Back To Frank & Back To Rap (Funky DL Samples Amy Winehouse Volumes 1 & 2)

by Funky DL

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Respected Hip-Hop maestro, Funky DL, innovatively came correct for 2010 with 'Back To Frank', a piece of Amy Winehouse-inspired audio alchemy. The project came about after a conversation with UK Hip-Hop legend, MCD (Silent Eclipse), from which MCD suggested ideas for DL to expand his appeal to audiences that would appreciate his trademark jazz sound. MCD suggested he use an Amy hook. A cautious DL took his advice and came up with 'Kicked To The Curb', sampling Amy Winehouse's 'You Sent Me Flying' and after this initial foray, DL never looked back, turning the whole thing into an album project based around Amy Winehouse’s debut album ‘Frank’… The interplay between DL's rhymes and the blissful musical backdrops including Amy's distinctive voice, meshes together some of the finest hip-hop / jazz in the game.

Then, less than four months later, Funky DL returned to the studio for the second time to record the sequel to ‘Back To Frank’ and this was to become ‘Back To Rap’. Primarily based around Amy’s sophomore album 'Back To Black', this time round would feature a slew of artists as guests. This of course deviated away from the jazzier sound known from 'Back To Frank', as Amy's "'Back To Black' was moodier and darker than her debut. Even still, the combination worked just as well the second time around, carrying a boom-bap swing, a depth in subject matter and a sublimeness of lyrical ability (just listen to 'The Chips Were Down') to be envied by any budding MC.

DL has always been a huge fan of Amy's to the extent that both these albums were written, recorded and released back in 2010 prior to Amy's sad departure.

For the first time, both albums are combined into one long player set and have enough music to keep the speakers alive for days… But in all cases of audio commentary, it's always best to "let the music do the talking"… in the meantime, here are the joints, broken down for you track by track.


//TRACK 1: 'BACK TO FRANK INTRO’
Funky DL gets the listener ready, set and good to go over Amy Winehouse’s ‘October Song’ blended with drum breaks... and provides a relaxed intro to ‘Back To Frank’, before the first full length track is unveiled.

//TRACK 2: 'WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?’
‘What Do You Expect?’ was the second song written, produced and recorded for ‘Back To Frank’ sampling Amy’s ‘I Heard Love is Blind’. Funky DL sums up his evident feeling of being on the outside of particular circles in hip hop within the UK and how that dejection actually freed him from getting involved in the hip-politics and left him free to get on with his career. The unorthodox 3 bar loop arrangement is apparent in this one with chops and breaks flying in during the arrangement.

//TRACK 3: 'KICKED TO THE CURB’
This is the song that kicked the whole project off, and as 'You Sent Me Flying' is DL’s favourite track by Amy, he made 'Kicked To The Curb' his starting block for the album. In this song DL remarks of his regret as to the reasons why a relationship had to come to an end without actually saying what the girl did that led him to kick her to the curb, and does this smoothly over a beat reminiscent of some old Dilla / Slum Village vibe...

//TRACK 4: 'HANDED TO YOU FREE’
Never a more suitable selection to showcase Funky DL’s production skills in his ability to take all of the sounds used in this jam (bar the bass, 80’s snare drum and old drum loop for the outro) from the original Amy joint ‘Know You Now’ and re-arrange the guitar chord structure and flip the drum pattern, whilst interplaying with remnants of Amy’s vocal. DL muses over the value of hard work and utilises the glossy groove to let the listeners know that they should never expect things to be handed to them for free.

//TRACK 5: 'REALIZE RESPONSIBILITY’
This is one of DL’s personal favourites. The subject matter for the verbal’s is realising responsibility, growing up, and allowing yourself to be answerable to yourself and no other. The re-arrangement of Amy’s ‘Brother’, with a pile up of four 90’s style drum beats and airy reverberant harmonies, gives this song its old school but true school, chilled flava!

//TRACK 6: 'STRONGER’
Probably the closest to its original form of any song from the ‘Frank’ album, Funky DL took the horns from an outro skit version of Amy’s ‘Stronger Than Me’, and some guitar passes along with programming an old jazz style walking baseline. Then DL set about reprogramming the drums from the opening snatch in the intro of Amy’s original version of ‘Stronger Than Me’, editing Amy’s chorus down to just ‘you should be stronger’ with echo trails. This meant that DL could lyrically summarise on the need for a sense of inner strength within us all and our remembrance of just how powerful of an individual we can all be.

//TRACK 7: 'THE SWEETEST THING’
This song is as true of a representation of Funky DL and his love for jazz as it could get. An ode to the fairer sex and with true jazz chops all taken from Amy’s ‘(There Is) No Greater Love’. DL states “the drums were actually borrowed” (for want of a better word) from Questlove of The Roots and his YouTube channel ‘qoolquest’ and sampled directly from YouTube, but with some snare drum tuning and toning to make it at least somewhat different”. The interaction from verses into chorus is a tight fit and works to make this joint a jazz-filled and energetic piece.

//TRACK 8: 'BUT THAT'S NOT ME’
DL came with some niceties on this one with a story of his fears and insecurities of a suspected cheating wife to whom he is unsure whether to confront or quietly slip away from, only leaving a note or letter. DL explains “This was a difficult one because Amy hardly said anything from the original ‘Take the Box’ song that I could really write around” The story unfolds and is vividly descriptive only to come back round full circle to display that the 1st verse could have easily been 2nd and the 2nd, the 1st...

//TRACK 9: 'MADE FOR YOU’
DL stays true to his production roots with this ode to ‘studio equipment’. With a hook from Amy stating “everyday I see you, my hands were made for you”, it becomes clearer to understand where DL’s heart lies. As an avid Akai MPC user, Funky DL has taught himself the machine inside and out, even having to open the sampler to replace a burnt out memory chip whilst recording the project. A music lover’s favourite appears in the form of Grover Washington Jr’s ‘Mister Magic’, which Amy covered on her debut album as an unlisted bonus track.

//TRACK 10: 'I CAN'T HELP YOU’
Funky DL’s early influences were producers like Pete Rock, which is highly apparent on this one. Funky DL sends a message out to all those who are always prepared to lean on others for help, never having ever done anything themselves… to help themselves. The shortest and last track on ‘Back To Frank’ offers the opportunity for self-reflection if adhered to carefully.

//TRACK 11: 'BACK TO FRANK OUTRO’
DL takes this opportunity to send a shout out to Amy Winehouse and MCD as he says “for the idea” over a re-sampled ‘Amy, Amy, Amy’. A short outro to a short but well constructed album.

//TRACK 12: ' BACK TO RAP INTRO’
Funky DL chopped and segmented Amy’s ‘Rehab’ to be used for just the intro for Back To Rap as a familiar audio landscape to prepare the listener for what is to come.

//TRACK 13: 'CAN’T KEEP LYING’ featuring Ricko Capito, Dukus Alemay & Pyrelli
DL, Ricko Capito, Dukus Alemay and Pyrelli make a quartet of rhyme-smiths on this jam. DL cleverly chopped Amy’s vocals from ‘Me and Mr Jones’ and used different layers of filter frequency while switching drums grooves from hook to verses to provide a swing in the beat and a solid groove.

//TRACK 14: 'TOGETHER’ featuring Pyrelli & MCD
It was only right that since MCD was responsible for giving DL the initial idea for this project, he himself should feature on one of the songs. With Pyrelli added to the fold, ‘Together’ is a tri-scope view on the idea of togetherness from each MC. The reggae-ska sample from Amy’s ‘Just Friends’, lent to DL then sampling from some of the original “Saxon Sound” raves held in the UK in the 1980’s which feature the vocals of legends Papa Levi, Tippa Irie, Daddy Colonel and Daddy Rusty.

