Baba Got BARS

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releases August 3, 2019

All backing vocals by Olu, DeLa and Sanaadwe Armah, Vanessa Oyugi and the students at the Wilson. Baker Academy in Prince George's County. All tracks written, produced, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bomani Armah for Armah Enterprises. Track 6 "The Black Entertainer" contains an interpolation of "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin. Track 8 contains a portion of Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the 4th of July". Track 11 "ZYX" co-written and produced by Olu Armah. Track 12 "Four Ways to Rhyme" co-written and produced by Olu Armah and DeLa Armah. Photos by Dave McDuffie. Graphic Design by Bomani Armah

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Baba Bomani Washington, D.C.

Baba Bomani, aka the Watermelon man has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students for well over 15 years Bomani . Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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Track Name: My Name is Baba Bomani
My name is Baba Bomani
My flow’s a force of nature like a Tsunami
My words on paper are 3D like Oragami
Watch my Hip Hop Party stretch your mind and move your body
Baba means Father in the language of Yoruba,
Spoken in countries of Benin, Togo, and Nigeria,
It’s father in Swahili used in Congo and Rwanda
Burundi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Somalia,
Tanzania, Kenya, and can’t forget Uganda
My African heritage is what I’m very fond of
So I put Baba in my title
So you know where I stand the moment of my arrival
a tradition of rappers in the past
Like “Grand Master” title for Grand Master Caz
“MC” for MC Lyte, even “Lil” for Lil Wayne
Or “Young” for Young MA, Baba states it plain
My name is Baba Bomani
I’m old school in the game like Atari
This is my full time job it’s not a hobby
To kick it for the kids like Mr. Miyogi teaching karate
Now let me tell you something about me
My name comes from the countries of Malawi
Tanzania, Zambia and even Mozambique
Depends on what indigenous language that they speak
Bomani means “warrior” to the Ngoni
Yes, it’s my real name, I could never be a phony
I changed it 20 years ago it fits me if you know me
even changed my last name in a big ceremony
like many Black figures back in the day
Like Ntozake Shange and Kwame Ture
Chokwe Lumumba or el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
Bomani is what I’m known as


My name is Baba Bomani
My flow rides on the track like a Mazzerati
Get my speaking from my daddy and my good looks from my mommy
‘cause I’m a Black Star like my man Marcus Garvey
My last name is pronounced Armah
From the west African people called the Ga
In the country of Ghana around the city of Accra
The flag is red, gold and green with a Black Star
They took our last names when they brought us across the water
So I looked to Africa to see what names it had to offer
Then changed my name after a Ghanaian author
An African name I can pass on to my daughter
and I can pass it to my son
they may change it one day, I can’t control who’ll they’ll become
But when they ask why I did what I’ve done
I say I’m building a tradition not resting upon one
Track Name: Selfie King
Introducing the world famous autobiographer, news paper publisher, public speaker and the most photographed American of the 19th century…Frederick Douglass

CHORUS
You see my suit it costs some dough
Fresh and clean, don’t you know?
I need a crown for this photo
So let me pick out my fro
Selfie king Pick out my fro
Selfie king Pick out my fro
Selfie king Pick out my fro
Selfie king Pick out my fro

VERSE ONE
I see you wanna floss on the gram get a little fame with your little phone
I’m the 1800’s freshest in the land let me tell you the kind of selfie game I was on
America’s most popular
I mean for real
Best selling autobiographer
Words pay the bills
Giving racist insomnia
House on the hill
Self taught lexicographer
That means I’ve got word skills
Flexing for the photographer
Black and white stills
That’s how we do it in Anacostia
With the old school ice grill

CHORUS


VERSE TWO

Cashing speaking fees, royalties and federal checks/
My sons a civil war vet, name one president that I haven’t met,
Could be at an all white function (not talking clothes) breaking necks
Slim, I'm on the front porch listening to string quartets/
It’s confidence not arrogance
From South East most famous resident
More famous than the president
Look at the picks if you want evidence
Took advantage of every opportunity
Despite what racist tried to do to me
Ambassador to Haiti the US recruited me
I got real diplomatic immunity

