HOLOS

by Aquasocks

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released May 10, 2019

All songs written and performed by Aqua and Ghettosocks (L.Sampson and D.Pyper), except for featured artists. All songs recorded, mixed, and engineered by Shaun Ryan at Satellite Studios, Halifax, Nova Scotia. All scratches provided by DJ Uncle Fester.

“Wonderground”, “Higher Learning”, “My Escape”, “Conversation”, and “Star Tropics” produced by Bix (aka @INTJAY). “Marsha Ambrosius”, and “Sensei and Grasshopper” produced by Ghettosocks. “Abu Dhabi”, and “Wires (Remix)” produced by DJ Uncle Fester. “Trump Tight” produced by Goonie Beats. Additional bass guitar on “Abu Dhabi” performed by Kevin Tilley. Album arranged by Ghettosocks and DJ Uncle Fester. All songs mastered for vinyl & digital by Tom Rogers at Atomix Media, California, USA. Manufacturing and distribution provided by Black Buffalo Records in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Project management overseen by Droppin’ Science Productions in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cover art illustrations provided by Jools Annie. Design and layout provided by Ghettosocks.

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Track Name: Wonderground
SOCKS: We bringing that breakfast in bed, only substitute breakfast for rhymes and swap that cozy nest for ya head. Bless. Heads bob like animals on a carousel. I slowly woke from a dream noticing the parallels. Gently down a stream, floatin on a whale’s back, wind whisperin like P Diddy sayin ‘take that’. Up north reverberatin like a lake cracked, I watched my name roll away on a train track.

AQUA: Who found gold? Who was the dummy who put a price on it, and made a life lesser? That's life lessons that I should know. Notebly writing books, the way these lines tell stories, get goosebumps from the chills, just chill, I get chills from side effects of a pill, that enlightens, bligh me it blind me. Choreograph a heist, that in heightens our spending habits on this art form, the flow it's drowning nigga's facades.

TOGETHER: It’s like peace to the run-around. We turn the under to a wonder-ground. Two voices melt beats to a butter sound. Das it- show’s over like “Shut ‘er down”. It’s like peace to the run-around. We turn the under to a wonder-ground. Two voices melt beats to a butter sound. Das it- show’s over like “Shut ‘er down”.

AQUA: You can bet: put me in a pool with bricks, weighing me down i guarantee you they won't find the evidence, yo, you won't see me getting me tacky, claim you a got body, I claim drugs are bad mm-kay mister Mackey. You just high you talking crazy aswell, Arabian smell, you must want me raiden your cell, in your bubble I can smellage your grill, your pheromones I can tell, you ain't ready for this lyrical Hell.

SOCKS: Dressed in camo rode a camel into Camelot. The plants danced panoramic round a magic rock.Kangaroos with some cameras took some candid shots when I shook hands with a panda and an astronaut. Shed doubts plate of sprouts over tempeh was known to the people in my circle as the Sensei. I saw the monster from the Loch Ness poke up, then I heard Aquakultre laughing and I woke up.

TOGETHER: It’s like peace to the run-around. We turn the under to a wonder-ground. Two voices melt beats to a butter sound. Das it- show’s over like “Shut ‘er down”. It’s like peace to the run-around. We turn the under to a wonder-ground. Two voices melt beats to a butter sound. Das it- show’s over like “Shut ‘er down”.
Track Name: Marsha Ambrosius
AQUA: Form of attack, plan be hand written. Clansman get hung just for thinking they mess with the kid. Ambition with a side a slaw, bar for bar, give out individual plates If they starving to get ate.

SOCKS: It’s Octagonal- you tangled in a tango, in tandem with 2 dragonflies the size of Durangos. The slang goes ‘bang’ poems penetrate ya mango. Aquasocks stepping through them places where you can't go.

AQUA: Hoods got plenty uh guns, you don't put no fear in this, lyrics I twist break you like chicken bones. Folks think that they know, Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius, get touched for bringing all that heat to the throne.

