death or evolution

by Gruff Lion

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This world is what we've made it -- the devastation of our potential; destruction and hope dichotomized, codependent; a simple race of confused complexities placating chaos only to create more. What's done has been so with no revisions to be written, and in our narrative, destruction looms.

The idea of evolution has been abandoned in favor of dominance. We conquered the food chain behind a consciousness that set us remarkably apart from other beasts. We claimed the world as our dominion and built civilizations, each one grander than before, but never wiser. We waged wars against our planet and fellow man, perpetually falling into the same internecine traps, failing to see that we've forsaken a higher being for a life we cannot sustain.

This project examines mankind from nature to nurture and the cultures that each beget. We have our choices to own and nothing else. Every decision has consequence, often far beyond our comprehension. There's no excuse for what we've done and noone to blame but ourselves. It takes an entire tribe, but either we evolve, totally, to reevaluate the gift of consciousness, or we die, completely, so the Earth might breathe again. There is no middle ground, just the wasted lands we continue to create. Make your choice.

death or evolution

Gruff Lion


released November 23, 2015

Produced, recorded and mixed by Headtrip in Karmastoria

All cuts and theremin by Samurai Banana

With tribal wisdom from (in order of appearance):
Hype Wonder
Dennis Nedry and the Marlbros
The Gent

Mastered by saged consultant A.M. Breakups at Reservoir Sound

Cover photo by Mike Petrow

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Released in conjunction with Reservoir Sound



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Track Name: Full Of Philes
Hello, i'm growing sick from civilization
I can close my eyes and still see every station
I can feel my phone buzzing when it isnt on
Because i know they calling me and getting aggravated
If i could only find a five charge
I say
If i only had fiber optics
I say
My imagination could download at compatible speeds
To keep my twitter feed clever enough to seem fascinating
Ain't that a way to value me?!
Fuck physical needs
I got digital wants
I dont speak in tongues i use fonts
Ain't that a waste of faculty
And talk about a waste of resources
I got a 3G and a 4 and a 4S and a 5C in my closet at home
I don't use em but they still work..
The point?

New world wars as the old growth dies and we close our eyes to all this
The earth can't breathe in the turnt up heat
Let us lay out hearts to rest
And even when we look we only watch screens
When they scream you scream we all scream
Thats what happens when youre dreaming

And as i begin " mightily, voluntarily dissembling" my physical form frame and wiring
I feel my spirit tiring dying to change it's carrier
But i'm so vicarious!
I bury it and turn my stereo up
It's tuesday and i'm not in the club
But feeling some sort of way
As i listen to this song high
Streaming a rave and moshpitting mom's kitchen
Microwave dinner spinning
Live tweeting my life i way
I might someday
Say the right viral thing
And claim my sixteenth spiteful second of winning
Then mid bite salisbury steak i start twitching
And that distant voice rang
'We've been watching you
We've been waiting for you boy you're unconscious though
Then i felt a sudden void growing topical
And that voice kept wringing as i vomited
And lost control
Track Name: Clock Oven
Again, you're not unique at this
My friend you've lost the frequency
Your senses soft still weaking
Go plant a garden in the spring and see what brings
Do you even have ideas?
Or do you just like and share
Did the bright lights ensnare and strike you barren
On the spot sights scared of your ites inexistence
In babylon fear shadow
Wear saddles when you ride PUSSY
You'll get bruises on your thighs
And feel bad for yourself afterwards
Probably brag about it and try to restore pride.
Oh the masks we wear in this masquerade
And that tasks we place importance on then pass away

(Now listen very closely, child, to the fucking kazoo)

