For the Record

by Sia-Love

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In the tradition of old school hip-hop, Sia-Love's sophomore EP demonstrates her lyrical prowess while tackling sensitive issues such as dangerous love ("Good Girl"), self-validation and cultural roots of hip-hop ("For the Record"). Finally, it honors the ancestors and challenges the status quo with a soft hip-hop rendition of "Angelitos Negros" (Little Black Angels). "Angelitos Negros" is an anthem of Black pride that has been covered by many legends, including Roberta Flack and Eartha Kitt (who also sang it in English).

While Sia-Love's debut EP (also found here), celebrated sounds of Jamaica and the French Antilles with the original composition, "Sweet & Lovely". "For the Record" album ends with a journey from Venezuela, to Mexico, to the US with the song inspired by Andre Eloy Blanco's poem "Pintame Angelitos Negros."

We hope that you will enjoy this journey through sounds of the African diaspora!

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released May 17, 2016

All songs written and performed by Sia-Love, except "Angelitos Negros"

For the Record:
Chorus written and performed by K.nightshift
Mastered by Aristotle
Producer, Andre Neal
Executive Producer, Sia-Love
Recorded at Data Stream Studios

Good Girl:
Mastered by Aristotle
Producer, Andre Neal
Executive Producer, Sia-Love
Recorded in Andre Neal's basement

Angelitos Negros (interpolated cover):
Writen by Eloy Blanco, Manuel Alvarez Maciste
Performed by Sia-Love
Percussions by Kele Nitoto
Guitars by David Goodlett
Drums programmed by Andre Neal
Mixed and Mastered by Aristotle
Recorded at Data Stream Studios, SF

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Cosmopolitan and beautifully untamed, Sia- Love defies expectation. Lyrics steeped in fusions of world, hip-hop, and jazz Sia-Love's sound is classic and timeless.

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Track Name: For the Record ft. K.nightshift
Intro:
[S-I-A L-O-V-E
for the record, for the record
S-I-A L-O-V-E
for the record, for the record]

Why you verbalizing my name on a record?
You ain’t even got what it take
For the record, I’m a champ
you light weight
I’mma wreck you
before you make another mistake
you betta check your
facts, my resume
my credentials
watch how I do this work and get risiduals
watch how I open your mind
It’s monumental

Goddess on the mic shedding light
like I’m supposed to
I would like to invite
you to get into
another frame of mind with these rhymes
that will delight you
verbiage, vivid and vaste
give you an eye-full

You coming for me?
watch for the trap door
I’m a taoist Houdini
with these metaphors
keep it calm and sereen then it’s parcour
par for the course
more than you bargained for
like american marriage
departure and divorce
this endeavor you’re never gonna
survive of course

I might retreat but I never leave the scenery
won’t make a peep and you never know what you mean to me
my friends are close and I wash the feet of my enemy
so when I vanquish them, leave them with good memories

chorus:
[I got sunshine
and my own mind
for the record, for the record
When they watching
know I got ya
for the record, for the record
They won’t play me, no
not me baby, yeah
for the record, for the record, ooooh]

Some say, ‘where this come from?
How you go from a teacher to making albums?
How you start a career when most are half done?’
They ain’t half me
I’m stronger than the sun
In the midst of a fire
I will never burn
if you wish you can try me
I am not concerned
I desire for higher than gaia biosphere
you get the depth of the message I’m putting in your ear?
I’m an anomaly, honestly some will never learn
you gotta learn to live
go when it’s your turn

I take stock in my soul
‘cause I’m invested
I know I’m on the right road
because I blessed it
I’m in love with the present
it’s the best gift
now, who got what it take?
yeah you guessed it
some crumble and fall
I was built for it
their architecture is wrong
I’m equivalent
to the Temple of Heaven
and all the pyramids
now they quiver and shiverin’
when they’re hearing this

chorus:
[I got sunshine
and my own mind
for the record, for the record
When they watching
know I got ya'
for the record, for the record
They won’t play me, no
not me baby, yeah
for the record, for the record, ooooh]

