Cancer

by Ecg

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Cancer is the first fully original piece of work by ECG (no leased beats). It was tracked at a rundown hotel in the Chicago area after attending an Aesop Rock concert. Josh Berg produced all instrumentals and flew from LA to Chicago to meet ECG and assist in tracking the record.

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released October 20, 2012

Josh Berg (infinitevibrationtechnology.com) Album Art by Arthur Braud @asiandudefosho

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Ecg Kalamazoo, Michigan

ECG is an independent solo artist and rising Midwestern star from Kalamazoo, Michigan. A gifted lyricist and complete package. His alluring onstage presence and lightning wit is broadening the Hip Hop audience. Listeners that never found Hip-Hop compelling, find each encounter with ECG an unforgettably relevant and exciting experience. ... more

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Track Name: American spirits
shovel coal, keep the engine running
never let it slow, never lose your goal
plow the fucking field, bring the harvest in
that is our food, need I remind you
work the oil rig, never let it stop
if it's ever dry, we'll all fucking die
shovel coal... shovel coal...


I'm tripping off tradition, mind wired for routine, a product of production done with sugar and caffeine, pistons and pinwheels, oil and gasoline, Gods a bitch, I'm a dick, and money is Vaseline, I've known where I was headed since the classroom hallways, life's a shitty play because we typecast all day, work is your religion, yeah that's right retard pray, your lord's a little busy there's no time for a parley, Carpe Diem got me screaming absurd things, life's a little short to give a fuck how you word things, ad campaigns tell me suffer to serve kings, then pretend I'm winning while I'm spending that earned green, every single dollar pay the rent and feed your daughter, but she'll never be a scholar, cause they keep you on a collar, call her principals and preachers, understand they never see her, she's a barcode, she's a number, fuck her, this is what they teach her.


shovel coal, keep the engine running
never let it slow, never lose your goal
plow the fucking field, bring the harvest in
That is our food, need I remind you
work the oil rig, never let it stop
if it's ever dry, we'll all fucking die
shovel coal... shovel coal...


labor labor never sleep, learn to walk, your talk is cheap, turn a profit cut your loses down to what they ought to be, get your money right then purchase people like they're property, and tell them fear their mind cause independent thought is obsolete, failing hearts and rotting teeth, fuck em they're disposable, dying from exhaust and heat, must mean they're suppose to go, tell the reaper not to touch their souls any more, cause they owe those mother fuckers to the company store.

NO HARM WILL COME TO MAGGIE'S FARM
I'll put her crops before my life, before my friends, before my family
NO HARM WILL COME TO MAGGIE'S FARM
I'll kill to keep her cattle safe you fuckers understand me
NO HARM WILL COME TO MAGGIE'S FARM
see even if I wanted to I couldn't ever let it go
NO HARM WILL COME TO MAGGIE'S FARM
It provides the type of pride that I think every man should know
NO HARM WILL COME TO MAGGIE'S FARM
so I imitate the rest, my own thoughts ignored
NO HARM WILL COME TO MAGGIE'S FARM
if you sing while you slave you won't ever get bored


shovel coal, keep the engine running
never let it slow, never lose your goal
plow the fucking field, bring the harvest in
That is our food, need I remind you
work the oil rig, never let it stop
if it's ever dry, we'll all fucking die
shovel coal keep the engine running
never let it slow never lose your goal
Track Name: Camel Filters
I'll be thankful for the ground with every last step
won't just use the air but feel it with each breath
as long as blood pumps through the heart in my chest
I swear that's how I wanna live, but too often I forget
So I'm torn between who the fuck I am and who the fuck I'm supposed to be and I'm torn between where I was meant to go and all the comfort close to me and I'm torn between what my eyes have seen and the world that I believe in cause I swear there's hope, there's joy, there's love, there's plot, there's thought, there's reason but they're hard to find in such a crowded mind, yeah I clutter up so easy so I wait for light, way too polite to ever ask my plights to leave me tryn'a make connects no disrespect I just don't have time to meet me but one day I'll find paradise and realize I only need me

