Return Of The Soul

by 2 Mello

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1.
Sittin relaxing with a cup of coffee taking sips The only drug you've ever caught me with Should be writing books instead of writing tweets Or writing on the verse I half finished and put off writing for several weeks My mind creaks, and now and then speaks freely Drips through the grounds of my personal history It's slow but it's steadied by the well of inspiration Purified and boiling, ready for creation Like my drink, the lyrics like to drip and still Like my drink, until I finish, I can't have my meal I make my drink every morning and it's part of the deal It makes me think every morning and that's part of my feel I make careful moves, this business rapped my knuckles dearly I quit nearly, fearfully, I think about it yearly This is my return, and these ain't my last lines I'm coming to you warm and refined, genuine I make my beats with pockets and then I fill em People in the know, they rock it then I bill em Scheming on vacation, rub my hands like a villain And get to writing cuz I'm terrible at chilling Yeah I'm terrible at chilling, yeah I'm terrible at chilling Surprised I haven't scheduled my whole life I love to stay home and write The beats, the beats, they'll always be priority I'm thankful you want more of me but, well, ignore me But I kinda feel unworthy steppin up to the mic Cuz if my lyrics are the coffee then my beats are like rice They start off little kernels of ideas in a pile My mind is like the water that boils em for a while Figuring out their evolution is so natural, At this point, every joint, I'm in the zone and hit goal And they come out bright, full, fluffy and lovely Am I really responsible, for this magic in front of me It's simple, goes well with everything, I can live on it Might like it even if you thought you weren't big on it I can mold you I can make you see With peace integrity and respect for who's better than me I MC for the whole thing not the gold thing Sure, that sounds like a return of the soul thing I make my beats with pockets and then I fill em People in the know, they rock it then I bill em Scheming on vacation, rub my hands like a villain and get to writing cuz I'm terrible at chilling It's the return of the soul here to Let you know I'm so free, you can't stop me now It's the return of my smile Cuz it's been a while Y'all don't be coming with no similar styles (2x)
2.
I conquered some rogue minds, choked on heavy lines Blocked back sunshine, stroked on metal tines I've lost rap seven times, brought back several rhymes Death in the seventh seal, cut you off smack in your prime He who collects the chess pieces rests easiest Rappers vying to be the cheesiest or young jeeziest Plesiosaur necks craning over my projects You funny, not even Nic Cage could get next Vexed at external tragedy though I take it lavishly Convinced I was a bad MC but life has thrown the pad at me Those who tried to stab at me can just stay that mad at me Cuz on the mic I babble without honor or humanity I'll plug you before I plug your wares Make em wonder if you ever was there like berenstain bears True voices, keep talking even when nobody hears Two choices, bob your head or cut off your bloody ears And you better bob it to the 1s and 3s Out of time vibing at the venue really bothers me Bottom line rhyming to stay out of the red Wishing you could be the one I can't get out of my head I conquered some rogue minds, choked on heavy lines Blocked back sunshine, stroked on metal tines I've lost rap seven times, brought back several rhymes Death in the seventh seal, cut you off smack in your prime I've tried every type of tea, leaves me with no choice I've tried every type of voice, figured out who to be, I'm all of em none false, like lying on questionnaires I'm trying if you care, if not I'll still be here Starving so I'm rappin like a learner Re-entering with such a speed I might burn up My last album sold so much my mom got nervous Made Apple turn on the secret more powerful servers If you're here for that I'm gonna curve ya Spin you like a globe, stop it, ask my parents where they wanna go, Help em pay off the house I was raised there Our green is thin, the government still wanna graze there Wanna ride around shining and start a hedge maze there But the game industry likes to play and not pay fair Name is 2 Mello tag walls punch fascists Recite that motto and see who turns their head the fastest I conquered some rogue minds, choked on heavy lines Blocked back sunshine, stroked on metal tines I've lost rap seven times, brought back several rhymes Death in the seventh seal, cut you off smack in your prime Y'all rappers better stay in your lane Cover your one thing, I got the flame More clever than Mother Brain I'm walking through the rain while you flocking looking pained and Gawking I see artists staying the same pretty often Audience may complain as you gain something awesome Never ask for a pardon while you parting the sea Fraudulence is the thing they will blame, don't get lost in Attempting to prove what some already see Mm-hmmmm
3.
