The World Changed [Radio Edits]

by Napoleon Da Legend & Amerigo Gazaway

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Intro Theme 01:25
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] Game in a cobra clutch, caking like I’m a Boba Fett Limping like I broke a leg I went forward with no regrets Amerigo and Po we next culture and the soul in it More and less they coalesce bout to patent the formula Propaganda blowing up misdirecting and owning us Some YouTubers is phony spreading info that’s erroneous They killed Pac, Pop Smoke, Nipsey and Notorious Dangerous to be rapper from a long line of warriors I’m in a Golden State of mind visions of Akhenaton Pharaohgamo Demi God, sledge hammer a demagogue Cross my heart and hope to die been through shit I swear to god Would've killed a weaker mind but I fought it like Megatron Face all up the Jumbotron I played and got my hustle on Drop a couple bombs hang it up and put a couple on Spazzing on a bad day classics like Donny Hathaway Grinding and gave the math away crush the planet with Gazaway hey yo [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] We put the word out now everybody’s here Made something out nothing money dropping out the air Came out my mama womb no one told me it would be fair I kill what I eat like good meat I’m very rare [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Soul of a Jacobin bring pain like sado-masochist Front like I’m a pacifist turn around and slap a kid These cats on some rapper shit I just like the craft of this Otherwise I rather live away from glitz and cameras You can keep glamorous the gossip and the scandalous I just ran the gamut took risks always a gambler Provide and kept fridge full dollar by the fistful Drip smooth swift moves would lie so we can miss school Arguments and fist fights friend’s apartment lit nights Out of town trips booking the girls that’s looking thick right? Got it out my system now I’m on to bigger dreams Had to dead my old self blew it to smithereens New me new wave contracts movies Triplex Jacuzzi yakuza style uzis Tarantino’s visuals smoking cigars as a ritual Karma stay karma love is love keep it reciprocal [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] We put the word out now everybody’s here Made something out nothing money dropping out the air Came out my mama womb no one told me it would be fair I kill what I eat like good meat I’m very rare
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] Post-truth era terror para-military troop School shootings paramedics’ esoteric moods Married to the game trials and agony police tried bagging me I got the bag Dead weight so many lames I had to drag Back to back backflip adliding life like That’s light light deep fakes is life like hindsight Is 20-20 these jokers funny money no pun intended Pun style futuristic wonder was that what Pun intended Unorthodox out the box like Autobot bottles bought Ride or die they dying to ride “que sera sera” Peep the game Sherlock, Urlacher pertinent Holding guns perpendicular don’t get ya person hit Herculean feats walk in my shoes you gonna hurt ya feet Feet first in the cesspool where all the serpents be All slumming stuck within the same conundrum Chasing the McGuffin no agenda backed funding [Napoleon Da Legend chorus 2x] It’s just a friendly game of baseball The worlds ugly but we keep a brave face on Ain’t no pulling punches when it’s game on It’s all perspective we can make peace or make bombs [Napoleon Da Legend verse] We are gods trapped inside a human shell So fuck a music sale Don't gotta brag about it you can tell My mood awakens that's when rude awakens Navigating through these pages Will introduce ya to ya maker That's a true statement here's proof you can tape it Nowadays it's not music it's rumors that make you famous I switch to Super Saiyan Blue when I flame it It's true when I claim it dropping jewels while you entertain em It's all perspective the cloth I'm cut from's a different texture Touch ya core like ya ribs when starving from anorexia Had to learn to handle pressure it's the land of the lost That propaganda storm a have body land in a morgue Channel the raw most of these cable channels is flawed Directions from ya mental G.P.S. Parameters off Got you off path right off the bat decisions getting poor for that Ya mind gets weak and that's happens when ya fort collapse [Napoleon Da Legend chorus 2x] It’s just a friendly game of baseball The worlds ugly but we keep a brave face on Ain’t no pulling punches when it’s game on It’s all perspective we can make peace or make bombs
