Conscious EP

by Jovan

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A conscious rapper poses conscious questions about the things she sees and experiences in the world through raps that could be perceived as controversial but coming from a genuine heart and curious mind. Speaking on the usage of social media, inner city youth, and the progression of Black Americans.

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released August 8, 2016

All instrumentals produced by Jordeaux
Written and Performed by Jovan Landry
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jovan Landry

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(1.) Social Media Girls - Directed, Shot and Edited by Jovan Landry. (2) No Chill - Directed and Edited by Jovan Landry, Shot by Simeon Frierson, Special Thanks to Andrew Holley-Jones and Air Force Academy. (3.) Progression of Our People: Directed and Edited by Jovan Landry, Cinematography by Kalyn Jacobs, 2nd Camera by Charles J. Williams, Fashion Artivist: Michelle Janayea, Production Assistants: Haile, Chai Tulani & Justin Martez, Extras: Haile, Taylor Brooks-Burns, Vicki Street, Gem Tree, DJ Vice Larock and Lynsey Ann; Special Thanks: Pat Cooley

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Jovan Chicago, Illinois

Jovan (Born Jovan Landry) is a Creative based in Chicago, Illinois. Specializing in film, photography and music, Jovan believes in utilizing all of her skills in a positive way. Her sound is described as conscious under 90s hip hop boom bap beats with abundance of energy, clarity, and hope. Inspired by Left Eye, Common, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Method Man, Missy Elliot and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Social Media Girls
Verse 1:
I don’t know why these hoes spend their time on their phones for attention.
She don’t even got a job, but she just really wanna get that pension. I mean what I mean.
With your nails pressed on, and your skin tight jeans, with your sneaks real clean
Do you see what I see when I scroll down your tweets
But you don’t cause your head’s blowing up from these feigns.
But you so hood with it, be outside
With the duck face on, up in your mama’s ride
You doing it for the vine, like you are fine, as if you stay too fly.
Bye bye to these, haters that you will be calling your friends later,
Like she is one of your neighbors
These dudes are some fakers, bragging about that paper
And mastermind you to be one of their chasers, like damn.

Hook:
But, I mean what I mean, what you say what I mean, but I know it’s not mean.
I just see what I see, and I speak what I speak, my opinions are free
It’s putting light on the truth on the things that you do that you know is untrue
At every opportunity you gotta snap pic but don’t let the moment just do…

Verse 2:
Narcism, it’s really an addiction
Only care about the likes, she just really wanna get that mention, I mean what I mean
Post a picture to delete it, for what? For your daily quota what’s up?
Trying to feel validated for the affirmations of the triple-dubs admirations, that’s rough
But I’m saying is that your filthy filter’s passing off as fiction
Showing and telling, are you really living?
Deep down inside you’re in a scrimmage
You thinking life is all about a competition
Your filthy filter’s passing off as fiction
Showing and telling, are you really living?
Deep down inside you’re in a scrimmage
You thinking life is all about the competition like woah.

Hook/Bridge (x2)
But, I mean what I mean, what you say what I mean, but I know it’s not mean.
I just see what I see, and you need to rethink what is self validity, uh
It’s putting light on the truth on the things that you do that you know is untrue
At every opportunity you gotta snap pic but don’t let the moment just do…

Verse 3:
Where does the issues stem? Where it begins? Is it a lack of a friend
A lack of man, I just don’t understand, all I know that it wasn’t part of the plan
The internet creating imaginations feeding our fascination
That we forget the real conversation: Conversing on the importance of your representation
Yo, are we serving the hype or we serving our lives, just realize that it’s all in your mind
Deep down when you search in your mind, you’ll know that you’re on of a kind
Don’t let words phase you, don’t let it create you just let it amaze you
You are beautiful and a miracle, don’t let cyber world dictate you

Outro:
Just, realize real lies, with your real eyes, find your truth in a real time.
Just, realize real lies, with your real eyes, find your truth in a real time.
Just, realize real lies, with your real eyes, find your truth in a real time.
Just, realize real lies, with your real eyes, find your truth in a real time.
Track Name: No Chill
Verse:
Kids are born with pure imaginations
And then there's situations, that make their pictures tainted
I hate it. Their brains had almost fainted
Hearts turn cold instead the colors God had painted
I’m waiting, just for, some type of elevation
This generation’s starving of uplifting innovations
It’s developed in their psyche to love the coco,
And hate the po-po, and be so solo, instead of one.
But youth, youth will really never know the truth,
of hip hop videos, so instead they're watching spoofs
If you support coonery, they will continue
Sucking our brains like vacuums, turning us into fools
But why, does it have to happen so early on?
Parents out at night late till the early morn
Hitting boys in their chest, with where they respirate
To demonstrate how to dominate to make these kids strong
What’s wrong? Kids can't even be kids.
Let alone, can they live, they need to understand this (what’s really going on?)
Eventually they'll grow up, and that they have to show up
If they're late, they gotta own up
Now, they gotta practice, try avoid the cops
Without getting shot on the block, where their air is getting blocked
Or they gotta run, from other's people's sons
It’s an expectation, but they really want none

Hook (Repeat)
No chill. They really have no chill, they want that sex appeal...

