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Napoleon Da Legend and DJ Scribe come to together to pay homage to one of their favorite hip-hop group, Gang Starr and the late-great Guru (Rest in Peace). Napoleon Da Legend interprets a few classic Gang Starr beats. Commentary about Guru appears throughout the mixtape provided by the likes of Jeru The Damaja, Big Shug, DJ Evil Dee and DJ Diamond the Artists, who all reminisce on the legendary emcee. This is part 2 of Napoleon Da Legend's mixtape homage series coming after Tupacrypha at the beginning of the year.

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released September 21, 2018

DJ Scribe on the Mix
All songs written by Napoleon Da Legend
Sound engineering by K-Rip
Salute DJ Premier for the classic beats
Rest in Power to the late great Guru
Cover art by Sarah Bernero

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Track Name: Work
[Hook]
Ayo, I'm gonna be on ti-dop, that's all my eyes can see
Victory is mine, yeah, surprisingly
I've been laying, waiting for your next mistake
I put in work and watch my status escalate

[Napoleon Da Legend verse]
5:24 the world belongs to early risers
My circle solid, u can be the first to cop it
They see it popping then they flip and commercialize it
None of these nerds can knock it this ain’t for the bloggers
This ain’t for profit this for bragging rights
Maybe a bag rice still it might make the algorithm spike
This is flour white powder organic spice
I plan it right like Dana White, I don’t pay for likes
I don’t ask for favors twice, one man gang
Hit it up on Bandcamp name ya price
The original no duplicates
Budapest movers we colluded with
Salute kid this might be my new career
My life went thru the roof when I removed the fear
This mood is rare take a souvenir
This the cross I choose to bear
All you can eat I got food to share

[Hook]
Ayo, I'm gonna be on ti-dop, that's all my eyes can see
Victory is mine, yeah, surprisingly
I've been laying, waiting for your next mistake
I put in work and watch my status escalate
Track Name: You Know My Mix
[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
How you tame a beast?
These rappers ain’t the guys that they claim to be
At ya shows, but you ain’t the one we came to see
You can try to blackball you’ll see there’s no restraining me
Many before yourself learned that lesson painfully
That’s a tall task like Wilt Chamberlain on top of stilts
You still crying cause the milk pot spilt?
Black Ops skill with that Pac feel you miss
Bystanders they come to film us it’s as real as it gets
My sense of urgency great see me murdering tapes
All them dudes lying on wax should catch a perjury case
Got the perfect pace words perfectly placed got the gun barrel held perpendicular to ya face....

Millenium griot not a civilian
Chick I roll with is thick like the skin of a reptilian
No David Icke, paid show tonight, zeitgeist, poltergeist, you shining? My eyesight is broke tonight
I must have miss it, he must have took it like I dissed him then again
I must have flustered him, it must be cause I’m gifted
I’m much more simplistic then I used to be I’m uber-ly beautifully Superhuman and I speak it truthfully
I used to stress like the Sudanese true success for me is waking up those slept on me true indeed
Rude awakening my attitude is play to win
I’m 22 for 22 and now dudes is caving in
My dreams feature would be rocking joints with Capleton
And until then I’m be surfing waves on Ableton
Going off script with scribe these promoters want dibs
Knock ya conscious unconscious when my rocket launcher launches
Still nonchalant, rap martial arts call Shallah Mashallah used to be a lost cause now I’m on
Peace to the Gods , Guru and Preem, super supreme
All I know is take it to the extreme
Like Noble Drew Ali
And it was all a dream once but it’s real now
Never step inside the devil realms with ya shield down
Blood of a slave with the heart of king
Put ya best foot forwards not as hard you think
Jodeci sing
Track Name: JFK to LAX
[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
This ain’t premeditated I won’t edit what I say
Rappers prostituting my bending over for whatever pays
Self-educate, made myself a heavy weight
Self-made that’s as American as a Chevrolet
Make it resonate from Beverly Hills to section 8
On my way to JFK forgot where I was yesterday
Time zones and jet lag cash checks and check bags
Backed up 80 messages I gotta check back
So be patient on the text back "x" that
On my way to LAX where my ex at
Don’t trespass the cultures precious we protect that
Breakfast in the back eating fruits eggs flapjacks
Let the sun hit my face and let my battery charge
Feeling like I beat a battery charge
Feeling marvelous
Promoters flew me up, homies come to scoop me up
Without a worry in the world we just doing us