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] From casting calls to sitting on the board flagging calls Smacking the back board was nice with that basketball From vision boards with thumb taps on my wall I had goals of traveling far Was visualizing plaques on my wall Looking to crack the code like Nat King Cole Building my kingdom thinking How many men got it popping and ego killed them? Became a pimp threw my talent on the strip milked it Hat tilted now the table tilting the dollars slid in How to explain this feeling? When every shot you take swishing Nipsey marathon fulfilling Pac’s wishes A world united where thugs leverage their politics Feeling like Herbie Hancock playing with his collar flipped Sandalwood fragrance in the backroom Watching that ass move Sexy skin mad smooth she kissed my half moon Waking up middle of the afternoon Ubered out Me and shorty had shoot-out making love all through the house Picked up a care package from the city mayor Life tailored like Italian suits gotta sift through the layers Premieres documentaries highlighting my career Moved outside my comfort zone And that’s when my sight was clear This is higher tier ionosphere high science pioneer On the go honestly my time is rare Gazing at my rear view mirror I stare back And it’s a far cry from the life I had years back Trying to tell em that [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Cruising down Georgia Avenue right passed HU Played the campus like I attended an HBCU Popped a Uwee down on U Street to Georgetown Shorty rocked a two piece summertime waving like she knew me Residential embassy that’s Normanstone drive I learned cars bottles and swimming pools could comatose minds Egyptian chick I knew from high school she got a nose job S&P 500 company promoted to boss We reminisced over some Remi and Coke and cosmopolitans She read my zodiac chart to me like an astrologist Told her I rap, she was fascinated “Do you make stacks?” “Do I pay tax?” “Do bears shit in wood?” We both straight laughed Said she has a crush but never told me before She be messing with politicians but they corny for sure To each his own I played the hand I was dealt Told me she loved my music I can relate babe I’m a fan of myself But like I said love
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Dreams 03:30
Napoleon Da Legend verse] A diamond in the rough inside the pressure cooker Set sail, going wherever the weather took us We got dreams that father time tries to take from us People change little patience losing faith in us Takes a lot of guts to go against the grain And when you shine and get some sun gotta accept the rain Chasing money bags hoping to be safe from pain My soul exhausted no longer wanna play the game Chasing fame as a prescription to my mental sickness When you caught up it’s hard to separate fact from fiction Snakes try to gaslight you turn around then rap like you Get a little bit of light friends from ya past write you As for me I always been a black sheep The path deep wouldn’t do it different if you asked me I’m in the backseat destination somewhere If see me in ya hood know it took Blood sweat and tears to come there [Napoleon Da Legend hook] On the rooftop my view so fly Swear a 100 dollar bills were just falling from the sky Am I living in a dream? Got me thinking am I living in a dream? On the rooftop my view so fly Swear a 100 dollar bills were just falling from the sky Am I living in a dream? It seems real but am I living in a dream? [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Lights cameras and action glitters and gold Flip side so many horror stories never been told The games a sink hole where money and success an ideal Still steel sharpen steel real recognize real We journeymen uncharted water we sail Not knowing the beauty or ugly that this road will reveal Friendships are strained stress will put friction on ya brain If you ever played it safe nah we are not the same Sacrifices I stayed on path through the crisis Filtered through bad advice and fought Like Attack on Titan Then sun rays pierced through the cloud then it brightened Was blinded but faith told me eventually I would find it I did now I’m going all out kid Plus I got a lot of love give All we wanna do is live prosper and grow eat some good food Laugh with all my people that’s a good look dude [Napoleon Da Legend hook] On the rooftop my view so fly Swear a 100 dollar bills were just falling from the sky Am I living in a dream? Got me thinking am I living in a dream? On the rooftop my view so fly Swear a 100 dollar bills were just falling from the sky Am I living in a dream? It seems real but am I living in a dream?
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] The landscapes competitive we all just wanna best each other Word to Combat I see the world in technicolor Come to think I just wanted them to accept a brother Now I just care less that’s something I would self-discover I left my fear right by the wayside the slave mind Got a pay job riding the wave of the baseline Grey skies and rain great time for a climate change The future looking promising alive and I’m a honor it Chronicle my life this is my audio-biography Peers dropping like dominos guess I’m an anomaly Stubborn to a fault I don’t listen to the non-believers Bye Felicia ya services no longer needed Dreamer to a fault I’m a king true or false? That’s a label anyways I’m grown too evolved If only truth could talk back in school as a youth I fought I felt I had something to prove and that was food for thought Moved to New York like