For My People

by Trop Montune

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about

"For My People" is most
definitely a family affair and
Trop Montune pulls no
punches to make it known.
Trop Montune has teamed
up with Tacatantan Records
own Abdias Ernesto Garcia
on the beats and treats for
his first solo project.
Trop also brought in longtime
friend Jae Pezz of
F.A.M on the jazzed up title
track "For My People" and
latin horn-tinged anthem
"Get it".
Trop flawlessly weaves
through the eclectic vibes of
tracks like the "Can I Really"
and "Wishin' with grace of a
poet and turns around
to crank it up on big tunes
like the rocked out 'Occupy"
and the breakbeat laced
"Don Montuno" without
skipping a beat. The 808
based"Barefoot" (featuring
Honey Larochelle) pays
homage to trop's own b-boy
foundation while "Rumores"
and "Tormenta" keep him
focused on point with the
reality of his people. 'For My
People" is an experiment
gone great.

credits

released August 14, 2011

*100% Sync & Master Clearance
Lyrics by Trop Montune (BMI)
Produced, mixed & mastered by Abdias Ernesto Garcia.

“So Be It” was produced and written by: Trop Montune, Francisco Perez, Jessy Singer (Bass), Kent Cherry (Drums), & Derrick Harvin (Keys). Special thanks to Shaun Fisher, John Gibson & DJ PointBlank. Mixing and mastering by James Creer.

Cover Art by Christian Martir

Special thanks to Lloyd Irrizary, Kevin Stever, Jae Pezz, Honey LaRochelle & Lee Ritter for lending their talents & creative contributions.

Recorded @ Tacatantan Studios
www.tropmontune.com

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Trop Montune is a wordsmith whose thirst for expression and individuality first found its home in the beats and culture of Florida’s Hip Hop scene. Trop Montune is a force to watch for as an innovator in the world of Hip-Hop and someone who is not afraid to take musical risks to get his point across. ... more

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Track Name: Don Montuno
Verse
Mi gente atiende pay attention
Aprende class in session
Mantete consciente follow directions
Usa la mente gain perspective
Con lo siguiente scale the fences
Todo visitante y residente
Can't forget to mention liricamente
Back to the lesson pa' que no me inventen entiende
Queremo meno horror y menos muerte
We the essences of our descendants
Como Tito crusamos el puente
shape the mentals of adolescent
deliquentes erase deception
Viejo no sea tan imprudente
get over yourself we the reflection
look at you now and make a connection
Bajo la sombra soy omni-potente
Protected together as one in the trenches

Chorus
on lock we band and stand for libertad
got to break out of that mental cell block
Pa'que no me invente mi gente Pa' que no me invente

Verse
Unfold his sacred message the weapon
la espada del creyente protege
check the method dead up
la calle esta caliente y quema
victimas del sistema fed up
many fall for profit get set up
lead by false prophets head of
government pawns won't let up till armageddon
get on baby paw keep your head up
the enemy beneath us
false media misleads ya'
conventional wisdom deceives us
regulated bigoted procedure
we struggle to feed la familia
los medios nos brenden noticias
y nos venden mentiras so we feed back
react cuando me discrimina
believe that we rally for freedom when

Chorus
on lock we band and stand for libertad
got to break out of that mental cell block
Pa'que no me invente mi gente Pa' que no me invente

Verse
Pa' que no me invente vente
segui me pa' que te oriente
mi plataforma algo diferente
don't manipulate the key objective
my streets need resurrection Ve
simplemente el maximo exponete
todo los dias lucho por mi gente
for those dejected and commonly rejected
under duress and unjustly arrested
now you stand corrected back basic
blood guts sweat and dedication
every single day is awakening
hear the voices and see the faces
Of a changing nation oye te presento
mi pariente y mi oyente we stand collective
our directive influyente and battle tested
you might not accept it but you will respected

Chorus
on lock we band and stand for libertad
got to break out of that mental cell block
Pa'que no me invente mi gente Pa' que no me invente
Track Name: Get It
Pre-Chorus
Energize / penetrate / monetize / educate
Mobilize / advocate / literally / reiterate

Chorus (Jae Pezz)
What! Yall really didn’t get it
Huh! Yall really didn’t get it
Que! Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it

Verse
Es ta-ca-tan-tan con el ran-kan-kan
Bam bam dilla bam bam
I'm witty with it this isn't your typical
If you with it echate pa tra-tra
Por medio de Orlando Miami y San Juan
Suena mi tumbao hasta el Sur del Bronx
My Florida-ricanism part of my charisma
the way i use my tongue you can taste the realism
hmmmm, oh hay que rico
In other words my people esto es pan comido
Ignition blast off we've lifted
giving you a thrust back it up oh now it's clicking

(Pre-Chorus)
Energize / penetrate / monetize / educate
Mobilize / advocate / literally / reiterate

Chorus (Jae Pezz)
What! Yall really didn’t get it
Huh! Yall really didn’t get it
Que! Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it

Verse (Jae Pezz)
You / Say / That / You
Are / lis / sen / ning
But / you / rea / lly
Don’t / hear / me....