[Hook:Guru]
They wanna lock us all up, and throw away the key
Don't wanna see us come up, don't wanna see us making G's
Long as we know this is the key to our destruction
Let's make moves no discussion

[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
For whatever reason I became a rebel genius
Chilling backstage with several divas
Ya numbers ain’t looking right, I can tell you cheating
Relax... I’ll let you live... I can keep a secret
My pet peeve is really those who waste time
And you can never get it back that’s why I claim mine
I'm a mix between jay Z and Dame’s mind
So confident I’m bout to give away my 8 lives
Great minds think alike that’s why we disagree mostly
Last month was going on Hennessy and no sleep
Caffeine adrenaline addict it’s like a passion
And things going better than I can ever imagine
Life is good when you take charge
A wise man told me quit if u can’t convince em after 8 bars
Flight control tower they keep me on they radar
JFK 2 LAX we do it like it ain't far
Track Name: Above the Clouds
[Hook: Guru]
Above the crowds, above the clouds
Where the sounds are original
Infinite skills create miracles
Warrior spiritual, above the clouds
Raining down, holding it down

[Verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
Above the clouds flying land back without dying
Alpha minded outshining standing on Mount Zion
I douse fires, the outlier, I out liars
Outlining how these cowards’ out of line
On the outside shining, while ya insides is dying
Guess out of sight is out of mind
My insight is science
Ascend to higher heights, messiah-like, flight or fight
Everyday I’m on it like I’m about to die tonight
I’ve been the type to dodge and weave shots and hypocrisy Hip-Hop I breath it and I live it, this is not dream
Supreme being, fifth element, this is intelligent
My mind is sharp like a pimp in his element
I get a check bill belichik and still keep my self respect
Put it on the line till no regrets is left
The path I took I never recommend we different men
I level up and grab the flag when the level ends
I make ya mind stretch to think and that’s on everything
Casually step on my throne I was born already king
Would be foreshadowing my route, overshadowing your clout Triumph without a shadow of doubt
And it’s unanimous, the magnanimous, the money magnet and the man commands attention from the cameras
Switching up parameters I deliver the damage and it nothing
Got u covered like the health system in Canada
Track Name: napoleon da legend, hard 2 earn, guru, dj premier, gang starr, hip-hop, voice, jazz - Mostly Tha Voice
[hook: Napoleon Da Legend]
It’s mostly the voice
That’s gets you up
It’s mostly the voice that’s makes you buck
A lot of rappers be buzzing and some got skills
But if your voice ain’t dope then you need to chill

[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
These rapper wanna rhyme all fast
Trying to hide the fact they rhymes is trash
A few comments and get all gassed
But most Internet fools don’t know jack about rap
On stage with ya vocals on the track
Not to mention that ya voice is ass
I rather hear wind coming out a horse’s ass
Trying to be intricate the way you forcing is sad
My R.A.P. M. E. S. S. I. A. H
They waiting on me like the Latter Day Saints
I’m just that dude and they mad that they ain’t
I tell em that

[hook: Napoleon Da Legend]
It’s mostly the voice
That’s gets you up
It’s mostly the voice that’s makes you buck
A lot of rappers be buzzing and some got skills
But if your voice ain’t dope then you need to chill

[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
Soon as I enter the scene they had to recognize
Record wise but to me it was just exercise
Tap dancing on high hats with words
This is high class pulling chicks with fly hats and furs
And yes my names heard across the land
From U.K., Germany, down to Japan
They pay me grands just to rap and stand
But they don’t understand and I tell em that

[hook: Napoleon Da Legend]
It’s mostly the voice
That’s gets you up
It’s mostly the voice that’s makes you buck
A lot of rappers be buzzing and some got skills
But if your voice ain’t dope then you need to chill

[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
Y’all dudes doing too much
Flashing ya cash
Paying for strippers that be shaking they ass
Looking for waves that you can catch and surf
Study who’s popping so you copy and match they work
I just follow groove like Nice and Smooth
When it comes to these bars I don’t got much to prove
Look at my shoes a rock sneakers and tracksuits
And I still want the props like the song from Black Moon
Peace to Evil Dee, peace to Baz, peace Prime time
Eclipse and DJ Fab
I run 100 dash without a break a sweat
And do a tour around the world without a taking a jet
They be asking how’s that even possible yo
You hard headed pay attention, I tell you that

