The Five Pillars EP

by Jack The Ripper & The Mad Psyentist

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The Five Pillars EP is an underground concept album using the five pillars of Islam as a framework to critique contemporary society. Lyrics focus on analysis and critique of religion, education, class, science, government and the entertainment industry. Instrumentals feature gritty post-apocalyptic sounds with deep drums and unique takes on contemporary trap, hip hop and electronic dance music.

The Five Pillars EP is the sequel to The Seven Sins EP and will be followed by a third and final installment.

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released 26 March 2013

Lyrics & Concept by Jack of Co.Z
Production & Mixing by The Mad Psyentist
Album Art by Michael Gray
Additional Vocals by Zoë of Co.Z & Gripp of glassEyeballs
Additional drum instrumentation by Matt Kaitil
Additional bass line performed by Justin "Jazz" Hosek
Features vocal samples of Hamza Yusef

(© K.Blanchette, J.Horkings)

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Jack The Ripper & The Mad Psyentist are a hip hop duo with a grundy, alternative post apocalyptic sound. The pair are currently working on a trilogy concept project discussing the relationship between contemporary pop culture and religions. "The Seven Sins EP" & "The Five Pillars EP" are available for download now, with the final part coming soon. Lyrics by Jack of Co.Z, beats by the Mad Psyentist ... more

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Track Name: Pray
How does that affect you? What’s the meaning for you?
So, meaning is...that’s what this whole thing is about...
And that’s what the gift of this religion is, it gives meaning.
People––the non–well, like some of the Atheist people,
Not Christians, ‘cause Christians believe in meaning also,
But some of the Atheist they say: “Oh,
Religion is just a way for people to find meaning.”
Exactly, we totally agree with you. Really. We agree with you
Because they say this is all meaningless, but we don’t believe that, because we know and experience and taste meaning, and we know that it’s real, it’s real–
All this other stuff is not real, but meaning is real
That is what’s real about the world
and the greatest meaning...the highest معنة (ma'na = meaning) in the world...is the message of الله (Allah)
So ان شاء الله (In sha' allah = God willing) make this a blessed trip for all of you may it be a trip of immense meaning, may it be meaningful for you, and may our hearts be open to meaning
may الله سبحانه وتعالى (Allah subhana w ta'ala = God almighty) open our hearts to the meaning
of why we’re here....
–– sampled & paraphrased from Hamza Yusuf


I just walk, I don't dance, I don't talk, I just rant
I don't rap, I just chant, Pray for me, I'm in a trance
I just walk, I don't dance, I don't talk, I just rant
I don't rap, I just chant, Pray for me, I'm in a trance

I just walk, (like Jesus) I don't dance (I don't need it)
I don't talk, (I'm just breathing) I just rant (please believe it)
I don't rap, I just chant
Pray for me, I'm in a trance

If I was your God, I'd let you stand up
And I'd give hand out, without needing your hands up
The way I pray is different than the church demands us
But I bet the both of us are waiting for some answers

Our ancestors met some prophets
Sampled what they heard and then retaught it
To our preachers, teachers, and leaders in office
But each religion reworked for unique political profit
Trying to gain a little of power, trying to make a little bit off it

Throwing the truth up in the coffin, and they bury it alive
They sell you what they tell you in their books and then you buy it
You're a sheep and they're the shepherd just trying to keep you in line
And they've sold the stories for so long they forget which are lies

Now we're hypnotized, memory compromised
So we chant and we pray and we try to reorganize
But we're prey to the predators lying to closed minds
So when you're not lost in prayer, open your closed eyes, or you can pray

Pray for me, pray for me now baby
We're lost in a trance, got me dancing crazy
Religion makes you bow down saying "obey me"
But don't blame me, your lies made me lazy, pray.

Pray for me, pray for me now baby
Hip hop popped then left traps for it's babies
Old religion decays as they scream "obey me!"
But will science and math really save me?

We pray in different ways, with our body, with our mind
We bow, and we think, with our hearts, with our spine
We meditate in asanas, postulate in poses
The beauty of the wonder of awareness it exposes

They say they don't pray, they say they don't chant
But they say the same words, and they do the same dance
Hip hop was teaching new prayers, the people had a chance
But then it went Pop and we all went in a trance

Now we chant mutherfucker, yeah we pray
I'm just talking to myself, I can't hear what you say
Hip hop was my religion, but money took it away
Left a trap so only crap gets radio play

Bitch you better pray, or else you gotta pay
I got ‘em on they knees, like every single day
Then they tell me they believe me, in every single way
They don't know I'm just an idol, and I'm only here to play

Pray for me, pray for me now baby
I'm lost in a trance, got me dancing crazy
God makes you bow down saying "obey me!"
But how much will you pay me?