SOCKS: Leave it alone. We bringing that marvellous, mysterious, and learn to play guitar while we architectin pyramids. Simple-minded drones be accident prone, we stay sharp with the art swinging axe into bone. Woah.

AQUA: Off your bloodline, with a tag on a stall. Slur your words, like graffiti get a tag on your jaw. Socks, if they act rugged , ill swing bows , and manifest flows, off the dome, I'm sick them and they dress codes.

SOCKS: What the Heck? No- Aqua's dope as opium dens, and we reside where heaven starts and utopia ends. We blowin smoke while we jokin with friends. Steady posted up laughing as we sippin Ethiopian blends.

Y’all already know- hold up- we the slickest in the set, so get themush tea popping til we tripping to Tibet. Then we resurface out in Aruba in a V-neck, hopping off the dock like ‘you can get ya feet wet’.

AQUA: *cough cough* Let me just clear my throat. The back and fourth is sick, cuz the champs is gross. Adios. They can't even check ballistics. Fam, kill em with that heiroglyphic crisp linguistic.

SOCKS: Bring this shit- delivery systems like we Amazon. The kids so ill with the flip the spit’s Gaviscon. We travel cross the galaxy back again to Avalon to lift you off your feet like you standing on the Gravitron.

AQUA: Give me permission and I'll pick ya lock. Ya whole team anticipating for this shit to stop. And we annihilate weak rappers. Assassinate ‘em when the shit dies down about a week after.

SOCKS: Ya hear laughter as we clapping at ya glee practice. The steeze drastic leave ya sleeping on a peed mattress. We incredible, but never on a pedestal. The general consensus is: ya better eat ya vegetables.

AQUA: So respectable, and I can see clearly now the rain is gone, where my spectacles? Bi-racial, yes. The clique spacious, yes. Move how however we want: just like the queen in chess.
Track Name: Higher Learning (feat. Chudi Harris)
CHUDI: Elevate our stake, must seek the higher learning. Whatever form it takes, must seek the higher learning. Elevate our stake- and never lose your faith. Whatever form it takes. Whatever form it takes.

SOCKS: Peace to the gods who keep defeating the odds. Keep on keeping on until you breach the mirage. Ain’t no need for applause, we don’t speak to the law. No need to go deep not tryna meet with the jaws. How you see a shark when you can’t see the fin, like narcs in a car parked outside your crib. And how you getting wet if you don’t like to swim? Like, how you gon win when you ain’t right within? While y’all whine about ya life on ya lunch break, I’m working on improving my community’s feng shui. Tryna see my team paid: see ‘em all cut steak. On a Sunday the kids laughing in a Pug’s face. Fresh pomegranate juice in the mixture. Limes get twisted then I sip the elixir. Words from the scripture’s what keep the tires turning/ as I strive find a purpose from applying all this higher learning.

CHUDI: Elevate our stake, must seek the higher learning. Whatever form it takes, must seek the higher learning. Elevate our stake- and never lose your faith. Whatever form it takes. Whatever form it takes.

AQUA: Peace to the gods. Survive any terrain like I'm cheating the odds. We taking up hella space, two peas in a pod. Critics say we the shit, call it fecal menage. I ain't a taxi, I won't sneak in your drawyers. I’m worried about.my own, my my mom bleed when she cough. I took a gamble on my life, it needed resettie. Joe Pesci criminal in my jeans it left me- just enough on my plate, it's all I got. I'm probably exchanging a gem with a chop. A street genius tryna figure how to feed phoenixes, and breed ‘em wit staying underground mixes. Just envision a transition from.making 12 grand in a flip to barely making a living. How do I keep sane a fire burning. Estranged there's a beauty in trying to stay on top of this higher learning.

