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1.
Yes… it's me Back from the grave to rock once again And this time, it's for real It's now or never so I gots to be real I know deep inside, you're probably thinkin' Oh shit, it's Taylor again What kind of bullshit does he have for us now Well listen up, I reinvented my sound And it's going down right about now Yes, I'm back in full effect Ready to spit some rhymes and break some necks Yeah my first name is Taylor I'm in the top 10 of playa haters I'm in a league of my own, I got my own voice I'm weird like Al, I didn't even have a choice So what if your voice is perfect If you can't find success for yourself then your worthless I make my own beats so all the money is mine I make my own rhymes, I barely spend any dimes I'm not materialistic, what I need a Lamborghini for Sure, you're hot shit but you attractin' whores Who are out for the money, out for the fame Lookin' fine as fuck but never feelin' any shame Hollywood lifestyle can drive a person insane This is deeper than rap, use your fuckin' brain Media corps exploitin' the culture for quick bucks Sugar coating everything, not givin' two fucks Tellin' everybody to play it safe and dumb it down Now everything I hear and see is watered down What's the point of art is nobody takes risks What's integrity if everybody's suckin' dick Nobody standin' up, they're all spineless cowards To executive big shits who hold all the power I respect those who stand up and keep it real I despise those who sell out for mass appeal Especially when they leave their friends in the ditch For those social influencers, what the fuck is this shit I don't do it for the gram, I don't do it for the snap I don't do it for the tok for I'm not fuckin' wack I do it for hip-hop cause hip-hop made me Top 5, dead or alive. I don't care, I'm an emcee Yeah T. Karras is back This ain't Return of the Emcee This ain't XP This is Now or Never Cause it's Now or Never motherfuckers Yeah I'm back, peace
2.
Trouble 02:57
It’s like the wild west out here in hell People don’t know how to get down, I can tell I’m cursed with trouble and I don’t even have a clue I can’t even escape, I don’t know what to do Please help me Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble Always on the run, always out of breath, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble Always tryin’ to escape and change my fate, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble It follows me around everywhere I go, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble I’m in terrible pain and I don’t know what to do Everywhere I go, trouble follows me around Chained on me like an anchor, it’s draggin’ me down I experience failure and it’s causing me stress I don’t know if I’ll ever find myself success It’s like a curse, bad shit always happens And it builds up to formulate a chain reaction To the point where they all see me as bad news Constantly exiled and I don’t know what to do I tried so many times to climb out of my grave I faced every obstacle in my way, I ain’t afraid Yet I’m always pushed down, I’ll always be enslaved I’ll always be in hell even though I pray For some glimmer of hope to appear in my life I dream of a silver lining every single night I just want to be saved, I don’t want to suffer I have a heart of gold so don’t compare me to a motherfucker Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble Always on the run, always out of breath, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble Always tryin’ to escape and change my fate, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble It follows me around everywhere I go, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble I’m in terrible pain and I don’t know what to do Trouble strikes at unexpected times All these situations are affectin’ my mind It feels like I cannot escape I try to defy my fate, I know death awaits My stature is already pretty tall So of course I experience a horrible downfall What the fuck am I supposed to do? I’m depressed cause I know that life is cruel This type of thing happens everyday And they don’t even care what you have to say I just wish I could rise up from this… Retched curse that will always exist I’m afraid I’ll never find success I’m afraid I’ll die from this constant stress I feel like I’m locked up in a cell I feel like I’ll never escape from this hell That I’m in It’s like the wild west out here in hell People don’t know how to get down, I can tell I’m cursed with trouble and I don’t even have a clue I can’t even escape, I don’t know what to do Please help me Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble Always on the run, always out of breath, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble Always tryin’ to escape and change my fate, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble It follows me around everywhere I go, I’m in Trouble, trouble, I’m in constant trouble I’m in terrible pain and I don’t know what to do I'm in trouble
3.
Outlaw 03:02
I walk around with my head always down Yet they always find ways to push me down I’m an outlaw, this shit ain’t no joke Don't believe me, just listen to the words I wrote I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious Now I’m the type of guy who gets all the attention I’m the type of guy who gets all the mentions I talk shit, smoke weed, I defy all norms I’ve been doin’ that ever since the day I was born I’m an outlaw, that’s who I’m branded as They said after high school, I wouldn’t even last Look at me now, I’m rappin’ over quality production Talkin’ about shit that don’t need no introduction And if you think I’m fake, get the fuck out of here I worked hard to make myself concise and clear When I speak about my life and parlay it in rap I ain't lived in the ghettos but to me it's not an act I got massive problems that'll never go away I embrace death even though I am afraid How can you know what I'm doin', you can't read my mind I'm real as fuck and it reflects in my grind I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I'm hated by everyone for my realness They put me down cause they're afraid of the words I say They'd make up anything to take my cred away Even the courts believe that my rights don't exist No evidence and yet they believe this shit You let criminals go but you keep me locked up I have to tell you man, legal system is corrupt They can say fuckin' lies and people believe it They can photoshop and say that I'm filled with deciet They pressure me to plead guilty but I'm innocent as fuck To the judge and the D.A, you can both go fuck All because I try my best to be myself All because I'm not perfect, they say I need some help What the fuck do you know about T.P.K. Do you even listen to any words that I say What the fuck I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious I’m an outlaw, and I’m motherfuckin’ serious This ain’t no game I'm an outlaw and it's driving me insane Trust me, I'm not guilty. All you people listenin' have got to feel me Like why would I even do that shit? All it causes is pain, there's no benefit Why y'all want me to believe in a bullshit lie I'm not stupid to believe two plus two equals five I'm just saying
4.
