Knowledge Lives Forever

Knowledge Lives Forever

 Reno, Nevada, USA
BandHip HopRock

KLF is much more than a grooving hip-hop ensemble delivering uplifting, socially conscious flows. KLF rocks hard, pumps up the funk and mixes in electronica in its audience-engaging sets. They are Rage Against the Machine, Lauryn Hill, Led Zepplin, and Jay-Z all mashed up together. A must see!

Biography

Knowledge Lives Forever, a five-member band led by singer/songwriter/rapper Chari “Knowledge” Smith, is enjoying surging popularity due to its high-energy shows, hooky songs suitable for airplay, and indefatigable work ethic.
KLF is much more than a grooving hip-hop ensemble delivering uplifting, socially conscious flows. KLF rocks hard, pumps up the funk and mixes in electronica in its audience-engaging sets. Formed by the throaty spittin’-and-singin’ Smith in 2009 after she decided to take her sound live after four solo albums, KLF has quickly gained a fiercely loyal following in the fertile Reno music scene.
The band has played the Knitting Factory and other big local venues booked by national acts, and grabbed the ears of promoters who’ve had the quintet open for legendary rap band Nappy Roots, Los Angeles electro-pop band Uh Huh Her, and rapper DJ Quik.
No group is working harder than KLF. With three full studio albums released in the span of 18 months (earning raves in the Reno Gazette-Journal’s list of best albums of 2011), Smith and her band mates are poised for a breakout year in 2012, preparing to tour and perform regionally while the prolific Knowledge continues writing and creating her unique and accessible music.

Knowledge Lives Forever is:
Chari “Knowledge” Smith — vocals, track production, lyricist
Kim Radzik — guitar
Asa Dakin — bass
Kris Stosic — drums
Vanessa Rodriguez — vocals

Contact information:
Phone: 775-232-4571
knowledgelivesforever@yahoo.com

Links:
http://www.knowledgelivesforever.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knowledge-Lives-Forever/183347635012722

Lyrics

Thief in the Night

Written By: Knowledge

Knowledge, that’s what they call me
You can get in line if you wanna doubt me
Only female that can put it down see
So I run Reno like Forrest G..

Gump..just in case you didn’t catch on
Give me any track and watch me put the match on it
I am the epitome of God given talent so I’m rising above

All of the haters can suck these
Excuse my language but I mess bars up
You can turn a deaf ear if you want to
But I won’t go home until the jobs through

Even if I have to sleep outside too
Then very well that’s exactly what I’ll do
You can ask Meta, I go crazy
And my focus on lock like HD

Better lace up your sneaks wanna shake me
Because I own half court and I run the key

I don’t tell lies, this is reality
I will come so quick you won’t see me
Muhammad Ali, like a bumble bee
Sitting in your chair talking to your lady

Coming like a thief in the night, like a thief in the night..
You never see me coming, you never see me coming..
Coming like a thief in the night, like a thief in the night..
You never see me coming, you never see me coming..

Armed ready swagger steady
Go tell your friends that I’m on it baby
I know you’re mad cuz she on me maybe
You should bring it up a notch call me crazy

I’m the best thing that I heard lately
So you can go ahead and call me female Jay-Z
And if you thinking that you really can see me
Think again, I don’t take threats lightly

Everbody acts like they don’t know me
Because I’m female they wanna sleep on me
Well go ahead you can sleep on me tightly
I’ll be up making beats almost nightly

I don’t need no one to help me get it off
I run my own show, name my own cost
Nobody owns me, I’m my own boss
Sell you’re soul, don’t matter to you what the cost

You’ll do anything for the limelight
Don’t take a genius to know that that don’t sound right

That’s why you’ll never be who I am see
No amount of money could ever buy me
Or my soul or my love or integrity
I’m growing stronger and stronger just wait and see

Coming like a thief in the night, like a thief in the night..
You never see me coming, you never see me coming..
Coming like a thief in the night, like a thief in the night..
You never see me coming, you never see me coming..

