I was given the wonderful opportunity to embark on a solo tour throughout France in September ’17, to promote the 2nd Floor Samurais’ Shogun Stories Album. The tour also included stops in Brussels, Belgium, and Leipzig, Germany, where I was honored to hold down the opening slot for longtime friend Akua Naru. Below is a clip featuring performance highlights put together by Donovan Jugarap @Hapa Films. The footage itself was shot on site by Architeknic, King Siroko, Kevin Bantsimba x Kody Baby Ghost of Smileyz Crew, K-Turix of Cultur’a’ Vibes, and Patricia Sanchez. Thank you for making this experience possible.
Special Shout outs to Arckiteknic who masterminded the entire venture.
The good people at In Focus, Inc. conceptualized this brand new video of my group, 2nd Floor Samurais. Yoshi Kataoka and Tadamasa Iguchi were able to execute an artistic and masterful piece, which was shot in Tokyo, Japan, and in SF, CA. The 2nd Floor Samurais site here.
2nd Floor Samurais- Let it AllGo
“Around the world like twice, in barely half of my life/ and now I’m really understanding what this rapping is like/ I put the music first was never really after a wife/ or all the glamour and the lights or the name and the hype/ I only did this just to show what I was saying inside/ and if the people want to listen then they can decide/ but the spirits always in me and it’s staying alive/ come upstairs with the second floor samurais/ we going to show you how to Party Rock show you how to lick a shot/ show you how to roll when they don’t know you at the liquor spot/ show you how it’s hip hop, show you how you get caught/ might even throw in to show your girl how to lip lock?/ Cut out all the big talk, posers get a quick shock/ you ain’t rollin with the big dogs then you can kick rocks/ I’m in the streets like when kids box/ or get killed by cops so we’re here to make sure that it stops/ because we dying in these streets from the lying police/ so I’m buying beats replying with inspiring speech,/practice what you preach and you are what you eat/ you pass it down to your kids when you lie and you cheat”
” Never back down or Fade Away into the background, never give up or lose hope how does that sound? We coming back around, second floor is out of bounds until we reach the end of the fight we going round for round”
“It’s crystal clear, I see now/ getting younger while the rest of you are going senile/ in the face of adversity, see me smile/ found my inner peace and love, so I can be me now/ raised in the shadows of the legends in the Bay/ many veterans got apprehended then erased/ so I pray, thank God for the lessons that they gave/ I’ll consider those jewels to be blessings ’til my grave/ not the acknowledgements, not the accomplishments/ all we got are problems and strength to go and conquer them/ wanna pop bottles with models injecting collagen/ but stuck in real life, with my alcoholic friends/ 2FS ready yup, for life obstacles/ if my brother falls, I’ll pick him we got a lot to do/ every single local show, that we rocked for you/ was practice to us homie, our movements unstoppable/ ain’t nothing fiction in the stories that we write/ if you feel that these rappers are corny than you right/ glorifying death but you horrified of life/ we gotta overcome our fears, organize and fight”
The event will feature an exclusive 2FS performance, a dance party segment and invite-only cypher held down by R.O.T.C.’s Gem Stone Band and DJ Kevvy Kev, live painting by Marcus Murray, and a pop-up shop by All Attractive. Confirmed cypher MC’s include Unlearn the World, Z-Man, Babii Cris, Watzreal, Denero, Slice IX, and more TBA. Please keep in mind that the event is from 8:00 to 1:00; it’s FREE before 10 and 5$ after.