Yeah… T. Karras 10:00 PM on a Sunday Walkin’ home through the most dangerous streets All I got is my brawn and my brain and I’m walkin in fear Let's do this They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor Everywhere I go, it’s all eyes on me And they lookin’ so scary, feels like I’m gonna freeze With all the attention goin’ round, what am I supposed to do? I’m in a tense situation, one wrong move and I’m through They be yellin’ out... Taylor, Taylor As if I’m going to be meetin’ my maker I’m just trynna make it home, I don’t need all the stress But of course, I’m walkin’ through the wild wild west All senses at their highest waitin’ for shit to go down Everybody trynna hunt me in this battleground All I got is my wits and I know how to fight I’m focused cause shit goes off in the night I got no backup, no reserve, I’m all on my own So of course I might die in the danger zone Still I walk without fear, I walk knownin’ my fate Rap life is dangerous, it’s just the risk I’ve got to take They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They all see you on the top of the throne You’re not safe, even inside of your home I lock all the doors, board all the windows Arm myself well, I even wipe my phone Any information can be used against you So I gotta cover my tracks and erase any clues I won’t let anybody kill me, I’m not a fool I don’t want my death to end up on the ten o’clock news Rappers are in danger at all available times Anybody can come up and shoot you with a nine Whether it’s for your car or for your watch So be careful about the shit that you visibly flaunt In this life, it’s all about power and money And a confrontation can quickly become bloody Don’t end up being the latest fatality Rap is not a game, it’s a life or death reality I'm serious with the words that I'm sayin' If you can't take the heat don't walk into the kitchen For there are enemies around every corner Trust no one, except if they've earned your trust. Backstabbers everywhere They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor They be yellin’ out… Taylor, Taylor Fuck this shit
5.
Trapped 02:52
I’m in a cell, I’m stuck in hell I’m chained down, I can’t even escape Every day of my life is filled with pain I feel like there’s no hope even though I pray I’m trapped There’s no way out I’m trapped I’m stuck here forever I’m trapped There’s no way out I’m trapped I’m stuck here forever [Verse 1] I’m trapped, surrounded by four walls All alone in this bitch cause they want me to fall Isolated from the world and it’s driving me crazy It’s like they locked me up and threw away the key It’s torture, they don’t care if I die They wanna see me suffer and they don’t care if I cry Nobody’s empathetic when they look at me In here, everybody sees me as the enemy I miss the life and the friends that I used to have I can’t communicate with anybody and it makes me sad They claimed I robbed banks and killed innocent victims No evidence and yet I’m sentenced to life in prison All because they intimidate to get their way Rigged the odds against me, I didn’t even have a say It’s like the twilight zone, whole system is corrupt I’m public enemy number one and everything’s screwed up I’m trapped There’s no way out I’m trapped I’m stuck here forever I’m trapped There’s no way out I’m trapped I’m stuck here forever I don’t know how long it’s been, situation is tense I try to tell the truth as if it’s common sense They don’t even believe me cause it defies their logic How did these type of people become so toxic Sometimes they come into my cell and fuck me up Turn off the cameras so nobody knows what’s up Then they claim I got in a fight, like what the fuck I’m gonna be here forever, curse my luck They got guards near my gate cause I’m a suicide risk Even though they torture me like they don’t give a shit And my cell be lookin’ like somebody’s barn Do they even understand the psychological harm Like I’m so done with this, why do I even exist Of course I’m pissed, this is total bullshit I’m guessin’ this is what hell is actually like They drain your soul to the point where there is no light They’ve got no heart It’s scary to think that the world’s this way That everybody thinks your soul is worthless And if you dare disobey then can lock you up quick And throw away the key like you don’t even exist What the fuck is this shit?
6.
