Cise Star Inspirational Rap Collection

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Marcus D - Greater Purpose
Follow your truth, maintain self and resume
Keep it thorough or the hurdles bringing you down to your doom arise
Call me Lazarus, a phoenix alive
Restored to my inner strength, only the calm survive

Cise Star - Adrift
Treat you how I treat myself
Yeah, I know the golden rule
But if I treat myself like shit
What am I to do to you?

Kenichiro Nishihara - Believe
What is it all for?
Where's the encore?
Burn bright and fast until there's no more
Come walk my path, follow the contours
Keeping score how many times you passed closed doors

re:plus - Sol
Like a self short, a full game half court
Light a new torch so we don't get off course
And breathe, one more listen to the elegy
The devil's melody of what if and never let it be

Cloud NI9E - Stages
Improvise your lines, we only one take
The camera rolling, we going, every day is the case
Even through the mistakes, bring it together and make
A show called "Life" written by the human race

Uyama Hiroto - Soul of Freedom feat. Cise Starr - 2014
Rise to the occasion. My people, we gonna make it
Everyday dedication to find the new equation
Deleting the delusion while we searching for solutions
Concluding of confusion while we ready resolutions

 Nujabes - Feather 
Seeing the headlines lined with discord
It's either genocide or the planet in uproar
Never good. The rules of paradise are never nice
The best laid plans of Mice and Men are never right
I'm just a Vagabond with Flowers for Algernon
The Average Joe who knows what the fuck is going on
It's the hope of my thoughts that I travel upon
Fly like an arrow of God until I'm gone


Full Lyrics:

Marcus D - Greater Purpose
[Verse 1: Cise Star]
Life is like a man born blind buying jewelry
Finding the best things, seeing the tomfoolery
Knowing the best piece by the feel of the texture
Feeling if the love radiates from the mess up
It's the flaws that tell us what's going on
Makes us who we are, from vagabond to swan
Yes, we are alone but together we are strong
So hold me by the arms, together we form God
Feeling in the gaps and cracks with ambiance
With trepidation major, maybe we belong
Separated apart but then where do we start?
Unless we write the checks and pay off the cost
Yes, I am Aurelius so take me to the stars
Yes, I am analogous to a monuments fall
Harbinger of change that will raise the alarm
Strange alien psalm that's in tune with a cause
And we go, and we go, and we go, and we go

[Hook: Cise Star]
Stand on own two, what are we gon' do?
A higher purpose, searches, guide our way through
A light in the attic, somebody lightin' the fuse
Please don't be confused 'cause up, we gonna' move
(x2)

[Verse 2: Cise Star]
Is it danger no?
But the fear of the road
The unseen dreams and schemes to the great unknown
My seeds are sewn
Hopefully the knowledge will grow
I put it in prose
A scripture of a personal woe
Description of my elevation realization alone
Aiding my transformation to a man that atones renew
Hit the reset button and move
Try to do better forever baby, do what you do
Follow your truth, maintain self and resume
Keep it thorough or the hurdles bringing you down to your doom arise
Call me Lazarus, a phoenix alive
Restored to my inner strength, only the calm survive and so
Call me Lazarus, a phoenix alive
Restored to my inner strength, only the calm survive and so
Radiated to the highest and glow
Raise a zenith and stay believin'
Got to prove your show
And then we go, and then we go, and then we go, and then we go

[Hook: Cise Star]
Stand on own two, what are we gon' do?
A higher purpose, searches, guide our way through
A light in the attic, somebody lightin' the fuse
Please don't be confused 'cause up, we gonna' move
(x2)

[Verse 3: Cise Star]
Seeing the greater
Focus my light into a laser
Burning through the refuge to obtain the major
Moving it through
Marking my path with nothing to lose
But maybe losing myself so what am I to do?
Making decisions so I could remain livin'
Hindsight, my vision put it to the paper written
On course and making sure my love is on board
Encore on stage, we always want more
Gladly, we give away ourselves to the sadness
Tragic, and wonder why the children are so at risk
Trying to mask it
But it's thin plastic
Peeling at the edges
Embedded into the scratches
Nick the surface
So we can stop the circus
Short-circuit the workings
Take it back to greater purpose
Nick the surface
So we can stop the circus
Short-circuit the workings
Take it back to greater purpose
And we go, and we go, and we go, and we go

