Mental Notes

Mental Notes

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Biography

Welcome to the Evolution of Hip-Hop

Armed with their unique signature sound, New York City's original hip-hop ensemble Mental Notes has been attracting diverse audiences for almost a decade.

Their eclectic fusion of old school hip-hop, funk, electronica, jazz and acid rock continues to break the boundaries of the New York live music scene.

Mental Notes has consistently added to the pulse of New York's musical and social heartbeat. They have been a previous guest on Air America Radio, appearing on Chuck D's highly praised live talk show. Most recently, Mental Notes bassist and songwriter David Dovo composed the original film score for Jerusalem in Exile (part of the "Art and Apathy" film documentary project of Eyes Infinite Films), an official selection and winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. While the lead vocalist/emcee Spiritchild has produced several film scores, spoken word albums for Nuyorican Slam Champion Ainsley Burrows and SmokiFantastic, as well as releasing several solo albums projects with include A tribute to Nina Simone, Eclipse of Hope and Creative Politics to list a few.

Collectively, the members of Mental Notes have collaborated and or shared the stage with a series of diverse artists including legendary producer Hank Shocklee, hip-hop virtuosos Dead Prez, Black Moon, soul-funk horn legends Tower of Power and Latin dance sensation Gloria Estefan.

Mental Notes vocalist Spiritchild has been privileged to work with revolutionary spoken work activists Last Poets as well as Brooklyn's Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Bassist David Dovo's diverse talent has led him to create remixes for rap pioneers Public Enemy and work with such acclaimed jazz artists as saxophonist Daniel Carter and share the stage with Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood. Guitarist Fro has shared the stage with nationally recognized jazz-fusion artists Deep Banana Blackout, Garaj Mahal and the punk inspired Screaming Headless Torsos. Drummer Eran Asias toured the globe and recorded with such artists as Patty Smyth's Scandal, Will Lee and Dem Brooklyn Bums.

Together, this collection of prolific musicians create an intense listening experience that rivals any sound to come out of the hip-hop scene in recent memory. Mental Notes invites you to be a part of the evolution of sound by bringing their unique fusion of experimental hip-hop.

Mental Notes has toured internationally to Mumbai and New Dehli in India, Egypt, National College and Community Tours throughout the states. Locally, Mental Notes has played the Blue Note, S.O.B's, CBGB's, Triad Theater, The Knitting Factory and other local listings.

Lyrics

systematic analysis

Written By: spiritchild (Billy James Martin) ASCAP

Systematic Analysis

Music 12 bars

Hook 8 bars

The revolution will be televised it will be fortified it will be electrified right through your system. My evolution will be enterprise, it will be recognized it will coincide with your system. This revolution will be the all Seeing Eye that you can’t see, smell, taste through your system. My evolution will be all in … you…

Verse 8 bars

Analysis of my paralysis is due to inadequate, passages of broken scrolls America needs bandages. Sick infected scandalous legalize the cannabis, legalize the cannabis. {repeat}
Your times up.

Hook 8 bars {repeat}

Verse 12 bars

You could be the server drive for the revolution being computerized, digital times and you still couldn’t get a click. All right click, click out of my sick – mind I’m a grip lines. With a slow wind that hold Caribbean waistlines. Taste mines when I spit rhymes, stopped slipping dimes. Give you a penny for your thought after 10 its 9.99. How you define the minds of men when most men are in a nigger state of mind – control, mind control lies control minds. Sublime, time continuum. Half a century done past, same shit continuing. I’m barely a recognized citizen, but I stay eating my vitamins so that one day I’ll be strong enough to break the mind experiment.

Hook 8 bars

The revolution will be televised it will be fortified it will be electrified right through your system. My revolution will be the all Seeing Eye that you can’t see, smell – taste through your system. My revolution will be rushing you, touching you, calling you, calling you in your system. My evolution will be all – in – you …
sound off… sound off

Music 8 bars

Verse 8 bars

Analysis of my paralysis is due to inadequate, passages of broken scrolls America needs bandages. Sick infected scandalous legalize the cannabis, legalize the cannabis. {repeat}
And that is it.

Hook 8 bars {repeat}

Music {Sax Solo}

Lyrics written & arranged
By Billy Martin – Spirit Child
Music by Mental Notes
© 2001 Multi Creations Music Publishing ASCAP
Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind
Event Horizon

rumi

Written By: spiritchild (Billy James Martin) ASCAP

Rumi
11/29/03

Escape…

HOOK 8 BARS

Inside this new love. Die.
Your way begins on the other side. Die.
Become the sky. Fly.
Take an axe to the prison wall. Die.

VERSE 12 BARS

Escape.
Walk out like someone, suddenly born
Into color (my brother).
Do it now.
Your covered with this thick cloud.
Slide out….
The side. Die,
And be quiet.
It is the surest sign.
Quietness will let you know that you’ve
Really died.

HOOK 8 BARS

Inside this new love. Die.
Your way begins on the other side. Die.
Become the sky. Fly.
Take an axe to the prison wall. Die.

Lyrics written & arranged
by Billy Martin - SpiritChild
Music byD2 (el caballero Diablo)
© 2003 Multi Creations Music Publishing ASCAP

the zone

Written By: spiritchild (Billy James Martin) ASCAP

The Zone
2002

HOOK 8 BARS

MUSIC SOLO 8 BARS

VERSE 16 BARS

Who want to vibe with the old soul. Cold flow, get up and dance flow. Got em on the dance floor loosing the mind slow. Find your-self, letting your hands go. Up to the sky, real high – that high. And I’m for – the revolution. I die for – the evolution of the mind body get up yall.
Can I get a clap a clap that go clap. With the snare tap that it’ll make em clap to that.
The matter is black. As a matter of fact. Dark matters most when I go – boom bap.
Across the map and it don’t stop beyond that.
Got a sound for the E.T.’s, primitive species.
Leave you easy stuck on feces. I don’t want to see these falsified deities.
Bill please you ain’t got the touch. Talking about you funky fresh lacking the rush.