CHORUS

VERSE THREE

Yes, I’m a free man, think you stopping one of my plans
Punishment is Severe, will knock you out where you stand
Slave owners read my book; my haters are my biggest fans
Overseers could read braille still can’t see me with the hands
Think you flexing on’em hard, showing off with bravery
Flexed in so many pics with the squad they tried to send me back to slavery
There’s one thing that got me trippin' like Amerie
Are you everything your pictures of you claim to be?
I was the speaker that they came to see
No one had more acclaim than me
No one had a bigger name than me,
No one alive at the time had more fame than me
Not a player no ones in the same game as me
Everyone posed looking aimlessly
I stared in the camera shamelessly
So you can see that no ones taming me

CHORUS
Track Name: Three Rules of Creative Writing
Rule One

It’s exciting, when we do creative writing
Inspiration igniting ideas like lightning
In a poem or a song, don’t worry what word belongs
Your opinion is impossible to get wrong
Brainstorming ideas is how art is made
Raise your hand, write it down, no need to be afraid
We really want to know what you think
The only answer that’s wrong is an answer that’s blank

Rule Two

Creating something new can be stressful
Having the right attitude can help you be successful
Edison’s attitude helped him not go berserk
“I didn’t fail a thousand times, I found a thousand ways that didn’t work”
So don’t worry that the word, phrase or sentence isn’t right
Every idea you put out there can spark another light
This is the rough draft nobody sees
Writers don’t make mistakes, we make discoveries


Rule Three

Do you have a diary, notebook or a journal
To make sure your bright ideas don’t stay internal
Make sure you have a place to write ideas down
Once you see them on a page they’re easy to move around
You can revise, remix, rethink and edit
Best of all, you won’t regret it because you won’t forget it
To make sure your idea can evolve and spread
Do not edit in your head

1. Remember; when your teacher asks you to write creatively, he or she wants to know what you are thinking. You cannot possibly get that wrong so write something down.

2. When you write down this answer you might not like it. That does not mean you wrote down a wrong word. You wrote the words that will lead you to the words you we looking for.

3. Make sure you have some place to write your ideas. Be it a notebook, a journal, a diary, a tape recorder, a hammer and chisel. Any way at all just do not edit in your head.
Track Name: Writing Process
CHORUS
When I want to write something and my thoughts are all a mess
I put it all together with the writing process
I've got thoughts I must express or issues I must address
The way to do it best is the writing process
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing

VERSE 1
When I’m pre-writing I’m brainstorming what’s going to happen
So before I start rapping I begin with mind mapping
Start by writing down on paper everything feel I like telling
No worries about grammar, punctuation, handwriting or spelling
Now my idea is in pieces this is the genesis
I’m turning my research into a working thesis
When I’ve gather ideas then I make an outline
This works for a letters, essays, books, speeches, or rhymes
The audience and the purpose sets me on the right path
Who am I writing for and what argument do I have
With those questions asked, I make my first draft
There’s no exact answer, this ain’t science or math
To perfect the tone and style I must revise it so I read it
I see what else is needed and what needs to be deleted
Like a garden when you water it and weed it, then I repeat it,
No reason to feel defeated, you’ll know when it is completed

CHORUS
When I want to write something and my thoughts are all a mess
I put it all together with the writing process
I got thoughts I must express or issues I must address
The way to do it best is the writing process
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing

M

VERSE 2
I’ve done pre-writing, drafting, revising and I re-read it
Now i put that polish on it cause I’m gonna edit
I proofread and correct errors in grammar and mechanics
This part can be terror but there is no need to panic
Let me tell you what I’m gonna do, I take my time and read it through
I find another writer to give it to, because four eyes are better than two
I make edits to improve on the clarity and style
Remember to be patient because this might take a while
I can publish it in so many ways, print it out on a page
Read it in class or on a stage, depends on the audience I want to engage
An email blast, television broadcast, an article with photographs,
Or my podcast, maybe a performance with a cast
most important thing is that I get it out
And that I’m clear on what i’m talking about
So when I turn on the microphone and put it on a track
You can bounce your head to the writing process when you play it back
Track Name: Mic Check
PRE-CHORUS
My mic sounds nice
Check eyes
My mic sounds nice
Check ears
My mic sounds nice
Check Brain
Are you ready?

