Circa '16

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Circa '16 is a journey into the self with myself as both a guide and study model.
Join me through the doorway that faces inward.

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released August 19, 2017

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Ven Sacramento, California

Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Ven is a living testament to this quote. The 25 year- old from Boston is not just another conscious rapper, but an illustrator of consciousness.
His debut album, Circa ’16, emphasizes mindfulness and has even been deemed as "meditative rap" by some.
Whatever the label Ven is definitely a unique artist with unique sound.
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Track Name: Circa '16 Stream [Prod. by Somnolent]
(Internal Monologue)

I can't even.. I can't even think straight
Fareal, I can..I can not even think straight
Track Name: Empty Your Mind [Prod. by Plain 'Ol Zach]
(Wise words from Bruce Lee)

Empty your mind...
Be formless. Shapeless. Like water
Now if you put water into a cup..
It becomes the cup
You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle
You put it in a teapot..
It becomes the teapot
Now water can flow..
Or it can crash..
Be water my friend

Empty your mind...

Empty your mind...

Be water my friend..

(Ven)
The past
The present
The future
The mission:
Always cleanse ourselves so we don't become restricted

The noise
The static
The fog
The curtain
In the midst of all confusion harness purification

The rules
The norm
The order
The system
Be wary of society and the way that it conditions

The boys
The girls
The men
The women
We on Earth are disconnected but the sky is all connected

Be calm
Be still
Be quiet
And listen
Be one with this mantra; soon you'll gain some more perspective
Track Name: UnGifted... [Prod. by altitude.]
[Lyrics]

Most people that can see, can't see
Most people that can feel, can't feel
Most people that can hear, can't hear
Most people that can speak, can't speak
And it's strange...

Can't see that light
Can't feel that vibe
Can't hear that truth
Can't speak ya'll mind
And it's strange...

Most people that can see, don't seek
Most people that can feel, don't reach
Most people that can hear, don't keep
Most people that can speak, don't pique
And it's strange...

Don't seek that light
Don't reach that vibe
Don't keep that truth
Don't pique ya'll mind
And it's strange...

Most people that can see, won't leap
Most people that can feel, won't steep
Most people that can hear, won't heed
Most people that can speak, won't teach
And it's strange...

Won't leap to the light
Won't steep in the vibe
Won't heed that truth
Won't teach ya'll mind
And it's strange...

Most people that can see, see beasts
Most people that can feel, feel grief
Most people that can hear, hear deceit
Most people that can speak, speak these
And it's strange...

Beasts won't see that light
Grief won't feel that vibe
Deceit won't hear that truth
They won't speak your mind
And it's strange...

Way I see it man, all ya'll sheep
Somebody countin ya'll in their sleep
Ain't nobody gone count me though
Why? 'Cause it's only one of me
And it's strange...
Track Name: Vision [Prod. by altitude.]
(Wise words from Iyanla Vanzant)

What does your life represent?

It's amazing to me the number of people
that live everyday without a vision.

Where did this come from?

How many of us don't know what we're doing?..
with our gifts,
our skills,
our time,
our talent?

With our lives!?

We gotta have a vision.
And that begins in the mind.

I'm not talking about a to-do list.
I'm talking about being able to look into your life
and see how you want it to be.

We have to clean up our minds
by having a clear vision about what we wanna do.
Because a vision will pull you forward.
Track Name: The Natural Force [Prod. by Apollon]
[Lyrics]

No one tells the salmon when to spawn in the fall,
No one tells the deer or moose when to brawl,
No one tells the corn to grow tall, when get acorns get gathered no one had to tell the squirrels.


That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force,
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source,
That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source.

No one tells the birds, to fly south for the winter,
No one has to tell, the grizzly bears when to slumber,
The weasel's fur change, The trees lose their leaves
And no one tells the water how to freeze.


That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force,
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source,
That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source.


No one tells the flowers how to bloom in the spring,
No one tells the bees how to make the honey sweet,
No one tells frogs, or the snakes, or the geese
And yet they all know when to breed.


