To Live & Grow In LA

by JOSE RIOS

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This album is a collection of songs produced by me (Jose Rios) featuring my favorite MCs, singers and friends. A collective of LA Talent. Peace and blessings

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released November 28, 2013

Produced by Jose Rios
Additional production by Duke Westlake
Executive Producer: Anderson Paak
Mixing by Sam Brawner and DJ Zo
Mastering by Sam Brawner

Artwork by Eunbi Cho

Bass on "Sweet Day" Kelsey Gonzalez
Key bass on "Angeles" Ron Avant
Trumpet- Emil Martinez
Trombone-Jonah "Funkylips" Levine
Vox on "TL&GA" Victoria Park (Apple)
DJ scratches by DJ ZO

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Jose Rios Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles resident Jose Rios (guitarist/producer/DJ) works closely producing for Dumbfoundead and Anderson Paak; and is also a member of Anderson Paak's live band
'The Free Nationals'. The Free Nationals have toured nationwide performing with artists such as: George Watsky (2012), Wax (2013), and Grammy nominated Jhene Aiko (2014).
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Track Name: Prelection feat. Anderson Paak
Verse1

strangers in a dark place a beautiful song gave me chilsl a lone you lay in the yarway conversation to real never know somebody like you don't think that I ever will plenty visions running cross my mind but I'd rather keep still

ohhhh....

Hook

settle down baby no need to take a vow I'll give you the run down I am looking for the right conversation let it go lady no need to jump around I'll give you the run down I am looking for the right conversation

Verse2

no smoking in the guest room but I am high off the feel were you from whats your next move tell me how long has it been sweat talker rest assure I wont cross the line dont you worry bout your boy I made it home fine

ooohh...

Hook

settle down baby no need to take a vow I'll give you the run down I am looking for the right conversation let it go lady no need to jump around I'll give you the run down I am looking for the right conversation
Track Name: Policeman feat. Mike B., Lyricks
Mike B-verse

look.... use to be my hero and shit in elementary I use to think that D.A.R.E. was the shit to protect and to serve and neglected and heard under oath thats your slogan thats your word right! right! during the riots man I rooted for you a bunch of no good gangbangers suited in blue strapped up pointed a weapon and told me back up rolled up on you and told you put your hands up man I cant understand why they treat me like that Mr. Rodney King tell me why they beat you like that....uh No reason fighting for no treason war every day in these streets theres no peace no money and education we need more teachers fuck popes need more hopes and more preachers to open up the doors for our kids can I live I hope the lord forgives are sins I hope we get are sight back Mr. Man check your mail man why wont you write back when we fight back I promise that your not gon like that 5-0 roll up tell me dont you like that

Hook

The ways of the world I try to never mind it but every time I hear a siren man I am reminded

Lyrick$ verse2

Yo....when I was walking threw the bush of the african jungles the people the tribes they pointed called me bruce lee not mocking me just not use to my face the shape of my eyes they just chose a name that just suits me as I walked around they were like waaa...
ask me do a high kick making noise likes its kung fu they just know what they see and if I don't show them any different then to them the generalization is true every asian is a kung fu master right? the squinty eyes means they punch dudes faster huh people simple they just carry plight the message of the song is a life through the stereotypes so Mr. officer I am speaking in behalf of my people who view the cops as a power hungry and evil gang mafia tight force corrupted and bad ruffin fucking us up behind the cuffs and the badge but.. I am not saying this to say fuck the police my uncle is a cop and keeps integrity on top but if one ya'll are wrong it blemishes the whole team and good men become pigs hated on the block you see

I know you here to protect and to serve but why is it when ya just checking for herb you got your gortex boots bruisin the neck of the curb they want to fight you but they cant with out disrespecting the curb they say tell em shut the fuck up when they tell you it hurts friends tried to capture it you got to her first took the cam broke the tape and ransacked through her purse cops like that make you wanna cop a gat and just burst
Track Name: Pullover feat. Wax
Hook

riding in the back of a van rolling something up in my hand about to pass it to the rest of my band oh shit damn

pullover pullover pullover x4

Verse1

he said pullover fast underneath the overpass knocked on the window and instructed us to roll the glass down cuz he had a couple question that he hope ask using old school slang like have y all been smoking grass