a blank slate Living with a Polish girl rented out a room and now ya man straight Got my feet wet broke bed I didn’t sleep well Then I did a song with a member from the Decepts Rest In Peace Sean that stays embedded in my gratitude Adapted grew faster just doing what I had to do Cause I remember when I had nothing and wasn’t moving Trusted my gut jumped off the cliff it was nothing to it Cause [Napoleon Da Legend hook] Tomorrow’s not promised And there’s levels like double entendres Watching what I feed my sub-conscious It’s a slow process through the years I came I saw I conquered The truth is Tomorrow’s not promised And there’s levels like double entendres Watching what I feed my sub-conscious It’s a slow process through the years I came I saw I conquered [Napoleon Da Legend verse] My vulnerabilities displayed for all the world to see Close my eyes noticing I got universe in me That I didn’t learn from studies at universities You’ll never score if keep shooting the rock nervously Evangelion terrestrial pedestrian That’s meta I’m riding my mecha like an equestrian That’s Neo Genesis fighting against the prejudice Money you make, IRS will get 30 percent of it An immigrant who’s family came for a better life Meet death at night the next day resurrected till I get it right Page 64 stickers on my vision board My spirit animals a lion like the house of Gryffindor Friendships come and go Some will die some will grow Barely time on earth to leave a mark then it’s time to go So I’m putting forward my best foot on my Westbrook And strictly disregarding the guidelines from the text book Deceptive left hook bob and weave stop and breath And slowly building my empire like Constantine Form the proper team of futuristic thinkers Till we super rich on some Cuban links wisdom But it goes beyond accumulating figures We treasure the experience If you anything like us that means you hearing us My soul indigenous staring out of staircases In the city handling my problems like mayor faces Look in the mirror [Napoleon Da Legend hook] Tomorrow’s not promised And there’s levels like double entendres Watching what I feed my sub-conscious It’s a slow process through the years I came I saw I conquered The truth is Tomorrow’s not promised And there’s levels like double entendres Watching what I feed my sub-conscious It’s a slow process through the years I came I saw I conquered
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[Awon verse] I put it all in Gods hands this is part of Gods plan Hip hop raised me up from a boy to a man Held me down in the can or on the block with the grams Now I rap for the fans who do the knowledge understand Intelligence and intellect is what you should seek You reap what you sew as you birth what you speak Stand on your own because a soul is never cheap It ain’t about where you been it’s where you go when you sleep I lived a full life I done did it for the streets the jeeps and all my peeps so the cipher complete The stakes heightened time to enlighten what you inciting Inspiration or riots because these entertainers lying I feed the masses with these poems out of a passage Of life written by experience which is a master The mic miracle straight forward there’s no subliminal Hip hop immortal a 100 years from my pinnacle [Napoleon Da Legend & Awon hook] Seen a lot of trends come Seen a lot of trends go still Hip hop immortal A 100 years from my pinnacle Seen a lot of artists pop I seen a lot flop Hip hop immortal A 100 years from my pinnacle [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Yo soulful like the blood of a Taino I’m a one eyed man traveling the land of blind people Don Cheadle in a blockbuster sequel Got me stuck between two evils Off of my flow and too cerebral I used to read through magazines and dream of a lifestyle Iced out like my favorite rappers Only seeing highlights of the high life Even though behind the scenes The truth grimmer when ya young it’s hard to see through the glitter When the gold turn to plastic and a flow can turn classic When ya preconceptions die Some never learn to get passed em And it ain’t easy cause stubbornness is not subtle Subs can turn to bloody scuffles gotta use ya gut muscle Stuck with my hustle when it wasn’t cool So before you envy what I got Think about the shit I went through to make it pop And it’s not rocket science or mystic And if you don’t know how to read through the lines You must have missed it [Napoleon Da Legend & Awon hook] Seen a lot of trends come Seen a lot of trends go still Hip hop immortal A 100 years from my pinnacle Seen a lot of artists pop I seen a lot flop Hip hop immortal A 100 years from my pinnacle