There will be no distractions, There will be no distractions 4x
There will be no attachment, There will be no attachment 4x

I'm built from borrowed carbon, I speak with borrowed words
I lost my faith in love, thank god I borrowed hers
enough to keep me moving, can't waste my borrowed time
we all must find purpose, I will not borrow mine
I will not fall to fear, won't be afraid to fall
and when I plan for life, I'll make sure death involved
Thank god for my distractions, rest from the stress of passion,
Thank god for my attachments they keep my ass in action
while working for this world, though some would say it's senseless
too many greedy minds with filthy hands that work against it
but I'm not tryn'a fix it, just tryn'a make a difference
big enough to see without the filter of my senses

There will be no distractions, There will be no distractions 4x
There will be no attachment, There will be no attachment 4x
Track Name: Virginia Slims
she woke me up with cut wrists and a smile
so I smiled back
she apologized for the blood on the wall
so I told her nah I don't mind that
see it's hard to heal when the pain won't slow
when the wounds aren't flesh so the scars don't show
when your mind's too polluted so the stars don't glow
no faith in fate, no heaven above
numb from the cold tryn'a feel with drugs
more lows than highs, more lust than love
Hova never replies so I trust this buzz
to kill this pain and it's fuck your club
let me be, give me seclusion
just let me bleed, kill my delusions
no want for action, no words to speak
so close the door and just let me sleep
I woke her up when the nightmares hit
so she woke me up made the nightmares quit
now we're both here in the middle of the night
in the middle of life when don't shit seem right
tryn'a find a moment, a moment of peace
tryn'a find a reason, a reason to breathe
tryn'a find some hope, some hope for the future
God fuck the future the future scares me
she won't be present when the moments past
the moment of peace that I found at last
as I felt her heart beat in the middle of the night
in the middle of life when I felt love’s bite

show me everywhere that you've been hiding
tell me all your troubles and I'll tell you mine
how the heat can beat beat beat it from your breath
how the heat can beat beat beat it from your breath
secrets spun as thin as summer threads

The room was still, time crept by
Her eyes on the ceiling like a clear blue sky
no more questions she looked so wise
the wounds ain't healed but the blood is dry
just like the tears, just like the fears
just like the pain, it all disappeared
it took surrender to mend her heart
I saw it all happen in the middle of the dark
karma burns like a candle in the dim lit night
I could almost see her smile in the flickering light
a burden so heavy, a heart so tight
but you let it all go when your soul takes flight
try as I might, tears still slipped
passed one knife and four slit wrists
one last breath that's when it hit
it never really mattered but that's just it

I woke her up when the nightmares hit
so she woke me up made the nightmares quit
now we're both here in the middle of the night
in the middle of life when don't shit seem right
tryn'a find a moment, a moment of peace
tryn'a find a reason, a reason to breathe
tryn'a find some hope, some hope for the future
God fuck the future, the future scares me
she won't be present when the moments past
the moment of peace that I found at last
as I felt her heart beat in the middle of the night
in the middle of life when I felt love’s bite

show me everywhere that you've been hiding
tell me all your troubles and I'll tell you mine
how the heat can beat beat beat it from your breath
how the heat can beat beat beat it from your breath
secrets spun as thin as summer threads
Track Name: Newport 100's
More and more contracts are being given to privatized prisons based on the claim that privatization saves money. This neglects the fact that privatization provides a dangerous incentive to keep prisons as full as possible.

