The Fight Back EP

by TeeLow

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The sequel to TeeLow's "No Surrender" album is this EP! It is a continuation to rise back up from whatever corner the opposition tried to put you in and chase your dreams with a vengeance!

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released March 10, 2014

All lyrics written and performed by the artists. This project was mastered by Matt PFV and Tyler Smith Productions

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TeeLow Norwalk, Ohio

TeeLow is an artist out of Ohio, who combines lyrics with lessons in a way that leaves the listener wanting more. His motto is No Surrender, which describes the way he chases his dream. There is no doubt that a download is well worth the time, and that this artist has no limits to the amount of growth that can take place musically and personally. ... more

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Track Name: Make Your Own Luck
{Verse 1 TeeLow}

Like the legend of the phoenix
I bring it back to life thru fire on a remix
I'm not a rapper with a whole lotta achievements
but I'm workin hard to show 'em I'm a genius
No Surrender did better than expected
made it hard to follow up with the next shit
but I got to work hella time invested
the hardest part was phrasing my message
finding a topic to speak on
my mind went blank every time I put a beat on
just searching for a platform I could put my feet on
couldn't stop tho, I knew I had to keep on
didn't quit now It's time to push back
put the world on my shoulders and walk till my foot crack
looking for a good place I can put that
no sleep yet and I could use a good nap
but I cant rest now
I'm at a point where, I'm making my best sound
love to see a fans face when I astound
only a matter of time till I ascend to the crown
started at the bottom time to take it on up
the sheep all asleep time to wake em all up
rappers wanna buy fame so they pay it on up
but for me, i say, you make your own luck

{verse 2 TeeLow}
"Fight Back" right now thats my war cry
don't bury ya dreams let 'em soar high
need a motivator? than I am your guy
but noone can see ya dreams like you do thru your... eyes
thats as real as it gets
clarity people don't know this feeling exists
I'ma make it, can't give me a deal to quit
so they tried to kick me out but I'm still in this bitch
and line after line
try to encourage others to get a goal in ya mind
don't let anyone try to stop you from the climb
all you need to put in is dedication and time
give it an honest effort
and hang on to the belief that it'll get better
hard work and passion can outweigh the cheddar
and put you into success forever
but they'll tell you that you gotta Get Lucky
or you can't do a thing without big money
the same people will support you when it gets sunny
yeah they all fake, and I think that shits funny
firm believer that luck is what we make it
and if you gotta shot then you have to take it
some call my life a failure but I'd never trade it
now I'm bout to fight back and they're gonna hate it!
Track Name: More Than A King
(Hook 2x)
I got a feeling that I cannot describe
I don't even feel like I am alive
It's deeper than any ordinary drive
There's something powerful on the inside (I'm more than a king)

I been, puttin in that hard work
ideas close to the head like the hands of a barber
I'm steadily creating a beautiful artwork
and when people describe it they use the "R" word
thats real, fuck how those hater cats feel
make 'em sick and let vomit be they last meal
but it's cool here's a toast to yall
but I keep the bread wit my road dawgs most of all
I feel I can jump any hurdle man
and run inside of any circle man
adversity cannot deter me
I grind like Ima die before thirty
put a fork in the road, you cannot curve me
I'm noone's product, you cannot work me
more than a king, you cannot serve me
you may not see me but I know you heard me!

(Hook 2x)
I got a feeling that I cannot describe
I don't even feel like I am alive
It's deeper than any ordinary drive
There's something powerful on the inside (I'm more than a king)

Now I recognize God and all that he has done
but right now, I'm feelin lika sun
like chaotic events in my life got me charged
to hit the sky, light up and be a star
yeah, and I can't stop there
help other bright minds, cause now is not fair
they lettin ignorant money control their lives
instead of placing our faith in the wise
see I got a question I wanna ask
would you quit if you knew you had a task
that was bigger than you and your family?
you hear me, but you don't understand me
I can't go back, I can't shut it off
I may have put it down but I had to dust it off
This hip hop is bigger than one song
if you're wit me put ya hands up and come along

(Hook 2x)
I got a feeling that I cannot describe
I don't even feel like I am alive
It's deeper than any ordinary drive
There's something powerful on the inside (I'm more than a king)
Track Name: Countless Hours
I've invested so much into this rap shit,
Thousands of dollars and countless hours of practice...