CHORUS
When I’m on the microphone all I have is one wish
If you would listen to me that would be a gift
This is something every speaker would like
You hear me, right? Respect the mic, so I check the mic

PRE-CHORUS

VERSE 1
To be an active listener you’ve got to use your eyes
To some that might come as a surprise
follow along with your eyes wherever the speaker goes
see photos, videos or graphic info they may show
Their face and body language have so much to add
Are they excited, angry, happy or sad?
visual aides give you a clue
So microphone check one two one two

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS

VERSE 2
To be an active listener you’ve got to use your ears
people been telling you that for years
You might need to come near me to hear me
Whatever it takes to hear the speaker more clearly
You have some doubts? To figure it out you need to hear what I’m talking about
open your ears and close your mouth, if everyone’s talking I’d have to shout
Listen quietly, it’s the thing to do
So microphone check one two one two

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS

VERSE 3
To be an active listener you’ve got to use your brain
So you you can understand what’s strange until it’s simple and plain
So you got to concentrate
Think about what the speaker said, in other words contemplate
You don’t need a distraction
Keep your body still, no unnecessary actions
I’ll do the same when I give the mic to you
So microphone check one two one two

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS
credits
Track Name: Count to Four
The evolution of music won’t stop
Like RUN DMC bringing us Hip Hop
When I say “Hip”, you say “Hop”
HIP – HOP, HIP - HOP
Before that they scrunched your face up like it stunk
Like James Brown giving us that funk
When I say “Give me that”, you say “Funk”
Give me that – Funk, Give me that - Funk
The generation before took it smoothly
Like Big Mama Thornton giving us R&B
When I say “R &” you say “B”
R & - B, R & B,
The generation before got even more bold
Like Chuck Berry bringing us rock’n’roll
When I say “rock’n’” you say “roll”
Rock’n’ – roll, rock’n’ -roll
The generation before added some pizzaz
Like Ella Fitzgerald giving us the jazz
When I say “We got”, you say “the jazz”
We got – the jazz, we got – the jazz
They turned field hollas into soulful grooves
Like Robert Johnson giving us the blues
When I say “we got”, you say “the blues”
We got – the blues, we got - the blues
After slavery, music was their favorite past time
Like Scot Joplin giving us ragtime
When I say “Rag”, you say “time”
Rag – time, Rag - time
Want to know how “American” music was made?
You have to start with the triangle slave trade
Enslaved Africans had their languages forbidden
But many things survived, especially their rhythms
Rhythms of the djembe, bata and shekere
Survived in reggae, samba, salsa and merengue
African influence in music remains still
You can hear it from Cuba to Brazil
Especially here in the United States
This element makes our music great
Find Africa all over, here’s an example
the Ngoni from Mali turned in to the banjo
The rhythms can be heard so easily
From jazz in new Orleans to go-go in DC
Begin with field hollas, slaves singing at work
The other kind of songs they sang were spirituals in church
The foundation of our musical recipe
African music is part of the American legacy
Freed slaves had music as their favorite past time
Like Eubie Blake giving us ragtime
When I say “rag” you say “time”
Rag – time, rag – time
Field hollas evolved into soulful grooves
Like Betsy Smith giving us the blues
When I say “we got” you say “the blues”
We got – the blues, we got – the blues
The next generation added some pizzaz
Like Louis Armstrong giving us the jazz
When I say “ we got” you say “the jazz”
We got – the jazz, we got – the jazz
The next generation got even more bold
Like Sister Rosetta Tharpe bringing us rock’n’roll
When I say “rock’n” you say “roll”
Rock’n – roll, rock’n – roll
The next generation took it more smoothly
Like Aretha Franklin giving us R&B
When I say “R &” you say “B”
R & - B, R & - B
The next we scrunched your face up like it stunk
Like George Clinton giving us that funk
When I say “give me that” you say “the funk”
Give me that – funk, give me that – funk
The evolution of music won’t stop
Like Roxanne Shante bringing us Hip Hop
When I say “hip” you say “hop”
Hip – hop, Hip - hop
Track Name: Black Entertainer
The evolution of music won’t stop
Like RUN DMC bringing us Hip Hop
