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Live From the Matrix

by T. Karras

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1.
Round Planet proudly presents A T. Karras production T. Karras starring in Live from the Matrix Time goes by really fast, It feels like it’s been years I’m lookin’ at the past and I’m cryin’ them tears Thinkin’ about better times when things used to be cool Nowadays it’s screwed up and everybody is a fool You probably think that I’m insane, crazy and screwy You probably think this could only happen in a movie Well this ain’t no movie, I ain’t motherfuckin’ actin’ This is happenin’ for real, it’s like a chain reaction That we caused when we put our trust in corporations Technology that infiltrated and changed the nation Faces with no morals only out for fame Politicians who be playin’ as if it were a game They colluded to pollute the minds, get them addicted And we built their supply chain with the money we gifted Now we got nothin’ and they’ve got all the power I can’t walk down the street without having to encounter Some propaganda tellin’ me to buy their shit And for an extra 10 dollars, I can get it quick I’m like, I’m broke, why you tryna squeeze every dollar You already in a mansion, I’m livin’ in squalor I can’t go on social media without controversy I don’t know what to say, I don’t know who to be Ignorance is abound everywhere that I go Sproutin’ bullshit nonsense that people claim to know It ain’t about supremacy, It ain’t about identity It’s about the appropriation by these entities Who claim to care, but feed you lies in disguise And appropriate your struggle for a few extra signs They took away all the choice, took away all the views Now all we have for information is propaganda news It’s everybody for themselves and we all trynna make it This the new normal now, welcome to the Matrix
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Did you ever stop to think that what you do could change the path Did you ever stop to think that you could start the aftermath Once you go down the hole it's too late to go back The consequences last forever, that's a verified fact We live in the dimension ruled by bad actors Misinformation rampant like the facts don't matter Fascism and pollution fogging up the air Media claims to listen but they don't care 2016, we never thought it would occur That this world would never ever get absurd Behind the scenes, they've been working hard to burn it down I wasn't shocked when Donald J. Trump got crowned Now we got conspiracies around every corner Crazy loonies infiltrated, messing up the order The heroes I looked up to, they never did shit Now the U.S. Government belongs to the rich I keep holding out hope, but it never gets better I'm bout to write humanity a Dear John letter Pandora's box was opened, now it's never gonna stop We deep in the rabbit hole and I fear it won't stop Till we reach the bottom We're going down the rabbit hole It's kind of like a rodeo Everybody do the doce-ci-do On and on it'll always go We're going down the rabbit hole It's kind of like a rodeo Everybody do the doce-ci-do On and on it'll always go Okay now you're gonna wake up It doesn't take much for a person to lose their mind One moment they can see, the next they're blind Believing every single thing they see or hear or do Falling ever so deeper into the lies of the ruse Now they promoting this shit everywhere that they go Corrupting them like a virus, tightening their hold On the masses, it's like the truth don't exist It's hard to resist when the world turns to shit I know rabbit holes can go very deep That's why I keep my mind strong and avoid conspiracies Lots of two faced people think they're holy like God They'll never fleece me for I see past their facades I'm tired of the future being constantly bleak I'm tired of these deceivers exploiting the weak We gotta be strong, we gotta stand up To these devil worshipers who're wholly corrupt P.S. go fuck We're going down the rabbit hole It's kind of like a rodeo Everybody do the doce-ci-do On and on it'll always go We're going down the rabbit hole It's kind of like a rodeo Everybody do the doce-ci-do On and on it'll always go Yeah, I'm serious when I say that you should go fuck You're just an evil soul who doesn't even give a fuck Corrupting the masses just to earn them bucks Then leaving high and dry when the flow just stops I can't wait until you drop
3.