Verse:
No chill what's the deal? Why you swallowing them pills?
I'm for real. Just chill. Stand still.
Don't kill yourself In this paradox, just stop
It’s not the time to store yourself away in the box
When they give you limitations, it's only ‘cause they’re hating
On how far that you’re gracing, you know that comes with aging
Just look at it this way though: You know they'll never change
If they're just hanging with same gang that don't change
But still remains insane, just reframe. And have knowledge gained
So just hit ‘EM with a bang, bang, hit em with a bang
But don't bang, with ammunition
You too busy to make revenges at your competition
(We reaching them heights, we reaching them heights) to your intuition
Forgiven to these new beginnings, start your ignitions
And always drive to the finish, ‘cause that’s truly winning
And make sure that they see through your battle scars
And show them through the/through the pain of who you really are
Cause Good deeds are intended to really take you far
Just look at it now. Let’s rock & roll, lets get these honor rolls
‘Cause this life is has just gotten [way] too out of control
I’d say that I’ve met the best people in [the] education
They wanna stimulate the minds. No infatuation
Will the kids will rule the world? Or do we keep falling?
Do we keep balling as our way to keep stalling ?
We think that is our fate, or else we can't be great,
We have to know our place, and start wearing the cape, let's determine our fate.

Hook
Track Name: Progression of Our People
Hook:
Things don't change if you still remain the same.
Most of us are still in this slave mind state. 
When you think, about it, think about it.
Things unchanged if you really think about it.
How can we change if we stay in our lane?
Talk is really cheap, especially in this day in age.
If you think, about it, think about it.
Things unchanged, unchanged.

Verse 1:
Without a doubt, I feel like blacks [are] the only ones without
Love & hugs, they give us drugs, it feels like it's a drought
The most, unloved in history, wanted in penitentiaries
Judging upon our imageries, culture’s famous in industries
Exploitation, corporations, monetizing our monopolies
We’re always the anomalies, you’re killing our society
But are we hurting ourselves? Putting us on shelves

To be so, so sold out, tell me, are we loving ourselves?

We’re screaming “hands up” and “don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe”
Yet exchanging blows for views online, what to believe?

I see we making moves, and paying dues, for our communities
Standing up against the bigotry/police brutality.

I’m seeing a lot of things not living up to it’s worth

There’s many pieces to the puzzle of Black ‘Merica’s hurt

Don’t hate me off this verse, I’m not cursed, I’m figuring out

What our purpose really is, so we can come in large amounts, but...

Hook
Things won't change if you still remain the same.
Talk is really cheap, especially in this day in age.
When you think, about it, think about it.
Things unchanged if you really think about it.
How can we change if we stayed in our lane?
Most us are still in this slave mind state.
If you think, about it, think about it. Things unchanged, unchanged.

Verse 2:
Un-phased, unchanged

We’re still stuck and it sucks, we’re still chained...
Create a book, write brand new page

Clean up the slate that all creates, no execrate.

We need to dominate and namaste, never fear, don’t be afraid
Do it for our youth, because they’ll be the voice of our truth.
Unchanged is what the mainstream sees.

In our nation here and across the coast of the overseas.

I shed tears for my loved ones, who stayed home instead

And those who who cannot cry, but have continually bled
From being out the streets that are blacker than we are

And we are stars in case you couldn’t see that far

We’re depths of melanin, that seeps into our skeleton

So sad if you cannot see our history as relevant

Who are you, your friends, your kin and your folks

That’s thinking we’re a joke, I could care less if you choke

I know we’re monied down and still racially broke

And so please, follow my quotes if you’re my friend or my foe, so...

Bridge:
Let me get soul clap, for Sandra Bland and Oscar Grant

Tyshawn and the other ones, Say their names, let’s get ‘er done

I’m saying all of this because it’s coming from the heart it’s true.

I know that this ain’t nothing new, it’s time to make our life anew

On these city streets, and just do what you do best

Fit the puzzle: Teaching, preaching, leading, or protest
But 
things don't change if you still remain the same.

Most us are still in this slave mind state.

When you think, about it, think about it.

Things unchanged if you really think about it.

Don’t try to fit the trend because it’s on the internet

Connect with individuals, let’s try to intersect

Let us think about it, think about it... think about it... think about it.

They tell us zip our lips and then they say to get a grip

When you were whipping us on ships, we still continued to resist

We still exist, we exist, we are more than people here to JUST exist

Live in peace, remain to change exist

Raise a fist in the air instead of through a ligament.

Lets open up our fist, shake a hand and be a gift

To thy neighbor, do favor, complete the list

But until then: Things will be unchanged, things will be unchanged, things will be unchanged...