Third Eye Navigators

Third Eye Navigators

BandHip HopSpoken Word

Combining high energy live performance with lyrical depth, Third Eye Navigators blend introspective lyrics with social and political awareness, that significantly contibute to the advancement of Hip-Hop.

Biography

T.E.N. (Third Eye Navigators) is a New Jersey based HipHop duo consisting of MC’s Shek the Rational and Supreme Wyzdom. The two met in a political science class at a local community college they were attending in the fall of 1997. After discovering they had a mutual love for the art and MC-ing, the two began to attend various open mic venues throughout the city developing their songwriting, recording and live performance chemistry.

A year later, they officially became a group and enlisted The Juggla for production embarking on a project which began as a demo, (Skills and Politics) and turned into a full album now finished, called “Scholatics.” This change was the result of a maturation occurring within the group. A strong level of social, cultural, and political awareness was always a part of their music, but their earlier recordings were influenced by a more confrontational, battle-ready style that placed greater emphasis on cleverly showing your level of skill. In lives where they had more serious battles to confront from within, they instead focused their creative energy on an album that was more introspective and culturally aware while still maintaining the intensity they’re known for. “Scholatics” is not only a clever display of skill, but scholarship (grounded in
attaining knowledge of oneself) and politics as well.
The song "Sovereignty's Order'' is a great example. Combining Native American soundscapes (Incan pan pipe,flute, & tribal drums mixed with vocal chants from the Kootenai/Salish tribe) with a fiery lyrical depiction of life in the sovereignty of this order. It expresses a parallel between indigenous culture and HipHop in that both have been exploited in the popular culture by market values which threaten the long term survival of our forms of expression. This is why the song has lines like:
(S.H.E.K.)
"If it all fell now/...where would you stand?/struggle for freedom's fight of be a product of 'the man'/knowledge your infrastructure so your peops could under stand/...we can't fall victim to the ways of uncle sam!/ or:
(Supreme)
"We came before Columbus/ navigators among us
Intellect in abundance with respect for other cultures/.....but now it seems dollar Bill is what determines justice.../blinding lady liberty to everything corrupted/

T.E.N. is part of a six man crew known as Headknotic Experience (consisting of Verbz, I-Contact, Dacapo, and Locksmith) and affiliated with End Of the Weak (E.O.W.), a developing independent label and the longest running weekly
open mic in NYC. Through End Of the Weak, T.E.N. contributed songs to various compilation projects such as: “Special Forces”, “Definition”, and
various E.O.W. mixtapes. They are also veteran live performers after 7 years of performing at a variety of showcases, open mics, and opening for popular
underground and mainstream artists such as Common, MF Doom, Run DMC, Cage, Necro, The Beatnuts, Cella Dwellas, DJ Kool Herc, Black Moon, Grandmaster Caz, Swollen Members, El Da Sensei (Artifacts),Tame One (Artifacts), Immortal Technique, C-Rayz Walz, Breez evah Flowin', and 50 cent. Performing at many well known venues throughout the NYC and other parts of the country such as SOB’s, Knitting Factory, Downtime, Wetlands, B.B. Kings, House of Blues (Chicago) and various colleges throughout the northeast, T.E.N. always look forward to expanding the reach of their sound by travel, radio, and the Internet. They are regular guests on the “Underground Railroad” show hosted by J-Smooth and DJ Emskee WBAI 99.5 fm in NYC.

'Hasta La Victoria Siempre'

Lyrics

The Agenda

Written By: Third Eye Navigators

The Agenda
Chorus:
Don’t speak don’t think the world is fine/ the world is mine these are words that twirl in my mind/ as my nose begins to twitch from the stench of the swine/ social design my eye repels a vision that’s blind/
Supreme:
Who put the writing on the wall for the illiterate?
The answer is a cancer to my brain and I’m too healthy to consider it!
Truth is a locked relative and we neglect to visit it
Afraid to lose pride if it’s a force we have to scrimmage with…
This is indicative of intelligent ignorance concealed in a myth
That we evolved beyond primitive: it’s astoundin’!
To see savage Neanderthals in post two-thousand
Talk ridiculous and communicate through growlin’!
Playin’ the kind of game where points are only scored by foulin’
Assuming my music’s limited to thugs screamin’ and shoutin
But still I rise to the occasion with tripled eyes
Where my complex perfection is never simplified enough
To be vilified rationally, by agenda jugglin’ journalist attackin mc’s
For challenging your brain capacity to think about these
Words we breathe, addressing more than physical need
Because our fallible senses are sharp enough to make the soul bleed
And so a wise dome’s the only thing holy
Religion is a step to it but it ain’t the only,
If you believe differently then show me!
Chorus:
Don’t speak don’t think the world is fine/ the world is mine these are words that twirl in my mind/ as my nose begins to twitch from the stench of the swine/ social design my eye repels a vision that’s blind/ 2X
Shek:
We need to all be free, free from this hollow vision of livin’
Breed for tomorrow scholars and matchin’ women
Free like the process of thoughts when composing writtens
Free like fast breaks wit’ no “d” in transition
My freedom fabric never faded emancipated
Thru true statements accrued greatness wit’ many due payments
Freedom isn’t backstage on Americana’s bandstand
It doesn’t follow the steps of Mantan/