When I say “Hip”, you say “Hop”
HIP – HOP, HIP - HOP
Before that they scrunched your face up like it stunk
Like James Brown giving us that funk
When I say “Give me that”, you say “Funk”
Give me that – Funk, Give me that - Funk
The generation before took it smoothly
Like Big Mama Thornton giving us R&B
When I say “R &” you say “B”
R & - B, R & B,
The generation before got even more bold
Like Chuck Berry bringing us rock’n’roll
When I say “rock’n’” you say “roll”
Rock’n’ – roll, rock’n’ -roll
The generation before added some pizzaz
Like Ella Fitzgerald giving us the jazz
When I say “We got”, you say “the jazz”
We got – the jazz, we got – the jazz
They turned field hollas into soulful grooves
Like Robert Johnson giving us the blues
When I say “we got”, you say “the blues”
We got – the blues, we got - the blues
After slavery, music was their favorite past time
Like Scot Joplin giving us ragtime
When I say “Rag”, you say “time”
Rag – time, Rag - time
Want to know how “American” music was made?
You have to start with the triangle slave trade
Enslaved Africans had their languages forbidden
But many things survived, especially their rhythms
Rhythms of the djembe, bata and shekere
Survived in reggae, samba, salsa and merengue
African influence in music remains still
You can hear it from Cuba to Brazil
Especially here in the United States
This element makes our music great
Find Africa all over, here’s an example
the Ngoni from Mali turned in to the banjo
The rhythms can be heard so easily
From jazz in new Orleans to go-go in DC
Begin with field hollas, slaves singing at work
The other kind of songs they sang were spirituals in church
The foundation of our musical recipe
African music is part of the American legacy
Freed slaves had music as their favorite past time
Like Eubie Blake giving us ragtime
When I say “rag” you say “time”
Rag – time, rag – time
Field hollas evolved into soulful grooves
Like Betsy Smith giving us the blues
When I say “we got” you say “the blues”
We got – the blues, we got – the blues
The next generation added some pizzaz
Like Louis Armstrong giving us the jazz
When I say “ we got” you say “the jazz”
We got – the jazz, we got – the jazz
The next generation got even more bold
Like Sister Rosetta Tharpe bringing us rock’n’roll
When I say “rock’n” you say “roll”
Rock’n – roll, rock’n – roll
The next generation took it more smoothly
Like Aretha Franklin giving us R&B
When I say “R &” you say “B”
R & - B, R & - B
The next we scrunched your face up like it stunk
Like George Clinton giving us that funk
When I say “give me that” you say “the funk”
Give me that – funk, give me that – funk
The evolution of music won’t stop
Like Roxanne Shante bringing us Hip Hop
When I say “hip” you say “hop”
Hip – hop, Hip - hop
Track Name: Rhetoric Just Like Frederick
CHORUS

Rhetoric just like Frederick (8x)
What you talking 'bout? Typing on your keyboard or out your mouth
What you talking 'bout? Words are power make them count
What you talking 'bout? Typing on your keyboard or out your mouth

VERSE ONE (autobiography)

He was many things, including a biographer
America was on trial, he’s the stenographer
Key witness and prosecuting attorney
He took the whole world on his slavery journey
became a voice for the voiceless
enslaved Africans faced with hard choices
back when they thought a former slave couldn’t be literate
Destroyed the myths that masters were considerate
Blew you away with vocabulary
above ordinary, distinguished dignitary
emissary, representing for black pain
deep and philosophical or simple and plain
You know you got a story are you telling it?
Don’t ever think your story isn’t relevant
like Douglass tell your own narrative
So you can have rhetoric just like Frederick

VERSE TWO (journalism)

1847 he started the North Star
At the time black newspapers were bizarre
he felt he had to use his freedom of the press
“Those who suffer injustice are those who must demand redress”
he appreciated white abolitionist
But thought former slaves should tell what the mission is
They pushed forward their efforts
Sold copies through networks, turned readers to experts
then he teamed up with Martin Delaney
Who was astute (that’s another word for brainy)
He thought the publication should be named for its creator
So the name became “The Frederick Douglass Papers”
What’s the story in your world, are you telling it?
Don’t ever think your story isn’t relevant
Telling your story is imperative
So you can have rhetoric just like Frederick