Did you ever feel like everything is a lie? That what used to be real is now CGI? They may say you’re crazy But deep down you know you’re right There was a time before the artificial spiel When there was a code of honor to keep things real When the people were conscious and the world had soul Now it feels like we lost control To the capitalist fucks earning lots of bucks Manipulating and creating all the topics we discuss Selling manufactured shit just to make a profit We’re all dollar signs now, ain’t no doubt about it Apple first hooked us to the cell phone screen Messing with our heads now the world ain't what it seems Internet became a drug, changing brains in plain sight There's no way to escape, we're hooked for life Now we're slaves to the master till the day we die Believing that the whole entire world is a lie Computer-generated based on algorithms And everybody’s complacent with the cynicism What the fuck happened? The entire world is generated on the fly Made up of real time CGI Nothin’ is real, it’s just deception in disguise We’re stuck in the matrix, the only question is why? Why did we let this happen? Yeah, I'm realer than real Don't need your validation man, fuck how you feel How you talkin' like you the one that's payin' my bills You need to chill, cause I ain't never lay down a mill' Everything is a perception or for a point of reference To project the folks perspective where people are headed Everyone is groomed to diss slander or boo Anybody not perfect, like we back in school I let me be myself, people call me a fool Even though they say bein' different is cool But if you go against the grain of everything they've been trained They will tie you to the tracks and leave you for the train Dang, it's just that ill They all play for the Matrix but I'm Neo still Which means I am the one, that one son of a gun Who's ready for whatever, whoever wanted to come Uh, protect your will Smith your destiny, be uncle phil Your life is in shambles, you can change that still Get your ass online, you got time to kill And time equals money, go and get them bills Instead you're online and you're lyin' still Yeah it's all CGI EMP pop by and your mind is fried Uh The entire world is generated on the fly Made up of real time CGI Nothin’ is real, it’s just deception in disguise We’re stuck in the matrix, the only question is why? Why did we let this happen?
4.
War 02:33
We at war With each other There's no peace and unity I hope someday, we'll all be free We're living in a never ending nightmare Violence everywhere and nobody cares World's like a warzone, there's bloodshed on the streets Everybody wants peace yet everybody wants beef It's red vs. blue, men vs. women There's conflicts everyday, I cannot comprehend They pop up in thin air, there's fights everywhere I can't play fair, it's fucked up and I'm scared I don't get why everybody is completely insane They provoke and intimidate all for self gain To them it's just a game with no consequences They don't care if someone dies, makes me livid We had hopes for the future, it failed a lot They made the wild west into fucking Iraq I'm waiting for the day when this bullshit will stop Gravity of this is heavy, like it or not This is reality We're in a war against each other We're pitted to the core We're torturing ourselves It's like we're living in hell We're in a war against each other We're pitted to the core We're torturing ourselves It's like we're living in hell It's like we're living in hell Okay, now listen up They brainwashed us through propaganda They said that peace was not the answer That you had to go to war to get your point across They know the cost of your soul and it's worth a lot Rich people earning money off of casualties Like it's cool as fuck to have apathy Afraid of accountability so they hide Spreading two-faced lies through the PR disguise This recklessness should be reprimanded Even Barbera Streisand couldn't hide the damage Can't believe politicians really got your back Givin' a slap on the wrist, the justice system is wack We're still fighting like it's world war three Designed to go on for an eternity We're tired of the lies, tired of the abuse Don't spew no bullshit, just tell the motherfuckin truth What you afraid of? War, hoo Yeah, what is it good for Absolute nothing War, hoo Yeah, what is it good for Absolute nothing We're in a war against each other We're pitted to the core We're torturing ourselves It's like we're living in hell We're in a war against each other We're pitted to the core We're torturing ourselves It's like we're living in hell It's like we're living in hell
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People flippin’ out, I hear a lot of gunshots Everything’s in flames and it just won’t stop Something’s in the air and I know it’s stank It’s not the ordinary man who I have to thank There were riots way before 2020 came around Unarmed man gets downed, people burn it to the ground Police brutality’s the same wether it’s LA or Newark No accountability cause nobody’s got heart Media praise police as if they were gods Same media frames rioters as unruly mobs Focusing on the chaos to boost their ratings All this sensationalism is really frustrating Like we’re fighting for change yet nobody uses brains To figure out the ones who are truly deranged Racism is a weapon corruptin’ innocent minds The real danger is facism but people are blind To reality I can’t breathe Get your knee off my throat, I can’t breathe Stop beating me up, I can’t breathe Get your hands off of me, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I can’t breathe Get your knee off my throat, I can’t breathe Stop beating me up, I can’t breathe Get your hands off of me, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe Yeah uh-huh I need some air now, I can't breathe Uh-huh Look, uh I scream my name out, tell the cop that I can't breathe He got his foot up on my neck, now it's a crazy scene And I'm just a black man tryin' to do his best Yo fuck the police, I have to say it with my chest They got they camera on, they got they gun on their hip They rock the same color, talkin' about a gun and a clip They talkin' about, we gon' serve and protect But that ain't what they been goin' cause they keep their gun straight to my neck Why you think I walk in the buildin' demandin' respect I'm a black man so I ain't playin' with all of the rest I keep it real and I know I'm runnin' drills This ain't no army but it's different how I'm servin' all these skills Did you read me my rights, I don't think so That just means that I'm free to go, I ain't got no time for no talkin' bro I'm the real, in this rap game, yeah I'm lyrical But all you fuck punk police, it's so pitiful I'm gone I can’t breathe Get your knee off my throat, I can’t breathe Stop beating me up, I can’t breathe Get your hands off of me, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I can’t breathe Get your knee off my throat, I can’t breathe Stop beating me up, I can’t breathe Get your hands off of me, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I can’t breathe Get your knee off my throat, I can’t breathe Stop beating me up, I can’t breathe Get your hands off of me, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I can’t breathe Get your knee off my throat, I can’t breathe Stop beating me up, I can’t breathe Get your hands off of me, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe
6.
