Reality is an Abstract

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Reality Is An Abstract was ECGS first step into the world of studio recording, and ECGS first notable project. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Paramount Recording Studio B in just two 10 hour sessions under Engineer - Josh Berg.

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released April 23, 2011

Josh Berg (infinitevibrationtechnology.com)

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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: Peace Love and Warfare
Peace Love and Warfare

love is never peace its the reason for warfare
yet everywhere I go I'll be looking for more there
my melancholy kin play content to pretend
but I'll be working tell the end going out with a grin

though some will say I kill this shit while others claim the sound sucks
my fingerprints on every brick I built it from the ground up
not a cent was handed to me not a line was bitten
I guess I learned to fight for mine instead of politicking
while others hold position play content and fear contention
I'm personified ambition operating with precision
listen everywhere I go I see em skipping
over opportunity regretting there decision
from fear to fail they fail to fight rather live a peace full life
me I'd rather die then sit but I ain't tryn'a preach alright
I just want make it clear me and you do not compare
all I do is work and eat don't even like to sleep at night
while they feel the need to strike me I feel the need to strike
scrawny lil fucker but I always had an appetite
shit I'm tryn'a take the world just a section with the mike
before I rest I'll get the rest guess I'm not your average type

I tell em
love is never peace its the reason for warfare
yet everywhere I go I'll be looking for more there
my melancholy kin play content to pretend
but I'll be working tell the end going out with a grin
x2


see a song is not a show and a show is not a tour
a shot is not a battle and a battles not a war
failures not an option and work is not a choir
its a honor a privilege and I want more
you have to fight what they ignore to top what their team got
you gotta plan the whole plot before the first scene shot
and no matter how they talk you gotta watch how they walk
a failure in the wrong spot could really cost you a lot
so be carefull who you trust in it really means something
a piston stops pumping the engine does nothing
loyalties a must in the way a family functions
some will tell you greed is good but Im'a tell you fuck them
money over bullshit but not above respect
be careful try’n to sell what you can't get with a check
so fuck what they expect and trust the rules of engagement
at war with the complacent this ones for the impatient

I tell em
love is never peace its the reason for warfare
yet every where I go I'll be looking for more there
my melancholy kin play content to pretend
but I'll be working tell the end going out with a grin
x2
Track Name: Another Rap Song About Money
Money

now the CD needs a budget and the food ain't free
but the food will never bring the money back to me
so when I tell you that I'm hungry as I write this here
understand when I speak on cash its sincere
x2

see me working with the logic never worshiped income
but know just how it happens when your ass can't get some
the wrong 9 to 5 now you can't get shit done
no energy to focus and no money to build
its like they're try’n to keep you still with just enough for bills
if its not a plot to trap me that's sure how it feels
I need the loan to get the car I need the car to get to work
and then they'll have me trapped not making half of what I'm worth

hes getting paid
hes got no time hit the studio now
hes getting paid
won't make enough to go to college
hes getting paid
he makes enough to get food for his child
hes getting paid
but for the cloth he needs a few more dollars
hes getting paid

the studio or college hell a brick to flip
everything that makes money takes money to get
now I could dream of great money live bummy and sit
or I could work the fucking puzzle tell I find what fits
see I got myself a theory to which I commit
if your working on it daily then you might get rich
but most will wait for what their handed cause they're trained to sit
you need a service to supply or some shit to flip
but get this get rich or die hungry and homeless
misery a son of destiny who lost his focus
I'd love to shine some light on all these fucking vulture
and watch em all scatter like they're cockroaches
the ones who had a purpose but refused to build
who eat off other people and can't pay their bills
who had a place to go but simple chose to sit
and will never no the meaning of a life like this

hes getting paid
he makes enough to hit the studio now
hes getting paid
he makes enough to go to college
hes getting paid
he makes enough to get food for his child
hes getting paid
making moves while hes chasing dollars
Track Name: I Hope God Likes Hip Hop
I Hope God Likes Hip Hop

such an unexpected teacher came to cure my stress
I have god but not a preacher and for this I'm blessed
so fuck a pseudo understanding of what happens after death
no faith in success will leave your life a mess

you ever seen disaster strike and didn't care one bit
you ever heard somebody sick and only sort of gave a shit you ever heard somebody died and then wondered why you haven't yet you ever seen a killer and then envied acting ravenous or politicked with snakes for fear of being alone you ever stopped trying to clock and started rotting at home you ever hid behind an art you ever hid behind a lie you every hid behind the present from day you'll die you ever hit your knees and praised a god that doesn't exist my religion came with logic wasn't older then six if what you lack isn't a god then I could help define it I spend every second given by him trying to find it every day I build my soul every night I refine it I was the given the material but guess who designed it and the terms of the agreement simply weren't provided I guess I’m fucking greedy there’s no need to deny it

some sell their soul some give it to god
but Im'a keep mine yeah I know it seems odd
and lord don't take it as my disrespect
I just can't give it up when its all I have left

