The Black Swan

by Zaimah

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Adiv Azriel The first song sample I heard resonated immediately. The second song sample had me hooked. If I had to say so, she is the best female lyricists I have ever heard. Style, grace, flare, plus a serious message, without the usual vulgarity or 'appeal to the masses'. She did her thing and, to me, it is like finding water in a desert.
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Zaimah creates music for those who reverence lyrical content but hardly want to sacrifice catchy musical presence to get it. The Black Swan is substance AND confection. If you want contagious music with a message via hip hop and soul; The Black Swan delivers.

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released April 7, 2016

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Zaimah New York, New York

Zaimah means leader. An arabic name given to her at birth in order to remind of the responsibility which would fall upon their last born daughter. Zaimah has spent the greater part of her life learning to love herself, following her heart and more than anything else, fighting to trust the voice inside her that says, "You have a special purpose. Use your voice to teach about consciousness." ... more

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Track Name: Traphouse
Chorus:

The food industry
And these Pharmacies
The house cross the street
You're a Traphouse
You're a Traphouse
You're a Traphouse.
Hou hou hou hou house

First Verse:

Poor babies sitting in class
can’t focus
Dr. said double up the dosage
prescribing kids dope is just hopeless
no coping for broken folk
insurance misanthrope
this system sure is broke.
But its masked in mass media
victims of under informed procedures
they say it makes a life
a whole lot easier
turns out
you only made a whole lot greedy
you eat it you need it you buy it
they sell it ain’t free to ya
add to headaches
they want to chemically heal ya
derived from a laboratory
half the story
whole foods is your glory.
you can ......

Chorus:

The food industry
And these Pharmacies
The house cross the street
You're a Traphouse
You're a Traphouse
You're a Traphouse.
Hou hou hou hou house

2nd Verse:
They invest in the culture
that turns you into a freak and
hitting every club, get the love you was seeking
pulling up on dubs, sexin thugs, STD then
Head to the doctor, for a cure to ya weekend.
one things for sure, doctor definitely will tell you
theres a new pill on the market for you
But if its safe, he can't say, he can't say.
Long as you don’t
breathe or have a heartbeat you're okay.
The fine print, mind it stopped the burn
kill ya liver
why this chemical learn,
it makes ya problems bigger,
and of course your gonna be
back at it again
back at all the loose ness
back to trends back to sin.
The cycle just continues,
forgetcha spiritual menu
you’ll just get a new prescription
missin ya conviction
whatcha solve all your problems
through
the place that you running to
is a trap house


High fructose corn syrup
genetically modified foods
don’t worry
promise they got a pill for it.
All they want is your money honey
even if they gotta kill for it.
Track Name: Wide Open (Roomy)
Wide Open (Roomy)

First Movement:

Heard the voice of God inside a Zadie Smith novel.
My heart stays with you
like Twitterers follow.
Like hunger does models.
You not wanting me no more is
a hard pill to swallow
but oh
I'lll be okay.

Chorus:

Why are you in prison
The doors wide open
What you are seeking is
seeking you.
The entrance for the light
happens to be inside of your very wounds
We all were born with wings.
But why do we crawl through life?

Next Movement:

Focusing on all the things I wanted.
made me forget everything I had.
Made me cherish less whats inside my hands.
Made me perish just from my circumstance.
Maybe if I held a bit of this grand grand future.
Maybe then I know I would believe.
Won’t you show me what you have waiting for me.
Easy to see that I need...
show me show me.
I need faith.
Show me, show me.
Before its too late.
Show me, show me.
Am I gonna go far.
Show me.
I am here.
In prison with no bars.

No Bars.
No Bars.
No Bars.

Chorus:
Why are you in prison
The doors wide open
What you are seeking is
seeking you right.
The entrance for the light
happen to be inside of your very wounds
We all were born with wings.
So why do we crawl through Life?
Track Name: Black Swans featuring Alkebulaun
Chorus:

We take the rain.
We see the sun
Crawled on our knees
Til we could run
Another day, we gonna strive
We feel the pain cuz we're alive.
Black Swans are coming.


First Verse:
Behold a dark people
so regal bringing the light.
They said we was unequal, so lethal,
begins the plight.
Like the Black Swan Effect
you can’t expect the change thats comin
my people running
God Saved the best for last
number one in the draft.
Devastations what slavery caused
Check my neighborhood, its aching and it's breaking cuz of ya’ll,
vacant of applause.
But in fact, cut you some slack,
cuz now the onus is on our backs.
Conditions changed, got a sign, and it reads Barack.
So, I ain’t madatchu just like Pac
We can choose to empower and uplift the block.
If we abuse the power and resist the plot,
We gonna lose our inheritance and miss our shot.
And oh, there goes our relevance
Ghetto fab forget elegance
History will prove that we forgotten our intelligence,
forgotten our religion,
Forgot the Qur’an and Gideon.
My people soul is deeper.
Spirit reaching the steeples
Keep ya equal.