[hook: Napoleon Da Legend]
It’s mostly the voice
That’s gets you up
It’s mostly the voice that’s makes you buck
A lot of rappers be buzzing and some got skills
But if your voice ain’t dope then you need to chill
Track Name: Betrayal
[Hook: Guru]
Scandalous, money greed and lust
In this trife life, there ain't nobody you can trust
Plus there's no justice, it's just us
In fact, watchin' yo back it be must
And each and everyday around the way gats bust
And jealous so-called friends'll try to set you up
It's called betrayal

[Verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
I seen the best in friends and I seen the worst in friends
It hurts to see a friendship you were thinking that was worth it end
Got me questioning which criteria determines friends
Some will change like commercial trends and it’s an urgent thing
Some’ll show they truest colors like a nudist that was covered
You discover it a few summers later and then you will suffer
U get fake text back, I tell em lose my number
Picture me making the same mistake like I grew up dumber
Went from hanging everyday to like we barely knew each other
I’ll be aight cause cutting off is nothing to me brother
People don’t play fair and I believe in balance
If you take and take and take I’m a mute u put on silence
And they hate when you call em on they bullshit they culprit
Get off ya pulpit hope you got a coat when the cold hit
That shoulder frozen your nose is growing Pinocchio
Noticed my door was closing couldn’t hold it open so


Mingle with so and so taking flix with this and that
What you reap is what you sow some folks don’t believe in that
Betrayals painful and that’s the devils cradle
Rock you to sleep ya ass gets too comfortable
And then that’s when they play you
That’s why it’s usually the closest ones
That’ll violate ya trust like a serrated knife cut
That’ll a leave a mark like Karl Marx in Russians states
Catch yourself a couple breaks and it
Doesn’t take much for you to see that they

[Hook: Guru]
Scandalous, money greed and lust
In this trife life, there ain't nobody you can trust
Plus there's no justice, it's just us
In fact, watchin' yo back it be must
And each and everyday around the way gats bust
And jealous so-called friends'll try to set you up
It's called betrayal
Track Name: Mass Appeal
[Napoleon Da Legend verse 1]
No way you’ll never make it come with that bullshit I’ll blaze ya
And show you the real meaning of entertainment
Peep the expression on his face when he figured out
His 30 seconds of fame about to wither out
Isiah Thomas, ya career go in and out
You gave a shot at the top that’s not the timid route
Done with ya P.R .run no more Sway
No Breakfast Club, Hot 97, no more play
It’s like they pushed an off switch you off lit
Dead you like concentration camps in Auschwitz the cold shoulder Some call em vultures of the culture
Ya songs sweeter than a Ice cold soda
Following these trends them bitches is bi-polar
Quick to leave you for the next high roller
Then you’ll be mad as hell you signed a record deal
Cause you played yourself out to get the mass appeal

[Napoleon Da Legend verse 2]
Oh yea I’m nicer than all MCs when I breeze give me room please
I keep em captivated with the raps I’m making
Like the lives of the rich and famous
These rappers sounding like new borns fresh out of the incubator
One mic and a DJ on the 1's and 2's
Mike Jack... I couldn’t help it if I wanted to
I be stumbling on rhymes by accident
Without looking for the line that come after it
Can spot the type chasing after the spotlight
Every time I hear em talk I feel like something is not right
Like Cartwright shoot a 3 in the fourth
With 4 seconds to go and Michael Jordan on the court
At the finals on the seventh game, center stage
Got booed out of the arena
Now u wishing you had never played
I’m only spitting the real...
While they be losing the race trying to chase Mass Appeal
Track Name: Tha Squeeze
- Aiiyo son, it seems like, everyday
More and more people begin to get more foul
Uhn, now dig..
Association breed assimilation
Let me tell you what happened
I'm driving the other night, these two faggots pull me over
Talkin bout I got a broken taillight
They got a broken headlight
They shake me down, they tellin me
That they gon' come and see me tomorrow and have somethin for them
- Word, so what up?
So now I got somethin for them