That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force,
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source,
That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source.


No one tells the bush to ripen berries every summer
The sun make the heat,
The turtles crawl to the seas,
Fireflies know to light up, Skies make the hurricane,
And no one tells em how to do it either


That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force,
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source,
That's The Natural Force, The Natural Force
If you lookin for the cause, just tap into Source.


No one tells the moon what phase to go in,

No ones tells the human when it's born how to breathe,
You do it anyway, think, imagine, and believe,
No one tells man how to Be, (human being)
And when you go to sleep, no one tells you how to dream.
Surrender to The Natural... (x15)
Force.

(Wise words from Richard Gephardt)

The Force exists.
You need to stay in touch with that Force
in order to accomplish anything you set out to do.
But what does that power consist of?
What is the Force?

If we can define and isolate such a force
how you or I tap into it?
Track Name: Meditate [Prod. by fantompower]
[Lyrics]

Your personal mandala is your own life's flower.
And flowers stay in tuned with The Way. They naturally bloom.

Meditate.

The universe is one song you gotta catch on to the rhythm.
But how you do that? You gotta listen.

Meditate.

The infinity out there is the infinity inside.
It's really like a fractal. Meditate and magnify.

Meditate.

And what I'm really tryna indicate
is that we never separate
from something meditation sees that eyes don't grasp.
And if you start to wonder
and you feel you gotta ask
"How you 'spose to meditate?"
meditate on that.

Meditate.(x4)

After all bewilderment there will be comprehension.
Before comprehension there's always bewilderment.

Meditate.

The day follows night and the night follows day.
Mystery and understanding work the same exact way.

Meditate.

It's like a finger pointing up to the moon.
Don't focus on your thoughts. Rather what they come through.

Meditate.

What you see when you meditate? Nothing?
Yet that's where your dreams and ideas have been coming.
If forms come from thought and all thoughts come from (...).
The Nondescript effortlessly inspires all things.

Meditate. (x4)

Observe the Observable Now at the perimeter
and see that everything within it is courtesy of the Tao,
and everything outside is eternity and unbound,
and how your (higher) inner self can intermingle with this Power.
Touch the untouchable,
see the unseeable,
hear in the inaudible,
all described by Lao.
You may not understand but just hear me for a while.
Pay attention to your thoughts and inner images you helm.
Be more aware of those than the words I'm sayin' now.
The door to the way (The Way) faces inward and not out.
Evoke a flash of thought on your interior film
to access the ethereal realm.

Concentrate on the wind
and how we never see yet we know it exists
because we all feel it with the right awareness.
It takes cognizance
to sense what I'm sayin' 'bout the ambiguous just..

Meditate. (x5)

[Jacob Needleman]
"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace." (-Buddha)

[Ven]
Meditate.

[Jacob Needleman]
"One word, That brings peace." (-Buddha)

[Ven]
Meditate. (x2)
Track Name: Natural Seeds and Berries [Prod. by sol.theory]
(Chorus)

Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have is natural seeds and berries
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have..

(Verse)
I used to be all about indulging on candy,
'Til I realized that candy's not good for me,
Now it's natural seeds and berries,
'Stead of what the kids eat
'Stead of artificial, traded it for real a treat
Couldn't help but feel, that candy made me feel empty,
But ever since I stopped, I feel more wholesomely,
'Cause of "Natural Seeds and Berries",
Sink in (singin) to the medley,
Like startin' a garden on an old cemetery,
I learned from my old life, now I'm very healthy,
I'm all about that growth, I know that natural seeds will help me,
The best juice always comes from the freshest berries,
The NATURAL seeds and berries..
Natural seeds and berries..
Natural seeds and berries, better for within,
Natural seeds and berries, for better nourishment,
It don't take a botanist, to know what got more sustenance,
So I planted (planned) in my head, how to reap the benefits, of the..

(Chorus)
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have is natural seeds and berries
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have..