I know that isn't true, sometimes I wish it was,
dopamine and serotonin happiness is just drug,
a common point of view, but be it right or wrong, Im'a build for from me and if there is a god we'll get along, forever chasing more I'm thinking hes a worker to,
but if where being honest fucker you got work to do,
that goes for both of you but which are you gon’ focus on if its the one you can't control I think you got your focus wrong so get get goal that measure that’s what I suggest and fuck if they're impressed you need know what you respect confused with what then you should move that ass and check and use every piece of the past that hasn't happened yet every day should build your soul every night refine it your given the material but guess who must designed the terms of the agreement well they simply weren't provided but if your asking me you bastards know what my reply is

some sell their soul some give it to god
but Im'a keep mine yeah I know it seems odd
and lord don't take it as my disrespect
I just can't give it up when its all I have left
Track Name: Vibe to the Beat
Vibe to the Beat



some wanna blow up for the digits get that money in their hand
some wanna blow up for the bitches like they joined the Taliban
so everybody speculates and everybody questions me
they ask me what I'm rapping for I tell em so the stress will leave
yes indeed blessed M.C. everyday is Ecstasy
steady chase success with no idea of where the quest of lead
uncertain of the journey but I know I shouldn't sit here
I wonder if the birds no where to go before they get their
a sincere addict to it paramount just added to
I just need some stronger shit yeah yeah that will do it
fiending like a crack head for nodding like a dope fiend
I'll pitch to the world to afford like its cocaine
then be at the studio again and try'n to maintain
different team same game everybody gotta dream
everybody got a war and you should fight for what you seek
but don't forget to stop a bit to vibe to the beat
like

(best chorus ever even though most don’t catch it)

if you never take a break from it you could really break from it
lazy fuckers hate this track hustlers really think from it
only for the focused hell its better if you can't love it
rest before insanity but not before the brink of it
start up every morning and keep working tell the night is through
then you'll understand that its advice to save a life or two
but if you think its hard to follow then I'm like the likes of you
I gotta say I'm proud it seem like build is all our type can do
but tonight's for getting weeded shit I hope the lighters new
I'm going tell the fluids gone cause higher means a better view
I wanna see the world not just the goal that I've been focused on
tunnel vision and ambition really aren't such different songs
watch the way you think as your priorities compete
cause you can't see if you don't blink and to much stress will make you weak
I swear to never rest I mean its death before defeat
but I could take a half a second to just vibe to the beat
like

(best chorus ever even though most don’t catch it)

now to every motherfucker who will love this song
try to quote it all the time at party's all night long
acting like their just relaxing cause its healthy for your mind
but never really new a grind or dealt with stress of any kind
this ain't some shit you could relate to I motherfucking hate you
you tell me your a fan I'll probably smack instead of thank you
make new moves every day and never wait dude
you hear it all the time but somehow it never breaks through
this is for the college kids with jobs instead of scholarships
laughing at the ones who had a skill and didn't polish it
this is for the adults with bills and real problems bitch
working double shifts and busting ass get their dollar thick
this is for the driving given everything to get more
who see the lazy fucks and wonder what the hell their sitting for
the blessed and to the rest I'll say inaction isn't cheap
you should try n write to life instead of vibe to the beat
like

(best chorus ever even though most don’t catch it)
Track Name: A Song About You
A Song About You

Its started out in fiction
now its in news clips
focus on the future
and you'll never guess what you get
some have died for it
many lived there lives it
every citizen gave a portion to provide for it
satellites and medicine appreciate the perks
your life is the result of a society at work
and if you disagree then you should really turn your phone on
and with a couple button let the world know that I'm wrong
welcome to future exactly like the past
imagine that soon they'll see your ass and laugh
the people that raised the people that raised me
where raised by those that where trained to love slavery
people like me and you so lets be honest now
flaws in society will probably always be around
so be cautious getting caught up in the benefits
cause with communal growth also comes communal ignorance
but still we learn and grow as we did before
you should question what you have even as your chasing more
its been established when we focus we can do things
so if you made society then what the fuck would you change
Track Name: A Song About Weed
Weed

