Cocoa Sarai

Cocoa Sarai

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloR&BHip Hop

From the legendary Madison Square Garden to SOB's to the Blue Note in Milan, Italy; The Cocoa Sarai Experience is honest, raw and exciting! A powerful vocalist and an amazing songwriter Brooklyn NY native Cocoa Sarai is captivating on stage! Guam, Japan, Hungary, Spain, Italy, to NYC and all throughout the Unites States she has gained the hearts of audiences near and far. BET/ Hot 97/ Power 105.1/ Underground Music Award Winner/ BET Blaze The Stage Award Winner/ Deans List Awards Winner.

Biography

Brooklyn, New York based singer, songwriter and dynamic performer Cocoa Sarai began singing at the age of 2 as her mother the late Sandra Myrie recalls, “She was 2 years old when she started singing, but actually I knew that her voice was going to be something special because she had an unusual cry and her grandmother said she’s going to be a singer”.

Hailing from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Cocoa Sarai draws her inspiration from a character-shaping past, present life and career experiences and a wild imagination of a future she intends to take control of by sheer will. The eldest of three siblings, Cocoa Sarai was raised by her grandmother and notes her as the source of her strength. When she was very young, she took on the role of caretaker at home due to health issues arising from her grandmother’s diabetes.

It was in 2006 at the age of 15 when Cocoa Sarai would begin to spread her wings, being the youngest member, and one of just a few women, of The Hip Hop Project; a New York-based program that encourages and inspires New York City teens to make their life stories works of art using Hip-Hop as a method of self-development and personal discovery. The program was also the subject of an award-winning documentary film executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. “The student becomes the Teacher” and with this being true to life, Cocoa became a Teaching Artist for that very same program.

In 2008, at the age of 17 Cocoa Sarai would take her talents to another level being seen world wide as a contestant on BET’s Wild Out Wednesday appearing once in January and requested to come back in July, which led to her achieving the 2009 best Female R&B artist award at BET’s Blaze The Stage ceremony. Following her senior year of high school, Cocoa traveled the world as part of the Hip-Hop Project sharing her talent and serving as a pillar of inspiration in several countries including the nation of Guam and Japan. Upon her return, she next toured Southern Europe (France, Hungary, Spain and Italy) with the world renowned "Harlem Gospel Choir".

In 2010 Cocoa Sarai released her Debut Ep ½ PAST 7, all songs self written, showcasing her original music, which created a lane for her to perform at venues that catered to R&B and Hip Hop. The Ep would bring Cocoa Sarai more recognition, with her working with producers such as The Buchanans (Jay-Z - “What More Can I Say”, Beyonce – “Hip-Hop Star”) and Rick Hertz (Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins New Seventy7 Publishing Signee) which lead to her big performance at Madison Square Garden where she performed the National Anthem for the NY KNICKS on February 9, 2011.

In late 2011 Cocoa released her lead single “Raining In My Room” as a dedication to her mother who sadly died of Lung Cancer in November of 2011. This led to the release of her sophomore EP The Black & White. Two singles from the project gained recognition from radio DJ’s, having her songs “Raining In My Room” and “Anything” featuring emerging rapper Fred Da Godson,  air on popular radio stations such as HOT 97 and Power 105.1, two leading stations for Hip-Hop and R&B in NYC. This soon lead to her performance at BET’s Music Matters showcase delivering a performance so impressive and dynamic that she was invited to perform and headline the showcase in 2013.

In 2012 Cocoa Sarai would also receive an Underground Music Award for Best Female R&B artist. Her talents, personality, street presence and her achievements are all responsible for her becoming the “go to” girl for hooks and features.  Cocoa has also received much praise as a songwriter from several music industry executives including Atlantic Records’ VP of A&R Darrale Jones, SONY/ATV Music Publishing’s A&R Walter Jones, J-Records’  Trevor Gale, Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations at SESAC, LaFace Records’ JoJo Brim, General Manager/ Senior Vice President of A&R at Epic Records, Interscope Records, John Ehmann, Sr, Director of A&R and others. She has been featured in The NY Times, Vibe.com, Vibe Vixen, YRBMag, The Singers Room, The Urban Daily,  just to name a few, all noting Cocoa Sarai as the best new songwriter and singer on the horizon.