//TRACK 15: 'I TOLD YOU I WAS TROUBLE’ featuring Pyrelli & Addictive
Hip-Hop has always been synonymous with big drum beats so ‘You Know I’m No Good‘ was a perfect backdrop to showcase this as it starts with and electrifying live drum performance. DL snuck in and took snippets of horn screeches and stabs to then layer over the spacious beats and then went in with Pyrelli to tear the track apart lyrically. Female vocal group “Addictive” were added to provide harmonic value with their beautiful tones and texture as vocalists.

//TRACK 16: 'AND I WAKE UP ALONE’ featuring Dukus Alemay
Mirroring the storytelling value of ‘But That’s Not Me’ from ‘Back To Frank’, Amy’s ‘Wake Up Alone’ provided the perfect chorus and theme to enable DL to do so once more. Dukus Alemay provides a rainbow of harmonies for the intro and outro to further expand on the Amy Winehouse original, whilst DL plays extra keys with pizzicato and pads to bring the track alive beyond the original. DL remarks “The biggest challenge in this one was performing in a 3/4 time signature which is not highly common in Hip-Hop, although songs like Kanye West’s ‘Fly Away’ and Nas’ ‘Heaven’ have proven it is possible to do it and to do it dope!

//TRACK 17: 'OWE NOTHING TO ME’ featuring Sus & Dukus Alemay
Bearing in mind that Amy Winehouse hardly left any instrumental part open during her performance of ‘Tears Dry on Their Own’, DL did extremely well to create this track which again features Dukus Alemay and his also ‘Dead Bully’ rhyming partner Sus.

//TRACK 18: 'THE CHIPS WERE DOWN’
DL holds this song as his most precious from the ‘Back To Rap’ collection, because lyrically he feels it is some of the most honest writing he has ever put to his music. Sampling Amy’s ‘Love Is a Losing Game’, DL turns this into a heartfelt and melancholy tale of the ups and downs that life throw at us and how we can and can’t cope with them.

//TRACK 19: 'PUT IT IN WRITING’ featuring Ricko Capito & K9
Amy Winehouse’s ‘Some Unholy War’ is the backdrop for this number. Ricko Capito and K9 are two rappers DL met in late 2009 whilst working with Klashnekoff. So impressed with both their lyrical ability, it was a perfect opportunity to feature them both on the album in the form of ‘Put It In Writing’.

//TRACK 20: 'WHAT’S SHE RUNNING FROM?’ featuring Lei-an
DL felt that the original music for Amy’s ‘He Can Only Hold Her’ reminded him of something that the rapper Slick Rick would have chosen to rhyme over back in the day. That propelled to perform an almost Slick Rick style of flow on this track. With Lei-an as an added feature for a hook line and the outro, the track ended up sounding much better than DL had initially envisaged.

//TRACK 21: 'I CAN GET MINE’
The fastest track of the bunch comes in the form of ‘I Can Get Mine’ which samples Amy Winehouse’s ‘Addicted’. This song also has the shortest chorus line out of all the songs on the album. The song depicts going for yours and getting what you’re worth in this world. DL originally recorded a song entitled ‘I Think’ but it was never released, so he took the drums and merged them with the Amy samples to bring this high paced groove to the album.

//TRACK 22: 'GOLD FOR A FOOL’ featuring Pyrelli
Appearing on the album as a bonus feature, this is actually the very first beat that DL worked on in starting the ‘Back To Rap’ process; even though the original Amy track ‘Fools Gold’ did not feature on the ‘Back To Black’ album. When Pyrelli heard the beat, he fell in love with the vibe and DL agreed that they’d both share the lyrical duties on the track.

//TRACK 23: 'BACK TO RAP OUTRO’
DL takes this opportunity to send a shout out all the artists involved in the album process over the straight loop of Amy’s ‘Black To Black’… a shout out and peace out to all... and a nice round off and finish to a classic project.


Let's celebrate Amy's music and embrace it into hip-hop as she embraced hip-hop into her art...

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released January 15, 2013

PRODUCED & RE-PRODUCED BY: FUNKY DL FOR WASHINGTON CLASSICS 2010

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Track Name: Back To Frank Intro (Vol 1)
Yo what’s up? This is Funky DL and I thought like I just…
I should do something special for my peeps like…
So I thought let me get on this Amy Winehouse “Frank” album… I aint mess with “Back To Black”, it’s like “Back To Frank” ya na’ mean, So just sit back, relax like… just check out everything in store… As I take you all… on this Amy Winehouse meets Funky DL… On this sampler, we’re going “Back To Frank”
Track Name: What Do You Expect?
Verse One
I wanted to bust, but never made the circle of trust
In a crew as an I cos it was never an us
12 Stone, I can’t forget the things I was shown
Even though I felt alone and left me out in the cold
Had to leave and try and do this thing on my own
And it worked, cos soon enough I started to blow
Airplay on radio getting requests for a show
Took it to the next level and by 20 years old
Had released 2 albums and I’d won a MOBO yo
What do you expect? What can you say?
I felt the very same way of the entire UK
And refused to play a part of this ridiculous game
To criticize and judge a rapper on the way that he spray
If the way that he spray doesn’t amount to the same
As the way that I spray but that’s the choice that he made
It’s no reason to get on stage and try and call him a fake
But I take that bad energy and make it my fuel
To take me to my destination middle finger to you
See this aint no classroom and I aint stuck in a school
So nobody aint gonna try and make me follow they rules
Especially when they never done the things that I do
And I wouldn’t let em’ stop me think about it would you?
So I gotta do the many things I did on my own
But son, what did you expect? You left me alone


Chorus
What do you expect? You left me here alone [and now they can’t believe it]
What do you expect? You left me here alone [they really can’t believe it]
What do you expect? You left me here alone


Verse Two
Paid my dues cos everyday I had to make moves
And had to listen when I heard em’ say you snooze and you lose
And be prepared to be the only one who stepped in my shoes
An album every year or maybe there’s two
But when I see these other rappers they got nothing that’s new
Aint no need for fabrication I am telling the truth
Sometimes I get the feeling I was out on a ledge
They shut the window and they left me out there freezing to death
On the edge but yo I am a baker of bread
So I knew how to survive turn it around on its head
Turning nothing into something never fall but instead
Be the kind of rapper on the stage who’s breaking a leg
So when I feel on the outside, maybe that’s a great thing
Maybe that’ll stop my head from over inflating
Maybe it can justify the time that I’ve been waiting
Or maybe it can teach me how to exercise patience
Or maybe it was Nathan, nada complete Zippo
Or maybe I was meant to cause a splash and not a ripple
Maybe I’mma stampede while other rappers tip-toe
Already made money so my motto’s not to get doe
Already made an album plus already made a sequel
They should of took me in their circle
And stopped me from the inside, I doubt it would of worked though
And now I sit with a smirk yo, singing


Chorus
Track Name: Kicked To The Curb
Intro Chorus
And although my pride [yeah] is not easy to disturb [yeah]
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
[I had to wisen up, I had to wisen up]
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
[I had to wisen up, I had to wisen up]


Verse One
I’m Sick of this, that’s why I kicked you to the curb with the quickness
Aint nobody in this world should have to live with this
And so I had to put you out just like cigarettes
And now you coming back with an apology
I took it now I’m asking what you want from me?
2, 3, 4, 5 Chances
But I think you know already what the answer is
I’ll never put myself in that position
Even though you tried to show me what I’m missing
But that made it a whole worse girl
Cos truthfully I’m saying you’re the first girl
To do me like you did me so I cursed girl
But I won’t put those curses in my verse girl
Cos I can think of many other Words girl
That explain why I kicked you to the curb girl
Now you’re back again singing the same song



Chorus
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
[I had to wisen up, I had to wisen up]
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
[I had to wisen up]


