Justin Bates

Justin Bates

 New York City, New York, USA
BandHip HopR&B

The kid that actually believed grown-ups when they said you can do anything you put your mind to.
A man that knows life is victory in itself.
An artist that is loyal to the responsibility the title entails.

Biography

Justin Bates is a Brooklyn resident by way of Chicago. Bates has been living in Brooklyn since Nov of 2008, fresh off a 6 year enlistment in the Armed Forces. Upon arriving to NYC, Bates began work in the studio and performing live at venues such as Webster Hall, Sullivan Hall, Village Underground, Katra Lounge, Marfa Lounge, The Morgan, and where he attends college at Berkeley.
Bates aesthetic focal point is appreciation of life, while stressing the responsibility we have to humanity- inspiring those around us. Bates is a Hip Hop artist and R&B Songwriter currently undergoing the groundwork necessary to build a solid following and take his music to higher platforms of exposure.

Lyrics

Fly Together Remix

Written By: Justin Bates

See life is a song I'm a need singers
A drummer boy and a pianist with mean fingers
Strings- harmonicas and a guitarist
While killa chris pop plays maracas
While y'all miss the meaning- all lines I read between em
I murda beats y'all misdemean em
My mind is lost and last seen on Venus- the reason
For these masterpieces never cheap jingles- yea
So many sins in my life I'm a need Jesus
To repent and release demons
But on the weekend- I share top floors
With beauty queens and-
Hennesy and green leaf steaming
If lust was a cloud
I'm floating right along side with a bad bitch yellin fuck coming down
with that cold fact comes a lot of hurt feelins
But that's when the best words written - check it out

So many thoughts reside in my mind
It's a blessing I like rhymin
If there was no outlet for this pain it'll be a detriment to my psyche
And for those of y'all that dry to judge, I bet the verdict be to my liking
Cause every days a struggle to do right
and I take pride in sayin I'm a fighter

I ride on the freeway- In my zone
Racing tryna get home- just to write my song
So baby you might have to- spend the night alone
But soon as the sunrise I'll be at your door.

See Im A son that's missed and A damn good father
A brother to a sister that knows that I got her
A friend to the end right there when it's problems
And An artist with the desire to never be forgotten
Not to mention many women first option
Lookin for the box they can lock my heart in
honestly- I'm exhausted
So in the booth-
with the headphones rockin where I find solace.
It's all good till them feelings start showin
Then the most charismatic lose swag
They aggravated by the way a nigga move around
Then I'm watching cool girls turn nags
see life is for living- care frees my disposition
As my- biological times tickin
I ain't tripping father times my nigga
Hes the one that supplies my wisdom

See even losers feel joy
And even winners feel sorrow
Every saint has a past
And every sinner has tomorrow

I ride on the freeway- In my zone
Racing tryna get home- just to write my song
So baby you might have to- spend the night alone
But soon as the sunrise I'll be at your door.

You can hear it in the flow the realness I'm releasing
Slick talker do the beat greasy
It's been said I ain't shit- I laughed and agreed easy
Why the fuck I wanna be feces
What you mad for- all I wanna do is rap raw
And show the people what I stand for
And that's a nocturnal early riser that's hot burnin
Teacher that'll never stop learning
The people get excited from heat that I bring to the cypher
When I leave they won't need to be reminded
A beast when I'm rhymin- I reach deep every line
Causin noise makin mc's to be quiet
Please pass the lighter
I'm bout to set the leaf on fire
Call D for a beat to be inspired
My teams realigning no problems
We just needed better timin
Catching eyes of all the industry insiders
got em

See this the sound of fearlessness
That real shit never dies
I see em tryna copy what's hot right now but that's always forgotten over time
My daily agendas work hard focus and be myself
Put my heart and soul in everything
Then fall asleep with no regrets

I ride on the freeway- In my zone
Racing tryna get home- just to write my songs
So baby you might have to- spend the night alone
But soon as the sunrise I'll be at your door.

And when you ride I'll ride we'll ride together
And when You climb I'll climb
To reach higher levels
When it's my time it's your time but the times now or never
So if you rise I'll rise and we'll rise together...... Baby.

Our Lives

Written By: Justin Bates

I know how y'all feel man
trapped and frustrated
Aggy and suffocated
Workin real hard and never make it
But I'm here to tell y'all to stay tenacious
That will to survive never break it
It's only a matter of time, and the topp is where we take it
And when it's time to ride play this

We in a race against time
Until the end of our lives
Its Money drugs and crime
These are the days of our lives

I represent the voice of the minorities
That's on the street
And got a problem with authority
It's no relief
And to succeed you know the chance is slim
The challenge is
the heavy struggle that we stand against
We handle it
And yo they hate us cause we make a way
From day to day
We get it in and say we can't complain
Escape the pain
From coppin bottles at the lichor store
Get some dro and break the Dutch another spliff to roll
We livin tho
That's right
My people gotta keep on to ya goals
They lookin through the peep hole of the door
And so afraid to open it- it's time to go against
Act like they ain't knowin the world is colder than polar winds
So how we supposed to win
I'll tell you how just keep focusing
And go and get ya dough like you chosen to win
If you believe it then it's possible
Keep breezin the obstacles
And never stop because

