Time In Between Thoughts

by Jamall Bufford

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We’re always looking forward to the next thing. We look towards the next show, the next shoe, the next time with that woman or man, the next paycheck. What about the time in between those things? How do we feel during that time? About life? About ourselves? Believe it or not, there’s more time in between those events than actually experiencing those events. Time In Between Thoughts is Jamall Bufford’s attempt to capture those moments and hold on to them. On his 6th studio album as a solo emcee, Bufford tapped into what brought him piece of mind. It turns out it’s the moments when he isn’t bombarding his brain with a trail of thoughts on top of thoughts.

If that movie or that new car doesn’t bring you the joy you thought it would, or maybe the joy doesn’t last as long as you thought it would, it might be more beneficial for us to value those small moments of thoughtlessness and symbolic silence whenever they happen to come around. We’re always thinking about bills we have to pay, the health of our family members, the government, and all things heavy in the world. Time In Between Thoughts is that split second of weightlessness. It may not last long, but we can try our best to recreate it throughout our day, on a daily basis.

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released August 24, 2018

01 Cloudless Sky [prod Magestik Legend]
02 Parasailing [prod 14KT]
03 The Aforementioned [prod Ian Petrarca]
04 Sob Story Song [prod Schematic]
05 Koool-Aid [prod Slot-A]
06 Defamation of Character [prod Monsuun.]
07 Demons [prod 14KT]
08 Lucid [prod Unjust]
09 Messages [prod Slot-A]
10 20 Racks feat Pep Love & T. Calmese [prod 14KT]
11 Trying To Get That [prod Magestik Legend]
12 Neutron Star [prod Slot-A]
13 Time In Between Thoughts [prod Simon SMTHNG]


All tracks mixed by Magestik Legend except the beat for “The Aforementioned” which was mixed by Ian Petrarca and the beats for “Parasailing”, “Demons” & “20 Racks” which were mixed by 14KT.
“The Aforementioned” interlude produced by Kensaye, pitched down
vocals by The Black Opera.
"Messages" outro interlude produced by CrisFantom.
"Neutron Star" outro interlude produced by Magestik Legend, vocals and keys by Asante.
All Tracks sequenced by Magestik Legend & Jamall Bufford at The Legend Lab studio.
All tracks mastered by Magestik Legend.
Album Recorded in Michigan and California.
Executive Produced by The Black Opera.

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Track Name: Parasailing [prod 14KT]
Parasailing

I ain't never ever ever since the beginnin of ever/
Never ever ever felt this good befo’/
Man this California weather nothin better for me/
Got me writin strawberry letters like I’m Shuggie O/
I was hibernatin for a minute in the mitten then I had to come up out the dungeon like the Goodie Mo/
You thought I wasn't when I was finna pop up on ya like the Fountains of Bellagio you shoulda known/better
It feels good to escape the cold weather/
I can feel it down in my bone marrow/
The hawk was in the air like Dominique/
So I gotta flee take flight with drone propellers/
My home is everywhere, visit my turf/
Ask me what set I'm claimin, nigga the earth/
Footprints in the dirt, wings in the sky I'm floatin Ascension/
Over petty beefin and over divisions/
Anybody can have the juice like A-Rod then stray shots/
Can take you out the game like a coaches decision/
Never wrote this I lived it, God as my witness, prayer emoji/
This ain't a booth it's a stairway to holy/
See these rappers be rhymin words for the sake of rhymin words/
I'm givin you all some medicine to take when life occurs/
I do this for the sick, the shut in & the ailin/
I just be glidin on the mic it's like I'm parasailin

