Goodbye, Beijing.

by jason chu

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5 songs from my life in Beijing - the highs, the lows, the struggles and the dreams.

City of the North video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkZ4dxhiPUs

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released April 21, 2012

Shout outs 2 my girl Jess, the #ModelMinority crew (UP!), Sbazzo @ YinEnt, BustOut, Akufuncture, theDanZhao, Peter Gent, The Embassy (to Kyle Stang/Foster/Mexico!!), F@O past present and future (2 many 2 name), Ying-Ying, tstai, and all the haters.

And, most of all, to the lovers.

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Track Name: One Child
VERSE 1
In a land of a billion what's a few hundred million?
Empty buildings, cement on the ceilings
Cut the lifeline and left a population reeling
Breaking off the future without thinking of the children
I heard a girl cry, saw a boy laugh
Saw the future turn white in a camera flash
As the camera snaps, it all blows past
No more light now, it's growin all black
See the future but can't make it change
So I say my prayers for those who aren't of age
As behind closed eyes I see the unmarked graves
And I, try to smile, but my expression's - changed
What will they do with the playgrounds
When the ones who used to play there don't come round
And there's no one to replace them
A generation crying out because we couldn't save them
Who will wash them, who will bathe them?
Commemorate them in their last days?
And in a mother's eyes, and a father's face
I glimpse a painting that was left untraced

CHORUS 1
What about your deepest feelings?
What about your broken heart?
What about someone who's there
When everything else falls apart?
A true brother, a true sister
Is there with a helping hand
When you cry, you'll find my shoulder
When you need me, I'll be there

One child, one child
One child might be a king
One child, one child
She could be everything

VERSE 2
Top university with big dreams
The best school in the country was in Beijing
She was smart with a bright future - He had a smile like hers
and caring eyes, that looked right through her
Cold winter, but he made her warm
So when he asked her out she texted right back - sure
Her roommates all teased her
When his picture showed up on her phone screensaver
Same classes, the same major
Together all day from 6 AM until he made her
Go home to sleep, and in her dreams
She didn't count sheep, she saw him as her savior
Their first kiss in a corner of the campus
His lips were untrained but she taught him manners
At three months, they had a special date
Rented a hotel room with the money he had saved her
At four months, it turns out she's late
They both knew that the moment had sealed their fate
A pregnant woman can't run the rat race
It was done in three hours on a Saturday, ay

CHORUS 2

VERSE 3
Married in the fall; pregnant by the spring
Their future was as bright as the diamond on her ring
By the summer it was clear that the winter would bring
Another life into their family, that's what they had dreamed
The new year brought a new life into the world
A new generation, a little baby girl
Finally, they felt so complete
Named her faith: their future, made concrete
Mom went back to work, dad taught his class
Grandma watched the child while grandpa took a nap
But in their hearts, they felt a hole
Next to little baby faith where another should go
But the law said one child is all they need
More than that is unpatriotic indeed
Another child means paying steep taxes and fees
And they were told: it's just one more mouth to feed
.So when her belly gets large again
The moment should be joyful but it's hard on them
In their own family, they don't have a voice
Because the law says the country doesn't have a choice
Track Name: City of the North
VERSE 1
I, started this rhyme as I waited for the train
On the platform, hearing instrumentals in my brain
My kicks dirty gray 'cuz the air so foul
One hundred degrees out, so we pray for rain
The line pulls up, and it's full as hell
Not to mention, these cats got a funky ass smell
LL might be somewhere ringin some bells
But as for me, I can barely even hear my cell
These are the middle class losers, beggars, students
Here, if you don't got a car, you ain't included
A place that turns flesh to stone, like Medusa
The '60s, tried to make a ghost of Confucius
The car turns north as my head shuts down
Prepared to close doors like old John Brown
Done with the rhyme, and we're almost out of town
And I almost missed my stop, I was busy with the sounds


CHORUS
Just another day in the city of the north
Some push foreign whips, some are just piss-poor
Just another day in a city full of schemes
Filled with teams who be dreamin of the cream, so it seems


