place in this life
As I shed rays on the dark phase in the maze of this life
With a vision that stays in my sight
With courage, cuz every day’s a battle and I’m facin’ the fight
Now words is my weapon in the days that I write
To ignite minds at night, blazin’ the mic

Gotta get my mind right
Track Name: 23
It was 4 summers back
I'm rollin’ in the Cutlass, in the cuts
Copped the kill from sleep an chopped my first half
I'm all in, as summer turn to fall
My hustle fine-tuned, yeah I got you on the low
An 3 winters back, I was slippin’ on the road
Crossed 2 states, in my olds, getting’ deeper in the snow
Dirty 8 with no prints, my life support sense
I was tryin’ to play the knight, with young visions of a prince
At the time, mind on the grind
Money on my mind, mind out my body
It's like I'm watching myself
Baggin’ up, this hustle at the club is adding up
The same crew from way back, imagine us…
Barkin’ at the sky, smashin’ I-5
Let you know we hold the heaters
For the haters actin up
And flash on site, so my cash gets right
Watch my back for them flashin’ lights
And keep my mask on tight
It seems my worst enemy's inside the mirror
It seems I'm tryin’ to escape my fears, with chrome in my grasp
But the omens attached, now they sown my past
And I'm tryin’ to shake the demons, hope the moment 'll last

I'm tryin’ hard to maintain in this world of mine
An find my self, in this world of crime
I'm feelin’ like the world is mine
Thizzed out freestylin’ wit my homies
Movin’ weight to Montana, got me feelin’ like I'm Tony
I roam lonely streets, illuminated by the lights of the city
Every day’s a gamble, I'm throwing dice in the city
Hustle hard, hold it down for my part of the city
And shed blood to the gutters to the heart of the city
I'm getting’ yakked bumpin’ 10 crack commandments
But can't I learn the lesson, until my skin branded
Stuck in-between these vices
Man it's feelin’ like a crisis, to try to figure what this life is…
As the nights is.... Twisted into day, sniffin’ yey
Life's a trick and then you die, I'm listenin’ to Jay
An tryin’ to find my way
Through extremes of the pendulum swings
Testin’ my sane, I'm askin’ who be pullin’ these strings
Paranoia creepin’ deep in in my veins
Ghosts of a haunted brain got me sleepin’ in vein
In my dreams, see my twin brother waking from sleep
And keeps growing, I gotta kill the clone
Before he's mistaken for me

As spring turn to summer
Even though it don't rain no more
The truth is, I can't seem to mask the pain no more
Cuz I ain't tryin’ to play this game no more
An maintain wit cane in my brain
I ain't tryin’ to prey no more
To reach a vision, livin’ for the day that I'm free
From this prison, maintained by the way that I see
Through these eyes, the wise would never live like this
Recognize I never wanna see my kids like this
I'll never let ‘em feel lost like this
I got so much to give,
But how am I fittin’ to pay a cost like this?
Livin’ wit this loaded karma and profit from cane
Gotta reconcile wit my twin brother who got a lot of game
But as the world turn, it seems to get him played
When this fast life turn to slow death, it's gettin’ grave
Now I wonder where this hustle leads
Got me searching for that puzzle piece
That's revealed from Gods
As I start my journey, beneath the stars
I feel my cause
And walk this path to heal my scars
Imma get my head right, from the lessons I’ve been given
Imma shed light, cuz it's a blessin’ I am livin’

Then I heard the voice of wisdom speaking
He said you made it through the struggle for a reason
It's time to get your mind on track
Cuz this the life you was given, now find your path
Cuz season after season
We make it through the
Struggle cuz we live it for a reason
It's time to get your mind on track
Cuz this the life I given gotta find that path
Track Name: Ghost Feat. Marv Ellis
I meditate high above the city streets
Breathe trees deep for that moment of peace
And feel the remedy
To shift thru a difficult phase
Inhale heavenly haze, rolled up in a biblical page
Thru the 3rd eye, see my life in bird’s eye
To catch a glimpse of the future past the physical age
Escape from the same analytical rage
That bring viruses to minds like they digital plagues
I'm on a search for that moment of truth
To find my time
I feel the warmth from invisible rays
Lord knows I gotsta’ make it through this critical stage
Sometimes start a rhyme, won’t be finished for days
Mos Def, roll up that spinach an blaze
Let me hit ‘em with finishing praise
3rd eye shift by learning the ways of the wise
Like shadows of the minds when they turn into rays
Embrace the moment, let the seconds’ turn into days
An let my lyrics float wit the sky
Like I'm burning the page
With the hope that the energy flow
Across the world, like a wings flap turn into waves
My mind rise high as I'm burnin’ the haze
No longer hypnotized by cheese an learnin’ the maze
I wake from a dream, feel a purpose to breath
Plant my seed in the earth, with the earth in my seed
I'm on a search…

To see through facades, rise over the fog
And I can feel it in my heart like I'm closer to god
Cuz the truth comes only when your eyes can see
Now if you ready, take a ride wit me, rise wit me
To see through facades, rise over the fog
And feel it in your soul like you closer to god
Cuz the truth right there for your eyes to see
Now we ain’t lost in the game with our minds deceived
We on this earth…