Verse Two
It’s over with, but seems you having trouble trying to notice it
Is there anything to say I haven’t said already?
But you don’t stop charging up your Ever Ready
Back with the same old, same old
And acting like this happened just a day ago
But it’s much more close to ten months now
I could have found somebody else and could have settled down
But to you it’s all inconsequential
Cos you saying that for you I am essential
And as I’m speaking on this instrumental
I ‘m thinking of the things you never meant to
But everything would happen too frequent
As often as every other weekend
And every time I couldn’t find the words girl
And so I had to kick you to the curb girl
And now you’re back again singing the same song


Chorus


Verse Three
So that’s it, I really aint got time for this harassment
I used to look at you like you an asset
But now that time is over and I’ve passed it
You were classic but not in a good way
You want me to remember all the good days?
But those memories are so cloudy
And covered by the days when you were rowdy
And I just aint the one to live with this
So you can keep asking for forgiveness
And I can let you have it but there’s no way
I’m ever gonna go back to the old days
And if I was to do that then the fact is
I didn’t learn cos I’d be going backwards
And that is not the way that I prefer girl
That’s why I had to kick you to the curb girl
But now you’re back again singing the same song


Outro Chorus
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
[I had to wisen up, I had to wisen up]
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
[I had to wisen up]
You sent me flying when you kicked me to the curb
So with your battered jeans [yeah] and your Beastie Tee… [fade]
Track Name: Handed To You Free
Intro
[Scat]
Uh, yeah [x4]


Chorus
You think everything gets handed to you free, but it’s not that easy [no]


Verse One
Nothing aint free in this life you gotta put in your grind
I had to think about these words I went and put in this rhyme
But some want it all the fancy lifestyle
The clothes the jewels the cars, money and nice times
Stress free life just kick back chillin with a million
But how you supposed to get that when you putting in the minimum
God knows I work hard, write then burn bars
The industry is like a battle and I earned scars
I seen those who do very little
Expect to be the centre of attention in the middle
Complain when they aint get much but never did much
So when you see em’ yo you never see em’ wid much
I aint no teacher but sowers make reapers
And reapers aint grim unless they just deliver pizzas
I aint knocking pizzas but son I had to reach for the stars
Now I been around this world ask Lisa
But nothing came easy and nothing easy came my way
Saw plenty of times when something could have made my day
But never and I was never owed
Although I was the lick like blunts once you roll
Trust me I deserve everything I got
Getting and gotten a lot, and if it ever stops
I just work harder so we should all learn
To never become the person that Amy is referring to… sing


Chorus [x2]
You think everything gets handed to you free, [but it’s never that easy]
But it’s not that easy [no]


Verse Two
Yo’ I used to know this girl who made the mistake
Of thinking everything I had was handed over on plates
But she didn’t realize that I worked for my prize
To get it, I had the notion in my mind that the skies the limit
And I don’t expect nothing from no one
Cos disappointment is no fun
And so I do for myself
If it gets a little crowded make room for myself
So everything she said was ridiculous
That’s why I called her little miss bitterness
Maybe she thought I had a free ride
Standing on the corner making money from a freestyle
I’m afraid it’s never that simple
Even if I decide to make it pop like a pimple
Even if I decide to take paper and a pencil
And write then perform them on a rock instrumental
The meek shall inherit the earth
So I have to take second cos giving is first
And you can call it like a gift and a curse
But I’m not a freeloader cos there’s notin’ that’s worse
Trust me I deserve everything I’ve got
Getting and gotten a lot, and if it ever stops
I’ll just work harder so we should all learn
To never become the person that Amy is referring to… again


Chorus [x4]
Track Name: Realize Responsibility
Intro
Get it up ya’ll, get it up [x4]
Get down ya’ll get down [x4]


Chorus
Realize that you don’t have to answer to no man
Responsibility comes down to you [it comes down to you but how can I?]
But how can I expect you to understand?
When you live life like you’re so run through


Verse One
Born into oblivion, babies aint know jack
Eventually a man but as baby I aint know that
Mom and pops raised me so it don’t amaze me
That I aint lazy, know how to treat a lady
And I learned much more, stood up on my own two
Learned gratitude so I pay you if I owe you
And I wanted many things but not settle for anything
A Child with a destiny but you aint hearing Kelly sing
Learned how to balance my desire and greed
Realizing what I want is not exactly what I need
Had to learn to walk away even when I’m in the right
Let em’ have the last word, everything will be alright
I don’t need to prove myself to those who disrespect me
I don’t have the time for that and life’s short [get me?]
So I’m telling certain people, man up and get a hold
Chorus got the perfect outlook stop and listen so…


Chorus

Verse Two
It was time to try it, being self reliant
In a world where David everyday would meet Goliath
Tell me to be quiet and I will be defiant
I don’t mess with magic beans but I’mma kill the giant
Try and pull the wool over my eyes but I won’t buy it
Stay out of my business cos there’s things I’m keeping private
And if you get in it won’t confirm it nor deny it
If you heard it somewhere else it’s probable they lying
Gotta be responsible, for the choices I make
Suffering the consequences of the roads that I take
When I got a heavy load, carry on my own back
When I got a problem I claim it and I own that
Answering to no man other than myself
But I’m never hesitant asking for help
But for the most part I man up and get a hold
Chorus got the perfect outlook come on tell em’ yo


Chorus



Outro Hook
Get it up ya’ll, get it up [x4]
Get down ya’ll get down [x4]
[various backing vocals]



Chorus [x2]
Track Name: Stronger
Chorus
You should be stronger [get up dust yourself down and start over]
You should be stronger [as you get older you gotta get bolder]
You should be stronger [listen pick yourself up and stand firmer]
You should be stronger [only you can be the one to re-affirm ya]


Verse One
With a fare share or hard times it’s like we live among
The things that’s trying to kill us but should only make us stronger
Easy just to say but more difficult to do
And nobody aint finding it more difficult than you
Feeling like you got the world upon your shoulders
But hold up, does this really mean its game over?
No sir, took me just to get a little older
And closer to what’s in the eyes of the beholder
See life is full of different situations
Tribulations come attached with irritations
Accusations from bad associations
Using manipulation to cause humiliation
And it was only an example
but shouldn’t brand you the type to out your own candle
So handle everything that just went wrong cos
You should be stronger over just being strong


Chorus


Verse Two
Life aint a stroll in the park
But we grown so we know how to roll in the dark
And you might feel the bite of a shark
That leaves you in a place where you might be apart
From those who can help you and come to your aid
But there’s no need to act like your strengths mislaid
Face it even if it aint basic
Embrace it, ya scared? Your predators can taste it
Anyone can give up that’s easy to do
But holding it together is the way you come through
The other side, are you a chess pawn or your Mother’s child?
I’ll leave it up to you
You on top of the world
Cos remember that your feet stay on top of the earth
So handle everything that just went wrong
Cos you should be stronger over just being strong



Chorus
Track Name: The Sweetest Thing
Hook
[Uh, yeah]
So sweet ya’ll, so sweet ya’ll,
So sweet, swe-swe-swe-swe-sweet ya’ll [x3]
So sweet


Chorus
You’re the sweetest thing that I’ve ever known [x2]


Verse One
Minding my business on my way to work
Had a late night so I wasn’t too alert
Then my eye caught on this pretty looking girl
I’mma step to her talking this, that the third
Word, now she looking back at me
Asked “where she from?” she originally from Hackney
I said me too but I’ve never seen you
Quick smile then I had to say I don’t mean to be too forward
But can we meet up?
Cinema flick or restaurant eat up?
Thinking her response might be quite generic
It was kinda nice cos she gave her numerics
Wow, what a way to really start a morning
Hoping, I get a connection when I’m calling
All in all she ten out of ten
And all throughout the day the only thing I’m thinking is… that

Chorus
You’re the sweetest thing [so sweet ya’ll] that I’ve ever known [x2]


Hook [x2]