CHUDI: Elevate our stake, must seek the higher learning. Whatever form it takes, must seek the higher learning. Elevate our stake- and never lose your faith. Whatever form it takes. Whatever form it takes.
Track Name: Sensei & Grasshopper
AQUA: You now rocking with the sensei and grasshopper. Flow water on this beat, but the track lava. And when we rolling with the set, give up daps proper. How he body language smooth, but he rap Rasta. Tight. I'm hand-picking my past lifes. Rare spice, the type they ain't trading. Never colonial I give em the right pay. I make it look God like way that I rock jade. See, my teachers think they let me down, dudes used to resent me- they respect me now. Maybe cuz I wasn't like my bruhs, or cuz I gave em a low price when the price went up, wanted to see them eat too. Cold blooded. Of course the horse pleaded to the Lord before he died of boredom, helpless. Unless I see less questful- detrimention, then I guess Lex breath will not lesser for a- ignorant lawyer ignorant aura , fuck up outta here, careful for you sink the sand, I’m weighted. Listen younging, if you sit in the van , I waited. A couple ounces I could put your hand, I weighed it. Quick maths, handed a 2 and 3, given a 5, I did 18 months, happy to be alive. It's a doggy doggy, I play like frogger, maneuver through the obstacles and got out that joint. One.

SOCKS: Y’all know this that jam- but we acknowledge that we standing on Mi'kmaq land. The trees seen it all long before we walked, coming through slapping up our tags on these blocks. Unapologetically, the policy’s truth. Now what the fuck am I supposed to do with all of these jewels? Shed light, I guess the prophecy’s true. I’m propped on stool, watch a goddess eat fruit. See big Socks and Aqua? They on. H-bomb live performance, never take a day off. Chilling with my god-kids, big box of crayons, spilling all the Skittles out with thoughts of Trayvon. ACAB: squeeze a semi at they badges. Their remedies will never clean my legacy of damage. Chakras stay aligned they spend they energy on malice. It isn’t that they’re bad- they just chemically imbalanced. So with all due respect- fuck off. Sipset dialect - Vimana dust-off. Fly as a pilot with the style of a pirate giving rise to a riot writing rhymes on papyrus. She wanna bring me food like a lioness, I sat back smiling and replied, ‘I insist’. Paint a portrait way enormous like it’s placed in orbit. I could’ve made a fortune but I gave an organ.
Track Name: My Escape
ALTERNATING: Material things, riff and a raff, I see my pain in the glass, that's why I sit up and draft up my escape. Rather spend my ends on vegetable splash then buy a drink. Rather tell my life story to strangers and let ‘em think. Material things, riff and a raff, I see my pain in the glass, that's why I sit up and draft up my escape. Rather spend my ends on vegetable splash then buy a drink. Rather tell my life story to strangers and let ‘em think.

SOCKS: Catch me singing falsetto. She said I smelled like marshmallows. “Oh tell me s’more,” I replied with an elbow. Woah— I’m at your salad bar going buck, like I wanna be an Avatar when I grow up. All jokes aside, I don’t need a ride to get around, I can use a bike that I “found”, feet leave the ground. Fly across town without a cape or a gown, like a spectre no sceptre or crown. Now, people place importance on things that’s imported while ignoring an assortment of things on their doorstep. I sorta think the source is all distorted. We overlook what’s free for a life that costs a fortune. Morbid. But heaven forbid we all become robots, *beep-beep-a-leepin* our ways into that cold box. I’m gonna pack a picnic and sit a thick chick, underneath a sycamore with kids in the distance.

ALTERNATING: Material things, riff and a raff, I see my pain in the glass, that's why I sit up and draft up my escape. Rather spend my ends on vegetable splash then buy a drink. Rather tell my life story to strangers and let ‘em think. Material things, riff and a raff, I see my pain in the glass, that's why I sit up and draft up my escape. Rather spend my ends on vegetable splash then buy a drink. Rather tell my life story to strangers and let ‘em think.

