Shameless

Shameless

BandHip Hop

Shameless brings hip hop like you’ve rarely seen it, bustin’ up the system’s binaries, biggin’ up the marginal and the magical. Dynamic lyrics blend with hot, sexy vocals to create Shameless’ unique flavour, a vibe that is all about tearing down what tears us apart.

Biography

Shameless brings explosive hip hop lyrics and sexy queer vibes, revelling in the collective human potential for hope and healing. Whether it's throwing down verses at Toronto community events, MC’ing hoppin’ fun-raisers, or keeping the vibe alive at rallies and demonstrations, Shameless brings the love. She's motivated by the knowledge that we’re all a helluva lot more juicy and powerful than we are encouraged to believe. Drawing on the influences of Ms. Dynamite (UK), Michael Franti and Talib Kweli, Shameless' shows tap into our collective power through hip hop, audience involvement and play.

Lyrics

Find the Love

Written By: Shameless

Find the Love

By nature I am a gregarious girl,
Watch me wink and flick my sexy curls
I got smarts, big dreams, an open heart,
Stay with me, we’ll blow each other’s minds apart.

I like girls, I like boys, I like those in between
It’s the love not the gender if you see what I mean.
If I choose you, you’re chosen, if you’re chosen you’re free,
Cuz I don’t choose to live so monogamously.

Living my freedom has some pretty high stakes
It’s actively choosing which patterns to break
I look shame in the face, I look guilt in the eye,
Say y’all have to wait—my spirit’s flyin’ too high.

To the crew that I love, I bring an intimate wealth
To the few that I love, I give you all of myself,
To the crew that I love, that ain’t just one or two,
We’re all in this together, meaning you, you and you.

Chorus (x2):
Find the truth inside
Find the hope inside
Find the rage inside
Find the rules inside
Find the love
Find the love

The big men came up with their rules about love,
Tryna pretend the rules come from above
I know my way of livin’ is not about sin
Cuz the rules and the love come from deep within.

They came up with a method so smooth and so slick
To install and enforce the dominance of dick
A powerful marriage between church and state
Grows the human potential for violence and hate.

Each one is given their own little box
Consequence dire for breaking the lock
An intricate system affecting us all
Consciously fashioned to keep spirits small

Bitches exist for the pleasure of guys,
Guys who like guys better not even try
It’s our task to untangle the lies we’ve been told
They call it family values, I call it social control.

Chorus

By nature I am a gregarious girl,
Watch me wink and flick my sexy curls
I got smarts, big dreams, an open heart,
Stay with me, we’ll blow each other’s minds apart.

I like girls I like boys I like those in between
It’s the love not the gender if you see what I mean.
No more tryin’ to fit in an obsolete mold
You’re you and that’s cool and so now ya been told.

Together we rise, step on outta the cage
Spread wings and fly high through the fire of our rage
We are sublime when we challenge what’s mindless
Live the wise fusion of rage and of kindness

So join me now in takin’ over the world
Share the gift and the knowledge that love is a verb
Connected to others we share the sweet vibes,
A Shameless commitment to feelin’ fully alive!

Chorus

Golden

Written By: Shameless

Golden

Let my words ignite ya, let the beat excite ya,
Let the rhythm and the spirit and the joy delight ya
So forget your worries, let go the pain,
Allow the sounds to splash over like a gentle rain.

Feel it in your feet, moving through your being
Console your heart, uplift your mind, release your soul all-seeing.
Music is the freer, it’s the joyful healer,
It’s the generous, benevolent ecstasy dealer.

Chorus:
I want to invite you to surrender to the sound
To surrender to this moment, you are golden, you are found.
I want to invite you, feel your body in the now,
Let the music fill your being, with hope and grace and power.

Because the system snares us, tortures and tears us
Racism, violence, poverty wear us
Easy to fall into a hopeless despair
Challenge to stand, to continue to care

Humans are born with one heartbreaking flaw,
We don’t know our perfection, we don’t know the law
We’re a species in trouble, lemme burst the bubble
We need spiritual expansion transformation on the double.

But how to wake up, dispel this ignorant mind
And find the bright wisdom love wants us to find
A perception away from complete liberation
Imagine all the people choosin’ unification.

Chorus

You are a star, dissolved and reborn
You are an angel, love’s corporal form
A sublime potential only waiting to shine
Nothin’ more nothin’ less than perfection divine.

So feel it deep inside, all your knots untied
A joyful vibration being amplified
The rhythm of the Earth, spinning fast and free
We share the heartbeat of the planet, rock, river and tree.

Chorus

We Rise

Written By: Shameless

We Rise

Like a couple of gulls in the sky, you and I
Soaring over dirty cities we rise so high
Gravity tries to pull us down to the ground
But we’re light and we’re free, we rebound.

Someone told me yesterday they don’t listen to the news
Too much heartache and violence, too many skewed views
I hear ya, I said, I understand your perspective,
But me I still listen cuz I wanna stay connected.

There’s an island of plastic ‘tween Hawaii and Japan
Spans hundreds of miles, traps gulls as they land
There’s a river of blood that flows past our eyes
But the everyday telly drowns the sound when a child cries.

Chorus: We rise high
We sing righteous
We stay strong
We’re gonna fight this, fight this (2)

Sometimes it isn’t clear to me what I’m supposed to do
How to live within a system that’s just rotten through and through
And within my confusion there’s a truth I’m gonna tell—
I’m scared about the future, we’re creatin’ livin’ hell.

Yeah, but there’s some things sustain me, and one of them is you
Cuz within your trials and troubles you still work at stayin’ true
I watch you realize your passion while you generate compassion
Babe, for me the way you live will always be the highest fashion.

And the one thing I cherish that inspires me each day
Is the acceptance that I feel; the realness in your gaze
I know that when you listen babe you’re not just pretending
I feel that when we kiss we got a love never-ending

We wrap wings around each other until we can catch our breath
I draw solace from your heart beating strong inside your chest
Then the rest is over and we start a new day
Breathe deep, spread wings, ‘n head back into the fray.

Chorus

So now I got a question for my people far and wide
What lifts ya—what makes you feel alive inside?
When you’re sad and despairin’, how do ya keep your vision?
‘S it your people, your projects, your wise intuition?

System’s designed to make us punish ourselves
Depression, anxiety, our own personal hell
Yeah it looks like this stuff comes from somewhere inside
But it’s our culture that fosters such a negative vibe

So me I don’t let it get me down anymore
I know what I’m worth, and I know what I’m here for
I resist the hate and I refuse to fear it
I resist the despair that keeps invading my spirit

We resist when we take it to the street fightin’ back
We resist in counselling, get our thinking on track
We resist when we listen to our wise intuition
And when we make love our most primary mission.

Chorus

Discography

Shameless Exploits, EP, currently in production for release in May 2009.

Set List

Shameless currently offers one half-hour set.

Current Song List:

Find the Love
Mixed
We Rise
Golden
You Made it Through

Currently offering one 1/2 hour set which includes two audience community building exercises. (One such exercise would be the Hug Demo, demonstrating with a volunteer respectful and yummy ways to give and receive hugs, and inviting audience members to practice).