Verse Two
2 weeks later we a little deeper
Call her Dibiase cos she put me in a sleeper
Hypnotized by her feminine charms
Girl so hot that she setting off alarms
Sophisticated garms and means no harm
The kind of woman any man would want on they arm
She always laid back and relaxed so calm
Wouldn’t hesitate to introduce her to my Mom
Another two weeks now it’s been a whole month
Probably disagreed but didn’t argue once
And I love everything about her
Business mind little entrepreneur
Pays attention to the things I prefer
I pay attention to the things that occur
All in all she eleven out of ten
And all throughout the month the only thing I’m thinking is… that


Chorus


Hook [x2]


Verse Three
One year later, we pretty much the same
Moving to the place where she get my last name
Now we look back to the day that we met
Something reminiscent of a soul silhouette
Someone to love and someone to trust
Two individuals playing for team us
No substitutes and no referee
All that means is it’s her and its me
Two ingredients sound perfect to me
Everything invested was worth it to me
Personally comes first and for me
Aint no way it can worsen to me
Got everything that a young buck needs
So what we got is bound to succeed
All in all she a twenty out of ten
And all throughout the year the only thing I’m thinking is… that

Chorus
You’re the sweetest thing [so sweet ya’ll] that I’ve ever known [x2]
Track Name: But That's Not Me
Chorus
I came home this evening and nothing felt like how it should be
I feel like writing you a letter but that’s not me [x2]

Verse One
Stepped through the front door, took my coat off and put my bag down
12 hour shift at work, so I’m glad now I’m home
Proceed to the kitchen for H2O
Saw the back light on so shouted “Honey you home?”
Then I heard a whisper, could have sworn it sounded like a Mister
Somewhere in my mind I know there is the chance
That my wife could be cheating cos she distant
And if I could confirm it I would leave her in an instant
She in kitchen now she looking all suspicious
Reaching for a towel like she just cleaned the dishes
Nonetheless I put my arm around her gave her kisses
She took a plate of food from in the oven looks delicious
She offered me some white wine so I gave the green light
But something bout that back door doesn’t seem right
It was open just a little so I pushed it
And at that very moment heard a rustle in the bushes
So kept looking she saw I wasn’t happy
So turned on the radio attempting to distract me
I turned and asked her “what could that be?”
The neighbour’s cat playing in the back? She said “exactly”
But deep down already made my mind up
And plus she had the jitters; broke the bottle cleaned the wine up
She sweating cos her head is getting wetter
Should I make an accusation or just leave and write a letter?

Chorus


Verse Two
I received a message saying I will meet you at eight on my phone
But I realized I’d made a mistake
We both got the same phone; I didn’t take the right one
Someone is meeting with my wife I think I might come
Go, whatever, I’ve gotta find out
Cos I’ll be damned if this is going on in my house
They probably take me for a jerk but this
Jerk is about to take time off work
She turns up at lunch time to bring me my phone
But also to check on the time I’ll be home
I said eleven as usual
The voice inside my head is saying can’t you see she’s using you?
But my eyes gotta see it
If you’re looking for the most naïve my wife’s gotta be it
Now it’s like seven thirty
And my girly aint got any clue I’m coming home early
And I wanna divert me by
Thinking maybe what I don’t know won’t hurt me
And now my heart is really racing
And I’m hesitating cos I’m so afraid of what I’m facing
But deep down already made my mind up
It’s eight on the button and my times up
And my eyes are getting wetter
Should I kick down this door or just mail through this letter?


Chorus


Outro Verse
Stepped through the front door, took my coat off and put my bag down
12 hour shift at work, so I’m glad now I’m home
Proceed to the kitchen for H2O
Saw the back light on so shouted “Honey you home?”
Then I heard a whisper, could have sworn it sounded like a Mister
Somewhere in my mind I know there is the chance
That my wife could be cheating cos she distant
And if I could confirm it I would leave her in an instant


Chorus
Track Name: Made For You
Intro
Let’s go!!


Hook
To the beat ya’ll, keep on ya’ll [x3]
To the beat ya’ll, keep on
[Repeat]


Verse One
I was made for this music I live for the audio
And that’s just how the cookie crumbles like Oreo’s
Crazy beats and a mic in the studio
To make the kind of sound to have ya shaking ya booty yo’
Kick drum bounce snare drum rock
Plus the dope soulful sounds I place on top
So when my record gets promo and my album drops
Make sure your play button works to hell with the stop
Yep I said it producer I want my credit
Plus I engineer the track arrange and do the edit
Mix down, until I feel I’m blessed with sound
King classic and nobody aint taking my crown, word
Beats and rhymes that aint no problem
Got the studio equipment that gets the job done
So you hearing this on FM or AM
CD’s and cassette tapes we cause mayhem
And if ya tools aint sharp then don’t blame them
Hot tracks name them then I got to save them
Reload them, yo I told them
They took too long to make a purchase I sold them
I got the Tascam, I got the Korg
I got the Behringer connected to the boards
I got the wave files, the mp3
So Amy tell em’ how I feel about my MPC

Chorus
Everyday I see you; my hands were made for you [x2]


Hook
[Let’s Go] To the beat ya’ll, keep on ya’ll [x3]
To the beat ya’ll, keep on
[Repeat]




Verse Two
The nicest on the mic it’s the Funk D, dot
Its classic they can’t match this,
The Wash we got music that’s made by the most fantastic
Spitting on this Amy Winehouse, Mr Magic
It’s like Acid Jazz, blended with Hip-Hop
Any dope break beat gone have to get got
And put in my MPC the 2000
Sequenced straight into bars that loop round
And adjust the reverb, touch the EQ
You want good music? That’s like me too
And we do just that and aint stopping em’
The original track was Grover Washington Junior
Plus we Washington Classics
You gotta problem?
It’s just music dawg it aint serious
But with my MPC I’m mischievous
And crafty, the beats nasty and sounds blatantly
Kind of like the sound Rich H had for Amerie
But it’s just one thing that got me trippin’
It’s the way that I get the people to take a listen
I got the NS-10’s, I got the Sony’s
I got so locked in I got lonely
So Ms Winehouse, if ya’ listening
Tell em’ what I feel about my studio equipment

Outro
Let’s go!!

Chorus [fades]
Track Name: I Can't Help You
Intro
I can’t help you
I can’t help you



Chorus
I can’t help you if you won’t help yourself [no]
I can’t help you if you won’t help yourself


Verse One
I get these rappers on my phone line
Asking me for more beats when they’ve written no rhymes
But really how many more times
Have I gotta make it clear they gotta make they own climb
I’m all for trying to help out
But I can’t supply with every card I got dealt out
I aint trying to diminish mine
Brung em’ to the race I gotta take em’ to the finish line?
I can’t lead em’ any further
Than I brought myself so I’m now an observer
I watching what they won’t do
Expecting it from me but that’s something that you don’t do
There’s a difference in a person
That’s doing everything they can or only just a burden
What more can I tell you?
Cos I aint trying to help you if you aint trying to help you

Chorus

Verse Two
I did a lot for many people
Now I’m looking back and I can see it was unequal
I’m putting more into they own cause
I was on high speed they were chillin’ on pause
Thought it was very inconsiderate
That I would do the Lion share and they would do a little bit
So now I’m not the same dude
So if I don’t help you it don’t mean I hate you
It really means you gotta do more
More than you already did more than you asking for
Is it really that challenging?
Or easier to let somebody else do all the managing
I aint really trying to hear that
4th gear up in here while they push the gear back
What more can I tell you cos
I aint trying to help you if you aint trying to help you