[Verse One: Guru & Napoleon Da Legend]
Who's the real criminals, take a look behind the scenes
Cause half of goons incarcerated playing in the minor leagues
Guess it pays in many ways to have a few schemes
Gotta do me, before they they put us in a snooze
Make you lose speed
The systems set up in a way to keep us in a trap
Phone tap, crime and justice start to overlap
Remember Ferguson? They taking joy in hurting us
It's like a curse for us, police be the first to bust
Think about it...
Police roam where we struggle most and
For them the evidence'll vanish in a puff of smoke
I've been observant
Had to dig below the surface
I guess you get what you deserve in this
From project hallways to courthouse hallways
Scraping for these bucks no such thing as an off day
Speed on, before you get beat on
All I need is more power, then I'mma put the squeeze on

[Hook]
I want more power, I'm gainin more troops
I'm gaining more respect cause I want more juice
The most influential men, got influential friends
And I'mma put the squeeze on all of 'em

I watched y'all get fat, now I want my share
What you ain't got it all? Then I want what's there
The most influential men, got influential friends
And I'mma put the squeeze on all of 'em

[Primo scratches]
"They wanna see the God catch an L it's all a Set Up" -] Guru
"It's a Daily Operation" -] Guru
"You know me son, show respect" -] Steele
"They wanna see the God catch an L it's all a Set Up" -] Guru

The squeeze..

[Napoleon Da Legend verse]
Hey yo that badge got you gassed?
Gotta hit ya quota so you looking for a black man to bag?
Incarcerating us in mass cause there’s cash in imprisonment
Especially the tenement class
U know the quote, unquote poor who can’t afford lawyers when go to court so they get the book thrown at em
Treating us like our lives don’t matter it’s a known pattern
Do you have a weapon on u? No madam
No ma'am, no officer, no ya honor
I just wanna live longer than the stats show in the left column
I just left Harlem stopped on my way home
Plain coats I guess it’s same ol’, same ol’
New Jim Crow the pipeline from streets to prison
We gotta put a squeeze on the beast defeat the system
Fuck ya biases, this for the blocks and high rises
Watch ya back yo don’t be caught lacking or blind sided
Track Name: All 4 Tha Ca$h
[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
Nixon got impeached, I’m sipping white tea with peach
You might have the features but don’t have the reach
I’m bout to pull receipts pull up a seat
Full press release listening to y’all is like pulling teeth
I only speak when the stakes peak
The crowds migrate from main stage to see me rock stage B
Cannot replace me I’m once in a lifetime
When you hearing one project, I got 10 in the pipeline
This ain’t a grind for lazy, my passport crazy
I’m a tad like Scorsese and my raps more wavy
Promoters gotta assign a whole task force to pay me
Fast forward to the future I’m the black warren Beatty
Slack never stack cheddar for the bad weather
Take it max like Etta James on wax
This is ya brain on crack no designer drug shit
Tie em up you had ya moment now ya time is up kid

[verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
Ya mans about the action that hand to hand transaction
Aim a gun behind my back and shoot a backstabber
Leave em with a bad status let em carry that baggage
I’m a maverick if there’s a challenge I’ll take a stab at it
My rap matters like the lives of black men
Don’t try to act like you ain’t racist cause you have a black friend
Kyrie Irving back spin my curve game is exceptional
Perfection is a given anything less unacceptable
Pep talk for hustlers we just export to customers
We next door plotting just to extort the government
Buju Ton-Ban That’s Jovi Bon don
Eating Bonchon word is bond bong
Hit it then I’m gone, the soul of Guru is alive and it’ll never die
Connecting the dots like in Akhenaton mind
Belafonte scripted with a better font
Cats chop it up like the back of chinese restaurants
Track Name: Le Bien, Le Mal
[Verse: Napoleon Da Legend]
Le bien, le mal
Two step like UTEP who kept it Hotep
OPEC, I spill it’s an S.O.S yes
The head nod broke necks Pro Keds no debt
No doubt get the cash money then broke out
Mind of a hustler that’s the other side
Give props to Solaar not that other guy
I’m gifted unlimited rhymes universal
Keep the negative way outside my circle
Back blocks and black tops mollies and crack rock
Black box catch a murder case like Matlock
Back drop Brooklyn New York that’s the crime scene
It’s grimy where cats get stretched out like Dahlseim
We make the crowd fiend for more of the raw
Campaigning like a president door to door
From Mulhouse to Peru, up to New Jeru
Peace to Scribe, Izniz and the rest of the crew

[Hook: Guru + MC Solaar]
The good, the bad
Le bien, le mal
The good, the bad
Le bien, le mal

