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Track: Lose Myself
Artist: Marsha Ambrosius

"My guilty heart behaves so foolishly. This treason from within, that reasons with my sin, won’t be happy ‘til it sees the death of me. Selfishly addicted to a life that I depicted. Conflicted ‘cause it’s not reality. All that’s left of me. Oh, I beg you desperately.
Cause me to agree for what I know is best for me.
Please save me from myself.
I need to save me from myself.
Please save me from myself.
Please save me from myself, so I can hear you” (Lauryn Hill)



"Now we’re all stuck in tradition,
unable to state out position.
Too afraid to contradict,
the expectations of the system.
Oh, and the harsh reality,
is they’ve made Grace for you and me,
because they’re just enslaving you and me”
(Lauryn Hill)

You know what I mean? — Yeah, I know what you mean.

Track: So High (Remix)
Artist: Lauryn Hill ft. John Legend
Track: Close To You (Cover)
Artist: Ron Isley & Lauryn Hill
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I will never get over how beautiful this ballad truly is, for real. This song defines Slow Jam and I love, love, love how they sound together against that melancholy piano accompaniment. Music for the soul, if nothing more ♥

Day 9: TWO THINGS I WISH I COULD DO

  1. Fly.
  2. If I ruled the world,
    Imagine that.
    I’d free all my sons
    - Nas ft. Lauryn Hill
    (If I Ruled the World) 

I’ve been hesitant to post this but I thought I’d finally do a Lauryn Hill cover :). I love, love, love this song and I’ve been jammin’ to it before I even understood the issues she was addressing sOoo, here it is.

REMEMBER:
Don’t be hard rock when you really are a gem.
Respect is JUST the mininum.


Method Man ft. Lauryn Hill - So Much Things to Say

I get out.

  • I brought out Disc Two of MTv Unplugged 2.0 this morning while driving Ma to work and Ms. Hill even got her clapping. I loved it, lol. She can distinguish Lauryn Hill’s voice from all the other artists I play for her each morning and believe me, my music never has a fixed rotation so I’m kind of impressed. She’s coming to idolize her, too. I can see it :).
  •  Interlude 5 - 7 A.M. in the morning and this woman’s got me crackin’ up and weeping simultaneously. Every time I hear this album, I always feel like I’m hearing everything again for the first time because there’s so much to it. It never ceases to relate somehow and while listening to “I Get Out” - I wept. She’s so right about everything, especially reality.
  • "After all that, I’m just ready to be me"
    - Lauryn Hill. I gotta say Amen to that.
  • All the things I would say to this woman if I ever got to meet her. In truth, I’m sure I wouldn’t even know where to begin but I know somehow it would all come spilling out. Maybe I should write her a letter? Hm, haha.

"I get out, I get out of all your boxes. I get out, you can’t hold me in these chains. I’ll get out, Father free me from this bondage. Knowin’ my condition is the reason I must change … I won’t support your lie no more. I won’t even try no more. If I have to die, oh Lord that’s how I choose to live. I won’t be compromised no more. I can’t be victimized no more. I just don’t sympathize no more. ‘Cause now I understand you just wanna use me. You say “love” then abuse me. You never thought you’d lose me. But how quickly we forget that nothin’ is for certain. You thought I’d stay here hurtin’. Your guilt trip’s just not workin’. Repressin’ me to death ‘cause now I’m choosin’ life, yo. I take the sacrifice, yo. If everything must go, then go. That’s how I choose to live"
- Lauryn Hill (I Get Out)

Lauryn Hill - Water →

When it comes down to music, no other woman moves me more than she does. I’ve listened to both her albums at least a thousand times and still, I can never get enough. This song in particular is a live recording off of her MTv Unplugged 2.0 album and every time I hear it, I know her heart (and God) is behind all of it. The music industry is blessed to have her and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to have seen her live this past August in California; my most sacred musical moment yet. I swear, being amidst her presence was truly something. I couldn’t help but cry and in truth, I cried hard because as she sang, everything I had overcome in the past year had come rushing back to me. I can’t even describe what it did to me to hear her sing live but it was nothing like I had ever felt before. I had lost sight of myself in tragedy for so long and then her music opened up my heart to reality again, once and for all. Crazy huh? In that moment, I felt like I was witnessing myself again for the first time in almost a year and I’ve never been affected by anyone’s music like that, which, is all the more reason why I’ll never forget it. It’s an experience that keeps coming back to me over and over again because it was a dream come true, one that always reminds me to never lose heart.

Moving down the streams of my lifetime
Pools of fascination in my sleep
Cooling off the fire of my longing
Boiling off my cold within his heat
Melting down the walls of inhibition
Evaporating all of my fears
Baptizing me into complete submission
Dissolving my condition with his tears

He’s just like the water
I ain’t felt this way in years
He’s just like the water
I ain’t felt this way in years

Coursing through my senses, he’s prevailing
Floating through the space of my design
Drowning me to find my inside sailing
Drinking in the main stream of his mind
Filling up the cup of my emotions
Spilling over into all I do
If only I could get lost in his ocean
Surviving on the thought of loving you

He’s just like the water
I ain’t felt this way in years
He’s just like the water, the water
I ain’t felt this way in years

Bathing in the fountain of his essence
He causes my expression to remain
Humbled on a mountain by his presence
Washing my intentions with his name
Sealing off the floodgates of his passions
Saving all his liquid for his own
Moisturizing me to satisfaction
In my imagination? No no!
He’s pouring out his soul to me for hours and hours
Drawing out my nature with his hands
Yearning I’m so thirsty for his power
Burning to be worthy of his land

He’s just like the water
I ain’t felt this way in years
He’s just like the water
I ain’t felt this way in years

Cleaning me
He’s purging me
And moving me around
He’s bathing me
And he’s claiming me
And moving me around
Around and around and around
And around
Watching me, claiming me
Moving me around
He’s purging me
He’s been cleaning me
And moving me around
And around

- Lauryn Hill