Everywhere I go I see fake ass shit I have to ask, is anything real anymore Like this suburban kid is pretending to be street And he’s on the top 10 of the billboard list I have to ask, is anything real anymore I don’t know Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore I was influenced by those who were down on their luck The rappers who respected hip-hop and were real as fuck Those who took their life experience and made it art Those who reached into their soul and gave it heart Back in the day, rappers worked to be unsigned hype Now they’re like, why the fuck do you even need a mic When a persona can be generated on the fly From fake as fuck looks to lyrics, it’s all AI I never thought people would bang this shit Especially when the lyrics aren’t even fuckin’ legit Talkin’ about the street life as if it’s an aesthetic Like the creators of this bullshit are truly apathetic To the plight of the youth stuck in them ghettos All they really care about is getting the dough They’re aware of the damage but they just don’t care Is anything real anymore? I am scared Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Tekashi be tellin’ kids that it’s okay to be a snitch That you could lose street cred and still make hits Drake be tellin’ kids that it’s okay to be a sell out That you should chase for fame and chase for clout Kanye be tellin’ kids that it’s okay to be a troll That you can insult woman, that it’s cool to be an asshole Khaled be tellin’ kids that it’s cool to be lazy That you can do nothin’ and find success like crazy The balls of these stars just straight up amaze me The damage they’re doin’ is making me crazy This the future we talkin’ about and it’s lookin’ bleak Kids gettin’ away with this type of shit and we’re supposed to think That it’s cool to be hollow, that it’s cool to be fake And we supposed to look up to these two-faced snakes What they’re doing is treason and we’re giving them attention I’m serious right now, this is my dissension And you can suck it Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore Is anything real anymore
7.
All My Life 03:01
All my life All my life All my life All my life All my life I’ve been a real individual, never dumbin’ down All my life I’ve been distinctive, standin’ out from the crowd All my life I’m broken and flawed, ain’t nobody perfect All my life I’ve lived a trouble life but I gotta admit it All my life, I’ve been a flawed man Always learnin’ how to give a damn I’m hindered by my disability I’m so awkard, but of course that is me I knew who I was from day one I didn’t take shit, I was a real one Being real in a fake world is hard Especially when you trynna be a rap superstar I get in a lot of conflicts, almost lost my life Of course I persevered with all of my might Even though I’m strong as a bull I can’t get past all the mental tolls That this life can bring at any given moment I’m a nervous wreck to a huge extent I don’t know how the fuck I even survive When everybody told me I wouldn’t live to thirty-five All my life I’ve been a real individual, never dumbin’ down All my life I’ve been distinctive, standin’ out from the crowd All my life I’m broken and flawed, ain’t nobody perfect All my life I’ve lived a trouble life but I gotta admit it I’ve been a survivor, all my life I may not be agile but I know how to fight I’m curious as to how I avoid death When I’m always down, I’m always depressed I’m prayin’ to God, just give me some purpose I don’t have no assets, I’m basically worthless And I’m vulnerable to anybody who wanna take advantage How am I bad at socialzin’ but good at mathematics I’m surprised I can rhyme with a competent flow I’ve got multiple talents but never gotten any dough They never seem interested in my type They all lookin’ for a bad boy who reps the thug life I’m disappointed that I’m unable to sell out I’m disappointed that I don’t chase fame and clout I’ve always desired to be hardcore I got morals and integrity, why don’t that matter anymore All my life I’ve been a real individual, never dumbin’ down All my life I’ve been distinctive, standin’ out from the crowd All my life I’m broken and flawed, ain’t nobody perfect All my life I’ve lived a trouble life but I gotta admit it That's it
8.
I'll Wash Ya 02:24
This that religious ratchet right here The one that’ll cleanse your sins The one that’ll soothe your soul You know, that Godly stuff I’ll wash ya In the name of the holy spirit I’ll wash ya I’m just tryin’ to cleanse your soul I’ll wash ya In the name of all that is pure I’ll wash ya And I’ll wash you whiter than snow Like a newborn covered in blood Like an olive branch waiting for a dove I’ll wash out all your sins I’ll open the gates to heaven so you can come in I’ll take out the devils in disguise I’ll reveal the truth, destroy all the lies I’ll teach you what it means to be faithful I’ll teach you how to fly like an angel People be tellin’ you what they forbid You shouldn’t forget what Jesus did Only God can judge you, no one else Don’t let them tell you that you’re going to hell Always know that redemption is viable It’s laced in the gospel within the bible We’re all spiritual in nature So don’t let your souls get fooled by them imitators I’ll wash ya In the name of the holy spirit I’ll wash ya I’m just tryin’ to cleanse your soul I’ll wash ya In the name of all that is pure I’ll wash ya And I’ll wash you whiter than snow You gotta replace your hate with love There are no reservations for the heavens above Even if you got a lot at the bank You can’t pay your way through the pearly gates Put your hands together and pray Talk to God as if you had somethin’ to say Just don’t wish for somethin’ to happen Only you can put work in to cause that action Destiny is forged by the choices we make So think before you act, at least for Christ’s sake We don’t have free will for nothin’ The consequences of our actions can’t be forgotten Don’t let God’s name be besmirched Stop those who are doin’ the devil’s work Claimin’ it’s all in the name of God They may act like us but inside they’re frauds I’ll wash ya In the name of the holy spirit I’ll wash ya I’m just tryin’ to cleanse your soul I’ll wash ya In the name of all that is pure I’ll wash ya And I’ll wash you whiter than snow Yeah
9.
