The M Thesis

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Active I’s most recent release The M Thesis, which typical of producer and brainchild J.Lee, is not an album that is easily categorized. Traces of reggae and industrial are incorporated woven into the fabric of the songs, that while based in hip-hop, expand on the possibilities of what the music can be. Featuring J.Lee, Auraswon, Paradame, Rubedog, B.Smooth, and El Bouchere, the album employs J.’s love of paradox; of what he calls, ”complex simplicity.” Lyrically, the M Thesis encapsulates that sensibility perfectly; over hypnotic beats, with discerning and intricate messages acknowledging of the ills of society, while simultaneously delivering a feeling of senseless tomfoolery and sarcasm.

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released February 15, 2011

All songs produced by J.Lee / Mezus
except track 19 produced by Will Comfort
All songs written by J.Lee,
with Auraswon, Paradame, Rubedog, B.Smooth, Unlimited MC, El Bouchere, B.Smooth, Charms La Roc, and Postscript
Mixed, mastered, & engineered by J.Lee & A. Wattson

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Track Name: Forward Leap
(Rubedog):
oh why
this song make me wanna cry
ooooh, oh why
(don't know why....)
oh why, as i cry...

(J.Lee):
i'm going outta my mind
can't stay confined
in this dome, no
nothing left to find
when you've travelled time
forward leap with no steps, just fly...right by
never look, never slept once, ever
everybody clever but they lie

(Rubedog):
oh why, oh why, as i cry...

(J.Lee):
goin' outta my head
talk with the dead, constantly
try to look ahead
but just go instead
forward leap with no steps, just fly by
never look, never slept once, ever
sever my eye

blink never, always wanna cry, but seldom do
reason why - laughing at the same time, in hell dem too
laughin' at this foo, that dude, and you
but the joke's on all of us, ya
soon come the fall of us
we all in a bit of trouble
sittin' in a glass bubble
subtle threat bein' dada
dem fed the dead but it's fodder, don't bother
prone to attack, booyaka
own ya they bought ya
anata wa bakka deska
wacca dem jaw gotcha

i'm going outta my mind
can't stay confined
in this dome
nothing left to find
when you've travelled time
forward leap with no steps, just fly...right by
never look, never slept once, ever
never die
Track Name: Still Livin'
ain't slippin'
still livin' just trippin'
ain't slippin'
still livin' just trippin' now
here we go
here we go yea
here we go yea

i said hey, i seen you dancing at that disco
how ma' times when a woman wanna be alone
hey, yea yea
i seen you dancing at that disco, oh oh oh
what you'll see, hey yea
just shaking your booty
love
that's all you neeeeeed, yea, yea
just trippin
that's all you neeeeeed, yea, yea
still livin' just trippin' now

hey hey yea
i seen you dancing at that disco
ain't slippin'

every time ya flippin' out
we like yo, tell ya what we talkin' bout
get low, yellin' while they walk about, we stroll
give 'em what they want, then go

haha, don't stop now...

objective to get the set lit
fuck the shit that come quick or easy, bold
everybody sleazy, everyone old
tellin' everybody to lose their soul

love...no kinda crap, it's all ya need woman, yeaahh

free your mind, you'll find the freedom inside
it's gonna be the only free you can find
these motherfuckers think they know the time
but they don't know shit from shinola

ya, imma smoke this cola
roll it, blahh

ain't slippin'
still livin' just trippin'
ain't slippin'
Track Name: Shades of Green
ah, ah, wooooo, yo, active i...
somma dem live fi die
somma dem live fi i & i

(J.Lee):
what happened to the people?
none of em ever equal
they been teachin' from a steeple
you can reach without knowing the way
freedom goin' away but greed stay
but don't ya know
the seed that mek it grow
is blowin away
somma dem eye go blind
but somma their minds can see
the reason they ain't findin' what they need
they focused on the green
and just proceed
with goals they don't need
not hungry but they feed
their mind bleed, but...

chorus:
i feel no way
i feel no way
i feel no way
that's right i feel no way
i keep seein' shades of green
beginning to fade to grey
no one sayin' what they mean
nobody knowin' the way
(repeat)

(Auras):
well be that as it may
I still feel no way
take no sides in this game they play
we supersede that way
dem say stay, we run far away
been down that straight and narrow
now some might say we stray
you see dem talkin' about the worth and the gain
but green shades of green beginning to fade to grey
it's a shame that the same ones we hate dictate the day to day
and the ones who make a change dem assassinate, but still...

