The New Retro Mixtape: Volume 1

by New Retro

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Original songs written and performed by New Retro members:

"Che" Adams (Vocals)
Chris "I Go By" The General (Vocals)
Enoch Rowe (Bass Guitar)
Jason Stewart (Percussion)
Samu-L (Keyboard/Vocals)

Special feature: Thom Morey (Guitar)

Several tracks recorded at Arts Institute of Washington (in Arlington Virginia) by Julio Yanes. Mixtape artwork courtesy of Red Table Press

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released 04 July 2013
Many thanks to DJ Boom and DJ Clappa at WLVS Radio, students and faculty at Arts Institute of Washington, and the countless friends and fans who made this possible through their support.

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New Retro Maryland

New Retro is a funk/hip-hop band from College Park MD, performing live in the greater Washington DC region. The core membership of funk (lead vocalist Che Adams, percussionist Jason Stewart, and bassist Enoch Rowe) have been performing together since 2005. The introduction of hip-hop came with lyricist Chris "I Go By the General" Henri (2010) and producer/lyricist Sam "Samu-L" Chafin (2011) ... more

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Track Name: Purgatory
"I know many times you heard the story of a man in purgatory
But see I'ma turn it toward me write on how I'm curvin shorties.
Easy on the eyes and pockets, I got a lot workin for me...
I got them bops so if I got a shot I turn to horry.
Clutch just like a 5 speed, meet up? I know she like me...
Clean up, I roll the dice, see, straight sevens treadin lightly
At first, then go to work. slim hittin a brother nightly,
Don't know I got a team of libras, leos, virgos, pisces.
She text and think she sice me, I see it then I smirk.
Don't respond in less than 20, I got plenty others first.
Never tell 'em they the one, they assume, I wipe my hands...
I used to think it was fun, I was the worst kind of man.
I blame it on being young, all is fair if I could feel her,
I say what I say, its smart, playin' wit hearts like a dealer.
Apologize if I was first and you ain't learned before me...
Fall if they feel the same, don't put yourself in purgatory slim."

"I know you think I'm trippin' but I'm just on somethin' different
My mind is steady slipping and my body steady limpin'
I can't control the symptoms and this cross is heavy liftin'
But the burden I will shoulder til I'm passing all the limits
I know its hard to see me when I'm falling further down
Just know it's hard to be me, I'm a king without a crown
I hope that you believe me, and I hope you stick around
But if you cried me a river, I would definitely drown

I know you prolly heard the story
I found myself in purgatory
And I dunno, where to go from here
I dunno where to go from here

I know you think I've changed but mistakes they don't define me
They all gon' call me strange, man I know, don't remind me
We been through this before and this life just might rewind me
But the past is all I see, how can I put it all behind me
We basked in the sun, we lay on the plains
Now the feeling undone, in three days rain
There's no room in my future for the stupid shit I do
There's a tomb in the present for the stupid shit I do

I know you prolly heard the story
I found myself in purgatory
And I dunno, where to go from here
I dunno where to go from here

I will gratefully
Always care
I'll be great you'll see
I am rare
Put your faith in me
Say a prayer
You just wait on me
I'll be there"
Track Name: Hold Me Down
"Hold me down
Hold me down, down
Hold me down, down, down, down
Hold me down, down"

"aye, hold me down young...know the sound...
I'm tryna turn this blank page to houses guarded by great danes,
marijuana gardens, estate flossin' my weight gain.
eating, having thoughts of the same, won't be content
until everyone gets hip that nobody's better than him.
the stage presence's a gift, unwrapped with bags of bud.
I got the good, could run the city with it, with the grass I puff.
even had a 'mo county youngin' with the cassie cut...
bout half her head shaved and she was still bad as, uh.
my mind's of a criminal got actions of a scholar,
m.o. is get dollars and youngins, the scents prada, they love it.
I spit lava, erruptin like 2 tecs 'jo...
old souls, young niggas, we the New Retro.
yes! doin' our best to elude devils
thats moving on our grind, tryna shine at the moons level.
to the resumed schedule, by now you know the sound,
on the beat i own the crown, everybody hold me down like..."