Chorus
Track Name: Back To Frank Outro
And we done, ya’ na’ mean… So I hope you enjoyed this journey “Back To Frank”
Ya’ na’ mean like… I just wanna big up couple people, ya na I’m saying,
When I say a couple I just mean a couple like… and the first is [Amy, Amy, Amy]
Ya’ na’ mean… incredible album, love it big up! [Amy, Amy, Amy]
Secondly I wanna big up MCD for the idea, ya na’ mean
And all the fans of my music and Amy’s Fans!!
And last but not least, don’t forget to check out my albums, “The Interview”,
“The 4th Quarter”, so many more other albums, iTunes and all of that, Myspace, funkydl.com, website all of that man, more music coming soon… One…
Track Name: Back To Rap Intro (Vol 2)
[DL]
“Yo what’s up people? This is Funky DL, and like…
Yo first of all I wanna big up everyone that went and downloaded Back to Frank,
that’s when I sampled Amy Winehouse’s first album, the reviews were truly magnificent. If you didn’t get that, then I guess just Google Back To Frank.
This time round I’m going in on Amy’s second album, brought in some friends, family, special guests and features, so…. it’s no longer Back To Black, its Back To Rap” [Amy / I ain’t got seventy days]
Track Name: Can't Keep Lying featuring Ricko Capito, Dukus Alemay & Pyrelli
Intro [Amy]
Nobody stands in between me and my man, it’s me and Mr. Jones, me and Mr. Jones


Chorus [Amy]
You can’t keep lying to your self like this,
You can’t keep lying to your self like this,
Can’t believe you played yourself, like this


Verse One [DL]
Let me write this, [scribble this]
Sixteen bars of the hypeness, [its ridiculous]
Spit til’ I get tonsillitis [and dribble this]
And I ain’t even worried in the slightest, [I’m frivolous]
I’m telling you the truth
I’m a killer MC I got em’ buried in the booth
But once upon a time they wouldn’t let me in the room
See it ain't like the whole world knew what I do
Never had a number one not even a number two
Never had a cool mil’ so I had to make do
Never had a plush crib with a beach front view
More than four bedrooms and the walls see through
But I make myself at home when I rock on a tune
And I don’t need to lie or fantasize bout wealth
Cos I ain't that guy I won’t play myself
Yo it is what it is so it be what it be
So this is dedicated to them frontin’ MC’s… Amy!


Chorus [Amy]


Verse Two [Ricko]
Yeah, listen, yo I write bars after billin’ it
Naturally hype so the weed helps me chill in it
Reek’s got skill in it; I do it for my siblings
We pray for health not wealth that’s the different
Mind state’s we living in
Lying to yourself is just stunting your growth
Don’t say that you’re rolling
With the pump in the cold if you don’t [that’s long]
Cos man will leave you slumped for a loaf [BANG!]
Gun butts to the boat and leave lumps on your dome [that’s nuts]
And this can all come from the dumb shit you wrote [listen]
F.Y.I. never lie when I tell a guy
You can catch more than a lump in the throat [trust me]
Man get bottled or shot over lyrical content
Non spiritual or physical [allow it]
Doe holds and clothes flows are so typical [what’s that?]
Futuristic visuals cease facts [ahhh!]
You need to stop lying to yourself see Snatch [for the reference]


Chorus [Amy]


Verse Three [Dukus]
I like it when the rhymes get [intricate]
You can’t deny the shit’s priceless
[the richest kid] couldn’t even buy this
I might just have to take you back to school again
The aim is to turn you hooligans to Buda men
And while you pretend I keep proving them wrong
By doing what I do on a song
For you to pick up all the shit you need a Hoover that’s strong
I won’t move in a storm while you be pooing your garms
You’re a shade of grey I glow aluminous tone
The way he do it you can tell that he’s been doing it long
Girls say he be doing it and doing it well
You keep losing yourself and you should know better
You should not be fooling yourself
It’s like you bought a ticket and you’re proud you’re going to hell
But you’re a little kid reaching for the top of the shelf
For the porno, we all know your type
You show no shame cos you don’t know better than being Bobo


Chorus [Amy]



Verse Four [Pyrelli]
Every time I open my mouth [and let the flow out]
I mutilate a wack rap bastard [in a showdown]
Dry lik’kle bunch a’ pussy dem’ [needing a hose down]
[Lazy Boy] it’s so cold how I’m profound
It goes down you know now [Huh’]
I ain’t even trying to address em’
It’s just for the simple fact I really got to teach these Dum Dums’ a lesson
Cos they don’t seem to see that silence is my deadliest weapon
Reckon for the record nothing more better than stepping on a head that these peasants
Instead except you can keep lying to yourself
That’s a no, no, you dying it’s bad for your health
You a Bozo, Pinocchio, I’m writing for the cause bitch
Dropping jaws’s and corpses, Pyrelli so sick
Enormous with DL, Dukus and Ricko
The Capito creeping the Jeep slow reload the rawness
You’ve just been hit by four clips we think you’re all shit
Fraudsters, Amy sing the motherfucking chorus!


Chorus [Amy]



Outro [Amy]
Ruler’s one thing, but come Brixton, nobody stands [fade out]
Track Name: Together featuring Pyrelli & MCD
Intro
Right ya’ now people, operator just entertain the people til’ the live recording gwarn, seen? Dem a’go run it seen… me a’go bring round to a serious point now

Chorus x2 [Amy]
Though we need to find the time, to just do this shit together ‘fore it gets worse

Verse One [DL]
[Cha!] I came up in the rap game with a bloodcleet mission
To give the music lovers something real that they can listen to
I would go as far as saying Funky was medicinal
But that don’t stop them lik’kle id’yot’s from dissin’ you
Fake with love underneath yo they really hate
Wasn’t difficult to see that people don’t affiliate
Don’t come together, don’t gel, don’t appreciate
Don’t celebrate or relate, don’t integrate
Musical artist dem tink dem the a’rdest
Flex like bad man but true dem chat garbage
But when it come to me I face everyone
Cos yout’ like I and I just embrace everyone ya see me?
And if u’nu understand the lyric me a write na’
Reach inna ya pocket and just push up u’nu lighter!
So I came through to tell you bout my preference
Dead all the separates and deal with togetherness, yes

Chorus x2

Verse Two [Pyrelli]
[Yeh] me seh, me pull up ah de’ dance in a brand new Ferrari
De’ whole place pack up like a tall can a’ Sardine
Cologne Armani, me ah who de’ boss is
Swagger top ah de’ bloodclart line, ya get me doggy?
Deh, deh by de’ bar me say a wha’ gwarn me darling?
Tell ya’ weh’ me warn do, fill up your glass quick
Bout fi mek a me exit gi’ her me’ number and tell her fi’ call me
Before me reached out she call a’ one fi put it pon me
She sit’ down pon me cocky with the real tight punani
Me start fi’ fall in’a love, dem should a’ fuck warn me
De’ gyal’ did have a plan weh’ never agree with me
Now she ah’ breed fi’ me, the gyal’ did have a man
Dem’ seh me never born bulletproof and bound fi’ get a shottin’
Ask him if him lose him pussyclart mind, if him forgot it
Me call up me dogs and tell em’ bout’ the yout’ raas’mout’
Seh’ we have a lik’kle problem we need fi’ sort out [cha!]


Chorus x2


Verse Three [MCD]
[Uh ha, let’s do this thing man, let do it, you know how we do, this is real]
I found the time to revive this, style of mine I’m Psychic
I vibe it then I contemplate how I recite it
How we spend the time of our life is so specific
You’re gifted but all your gifts what you did with it
Time wasting, each second keeps on ticking
I ain’t obvious I don’t get in where I fit in
I’m uplifting like bread rising in the kitchen
I’m eloquent, that’s the formula with all my diction
Find the time for peace in your life forget the friction
Find the time for loving your wife, that’s what’s been missing
And now you listen to all the energy encountered
Find the time to be more than a doubter
I bet you didn’t think this collaboration would happen
I know you found the time to be following every pattern
But ever since I listened to rap man I’ve been rapping
Ever since I found some time for myself my something happens [echo…]


Chorus x2


Outro
Right ya’ now, yo u’nu fi check dem ting deh ya know’
Wouldn’t you call that a standing ovation?
Track Name: I Told You I Was Trouble featuring Pyrelli & Addictive
Intro x4 [Addictive]
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Verse One [DL]
[Hold on] I told you I was trouble
6 foot 1, short hair, black stubble
And I will never fold dude I’m bout to raise you double
There’s no sweet boys here so kill ya Hubba Bubbles
I been around the block like more than a couple, I’m classic
So I don’t give a rats nuts if the cap fits
Champion like Dilla and Madlib
And playa’ this ain't no act like Brad Pitt
People talking like Funky is mad sick
The way I flip around a beat that’s some bad shit
I can put you on the floor like a back spin
And I do the opposite of an aspirin
The type of dude who is telling not asking
So please stay out my way if I’m passing
And my team’ll stay sharp like a javelin
And we’ll dribble that ball without travelling [haaa!]
You can call me ignorant
But I don’t – really – give – a – shit
Low down dirty rotten apple
And I ain’t looking no beef I ain’t cattle
Battle?? I aint that guy
Open mics all day? Fuck I aint that high
You can be my protégé, I’ll mould you
But remember I’m trouble I told you!


