The T​.​A​.​B​.​L​.​E.

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Psalm 23:5 King James Version (KJV)

" Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies "


Liner Notes:

Sometimes in music, there are dry spells. During a season in which most Hip Hop music has lost much of its purity & authenticity, this album was created specifically for those in need of hardcore Hip Hop...in it's purest form.

We are in a time period within both music & world history where the need and demand for new voices is at an all time high. The artists say it, magazines say it, journalists say it, politicians say it, but when asked who are the new voices, no one seems to know. The billions of dollars up for grab every year and the prize of increasing fan base has sent many of our artists to put on some blackface and forget about the message. With the rise of Youtube sensations and platinum ring tones, it's become increasingly hard to find Hip Hop with some meaning.

This album is a follow up to our 2015 release, Coming From The Bottom. It was originally a part of a trilogy of albums we planned on releasing back to back in 2015 but they were held back to make way for the release of our long awaited follow up to The Shape Of Hip Hop To Come. Considering the timing, it made more sense to release The T.A.B.L.E.
at the beginning of 2016.

This album was inspired by and created in response to the 2014 PRhyme album by DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9. When I heard that album, I was inspired to compose the music for this album. The PRhyme album was the first straight up no chaser HIP HOP album I'd heard in a long time, and it was also one of the few albums I'd heard that are what we call a straight thru joint....albums you can listen to without skipping songs. We hope this is one of those albums.

The album was made very simple. The songs were not mastered. They are presented in raw form to keep the soul inside and to preserve the integrity of the recording and the feeling that inspired it.

There's meaning in everything, even down to the album cover. Look closely, and use your mind. The photo was taken in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn NY on a macbook pro with my sister in art, Celia Faussart, one half of the mighty Les Nubians, after a recording session for The Promise. She sang on the chorus and also laid these amazing ad-libs that can be heard toward the end of that track. My longtime sister, fellow musician & collaborator Deborah Bond can also be heard singing her beautiful heart out on that track. Celia was also kind enough to pose as the model for our record cover! Go Blue Nef!
( MERCI MES SOEURS! Queen Helene love you! )

At the end of the album, you hear my nephew, niece, and eldest daughter closing the record. I believe the children are our future. Straight up.

This album is about what we bring to the table of Hip Hop culture.

This album is about MCing....spittin over hard beats. This album is about beats....hard soulful funky boom bap shit. The title doesn't stand for anything. We did that simply to get the listeners attention. Enjoy. We'll be at you in a few months with another album. The campaign won't stop.
Peace

- Tim Hicks ( Spokesman )

Salute to:
Egotripland
The Wire Magazine ( UK )
ITCH.FM ( UK )
Six in The Morning ( LA, USA )
Old To The New
WPFW
WE ACT Radio
DJ Premier
King Britt
Les Nubians
Deborah Bond
N'digo Rose
Born I Music
Indie Love
and every last person listening and supporting us.

credits

released January 1, 2016

All Lyrics by Tim Hicks & Rashad Dobbins except for Sacrifice Your LIFESTYLE...those lyrics are by my nephew, Ynomrah Hicks

All songs composed & produced by Tim Hicks & The Dirty Church

Cover Art: Photography by Tim Hicks,
Celia Faussart of Les Nubians ( Model )

Recorded at TYPE 1 Records Studio A

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The Cornel West Theory is a band born in the belly of the beast, Washington DC. inspired by the struggles of DC's ghettoes, Hip Hop, and the center of world politics, our music is rooted in hip hop, but smashed into a firebrand sound containing elements of punk, go-go, blues, jazz, and industrial noisescapes. No one genre can define or contain us. This is Type 1 music. ... more