Half maverick, half maven
all woman, all amazing
I made it this far and I don’t need your saving
you ain’t the hardest
that title’s been taken
by an unlikely candidate
don’t be mistaken
I’ve been overlooked and underestimated
no damsel in destress, I won’t negotiate
not impressed with your assets
or your associates
you like childish games?
find a child to play with
or better yet, predator
suicide and save us
the time and the energy
to have to do it later
I am the dopest
I could never not be
not for a moment
that ain’t my reality
I’ll never own that, I open doors for future seeds
because I owe them, like the doors opened for me
why all these grown men
acting like they cannot see
hip-hop is ours, it don’t belong to the industry
who got the heart
to take it back from the thieves
women fought when the men wouldn’t lead
staved off the French, British and Portuguese
for hundreds of years keeping Africa free
now hip-hop is Africa, what more do you need?
I’m not really asking ya
I plan to stay free!

chorus:
[Oooh, I got sunshine
and my own mind
for the record, for the record
When they watching
know I got ya
for the record, for the record
They won’t play me, no
not me baby, yeah
for the record, for the record

Can’t nobody, ain’t nobody gonna hold me down
they may try but they will never ever get my crown
oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!]

mmmmmmm, mmm

outro:
[S-I-A L-O-V-E
for the record, for the record
S-I-A L-O-V-E
for the record, for the record]
Track Name: Good Girl
chorus:
[Good girl, good energy
sweet heart no enemies
nobody hates her, but some of them envy
and the boys all chase her, tell her ‘girl you so pretty’
the boys all chase her, tell her ‘girl you so pretty’

Good girl, good energy
sweet heart no enemies
nobody hates her, but some of them envy
and the boys all chase her, tell her girl you so pretty
the boys all chase her, tell her girl you so pretty]

But her heart burns
for maniac-pyros
the mirrors inside her
crack when the fire blows
and her heart yearns
for something to hold on
she kinda fragile
he make her feel grown
he got that good stuff
beast with two backs
she think it’s real love
he dont think that
no future-
no titles-
no burdens-
no bridals-
he keep it solid
she’s just a trifle
a trophy
some candy
some thing to keep handy
when he feel like playing
when he done with slangin’
she can do better
but she’s impressed with his game
wouldn’t leave if he let her
she like how he slang it

Good girl good energy
sweetheart no enemies
nobody hates her
but she might internally

her mama say:
<<stop!
what you doing is killing me
you gotta make
better decision
his love is fake
puts you in fucked up positions!>>

but some call it fate
they say the future was written
the bullets-
the entrance-
the exit -
the imprints-

he was the target
but she was the victim
collapsing her ventricles
turning seats crimson
you couldn’t argue
‘cause she wouldn’t listen
and I feel so sorry
I knew her potential
but some stars
shine so bright
when they fall
and her mama wants
her baby back in her arms
her mama want her baby back in her arms

chorus:
[Good girl, good energy
sweetheart, no enemies
nobody hated her
some of them envied
and the boys all chased her
told her ‘girl you so pretty’

Good girl, good energy
sweet heart no enemies
nobody hates her, but some of them envy
and the boys all chase her, tell her ‘girl you so pretty’
the boys all chase her, tell her ‘girl you so pretty’]

But her heart burns for someone to belong
to, make her whole, make her feel strong
her heart yearns for something to hold on
she tryin’ to gow up
he made her feel grown

he got that good stuff
the beast with two backs
she think it’s real love
he dont think that
no future-
no titles-
no burdens-
no bridals-
plenty would love her
but she’s in denial

Her heart burns
for maniac-pyros
mirrors inside her
cracked when the fire blows
and her heart yearns
for something to hold on
she was so fragile
and we just did not know

she felt outta place
and no one could see it
a smile always on her face
so hard to believe it
now the ancestral gates
they happy to see her
and she finally is safe
and we R.I.P her

chorus:
[Good girl, good energy
sweet heart no enemies
nobody hates her, but some of them envy
and the boys all chase her, tell her ‘girl you so pretty’

Good girl, good energy
sweet heart no enemies
another page in ghetto history
wish i could change
how the story ends

she was a good girl]
good girl
good girl
good girl
Track Name: Angelitos Negros
Pintor nacido en mi tierra
Con el pincel extranjero
Pintor que sigues el rumbo
De tantos pintores viejos
Aunque la virgen sea blanca
Píntale angelitos negros
Que también se van al cielo
Todos los negritos buenos
Pintor si pintas con amor
Por qué desprecias su color?
Si sabes que en el cielo
También los quiere Dios
Pintor de santos alcoba
Si tienes alma en el cuerpo
Por qué al pintar en tus cuadros
Te olvidaste de los negros
Siempre que pintas iglesias
Pintas angelitos bellos
Pero nunca te acordaste
De pintar un ángel negro

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