Chorus [Amy]
I told you I was trouble [x3]
Yeah you know that I’m no good


Refrain [Addictive]
I told I was trouble [x4]
[various phrases]


Verse Two [Pyrelli]
They call me Mr. Lazy, the one all of the girls like
The one the haters wanna fight, my future looks so bright
When the weather’s mucky push a clean buggy
Through the streets of the gritty city, catch me dipping in the Turnpike
I learn mics so I earn right burn guys
It’s my birth right, rhyming like I’m on my third strike
So blame the melanin, they ill but they ain’t sick as this
My flair clear up that congestion Benylin
I get’s it in whistle and flute no bow tie
With my nigga Funky DL, we from the Eastside
And this how G’s ride, fuck the jail time
We conspire, turned the game into shook bitches, perspire
I serve fire as my appetizer
Blazing each show in 4D, there’s nothing liver
I’m a troublemaker, straight bubble break ya’
Flying clotheslines, Lariat’s with Haymakers
We catch the worms soon as they breaks
Cos me and my team supreme they can’t break us
United in this bitch pulling big boy capers
Its big business and the motherfucking briefcases
You know what this is, the Consist, the Instigator
Classic shit, back to rap, nothing greater
Ha! You down with us and you know we love you
Against us and it’s motherfuck you, I’m trouble!



Chorus [Amy]


Refrain [Addictive]
[various phrases / fade out]
Track Name: And I Wake Up Alone featuring Dukus Alemay
Intro [Dukus]
Ooooh, Ooooh [dah dah dah]
Ooooh, Ooooh
Ooooh, Ooooh [dah dah dah]
Ooooh, Ooooh-oooh


Verse One [DL]
I Knew this girl who was legendary
I’ll describe her if you’re wondering
Older vibe like Halle Berry
Younger vibe like Lauren London
Met her at a Pizza express
Waitress on a minimum wage
Started talking, told me to guess
How old she was, what was her age?
If I get it right I get her number
Got her number cos I got it right
Trying to find out what she under
Shall we go out, how bout tonight?
Let me cut the story short for you
She became my girl, I became her man
As I write this report for you
Try to listen close, try to understand
Everything was working out so well
Until I found out bout her ex
I suspect she cheats, oh well!
Got to let her go on to the next
But she kind of got a hold on me
What could it be? Maybe I’m whipped
Out the blue she go cold on me
And I know why, it’s him, [oh shit]
It’s a competition for her love
She don’t know which one of us to choose
Which one of us she puts above
Either way I guess one of us will lose
Til’ she didn’t come home one night
So I waited up kept yawning
Then I laid my head on my pillow
Closed my eyes until the morning came


Chorus [Amy]
And I wake up alone [x2]



Verse Two [DL]
Asked her where she was but already knew
But she broke down and she confessed
Said she made the wrong choice
And she knew that I was her number one
And she blessed to still have me in her life
Could I find it in my heart to forgive?
Even though it cuts sharp like a knife
She the one I wanna be with
Everything was cool for a while
Til’ I started seeing much more cash
Wonder where she getting all this money from
Started throwing old clothes in the trash
Then she bought herself a brand new car
Brand new jewels, brand new shoes
But she wasn’t telling me anything
Once again I’m a brand new fool
All this carries on for a while
Every time I ask she don’t speak
Next thing I know cops at my house
On the floor with a gun in my cheek
Took my girl into custody
Cos they found her with 2 keys of dope
Now she in a court room with a judge
Gave her 3 years she won’t cope
Could have been much more than that
But she snitched and gave up a name
Turns out the same ex was involved
Then I realized nothing changed
Now she sat in a prison cell
Didn’t heed my final warning
Now it’s just me laying in my bed
Toss and turning till the morning came [uh]


Chorus [Amy]


Verse Three [DL]
Did her time for the crime she did
Now she out she knocks on my door
Begging me to give her one more chance
Grabbed my arm and dropped to the floor
Said she gonna be a good girl now
No more lies it’s a new start
Wish I could make a choice with my head
Instead I made a choice with my heart
Let her come back into my life
Damn why would I do such a thing?
But it seems she’s changed her ways
And she treats me just like a king
And her ex is still inside
Everything is perfect now
and it seems everything we went through was oh so worth it now
But now there’s word on the street
That her ex wants his revenge
Now I fear for her safety
And I’m scared, I won’t pretend
But she tells me don’t worry
Everything is gonna be ok
Then I heard a round of gunshots
Echoing from downstairs one day
Ran down as fast as I could
She was on the floor would she survive?
Don’t know so I stayed by her side
Til’ she was no longer alive
Buried her on a Sunday
And people say I’m stalling
Cos her picture stays on my pillow
But she’s never there in the morning [damn]


Chorus Out [Amy]
And I wake up alone [x3]
[Duke] Come back, come, back, come back, come back, huh
[Amy] And I wake up alone
[Duke] Come back, come, back, come back, come back, huh
[Amy] And I wake up alone
Track Name: Owe Nothing To Me featuring Sus & Dukus Alemay
Intro [Amy]
All I can ever be to you is a darkness that we knew
And this regret I've got accustomed to


Intro Chorus x4 [Amy]
Once you don’t owe nothing to me


Verse One [DL]
My Fate ain’t written in Great Britain I’m straight spitting
Take missions, make listeners stand up I hate sitting
I hot step in Red Sox like Boston
And stone cold stepping like stone Steve Austin
[You know my steez!] I’m showing you something
So flow correct with your debt until you owing me nothing
I’m not a walk at the beach, homie don’t be frontin’
Because a beat and rhyme speech ain’t my only button
So don’t push me [pay me]
Don’t get comfortable, cushy [ya crazy?]
I’m saying this once to you and homie, [maybe]
I’m responsible to hold you [daily] interest chargeable
I’m here to collect all debts
To collect all cash, all cheques Am-Ex
To collect all belongings or something to that effect
When your balance hit the red I’m a pain in the neck


Chorus [DL / Amy]
You can come back to the studio
[Once you don’t owe nothing to me]
I’ll stop taking Pounds and Dollars and Euro’s
[Once you don’t owe nothing to me]
And it will change like a Currency Bureau
[Once you don’t owe nothing to me
Things will go back the way you know
[Once you don’t owe nothing to me]


Verse Two [Sus]
No way you ain’t getting you a thing off me
Like an I.O.U. not happening
You say you put me on the map got my Passport stamped
Truth is it’s you who ain’t travelling
Leeches, blood sucking til’ there’s nothing left
You’re just another undercover praying on success
And I ain’t for that stress, there’s no interest
You trying to invest, shares go belly up
I put pennies in your pocket, any way you can profit
I will take you to places
Show you faces and names you only see in the comics
Now you’re a villain saying you saved the day?
You know what they say, if the wind blows
And you’re two-faced, shit’ll stay the same
I ain’t saying names but I say it [once, once]
You better off French Kissing on a loaded gun