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Track Name: FULAB
Verse 1

THE ALIENS ARE COMIN
RUN FOR COVER
RUN TO THE MUTHAFUKIN HILLS
RUN MUTHAFUKA FROM JUDGEMENT
HIDE IN THAT HOT ASS TUNDRA
IM UNDA THE THUMB OF THE GUBMENT
TRYNA PUNISH A BROTHA
CUZ THEY KNOW A NIGGA'S BETTA THAN THEM
ON SOME JOHNNY GILL
FAIR WEATHER FRIEND SHIT
AANG WIND BENDING
GRINDIN IN AN XFILES BASEMENT
WEIGHTLIFTIN
WATCH THEM SHAPE SHIFTING SHAKERS
THEY SHIFTED A FAKER
INTERZONE CLONES SKIN SLIP
THE PRESIDENT'S BRAIN IN VICE GRIPS
MARTIAN GATS USE LIGHT CLIPS
NIGGA CUT THAT CHIP OUT YOUR WRIST
U CAN SLIP IF U WISH
All THE CONTINENTS ARE UNDA SURVEILLANCE
APETURE CLIKS AND INSISTS DONT RESIST
BUT WHEN THE CAMERA LENS
SEE YOUR LIPS
TURN AND SAY
FUK U LOOKIN AT BITCH

Verse 2

I refuse to
stand by
I'm a
landmine
and
I was born
on the line
I'm sworn by
the lines I wrote
and
all the rhymes
I quote
I'm
JUST ICE
nigga
of course
I'm nice
been rippin' up
mics
my whole life
37
with a bullet
and a knife
the rule is
if you pull it
better strike
and then
you aim for the
jugular
my love is the drug
hooking the customer
I'm puttin seven slugs
in a clip
to get comfortable
this goes for ery'one
not just one of you
we right in front of you
it's gonna take a miracle
to stop us
from puttin' shells
in your pedestal
the bells make
the rebels move
man
them tales ain't even
credible
that shit'll earn you
a cell
up in
the devils school
...and then you wonder
why we in the hood
TRAPPIN
because the niggaz
in the booth
is just yappin'
and all the niggaz
with the truth
is busy
ACTIN'
Track Name: PiLLz
Verse 1

I BURIED GUNS
NEAR AREA 51
UNDA MELA-NATED DESERT SCORCHED SUN
HERE COME BLAK HUMMERS
W SUMTHIN BIG AS BOLO YEUNG
ROBO - NUNS GAURD THE PRIEST OF THE SAND
I RATHER GO W THEM
THAN MEET THE MAN W THEM MANIC CANNONS
THE SMELL OF AUTOMATICS AINT AS SWEET AS MAGIK
THE PRIEST SAID THE PLANET
IS THE SPIRIT'S RITES OF PASSAGE
SO DONT GET TOO HIGH AND PASS IT
THEN HE VANISHED
ALL I REMEMBER
IS SUMTHIN BOUT SPLICIN AND REVERSE ENGINEERIN
DEM BLAK HUMMERS STARTED STEERIN BAK TO ME
CUFFED ME
DROVE ME PAST THAT GREEN GLOWIN FACTORY
DROPPED ME @ THE EDGE
AND SAID NEVA RETURN
BUT I LEARNED THE HARD WAY IS WHAT KEEPS U ELEVATED
I LOOKED UP TO SEE REFLECTION LEVITATIN
INFINITELY CHANGIN
CUZ IM DESTINED ...


Verse 2

drinkin a real slow pill
my time alone
and it's lonely
when only fire
kills
one of my homies
took a bullet
to the face
damn
sometimes
I wish I coulda
took it in his place
but
that was never
God's plan
my seed was planted
on this granite
as banners
for raising standards
the cameras don't concern me
y''all early birdies
we over 30
wit no attorneys
nigga
we grow it dirty
the road is curvy
so we swervin'
while you
turnin' up
plus
the bridge is overturnin'
and
it's burning up
goose goose
duck
machete
loose goose
duck
confetti
noose
tool up
cut
clippers
and crew cuts
plus
verily
verily
there will be
heavenly signs
but
never you mind
the devil is
given a limited
time
on earth's
dirt
that's why
the underdog
should always be
your favorite
I'm destined to live
the dream
for all my peeps
who never made
it
Track Name: Christopher Martin ( Three 4 Preem )
Verse 1