(Verse)
Natural seeds and berries help me feel less scurvy, (a disease/feeling)
Natural seeds and berries help me feel more earthy,
Compared to what I was on, very Sugary,
Natural seeds and berries got more substance naturally,
Trade the bad for the good, for some better energy
Transmute the negative, heighten positivity,
I can write volumes, 'cause you speak volumes to me,
Ample enrichment properties:
Got that real flavor, some might say it's bittersweet,
Got a smile (smell) up on (in) MY face though, aromatherapy,
I can turn to you, if I need some stress relief
And it's good know you'll help, If I ever feel dis-eased (diseased).
And I admit sometimes I'm consumed wit' other things
I apologize, should be you throughout the day,
God put you on this earth, so I know your there for me,
Really what I'm sayin' you're exactly what I need.

(Chorus)
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have is natural seeds and berries
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have..

(Verse)
I hope before I'm buried (berried), that I get some natural seeds,
Since I reap what I sow, I'll be sowin' poppy (papi) seeds,
The fruits of my loins gone be lil' blackberries,
Wit braids, hair ballies,
Look like jumbo blueberries,
Like the lil' girl in Willy Wonka's Factory,
I wouldn't mind havin', a lil' lump of these,
Wit my main squeeze, I would have a jamboree
If the time comes, I gotta muster up belief,
If I can move the alps with faith the size of mustard seeds,
What's the ratio, to a whole tangerine?
Just might move the Earth for my own natural seeds,
As I harbor these (Arbor Days) thoughts bout my future family tree,
The fruits of my labor, I think about what what they gone be?
A raisin in the sun, until I raise em in the sun,
Put em to my solar plexus, that'll make me pleased,
Natural seeds and berries, Give me peace and harmony

(Chorus)
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have is natural seeds and berries
Natural seeds and berries,
Natural seeds and berries,
All I really wanna have..
Track Name: Ven's Philosophy [Prod. by Arney Palmer]
[Lyrics]

'Scuse me if I'm a little off beat
My name Ven, this my thought stream.
You are now tuned in to Ven's Philosophy.
Follow me...
If you've ever wondered why about anything in life. We can do this like Socrates.

I've had a few nights in a row where I hardly sleep.
Mind so busy thinkin' bout where I oughta be.
My body locked but my mind is free.
You might feel like me.
Luckily your mind also got the key.

Right-brained thinker that learned how to use both.
Tryna make my voice heard like I'm steady tryna vote.
Here's a ballad (ballot) that I wrote..
'Bout a boy so precocious those that got a chance to know him got a little spark of Hope.

I was bright.
Then I fell for the lie they all told.
The biggest lie is when they say the Earth made of stone.
They needa tell us that the Earth really made of mold that can bend, twist, and fold.
So anything you want you can have and behold...

Yeah
Look at the mind traps break.
As I turn you around towards the mouth of the cave.
Bare (bear) wit me 'cause I don't wanna sound miles away.
I really want to connect on this that I'm bout to say..

You can spend your whole life dreamin' hard and prayin' but at the end of the day you still hibernatin'.

Fish for the answers.
Claw up to the top.
Even on your bare (bear) feet you can make it while they not (knot).
Like Alexander the Great let's think outside of the box.
Dive in.
Break it down.
Rebuild it inside-out and think..
How you REALLY ARE thinkin' outside the box.
It's a inside-out shirt paradox.

I used to let the lies wear on me 'til the glass ceilin' had (popped).
Greenhouse effect to my Tree of Knowledge. I'm hot!
God help me grow to learn that my roots can not be chopped.
Even in my younger days when my roots was all I got!

These days I'm feelin' young again...

I'm feelin like the chosen one again...
Track Name: A Study of Strength and Weakness [Prod. by Ezekey]
[Lyrics]

Every time.

Every time it's done.

Every time it's done, This appear.

Every time its done, This appear a little.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more. Baby steps.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make it.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make it anywhere.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make it anywhere far.

