Global Warning

by Sun Rise Above

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    The soulful, and at times dark album album that made Sun Rise Above's critical views of capitalist society available to a large audience for the first time.

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released September 10, 2003

Cover by Jean Goode of Brainwaye.

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Sun Rise Above New York, New York

"Reframing Public Enemy's uncompromising calls for revolution within a more millennial sonic paradigm, Sun R.A. manages to give political rap its groove back. That's not to be confused with groovy, of course; R.A.'s beats charge from the gates with all the thoroughbred intensity of the [Wu-Tang] Clan's." - Editor, CNet ... more

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Track Name: Out of the Darkness
Chorus:

Double Infiniti, we've got the remedy
For any and all sickness, when I spit this
I hit this, right on target the marksman
Thoughts spin on axis, from out the darkness

(repeat)

Verse 1:

MCs, bring the real game and stop scrimmaging
'Cause when I'm in your villages I'm pillaging
Killing a million men, and ain't no iller than
The sun, anywhere that I shine
It ain't fair that I rhyme, I should give them a chance
Why should I make club tracks? I ain't living to dance
Hey yo my brain is sort of advanced
Rappers, you're ass backward that's why you thought of it last
And then you, thought it would last, exploiting my peoples
But I taught them a class, avoiding all evils
And there's one thing I want y'all kids to know, it's that
No one knows all there is to know
And I live to flow, not to get ice or rich and
Y'all complaining on how life's a bitch but
She's a queen in disguise, I feel the pain I see in her eyes
The Sun needed to rise to speak on the science

(Chorus x2)

Verse 2:

The sun, rise in darkness, shine regardless
The mind that authors, times are heartless
This kind of artist, you're not used to
I'm not the hardest and I don't want to shoot you
Keep it real, I don't live and pretend
About gems on my Timbs or rims on my Benz
I rode a bus to the Bronx, a Greyhound
To lay down, these thoughts that you rock
Now out your speakers, bow when you see this
Down to the street this, style is uniqueness
I vow to delete this, foulness and weakness
Now you repeat this, out from the darkness
My mouth is a fortress, open the gates
I know that I'm great so what's the debate
You're hoping you're safe, but I know where you stay
Get ready for the raw, 'cause I rolled in today

(Chorus x2)

There's a war out there old friend; a World War.
And it's not about who's got the most bullets.
It's about who controls the information.
What you see and hear.
How we work. What we think.
It's all about the information!
Track Name: Down 4 Revolution
Verse 1:

It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you
Without a revolution anthem to load a tech to
All respect to those who's doing it
Making improvements within the freedom movement
Full clips and weapons for the people
Against the evil, and all the bullshit they're reppin
Throw your fist up, don't get me mixed up with no man
Grown man talking about my own plans
A rebel quality is the best thing I got from my old man
Fighting for my own land, Cherokee blood boiling
Oil in the chamber, the world ain't a stranger
I love you all, but devils out there want to run you all
The sunshine is something no one can escape
When I cock back the hammer and blast ray at your face

Chorus:

I get down for revolution
I get down for revolution
I get down for revolution

Verse 2:

The situation got me frustrated
This is the Boston Tea Party updated
We run out with guns out
The suns shining from up in the sky
And for the hundredth time I'm wondering why
The people paying tax
The rich man's living off the poor man's labor while he's breaking his back
I hear them snap from here all the way to Liberia
It don't seem real to you until it happens in your own home
No phone it's gone with the water and power
Now are you gonna listen, we got to plan the mission
Praise the lord, 'hallelujah', pass the ammunition
For the natives, this hatchet I bury it
Cause they was taken from their land by the hands of terrorists
Christopher Columbus couldn't use a fucking compass
But schools try to turn this zero into a hero
I ask why, stand by I'm reading the facts
As more chances pass by for us to take our freedom back
We react, we need to crack the Liberty Bell
But how ironic, that somebody already got it

(Chorus)

Verse 3:

The only king I ever loved was Martin Luther
Spark the future, let the seeds know that we need growth
Somebody asked me Sun Cease what you mean
You always talking about how we got to get free
Don't you realize we're living in the home of the brave?
I smacked the brother in the face and said we're living in the home of the slaves
You better wake up while I shake up the world
You can't make up for centuries of oppression
I teach a lesson with a shot through a cop's intestines
Call me I'm crazy, but maybe I'm thinking fine
A forty-four can do a lot more than a picket sign
Advanced shit, pipe bombs blow away your pamphlets
And this is the way I'm blasting back, rap on tracks
Put the bookmark in the Bible and pass the mac (x 7)
Track Name: Bad News
Word up.
Broadcasting live.