Ayo
the police killin'
the government's stealin'
what more can I say
to make
millions
gangsta
gangsta
poetic
rhetoric
I'm blacker than
your 44th president
I meant it
when I said it
the first time
the first rhyme
shot thru the crowd
dispersed
wack niggaz
fell to the ground
wit no traces
I ain't releasin'
no statements
I'm paving my path
upon the pavement
so
joe
fuk what u heard
i been nice
defend life
my sentences
bend mics
you can catch me
up in Flatbush
with the rastas
on Nostrand
smokin' at midnight
or
down in DC
with my OGz
the dope fiends
use it
for
protein
blow steam
swamp lines
and
the bars is
quick sand
pockets of a pauper
but
i smoke like
a
rich man
why I'm livin'
abundant
cause I know
that shit is
coming


Verse 2
STOP WHAT U DO SOON
MAKE IT BY NOON
OR U WILL BE MOVED THRU
UFO TO MOON
IS FACT REDUNDANT
BUT THE FACTS FOR PUBLIC
ARE LIES THEY WANTED
UNDEAD REPUGNANT
THE STUNTED ARE HUNTED
DUNKED SMOTHERED AND BUNTED
GUN BUTTED AND GUTTED
GUTS PUNTED TO GUTTERS
I CALL THAT A SHEEP IN A DUNGEON
WATCH HOW U BLUNT IT
CUZ DEM ALIEN NIGGAS
GET THEIR GREEN FROM SATURN
I SEE THE PATTERNS TO DEPOPULATE MASSES
STOP BEIN A BITCH
COK BAK AND BLAST MASSA
I GET IT
U JIVE SCARED OF THE LIGHT
BUT WHEN LO-LO MAKE AN ETERNAL FRIGHT NIGHT
DECIDE
1- MESSIAH 2 - VAMPIRE 3 REBEL FIGHTER 4 GLOBE KILLA
STAR GODS'LL RETURN TO SERVE OR BURN US
GET YOUR STAMINA UP OR MEET
CERBERUS
Track Name: The Promise featuring Blue Nefertiti of Les Nubians & Deborah Bond
Verse 1

GET BAK
PLEASE STEP BAK
RATS SMACKED
CAPPED
CLAPPED IN TRAPS
BODY SNATCH
TAPPED BY BODY SUKAS
KARATE DUMPERS
GARBAGE BUSTERS
I'M OFF THE NUT
I ROK THAT BLAK LUCK AND HOODOO
VOUDOUN AND OODOO
BITCH NIGGA U MET YOUR MATCH
MY BARE HANDS CAN GAPE AN EARTHQUAKE
APES IN FIRST PLACE
STILL GET SCRAPED TO BOTTOM AS SCRAPS
REAX YOUR FATE
CHANGE MIC TO STARGATE
PLACE MY NAME IN STARS PLACE
THE WORLD WAS STRAIGHT
BUT IT DIDNT TURN GREAT
TIL 11-01-1978
WHUT UP MAN

( Chorus )

We're so beautiful
that's just what we are

when the world wants to
give you nothing

you decided just to
keep hustling

pretty baby
that's what you are


Verse 2

I made a promise
as an artist
and
the hardest part
stayin' on top
of the clock
the time karma bought
my promise
paying homage
unto the fathers thoughts
connecting these dots
fore this record
stops
releasin' the harness
increasin' the carnage
they teaching my youth
to eat garbage
while they eatin' dollaz
got a nigga
speakin' in proverbs
while seekin' teaching
for problems
deeper than
pussy
or
dungeon
MOB GOODIE
stayin on my job
lightin bobs
inna di yard
gully
cannot divide
my inner shine
it's stuck inside
of me
so
I won't fold
won't snitch
my niggaz ride
4 me
sweep over my soul
won't sellout
don't cry for me
reach over the goal
blow shell out
reach my city
leap over the hole
roll 7
keep mines
wit me
beat
blowin a O
soul reverend
keep mines
gritty
sit watching the whole world
sink
or
come fly
wit me
Track Name: The World is YALLZ
Verse 1