"Hold me down (aye, hold me down young)
Hold me down, down (aye, hold me down young)
Hold me down, down, down, down (aye, hold me down young)
Hold me down, down (aye, everybody, know the sound, hold me down like...)"

"Bet you don't now another with a groove like this
And you don't want no trouble with a crew like this
Said you don't know another with a groove like this
And you don't want no trouble with a crew like this

Don't hold me back, hold me down
Don't hold me back, hold me down
Don't hold me back, hold me down
Don't hold me back, hold me down, hold me down"

"Hold me down (aye, uptown hold me down young)
Hold me down, down (soufside hold me down young)
Hold me down, down, down, down (aye, northeast hold me down young)
Hold me down, down (aye, everybody know the sound, hold me down like...)"

"Like an anchor or paperweight.
Don't treat me like a rim when niggas bangin and break-away,
I'm tryna hide the stress from takin it day-to-day
so I don't ever shave like I'm ashamed of my baby face.
but young, I'm always on the paper chase, my new balance stayin laced
still see youngins, book em like the joker, duece then ace of spades.
my man hit me tryna find a place for weight,
said hold me down like a chopper, that's a hammer on HGH.
it made me ponder, exhaling marijuana.
"I'm tryna keep it chill, there's no need to share a sauna"
that's from my right shoulder, my left, inserts there a comma,
adds that, "it's a drought and this jane could play Sarah Connor..."
damn, aye young, I might just put a leg in
and let it go by the o or higher, nothing less than.
politic with bredren, let it go around.
northeast, uptown and PG gon hold me down like... "

""Hold me down (aye, hold me down young)
Hold me down, down (aye, hold me down young)
Hold me down, down, down, down (aye, hold me down young)
Hold me down, down (aye, everybody, know the sound, hold me down like...)"

"Bet you don't now another with a groove like this
And you don't want no trouble with a crew like this
Said you don't know another with a groove like this
And you don't want no trouble with a crew like this

Don't hold me back, hold me down (212 hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (Trinidad hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (Riverdale hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (Seat Pleasant hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (Lockwood hold me down young)
Can't hold me back, hold me down (38 hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (Cap Heights hold me down young)
You won't do that, hold me down (E Street hold me down young)

Hold me down if you can
Hold me down take my hand
Hold me down if you can
Hold me down be my man"

"Don't hold me back, hold me down (Soufside hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (1-4 hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down (1st-n-O hold me down young)
Don't hold me back, hold me down, hold me down ('Mo County youngins hold me down young)

Hold me down
Hold me down, down
Hold me down, down, down, down
Hold me down, down"
Track Name: Damn Damsel
"I can't do it all for you
I can't take the fall for you
I keep getting the call from you
Just take what i offer you
Was there for you, you needed me
I rescued you repeatedly
Save that, you wouldn't speak to me
How you forget so easily
You do not know how tired I've been
You don't care what you put me in
I've been through hell to pay your sins
I'm up against the world again
You've taken the best of me
And turned it 'gainst the rest of me
I'm trynna live my destiny
I don't think there's much left of me"

"Damn damsel...You got me in distress
Damn damsel...You got me in this mess
Damn damsel...I'm given it my best
Damn damsel...I won't give up just yet"

"Why must we be tied together
Told you would be mine forever
Said we would grow old but never
Did I think I would regret her
I'm your knight in shining armor
Hatred for you I still harbor
I run from you i must get farther
I'm through with you, I won't be bothered
I will not come back to your rescue
My sword will not raise in your name
I will not lie, I won't forget you
But i refuse to die plain in your game"

"Damn damsel...You got me in distress
Damn damsel...You got me in this mess
Damn damsel...I'm given it my best
Damn damsel...I won't give up just yet"

