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To What End

by Oddisee

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    releases January 20, 2023

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1.
The Start Of Something
2.
How Far
3.
Many Hats
4.
Already Knew
5.
Choices (feat. Phonte, BeMyFiasco & Kay Young)
6.
Try Again
7.
From the ghetto to the meadow Gotta hustle, gotta hustle Cause a thug ain't nothing special When the love go out the window It's a struggle not to let go Til the trouble getting settled Keep your head low in a tussle Use your head though not muscle Upper level not a shovel in the mud or out depends though If you wanted out or in though just remember that the jungle Out for blood and it gets shed though Inner city where it's sinful Where a grudge can be the end though Nothing budging is the mental Coming from a history of violence Filled with misery and triumph Lack of vision leads to buying And the buying leads to selling And the selling leads to clients And clients lead to telling And the telling leads to iron In a cell or to your melon Ain't no telling if you dying When you living by the weapon If they stepping then you riding I seen young'ins wet up like Poseidon just for smiling That's aggression if you grew up where expression is a sign That you ain't tough enough to see your deep depression as blessing Cause if everybody stressing why you crying That's method to survive the lack of resting when you're tired Lack of breath when there's a pressure on your neck & you complied All you're left with is the questions that don't ever get obliged If you speak up it's a threat and If you digress then you're compliant The divide between your effort & your net worth Decide which gone get hurt Before you pick side place a bet first From the ghetto to the meadow Gotta hustle, gotta hustle Cause a thug ain't nothing special When the love go out the window It's a struggle not to let go Til the trouble getting settled Keep your head low in a tussle Use your head though not muscle Upper level not a shovel in the mud or out depends though If you wanted out or in though just remember that the jungle Out for blood and it gets shed though Inner city where it's sinful Where a grudge can be the end though Nothing budging is the mental I made it from the ghetto to the meadow I was young and I was theaving toting, Ninas and the ghetto I grew up around some heathens, trying to be Robert De Niro Toting that tech with the air hose or the 38 special Run go and tell the law I did it To this drama, I'm committed I'll come for your niece and nephew Slide through, hit them off, then go eat a piece of pretzel Ain't you happy that I switched this s*** to rap I'm so lucky, I was on the ducky for the cuff me Got a couple million in the tucky' It's expensive just to book me Been popping since a rookie people can't overlook me Either jumping off the jet, or in the mansion seeking refuge Try me I'll set this b**** on fire like Lisa Lopez Then pull off on a moped and go fast My dear, my dear, my dear, you do not know me but they know me very well Been providing them with street tales from the concrete to the cell From the ghetto to the meadow Gotta hustle, gotta hustle Cause a thug ain't nothing special When the love go out the window It's a struggle not to let go Til the trouble getting settled Keep your head low in a tussle Use your head though not muscle Upper level not a shovel in the mud or out depends though If you wanted out or in though just remember that the jungle Out for blood and it gets shed though Inner city where it's sinful Where a grudge can be the end though Nothing budging is the mental
8.
More To Go (feat. C.S. Armstrong)
9.
All I Need (feat. Olivier St. Louis)
10.
Bartenders (feat. Toine Jameson)
11.
Work To Do (feat. Bilal)
12.
People Watching
13.
Hard To Tell 02:47
I'm scrolling through messages while being negligent To something relevant it's pretty evident It don't take precedence if it questioning life Relieving the pressure of people impatient If it was rotating I'd probably be waiting And my expectations are deeply related to pride My loyalty strong and my honor's adjacent it's not about paper the form of the payment I use is the labor of love hasn't a price Depreciated by those who have taken what can't be replaced Is the needle that's breaking the back of the camel we see irritating its eye Oh I don't feel a way about nothing We made it hard to tell Oh I don't feel a way about nothing We make it hard to tell I'm done being nice, to people who thieve in the night You be in my light teeming with spite from seeing me bright If we only tight cause I make all the effort you getting severed, it's only right That I connect in the flesh with my brethren not with a like It is what it is, the way that I was not fit for the biz Now nothing gets under my skin and I can not get cut cause I'm needed to win Even a brother can become a memory time will eventually lead to drift Making an enemy out of somebody what was the reason we seem to forget I needed to split not only from people But also an ego I started to trip into an abyss the ultimate evil That's when you're quick to think everybody is trying to defeat you I learned to let slip doesn't assist and now I live peaceful Oh I don't feel a way about nothing We made it hard to tell Oh I don't feel a way about nothing We make it hard to tell
14.
Bogarde (feat. Noochie)
15.
The Way (feat. Haile Surpreme & Saint Ezekiel)
16.
Race

credits

releases January 20, 2023

All songs written by Oddisee.
Appearances written by respective feature guests.

All songs produced by Oddisee.
"Bartenders" co-produced by Dunc.
Additional instrumentation by
Ralph Real (keys), Dennis Turner (bass),
Olivier St. Louis & Saint Ezekiel (guitar)
Jon Laine (drums)
Fredeka, Felix Herbst, Johan Lenox & Don Carn (strings)

Mixed by Oddisee
Mastered by Hans-Philipp Graf, HP Mastering

Artwork & Design by Arthur Banach

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