[Verse 7: MC Solaar]
En prophète de la fête, je suis contre ceux qui fêtent
La défaite de la fête, alors faites attention
Cette recette intercepte l'adepte trouble-fête
Et le son domine la situation
Track Name: Moment of Truth
[Napoleon Da Legend verse 1]
My appetite for life is infinite without an end in sight
Tried and failed a million times I had to get it right
Shipwrecked like Robinson Crusoe on a desert island
No longer thousand island dressing on top of my salad
The city’s overcrowded started taking cold showers
Noticed humble folks are those who hold the most power
Sacrifices you make in and out of state
Going outside your comfort zone, feeling out of place
Early morning in the gym and it’s a ghost town
Still I gotta get my body strong in case it goes down
And there’s an urgency it’s hard for me to slow down
Feel like Barry Gordy in the early days of Motown
They didn’t have the Internet I wonder how they did
It was harder then we constantly complain bout the business
How you calculate success? Single sales and dollars
Inside ya bank account how many shows or followers?
Respect amongst ya peers, family and friends?
How you helping others? Ya inner peace or ya zen?
My art is all I own give it 110%
When I’m gone I wanna leave something on earth for my kids
And the rest of the world to understand the way that we live
And inspire all the youth to do better than what we did

[Napoleon Da Legend verse 2]
I love waking at the crack of dawn when the streets is empty
Mother Earth giving us air gotta treat her gently
My mother’s there and she cares for my well-being
Used to stress her but lately I can tell she can see it
Getting this Velvetta doing what I love
Long stretch from I was J.O.B.'ing for a dub
Cause it u let it you can lose ya motivation fast
Caught up chasing ass being lazy straying from the path
And being disappointing in people not keeping promises
But whatever you promised is promised, I don’t bother with
Anything that’s not in my control cause god knows
Many nights i felt the cold just searching in my soul
Where the ghosts and dark entities roam and fog my energy
Demons I collected became part of my identity
From ashes I rise in all my splendor and brashness
Smacking these arachnids in my sleep yo I got this
Cause my worse enemy is me and the penalty’s
Deep carry my weight like a centipedes knees
Let my legacy speak when my body gone eating Szechuan
Word to Chapelle I’m a never put a dress on
Staring at the truth on my death bed floating towards the lights
I’ll never die Cause my life’s in ya head set
Breaking the rules and I’m no longer confused
I guess I seen my moment of truth
Track Name: Gifted Unlimited Forever
[Napoleon Da Legend hook x 2]
Gifted unlimited forever
Never forget who you were we all remember
GURU ya name says it
Rhyme universal and a great legend

[Napoleon Da Legend verse 1]
Who benefits from gurus legacy? Pac’s legacy?
Big L, Pun and Biggie's legacy?
Guru got a stronger catalog than Biggie don’t he?
Biggies one of the G.O.A.T.s, it’s deeper than just Diddy
So what is it really? could we speak truth without offending?
Fuck who I offend cause Guru's never mentioned
Maybe Guru was too positive
Cause In Hip-Hop when crime ain’t glorified
People are horrified
Either you "whorified" or branded as a boring guy
Peddling sex gun and drugs’ll have you soaring high
Hip-Hop is more like an adolescent child grew up from being an infant and it’s essence died
Maybe Guru's watching staring from the heavens skies
The business might try to distract but legends never die
And ya voice was so important to us
A source to us in the form of hope to us

[Napoleon Da Legend hook x 2]
Gifted unlimited forever
Never forget who you were we all remember
GURU ya name says it
Rhyme universal and a great legend

[Napoleon Da Legend verse 2]
Monotonous flow but so emotional
This tapes for the heads only promotional
And it’s a great honor for me to pay homage
To the Mount Rushmore of Hip-hop scholars
Peace to Preem too both of y’all a great gift
Gotta give our people their roses while they live
Regardless of whom, we’ll all be gone soon
Hard to find inner peace when living in monsoon
Shout out to the coons cause y’all got a job too
Play the tunes, they tell u to play you bafoons
We keeping it a buck on this side
We used to it no matter how rough it get on this side
Cause you’ll never win living a lie, you gave it a try
You gonna pay for every single head u took for a ride
I’ll be bumping that classic Gang Starr in my Tesla car
Sleep In peace Keith Elam, bless the God


[Napoleon Da Legend hook x 2]
Gifted unlimited forever
Never forget who you were we all remember
GURU ya name says it
Rhyme universal and a great legend

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