You / Say / That / You
Are / lis / sen / ning
But / you / rea / lly
Don’t / hear / me....

Chorus (Jae Pezz)
What Yall really didn’t get it
Huh Yall really didn’t get it
Que Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it
Yall really didn’t get it

Verse
Team up! by all means necessary
Beat slaying Ab-dee bang on the maschine heavy
Shredded beef? the rice and beans ready
listo, aqui se cocina con soul frito
Arroz con habichuela y chorizo te inveto
Viste me fue es que tengo un par de guizo
Aun estando busy meera yo te haviso
We got a new release yo y yo le meto ha vicio
La nueva escuela misi you can call it esol
Ingle and spanish speaking this is simply heat yo
Basically this easily lead to heat stroke
Jump from Machu Pichu arrive in London Heathrow
Bounce to Barcelona greeted bienvenidos
La calles de Madrid / mi ultimo destino
Track Name: For My People
Verse
It almost took him out glad he made it
After getting shot at point blank ranges
He woke from the coma to his amazement
He said oye Trop! I know where you’re head is
Dale que tu puede, no te quite Pa’
You got to go get it, evita lo que mas
Te detiene te conviene yo quiero que tu llege
It wasn’t what he said but more how he said it
To best represent it his support's authentic
A vote of confidence in the O I’m embedded
Cynics won’t get it, they're not suppose too
Abdias said it best “Spit what you go through”
La pista yo la tiro, lets make this move
Controla tu destino, a young Latinos’ view
Not about race color or creed
Pero tengo el orgullo free up boundaries
hard on my city dead the soft image
Do it for the public I love and its privilege

Chorus
This one right here is for my people
Where you at?
Another one for my people,
hear me out
I see it all so clearly now
I’m already looking out when you come up out

Verse
grind-black-tops hop on stage
the lifestyle is subterranean
go way back with Frankie, Wich, & David
poolside pete timmy bark in cadence
It's Ra, Jae Pezz, O, and Jkid
damn Machete ain't seen you in ages
Brian did time upstate didn't faze him
Never the less keep me on rotation
brad on some other shit it nathan
no call no show no traces
X is a trip won't let him slip
Ely step in before he meets my fist
I know i tend to flip but the point is this
you've been there through my darkest
Rich said Trop remember you're an artist
JT said drop nothing but the hardest
promise but it's a work in progress
el tio, the first, to get me started
Fan broke down the recording process
And focus keeps me up on my target
It's a long-shot most cut their losses
when u cross Semoran danger caution
for the women in my life I'm an angel fallin'
for an outsider listening strangely foreign
I hone my performance gauge and go in
do it for those who came before me


Chorus
This one right here is for my people
Where you at?
Another one for my people,
hear me out
I see it all so clearly now
I’m already looking out when you come up out
Track Name: Can I Really
Chorus
Can I really get to where I’m suppose to be
Or am I here for eternity
Can I keep your picture really close to me
While my legs no longer stand me up

Verse
Trying to get where I’m suppose to be
Alone in a world that opposes me
Turns it’s back and cold shoulders me
Wish I could keep you close to me
Bold, you took a hold of me
Normally, she wouldn’t go for me
She’s the earthy kind well refined
A dime beautifully designed ahead of her time
She wins hearts and opens minds
She closed in and opened mine
She says life’s but a twinkle of an eye
And we living on borrowed time blind
And I don’t know why she sees qualities
That I don’t quite see, my insight
Proved to be weak can I keep?
Your picture close to me? follow me

Chorus
Can I really get to where I’m suppose to be
Or am I here for eternity
Can I keep your picture really close to me
While my legs no longer stand me up

Verse
Suppose, I’m being molded for eternity
With the most omnipotent at the centerpiece
It’s simple man doing the best I can
With what it is I have do the math
Overcome mishaps and adapt
Escape the trap and never look back
We chat for hours about our past
And tap on future plans to make an impact
She appears composed and intact
What more can I say after the facts?
Hurt, the backlash lurks the pain irks
For days it never really fades away
The subtleties of dismay
It’s the empty look on her face
Quietly placed on my pillowcase
That says something grave
Like oh me oh my, my mistake