Cocoa has now written songs that have been released by artists signed to major labels ("Sevyn Streeter", Atlantic Records, "Adina Howard", SMG/Sony Red Records, "Rawyals", Massenburg Media/Sony Red Records, "Che'nelle​", EMI Capitol Universal, "Shaggy" Sony EMI) 

After nearly a year of recovery due to Voice Microsurgery in order to remove polyps from the songbird’s vocal chords, she is back and stronger than ever. 

Lyrics

Timing (Intro)

Written By: T. Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai

Verse 1:

You said you can manage
Well I think you lied to me
You knew I was damaged
I told you I couldn't be who you needed
You said be who you are

I wasn't ready
No no not ready for your love I wasn't ready
I wasn't ready no no not ready to trust I wasn't ready
I wasn't ready no no not ready for your time I wasn't ready
Now that I'm ready, I'm ready look at me now Im
Im the one your forgetting.

Awww Damn,
Timing is a mother fuck**
It was a ll about timing
Ooh That dirty mother fuck**
Guess it was the wrong time for me
Timing disagrees with me
The wrong time for me
That dirty mother fucker
It was all about timing

Blow Me

Written By: T.Myrie Ascap 2013,AKA Cocoa Sarai

Blow Me
Hook
So take a hit of this
Bet I get you high high
Way up in the sky high
Body high high
Split a dutch
Roll me up
Light me up
Oooh
Take a puff and blow me out

Verse 1
Love on it like you paid for it
You know its better than whats in your cup
Oh you know you were made for it
and you know its yours so light it up
Inhale, breathe out
Don't tell me that you
Be stressing and don't know what to do

Hook 2x
So take a hit of this
Bet I get you high high
Way up in the sky high
Body high high
Split a dutch
Roll me up
Light me up
Ohhh
Take a puff and blow me out

Verse 2
You know this blunt is personal
The kind that you aint sharing with your friends
Oh problems all go up in smoke
Watch it go
So inhale , then breathe out
Don't tell me that you
Be stressing and don't know what to do

Hook
So take a hit of this
Bet I get you high high
Way up in the sky high
Body high high
Split a dutch
Roll me up
Light me up
Oooh
Take a puff and blow me out

VAMP 2x
Lose your mind
In time and space
You need a get a way
I know just the place
Right here babe
Mary Jane
Oooh you know my name
And everything you need
You can find in me

Retrospect (Freewrite)

Written By: T.Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai

Retrospect (Freewrite)
-
He be asking where you been at?
How you doing?
Well
Seems like your doing way way better than me
I dont disagree
What am I doing?
Why am I here?
Why did I even pick up this got damn phone to call?
Going through withdrawal
It’s not fair it’s not
It’s not fair it’s not
Losing your best friend
Its the end
When its the end
Its not fair
Losing your best friend again
Oh it feels like the end
Where the fuck do I begin?
Oh no oh no oh no oh no

If this is how you treat someone that you love
Id hate to be someone you hate
Tell me you can’t relate
Going out on all these dates and
Aint nobody you
It wont do
This aint fair how did I get here?
This aint fair how did I get here?
This aint fair how did I get here?
Here
Here
Here
Here

WTF (Cant Be Friends)

Written By: T.Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai

WTF (Cant Be Friends)

So we really dont know each other like we use to now?
SO we really gone act like 2 strangers in a crowd?
We really gone act like I never held you down
Id be lying if I said I dont miss you when you aint around

Hook
Aint gone be giving me hugs
With the butt out
Wtf is this about
Baby Im strung out
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no
Cuz were were just in love
Take it back I
Just can’t do that Im
breaking my own heart if I do
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no

Verse 2:
So you really 'gone be kissing someone else on New Years Eve?
And if your laying with her boy I hope that your thinking of me
Your really gone pretend that this is how its suppose to be?
While Im stuck thinking bout it, your too busy with her to be missing me
Oh boy you

Hook
Aint gone be giving me hugs
With the butt out
Wtf is this about
Baby Im strung out
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no
Cuz were were just in love
Take it back I
Just can’t do that Im
breaking my own heart if I do
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no
I can’t be your friend no no

