Still Learnin'

by Apollo Bebop

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Nigumo I’ve always been a fan of BTE and I heard Brian sparked up with this group, I just knew I’d love Apollo Bepop. I first heard the video song clip of Cruz’n on their live! cut and I fell in love with it! I actually like the live instruments a lil more than the album version. But altogether, this band is gonna do great things with jazzy bepop :) Favorite track: Cruz'n.
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released February 9, 2018

APOLLO BEBOP
Brian to Earth: Emcee
Dom Cruz: Guitar/Bass
Chris Trimmer: Guitar/Bass
DeAndre Grover: Tenor Sax
Donovan Cruz: Drums

Website: apollobebop.com
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/apollobebop
BandCamp: apollobebop.bandcamp.com
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Song mixed by Deckdaddy
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Artwork by Xistheweapon
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Apollo Bebop Santa Ana, California

Apollo Bebop is a Santa Ana, CA, based band that makes dope shit.


Members:
Brian to Earth: Emcee
DeAndre Grover: Tenor Sax
Dom Cruz: Guitar/Bass
Chris Trimmer: Guitar/Bass
Donovan Cruz: Drums
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Track Name: Note to Self
Said no to drugs, said no to alcohol/
Said no to school dropped out back in the fall/
I probably could have finished, but I didn't/
I mean my heart just wasn't in it/
And if you ain't doing things with gusto then you're in trouble/
Like "uh-oh" You're love must show. Don't be a dumbo/
And if you're mind is stuck inside the stucco/
Then maybe you should mix things up like its gumbo and trust you're/
Gut so you and try to burst out if that bubble/
The sooner the better. Suggest to do it on the double/
Cuz the faster you can figure out the puzzle/
The faster you'll succeed all right, bucko?/
And in addition to your hustle/
It's gonna take a little bit of luck so/
Be patient and stay humble/
Cuz nothing great happens in a day. It takes a couple/

In the event that I forget/
What my goal is and what I define as success/
I wrote this to remind myself that

In the event I go astray
And need a compass so I can find my way
I wrote this to remind myself that

Nothing in life fulfills my soul/
Quite like music so
Ima keep on making this shit

I'm just a rap vocalist flows like jazz soloists/
That's why when I applied I snagged the last opening/
To be the emcee of Apollo Bebop/
Get the crowd bouncing like Reeboks and keep hot like tea pots/
Mama says she likes the Jazz with the hip hop/
She got an accent that's just the way that she talks/
In this game thicker than the redwoods we got/
Goals to rise above and reach up to the tree tops/
And see spots higher than where nosebleed seats watch/
That's why we come correct the second that the beat drops/
We love putting the work in. Only fresh shit we serving cuz all these
These so called top shelf rappers need to be restocked/
They only got the shelf life of like 4 days
Career will die before faster than they'll ever die of old age/
Selling out is not an option no way Jose/
We in this for the long run don't care if it's a slow pace/

In the event that I forget/
What my goal is and what I define as success/
I wrote this to remind myself that

In the event I go astray
And need a compass so I can find my way
I wrote this to remind myself that

Nothing in life fulfills my soul/
Quite like music so
Ima keep on making this shit

To the next level we taking it, taking it/
Cuz our lives depend on is making it, making it/
So we gon' keep on making this, making this here/
(2x)
Track Name: Das Lyfe
Verse 1:
I'm not old, but I ain't getting younger/
Fending for myself trying not to die of hunger/
Got some shit to deal with like if i Was a plumber/
I get asked if I know what I'm doing and all i say is "somewhat"/
Cuz I can't plan tomorrow/
Unlike money, time i cannot borrow/
Make the most of whatever I can get. Every single sec/
Whenever I see and opportunity of course I'm gonna jet/
And take it, cuz who knows when the next one comes/
I'm tired of sitting in my room feeling down in the dumps/
Waiting for someone to give me hand out/
Fuck that I'm a man now. I'm getting off this damn couch/
Making moves, breaking the rules, paying my dues/
Doing everything and anything to get in the room/
with the greats become mates and creat all these tunes/
this is what I was destined to do since I came out of the womb/
and soon I'm gonna go BOOM/
Take the world by storm, typhoon or monsoon/
Become a force of nature, destroyer and creator/
So if you're in my way, then hey I'll see you later/
Cuz I ain't got time for the people that are fickle/
Or the people that are liars fuckin spineless individuals/
Word is bond it's that easy aint no mystery or riddle Das Lyfe

