Never Be Famous

Brand New Banger by Sticky Ricardo featuring Kensho Kuma!! “Never Be Famous” is scheduled to appear on Sticky Ricardo’s upcoming “Sticks and Stones” debut album; his project will also have appearance from the legendary Killarmy clique. This track is about being content with accepting that you’ll never “blow-up” by so-called “industry” standards and is written from the perspective of an independent artist dealing with everyday trials and tribulations. The graphic was created by Jane the Message and is modeled after the Japanese Doraemon font.

Never Be Famous Verse 1: “Yeah, rappers talm ’bout, getting more Prada/ your boy’s independent, shipping out product/ never sold hella units, gotta day job/ I’m performing at the local shows, on my days off/ yeah, use my vacation, for oversea tours/ I’m flirting with a mermaid, on foreign seashores/ hi! getting more supporters, more than before/ but we can’t buy a house or afford the decor/ and we blame one percenters and white older heads/ but I’m more evil when I’m outta bipolar meds/ ughh, Lithium, Depakote in pill cabinet/ but I hate feeling numb, rather feel passionate/ ’bout everything in life, success to the failure/ you talk a good one homie, let’s see you wager/ running with the immigrants, Mexican neighbors/ know the Japones is raw and get’s only greater/ invest my Bitcoin, in Vivranium/ and hire more teachers and librarians/ I don’t give a shit if I don’t rock in a stadium/ but tired of the students getting shot in the cranium/”

Chorus (repeat x 2): “I ain’t even tripping that I’ll never be famous/ ’cause I murder everything, when I hit the stages/ nothing but my real life, written on the pages/ we’ll be here forever, ’cause the way we flows ageless/”

Never Be Famous Verse 2: “My beautiful masseuse got me feeling great/ I’m on a cruise boat with friends and we grilling steak/ if you, talk shit my killers will seal your fate/ ughh, jets and helicopters on my real estate/ I got every pair of Nikes, that were ever made/ at the venues in your city, my records getting played/ Kendrick called last night, and asked for a feature/ my photo shoots packed with some Japanese divas/ (wake yo ass up!) damn, back to my real life/ what I do for a living doesn’t even feel right/ trapped in a meeting writing verses in my head/ I should be out touring in Europe, but instead/ my bitch of a boss, writing me a reprimand/ if I get one more, I’m fired so I’m stressing fam/ lemme get you tea, ah! mix it with some Diprivan/ kill all the cameras, return with some weapons (blam!)/ I ain’t even serious, my dreams and my nightmares/ always influence the rhyme schemes that I write here/ we respected for the way we rep on the mic/ but we speak for real people with some regular lives/”

Chorus (repeat x 2):

Eyez Flash in $ Signz (2007)

The solo project I’m currently working on, Lineage ov the Lyricist, will be comprised of new, old, and collaborative tracks.. Songs will be regularly uploaded to this playlist here.. I am aiming to upload a minimum of two songs per month. This one will be a lot less formal than my previous releases, and once I have more than enough material, it will be handed over to my uncle Kevvy Kev to be mixed.

Here is a track that I completed back in 2007. Eyez Flash in $ Signz chronicles my awkward relationship with money.. hey, I’ve been an globetrotting independent artist all my adult life. $ has never been a stable variable in my lifestyle. It’s produced by Infamous Mobb affiliate Darb and scratches were done by longtime collaborator DJ Icewater. I asked for Premier type scratched on the chorus, and he absolutely murders it..

ROTC MC’s featured on Cloud NI9E’s 12 Sentence Story

A select infantry of Return of the Cypher MC’s, myself, Denero, Slice IX, Unlearn the World, and Spread Fox, are featured on Japanese producer Cloud NI9E‘s brand new 12 Sentence Story album. Cloud NI9E is one of my main producers, tour DJ, and frequent collaborators, and is stationed in Tokyo, Japan. The 12 Sentence Story has a jazzy, downtempo vibe to it, but of course my squadron of MC’s bring that Bay Area rawness!!

Cloud NI9E- 12 Sentence Story Puchase here from Introducing!! Label

Lineage ov the Lyricist… New Project!!

