"Two Lips" - Joey Bada$$ & J Dilla [SoundCloud Audio & Lyrics]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published November 27, 2013

Just in time for the holidays, streetwear company Akomplice is offering a great present for the J Dilla fan in your life. The new "J Dilla x Joey Bada$$ Set," scheduled to drop on November 29th, includes a t-shirt emblazoned with "an angelic cloud-graphic of J Dilla's face" as well as a limited edition 7" record featuring an unreleased J Dilla beat, with Joey Bada$$ rapping on the A-side and the instrumental version on the B-side. Bada$$' take on the beat, entitled "Two Lips," is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

The track finds Bada$$ at his most introspective, pondering life's mysteries over a woozy, keyboard-laden beat. It's a fitting tribute to the late Dilla, who Bada$$ calls his "favorite producer of all time," and it's all for a great cause as well. The J Dilla Foundation, which focuses on buying instruments and music lessons for underprivileged kids, will receive 100% of the profits from all of Akomplice's Dilla-related apparel. According to Akomplice, J Dilla's mother will be "distributing the instruments [bought] with the profits from this collection to children in Detroit, while Joey will follow suit at his alma mater in Brooklyn." With arts curriculum currently being slashed in school districts around the nation, now is a better time than ever to support the Foundation.

Check out the lyrics to "Two Lips" below, and watch the recent video for Bada$$' "My Yout" right here on Zumic.

Joey Bada$$ & J Dilla "Two Lips" lyrics:


Check, yeah

Sounds like my right tone
A pyrite stone
I guess you caught me diggin' fool's gold
The very reason why I write poems
To right my wrongs
If you knew better, you would do so
I was wrong
Now you gotta kiss me through the phone
Now I'm gone
The day's blue and your mood's blown
It's too soon
Before it seemed like time took too long
But tables turn
We gotta move on

I know that I can't be what you want me to be
But I know you know that we gon' come to times like these
But truth is, sometimes it don't rain on tulips
That sunshine don't mean a thing when you live
Colors in my mind lookin' grey and gloomy
Give it up one time for the pain in this music
Oh-oh-oh hey-ay-ay
Oh-oh-oh hey-ay-ay
There's a brighter day
Open your eyes up and pray

A concrete rose from the land of the hazardous
I hold these grounds down like it's Nazareth
Catch me in the Crooklyn palaces
Sippin' chalices with my fabulous queen
I woke up from a miraculous dream, um...
They say life ain't what it seems
It's what you make it
So I tailor the in-seams
And now I'm comfortable in my jeans
I put one leg up
And extended my lean
Tell me I'm a nig but look clean
First I catch a fresh
Then I cash this check (Yes sir, me)
Now I'm lookin' fresh
My pockets back in effect
So what's the cause for the sneakers with the check
I feel like a fresh Air Force's first step
Like some fresh flesh first peck, first sex
And then I doze off for a sec
And seen the hand of God pick me up by forceps
He told me never to forget
And never to force it
To embrace this time and glorious moments
'Cuz you could die in a second
So open up within before I get to dissectin'
I woke up again
But this time forgettin'
Scratchin' my chin
Like 'that was rather interestin''
I turn to the small coffee table on the right
Pick up my pen and turn on my thinkin' light


Having somersaulted my eyelids
Awaken from a dream to perceive that I live


Source: Truth Studios Official SoundCloud Page
Via: Rolling Stone

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