Rosetta Stoned

Rosetta Stoned

BandHip HopSpoken Word

Intelligent and energetic rap. Experimental hip hop that dares to bend genres. Lyrics filled with metaphors, imagery, intricate rhyme schemes with a powerful live show that delivers the force of a punk rock performance without losing the subtle elegance of spoken word poetry.

Biography

Washington, DC is arguably the most powerful city on the planet. That statement is reflected in the chaotic rush hours of the metropolis, the hordes of tourists, and the countless protests that exist in the president’s backyard. The city is such a fascinating, influential place to be. Yet many fear it because it held the title as the “Murder Capital of the World’ for years. Hip hop is one of the most effective, transformative mediums available and yet it’s also often associated with fear because some of its most significant artists had criminal lifestyles and messages. Rosetta Stoned was fertilized by both DC & hip hop and their music and lyrics are beautiful expressions of their lifelong internal struggles.

A crowd of fans pack a dimly lit club. They’re staring uncontrollably, simultaneously perplexed and mesmerized as the two men on stage seem to be inciting a riot. Drinks are spilled, the aggression builds, sweat drips, and heart rates increase. In the rear of the club, people at the bar comment on the insanity while noticing how eloquent and witty the songs are. For someone walking in on the performance, caution may be their first reaction. But for someone who’s seen a Rosetta Stoned live set, they know it’s a safe house for artistic expression. It’s like walking through a violent neighborhood with the safety of a third-person perspective. They’re terrorized stages with the likes of The Beatnuts, Boot Camp Clic, Raheem DeVaughn, DJ Drama, Yo Majesty!, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Percee P, Subtle, The Game Rebellion, Asheru, Kev Brown, Zion I & The Grouch, Glue, Qwel, Sol.ill.aquists of Sound, C-Rayz Walz, Josh Martinez & Sleep, Joe Beats, Time Machine, Crunc Tesla, Akir, etc.

With hundreds of shows under their belts, the duo has experienced the passion of Californians, the ironic warmth of fans in Quebec , and the love that Europeans have for good music. The time has come for their debut project, I Bet You Can’t Pray When You’re Dead, to finally be released. The album is a scenic stroll through the psyche of two artists who are heavily influenced by the likes of Nietzsche, Voltaire, Gandhi, & Malcolm X. They’ve collaborated with many notable independent artists such as Yo Majesty (Dominoe Records), Curse Ov Dialect (Mush Records), Crunc Tesla aka DJ Raedawn (Tigerbeat6), and more.

Their sound is a cutting edge hybrid of various genres. Pulling from electro-crunk and classic hip hop, Rosetta Stoned infuses progressive soundscapes, psychedelic rock, and dubstep. The music is unorthodox and intense, with an emphasis on narratives, polysyllabic rhyme schemes, wordplay, and stylistic experimentation.

Lyrics

Fungi Remix

Written By: Rosetta Stoned

--- Mental Stamina

Truly I'm a fun guy. Cruising with a blunt I...
Get confused sometimes I'm tongue tied.
Shoot until the gun dies. No proof my well will ever run dry.
Youth is on the young’s side, beautiful as a sun rise.

--- Stoney Ashes

Yeah, I'm a fun guy. If your curious then come try
You'll feel a rushing rapid that will never run dry
It springs from deep inside. One ride and you'll wake up smiling
Bathing in the sunrise. Leave your wrists and tongue tied

--- Mental Stamina

In my free time I drink and smoke, think and hope
How long my skill will teeter on the brink of dope
Alice wonders when I'll stop taking drugs to shrink and grow
Told her, I will knot like string and rope, breathing slow
Heave and ho, only Jesus knows how I freak these flows
Leaving no witnesses, so discretely cloaked
Some days we just need a joke
But smiles aren’t cheap and we each are broke
React like a beast provoked, tomorrow ain’t crystal clear
At least we know the enemy keeps a pistol near
So we relax and sip a beer, instead of greeting a fist
What do you dream about when you're sleeping with fish?
Eating a dish of vanity, needed to visit insanity
Pleaded the fifth stood trial for humanity
The man in me gets blinded by the sun in my eyes
I run and I hide. Put on a front and disguise
Fuck taxes. The government will never see all of my numbers like pi
I try to survive

Truly I'm a fun guy. Cruising with a blunt I...
Get confused sometimes I'm tongue tied.
Shoot until the gun dies. No proof my well will ever run dry.
Youth is on the young’s side, beautiful as a sun rise.

