Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album

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18MillionRising presents Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album - a compilation album featuring 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. Given the current political climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased racial tension, turning out to vote as an AAPI community this November 8th is more important than ever. At 18MillionRising, we believe that music can shift hearts and minds, and with the release of the Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVoteAlbum, we believe music can activate Asian America to the polls.

This album was created in partnership with the Asian North Americans music curation platform TRAKTIVIST (traktivist.com); with Kollaboration (www.kollaboration.org) who supports APIs in arts and entertainment by showcasing and connecting creative talents; with the oldest currently running Asian American open mic space Tuesday Night Project (tuesdaynightproject.org); and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music (mishthimusic.com). All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (18MillionRising.org), an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.

The album will officially drop on VoicesOfOurVote.org on on Sept. 6th will be available on Pandora, YouTube and Bandcamp. It includes Asian American musicians like rapper Rocky Rivera, singer/songwriter St. Lenox, electronic beat maker Gingee, hip-hop artist SETI X, YouTube pop sensation Gunrolla, and ISATV’s DANakaDAN. 18MillionRising will also work with the musicians with a Voices of Our Vote Tour, registering young people to vote at concerts between now and Election Day.

You can download Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album at www.VoicesOfOurVote.org on September 6th, 2016.

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Track Name: St. Lenox - 21st Century Post-Liberal Blues
Electrons pushing photographs into outer space,
Yeah I see blood spatter, and teargas smithereens.
I got these pictures inside my head,
and I can’t get them outta my mind.

And you and I constructed terms and anagrams,
Things like the war on drugs, and the TPP,
And I pushed them out of my mind these days,
Cause I can’t feel anything else,
And I can’t escape, I can’t escape these
Twenty-first century post-liberal blues.

It’s photons and injures and phantograms,
I’ve got that video tape reel, it’s looping on repeat,
And I can’t get it out of my head these days,
I just see what woman lying right there.

And lately I’ve been learning things I didn’t understand
Things like black lives matter, and that wall street is a lie,
And I can’t get it out of my head these days,
It’s just that video tape reel,
I can’t explain, I can’t explain these
Twenty-first century post-liberal blues.

It’s neutrons and scar tissue and pictograms,
Tracking bruise patterns and the public memory,
You put these pictures inside my head,
And I can’t get them out of my mind.

And you and I constructed shapes and diagrams,
Following crime scenes, and the minimum wage,
You put these pictures inside my head,
And I can’t see anything else.
I can’t escape, I can’t escape these
Twenty-first century post-liberal blues.
Track Name: The Kominas - See Something, Say Something
AHHHH OOOOOO OOOOOO

If you see something
You better say something
Or Nothing at all

So don’t make any accidents
You need more evidence
Track Name: DANakaDAN x Jun Sung Ahn - Alive
I never felt so alive, I wonder when this feeling dies
I wonder what happens when two doves cry, yes and the world survives
It’s no surprise, it’s no surprise this shit has opened up our eyes
But I’ve been advised to just stay quiet while they feed us lies and will divide
I recognize but what can I do,, I sometimes lay back and just take it
When the issues that affecting us now yo they clearly do not make it
Do you feel that too, yeah just like me, but we’re silent too yeah I agree
We’re too critical too yeah to a degree , will we see that change , yeah, but it’s not likely
But I tell you now that this shit matters, its was written in the signs of all the patterns
Of every single moment that came before us where we didn’t act and it all shattered
That’s why I get worked up every time I speak, with every new step still feel defeat
And tho I feel the heat, I will not retreat, keep doing this strong til we are complete!

Sometimes I just need you to lie and tell me it's fine, it'll be alright
Have you been there too, well I’m here to tell you that together we’ll fight
And the world is crumbling down, got demons all around yea provokin us
It's times like this in our lives when we need not me, not you, but all of us
i'm broken up and every day i'm feeling a pain that i'd soon regret, lifes debt.
and i bet you’ve felt it too crawling in your skini\from toes to neck
So i look to you, us two can get through it all,, yea by and by
maybe it’s then we can change the world, but for now let's start with you and I
one day when my back is strong, and my tounge is twice as sharp
I will lift us up, find a way to right our wrongs, and then find a way to mend our hearts, let's start
But for now if you’re feeling like me, this is just the start and the feeling mighty
Will it disappear well it’s not likely cuz we on the rise and we feeling so free, let’s be like