We in a race against time
Until the end of our lives
Its Money drugs and crime
These are the days of our lives

Days are short and nights are long
We out till morn
And yea the edge is what our lives are on
But we don't fall
cause we tenacious and our minds are strong
Surviving wars
That higher prize is what we striving for
We grindin hard
The chance of dyin young is high as hell
Misguided heads
Our fathers never left behind a trail
And now we dwellin
In a system that's designed to fail
no chance in hell
That's why we hustle packs and grind so well
Supply and sell
That's right
You sick and tired of being sick and tired
Then Lift ya mind get off yo ass and raise your fist up high
And when they play this I hope they say Bates you lit the fire
Your written rhymes are like millions marchin with picket signs
Man It's the least I can do for all our pain and sufferin
This more than music more than words more than bass and precussions
hate it or love it
The Light at the end of the tunnels visible
So never quit because

We in a race against time
Until the end of our lives
Its Money drugs and crime
These are the days of our lives

They Deal us bad hands
And barely give us a chance
And then they wonder why we grind

But on our feet is where we stand
Born to win and built to last
And we gone find a way to shine

We in a race against time
Until the end of our lives
Its Money drugs and crime
These are the days of our lives

Heart Breaker

Written By: Justin Bates

She saying why you gotta be so cold
freeze your soul
Treat me so wrong
See I believe in all the dreams you sold
and now you pickin' up and leaving me alone
She saw them pretty young things in my phone
creepin' on the low
a wolf in sheeps clothes
See Im not livin' on a Leash no more
I need to be free to roam
the single life for me is all I know
I never meant to break your heart.
Man damn, I done made my mother mad again
she told me boy I taught you better
I never meant to break your heart.
They always told me I would have a daughter
from all of my stickin movin and whorin.
I never meant to break your heart.
Maybe one day I'll up and settle down
find a queen and make her my wife
But for now beautiful women and parties all night feels right
it's just a part of my life
I never meant to break your heart.

Lord knows it's true you the best
the x factor needed to progress- you the X
now you the X- I did to myself
But you too good for the foolish with ya beautiful self
So what's next you're bound to find another and he better treat you right cause if not I'll beat him to death
I know- it's hippocritical to expect the next
To do what I couldn't do myself
But its just somethin bout the eyes the lips
The thighs the hips
The way they dance to the music the rise the dips
The stares from cross the room- it makes a brother fetch
A sucker that's succumbing to seduction at it's best
man I'm a fuckin mess- I need someone to help
I promise I'll prolly follow a woman to my death
Hold up- I know I'm not the only nigga that's a dog
As I'm takin great women breakin they heart
and if I am hands high for the song
Rock with me as ya boy barks on

She saying why you gotta be so cold
freeze your soul
Treat me so wrong
See I believe in all the dreams you sold
and now you pickin' up and leaving me alone
She saw them pretty young things in my phone
creepin' on the low
a wolf in sheeps clothes
See Im not livin' on a Leash no more
I need to be free to roam
the single life for me is all I know
I never meant to break your heart.
Man damn, I done made my mother mad again
she told me boy I taught you better
I never meant to break your heart.
They always told me I would have a daughter
from all of my stickin movin and whorin.
I never meant to break your heart.
Maybe one day I'll up and settle down
find a queen and make her my wife
But for now beautiful women and parties all night feels right
it's just a part of my life
I never meant to break your heart.

Lord knows I'm a miss her with her gorgeous self
-before sex she made sure the courtships correct
Ettiquite Table manners said words correct
With all the work I put in you should clone yourself
To have double
but shit that wouldn't have helped
Cause nice racks and fat bubbles they keep my ass in trouble
I'm a- regular guy with average money and power
I just happen to have a lot of lustful encounters
So just imagine when the fuckin world is ours
Yours is ours garbage recordings won't allow it
Speaking of which I book session and leave it with hits
That's why these weak feeble rappers dint even exist
see Im a Stand up guy with a mean lean
You out ya league its Raw footage to a green screen.
Excuse me back to the reason I killed this beat
I'm forever with her and she forever with me
I gotta leave but ring me for whatever you need
I'm comin back for you in something mean

She saying why you gotta be so cold
freeze your soul
Treat me so wrong
See I believe in all the dreams you sold
and now you pickin' up and leaving me alone
She saw them pretty young things in my phone
creepin' on the low
a wolf in sheeps clothes
See Im not livin' on a Leash no more
I need to be free to roam
the single life for me is all I know
I never meant to break your heart.
Man damn, I done made my mother mad again
she told me boy I taught you better
I never meant to break your heart.
They always told me I would have a daughter
from all of my stickin movin and whorin.
I never meant to break your heart.
Maybe one day I'll up and settle down
find a queen and make her my wife
But for now beautiful women and parties all night feels right
it's just a part of my life
I never meant to break your heart.

Discography

Operation Exposure (Mixtape)