Chorus:
To see the light you gotta open your eyes and Das Lyfe

Verse2:
Still Learning wheels turning I am sure I feel certain/
That BTE is gonna become real urgent/
Headlines on headlines. people gone respect mines/
Thinking about me constantly. Even passed they bed times/
Humming all my melodies and lyrics because they really feel it/
and every word is speaking to the spirits/
of the common man. get you on your feet make you wanna dance/
flow been so nice that I got great karma man/
mama really raised me well/
Even though half of the time she be raising hell/
Keeping me in line so i can stay on track/
Now when I spit these lines ima stay on track/
I'm trying to stay focused on the mission/
so I open up my eyes so I can keep sight of the vision/
see the light that keeps me going and wont stop until I'm finished with my life
Das Lyfe

Chorus:
To see the light you gotta open your eyes and Das Lyfe


I'm trying to stay focused on the mission/
so I open up my eyes so I can keep sight of the vision/
see the light that keeps me going and wont stop until I'm finished with my what?

Finished with my life.

Chorus:
To see the light you gotta open your eyes and Das Lyfe
Track Name: Same Ol' Thang
Verse 1:
I've had the same hair cut for two years no
I say the same dumb shit when I free style
I order all the same food when I eat out
Whenever I drive, I'm taking the same street routes
Do the peace sign whenever I say, "Peace Out!"
Two verse songs instead of three down
Call the same girl when I'm looking for a rebound
I get the same response. She's saying that I should leave town ugly clown
And i be loud
When I'm making music, mama starts to freak out
And she gets mad when I forget to put the seat down
After I use the bathroom when I pee. How
Am I supposed to break out of these routines
Day in and day out like it's looping
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know why...
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know why...

Chorus:
I keep on going back to the same ol thangs (4x)


Verse 2
I got thousands of songs in my iTunes
But there's only like 5 songs that I choose
I never buy new if I can buy used
And I never gamble cuz I think I might lose
Been saying the same jokes since high school
Still haven't grown got an immature mind too
Still have a hard time telling girls, "I like you"
I'd rather write a love song, poem, telegram or a haiku
I keep a light mood
I ain't tryna fight fools with lo IQs
Still not sure what I', doing with my life who
Am I supposed to be? Am I making the right moves?
It's not like I don't try, dude
I'm just not a fan of change like nickels and dimes OOO
but I don't know, I don't know
I don't know why...
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know why...

Chorus:
I keep on going back to the same ol thangs (4x)

I keep going back to the same ol' thang

Chorus:
I keep on going back to the same ol thangs (4x)
Track Name: Come Over
Verse 1:
One morning went downtown/
To the Gypsy Den cuz there ain't no loud sounds/
So I can focus get my caffeine/
And a breakfast burrito with some black beans/
Now I'm In my zone writing then I look up/
And I see this girl walking with a good butt/
Ooo yeah she attractive/
Had this inclination to walk over and ask if/
I could get her name and try not for digits/
Invite her over to my place where I am living/
So I check the mirror make sure I'm looking fresh/
Pop an Altoid cuz This Coffee gave me stinky breath/
Then said, "Hi, my name is Brian. Do you have a name?/
Or can I call you mine? Sorry I know that is lame."/
But it Broke the ice cuz I made her laugh/
Saw an opportunity so I went and asked/

Chorus x2:
I don't know what you are
Doing tonight but girl you should
Come over
Come over

Verse 2:
Long story short man I got denied/
Probably came off too strong what the fuck was I?/
Thinking, oh right I wasn't/
But it's all good man no point in fussing/
Cuz there's plenty more fish in the OC/
So to get my mind off her went to 4th Street/
Market, cuz I hope I might/
Find a cutie at the Coollab Open Mic/
Now guess who I saw playing guitar/
Yeah the same girl. Told myself to be calm/
Cuz it might be a sign or even fate/
That I got a second chance to invite her to my place/
Don't mess it up. Think it through/
Be yourself. No games. Just speak the truth/
But I guess I was thinking with the wrong head/
Meant to say one thing but instead said/

Chorus x2:
I don't know what you are
Doing tonight but girl you should
Come over
Come over

Verse 3:
Made the same mistake twice. So stupid/
She must think that ya boy is so clueless/
Oh well das lyfe gotta move on now/
Cuz Trimmer got a function at the 3013 compound/
Everybody straight chillin/
Music is bumpin and so are the women/
But can't seem to shake off the Gypsy Den chick/
Just my luck she made an entrance/
Can't mess this up I'm determined/
To prove that I'm worth it and not just some vermin/
Composed myself got my mind out the sewer/
Grabbed her a drink and offered it to her/
Gladly accepted then we start conversing/
Laughing, dancing, then it got to flirting/
And right as the night bout to end/
She pulled me close and thats when she said/