Chorus


Verse Three [Dukus]
See there’s two types of people in the world and you’re one of them
The ones that don’t get it, the ones who ain’t won a thing
Wishing for a lottery win over anything
Cos anything’s better than any way they’ve ever been
For the past, how ever many years
I’ve seen many disappear into thin air
For, for lack of finesse
Perhaps you should witness
The true form of what it really means to be a killer of Chinchilla’s
Sticking up the chin, I put the face up in the chimney
And have a Gin; your girl has the package I’m packaging
I happen to have a thing for Rappers who cannot string words
So I’m damaging their abdomens
Put pressure on the wounds if you cannot consume with a spoon
What I have spewed for you to chew
As soon as I hear the beat it’s over
And as soon as you get the beats it’s over, it’s over


Chorus


Outro [Amy]
But to walk away I have no capacity
He walks away, the sun goes down
He takes the day [fade]
Track Name: The Chips Were Down
Intro [DL]
Dedicate this one to my Father, who sadly passed away midway in recording this album, rest in peace Pops…


Intro Chorus x2 [Amy]
Self professed, profound, Til’ the chips were down


Verse One [DL]
I’m alone in a room as I zone to this tune
Thinking bout the highest moments of my life and the gloom
And the low points, when I thought about retiring from any more joints
Screw getting up I’m lying in
Pass me the Duvet, this is real life talk bitch it aint a movie
Bitch it ain’t blue ray, bitch it ain’t Student union movie Tuesday
I’m a straight hustle no regards to what the rules say
When I say hustle not referring the white stuff
Only making reference to the beats and turning mics up
So don’t bother squinting at me, no one turned the lights up
Or I’m ‘a reach boiling point like when you turn the rice up,
You could say I’m confident, brazen, tenacious
So put away your two Jack’s I got four Aces
So you can call me top boy, yeah that mean I roll plush
Til’ some lucky bastard come and beat me with a royal flush! I was feeling so…


Chorus [Amy / DL]
[Self professed, profound]
And everything was going so great until…
[Til’ the chips were down]
But I came back up so I’m feeling
[Self professed, profound]
And everything was going so great until…
[Til’ the chips were down]
But I still keep smiling…


Verse Two [DL]
I can have a cool day, free from any problems
Other days I wake up and I’m feeling so despondent
Just like when you messaging a girl who aint responding
Or your cash flow is on pause and you starving
Wishing for a garden where every tree is fruitful
And a naked woman called Eve and she beautiful
And I’m at my pinnacle, nobody can topple me
Looking at a property and thinking bout it properly
So I’m in my good books, character and good looks
Til’ I am reminded that I live amongst these hood crooks
And they don’t respect me must be the street code 21st century
Wanna say something but my heart won’t let, me must be the wisdom
Coupled with the fact that they probably won’t listen
I’m grand old Duke ‘in it so when I’m up, I’m up
And when I’m down, I’m down so enough is enough, is enough, is enough
And I’m feeling



Chorus



Verse Three [DL]
I guess I’m trying to say to you that even if you have the guts
To stand up to the world, it won’t stop it trying to grab your nuts
And put you in a dark place to make you feel you don’t fit
Makes tomorrow harder than today but tells you don’t quit
But then there is the flip side, where everything is blissful
Where everything is clicking into place just like a pistol
Flipside, take a long trip nobody miss you
Flipside, money ain’t a worry got a fistful
This my life in a contrast, ups and downs
And at times I’m with comrades, sometimes times clowns
It’s a tug o’ war when you just want more
And ya looking for a door but you pushed to the floor
And you look at the scoreboard to check on your score
And your score is lower than 5 minus 4
And you wanna go back to the day right before
When you felt at one with the world from you core [and you were feeling]


Chorus



Outro [Amy]
And now the final frame, love is a losing game…
Track Name: Put It In Writing featuring Ricko Capito & K9
Chorus x2 [Amy / DL]
Put it in writing, but who you writing for?
[For just yourself? I’d like to know, I do]


Verse One [DL]
Uh, too many rappers steady writing bullshit
Coming up with old shit and saying its new shit
Every word they writes an inch away from stupid
Who they think is gone be listening to they music?
Nobody cares and nobody profits
Cos when they put pen to paper yo it’s catastrophic
You an artist now you got a blank sheet of paper?
Isn’t it your job to paint a picture like a painter?
Instead they on some pancake flow
Little fruity in the middle so they fan base grow
Talking all kinds of rubbish so they band makes doe
If they got a hit record probably can’t make more
[Them niggas need to stop] it’s called the hand brake flow
Take a seat yo’ they need to plan they flow
So the general public can relate to what they wrote
Cos it ain’t like they writing yo its like they make notes and then they…


Chorus


Verse Two [Ricko]
Yo, man are talking bout things that they never done
Until Karma forces them to get a gun
Man are coming for your funds cos you said that you sell a tonne
And on the strip you’re a veteran
Okay, the flows bait, you’re so fake
Fuck biters I brush teef’s no Colgate
Trust me, under pressure
Them man’ll crack like the pilot in Soulplane
Now here’s a little task for the known lames
How about trying to ride in your own lane?
You ain’t wavy, I can see it in your boat race
Skills, no frills, meaning you have no taste
So now you’re looking at a next mans life
Constructing your lines through a next mans eyes
Trying to fool the masses with the next mans vibe
That’s like stunting in the next mans ride [echo]


Chorus


Verse Three [K9]
I’m like tell me who you writing for?
I think your rhymes are poor
I don’t believe what you’re saying so why the talk?
You just lying to yourself to try and get the wealth
But everything you say blood, I ignore
Cos you guys are all feeding me the lies
But I can’t be scammed, I can read between the lines
Stop cheating on the mic, you think that it’s easily disguised
But we ain’t believing all the hype
I just speak what’s on the mind and put it in words
Some say that I’m sick with the similes, metaphors
Adjectives, nouns and I’m good with the verbs
Trying to get what I fully deserve
So would you prefer a real artist telling you the truth?
Every time he gets up in the booth?
Or would you rather listen to a bredduh’ that is loose?
Spitting the fiction and telling you “whatever” on a tune [echo]

Chorus
Track Name: What She Running From? featuring Lei-an
Intro [Ricko Capito]
Ay yo DL, I think it’s time for that Slick Rick shit you know fam, you dun’ know


Intro Hook [DL]
Now this is a simple fairytale, about a girl I used to know
Who ran away from everything, but really wants to come back home you know
But she too scared and so she spends all day on road
Thinking of a place to go so she can be alone


Verse One [DL]
I knew this girl going through a hard time
Won’t say her name cos that’s not fair
She studied so hard at school
But her grades weren’t great at the end of the year
And she had a pops so strict
And he wanted to control everything she would wear
Her Boyfriend was an alcoholic
And when he got upset he would pull her hair
Her Mother died giving birth to her
With no older Siblings in her life
This young girl had a little Sister
How is that possible? Dads second wife
But one day the wife up and left
She got too tired of the Dads control
Some people said it was selfish
Leaving two young girls left on they own
It all became a bit too much
With no one to talk to the stress builds up
So one day she packs up a suitcase
Finally deciding enough was enough
Then one day dad comes home
And then he realized that his daughter has left
He calls the police to come over
And hopefully help him retrace her steps like…


Chorus [DL / Amy / Lei-an]
Now she running from the cops
[What she running from?]
She running from her pops
[What she running from?]
She running from her ex-boyfriend
[What she running from?]
she running from everything [I’m running from everything / (Lei-an simultaneously)]


Verse Two [DL]
Yo, she out in the big wide world
With not much money and not much to do
With no real place to call home
She’s turning her back on the life that she knew
But she got her mind made up
and with that said no one was gonna’ spoil it
Spends her first night in a Motel
Very next morning looking for employment
[Oh my days] but no one’s hiring
Not even a small job cleaning a window
Hardship really hits home
Cos it was never really gonna’ be that simple
A whole 7 days go by
With so much walking her shoes give her blisters
So she sits down on a park bench
Feeling the guilt of leaving her sister
Knowing what her dad was like
And acknowledging her step mum did the same
She didn’t want her sister to grow up feeling neglected
And pointing the blame
She made a decision right then
To do the right thing and make that call
Her dad didn’t ask where was
As long as she safe come all that’s all


