The ‘LIT’ Album Experience

LIT is a ‘lyrical remix’ album where I take mainstream pop and hip hop songs that have an amazing sound and style (but leave a lot to be desired in terms of lyrical content), and I infuse them with my own original, spiritually-conscious lyrics.


Day 1 – “Gotta Tell ‘Em”


Vlog #1

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The Original Song

Jeremih ft. YG – “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
***Warning Explicit Content***

Song Facts:
Release Date: 6/6/2014
Billboard Hot 100 Chart Peak: 6th
Record Sales: 3 million+
YouTube Streams: 20 million+


My Lyrical Remix




The Lyrics

[Intro]
I gotta tell ‘em… Should I tell ‘em?
I gotta tell ‘em… How do I tell ‘em?
I gotta tell em… But their telling me not to tell ‘em
I know I gotta tell em… My soul’s tellin’ me that I gotta tell ‘em!

[Verse 1]
Did you see that new movie in the theaters?
Did you catch that game last night?
Have you tried that new restaurant on 7th Street?
Did you see that punch he threw in the fight? I gotta tell em!
When you know, and they don’t know,
You gotta tell ‘em what you know, so they know!
Don’t you know? God made you to be generous,
To share the things that you possess,
To this I profess, if I keep this knowledge from you it makes no sense,
You would be oppressed, so hear me share it, I got no stress,
The Messenger of God for today is manifest, know this!

[Hook]
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
How do I tell ‘em? Do I tell ‘em? ay ay,
They’re telling me not to tell ‘em, not to tell em, ay,
My soul’s tellin’ me that I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
My soul’s telling me that I gotta tell em! ay,

[Verse 2]
I’m a candle, I’m enkindled,
Let me light shine, let it lead you,
Let it lead me, I gotta tell em in words plus deeds,
I gotta do, I gotta B-E,
Like a MC squaring off,
Feel my energy as I’m teaching the Cause of God,
Uttering, utterly, using this utterance,
Unlocking the doors to the cities of the hearts of men, no defense,
Higher than the senses, can you feel that?
No syllables and sounds, do you hear that?
Light brighter than the sun, do you see that?
B and a E, made the world of being BE that!
I bow down before His Station,
The Creative Word led to my transformation,
All Praise to Baha’u’llah,
Take pleasure in sharing the Word of God, it’s a Revel-ation, ay

[Hook]
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
How do I tell ‘em? Do I tell ‘em? ay ay,
They’re telling me not to tell ‘em, not to tell em, ay,
My soul’s tellin’ me that I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
My soul’s telling me that I gotta tell em! ay,

[Verse 3 – Karim Rushdy]
Check the headlines read the news,
Are you this or that? You need to chose,
Are you against that or are you for this?
Do you fight the fight or do you forfeit?
I’m not in Forbes and I’m not so gorgeous
So if I listen to their message that means that I am unimportant,
You see my cores just ‘bout to explode it’s
Tired of hypocracy I’m raisin up my sore fists,
I’ve been holding in the light like it’s all mine,
Disunified, now let it all shine,
I’m working up the courage to flourish,
And then embellish every word that I’m speaking with God’s love, I gotta tell em, ay!

[Hook]
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
How do I tell ‘em? Do I tell ‘em? ay ay,
My soul’s tellin’ me to tell ‘em, so I’m tellin’ ‘em to raise up!
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
I gotta tell ‘em, gotta tell ‘em, ay ay,
How do I tell ‘em? Do I tell ‘em? ay ay,
My soul’s tellin’ me to tell ‘em, so I’m tellin’ ‘em to raise up!

[Outro]
“The Great Being saith: The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked.”

So you know I gotta tell em….


Exclusive Interview with Karim Rushdy

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Bonus Content

As I mentioned in today’s videos, the “LIT” lyrical-remix album was inspired by an album called “Wide Awake”, a project by my friend and fellow artist Karim Rushdy. Karim was the mixing engineer for the entire “LIT” album and is also featured on today’s song “Gotta Tell ‘Em”. 

Karim has also been gracious enough to provide today’s BONUS CONTENT! Enjoy a free MP3 download of the title track of his lyrical-remix album, Wide Awake, below!


Elevated Conversation

Based on today’s lyrical remix, here are some questions for reflection:

1) What is a TRUTH that you have discovered in life that you hold dearly?
2) Do you take time to TELL/TEACH others about this truth in your daily life?
3) Besides telling people, how can you BE this truth through your actions?

I really want this music to be a catalyst for reflection and conversation! Please take a moment to share your thoughts on these questions below and leave a response to others who have also shared. I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts with you all as well!

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