Story Tellers

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First official full length mix-tape
This album consists of trues stories, whether involving me or people that I have encountered in the past in this journey called life. I constantly write in my notebooks, so these songs are from the notebooks that I have carried throughout the years and one being completely finished!

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released December 7, 2012

B-Shields, Iron Wing Studios, Snowball Microphones, Apple Computers, Steevee, Laura Jenson, Gretchen my german Shepherd, Mom, Dad, Abigail Oliver, Justin Swogger, My brother, Ekaterina, Cincinnati Christian University, Sabzi, Danson beats, Blue Scholars, Flobots, Trixters, FBDT.

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Track Name: Dear Diary
Dear Diary
I was born December 19th, 1987
Born to my beautiful parents at Good Samaritan
I was born to my mom and Dad randy and Lisa
Picture perfect image, we’ll just call it
Mona Lisa
One year and 25 days later
Another son born
We added flare to our family
How could this not be adorned?
We went through the thickest of trials
Through the hardest of any tribulations
But, it never stopped us from growing
Never slowed down our motivation
We knew it couldn’t stop our fire
Couldn’t stop the love
Even when we were questioning why things happened
To the man up above
It was a tough life, but we knew we could make it
You tried to tear us down
But there was not way you could break it
See it’s times like these where I know I have to be thankful
For my family surroundings
Even when it’s extremely painful
Even when you have harmed us in so many ways
Even when we are in charge of all the rules of our hearsay

Chorus
This is my testimony
Ima share it loud and proud
This is my life
I will remain positive on this 9th cloud
These are times and moments I will cherish
This is music about life
Yes, I will blare it

Years went by our struggles got even harder
It made it more difficult to follow the most beloved martyr
He wouldn’t answer our prayers, he wouldn’t send some signs
At 11 years old where I started writing these lines
My dad is in Jail, My mother is an addict
I can’t keep moving forward
I just can’t manage
Please send me a sign, help me through these times
I don’t understand these emotions
That are taking control of my mind
I’m so mad, frustrated and at a loss of words
Every negative thing that I hear from both sides
Appear to be absurd
Why are they venting to me, when I’m just a child
I just want my Dad back to play catch,
All of this on me, is so darn wild
Why did he mess up?
Why do I still care?
Why couldn’t he fess up?
Why am I still scared?
But I know we can get through it
I know we can pursue it
I know if we stick to it
If the right choice came, he would go to it

Chorus
This is my testimony
Ima share it loud and proud
This is my life
I will remain positive on this 9th cloud
These are times and moments I will cherish
This is music about life
Yes, I will blare it

Verse 2
Looking back there’s no way that I would ever regret it
That still doesn’t mean I’m going to throw it all away and
Say I’ll forget it
That’s apart of me
A part of who I am
It made come from a child, adolescent
To a man
Now look at me, I have a beard
Some say that I’m very weird
Some say I’m a coward
Some relate me to Paul Revere
But I’m here
To say that I made it
Never thought this time would come
I’m just a month away from graduating
Never did I run
2 degrees under my name
No alias, B-Shields, I proclaim
I’m here to tell you
It’s been all guts, barely glory
Critically acclaimed
Now look at me
Doing something positive
All I heard growing up
Was a mouth from an optimist
But I’m raising my fist to the sky
Rising up for redemption
Never did I mention
That I would tolerate this tension
Because Peace and Love
Is what we should be about
I will remain hopeful in humanity
Beyond any doubt
I’m doing this for my 7 friends gone from the streets
This song is for you, my friends and family
Because without you guys
I would not be here
I would not write this music
I would be disappeared

Chorus
This is my testimony
Ima share it loud and proud
This is my life
I will remain positive on this 9th cloud
These are times and moments I will cherish
This is music about life
Yes, I will blare it
Track Name: Keep Flying feat. Phil Agepogu
Verse1:
Nick, Nack
Patty Wack
I am throwing you a chill bone
Non Chalant
Remain tranquil and unflappable
be even tempered, collected composed and cool
B-Shields telling you to not act a fool
we gotta remain placid and still upon the scene
chilaxxing with ya bad self
keep it serene
please sir,
would you mind excluding the exuberant behavior
from you demeanor at this juncture?
try to keep my circumference without a puncture
no reason to have a negative response ya hear
relax, take a breather
simmer down
smooth the groove, on the ground!
Easy does it,
cut it lose
and keep it on a leash my dude
we got to cut it out and save ourselves like a coupon
please don’t get me wrong
im not trying to ramble on
just vibe to the song
not in desultory thoughts
but completely calm.

