The Time Is Now (song)

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The Time Is Now is an unreleased song by Rakim, which features Richard on guitar.

The Time Is Now
Song by Rakim
Recorded: 2007
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Producer: Aleks de Carvalho
Length: 04:01

Background

Richard and Rakim in the studio

Release

Studio version

The song was never officially released. It was made public by producer Aleks de Carvalho on 16 September 2014, via his official Facebook page.[1] Also some time, somewhere a making of for the song was released, which is now available on YouTube.[2]

Trivia

The song was recorded by Rakim, R.A. The Rugged Man, Shontelle, Aleks de Carvalho, and Richard. Recording took place in 2007. The making of video shows Rakim recording a second verse, which is not to be found in the finished song.

The recording took place as part of the 2-GIANT project.

Lyrics

Album version
 

Come on!
When it's all said and done
Who will fight and who will run
It's up to you to show us how
The choice is yours, the time is now

Listen! This is for my peeps in the belly of the beast
Ain't nothing nice cuz life is deadly on the streets
With money flow, funny, this ain't where we wanna be
Everybody where he is, where we gonna eat
Even the young stressed out, no one gets left out
The slum, the blessed child, the strongest spazzed out
Rhymes and metals, sounds that goes around ghettos
The call of war here walks so we call it ground zero

We will live alone, cannon friends afold
When the cold wind blows, it's so visible
no chips to close and no whips to roll
smoke just the coke, it's so difficult
Oh! This ain't the place for no kid to grow
Bitch
No way to go so yo this is whom
If they don't get dope, both develope
It's the bullshit goes so mess with them come on

When it's all said and done
Who will fight and who will run
It's up to you to show us how
The choice is yours *legends*, the time is now

Yo
Put your head in the pollution, is never better solution
Not televising the revolution, I'm looking for a resolution
If important definite executions
Firing squads, lethal injections, electrocutions, keeps us negative lucid
They're trying to create hate
They try to peacemake oppressing the people and population put in the policestate
Secret nuclear launch codes launched from the briefcase, retinal scan system, authorisation
It keeps savin' them
Under heavy hard rock pointing when the guitars strummin'
I'm swinging the sword like Errol Flynn, swords buckling
I ain't running when the police car coming
I ain't hiding when defeated the beast start dumping on the hardest that sport nothing
That you hop over the cowardice, helping the power and the powerless
Countless hours opposing packing with police power trips
B-Boy, that's my stance my flow make the angels in the sky dance
Rugged Man with the god for wine dance
Come on!

When it's all said and done
Who will fight and who will run
It's up to you to show us how
The choice is yours, the time is now

The time is right now

When it's all said and done
Who will fight and who will run
It's up to you to show us how
The choice is yours, the time is now

When it's all said and done
Who will fight and who will run
It's up to you to show us how
The choice is yours, the time is now

Sources