Sleeping Giant

by ill system

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Hey, what have I missed?
Been gone so long from this
Like a quiet sleeping giant
Now I’m back in it

While there’s fools on the loose
I’m in the mood to keep it real
If there’s a flame there’s a fire
If there’s a system then it’s ill

Cut out my eyes before we witness a crime
I’ll cut out my own tongue before you hear me tell a lie
Because the news is useless
The truth consumed is bullshit
Until we Trump the Zuma’s there’s a reason why I do this.

Stay Awake!
While you are sleeping they break in
Stay Awake!
Or you'll be living a nightmare

Working 9-5
Keep the dream alive
If you get the timing right
It might be right on time

I wrote my first rhyme in 99
Each line a diatribe
You may think that I'm quiet
But don't wake a sleeping giant

If I'm a wolf, you're a sheep
I'm awake, you're asleep,
While I am dreamin of freedom
You just be sleepin in your semen
You better get outta bed and grab a seat
We going deep

Cool kid, think you got the answers
Can't start a revolution from an armchair
Still everybody wanna be the next Beyonce
Not enough Nelsons, too many Kanye's

I don't fuck with Insta, Twitter, Zuckerbergers, maybe I'm a weirdo, or just a relic from the past
Computer future could be cooler but it seems to keep us stupid like we're trying to pull a neutered horse using a cart

Still I keep my eyes wide open, hoping that's the binds are broken, I've awoken
Rockin 'n rollin' and wrecking the programming
Everybody wake from the slumber
Were talking real, no joking.

I was in a moment, thinking in slow motion
I was searching for the answer, when I forgot the question
But now that I’ve awakened we can stop the faking


released May 24, 2019
Music by ill system
Mixed and Mastered by Clinton Watts from Watts Productions
Cover Photo by Chanel Wicher


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ill system Cape Town, South Africa

The only African Reggae Metal band on the planet. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, 'ill system' began their journey in 2001. They relocated to UK in 2003, where they released their debut album: 'International Assassins'. They then went on to win the UK battle of the bands, and played alongside Bloodhound Gang at the Taubertal Festival in Germany. They disbanded in 2006, but reformed in 2014 ... more

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