Parasailin

I don't really care what these niggas gotta say get these niggas out the way/
Cus God blessed this child it's a Billie holiday/
Don't compare me to them I was rappin before they touched a mic/
They darts ain't sharp enough they throwin them butter knifes/
Underhanded, they understand but they don't get it/
So when somethin happens, here comes the panicI'm just trying to make/
History, make millions and make my lady happy/
If I can do one or two of those I've upgraded vastly/
If ya ask me, so what's your happy place?/
Is it attainable? Something you can grab or taste?/
Where you headed? Don't let em decapitate/
Get to your goals by any means, gravitate.../
(Damn, I gotta think about what I just said myself)
Get to your goals by any means, gravitate/
We all pass away, so no excuses/
God gave me a gift so I'ma use it/
Styles upon styles upon styles it what I have/
Rest in peace Phife dawg still travelin on that path/
We all travelin, no matter how you get there/
By land sea or the sky, parasailin mid air

Parasailin

Parasailin through, time
Track Name: The Aforementioned [prod Ian Petrarca]
The Aforementioned

I make the anthem for the free thinkers

The believers and people tryina achieve freedom

Reach deeper, we gon make it to the kingdom

I promise

(I promise you that!)


You know I got my crown on erryday/

Wear it like a wedding ring send you on your marry way

Frere “J” Dormez Vous ok they’re awake

(Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up)


Bells ringin yo shit is finished like Helsinki

Catching L’s frequent the Lions the last 12 seasons

When hell freezes I'll call it quits until then

The beat goes on drummers drummin on the 12th evening



Long days, long nights my thoughts fight

All day car rides to palm mics

Hard floors slept on save loot

Bar tours, slept on, they snooze

They lose , home run, Babe Ruth

Brave dude, home run, I'm Hank too

I go left, left field, I'm out there

Protest, let’s kneel, this our prayer


Our Father, Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

Bless me to do this art, this art forever/

Our Father, Our Father, Our Father

Please bless me to go farther, we just startin

And you know me as the aforementioned

Tryina restore order in this rap orphanage

Tormented, wicked game with sore winners

I'm just tryina stay true to my core image

Whatever that is it's all about better balance

And trying ya best to be prepared when the weather happens

When it rains it snows

And sun drops sprinkle when the wind sways and blows

I feel sorry for whoever can't change & grow

I used to think that I would always stay the same get old

Then I changed up my aim with the arrows and bows

They never change like cartoon character clothes

Evolution, they say we need a evolution

I stay active to survive and y'all barely movin

When some sharks stop swimmin they might stop breathin

That's why I keep goin at it that's the top reason


Our Father, Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

Bless me to do this art, this art forever/

Our Father, Our Father, Our Father

Please bless me to go farther, we just startin
Track Name: Sob Story Song [prod Schematic]
Sob Story Song

My brothers don't know each other, we barely know our sister

We don't even got no family pictures

We try to love each other from a distance, but it's hard to think something’s missin

Without typical sibling experiences from the beginning

But tell me this though, what is typical?

Momma raised me and my brother like a African ritual

Like Rafiki raised Simba in the openin scene

Like Kunta raised up Kizzy both hands holdin his queen

To the sky, my family ain’t the photoshop stock image

But we got the job finished when we clocked in and out

Momma ran the show like coach Popovich

Big brother was Tim Duncan with my pops dippin out

I guess that makes me young Kawhi then

The nice kid deadly but silent

No commercial endorsements but I'm worth your endorsement

Tryina carry the load, like I'm workin a forklift

You see the vision


This ain’t a sob story song

This ain’t a sob story song

This ain’t a sob story song

Just tellin you what’s goin on



My best friends used to pick on me because my skin is dark

Said you could only see my eyes teeth when I was in the dark

They called me African, like that was a bad thing

How was that considered an insult? I'm just askin

The crazy thing is, the crazy thing is

The same shit is goin on today with these kids
I said the crazy thing is, the crazy thing is,

The same shit is goin on today with these kids I see it


This ain’t a sob story song

Naw this ain’t a sob story song

This ain’t a sob story song

Naw just tellin you what’s goin on

Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears

Love me now cus we still here

Please don’t cry for me

Please don’t cry for me



When TBT on Instagram come up

I can't even post no pictures of my family up

I don't even think my family owned a camera

But I know the one thing that we had was love

Black love, tough love, one love

When you love someone it's hard to unlove

The word love, what does it mean?