I am proud to announce the Lineage ov the Lyricist project.. this one is going to be a lot less formal than my previous solo and group albums.. I will regularly add tracks, brand new and old unreleased material, to this playlist; some songs will be original material from selected producers, and others will be verses over instrumentals I like. Once I have more than enough material, I will edit it to about 60 to 70 minutes total, and then hand it over to R.O.T.C.’s DJ Kevvy Kev to mix.

The first track I’m presenting to you is Oriental Rugs. It’s available for FREE download!! The next track for the Lineage ov the Lyricist will be available in several weeks!!

Kuma Oriental Rugs Verse: “To the Asian parent, I’m a screw-up/ to the Rap listener, I’m that dude you trust/ on and off mics, online or real life/ no tattoos on my face, just scars from real knives/ could follow the trends, but that wouldn’t feel right/ civilized gentleman, but I can still fight/ Honoring the protocol, we don’t desert henchmen/ never leave our fingerprints up on the murder weapon/ twenty years in music, consider it a blessing/ and I learned a whole lot from Too Short and Living Legends/ This Jap can’t, pass a CAT scan/ but I been paying dues since the days of Tascam/ was still a teen when I first performed in Japan/ started writing in 二ヵ国語 for all of my fans/ I’m the head Jap in charge, making ancestors proud/ praying 南橋法蓮芸協, please answer me now/ lotta close friends around me are cancerous now/ fiending for some inner peace, but knock a clan member out/ Blow! a lot of phonies, glorifying thug shit/ I’d rather read, Toni Morrison’s Beloved/”

Brand New 2nd Floor Samurais Track

I am proud to present a brand new 2nd Floor Samurais banger.. “Why You Do It” was produced by Japanese turntablist pioneer DJ $HIN of Turntable Troopers Entertainment. It was recorded amidst our Asia tour last year in Osaka, Japan. DJ $HIN runs the Skratch Labo DJ school.. if you’re in Kansai and you’re interested in becoming a DJ, this is mos def the place to check out!! It’s a comfortable environment with more hi-tech gadgets than I can explain..

 

Kensho Kuma Verse 1: “Got ma game from the smugglers turned businessmen/ it’s a deeper cognition that my words get you in/ yeah the 2nd floor image now worth dividends/ so my circle hella small ’cause the turf listening/ for the intel, hmmm how they get that foreign doe?/ how they tour overseas? what? they was poor before/ how they popping Dom P, and they pouring more?/ you can closely watch, but nothing I’m recording for/ coming with a price tag or sold through an auction/ the weight of the entire world I hold for my squadron/ kamikaze diary, told through my doctrine/ I rep perseverance, we don’t fold when we boxed in/ the broke kids happy with headlining local gigs/ the Samurais on 2nd floor be on some global shit/ monetize, don’t you forgot what the focus is/and  we trust only family, not no associates/”

 

Here is a 2nd Floor Samurais music video which was also shot in Japan last year…

Hip Hop 4 Change 5 Year Anniversary

As you hopefully know by now, Hip Hop for Change is a non-profit which combats socioeconomic inequalities and societal prejudices through the implementations of educational outreach with Hip Hop-based curriculum, grassroots canvassing, and local music showcases. I am extremely proud of Khafre Jay, the entire HH4C staff, and the educators, for reaching their 5 Year Anniversary. Yours truly has had the privilege of serving on the board of directors for the past several years, and it’s always been humbling to have my name associated with the organization. On 05/04/2018, HH4C will be celebrating its anniversary at Elbo Room in Oakland.. yours truly will be rocking alongside comrades Khafre Jay, Unlearn the World (who is HH4C’s education director, and it makes sense because he’s smart as hell), Watzreal, and Breathless. Bay Area OG turntablist Ren the Vinyl Archeologist will be the DJ for the evening.  Get your tickets here.

Kensho Kuma x R.O.T.C.@Broke Buddha Day Party

My Return of the Cypher squadron was invited to perform at the Broke Buddha Day Party 10:30 AM- 7:00PM on 04/28/18! Please come down to Score! Bar and Lounge in San Francisco!! This event celebrates a diverse array of soundscapes, playing everything from Hip Hop, Tribal Beats, Latin House, and all sorts of other eclectic tunes. Broke Buddha also features 3-D light reactive tapestries, live painters, and local designers… and TACOS!! Myself, Jane the Message, and the Road Warriors, will be performing sets throughout the day, and of course cyphers are open to our R.O.T.C. troopers. Shout outs to our comrade MC Awokeone for inviting R.O.T.C and to Jane the Message for producing the flier last minute!!