Chorus x2:
I don't know what you are
Doing tonight but boy you should
Come over
Come over

Chorus x2:
I don't know what you are
Doing tonight but girl you should
Come over
Come over
Track Name: Where Am I Going With This?
Yo, do you feel that funk?
Yo, it’s potent stuff.
I ain’t usually condoning drugs
But it’s so good it’ll open up
And free your mind of the shackles of society, son
Mans it’s so much pop makes me burp a lot
Makes me wonder if music’s even worth a shot
Cuz I can never seem to figure what on earth is hot
But I guess we’ll see if I can earn a spot
As a G.O.A.T. Of MCing
Greatest of All Time be it
MCing
Producing
Or just a human being
So I, I continue to pursue what I believe in
Which is throwing up dope bars that are sicker than bulimics
Now listen up I go the rhymes that are most clever
Step to me, son, c’mon you should know better
Cuz I can shred you up like cheddar
Without breaking a sweat
Kid, I eat rappers like you for breakfast
With a side of milk
Gotta make sure I’m strong when it’s time to kill
Mama took me to the doc cuz I was kinda ill
And the docs diagnosis said that the cause is my rhyming skill
It’s inside me still to this day
But I’m ok
It just takes over when I play
Like a bandit taking my disadvantage for his advantage
Causing damage on the planet wreaking havoc and panic
Like “God, damnit”


Where am I going with this?
Man, my minds racing in an oval and shit
Probably cuz it’s dope like smoking a spliff
So be careful when you’re toking this shit
C’mon it’s like
Yo, where am I going with this?
Man, my minds racing in an oval and shit
Probably cuz it’s dope like smoking a spliff
So be careful when you’re toking this shit


Now crowds go crazy whenever I hit the stage
No ones been able to do it like us in decades
Killing careers left and right every which way
You’ll be gone in 60 seconds like Nicholas Cage
I just can’t explain the way these thangs
Just happen it’s like magic, David Blane
Apollo Bebop
You know we got the waves of flames
The dynamic crew bringing all these lames to shame
So brave your brains for impact
Get mind fucked on this track
You’re wick wack
Step to me and lyrically get bitch slapped
Don’t get mad
Cuz I’m better than you in everything that
You do
Yes it’s true
Listen, dude
You should sit back
And let the professionals handle this
Shits about to get hotter than wicks on a candle stick
And even hotter than the lava that these volcanos spit
You’ve been warned
I’m not liable for the damages
Caused to your career
Got hurt?
Go ask your mom for bandages
I bet she packed it in your lunch bag with your sandwiches
Matter fact, I’ll snatch that cuz I’m famishing
From working to be the next Hall of Fame candidate
Got hooks I’m able to catch salmon with
Ima stay hot for years like Pam Anderson
The chosen one like I’m Anakin
But this lack of sleep has got me standing like a mannequin
God damnit, I’m rambling


Where am I going with this?
Man, my minds racing in an oval and shit
Probably cuz it’s dope like smoking a spliff
So be careful when you’re toking this shit
Yo, where am I going with this?
Man, I don’t even fuckin know anymore
Probably cuz it’s dope like smoking a spliff
So be careful when you’re toking this shit
Track Name: 949
Ayo in was in my car when I heard this (heard this)/
Just coming home from working (working)/
Then I started driving oh so urgent (urgent)/
So I can grab my pen and start writing up these verses/
I'm versed in nouns and verbs cuz I'm a wordsmith/
Nervous? Never cuz I know I put the work in/
First in last out. I'm the type of person/
To spit something better off the top than whatever you're rehearsing/
And I'm not even great at freestyling/
But when I hear your song man it sounds like you're blurting/
Worthless nonsense with no meaning or purpose/
Wherever you bought that flow you should return it/
Under the surface/
I bet it's all and act. In fact, I know it is for certain/
You're following a fad. Go and make your cash/
If I done learned from the past I know that trends never last/
Man I'm just trying to put my city on the map/
So Rancho Santa Margarita where my people at?