(CHORUS)

Bridge - (Paradame):
It's funny how people think that they see with their eyes
but little do they know reality breeds in their mind
motivated by money, power, self, and ego,
but we know possession is an illusion, a light show
ultimate end isn't external
it's inside, internal
you are eternal
what is greed if everything we observe is the same?
already own the moon, the sky, says Paradame

(J.Lee):
wooooahooo...
the middle man dividend limited by the vision they livin'
we givin' a bit of a different opinion, need none, na, one love ya

(J.Lee and Paradame):
if you knew what you were, would you feel the same?
some of these people think that this life's a game

babylon......
i feel no way, wha ahh ah...
Track Name: Against the Brain
against the brain, all fall in, against the brain
against the brain, all fall in, against the brain

(J.Lee):
hoards of unknown witness
they bleed with unsewn stitches
in a group of preachers with riches
splattered and scattered in sequence
with an evenness that beg to allow reason to exist, resist it
manipulate sound waves and systems
heat given by the energy driven
and supplied by the remote rhythm
i’m distant they can’t see me
beamin atcha they dreamin they captured thee
i’m seein right through dat, i do dat
why you mad, you so bad
got to erase the data before it stick
the batter get so thick, yo
ya can’t stir dat quick
skin so thick direct hits bounce, ya miss

i can see clearly now the reign’s been perfected
i’m liftin off sections of the brain disconnecting kids
not what you expect (against the brain)
i can see clearly now the reign’s been perfected
i’m liftin off sections of the brain disconnecting grids
it's not what you expect (against the brain)

(Auras):
i remain in the distance
but i push resistance against the system’s regulations
on how i present this relentless
freedom of speech
pursue the pretentious
let them domino effect off the edges
know the ledge for one, for two, you gotta learn to respect you
still, all i need is comprehension
memory and analytical tendencies to sever the tension
intellect over intervention
press the topic
strength in numbers, change drop it
change often
against the brain to stay sane
not lost in the same old same

we never wanted any problems
but we’ve been left with no options
and there ain’t no stoppin now
full throttle on the hollow souls watchin
it’s now or never
fall in, all together
fall in, we all in, we all in, we all in, so where you at?
fall in, we all in, we all in, we all in, so where you at?
Track Name: So Many Fearin'
(Chorus):
so many fearin'
they not even hearin'....nothin'
they just believin' what they seein' and they....sufferin'
so many fearin'
they not even hearin'....nothin'
they think they're real but they really....frontin'

(B.Smooth):
so many faux facades and fictional odds
entrusting god's a lost cause
freedom got buried far beneath earth's first layer
can't remember my first prayer
studied the major players, ignored the haters
they wanna steal your flavor
observe the bad behavior
eat up knowledge and savor
don't sign evil waivers
magnify the fine print
take Jacob's ladder, extend it to the sky and climb it
pack extra clothes for the change in the climate
team up with Jack and steal from the giant
yell bangarang and play the golden harp despite them
unite with the lost boys to fight and riot
positive thoughts make you take flight like a pilot
being open minded isn't simple as open eyelids
if you're caught up in yourself
you're probably frontin' and became a pirate
stealin' someone's style, livin' in denial and lifeless
do what you want and fuck what uncle simon says, get it

(Chorus)

(J.Lee):
flyin past, at a rate that separates
particles that put weight on my ship's jets
my R2 checks the view
while my boots deflect radiation off my suit
shoot me, it don't matter i'm just energy
absorb molecules of matter in synergy
i'm laughin' all the time, but i aint jokin'
i clown and watch disaster people provoke
you can master everything they teach without passing
reconstruct thoughts, reach and pass 'em on instead
mission: to infect the brain dead with lead-like properties
that might affect the heads of sheep
but help the feeble
they sleepin, to many running the wrong way
beepin', but nobody wanna get the fuck out tha way
dont wanna run dem over, but yo
they don't even care
think they really hearin nothin
too busy fearin' they scared

(Chorus)
Track Name: Thermodynamic Death
what do you not understand?

(Chorus):
thermodynamic death, hold ya breath
its good tell everybody
sometimes gotta laugh and watch that train wreck
thermodynamic death, left, hold ya breath
it's good for everybody now break dem ----oise neck
thermodynamic death, wreck, mek dem deaf
its good tell everybody
sometimes gotta laugh and watch that train wreck
thermodynamic death, hold ya breath...

their methods collapse
perhaps theories can explain
wreckage stay trapped in the brain
the thoughts stay self sustained
the program can't be reconfigured
used to resent it to the extent i was tormented
spent my time on the edge, now i'm bent
learned to dredge the lament
self sent with intent to invent with a drone
in a tone abyss
dem swept up like droves of droids floating in a void
unstable thought employed
they enable, shots destroy
the statemen reshape debate
in a way that reshapes fate
and the people that wait
same people create
not weight, we just frequently flying in an inert state
with a frequency dying, i can't work to erase
create living every minute
admit it - (ahhhh) imminent
every time i look around
i see nothing profound
bound to a riddim
so i make sound and pound and kill em
victims get splattered like wet matter their fuckin' brains shatter