I love weed < I do
I hate work
I quite weed for work god damn it hurt
it seemed wrong but the theme song
to real world life is
MONEY OVER EVERYTHING
-yeah that's right kids-
not the tykeish type try’n to live life quite big
I put down the pipe so my piss test right dig
they only test once hell this might be a nice gig
quite to get more ain't that just how life is
that fist pay check I might cop me a pound man
smoke until I pass out it seems like a sound plan
or I could spend a grand on that 20 a gram
I bet a thousand dollar blunt feels great in your hands
but first I just gotta shit shouldn't be to hard
then I'm feeling right smoking better then you are
worst month of my life but now I'm looking at new
waiting on my dealer try’n to take shit to far

its my first day back god I love that
why'd they have to drug test me
my first day back purple in the wrap
how I ever live without weed
its my first day back god I love that
why'd they have to drug test me
my first day back purple in the wrap
how ever live without weed

and as for how my weed is
I get it from Rodriguez he the kid
nothing but the best yes believe it
or better yet doubt it
and find out about it
catch me at the shows man I always stay around it
astounded still try’n to figure how he found it
got me high as fuck but this music keeps me grounded
they feel the need to judge hand em liquor tell em drowned it
Ill sit and burn a spliff thinking bout how much a pound is
and we'll compare results while your drunk and I'm high
I think we'll both agree sobriety is most unwise
now when I wrote this I was faded fucker I can't lie
so if it sounds a lil different I apologize
but if your really tense enough to hear this shit and criticize
then you should cop a bag of weed and roll a spliff to get you high
you outta should cop a bag of weed and roll a spliff to get you high
you gotta should cop a bag of weed and roll a spliff to get you high

{chorus}
Track Name: The Death of Kings
The Death of Kings
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If I go and think to gain then I die a king
if I sit and think to hide then its as a kid I die
so I go to think and sit as I toke the dankest shit
in the end kid king its death I get
the daft defeatist don't think to feign faith in god
don't hesitate to feed fate if its dope I nod
and I do think its fate shes doing dope to doge
I think she thinks to hide see she needs that fog
so I go to ink this song as she goes to hide in gin
she don't see the need to fight as faith gets thin
I don't see the need to hide as fate sets in
I had the ego of a king as I see this end
a sad song to sing so I shift to faith
I think of death as a gift and I see that gate
as an ant to a king is a king to a god
so its I that thinks to hide and the faith is fog


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Track Name: When Faith Met Thought and Am
When faith met thought and ambition was born

I was born an old soul with an ignorant mind
thinking I could grow forever if I'm so inclined
never one to wait or follow couldn't stand in line
like any child I was wild but developed with time
some developed their minds some developed addictions
most developed an affinity for simply sitting
me I stayed around the studio and worked on written
operating with precision try’n to find whats missing
from my soul and I know most of those who sat
where caving to the same flaws I was working at
its amazing how a gods never based on fact
how no matter what you love faith the base that
yet so few see polished glass with faith in what looks back
imitation taught you how to talk walk and act
but perfection didn't raise you so theirs plenty you lack
don't let the fiction you where given start to warp your math

you can grow and grow you don't get but old
cause a dreams a dream and a plans a plan
they could never coincide guess I'll never understand
cause still I'm steady working with this pen up in my hand
you can grow and grow you don't get but old
cause a dreams a dream and a plans a plan
they could never coincide guess I'll never understand
cause still I'm steady working with this pen up in my hand


lets talk about liquor
no lets talk about weed
they talk about failure
then lets talk about me
lets talk about cutting class with no future to see
lets talk about giving everything to make Cd's
lets talk about a 9 to 5 until college done
lets talk about the real workers
and lets talk about the bums
lets talk about what feels intelligent
and what feels dumb
lets stop the talk and take some action while my ass still young

the kid that wants to fight fires never inhaled fumes
the one that wants to be a cop never dealt with goons
the one that wants to be a doctors never been on call
we see the goal without the struggle that's the kid in us all
and to many switch the goal once the struggle begins
and when the problems start they make that switch again
its not until you learn to sacrifice you learn to win
so ignore those claiming comfort and keep getting it in

you can grow and grow you don't get but old
cause a dreams a dream and a plans a plan
they could never coincide guess I'll never understand
cause still I'm steady working with this pen up in my hand
you can grow and grow you don't get but old
cause a dreams a dream and a plans a plan
they could never coincide guess I'll never understand
cause still I'm steady working with this pen up in my hand

they train me like a pet while I beg for dollars
the pay checks my treat and the ties my collar
but still I'm writing tracks when that work days done
cause you can train a dog to sit but you can't teach him not to love to run
where I Am's not where I'm from no I've never been a bum
hustle while they sit and watch the way these fucking dollars come
oh my god they got him young took a lot and taught him none
told him he should follow tried to keep him on the bottom wrung
I found the way they bought the bottles and the bullshit bothersome
so I got a book a blunt and read while buddy bought a gun
sacrificed to learn while he sold his soul to profit some
see the dream he seen was sold he acted before thought begun
he didn't plan or sacrifice he took the dream they brought to him
I saw him through the glass and ask his ass why he had acted dumb
he said he needed faster funds told me that his mind was numb
so make your dream a plan a plot and never use a borrowed one.