Bring the cameras in.

Verse 1:

You hear the news today? It's 1493
This great explorer Columbus is lost without a compass
Landed in the Caribbean thought it was India, he's stranded
Commanded a crew, even they knew he was crazy
His Europeans, the Taínos never seen those
Pale skin and faces but still embraced them
It was give no take. And what did they get in return?
Diseases, got burned, and their women raped
Columbus somehow discovers something that was already there
Then claims it for his queen and then he plunders
The resources then wonders, what else he can take
The native peoples' fate, is to die or be enslaved
'Cause he claims they're savage, as he ravages the land
Brought his rats and roaches to the paradise's golden sands
And somehow this terrorist still went down in history
As a noble explorer, but it don't make no fucking sense to me

Verse 2:

You hear the news today? It's 1963.
Broadcasting live from 16th Street
The Klan is mad deep in Alabama, that's where the problem stands
They changed the name of Birmingham into Bombingham
'Cause what happened at this Baptist church
A bomb explodes, removes three young souls from the earth
Three young black queens killed because of their skin color
The FBI investigations discover a suspect
A worthless white supremacist slob
Demolition expert, his name was dynamite bomb
Charged with possession of TNT and found guilty
But the thing that kills me, he appeal and won
Sometime later a new attorney general elected
Although the years had passed, they still nailed his assassinated
Found him guilty, lifetime jailed his ass
Died in the belly of the beast, prison killed his assassinated

Verse 3:

You hear the news today? It's 2003
And thousands see the wrath of a madman
A president that nobody voted for
Starting wars with other countries, lying to the people
Pure evil in office, like this mother fucker Ashcroft
Taking away human rights with the Patriot Act
And our speech ain't free, 'cause the media is censored
You only hear the views corporate America wants you to
We facing death by AIDS, which was created
By the World Health Organization
Who included the disease in African bound vaccinations
Across the nation, police are brutalizing, utilize your eyes
Take off your blinders and see the truth
You want the news? Tune to Sun Caesar in the booth
Track Name: Split Second
Yeah. You know, people talk about time and space.
You know, what exactly is time. Or time as you know it?
As soon as I say “the future,” that becomes now. And as soon as I say “now,” that becomes the past.
You know, time is a funny thing.

Verse 1:

Time keeps slipping, my eyes squinting
I'm seeing different beings, in different places
The same time, 9 AM in the Eastern Standard
We still stranded, I watch the hands of a clock shake then stop
I walk around and see what's going down this very second
Just what you expected, as I step into a random ghetto
Lethal weapon ejecting bullets representing for a block of concrete
I'm on feet, I'm walking, I hear a politician talking
To some man about some plan, they shake hands and pass a suitcase
I saw a new face, getting born in the hospital
Coming out of a single mother, he brings the struggle
I want to hug you but I'm out of body
I hear a shotty blasting
A cop screaming, asking is he matching a description
I'm dipping, gone to another location
The Caribbean, and people are filling in a church
Praying for salvation, putting their last few cents in
The collection plate, I kept the faith and kept moving
I'm in South America, they rebelling for freedom
I see them fighting, I'm lightning
Shooting, moving, landed somewhere in the middle of Africa
I see daughters crying tears, needing clean water
I breathe harder head to Asia where now my breath stops
Seeing human beings slaving in a sweatshop
To make shoes, so we can make moves on the East Coast
I'm back in this foolish nation, full rotation
It blew my mind I hear the clock wind
And start ticking again, I'm tripping again
Track Name: Guerrillas in the Midst
(Che Guevara)
Porque es la naturaleza del imperialismo la que bestializa a los hombres...

Verse 1:

Stay concealed, guerrillas in the midst of fighting
We make plans to strike like lightning
Hitting right in the cash purse, the place it hurts worst
Nature's on our side, we ride with the earth's force
Roll into your banks with a shank, because we've got to eat
My people starving, from Pittsburgh up to Harlem
And even further, some people needing water
Can you imagine that? That's why I start my battles at the mental level
So I can hunt the devil, down
And put his stinking evil ass into the underground
Imperialists been fearing this
The people come together as one, then we strike back
Yeah it's like that, this is more than just a tight rap
Or fight back, we've got to be aggressors to see successes
These are the lessons, vamonos grab the weapons

(Che Guevara)
Porque es la naturaleza del imperialismo la que bestializa a los hombres...