(Chorus)

(Paradame):
heat condensed gives birth to a new form of waves
bringing changelings, you, the mind evolving, descending
a dark and circular ending
watch the bots marching one by one
to the sound of a loading gun
firing shells filled with numbers
hold your breath, we're goin' under
hold your breath, we're goin' under, yeaahhh

(Partial Chorus)
Track Name: Helpin' No One
They say that everyone ought to have the same set of freedoms
It’s an easy way they can justify a false set of reasons (for war)
but it seems they just abuse and hide behind the word freedom (oh yea they do)
it’s an easy way to get people to believe in so much fiction

but they shooting and they fighting and they helping no one
they just contributing to the terrorism
provoking and inciting but they helping no one
they generating hate
and it can’t be undone

and if we don’t agree with their unreason
they might say we lack patriotism
or make us think we’ll be held contempt for treason
if all we don’t want is aggression

ya know they breeding fear and deceit
they make it easy cause their lies are discreet

more bloodshed in the name of hypocrisy
for a mislead so-called democracy

but they shooting and they fighting and they helping no one
they just contributing to the terrorism
provoking and inciting and they helping no one
they generating hate
and it can’t be undone

while politicians con with legislation
and point their fingers pon arab and islam
well the rest of the world be wondering what ’s the next nation

but
there really is no such thing as freedom anyway
ya can’t believe in everything they say
ya won’t be free until ya reach ya grave
until then ya gonna be babylon’s slave
and every time ya wake up and see a new day
another liberty is eroding away
yo
better wake up we’re running outta time
and every day more die and no one know why

they helpin no one
they keep ..in no one
they helpin no one
they say, they say, ya

they keep provoking more wars
revoking more and more freedom
while the people sleepin and snore
inciting and they growing lies
fightin’ and they don’t know why
the only freedom is the freedom
that’s in your mind
Track Name: What's the time?
open your eyes and get stung by the light
hardcore flippin' the beat we do it right
x2

what's the time
i don't care i don't know
i keep my foes within a stone's throw
playin' with danger's in my nature
it's how I grow and how I let go

everyday I stare into the sun
when I got a pair of scissors I run, 'cause it's fun
I flip off nuns and wave plastic guns at pedestrians
i make fun of everything under the sun

don't care i don't know
iffi think it's dope, i think it's so-so
i don't care i don't know
iffi think it's fresh, i think it's so-so

open your eyes and get stung by the light
hardcore flippin' the beat we do it right
x2


not tryin' but settin' precedents
affecting residents who trustin' presidents blindly
finding nothing that make sense even sound right
make it bounce, i bun an ounce
every three nights
never stop fighting
just keep writing, citing my text
don't need to see what's next
the untold never free no soul, no
we not lost no
we already defeat the boss and
bun dem bungtung in dey bungalow
yo, your ass dips low
ya mind defeated when i drop my flow, ya don't know
Track Name: And Why?
CHORUS:
that which we don't know, we fear
and why? we don't need to know
you might be dead or you're dying slow
you mighta died a long time ago
(repeat)

(J.Lee):
fools preach to us everyday, and...
people teachin' the wrong way
the youth fed fear and it's hearsay
while the truth disappear they obey
better stand up, better wanna hold your hand up, shout
we gonna run dem out and bun dem out no doubt
shocked not no, never roll with no bloodclot
with a rhythm message stand up and shake down, with a flood plot
it's easy to fall into the same role
it's tough to be free from the common goal
watch out if you're real you better run and hide
if you think before you feel yo
you're dead cause you've died
the revolution begins on monday
sunday i'll be sippin' rum with nute gunray
some say i'm trippin
they missin' what we sayin'
they pissin' away their freedom, what they fear they obey
dissin their knowledge exceed 'em
tippin their knowledge and feed 'em
dip in their wallets they need 'em
don't need to call it to beat 'em
never had nothing and i don't need none na
whatever, say somethin' to the phony that run ya

(CHORUS)

(B.Smooth):
be optimistic visualize life like a mystic
be careful with religion
make wise decisions
get people to listen
gain knowledge spread wisdom
speak truth to the children
expose the hidden images
share the gifts that are given
break tradition, never tap out to uncle sam's submission hold
hold out 'til knocked out cold
write in bold dripping mop font to let them know
they prolly died but don't even know
tried to let go, but became ghosts

(Rubedog):
and why?

(J.Lee):
why? who knows?
they want ya to be afraid
watching all that we say
we kept caught in the fray
why? huh
don't need to know
they growin' up faster but they dying slow
taught to walk away from living and watch the show
don't underestimate the number of dead sold, no

(CHORUS)