First there was light
then there was form
and it was good
but we threw it away
Then there was dark
That brought the night
That which we needed to teach us awake
Then there was love
And it was good
And we had choice but we threw it away
Track Name: Wet Hut Emergency Summary feat. Warren S. Britt
Sweat lodge game
Mystical mind unhinged
Cauterizing singed pine
Sage smudge the desk rot
by despot decrees of you away
A cesspool of ex-pats and sex hunters
Come unlaid
The sea sucked you instead
Took you back to your maker
Slapped you with nature
Seems you're way up past your ankles
In how to survive here
And make ends meet, mend ways
I sense change but never chase it
I only shepherd it to graze
And try to raise it
I hope you recognize the days us people wasted
On debating others' bases
I LIVE in New York
I don't live in new york
I'm serious god this shit is a sport
We pity the pauper and pay her no mind
Then we stand in line lauding
To pay the pied piper more
I wish we could be evolved
Not be in this war
And i'm all for the cause
There's no other recourse
But what of human pride says fight
For something we've lost
While the spirit i inhabit says SOAR!
Set sights for other shores
Find like minded souls and build a boat
Make it biblical, or better yet
This time make it work

Warren s Britt:
I'm feeling so lost while the city stay attacking me
Feeling so lost while they drag us by our hands and feet

Tortured and aborted why the forces stay attacking me?
Eliminating families the outcome is embarrassing
carrying a torch for the lost and underprivileged
who have never heard the verse
but still finish every sentence
freezing in the winter fall asleep and never wake
used to rock the jewels by Jacob
now we stop and frisked by Jake
can't escape we're out of bounds
paranoid the walls are closing in
losers ain't supposed to win
refocused goals with frozen skin
win without a body vibe
deep inside the mind
pop the shackles that would stop your travels
tackle and revive
watch them pterodactyls fly
spread threads and learn to levitate
pay the toll on burning coals
you'll earn your soul and bless the great
I rep the devastate where the devils play
city people wanna visit but I don't suggest you stay
blue shield murder spree no delay
don't even pray
grey clouds pouring on you Forever until you break
it don't matter your age
the sharks gonna chew your ass out
suffocate you straight til you pass out
your glass house glimmering shimmering when we enter
say we place an earthquake in your cake and tell you dinners ready
the rents too high, the rooms too small
got the nerve to complain
some people don't have walls
living free on the sunset fields down in Brazil
out here parents go without meals so they can feel for their loved ones
Planets circulate the sun
politicians run for office
office got us on the run
we're under the gun
pressing every measurement
with seconds twisting clocks
bending blocks nothing left to give
so I give a hand and I give thanks
give Web this verse and say sorry for the wait
find those like minded souls to build your boat
make it biblical and then make it flow fa sho!
Track Name: Chowder Time feat. Googie

What's all the fascination?
Use your imagination
Love the masses hating
We rub it in like its bacitracin
Don't need the affirmation
The rats are racing
For the wine and cheese party
As blind as steve harvey
Wonder why i say that?
Guess We living for the city
And we ain't doing shows
Unless its chosen by committee
Get as pretty as iggy azalea
Without the makeup on
Just say youre wrong and
Continue writing your facebook song
Look, i made it mom
Your son's a rapper now
Toss the cap and gown
Tassles n backwards clowns
Whether black brown white or puerto rican
We all asian the same
And i'll be blamed before the weekend. Reekin of recon i'll tikka masala that ass
Hurt as jonathan cash
With nine inch nails and a collagen mask
Follow the path or create your own
Read a book or watch game of thrones

There's only so much i can say
And only so many ways to play this
There's only so long we can wait
Until we're gonna have to face ourselves
There's only so much i can say
And only so many ways to play this
There's only so long we can wait
Until we're gonna have to face these

Harsh realities. I lost my salary
Car's at the salvage yard
Parts for the gallery
And peanuts in my pocket for it
I'll either walk or iron horseback it
To the park bench where my valor be
Scattered like Talib tribes
Or more specificallyThe ballad again
of power over stepping power lines
But us cowards just cower about
Cows and swine
Waiting for the bell to ring us in
Chowder time!
Then we get our cup
And we huff it down
And we're all still hungry but nothing's left
When I think of al the money i've made
Then i think of all the money i've spent
And i remember all the food that i ate
When i couldnt keep my budget sound
I feel like i could
Track Name: Mississippi Ways feat. Duncecap and Lt Headtrip
I did it again, cause it's all I know
Circle round the old chip, dipping in the Pocket holes
Head deeper than the ostrich goes
Generally sad, fix it but keeping bitching through the obstacles
Take care wisdom, learned through the stub
Toe . grand scale, most keep it in the sub
Surface what you learned you did probably make it up
Scale, cause most out here are sinking in the muck