Verse 2:

Fuck peaceful activism, I have to hit them
It's me against capitalism, attacking the system
And setting all the prisoners free
The position of me is to be enemy of the state
So remember me as great, Sun cease the day
Martyr, suicide bomber blowing lies away
George W Bush is evil the sequel
You fake people I see through like a peephole
To what's on the other side, your best bet to run and hide
'Cause once the Sun collide with mics I'm leaving none alive
And there ain't who none who lied to the greatest mind
Waste of time, won't survive the wrath of the sun splash
Months pass and time flies, with the future rhyme styles
Flying cows, tornadoes, natural disasters
And after this passes, you punk asses want to play cool
But this ain't Playskool, I'm higher learning
The desire burning deep inside, keep the heat alive

(Che Guevara)
Porque es la naturaleza del imperialismo la que bestializa a los hombres...

Verse 3:

No longer shall we be enslaved, I see the day
That we can say we are free, and that's the goal
Raps are cool, but I'm talking about some real shit
Sometimes you've got to kill shit before you can rebuild shit
Yo feel this, grab a weapon because it's time for war
The majority of the world is starving and poor
That means a few rich motherfuckers are owning the shit
Now what's that make you want to do with loaded clips?

(Che Guevara)
Porque es la naturaleza del imperialismo la que bestializa a los hombres...
Track Name: Peace Queen
Chorus:

You're a queen, but it seems that you don't know
'Cause without sunlight, a seed won't grow
You'll never know how beautiful a flower can be without water
Peace to the mothers, the sisters, the daughters

(repeat)

Verse 1:

Peace queen, why you let that man treat you like that?
Why you let that fool beat you like that?
Yo let me teach you some facts, release them on wax
Relax, you ain't a fool, but please understand you're worth more than your weight in gold
You're the soil that the seed grows from
Without you, we are nothing, believe in something
Like the sunshine within you, then you begin to understand
You are the wisdom and love of man kind
You stand fine on your own two
I know you and to know you is to love you
And all queens worldwide

(Chorus x 2)

Verse 2:

I understand, I've seen my mother get beaten by my father's hand
It left me bothered and I can hardly talk about it
But I'll do it to help you through it
Listen, he's got your mind imprisoned
Thinking what you're in is love, but you know it isn't
Hitting is not a sign of affection
It's the sign of a man pointed in the wrong direction
You're a queen, and you should be respected
And treated as one, seated on thrones
You need to take your seed and be gone
(You can do better)
And who better to prove it than you

(Chorus x 2)

Word up.
Peace to the queens.
Queens of the earth.
Brothers, you need to start respecting these queens out here.
Word up.
That's where you came from.
The backbone of civilization.
The better half.
You came from your mother. You know what I'm saying?
Word up.
Yo, much love to the queens of the world.
Realize that you are a queen.
No matter what you did, where you're going, or where you came from.
It's all irrelevant. You're a queen and you deserve to be treated that way.
So don't settle for nothing less.
I love y'all. Much love to all queens worldwide.
All races and sizes; religions and creeds; ages and nationalities. I love y'all.
Word up.
Much love to my mom. Much love to grandma. Much love to my daughters. I love y'all.
Rest in peace Grandma Dean.
Track Name: Big Brother
Yo, I've got to tell y'all something man.
I think I'm being watched, on the real.
I'm seeing all types of flashing lights outside the window.
And helicopters and sirens.
The street lights are blinking.
I don't know. I just feel like someone is looking at me.
You know what I'm saying?
Somebody is watching me.

Verse 1:

The government is watching me through my windows
I thought I heard the wind blow, nah that isn't it though
They tip toe for info, one day they're gonna slip though
Until they do, I'm fucking obsessed like a nympho
It's simple, they watch mail and know where I live
What's up with all these helicopters flying over my crib?
Making the night bright, I guess it's possible it's life flight
But I never turn off my night light and sleep gripping my knife tight
You might call me paranoid or even a psycho
But I ask what happened to JFK junior in that flight though
I might know, my mind contains more than just a tight flow
Alright Joe, gotta roll, they might not notice me overseas
But if you take if you take a flight they'll be on to you, probably follow you
Besides you become more of an obvious target as a foreigner

(Get off me. Get off me. Get off!
What, huh?
Come on, what?)