VERSE THREE (orator)

He used his skills to write and perform speeches
That’s readings out loud that inspires and teaches
Before the Civil War few had seen before
a black orator on nationwide tour
When it comes to speeches he might be the GOAT
From slave abolition to women’s rights to vote
Good speeches are the art of story telling
Presenting arguments in a way that’s compelling
Look at the titles, they tell you no lie
Like “What to the slave is the fourth of July”
“The hypocrisy of American slavery”
Giving these speeches showed poise and bravery
What’s your message to the world, are you telling it?
Don’t ever think your message isn’t relevant
Write your words down and then start yelling it
You can have rhetoric just like Frederick
Track Name: EDP (Engineering Design Process)
CHORUS 3X

ASK the right questions, IMAGINE how to solve them,/
PLAN out each and every move/
CREATE a solution to the problem/
See what works and then IMPROVE/

VERSE 1

The first step of EDP is to ASK
What are the key elements in this task?
What is the problem, what have other people tried
What devices are similar, what lessons can that provide
What are things you can do and the things you can’t
Also known as limitations or as the restraints
ASK is the first EDP step
It’s mental exercise so you got to get our reps

CHORUS 3X

VERSE 2

Second step of EDP is IMAGINE
Brainstorm what kind of gadget you want to happen
You’ve asked the right questions, now think up solutions
It’s good to take notes to watch your ideas evolution
The job of imagination is never really done
But when you have a list
of ideas you can pick
take your time so you pick the best one
IMAGINE is the 2nd EDP step
It’s mental exercise so you got to get your reps

CHORUS 3X

VERSE 3

3rd step of EDP is to PLAN
Best way to do it is a diagram
It’s the “design” of the engineering process
Fail to plan or plan to fail,
pay attention to details,
it will help your progress
Make a list of all the materials that you will need
The better you plan the more likely it is you’ll succeed
PLAN is the 3rd EDP step
It’s mental exercise so you got to get your reps

CHORUS 3X

VERSE 4

4th step of EDP is CREATE
You want to get it right so you concentrate
Follow the plan in step 3 precisely
If you planned out right maybe it just might come together nicely
To make sure that your new invention works without a doubt
You have to a test run that means try it out
CREATE is the 4th EDP step
It’s mental exercise you got to get your reps

CHORUS 3X

VERSE 5

5th step of EDP is IMPROVE
Now that you finished your creation what’s your next move
You’ve pressed all the buttons, pulled all the levers
What works and What doesn't?
What’s smooth and What’s buggin’?
What’s perfect and what could work better?
No matter the outcome, you’ve learned so that means that you win
Now take what you learned and do E – D – P over again
IMPROVE is the 5th EDP step
It’s mental exercise; you’ve got to get your reps

CHORUS 3X 
Track Name: ZYX
Yeah you know your ABC's
but that'd just too easy
it's time for your mind to flex,
can you do your ZYX

ZY X W V
UT SR Q P
O NML K J
IH GF ED CBA
Track Name: What are the Vowels
Chorus
What are the vowels? a, e, i, o, u
What sounds do they make? Each has at least two
Short sound or long sound some rules will apply
a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y
a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y
a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y
short sound or long sound some rules will apply
a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y

Verse One (A)
A has a short sound: add
After my nap I packed my bag and ran with dad
A has a long sound when alone: paper
A lady saw an alien atop a skyscraper,
A long sound with a silent e: ache
I ate my name on a birthday cake
A long sound with an a-i: aid
The maid used her brain removed the stain and got paid
a long sound with an a-y: pay
I pray today that you stay okay
A long sound with ey: grey
They survey for prey, their instincts they obey
A long sound with an ei: eight
The neighbor helped carry the weight of all the freight