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] I’m an amalgam of Malcom and Marley Shaq and Barkley, Springsteen and Paul McCartney The speech is godly, the uniform is human form Black unicorn the karmic level I’m at is rated Buddhist porn My pseudonym was born on basketball courts Masterful thoughts let my life take its natural course Maximum force they try to stop us with fibs and all types of gossip Try to profit through crisis it’s just a microcosm More than twice I seen the bottom and I climbed out Shout out to the sun for shining I had to grind out This numerology chicks told me I was I’m number one Losing is cumbersome winners in my circumference Thoughts of abundance sipping coffee up in London Pulling stunts ducking bullets from guns looking for funding Out the venue stumbling drunk, this life is humbling Is it all pre-destined or random? Got me wondering [La Bruja & Napoleon Da Legend hook] *Chant* [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Every day we wake up ready that war we be waging Northface and court cases coordinating tours around nations Yellow white and brown faces and it sounds racist So many artists getting lit without a foundation And then the hype dies its lights out goodbye That was good try ya careers just flat lined and died Never had a budget yet I get wild numbers How long could you survive after the system malfunctions? Malnutrition french fries and fried chicken Get ya mouth fixed all you do is spit cow shit I’m on the couch lit quarantine politics Knowledge the etymology my mind shine like halogen You’ll probably read about it I’m Buddha under the Bo tree The streets promote me figured the hack out like Oakley Sharp like my obliques Yogi I meditate in wild poses Drawing you a picture with a child’s focus [La Bruja & Napoleon Da Legend hook] *Chant* [La Bruja outro] *Mantras*
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[Napoleon Da Legend Hook x2] Pimp Is in the blood but ya heart pump Kool-Aid I put the game down tight like Boulet One good bottom and another few hotties Doing numbers but they mood stay snobby [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Pimp without the gold teeth motif World renowned steal ya girl like Mo Cheeks Low key never rocking flashy leathers I’m old school pulling chicks like it’s ‘97 Po Machiavellien I’m the best who you telling? Build an empire that’ll make Tony Starks jealous Got this cutie in a spell she knew well drop a jewel Sell you fire while walking through hell Rock a suit well might even use a cane of something Make shorty pull her purse out Like she paying for something Spirit animal’s a lion nah never rock furs Tap her friend like a gentleman but I’m a dog first Million dollar worth of game if you wanna talk worth Youngins wanna run game gotta learn to walk first Cyrano Don Juan Demarco all it take’s a convo She sexy but I like em smart though [Napoleon Da Legend Hook x2] Pimp Is in the blood but ya heart pump Kool-Aid I put the game down tight Like Boulet One good bottom and another few hotties Doing numbers but they mood stay snobby [Napoleon Da Legend verse] From New York to Cali black Salvador Dali Attract thick meat like a matador rally Chatter raw that’s right up my ally Take a little break take a date up to Bali Say what up to Marie yo I miss that chick Had to clip her though Po pharaoh live that rich In a drought like a bad check I bounce back fast Play the angles on shorty got that down Pat Whip purple and black the winner circle jack A perfect ass gave her game she worked it back Nonchalantly they praise me like Gandhi in fact My blonde walking round like she got a bomb in the back Drinking cognac V.S.O. Dom in the back Holding a glass with my other hand palming her ass Stunning looker for the right price I’ll show to book her Looking fly suit and tie superfly Jimmy Snuka [Napoleon Da Legend Hook x2] Pimp Is in the blood but ya heart pump Kool-Aid I put the game down tight Like Boulet One good bottom and another few hotties Doing numbers but they mood stay snobby
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] Mikhel Gorbachev wallets Michelle Obama on the side bopping Dropping projects since the global warming started It’s so cathartic sowing seeds inside my garden Growing out of bondage you can’t knock it when it so honest Just the illest building together Fair-weather friends get the Mayweather Just for fair measure I’m a rare treasure in the midst of crisis I just get nicer Going over heads like original M Byson Michael Eric Dyson and Allen Iverson Both in Georgetown converting the fourth down Now we tour bound straight line not up nor down Mature sounds for adult motherfuckers who love it We dug in a little deeper while they scratched the surface A lot people back to work but still a lack of purpose These rappers catching L’s McPherson I’m back murking Everything I tap like it’s my last day earth it’s that urgent [Napoleon Da Legend hook 2x] Do what you gotta do god One or two jobs a side hustle what you do to survive They try to make it seem glamorous But behind the scenes it scandalous It’s time to man up shut up and handle it For real king Do what you gotta do god One or two jobs a side hustle what you do to survive They try to make it seem glamorous But behind the scenes it scandalous It’s time to man up shut up and handle it [Awon verse] Gorbachev paper showtime Lakers Bulletproof wallets As-salamu alaykum Knew the mathematics verbatim Back when I was a teenager with a pager and residue