THE HYPE

by VON POE VII

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fadeawaybarber This album was amazing & Von Poe's best one yet. The production was really dope with a mix of boom bap mixed with some West Coast vibes. The BARS which is always the #1 most important thing with me was top notch. Great storytelling. This is hip hop at its best?
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THE HYPE is a collection of several songs written during the first half of 2017. A continued extension, and the last installment of the TPOLAW trilogy. I spent a good amount of time on this entire series, and I'm really happy to have stayed dedicated to it until its completion. This project means a whole lot to me, and brings full circle a chapter of my life I needed to get over. My music has always been personal, but finding closure in the down moments in life, makes the music and the art all the more worth it. I won't ramble off too long, I'll end by simply saying this; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and I hope this entire trilogy can help you with whatever it is you are going through in life.

This project means a whole lot to me, and brings full circle a chapter of my life I needed to get over. My music has always been personal, but finding closure in the down moments in life, makes the music and the art all the more worth it. I won't ramble off too long, I'll end by simply saying this;

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and I hope this entire trilogy can help you with whatever it is you are going through in life. Long Live The Villain.

I want to also take this time to thank a few folks for coming through on this project for me, some super last minute haha. First and foremost, my brodie Papa J. Ruiz, never a question or doubt. Always coming through when asked without question. My brodie Joogy, thank you for lacing that intro, you set the tone to this entire project. My brodie Dev Twon, thank you bro. You spoke from the heart, and it's rare and appreciated. You don't usually rap, but you came through for me, so thank you. My brodie EmptySev, it meant the world getting you back on the mic. You FAMILY forever ugly, I mean that. To my brodie Sleep Sinatra, we have almost 15yrs of friendship behind us. For us to still be buildin, we unbreakable my nigga. To The Homie Dreebo, you a solid man bro, and I see us buildin a lot moving forward! TO MY WINNERS FAMILIA Hus Kingpin aka Lord Wavy, and Lyric Jones, this my first project with y'all on it. You two did justice to my sounds. You already know what it is moving forward. Word is bond!

If you haven't had a chance to download 2017 TIL' INFINITY or TPOLAW as of yet, please do so before or after listening to this project, as these are all parts of the same family. Much love to all my listeners.

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released June 11, 2017

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Track Name: Voicemails From Joogy
Introduction:

"Yo yo yo! Man I'm callin' to let you know, nigga, it's been five years nigga. Five years, since we've been niggas bro. That shit's a blessing. A lot of niggas don't, you know, make it through like friendships and shit bro. It's been five years, since me, I've been on Organized Threat. And not only that, niggas got to become real niggas throughout the process. I hope everything is all well on your end my nigga. Man, can't nobody stop our blades bro. It's too sharp and swift my niggas. Tell these niggas, tell...tell these niggas that they ugly as fuck, and they can't fuck with OGT. That's all you gotta do. Walk up to a nigga and be like 'yall dont fuck with us? Well fuck yall too nigga'. Slowly though, and they gon' feel the burn. So let's get it. Aight man hit me up too, don't be no ugly ass nigga man. Aight gone" - Joogy Jugg

[Chorus]

And I'm just waiting on my last day of living
Said I'm just waiting on my last day of life

[Verse]

And I appreciate the efforts given
Between my time apart
Recorded losses
Forever structure the rhyming
While time is passing him by and now
I wonder if they conscious now
Cause we was underground
By now we're far from the ground
My spoken poetry written
It's from the heart when I'm speaking
Reflect on times we was seeking shelter
For the rhymes that we write
My introduction was power powder
As I bomb through the night
And I'm just chillin on my lonely
Nine to fives for the rights
My independence has greater meaning
When I flow through the seasons
And you the half time show
A bunch of chatter with no meaning
I'm better
And regardless of the weather
I'm never rusty dawg
But you so thirty for the fame
It's such a shame my nigga
But I'm just talking yo
I'll be right back
And you keep shooting for them clouds
You know I got your back
And we gon' laugh about it
Damn, I miss my niggas
But we gon' laugh about it
Damn, I miss my niggas