My dear my dear my dear
You do not know me
but you know me by my smell
and you can tell that I just farted there
I'm sorry I've been working on my body control
but I got distracted
cretin on the C train steez
these too shall pass
I've been endearing at times
and I get mysterious too
I've torn through street food in strange countries
ended up parasitic with a delirious flu
but kept Munchin You can't teach me nothing
got to learn it for self
I'm reinventing wheels here
journeyman gruff
your pointed question met with Dull shrug
sometimes I don't feel care
or think that words could say enough if I did
to make them worth coining
I'm pouring ointment on my wounds to make them feel important
I'm dealing deep in some dark matter to fill the void
And in my head I hear my momma saying 'listen boy I ain't angry I'm just
I'm pouring ointment on my wounds to make them feel important
I'm dealing deep in some dark matter to fill the void
And in my head I hear my mom is saying
listen Adj I ain't angry I'm just disappointed

i hit a gruff patch
My ways my ways my only ways i've ever known
They give me comfort they make me feel important
And i'm not gonna give em up! You can be sure of that
My ways my ways my only ways i've ever known
My cars my crib my clothes my identity my race, religion.. Leave me alone

you can’t tell me what to do. fuck the truth. some stints of youth. stuck in my roots and i’ve soiled my immortal coil spurting oil and my blood is confused. i’m glad that was touching to you 'cause i can’t feel it back. i lack compassion. that’s why i’m gnashing my cavities into gravel while i'm passive but happy enough to nap.

Feels best to just shut my mouth and keep quiet
Sleep through the struggle take siestas 'stead of riot
kind of cowardly, the lion would never it cosign it
"you better get your ......."
shitstorm umbrella. get it all together.
Time to muscle up the gumption and hold your breath
stay alive for seconds surmise and do the chest bump
the bellows won't work when there's no coals left.
Track Name: Animal
I'm a motherfucking animal
Deer bone crunching in my mandible
Fresh off of a hunt in the enchanted forest
Damn i'm full
Now i gotta sleep it off
I got a den down in the hollow
With a bed of creeping moss
And i'm leaking pheremones
From my breeze felt balls
Trying to see where she went
Cuz she smelt RAWWWW!
Gruff getting flustered
Ditch the rest
Sniff the scent trail
Gotta fuck! UGHH!
I'm a glutton for a furry lioness
I'll go off on benders
I'll be gone 'till november
Some destitute endeavorer
And never take my mind off sex
This is our creed!

I kill my own food
I fuck what i please
I'll kill me own brother
If he's fucking with me
Animal creed

Loins drained
I stumble out of the bush
Point blank kill, i gotta take it
What else!?
I've already gorged
But i'll keep gorging
It's mid-morning
Besides which, i'm bored
I've given a half
Of a leftover carcass
To shock a flock of condors
I find it amusing
How they hobble around
I chew some leaves
I know will make me feel strange
then I loumph around for days
karma kids this is how we.....

Animal creed
Track Name: Love Me Ugly feat. MC Eleven
Simple, social currency
selling our selfies accruing hearts
I liken it to prostitution
I'm lying in a mushroom patch in a moose field
I LickPuss (BK) for the mouthfeel
And drove south cuz i had wheels and couldnt sit still
I sit still as i levitate on couches
Off pot laced chew things
And dabs with butane
As i amuse bouches
Then soak alfalfa sprouts doe seven hours
And juice ginger
I'm soup dumplings for dinner
Doup Sumpling to women
Bright jacket and a long spliff drooping
Got a strong wind brewing
And a lil sumpin to rip off
My pop's gave me a complex
Teacher Alien i'm adrian adonis upon this
I'll bob saget your moms tit
For the karma
Aggravating calm with common sense
Only problem?
I'm a shot of Evan Williams away
From being really drunk
And i'm a coors 24 apart from
seeing this reservoir sound womb kitchen floor
Up close and personal
You hurt me!