Bitch you better pray, or else you gotta pay
I got ‘em on they knees, like every single day
Then they tell me they believe me, in every single way
But I could be a predator and you might be the prey

Pray for me, pray for me now baby
We're lost in a trance, got me dancing crazy
Religion makes you bow down saying "obey me"
But don't blame me, your lies made me lazy, pray.

Pray for me, pray for me now baby
Hip hop popped left traps for it's babies
Old religion decays as they scream "obey me"
But will science and math really save me?
–– rapped by Jack “The Ripper” Horkings


back when the Stones had Souls
when the Raindrops were Godtears, and
the Mountains erected themselves
from the Earth of sheer will
we winced before their Power
Obeisance and Homage
Deference to these Forces who could
Swallow us whole
and we Prayed.
that the Scourge would spare us
that the Lightning would pass us by
that the Food would be plentiful
and we Prayed.
for Control, for Mercy from
a World we felt too human to Heal
...
Nowadays we insist that souls are for
People
We watch the raindrops and the mountains as
Enduring Curiosities
We are not Allowed to fear the earth anymore
only Eachother
Our Paper Shredder Carelessness
only Disease, the Disembowelment, the Loss
only being Consumed by the Greed, the Desire
the more,More,MORE,MORE,MORE,More,more
and we Pray.
that the Scourge will spare us
that the Breaking will pass us by
that the Splendor will be plentiful
and we Pray
for Control, for Mercy from
a World we still feel too Human to heal
The Forces still Swallow us
still Pull up foundations like handfuls of wires sparking
there are so many things that we do not Know
that we cannot Do
what a Waste to mourn our Fragility
never to Flex against these ropes, to Kick at these hinges
we will not Grow this malnourished, not see
the Majesty of the Universe
with our heads bent to clasped hands
not Run with legs limped
put down you Hymnals
put away your Wishful Thoughts
All That We Have Built For Ourselves
is pittance to what we will accomplish yet
if YOU still feel too Human to Heal this World
YOU do not KNOW
what it MEANS
to be HUMAN
–– spoken by Marshall “Gripp” Gillson
Track Name: Mono
Jack The Ripper, The Mad Psyentist
The Five Pillars EP

The people had a hut, inside it was their idols
Each claimed it was the only one, the rest were lying rivals
A prophet killed then all but one, they wondered why he did
When you're little Gods die, ask the One that lives

Theres only 1 God, 1 King, 1 President
Multiple opinions are irrelevant, fuck hesitance
To jumping off the precipice, have faith in us, invest in this
Take culture, make a nest in it, I'll breed and cause a mess of it

And profit off the rest of it, cry about it pessimist
‘Cause even if I hurt you you'll buy my pills for depression bitch
I convinced you I'm the only right way
You believe you want to leave me but you think you've gotta stay

I'm the one, they're ain’t none other
All this bitches is my sons, yeah, word to ya mother
And I'm tripping on my power, there ain't no way of stopping me
There's only one God, yeah that Bitch has a monopoly

You think you know God, you don't even know yourself
Theres sub atomic particles, and elements, and cells
11 Dimensions–never mind just heaven and hell
If there's only one God, I hope It's done the math well

Well my God says your God's not one
And that religion over there's got a lot of ‘em
I said God damn, that ain't fair someone stop them
God called them impostors, so we shot them (BANG)

Heads or tails, call it what you like
There's more than one right, in this world of men and mice
If I die once, that's only half a dice
Gods never wrong, but did we do the math right? (Oh)

Ying or Yang, call it what you like
There's more than one truth in this world of men and mice
If we don't believe in self, then there ain't no way of stoping me
If God created everything, then it's beyond monopoly

If there is a God It couldn't be an individual
The Dali Lama ain't even a person, it's residual
We can agree that God is pan dimensional, invisible
As well as the supreme judge of all laws physical

But is it indivisible? Why do you need it to be?
The clergy make a book, and you sheep just say feed it to me
But if I made you look, they'd call me crazy immediately
But Stephen Hawkins agrees, now is Jesus competing with me?