Chorus [DL / Amy / Lei-an]
She was running from the cops
[What she running from?]
She was running from her pops
[What she running from?]
She was running from her ex-boyfriend
[What she running from?]
she running from everything [I’m running from everything / (Lei-an simultaneously)]


Outro [DL]
But now she runs and she runs, now she runs back home
And she runs and she runs, suddenly she runs back home [repeats]


(Simultaneously)
[Lei-an]
But now I run and I run, and I run back home
And I run and I run, suddenly I’m running back home [repeats]
Track Name: I Can Get Mine
Intro [DL]
Yo,
Yo, yo
Yo, yo, yo


Verse One [DL]
Uh, they call me the hardest working man ever
Probably because I like to endeavour
Cos I won’t finish if time don’t finish
The beat still playing? My rhyme won’t finish
Recorded nine albums in three years
With no candles blown out with three cheers
Cos hard work ain’t no party
I ain’t beat-les like Paul McCartney
I’m so sleepless just like a zombie
But no weakness in my way to stop me
I see a lot of young cats chilling
Gun to the clock we call it time killing
Talking I’m on the grind shit
But really wanna take all my shit
Plus they wanna criticise my way
They got to be high like Friday
Cos this my life no hobby
I know I can’t please everybody
And some folks way to snotty
but I’m J.R. they Bobby
So I’mma just do what I do
Worldwide Underground like Badu
So I won’t lose no face
And my parents brought me to this place so I can get mine


Chorus [Amy]
So I can get mine and you get yours


Verse Two [DL]
I spend a lot of time on my own
Which means that I spend a lot of time on the phone
I spend a lot of time in the lab
So I spend a lot of time with my pen and my pad
I write till my fingers hurting
So don’t judge if you never been that person
So let my pain be my pain
And let my gain be my gain
I got nothing to loose
So I keep going even when I’m not in the mood
Even if I probably loose
I stand tall I ain’t one of these dudes
Who give up on the first hurdle
My Pops raised me like a Ninja Turtle
I can’t be no cry baby
So Mike let’s go get that Mercedes!
And cruise around in the city
No doubt, no regret no pity
Top boys on the committee
With top girls looking so pretty
Living my life like a movie
Having a great time nothing moody
And I won’t lose no face
And my parents brought me to this place so I can get mine [damn right]


Chorus [Amy]
So I can get mine and you get yours


Speech [DL]
Yeah, for real, right first of all I wanna apologize if I sound a bit bunged up, like, I… I caught a cold on the back end of recording this but urm, you know, I’m just gonna talk you out, urm, I just wanna say like, this, this song and this album is primarily just about going for your really… ya na’ mean? Like I’ve always been taught, to not let anything get in your way, no resistance, no hurdles, no obstacles, ya na’ mean?

I mean I guess you’re always gonna face all that stuff in life but it’s still important to know that you can overcome, ya na’ mean? Like hardship and adversity and all of that… you know a lot of people talk about trying to make it like when they, they can’t even make a roll up! Do ya’ know what I’m saying? It’s like you got to get that discipline, that balance, that purpose and perspective and just do like what… What Amy’s saying basically…


Outro Chorus [Amy]
Yeah I can get mine and you get yours
Yay-eee I can get mine and you get yours
Track Name: Gold For A Fool featuring Pyrelli
Chorus [Amy / DL]
[She sits home and dreams]
Dreaming of the man in her life
She thinking he is doing her right
[He’s not all he seems]
His true colours won’t come through
I think that she ignoring them too
[Now she won’t be happy]
Girl this ain’t no price to pay
So I don’t understand why you stay cos…
[It’s false security but she will be waiting]



Verse One [DL]
She sitting home dreaming bout a man who no good
And everybody tells her but she misunderstood
I guess that you could say that she was blinded by love
Cos if you knew the things that she was tolerant of
You probably be thinking that she sick in head
The way he got her tripping cos he got her misled
He got her suffocating like she holding her breath
I told her she should kill it but she loves him to death
It’s like the way that he be treating her was never best
He had her slumming in his village like she run with the S
But he ain't what he seems on real yo he’s not
She thinks that he’s diamond not a rock at the top
And plus he got her thinking that he loves her to bits
But never says the reason why he never commits
String dangling with her heart is not cool
Cos he is not golden but she playing the fool [fool, fool, fool]


Chorus [Amy / Pyrelli]
[She sits home and dreams]
Dreaming of the man in her life
She thinking that he doing her right
[He’s not all he seems]
His true colours won’t come true
I think that she ignoring them too
[Now she won’t be happy]
Girl this ain’t no price to pay
So I don’t understand why you stay cos…
[It’s false security but she will be waiting]


Verse Two [Pyrelli]
Yo D, she came to see me last night in the pouring rain
With nothing but tears of pain rolling down her face
All I could do was cuddle her frame and kiss her cheek
And place her distressed head over my heartbeat
On her wonderfully toned skin she wearing bruises
Blaming herself for falling in love with a loser
I don’t know what to do bruv!
I can’t repeat the things on this track that she said he’d do to her
The way she’d say it like it’s nothing, it ain’t new to her
Steady defending him like it ain’t him abusing her
She’s so beautiful, I asked God
I wondered what the reason is she have to go through this ting’ at all?
I pray you give her joy forevermore
And the strength to overcome a love so un-pure
I felt compelled to write for her cos I adore her
But only time will tell cos it’s the master, there’s no other cure that’s why…


Chorus [Amy / DL]



Verse Three [DL]
She waiting for the day when he gets her a ring
And tells her he’s prepared to give her everything
But the clock keeps ticking and the hours go by
And she infatuated but she scared to ask why
Thinking she will lose him if she tries to provoke
Cos she don’t see no reason to be rocking the boat
Wrapped around his finger is her whole wide world
A golden boy for a foolish girl

[Pyrelli]
Never had relations with her, used to carry feelings for her
But I kept em’ on the low cos I’m a dog when we out on tour
It weren’t fair having you placed in that situation
Now every year, more and more you disintegrating
Breaking down your spirit of your mind he got control
Now you looking twice your age like you’re sixty years old
Babe, you really need to let this dude go
And stop acting like this fools gold… but until then…


Chorus [Amy / Pyrelli]
Track Name: Back To Rap Outro
[DL]
“I guess we’re gonna draw the curtain now, the end of the journey… Back To Rap… Funky DL samples Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black…
I just wanna at this time, I wanna big up everyone who came through... all the artists and the features, like my family man…

Big up to like Dukus, Dukus Alemay, big up Sus, big up Pyrelli, Ricko Capito, K9, Lei-an, Addictive, MCD… MCD was the one who gave me the idea for this initially so big up MCD, also big up Parris, big time video director doing it big in New York, goreela.com

DJ Stixx and the UK’s number one hip-hop DJ, DJ 279, shout out’s to DJ Kofi, can’t forget Klashnekoff, and my cousin Mike a.k.a. Myers… Yo you can check out the urm? The bundle download, like there’s other folders in there where you can see more about all the artists who came through on this, I just wanna thank them again ya’ na’ mean? It’s been a real good experience, real big experience ya’ na’ mean?

Don’t forget to cop the brand new Funky DL album... entitled... “A Classic Example of a…” It’s out in July 2010, summertime, timeless… check out all the Funky DL albums on iTunes, funkydl.com

Sending this one out to all Funky DL fans and all Amy Winehouse fans and I guess with all that said and done…there’s only one more thing I can really say…
Big up Amy Winehouse.



Outro [Amy]
He left no time to regret, kept his dick wet, with his same old [fade]