I have been off the scene for a while but now I am back and ready to roll.  I have gotten the comments and feedbacks while I have been away and I have and am taking them into consideration.  Let me start this entry by wishing all a prosperous and blessed 2014.  This entry is based on a topic that I have been grabbing at and hoping to write on for a while back but am now getting the chance to and I think it is coming at an ideal time.  I want to speak a bit about friends, both the real and the fake.  I place a lot of value on friendship because my friends are a part of my family and nothing comes before my family.  As such, I only want to be and will make a great effort to be surrounded by genuine people, people who I can call my friends.  During the years the Father has blessed me with on earth, I have had true friends who passed away, friends who have been removed from my presence by time, friends who have been around for a long time and have been staying true to the game, I have seen those who are the polar of the former, a dangerous bunch, and then I have encountered a special few who have entered my life during adolescence and adulthood but have made a significant impact in that short space of time.

I have been told that I tend to ‘cut people off’ quite easily and I must admit that that is quite accurate.  That is based on the fact that I only want to be surrounded by genuine people who can contribute to my development and growth instead of being a deterrence to any endeavour of mine.  Who do I consider my friend then? My friend is someone who has my back, who is there through thick and thin; someone who can see my flaws and accept them and not want to or try to change me.  A friend to me is someone who can recognize when I am heading towards catastrophe and let me know instead of standing aside and watching me take a fall.  These qualities are possessed by many people and I don’t have many friends, less than ten; and the number is decreasing every so quickly.  What makes my friends stand out from the crowd then?  These individuals know the minute details that matter. They are able to tell me the truth and tell me when I am wrong, even if it starts an argument. They are there for the milestones when you achieve them, they are there for the fall that you may take but they are ever present to quickly offer a shoulder to cry on, but most importantly, they are there.  People think friendship is based on the material items you can provide.  That is not how I base my friendship, my friends are there, they make time for me and they are there when you need and you least expect them.  I see my friends as angels from the Father, sent when they are needed not when they are wanted.

Title: Real Friend

Artiste: Chris Martin, D-Major & Agent Sasco

Riddim: Alter Ego

Year: 2009

INTRO

Real friends

Real friends

Sasco

Faith, true

Loyalty, dem no must

Trust, every time

Agent Sasco

It’s royalty

Real friend naa go mix up like no Lasco

So mi se big up all mi real friends yeah

Every time

Whoaoa

Every time, every time

Realer than a cotton reel, yu understand

Every time yeah

How it go

TJ

CHORUS (C. Martin)

This a fi mi real friends

Fi mi real friends

Raise a bottle, raise a glass and tell dem se

Dem a mi real friends mi real friends

Naa wait till dem gone fi tell dem

So big up unu real friends (D. Major)

Real friends

Friends straight

None a dem don’t bend no

Yu real friends

Real friends

Yes dem genuine

No dem no pretend

VERSE 1 (C. Martin)

Real friend wi tell yu when yu wrong

Naa go sell yu out fi get dem early possession

No negativity a straight progression

So big up all di real friends weh hold out strong

VERSE 2 (D. Major)

Yeah a real friend will always tell yu di truth

If yu need a hand they will be there to contribute

Dem rejoice wid yu when yu career a shoot

If yu play drunk yu dem naa go execute

Nooo

CHORUS (C. Martin)

This a fi mi real friends

Fi mi real friends

That’s why I’m so glad

 

Raise a bottle, raise a glass and tell dem se

Dem a mi real friends mi real friends

Naa waith till dem gone fi tell dem

So big up unu real friends (D. Major)

Real friends

Pree straight

None a dem don’t bend no

Yu real friends

Real friends

Yes dem genuine

No dem no pretend

VERSE 3 (A. Sasco)

So when we talk about a real friend

Yow closer than a bredda

True friend not no new friend

Genuine like leather

Nuff a dem a fake friend so dem change just like the weather

And when dem woulda sell yu out

Real friend wuda neva

Real friend always deh wid yu

Through all a yu endeavour

There to lend support oh yes

Ready fi whatever

Di value of a real friend now we really cannot measure

All mi know, all a my real friend dem mi a go treasure, so….

