breathe. EP

by Speech Debelle

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Returning with her first new project in four years, award-winning British Hip Hop artist Speech Debelle unveils breathe. - a succinct but powerful independent release full of soul, exploring the poetic South London native’s journey of evolution and self-discovery.

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released June 10, 2016

1. The Work feat. Miss Baby Sol : youtu.be/5SzWjfBsoSU
[produced by Nick Trepka, co-produced by Speech Debelle]

2. Terms and Conditions : youtu.be/lfqUDs819Gk
[produced by Wayne Lotek, co-produced by Nick Trepka and Speech Debelle]

3. Running
[produced by Wayne Lotek, co-produced by Nick Trepka and Speech Debelle]

4. No War No Peace
[produced by Wayne Lotek, co-produced by Mike Lindsay and Speech Debelle]

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Track Name: The Work featuring Miss Baby Sol
Lyrics:

I wanna be afraid
I wanna be offended
I wanna face my fears when they're presented
I wanna be fully present when I'm attending
I wanna make choices not just reacting
Cause acting out has become quite tiring
These emotions I keep hiring and firing
My family must tired of this little violin
I violated my fare share of sin
I sold some shaman
Broke bread with bad men
With strange codes of honour
But we make choices from what's upon us
There's balance that I'm searching for
And I found it in my consciousness when I was trying to build my core
My spirit will run away
If I don't cease the day
I can feel it pushing me pushing me
I have to go for a walk literally
Feel the breeze have a talk and listen to me

Chorus
I bet you when I come through
And see the sun that I'm greeted too
It's a reminder that I'm not though
And I have still got work to do

Often my mood sways
From full to dismayed
I surf a small wave
To ride at its crest
Feels like a small space
So I disengage
I need to grow get some weight of this chest
Bucket to bouquet
Welcome a new day
Write on an eclipse
Let it enter through my right hip
Spirit does a back flip
Reason and wrap spliffs
We rap ad libs
I can hear your vision yo
But we ain't asking permission
We run up in the kitchen
With a bag of road man
And we want the belly
I asked the universe and it told me clear
Warrior spirit it got us
Fear and love can't coexist so remember this
In the face of opposition
And remember they listening
but some will understand
Their antenna feel it
Etch a sketch my future before they clear it.
Track Name: Terms and Conditions
Make ups to break ups to cussing to fucking,
wake ups, to wondering what happened in the morning.
Breakfast is quite concentrating on the eating,
giving us reason not to question what we're doing.
We deserves Oscars for our brilliant pretending,
That we are not making the same mistakes again.
We've been here before, this is a regression.
We are not progressing, but very much enjoying.
I guess life is made for living not existing.
and we are drawn to the things that bring us inspiration.
You become the reason I am tossing and turning,
growing and learning, what I am partial too.
Addressing my own passions and actions
and straight physical attraction,
animalistic acting this what makes us human.

Chorus
I am no longer guessing, I am more than sure.
If life has taught me any kinda lesson before.
It's that when I want to, I really really want to
I know that I want you and i know want too.
So what you think maybe us two, up until two, maybe even three, well see


We go back and forth, back and forth like tennis
and each time we give a less than the beginning.
I guess what keeps us coming back is coming
That's not joking, that some real analysing.
You'd be surprised by the truths that are hidden.
"cause it comes to light when you start digging.
Pun intended, whoever invented you is my my nemesis, cause I am powerless.
That blatant obvious, like have no common sense.
Like I can't see what's going on or haven't got the foggiest,
idea, my dear, why I am still here, it's three in the morning
and we're calling, each others name, like we never knew it.
We said we wouldn't go back I guess we blew it,
animalistic acting, this is what makes us human.