The Downfall 03:39
This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me Meet me, a person on the top Livin' the life as if it's never gonna stop Had friends, had wealth, had fame, I had it all Then shit hit the fan and I began to fall At first it wasn't much, but the feeling crept Everyday I woke up feelin ever more stressed Paranoia infiltrated, messing up my grind Tried to act normal but this shit was messing with my mind My numbers went down, my friends faded away I kept reminiscin what it was I did or say It never got better, it kept on getting worse Yeah I'm branded as a villain, that shit fucking hurt Now I'm all alone, and the pain is severe This isolation shit be having me in tears I can barely see the light, I'm at rock bottom Makes me wonder if I myself am the problem It's fucked up This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me I have to wonder how I got myself into this position I got beaten to submission and I didn't even listen I ran the message in my mind and it didn't even stick I had to push my luck, I had to persist I tried my best to fit in but I was living a lie There were things about myself that I couldn't deny Like the fact I'm too real, tell the truth too much Society don't want me no more, guess I'm fucked Maybe this whole thing wasn't meant to be Feels like I'm blind, I wish I could see Through their eyes, so I can understand what's going on It's impossible to find a place where I belong I don't know why God made me like this If it's for a purpose then I want to know what it is I can't keep spiraling down, it's gonna lead me to death Can I forgive myself for all the shit that's in my head Or will I end up dead This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me This is the downfall, it's so steep Never thought that it'd go this deep Why is this happening, please tell me I don't understand, can you help me
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This goes out to those who are ambitious Perhaps a bit too ambitious Don't ever let them bring you down Always keep your head up No matter what I'm too ambitious for my own good Never should of came out the motherfuckin womb Since the day I was born, I've been outside the box Grew up a threat like Malcolm X and 2Pac Combined, I can see the truth in reality Not afraid to speak up against the lies and tyranny They call me a clown cause I'll never be formal I know I'm an outcast, I'll never be normal But that won't stop me from being a standout I live my life hardcore, never chasing the clout I don't need people to tell me how important I am My existence is proof that I'm a part of God's plan Don't let em put you down, don't you feel like a fool Be like John Locke, don't let em tell you what to do And don't emulate me, you gotta be yourself The ambition that lies inside is the story you tell Don't let ambition bring you down Don't let anybody tell you otherwise Only you can define your fate And there's only three words that you gotta say I'm too ambitious I make my dreams possible, no matter what the obstacle I hop over haters who lie so they can stop the truth Say they ain't doin' right if no one's takin' shots at you Haters only run on emotion, they're illogical So for them to have a dream they see it as highly non-probable This is not a game yo, I have to make this profitable Livin' off my lyrics, I'm doin' what I gotta do Every second's viable, I don't have no time to lose I go erase the pricks who probably go ahead and cop a noose But too scared to go ahead when ninjas get the glock and shoot Take the long road, do the math and then show the proof Find what the X is and tell you the hypotenuse Give props to all my people that be takin' a leap The ones who chasin' dreams while their family asleep The ones who stay cookin' no matter the heat We gonna, reap what we sow just read it and peep Don't let ambition bring you down Don't let anybody tell you otherwise Only you can define your fate And there's only three words that you gotta say I'm too ambitious