I’m not equating myself to the savior
Putting the kibosh on all you haters
I’m just saying I’m in tune with the maker
And he’s got something in store for me later

Like winter is the coldest season
And Jesus was born for a reason
Not to mention I’m 10 years seasoned
There’s only one place that I could end up, believe it

Don’t get too comfortable like Wayne say
Keep a bag packed liked you’re going home today
You can expect me like the mail man
I’m bringing bad news like your ex girlfriend

Like that time when she slept with your best friend
Right before she found out she was pregnant
I might as well be frozen I’m the coldest
Like a shooting star that you’d never notice

But I’ll be there whether you care or not
I’m bought my business and I will not stop

Take heed see, this is beyond me
I’m just the rifle, I’m not the army
I’m just the rifle, I’m not the army
I’m just the rifle, I’m not the army

Coming like a thief in the night, like a thief in the night..
You never see me coming, you never see me coming
Coming like a thief in the night, like a thief in the night..
You never see me coming, you never see me coming

Love Rock Hard

Written By: Knowledge

I can't take it no more
I can't take it no more
I can't take it no more
I can't take it no more

Naw this can’t be love, it would never make me feel like this
No boxes of memories or remnants of a good night kiss
Can’t remember the last time you whispered, your words fall heavy like bricks

Would have saved my conversation if I knew it’d end like this

You dug a hole deep inside me to bury your misery
No longer carry your garbage, it’s time for me to be free
You were all I ever wanted, I see for you that’s not true

So many untold secrets, not enough of the spoken truth

Can’t believe it’s ending so ugly, both of us taking up arms
Love is the root of all anger, the worst kind will cause you to starve
And here we are toe to toe and ready for war like the national guard

I don’t wanna love like this no more
I don’t wanna love like this no more
I don’t wanna love like this no more
Gotta go now I can’t take it no more

I think it’s a little too much now, you take the very beat from your heart
I remember when your eyes would smile and you made a promise we’d never be apart
But here you stand now before me and I don’t even know who you are

When did we become strangers, nothing left but a love rock hard

Your hands spilling with anger, my heart pounding with fear
I should have known at that moment that someday we’d end up here
I told myself it’d get better if I gave it all that I had

Nothing left for me to hold on to, another fairy tale that went bad

Nobody wants to be the first to pick up and walk out the door
It’s hard when you spend your life with your best friend who isn’t no more
Here is my declaration; I resign can’t take no more

I don’t wanna love like this no more
I don’t wanna love like this no more
I don’t wanna love like this no more
Gotta go now I can’t take it no more

I heard time can heal wounds but it creates them just the same
If alone I would have left, and gave you back your plain last name
Two kids that’s a different story, so I stayed and endured in vain

No child should grow up without a father, a mother’s love can’t heal that pain

But now they’ve grown up and moved on, that’s a burden I no longer bear
I’ve got to live life for me, and that’s a dream we no longer share
You hate it when I ask you questions, I only did it cuz I truly cared

Well you can have your freedom, I’m really done with you and I swear

This time you won’t be forgiven, your apologies you can keep
After all the years that I’ve given, I don’t know how you can sleep

No longer my concern, you used your chances to hurt me

I don’t wanna love like this no more
I don’t wanna love like this no more
I don’t wanna love like this no more
Gotta go now I can’t take it no more

No One Really Likes You

Written By: Knowledge

It's true, no one really likes you..
It's true, no one really likes you..

Reno, where dreams come to die
Hopeless with no reason to try
Yes your life is different that mine
Cuz I will not settle and die

Oh yeah your goals are real high
Sleep with girls, get drunk and get high
I see right through you that’s why
You won’t look me in the eyes

Oh what a surprise
You got another girl with beautiful eyes
Showing her off with hands on her thighs
You broke up with your girlfriend yesterday, right

I’m not hating on you
If she let you, then do what you do
But don’t try to pretend that you are cool
Cuz the only person that you’re fooling is you
The only person that you're fooling is you...