VERSE 2
I live in a city where the dust hits ya bones
Where to be heard, your words gotta use megaphones
Where everybody smokes and it's killing them slow
Where you can sing out loud and nobody hears the tones
People tryna go hard, but they scared as hell
So they keep coming back like a carousel
no roots, so they move like a tumbling weed
Like police at the door while they bundling weed
They hear the knock outside and they stumble and flee
While I roam the city free like Grand Theft 3
There's poison in the air, so he's coughin up lungs
But he breathes in, the Spirit's got him speaking in tongues
Coughed up some blood, guess he is a little scared
But he made it this far, guess he's sposed to be here
A life well lived is a life without fear
Got more than 4 bars, am I coming through clear?

CHORUS


VERSE 3
I run the rings like Sonic, blaze like the chronic
Gaze at the stars, see my fate like a comet
But the haze on the city every day from the morning
No colors, just greys, like the city was in mourning
They poured over slums to make way for the champions
Now they got clubs where before, there were stadiums
Got bums, from locals turned aliens
An unmarked grave for the brave who remained in 'em
I jumped off the train as I headed to the crib
and came face-to-face with a horse drawn rig
A man with blank eyes and a face like stone
Is this city mine, or his to call home?
Just another day in a city caught between
Tryna stay above water while we, chase our dreams
Some live and some die, tryna do their thing
Some live and some die, this big city, Beijing
Track Name: Throw an Egg On It
0:00-0:10
what's up
we were out eatin tonight
and I just had to let you know
add that one last thing... and it makes perfect

0:10-0:35
Chinese people eatin things
Noodles rice and chicken wings
Fry it eat it add a drink
Just ordered dumplings
Throw an egg on that fish!
Just ordered jian bing
Throw an egg on that dish!
Just ordered something

0:35-1:12
Chinese people eatin things noodles rice and chicken wings
Go out to the chuanr spot, eatin lamb non stop
Add an egg on top, crack it in the hot pot
Wipin my fingers, grease drippin on my all stars
Stir it up with chop sticks, throw some d's remix
Chop it up and stir fry it and add a little beef tips
Eatin that street food Chinese love that cheap food
Grab an egg and soy sauce, and add it to some beef stew
Broccoli and bok Choy even try some beet root
Cook it on a flat stone or wok that's how we do
Add it to some ramen, just don't eat it raw
Add some cheese too if you really wanna ball

1:12-1:34
Chorus 2

1:35-2:12
Pork, beef, fish, chicken, little meatballs
A lot of different animals and I eat em all
When I had braces, the food got stuck
Now it's mushu pork all day and Beijing duck
Model Minority my crew's in LA
You can catch them in the S G V all day
At Chinese buffets in little strip malls
Or at Din Tai Fung when we really wanna ball
Get it hot and spicy or bland as you like it
It might look odd but you know you gotta try it
Whether you're an athlete or even on a diet
It costs a little more but you know you gotta buy it

2:12-2:22
Chorus 3

2:23-2:35
Got some fried rice? (throw an egg on it!)
Got some instant noodles? (throw an egg on it!)
Got some hot pot? (throw an egg on it!)
Got a hamburger? (throw an egg on it!)

2:36-3:00
Chorus 4
Track Name: Going Home
CHORUS
Got a ticket for a bus and a plane
Twenty hours later and I'm back home again
Stay for a night, I'm already on the road
But momma knows that I'm always headed home

VERSE 1
They say, you can't go home again
I just hit the airport and I phoned a friend, I said
Steve come meet me in midtown
I just got off the flight I'm ready to get down
holla at our people and let's all have a sitdown
I been out of the country for more than a bit now,
Call Lucas Kwong, let him know that I touched down,
hold up, I gotta get up on this bus now - click
Wearin gear that's Bustout, that's family
My Nai-Nai live in DC, that's granny.
All my life movin straight forward, no plan B
The hope is the first Asian rap grammy.
[Haha] Grand central station
Ten dollar metrocard, I got back some change
Union Square by way of the 6 train
I think I'm home, but gosh it feels strange