[Hook: Cise Star]
Stand on own two, what are we gon' do?
A higher purpose, searches, guide our way through
A light in the attic, somebody lightin' the fuse
Please don't be confused 'cause up, we gonna' move
(2x)


Cise Star - Adrift
Oh, minha amada (Oh, my beloved)
Que olhos os teus (Those eyes of yours)

** "Poemas dos olhos da Amada" from Vinicius de Moraes **

Sadly, I never understood the things around me
Never understood the inner to the hour
Found me deep till I'm drifting slowly
My mind is soul lonely
Tried to listen but the preacher told me
Pour me a drink please, make it a double sir
Yes, I'm going to tip you well
Where heaven and earth, pleasure, hurt, love meld
Crazy talk? Nah, nah, this is the old religion
Fuck the plasma television, all I want is clearer vision
Yes, I need somebody because the pain is open
Pop only call when he need money chosen
Grown man but I need another
So goddamn, where's my fucking brother?
Yes, I miss my mother
This is an old religion, a deeper meaning of teaching
My eyes are open thinking the feeling is just believing
Adrift, like my relationship with others
Never get it right, I'm too selfish undercover
Want to change my ways but it takes a long time
But at least I am aware it's myself I want to find
Bring it to the upmost, the strong will survive
Not the strong in the arm but the strong of the mind
Treat you how I treat myself
Yeah, I know the golden rule
But if I treat myself like shit
What am I to do to you?
Treat you how I treat myself
Yeah, I know the golden rule
But if I treat myself like shit

[Hook]
Cause' I'm sitting by Siddartha by the edge of the river
Listening eagerly to the voices the tide will deliver
See my love flowing by
Dragon vein in the sky
Where Heaven and Earth will meet
Watching Icarus fly
Cycle of events, death and rebirth
Yin and yang, circling verse
Born of the dust, return to the dirt
So what is it now?
Yes, the world suffused with sound
Tune the Earth till utopia found

[Verse 2]
Fuck the pretense and fuck the fakeness
I see you like a ghost right through and changing faces
Double-speak all the time and your message ain't clear
The real reason you talk ain't a blessing endeared
We search space looking for life
But can't even help the lives of those that's hurting right here
So turn the soul searching, the inner universes
The span of God encompass the wonderful reverses
The hurt is urgent, insurgents are sitting in your churches
Emotional terrorists, holding all the good for ransom
Life is ugly, so is death handsome
God is cruel, so the fire burning
Is this the higher purpose?
I just can't never get it
Self became religion
Wealth the circumcision
Greed the proposition
Watching on television, Muslim versus the Christian
Fact and superstition
We talk but never listen
I'd like to think we're human but some of the things we doing?
In the name of higher
Power, blood, and fire
[Hook]


Kenichiro Nishihara - Believe
Serene
I title thoughts as they collect in dreams
I'm recollecting scenes
Recorded in bounded reams
Maybe we can build again
Higher than mezzanine
I'm resolute, sometimes recluse
Can you handle these?

Stargazers
Looking beyond failures
In full regalia
Facing the future like a saviour
Shift my gaze beyond to something greater
Writing a term paper to present to the maker

Steadfast
Hoping that my being outlast
This war craft
An everyday struggle of the math
Finance and social class
Makes this brother grasp
At straws

Until I lose it all
Strayed from the path and laugh
What is it all for?
Where's the encore?
Burn bright and fast until there's no more
Come walk my path, follow the contours
Keeping score how many times you passed closed doors

[Chorus: Cise Star]
Please believe that I'm gonna achieve
Rolling up my damn sleeves while I'm cuffing my jeans
Cause I'm going all in you can call me naive
But I'mma keep striving till I succeed
Indeed

Please believe that I'm gonna achieve
Rolling up my damn sleeves while I'm cuffing my jeans
Cause I'm going all in you can call me naive
But I'mma keep fighting till I succeed
Indeed