Verse 2
Too many times we’re often flipping over little stuff
we get in each other’s faces
trying to act real tough
shoot, we all acting like our lives are Completely rough
But I say to the buff
ENOUGH

Instead let’s be thankful for our surroundings
A dose of Love
And a Prescription is Compounding

Now we are mixing
the right ingredients
Picture perfect
we still find ourselves
Being deviant
That mentality
is not where we need to be
So, please
Don’t be expedient
In the end,
I still see us as being Homogeneous
I see us as being Genius

Verse 3
Now it’s time for our hearts to control the world
I’m a Bearer of a White Flag,
I’m gonna make sure it is unfurled
This transition is molding me from
a follower to a leader
Something Grew Together
and I’m considered a teacher
But,
We all are
We all have a life story
I’m going to be Revolutionary
And give the glory
To the one, in the sky
The one that is most High
Even though, I still question why?
Why do my people try?
When all I see is cries?
Turn on the news
And I see my people die
How can I change for the good
and make a compromise?
See, I just keep my head up
and my spirits to the skies
Not knowing when and where
making the most of this life
But, I am still moving
and flying this kite
A smile on the face
All I can do is comply
Watching life go “by and by”
I’m not a Good Samaritan
I am a passerby
This is my War cry
And I’m no wise guy..
No lie
I am just going to continue living life
Whether I live or die tonight
I’m going to continue the fight
Whether I’m just landing or
taking off for flight
Track Name: Meaning
I’ll never forget the call I received
from my girlfriend
who could barely breathe
now she was questioning the guy
whom she believed
She lost her little brother up in the streets
was this the guy who was supposed to calm the sea?
Now am I supposed to dry the tears from her cheeks?
Did I mention he was 9 and I was 14?
Now pay close attention to the rest of my scenes.

There’s this guy named Timothy Wehr
this boy always showed that he had a care
but this was the only mask that he could spare
to make a quick buck,
because he was always scared
scared of feeding his family
I know this is scary
I am sorry about your loss,
I am here for you Gary
This kid played football with me and a guy named William
And William was just one in a million

Big Will lost his fight trying to fight the addiction
that had to ignite the night that brought the infliction
this brought the conviction
that led to restriction
which was the prediction
only full of depiction.

Cannot forget my homie named Jabari Battle
Couldn’t if I tried, because of his rattle
One of a kind laugh and a special smile
Every time I was with you, it was always worthwhile.

September 26th, 2004
I’ll never forget the knock that I had on the door
It was my Mom and Dad
to break the news,
Mo was gone and he was one of my main dudes
Fatally shot trying to break up a fight
wondering what would have happened
if he took a different path, that night
I was scared and still full of strife
and to this day
I have yet to be to his site
Mo was gone, Mo was gone from this world
All the people lost Mo, whom the world had adored
I am not just saying that like you hear everyday
for Maurice was full of passion
that no role could ever play
I love you Mo and I miss you everyday
Don’t take a life for granted,
this is all that I pray
How are we looking at their time spent?
This is my story on how I lost 5 friends to gun violence.
Track Name: Universal Language
It started when I was just a couple years old
I heard the rhythm of my Father
And it touched my soul
I wanted to do the same thing
And beat the drums
Because every time I heard that rhythm played
I went numb
I wanted to be that man
A musician
Guitar rocking, hip hop talking
Here started my ambition
I started writing lyrics
I wanted to promote peace
Love was delivered
I started my journey out on the streets
I was tired of being bullied,
I was tired of seeing hate
I wrote a song called the X Project
In which was aimed to motivate
The kids that were neglected
Who felt rejected
Sad and infected
My goal was to change the world
And I was only 11
I started this journey because of leaders who taught me
Martin, Malcolm, Janis, Jimmy and Ray Charles on the keys
Yuri Kochiyama in the background
Was the person holding Malcolm, when he laid dying on that ground
See these people are a movement
I would have never known who they were
If it wasn’t for this beautiful music
Lyrically inclined with positive outlets
Why do people abuse it
I’m not them, I will not refuse it