Pre-hook

the driver looked up and said no the problem is the van smell like a grateful dead show and I got a lap full a pass the dro so I am in the back trying to keep my head low

Verse2

we way below the mason dixen line the type of state were instead of fines they give prison time in my head I am thinking how can I convince him that it isn't mine or can I eat all in the nick of time in into my mouth am bout to stuff it all at that exact moment he got another call lucky break now were back on the road a lot of drama in these streets and has to unfold

Hook

riding in the back of a van rolling something up in my hand about to pass it to the rest of my band oh shit damn

pullover pullover pullover x4

Verse3

not everyone gets as lucky as I did the system is unjustly misguided and bunch of miss informed people are the people that endorse the law then all the uniformed people that enforce the law tend to me rude and don't act very cool cuz they see you as the dude that beat em up in school but there ain't much that I can do to change it so I just ride in the back the van and keep blazing

Pre-hook

the driver looked up and said no the problem is the van smell like a grateful dead show and I got a lap full a pass the dro so I am in the back trying to keep my head low
Track Name: Traveling feat. VerBS, DJ ZO
Verse

LA to the core on my way to the store and I use to have nothing to say I started traveling
All around different sounds all around different towns any town yo you know that I gets you down
LA on the brain on my way to the train and I will ride my bike in the rain I got to go
the expo line man it doubles as a couch when you the drunk down and partied the night before
I might as well shine you listen and learn if I used hollywood sign language would you griffith obeserve I watch and adapt got many masks that I wear and I know how to interact with anyone anyhwhere
but culver city's my home use wifi at the mall just paid for some coffee smoking cigs with omar
Leimert on the twos all the industry jacks they play em all around town man I having a blast train in the dojo when the blowdians pass I done rapped at the airliner honing my craft
friday nights and I was like 19 and ever since back then I been holding my dreams
Track Name: TL&LGA
Verse1

walking out my door I see the streets vibing people moving swift they got to keep trying a new day a new way and I say mamacita buen aqui chiquita lets keep it moving freeways seperating one another one side living fat while the other suffers hollywood keeps the wool close up on your eyes but not me not the scramily we stay fly up above the smoggy sky driving down the 405

Hook

to live and grow in LAx4

Verse2

headed north looking for the source and I found it fields of green got me feeling real dumbfoundead breezy said keep your game tight let the music be the way and the light so I drove the car real slow headed back to NOHO when the shits gone make a album then we blow my baby girl waiting there telling me daddy we made it.

Hook

to live and grow in LAx2
Track Name: Loyalty feat. Jimetta Rose
Verse

I catch a breeze like palm trees I am busy being myself dont care who's watching peeking through my window the sun is rising its a good feeling you on your own thang handle your biz stay on your grown man being a bridge is strong standing tower of freedom its a good feeling

Hook

the moor that I choose to be the moor that I love in thee the love that is from above keeps us loyal

Verse2

we in are own lane side by side to dreamers who found rythme and rime we could step to I respect you and you respect me in the game of reciprosity whats best for truth is really whats best for we should are paths part its just destiny and guess what its still a good feeling

Hook

the moor that I choose to be the moor that I love in thee the love that is from above keeps us loyal
Track Name: Sweet day feat. Breezy lovejoy, KRNFX(outro)
HOOk

in comes the feeling in comes the power in comes the healing in comes the hour headed for my sweat day how could I ever doubt you in comes the fire here comes my shield in comes the hour all man must build headed for my sweat day how I ever doubt you