AQUA: This that bi-racial breed-up. Beautiful connection, outcome so majestic. Prospectus. Just important as your breakfast. Use crack to appeal to the wreckless and get you back you necklace, cuz I’m that kid, oppressed but I don’t let it practice. I’ll take lady behind the glasses, I can’t choose an acttress. Material things unlink what we choose to distract us. Rather learn dirty chords Robbie Glasperin’. Conversate with the faith-monger incivility talkers I’ll walk with whoever tryna break away. Don’t sleep cuz we vibin’ through the sounds of a lake. Listen each notion you teachin’ provides a different take. One another, or other of one mother and different fathers but the blood is thicker than water. I got sick and tired of hearing the slaughter, I had to maneuver. What’s gracious to me: the family and not a damn computer.

ALTERNATING: Material things, riff and a raff, I see my pain in the glass, that's why I sit up and draft up my escape. Rather spend my ends on vegetable splash then buy a drink. Rather tell my life story to strangers and let ‘em think. Material things, riff and a raff, I see my pain in the glass, that's why I sit up and draft up my escape. Rather spend my ends on vegetable splash then buy a drink. Rather tell my life story to strangers and let ‘em think.
Track Name: Abu Dhabi
ALTERNATING: And through the breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi. The breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi.

AQUA: It was the summer 2015. I just had got out the Bing, or was it spring? I mean, I can recall the release, I just wanna be accurate when I tell you bout this chick that I met. I used to walk by her, I wasn't single but I caught up in the crossfire thinking of her. It was a late night, she had them black pants on, she must of worked late, Sunset Fridays at backpackers. See, me and my ex girl we fought so I moved out. Next day I went to her work she introduced herself. No name out of respect for her, she called me by my nickname I had to flex on her. I know my dude was trying to hit it, but the difference was, I was trying to bond he was trying to quit it. I asked my cousin about her, and what's the chances she was talking bout me too- something romantic.

ALTERNATING: And through the breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi. The breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi.

SOCKS: See, to me- it seemed you found your equal like a math test when we rolled out to see Thundercat at Jazzfest. The air was fresh- the stars were electric, plus the vibe was hella heavy on the friendship. Privileged to be present for a portion of the courtship. It helped me realize and define what’s important. We all wilded out but split up when the time came. Y’all did you’re thing that night- I did the same same. When we caught up-you brought me up to speed, but I didn’t know the complex story underneath. It sounds like ya man had-his priorities mixed up: one man’s treasure is another man’s missed bus. But you together for a reason, and don’t get stressed when you can’t afford the royal treatment. Best believe I understand how you feel: when you wanna take her dining but the budget’s value meal like uh....

ALTERNATING: And through the breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi. The breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi.

AQUA: Endorphins, mighty morphins. The chi that you get from the plant base, the sources. We showed this city just what mature is: putting away a little savings for our kids. I mean, we talked about it, I said, we ain't getting young, plus the raw sex feeling like cheques you ain't expecting. Challenges occur, individuals fail to make decisions what's best for his and her, and you so independent, been on your own for a while. Feng Shui cultural got your own little style. When we get jiggy that kitty flow like the Nile. Teach me history's I ain't known as a child. If they disrespect you then I ain't toning it down. Just keep passing that neo solstice around. Oh! I think I hit the jackpot, come on Zdeno Chara wit the slap shot.

ALTERNATING: And through the breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi. The breaks in the soles, the rips in the clothes, that capillary action when you stroll. I’m like, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” I’d take me and my woman shopping out in Abu Dhabi.
Track Name: Conversation
SOCKS: Let’s have a conversation. You could call it a communal contemplation: adding thoughts to the compilation. Our whole clique stay stimulated so don’t be intimidated if our empresses are opinionated. We got people graduating so, congratulations. Black magic peep the majesty’s imagination. Fascinating how we liberate while we captivate with old friends rollin through the show- we so glad you made it. Its funny in world gone nuts that we can still find sanity in the ones we trust. What is challenging to some ain’t challenging to us. Not family by blood - but family by love. In my village, the queens radiate, more concerned with raising babies less concerned about the baby weight. If you ever need a hand we can make a date, and I hope you feel that appreciation day to day.