Chorus:
This right here is my Sales Pitch
We need to appreciate our Universal Language (2x)
Music is a movement
Music is History
Music can help us face
All of our realities
This right here is my Sales Pitch
We need to appreciate our Universal Language (2x)

(1:22 – 1:45)

Verse 2: (1:55 – 1:09)
Since the Romanticism era
Automatism is at it’s finest
Or is it betrayal in the movement
Like Iscariot after Lions
Now we need to be silent (4:33)
But we keep marching forward
And never stop moving our feet
Music it has power
If you allow to hear the words
That does not mean to just listen to a chorus
Listen to the verse
I know when I’m down
It has an effect
To heal what hurts
have you noticed
my biggest hobby
Is going to concerts
It relieves the stress
That’s inside of me every single day
it moves my conscious
With the messages the songs convey
But I know Im not the only one
That feels this way
This is the mass effect
After Renditions are played
Music holds medicinal values
It heals the mind body and soul
Other times it takes me on a journey
That I need to go
But this is why I’m here
This is why I’m doing it
It influenced me to make music
Now I’m pursuing it

Chorus:
This right here is my Sales Pitch
We need to appreciate our Universal Language (2x)
Music is a movement
Music is History
Music can help us face
All of our realities
This right here is my Sales Pitch
We need to appreciate our Universal Language (2x)
Track Name: Everybody feat. Cybele & Steevee
Verse 1: Steevee
I’m nothin, I’m dirt, I’m broken, I’m hurt, I’m smokin’ the herb,
I’m chokin’ my words, PProvokin’ a verse,
Evokin’ the verse, you’re jokin’ I’m cursed, I’m soakin my shirt’s
Ripped curtain, I heard that I’m white… I’m a nerd

Can’t rap, and I’m perpin, I’m sure there’s a cure…
But I’m lurkin’ and for sure… it’s a blur,
In the world and I flirt with the world, but what about the Word?
And my thoughts, they whirled, they swirled, twirled, whirled…

The girls, diamonds, the pearls, I feel I’m gonna hurl
If I see another woman, short skirt girl, plural, true
But I wanna do what the Lord doesn’t want me to do.
I wanna be new, I know I can choose

To lose this life, to give it to You, my God, my Father
It’s hard, why bother? The work of the potter, no harry.
I’m teeterin’ the totter, getting scary.
Sin is the college, alma mater, I’m done with it,

I slaughtered the old me, now I got the living water
My sin came back, I shot her. I’ve been bought with the blood and the love of my Father,
and Jesus is Godder than you, he’s the way and the truth, and he proves that
He never lose, blues clues, Charlie Sheen Crew… We are everybody

Chorus: Cybele
"Everybody's trying to make it
Trying to break the chain
But they are left forsaken
Look at the kids on the street , they're just tryin to eat

Tryin to afford rent and probation ain't happenin on minimum wage
Everybody's so full of frustration, lookin at the kids on the street
But we are everybody, Mmm, we are everybody
You and me and the kids on the street"