It's never good when a prison's full, it's never good when a prison's full, it's never good when a prison's full, it's such a simple principle, who overlooked it who let this happen, when did greed overthrow compassion, prophets drawn from loss of freedom, this must be the work of demons, not surprised that someone tried, only that they weren't tried for treason, they brought the crack that will bring the flood, there will be war there will be blood, it's separation, it's separation, here's some food for contemplation, what's the opposite reaction of a mass incarceration.

privatized prisons are just 1 example of such corruption, changes in laws regarding sentencing and much of the refusal to see common sense on issues such as drugs, laws, and rehabilitation programs that have worked in other countries is do to lobbying by various corporations that profit from incarceration.

neoliberalisim isn't questioned anymore, privatize the prisons, privatize the wars, Erik made a couple billion, Damon made a couple more, how much money does it take to make a man's opinion yours, put him on the proper boards, give his ass a gavel maybe, money over everything's what all the slaves are advocating, shit we learn respect for profit more than thought or logic, but if these prison walls could talk they'd tell you what the cost is.

The cultural embrace of greed has allowed for those who are exploiting the very people who have worshipped them for their success to be cherished and emulated rather than met this the repulsion, a logical participant in government would be inclined to feel if not under the corruption of miseducation cultural influence or fear I personally believe the disillusionment of the masses is unpreventable give the current levels of education the availability of information such as prison population statistics and first hand accounts of inhuman privatized military practices I can only hope the that people are not afraid to stand up to the obvious truth and call these men to justice in a court of law for treason against the people and thus the government of the United States as they are not now, and where never intended to be, separate entities, a concept which our new found world leads seem to fail to understand
Track Name: Viceroys
while these other fucks were sitting I was working like a man, thinking waiting on fate I could never understand, if my destiny's determined by the lines inside my hand, Im'a grab a fucking razor and carve some new plans, see they want me in that cycle, stuck on the grind, while the 2 on television keep my 3rd eye blind, but I respectfully decline, I've got ambitions of my own, no you'll never see me sitting let them lobby for the thrown, while they're trying to say they're kings, I'm trying to stay above the board used, I fed you facts on every track and now I think it's your move, life should never bore you, don't let them live it for you, staring at the mirror screaming sorry I ignored you, til the glass breaks and I ain’t worried if it's full or not, I'm trying to flood the world with shit that can't no fucking bullet stop, these ideas will never die you need to learn to listen, the truth ain't hard to hear you just don't like the answer given

They say it's all about your communication
Now can you tell me what's a holla cost
They say it's all about your dedication
So don't you worry about the dollar cost
They say it’s all about your education
Now can you tell me what’s a holocaust
They say the future is your destination
Whether you wanna be involved or not

I guess I’m that solo sheep conversating with a flock of wolves, like all you do is hunt and eat but how to live you'll never know, I'd rather die than just survive, I can't treat life like just a ride, he never liked the devil but my God was one for compromise, I'm stretching every second checking every question’s answer, to me it seems the people are too comfortable as cancer, those basic fucks I’ll shake em up, it’s not that noise that wakes them up, it’s more the silent violent thoughts deep underneath the banter, it’s more the seconds peace that make you understand the rancor, the way of things brings subtle that tends to numb the senses, and our disdain for chasing change has crippled our defenses, so now we sacrifice our lives to pay for our expenses, and though they swear it’s fair I have to say that I resent it, our fathers followed every step and ended up demented, forgetting in their fleeting time that energy is rented, so when your forced to pay the debt then how will you have spent it

They say it's all about your communication
Now can you tell me what's a holla cost
They say it's all about your dedication
So don't you worry about the dollar cost
They say it’s all about your education
Now can you tell me what’s a holocaust
They say the future is your destination
Whether you wanna be involved or not

(Frank Zappa Interview Sample)
Q. What makes you really angry?
A. The exultation of ignorance, that really makes me mad.
Q. In what ways are people ignorant and how should they be-
A. Well remember I said the exultation of ignorance, when you celebrate ignorance you make it the national standard.
Q. In what ways is it celebrated?
A. It’s celebrated in all records that achieve massive airplay on the radio, all television sitcoms. Most films and most commercials, and also in schools. American schools do not equipt you to deal with things like logic, they don't give you the criteria by which to judge between good and bad in any median or format, and they prepare you to be a usable victim for a military industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you’re just smart enough to do a job, and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you’re gonna be alright.