We turn around and say to them "you must believe in Science
It's proven by our method lack of faith would be defiance
You can read it in the records, NIH or FDA"
(But the latter lies for money, and the formers underpaid)
 
They call their drugs 'good,' but they don't grow that pot shit
And so they call it bad cause they cant use it for a profit
Bureaucracy pays scientists to force the facts to give in
Politics taints science just like all religion

The people had a hut, inside it was their idols
Each claimed it was only one, the rest were lying rivals
A prophet killed then all but one, they wondered why he did
When you're little Gods die, ask the One that lives

Try to count God, you'll turn it to commodity 
You sell it for its strength and shun others as an oddity
Your God is name brand, my God is raw matterial
It's everywhere and everything and energy ethereal 

They said there's one God, and then they sell it to the masses
And if they can't market it they go and repackage
We enslave ourselves to given patriarch masters
Some call a God a father but we're really both bastards

We read the same chapters, translated and edited
And everybody stays inline, on the same sedative
Prophets sampled other prophets, many uncredited
And everyone makes money off it cause we're all competitive

Or maybe we're indebted to our culture as a whole
So we kill, lie, rape, steal and hate for great goals
When's it right? When's it wrong? I'm unsure. Can you tell?
I can't narrow it down, I hope you've done the math well

Well my God says your God's not one
And that religion over there's got a lot of ‘em
I said God damn, that ain't fair someone stop them
God called them impostors, so we shot them (Bang)

Heads or tails, call it what you like
There's more than one right, in this world of men and mice
If I die once, that's only half a dice
God's never wrong, but did we do the math right? (Oh)

Ying or Yang, call it what you like
There's more than one truth in this world of men and mice
If we don't believe in self, then there ain't no way of stoping me
If God created everything, then It's beyond monopoly

If there is a God...that mutherfucker’s been around a lot longer than numbers, let me tell you...
And that God’s been around longer than your religion
Your prophets are young, Your numbers are young
Businessmen just need single items ss they can sell them to you in packages
Don’t believe the hype...

Heads or tails, call it what you like
There's more than one right, in this world of men and mice
If I die once, that's only half a dice
God's never wrong, but did we do the math right? (Oh)

Ying or Yang, call it what you like
There's more than one truth in this world of men and mice
If we don't believe in self, then there ain't no way of stoping me
If God created everything, then It's beyond monopoly
Track Name: Give
Give a fuck, gimme a break
Gimme a second
Let me just give you a taste

Give a fuck, gimme a break
Gimme a second, let me give you a taste
I don't how much more I can take
Life is a gift we should share what we make

So we give a little, just to get a little back
I can live with giving this, if you give a bit of that
We think we're giving freedom but we might be making traps
That's why we've got ghettos in the motherland and Iraq

Be true with how you give, be careful what you take
But I guess it's good to give even if you're being fake
Donating something for respect is really just a trade though
And if you cause dependence, you're just putting them a cage yo

The culture that gave us copyright law was built on theft
It's a give and take, laws do the latter, now nothing's left
They protect intellectual property
That never really belonged to them properly

Ideas aren't yours, nor the sounds that you make
You made them, they escaped, now it's out there to take
Integrate, recycled, rebirth, reset
We all sample the past, and they'll get the present next so I

Give a fuck, gimme a break
Gimme a second, let me give you a taste
I don't how much more I can take
Life is a gift we should share what we make

So I give it up, give it up, give it up
You gotta give to take, but now they got you stuck
Saying give it up, give it up, give it up
Let em know you won't take not giving a fuck

If you don't give a fuck, you won't get shit
But if you only give to get is that still legit?
If you only help others so you get into heaven
Is it greedy? Dishonest? Wrong or irreverent?

That's irrelevant to people in need
They'll take food even if it's bad for them, they got people to feed
But if you do not give them seeds and make training attainable
You make their lifestyle dependent and unsustainable

The government gives us protection, also suppression
Then sell fake drugs when they cause you're depression
But we gave them power, and then we gave up
Now we don't give a damn, and they don't give a fuck

And now we're all stuck, follow laws not morals
Break trust not bread, fuck love we quarrel
Wage war; I take what they made and I make more
And I give it up to those that gave before, ‘cause I try to give a fuck

Give a fuck, gimme a break
Gimme a second, let me give you a taste
I don't how much more I can take
Life is a gift we should share what we make

So I give it up, give it up, give it up
You gotta give to take, but now they got you stuck
Saying give it up, give it up, give it up
Let em know that you won't take not giving a fuck

Give it up, give it up, what you got for me?
All I am is what I know, but you could get a lot from me
All we are is what we give back, we reedit the facts
From the past and direct a new path

Give it up, give it up, what you got for me?
All I am is what I know, but you could get a lot from me
All we are is what we give back, we re-edit the facts
From the past and direct a new path

So you should give a fuck, because you have effect
Even if you laugh and think it's all so indirect
What you say feel hear see think and do
Effects everyone eventually and creates you

Our sculptors go uncredited, we sample self from others
I think just like my friends and teachers, father and my mother
The Psyentist has sampled voices, I sample religion
They gave their history to me, I make it something different