you can grow and grow you don't get but old
cause a dreams a dream and a plans a plan
they could never coincide guess I'll never understand
cause still I'm steady working with this pen up in my hand
you can grow and grow you don't get but old
cause a dreams a dream and a plans a plan
they could never coincide guess I'll never understand
cause still I'm steady working with this pen up in my hand
Track Name: Victory
Victory

this that pregame mentality
that who the fuck could handle me
that hell yes I’ve been the best I'll crush you if you challenge me
this is dropping out verse tipping hats at graduation
this is cave men verse the modern generation
this is getting laid verse fuzzy porn and masturbation
this is your complacent verse our need for innovation
this is not a calculation that requires contemplations
I could see it from the start they lack focus and concentration
see we practiced while they played now where winning while they lose again
if the foundation you build is thin then how the fuck are you to win
everyday I get it in we really build while they pretend the type of shit y'all try to claim
the type of shit I prove to them get it right at practice at the game I know I have it
see I need it like an addict every play should raise your average
see me working with a grin
in love the sacrifice demanded
see when losers choose to win
they have to take what none where handed
if your running while your listening
or working on the bench again
then your the type that gets it right so tell the rest to sit and spin
that or follow suit and see the truth in work and victory
if your lazy then your worthless so I'm sweating making history

- dope ass sample that Bezus Christ found -
Track Name: Failure
Failure

its failure
my familiar friend
its called failure
as cruel as shes ever been
its called failure
seen time and time again
its laid on thick as my patience grows thin

its failure
my familiar friend
its called failure
as cruel as shes ever been
its called failure
seen time and time again
but I'll face it with a grin tell I finally get a win


shes my on again off again on again lover
even when shes not around I swear I'm always thinking of her
I'm with her so much that I can't help but wonder
how the hell she has time for all you other mother fuckers
my buddy said theirs really only proof I tried
he missed the game winning shot
then he fucking cried
cause a failure is a failure and a lie is a lie
so a failures still a failure when its wholly denied
some people hide from it
some people die from it
some people exploit to market and thrive from it
some people overcome it matter fact I've done
studied every lesson that one could derive from it
the first few lines you hear when the song starts
where written way back when failure tore me apart
left without a dime to spend of a blunt to spark
I was headed for success but I missed my mark
learned to switch mentality's and faced what challenged me
sometimes you lose that's the harsh reality
but improve through the shitty and the good gets great
and those who choose to wait only seal their fate

its failure
my familiar friend
its called failure
as cruel as shes ever been
its called failure
seen time and time again
its laid on thick as my patience grows thin

its failure
my failure friend
its called failure
as cruel as shes ever been
its called failure
seen time and time again
but I'll face it with a grin tell i finally get a win

its a hell of a mentality
not everyone’s a fan
I think you cease to be a child
when your dream becomes a plan
I guess I'm saying when you work
work for something real
cause every ant should feel proud of the mountain they build
that way the workers work regardless of the standard their held to
if stopping was an option bet this bitch would of fell through
I still do feel its my duty to build new
I see few real its only natural they fear true
lyricism written as I give em clear view
of honesty abolishing these lies that steer you
success is made of failure which you won't let near you
so it often gets rejected by the few it appears to
me I play with failure on a regular basis
I love her sense of humor but I think she hates it
as I get to know her more and more I see her less and less
I mean she used to stay around me like she was obsessed
its almost like she doesn't like it when I treat her with respect
shes always bitching to her family like I'm nothing but stress
maybe I should blame sister see that's how we met
sometimes I think shes only bitter that I fucked success
yes quite the family sweeter then candy
both try’n to lock change chain and brand me
are you following the plot or should I draw it in crayon G
life's bigger then both I hope you fucks understand me

I'm talking failure
my familiar friend
its called failure
as cruel as shes ever been
its called failure
seen time and time again
its laid on thick as my patience grows thin

it was just a mixtape it should have been more i don't think I'll ever get what I'm working for
in fact you'll never hear this I'll probably never make it but even if i did i bet it happened in a basement