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Everybody’s lookin’ for purpose in life Everybody’s lookin’ for a future that’s bright Everybody’s lookin’ for easy success Everybody’s lookin’ for them to be blessed Everybody’s lookin’ for somethin’ to souve the soul Some place where they belong, some place that they know With like-minded people where they would truly belong With a purpose that makes them feel united as one We’re all looking for comfort that alleviates the pain For the fear of the unknown can drive some insane Nobody wants to fail, nobody wants to be worthless That’s why we strive for fame, power and success We used to be satisfied with doin’ our part Now they say, it’s not enough to have heart and be smart Celebrities get more admiration and respect Than the disgruntled workers who keep this world in check I can’t believe this became the american dream To make money, screw people, it’s an egotistic scheme I guess we’re destined to put those dreamers down Who dare to be somethin’ with their ambition so profound Lord help me now We are all, looking for something Something we can call our own Something we can call our home Somewhere we can truly belong We are all, looking for something Something we can call our own Something we can call our home Somewhere we can truly belong Bounce, came up on a ounce This like really cost you, what can you amount Wow, planet where I lounge Searchin' for my soul, yo peace is what I found Hold me down, wait goin' up, thought you knew Nothin new, fuck with me, no come and sue I'm that dude, good burger, I'm that dude Once lost, caught a second wind now I can't lose Big smoke, steady game off of cliff notes Kick flows till I blow with my kin folk Shift modes, switch states takin' risks though Keep it cookin' somethin' raw up the bristo Can I copy, to them critics, they can't stop me Been up my business, you ain't in it if you watchin' Nigga won't quit till his pockets looking stocky No fucks are given today, sorry, I'm not sorry This is cold game given, you ain't know, need to listen Just a pro with ambition, around the globe with the mission Hottest stoves in the kitchen, grow with the wisdom Boldest intention, keep it goin' with the vision Yo, we just all need somethin' to believe in Start with self and that's somethin' what you're bringin' To the table when it comes down to the eatin' Cause, everybody has their reasons' Yuh We are all, looking for something Something we can call our own Something we can call our home Somewhere we can truly belong We are all, looking for something Something we can call our own Something we can call our home Somewhere we can truly belong
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Do you remember a time before the craziness When the world was wonderful and it was filled with bliss Everybody was happy, everybody was free Now when I walk around, all I see is misery Such a shame I’ve been reminiscin’ about the past Lookin’ back at the good times we used to have Partyin’ the night away, living off life We were smilin’ off our asses, there was never a fight It was a time where everybody was cool as fuck Never having to worry about problems that much Good music and vibes fillin’ up the air People showin’ their ass off like they didn’t even care Life used to be simple, we were strong as fuck We never let bullshit issues drive us nuts We respected each other as if our bond was strong We could disagree but we'd still get along This used to be the norm, now it’s a fantasy Everybody hates each other, no peace, no unity And nobody even cares, everybody's so fake Where did the good times go and what's it gonna take To bring them back It seems like a long time, I miss the good old days. And I wish the good times would come back and stay. I know times are heavy, I know times ain't great From the ashes, a better future we will make I miss the times when you could go into a club And not have them posers take pictures of their mug Pretendin’ that their havin’ a good time Using filters on the lives that they post online They be spendin’ dollar signs galore Just to get shit that you couldn’t get and more Is it really worth it, gettin' a thousand likes Is this the best way to spend your time in the spotlight I remember when them parks used to be cheap Now it’s a hundred for a ticket, it just makes me weep I’m payin’ 50 for beef, they’re makin’ trends for clout I’m out of place and they’re pushin’ me out I don’t get why people are cheerin’ for the rich When the poor get shafted, can you believe this shit I miss the good old days when people gave a damn Now they ain’t givin’ a hand and the world is a sham I can’t believe it man What's it going to take to bring the good old days back What's it going to take for us to just chill and relax Everyday it's like all y'all are ready to fight What's it going to take for y'all to see the light I have to ask It seems like a long time, I miss the good old days. And I wish the good times would come back and stay. I know times are heavy, I know times ain't great From the ashes, a better future we will make It seems like a long time, I miss the good old days. And I wish the good times would come back and stay. I know times are heavy, I know times ain't great From the ashes, a better future we will make
10.