all so I could change the planet with my intelligence
only to hate my choices, and irrelevance
shoulda went to college, or joined the marines
now I live with my mom, and rock some old jeans
that i've had since before '09, I shoulda graduated
with honors, but I was dumb and thinkin I had to make it
old friends lookin at me with pity
cop a bottle of whatever for an excuse to act shitty
talkin to myself "he didn't crack did he?"
cynical side of me at least got the stomach to laugh with me
cancer knife or a gun, I don't know how to go
cock back to the eyeball watch it explode
hard to love because I'm harder to know
(don't worry, I think it's all apart of the show)

I've invested so much into this rap shit,
Thousands of dollars and countless hours of practice...

they say sleep is the cousin of death
thats why I wake up in a sweat, clutchin my chest
in my dreams I feel a cold hand touchin my neck
eyes blood shot lack of sleep, I guess I'm a wreck
pray to god, but he don't want to hear it
he like "you got my blessings but it's up to you to find the spirit"
balls in my court, and it's up to me to work it
thru the pain even though the outcome might not be worth it
can't focus on the verdict, look to the performance
but the inner struggle for originality is what torments
I feel I can deliver a strong message of importance
but in order to get that light I need to become a conformist
that's how I, push my values to the back
replay my tracks like "is that how you wanna rap?"
trying to be original and not too complex
overthinking it, until its all just nonsense

I've invested so much into this rap shit,
Thousands of dollars and countless hours of practice...

how many time's I gotta make it clear
I can't wait no more I need my break this year
2014, Don't Fuck Up Our Beats 6
it ain't hard to tell, that it aint no secret
all my eggs in a nest, get a deal or die
reachin for the stars until I feel the sky

I've invested so much into this rap shit,
Thousands of dollars and countless hours of practice...
Track Name: W.I.N
{hook 2x}
W - work hard I will not wish
I - I am really in this bitch
N - N E means necessary never leave
W.I.N - betta believe!

T - tearing apart the competition totally
E - Electrifying the game globally
E - cause we equals, don't mean we even
L - Love the game and I am never leavin'
O - seeing the whole picture in an Overview
W - I already won, its game over dude!
No Surrender - set fire to that white flag!
but that wasnt enough naw, now its time to Fight Back
fist in the air, no Jersey Shore tho
This is for the idea that ideas are immortal
stand against your naysayers, live life to your standards
who are they to tell you that you cannot find your own answers
do it yaself, you don't need no help
fuck the money let the love and knowledge be yo wealth
and if they got a problem, middle finger salute 'em
fist in the air till we got the strength to move 'em

{hook 2x}
W - work hard I will not wish
I - I am really in this bitch
N - N E means necessary never leave
W.I.N - betta believe!

FIGHT - against anybody tryin to oppose you
for no other reason other than they do not know you
FIGHT - against anybody keepin you on the bottom
we all shook up, and now we boutta get it poppin
feedin us these toxins, raise prices on options
and provide a million distractions all on our conscious
they won't be honest, bout how we held hostage
so to unlock those doors, you gotta gain knowledge
WIN - against anybody who calls you a loser
who would quickly drag your name thru the sewer
WIN - against all the people who fear
and try to put off your dreams until next year
No more waitin, time to make a statement
sky dive from cloud nine and land upright on that pavement
no more enslavement for you or any nation
we been dreaming of the stars since the ancients

{hook 2x}
W - work hard I will not wish
I - I am really in this bitch
N - N E means necessary never leave
W.I.N - betta believe!
Track Name: No Competition
Who the fuck am I? Guess now is a good time
Mr. No Surrender, Mr. Stay On My Grind
T to the double E L O W please don't forget!
I represent that Buckeye state, make 'em all say OH SHIT
get it? that OH SHIT got my eyes on the O I'm focused
to hit ya inner circle hard, and lay 'em all back wit some roses
you know this, I'm nautious - I mean I'm ill and when I'm in the office
I get to work, beats get murked - it's a formula watch me solve this
if rappers give me the second degree steppin to me, talkin negatively
I'll crank out disses consecutively, shut 'em down tuesday and chill the rest of the week
Killin MC's, got a hell of a streak. cocky enough to disrespect the elite
I'm a monster whatchu expected of me? rappers cant sleep without checkin for me!