9 Lives

Written By: T.Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai

9 Lives

Intro
Mr. Who Messed Up
Mr. Court Jester
Inside my Doorway
Crying and begging and pleading to stay

Verse 1
I dont feel a thing
Its like Im just going through all the motions
Numb can’t even think
The truth is over thought over all of this
Indecisive oh me oh

Hook
My-y-y-y-y-y
I-i-i-i-i-i
Mi-i-i-i-i-ight
Go Back Go Back Again
Not this
Ti-i-i-ime
Oh not
Toni-i-i-ight
Good By-y-y-y-y-y-y-ye

Verse 2
Funny how things change
The one with my heart is calling me heartless
Fuck Verbal exchange
With a blank face I point at the place the scar is
Indecisive oh me oh

Hook
My-y-y-y-y-y
I-i-i-i-i-i
Mi-i-i-i-i-ight
Go Back Go Back Again
Not this
Ti-i-i-ime
Oh not
Toni-i-i-ight
Good By-y-y-y-y-y-y-ye

Vamp:
Mr. 9 Lives
Seems like your all out of
Seems like your all out of lives
Lives (lies)
Mr. 9 Lives
Seems like your all out
Seems like your all out of lives
Mr. 9 Lives
Seems like we fall out
Never really mean goodbye
Mr. 9 Lives
Seems like your all out
Seems like your all out of lies (lives)

Written by T.Myrie ASCAP 2013

Broken Parts (Interlude)

Written By: T.Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai)

Don’t try to clean these open wounds
You’ll get infected sooner or later I assume
Love zombies don’t know how to heal they just destroy
Broken girls don’t belong with these broken boys
Broken toys

Broken Hearts
Broken Parts
Broken
Hearts shot in the dark Bang bang shoot ‘em down
Hearts shot in the dark Bang bang shoot ‘em down
Hearts shot in the dark Bang bang shoot ‘em down
Hearts shot in the dark Bang bang shoot ‘em down

Don’t leave your heart here not with me
Its not safe inside these walls of misery….

Written by T.Myrie ASCAP 2013

Wait A Minute FT The B3nder

Written By: T.Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai,The B3nder

Wait A Minute

I don't want to meet yo mama
I don't want to be good I want to be bad baby I ain't with the drama
Perfect gentleman
hold the door
walk pass
Slap my ass that's how I want 'em
Sip a little bit, tote a little bit
If you're going to lick the (kitty) dont come up
And imma be gone 'fore the Sun up
Cuz I have been there done that
Baby I done been there done that and
I done gave my all and get nothing back
Baby I have been there done that

B-sec
And I don't want to do it again
Boy I done told you I just want to have fun
Ain't worried 'bout if you're the one and only
Cuz right now boy I can not be what you want
We're way to deep in it

Hook
Hold up n**** wait a minute
Aint bout to be falling in love
Wait a minute
Naw that aint bout to be us
Wait a minute
We both knew what this shit was
Wait a minute
So fuck all that shit you be on
Wait a minute

Oh no I dont want to meet ya Mama

Verse 2
I don't want to meet yo daddy
ain't bout to dive in
N**** naw I dont swim
I ain't even bout to have it
Lovestruck have you f***** up every single time don't want it don't matter
No pics evidence if we going to do this baby cut the chit chatter
And honestly baby I'm flattered

But I have been there done that
Baby I done been there done that and
I done gave my all and get nothing back
Baby I have been there done that

B-sec
And I don't want to do it again
Boy I done told you I just want to have fun
Ain't worried 'bout if you're the one and only
Cuz right now boy I can not be what you want
We're way to deep in it

Hook
Hold up n**** wait a minute
Aint bout to be falling in love
Wait a minute
Naw that aint bout to be us
Wait a minute
We both knew what this shit was
Wait a minute
So fuck all that shit you be on
Wait a minute

Written by T.Myrie ASCAP 2013

Robots

Written By: T. Myrie ASCAP 2013,AKA COcoa Sarai

Robots
(Written By Cocoa Sarai)
(Produced By: Rick Hertz / Arab Jones/ LD)

