The Prelude

by Illy Mays

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iLLy Mays presents: Catman - The Prelude

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released September 1, 2010

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Illy Mays New York

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
we're all living life so... Death's a must?

I don't accept it.

-iLLy Mays, Queens, NY
2009

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Track Name: Welcome Mat
I’m monkey swinging through the concrete jungle
Night sky looking like a star fleet
Plus it got my heartbeat pumping with the traincars rumble
Let the bass thunder through ya carseat..
Aww sweet..
My songs reach the asphault and hard streets
From Nassau and Long beach, to main street
This is a long time coming,
Help school you like co-dean, but more mind numbing
My song shine sonny
Raw rhymes, for the hard times in the grind
Take this piece of mind from me
Standing in the soup line hungry
Dreaming ‘bout pizza pie, when I get a piece of mine, yall all eat from me
I’ll feed yall lovely
So picture this, food for thought
From the gristle bits, to to the skin, I serve it all
Say farewell to welfare, if you notice..
I may not have a house, doesn’t mean that I’m homeless

I’m living in New York – City (Forgetaboutit)
Much more than a place to go
I’m living in New York – City (Home of Brooklyn's Finest)
These walls I call em home (oh you know)
When the sun goes down (what happens?)
And nighttime falls..
That’s when the skyline lights me up (oh it is?)
The people run this town,
It gets me all fired up, (oh you know)
So wipe ya feet off at the door..
If ya entering New York

(spoken)

I just wanna take this time out, to say what up to all my native new yorkers,
and anyone who's ever lived in New York.

Tourists, it's time to cover your ears..



Where I, rest my head is my home
Rolling stone,
All alone in an apple, that’s overgrown
Till I’m skull and bones,
I’ll be known for telling poems
Moving in my lane Like Jesse Owens
Steady growing,
City transit, it spans miles
But I don’t need metro cards, to turn styles I’m
World renown on the bench that I sit
I was in china town, where I switched to the N
Which took me to little Italy, stay was mad short
went to Spanish harlem, ain’t even need a passport
the whole world in my hand, from one source
travel distant lands, and I’m still on my front porch
City living is the hook to my seminar
I’m addicted, quick someone show me to the mini bar
Beyond my limit, it’s seeping through my system yall
You can catch its scent on my breath like the dentists are
The truest spitting bars, ruin the many frauds
‘cause we do it big like ewing did, we superstars
From the knick, to rucker park
Kids playing ball in my yard, as soon as the summer start
It’s all love, I tell you this from my heart
Come to my home and I’ll greet you with open arms
Been there and back, you can be where I’m at
Just be sure to wipe yall feet on my welcome mat

I’m living in New York – City (whattup lady liberty?)
Much more than a place to go
I’m living in New York – City (To my heads in Jamaica, Queens)
These walls I call em home (oh you know)
When the sun goes down
And nighttime falls..
That’s when the skyline lights me up (Long Island City)
The people run this town,
It gets me all fired up, (Bay Plaza)
So wipe ya feet off at the door..
If ya entering New York City (empire state of mind)
Much more than a place to go
I’m living in New York – City (new york life type trife)
These walls I call em home (You didn't know?)
When the sun goes down
And nighttime falls..
That’s when the skyline lights me up (New York, New York, New York)
The people run this town,
It gets me all fired up, (yeah)
So wipe ya feet off at the door..
If ya entering New York
Track Name: How You Doin?
I’m married to this life, until death does us part
‘cause it ain’t coming twice, this ain’t no noah’s arc
I’m a never steer wrong, oh no, no turns in the bad direction
Ain’t got no cushion since I passed that stage of adolescence
Oh no Oh no, these snakes will not inspire me
Cats be going jungle book, these frauds will try to lie on me
Apply the Brakes like Meineke,
success is only mine to see
I wanna get these sales like I’m flowing over pirate seas
To fame and fortune baby, mays is gonna jettison
Tryina keep me out the picture, make me Ralph Ellison
I gotta prove I’m better than,
all the aging veterans
Take the stage and make it in the city that I represent
New York, New York
No love for those who soft and
I just wanna reign, dear I’ll be called Rudolph and
If my skill really ain’t apparent like an orphan
I’ll die if I choke, hold the coffin
But Tell me “how you doin?”

