Kenjutsu Under The Moonlight

by Noveliss

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This project is a tribute to my all time favorite producer Jun Seba aka Nujabes. It is also dedicated to two of my best friends who are no longer with us and that is who you see in the sky. Brandon "BT" Taylor on one side of the moon, Kerry Schultz on the other. No other project I've ever done has held this much weight and it means a lot to me to represent the life and contribute to the legacy of Nujabes. It means a lot to remember and celebrate the lives of my best friends. Big shoutout to my artist Aaron Hendrick, always able to turn my vision into exactly what I imagine. This ones for my brothers in the sky. "Kenjutsu Under The Moonlight..."

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released October 31, 2017

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Noveliss Detroit, Michigan

Member of the legendary world renowned Detroit Hip Hop Group; Clear Soul Forces. Noveliss is known for his intellectual wordplay and mixture of nerdy; anime, comic book references and deep societal subject matter. A distinct voice on the mic, the lyricist is known as the Microphone Hokage. Top influences are Eminem, MF DOOM, Black Thought, Redman and NAS. ... more

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Track Name: Calligraphy
I dont want to dance slow in the rain but I fall below the heavens with Blu playing
I'm through saying I'm through slaying these beats to make ends meet
I'm in deep, see
dreams bought the car but dont pay the fees, the monthlys
Im checkin' mics word to "3 Thou", you check to check
but if I fail to create and make heads knod we neck to neck
Nevertheless my poetrys deep I never waiver even at a loss for words I always find them on the paper
In search of myself, I get lost out in the nature, too used to putting others before me the new danger
Family first, slayin verses I get over focused, I worked too many hours this week, which takes away from me releasing these ideas in my head I get overloaded
Weary of moving to certain neighborhoods because of the chosen Potus
It's how I find myself, in the rhyme chamber
my mind in danger the rise of this blind anger Im lost
a cesspool of underachieving and working jobs and I'm tryna' keep the poison out my relationship
they cleansing our cities by gentrifying the areas we never made it in
they harvesting our pavement
concrete plantations and the only way you can hope to make it is work the grave shift
and I can't even manifest myself on my friends playlist
Cuz' they dont wanna play this
I rome through headphones in search of a place to stay niche
no shade, never shared a seat on the bus in college on the way home from road games
sometimes I think I run from myself it's such a close race...
Sometimes I think I run from myself, it's such a close race.




How can I find myself when I cant find you?
So I drop this rhymin' in honor of your design in my life
when we meet again we'll share these vibes, nothings changed
we'll rock hoodies and sweats just in the sky
This verse is dedicated to my brother, in loving memory of BT, word to mother...
if you could see all the people you brung together in this tragedy than you would see your spirit lives on thats immortality (dig it)
my heart is broken but the wound was stilll open cuz' I had lost my best friend to a bullet without the closure
its too hard to be sober I'm broken beyond repair why they take ya?
feel like I, failed you as a friend I couldn't save ya
even though we took two different roads it didnt change us, and our sons will maintain the connection that we created
shit I never learned to grieve I tried writing but the times changed
I hope my girl dont smell this liqour on my breath, I got twisted in the driveway
for the first time I twist the Bombay
it said "Dry Gin" and I was tryna' dry tears...
never much of a drinker them tears used as a chaser I was racing down memory lane intoxicated
reminiscent of the hoodies in the winter staying chill when I was broke man you bought me a coat, shit was real
it was me, you, Ken and Chris, we was all in
falling asleep in the same clothes we played the ball in
life was so simple before we found our true callings
you were Taylor made for the streets and I went to college
remembering "Paid in Full" in 10 years we didn't have matching Benzes because our playes were full but...
now your son gonna' know the true legacy of my friend
the best shooter in the gym and a father who loved his kid...
Track Name: Tales Of A Samurai
You ever dance the kenjutsu under the moonlight?
indigo blue eyes, same color as these robes of mine
Im running from my past so fast many have tried
went from prodigal student to ronin I took his life
and thats taboo
I killed the one who taught me to wield the sword right
but it wasn't my intention my attacker came in the night
lights out, I chose my own path, they felt I owed them one
sent assasins cuz' I wouldn't slash on behalf of the Shogunate
my master was a legend, now I'm paying for my self defense
former classmates after my life as an act of vengeance
unfortunately, those on my trail will know my motto
one stroke, one kill
Jin, lightning in a bottle
constantly looking over my shoulder during my travels
and living by Bushido before I engage in battle
a legend in the making, in pursuit of the sunflower
steal sharpens steal fuck your gun powder...

(Hook) These the tails of a samurai, my poetrys deep as my sword, you hear the battle cry

I was born a peasant, living my life in silence
and my family got killed by the sword, I saw the violence
I was just a kid who was giving a chance to live by the master who took me in thats where the legend begins Kenshin...
The wanderer, for 10 years I've been running from my last life
a gentle soul, you would never imagine what my past was like
a master assassin would slaughter your whole team, now they recognize the legend from the scar on my cheek
it's a war going on outside no man is safe from
it's a killer inside of me no man should test the blade of
settled down, protecting this town, I took an oath
never to kill again these villains keep testing my growth
The truest, got a reverse blade on my sword so I can't relapse to what I was doing during the revolution
a weapon plus a legend with the blade in my hand
took those lives as Battosai the slayer of man
I might be going back...