"Damn girl, you been done did it again
Just when I done thought that everything was good, we at it again
Thinkin bout how the hell we keep on goin then I think about u moanin..
Sexy as hell, but really why cant we just both act grown,
And stop with the petty shit use benevolent rhetoric
So it ain't like we talkin to layers in the earth sediment..
At certain times, seem like you heaven sent
Others, overly evident knowin that it would end if for no help or no medicine...
Kush prescriptions, that jetison mental waves, up out my skeleton
While I keep on inhalin' them exhalin when I'm calm
(and) like deja vu its gone never knowin who's side you're on
Keep trynna play me like a pawn..then like the flick of a wand or dial,
Of a reciever change your whole damn demeanor
Like you up and healed from fever, but me,
Not a believer, your procedures lead to siezures
And me, im just to eager for change, I rearrange my frame
Until the drain don't hit the same and lustful urges feel lame
No one but you got cause for blame, ain't that a shame?
We came so far but in essence only sub par
So my message: be who you are if you trynna shine like a star
But see me, im takin this right I see you buckin left
Hit the gas pedal, like grand theft ain't nothing left
A damn damsel that's in distress i tried my best,
The method was monumental but it failed to manifest, so bless"

"Damn damsel...You got me in distress
Damn damsel...You got me in this mess
Damn damsel...It's true that i have left
Damn damsel...You did this to yourself"
Track Name: Just Another Day
"{Another day, another dollar, opportunity great
And so the saga begins journey through a mindstate
See cause his defined trait, to date, make him equate
Questions of which relate to pressures of meeting fate
With whether he could control, (and) craft a future that create
The type of life for his fam he always dreamed success (could) make,
So he get up out of bed, yawn, stretch, scratch his head
Hit the ground for a couple sets of push ups, make his bed
(then) He hop up in the shower at the early 7th hour
Freshen his bio matter listening to that morning chatter
He exit shortly after splash some water on his face
Dress and depart to find some breakfast in his kitchen space,
Visions written in a place he find grace he sip his coffee paced
Braced, to face the morning rush race by metro transit haste
Hurryin his steps, as he packin his bag
Determination settin in, as he dip in a flash} (because its...)"

"It's just another day
It's just another day, it's just another day
It's just another day
It's just another day, it's just another day
It's just another day,
It's just another day, another dollar made
It's just another day
Watch the sun fade away as the shade invades"

"[Another day, another dollar, opportunity great
This nigga hop up in his whip, bout a quarter to Eight
Just 'bout a second it take he press the clutch (and) hold the break
Then he shift into first and mash the gas before he late
Feelin brash the nigga skate, lookin down at his dash
Pushin 65 in 50 as vehicles he flyin past
Drivin fast drop it into sixth playin some illmatic nas
He drift but pause 'cause this stupid fuckin' dodge
Buck a U then stop because they ain't wanna go right
(so) now they holdin' traffic up trynna go thru the light
Must'a been smokin the pipe "The World is Yours" got him hyped
So he manuver like masked shooters, in the heart of the night,
Insight to what he feel for real like cold steel,
Drilll, kill, for a meal, as he peel off, and turn his wheel, chill
He gotta creep, comin up on Franklin Park
'Cause there them pg county feds out at morning, juss like its dark] ('Cause its...)"

"It's just another day
It's just another day, another dollar made
It's just another day
Watch the sun fade away as the shade invades
It's just another day, another dollar made
It's just another day, it's just another day"

"[Another day, another dollar, opportunity great
He finally see the metro lot drive himself through the gate,
'Bout halfway full, almost late he finally spot a spot to take
Shift his whip into reverse, reverse, and park then pull the brake, Great/so now he walkin in the zone
Got his skull candy blastin from memory on his phone
Feel like centuries, mental roams, unquestionable unknowns
Unshown, but on his mind he find the time to think of home,
Grown: makin his momma proud
Found a future to manuever without the 'ye or the loud
Still his head in the clouds shoulder his burden, how
Determination and trial as the track switch: Bilal,
Now he utter a cough, so he clear his chest
Say wassup, to them newspaper niggas wearin' them vests
Finally enters station, swipes his smart trip informaton
Up the platform he skatin' opportunity is waitin'...] 'Cause its..."