Is this all that you will ever be
Is this all that you will ever be
Is this all that you will ever be
I know you’re listening but ya’ll ain’t hearing me

Cuz you’re living a lie
Tell me who you are inside
Underneath you’re different than I
Just another girl that’s trying to hide

Oh yeah the booze is alright
But you can’t drink forever or else you will die
Yes you will die
You can’t drink forever or else you will die

You can drown in it but it still will not hide
The insecurities that you carry inside
Talk a big game, who believes you not I
Never told the real truth one time in your life

Come on square up if you want to
Put holes in your façade till it’s see through
Find it funny every person that you like dude
Cuts ties when they really get to know you
They cut ties when they really get to know you..

Is this all that you will ever be
Is this all that you will ever be
Is this all that you will ever be
I know you’re listening but ya’ll ain’t hearing me

In all sincerity
Is this all that you will ever be
Another Reno girl with no hopes and dreams
Manipulating any girl that’s 19

Sleeping on couches like you have no home
Surrounded by crowds because you’re afraid to be alone
You’re clothes are dirty but you don’t care
If you smell, no one cares about your damn hair

Addicted to something that does not exist
And that my friend is your image
Being the smoke doesn’t make you the flame
Being laughed at and liked are not the same

This is real life it’s not a game
It’s time to grow up you need to change
No coincidence that your friends are few
Look around one day and there'll be no one but you
There'll be no one but you..

Is this all that you will ever be
Is this all that you will ever be
Is this all that you will ever be
I know you’re listening but ya’ll ain’t hearing me

Fallen for You (Feat. Whitney Myer)

Written By: Knowledge

I already said it gonna say it some more
You are the one that I truly adore
You knocked on my heart til I opened the door
Now I’ve fallen for you..

Smile on my face, a song on my heart
I should have gave in right from the start
Now that we’re together know we’ll never part
My hearts beating for you..

In the dark at night we both shine
Like a microphone to a rhyme
Like opposites, sixty-nine
Nothing gets closer to love than you and I

Juliet could never love like you
Romeo never felt like I do
One thing that I do know is true
My world minus me equals you

Like BB King with no blues
Like Michael Jackson without moves
Like CSI without clues, that’s how I’d be without you

If you have wings then I’m air
Like a metronome to a snare
Like a fourth leg to a chair
I’m completed when you’re there

I already said it gonna say it some more
You are the one that I truly adore
You knocked on my heart til I opened the door
Now I’ve fallen for you..

Smile on my face, a song on my heart
I should have gave in right from the start
Now that we’re together know we’ll never part
My hearts beating for you..

Now look what you made me do
I’ve gone and fallen for you
The things that I say are true
And so is my love for you

The kind of real love that you bring
is enough to make my soul sing
I’m done with wishing, hoping
Cuz you came along to end my searching

No walls to hide behind now
No walls to hide behind now
My fears and secrets are out
I finally found out what love is about

Unconditionally you see me
All the wounds and scars underneath
Like you, they too complete me
But with each day the pain is ending

I already said it gonna say it some more
You are the one that I truly adore
You knocked on my heart til I opened the door
Now I’ve fallen for you..

Smile on my face, a song on my heart
I should have gave in right from the start
Now that we’re together know we’ll never part
My heart..

Proposition 8

Written By: Knowledge

Is it wrong for me to want to be happy
To share her company and build a family
Feel like I have to hide all that I am inside
If not, then otherwise accused of too much pride

This world is filled with hate
My life they’d rather take
So quick to separate you and me from us and we and them
Come again, cuz we all bleed the same
You have no right to judge before you know my name cuz

Like you I went to school I graduated too
Stayed out of trouble and got my degree too
I wake up every day, go to work and get paid
Pay my taxes and hope that I can make a change

I breathe the air you do, my heart it beats too
I go to church and I pray to God too
So you see, underneath you're no different from me
All I want to do is have a family too

There’s so much ignorance too hard to ignore it
People afraid of change, rather it stayed the same
Don’t matter if it’s right, that’s how it’s always been
I think I might scream if I hear that statement once again

Why is it that what I do matters so much to you
You have a family, I’d like to have one too
But you think your love is the only to exist
And no matter how big my heart, mine won’t amount to it but..