Verse

jack pot I am banking on but aint a cash prize that I am waiting on living easy shouldnt be this fucking far fetched I aint been dealt a decent deck of cards yet stash box mattress current addition savage wifey screamingI am about to lose it all I would rather take a walk before talking shots at this fucking wall ruff ends keep me rigid keep me from slipping into a bad image keep me from drifting in to a bad ending and I am a do this rest while I am living father forgive him

Hook

in comes the feeling in comes the power in comes the healing in comes the hour headed for my sweat day how could I ever doubt you in comes the fire here comes my shield in comes the hour all man must build headed for my sweat day how I ever doubt you
Track Name: Freeway feat. Watsky
Hook

when traffics so slow it stops for good drop the top and pop the hood pop a can and cop some bud were gonna party in the middle of the freeway party in the middle of the freeway party in the middle of the freeway

1Verse

traffics been stopped for three days I am weak dazed from the heat waves but all praise to the DJ's were gonna party on the freeway this whole town never slows down which makes sense its all go getters and coke hounds but when its wall to wall autos I am calling all college kids calling all bottles

Hook

when traffics so slow it stops for good drop the top and pop the hood pop a can and cop some bud were gonna party in the middle of the freeway party in the middle of the freeway party in the middle of the freeway

2Verse

I might have to get there by train or driving in the bike lane or flying in a by plane or i'll cut the gas supply chain strap a harness to my ass and lift me by crane I got a god damn migraine my pain is like five chains tightened around my brain squid tentacles squeezin at my temples and just heating up my ventricles

outro

I gotta get there
I gotta I gotta I gotta get there x3
Track Name: Angeles feat. Parker (dumbfoundead)
Verse 1:

In the Summer of '03,
I was huntin for mamacitas,
A gallon of Sunny D in my hand actually Tampico,
off a pico, Saw a mama rockin sweats,
Hips were shakin like maracas, can I talk to you one second,

I was trynna flex the Spanish, like "mami que ora es?",
said that she was Salvi and her uncles from MS,
Call me dumb or call me stupid, I put it on Guadalupe,
She was fire as the Lucas from the truck, remember Lucas,

this chino was a charmer, as I charmed her to the crib,
The place felt like a sauna, had her yelling jonathan,
From July to November, every night like a novella,
The downest chick ever, thought, shed ride with me forever,

all that ass all that passion and her attitude,
I learned some lessons about women on my avenue,
They keep on sayin that we famous for the pretty,
But that's an understatement these are angels in my city,

Chorus:
I swear to god we got some angels in my city
Dear lord we got some angels in my city,
They keep on sayin that we famous for the pretty,
But that's an understatement these are angels in my city,

Verse 2:

I said hello excuse me, one with the halo and booty,
whats your handle on instagram,
do me a favor and at me,
not trynna fool you, no angles, its just my duty to tell you,
got me like looney tunes characters, with my words in a tangle, actin

peppy lepeu, can I kick it with you,
small town, big dream, its only right that you moved,
I got that vitamin D, santa monica queen,
Your ambition got me wishin, I had a college degree,

My boy zeta in the whip whistling at them little jawns,
And he askin for them numbers no shame,
He typin shortys name in his old flip phone,
And I gotta give him props that's game, that's game.

In silverlake ridin fixie, In Hollywood getting tipsy,
She walkin around the 60's,
angels angels,

back in the day she dissed me, but today she tried to kiss me,
I love em like 50/50,
these angels, angels

Chorus:
I swear to god we got some angels in my city huh
Dear lord we got some angels in my city,
They keep on sayin that we famous for the pretty,
But that's an understatement these are angels in my city,

Verse 3:

Yea the chase is fun, (fun) the chase is never done, (done)
been at this k-town chick but she don't give me none,
ring on her tongue, blonde hair, but she different son,
im on her facebook given all of her pictures thumbs,

I mean likes not thumbs,
I should bite my tongue,
I always write these songs,
In hopes I might get some,

the type of girl you can't game being,
the reason that we're famous for the pretty, these are angels in my city,