Supreme:
I’m free to believe and free to reasonably disagree
Free to oppose the freedom of those more free than me
I’m free! In otherwords I’m autonomous
Liberated from your philosophy and pulpit dichotomy
Free to express the will of an energy that’s inside of me
Free to weigh the benefits and consequences logically
And manifest scholarly oratorical odysseys
Channeling rebellion to authority’s bureaucracy
Chorus:
Don’t speak don’t think the world is fine/ the world is mine these are words that twirl in my mind/ as my nose begins to twitch from the stench of the swine/ social design my eye repels a vision that’s blind/
Shek:
Ayo we victorious, spit warriors
Clenched fist for the cause when move the audience
There’s more to this than what appears to be glorious
Balanced talents, omnipresent like Morpheus
Potency’s revealed wit every reaction
MC passion the main drive keep ya seat fastened
Navigators takin’ passengers, rationality challengers
I rather teach than embarrass ya
I focus my energy to have a standoff wit’ US carriers
The hole in the Cole blaze the barriers
Its the green versus the black berets
Enlightened ones come to attack the shade
Shut you down like napster days
Duel wit’ a faster blade rapid movement northbound leavin’ master slain
The conductor thru underground movements
Elusive from commercial grips I’ve prove this yo
How many ciphers? how many years? how many microphones?
Distinguished orator objective to invite your dome
To a meeting of the minds where peace is the design
Spirits lifted so our peeps can be refined
Chorus:
Don’t speak don’t think the world is fine/ the world is mine these are words that twirl in my mind/ as my nose begins to twitch from the stench of the swine/ social design my eye repels a vision that’s blind/ 2X

Scholaticians

Written By: Third Eye Navigators

Scholaticians

Chorus:
We Scholaticians, moving planet earth with our vision/ observing eyewitnesses to body politrickin’/ Scholaticians third dimension perception of the real/ that is written electricity for bulbs to glisten/ Scholaticians moving planet earth with our vision/ observing eyewitnesses to body politrickin’/ Scholaticians third dimension perception of the real/ that is written electricity for us to glisten/
Supreme:
I’m the owl in the corner of a dollar bill
Observing the eye over the pyramid watching over the spiritless…
Trying to build… monuments of unified consciousness
Divided by perception and fallible connections
To that elevated level of existence that’s been promised us
So now we’re followers and crucify philosophers
Knowledge is hemlock and I’m dying for scholatics
Martyrin’ my esophagus screamin’ at the silencers
Echoing the sentiments of Jonah every time the beast swallows us
Regurgitatin’ the flesh awakened…by near death experience
In the middle of battles between life and deliverance
Seekin’ emancipation with the slingshot of David
Rockin’ that giant narrow-vision Cyclops with phrases
Esoteric to skeptics staring at me on stages….
Struggling to exit the messages in my mazes
I’m challenging attention spans focused on escapin’
Aligned with Goliath for the land occupation
Where settlements get built on the graves of the stateless
And modernization subtracts indigenous traces
Of golden age presence in the earth’s holy places
But eye make this….declaration of independence from the truth hiatus
Eye make this… declaration of independence from my soul’s hiatus
Full of emptiness and weightless.
Chorus:
We Scholaticians, moving planet earth with our vision/ observing eyewitnesses to body politrickin’/ Scholaticians third dimension perception of the real/ that is written electricity for bulbs to glisten/ Scholaticians moving planet earth with our vision/ observing eyewitnesses to body politrickin’/ Scholaticians third dimension perception of the real/ that is written electricity for us to glisten/
Shek:
From a reservoir of thoughts I trek across
Knowin’ the ledge’s course on the frontline when they set it off
Teach seeds to achieve defeat these senators
Never retreat from these mean street predators
Scholatikin’ militia men aimin’ at the system and
The world of ignorance inhabited by simpletons
And those responsible blockin the scholatics we given em’
Chuck spears from up here Shaka Zulu positionin’
Next phase we enterin’ sisters and brethren
Got this land’s foreign policy scarlet letterin
Domestically the INS is tryin’ us like felon men
Applyin’ chokeholds wit’ grips like Dan Severn
Wait till these army tanks start patrolling our corners
In the name of freedom protectin’ our borders
Homeland Security straight controlling your quarters
New world new way of livin’ unscrollin’ the order
Keeping the people digitized is how they will enforce this
Implemented by the puppets of the electoral caucus
It’s the shook ones that walk awkward in this forest
Of land scavengers unaware of where the hawk is
In this age of Aquarius can’t afford to be a porpoise
In the same tank wit’ sharks in oval offices
In this age of Aquarius can’t afford to be a porpoise
In the tanks wit’ sharks in oval offices
Chorus:
We Scholaticians, moving planet earth with our vision/ observing eyewitnesses to body politrickin’/ Scholaticians third dimension perception of the real/ that is written electricity for bulbs to glisten/ Scholaticians moving planet earth with our vision/ observing eyewitnesses to body politrickin’/ Scholaticians third dimension perception of the real/ that is written electricity for us to glisten/