Every time it's done, This appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make it anywhere far.
Every time.


Every time it's done, THIS appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make it anywhere far.
Every time you do somethin' hard.


Every time it's done, THIS appear a little bit more.
Baby steps is what it takes to make it anywhere far.
Every time you do somethin' hard a little more strong.


(Verse)
Every time its done, This appear a little bit less, until it's gone.
Erased from the strong.
Corroded and removed, vanished from your harm.

Every time its done, This appear a little bit less, until it's gone.
Erased from the strong.
Corroded and removed, vanished.

Every time its done, This appear a little bit less, until it's gone.
Erased from the strong.
Corroded and removed.

Every time its done, This appear a little bit less, until it's gone.
Erased from the strong.
Corroded.

Every time its done, This appear a little bit less, until it's gone.
Erased.

Every time its done, This appear a little bit less, until it's gone.

Every time its done, This appear a little bit less.

Every time its done, disappear a little bit.

Every time its done, disappear a little.

Every time its done.

Every time.
Track Name: The Persistence of Memory [Prod. by sol.theory]
[Lyrics]

Here's a picture I just painted of time (x3)

Here's a picture I just painted of time
But I'm not gonna watch it dry
Like a Salvador Dali of the rhymes
But I'm not gonna dally wit' my time

You shouldn't be worried bout the time
You should be concerned wit' your hands
And what your hands do wit' you time
Hope you're not sittin on your hands

Then you really wastin' your time
Might as well be sittin' on the john
And have time slip right through your hands
Down the drain
In no time...

When we talk about the sands of time
Better just to bury your hands
Better not to bury yourself
Then you'll never have time on your hands

Cause the Sandman hates Father Time ya know
And Father Time doesn't wait for any man
So don't lie too long in the sand
Or you're gonna get sand in your eyes

And you're not gonna see how the hourglass sand of time isn't on your side
So don't let time pass you by
Or you might as well pass away

So you either gone pass up the time or use that time to find passageways
To put good use to your hands
Now's the time to draw a line in the sand
Ven
Track Name: Creative Juices [Prod. by Mark Niels]
[Lyrics]

Drown in creative juices (x7)

(Verse)
Chasin after dreams kinda feel like..
(Inhale)
Wake up from a dream then you just might..
(Inhale)
Take your breathe away when your realize..
(Inhale)
Why not drown in the dream life?
(Inhale)
Others gone panic at the first sight.
(Inhale)
Only cuz they ain't got foresight.
(Inhale)
Real world can suffocate you anyway..
(Inhale)
Asthma is common in the real life.
(Inhale)
What's your last breathe when you gone die?
(Inhale)
Either I wish, or I tried..
(Inhale)
Don't be scared, take a deep breathe.
(Inhale)
Create your own way on a deep dive.
(Inhale)
Never know what you might even find.
(Inhale)
Be yourself, you gone be surprised.
(Inhale)
Got your own body, make your own life.
(Inhale)
Birth your own self, get you baptized.
(Inhale)

(Chorus)
Drown in creative juices (Inhale)
(x18)
Track Name: Untapped Potential [Prod. by Koan]
(Wise words from Jim Rohn)

All life forms strives to the max of it's potential except human beings.
All life forms strives to the max of it's potential except human beings.
How tall will a tree grow?
As tall as it possibly can.
You never heard of a tree growing half as high as it could.
No. Trees don't grow half.
A tree drives its roots as deep it can.
Reaches as high as it can.
Produces every leaf it can, every fruit it possibly can.
To the max.
Every life form strives to the max except human beings.
Now why not human beings? Jot this down.
You've been given the dignity of choice.
Now here's the choice on being a human being:
To be part of all we were meant to be, or to be all.
To strive for all, or half, or part, or some.
The choice is up to you.

(Ven)
All this untapped potential.
All these enwrapped essentials.
All the unused fundamentals.
All the unmoved momentum.