Chorus
Can I really get to where I’m suppose to be
Or am I here for eternity
Can I keep your picture really close to me
While my legs no longer stand me up

Verse
Oh solitude still with me is you
A moment to reflect get an inside view
Take a second to heal my open wounds
Shield me in the onset of a monsoon
Hear the naked truth exposing me
Apologize for exposing you
Can I really be real with you?
And reveal my guilt to you?
I need to dig in deep to uproot
The weed, the lies, the pride, the greed
My strife, the grind, the street in me
Indeed the seed can die if weak
Soil is dry I really believe it’s fertile
For you and me if we allow ourselves
To let go and grow, we’ll reap,
The noble seeds we sow so

Chorus
Can I really get to where I’m suppose to be
Or am I here for eternity
Can I keep your picture really close to me
While my legs no longer stand me up
Track Name: Rumores
Intro:
Hay rumores rumores rumores de guerra
Hay rumores rumores rumores de guerra
Hay rumores rumores rumores de guerra
Hay rumores rumores rumores de guerra

Verse
arose from a blood bath saved by grace
make the case for all my comrades
baptized in the fire of combat
on the frontline mind frame is attack
you ask? what fans the flames?
look at the fire in my eye see the pain
hear words come alive no it’s not a game
know what it feel to be blatantly betrayed
to many ready willing and Abel Cain
personify hate they aim to assassinate
my character for personal gain but that’s vain
use to be one of the same but abrupt change
took place converting came with an upgrade
discern sharp turns serve and switch lanes
go from a troubled soul bonded in chains
to inspire feeble minds gone through the same
things come clean put it simple and plain
use to pump weight bank roll major pape
lusted for the hustle and all its accolade
trap till I realize it’s a rat race
faint rappers justify but I can’t
got relatives still pricking they veins
picking at scabs getting the shakes
scratching an itch fiend-ing for base
looking for a brief escape hey!

Chorus
Cuanto tiempo nos queda
si vivir es sufrir
hay rumores de guerra
por donde quiera que vas
en la esqina se escucha
pero que pasara
pero que pasara
pero que pasara
hay rumores de guerra

Verse
in a fallen world my readiness is heightened
an ex marine trained to flack your sniping
abuela is like que dios te guarde
poniendo dios pordelante be decisive
fear non triflin’ my writing ripened
focused on community gripped by vices
food shortages family’s in crisis
stomachs growling tummy’s tightening
little to no low-income housing
women struck by domestic violence
babies crying mami’s frightened
Cuz papi’s wiling a rampant tyrant
ready to spark you up como un ligh-ter
por fa please ma’ don’t let him strike me
and he strike in the darkness of night
how can young-in do right with so much plight
make young-in wanna go reach for a knife
to slice his wrist or pierce your wind pipe
squeeze a four-fifth or bust a nine
and look death right dead in it’s eye
and plea the fifth facing twenty to life
getting bribed by the father of lies
fewer kids ready to live there’s more willing to die
it ain’t about ah ah-ah ah I...

Chorus
Cuanto tiempo nos queda
si vivir es sufrir
hay rumores de guerra
por donde quiera que vas
en la esqina se escucha
pero que pasara
Track Name: Conga Flow
Verse
All out let it spill on the pages
on the cardboard down on the pavement
brush it off draw inspiration
paint a real picture lace it
hey, for show foreshadow
when your shallow
you can drown in the shadows
dabble with different rhythmic patterns
bob and weave travel the rings of saturn
everybody got an uphill battle
if rap just work on your craft
be prepared put time in the lab
wether you dance DJ or graf
skate freestyle or choreograph
create your own swag
hit’em with kick flip windmill with skill
to sum it all up in a nutshell excel
it does what it do crew
don’t let your talent go unused
lo que tengo es un vente tu
y tu y tu y solamente tu
te identificas con revolu--cion
y te escuchas en mi cancion
so let’s go nos fuemos
around the globe back-doe
on the low con el federal velando
todo movimiento viento entro
el trop con abdias ernesto
Track Name: Barefoot
Intro
Now get your self on the dance floor
Now tell me what did you come for

Verse
B-boys don’t snap and rock
we top rock pop & lock then drop
down rock when the beat break - “breakie break”
that foot work maneuver
kick street vernacular on the regular
in adidas uptown pumas
kudos to those new and old schoolers
viejitos OG’s and juniors
trying to get where b-boy June is
big up to the krumpers the jukers
we’re part of the same solution
expressing our pain through movement
it’s a juvi’ movement for hood amusement
extreme music pumping creative juices
loosing yourself in a zone every area code
“la yales le encanta el flow” de cora yo.