Love Passion 04:18
All we, All we know is we want it right now Everybody gotta bring their own style When you want it and don't know how you get it It that that's the love passion My dating scene is like a self-hating thing Profiles of procrastinating on getting wedding rings You must have your own dreams, own goals and don't cling And love wu-tang and also love new jack swing 500 characters I gotta scribe Okay, what are the parts of me that I should hide That I cannot name ten teams in basketball That I love music more than I could ever love y'all Aww, but that's an unfair call Of rare birds who bob their heads on the one and the third In tune with my life's path I only ask that you don't try to do my life math And just accept that it works, like gravity and mass Do I wanna dance? you don't even have to ask Bullet ballet since my first day in music class but There ain't a pleasure or distraction That keeps you from thinking bout the love passion All we, All we know is we want it right now Everybody gotta bring their own style When you want it and don't know how you get it It that that's the love passion Where's my hug, where's my love, where's my sex You fuckboys have me vexed, you don't even know what you express, what you proliferate, I had to give up my whole second verse to try and set your funky ass straight OK, you exist, make yourself into a person Nobody owes you shit until you show em that you're worth it And this goes for all of those across the gender spectrum If you a man you ain't entitled, if anything you lessened I know, we never get anything off our chests and Just carry all our woes until our death with no blessing Imagine if you had a friend who would sit and listen And didn't push them away with your friend zone... We ain't standing up we doubling down On these terrible ideas that have been floating around Retreating before the victory and ditching our logic Building castles in the moat, that shit ain't gonna float Deep end speaking, teaching got you making their votes If you really the GOAT, can't you see that you're being eaten The rights that you're preachin, only have you more weakened And you'll never have something in your life you can believe in Fast friends are fast enemies when you wanna leg it like centipedes Their moving targets change with the breeze You're at the whim of whatever's against him at the moment But that makes you look like the opponent, don't it All we, All we know is we want it right now Everybody gotta bring their own style When you want it and don't know how you get it It that that's the love passion You don't have to feel so alone Just pick up your phone And tell me I love you we can work it out No hiding feelings On so many things Just say them They don't have to weigh us down I love Coke, I love Sprite I love taco night I love a night from Blockbuster I love crocodiles, I love reptiles I love all rap styles, I love Miles Davis, that is, I love Biz Markie, I love sneaking into the movie for free But that is not an endorsement of piracy From the entertainer to the entertainee, yee
4.
I got friends need picking up Clothes need stitchin up Beats need kickin up Neighbors spittin wicked stuff Tummy needs fillin up My insurance really sucks And I don't want to live this way I got dreams I wanna live Some money I wanna give Some rules I gotta respect Some wins I gotta collect Some albums I wanna tease Victories I wanna seize That I don't want to give away In my room alone, waiting for jazz samples to buffer on my pentium 4, I had so much to discover And so much freedom to pursue it so fully and honestly I'll forever be grateful for all the food at the table This country's been at war since I was old enough to think Didn't start to really think till I was old enough to drink Now that I'm on the right track I'm running faster playing catch up With my homies looking on, planning weddings playing dress up Buying houses that they don't expect to share with 15 people Worryin bout star wars sequels, not keeping rights equal Who's gonna take the weight, it's me, pile it on Got a list of worries longer than wing span of pteranodon Might as well stay in hell with all my dunnies Who i fight for the same money, but at least we find it funny Even on my best days, I can't keep the dread at bay Hear a part of me say, I don't want to live this way I got friends need picking up Clothes need stitchin up Beats need kickin up Democrats don't give a fuck my Tummy needs fillin up My insurance really sucks and I don't want to live this way I got dreams I wanna live Some money I wanna give Some rules I gotta respect Some wins I gotta collect Some albums I wanna tease Victories I wanna seize That I don't want to give away I can look at twitter for three minutes and lose three years Hard pressed to find three reasons to be here But y'all are one of them, it's stunning how you bundle me If I ever fall I know you're pushing out from under me You'll be bright, you'll have energy, you'll do the right thing Make your noise and be poised when the lightning strikes To ride it past the city lights into the night Yes, I want you to feel that way First job at 14, since then I've taken two weeks off I thought it would pay off, my art would support me Used to push carts in a parking lot and regret that there ain't a lot in my Check and yet the beats I was wreckin' em sweatin' and checkin em While I was inspecting my path, if they gave me ten seconds they Would hire my ass I would even work for free and wait while they did the math But now, you ain't gonna eat that way I got friends need picking up Clothes need stitchin up Beats need kickin up You want me to be civil, what? Tummy needs fillin up My insurance really sucks and I don't want to live this way I got dreams I wanna live Some money I wanna give Some rules I gotta respect Some wins I gotta collect Some albums I wanna tease Victories I wanna seize That I don't want to give away Tell me why tell me why tell me why now (3x) tell me why, tell me why Tell me why tell me why tell me why now (3x) why my throat so dry where's the love (8x)
5.