I am the whitest whitest asian that you ever did see
So when I tell you I’m out there working man I’m not doing it just for me
I’m doing it for you and you and your mom Representing out there so strong
Trying to prove you and i belong I feel it so deep so I wrote this song
To prove that you and I can do this, it’s Ludacris how they view this
We worked twice as hard to pursue this so let’s snatch the crown while they remain clueless
But we are no victims, we can get lifted, demographics on our side that never been listed
We are on a mission, barely even started, to change ourselves as well as the system
Track Name: Gunnarolla - GameChanger
Quick fix, disposable
Everyone’s identical
Maybe I’m too critical
But why are we invisible

Movie screens and politics
Treated like a monolith
Waiting for a catalyst
Or you could be that activist

You say you want it
But are you gonna work for it

Staying complacent
When it’s not to your benefit

Identity all hyphenated
#WhitewashedOUT but motivated
Problem with that one percent
It’s time for us to re-orient

You've gotta stand up to break the ceiling
‘cause you could do better
We could be better
You could be the GameChanger

Sidekick, minority
Changing every industry
Strength in this diversity
Power in community

Part of that diaspora
Killer with a camera
Musician & world travella
it's gunnarolla

You say you want it
But are you gonna work for it

Staying complacent
When it’s not to your benefit

Identity all hyphenated
#WhitewashedOUT but motivated
Problem with that one percent
It’s time for us to re-orient

You've gotta stand up to break the ceiling
‘cause you could do better
We could be better
You could be the GameChanger

You know that I'll be #PraisinTheAsian
Because we need some better representation

You've gotta stand up to break the ceiling
‘cause you could do better
We could be better
You could be the GameChanger
Track Name: Priska - Don't Go Quietly
Speak up now
And tell them your tales
The shadows
Can't silence the sound
Stand up dear
Let us see your face
Speak up now
You've something to say

Tell 'em the truth bout what you've seen
On the way from Galilee
Tell 'em the truth bout what you've seen

Don't go, don't go quietly
Into the night, into the night
And don't go, don't go quietly
Into the night, into the night

Move faster
And quicken the pace
They're after
The words you don't say
Tread loudly
Be sure they can hear
Speak up now
So they don't go astray
Track Name: Fair and Kind - America the Unrequited (Promise Version)
Give you our tired
Give you our poor
And you will work them til they die
And blame them for the hell you fashioned

Give you our best
Give you our brightest
You just treat them like outsiders
And profit from their desperation

America, America

Tell us your tales
Sell us your fables
Your exceptionalism
Is every empire’s rationalization

Bless the favored
In the patriot church
If they will kneel to the elite
They’ll be rewarded as tools of oppression

America, America
America, America

Give us your values
Give us your promises
We’ll act as if you mean them
And save you from your self-destruction

America, America
America, America
Track Name: J. Han - Shalom ft. John Givez
should I run, should I run away
should I run away and never look back?
(oh no, oh no)
how I could I ever go back the way I left?

I’ll be rapping my tail off -- truly on my lizard flow
brother, I ain’t scared though
running through this jungle and I’m feeling like a nomad
no, man. no more letting these opinions drive a boat to no man’s
land in the sand and maybe you will live the kodak
moment after moment; every time you need to go back
and recuperate to the lab again, drawing board or labyrinth
hunger’s like a labrador retriever and it’s back again
hello. tryna not be othello
I believed the hype, mistaking grapes for morellos
didn’t realize that it would taste sour
every second, every hour, certainly was not godiva
I was certain I was ready for this journey unknown
it’s better not to know how the journey unfolds
if I knew, man, I’d run away, I’d run away
like a coward I would cower, never taking steps of faith

man, I’m looking for some peace,
some peace of mind cause I got it so conflicted
I put the focus all about chasing dreams
and neglected living out my convictions (wait a minute)
I gotta pause and recall why I did it in the first place
never entered in this race to be first place
‘cause the last shall be put ahead
I truly hope this adventure is budapest
beautiful is the campaign,
can’t blame everybody for my bad aim
and back pain all because of low standards
I’m shooting at -- going for the max damage
feeling insecure cause the money short handed.
drinking my pride by the pints and the gallons.
maybe it’s true that I made a mistake
for not being a coward and taking these steps of faith