I Wish 03:45
I wish I could escape from the Matrix I wish I could escape all the hatred I wish we could go back to the basics I wish we could live in an oasis But it’s just a dream I wish I could escape from the Matrix I wish I could escape all the hatred I wish we could go back to the basics I wish we could live in an oasis But it’s just a dream Every day I keep livin’ the same day Chaos is everywhere and I’m walkin’ through the frey And I’m tired of it, I wish I could escape Take a vacay and relax as if life was straight It seems everywhere I go, trouble follows me around World’s like a warzone and I’m afraid I might get downed I’m stressed and depressed like 24/7 There’s no peace anymore, not even in heaven I keep wishin that this whole thing is just a dream But I keep waking up to the same old scene Everything on fire, killers off scott free We all claim to be innocent but we’re fuckin’ guilty Of the same old thing, exchangin’ morals for fame Money, drugs and attention are dangerous for the brain But we didn’t listen and we now livin’ in the consequence Computer simulation is a fucked up pretense I wish I could escape from the matrix I wish I could escape all the hatred I wish we could go back to the basics I wish we could live in an oasis But it’s just a dream I never thought that we’d be livin’ in the Matrix I never thought we’d be overtaken by the fakeness I never thought that people would go for the hate shit I just wish that we were brave enough to face it Our true nature that has lead us to this situation Can’t believe everybody’s been condemned to damnation All because we chose lust over morality I guess deep inside we all have bad mentalities And now it’s gotten to a point where we cannot escape We had multiple chances but now it’s too late The world is fucked and we doomed ourselves to extinction The heat be increasin’, murderous fucks be policin’ And that peace and unity, it’s never comin’ back We’ve proven to ourselves that we’re all maniacs Hell bent on destruction as if it were our destiny The last days are here and I still can’t believe What I see I wish I could escape from the Matrix I wish I could escape all the hatred I wish we could go back to the basics I wish we could live in an oasis But it’s just a dream I wish I could escape from the Matrix I wish I could escape all the hatred I wish we could go back to the basics I wish we could live in an oasis But it’s just a dream
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In life, there are lots of losses And you gotta be prepared to pay whatever the cost is There's no way to avoid whatever comes your way You gotta push on, you gotta not be afraid Of the losses In life, there are lots of losses And you gotta be prepared to pay whatever the cost is There's no way to avoid whatever comes your way You gotta push on, you gotta not be afraid Of the losses I’ve endured losses ever since the day of my birth You wouldn’t know cause I disguise all the pain and hurt I’ve witnessed consequences that lead to chain reactions That’s why I drink and smoke a lot, it’s a form of distraction But the pain don’t go away, I still remember it all Every situation that has lead to my downfall I miss a lot of people, If I could take it back, I would Fuck the beef between us, I just want things to be good A lot of bridges have been burnt, they can’t be repaired It’s hard to forget when that shit is still there In plain sight, lingering over like a rain cloud Looking back at things I’ve done, I can’t say I’m proud I tried to bury feelings deep down, who was I foolin’ I got no copin’ skills, I don’t know what I’m doin’ My future is my past and my past consist of stress Makes me wonder when’s the day I’m gonna take my last breath Lots of losses In life, there are lots of losses And you gotta be prepared to pay whatever the cost is There's no way to avoid whatever comes your way You gotta push on, you gotta not be afraid Of the losses I walk this graveyard til' the day I die Lookin’ back at opportunities, askin’ myself why Did I jeopardize chances without a single thought Makes me wonder if this rap thing was all for naught I got a lot more enemies than friends these days I keep wonderin’ if it’s anything I do or say I feel all alone, like the world is out for me I’m still shackled to chains, when will I ever be free The weight I carry, it really crushes my soul Used to be hot now the temperature’s gone cold Used to be happy now I’m under a lot of stress Combine that with the losses now I’m fuckin’ depressed If only they knew how close to death I am All the shit I’ve been through can make a person go blam Another life lost, I guess they’ll never understand One small obituary, I know they’ll never give a damn It's fucked up You know how many people make it to 100 Very few You know how many people kill themselves More than you can imagine You know how many losses are avoidable Almost all of them So stop providing the losses, start earning them wins And then you'll win

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released January 30, 2022

This album is dedicated to anybody who has ever dreamed of making the world a better place, anybody who stood on their own two feet, anybody who has freed themselves from technology's distractions and anybody who remained normal throughout these crazy years.

Thanks go out to the dope emcees who graced this project.

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