"It's just another day, another dollar made
It's just another day, it's just another day
It's just another day in this life i'm livin'
It's just another day givin all I'm givin"
Track Name: Drink in my Cup
"I'll be back in just a moment, with every thing to prove
I'll be back before you know it, with everything to lose
I'll be comin 'round the mountain, I'll be comin from the sky
I'll come back with open arms and open heart and open mind
If you miss me when I'm out there send a song to outer space
I'll be back in just a moment, I'll be back to take my place
Yeah I know it's been a long road, and i know it's getting tough
But I'm pushing through the sorrows and we're fighting through the rough
I'm by your side
I'm down to ride

And I'll be back, back
I'll be back back

I'll be baaack
I'll be baaack for you
I'll be baaad
I'll be baaad for you with this drink in my cup
I got this drink in my cup"

"Told baby girl I was comin' back, 'cause she the one up in my life
Make it right, every night, wife type, no fights, something slight,
High as kites, takin' flight, from a site, where I write,
'Bout a journey of a love that ignite, flourish in the candle light
On a heated summer night, when I beat it till the early morn strike, Surely make her feel right, shorty ride me like a bike faded sippin' on the white,
Me I'm sippin on the dark handle mines
Like its an art, starkly reminiscent parts intertwined,
Drinkin do it errytime, my mind, twisted, (and) time: movin' fast, (yet) slow,
I take another sip up out my cup and another little puff, then I'm ready to go,
So now my mind steady racin' a killa on the mic, like I'm jason Spectacular relations no waitin', amazin
We almost at the pinnacle again, I pause a second, then beckon,
What's left of my adrenaline, baby girl is impressive
Like sleepin' with some women friends the symbolism never ends,
But the feeling of gettin' with her that's venomous begins
With this drink in my cup"

"I'll be baaack
I'll be baaack for you
I'll be baaad
I'll be baaad for you with this drink in my cup

If you miss me like I miss you, then I'm sorry for the pain
If you think I'm gon' forget you, you can get that off your brain.
Said I know it's been a hard road, and i know it's getting tough
But we're moving through the sorrows and we're fighting through the rough

I'm by your side
I'm down to ride

And i'll be back, back
I'll be back, back

I'll be baaack
I'll be baaack for you
I'll be baaad
I'll be baaad for you with this drink in my cup
I got this drink in my cup"

"As the minutes seem like hours that done passed at last,
I'm back to chillin' wit my niggas, drinkin' out my flask,
('Cause) baby girl had (had) me buggin' with her questions asked,
(and) though I smashed the ass, I'm on a quest for cash,
(And though) the right thing, (that) might seem,
A little bit exciting, (But) its really nothing more, than just another pipe dream,
(That's) independent of feeling, that her eyes bring,
Rhyme scheme, timing, Equivalent to prime green,
(Meaning) dope, if you ain't already know, like my squad rock live at every show
Multiplied by the rise of tree, (that) g double o d,
I be that nigga Samu-L if u ain't know me
Syrup in my cup, trippin' like an o g liquor pourin' out for my niggas,
Fell before me sworn gs, hopefully with prayer, they reborn free,
But see in the moment, I'm zonin',
Lookin' for a jaunt to greet up in the morning
I'm talkin' midnight porn and, break of dawn and,
Neighbors callin' on police 'cause the noise and,
Then I think 'bout baby girl when she moanin'
Thinkin like, "why the fuck I say im gone then?",
Its cause the liq that im sippin got me trippin,
Actin like my baby girl ain't no vixen
See, thats that drink in my cup"

