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Bars and be yawned (Son shine and reign) produced by Eric G featuring Aja Black

by One Be Lo

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Shine: to be bright with reflected light

Bars and be yawned (Son shine and reign) is the second single for One Be Lo’s Baby album. This song begins as a reflection of growing up in Pontiac (Mi) committing crimes and doing time in prison. The message is universal and timeless, but during these pandemic times in September 2020 It serves like a light source to my 18 year old son, now studying his first year of college courses.

Born 5 days after 9/11, his name is Diaab which translates as “One who perseveres during hard times.” The lesson here is about Shining bright even in the darkest hours.

I chose to use a photograph of myself, taken 25 years ago, when I was around the same age that Diaab is now. The difference between Diaab and young Rahlo is the difference between night and day. Even though we look almost identical, he just began his first year of college courses while in contrast my 18th year was spent incarcerated at the Hiawatha Correctional Facility for armed robbery serving a 3-20 year sentence.

In this Polaroid snapshot of 1995, I had recently reverted to Al Islam durIng this dark period, and a new light was just entering my world.
This is when I decided to changed my birth name to Nahshid. I learned that even while my body was in quarantine and lock down, my mind, heart and soul was free.

Bars and be yawned is about prison bars opening wide, and whatever comes after that. It’s a reminder of where I came from, and how far beyond we can actually go, from one generation to the next.

Reign: to have control, rule or influence of any kind.

lyrics

Just Imagine
My words kinda vivid

Now if you close your eyes,
you can see this while you listen

Experience
at different Periods
how I was living

Was it about the Choices
or the Options I was given?

Growin' up
I didn't have it bad as other children
but we lived in the same hood
lame school system
plus we had television

My mother had wisdom
but I ran wit the rebels
I could here the Devil's whisssper

The Teachers couldn't hold my attention
I was distant

I focused on the posters on my wall
caught a vision
now my words fall in Rhythm

HIP HOP made a difference
making albums ain't the mission
I'm just sayin' what I'm feelin'

My uncle's life in prison
at times
I would visit

I made bad decisions
almost had to do it with him

My moms found a weapon in my dresser
and you know it ain't impress her
so the rest is His-story
I got evicted


IN THE SUNSHINE
this is my life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE

My life my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
This is my life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE

My life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
My life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
My life, my life
Aaaaah Haaah


She said
"You gon' end up JUST like your Uncle

Locked up
or maybe shot up
a lot of trouble"

The only man at home
I said "I'm just trynna hustle"

"I know you gettin grown"
she said, "I'm just trynna love you"

The man,
Seventeen is plenty
drinkin' Henny

Her words prophetic
I'm headed for Three to Twenty

Behind Bars
Closing my eyes
I see the City

FREEDOM!

But is it really?
Is it really???

Trynna make it today,
JOBS make you a slave

The free man,
Ordered to pay
Forced to behave

Police man and soldiers obey
War is the way

Now the P.O.W.'s sit at home
It's no escape,
This is Life


IN THE SUNSHINE
this is my life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE

My life my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
This is my life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE

My life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
My life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
My life, my life
Aaaaah Haaah


Some of my People died by the pistol

I know this dude from Lebanon,
his people died by the Missile

A white boy I know,
his brother died sniffin' crystal

Different mothers
and different colors
That ain't the Issue

I got a sister
Same mother
Different fathers
Same last name like Dwayne
"Different Worlds"
In the same Houses

I got a brother
Same father
Different mothers
Same song
Different feelings
Damn shame
Daddy didn't Love him

He loved to party when the kids was younger

Now every bodies older

The parties over

Outside is colder

but I forgive him

Allah made a difference
making albums ain't the mission
I'm just sayin' what I'm feelin'
LISTEN


So long in the dark of the night
Your eyes must adjust to the light
Held close in its warm embrace
Awakens what time has erased
The cold in your soul melts away
And tears evaporate
Ignore the approaching clouds
It may rain today
But it’s not right now


IN THE SUNSHINE
this is my life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE

My life my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
This is my life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE

My life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
My life, my life
IN THE SUNSHINE
Awwww Huuuh

credits

released September 16, 2020
Beat produced by: Eric G (Soul Council)
Co produced by: General Subliminal
Additional instrumentation: Jonas Siegel
Recorded/Mixed by: Aaron Angus
Lyrics by: One Be Lo aka Nahshid Sulaiman
Chorus written/performed: Aja Black (The Reminders)
Mastered by: D Sane

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One Be Lo Pontiac, Michigan

One Be Lo is a HipHop writer/emcee/producer from Pontiac Michigan, currently living in Cairo, Egypt.

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