HOOK 8 BARS

I got this in a my blood, in a my bones feeling the zone it won’t leave me. I got this in a my blood, in a my bones feeling the zone must believe me. (2x)

MUSIC 8 BARS

VERSE 16 BARS

As the sky falls we dial 777-HELP, all of a sudden. Seeking peace with self. I find myself, caught up in the same sparking the flame, numbing the brain just to relieve the pain.
Kill the stress, my man whispered in his last breath, when asked where you want to go. He proudly said Bx. Jah bless, as the music caress. That was the inner me death giving my spirit respect. As I commense the only thing that really make sense humans are dumb, third eye blind don’t forget deaf, so I.
Pump up the volume, sit beside you.
Formulate, sedate, meditate pass by you. Man listen don’t even believe what’s told. You thinking platinum and gold, I’m after your soul.
And full control, I’ve give it back just so you could hold. What I spit pon this microphone (in a your dome).

HOOK 8 BARS

MUSIC {Sax Solo}

VERSE 16 BARS

Walk cross the Atlantic; see your ancestry in front of you with full metal jackets. Electric, storm ever lasting. Fasting, warm ever lasting. Eternally equipped to give you vibes. Inherited from body moving tribes. That bring back lives. I visualize never ending sky dives. When I’m getting high. Won’t you be my – Vessel? Don’t you see I – bless you. Get you up and uplift your soul. It’s beautiful to be black. Beautiful to be in control, of what I know. And everything remains true in what I know, do what I know. Flow how I flow, cause its good period. Take it or leave it, its still serious.

HOOK 16 BARS

MUSIC 16 BARS

Lyrics written & arranged
by Billy Martin - SpiritChild
Music by Mental Notes
© 2002 Multi Creations Music Publishing ASCAP

tear gas

Written By: spiritchild (Billy James Martin) ASCAP

tear gas
tear gas,
tear gas and uniform mask the flashlight
last night seem like the last night for freedom
fist fights with brass pipes like we need them
cats like pull out the ammunition
general awaits your decision
the soldiers exhausted, but brave hearted complete the mission
slice the throats of the cattle, burn the livestock
leave no vegetation behind
every woman and child, head for the mountains east of the Nile
we’ll send for you,
tell my wife not to be stubborn
reports to the battlefield she ain’t leaving
that demands respect she came with a legion
of feminine energy willing to do everything and anything
don’t twist shit up
she created the battle plans, analyzed the enemy found their weak points
and we hit them up, charge
imagine the sunset before war
imagine your last sex before war
imagine the last sounds of kiss of her lips to his lips
that’ll make you come back for more
you got my back we must attack with the swiftness
no victims in my village
high percentage of casualties expected
some say it’s suicidal like pissy drunk driving reckless
but I ain’t going to sit around while some kids die neck less
innocents can I forget this
sleep with this american dream american nightmare is more like what it seems
its cowards to be passive, motherfuckers is blasting
while you out on vacation Caribbean sands Marriott
you on some Peace Corps foreign land you hot
like I know how you feel but lets meditate and pray
what the fuck is on your mind okay
I had three kids die in my arms today
you’s an ass, and I mean that sincerely
Just cause you on this delegation don’t mean shit
cause when you leave you still leave behind some shit
so fuck you very much, why don’t you take your actions in your own backyard
see times is hard, we just finishing from warring and I’m dealing with scars
and pardon my lack of patience, I’m a bit on guard
you see when you at war it never stops
it passes down from your bloods blood till your bloods blood stops
separate the blood from my teardrops
it ain't happen, commence to clapping with an eyes closed fashion blaw blaw blaw…..

lyrics written by spiritchild © 3/6/05 multi creations ascap
music david dovo (d2 of mental notes)
from the true human design ep

Discography

5 Albums for Mental Notes (all lyrics & arrangement by spiritchild, music by David Dovo)
Through Sips of Love and Hallucination 2009
Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind 2001
Event Horizon 2002
Hope Out Loud Peace Festival (live) 2004
Cosmic Slop Hip Hop Volume 1 new paltz (live) 2007
Cosmic Slop Hip Hop Volume 2 rebar (live)

2007Composition/Production/Arrangement by David Dovo)
True Human Design (EP) 2008 (Composition/Production/Arrangement by David Dovo)

5 Solo Albums (written, composed & arranged by Spiritchild)
A Tribute To Nina Simone (The EP) 2004
Creative Politics Chapter 1 reports from the rhythmic poet (mixtape) 2005
Eclipse of Hope (The LP) 2007
Dark Matters (Double LP) 2010
Electric Cinnamon (LP) 2012

Compilations for Movement In Motion
8 Volumes Of Music for Collective 2003-2007
see www.movementinmotion.org for details

2 Spoken Word With Music Albums
Cataclysm 2000 Ainsley Burrows
Deep Space Harmonica 2008 SmokiFantastic

1 Tibetan Hip Hop Album
Liberation 2004 Namgyal

Set List

our typical set list is about 10 songs.
a combination of our latest release
Electric Cinnamon with sprinkled Mental Notes classics.

2 sets 45min to an hour each. we sometimes play longer according to the demand and flow of the event.

as listed above we do some covers.
hip hop,reggae, jazz
songs ranging from a tribe called quest, the police, buju banton & bob marley.