Progress 02:56
My cursed brain makes me lose face, I need space The negative thoughts can often have me outpaced Touch base with the small victories please Remind me that I'm driving and these are my keys Make sure your daily standards are reasonable please Don't throw yourself against it, chip away with ease Meditate on your choices and make yourself understood And never take advice from anybody eating good They only wanna keep you down, keep your nose in it Spitting sweet nothings with privilege, they glow in it Wanna help you flower in the game I rose in it Lucky if the plan of one day has got goals in it Lucky if the plans of one week get finished Call me slow but I still feel pretty gifted Ecstatic getting out of bed at all, yeah Our notion of progress is so involved Your haters will always be the same and rude And don't quit your job because some EDM dude Said so, that it's the only way you're gonna know It's helping you eat, not keeping you from your goals You want to ball, it's only natural You're doing too much, but what's actual Your mind reels how do you get that deal Trying to be like the people who ain't even real SAY I want to ball, it's only natural I'm doing too much, but what's actual My mind reels how do I get that deal Wanna be like the people who I know ain't real If your skills slightly increase that's progress If you brush your teeth at least that's progress Approach an argument with tact that's progress You can say Mello's got your back that's progress I need a progress evaluation From all my people in all nations Who fascinate me with imagination You're so creative you deserve congratulation And relaxation to preserve your situation When I lose patience and start pacing My brain burns time, breaks down equations For why I'm not amazing, erasing my confidence Replace it with nonsense oh thanks that's just the opposite If this sounds like a common concept Then I guess we partners in how we break down our own progress I want you to take two deep breaths Then run over the steps of how you got here All of those years and the challenges they held All problems solved by nobody but yourself Lending help to your friends and fam, god damn You're making just as much progress as you can You want to ball, it's only natural You're doing too much, but what's actual Your mind reels how do you get that deal Trying to be like the people who ain't even real SAY I want to ball, it's only natural I'm doing too much, but what's actual My mind reels how do I get that deal Wanna be like the people who I know ain't real And fuck all the people verified on twitter saying you have to quit your job and make ten beats a day or you ain't shit and fuck the people who work you too hard at your job and say it's because you're passionate and they can't KEEP you away from your desk and fuck the people at your family reunion or barbershop or whatever who don't think you're a musician because you don't play a fucking instrument That was never the definition you shortsighted fucks Peace
6.