(Hook)
Only time I'm turned up! is when I do my own mixes
make beats do what I want, I call em my bitches
AYO AYO you cant turn me down
AYO AYO you cant turn me down
Only time I give a fuck, is when I'm stickin my dick in
Two words that ain't in my vocab "No" and "Competition"
AYO AYO you cant turn my down
YOU MAD? YOU MAD? cause you cant turn me down!

Can't tell me shit, promised I'd make it and Imma do exactly that
Fuck Grammer, Imma get a Grammy, nobody gotta have me back
fuck your opinion, shut up and let that be that
Imma keep my artistic integrity - I won't be another trashy act!
and I'm good, hope thats understood
I do my own thang, I don't wanna hear about I should
should do that and I should do this, all i should do is make music
now shut the fuck up and get outta my way before you make me lose it
I'm making songs, yall just make excuses
wanted this all my life, thru all the pain and the bruises
and any record label that wanna get in the way, I'll get an axe and get to chippin away
ain't heard me yet? you gonna listen today! Ain't heard me yet you gonna listen today!!

(Hook)
Only time I'm turned up! is when I do my own mixes
make beats do what I want, I call em my bitches
AYO AYO you cant turn me down
AYO AYO you cant turn me down
Only time I give a fuck, is when I'm stickin my dick in
Two words that ain't in my vocab "No" and "Competition"
AYO AYO you cant turn my down
YOU MAD? YOU MAD? cause you cant turn me down!
Track Name: They Want More (Feat. Dave-o Fasho)
{hook 2x Dave-o Fasho}
what the fuck is this blood for? I dont know but they want more
so I'ma give it to 'em I'ma spill it all across the floor
they want it on a platter with a side of sweat and tears
so I guess thats what I gotta do to, get in their ears

{Verse 1 TeeLow}
Tell the DEA my pencils dope
and they should confiscate every verse I send in an envelope
I'm hotter than forest fire ember coals
hotter than an Angelina/Aniston centerfold
and you can let the rain fall
I'm going for it all, the win and the game ball
my attitude is "Fuck who kept me here"
and tried to keep me on the treadmill every year
set the sky ablaze and all doubt I erase
I couldnt be kept inside of, one small fireplace
ready for more, afraid but I am brave,
I'll live in pain if it means I won't die a slave
my knees won't bend, appease no men
hard work and faith is all I need to win
my heart is the right track for peace I fight back
follow ya dreams whatever they are but for me they are tight raps

{hook 2x Dave-o Fasho}
what the fuck is this blood for? I dont know but they want more
so I'ma give it to 'em I'ma spill it all across the floor
they want it on a platter with a side of sweat and tears
so I guess thats what I gotta do to, get in their ears

{Verse 2 Dave-o Fasho}
you can catch me out here writin facts on these walls
fightin back we like to brawl smack ya jaw like a racquet ball
fracture skulls and take whats within your
cranial mush just reduced to blood thinners
that's all I want, thats all I really came for
so I'm gone but embedded in your earth like claymores
so you need to watch ya step, even when I'm not around
the last person that left the ground I, I shot em down
don't try to reach my level, don't try to breach my security
you are not at eye level, you are just a blur to me
see I'm up here in the heavens, and I'm - I'm still ascendin
a young Asguardian warrior among Legends
there I've done it again, compared myself to God
so mathmatically eventually, it will help my odds
don't take my name in vain and watch what you say to me
rappers you can pray to me I.. I am your deity!!

{hook 2x Dave-o Fasho}
what the fuck is this blood for? I dont know but they want more
so I'ma give it to 'em I'ma spill it all across the floor
they want it on a platter with a side of sweat and tears
so I guess thats what I gotta do to, get in their ears
Track Name: Low Budget Pro
I didn't want to use a real instrumental....