[Verse 2: Cise Star]
Opportunity knocks
But the locks don't budge
So I lower my shoulder
Break the door, then run past road blocks
Go faster, don't stop
Till I see the bull shit's in my back drop

New horizons, yes this brother flying
Changing my view, making my own rules defiant
A Leonidas that didn't die
My glory is amplified
Gonna live to the fullest
My moment in time
Brief

Before you know it, it can turn to grief
So I'm getting out of my seat
Because I feel the beat
And stayed honest
Through hardships regardless
Was meek, mild, and modest
Now stand strong the tallest

Abolished the self doubt
Re-route the gossip
Started out as a novice
But now you see me colossus
Rectified my thoughts, so now I got it
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Taking myself farther

[Chorus: Cise Star]

Please believe that I'm gonna achieve
Rolling up my damn sleeves while I'm cuffing my jeans
Cause I'm going all in you can call me naive
But I'mma keep striving till I succeed
Indeed


re:plus - Sol
Yeah
Is it nature or nurture?
A common curse is a virtue
Truth spoken but not lived, yell and fell churches
My hand searches, for a reason to write verses
A meaning of this, in poetic etiquette circles
Full of themselves, stuffing their egos with lyrics of self
Of what you got, and what you spend, and what you can sell
Like a self short, a full game half court
Light a new torch so we don't get off course
And breathe, one more listen to the elegy
The devil's melody of what if and never let it be
As it is, the evolution of Leviathans
Swimming through the higher sins of science so try again
My defense obtained a higher fence
And rip it down till' I get burned like Icarus
With wax wings, but this new set is everlasting
Dope, crackcaine, we see you're overacting

[Hook]
Bright light wisdom, floating through millennium
Hands in the air, it's the love that I'm living in
(Repeat)
Yeah, you the truth even shining through the moon
Arise so the lies will remove, move son
(Repeat)

[Verse 2]
Sun in slippery moments
I'm moving, grooving with cautious
Eating honey and locusts working on my Magnum opus
Dipping into the ocean of thought, I got hopeless
And then I wrote this stanza, got you hypnosis
Standstill, like a landfill filled with anvils
Watch a man build pyramids from an anthill
Dreaming, got the thesis but I'm seasick
Please complete this thought, my mind in a Preakness
Running, with skillful cunning, jumping the obstacles with logical
Understanding, demanding impossible outcomes, I outrun Apollo across suns
One love while I move the people without guns
I want to go and simulate a life on a chess board
Caught you slipping, didn't say UNO so now you draw four
Maybe a game, no single changing the lanes
Moving in different direction but things stay the same
[Hook]



Cloud NI9E - Stages (feat. Cise Starr)
[Verse 1: Cise Starr]
So what's my motivation, the answer is complicated
Highly debated, I'm waiting, someday I'm going to make it
Come to the proof of the matter in the conversation
Every day’s a struggle, the climb to higher elevation
Peace, as I wander on these city streets
The world is just a stage we made, get outta your seats
Participate in this play, the attendants increase
Hoping that we get it together before the final feat
Steadfast even if we come in dead last
Gotta keep it moving, even though the jet lag
This is to the bus pass and the first class
Whoever you are, we gotta make it and hold fast
Improvise your lines, we only one take
The camera rolling, we going, every day is the case
Even through the mistakes, bring it together and make
A show called "Life" written by the human race

[Hook: Cise Starr]
Lift the curtain, come hear the exposition
Building the climax, everyday a new audition
Seeing the story unfold, what's your contribution
Hoping for catastrophe or working the resolution?
Lift the curtain, come hear the exposition
Building the climax, everyday a new audition
Seeing the story unfold, what's your contribution
Hoping for catastrophe or working the resolution?