"I'll be baaack
I'll be baaack for you
I'll be baaad
I'll be baaad for you with this drink in my cup
I got this drink in my cup"
Track Name: Funk Face
"aye, with my hand around this brew girl you know who I'm talkin to.
Since you walked up in this room, you know my vibe been callin' you,
I seen your eyes you hawkin' too... so slim, just save the games.
I'ma whisper in your ear, just wanna see you make a face.
"Make a what?" make a face, wanna see you make a face.
I'ma whisper in your ear, "just wanna see you make a face."
"Make a what?" make a face, wanna see you make a face...
So slim, just save the games i wanna see you make a face, yeah

aye, As this honey jack darkens my liver's shade i get to rappin.
You know she's attractive, these women gaze, then I go at 'em.
Goin smack if she's bad, you know my style...
Dark liquor makes my words smooth and I talk low form smokin loud.
Been breakin these rollers down I got bad ankles and knees,
From running game, no fundamentals, ain't no fakin with me...
Just dunk and dribble. young, it's simple if you say she's a freak.
I found out how to make it so the only chase's in my drink,
And I sip it straight, g. So the easy ones go to the rookies,
I don't want it if the only thing you offering is pussy.
I seen a youngin' different, newcastle is what she's sippin...
Ain't seen me holla at women cause tonight your man was chillin.
So I had to get it and you know I keep it funky,
A little bit of charm and some humor and she gon' love me.
It's goin smooth, I said "I got a question for you...
tell me that funky groove is what you like best when you move"

"But young, she said she's never done it... she said she's never tried
She's sittin there tellin a motherfunkin lie like...
It's gotta be the funk face (I'm just tryna see your face from the funk,
Girl I'm just tryna see the face that you gon' make from the funk.)
She said she's never done it... she said she's never tried
She's sittin there tellin a motherfunkin lie like...
I wanna see your funk face (I'm just tryna see your face from the funk,
Girl I'm just tryna see the face that you gon' make from the funk.)"

"It's gotta be the shoes
Or could it be the style
Could it be the groove
It couldn't be the smile
Cuz when I'm getting loose
When I'm getting loud
I gotta make the funk face
When I'm getting down
If you show me yours
Then I'll show you mine
Come and take the tour
Bet i blow your mind
Baby you ain't ready
You better get it right
Cuz we bout to make the funk face
All funkin night"

"But young, she said she's never done it... she said she's never tried
She's sittin there tellin a motherfunkin lie like...
It's gotta be the funk face (I'm just tryna see your face from the funk,
Girl I'm just tryna see the face that you gon' make from the funk.)
She said she's never done it... she said she's never tried
She's sittin there tellin a motherfunkin lie like...
I wanna see your funk face (I'm just tryna see your face from the funk,
Girl I'm just tryna see the face that you gon' make from the funk.)"

"And now every time we get up i feel like nothings enough
She always wants to feel it, youngin is in love with the funk,
Count it!...I chalk it up to the soul in the sound
And she ain't like these other youngins that be rollin' around
And funkin this one, and that one, hoe-in and proud.
But no one gon' keep it funky and start holdin' her down, damn.
Another girl in a funk, it sucks, i tell it,
The lessons instead of wayne, should've listened to funkadelic
My girl loves it, no swellin', and we shinin when you see us
'Cause in her whip is George Clinton, T.O.P. and P-Funk.
Now she keeps the face, it's me she needs when she wakes
And anytime she's hittin tree the memory it leave her shakin
And makes her say...
Take me away...

She said she's never done it, she said she's never tried...
But now she says she loves it and she's never sayin "bye!"
So if she said she's never done it and said she's never tried,
She's sittin there, tellin a motherfunkin lie!
She said she's never done it, she said she's never tried...
But now she says she loves it and she's never sayin "bye!"
So if she said she's never done it and said she's never tried,
She's sittin there, tellin a motherfunkin lie!"
Track Name: We Got
"We can't be stopped, we rock
We off the charts, we hot
Can't take our spot, the top
And what you want, we got
Can't be stopped, we rock
We off the charts, we hot
Can't take our spot, the top
And what you want, we got"