(Hook) These the tails of a samurai, my poetrys deep as my sword, you hear the battle cry

Pappa was a deadman, brung a knife to a gun fight and lost his life for a headband
I saw the whole thing, my father was number one, I was just a child when revenge swallowed my life I made a vow
so from here on out, I'll live by the sword, never be defeated, bring it to a gun fight and slice the bullets to pieces
a true master, but no room for friends on this path, Afro, my name rings bells where ever I pass
it's a target on my forehead, everyday it'll never change, the life of being number two will kill you but keep you entertained
crush all challengers after a glass of lemonade, reminiscent of life before I got in this game
walk the straight and narrow, bloodiest path under the sun, and it wont stop until my target reads number one... x2
Track Name: All The Time
Rise to power these rhymes devoured the pen dwells
even though i can feel the disbelief from the infidels
Im at war with my mind, drop the intel, these negative vibes tryna break through the citadel if the mission fails then it's, back to the wishing well
enhale these lines over your head like chemtrails
the illest, but still Im still, buried in the trenches, up to my neck in rhymes that wasnt good enough to finish
I crumbled them, traded in sleep for wasted nights
I be my own worst enemy searching for my serenity
bodying entities, converting my stress to energy
harness that
blast it in the form of these raps
a socially awkard assassin with a bomb in his bag
in the form of the same notebook that I was, bringing to class
riddle me that, a failed college grad stuck in his tracks
my mind is a weapon but the world made of bulletproof glass...

(Hook) You on point Nov? All the time what? (x7) Now watch me blow this shit up...


The infamous, Noveliss' body count enters the infinite, just an assasin on the mic tryna find out where the mission is
I'm a duranged pilot looking for passengers
fill up the 1984 space shuttle model with "Challengers"
you know what happens afterwords, I got a fetish for smashing herbs
kick the master verbs and get passed when it's time to pass the erb
smash words, ill yes, lyrics blastin average rappers to tabernacles asking for better skill sets
when you stepping in this field just,
know it's live mines underground exploding from bright minds
a sign of the times, the quiet ones on the rise
I done seen more of the world through these rhymes than through these eyes
I only know how to communicate between these lines so my relationships have trouble surviving beyond the mic
the soundtrack to my life, never good at finding loopholes
fire bending contenders, produce flows
the author, chasing after my honor while I'm still tryna' coincide with my father like Prince Zuko, pay attention to the scene though
the game full of clones I'm Obi-Wan on Kamino
take a life with the saber device the mic hero
the rhyme dominance, when you listen to Noveliss you an accomplice to the mumble rapping apocalypse
this, verbal voyage I'm searching for my accomplishments, but I'm coming up short
they say it's all about who you know but I get left out the conversation at home...

(Hook) You on point Nov? All the time what? (x7) Now watch me blow this shit up...
Track Name: Rolling Stone
My padawans will say daddy was a rollin stone
always made it home after kickin raps around the globe, thats how it go
London was real, no sleep inside of her
now hit me on the Skype for fist pounds through the monitor, I love you both, Ill blow a kiss to your sister right beside of ya
and later on me and Mom will talk about some private stuff
Paris was real as always, we sold it out again would love to see the Eiffel but, I aint got the time to spend
and I can't miss another train, I left my Manga on the plane
I fell in love with smaller cities but I aint got the time of day
cuz' if I did then I'd be looking for a place to stay
I'm out here catching feelings but reality wont give me space
I been around the world but I aint necessarily seen it cuz,'
these pebble stone roads lead to dreams but I dont sleep enough
part time stars with day jobs until the sun sets
flying back to the states we'll quit our jobs another day I guess...

(Hook) - A rolling stone, wherever I lay my hat is my home, I cant stay too long
Ill be moving on
And it, Seems like, whenever Im enjoying this life I need a little more time
I'll be moving on...



Rearranging to remain on the move, so I can stay sane
they took my best friend in a murder I'll never be the same
I need to board a plane so i can get this off my mental
while I'm tryna' find the meaning of life in an instrumental
I'm a full time father, no breaks, my son and daughter get, every piece of they daddy my path would prove too challenging
I'm, battling these doubts in my head watching these rappers make it
I, had to take an oath with my mind, these cerebral affidavits
keep me from fading away to my 9 to 5, if there's a such thing as being too humble
I wont survive, see I went around the world before i was 25 and then
came home to doubts in my head and lost my mind
it feels like I'm in limbo
not between life and death but, be 30 chasing a dream or throw the towel in instead
Never sleep on the path, just let my eyes rest, in the blind stretch never digress the mic check
I done lost the urge to preserve, too many vultures
I could show you how to move in a room where they lack the culture
watch where you stepping, snakes in the grass don't lose your focus
when they Storm Shadows use your Snake Eyes to point out the Cobra...

(Hook) - A rolling stone, wherever i lay my hat is my home, I cant stay too long, Ill be moving on
Seems like, whenever Im enjoying this life i need a little more time, ill be movin on...

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