Culture Cyclone

Written By: Third Eye Navigators




Culture Cyclone

Chorus:
Sound off! third eye when we rock n’ roll/ a movement of estrogen and testosterone/ INCOMING, we raise your kids when you’re not home/ invade your space wit’ a culture cyclone/ 2X
Supreme:
We’re fiery serpents…when deliverin speech
You’re like grass made of plastic we’re the slitherin heat
Shek:
Lead like Moses burning Bush and his pitiful fleet
The way the TEN move men we’re a miracles feat
Supreme:
The vision is deep as we ascend with ciphers complete
Shek:
Sprayin executive chiefs who handed mics to these creeps
Supreme:
And spray a conservative leech when eye enlighten my peeps
Shek:
But you could be all you can be without fightin’ they beef
BUT SOME OF YA”LL
Supreme:
Are too proud to even hear what we teach
So we’re increasing the intensity of losing the weak
Shek:
Cruise to a beat high altitudes in your sleep
Passenger 57 ignite check the shoes on his feet
WE TOLD YA”LL

Supreme:
It’s hip-hop Darwinism
Vocalized barbarism usin’ words for pressing delete
Shek:
Spiritual vigilance, that’s what we rep in the streets
Makin’ these derelicts leak for consecutive weeks
Leave ya’ medically tweaked from these voices embedded in beats
Tenacious cause of our competitive streak
Supreme:
Step to these men …all you’ll ever net is defeat
(Be)cause winning’s eternally promised to the humble and meek
While you worship your own ego as a golden calf of deceit
We get cultural tablets from a mountainous peak
Shek:
Third Eye Navigators rock to get ya’ outta ya’ seat
And we’ll roll to DC till the pres. is impeached
Chorus:
Sound off third eye when we rock n’ roll/ a movement of estrogen and testosterone/ INCOMING, we raise your kids when you’re not home/ invade your space wit’ a culture cyclone/ 2X
Shek:
You be bangin’ ya head spit this slang at the feds
From these sick blends like Neo-Nazis hangin’ wit dreads
What you tuned to the cipher TEN rockin’ instead
Now you move soon the sniper men rock you to bed
Phonetic flame throwers, mutinous takeover
Got addicts hittin’ this that refuse to stay sober
WAR IS UPON US, so prepare for slain soldiers
Samurai Jack mission clap the main cobra
Killin’ mother earth while it’s out to BAHGDAD
Brother versus brother, sisters really getting’ it bad
Weapons wit’ gas examples that they settin’ are sad
There’s a lesson to grab, we feel the tension and wrath
It’s all numbers, they bustin’ at the people that invented the math
While pipelines extendin’ its path
This record’s a draft, craft to dismember ya’ staff
Hall of fame member recognized from rappin’ in cafs
Supreme:

Eye don’t… believe in guns or even speakin’ in tongues
Because eye am threein’ the one that see through the sun(son?)
Increasin’…heat that loves to burn the feeble and dumb
When breathin’ with lungs reaching into the deep as lunge
Speakin’ a ton… of heavy words gracefully done
To leave what eye brung, an excellence beneath that begun
Underground like the black gold they seek for the funds
So when the earth depletes elites prepare to scheme and run
Buying spaceships to Mars like “here we come”
(be)cause they couldn’t take the peer pressure they felt from the slums
Cowards with power…insecure as the wise is risin’
To light a torch in this black hole with cosmic rhymin’
And teach seeds! what your public school is not and
Providin’….scholatics till my flesh is rotten
And see my spirit arrivin’…above the chastisement
The abode of blind men where insight’s forgotten
As eye return remindin’ amnesiacs of the time and
To vibe in these spells of a vocalizing shaman
Expressin’ alignment with elements surprisin’
Eye shift between mystery and outright defiance


Chorus:
Sound off! third eye when we rock n’ roll/ a movement of estrogen and testosterone/ INCOMING, we raise your kids when you’re not home/ invade your space wit’ a culture cyclone/ 2X

Discography

Third Eye Navigators, contributed songs to
various E.O.W (End Of The Weak) compilation projects: “Special Forces”, “Definition”- feat. "Everybody Out" the b-side of "Black Ops" single, and
other E.O.W. mixtapes. Also JoChris's compilation "From da Booth".

Set List

Available upon booking request