Nothing's gonna stop me if it really rocks me A cop couldn't clock me traveling at my speed of hype I'm the type to slip into your soul and knock your socks off Sorry for gate keeping gate keepers from getting rocks off Make the people feel it like a jeep with shocks off I'm exemplary to deal with you a creep that stalks props You all opps whispering in my ear what I could do better Progress never, at best, seem like you rue cheddar I'm finding my role, I've written my soul I'm spittin beautiful and dangerous like Mine Fujiko And dissecting your flow like Shintaro Kago I'll steal your ears and hold em ransom for your heart, that's the goal Y'all shoulda never let me start rapping In addition to producing I've completely figured out I got the juice and Concentration sorta opens up a portal to the riches Once I just become immortal then it's over for you liches Nothing is gonna stop me
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You've been with me my whole life through I've never loved anything but you When times was hard, you made me feel bold I'm returning to the music that lives in my soul (2x) Music, I got distracted and abducted By something made me destructive also made me think I loved it Please forgive me, please don't see me as beneath you, We can clear this You're beautiful without me but together we are peerless I'll be at it all day in all ways Like them early years When I was staring at the wall and people turned away their ears I'll give you some more of them beats That had the djs callin me Wanting mpc lessons for free That didn't bother me Please Take me back I spit through the shyness and they really liked it Sharing thoughts I thought would get me laughed off in private I feel like we're gonna do this the way it's meant to be You gotta handle this music softly Don't force it But this is the return of the soul so... I'm gonna do it like I used to back before I was getting paid
8.
Save the work for another day Then you ain't never gonna hear them say wow Can either back it up or give it up now I've already beat you You gotta work if you wanna play If you don't like it then you're on your way out don't come in with me, choose another route I've already beat you I sacrifice the sunshine My works stop time and start time is undefined I learned to fold the samples up to the paper lines And have no role models for what I'm making mine Heavy designs on a light budget, there's been more years where people didn't love it My growth stunted by parents hopes that I'd amount to something As I was gunning, much harder than any teen With the dream of being signed to a label so they could see That's so me that it hurts Always wanted to be what people understood When they ask me what I do my answer's almost never good I stumble over preconceptions, guy like me says I'm a rapper, there's gonna be many more questions And do I have to play an instrument to be music worthy I haven't mastered one but I can write for 30 Even in my circles they spin me and look at me dirty I'm almost 30 but I speak like a child, make beats like a child, it's wild Save the work for another day Then you ain't never gonna hear them say wow Can either back it up or give it up now I've already beat you If you ever ask me what I use to make beats I'ma Shake you roll you set you right You can start the work tonight My tools ain't me they're what I have And I'm not looking to collab Until I see you in the lab Next time I meet you come with that I bleed for this Had a lot of people in my life leave for this I live alone for this, I'm always home for this Wish that I could have a clone for this All my dogs know I'm boned for this Some of y'all probably have to get stoned for this I don't and if you don't you ain't alone in this My own home cooking, every line is a chef kiss Not a club in the world has a shorter guest list My playground, my prison, my place of employment Performing soundbombings through laptop deployment I never had a friend till the age of 18 These days everybody want to be on my team I'm glad I have a car to drive around and just scream In the woods by myself yeah I'm living a real dream The silence scares me so I fill it with beats And wear noise proof headphones in my infrequent sleep If you starting to produce, please do it better than me I'll tell you which frequencies I delete and I keep I'll tell you who to learn from and burn from your life I'll tell you in art, nothing is wrong or right I'll tell you that the shortcuts are thieves of your time Just believe me, I need you, I'll leave you what's mine Save the work for another day Then you ain't never gonna hear them say wow Can either back it up or give it up now I've already beat you You gotta work if you wanna play If you don't like it then you're on your way out Don't come in with me, choose another route I've failed to reach you You trying to get into this creative shit half-heartedly Without doing the work I don't know what to say to ya Actually I do know what to say... keep dreamin If you ever ask me what I use to make beats I'ma Shake you roll you set you right You can start the work tonight My tools ain't me they're what I have And I'm not looking to collab Until I see you in the lab Next time I meet you come with that
9.