If you can make it here
You’ll make it anywhere
It thought I made it clear,
No room for failure baby
Yall better grab a chair
‘cause I’ll be standing square
‘till I’m a millionaire
Nothing can phase me baby
Ain’t no one questioning Me
motives plain as can be
boy was made to emcee
You know I’ll make it baby
You see, this focused
On these things that I’m persuing
I got so much soul, I’m a shoe-in
But tell me How You doin?

How you doin, yo I’m on that wendy Williams Tip,
But I ain’t talking television, when I bring my syndicate
For those alive we getting it,
those who died we reminisce
This journey is a long one,
and I hope to see the end of it
word, bond – word bond,
I feel it in my protons,
My very being’s screaming,
See my conscience refereeing,
‘cause this college thing is stressful
And the process got me steaming
It’s a contest between being honest and
Me just leaving
But
Hold on, Hold on
Understand that I know my worth,
iLLy Mays, two names, one man
advanced beyond this earth
get it right
Lose sight, that’s not an option
Too bright, the optics got him
You couln’t get ahead of me,
playing rock em sock em
Yeah
So Spread the word around ya crew
After that, take my songs, run and tell ya neighbor’s too
Son was made for pay per view unh
Rising ‘till the Dew gone
Papa made me too strong
I’ma never play the fool,
but how you doin?
Track Name: Summer Daze ft. Upgrade
iioaofdsoafndioafjdaonnnnooo stop asking me!
Track Name: Prayer
(Verse 1)
Now I lay me, Down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep
hope you forgive mistakes if I die before I wake
Please (please) keep me safe from fakes
Dear god, I honestly don’t know where I’m going
Making waves in life, but this world is an ocean
I feel like I’m splashing, flailing, out with no umbrella
On a day that It’s hailing,
Rained on,
Hope that I can stay strong,
Maintain, in this, quest for fame,
Where the, rest are sane,
Let it, stress my brain,
When the best are slain
How is this kid from queens gonna rep his name?
Cynical, cause will the people cheer when I do?
I’m tryna steal their hearts like a common criminal
This robin hood attire, I just wanna switch their view
But will I be forgotten as another sinner too?
Hope not,
They tell me that you made us in your image
so if you are the truth, how come liars are existing?
I wanna see the triumph in ya wisdom
but when I look at prisons, I see Christians all up in the system,
and a-theists who be, caking up,
then I’m looking at my hands like I.. prayed for what?
Keeping faith is tough, every day feels the same,
When homie just got jacked for his Jesus chain
My god

(Chorus)
I hope that you can hear me
I'm talking so loud so I hope that you can hear me
My head bowed and my eyes grow weary
But i'm talking so loud 'cause I hoping you can hear me
I say what I want
And Pray you respond
Said I say what I want
And Pray you respond
Said I say what I want
and Pray you respond
Man I say what I want
and pray you respond

(Verse 2)
While I’m saying Amen, someone got the gague and they’re aiming
Another son passed away, from the spraying
tryina find a haven, hoping through my pleas I can find a way in
Looking like a refugee, tryina ditch Satan
Feeling like Jay-Z every day I May-Sin
But I hope that you can hear me,
Saying my hail mary’s,
Something like pac did, before he was buried
I thought there wouldn’t be a flood, where the sharks live
So tell me why we gotta go through these hard ships?
Why do some spend their lives tryina raise a smart kid?
Just to hear that they died, right before college?
Huh?
I rewind columbine, wondering, was this designed and divine?
Suffering,
Or are you blind to the crying? Times hard
I need a sign, cause I’m trying’
My God

(chorus)