how you feeling? I’m feeling good today x3
shalom, cause everything will be okay

give me a second to recollect,
they tell me my record is irregular
they talking I walk a line between sacred and secular,
save it for the reckoners, it's red in my eyes,
I'm tip toeing through these terminals & floating in skies
I see my clout up in the clouds, clouded by the thousands
of people tellin’ me that with my words they get aroused
this route dun' kept me from around the way?
I'm hardly home my momma wonder if I'm sound and safe
the safest sound is in my hotel, sending off my hope mail,
I need some peace & quiet speaking to God is hard to do now
if I'm honest all this talk about what ima do now as an artist
isn't it all it's cracked up to be, crack a smile for company,
accompanied with questions ‘bout the quest I'm on for greatness
I question if these people look at me & think I'm famous
it's crazy cuz, I started making music for some peace,
a way to get away from all the drama in the streets, should I run?
Track Name: Jason Chu ft. Chance Calloway - Speak
0:10
I don’t tell THE Asian-American story, I
Tell OUR American storiES
In hopes that one day our people will see glory
Do you feel me?
(Yeah~)
But if you don’t? That’s cool
And if any one of these words breaks through and resonates with you
The struggles you been through
Pain you thought only you knew?
This whole life been worth it.
Mama birthed me with a purpose, from Chinese restaurants, and nail salons, and into churches
Been called worthless
Been felt hurt inside
So if you’re numb, just know that feeling exists for a defensive service
I ain’t mad at you!
But beyond the bitterness that’s been in us, we’re buildin up these stories and the world will bear the benefits
We been a mess, but nothing’s been amiss
You gotta break some eggs evry time you make an omelet
ahh
I break it apart to put it back together like chemo on cancer
I have, no, answers
Just questions that’ll open up topics of discussion
You’ll have to shoot me to shut me up, I ain’t budgin
And maybe YOU won’t march or stand, but
You can, listen and
Speak
Listen, to me, speak
And I’ll listen to you,
Preach
Track Name: Buhay Cali - Invisible
We are not invisible
No no no
Not yo stereo typical
Yo yo Yo Wake up Timing is critical
Homey They are not invincible
We are not invisible

And when the sun goes down that's when you fooling around
Cruising the town until the men in blue all come out
I'm taking back streets to the factory I think they after me
I swear I didn't do it come on man stop harassing me

But that's the times dude that's just what I'm used to
Who's who in a world filled with cookoos
It's crucial so I choose to take the high road
Might go psycho ice cold on the mic tho

Don't complain make a change
Do it now
Tomorrows too late no someday
do it now
one cry fall on def ears but together our voices loud
The past died for you to have a choice
Use it now
Don't Consume what the Media feed u
Eatin that'll give u a heart attack
Sponsored message to mislead u
But we smarter than that
Recognize the power we hold
Won't barter that
The world is ours
How hard is that?

We are not invisible
No no no
Not yo stereo typical
Yo yo Yo Wake up Timing is critical
Homey They are not invincible
We are not invisible
Track Name: ohyung - Vote Vote (Qu Tou Piao)
VOTE VOTE (QU TOU PIAO)

haters don’t want u to vote, stick it to em go

vote vote (qu tou piao*)
vote
fucking do it
make them listen to your needs
vote yr fucking heart out

you are powerful
you are important
check those fucking boxes
you can do anything

local elections
all vote everything all vote everything
do it do it do it!

vote
fucking do it
make them listen to your needs
vote yr fucking heart out

vote
fucking do it
make them listen to your needs
vote yr fucking heart out

asian president
that can be you friend

you are powerful
you are important
check those fucking boxes
you can do anything

local elections
protect your community
make the world a better place
you are a goddess

haters don’t want u to vote, stick it to em go

vote vote (qu tou piao*)

*"go vote" in mandarin
Track Name: Daniel Park - You Never Know
you never know
who's going to be there
you never know
who’s worth fighting for
until its too late
not up to fate
and those memories never fade away
will that make you change today?

you never know
who's around the corner
you never know
if it's your neighbor
could they be the one
to see the sun
when your eyes are blinded
from the things you've done
will that make you change your ways?

don't be afraid to try
don’t ever wonder why

This could be the start of something beautiful
This could be the start of something wonderful
like being hit, with a lightning bolt
electrify you to your soul
don’t wait until tomorrow

you never know
who will surprise you
you never know
who will love you more
when there's words to say
but your too afraid
then you panic and you wanna run away
If I hold you will you stay?