None fuzzy
Give it to me gruff and rugged
I wanna see you love me ugly
None fluff
Give it to me guts and blood
I wanna see you love me ugly

MC Eleven:

up next it's the lucky contestant
funky ass fresh and i'm dressed to get death wishes
flexing, with my Mexican Cola
stretched across sofas as I'm watching these Western flic's
and i'm blocking these mentions
talking to these exes and i best just get over her
yea it's best i just exit
best i get Headtrip he's an excellent chauffeur
get your funny bone broken
bees in the trap like a honey comb open
nah sonny's home broken
scoping for a token and he's hoping that i could bum a smoke or something
i'm like eff it
i was once bummy so i get's it
Dunny's can't test me can't test this
dummies can't get me i'm the message
run it like a dress made of necklaces
pass undetected
past the detectives
mask on a mask and it's still up for question
suspect. something like a trust fund
some day i'm a trust someone but it's not yet
some day i'm a drop all these habits i'm a quit i'm a stop it
something's got to give
something like a pot head
come in my apartment we'll spark it
underground head that can run it like an ostrich
running out of options
cautious, trying not to walk in to dog shit,
worried bout the cops on a stop frisk
dodging, worried bout the stock market and i'm nauseous,
watch this, something like a plot twist
cross-pollination get them swapped switched
rawest of raw like the mix when it's not mixed
oly oly oxen shit get your hip hop fix
i'm oxygen within toxins funky fresh coughing
to the death, to the coffin
off him!
Track Name: Answer the One
Who took the pickle?
right off of the middle of my plate
While I was in the bathroom busy
getting filled by my date Huh?
Who stole the last scoop of stuffing?
I'll throw kucks, commence the ass bustin
quick fast no discussion
out and broad day bloody
sixth Ave over luncheon
who's got an opinion
spare us
you're embarrassing your lineage
dum dum
you're ensnared up in some petty
pussyfootin bullshit suspicion
it some sucks!
go out and get ........ all I care
thumbs up brahhhhh

well he was acting kind of strange and approached me a weird way
answer the one question
you know she wasn't that drunk and she practically begged me like
answer the question
well I wasn't being mean but to speak on my beliefs is the American dream right?

You're such an ignorant

you beat around it kid
you see the how
get up off your knees and be about it
stop being childish
you should be doubting what your doing
see it your grief is tireless
but 'grief does not change you,
Hazel it reveals you'
patience is a field trip
ethereal and soundless
you should try it sometime
when you're finished pouting
and everybody's got an asshole
oh, you've heard that before?
fast forward to the chorus then
I'll fight the bar
on my ninth kind of grog
but I don't give a fuck
what your opinion is...
it's wrong, communist!
condom on your father
could've prevented
this Romulan apocalypse
that we're embodied in
I'll take my Bonnie on a Clydesdale
off into solitude
To never hear yours fart again


fuck you say about a bitch?
Track Name: Prescription Egress feat. Gion Ra
Numerous illusions came forward and bore fruit to him
He couldnt deduce or choose which fruit would reduce him
To the simplest of human forms
That which he wishes to endure
That which his fate had incurred hassling an anthill
A dog collar on man's will
A brute brooding in guilt swilling these damn pills
My glands so swole!
You only live once bro!
Fuck a homeopath clapping his handle
Lathering soap
Passing placebos like casual dope
In the hopes of catching egress
Conjuring tinctures
common wisdom of the ancients
That relieved us of the need to be
Treated for these diseases
We're just
All for the antibiotics
Send the doctor my trust and a body
I don't understand like custom Ferrari repair
Then celebrate when they cure
It's More bravado for the narrative
Imperative for sales and it's marvelous work
But glaringly absent
Is any emphasis on our preventative worth
If that shit was tapped into
Damn it'd be blasphemous
Half the industry would be retired from sport
That's out of sorts and out of pocket
And that's expense the pharma CEOs would kill to avoid
Now administer this boy an anesthetic dose of horse tranquilizer
And commit him to ward