Verse 2: B-Shields
Everybody trying to make it, trying to break it, but they are
left forsaken
looking at the kids in the streets,
knowing that they will be left for the taking
They are looking at time, trying to make a dime, we ask why, those kids reply
"Im just tryna do mines"
Cause I'm trying to be cool, trying to be fresh, trying to be lean, trying to be the best, looking at my choice of dress, wanting to be like the rest, and I say, God Bless.
I am trying to afford the rent, and probation
Full of frustration
Need a foundation
Change my location
or even give me a permanent, vacation
I'm sleeping on a bus bench
trying to get by hustlin
for my kids
selling drugs
to get them fresh kicks.
Now tell me what you think about that and the problems that exist, if you wanna do something
THEN RAISE YOUR FISTS (with peace signs)
We gotta rise together, make time with each other
share love with another and be friends with each other
Track Name: Giants feat. Laura Jenson
B-Shields:
It’s not gonna happen
Not on my watch
I care too much to see my people die
Food for thought
I’ve learned that when others struggle
We have to embrace them
There should be no excuses
No reason of displacing
No reason to be a punk
It’s so debasing
To see people in dire need
Without any basing
I know I’m not the only one
You will not overcome us
We stand for liberation
Try to occupy our acquiesce
I’m making desperado moves
White flag in my hand, just like chess
I Guess

It’s kind of crazy
But this is the lifestyle I want to live
Protector, family, friend
I know I got to give
Even when my bank account is on 0
I hope others relive
That we should be appreciative
For the life around us
Even if the shoe doesn’t fit

My world’s an island now
The water level’s rising
Consumerism
Post-modernism
They say we’re dying
Well I say you are wrong
You are all lying
We are bonding together
No more prying
It’s all about complying

Talking about peace
Standing in unison
For the world’s streets
That’s the reason we wrote
To this Flobots beat
Because they are the reason
We started moving our feet

They taught us to
Use our resources
Fight with our tools
Stand up for sustainability
Rise up for Schools
We know to the mainstream world
We must look like fools
But I tell you right now
This is how I refuel

But I tell you all
It’s worth it
I’m so glad I heard their verses
Theres not a way we will be immersed in
Track Name: Bridge feat. Steevee
I’m a victim cocooned and intertwined in the web
Blood sucking venom has captured me
Looking to make me dead
I was pressured into this commercialism
Of place called home
Protection, technology
I felt so prone
To be a victim in this world
The silk persuaded me
Like a beautiful girl
But it put me in a swirl
I was left as a victim in this world
She turned her back on me
It was time to give it a whirl
It was my time to escape
She called out my name
I kept struggling
I was way out of shape
She drained my body
No way I could ever in my life correlate
Because there was no chance in life
That we could ever relate
But see the fragrance caught me
I knew I was no longer safe
Closer and closer she came
I wish this was not my fate
I felt the vibrational struggles
of the others in trouble
They called out for help
I knew they were in deep trouble
It was time for me to move
My life was a sudden scuttle
I seen her closing in
I was no longer befuddled
Track Name: No Love
I’m confused, lost, exhausted and I’m scared
Surrounded by thousands of people
Yet I’ve been feeling like, no one is there
Hearing what I’m hearing
Seeing what I’m seeing
Doing what I’m doing
Believing what I’m believing
Postulating in love, peace & respect
Witnessing to my world being full of neglect
Seeing my people dying, seeing my people crying
Hearing all the cries to a God, asking why they’re even trying
I don’t blame them
Seeing all the world’s hate
Now I see the blood puddle
Mirroring all of my mistakes
Where am I at? At this point and time
I can’t even think straight
Nor write my rhymes
Now I’m looking at the knife
In the oppression filled puddle
Seeing all my trials and tribultions
Remembering my troubles
How can I clean this up
Get rid of this disarray
With no Love, how can I even pray?

Verse 2
Picked my chin up
And now I’m Looking at the mirror
Seeing the glass picture in front of me
Cloudy and full of fear
And I’m hearing the thoughts that are in my head
One voice yelling at me saying, “Should have listened to what I have said”
Now look at you, worthless, nothing, zero
You will never become that wanna be Accepted hero
You have kindled so many fires, you deserve to be called nero
This is your Bronx Tale, like Robert De Niro
You are ignored for a reason
Treated with treason
No consistency in your life
Just like the four seasons
Tempted by many
You belong in the Garden of Eden
You deserve to be beaten
You can no longer Achieve in
What you wished to be in
What you used to dream in
Your life is straight depletion
Go ahead and fight your demons
Your life is uneven
You have nothing,
No support, no Alegiance
Go ahead and cry
To your so called Jesus”

