Cost of Living

by Big Quarters

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released March 27, 2007

(B.Bagaason) Jesus Was A Commie (ASCAP)
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Track Name: Lou Diamond
[Medium Zach]
Back for a second debut, who? BQ wake-up call man I reckon they knew
head for cover when we stepped into view
yeah, there's others seven of us, need to make us some room
thick as thieves FAM FEUD! to break you the news
we're never changing our tune, kids can tease, feel the hatred, it's true
but fill their plates see their faces eat the cake up and chew
I'm intervening, 'tis the season, see my pages in bloom
but still i'm dreaming 'til I wake up at noon
the new phase of rap, all the rage on stages, contagious as flu
I got the bug when not of age, but patience a must
how we came up, dug our break from the dust.

[Brandon Allday]
Live from the Back 40, Westside accordions my origins
Uncle play Carlos, Mother play Prince
Lakeside of Marshall my coordinates
good karma come with good armor, yes it does
Circa 81, birth of a son
now, we stand up gentlemen, our hands up in everything
turn it up. grab the flag and burn it up.
don't need to be famous for police to frame us.
known handle, brandon all day.
got a 40 gig - now i sample both channels
cash money and my hands dusty
05 with a fresh release and new enemies

[Chorus]
(Scratch Sample - Phil the Agony) First you got to watch out for yourself and your fam
cause if you don't watch out, nobody else'll give a damn

[Brandon Allday]
my branch find peace amidst violence sleep through sirens
and identify with lou diamond


[Medium Zach]
Sadly to say, things don't go our way
start hopping to it, out of order, not a nuisance
sort of opportunist, roll us over,
y'all assuming, throw a boulder
block our movement, no one told us what to do when
try to barter like, i can offer real solutions
syphin off of institutions, like it's lawful, problem solver distribution
still illusions even if you sold a mill of units
still a student, it's amusing, kill careers before improvement.

[Brandon Allday]
A couple shots worth a thousand publications
same goes for guns in cases, be realistic
that's just my midwest coast slang
my brother in the east say What Up Chief
press want disputing, cause it's good for distribution
go figure, mr. Brandon can't win
rap ora that attract supporters
characters speak Spanish when they talking guns
or something that involve two lovers
so take a second to imagine what they think of us
EQ the BQs proper - news in the north
my whole channel pro-vandal young looters and lords

[Chorus]
(Scratch Sample - Phil the Agony) First you got to watch out for yourself and your fam
cause if you don't watch out, nobody else'll give a damn

[Medium Zach]
my branch find peace amidst violence sleep through sirens
and identify with lou diamond
Track Name: Everyday
[Brandon Allday]
Nobody hire, but we know a supplier
My man approached, so I slowed as I heard him inquire
Respond in peace, what you need? what you mean to acquire?
Return address, light shine - highlight the scars intense
I don't keep what you looking for, not often prepared
pen in my ear provoke thought of a square
step west to the train - target side of hi-lake, high stakes
requested means of protection, because he was expecting
three in waiting, looking to thank him
he had it coming just need a piece to shank him
call it neighborly to return a favor with a razor
I have this pen, you can have this then
31st and Cedar, only five blocks but this all I got
so I said, yeah - that's you - with the ink if he have to
my man, be safe - east lake - east coast - east los
we still looking for a way --

home of brown babies and white mothers
catch a charge or catch it live on your DVR
Clearbrook to Kansas and yellow-brick roads
--

[Medium Zach]

everyday a new episode, out of control
car rolled, glass left my left arm with a hole
kind of close, glad it didn't touch my heart or my throat
belt on, yeah I was cautious but not sharp on the road
after shock - saw spots, how should've I known
my sight been out of focus since like nine years old
discovered I got mother's eyes, didn't recover -
2006, could be blind in an instant, at least I'm still alive
got to live with it, what else can I say,
today a good day - beats to be made,
bad days are throw aways, I still need to get paid
slow my pace - hunger and devotion is what keeps me in shape
survival of the fittest and I aint the slimmest to date
size don't define existence, it is what it is, I'm healthy
don't worry, quit cigarettes cold turkey,
I wasn't determined to give in to death so early, I'm finished
I'm on my second chance's - second chance, best advance
before my last glance gets curtained, says my eye doctor's brochure -
fade black or an illusion of fireworks my last light on this earth --

how much left? I got better things to worry about
she know I'm working hard for almost nothing
road slow, don't know where the love is
everyday another letter home