The government's watching me
I've gotta get away

The government's watching me
I've gotta get away

The government's watching me
I've gotta get away
Track Name: Dednim Lanimirc
I'm witnessing a crime scene, spitting what my mind's seen
I'm out of body, it's kind of foggy
Now it's getting clear, so I sit and stare
It's hard, I'm watching all these bodies dropping
(Dednim lanimirc, dednim lanimirc)

I'm witnessing a crime scene, spitting what my mind's seen
I'm out of body, it's kind of foggy
Now it's getting clear, so I sit and stare
It's hard, I'm watching all these bodies dropping
(Dednim lanimirc, dednim lanimirc)

Verse 1:

Hey yo, my mind is clear, breathe deep the rhyme is here
I sense the signs of fear, nervous shakes, crying tears
Hot metal iron spears, flying leaves him dying here
He's hit in the head so, I see rivers of red flowing
And cover the curb, mother crying, it must have been her
Son falling to her knees, but I gives a fuck
I feel no empathy, I'm the killer that you never see
Witness won't remember me, cops forget eventually
I grab the Glock and step, I got this block in check
I don't like some shit you said, that's disrespect, you're dead
I'll split your head, and leave your melon open
The metal smoking or whatever get a felon open

I'm witnessing a crime scene, spitting what my mind's seen
I'm out of body, it's kind of foggy
Now it's getting clear, so now I sit and stare
This hottie is getting raped, it's like nobodies safe
(Dednim lanimirc, dednim lanimirc)

I'm witnessing a crime scene, spitting what my mind's seen
I'm out of body, it's kind of foggy
Now it's getting clear, so now I sit and stare
This hottie is getting raped, it's like nobodies safe
(Dednim lanimirc, dednim lanimirc)

Damn

Verse 2:

I'm desperate, somebody that nobody want to mess with
Seen this fine bitch I want to sex it
Grab her by her hair, drag her in the alley
And now she's screaming wildly
One hand over her mouth, other open her blouse
Staring at her tits, my dick is getting hard
Spit on the tip, pussy rip, hitting hard
Pull out my bloody cock, and make the bitch taste it
I'm faceless, face it, I'm just another rapist
'Cause cases like this happen every day
To every age, females in every place
My mind's going wilder than a profiler
I'm out of my body, can't hardly control
What I just saw unfold has got my head aching
My pen shaking, we've been forsaken
With the worst curses
Criminal minded, in the first person

The first person
Track Name: Stars and Bars
Chorus:

Who cares who sucks the president?
Or about 'illegal immigrants' when half the residents are Ku Klux
The Blue plus, the white and the red
Fifty stars are propaganda beat you right in the head
I'm fighting the feds, for possession of the people's lands
Their evil hands are controlled by political minds
Borders ain't nothing but invisible lines
Thirteen bars that imprison the mind, stars and bars


Verse 1:


We live in a time of turmoil
Missiles fly and innocents die for the earth's oil
The worst royal tyrant is George W, and his violence
Flying his bomb dropping sky ships
Over our head, recruiting our kids
Propaganda tells them that they got to shoot or be dead
Uncle Sam wants you, but he ain't getting me
I got one life to live and I ain't going on a killing spree
And as that sinks in deep down you're feeling me
But scared to speak cause your speech ain't really free
And the government's loving it
It's easy to take away your rights when your mind is on some other shit
Like terrorism, cause you just know what you're told
Brainwashed since the birth, you just grow in the mold
I owe it to old heads that came before me
To explain the whole the story and pain of old glory

(Chorus x2)

Verse 2:

I'm sick, my throat hurts, I wrote words
Wonder if you're hearing me, fuck a conspiracy
Seriously and factual, they're actually attacking you
The same one's I'm rapping to, pigs will bust a cap into
You think it can't happen, do you really?
Or do you feel me, cause you know where it came from?
Don't play dumb, 'cause the same ones
You came to see on stage
Would have been slaves a couple years ago
Money don't grow on trees, it grows in cotton fields
Peep these corporations, how you think they got their mils?
Stop and chill, look around for the evidence
The red is for the blood of the immigrants, that died for white power
And the blue, is for the water that all those dead slaves are swimming in
The first president was a slave owner, it ain't over
We're still stuck behind stars and bars

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: The World
Yeah.
Good morning world.
It's your man Sun Sees.
You know, every day I wake up...
I think about how I'm going to get a piece of the world today.
You know, the world is yours.
But it could be mine too.
And I want it all.