Like you I went to school I graduated too
Stayed out of trouble and got my degree too
I wake up every day, go to work and get paid
Pay my taxes and hope that I can make a change

I breathe the air you do, my heart it beats too
I go to church and I pray to God too
So you see, underneath you're no different from me
All I want to do is have a family too

What’s your opinion of the word they call love
The purest form of it comes from heaven up above
No matter what you do he’ll always love you
And despite your views he'll always love me too

You have no right to say that because I am gay
Your life means more to him like me you also sin
He views us all the same we all can call his name

Like you I went to school I graduated too
Stayed out of trouble and got my degree too
I wake up every day, go to work and get paid
Pay my taxes and hope that I can make a change

I breathe the air you do, my heart it beats too
I go to church and I pray to God too
So you see, underneath you're no different from me
All I want to do is have a family too

Workin Me

Written By: Knowledge

I’m like a buoy, I can not sink or swim
Oh how you do me, I’m always giving in
Cuz I’m in love with you, I don’t see the truth
You’re a gold digger, and I’m your Heffner Hue

You take my money, use my credit cards
I buy you jewelry, all those expensive bras
Get your hair done, and your nails did
Take you out to dinner, buy drinks for all your friends

I ask you if you love me, you say of course I do
Now give me those car keys, I got some work to do
She got some work do do, and she workin on me

She's workin me, working me, that girl is workin me over
She's workin me, working me, that girl is workin me over

She called my momma, said we was meant to be
She text my father, said you gonna marry me
But when I try to take you to buy a wedding ring
I get your voicemail cuz you’re not answering

Deleted your number over a hundred times
Your words are poison, they always change my mind
With your long legs, Louis Vuitton heels
And you know you’re bad, this must be how prison feels

Cuz when I see you honey I get weak in the knees
I’m love sick, sick and girl you’re my disease

She's workin me, working me, that girl is workin me over
She's workin me, workin me, that girl is workin me over

Take it to the bridge now....

That girl, she take my money..
She take everything I own
She taken over me
And I feel like...

She workin, she workin me over..
She workin, she workin me over..
She workin, she workin me over..
She workin me over...

She's workin me, workin me, that girl is workin me over
She's workin me, workin me, that girl is workin me over

Gone

Written By: Knowledge

Don’t ever question my name
Myself and truth are the same
I felt the store before it came
That’s why I’m always ahead of the game

So sad to me that you changed
All the years spent were in vain
Behind your words carry shame
No longer answering to your name

How do you know who you are
When you soul has traveled so far
Full of air like an empty jar
And going no where like a broke down car

So glad I know who I am
Don’t try to fake it you can’t
You saw the light and you ran
That’s why you are where you stand

Can’t take the mic from me
Your flows too tired homie
I sit up high you see
Can’t even talk to me

Can’t take the mic from me
Your flows too tired homie
I sit up high you see
Can’t even talk to me
Come on fall back
Come on fall back
Come on fall back

I beat you at your own game
It takes no talent when you have none maine
Don’t make me say it again
Don’t ever question my name

Don’t need no more excuses
I know what’s really going on
Your words amounting to useless
Hope you planned on leaving so long
Just go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go, Gone!

So tired of listening to wack rhymes
Your flows opaque I let my light shine
You chase your dreams I grab a hold of mine
If you're looking for the answer yes I am the life line

We put the game in your hands
Called you hip hop we were fans
Now here we are at the end
With nothing to show and you had your chance

I will not stand by any longer
While you make my love a whoremonger
Yeah you heard me right so let go of her
So I can finally bestow what’s owed to her

And if it ain't me, I’m not the only one
So many emcees like a loaded gun
So take your dignity and move on
It'll be much greater once you’ve been gone

Can’t take the mic from me
Your flows too tired homie
I sit up high you see
Can’t even talk to me

Can’t take the mic from me
Your flows too tired homie
I sit up high you see
Can’t even talk to me
Come on fall back
Come on fall back
Come on fall back

I beat you at your own game
It takes no talent when you have none maine
Don’t make me say it again
Don’t ever question my name

Don’t need no more excuses
I know what’s really going on
Your words amounting to useless
Hope you planned on leaving so long
Just go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go, Gone!