[Chorus]

And I'm just waiting on my last day of living
Said I'm just waiting on my last day of life
Track Name: Youth and Adolescence
Introduction:

"Because for so long we were living in these neighborhoods boxed in, and those neighborhoods were our world. You know, our little world was all we knew. We didn't know anything outside of that world. So to look and see people who look like you achieving great things, it's like 'oh, there is more for me' you know? It improves self esteem.It approves upon self worth." - Sean "Jay Z" Carter

[Chorus]

We was runnin'
My youth and adolescence
My youth and adolescence
My youth and adolescence

[Verse One]

In eight-nine I was born
My twin brodie my roadie
My mama-dearest was solo
My father figure-ish living like
He aint planned to be sober
So Riverside in the nineties
Perris town to be true
In ninety-one, ninety-two
In ninety-three, ninety-four
By ninety-five I was conscious
In ninety-six we was hoping
That Rodney King wasn't rockin'
My Raider Nation was livin'
In politics we had Clinton
Cali niggas was Crippin'
And Makeveli was found a victim
Of his own decisions
Word up we hit the pay stubs
We was posted up independent
My momma was working two jobs
We was proud to be fitted
Smiling for what it was worth and
In ninety-seven my nigga
By ninety-eight we was bigger
In ninety-nine we had fell in love
With the glamour of triggers
And gangsta violence and fuckin' bitches
Couldn't comprehend it
A new millennium had hit the scene
We was laughin' at Bush
See I was just a little shorty
When them Twin Towers took
I seen em runnin'

[Chorus]

They was runnin'
My youth and adolescence
My youth and adolescence
My youth and adolescence

[Verse Two]

My momma took my pops to court
Two-thousand and two
You see around the same time
I had got kicked out of school
You see around the same time
I was becoming a man
And I started to visualize
How much my pops had never loved me
Two-thousand and three
My first time in the streets
Continuation was segregated
But respect to the beef
Me and my brodie divided
That separation was weak
Cause public school without your nigga
Survival is bleak
Two-thousand-four reconnected
The same year we was stressin'
A couple deaths in my family
Like R.I.P. to my family
I was trippin back in o-five
Taking chances illegally
P.T.F. was what I repped
A party crew with gang affiliations
My nigga
Who repped the West for the Threat
My Spanish teacher had introduced me
To that Wu-Tang flex
So what's the word, what's the word
I was taking offerings
Two-thousand and six
I had a Black Goddess on my wrist
Believe that
Two-thousand and seven
R.I.P. to my brethren
The curse of Perris High
Two days before our graduation
It had me thinking like
My nigga I aint dying without a purpose
Too many homies is locked up
I can't die up in this city
I was runnin'

Closing Statements:

"You know, because a lot of choices are made from the position of 'my life isn't worth much, and this sort of living is not much. So if I risk my life, what am I really missin'? But if you know how valuable human life is, you'll have more respect for yours and others." - Sean "Jay Z" Carter
Track Name: Fast Food
Introduction:

"But generally, you think what you hear on the radio is terrible?" - Larry King

"I think basically, it's product. And the reason why it's being manufactured is basically just to make money, and it seem to me, to have very little to do with the basic reasons for making music in the first place" - Frank Zappa

[Bridge]

My dollar bill drippin'
Grooving to the feelin'
Goddamnit baby
This is what we missin'
And I can give it to you
Put it on my face
I can give it to you
Any time of day
Any kind of way

[Chorus]

Driving too fast on the road
Westside Cali on the go
Southside Cali where I roam
P-Town nigga, so you know

[Verse]

Ayo two toned livin'
My skin tone immaculate
I can make changes
I can demand the battleship
Live long
Live long and live prosperous
I came to boogie
Don't think that aint an option
Cause what I look like
Trying to sell white
With all this talent dawg
I'm just too nice
You're just too basic
I am too Christ
You resemble Judas
Selling out your rights
I can take you back to when we fell on tracks
We played that wax and found our sound
Cause what goes around comes around
What goes around comes around
In the mist of darkness
Nigga I found heart
I am the spark to lighten up your sound
Cause what goes around comes around
What goes around comes around