Chorus
B-boys don’t snap and rock
Big up to the krumpers the jukers
Breakie-break
footwork footwork footwork

B-boys don’t snap and rock
Big up to the krumpers the jukers
Breakie-break
footwork footwork footwork

Verse
Located in the middle of a divided state
Americas get away has no place
plainly stated, in a market thats jaded
we can’t eat on minimum wages
don’t trust independent or majors
no estoy pa’ tu play’to stick to your labels’
won’t assimilate or lay low understand
senators move under the table
off record kept confidential
mientras gente vive sin techo
migration is a catch duece duece
when majority rules we lose
ourselves and still push through
to my faithful all praise due
music’s an outlet you plug into
get it reboot do you compute
circle the cipher deliver my cool
this is my house so move!!!!!!!!!!

Chorus
All my b-boys and b-girls
traveling all around the world
if you feel like dancing
C’Mon and hit the floor
All my b-boys and b-girls
traveling all around the world
if you feel like dancing
C’Mon and hit the floor
Track Name: Tormenta
Verse
on a eclectic path of great distance
cast away drifted desolate mystic
had to do whatever to avoid the stormy weather
so he split three sixty
hey, back again did one eight
ready to meet my creator
somewhere parallel to the equator
born within the tropic of cancer
and capricorn brain storms
torrential rains down pour enlightened with
warning signs on the horizon I
temporal temporal aya’ viene el fe-de-ral
que sera de mi Boriquen cuando llege el federal

Chorus
tormenta tropical eah
tormenta tropical eoh
tormenta tropical eah
let’s talk about stormy weather

tormenta tropical eah
tormenta tropical eoh
tormenta tropical eah
let’s talk about stormy weather

Verse
We’ve all been thrown off course
caught in the mist of a perfect storm
facing despair no tengas temor
tras la tormenta aparece el sol
a message of hope and I quote
one does not live on bread alone
need more than a loaf of natures own
to go against the grain and behold
critical growth triple the gross
innovative mode basic principal
unbreakable won’t bend or fold
the pressures on and it goes...

I hear the wind blowing
I see the storm coming
let’s talk about stormy weather

Pre-Chorus
Yes yo this whole scene can get owned
all my ladies in the O they echo that
eah eoh eah rayo se llevaron el show
Yes yo this whole scene can get owned
all my ladies in the “O” they echo that
eah eoh eah rayo se llevaron el show

Chorus
tormenta tropical eah
tormenta tropical eoh
tormenta tropical eah
let’s talk about stormy weather

tormenta tropical eah
tormenta tropical eoh
tormenta tropical eah
let’s talk about stormy weather

tormenta tropical eah
tormenta tropical eah
tormenta tropical eah

federal federal aya viene el federal
federal federal aya viene el federal
que sera de mi borinquen
cuando llege el federal
que sera de mi borinquen
cuando llege el federal

federal federal aya viene el federal
federal federal aya viene el federal
que sera de mi borinquen
cuando llege el federal
que sera de mi borinquen
cuando llege el federal
Track Name: Occupy
Verse
occupy my heart my soul consume my mind
for this is bigger than me not about I
to assume otherwise or credit the external
nothing in this world is eternal
gain strength and courage
work for a greater purpose
now more assertive forever
open the book of sojourner
to awaken a fatalist generation
I recognize my limitations
no soy perfecto tengo mi defectos

Chorus
I see the lighting flashing
Hear the thunder roll

Verse
lighting flashing hear the thunder rumble
seas of fire sweep the seven world wonders
heaven and earth quake city buildings
collapse and crumble in the aftermath
nothing left but debris and rubble
days are numbered you devils will try
to divide and conquer deceit and plunder
feed on the words god you’ll never hunger
the world will fade away along with everything it craves
trumpets announce seven angels seven plagues
y desi, time to repent pay that respect
I’m in debt por favor perdona me,
lord forgive me for my sin
vulnerable to ignorance
his only request was to humbly commit
"have faith and I’ll help you use your gift"
an infant born again, let me use you as my instrument
spoon fed spiritual nourishment pues,
se lo debo todo al todo poderoso
for the love of life sacrifice multiply occupy

Chorus
I see the lighting flashing
Hear the thunder roll
Track Name: Wishin'
this world is what you make it there for the taking
it's all on where and how you want to take it