To different people it means different things

Some people got a funny way of showing love

Sometimes I think my people don't show enough

Then I remember we only show what's been shown to us

Slavery, Jim Crowin us and the war on drugs

So when I work with these young folk I try to show em something else

Even though it probably ain't enough to help

It's like a drop in a bucket a bucket in the Pacific

I try to toss em a nugget I'm lucky if someone gets it


Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears

Love me now cause we still here

Please don’t cry for me

Please don’t cry for me


Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears

Love me now cause we still here

Please don’t cry for me

Please don’t cry for me


Please don’t cry, don’t shed no tears

Love me now cause we still here

Please don’t cry for me

Please don’t cry for me
Track Name: Koool-Aid [prod Slot-A]
Koool-Aid

When I was little momma always made Kool-Aid

She went heavy on the sugar it was too great

I could do the red, or I could do grape

She throw some lemons in it hip hip hooray

But nowadays, Kool-Aid ain't a part of my diet

Shit juice is bad enough but when I'm shoppin I buy it

Can't even trust the water, can you tell me what's in it?

I'm only a couple minutes around the way from where Flint is

They putting us in the clinics, sending us to the dentist

Or maybe I'm out my mind just a conspiracy theorist

All of it’s smoke and mirrors, just my imagination

Gimme one more prescription and gimme that vaccination

Who you worshippin? Who you purchasin?

Once the curtain lifts, the verdicts in

Feel the Bern it's lit, the Hillary dab

But who gon stop the police from killing my ass?

Another unarmed black man buried today

Red, white and blue the Amerikoolaid/

Another unarmed black man buried today

Red, white and blue that Amerikoolaid


Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid


She drop a selfie every now and then like rappers drop mixtapes

To let em know she still got it, she still poppin

Everybody and they mom and daddy wanna bang

Drum solo like Phil Collins until the cops come

Knockin, she still got em, options

But the topic is not about her bod pics

Just because she post a couple pictures on the gram

Doesn't mean she searchin for attention from man

And even if she was, who gives a damn?

Why you gotta comment like ya name was Jim Nantz or Jeff Van

Gundy, why people so ugly?

You need to keep it pushin go learn somethin on Buzzfeed

Who told you we care about what you think about

This woman's picture and if she got some cleavage peakin out? (SHUT UP)

Some of y'all be talkin so reckless

You musta been sippin that Kool-Aid since breakfast

Step away from desktop, put the mouse down

Go for a walk, get up outta the house now

You can change homie, it ain't too late

But put the cup down first and


Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid
Track Name: Defamation of Character [prod Monsuun.]
Defamation of Character