[Verse 2: Cise Starr]
Directed by a higher power of shadows and lies
Either way the show must go on, baby, we have to strive
Diving into the block, life is moving, nothing stops
Either you watching or participating, know your parts
Hit your mark, cause time is money so pay the cost
Or your understudy who prepared come and take your spot
That's how it is, day to day, just a struggle, live
Everyday an episode, the pilot started at the crib
Until the credits roll, I'm gonna show the world my soul
Spitting on the critics, cause in the end, I played my role
Without a script, ad-libbed all of my lines
Genuine to the finish accolades in due time
Until then, I audition for the leading part
Realizing the director knows that we all the stars
At some point, we all are in the limelight
It's all about what you do when it shines right

[Cise Starr - Hook]
Lift the curtain, come hear the exposition
Building the climax, everyday a new audition
Seeing the story unfold, what's your contribution
Hoping for catastrophe or working the resolution?
Lift the curtain, come hear the exposition
Building the climax, everyday a new audition
Seeing the story unfold, what's your contribution
Hoping for catastrophe or working the resolution?

[Verse 3: Cise Starr]
Follow my dreams up to going to the next scene
Breaking through the fourth wall, keep it interesting
Between the unforeseen and obscene
We run into the conclusion of it, all not what it seems
We climax and fall down, we on stage
What's the solution? Resolution is next page
The audience engaged, watching us coming of age
Will it end in a blaze of glory or fire, end of days?
Regardless, I'm gonna finish what I started
When the crowd see in my heart, a new performance
Cause if they do, I will rise to the pinnacle
This main character working miracles through the difficult
Situations, transform the witty(?) phases
Gotta keep it together so maybe I'll make it
And if not, my journey was still amazing
Curtain call, lights on, got my standing ovation

[Hook: Cise Starr]
Lift the curtain, come hear the exposition
Building the climax, everyday a new audition
Seeing the story unfold, what's your contribution
Hoping for catastrophe or working the resolution?
Lift the curtain, come hear the exposition
Building the climax, everyday a new audition
Seeing the story unfold, what's your contribution
Hoping for catastrophe or working the resolution?



Uyama Hiroto - Soul of Freedom feat. Cise Starr - 2014

[Hook: Cise Starr]
Using my leverage for life
Pushing through the strife as we crawl to the light
If we make it through, we gon’ walk it upright
Watch it how we move and we gon’ make it alright (Alright, alright)
Using my leverage for life
Pushing through the strife as we crawl through the night
If we make it through, we gon’ walk it upright
Watch it how we move and we gon’ make it alright (Alright, alright)

[Verse 1: Cise Starr]
How you feel about the mirror when you stare in the abyss?
Ask yourself a question quickly: Why in the hell do I exist?
Is it for a handbag or two hundred dollar kicks?
Or helping your fellow man that is down and now sick?
This is it. The question that defines the essence:
Material gains or an inner soul blessing?
“Lady, or the Tiger?” People will keep you guessing
Hopefully, we investing in the right progression
Aggression keeps us under, pride asunder
Greed is the blunder, Hell hotter than the summer
Selling yourself for what you call is the come up
Quick money spends funny and it never sums up
Before you know, you broken, weighted down, and frozen
Sucking in depression on the path that you chosen
Needing some progression but you holding onto totems
You need to pull away, free yourself and now you’re open
Looking through a different view and seeing that you’ll make it through
When you want to save yourself, you’ll see the ones that’s helping you
Push away the others that will pull you down asunder
Crabs in a bucket always want to have a brother
Just move it undercover, let them get another sucker
By the time they even notice you’re out, you’re seeing wonders
A lover and a fighter that’s filled with true desire
Trial by the fire, a trailblazer that’s higher

[Hook: Cise Starr] (x2)
Using my leverage for life
Pushing through the strife as we crawl to the light
If we make it through, we gon’ walk it upright
Watch it how we move and we gon’ make it alright (Alright, alright)
Using my leverage for life
Pushing through the strife as we crawl through the night
If we make it through, we gon’ walk it upright
Watch it how we move and we gon’ make it alright (Alright, alright)