Verse
my reason for being far reaches beyond me
live it and give it my all, so what’s it going be?
some beg for my fall, it comes with the territory
writing’s on the wall the horror & terror stories
how can i withdraw with the goal right b4 me
you're writing me off a bit to prematurely
the beauty of it all is to witness the resolve
so naturally come off strategically in thought
hard fought battles counter and revolve
whatever you spin off however we evolve
work to overcome the worst outcome
like the resilient nature of a third world slum
when the damage is done you’re looking down the barrel
of a smoking gun the only thing to do
is to rise and run, rise from the ruins
a new era has begun look how far we’ve come

Chorus
look how far we come
if wishing is all we did
we’d get no where
we’d get no where
gotta work and stop your wishing
or you can keep on wishing
wishing oh the world baby wishing

Verse
this world’s what make it it’s there for the taken
i put it on myself take on the undertaken
lay the foundation so future generations
sustain through the pain trial and tribulation
a price worth paying rise to the occasion
they underestimated part of the equation
i move calculated they tried to downplay
my drive to attain it, in fact, it motivated
my desire to regain it, arrival was belated
delayed but we made it a revival for the ages
final destination a multiverse oasis
unadulterated uploaded in my matrix
with enough validation got to keep creating
nothing more amazing then pure determination
i know my sound’s crazy but this is what makes me
ultimately shapes me where-ever it takes me

Chorus
the world is in your hands and you can have it all
the price you pay can be beautiful
is begging you to fall, wishing
wishing, wishing, wishing....
Track Name: Hasta Siempre
Chorus
Hey love what it is and what it was
hasta siempre oh-oh always and
Forever oh-oh always and

Verse
Hey love, whats really good with you?
Haven’t spoken in forever, what’s new?
hace tiempo que no nos vemos que hay de nuevo?
though it’s been awhile better late than never
(Pause)
hope you find yourself in good spirit and health
at least everything is peace with the family
as for me, things couldn’t be better
bueno, I’ve reach new peaks at high level
repel down to ground myself
remember? how I use to rebel?
recuerdas? lo rebelde que era?
now I’m reaching out want to get up deberá!
want to thank you for the warm letters
you wrote as I earned strips overseas
at age eighteen in the Marines
you were at prom getting crowned queen
you merit every bit of chilvary
I live for the loyalty and the royalties

Chorus
Hey love what it is and what it was
hasta siempre oh-oh always and
Forever oh-oh always and

Verse
must admit I use to reminisce
can’t help but get a little home sick
bitter sweet random with it
nostalgic when I shuffle through old pics
tan fotogenica---so photogenic
wrestle with my past but I'm capturing the present
count on every second in essence oh!
hope you get the message had to address it
again we both went in
running into one another felt genuine and innocent
recall the long distance intimate visits
treasure your memory and legacy for’ eh-eh

Chorus
hey love what it is and what it was
hasta siempre oh-oh always and
Forever oh-oh always and
Track Name: So Be It
you needs me, I be it I lives it
i see it, i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
you needs me, I be it I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
time is mine c’mon c’mon
time to shine follow along
time is mine you’ve been waiting to long
time is mine from this moment on

must move rise beyond the upper echelon
provide light to the art like Harlem’s renaissance
flow art from the heart like Louie Armstrong
born to be an icon, once again it begins go on,
follow a leader the voice making noise in yo' speaker
flammable ether burn like a nine milli-heater
turn doubters into firm believers
I’m a dominant speaker a permanent figure
raps next prominent feature, bet, get familiar
not your typical just lethal in deep con la familia

you needs me, I be it I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
you needs me, I be it I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
time is mine c’mon c’mon
time to shine follow along
time is mine you’ve been waiting to long
time is mine from this moment on

You know I’m living this Hip-Hop runs in my veins
watch my blood spill on the page a vivid display
an array thoughts captured through literature
one hundred percent raw yea consider it pure
travel my terrain in a force feed game
ima bully my way through with the opportunity gave
knock the window straight out the pane
and leave a stain on everywhere that I rein
this ain’t no pharcyde song they won’t be passing me by
ain’t no part time shit yo it’s the rest of my life
yo like Kweli said man we got to get by
so if you feel like I feel put your hands in the sky c’mon

you needs me, I be it, I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
you needs me, I be it, I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
time is mine c’mon c’mon
time to shine follow along
time is mine you’ve been waiting to long
time is mine from this moment on

Florida heat out the southeast
i flow for streets fluidly more than usually
speak for peeps dying to be free from tyranny
unleashing deep painful poetry openly
we coming forth heroically
to establish an authentic latin identity
tragic if we let be a vanished history
so we must resurrect it collectively

you needs me I be it I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
you needs me I be it I lives it
i see it i breath it, what? i bleed it yea
time is mine c’mon c’mon
time to shine follow along
time is mine you’ve been waiting to long
time is mine from this moment on