on my razor Gem star that is p89 across ya cabbage Identified as a savage Even in the madness I prayed to a higher power I had to balance the scale or let my soul go sour The conflict of the lifestyle and the conscious Knowing that most of my niggaz have died over nonsense Hit the hardest like Camacho and Vargas Salute the generals who taught us We should march for the martyrs I’m a spark up the gold Leaf Tell my people don’t sleep Do the knowledge get up and stand or don’t eat I go deep to the center of the earth With knowledge of self I’m the master of my universe [Napoleon Da Legend hook 2x] Do what you gotta do god One or two jobs a side hustle what you do to survive They try to make it seem glamorous But behind the scenes it scandalous It’s time to man up shut up and handle it For real king Do what you gotta do god One or two jobs a side hustle what you do to survive They try to make it seem glamorous But behind the scenes it scandalous It’s time to man up shut up and handle it
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] I went from flat broke hit the plateau defacto Could always rap though snuck in through the back door Then I started spazzing for stacks though that crack flow Kakarot smack foes Ragnarok black Thor Back to my roots like Black Thought to them I take my hat off This bound to catch on like facing Covid with ya mask off This is mad cloth Jim Duggin hacksaw You that soft? Domes I hack off then hustle packs off It’s that simple… This the last straw Was cast off now I’m back like Sasquatch I’m far passed the norm like a Capricorn rap porn Swing the pen like McEnroe I’m way past woke Packed the venue to the last row Shut it down and close it like Mac Pro Then I tease you with Nirvana we bring that close Ya can taste it and feel it it’s Amerigo and Po Hey yo [Napoleon Da Legend verse] My capacity to slay shit will leave you incapacitated Vaccinated with my logo branded in ya skin Liquid sword style Katana blade slashing ya limb Broke my shackles then I took the path of a king These dudes fast food swipe em off as I drive through Rocking a fly suit rolling with a versatile crew While they stuck in one spot making moves out of town Real killers move in silence drop albums with a sound Peep the spin they want us to win but we still find away Shoving deals in our face Our lives we gotta sign away To shine like McConaughey Building ya persona making of a star Bitch you taking space my car Give you the skinny on some Kate Moss shit You know the séance lit Was a fan now I’m getting paid off this From Japan all the way back to Brooklyn Serving y’all a dish real fresh got another batch cooking Good looking
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] Yo Nomadic traveler toe tag a haggler Samurai vernacular the erudite trafficker Andromaque de Scythian my battery pack is lithium My lineage goes back to the times of the Corinthians It’s the perennial punishing finishing move With my mistress cooking ton of Dominican food Yasuke Chikara I’m a walking powder keg Plant a ten foot pole as a display for a coward’s head Playing Sudoku disloyal friend perform Seppuku Goku with the beaucoup bucks without the Susu Soul food eat before the war we go through We bend the old rules and market this music with higher morals Skip the tutorials jump into the action egotistically Once I did better some people start to get pissed at me Things I used to think were difficult became simple The human brain fickle what comes easy gains little I speak in plain riddles explode in the paint no dribbles Single slash make the blood down ya nose trickle Miyamoto Musashi with the 2 swords Blades slice ya heart out ya chest what you move for? [Napoleon Da Legend Hook x2] Not knowing is Buddha not seeing is a flower Gold coins to a cat not moving is power Under the cherry blossom where the sky at the bottom Ten people ten colors you’ll know when I shot em Wiser than a grey hair on a monk and a bear drunk Pork belly ass punks yo we tear chunks Of lungs and intestines and we send em to intensives Then go home, drink a tea and sit there pensive Reevaluate the deeds I did My last supper with a supple piece of beef I bit So Zen-like hopping in a Benz with old friends Bumping Stevie Wonder reminiscing on my old sins I took many lives to get my name known Soiled by the blood of the devil since day old Walk strong like Bok Choy root Koi fish blue fuck around destroy this fool Gonzo Hattori Hanzo shorty in my condo Akira Toriyama in the back playing bongos Ichiban Po beat Tao Pai Pai Then abruptly leave the scene with no bye byes [Napoleon Da Legend Hook x2] Not knowing is Buddha not seeing is a flower Gold coins to a cat not moving is power Under the cherry blossom where the sky at the bottom Ten people ten colors you’ll know when I shot em