Chorus

Verse Two (E)
e has a short sound: egg
the elk stepped through the web with its long leg,
a long sound when alone: even
no one competing this evening is equal to Stephen
e long sound with a silent e: concrete
“Here”, said Pete “these are complete”
a long sound with an e-a: eat
I dream that I can heal through playing the beat
a long sound with a double e: eel
a queen bee stung me in my sleep, the pain I feel

Chorus

Verse Three (I)
I has a short sound: it
She showed grit, didn’t quit, and caught the ball in her mitt
a long sound when alone: idea
an iron is an item that I bought from Ikea
a long sound with a silent e: ice
we went on a hike and flew a kit so the day was nice!
a long sound with igh: right
there is lightening high in the sky tonight
a long sound with an ie: tie
don’t lie, you tried to eat my sweet potato pie
long song as a y: by
I try to yell a reply but my mouth was to dry
Chorus

Verse Four (O)
o has a short sound: otter
when its hotter you can spot her reading Harry Potter
a long sound when alone: go
there’s no banjo so I play the piano
a long sound with a silent e: cope
the stove wouldn’t close unless I tied it with a rope
a long sound with oa: oat
on the road I got soaked and I had a sore throat
a long sound with ow: bow
The more you grow, the more you know, your talents will show
long sound with oe: foe
Joe swung a garden hoe and hit his toe,

Chorus

Verse Five (U)
u has a short sound: up
Yup, the pup drank from a cup,
A long sound when alone: unicorn
Humans look unique even in a uniform
Long sound with a silent e: use
As a rule, don’t be rude there’s no excuse
Long sound with a ue: true
Sue put each clue together like glue
Long sound with an oo: tool
We studied proof that man landed on the moon in school
Long sound with a ew: few
The wind blew as new grass grew with morning dew
Track Name: Syllable Game
Chorus 2X
Let’s play a game
Counting syllables in your name
Syllables break words down
To the parts with a vowel sound

Verse One
Three syllables in "Lil’ Ma-ma"
Four syllables in “Da-lai La-ma"
Syllables break words down
To the parts with a vowel sound
Five syllables in "Ba-rack O-ba-ma"
Six syllables in “Wil-mer Val-der-ra-ma"
Syllables break words down
To the parts with a vowel sound
Let’s play a game
Counting syllables in your name
Mike One syllable
Michael Two syllables
Michelangelo Five syllables
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Eight syllables

Chorus 2X


Verse Two
Three syllables in “Ma-Don-na"
Four syllables in “Ben-i-ha-na"
Syllables break words down
To the parts with a vowel sound
Five syllables in “Vasco da Gama"
Six syllables in “Com-man-der Adama"
Syllables break words down
To the parts with a vowel sound
Let’s play a game
Counting syllables in your name?
Bob One syllable
Sponge Bob Two syllables
Sponge Bob Square Pants Four syllables
Sponge Bob Square Pants from Bikini Bottom Ten syllables

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Track Name: Four Ways to Rhyme
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The four ways to rhyme
Brainstorm use your mind
All the words you’ll find
The four ways to rhyme


REAL RHYMES
First way is using “real rhymes”
These are the kind that you use all the time
The kind of rhymes you might read in Dr. Seuss
With the same ending letters like loose, noose or goose
Or same ending sound no matter the letters in use
You can Rhyme Words like caboose and reduce
With the skills I introduce, you don’t have any excuse
You can get loose off the rhymes you produce
You got the flavor and the juice; you’re the ace not the deuce
Rain down thunderous rhymes like a lyrical Zeus.

SLANT RHYMES
Second are “near rhymes,” some call them “slant"
You can rhyme this way; don’t let them say you can't
Different letters at the end but a similar sound
Rhymes words together like crown, proud and found
Make rhymes from things you find around
When you find them make sure to write them down
Then say them out loud as you can go around town,
Adjectives, verbs and nouns, possibilities abound,
Brainstorming like a cloud, your rhyme skills are profound
Your rhymes will astound, and the crowd will be wowed