[Verse 2: Cise Starr]
Steadfast in my notions while I’m rising out the ocean
Love is the devotion, Number 9 is the potion
Keys in my pocket. In my face, the doors closing
Only if they knew I already have the means to open
Wasting they time to hold me back, remain in motion
Wonder if they even notice they efforts just keep me focused
This is redeemer spitting promise through the speaker
Just a brand-new creature starring in this life feature
Seeing bigger pictures when I’m looking in the mirror
Used to sit the sidelines—now I stand and deliver
My brother, this is scripture water pouring out the pitcher
Hoping you can get the deeper meaning in the mixture
We living for today, making ways for tomorrow
Understanding sorrow but the motto is Apollo
This tune isn’t auto-money worshipping bravado
But understanding yourself, then your vessel never hollow
The mind foundation, soul is the creation
Body is the temple to house the situation
We just a league of nations. Different faces, same basis
It’s gonna take some patience but the goal is still elation
Rise to the occasion. My people, we gonna make it
Everyday dedication to find the new equation
Deleting the delusion while we searching for solutions
Concluding of confusion while we ready resolutions

[Hook: Cise Starr] (x2)
Using my leverage for life
Pushing through the strife as we crawl to the light
If we make it through, we gon’ walk it upright
Watch it how we move and we gon’ make it alright (Alright, alright)
Using my leverage for life
Pushing through the strife as we crawl through the night
If we make it through, we gon’ walk it upright
Watch it how we move and we gon’ make it alright (Alright, alright)


Nujabes - Feather

[Verse 1: Cise Starr]
Light as a feather when I'm floating through
Reading through the daily news
Measuring the hurt within the golden rule
Centimetres of ether, I'm heating the speaker
Motivational teacher with words that burn people
Seeing the headlines lined with discord
It's either genocide or the planet in uproar
Never good. The rules of paradise are never nice
The best laid plans of Mice and Men are never right
I'm just a Vagabond with Flowers for Algernon
The Average Joe who knows what the fuck is going on
It's the hope of my thoughts that I travel upon
Fly like an arrow of God until I'm gone, so I'm

[Hook: Cise Starr]
Drifting away like a feather in air
Letting my words take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keeping it vertical forever elevator
Riding the escalator to the something that is greater, so I'm
Drifting away like a feather in air
Letting my soul take me away from the hurt and despair
So I'm keeping it vertical forever elevator
Riding the escalator to the something that is greater

[Verse 2: Akin]
Taking chances, word tap dancing with wolves
In an ice arena out there, deep in the woods of
Arizona, the sun be high, life's ironic
Ain't trying to be DalĂ­ when I write surreal life
I paint it vivid, habitat crazy insane
Watch the propaganda six o'clock news and it’s saying
Cultures clash, for black folk and white trash
They revel in the cyberspace that might crash, dash
To millennium a million miles of running
At the speed of now back, don't return gunning
Rambo style, gung ho child gunning
Ammo blao two times loud stunning
Stunning, when I hit ya, lift you off the Earth like
Ayo, take you right back to birth and
Niggas wonder why, they might wonder why
This shit might happen but it does, they go

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Cise Starr]
Treat you better than me, cause that's the heavenly key
To unlock the inner strength where my essence will be
It's the knowledge of self, understanding of the things around me
That becomes the wisdom that I need
Living this life to the best of my ability
Channeling energy to my thoughts into your symmetry
Remember me, because my prose remain gold
I got the gift of gab like them pimps in Kangol
It never ends, I keep it ruling like a cypher
The first caveman bringing fire
Innovating and higher; to blast mistakes I raise the stakes
It's double or nothing in this vaccuumless space
I will, survive, divine the time to cry
Fuck a hold or hide, I'm alive with pride
And I drove the Chevy to the Levy
But the Levy was dry, singing "This will be the day that I die"

Wikipedia: Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes. The eponymous Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

Ezra's Cocktail Guide

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Golden Ratios

Strong = straight spirit
Sour = squeezed citrus
Sweet = simple syrup equivalent

The Sour
2 Strong : 1 Sour : 1/2 Sweet

Vermouth Cocktail Ratio
3 Strong : 1.5 Vermouth : 0.5 Sweet
3:1.5:0.5, 6:3:1, 30ml:15ml:5ml

Old Fashioned
60ml Strong, 5ml Sweet, bitters, zest.

Martini
60ml gin :  20ml vermouth + citrus zest or bitters.

As a rule:
All glassware is frozen; clear ingredients are stirred; opaque ingredients are shaken. However, for all practical purposes, shaking is more convenient than stirring (wastes less ice). Use just enough ice to make shaker frost up dry - unless you own an ice machine, or have an ice making fetish, this conserves ice vs stirring, and produces reliable dilution once you are familiar.