ALTERNATING: If I had a change for every line that I wrote in my notebook. If I had ice cream for every dime that passed me by when I said, “hi.” I wouldn't have a whole lotta cavities. Why? Because I don't rap to the sweet chicks. I keep my feet up, look you in the eye and tell you “conversation is the key to life. The key to life”.

AQUA: Let’s have a conversation. What’s your favorite texture? Quit the opinionated hatred, let the baby lecture. It’s amazing what you can conjure if you paid attention. Chemi-cally no need to rally to extract an essence. Conversation: that’s the parable in Jesus’ eyes. Don’t be infected, but affected by the people’s lives. Impeach history, but teach each breach of peace. Practice what you preach and don’t be a lying leach. I’m afraid that what I’m thinking just might break ‘em down, so I write it down, every word in a cypher counts. 360 awareness to a degree embarrass, at the lack of information when we think of terrorists. Conversation there’s a couple needed. Keep it flowing like the grain in the pipes we feeding. Apologetic but no evidence of retroceding. Don’t be neglectful but respectful to the youth we leading.

ALTERNATING: If I had a change for every line that I wrote in my notebook. If I had ice cream for every dime that passed me by when I said, “hi.” I wouldn't have a whole lotta cavities. Why? Because I don't rap to the sweet chicks. I keep my feet up, look you in the eye and tell you “conversation is the key to life. The key to life”.
Track Name: Trump Tight (feat. Shevy Price)
AQUA: When it's locked it's a go, and I go all in these chains couldn't keep a brother in a restriction. 4 kings, a challenge I can invest in. But there's 1 me, only 2 hands and 2 feet, and 2 eyes but that's going, my visions I can't see. My sense is listen before you speak, that virtue is whack, who's really paying attention? I wish the internet was flesh, so I can make it bleed. Dead man wonderland. The games rigged, there's nothing that we can do or say to change things- but keep talking. The more ones reminded of it they tend to do the same. And I know that there's a purpose, rain water makes it the sky and comes down and resurfaces. There's a cycle here, and we fucking if up. We too worried bout Trump faces and riot gear.

SOCKS: Looks like we bout to head on a mission that’s a head-on collision, so the rest ought to listen. Mega-meal deal bout to get all the chicken, plus we out for the paper with those dead politicians. Look, Benjamin was never nominated president. I doubt you can read, fuck postulating evidence. Meanwhile, we automated genesis while whipping through space to the constellation Pegasus. So tell me how ya noodle felt when the squad transformed ya brain to a tuna melt. Who da hell sounds beautifuller than two Adeles? You know well dude, it’s just business as usual. Abracadabra- we took the back route to bring the raw back plus Halifax too. The rhymes we clap are designed to blast truth and laser-remove Trudeau’s Haida tattoo.

SHEVY: This a down-home Halifax takeover, right? I’m still fly and connected like a layover flight. Still connected like a gotta write in cursive to rap. You could never trump me with your alternative facts. You’ve been workin for scraps, and got the god damn nerve to hate on me for gettin paid to put together words. Jealous, overzealous, petty, finicky chick. Throwin stones from your glass is a rickity bridge. I’ma viciously spit ‘til I’m lickity split, and drop bombs- anyone in my vicinity hit. And if the good die young, then I’m counting the days. This little light of mine shining through a mountain of shade. Better budget your days, ‘cause you’re stuck in your ways. Treat your pride like a strap, baby- tuck it away. Or just leave it at the door with your jacket and shoes. Ya whole career Minute Maid, but you’re lackin the juice.
Track Name: Star Tropics
AQUA: I remember my first video game it was riddled with flames the soundtrack was hip hop graffiti spelling names it paint a picture for me becuz the music and the storyline it gives me nostalgia nowadays the new games and mainframes they breaking down the graphics is nice but the novel is in and out I bought a new ps4 it lasted 9 months why 64 from 96 is still working that's for certain I aim to break inertia so much pride in the rhymes it hadda hurt lyricism, subliminlizing, raw was the character builder, digitizing, calculating. Calculations conclude This, old school ish universal, you can taste it within a full circle. Disrespecting the craft I'll prolly hurt you. Late for class?, no pass from me, teach would beat my ass.

