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Hajj is a song inspired by the Islamic pillar of pilgrimage, debating the idea of following in the footsteps of those that came before you to receive approval from their system.

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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

credits

from The Five Pillars EP, released March 26, 2013
Concept: J.Horkings
Lyrics: J.Horkings
Vocals: J.Horkings, M.Gillson, H.Yusuf
Instrumentation: K.Blanchette
Mixing: K.Blanchette
Mastering: K.Blanchette

Note: Features additional vocals performed by Marshall “Gripp” Gillson of glassEyeballs; Concludes with additional audio samples from Hamza Yusuf speaking.

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Jack The Ripper & The Mad Psyentist Brooklyn, New York

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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