Stones and sticks we known to shift the culture

Golden Ticket the flow is Willy Wonka

OCD Obsessive Compulsive

I, flow too clean the test diagnosis

They suggest a higher dosage

But drugs can’t cure me

I admitted to my sickness

Before the judge and the jury

Mad Man on my Don Draper

But I’m still a class act Megatron 8-1

Lebanon Beirut, civil war in my mental core

Fighting against myself I look in the mirror torn

They said I was a bright child brain LED

Now they tryina put my lights out and leave a shell of me

I hung around the right crowd no gang felonies

Still Amerikkka’s Most Wanted O’Shea LP


Aww they tryina claim I’m a criminal

That’s defamation of character

Straight to my face or subliminal

That’s defamation of character

My personality it might just split

I’m in between a rock a righteousness

My personality it might just split

I’m in between a rock a righteousness


This is yo brain on cocaine songs

But my niggas please hang on just hang on

I’m in the kitchen like Raekwon chef apron

Over the stove with the flame on Wolfgang sauce

Champion sound your ambient style

Way too many flows I’ma start handin em down

Goodwill, Till Emmett gets real justice

I’m still bustin through bicuspids to feel somethin

People shoot to kill huntin, automatic weapons like smartphones

In every household like Big Pharm Cos

Drug industry, gun industry hey

It’s all the same they love killin me they call it free publicity

I can see why some people flip out

Now you see why wanna dip out, we manic

Panic leads frenzy, and in return the frenzy leads to panic

I might move to Canada if not I might just leave the planet


Aww they tryina claim I’m a criminal

That’s defamation of character

Straight to my face or subliminal

That’s defamation of character

My personality it might just split

I’m in between a rock a righteousness

My personality it might just split

I’m in between a rock a righteousness
Track Name: Demons [prod 14KT]
Demons

He ain’t wanna face those demons

He ain’t wanna face those demons

She ain't wanna face those demons

She ain't wanna face those demons

She ain’t wanna face those demons

But that's the only way you can erase those demons


A baby on the way

Can chase ya dreams away

Ya faith can run astray

You can't make them wanna stay

Lookin past the blessin

It’s right there in ya face

It's hard to learn a lesson

When ya past still effects the present day


He ain't wanna face those demons

He ain't wanna face those demons

He ain't wanna face those demons

But that's the only way you can erase those demons

She ain't wanna face those demons

She ain't wanna face those demons

She ain’t wanna face those demons

But that's the only way you can erase those demons


Focus on the truth

Focus on you

You can't escape the haters

Cus they swarm like locusts on a fruit

No I ain't no doctor

No I ain't no saint

Yea I got some problems

And some demons in my way

Highs, lows

Times when I fight with both

Cons, pros

Nights when the light don't glow

I, still manage, I'm still standin

Like the Silverdome even though it's abandoned

Can't lie to myself and think I ain't damaged

I'm open minded I might need my head examined


No know where I'm goin

Only took whole bunch of

Slow motion roller coaster rides around the sun solar

I was frozen the moment like a cold hearted snow queen

Stole my soul left me wide open like a blown coverage

Hole in my colon, I was broken, at my lowest

Like the Gulf of Mexico was just, posted on my shoulders

Just know, I represented from the Go’ like the Molemen

The Last Dragon glowing like Shonuff's opponent


I guess I gotta face those demons

I guess I gotta face those demons

He ain't wanna face those demons

Cause that's the only way I can erase those demons

I guess I gotta face those demons

I guess I gotta face those demons

I guess I gotta face those demons

Cause that's the only way I can erase those demons


No fear, no more

No fear, no more

No fear, no more

No fear, no more

No fear, no more
Track Name: Lucid [prod Unjust]
Lucid


Love me

The same way, that I love you?

I know,

That seems, so uncool

But don't take it personal


I bet she bust it open for me if I ask her to

And I bet it's so juicy like a passion fruit

I say thank you, I show gratitude

Shoot a movie for me she the whole cast and crew

But then I woke up

From a dream I was havin

Reminiscent of that early B.I.G. life status juicy

It was lucid it seemed like it happened

I was off the Pinot Grigio and quinoa salad, aye

I'm tryina eat better, and sleep better,

She dream of me and get her bed sheets wet up

But it's all just fantasy, league

She ain't really on my team it's just virtual reality


Why don't you,

Love me,

The same way, that I love you?

I know,

That seems,

So uncool

But don't take it personal
Track Name: Messages [prod Slot-A]
Messages

Sometimes words get in the way

Like semis merging in ya lane

Skrrtin, hydroplanin, swervin in the rain

I’m askin what’s my purpose anyway?

Communication what’s goin on? What topic is trending?