Then I give it to your children, say "consider how your living"
I hope we'll be forgiven, must be careful what we give them
Be careful with your life, take care of what you live in
Regardless of beginnings, it's the universe you're given

Give a fuck, gimme a break
Gimme a second, let me give you a taste
I don't how much more I can take
Life is a gift we should share what we make, so I

Give it up, give it up, what you got for me?
All I am is what I know, but you could get a lot from me
All we are is what we give back, we reedit the facts
From the past and direct a new path

Give it up, give it up, what you got for me?
All I am is what I know, but you could get a lot from me
All we are is what we give back, we re-edit the facts
From the past and direct a new path

Give a fuck, gimme a break
Gimme a second, let me give you a taste
I don't how much more I can take
Life is a gift we should share what we make

So I give it up, give it up, give it up
You gotta give to take, but now they got you stuck
Saying give it up, give it up, give it up
Let em know that you won't take not giving a fuck

Be careful with your life, take care of what you live in
Regardless of beginnings, it's the universe you're given
Be careful with your life, take care of what you live in
Regardless of beginnings, it's the universe you're given
I said careful with your life, care for what you live in
Regardless of beginnings, it's the universe you're given
Be careful with your life, take care of what you live in
Regardless of beginnings, it's the universe you're given

Jack The Ripper, Mad Psyentist
Track Name: Fast
Do it, fast.

Do it fast, get the cash
Get the cash, do it fast
Do it fast, don't be trash
Don't be trash, make it last
Do it fast, get the cash
Don't be trash, make it last
Do it fast, do it fast, do it fast

You don't really know pleasure, unless you feel pain...
Cause we're always getting, and no pain no gain..

The world offers a feast, but they tell you refrain...
Cause they'll call you a beast, are you really so vain...

Do not complain, you don't hunt for food
You hunt for fame, you hunt for dudes
You hunt for bitches, you want the pictures
But it's something different, they want from you

They just wanna know you'll hurt yourself for them...
(They just wanna make you hurt)
Get up on stage and work yourself for them...
(They just wanna make you work)

Drop it to the flow, get it real low
Now get on ya toes, lemme call you hoe
Nice g-string let me fill that shit with dough
But now you getting old and I don't want it no mo’

Oh, maybe you should hit the gym
Photoshop got other bitches looking real thin
Watching weird porn and I zoomed in
Still I could never see the beauty within

Why are we starving so hungrily, even when we live in abundance, see
They say you're on top in a pent house sweet, but they got you locked in a dungeon deep

It's too fast...
Don't eat keep moving your feet
It's too fast
Don't sleep move ya feet to the beat
It's too fast
Don't speed, to defeat yourself, you might fast
But don't feeds your needs you won't last

We need the approval, the pain is not fake
We'll clear the plate once we've earned a break but
For now it can wait
They tell to me starve myself, to feel like I’m great
They feed me the guilt, they need me to fast, how much can I take
(Now fast ‘till you break)

Muslim women are covered, we call em disrespected
Western women are bare in the video for the record
Bodies well selected, skin color corrected
But they aren't slaves, they're just being directed

The struggle some deflect it
Feel healthy counting the cash they've collected
Other get too invested, about what they've ingested
Never satisfied, forever never perfected

What did you expect kid? You're only getting older
Can't afford to buy back your soul if you sold it
And everybody say, it's the only way
The mirror is your enemy so hate it everyday

How much do you weigh? Well...that's okay
No sugar, just protein, soy not whey
Elliptical bike row dip and lift weights
Do it now burn fat build muscle get laid

Pro-recreate, produce, get pre paid
Make profit, the only way we've got is pain
Hot shit I gotta be the topic with flames
It's all about approval it is not a game

We are not the same, I've got to stand out
Starve to prove faith to God the man doubts
‘Cause aren't we such gluttons? The Earth has ran out
Of time for this race to even pan out

Why are we racing so rapidly
While we ignore the journey so vapidly
We should enjoy the pleasure more practically
While the poor eat fat, the rich fast at feasts

It's too fast...
Don't eat keep moving your feet It's too fast
Don't sleep move ya feet to the beat It's too fast
Don't speed, to defeat yourself, you might fast
But don't feeds your needs you won't last

We need the approval, the pain is not fake
We'll clear the plate once we've earned a break but
For now it can wait
They tell to me starve myself, to feel like I’m great
They feed me the guilt, they need me to fast, how much can I take
(Now fast till you break)

High fructose Internet speed
MDMA plus MTV
In the world of plenty we desire to be freed
From material possessions, empty greed