EM-PHA-SIS ON THE WRONG SYL-LA-BLE
Third you put the “em-PHA-sis on the wrong sy-LA-ble”
Emphasize the wrong syllable, like fo-SSIL from FO-ssill
Or change long vowels to short, whatever works for your ear
You can find mispronounced words in the poems of Shakespeare
It might sound weird, but if context is clear
You can say, “I ran in fear through the forest from a bear”
Then everyone will cheer, sing your praises everywhere
You’re an ill rhyme say’er, and a rhyme game player
If rhyming were a city then you’d be more than the mayor
You’d need a crown for your hair, and a throne for your chair

TURN PHRASES INTO WORDS
Fourth, turn phrases into words
It might sound absurd but it's something you’ve heard
Like make a word from the phrase “out-the-door”
To rhyme with hard words like Baltimore
Or ask somebody, “whatchu-calling-for?”
About to make a rhyme train, so all-aboard
Get dancers on-the-floor while you’re out on-a-tour
They want the rhymes you got-in-store, what you halting-for?
The crowd wants-some-more, let all-them-pour
Like a rhyme Steph Curry you’re about-to-score

Track Name: Fit to Be a Slave
What’s the most you’ve ever gone through to learn?
ever read stolen books under a candle light that burns?
sounding out the hard words as the pages turn
Trying to stay quiet as your stomach churns
From hunger, have you ever wondered when you were younger
If you were never taught your letters and your numbers?
Could only read while those who guarded you slumber
If you did you’d be chased by overseers and slave hunters
What if reading was against the law
And all your mental capability stayed unused and raw?
No books to read, no pencil and paper to draw
Would hide your eyes from every word that you saw?
Young Frederick, he was smart and he was brave
Because for him to read was to misbehave
supposed to be illiterate from the cradle to the grave
A slave who can read isn't fit to be a slave

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Young Frederick, he was smart and he was brave
Because for him to read was to misbehave
supposed to be illiterate from the cradle to the grave
A slave who can read isn't fit to be a slave

VERSE 1
Born in the 1820’s in Tuckahoe Maryland
As a black slave he was never treated like a man
They controlled when he was sleeping, drinking and eaten
He saw relatives sold away and his aunt beaten
At a young age separated from his mother
Grew up with the masters child but not like a brother
More like pet, but more than most slaves expect
Something’s his young master got young Frederick would get
That included lessons like learning the abc's
He would sit with his young master as he would learn to read
His young masters mother was Frederick’s mistress
He learned his letters with her assistance
Frederick soaked it all in, like all children he was curious
When her husband found out he was so furious
Told her not to teach him and the reason that he gave
"A slave who can read isn't fit to be a slave"

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VERSE 2
Frederick said at the time he didn't know what that meant
But from that day on that's how his free time was spent
He stole his master’s old homework and finished tests
Would bet white boys in the street who could spell their words the best
They'd always beat him but they didn't think of this
Every word that they beat him with he'd add it to his list
When he was older Frederick stole so many books
He hid them where he slept to stay away from master’s looks
He read about freedom and about places for away
And knew that in slavery was nowhere to stay
When he learned to read he also learned to write
he knew he couldn't get out of slavery without a fight
Unless he got a letter from his master he's a prisoner
So he learned how to write a pass and forge a signature
Now he understood his master’s reason that he gave
"A slave who can read isn't fit to be a slave”

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VERSE 3
What Frederick read confirmed what he knew all along
That freedom is for everyone and slavery is wrong
Fredericks reading and writing game was superhero strong
He has so many accomplishments they need their own songs
before I make those track, let me make one observation
The to key Frederick’s freedom was that he stole his education
He didn’t have the 1st through 12th, so he learned it with stealth
didn’t care what master felt, reading gave him knowledge of self
so just like Frederick, read at every opportunities
and unlike Frederick you’ve got help in your community
You’ve got to read, the more ideas you have the more likely you’ll succeed
You gotta read, and books can give you all the ideas you need
You gotta read From the dictionary to history it’s necessary
You gotta read, Now follow me, to the library
Frederick used his skills to make sure his people were saved
Because no one in the world deserves to be a slave

You gotta read
The more ideas you have the more likely you'll succeed
You gotta read
And books can give you all the ideas you gotta read
You gotta read
From the dictionary to history it's Necessary
You gotta read
Now follow me
You gotta read
To the library

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