I don't know why you ain't using it. (x2)
I don't know why.


All this untapped potential.
And all these enwrapped essentials.
All the unused fundamentals.
And all the unmoved momentum.

I don't know why you ain't using it. (x2)
I don't know why.


All this untapped potential. (Potential)
And all these enwrapped essentials. (Essentials)
All the unused fundamentals. (Fundamentals)
And all the unmoved momentum. (Momentum)

I don't know why you ain't using it. (x2)
I don't know why.

(x2)

(Jim Rohn's wisdom continues)

The Law of Use. The Law of Use.
And it goes something like this:
whatever you don't use, you lose.
Lack of use causes loss.
Today unused is lost!
A talent unused is lost.
An ability unused is lost!

(Ven)
All this untapped potential.
All these enwrapped essentials.
All the unused fundamentals.
All the unmoved momentum.

I don't know why you ain't using it.

(x2)

I don't know why you ain't using it.
I don't know why you ain't using it.
I don't know why.
Track Name: To The Mind's Eye [Prod. by Mark Niels]
[Lyrics]

These four walls are not these four walls.
Freer than a bird, I walk through those walls.
Use my art to get through those walls.
That's my escape whenever I get dogged.

Give us do' wit no windows of opportunity
we still gone be trapped like Shaggy and Scooby Dooby be.

I'm tryna get your brain out that windowpane.
I'm tryna get your brain on that windowed plane.


(Chorus)
Visions getting through the walls
to the mind's eye so your eyes see through the walls. (x2)

Visions getting through the walls
to mind's eye so your eyes envision more. (x2)

(Verse)
These four walls are not these four walls.
I talk that truth and break the fourth wall.
You can too the truth is in ya'll,
But they know that too, watch out for trap doors.

I know how to get you outta where you are,
but the truth is it ain't behind closed doors,

I'm tryna get your brain out the higher plane.
I'm tryna get your brain on a HIGHER plane.


(Chorus)
Visions getting through the walls
to the mind's eye so your eyes see through the walls. (x2)

Visions getting through the walls
to mind's eye so your eyes envision more. (x2)


(Verse)
These four walls are not these four walls.
Once you know that, they got you enclosed,
They wanna make a deal, to keep you indoors.
They just want you stuck in Monty Halls.

I know how to get you outta where you are
but the truth is it ain't behind closed doors,

I'm tryna get your brain out the game it's playin.
Im tryna put your brain on game, to a different plane.


(Chorus)
Visions getting through the walls
to the mind's eye so your eyes see through the walls. (x2)

Visions getting through the walls
to mind's eye so your eyes envision more. (x2)


(Verse)
These four walls are not these four walls,
But only the gifted, get through those walls.
It'll be a phase to get through walls.
Take Pryde in yourself, to get through those walls.

I know how to get you outta where you are
but the truth is it ain't behind closed doors.

I'm tryna get your brain outta thinkin plain.
I'm tryna get your brain to see it very plain.


(Chorus)
Visions getting through the walls
to the mind's eye so your eyes see through the walls. (x2)

Visions getting through the walls
to mind's eye so your eyes envision more. (x2)


(Verse)
These four walls are not these four walls.
Ones like Platform Nine and Three Fourths.
I just hope I get through to ya'll,
'Fore my train of thought leaves, and I hit a brick wall.

I know how to get you outta where you are
but the truth is it ain't behind closed doors.

I'm tryna get your brain outta speaking plain.
I'm tryna get brain plainspoken once again.


(Chorus)
Visions getting through the walls
to the mind's eye so your eyes see through the walls. (x2)

Visions getting through the walls
to mind's eye so your eyes envision more. (x2)


(Verse)
These four walls are not these four walls.
Sometimes life can push you to a wall.
Once you hit a wall, keep goin' forward.
Truth be told there are no real walls.

These four walls are not these four walls.
Close my eyes. I don't see four walls.
All I see are ways to outwards.
All I see are views from outdoors.

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