Nah really where my people at?/
It's kinda silly that/
I even ask cuz no really REALLY raps/


Better check it this is one for the 9 to the 4 9

Man I'm bout to be spazzing on the beat like I got Parkinson's/
With a healthy dose of confidence/
It's not overwhelming, but it's prominent/
Balls so big, Shaq wouldn't be able to put a palm on it.
Wait, is that gay to say?/
Somebody get the ref cuz I ain't callin it you would think that I am on some shit/
Sober as a judge so there ain't no alcohol in this/
I'm just high off life so I get a bit talkative/
Mental diarrhea. Verbal vomiting/
Metaphors, similes. My favorite words are homonyms/
Hard to find somebody that I have something in common with/
Cuz I'm far beyond these novices/
Like, I found your record where the possum lives/
Which is next to where the garbage is/
You're as bout as fly as ostriches/
And about as loved as foster kids/
Mother and fatherless? That's some heartless shit/
Damn B, where you even getting off on this?/
I don't know I guess I forgot what the topic is/
As soon as I thought of it I grab my pen and jot it quick/
You see, I don't really care where the profit is/
If what I say is awful the don't bother fuckin bothering ME/
About it cuz I SEE another problem/
MayBE you NEED some better role modeling/
Cuz all your parents coddling/
Has for you softer than some marshmallows and some Charmin/
And just cuz I get down and funky like the parliament/
And tell it how it is with no tricks I'm no charlatan/


Man I'm just trying to put my city on the map/
So Rancho Santa Margarita where my people at?

Nah really where my people at?/
It's kinda silly that/
I even ask cuz no really REALLY raps/


Better check it this is one for the 9 to the 4 9
Track Name: Cruz'n
Yo I ain't really tripping on taking the freeway/
And I ain't taking no tolls cuz I'm a cheapskate/
I ain't in a hurry I'm taking it easy/
As long as I get to where I need to get one of these days/
I'm expecting unexpected delays/
Detours, road blocks taking little pee breaks/
Never alone I got the homies to be safe/
And I can trust them with aux chord to DJ/
Its crucial
When you tryna cruise man you gotta the tunes that'll get you in the mood for new grooves like
Cusco/
Tryna catch a vibe you don't care about the time or the cars passing by cuz you're driving a little too slow
I would say eat my dust/
But trust me homie I ain't driving fast enough/
And I ain't never really feeling like I have to rush/
But people putting on this pressure they be asking stuff like/

Hey, why you ain't pumping that gas when you know you gonna get passed and they be like
Hey, why you ain't go go go when you're onto something so dope and they be like
Hey, what better time than now than to show to the world you get down and I'm just like
Wait, hold up hold up home I ain't never in no rush

I drive slowly but not because a sign told me
I drive slowly so I can enjoy the ride homie

I could be leading the race
I could be speeding away
I could be eating that cake
But Rome wasn't built in a day know what I'm sayin?
Patience, I ain't wasting all my gas bruh/
It's like racing only push it when I have to/
You may have gotten a little farther a little faster/
But how long will that lead last for?
Only as long as the fad does and not long after/
Then we gon' see who's the one playing catch up/
You'll be gone with the wind I'll still be standing/
Through anything even natural disasters/
This type of stuff to get you "oowee"'n
This the type of stuff to reach the peeps in New Zealand/
This the type of stuff kids be YouTube streaming/
And still be the type of stuff you'll find in museums/
Who even out now got a sound like this
With so much range you can say it's mountainous/
All work put in no fountain wish/
So good luck to all the people tryna to amount to this/
I would say eat my dust/
But trust me homie I ain't driving fast enough/
And I ain't never really feeling like I have to rush/
But people putting on this pressure they be asking stuff like/

Hey, why you ain't pumping that gas when you know you gonna get passed and they be like
Hey, why you ain't go go go when you're onto something so dope and they be like
Hey, what better time than now than to show to the world you get down and I'm just like
Wait, hold up hold up home I ain't never in no rush

I drive slowly but not because a sign told me
I drive slowly so I can enjoy the ride homie
Track Name: Leave Me Alone
Been having these visions
I’m living inside of this prison
Where everything’s missing
I’m sitting and sitting
These people just listen
To all of my problems and laugh that I got them
And laughing like
Hahaha hahahaha hahahahahahaha
And I am just wondering why
Wondering why
Wondering why
Wondering why this is happening
Who are these people?
Judging and judging like God in cathedrals
I am unable to see any faces
And all that I’m hearing are words out of hatred
Gah damn they are so cruel
To a brother out here paying dues
I don’t understand why they think it’s cool
Saying all of this negative shit in they room
With all of this blogging and talking
And commenting garbage on artists
Who are being honest
It’s coming in non-stop
Non-stop
Non-stop
Non-stop
It’s starting to get into my head
Now I’m wondering “Why am I trying”
Maybe I’ll quit
Yeah, maybe it’s better if I quit then they’ll leave me alone