Spirit List

Gin
Gordon's: Simple dry juniper. Reference.
Beefeater: Classic london dry. Reference.
Bombay Sapphire: floral predominant notes. Some people find it soapy.
Hendricks: The cucumber one.
Gin Mare: Herbal. Nose of campari/herbalness. Cardamom+Citrus predominant.
Opihr: Cumin and cardamom. Aftertaste like indian biriyani rice.
The Botanist: Juniper + [I cant put my finger on it]. Well balanced. Not [anything] forward.

Mixers
Carpano Antica: benchmark red vermouth. complex. raisin/sherry. peels. savory.
Martini Rosso: rosemary forward. smells like pizza / italian spices.
Lillet Blanc: Smells like sweet white wine. Finishes with fruitiness when mixed.
Dolin Red: similar, but not as well balanced as carpano. Savoury.

Noilly Prat: benchmark dry white vermouth.

Campari: classic italian bitter.
Aperol: like campari, but less alcoholic and sweeter. Less bitter.

St Germain's: The classic Elderflower liqueur. Bartender's ketchup.
Chambord: blackberry liqueur.
Triple Sec: So called 'dry' orange, but really quite sweet like simple syrup.

The Next Level

Clear Ice Balls
The Smoking Gun
Flamed Zest

The Kanooka Grove Cocktail List

Peggy's Gimlet
An amazing twist on the classic. More gin forward, less sweet, but balanced with citrus zest and cucumber flavors.
60ml Hendricks
10ml Simple Syrup
Half lime (~20ml)
Lots of expressed orange zest. 2-3 long peels. Use and discard. Shake the shit out of this with lots of cold subzero ice until the ice shatters and the shaker tin becomes dry and ice frosts on the outside. Shake to about 120ml total. Doublestrain.
Alternate: Peggy's Southside. Add six mint leaves into the strainer. Shake this the shit out of.... 

Ezra's Standard Martini
60ml The Botanist gin
10ml Carpano Antica Formula sweet red vermouth
two splashes of orange bitters. Stirred.
Three maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick stirred into the drink.

Ezra's Dry Martini
60ml Any clean, crisp London Dry (I use Beefeater or Gordon's)
15ml Noilly Prat french dry vermouth
splash of orange bitters. Stirred.
three olives on a cocktail pick, stirred into drink.  OR. Lemon zest, expressed++ - you should see small circles of lemon oil on the drink if you're doing it right.

Yes, the sweet (wet) martini has less vermouth, but trust me, the carpano overwhelms any gin it comes in to contact with hence the reduced ratio. It's all about balance...

Digital Archiving

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Once upon a time, the idea of permanence to our photos was never an issue (you kept the negatives). Nowadays, with phones becoming the de-facto camera for most people, few realize the importance of making backups. Your phone is one flick of the wrist away from becoming an expensive brick - they also stop working for no apparent reason and get stolen every now and again.

Here's how I cope with my digital photos, and my life's digital archives.

Step 1: Delete Almost Everything
This involves discipline. But as a rule, not many photos are worth keeping. Spending a few minutes every time you upload photos to your computer will save you alot of time in the long run and make your archives much more relevant and viewable. I shoot with a DSLR and Cellphone. Either way, I tend to take more photos, then weed out the not so good ones later. It's a simple way to take good photos. Pros do it, and there's no reason why you shouldnt too.

Step 2: Batch Resize All the Things
Full HD 1020p is only 2 megapixels. 4k is only 8 megapixels. That's how insane keeping 20+ megapixel images is.

Step 3: Keep Three Copies (in different locations)
I have no photos from the days of Friendster (the site went down). I have no photos prior to Form 4 (year 10). Yes, Facebook will likely be around for awhile. The same was said about Friendster...and Myspace... My point is, your photos are only safe if you have multiple backups.

Doing all three steps above may sound daunting, but it really isnt. You just need to be systematic in your approach. It's not rocket science, and is completely free. Here's how I do it (with no paid software).