Avoiding the voice in my head like the cops in the trenches

I’m sick as hospital visits without doctor prescriptions

I need to find realignment like a chakra was missing


Hello hello hello

Hello hello hello


iMessages, you messages

Green messages, blue messages

Old messages, new messages

Mixed messages, 2 messages

Direct Messages, hidden messages

Verbal messages, written messages

Delete the messages, keep the messages

Mixed messages, a few messages


I be on this phone too much

Headaches and my eyes be hurtin, carpal tunnel

Arthritis, plus my back be hurtin

Why am I so attached? Awkward silence

Ain't shit on this phone but I can't leave it alone

I flip from app to app, back to back

Refresh, refresh, mentally I need a

Reset, recess, I need to reassess

Get my priorities in order

It’s scary borderline Rick and Morty with the horror

First thing in the morning reaching for it

The last thing that I see at night is that screen and light

I wonder how many beautiful thoughts I done lost

Time that, coulda been spent, lookin within or pushin a pen

But who am I kiddin, I’m writin in my phone now

I ain’t gon never put this phone down


Hello hello hello

Hello hello hello


It’s the way I stay connected to you

I’m dyin to get this message through

It’s the way, I stay, connected to you

I’m dyin just to, get through!


iMessages, you messages

Green messages, blue messages

Old messages, new messages

Mixed messages, 2 messages

Direct Messages, hidden messages

Verbal messages, written messages

Delete the messages, keep the messages

Mixed messages, a few messages


AAAHHH! Somebody take this from me

Somebody break it

How come whenever I’m without I feel naked?

Hello hello hello

I be on this phone too much
Track Name: Trying To Get That [prod Magestik Legend]
Trying To Get That

Yea yea yea

Yea yea yea

Get it how you live

Get it how you live

Get it how you live

Yea yea yea

Get it how you live

Get it how you live

Get it how you live

Yea yea yea


Bottled up emotions, free em

At the bottom of the ocean, freedom

Tears get washed up

So how we supposed to notice weepin?

I guess I can’t blame you

For being so hateful

Weighed so heavy on me

I had to hit the weight room

Season after season I been bleedin

Like the hands and feet of Jesus

Leaking like a hemo-phili-ac


Trying to get that

Trying to get that

Trying to get that


Trying to forget that shame

Trying to forget her pain

I’m trying to forget mines too

I feel it every time I move

Like a gunshot wound when it rains

Runnin through my mind like a bad D-line

It’s somethin bout her eyes that attracts me

It’s like the sun don’t shine when she’s absent I’m blind

And a part of me dies yea it’s that deep, it’s like I got her

Tattooed on my like I’m Guy Pierce in Momento

I never meant to make you cry tears in your pillow

The hard times rough feelin Brillo

Scrub the dirt, the love, the hurt, it’s all sentimental

Value like heirlooms

And if I’m not ok I’ma be there soon

Way too many details to spare you

I share some and hope I grow like a flower that’s outta season rare bloom

Yea yea yea

Yea yea yea

Get it how you live

Get it how you live

Get it how you live


Bottled up emotions, free em

At the bottom of the ocean, freedom

Tears get washed up

So how we supposed to notice weepin?

I guess I can’t blame you

For being so hateful

Weighed so heavy on me

I had to hit the weight room

Season after season I been

Bleedin like the hands and feet of

Jesus leakin like a hemophiliac

Trying to get that

Trying to get that

Trying to get that

Love, Money, Sex, Drug, House, Car

Trying to get that

Freedom, Job, Wealth, Chain, Brain, Knowledge

Trying to get that

Love, Money, Sex, Drug, House, Car

I been on the grind

Just tryina get it right

Niggas out here flippin sides

Like I shut the blinds

Shuttin off yo shine

Now I’m wantin mine

No more eatin off of me

No more dinnertime
Track Name: Neutron Star [prod Slot-A]
Neutron Star

So this is how it feels to be a falling star

A falling star

A falling star

A falling star

Well I’ma fall forever

And never land

Let’s enjoy this ride forever

Forever and, what's longer than forever?

What's longer than forever?