TOGETHER: You know we stay gamin. Blazing on the daily we learned to remain patient. But don’t let it get in the way of your relations, or I’ll turn your ex-box to my play station. You know we stay gamin. Blazing on the daily we learned to remain patient. But don’t let it get in the way of your relations, or I’ll turn your ex-box to my play station.

SOCKS: Two players flambé ya back to Fantasia. Space Invaders blast the cartridge out the damn Sega. Splash phasers amazing lemon-merengue lasers. Land racers navigate the shape of Wu-tang razors. You knew the future was now, when ya mama saw what we was doin she was like “wow”. Gamin all-night to be last Star-fighter, pressing buttons so hard you’d swear they’re all car lighters. Inflammable, Altered Beast man-animal. Man-handle missile command and Faxanadu. Upgraded grenades display what the cannon do. Parades of grey berets get sprayed- from the camera’s view. Kill the vac when star-fox is in the midst of action. Split an atom and scatter from out the simulacrum. This kid has lasted past a planet that you didn’t fathom. It’s high-noon in Hyrule and I’m killing Ganon.

TOGETHER: You know we stay gamin. Blazing on the daily we learned to remain patient. But don’t let it get in the way of your relations, or I’ll turn your ex-box to my play station. You know we stay gamin. Blazing on the daily we learned to remain patient. But don’t let it get in the way of your relations, or I’ll turn your ex-box to my play station.
Track Name: Wires (Remix)
SOCKS: I’m tryna bring home the bacon, and stack small pages in a tiny book. You could call it livelihood, it’s kinda good. A work in progress not a novelty, follow me? The plot’s in a flower pot I thought it might swallow me: a la little shop of horrors where the plants enormous, plus a carnivore- I don’t know the sort- ask a florist. Peep the metaphor for how we can get absorbed in the very ocean of work of which we sweated for. With that knowledge in mind I write chapters. These rappers don’t rap they’re just fans of the Raptors. I’d rather make jams for my fam in the back just to have em go ham with their hands in the rafters. I’m celebrating in an elevator/ like i’m Michael Jordan in a yellow blazer with the elbows tailored, in a pair of jeans with the legs the opposite of hella tapered. Oops, there’s my pager- now tell me what the hell are haters?

AQUA: You need flows? We supply it. Post haste the drink taste probiotic. And the word around town, is Aquasocks bringin you some classic shit, phonagraphs and wires.

They like, “Where you at? You ain't been rapping lately.” We the original rap crack babies.90s but I'm so scratched the tracks fading. The Tookie Williams, the Gil Scott Heron ‘80s. Who died and manifested paul? 2 ears and one mouth, listen before you talk. Hallucinations, deep thoughts to seek truth and I gotta glass of milk sip it with peach kuchen. On other notes, I bribe babies to give me titty. Gus Griswald salute me when you see a niggy. We the ‘erbs that grow natural in China town. You the drugs they tried to mimic and killed the city. Poison, so Bel Biv Divoe cray. We this year's new Kid ‘n Play, who feel the same? And we the mews to the game. Tryna strip our DNA, to make copies, so sloppy.

SOCKS: You need flows? We supply it. Post haste the drink taste probiotic. And the word around town, is Aquasocks bringin you some classic shit, phonagraphs and wires.

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