--- Stoney Ashes

Yeah, I'm a fun guy. If your curious then come try
You'll feel a rushing rapid that will never run dry
It springs from deep inside. One ride and you'll wake up smiling
Bathing in the sunrise. Leave your wrists and tongue tied

It ain't no question, if sex is a weapon
When I shoot, shorty meet your death in less than eight seconds
Before I had a girlfriend, ladies used to love to fuck Chris
I had 'em feeling passion from the second that we touched lips
One shorty bit my tongue while our bodies did the twist, miss
Almost made me come before I reached stroke six
Now I'm hopelessly in lust, trust
Cuffs will cause the the blood to rush
She's so voluptuous, illustrious. I'd cut her up
My gorgeous sorceress. She's my golden butterfly
An angel from above the skies. I love her eyes and rub her thighs
She shudders shakes, I stay rock hard as if I am petrified
She utters moans, fucks my face, I lay mesmerized
I wonder, how many licks does it take to make my lover shake
Minutes after climax I am back down for another taste
I ain't got to lie, her hands are everywhere like an octopi
Even though she's crazy man the flesh and sex had me occupied

--- Mental Stamina

Truly I'm a fun guy. Cruising with a blunt I...
Get confused sometimes I'm tongue tied.
Shoot until the gun dies. No proof my well will ever run dry.
Youth is on the young’s side, beautiful as a sun rise.

Witchcraft

Written By: Rosetta Stoned

--- Hook

I have always had a bigger knack for witchcraft
Common spells and simple charms come naturally

--- Mental Stamina

I was born naturally. I spoke a savage speech
The most free man will ever be, society breeds captured beasts
I make raptors bleed. Sometimes they chase after me
So I walk with a wooden club, one swing will break backs with ease
I drew my first masterpiece on a wall with colorful rocks
Afterwards those same stones were stuffed in my slingshot
I pop, make anything drop. Precede the feats of Merlin
Cuddled up, love to fuck. Treat women like beasts of burden
They each deserve when they're dragged to the lair by their hair
The wrath of rival tribes is the only I beware
Go and hunt they might be there. Waiting with icy stares
So catching me unprepared, the odds are mighty rare
Fight three pairs of attackers. We evolved to breathe air
Kill anyone at all involved. We brawl ‘til their lungs don't need theirs
Sleep where the herd goes. Nomadic now, no escaping my grip
Have we really come that far since the days of apes and fish?

--- Hook

I have always had a bigger knack for witchcraft
Common spells and simple charms come naturally

--- Stoney Ashes

I hold an amethyst amulet and cast spells when my hands on it
And travel with talismans use the totems of the animists
When turned away from the pearly gates. They burned on stakes
Arthur Miller’s crucible Joe McCarthy learned mistakes
Extermination, rites of passage, sacrifice of kids and animals
Rituals, satanic verses read from manuals
On that assumption smash your pumpkins, dragons summoned
Light the candles, channel spirits and cause mass class destruction
Hunting season, we speak to demons frolic in the graveyard
With voodoo priests that talk to zombies but they too arrogant to praise God
The witchdoctors and pagans dance and chant in hopes
Of Fertile Crescent blessings, their rants are crazed from the plants they smoke
We brew a stew, mix concoctions with an eye of newt
Wormswort, the absinthe is more than feeble minds compute
I tell the goblins problems that I’m haven consulting Ouija boards
It could be the narcotics but the shaman claimed they see the lord

--- Hook

I have always had a bigger knack for witchcraft
Common spells and simple charms come naturally

Skipped a Few Steps

Written By: Rosetta Stoned

---Stoney Ashes

We skipped a few steps
And took the elevator instead
We skipped a few steps
And took the elevator instead

We skipped a few steps
And took the escalator instead
We skipped a few steps
And took the escalator instead

We skipped a few steps
And took the elevator instead
Forget the roulette
The Russians sell the wafer instead

We skipped a few steps
And took the escalator instead
We tripped while you slept
I wrote a book, you stayed in your bed

My life’s a true mess
My hooks are for the grateful and dead
We gripped and bruised necks
The crooks will shell the mayor with lead

We skipped a few steps
And took the elevator instead
I skipped a few steps
And took an el straight to the head

What can I do next?
I am alive until the day I am dead
You give me love
If only for the blood that I bled

I step with two lefts
And stumble like my cousin off meds
The fight is useless
I wonder if it’s up in my head

We skipped a few steps
And took the escalator instead
We skipped a few steps
And took the escalator instead

We skipped a few steps
I wrote a book
You stayed in the bed
We skipped a few steps
My hooks are for the grateful and dead

Break records, record break
Tape measures, measure tape
Make letters, levitate
Hate festers, separate
Segregate ornate lectures set it straight
Don’t make him detonate
Francis Bacon resonates
The camp of Satan legislates,
Dance with death vacate, stay late with delegates
Wake up two days late, waked baked
Placate

--- Mental Stamina

We skipped a few steps and took the elevator instead
We skipped a few steps and took the elevator instead
We skipped a few steps and took the escalator instead
We skipped a few steps and took the escalator instead

We skipped a few steps and took the elevator instead
I quit and lose bets. I bet you can't pray when you're dead
We skipped a few steps and took the escalator instead
I had a few guests and told them don't lay on the bed

Crude and ruthless, the kids decide to play on the edge
Smacked one toothless, I blamed it on the way that he bled
We skipped a few steps and took the elevator instead
I skipped a few steps and took an L straight to the head

Juice the fruit fresh, I'm eating off the plate I was fed
Your loyalty's a debate until you say the pledge
I took a new breath; the virus wasn't safe when it spread
He thought he knew best, he spent his life chasing the bread

We skipped a few steps and took the escalator instead
We skipped a few steps and took the escalator instead
We skipped a few steps. I'm eating off the plate I was fed
We skipped a few steps. I bet you can't pray when you're dead

Brainwashed, rinsed, and dried
Strange laws, lynched, and died
Retained flaws, drenched in lies
We trained all, sent the spies

To follow ourselves around, Sun Tzu says to scout the enemy
Doused in misery, paranoid, you doubt the friends you meet
It's a crazy world. We all need therapists
It's a crazy world. We all need therapists
In this crazy world we skipped a few steps and took the…
We skipped a few steps.