It’s for a reason
Let ‘em know

(Marv Ellis)
They say the sky’s the limit
It might take 3 times til I finish
It might take 3 lives just to get it
But I plan to meet my quota
Movin’ through the line of scrimmage
I stand humbled by the limits of my own self
A human being with awareness of my own guilt
I meditate till time in the now melts
‘Til you hear it in my voice and my rhyme’s felt
Too many people lose hope cuz this life’s hard
I’m tryin’ to maintain my focus and take charge
I am a soldier of this culture with a full-clip
Storming the beaches of Normandy on a full ship
We are the grains of sand that make the time slip
Through the glass that reflects how we all live
If we neglect that we’re small and the worlds big
Than we’ll snap from the pressure like a dry twig
It takes more to survive than what seems real
I build faith when I share love and cook meals
My spark came from flint rock and cold steel
I’m still broke but this moment has a good feel
I’m still poised to make points and stay sharp
And hunt light when the winter makes the world dark
And build patterns of the truth ‘til it’s real art
I stick close to the one’s I love the most like I’m ghost

I’m here but I’m not
I move through the walls but I’m solid like a rock
I’m ghost, alone by myself
I roam through the world transparent and stealth
I’m ghost, I touch you with the verse
Connect another dot ‘til the real truth hurts
I’m ghost, I’m gone with the wind
I breathe to release my peace from within
Track Name: What's Going On
At times the situation’s heavy on my heart, still I rise
Articulate my vision, while you feel the vibes
In this manipulation game it seems I'm ill advised
From killin’ lies, an finally realize it's real lives
That bleed, but do we feel they cries?
While dreams televised, sell us lies
And kill what's real inside
To breed systematic soldiers sprayin’ rounds wit no precision
Motivation, mo’-division, globalism, no religion
It seems unspoken, television culture vision
Protecting broken dreams like codes in prison
Select an vote elections, but wont connect the dots
Self-deception like followers of pro wrestle plots
Complain, you best stop
When this game of chess locked
They think they next to God
Police state check the blocks
Invest your stocks, dollars drop, then commence the cops
Real revolutionaries know the struggle never stop

Hypnotized by the shadow play in front of your eyes
The systematic programing, one with the hive
Energy, predatorial, abduction of minds
The seduction of the Matrix, put trust in the lies
Of these elitists, mass manipulators lead the people
I see the codes like Neo, hungry ghost, feed the ego
And live lost, forget to realize what the real is
Rick Ross used to be a prison guard, and he still is
An to the killas’ an the hundred-dolla-billas’
Who ain’t got no feelins’
We recognize what the deal is
You swallowing that blue pill an followin’ masons
Feedin’ in to the new form of colonization
For some bread and a place up in the Matrix
Think you got it all figured out cuz there, nothin’ is sacred
I don't respect you cuz I don't respect the system
I got visions of freedom cuz I won't accept the prison
Track Name: Warrior's Dream
It was all a dream, I used to read the Source magazine
A young hip-hop fiend before 17
By 18, my mind shifted to the dark side
And by 20 I was loadin’ magazines
Visions of myself in the hurse in the worst way
Figured that I’d never see my next birthday
Sick thoughts got me lost
In the games that this *********** curse play
Now I’m a dropout and my fam look at me funny
Cold stare, chipped shoulder, don’t look at me wrong
Broke, stick-up-type, plottin’ for money
But why the faster it come, the faster it gone
I feel I need the game but it’s leaking my veins
I found to write lyrics for keeping my sane
And plot my escape through the bars
Strategize the best way to play these God-given cards
Like this

Now I'm passin’ through the eye of an invisible storm
Smokin’ till the mineral gone
Fiendin’ for peace
From these demons causing literal harm
At night, my street dreams turn to physical form
This criminal charm got me low-key, composed
Even though it's feelin’ like coals up under my soles
Through these hot blocks
In the rearview stressin’ from the cop stop
Paranoid, watch the top lock
Livin’ in a dream, (it) seems the nightmare prevail
Shadows of the night, livin’ life in the veil
Seekin’ truth from my people who died to reveal it
I can't explain why was given this life, but I can feel it
Rest my head by the graves of natives
Feed the soul, an grow to let the spirits know I made it
As the world keep spinnin’ like a carousel
We can't sleep knowing death is the parallel

…And lead the troops through
This invisible maze and this matrix of lies
At night we makes moves with the stars in the skies
Guided by above
The real revolutionary's guided by Love
My people in the blood that travel my veins
My lineage is deep like the Huns, when they traveled the plains
Now word is my weapon, an these lyrics just hit me
Cuz the ancestor warrior spirit is wit me
And when it's time to fight I know
It's won or lost
Long before I dance under those lights
Responsibilities, for the power to free
Intelligence, perception, the power to see
All your guns and your money, that ain't power to me
Up inside
That's the only powers that's be
I got a path, so I gotta get on track
I recognize life as a gift, so I gotta give it back
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