Follow your inner voice
It's time to make a choice

This could be the start of something beautiful
This could be the start of something wonderful
like being hit, with a lightning bolt
electrify you to your soul
don’t wait until tomorrow

This could be the start of something beautiful
This could be the start of something wonderful
like being hit, with a lightning bolt
electrify you to your soul
don’t wait until tomorrow

Don’t wait until tomorrow (x3)
Track Name: Jessica Louise - Sing It Loud
Young girl did you think everything was alright
Cuz I’ve seen too many people trying to pick a fight
We’re losing everything we’d proudly built before
So we can’t just sit back anymore while we let them write the score to a dangerous encore

Cuz the truth is that we’ve got to say
Something before they get their way
Just use the voice inside let your words take flight
You know you’ve got that right

Go ahead roll down your windows
Sing along & give it all you got
If you feel me put your hands up
Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot
Let me hear you sing it loud
Ohhhh

I’ve found the more I say the more I make a change
I use my song in hopes that you might feel the same
Because as crazy as this seems, your made up of more than dreams. You’ve got that light
You can be that change, maybe rearrange
we’ve gotta stick together change it for the better

Go ahead roll down your windows
Sing along & give it all you got
If you feel me put your hands up
Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot
Let me hear you sing it loud
Ohhhh

The truth is we’ve got to say
Something before they get their way
Just use the voice inside let your words take flight
You know you’ve got that right

Go ahead roll down your windows
Sing along & give it all you got
If you feel me put your hands up
Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot
Let me hear you sing it loud
Ohhhh

Go ahead roll down your windows
Sing along & give it all you got
If you feel me put your hands up
Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot
Let me hear you sing it loud
Ohhhh
Track Name: Leo Xia - Yellow
Take an eraser to my face
Feed me history thats laced with opium
Take your anger to the streets
Take your violence out on these feet on which I stand

I'm not here to steal your gold
I'm just here to realize a dream that I was sold
No brother could have foretold
That I wouldn't make it to old age
In this land of the courageous and the fearful

Cut a finger from my left hand just to point it back at me
Love me leave me hanging breathless swaying from a palm tree
Lay me down but not to rest
Cut me open, but call me blessed
Kill every one of us on sight
Crash through the yellow like a traffic light

Take a paintbrush to right and wrong
Paint a picture of an alien who doesnt belong
Take cover beneath these streets
Those above couldn't care less when you stop breathing
Track Name: Samantha Mendoza - Can We Be
In a minute from now things won’t be the same
Even seconds from now you can make that change
Looking into the world you may never see
All the hatred from now or past history

We were brought to life
With to two ears, two eyes
To listen and hear those who hurt inside
Our purpose is to love

Be the change you wanna see in this life
Can we be the reason there’s some faith left in this world?
Can we be…the future that holds meaning to it’s worth

Can we be…Can we be…
Can we be….the reason there’s some faith left in this world?
Tell me why does the news fade things black and white
Believe that it’s wrong when they say its right
And it shifts all our thoughts to entitled minds
We judge and become more closed off, bruised and blind
Track Name: Ruth Sanga - Lovin' Understandin'
There is a pain in my soul
You know it deep in yours too
We knew it from the start
We’ll know it to the end

What are we to do when the horrors that we do exceed all possibilities?
When the boundaries of evil break and we look away at the altar of luxury?
Men, women, and children all over the world, we are all common humanity
When will we learn to live together in love and in humility?

Like black and white and day and night
Weakness and might, even fundamentally
No, we do not see eye to eye
But we bleed the same inside

Look to your left, and the person there might need a prayer
Look to your right, and the person there has battles to fight
Look all around, and the people there are your sister, brother
And everyone needs lovin’ understandin’ today

We all bleed the same inside
If only we had eyes
We all bleed the same inside
Black and yellow, white and red, brown
All the colors we could love instead
We need giving, not demanding, sacrificial love
Track Name: Perry & Danielle - Stand With Me
Please
Come with me
To the tops of the peaks
Said you love
Now we are home
She’s
On our skin
Is the air caving in
Knee deep
In all of our sleep
There on our screen
Are the speakers of we
Come all
Gather as one
Brother
We bleed
So let’s rise to our feet
Choose for change to come

All I know is
Stand
Our color’s wide
Speak freely
Running sweet to the center
With our noise
Seek whom to lead us
Paint glory
In the nation that saved us
With sisters that held us through it all