well good evening
ladies & gentleman
to the scholars
and
simpletons
niggaz
that went to
prison
and probably
ain't coming home
again
I wrote this in
the attic
while coping
wit
bad habits
I'm a microphone fiend
and I'm mixing it
with
the acid
while birthin'
another classic
dog
i'm murkin' this
wit
a passion
i'm working
certain magic
to make it
happen
I know it
ain't gotta flash it
cause I'm sewn
into the fabric
of this Hip Hop
cloth
the real package
that still
that ILLMATIC
it's that ill
that will magic
that real Scott La Rock
in your cabinets
I still gotz ta have it
that real rock
&
granite
that Assata
that Bambaataa
will
Rock the Planet
for my daughters & sons
my gunz'll
keep blastin'
I'ma take what's mine!
not one to keep asking
took a trip to The (Queens) Bridge
just to feel the same reaction
like the first time
I hear Nasir rappin'

Verse 2

INVERT PYRAMID BOTTOM UP UP
MAN UP
RUFF CONGRESS IN HANDCUFFS
DUMPED IN A COUNTRY
RUN BY TALL WHITES
THE SUN AND ME THOUGHT ALL NIGHT
I GIVE MY ALL TO BRIGHTEN LIFE'S DIRECTION
MY ESSENCE IN SESSION
BLESSED ON YESHUA CRESCENTS
UNDA 17TH HEAVEN
I WANT IT MORE THAN ERRY OTHA NIGGA
U FOUGHT IT IT FIGURES
MY NIGGA MY NIGGA MY NIGGA MY NIGGA
BEAST RHYME
PEACE TO PRYME
THE MIND SIGNS TIME
AND SUBLIMES THE HIGHS IN PRIMETIME
THE MILKY WAY WAVES ARE MY BAKDROP
IM AN ANALOG NIGGA
BUT U CAN SUK MY LAPTOP
WHEN GOLD AND CASH CROPS STOP
LAW FALLS
YALL BETTA CALL SAUL
STALL AND GET MAULED
THE OCCULT WARS CRUSH MORE AND MORE
SO WE BURIED NASA LORDS
CUZ THE OMNIVERSE IS YOURS
Track Name: ILLDENTANiGGASHIT
Verse 1

BANG BAK BACKS TO BENT
BOOM BAP BUMPS BEATS
BRIK
I'LL DENT A NIGGA SHIT
LISTEN FUK THE POLITICS
AND CONGLOMERATE TRICKS
ILL BEAT MY DIK
DURIN THE APOCALYPSE
MAN I GOTTA GET MY SHIT TOGETHA
THE STORM WITHIN MAN'S A VIOLENT PLEASURE
FIGHTIN THAT THUNDER IN THE MIDDLE OF FOREVA
THAT MO BETTA METAL
ROCKED MY SOUL
IN DIMENSIONAL CONTROL
VOTIN POLLS ARE BULLSHIT
ERRY PRESIDENT'S A MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
INADEQUATE RIGHT
LIKE MY LIFE AT NIGHT
CUZ I'M PROBABLY ON PORN HUB
JERKIN OUT WHITE STRIPES
U BETTA COME RIGHT
WHEN IT COMES TO THAT MIC FIGHT
DESPITE MY BLIND SIGHT
MY FORESIGHT NUT LIGHT
NOW LIGHTNIN STRIKES THE TEMPLE
W GOD LUST GRIP
SO WHEN WW3 HITS
I'LL DENT A NIGGA SHIT
AND SCRAPE THRU THE STRAIN OMNISCIENT
THE TALENTED TENTH IS GREAT
BUT THEY AINT OMNIPOTENT
THIS IS THAT BACKYARD BAD BRAINS DISMEMBERIN
CHAMPIONS AND CHALLENGERS
A LUNATICS RELENTLESS
BREAK THRU THE BOWLES OF LIMITS
U CANT PREVENT IT OR END IT
FROM CENTURIES TO MINUTES
I WILL NOT BEND TO TRENDIN GIMMICKS
SO TRY IF U WANT NIGGA
YOU'LL GET YOUR SHIT DENTED

( Chorus )

The mic's my only friend
won't stop rockin'
til it ends
military
visionary
put it on
the line
while them o'er
niggaz
try to keep
the shine
keep it 100
guns coming
aiming at the game
we the only
TRILL
niggaz
in the rain
the penalty
for change
is my name
the fire
in
my flame
the proof is
in the truth
I won't quit
and
I'll dent a nigga's shit!