Keep me healthy don't make me healthy
Help keep me healthy don't make me healthy i'm strong
Get your hands off my body help Keep me healthy don't make me healthy am i wrong
Help keep me, you don't make me

Gion Ra

Almost reached my limit
But there's a certain distance when you got your heart in it
Hark on from huffing carbon dust and cartilage
Pardon if i wanna be charred in my Gods image
You got disregard for that dawn
Circadian suplex you're starving and low fat
high ego
If it went back to nomad
You'd die before
Gaining knowledge to gnaw in it
Something raw!
Your ma shoulda stuck to her maw
I wonder why youts being born more mawger
Mercenary mealsmen
More than a morive to mangé with
The motive to masticate
Makes your eyes bigger than your stomach
Listen to your guy
The genre/Gion Ra of your gastronomy's gotten to gruff
Well here's a soundbite to much when you chuff
Once you get a taste it never is enough
Track Name: Candied Sexguns feat. Googie & C Write Crills

Lil lolli molly pop with the candy flip
Panty grip edible sugar coated the laffy taffy
Good n plenty nasty
Licorice twizzler twist the swedish fish
And snicker In the milky way watchamacallit
It's baby ruth Oh Henry
Dead teeth for 85 cents and errbody high fructose rainblows to chico sticks
Twix to charleston chewing bazooka joes 8 dozen for 4
Bodega prices
Life savers and sour patch kids
Looking for a payday
Hundred grand mounds tha almond joy
You butterfingers in crunch time
Im watching for the peppermint patty wagon cuz cavities happen
Its mr goodbar, goog skor all hallow's eve
The starburst out spills the cadbury creme
Black cherry warheads we all cornfed
Couple chicklets at the peep show
Break me off a piece though

C Write Crills

Pussy popping on a hand stand
Popping contraband grands
Coppa's read Miranda's
Vagina monologing
M night shamalan'in
Think I see the signs
Her Breast manifest heartbreak by design
Went from free humps
To prenups We don't trust these hoes
Keep a condom on tight
Expedite the clean up
Plan a plan b
Plan peace see ya later
Apples don't fall far
and my pops Was a skater
I might Ollie off ya hoe
At the narliest show
fiji's in the green room
Where artisans flow
Thirsty hoes posted
Moisture loiters in the lobby
And it's obvious they dying go
So tough, with glow like sho nuff,
No filter co-signs my shine
Call Puff, I need a bent with a dime
That can fuck suck and swallow
Shop and strut designer
Mop and cook lasagna
Freak and speak with mama Holla!

When our arms end up in their arms
And ammo from our land gets carried in their hands
Then buried in our heads
Decadent war stances- plans that don't make sense
Of solving a cycle with no end
In relative sight
crosshairs brush cover
of elegant nights lover
get plugged with a light shelling
but no clam!
that's no meat for the belly
and so the meek become embedded with no chance
Selling us hope in cold cases of cans without nutrients
they pull strings for confetti
and roll bands on a blue moon
once in a while to spread vile and lies 'cause who's telling the truth if you can't?
Food shortages and stampeding hordes of use to be foragers
now clanking this metal panned metropolis,
blood sausage, curtled esophagus throat clot lined
born again carcasses garnished with lime and white sand, like
think of the beach!
dream of the one week you're afforded as your calendar spans
you're not wading through layers of utility bills
where the rent is way too damn high
we slave wages And vacation
with pictures to post and save faces at least
book us a table to look cool as we can
we stand... dangerous mine fields courage and blind faith to make a quick meal for the wolves of the highland
Track Name: Survival feat. SKECH185
Trouble isnt meant to be sought after.
We're living here
Trouble isnt something you gnaw on and dribble bitch
Kibbled bits of kimberly west of the playing field
And a leftist guerrilla swinging from a tense vine of the militant
Left eye bruised blue
Pigging pen catch giggle shits
Feed em the slop!
Seventh-month fermented counter intelligence
Murs scented encounters of the next kind
Urge em off of mountain cliffs like we dis the last tribes
With their miserable-ass lives
But keep their wives
There's hope for some but most will
Suffer and eventually die
Yes, trouble isn't meant to arise
Unless there's something wrong
But if it does and it's you then we cut you off
You're dead to the tribe
When it's death or evolution