CHORUS (C. Martin)

This a fi mi real friends

Fi mi real friends

Raise a bottle, raise a glass and tell dem se

Dem a mi real friends mi real friends

Naa waith till dem gone fi tell dem

So big up unu real friends (D. Major)

Real friends

Friends straight

None a dem don’t bend no

Yu real friends

Real friends

Yes dem genuine

No dem no pretend

BRIDGE (C. Martin)

So lets drink

To friends that we lose to di guns

And die in vehicles

Yeah, cause as yu quint

Dem can gone and yu never expect it

Dem never feable

So lets drink (D. Major)

To our friends in the prison and who are unable

So wi spill this drink

On the ground

Inna we heart dem know dem respect stable

Yeah

CHORUS

This a fi mi real friends

Fi mi real friends

Raise a bottle, raise a glass and tell dem se

Dem a mi real friends mi real friends

Naa waith till dem gone fi tell dem

So big up unu real friends

Real friends

Friends straight

None a dem don’t bend no

Yu real friends

Real friends

Yes dem genuine

No dem no pretend

Title: Realest Medz

Artiste: Konshens

Riddim: Good Friends

Year: 2010

INTRO

(Cashflow production)
Realest
He
Dem say yu nuffi trust friend
Cause a friend kill the most friend
Enemy once was a close friend
Despite all a the love weh yu show dem
But wapm to the friend dem weh buss dem friend
Wapm to the friend dem weh a build dem friend
Friend good and friend bad
That’s why I’m so glad

CHORUS
That I know
My real friend dem
Di fadda show mi di pretender dem
Tell you that I know
My real friend dem
Mi know mi friend dem
Real friend to di end

Yow
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell mi nuttn bout my bredda dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell mi nuttn bout mi real sista dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout my nigga dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
Mi no wah hear nuttn

A mi nigga dem mi bredda dem

VERSE 1

Mi seh mi know whole heap of people
But mi no got a lot of friends
So my friends dem haffi be friend to di end yeah
Jah gi mi di sight fi identify dem
Mi know di flip flop of dem, mi know di flip-flopper dem

Mi know di backstabber dem
But mi know fi a fact
Mi know mi can put my head pon di block
Mi real friend naa sell out mi head back
Naa set up no trap naa stab inna no back

CHORUS
I know
My real friend dem
Di fadda show mi di pretender dem
Tell you that I know
My real friend dem
Mi know mi friend dem
Real friend to di end

VERSE 2
Granny tell mi show mi yu friend dem and mi tell yu who you are
Kyaa seh yu straight if yu an a lean man a par
If yu no know di driver doh sidung ina di car
Kaa yu life naa go spare if dem drive up ina war
Cool and easy mi trod, mi naa lie
People know mi no bad
But if you waan mi get cross and mad mad
Diss one a my friend dem
Mi seh

No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell mi nuttn bout my bredda dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell mi nuttn bout mi real sista dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout my nigga dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
No tell me nuttn bout dem
Mi no wah hear nuttn

A mi nigga dem mi bredda dem

CHORUS

I know
My real friend dem
Di fadda show mi di pretender dem
Tell you that I know
My real friend dem
Mi know mi friend dem
Real friend to di end

CHORUS

I know
My real friend dem
Di fadda show mi di pretender dem
Tell you that I know
My real friend dem
Mi know mi friend dem
Real friend to di end

Dem say yu nuffi trust friend

Cause a friend kill the most friend
Enemy once was a close friend
Regardless a the love weh yu show dem
But wapm to the friend dem weh buss dem friend
Wapm to the friend dem weh a build dem friend
Friend good and friend bad

On the other end of the spectrum, you have some individuals who parade as friends.  The beauty of such a situation is that a person can never be a friend to you unless you allow them to be.  That has its pros and cons, you are guarded from the fakers but at times you block genuine candidates.  In an effort to allow the right people access to you, you have to weed the thorns away, therefore you need to have a profile of the so called friends.

You have those that I refer to as Cognitives. These are individuals who are friends in their heads. They have never demonstrated or displayed any qualities of a friend but simply stand in their world and say they are friends to someone.  These individuals are narcissists or have narcissistic tendencies coupled with a god complex. To them, self is the most important thing.  These individuals are best left in their world where they belong because they serve no purpose to anyone in the real world.

Next you have the Beneficiaries.  These individuals are ‘friends’ to individuals from whom they stand to benefit. As such, they go above and beyond to fit into such a crowd, often ignoring the fact that they were never born in such a league and that it would therefore mean losing themselves to make that fit.  These individuals are more dangerous than an armed thug because they are masters of the art of camouflage. They will let you think that they are your friends just enough to fit in and scope their possible benefits.  They are to be considered dangerous since they are never reliable and as such will leave you hurt, both emotionally and physically.

