Hold On ft. Janisha & Just Stones (Prod. AG Productions)

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Hold on is the main anthem of the project, with vocals from Janisha Nero, and lyrics from Just Stones (NY). Togolese describes the story of Ayyub and how it ties into the Mass Incarceration of America.

lyrics

HOLD ON

inshallah hope things go right
freedom fight like a 50s night
a whole city for 1 life
a whole nation correct sight
the blind leading the blind
and we running out of time
15 years that's my fear
know what really grinds my gears?
walking around with out a care
stripped searched outta thin air
huh?
damn right, its a sad life
its twisted Karma Sutra
stick to karma and my Sutras
if I wanna see a future
read Surat and my scriptures
man I hope I paint the picture
as we yell like it or not
hold Ayyub down Fort Knox
can't threaten me with the hole
cuz my city shaped like a bowl
I been livin in a trap
but who got each others back
that's the only thing that matters
when you get locked up like that.
and your wife aint on your side
its alright bruh you can cry
don't hold it all inside even if you are inside
prison is the only thing that can truly break a man
I just hope the ones listening can truly understand
(H)
This ain't no movie script
ripped from them tabloids
the media has made no noise
silent screams and hidden joy
the people come together for the better
lives are are not a toy
even Ayyub's brother has fell victim
to the ploys
by the boys in the suits
black suvs n coups (whoop)
Red and blue them siren signs
Prison just wanna see those dollar signs
treatin men like concubines
sharp stings like porcupines
school to prison pipeline
since 4th grade look at the time
on your 3rd strike sounds asinine
minimum is a quarter of a life time
makin' less than a quarter during your time
New slaves /Jim Crow
but you aint gotta be black though
Just take that medicine cap-sule
let the wheels turn with axles
choppin rights with an axe yo
smelln up the room like axe yo
But this aint a high school musical
cuz no1 addresses the elephant in the back room
and then u complain bendin over,
what good does that do?
Freedom is fought with our lives on the line
I thought you knew.

credits

from Al​-​Ahzab (The Allies) for Ayyub LP, released November 15, 2013
AG Productions, Janisha Nero, Just Stones, Togolese

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