Now or Never 03:22
I gotta make a hit, I gotta make it shine I gotta work harder and I’m already tryin’ I gotta do somethin’ to show and prove I gotta be me, I gotta do what I do It’s now or never I mean what I say y’all, I ain’t lyin It’s now or never I gotta get a hit even if I die tryin’ It’s now or never I wanna be the one for you It’s now or never I’ve got to be real or else I am through I have a drive for myself to succeed I’m tired of wasting opportunities It’s my only shot, I can’t miss this chance to blow And I don’t know what to do if I can’t even show That I can run with the best and prove to the rest That I can make a masterpiece that’ll stand the test Of time… You know I got ambition I can see twenty twenty with my creative vision I rep hip-hop to the point where I am devoted I love the culture to death and I really show it They told me to be real and to be myself And it shows in my music even though I don’t sell A lot of copies, I dream of gettin’ five to ten stars I dream of goin’ to bars and rockin’ them hard Even though the opposition rates me zero point five They’ll never know my music, they’ll never take my pride It’s now or never I mean what I say y’all, I ain’t lyin It’s now or never I gotta get a hit even if I die tryin’ It’s now or never I wanna be the one for you It’s now or never I’ve got to be real or else I am through I got knowledge galore because I studied the game I got skills and more because I practiced insane I do everything myself, only person is me Other people can’t define my identity I work like I'm a master creatin’ his peace Fillin’ in every detail just to make it complete Lookin from every angle just to judge it all Nothin’s perfect cause everything is filled with flaws Just look at how hard it took to get me here I’m ready for the long haul, just give me my career I’m tired of people doubtin’ I can do anything Look at me, I can rap, produce and sing And I ain’t for any gimmicks, I’m raw as fuck Call me a dusthead and I’ll break you off You can’t compare the old shit to the new shit This ain’t nineteen-ninety-two, it’s the future you bitch I know my voice ain’t all that I ain’t lived in the ghetto and that’s a fact But I don’t need those things, it doesn’t define me I am who I am and that’s an emcee Believe it It’s now or never I mean what I say y’all, I ain’t lyin It’s now or never I gotta get a hit even if I die tryin’ It’s now or never I wanna be the one for you It’s now or never I’ve got to be real or else I am through It’s now or never It’s now or never It’s now or never It’s now or never It’s now or never It’s now or never It’s now or never It’s now or never
10.
Gone 02:50
People don’t know what they’ve got until it’s gone They’re havin’ the time of their lives and then it’s like, so long Like we take everything for granted I don’t even understand it Loss is a very tough feelin’ to grasp It makes us feel hopeless and sad Everybody takes things for granted Like the people around us who don’t even imagine What an artist went through to get to where they are Dreamin’ of huge success and fame as a superstar Picasso put his soul into masterpieces of art And yet they sold like piss, it really breaks my heart Then they turn around and sell them for huge bucks They get millions for those and it truly does suck It’s like you pissin’ on his grave for the art that he made These artists get played while you get paid They show support for you and then they leave like flakes They pile on pressure until they’re crushed by the weight You never value what a person gave until they pass on You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone And you think it’s easy for us to let go Like these feelin’s are a thing we can easily control It’s human for us to just go with the flow. If you don’t understand, I guess you’ll never truly know For those of us invested, it’s hard to move on It’s like hearin’ a swan sing it’s final song It’ll never be the same once it’s lost forever That one close thing that always brought pleasure I doubt people would understand the value of such things When they’d be throwin’ away all their feelins’ I’d be devastated if I lost the love of my life And yet no one would care for my empathetic plight I value what I have because I lost so much I never forgotten my pain, my life has been rough I respect my family cause they’re the only thing I got I never forget those lives who were taken from us And even though I’m just another statistic I wish for those people who’re listenin’ to this To not forget who I am, to remember who I be Take my values like MLK and continue this legacy My friends all love me The empire loves me My family loves me They’d do anything for me And even if you don’t realize And if you’re blind, can’t see your eyes Just remember one thing You’re going to miss me when I’m gone

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My dad was from New York, I was born and raised in California. I was always inspired by the two so I thought, what if I mixed them together? So I did and I feel like this is my sound, this is who I am, this is what I'm supposed to be.

Too many failures on my belt, I need a success. It's now or never.

I ain't lookin' for money, I'm lookin' to be an emcee. That's it.

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released June 8, 2021

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