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[Napoleon Da Legend intro] B.R. Double O K. L. Y. N B.R. Double O K. L. Y. N [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Word to Gil Scott The Revolution starts in the heart No diss to Jill Scott Brooklyn ain’t a walk in the park School to prison pipeline they smoking pipes on the Ave When guns shoot and knives stab you can’t get ya life back Nah haggle at the store get the price slashed in half Kings plaza dollar vans on the strip like Gaza Billboards with liquors ads peep the bigger math Petty beefs tit for tat yo we live for cash Must be something in the tap water Disrespectful energy we bring it back towards ya That’s reciprocity They speculate on property It’s a game of monopoly where oligarchs exploit the poverty From red lining cross the yellow blue and red line Legendary kingpins are dead or doing fed time The best rappers you know live there curse and a gift there It’s mixed bag many did that and got big there [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] B R double O K L Y N King’s County NY from beginning to end What’s known ain’t gotta be said its where the greatest sparks Spread love that’s Brooklyn u know in ya heart [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Vultures swoop to water down culture and truth Dressed in suits contaminate and poison our food And uproot foundations we laid Cause that minimum wage synonymous to population enslaved Corporations paid wintertime pavement is cold Fashion avant-guard Brooklyn Nets logo be the avatar Grimy kids try to sabotage you gotta know the codes Some will overdose others seek the Holy Ghost With goals of climbing up the totem pole Bet you ten mil every 10 years we known for bending social roles Lofty dreams turn to broken hopes and vice versa Careful what you wish you bound to find the right person From the Navy Yard Bushwick to Carnarsie To Brownsville late night vigils that honor Sean P Trends die ladies fly new babies is born Raised in the hustle in radiant form [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] B R double O K L Y N King’s County NY from beginning to end What’s known ain’t gotta be said its where the greatest sparks Spread love that’s Brooklyn u know in ya heart [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Cops patrol the block while we socialize Lotta scammers to survive gotta recognize and know the lies When tensions in the air we know the vibes You better dip before these bullets make ya choke on ya pride Caribbean flags for Jouvert a new day for Another dollar in the bank plus a new decor Corner pocket hit the 8 ball mental napalm Nuke shelters under buildings case they drop an A Bomb Cop Modelos from bodegas while our phones capture data Friends turn their backs names appear on affidavits Split second calculations that’s second nature I peeped from my peripheral the way they heads was shaking Feature presentations girls dressed quasi-naked Bass thumping out cars my inner child awakens It’s where I got my start at hard facts Through life Africa’s inside my soul Brooklyn’s where the heart at [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] B R double O K L Y N King’s County NY from beginning to end What’s known ain’t gotta be said its where the greatest sparks Spread love that’s Brooklyn u know in ya heart
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] I don’t blame them for emulating The Po formula Perform like a sorcerer the moral of the story is that I feel in love with the allure of the street They know me for the music otherwise I’m sort of discreet You know the majority sleep but that can change fast Take it as a payback I ain’t ya slave I gotta make stacks Clearing out a whole career path On a Maclaren and leer jet Hearing threats when my ears pass I ain’t stressed that’s the games we signing up for Still going already sculpting my name up on the Rushmore And it’s a Bloodsport to get the bag No sleep put in work till mad plaques decorate the lab Ain’t no flags for the foul shit And stripes don’t appear on outfits The most pussy be the loudest It ain’t about right or wrong it’s what I’m drawn to I never claimed to be the best that’s what the songs do [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] One time for the survivors If you doing all you can to stay alive and When they try to put you down still inspired Still we end up proven em wrong in spite of Out of the blue I seeing em sampling anime too Bantam weight looking for labels to validate you This is culture you wonder why ya friend ghost ya You a doja to them you just another token I’m a shogun chop it up like you sitting with Rogan Black ronin make the crowd jump like Shonen Sprinkling jewels meticulously interwoven Political like Snowden and slash Logan My scars heal up charged up bars fill up At concerts draw a mob soon as the car pull up I’m in another league dropping every couple weeks Guess it’s the hustler in me I’m a let the numbers speak Adolph Reed knowledge just fulfilling prophecy Smash the catalogue exit the game then live privately Somewhere remote where I don’t gotta wear a coat With a herd of goats standing my ground like Serpico [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] One time for the survivors If you doing all you can to stay alive and When they try to put you down still inspired Still we end up proven em wrong in spite of