Been having these visions
I’m living inside of this prison
Where everything’s missing
I’m sitting and sitting
These people just listen
To all of my problems and laugh that I got them
And laughing like
Hahaha hahahaha hahahahahahaha
And I am just wondering why
Wondering why
Wondering why
Wondering why this is happening
Who are these people?
Judging and judging like God in cathedrals
I am unable to see any faces
And all that I’m hearing are words out of hatred
Gah damn they are so cruel
To a brother out here paying dues
My man why don’t you get out of your room
And walk a mile in my shoes
Instead of blogging and talking
And commenting garbage on artists
Who are being honest
This nonsense has gotta stop
Gotta stop
Gotta stop
Gotta stop
Unless you’ve been through what I have
You have no right to get on my ass
Get off my dick
I’ll say it again get off my dick
Fuckin leave me alone
Track Name: Count Your Blessings
I wanna be my own boss, cuz ain't nobody's ass I'm kissin/
At 22 decided to become a jazz musician/
People laugh and some are concerned that I'm making a bad decision/
But I'ma continue to rap these writtens/
With mad precision
Just like a mathematician/
Or like the architect who went and built the Sistine chapel building
I’m not a violent guy but it's the opposite of pacifism/
If you're messin with this cash I'm gettin/
Or gonna get
Hasn't come in yet
Waiting on a couple checks/
Until then I'm making big noises like I'm thunderous/
Had some bad habits but I recently laid some to rest/
In the name of progress if I'm being honest fuck depres-sion/
Got a girl who's teaching me a couple less-son/
That's the power of loves effect/
Can't resist her when I see her in her summer dress/
Grab her by the waist pull her close so I can kiss her neck/
Treat her like royalty/
Like a goddess or a queen
Keeping me fresh like she's Oral B/
Don't care if it is corny
just gotta give her something that she is sure to see/
To prove that I love her to the core of me/
Constantly bring her up in conversation
Or in verses/
Beautiful in pictures even more in person
Pardon me for getting lovey dovey/
I'm just happy and a lucky ducky/

Count your blessings

There ain’t much I care about/
Just my friends, my fam, my girl and this music that I'm blaring loud/
Hardly had my parents ‘round/
They never cared about my whereabouts or care about where I'm now/
But hey, such is life
Kinda makes me wonder what is up with Christ
And why the world’s so ugly when he made it in his image
Yo heaven must be nice
Man I thought about it once or twice
But I ain’t thinking much of it
Cuz I don’t wanna get gassed up or dutch-ovened
My heart wants to believe but my gut doesn’t
Maybe I just need to live something
Which I do
My friends, my fam, my music, my girl
There’s so much to be grateful for in this world
That I don’t even wanna leave
Not yet at least
And if I left I don’t think that I could Rest In Peace
Cuz there’s so much to do so much to see
So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?
Wait?
That’s Smash Mouth’s “All Star” flow
Yo, what the fuck I’m thinking ‘bout that for? I don’t know
Anyway, I’m just trying to get to center stage
And getting paid
It’s not about the money but when rent is late
And you’re ending days with nothing on your dinner plate
Now you’re left starving man it’s hard not to get enraged
But I try to stay on the bright side
Cuz I know this pain won’t last a lifetime
So when life hands you lemonade
Go ahead and drink it it’s already made

Count your blessings
Track Name: Still Learnin'
Hop in the car pop the key in/
Drive around at night feeling like Michael Keaton/
No Birdman more like the knight of the evening/
Instead of fighting crime I'm writing rhymes for the weaklings/
Protecting their ears from these hypocrites, lying rhymes and syndicates/
Controlling all the radio shows so we can listen in/
So they can try to convince all of us how sick it is/
But yo man I'm fuckin sick of this/
We don't need to be told, what really is dope/
When we know we know, we feel it deep in our soul/
It strikes a chord resonating within/
Giving us goosebumps that cover every inch of your skin/
And it just can't be me/
That feels this way/
There are trillions of people today/
So there's probably gotta be somebody having same thoughts as me/
Possibly I got some peeps to follow me on this odyssey/
Cuz Music is more than just a commodity/
It's the human soul presented to you audibly/
Unfiltered, uncut, raw with no apologies/
Speaking of the rise of kings or falling like the autumn leaves/
But if I'm speaking honestly talk is cheap/
That's why I try to focus on the artistry/
You would think creativity is hard to keep
High in demand but there's enough supplies in for all your needs/
It's called life and experience/
Trials tribulations, ups and downs/
Highs and lows, you know how the cliche goes/
But it's true I had to find out on my own/
21 and still learning/
And won't stop until my wheels stop turning/

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