Verse 2

It's the return
of
the iron lions
I said it a million times
I've written
a million lines
I've spitted
a billion rhymes
conscious rappers
failing to see
that it's quitting time
cause they entered
a different world
where nobody
defends the blind
the hottest rappers
say that they're kings
and they gettin' shine
but
they enter the ring
with us
and they know
that it's
feeding time
you end up
bleeding
now you leanin'
in the waiting room
leaving in a sleeping bag
leakin' from a sleeper jab
the 1%s
dog
prepared for that
ery'thing
straight outta DC
you know how we carry things
cause ery'thing
is outta place
outer space
star struck
niggas in the
stardust
sniffing on that
starbucks
trippin
on that awe struck
their hearts pump
latte
get em' off the air
Flex
you know they ain't hot
Sway
night nurses
gettin' beat
on my Doc Dre
i'ma judge dread
bloc head
meat on the entree
Be
on your
Yonce'
twitter
TV
or
you're on stage
nigga
you see us
we won't change
beneath us
it's so strange
from slavery
to gold chains
it's changing
even some real
OGz
have gone
Caitlyn....
but
when you see it
believe it
but
leave it
a
secret
the edict
is written
as I speak it
u mufuckaz
want it
but you need it
see us coming
for the crown
them broken ankles
get
D-feated
Track Name: anyBODY
Verse 1

my beginnings
are gun shots
for heartaches
and
pain
this
is
Stahl vs Otto ( SOA )
put your fingers
on the strings
and sneeze
on the hood
I stuck it
in the verse
like a hearse
in Rosewood
a old hood recipe
for sniffin'
flame in your kitchen
disciples got took
by a stone
black bishop
spillin' his
JUICE
don't
KNOW THE LEDGE
and it was
criminal proof
entered the roof
with both
legs
touch the head
of the dragon
lean forth
and make
static
a pistol
in the attic
automatic
magic
we all
got a habit
Nikki
think godly
Spike
see
we all
gotta have it
bigger gods
bigger odds
bigger arms
cinematic
i'ma send
another
rabbit
out da hat
sewn fabric
while i spill another
classic
on da ground
speak spanish
and
sweep
each
canvas
each
atlas
preach....


Verse 2

DONT LOSE YOUR GOD
IN THIS VIRTUAL REALITY
SOCIETY'S RAN THRU A DEMON'S TRANSMATRIX
HYPERSPACE - CYBERSPACE FUSED NAKED
HUMANITY GOT DROPPED TO ROT VACANT
CAN A LAWNMOWER MAN MAKE THE INTERNET SACRED
FLESH AND SILICON FACE
SOUL CHASE TECHNOLOGY
HUMANITY'S AT STAKE
RESTIN ON A COFFIN AT A DIGITAL WAKE
TUNED TO PHYSICAL AKIRA CHEMICAL MENTAL CONTACT
MY EMAIL FAILED TO ALERT KOMBAT
NSA NASA AND COMCAST
SHOT A DEATH RAY AT MY ASS
I RAN SO FAST
I GOT A FLASH OF THE MULTIVERSE
BLAK HOL SPAM CONVERTS IN GIGABYTES
A NIGGA MIGHT PLANT A VIRUS
FROM MY QUANTUM SIZED SEGA CURSE
TO DESIGN THE NEW OMEGA EARTH
Track Name: Other Side Of The Line ( Anita )
Verse 1