Verse 3
This justification began when I was sitting in that cell
Trying to figure out what happened & why they told me I was going to hell
I couldn’t tell, I wanted to prevail
I wanted to flee from this oppression, Break the chains and move to excel

I am reluctant to say, I was recumbent in change
It took a whole lot of Motivation
To sway me this way
But, I am here today
To make a statement
Lay some pavement
And no longer confine myself in a depression filled basement

That place was bombarded with negative connotations
Here is my chance to eliminate those deprivations
Standing strong for my world’s Education
With music, we as a population, let’s be positve and shape it

We are molding the figure
Creating the scriptures
Wanting to be a positive outlet
Instagram it and it will complete the picture

Here’s my chance to stand up
My chance to show love
Clean up my life
You say No love, but that is a thought to get rid of

No Love - Na
Track Name: Cincinnati feat. Friends
Hello

Verse 1:
When I say 5-1 you say 3!
The Queen City,
also known as Cincinnati
Losantiville
or even 7 Hills
We even have a catchy song
“I like Dem Price Hill Girlz”
Our Geography is
Hills, Bluffs and Low Ridges
Purple People, Suspension, Big Mac, Brent Sprence
And other bridges.
Our version of fun is very Silly
We are even considered the
“World’s Capitol of Chili”
With the Chocolate, Allspice, Cloves and Cinnamon
Empress, Gold Star, Dixie, Price Hill & Camp Washington
Hold up,
Lemme check the time
“Gather your friends and family, it is Skyline Time”
And if you want to make room for Dessert
Get to Cinsational, United Dairy, and Graeters
Need to shed off those pounds?
Train until the flying pig
and then fall Down

C-I-N-C-I-N-A-T-I

Verse 2:
Let’s TouchDown with the Bengals
Run Bases like the Reds
Hit up U.S. Bank to see Our Cyclones
Bust some heads
Let’s show Love with the Masters
See the Bearcats play their game
We can all agree on 1 thing
Pete Rose to the Hall of Fame
Let’s hit up Paul Brown
Great American
5th Third
Nippert
And of course the Gardens
It’s Friday night
Where do we watch football?
E-L-D-E-R
The Pit’s the right call

Verse 3:
Now let’s Groove with Cincinnati Music
*Walk the Moon, Let’s get to it
We have Doris Day, Dinah Shore, Fats Waller,
Rosemary Clooney, Bootsy Collins Baller!
The Isley Brothers, Merle Travis,
Hank Ballard, Otis Williams, Mood,
Heartless Bastards
Midnight Star, The Afghan Whigs, Over the Rhine,
Blessid Union of Souls, And the Dopamines,
Freddie Meyer, ONE38
Popeye Maupin, can’t forget 98 Degrees,
The Greenhornes,
The Deele, Enduser,
Can’t forget B-Shields, the Microphone Abuser
Adrian Belew, The National, Foxy Shazam,
I love my homies Automagik and Majestic Man
Voodoo Loons, Why? (American band), and Hi-Tek, TraxxStarr , Clockwork, MAAAN
Let’s do WOKKabout
With the Pinstripes
And it will makes us feel ALLRIGHT
Baby
*Can’t forget my homies Cybele, Frankyl and the Pomegranates
*A-7, K-Drama, 40, Wonder and Till
*I love this planet
I love the scene and this list is nowhere near done
Everytime I look at it
It’s like a Never Setting Sun
I just Stand still
Reminisce in it’s beauty
Everyday I wake up
The Skyline
Influences me
I am so thankful for this city that surrounds me
I love Cincinnati

C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I
Track Name: Fireflies
First Master Sergeant
Brian Alexander Wright
Joined the Army after his father died
fighting the good fight.
Enlisting with the Infantry Enlistment Option
11X
He wanted to fight & thought that M.O.S. was his best bet
MOS 11B was now his occupation
Gradually moving up to E-6
It was now time to defend his Nation.
He has been looking forward to this day, since day 1
His mission was to find Osama Bin Laden
Who’s been a coward on the run.
His station was in Kabul, Afghanistan
On his last day home, he approached his daughter
and opened his hand
In it was a Glow-in-the-dark wristband
On it written the word survivor,
This was the moment when the mans tears began
He said, Through the darkest of days
He will always be with her
in so many ways
You can look at this picture
And remember this day
Nostalgically will take you
home