Aint saving none for later
Yeah we on a mission
A Guinness record listen this is different what we're doing
Ooh mechanic lovers
Engineer each other
'Till every spot's discovered

B-Sec
Don't be afraid to let it gooooo
Say right there, ooh right there
And if you feel it let me knoooow
So I can keep it going for ya
I want you to
Don't move

Hook
Keep the lights on
Don't turn 'em off, don't turn 'em off, don't hand 'em off No!
Baby come on
Cuz we never stop, we never stop the only press GO!
We don't need to recharge, we be going for hours swear it feels like we're f****** like some robots
Ain't no stopping for air, food or water in here, swear it feels like we are f****** like some robots

Verse 2
What you mean you tired?
My love only expires
When we can't get no higher, higher higher
And when we're coming down right before I reach the ground I wanna hear every sound

B-Sec
I'm not afraid to let it gooooo
Say right there, ooh right there
Ooh baby let me knoooow
Cuz I want you to

Hook
Keep the lights on
Don't turn 'em off, don't turn 'em off, don't hand 'em off No!
Baby come on
Cuz we never stop, we never stop the only press GO!
We don't need to recharge, we be going for hours swear it feels like we're f****** like some robots
Ain't no stopping for air, food or water in here, swear it feels like we are f****** like some robots

Bridge
I know you probably think I'm crazy
But I love how we do it baby
Can't help it this is how you make me
When you put it on me like that
Don't know how to act when you come around
You turn me on but then you turn me out out out out
What is this about 'bout 'bout 'bout
Baby Baby
Won't you

Hook
Keep the lights on
Don't turn 'em off, don't turn 'em off, don't hand 'em off No!
Baby come on
Cuz we never stop, we never stop the only press GO!
We don't need to recharge, we be going for hours swear it feels like we're f****** like some robots
Ain't no stopping for air, food or water in here, swear it feels like we are f****** like some robots

Shadowboxer

Written By: T.Myrie ASCAP 2015,AKA Cocoa Sarai

Shadowboxer

Ive been in a fight
And no one else can see my black and blues
I won't be alright
I've gotten used to this type of abuse
I tried to defend myself but either way I'm bound to lose
And no one can help me no
running from myself is impossible to do

Shadowboxer
Fighting a force that I can't even see
It's a monster
Voice so loud it won't let me sleep
I'm trying to ignore it
But it won't stop it won't let me go
It's keeping me hostage
f****** imposter
Shadowboxer

I know that no one else can see
When doubt is drowning out the light
And the victim and Victor is me
I tried to defend myself but
Either way I'm bound to lose
And no one can help me
Running won't help me
It's impossible to do with this

Shadowboxer
Fighting a force that I can't even see
It's a monster
Voice so loud it won't let me sleep
I'm trying to ignore it
But it won't stop it sounds just like me
It's keeping me hostage
f****** imposter
Shadowboxer

It ain't fair I'm fighting with myself
Trying to ignore the voices in my head
Telling me what I can and cannot do

Written by T.Myrie ASCAP 2013

Discography

"Nostalgia | The Vibey EP" (2015)

1.Timing (Intro)

2. Blow Me

3. Retrospect (Freewrite)

4. WTF (Can't Be Friends)

5. 9 Lives

6. Broken Parts (Interlude)

7. Wait a Minute (feat. The B3nder)

8. Robots

9. Shadowboxer 

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The Black & White (2012)

1. The Black & White (Intro)

2. Raining In My Room

3. Criminal

4. Black & Blue

5. Love Feels Like

6. Colours

7. Memories 4 Suckers

8. Anything ft. Fred Da Godson

9. Delete You

10. One Second 2 Love ft. Rich Lowe

11. Live

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Half Past 7 ( 2010)

1.Half Past Seven (Intro)

2. Camera's On

3. Up Against The Wall

4. Playing In Ya Hair

5. Stupid Love Song

6. Complicated

7. Beat Box (Skit)

8. Ur Such A Girl 

9. Everything ft. Livewire

10. Mind Control (Skit)

11. She Took the Night

12. Hungover 

13. Side Effects 

14. Thank You (Outro)

15. Ring (Bonus Track)

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