---Stoney Ashes

It's killing me. The beautiful brutal view of futility
It's killing me. The beautiful brutal view of futility
Killing me. The beautiful brutal view of futility
It's killing me. Living in a funeral

--- Mental Stamina

My sole purpose as an artist is to make a cult following
A living golden calf, they'll no longer worship those hollow beings
Bottling emotions, toggle the notion, I'm a savior
That thought is an accurate, pin point precision ion laser
Either you lie on tape or cry on paper.
We're dying fakers
Hope is an almost raped virgin with a paper thin hymen
Try and save her
Flying brave birds escape. Observe less and talk more
While tall buildings scrape the sky like nails on a chalkboard

In this crazy world we all need therapists
In this crazy world we all need therapists
In this crazy world we all need therapists
And we skipped a few steps
We skipped a few steps and…

Stand

Written By: Rosetta Stoned & Shunda K. of Yo Majesty

--- Rosetta Stoned

One life, one love, never waste a day
One night one judge threw the case away
One fight, one slug, your soul fades away
It’s bugged, no lie, man I love the place I stay
One life, one love, never waste a day
One night one judge threw the case away
One fight, one slug, your soul fades away
It’s bugged, no lie, man I love the place I stay

--- Stoney Ashes

In the city that I live in, kids will pull your card quicker than fast
Another player got stripped of his cash
Don’t come alone when you come and visit the ave
I’m uninvolved, live peace and just lit up some hash
I have some associates that act inappropriate
Eat opiates and rush ya spot like mad ass soviets
The paradise city where adults sell coke to kids
How we supposed to live Wall Street brokerage

--- Mental Stamina

Territorial disputes, timberland boots on concrete
Young recruits armed to the teeth with artillery
Loud sounds echo, bullets carried through wind
Pierce men at distances, eye witnesses are nuisances
Pollute the kids, whose families cruise abusive
Thirteen year olds out in the cold, selling hallucinogens
Lose position, police patrol skies with spy vision
Sly henchmen, leather gloved thugs come up missing

--- Stoney Ashes

I’m no where close to it, I’m a broke vocalist
Hoping my emotions reach the open and you notice it
You see the heartless, burners and gun charges
A black market where the artists barley play a part in it
The slimy colony, tried to swallow me
Follow me even deeper to philosophies of poverty
A rotten city where the priests will sell the sodomy
A natural born oddity, with God body policies

--- Mental Stamina

Corrupt decisions, live the life small or tall
Carry hand cannons, explode fire, Molotov
Sawed off in the backseat, black range rover
All night parties, smacked with a hangover
Roll ten deep, never in front does the sinner creep
Tear and share the meat, foxhunt the enemy
Two priors with one lingering court sentence
Get almost as much work from ghettos as morticians
Street life, flooded with red lights all shining bright
Divine might go to church, soul sold Monday night
It’s fun to fight it, but envy spawns the burn
Semi-automatics send havoc, but karma returns

--- Stoney Ashes

One life, one love, never waste a day
One night one judge threw the case away
One fight, one slug, your soul fades away
It’s bugged, no lie, man I love the place I stay

--- Shunda K. of Yo Majesty

No matter what you do. And everywhere you go
They gonna try you like a fool and fuck you like a hoe
Believe me I know
That shit be blowing me
I had to fly to Fairfax County in Virginia just to show the judge I had a license
I told the officer I did when he was asking
I said “I do” but I left my wallet in my homeboy’s room
See we had a business meeting tonight to get things right
And I’m on my way back there now
But he ain’t give a fuck
He still wrote my ass a ticket
Then I had to get my man’s to brought my ticket
Because I’m from Florida and that shit’s expensive
Not to mention
The record label told me to get a job. Wow
And I just signed this contract, How the fuck?
That’s just my luck
I don’t think so. I had to get proactive on their ass
Now they’re glad to do anything I ask.
See, letting a motherfucker try me is in the past
And last but least, I wanna encourage everybody in the streets to stand
Rosetta Stoned, Shunda K got cha man

--- Rosetta Stoned

One life, one love, never waste a day
One night one judge threw the case away
One fight, one slug, your soul fades away
It’s bugged, no lie, man I love the place I stay
One life, one love, never waste a day
One night one judge threw the case away
One fight, one slug, your soul fades away
It’s bugged, no lie, man I love the place I stay

Discography

1999 Beat Pillage Mixtape
2000 Think Tank
2002 Subsistence Farming (Double LP)
2005 Subterranean All-Starz
2005 Crunc Tesla's - What's Really
Rad (Tiger Beat 6)