Chorus:
We take the rain.
We see the sun
Crawled on our knees
Til we could run
Another day, we gonna strive
We feel the pain cuz we're alive.
Black Swans are coming.
Black Swans are coming.
Track Name: Khalifah
All rise.... for The Khalifah

Chorus:
Khalifah Kha Kha Khalifah
Khalifah Kha Kha Khalifah
Khalifah tul Ard and we're gonna go far.


Verse 1:
Don’t call me a God
Its something that I abhor
Giving me a name
I didn’t get from my Lord
Making false claims
are certain to be ignored
Try staying in your lane
its something you should do more.
I’m a human being
and thats an honor in itself
gotcha gifts from someone else
gotcha lift from borrowed wealth.
Lets be clear, no more confusion.
My title is Khalifah, I’m a leader
no illusions. Fully Human. Yes.

Chorus:
Khalifah Kha Kha Khalifah
Khalifah Kha Kha Khalifah
Khalifah tul Ard
And we gonna go far.

Verse 2:

Everything here is for me.
The honor that I hold
is a power God bestowed me.
My high ranking is specifically and surely
I stay thinking
you won’t catch me acting poorly.
Eyes stay blinking
I can see the goal before me.
Souls unshrinking
God is Greater than you or me.
Early since the start of this creation
The Creator was my potter
must do the things that I oughta
Salat is Air so I gotta
Breathe with a shaddah
To receive with a madda.
And as long as I'm breathing
I will tell you
There is no other.
I am not a God we are Nas in the place.
The devil thought he handsome
But Khalifah on my face.
This is an anthem for the Nas in the place.
The devil think he’s winning
But Khalifah wins the race. Yes.

Khalifah Kha Kha Khalifah
Khalifah Kha Kha Khalifah
Khalifas tul Ard
And we gonna go far.

Excerpt from lecture of Imam W. D. Mohammed
Track Name: Mama
Pardon you and your forgiven.
Underdog Black Swan Winning
Grand slam 9th inning
No bitches here the muzzles off
stomping for the women
Who are bosses and nurturers
Church or mosque going worshippers
Teachers of the seeds,
soul at work, we grow this work witcha
Honor the XX chromosome
Honor the families you broke
Honor the broken homes
Who gives new life production out the womb
Yet you show no gratitude to women
forget the reason for your living.
and now your life is like a prison.
Here’s a hint Respect the feminine key
Solution is a revolution
Its beginning with me.
Who turnin prisons into prisms with just a vision,
Expanding inner limits, time to change our image
put your womb in it, this is pilgrimage.
Raising up nations, from babies, little.
The answer is the Mother. This was a riddle.
Track Name: Two Paths
Two Paths
Which one will you choose
You have
a fork in your road
You can, do something now
that holds your weight forever.

You have
Power within you
Your hands
make you who you are
You can
Do something about
your circumstance and weather


Rap:

New choices every day
even when it seem you don’t
look closer and the way
you do not see will open
don’t take the path of coping
it numbs ya pain like dope and
squeezes all your hope like chokin
lifes a riddle but the good news you will see
although ya feeling brittle the good news is on its way
and tho I’m feeling little, God is big is my motto
His hand is on the throttle
sing ya life a song in vibrato
there is no tune with auto
matic
gotta pick and then play what team are you on
its evident so you seize the day
and pass like LeBron
Now your back
to the Cavs, know your orig-ins
decisions should be made with precision
just keep ya vision
head high soar I never get high floor
my Lord supplies laws My leger is my score.
the lift that I’m need’em
can’t get from drugs there’s a reason
won’t sleep harvest time in season
or you’ll starve when others eating
be a blessing
the futures in the present
leaders born from adolescense
free ya self from sin incessant
meet you back inside the essence

No worries. Your future can be flipped
Ain’t no hurry make salat first I insist.
Getcha mind right be equipped.
Make your word bond infinite.
Watch ya life grow increments.
Letcha light flow illumine.
Look here, Look here.
God made you upright,
not crooked.
As long as I'm in this,
As God is my witness,
I'll win this.
two paths.


Two Paths
Which one will you choose
You have
a fork in your road
You can, do something now
that holds your weight forever.


Two Paths
Two Paths
you got two paths.
Which one will you choose.
Track Name: Between The Lines
Can (my) you (heart) read (says) between (no) the lines.
Can (I) you (just) read (can't) between (show) the lines.
Can (I) you (want)) read (to) between (go) the lines.