I wanted to do this to prove you can be low budget
With just talent and work ethic and reach the whole public
My name is TeeLow and my flow is so rugged
But I know that rhymes alone just won't cut it
So allow me to add to the mix the mind of an activist
Fighting for love - a samurai hybrid with a pacifist
Write down the best thinkers, I'm on the top half of the list
Who remains a sane American capitalist
Write down passages that fit inside shrink wrapped packages
That little disc of plastic is more about integrity than avarice
So when I get to rappin hits it's not about stackin chips
It's about truth and knowledge that's why I'm so passionate
Cause I know what it's like for some one to squat on my dream
Used to get more Knocks than props when I hopped on the scene
Now people see I stuck to it and wanna hop on my team
So I want to encourage people to not stop for a thing
Rappers get slanderous when they get infront if the cameras
But I've never seen hate give anyone any advantage's
So I'll keep it all love till I get to the really big show
Shout out to kasey hammer and uncle rizzo!
Track Name: Fvck Sleep (Feat. A.I.T.)
{Hook TeeLow & A.I.T.}
Fuck Sleep -I'm off of amphetamines
red bull and rockstar yall know what the fuck I mean
Fuck Sleep - rollin' off of adderall
8 hours? (eyyy what?) we don't need it after all
Fuck Sleep - I already know my dreams
go out and get it, by any means
Fuck Sleep - that's why I never close my eyes
wanna be the best? sleep when ya die!

{Verse 1 TeeLow}

middle finger to my pillow
grind mode 24/7, whats a chill mode?
when I make records, there's no time for sleepin yo
catchin up to the frontrunners and UOENO!
when the day stops you still gotta go out and take shots
dreams are worked for they do not come in a box
set fire to the mattress, we'll sleepin our grave plots!
till they say "great scott! they made it to the way top!"
and when I get as high as the rest O'm not lookin' down only above
I gotta go where no one's been it isn't enough to show me the love
success is perspective to me it isn't definite
so while some get ahead and stop, I'ma keep gettin it!

{Hook TeeLow & A.I.T.}
Fuck Sleep -I'm off of amphetamines
red bull and rockstar yall know what the fuck I mean
Fuck Sleep - rollin' off of adderall
8 hours? (eyyy what?) we don't need it after all
Fuck Sleep - I already know my dreams
go out and get it, by any means
Fuck Sleep - that's why I never close my eyes
wanna be the best? sleep when ya die!

{verse 2 Ayye It's Tay}

hustle and struggle - 2 words I live by
if you sleep ya day away then you really livin a lie
I grind so hard I forgot how to close my eyes
I'm buzzin off this motivation, and I think i know why
if you wanna be successful sleep should not be on ya schedule
put the pedal to the metal, elevate to higher levels
never settle for less always strive for more
one way to get rich, is to live like ya poor
cause no one opens doors you gotta go out and get it
be about ya business if ya sleepin then you might just miss it
dreams are vivid but a nap can hold ya back from greatness
if ya feel like dosin' pop an Addy and say this

{Hook TeeLow & A.I.T.}
Fuck Sleep -I'm off of amphetamines
red bull and rockstar yall know what the fuck I mean
Fuck Sleep - rollin' off of adderall
8 hours? (eyyy what?) we don't need it after all
Fuck Sleep - I already know my dreams
go out and get it, by any means
Fuck Sleep - that's why I never close my eyes
wanna be the best? sleep when ya die!
Track Name: Star Eyed
{Verse 1 TeeLow}

feel free to take in the magnificence
a culture that is loved my millions
google search, you'll see many different images
hip hop truly is omnipotent
from here to there,
there is an identity that we clearly share
transcends language
we can feel the joy and the anguish
say it's a black mans music thats just ignorance
FBI can check it and see all types of fingerprints
all types of citizens,
Lord Jamar I see your house but lets add additions
archaic those thoughts are soon to be
2014 is all about unity
raise the roof and put down the weapons
replace tolerance with acceptance

{Hook}
Do you see those dreams?
High in the Sky?
Do you know what it means?
Neither do I
But no Matter what
I gotta reach
No matter what put my hands up
I gotta reach

{Verse 2 TeeLow}

Used to be those kids at the back of the bus
freestylin teachers say that we rappin too much
never heard 'em tho cause we was laughin too much
saw out idols on TV and thought it could happen to us
headphones on carryin a walkman
exchange new verses for talkin
seriously, those was our convos
syllables, speed, multies, combos
and if the CD skipped up
I'd hit the computer and burn another mix up
Nas, D12, Eminem
The Roots, DMX, and Rakim
It was all a dream so Star Eyed
no matter the distance, walk to the Pharcyde
don't know what it means but thats my Quest
so it all makes sense I guess

{Hook}
Do you see those dreams?
High in the Sky?
Do you know what it means?
Neither do I
But no Matter what
I gotta reach
No matter what put my hands up
I gotta reach