THE PLANET DIVIDES IN
SIDES AND SLIDES IN TIME AND TIME AGAIN
COLLIDIN THEN GLIDES TO FLY ITS HIGHEST
FINDING ITS SKY KIN
DECLINES AND DIES
REPEAT
MY FEET TO DEEP
COMPASSION AND WRATH BEATS
SPIRIT IN MEAT
EVIL ONLY WINS
CUZ U WEAK IN YOUR SEAT
THE CREEPS BENEATH EAT SLEEP
AWAKE ETERNAL
SEEK JOURNEY FOR COMPLETE PEACE
HUMANITY'S BURNIN ON A GIRNEY
I HOPE THAT THE HEALIN WATERS LEAK
JUST BREATHE REVOLVE JUST BREATHE REVOLVE
SEEK LEAP SPEAK IN MIND OF GOD
AND REACH UNTIL ALL CALLS AND All CALLS ALL
A LOVE SONG
GOD MOSH THE HOLOCAUST WALLS
FOREVER FIGHT THE COMMODE COLD JAWS OF DOGS
ETERNALLY ARMED
SUN BOMBS SPAWNED IN HOL PALMS
EVOLVE

Verse 2

See I've committed
My Life
to seeking truth
and
finding God
...and these are some lessons
that got learned
REAL HAIR
FAKE ASSES
TRUE RELIGION
they can't even
spell it
but
they can
smell it
it's the world
on fire
gone insane
another nigga
died
from the cost
in this here game
maaan
I know exactly
how da fuk
it feels
to see
your family
rollin' down
the hill
they threw away
my gifts
and I was thinking
how low
can high get
when the notice
on my door
said
EVICT
and there was no script
to stick to
just guns
to stick 2
seen em'
in my face
close range
and they was
meant to
see if I'll
continue
or fold up
like a menu...
or sharpen
like that No.2
pencil
or
gensu
the mark
is
in front of
me
lyrics is
the stencil
the shit that
I have been
thru
is
weighing on my brain
flowing in my veins
my failure
my pain
my shame
is riding
on trains
looking for
planes
not
looking
for a hashtag
or if
niggaz
know
my
IG
name
it's bigger than
FAME
it ripples thru
the sewers
then it enters
the drain
it cripples
your maneuvers
when the shooter
gets named
and you get
framed
but
it's OK
commandante
fuck that slice
I want the whole thing!
Track Name: RAFIQ
Verse 1

NIGGA
GET THE FUK OUT THE WAY
WHEN I ENTER
U AINT A CRAD MEMBER
THE NEW WORLD ORDER CANT EAT COCK
I SMELL A FALSE FLAG
GET THE BLAK GLAD TRASH BAGS AND PAD LOKS
BLAST THAT LYIN SOCIETY
JIVIN
TRYNA BE MELANINE START CHILD PRODIGEES
FUK YOUR BLU BEAMS AND PSYOP SCHEMES
I SEEK IN BETWEEN
THE KINGDOM OF ME
WHERE ONYX GODS SPIT ON MAN'S PHILOSOPHIES
DIVINE ARCHONS KEEP SWALLOWIN SLAVES
RAGE BREAK THE CHAINS
NOW CHANGE REMAIN
NO BRAIN CAN SUSTAIN
THIS 5TH DIMENSION REIGN
NIGGA
DONT MATTA U BATTLED HARD
WHEN THE OLD ONES RETURN
U BETTA BE AVATAR
ABLE TO BEND LIGHT AND THROW MAGNETARS
WHEN ARMAGEDDON'S GONE
I'LL MEET U ON OUR STAR
PEACE

Verse 2

how many MCs
must get dissed?
before they got
RICH
nigga
Life was a bitch
the mic
is my stick
the light
is my gift
the honor
my strength
the god
or
the pimp
the squad
or
the bench
the
pardon
my
shit
it's hard
4 A Pimp
I
unleash bars
that cause
cars on the freeway
to flip
so stay in
your lane
no shame
in my flame
no shake
in my bags
no shake
in my aim
cremate
u wit slang
we at it
A
gain
adding up
CHANGE
now
that I'm at it
I'm
strange
I might as well
bang
and
let my bars
hang out
my handsome
scars
drop jaws
applause
rang out
my magnum
RAW
scratch pawz
where
rats
hang out
professional ball
stars all
I won't play out
especially
for a payout
instead
I pull the 8 out
blow
your soul
your mind
your brain
out
u ain't about
that life
u ain't about
dat mic!