(Verse 3)
Laawwwd
Protect me from the many men who wanna see me end up in
The fire, their sentiment is treating me like cinnamon
One of your chil-der-eren, hope that you can fit me in,
Keep a watchful eye on this crazy world we living in
(Keep us all in health) is that asking too much?
I’m praying that my si-bi-lings will get to grow up
Sho’nuff
All alone you know it’s so tough, hope you send some horse shoes
out those with no luck
and I got my hands clasped, like these white chicks who be clutching hand bags
soon as I step in, like they gonna get jacked at any second
man it gets me so mad, but know that I pray for them
and I hope that you take pity, on my entire city
wanna see my pop retire, and my moms to hit 60
hope my whole squad, gets to rise up with me
and if I die tomorrow, then I hope you forgive me
My God

(chorus)
Track Name: Saddle Up
I Roll in the land where the soul don’t grow
Just a short head on this totem pole
Want a real life, till I lie dead so
I’m a Lil Pinocchio, but my nose won’t grow
Moving through this grid iron, like the rose bowl
With this torn in my side,
I’m a ride ‘till I die,
See the pride in my eye?
I’m kicking rhymes, for the guy
In disguise, he a slave in his mind
Afraid to come out, and explain what he thinks
Tryina be himself, Say that he needs a shrink
So he covers up, goes on the defense
They make sonny d like the drink,
(That’s wrong)
In this world, if yer real,
Then yer shat on
So I catch crap fer my rap songs
Unh
But if you speak like an ass when you talk
Then they want mo’ like the grass in a backyard
So, be strong, like Honey nut cheerio’s,
Even when you ain’t cheery though
Son dooks,
Let you know about my little theory bro
You can always break their control
I’m proof
So, Bite the bullet with a sharp tooth
Draw strength like a cartoon
(with no ink)
And don’t think ‘bout the scars from the war wounds
Throw a little salt on the cut
Small sting


(chorus)

Saddle up Saddle up
Train Blues and, Passengers Stay Moving
Been the same since I moved in and this
Train Music, Use it, as a toolkit
to survive when the ride ends and
Saddle Up, Saddle up
Saddle up On my Iron Horse,
I'm a set a course, Trot my path
Hop in and let the Wheels spin,
let nothing set you back, set you back



Saddle up, Saddle up
I’ll never get enough of this
Chasing birds
Like snuffalofigus
Son looking tough and it’s
Just another day in the system
Un- Clench my molars
and
Spread the wisdom
(Roll in the land of the molemen)
Where the only light comes
When another train is approaching
Down Below The big apple
No Newton
The gravity of this, is so moving
With the gift of gab we yell, no union
(son yer so stupid),
When Life presents a mountain
Go through it
(Ask pops)
I wouldn’t even
Be sitting here
If a little semen,
Didn’t disappear through a condom
But damn it I ain’t complaining
actually I feel accomplished
cause my brothers never made it
when we swam through the forest
Being born was hike
growing up was a slalom
So being alive today
Is like a race to the bottom
So sitting here today
On a train at the bottom
Of the city
With you folks is like
A toast to my progress
And
I ain’t a drunk,
But I’ll sip to the process
(Celebrate that I exist)
And pour some beer on the pavement
For those who lost their way
Those heads that didn’t make it
For those, under the ground
Not in subways or in basements
We empty our liquor bottles
That’s love, we’re demonstrating
If thugs, never cry
Then dammit we must be fake ones
And I’m a rap ‘till I’m a great one
Run train on this game, till we stop at my station
(Like a Jew)
I don't home the bacon
But This here’s the path that I’m making
Under ground
Under granite
Cat is moving
Undercover
Super hero
Super star
Since I teleported out my mother
The lone ranger with no morpher
I’m john wayne, and of course
This here’s the iron horse
I won’t get off of
Saddle up Saddle up


(chorus)
Saddle up Saddle up
Train Blues and, Passengers Stay Moving
Been the same since I moved in and this
Train Music, Use it, as a toolkit
to survive when the ride ends and
Saddle Up, Saddle up
Saddle up On my Iron Horse,
I'm a set a course, Trot my path
Hop in and let the Wheels spin,
let nothing set you back, set you back