[Chorus]

Driving too fast on the road
Westside Cali on the go
Southside Cali where I roam
P-Town nigga, so you know
Track Name: Perspectives ft. Lyric Jones
Introduction:

"We're all the same. And it sounds like some speech from high up, but we're basically all the same. You know, once you take away who we are. Take away where we come from. You know, we pretty much have the same things. You ask a person who they love, the first thing they'd probably say is their mother, their husband, or whomever. I mean we all love the same thing, we all want the same thing. We all have the same fears, you know. Fear of failure, we all have the same aspirations. We all have fear of failure in some sort of way" - Sean "Jay Z" Carter

[Verse One: VON POE VII]

Ayo my sword swings venomous
Law of attraction
Pain I've kept
Psychological damage
From years of panicking
Black God
My silhouette pictured on fireplaces in steel
I'm in a castle at the top of the hill
What's good?
You came through bitter we all die sinners
Took it back to my reality
With paintings and pictures I'm wildlin'
This eighty-nining
You was destined for greatness instilled
And I'm just laughin on this journey
Of glorious thrills
But what is poetry without the sickness
And what is agony without the stiffness
My Black Africa
Said you was missing a brain
And I aint mad I was mad at you
Stuck in the rain, it's real
My solar forecast predicted a storm in the weather
Now looking back
Yall can see we was stronger together
My warpath gleaming
You niggas was fiending acceptance
I brushed it off like dirty sex
In the bed after breakfast
The future is lavish
I style for the cabbage
And cast my net out
The fish that I'm catching is philosophical
Wisdom's never an obstacle
Forever a student
The rudest dude-ist to ever do this
And stick to the plan
I want the love for rocking the mic
Not singing to you
And I'm trying to uplift your spirits
Not steal them from you
I walk with a passion
That OG Threat and them
Best to back off
My visual Tarantino
And I would hate to have to kill Bill
You understanding me
The god is respected
Past me the mic
And I'm shooting shots at any who's testing
I'm tired of looking up to these niggas
Who never meet the expectations
You was way off
My dance with the devil
And Black accomplishments
You came through bitter we all die sinners
Took it back to my reality
With paintings and pictures I'm wildlin'
Like what's the price
I'm dedicated to retrograded
Perspectives of life
[And you was corny when I met you dawg
You still aint changed
But I still wish you all the best
Stuck in my ways] [2x]
I tell em

Interlude:

"Get involved in things that you love, and also have a standard for yourself, and have some sort of integrity and try to find some sort of truth in what you're doing. For me it's my life, it's who I am as a person. So I can't just let someone have creative control of who I am" - Sean "Jay Z" Carter

[Chorus]

One time if you Black and you proud
You say it
Two times if you Black and you proud
You say it
Three times if you Black and you proud
You say it
Four times if you Black and you proud

[Verse Two: Lyric Jones]

Grew up with Addi dolls
Black Art, celebrated Kwanzaa
Never really had that colorism complex
Even in rap I was barely conscious
Of my skin tone
I always admired the likes
Of Jada Pinkett and Grace Jones
Adopted as an infant
But raised around the incense
Fragments of Black pride
The one thing I give my mom credit
Caribbean roots from my birth mom I inherit
A culture of merit
The globe yearns
For our talents and abilities
Much more than song, dance, and shooting threes
Blackness is fun
Until you face what we do in society
They try and redo without hiring
The sentence of Hebrew
They try to hide it from us
I'm just glad I know that I'm a Queen
Dimensions of inside others could never dream
They televise shit that we should never see
To reprogram our prior heights
To never be
I'm a product of the 90s
Dashiki and Black TV
My chocolate fist held high
I came from beebop
They trying to oppress and eve's drop
Folklore and let our songs cry
Black Goddess even in the rhymes
Track Name: Vices
Introduction:

Uh, yea yea yea yea
Uh, yea yea yea yea
Uh, yea yea yea yea
Uh, listen

[Verse One]

Looking back at the chapters
Lounging off at the beach
Summertime around the corner
Cali weather under palm trees
Do the most just to live it up
You do the most, you do the most
I be in the cut of my imagination
Far away up in the outer spaces
Turning up until the Devil coming
I'm a sinner baby
Never one for running
Vibe with me
That pussy good
And I got the wood to keep the flood going
Praise the Lord
Another year
Still independent after all the tears
Money coming like the son of God
Always working harder for the bigger picture
Living the life that I've chosen
Meditation in the forest
The possibility of possibilities
Running to me, my responsibilities
This is me
And my legacy is my accomplishments
Try to shit on that
A lack of common sense
My confidence is unbreakable

[Chorus]

Now we was counting on em
Begging for some help
To get up out the waters
Hoping for a break
I've been so...
I've been so...
I've been so mothafuckin nice
I need a...
I need a...
I need a mothafuckin vice (2x)

[Verse Two]

Looking back at the chapters
Dosing in and out of my accommodations
I'm older now
Just lying down
Surrounded by all of these faces
Man, what a life
So much pain to give a nigga
Stuck up in the prison rack
Did my dirty all up my lonely
Was never no worry, I coming back
Some of my closest homies didn't make it out
Heart attack, some diabetic
As an senior citizen I give them credit
Every day is just another blessing
Overdosing off the wave
Truth be told, that shit was better for him
We saw it coming
But what is a man
When silence is all that he's asking from you
My ride or die until I cheated on you
My Juliet, you took away the stars
And never gave them back
I cried for that, but after that
I never shed a tear til my momma died
My brother too, he was such a fool
Dawg I'm missing you
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
Yea, real soon

[Bridge]

And I probably should of fucked that bitch
And I probably should of made pop hits
And I probably should of...
Spent less time up in these streets, man
I probably should of manned up
And squashed that beef
Track Name: Self Love
Introduction:

Ayo press play on the stereo please, press play. There we go. Ima need all of yall back on the dance floor for this one, or your living room. Maybe some of yall are getting down in the parking lot, bumping this in your stereo. Wherever you are, grab somebody next to you, and groove with me. Aight? Coo.

[Verse One]

Hold up, hold that pose
Sunset drippin I just want you to know
Feel the vibe
Groove to the baseline
We aint been the same
Since we first got high
Now slide with me
Just slide with me
Everything about to be alright
(Wait a minute)
Now slide with me
Just slide with me
Everything about to be alright
(Sho'nuff)
You aint been around here in a minute
You was running from the war
We was in it
Word is bond
I'm here to take yall places
And teach yall to love yourselves
All my independent women where you at?
Where you going with your fine ass
Bring that back
My apologies
I came to rock your policies
And maybe smoke a blunt in the back

[Chorus]

Ayo P-Town killah where you at?
Riverside Riverside
We run the map
Say that one time
Speak your truth
Love yourself
And we'll be coo
Self love baby

[Verse Two]

You know I came to talk my shit
(Wait a minute)
I done waited long enough
This year I'm bout to get it
Recharged I've been living
The cost I've been spent it
The most talented
You joked but I meant it
Hold up, hold that pose
Leave the drama at the door
I just want you to know
Riverside when we slide
Dawg, kill your vibe
Cause you aint been the same
Since we both got high
Now ride with me
Just ride with me
Everything about to be alright
(Wait a minute)
Now ride with me
Just ride with me
Everything about to be alright
(Sho'nuff)
You aint been around here in a minute
You was running from the war
We was in it
Word is bond
I came to take yall places
And teach yall to love yourselves
(That's the basics)
All my independent niggas where you at?
Middle finger to the sky
Fuck the world if you can
And my apologies
I came to rock yall policies
And teach yall to feed your fam