What's stronger than together?

We all a part of this together

Singin in harmony together

We East 99 Eternal

Smokers gon ‘head and burn one

Yogis gon head and om

I ain't really either but I know 'em

And one thing I know, we can't do this shit on our own

Even when you grown

Hey I may not ever be a star one day

But I’m gon shine anyway

I’m gon shine everyday

I’m gon shine in ya face, shine in ya face

I still shine on, still shine on

I still shine on, still shine on

I still shine on, still shine on

I still shine on, still shine on


See way back when I was a neutron star

I always dreamed I would be super large

Momma used to tell me that I was a superstar

I knew I had king blood runnin through my arms

Way before Kendrick, way before Cole

I rocked that crown on my album, all gold

Homies used to tell me that I shoulda went gold

Shoulda went platinum, all around the globe

Guess I’ma shoulda been

I just never found the door to get my foot up in

Always felt like I was on the outside lookin in

When the teachers taught the lesson in success

I guess I musta skipped with Ferris Bueller playin hookie then

Ever since my rookie year they said I was the next one

I double excel no freshman

I guess it wasn’t in the cards like a birthday with no money

I'll settle for that slow money


Hey I may not ever be a star one day

But I’m gon shine anyway

I’m gon shine everyday

I’m gon shine in ya face, shine in ya face

I still shine on, still shine on

I still shine on, still shine on

I still shine on, still shine on

I still shine on, still shine on


We live, baby

Tonight I shine like a thousand emcees

We live, baby

Shine so bright like a thousand emcees

We live, baby

Tonight I shine like a thousand emcees

We live, baby

Shine so bright like a thousand emcees
Track Name: Time In Between Thoughts [prod Simon SMTHNG]
Time In Between Thoughts

Time in between thoughts

I’ma married ass man, still tryina carry rap plans

Still got the pen and pad in my hand

Time in between thoughts, is the time I cherish most

That’s when I’m fully present in the moment my awareness grows

That’s where the magic happens 24 karat flow

Flow, current, river, stream live on yo periscope

Time in between thoughts, is the time I cherish most

That’s when I’m fully present in the moment my awareness grows

That’s where the magic happens 24 karat flow

Flow, current, river, stream live on yo periscope

Millisecond, half a second, nanosecond (tick tock)

Be still & present no past or present forecast the weather (NO NO)

We only got right now

But it’s gon last forever

Let’s hope this moment feels like the greatest orgasm ever (WHOA WHOA)

I mighta dozed off but Im still awake

Thoughts running through my mind all night occupying that real estate

Searching for answers the Zillow way

Questions bout my own mental state

And they open-ended like a pillowcase

Who knows (I don’t know I don’t know)

I’m sharing inside stuff yea Willow Bay

Trick or the treat

Pick up the pieces

I feel Like a pit on a leash

Flick off the fleas

Of course I would much rather

Die on my feet

Than live on my knees

Bliss, what is the meanin

Yea what is the meanin of bliss?

The question is

Does it even exist?



Who are you in between thoughts?

Are you happy with yourself or do you seem lost?

Who are you in between thoughts?

Are you happy with yourself or do you seem off?


It’s those moments similar to meditation

No agenda just you and them breaths you takin

They say it takes you much higher than medication

They say, they say, they say, yea they say

They say alotta things, it all depends on which they you’re followin

Some are the opps to me, some mean a lot to me some wanna boost the economy

Some say change your mind

Some say that the mind changes naturally over time


Who are you in between thoughts?

Are you happy with yourself or do you seem lost?

Who are you in between thoughts?

Are you happy with yourself or do you seem off?

Time will tell, time will tell, time will tell

Time will tell, time will tell, time will tell

What you thinkin ‘bout? What you ‘bout to do?

Can you overpower somethin more powerful than you?

Do you think it’s hopeless and you don’t got the tools?

Are you followin the path that God got for you?

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