Chorus
I am no longer guessing, I am more than sure.
If life has taught me any kinda lesson before.
It's that when I want to, I really really want to
I know that I want you and i know want too.
So what you think maybe us two, up until two,maybe even three, well see

Are we willing, to accept the terms and conditions, of our arrangement and pretend if is painless.
Are we willing to give more than we are giving and see what we are missing, if we could only listen.
Track Name: Running
So calm, if this weather persist,
I’ll adjust my thrifts; need a new wardrobe.
Yo! My style Isis, my muse, my change views are through you.
Your eyes smile, windows to your upper room,
Third eye flutters whenever we share cues.
What? That’s how you feel too.
This is mental and we are meant to.
I seem to have a thing for you,
Purposeful in your plans I’m inspired by you.
Without having a clue you inspire the youths
And I can see a future in you ‘cause you nourish you roots.
I can see your lineage has put the power in you,
Mental physical, spiritual too,
I can’t seem to find the space to get the message to you
But if it was reciprocated then I wouldn’t have to run to you.

‘cause I’m running, I keep running
I keep running, running, oh, running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart

I’m just giving you the facts, every whastapp I get a heart attack
I overreact, your words are vague,
Your intent is straight; I’ve created a maze
I over analyse when I’m relaying the play and you centre stage,
The curtains drop and I stand there with nothing to say.
The crowd looks in wait uncomfortable in their gaze,
Unrequited love is shame.
Pages turn, chapter’s change, what are these dreams I paint,
The want and the need, battle for the space,
That’ll make the love bring the pain.
I guess the ego comes alive when the fears are never tamed,
I’ve fallen for you it won’t magically go away.
The beauties when the beast gets some recognition,
gotta stop running to you, running to a vision.

‘cause I’m running, I keep running
I keep running, running, oh, running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart

If I’m running to you what do I loose
I need this space for love to come through
It’s better for me to get over this need,
I’m running from you and running from me


I can’t be happy with a piece, the little that I get back.
Your smile as you turn to me but it never really meant that,
‘Cause your heart don’t yearn for me,
Your body don’t burn for me,
This lust don’t work for me,
It’s taking a toll on me.
I can’t be happy with a piece, the little that I get back.
Your smile as you turn to me but it never really meant that,
‘Cause your heart don’t yearn for me,
Your body don’t burn for me,
This lust don’t work for me,
It’s taking a toll on me.


I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
I know I can’t keep running to your heart
Track Name: No War No Peace
You can't hide for the beast
My people get off of your knees
They'll shoot you down in these street
Now you're a hashtag and retweet
They have once declared war
Wanna know what they're fighting for
After your mind and it must be your soul
After your muscle it must be your and bones,
They want your mind altered, controlled
Cause they won't leave us alone
They say it's cause if your clothes
But more like your skin tone, yo
We tired of being brutalised
It's a war that's coming from all sides
We been planning the coup all night
Talking to spirits from past from all tribes
We got the words pineal is on peak
Back straight got the fire when we speak
They run we see us in these streets
They catch a fright when they see us in these streets, yo
We water the roots, we bore fruit
We been knowing the truth since we were youts
It ain't change the games still the same
They still want us in chains


We blaze up a fir pon dem

No War No Peace

They will shoot you down like mark Duggan
And swear blind that you had it and you were packing
Within a second, your body is getting wetted
And your mother is crying over your coffin
Spraying the sky has got us all coughing
You can say I breathe but they won't stop it
It's heard to be heard with weak pockets
We built nations and they got the profit
But if you the big tree, we are the small axe
Coming to cut you down down
The structures are weak, we see the cracks
It's gonna all come down down
Track Name: Strange Ways
Strange days

Sometimes, feels like, I don’t know which way to go
I do feel lost days, up some days, down some days,
it moves in strange ways

Low cuts and chinos
Early hour burrito
Beers and pear cider
What's app or viber
Cut downs and cravings
Laughing at saving
Birthdays and new borns
Good wine and house warnings
Roll ups and green tea
No wheat no dairy
New friends on drunk nights,
Deep talks **** highs
Have babies buy flat
Go gym or eat that
Downloads or upgrades
New job house raves

Sometimes, feels like, I don’t know which way to go
I do feel lost days, up some days, down some days,
it moves in strange ways

Late night phone calls
First dates mumbles
Last trains and car fuel
High heels stumbles
Burials and funerals
Fights over pool rules
Friendships and secrets
Confidence and complexes
High grade and rizlas
Selfies and pictures
Nine nights and dark rums
Cancer research runs
Break ups and and harsh texts
Date night make up sex
Pay rises low pay
Sun rise on new days