You still here you shouldn't be
You gonna wish you took that opportunity
Since you think it’s a joke then I’ma show you why
I don’t need no permission or an alibi

Put your money on it I’m coming up soon
If you don’t believe me then stay tuned
All your fans couldn’t fill up a small room
Somehow in darkness you can find truth

On the mic with a flow that’s bullet proof
Clue that’s how I murdered you
I don’t have to say it swagger says it all
Even silent I’d still be your down fall

I’ma go ahed and do you a favor
Don’t worry bout thanking me later
You’ve just listened to your eulogy
And right here lies a fake emcee

Can’t take the mic from me
Your flows too tired homie
I sit up high you see
Can’t even talk to me

Can’t take the mic from me
Your flows too tired homie
I sit up high you see
Can’t even talk to me
Come on fall back
Come on fall back
Come on fall back

I beat you at your own game
It takes no talent when you have none maine
Don’t make me say it again
Don’t ever question my name

Don’t need no more excuses
I know what’s really going on
Your words amounting to useless
Hope you planned on leaving so long
Just go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go, Gone!

Seven Nation Army

Written By: Jack White (raps written by Knowledge)

I'm gonna fight em off
A seven nation army couldn't hold me back

They gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back

And I'm talking to myself at night because I can't forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette

And the message coming from my eyes says leave it alone

A whole army couldn't hold me back
Fully loaded I don't need a strap
My amo yeah my words be that
Geared up for the battle and I can't turn back

Yeah you can go home if you want to
But I'll be here doing what I got to
This is my cross to bear and I won't put it down til I get there

This race is not for the weak, go ahead fall back you can follow my lead
Yeah...yeah

Don't wanna hear about it
Every single one's got a story to tell

Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell

And if I catch you coming back my way I'm gonna serve it to you
Know that ain't what you wanna hear but that's what I'll do

And the feeling coming from my bones says find a home

Oh now I see
Now you act like you wanna know me
But back when it was just a dream
Was the only person holding down my team

They said a female couldn't go that far
Not unless I was driving a car
Top down sitting in a little bra
That's the only way I'll become a star

Naw I don't want that fame
Now the whole city know my name
My mind and my body are not the same
Otherwise it's all in vain

You can't have truth without the knowledge
Can't have proof without the knowledge
Can't have truth and in that place you'll find me too

My time has come
Gonna light up the world just call me the sun
Yeah...yeah

I'm going to Wichita
Far from the opera forever more
I'm gonna work the soil
Make the sweat drip out of every pore

And I'm bleeding and I'm bleeding and I'm bleeding right before the lord
All the words are gonna bleed from me and I will think no more

And the stains coming from by blood tell me go back home
Go back home
Go back home
Go back home....

Hate Me Now

Written By: Knowledge

What you gonna do?
You can hate me now
But you'll love me later
Take my hat off throw the deuces to the haters

Haters rise above
On to the next like the Lakers
I know that you know that I know that you know
That I'm the greatest

Mostly that goes without saying
Got a smile on my face but homie I'm not playing
One day you'll transform from a foe to a fan
Until then...

Elevate your mind
I got the name for a reason
Beyond the cloud of envy and all the treason

I stand, like a cross in the sand
Surrounded by my close friends
I never had a hand out
A treadmill come out your mouth
Every time you talking bout

What it really means
To be called an emcee
But to the contrary

It ain't about the words or the beats
If you come from the streets
or the burbs where your peeps
They rolling fifty deep

Or your blog or your tweets or your fits or your sneaks
Or how many times you said fuck this week
Pardon me

I'm sorry mom but I had to do it
And now that it's over I'm gonna keep it moving
I don't need no fillers my bars are still killers
Clear the smoke and the mirrors too

And when the dust has settled the ground becomes level
What are you gonna do
What are you gonna do

You can hate me now
But you'll love me later
Take my hat off throw the deuces to the haters

Haters rise above
On to the next like the Lakers
I know that you know that I know that you know
That I'm the greatest

Mostly that goes without saying
Got a smile on my face but homie I'm not playing
One day you'll transform from a foe to a fan
Until then...