Loose lips speak the language of the drowned... Now thats the sound of America!/
Hounds bow to Alpha growl sounds drummed up amidst slum traveling hum of the trained.. numb..breathing from stop to stop/
With these evenings seeming like dress rehearsals for purgatory/
Seasoning seasons with the burnt edge glory of a face weathered under the weight of the sky, in lockstep with pigeons admitting we're all made of stardust/
Since when did that ease breathing like break pads? There's madness in the "lake effect"/
It makes dads in to great Dams and breaks bad down to wire transfers for birthday Jordans/
Trojan horse infested with love lost or lost love with giving a fuck/
Exit speech of a catfish or janitor depending on where you pay taxes/
The axis makes tears heavier than fears levies will burst and disperse tiers/
Lurch further to being Atlas... while making thickening skin a practice/
Everyday we're almost royalty then we clock in/
I measure sadness in checklist or static in the week thus the plot thickens/
In pot melting religious relics and helmets, zealots, hellions, rebellions. The failing system unveiling villains, impaling conventional wisdom/
And we pay rent for this?! I sketch out my dreams and they look like money orders/
I grew up near Muddy Waters, young fathers and sullied daughters of Jim Crow
Track Name: Bloom
I met a woman from nantucket
She told me her ancestors were the first settlers
I looked at her incredulous and asked
'So you're a wamponaug?'
She didn't blink. She didn't get it..
She said a whaaaat?
I turned around and walked it off
I gotta vent, i'll write a song
Maybe somebody it listens to
Someday might strike a chord

There's a land where every child woman and man could be loved
But that land's so far away
And it's too easy- in these lives we repeat to forget where we stand
As we toil away the days

I guess this life was too much of a gift for us
We're like a kid at christmas with a wishlist
Convinced real quick that the world was ours
And we could do away with ease
anything we deemed misfit
I mean, look what we did to the world at a distance
From a plane i see plagues spreading
The physical rash of a so-called civil existence
Shit, i wonder what the birds think
But nowadays they don't know any different
That water been poisoned
Boy what you keep sippin? See
The sick bitch is ingrained
Ever since that first pinhead
Had the idea to get his way
over others. oh druthers
the technologically more advanced
gained the advantage
and clinched a cold death grip fist
and never gave a hand
they only took them,
only stole them from their native lands and histories
there's no forgiving unforgetables
there's only living with the fallout
regrets and all
but stop repeating the misdeeds
I hear my brother shottasay
'it's like we are in the 60s'
unpopular war
spaceflight again
And oh you thought we were through it
we're race rioting
And that hates wired deep in us
but it's harder to see
still there, just not as apparent
as it used to be
and if you thought it otherwise
most likely you're white
but we were wrong
maybe averting our eyes
maybe it hurts to imagine
and it's hard to describe
we won't ever know how it feels
to live life marginalized
so white privilege apologists
it's not about apology
It's an acknowledgement
see I could never wear your shoes
but I could recognize
the care you take to move in them
and I could stand in solidarity
and move with you
and I can feel the pain you feel
because we're all human
and the conversation needs to ignite
until we all feel privileged to be alive

There's a land
where every child woman and man could be loved
And it seems so far away
But it's so easy- if we all could agree to reflect where we stand
See that land is ours to break
And it's so easy-if we all could agree to reflect where we stand
See that world is ours to make