Verse 1:

I'm like Scarface, stuck between a hard place and rocks
Those old days are lost, I'm living for the present tense
Evidence I'm chosen and can't escape my destiny
Eventually in centuries, world history will mention me
Intentionally strike, like the globe is in my hand
With the wisdom of an old man, I stand strong
From the hills of the Burgh to the beaches of San Juan
And on, with the rhythm, I live within the drums
Get up in them when I come, like semen in the womb
Proceeding to consume, all that exists within my visual
Political charge, people at odds 'cause they're miserable
Analytic thought always leads my to assume
I fight not for what I have now but will have soon
People I thought I knew changed like the moon, move in cycles
Psychos on the creep, in the street they make night moves
Strike you when you sleep, in the shadows making light move

Chorus:

The world is a lot bigger than your block or street
Fuck living on your knees, I'd rather die on your feet
The world is yours but it could belong to me
Fuck living on your knees, I'd rather die on your feet

(repeat)

Verse 2:

When a dream comes true, then it must have been reality
In actuality, I see them scheming for a salary
Snakes slither free, they slide on technicalities
Can't knock the hustle, muscle tissue burning calories
Abnormalities, physicians administer poison
Poised in the position, politicians seize the noise and
Increase the void, between those feasting and those starving
For the next meal, I'm thirsting, fuck the next mil
When I burst in, I'm still searching for the first ten
Stomach hurting on the real, and we're dying it seems
Parolees doing dirt while they try to stay clean
They striving for cream, get it by any means necessary
Some go as far as praying to the blessed Mary
Virgin for detergent, to wash away their sins
The arson so begins, fire by your own hands
Watching your own land burn like Sahara's gold sands

(Chorus x 2)

Verse 3:

The mind is divine, I find it sublime
But every line of this rhyme is a sign of the time
I'm on to the science of the physical I'm running with
It's critical for y'all to hold me down like the government
The title of this track is deceiving at first
The world is yours but nobody holds a deed to the earth
Receiving the words I transmit as my hands grip
This mic for enhancement, believe in the song
The beefing is on, whether or not I'm screaming peace
I'm using human features to defeat the demon beast
All I'm seeing in the streets is death and destruction
People lusting for heaven, triple sevens left them busted
Never trusted in the afterlife, I'm living for now
For real, if I had a mil I'd give half of it out
Doing a world wide tour, straight passing it out
The only thing I need in massive amounts you can't count
Come on
Track Name: Can't Turn Back (ft. A'thyntik)
Verse 1:

(Sun Rise Above)
I feel alone, even when surrounding by thousands
'Cause no one understands me, and no one ever has
Thinking I'll never last in this planet of the apes
Time is running out fast, so I'm planning an escape
There's only one way for the sun ray to shine
Get the clouds out my mind, counting time till the end of days
In many ways, people change like the seasons
My brain got me seeing these snakes disguised as human beings

Chorus:

If I could turn back the hands of time, and analyze this life
Slow motion with camera eyes
And then I, could get my mind right
And make those decisions, perfect vision with 20/20 hindsight

Verse 2:

(A'thyntik)
Marvin sweets and candy, that won't be dropped
To coke D, out late, my fate who licked shots
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Yeah I do them too
Can't even still on kids no more, everybody will sue
Getting caught with more bucks, like raping your dad's wallet
Or involved in misplaced scenarios
Oppression, can you call it?
In famous clothes, insane as goes
Complain about foes, spit game at hoes
Spit same at those, who can't understand my meaning
My theory towards rapping
Come close to me, battles the best
Young it's the chrome I'm clacking
Slow I'm laughing, off of cats really trying to hack it
Contorted, distorted, you heard it
Y'all fagots got wack ish

(Chorus)

Verse 3:

(Sun Rise Above)
If I could turn the hands of time back before a nine to five
So everyone coming up to me wouldn't have eyes made of dollar signs
'Cause on my mind is loss from the cost
With sisters not looking for brains but brothers who floss
Got me lost on the path, without my shepherd
Even doubting my ethic, but I just can't accept it
So I left it (where), right where it was
'Cause that night I was buzzed, fighting the fuzz
Drunk off the rum, even striking my love
My seeds got needs, but my pockets empty constantly
'Cause I can't let no man ever be the boss of me
When for every ten I earn them make a thousand off of me
It's grand larceny, I just call it how I see it

(Chorus)