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[Napoleon Da Legend verse] Slave to my desires pulled by society’s wires Maniacal mind finding myself confined by time In hindsight out of sight is out of mind right Our body’s finite regulated at 98 Fahrenheit The whole economic system could crumble off a parasite We all seen it yet they still label me an erudite Another day in paradise with death at every corner Dodged it so many time I got a legendary aura With the blessings of the ancestors who we owe our lives to Needed sober eyes to see the truth did what I need to do Are we in control? Are we just batteries? To feed the system fueling it, running off of calories Anarcho-oligarchs and hierarchies Pyramids malignant cells inside of biopsies Psy-ops from the CIA blind hate Play by play manipulated day by day [Napoleon Da Legend hook] The world changed The world changed [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Stuck at the train station tired and drunk Crowds panicking running some dude fired a gun Instinctively ducked cut the corner fled out the exit Cop a dollar slice of pizza while this shorty texting Asking me when I get there no clothes policy When I step thru the door we put an “x” all formalities Slight cat allergy got me sneezing made me a sandwich More whiskey getting poured as I vanished Vagabond don’t know where to call home 24 hours awake hurting like a gall stone Ripley Grier rehearsal time gotta a show to do in March Gotta make it through the dark only show the truest parts Financially it’s kind of dry seems like snakes I’m surrounded by Getting suicidal thoughts I can fuck around and die Scratch that naw gotta hold it together The sun’ll come out and shine its light No need to dumb out even though the world changed [Napoleon Da Legend hook] The world changed The world changed
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[Napoleon Da Legend intro] B.R. Double O K. L. Y. N B.R. Double O K. L. Y. N [Napoleon Da Legend verse] Word to Gil Scott The Revolution starts in the heart No diss to Jill Scott Brooklyn ain’t a walk in the park School to prison pipeline they smoking pipes on the Ave When guns shoot and knives stab you can’t get ya life back Nah haggle at the store get the price slashed in half Kings plaza dollar vans on the strip like Gaza Billboards with liquors ads peep the bigger math Petty beefs tit for tat yo we live for cash Must be something in the tap water Disrespectful energy we bring it back towards ya That’s reciprocity They speculate on property It’s a game of monopoly where oligarchs exploit the poverty From red lining cross the yellow blue and red line Legendary kingpins are dead or doing fed time The best rappers you know/ live there curse and a gift there It’s mixed bag many did that and got big there [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] B R double O K L Y N King’s County NY from beginning to end What’s known ain’t gotta be said it’s where the greatest sparks Spread love that’s Brooklyn u know in ya heart [Skyzoo verse] Brooklyn New York City where we paint murals of Biggie And Pop Smoke, and Sean Price, for the love of memories Flag in the dirt that everyone wanna rep for Outta towners screaming it, vowing not to be left off My block was “do the right thing” come to life In the summer you shoot to the store and you shooting dice 2 slices a daily routine, like if my hood was on my shirt And my beliefs is where my radio be You do the math, meanwhile, I be on a park bench Refilling this cup of Henny until the dark hits The vibes good but keep an eye where the narcs went ‘Cause new Brooklyn will call them and get us all clipped But shit is cool, we the county of kings, Where the love buries the hate on account of the rings Do or die in the field, know the pride is real And this is ours, regardless of what they dying to build, B R [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] B R double O K L Y N King’s County NY from beginning to end What’s known ain’t gotta be said it’s where the greatest sparks Spread love that’s Brooklyn u know in ya heart [Awon verse] It was Brooklyn hospital I took my first breath In Fort Greene Projects I took my first steps 85 Navy Walk I heard my first shots My side of town was known for red tops I first met Biz in the Albee Square Project barbershop Dennis use to cut my hair Slide up to Crown Heights Hung out on Park Place My cousin Andy showed me How to pop a willy my ace Mum lived on Sterling Back when pops had the Porsche My park was birthing Gods and Earths In the Fort New York the Golden era A relic of Reaganomics Before the gentrification And renovation of projects Gabby did the fronts I remember free lunch Ol heads played chess While the youngins smoked blunts Pissy elevator stench Gods cipher on the bench Chased the paper in Virginia But Brooklyn Represent [Napoleon Da Legend hook x2] B R double O K L Y N King’s County NY from beginning to end What’s known ain’t gotta be said it’s where the greatest sparks Spread love that’s Brooklyn u know in ya heart