Yeah it's that real boom bap You know that sound that immediately lets you know how old I am as soon as you hear it Purveying through waveforms that are cool passive Classic jazzy animation don't you just sit on your asses Have you feeling like you're up in Vegas cash stackin Raising up the masts and sailing no anchor draggin so says the captain I made this in isolation, shoulda rented a cabin Read annihilation or throw on some thoreau, and just imagine The extent of my art hasn't been touched I'm 30 years young and my time in the lab is still clutch I think about it with family and friends, I'm so distant Head spinning mad degrees when you call my name Respond to music with emotion even as just an infant The seductive feel of it, is my long-time shame You are all I had, will I ever love anyone as much as I do The moment when I come upon an effervescent tune Music hugged me when I moved on from bullies at school To trouble at home, I grabbed the headphones Music loved me For a second I'm cool, in this life with no meaning Overstepping the rules, I just stop, Consider your perspective and views Every second I've got, I owe it all to you For a second I'm cool, in this life with no meaning Overstepping the rules, I just stop, Consider your perspective and views Every second I've got, I owe it all to you That's right, you who are listening Even though you're distant Keep this thing playing I'll be hi-hat delayin, Sample uh filterin Vocal pilferin' All the things you've come to expect Will come correct I knock out beats on wood Just to say I really can't imagine a day Where I will fall off like my idol Kanye Oops From beatboxing in bathrooms to humming in hallways To sing in broad day didn't have this confidence always When I hear I inspired you, it's better than every knob I twist Every moment of consciousness writing this shit Every feeling of getting it off my chest, and the rest It's hard to overstate, how much you make me feel like the best I could have 10 dollars and 1000 fans still feel like I copped a hundred grand It's what the lifestyle demands It ain't all about finance or romance Before thinking about who you'll be kissing what you're missing is who's listening For a second I'm cool, in this life with no meaning Overstepping the rules, I just stop, Consider your perspective and views Every second I've got, I owe it all to you For a second I'm cool, in this life with no meaning Overstepping the rules, I just stop, Consider your perspective and views Every second I've got, I owe it all to you Haha, I know that Kanye line was cheap but somebody's gotta take the cheap shots When you when you when you See me in the cafe with a coffee don't fade me My internet was out and my flow is so lazy Beats by the pack and I'm looking like a snack Your crew seems to lack like a donut no glazing I'm the best video game composer of the decade Catch me playing Makoto in third strike in arcades Catch these plans before they disappear into the archives When I'm dead my discography, will look like I had five lives No less than three albums every year that I'm alive RIP my hard drive from before 2005 I never forget you baby, it's what made me You'll be better off if your career just never takes off Not even every brother karamazov could carry me obviously I'm a VIP so please don't tarry me My styles are like a grab bag you gravitate to This style is like a swag rap that aggravates you 2 Mello 2018 keeping it so obscene Said I was gonna go clean in 2014 but the world's too damn mean Not ready to die yet, still got more projects World is a fuck
10.
Sweet Talk 03:36
The following verses are based on real messages that I received and never replied to They do not represent my views but the views of my haters, who have low viewer counts Shit talk me, go on and on I'll sweet talk you, it's what I do We're all projects, from time to time It's about you not me, but I don't mind (2x) Mello don't deserve to be a musician He's just switching MIDIs out Kinda like them girls on twitch always with their titties out Stealing money from true artists who work the hardest And make it the right way, he's like parking in my driveway I don't even wanna do my beats till he stops And he's always sampling something, I should really call the cops Every album that he drops, is gonna get a million listens Only I see that he's fake and I'm not even paying attention I don't really care that all his friends helped him get here Sits around playing video games and eating off rev share Not answering my DMs about his industry ties He's got thousands of indie dollars while this industry dies It goes on and on, it's called the remix generation Will you make something original I'll be patiently waiting Probably didn't even pay for your software license Committing crimes and dropping rhymes, must just be the nicest Shit talk me, go on and on I'll sweet talk you, it's what I do We're all projects, from time to time It's about you not me, but I don't mind (2x) Before you hit my message box Just give it a little thought Is this really who you want to be Another motherfucker who gets muted by me You could just go for a walk A little further than your usual block Breathe the air, spend time with your fam Or insult me, and I'm not gonna give a damn These next few lyrics resembling messages I've gotten Were so revolting that when I saw them written on the lyrics page I actually recoiled, involuntarily I'm a young artist looking to collab And I definitely didn't paste this message from another tab To another musician who needs another DM From someone using their lab time instead to bug him HA I know you're recovering from your company dumping you But if you'd like to come through and grab a brew we'd love to talk to you We got an idea, investors waiting to see, all we need Is music that you'll make us for free? Haha I saw your recent comments on ------- being a problem Well I wanted to reach out and give you a way to solve it Why don't you shut the fuck up and keep it about music Your career is a privilege and I'd hate for you to lose it haha Hi Mello I've been following you since blah blah blah You inspired me to pick back up the guitar Even your first album meant a whole lot to me And uh, can I ask what you sampled for track 3? Shit talk me, go on and on I'll sweet talk you, it's what I do We're all projects, from time to time It's about you not me, but I don't mind (2x) Before you hit my message box Just give it a little thought Is this really who you want to be Another motherfucker who gets muted by me You could just go for a walk A little further than your usual block Breathe the air, spend time with your fam Or insult me, and I'm not gonna give a damn Okay, that last one wasn't so bad. I'm being a bully. I'm touched that I got you to play the guitar again... but you can't ask what I sampled while I'm on a panel That's not hip-hop. That's not hip-hop! I should know, I barely am
11.