The Teleporters can be seen as subsidiaries of the beneficiaries since they are only concerned with what they stand to gain. What makes them different though is their inability to fit in and scope and their mastery of appearing when success is gained or appears. You never see them until you are successful. Come to think of it, maybe they are the lords of the camouflage cause you never see them until the ‘right’ time.

The Geographers are the most annoying kinds of individuals that you can find.  You never hear of or from them until you are in their space. They find the entire list of excuses one can think of why you are just hearing from them then they expect it to be business as usual; they expect you to simply pick up wherever you left off the last time they were around.

The most dangerous of all are the Excaliburs. These individuals are the seemingly most genuine individuals when they are in your face but what they really are are backstabbers. They possess extreme patience because they don’t stab you anywhere else but in the back so they wait, however long it takes, until it is there for the stabbing.  They should never be counted on and or relied on because they will ‘throw you under the bus’ if they need to.  Life to them is about having a scapegoat, a plan B; to them, you are just that.

Experience indeed teaches wisdom. What I have learnt is that I do not need any new friends because it is already a task to keep the ones I have and to guard against the ones who claim they are.  Friends for me are few and I do not mind because I have the opportunity to cherish them.  So I leave you in the words of Harry Toddler aka Blonde Ras, watch the friends, watch the friends that you keep…some of them they are liars some are thieves.

Title: Watch yu Friends

Artiste: Jah Vinci

Riddim: Remand

Year: 2008

INTRO

Oh whoaa… Notnice
Out clear, yeah

CHORUS
Yuh fi watch yu friends weh yu smoke with
And run joke with,
Ah dem think fi cut your throat quick
The only friend weh mi love a di one up above
Keep him closer to mi than a rope twist
So fi watch yu friends weh yu smoke with
And run joke with,
Dem think fi cut your throat quick
The only friend weh mi love a di one up above
Keep him closer to mi than a rope twist

VERSE 1
Mi put Psalm 23 a mi daughter head at night
And say a prayer before she go a bed at night
Iron dogs a roam and dem no fraid fi bite
No through yu live throughout the day
Yu will dead at night
Cause… day by day me see more man a dead
And yu get run offa site and the foreman a dead
Me get a buss and fly weh and all pan tour man a dead
Youth get caught inna crime mek him poor mother dead
You fi say a prayer fi the thugs weh bleach at night
It’s the least at night, no beauty only beast at night
And a dem a lock the streets at night
So you can sleep in peace at night… sooooo

CHORUS
Yuh fi watch yu friends weh yu smoke with
And run joke with,
Ah dem think fi cut your throat quick
The only friend weh mi love a di one up above
Keep him closer to mi than a rope twist
So fi watch yu friends weh yu smoke with
And run joke with,
Dem think fi cut your throat quick
The only friend weh mi love a di one up above
Keep him closer to mi than a rope twist

VERSE 2
Mi know seh when, Jah Jah pree earth him feel hurt
Fi see me kyaa get no land pan the free dirt
A bare blood me see a stain the youth dem t-shirt
Me wish me cudda build a rocket and leave earth
Waapm to the youth weh wipe the car glass
Weh you fly pass
No tell mi seh yu business, when yu no give a rass
When you give them the promises, me give them mi last
When you buy dem some gun me go buy some chicken parts
No, tru mi a buss it, mi hafi call pon mi God
Ask him fi watch mi feet pan the streets weh me trod
Kaa nuff wah see me tagged and ina body bag
But mi no see no bwoy me fraid a like
How me fear mi God

CHORUS
Yuh fi watch yu friends weh yu smoke with
And run joke with,
Ah dem think fi cut your throat quick
The only friend weh mi love a di one up above
Keep him closer to mi than a rope twist
So fi watch yu friends weh yu smoke with
And run joke with,
Dem think fi cut your throat quick
The only friend weh mi love a di one up above
Keep him closer to mi than a rope twist

OUTRO
Teacha… yeah, yeah
Miller 9… yeah, yeah
Rhyno… oh oh, oh oh, aye
Shawn Storm… yeah-eah-eaah

 Instrumental Until Song Ends

Title: Backstabber

Artiste: Di Genius

Riddim: N/A

Year: 2014

CHORUS
What they do…

They smile in your face

All the time they want to take your place

The backstabbers (backstabbers)

They smile in your face

All the time they want to take your place

The backstabbers (backstabbers)

Now!