Some days
I know
It’s a fast-sinking goal
To see
A beautiful home
Love
It can bleed
Be the shadow of eve
Become
A face we don’t know
But what
It all means
Be the change at the seams
Look here babe
Let’s better our sight
Life
Let it in
Let it humble our skin
Fill up
All of my lungs

So I will breathe and
Bridge
It’s time we bring our souls together
All the numbers we have
All the rights in our hands
Our movement will catch
Onto young hearts
And all they’ll know is to
Track Name: Jenyi x A-Son - Sides
Guess I'm caught up in the middle ground
Cause everyone cutting off the middle now
Wanna make a change? Gotta pick it now
Pick it how? Pick a side
Better do it quick before they all go lay you down
No, no, no, no; all I see is lies, yet they want it televised
I should speak out on what's inside, still I sit in here and hide

This could be our funeral song
Wanna hold you longer
I could hear our funeral song
Wish I held you longer

Please tell me what the hell is going on
Why should I even care at all?

Toupees, toupees, toupees
Heads fiasco, not like Lupe
Said amazing watching UK
No fucks given bout what you say
Ok, what you gon do, boy?
Think we gon lose, boy?
Better make a run, never giving up my gun
Gonna give it to my son, makin sure he git-r-done, boy, hm
With that hole in your chest
I got no prob putting blood on my neck
It's now redder than ever, I'll empty this chamber on 36 strangers
I'm better than ever, right hand on my heart
Burning this cross, checking the box with some barbecue sauce
I wanna hold on, wanna hold on
Praying the rest of you won't be here long
No, oh Lord, no

Please tell me what the hell is going on
Why should I even care at all?

E-mails, e-mails, e-mails
30,000 for one female
Private servers in that retail
FBI still found no details
Alright, hidden in plain sight
Cause our pockets never looking light
I got 18 million in the bank account
You just 18 million, that's a small amount
Oh, why can't you see it's all fine
I insist that you should turn a blind eye
Tighten this tie, fall back in line
Kiss all your dreams, sayonara, goodbye
Already you lost one, I'm with the top ones
Private jet on the runway, watching Top Gun
Better hold on, better hold on
Be with the wealthy or you won't last here long, no

Please tell me what the hell is going on
Why should I even care at all?

America, America,
God done shed his grace on me
I'm gon get mine, *beep* you long time
From sea to shining sea
Track Name: Gingee - More Than Gold
I’m the girl who puts her bass in your face
shaking it left to right system bumping through the night
this is the life we lead
eat sleep breathe and repeat it loving it like I need it
I feel so good I feel so free
I wish the whole world could dance with me
this love is worldwide and I feel your vibe
don’t you ever stop its keeping me alive
I just wanna rock it with a global style
all around the world the movement’s globalized
I wanna feel your soul I wanna hear your voice
no need to back down
you know you have a choice
I wanna hear all the music inside you
I wanna see what moves you and inspires you
don’t ever compare just do your thing
there’s a place in the sun for all the styles we bring

For all the people across the globe
what you create is worth more than gold
don’t ever hold back give it to me real
keep the fire blazing with the love we feel (x2)

want you to give it everything tonight
give it your all take your time and do it right
want you to open up because I wanna know
inside there is a mystery you gotta let it show
the sound gets louder and louder from all the drumbeats and power
the musics harder and harder this is not mine this is ours
who I am is a flower the kind you wanna devour
gotta show me love keep it on lock
feels so good better not stop
lets break the rules tonight right to the other side
a place where we can fly something for you and I
I’ll be there for you if you’ll be there for me
and we can fight together in this struggle until we’re free
they wanna hold us back but we don’t wanna wait
I’ll never give up I’ll never hesitate
til this mission’s through I’ll do it all for you
and when the beat drops well that would be your cue

For all the people across the globe
what you create is worth more than gold
don’t ever hold back give it to me real
keep the fire blazing with the love we feel (x2)
Track Name: Bitter Party - Kitty in the Tree
Meihua meihua man tian xia
Yue len ta yue kai hua
Meihua meihua chang zhe wo man
Mei mei di da zhong hua

Meihua meihua man tian xia
Yue len ta yue kai hua
Meihua meihua chang zhe wo man
Mei mei di da zhong hua

Oh, kitty in the tree
Oh, kitty in the tree
Oh, kitty in the tree
Oh, kitty in the tree
Track Name: Awaaz Do - From Darkness
Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

From darkness to light
From death, mortality, to living eternal life
From isolation, to liberation
From ignorance, a darkness, to finally seeing the light