[Brandon Allday]
My sister had a child this week,
we hardly speak - don't see it changing to radical
new york not as far as it seem, that on me
I have words for a letter, but thinking how I'd rather call
another day and time, before dateline
we knew we would like to catch a predator, senator
if you just noticing, cost of living high - parents out to provide
who keep the perp from exposing them
my mother, like mothers, caution
disease in the street plenty, pawlenty send more cops to watch 'em
playing these new cuts Nomi recorded,
we could move out west, maybe do some more touring
burn a liquor store down when we come to your town
so much free pub, we need to reup - finding
it not grinding if it don't feel like punishment
ma put me on Outkast, said I was one of them --

love my dad couldn't be more like him
capricorn like him, sitting on the porch writing
eight minutes on the curb might frost your nerves
everyday a new --
Track Name: Song for Brown Babies
[Brandon Allday]
living in a cage breed hate
6 feet 250 would you miss me still hard to break
what the pain do make your brain do
waiting hating kept seeing thoughts until it came true
in 97 his own father chose to end it
99 his mother became dependent
(a few years later) 2005 at 16
what it like to be human wonder if god listening
he might've known for a few months listened to lennon
and johnny cash a few close friends but they all young
in 96 started putting cameras and guards in the building
i was there the same year felt more like prison
new years new technological advancement
but if the babies feel like criminals it could be more damaging
starve for what they never provide
make me wonder how we ever survive

[Chorus]
my heroes not yours you probably arrested them
your schools probably neglected them
they spawn thoughts you probably infected them
feed us what you feed us you can lay us next to them
fbi call it major crimes
babies making babies cry
everywhere my people walk stakes are high
i wonder what you say to god

[Brandon Allday]
walls leaking blood like whine
took a 28 year old father from his daughter's side
they heard gunshots before teachers started barricading the doors
glass shattered cut sharpened the floor
looking like the walls leaking 45 shots bleeding
he was quiet bet them hear him now
but they heard a round - speaking with bullets
make life not long as it seem amplify the sound of death
what type of feelings he hold make him want to kill his own
now they sending babies in the helicopter lift
coughing up blood prayers saved the seven that lived
doctor couldn't really relate to a night like this
said nowadays everybody slicing their wrists
he don't know how that feel but the prozac bottle filled
starve for what they never provide
make me wonder how we ever survive

[Chorus]
my heroes not yours you probably arrested them
your schools probably neglected them
they spawn thoughts you probably infected them
feed us what you feed us you can lay us next to them
fbi call it major crimes
babies making babies cry
everywhere my people walk stakes are high
i wonder what you say to god

[Brandon Allday]
I saw babies your age where most spend their days
orange handguns in the arcade stood out more than usual
school let out for awhile flags at half staff
and press conferences and north country regional
walmart donated 5 thousand for the wake
so thats what they made a couple hours that day
probably paid for with all that broadcast blank video tape
fbi came and went tell me what changed
same day legislators came to visit you
they cut the funds for a new middle school
i don't want to know who you blame bloodshed blood
all the same and i don't accept death in vain
hotels and restaurants read our thoughts are with you
i wish it was all so simple
starve for what they never provide
make me wonder how we ever survive

[Chorus]
my heroes not yours you probably arrested them
your schools probably neglected them
they spawn thoughts you probably infected them
feed us what you feed us you can lay us next to them
fbi call it major crimes
babies making babies cry
everywhere my people walk stakes are high
i wonder what you say to god