R.O.T.C. x Strictly Business

As you hopefully know, Return of the Cypher has become San Francisco’s premier Hip Hop weekly.. I proudly serve as a R.O.T.C. Director and I am extremely excited that our event is about to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. R.O.T.C. is your rightful home in the SF Bay Area, if you were raised by Hip Hop culture. Welcome home. We continue to operate as a FREE weekly. Come visit us Sunday nights starting at 9:00 at the Boom Boom Room in the historic Fillmore district of San Francisco.

Oakland Legionnaire‘s weekly Strictly Business party will be joining forces with R.O.T.C. on a monthly basis starting on 03/14/18. Every second Wednesday from midnight to 1:00AM will feature a R.O.T.C. cypher overseen by R.O.T.C. Director Unlearn the World. Shout outs to Foreign Legion and DJ Saurus!

Solo Shogun Stories Tour- France Performance Trailer

I was given the wonderful opportunity to embark on a solo tour throughout France in September ’17, to promote the 2nd Floor Samurais’ Shogun Stories Album. The tour also included stops in Brussels, Belgium, and Leipzig, Germany, where I was honored to hold down the opening slot for longtime friend Akua Naru. Below is a clip featuring performance highlights put together by Donovan Jugarap @Hapa Films. The footage itself was shot on site by Architeknic, King Siroko, Kevin Bantsimba x Kody Baby Ghost of Smileyz Crew, K-Turix of Cultur’a’ Vibes, and Patricia Sanchez. Thank you for making this experience possible.

Special Shout outs to Arckiteknic who masterminded the entire venture.

2nd Floor Samurais- Let it All Go [Official Video]

The good people at In Focus, Inc. conceptualized this brand new video of my group, 2nd Floor Samurais. Yoshi Kataoka and Tadamasa Iguchi were able to execute an artistic and masterful piece, which was shot in Tokyo, Japan, and in SF, CA. The 2nd Floor Samurais site here.

2nd Floor Samurais- Let it All Go

OrukusaKi Verse
“Around the world like twice, in barely half of my life/ and now I’m really understanding what this rapping is like/ I put the music first was never really after a wife/ or all the glamour and the lights or the name and the hype/ I only did this just to show what I was saying inside/ and if the people want to listen then they can decide/ but the spirits always in me and it’s staying alive/ come upstairs with the second floor samurais/ we going to show you how to Party Rock show you how to lick a shot/ show you how to roll when they don’t know you at the liquor spot/ show you how it’s hip hop, show you how you get caught/ might even throw in to show your girl how to lip lock?/ Cut out all the big talk, posers get a quick shock/ you ain’t rollin with the big dogs then you can kick rocks/ I’m in the streets like when kids box/ or get killed by cops so we’re here to make sure that it stops/ because we dying in these streets from the lying police/ so I’m buying beats replying with inspiring speech,/practice what you preach and you are what you eat/ you pass it down to your kids when you lie and you cheat”
Chorus
” Never back down or Fade Away into the background, never give up or lose hope how does that sound? We coming back around, second floor is out of bounds until we reach the end of the fight we going round for round”
Kensho Kuma Verse
“It’s crystal clear, I see now/ getting younger while the rest of you are going senile/ in the face of adversity, see me smile/ found my inner peace and love, so I can be me now/ raised in the shadows of the legends in the Bay/ many veterans got apprehended then erased/ so I pray, thank God for the lessons that they gave/ I’ll consider those jewels to be blessings ’til my grave/ not the acknowledgements, not the accomplishments/ all we got are problems and strength to go and conquer them/ wanna pop bottles with models  injecting collagen/ but stuck in real life, with my alcoholic friends/ 2FS ready yup, for life obstacles/ if my brother falls, I’ll pick him we got a lot to do/ every single local show, that we rocked for you/ was practice to us homie, our movements unstoppable/ ain’t nothing fiction in the stories that we write/ if you feel that these rappers are corny than you right/ glorifying death but you horrified of life/ we gotta overcome our fears, organize and fight”