Break now for future pleasure
The pain is the way that the gain is measured
Can't be happy now, without pain in the past
To make it last, earn it, fast

Hurthighnowfructoseforinternetfuturepleasurespeed
ThepainMDisthewayMAthatthegainplusMTismeasuredV
Can’tbehappyintheworldofnowwedesirewithoutpaintobefreed
Frommakeitmaterialpossessionsearnitemptygreed FAST

We need the approval, the pain is not fake
We'll clear the plate once we've earned a break but
For now it can wait
They tell to me starve myself, to feel like I’m great
They feed me the guilt, they need me to fast, how much can I take
(Now fast till you break)

We need the approval, the pain is not fake
We'll clear the plate once we've earned a break but
For now it can wait
They tell to me starve myself, to feel like I’m great
They feed me the guilt, they need me to fast, how much can I take
(Now fast till you break)

Fast, fast, till you, break
Break
Fast, fast, till you, break
Break
Fast, fast, till you, break
Break
Fast, fast, till you, break
Break

Jack, The Ripper
Mad Psyentist
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Track Name: Hajj
Buddha's tree, the burning bush
It pulls me in, but then again was I pushed?
 
You know where to go because they showed where'd to go
And your brain is so fast but your feet are too slow
And the thoughts in your train of them may go against the flow
You become an Outkast, without a place to grow
 
They tell me get degrees, I hit the ivy league
But that won't get me a job making MP3s
It's closer to true, but you'll find they're fables
The name of your school is the new designer label
 
Did you see it? Did you touch it? Did you do it?
Did you check it off the list, and act like there's like nothing to it
We're pilgrims, looking for a prophet
To follow their path till we can make something off it
 
Often I find myself lost in, the multitude of options
Maybe I should kill a tree and carve my own coffin
Gotta make it to the promised land
I must arrive, can't you understand

You must do, as it was done in the past
Left right left, follow this path
Never stray, obey and don't look back
Right left right, follow his path

Gotta make it to the top of the mountain
     or you'll end up in the bottom of the hole
How many places have you been, are you counting?
     better run now for your time is getting old
 
Gotta make it to the holy land
     so that you can shake his holy hand
Gotta make it to the promised promise
     if only so that you know you can
 
Now march, march like a pilgrim
If someone tries to interfere kill them
Body bag seal them, tell the parents then bill them
While tyrannous leaders are fighting wars with their children
 
Not just Kony, there's also two Bushes
And even Obama when the shoves come to pushes
Coming to kick yo mutherfucking tushes, team America
Run up in yo country gunning, we ain't fucking scared of ya
 
What you smoking, fairy dust? The US is nefarious
Patriots till they the bury us, that means we live delirious
Our party lines are deleterious, all the people are fake
They're all steady paced in the same rat race
 
Thinking that they gotta be in place at the right time
Gotta go to law school, you're resumes you're life line
Time line on Facebook, go ahead and like mine
The limelight's my Mecca so I grind day and night time
 
If I died right now, I'd say I had a great time
Yes I have pain in mind but don't erase mine
Just keep playing my tracks, and feel the bass line
I'll be in your ears when it's too late for face time

You must do, what's true or makes you laugh
     Right or wrong, follow your own path
Never stray, obey what you say are facts
     Wrong or right, follow your own path

Gotta make it to the top of the mountain
     or you'll end up in the bottom of the hole
How many places have you been, are you contain
     better run now for your time is getting old
 
Gotta make it to the holy land
     so that you can shake his holy hand
Gotta make it to the promised promise
     if only so that you know you can 
 
Now march,
march like a Pilgrim
March,
march like a Pilgrim


Don’t worry about all these things, do what you have to do within the constrains of dignified behavior and with you humanity intact because don’t let you enemy take your humanity from you.
So the challenge is, can you rise above? Can you transcend the incidentals of difference to achieve the unity of the essentials? Can you do that?
Are you able to rise above the incidentals of color, of sex, of wealth...
–– sampled & paraphrased from Hamza Yusuf

Gotta make it to the top of the mountain
     or you'll end up in the bottom of the hole
How many places have you been, are you contain
     better run now for your time is getting old
 
Gotta make it to the holy land
     so that you can shake his holy hand
Gotta make it to the promised promise
     if only so that you know you can

Now march.
Gotta make it to the top–
Gotta make it to the top–
Gotta make it to the top of the mountain
Gotta make it to the top...


And his prayer was:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is doubt, let me sow faith; where there is despair, let me sow hope; where there is darkness, let me sow light; where there is sadness, let me sow joy
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life...
–– sampled & paraphrased from Hamza Yusuf