Chill For Me 03:49
Don't you come up in my DMs if you want damage Please don't plan attacks on my enemies I'm gon handle it If you have to ask, then your theories are outlandish Just another hype bandit substandard mello mello I am like the mack willie hutch yeah I'm really clutch From the front to back bump the beats they are really lush Layers in the flow, flavors you don't know, favors I bestow Work slow, but when I take my time you love it on the low Can you keep it so chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be Can you just keep it real chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be I don't wanna be responsible For any of my own obstacles Wanna step right, make light of missions impossible You comin hostile you will be slaughtered with the kindness Make it so you take it, my plus is your minus If you're down with the sound, you know the topics are difficult Some throats aren't built to swallow the quotes Let me handle the dopes and the demons that I diss at my own speed You're lightning fast with the storm warning I don't need Should I tell Mello that they're hatin, Noooo Tag Mello in a stranger's conversation, Noooo And just keep it out my DMs if I wanna see em I've seen em Else I'm eatin or deep in my digital wax museum Cuz the music is the weapon and the shield The blueprints and the build There's no issue I would ever conceal And the internet is something few of us can really leave but you can trust we all need to breathe Let me breathe let me breathe Can you keep it so chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be Can you just keep it real chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be What is being hard, is it handling your problems yourself Being afraid to ask for any help Is it not admitting weaknesses, letting them stew Is being hard the biggest weakness of you Is it the reason why I didn't touch the mic for real Cuz I had nothing to say, cuz I had no one to kill Even though I don't whine and I don't waste time And I inject, conviction into every line I think being hard is making hard choices, Focusing on amplifying hard to hear voices, Squeezing your ego to the side to let others through Having no tolerance for evils that others do So I think I might be the hardest rapper right And I know that I'm the best producer grabbing on a mic But I also know that somebody will outdo me And I hope that they are hard as hard should be Can you keep it so chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be Can you just keep it real chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be Now keep it chill for me Keep it chill for me Keep it chill for meee Keep it chill for me (BEATBOX TIME) Can you keep it so chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be Can you just keep it real chill for me Don't take no dollar bills from me Just behave properly And be the buddy you supposed to be

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Return Of The Soul is my first time returning to the microphone for a full release since my Game Center CX EP in 2014. I have gained a lot of confidence and skill since then, and I've seen a lot more of the industry as well as more developments in my personal life.

I have a lot to talk about; all of these songs came rushing out of me and it was fully unexpected. The instrumentals that accompany them are all pieces that I worked on at the side of main projects, but I am no less proud of them and I think that they all represent some of my finest production yet.

Thank you for listening and helping me grow.

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released August 7, 2018

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Music producer, composer for Zodiac XX, Cerebrawl, Later Alligator, If Found and others. I like sampling, rapping, and making the type of music I'd like there to be more of in the world. Hope you find both excitement and calm here.

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