Fireflies, they control the light
Fireflies, light up your life


Verse 2:
Daughter Elizabeth Marie
Finally pulled out the picture
It was of her Mom, Dad and a beautiful creature
Lampyridae with a specific feature
Perfectly glistening with peace, call it elixir
Later that night she went out to the yard
Found her a lightning bug
Reminded her of her Father
Fighting for her freedom
Started thinking of that last hug
She knew he was over there, all for their love
This was something she could never grow out of
He couldn’t grasp the fact that she was growing
He was away from home
And his beautiful girls were all alone
While they waited for his presence
Waited for the Bioluminescence
They continuously prayed to God
Asking to receive a message
Nothing came their way
Left them all in full suspense
Other families heard from loved ones
It really made no sense
Who knew missing someone
Could really be this immense
They were left praying for the ones in charge
The department of defense

Fireflies, they control the light
Fireflies, light up your life
Track Name: The End
The time has come, we are reaching the very end
If I had the chance to go back, I would do the same thing put it on repeat again
We became close
Matter of fact we became best friends
But, I like to mention
Here we are facing what seemed so distant in our minds
We reached the end
Now I’m here
Jotting down these apparent thoughts that are in my head
Reminiscing back to the journey we’ve had, while laying on this death bed

How did I forget those memories
My world’s island now, I’m so lost
Inception took over my brain
Sheep went by and I’m counting the cost

Of the people gone
That were in substantial in my life
I don’t know what to do now
They’re all gone
Now I’m so full of strife

I’m so empty, gas on E
There’s nothing left in my soul
You are the only thing that can complete me
And make me feel whole

But, my eyes are closing, light’s are shining
And I can barely breathe
Veins struggling, Blood going
My heart’s slower, barely a beat

People crowding, talking
Saying their goodbyes
I don’t know what to say, what to do
Now I have dried eyes

Back to the pad, More thoughts
I can’t stop this writing
Every time something comes to the mind, I have to get it down
It’s so inciting

My favorite dish brought into the room
They say I need to eat
But food for thought
You’re what fuels me
As put those thoughts upon this sheet

Now I feel the pain up in the veins
It’s slowly moving in
Now I’m praying to God
Asking for forgiveness
To get rid of my sins

It’s so hard
Why me
This cannot be the right time
I’ve done so much
For the world
That influence turned malign

But I hear voices
They are sweet
They are of all my friends
I can’t believe
They’re all here
To help complete the end

I’m so thankful
So proud
Of what they’ve all become
they influenced me
to start this journey
Now it’s almost done

BREATHE
BREATHE
BREATHE
THE END

Verse 2:
They need closure
So do I
How can I make this right?
Few more thoughts
Few more lines
I don’t know what else I can write

but im stuck on the past
it didn’t go my way
There’s nothing I can do
But you keep telling me
My time will come
I keep listening to you

You’ve helped me
Through these times
Even at my lowest point
Now I am back again
Very bottom
I don’t want to disappoint

You tell me
That I won’t
Because of where my heart stands
I never thought of it that way
I should have listened
To your demands

Chorus:
THE END

Bridge:
Before you jump to conclusions
This is a metaphorical illusion
I am on my last line
I don’t want any more confusion
This is a brand new me
I will not be apart of the abyss
No more lying, deceiving
I will not be in remiss
I’m 86ing the old
Rebuilding the new
No more arrogance
So I bid to you adieu
All this reflecting and listening
Has caused me to be imbued
Love, compassion, respect
All have now been accrued
It’s time for a change
It’s time for a new me
It’s time to be revolutionary
It’s time to be an emcee
It’s time to make a difference
It’s time to make a light shine
It’s time for me to show you
In every single line

This is an amends
From now on befriend
I am changing my direction
I will no longer pretend
This is about the people
A message to transcend
My notebook and I have made it this far
THE END