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Producer Amerigo Gazaway and Napoleon Da Legend flex their creative chemistry on a new collaborative project, “The World Changed”.

Connecting on the outset of the Covid pandemic, the duo’s rapper-producer formula showcases NDL’s introspective lyricism while highlighting Gazaway’s growth and evolution as a beatsmith.

“Amerigo and I connected in a time of great turmoil and change both on a planetary scale but also on a personal scale in both our lives. His ear for highlighting the “soul” of a sample really gave me the space to dial into the many emotions I was sorting through during that period.” - Napoleon Da Legend

Working in tandem to keep the cohesion heard throughout the album’s 16 song tracklist, NDL finds his pocket on a range of emotions over versatile beats composed with Gazaway’s signature nuances.

“This is an album about survival...it’s about navigating and adapting to an ever-changing world while struggling to maintain one’s sanity and peace of mind. Napoleon is a true master of his craft as a poet/storyteller and I think that’s something that really shines through on this record." - Amerigo Gazaway

With assists from vocalist La Bruja, Brooklyn’s Skyzoo, and three appearances from rapper Awon, 'The World Changed' delivers focused bars rooted in boom-bap and soul.

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released December 3, 2021

Written & Performed by Napoleon Da Legend
Produced & Mixed by Amerigo Gazaway
Executive Producer: Rickey Mindlin

Soul Mates 2021

napoleondalegend.com
amerigomusic.com
soulmatesproject.com

Post-Production Mixing & Mastering by ThisIsART:
thisisartmusic.com

Album Artwork by Amerigo Gazaway:
amerigomusic.com


Special Guest Features:

Additional vocals written & performed by La Bruja (Track 8):
caridaddelaluz.com

Additional vocals written & performed by Awon (Tracks 7, 10 & 16):
dontsleeprecords.bandcamp.com

Additional vocals written & performed by Skyzoo (Track 16):
skyzoothewriter.com

Written by Gregory Taylor
Rudy For Real Publishing (BMI)
Skyzoo appears courtesy of First Generation Rich Inc.

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Amerigo Gazaway’s cleverly executed hip-hop remix projects gives audiences a familiar, yet fresh and distinct way to experience their favorite songs.

Honing his DJ skills through tours of Europe, Brazil, and throughout the U.S., Amerigo Gazaway’s dancefloor driving DJ sets seamlessly blend classic breakbeats, remixes, and mashups of Funk, Soul, Disco, Hip-Hop, Afrobeat, and more.
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