Right now is my time
patiently waiting for my season
I'm rookie of the year
Filling the bleachers

Understand it ain't about boasting but I'm saying
I been waiting for my chance
And now I'm on my way up

Yo I built this elevator
Excuse me while I get my weight up
Cuz in short order, I stay getting the cold shoulder
Well you can hate me if you wanna
Cause I know

What its like to be one of the unknowns
Just fighting to get a show then begging people to go
I put in time relentlessly writing rhymes
Now people standing in line my name outside on the sign
Come on

No time for all the bull-ish
You can hate it or love it it's up to you miss
And I won't hold it against you it's all good kid
Bygones be Bygones, Que Sera, Fin
But let me say it again

You can hate me now
But you'll love me later
Take my hat off throw the deuces to the haters

Haters rise above
On to the next like the Lakers
I know that you know that I know that you know
That I'm the greatest

Mostly that goes without saying
Got a smile on my face but homie I'm not playing
One day you'll transform from a foe to a fan
Until then...

You can hate me now
But you'll love me later
Take my hat off throw the deuces to the haters

Haters rise above
On to the next like the Lakers
I know that you know that I know that you know
That I'm the greatest

Mostly that goes without saying
Got a smile on my face but homie I'm not playing
One day you'll transform from a foe to a fan
Until then...

You can hate on me now, hate hate on me
You can hate on me now, hate hate on me
You can hate on me now, hate hate on me
You could hate me now....

You Could Have Been

Written By: Knowledge

You could have been my lady..
You could have been my baby..
You had me going crazy..
But now my love for you is faded..

You could have been my lady I swear to god
Riding shot gun next to me all the way to the top
You had me hooked on it booked on it loosing sleep
My phone in arms reach in case you called me

It wasn’t a play thing to me I took it seriously
Especially when you had every opportunity to speak free
All things done in the dark will come to the light
Now that I see who you are almost ready to fight

Shot down all defenses on your way to my heart
So I laid there defenseless while you tore me apart
Haha jokes on you I started to like you
I’m just glad now I know before I tried to wife you

Come get you’re shit the sooner the better
God you make me sick don’t forget your letter
Dear you games over and you didn’t win
I’m bout to holler at your best friend come on!

You could have been my lady..
You could have been my baby..
You had me going crazy..
But now my love for you is faded..

You could have been my lady..
You could have been my baby..
You had me going crazy..
But now my love for you is faded

When we met, your face I couldn’t forget
Dreamed of you and I pressed together, dripping with sweat
I approached and you concurred to my surprise
Before I knew it three weeks gone and I’m lost in your eyes

Swept off my feet, too good to be true
Gave up my security to roll with you
Gave up my security, all trust in you
That’s how I became the world’s biggest fool

I let it ride, stacked all my chips on you
My ears stuffed with the lies you paraded as true
You're so vain the song is not about you
It’s about how after it all, I’m still standing on two

What goes around come around, like Alicia say
Someday you’ll cry me a river like my name was J
And when you see me on TV and I’m getting paid
Just remember I never loved your ass anyway

You could have been my lady..
You could have been my baby..
You had me going crazy..
But now my love for you is faded..

You could have been my lady..
You could have been my baby..
You had me going crazy..
But now my love for you is faded..

Discography

Hate Me Now - 2011, Pixie Records, Reno, NV
Don't Kill the Messenger - 2011, Fine Print Productions, Reno, NV

Set List

Set 1
Whole Deck of Cards
Vegas
Warriors
Prop 8
Fallen for You
Simpler Place
Slowly
Iridescent Star
Set 2
Beautiful
Thief in the Night
Love Rock Hard
Runaway
Workin Me
No One Really Likes You
You Coulda Been
Seven Nation Army
Gone
Hate Me Now