VERSE 1

No mi no trust dem, mi no turn my back to dem

Some people wi kill yu, tek weh yu oxygen

We no do nutten at all, never done wrong to dem

Hear dem a plan fi me, mek dem know seh mi plan fi dem

Kaa me charge up, hundred watt

Jah by mi side, shield to mi back

Jah by mi side mi no need fi react to, some a dem wid dem evil a plot

How people do dat to dem friend weh dem joke wid and dem smoke wid

And worse some a dem weh yu grow wid

Wid grudge dem heart fully loaded

Yow, some a dem wah be like me, wah fi tek mi space, yes dem smile ina mi face

But I cannot be replace, so mi just keep mi distance

Mi no wah dem near and that’s a fact

So mi a go buy some bulletproof vest and mi a go wear dem on mi back because dem…

CHORUS

They smile in your face

All the time they want to take your place

The backstabbers (backstabbers)

They smile in your face

All the time they want to take your place

The backstabbers (backstabbers)

Yeah Lord now

VERSE 2

Well dem say time is the master

My back have so much plaster

From friend weh me think dem did real

Turn out fi be a disaster

So mi start move round dem smarter

Kyaa trick me wid dem laughter

Dem a come wid oil and powder

Member seh obeah no work pan rasta

Dem a devil ina disguise

Backstabber wi a despise

Cause mi read dem file and mi find dem out dem never know seh mi dis wise

See dem sell out Garvey fi peas and rice weh dem would a do fi cris rides

You fi careful a where yu walk to

These are wicked times

So mi keep mi eyes dem open

Always have me guards up

Nuff a dem a snake so mi always keep mi grass cut

Dem no have love dem heart tuff

Wah see me ina quicksand stuck

Stab yu ina yu back  in front yu face dem come a laugh up

Dem a wicked!

CHORUS

Dedicated to all you backstabbers

Smile in your face

All the time they want to take your place

The backstabbers (backstabbers)

Backstabber dem, a backstabber dem

They smile in your face

All the time they want to take your place

The backstabbers (backstabbers)

Who dem

OUTRO (Bob Marley)

Mi a come longer dan friend

Mi was alone by myself

Long before me meet any friend

So yu figure seh yu must be a hypocrite and start fight

Me wi start fight cause no guy no badder dan me

People fight me is di more it better fi me

Cause yu see when dem fight me, mi can go sidung and meditate of what dem fighting me fah

And mek a song of it

Dedicated to all you backstabbers

Dem a wicked!!

Song Ends

A special tribute to all the REAL friends who are no longer with us, our fallen soldiers.  The Father called them to help him up above.

BJ senior.

Title: For all my Friends

Artiste: Laden & T-Nez

Riddim: N/A

Year: 2010

INTRO

Yow Chimney Records

Yeaah

Tribute, yu a hear mi

For all my friends, wohoooooo

Yea yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeaaah

So dem fi know seh a T-nez

Ladennnnn

Chimney, Chimney Records

CHORUS

For all my friends

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone wohooo

Memories still live on

Wohooo

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone

I’ll see you again

VERSE 1

Mi true friend wi use to buss up all the Burban flask

Wi use to tek weh boy girl and laugh

Wi use to run di boat everyday

Use to hustle fi mek di money ina every way

T-nez, first mek mi start wid mi friend Gussy

Him crash and gone yes a him fuss i(t)

God know mi vex man when Della from Exton

Crash di big bike ina a next one

Wi use to de all bout like di oxygen

A one accident mek wi all stop see dem

Wi use to bum drive from di taxi dem

Wi have whole heap a props fi dem

CHORUS

For all my friends

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone wohooo

Memories still live on

Wohooo

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone

I’ll see you again

VERSE 2

Yow T-nez memba when wi use to bare foot small

Pan di street side wi play football

If wi no link one day would stall

Ina wrong doings our name would call

Laden buss a bakkle a Guinness, pour some champagne pan di grung

Dash and spell out yu friend name pan di grung

Wi true friend weh get slain from di gun

Still a see dem bloodstain pan di grung

Yeah, I’m sorry all my friends and families

Still ina mi heart and mi thoughts even though dem gone away

CHORUS

For all my friends

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone wohooo

Memories still live on

Wohooo

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone

I’ll see you again

Yeah

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone wohooo

Memories still live on

Wohooo

This song is for all of my friends

Who pass and gone

I’ll see you again

OUTRO

Jah Jah gwaan par wid mi friend dem till we meet again

Yeah

Laden and T-nez

Mek dem gwaan keep it real

Colony, Chimney Records

Tell dem seh mi deh yah pan di grind

Every step dem a de yah pan mi mind

Yow all my friends

Song Ends

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