VERSE 2
I feel right when I hit the streets
I got twenty-some texts and I'm here for a week, man
Tryna get down with the crew around town
I don't move weight, but I get mad pounds
I mean daps as I stroll down Elm
York Street, Orange, Chapel, Crown
What up, Sheemo? Homey, I met Premo
In Beijing - the scene is crazy, you should see, yo
Keep doin ya thing, I'm right wit'chu
Runnin the streets of China, like gym shoes
The whole crew still crazy, got issues
Whether you sneeze or not: God Bless You
The air's crisp, so I'm coughin a bit
My girl hits my cell, so we talk for a bit, then
It's back to the pad with her voice in my ear
The sun on my back, man, it's good to be here

VERSE 3
I drove all night with the moon in my rearview
Mem'ries so vivid that I see em with a clear view
Got to the house around twelve o'clock
The Christmas lights up around the block
Homecoming, without the football
The places I played when I was just a foot tall
The photographs, on albums' pages
I look at them but it's the life of a stranger
Evrytime, I remain for a little less
Old friendships move into shallow depths
We catch up for a day at a time
Then I'm off on an airplane into the sky
And I wonder if my mom is surprised
Or did she always know that I would one day fly?
This is my music, these are my eyes
These are my journeys and this is my life
Track Name: Prince of Beijing
Stalkin the streets talking while i'm boxin the beats
Let my thoughts lock n load block rockin mystique
Reapin the heat, every evenin readin lyrical sheets
Speakin decrees that impeach emcees at they peak
I been empowered past my boundaries to leap at the heap
King of the Hill chillin' still in full effect in concrete
I been hungry, feastin weekends on the beasts that creep
Leavin deathless enemies deceased / Or in grievous need
Of PCP or even THC
Prescribed by men with PHDs, I N D E P
END to the E N T
Bust Out is the G O A T
Much respect to Sbazzo, that's the K to the I N G
The streets fiend for Yin'tsang, the Beijing OG's
Grand Master plastered rhymes over venomous beats
Prince of Beijing who gon want it with me? Peace

Promised myself that I would chill on that aggressiveness
The problem is, you still ain't seen the best of it
My message is that anybody hatin is a pessimist
They prali thought that Illmatic just needed some more guests in it
Expressin thoughts in sentences that leave faces expressionless
Amazin on the [page], my messages could go to Make a Wish
In other words, I'm sick, you go and find him on a patient list
Achin, takin days to heal, you cannot think I'm fakin this
Set the bait, they takin it, I'm takin over, makin hits
I don't mean toppin charts, I mean my lyrics on that Vegas tip
That lil kid poppin Omar in the spot on a bodega trip
Sic em, sit em down, set em up, and shut em down, blaow
[Now] I ain't sayin I'm the king because I'm not
I'm just here to get hype up on the mic and rock the spot
But if you got a buddy who be thinkin that his pen is kinda nice
I'm here to tell your little friend that it is not. (hahaha)

(Grand Master) Prince of Beijing up in the house
Chillin on the throne like I'm on the couch
(Bust Out) My whole fam still got my back
With Sbazzo, Yin'tsang on that track, yea

So what do I mean when I say that I'm the prince?
I mean that I'm the illest with the syllables, killin a million flows
I didn't ever wanna be about a cent
So I took an artistic hiatus, 3 months later, hi haters
I don't wanna make your crew get all upset
I'm just sayin my brain be painting in living colors like Damon Wayons
Why do I claim Beijing when I'm from the West?
Tupac was from Baltimore but still he claimed like Cali was his set
There's never been as, much of a menace in a single sentence
Since I, got the pennant for murderin instrumentals
I been it, I done it, I said it, I set it off again
Been hustlin marks who find a friend and bet it all on them
There ain't no better bet than him, I'm breezier than the wind
I'm a sure thing like taxes and death comin after them
I been mental, since dental hygienists drilled my brain stem
How many yall are made men? I look at you and break wind