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Notes: The lyrics for this kinda came before I had the beat. Trying to get something in your head out, and convey it to people can happen a multitude of ways and you’ve got no idea how its gong to be received. The whole thing of creating music is a strange process.| Sonically, I was thinking back to that era that first got me really into Hip-Hop, the 90s “Golden Age” that heads talk so fondly of. Well, that was a massively influential time for me too. That Native Tongues sound, a new strand in Hip-Hop culture, particularly connected with me. With this track being about creative beginnings, it just intuitively led me back to try and catch some echoes from that period in my life.


Innovating the sound…for your inner ear
The Homecut Directive, beginning it here
Amp myself up, my whole beings involved
As I find equilibrium and EQ my soul
Connect the mic lead into my psyche
Tune-up mental process, so we’re in the right key
Up next, compress these thoughts to speech
Adjustments and last tweaks, til the task is complete
Yes, its scientific but its also spiritual
I breath in analogue and breath out digital
Til it sounds cool, push the level to limits
Trying to give you love but I’ll probly give you tinitis
Quantize heartbeat so life syncopates
Plus a touch of reverb, til you can tell it resonates
Mid, Treble and Bass, speed of sound fleetingly
Trying to master myself, to find God’s frequency
See its…

Innovative, now you into this
The inner-sound system with that instant vintage
Innovative, now you into this
The Homecut: Live! In the mix


In the heart, in the mind, in the soul

Innovating the sound…but no cause for alarm
Inspired the Psalms to get out of my pyjamas
Innovate, with no surgical enhancement
Hardest to find, like the questions to the answers
The crowds’ arms raised up like a riot
I appreciate the feedback
Then it all goes it quiet, you want the beat we’ll supply it
I wanna make new life from death, kind of like Christ did

It’s occurring to me earning a fee
Is not what you certain to see, cos: “Artist meets
Con-artist” is a reoccurring theme
If I’m ahead of my time, then I’m resting in peace
Leave coroners shocked, cos my music’s born to rock from
Cornershops to streets, long after I’m deceased
We could all be sweet or swell like inflammation
Trying to reach cos this music’s like blood donation
Got eternity in the hearts of the populations
From the soul to the beat, to the Alpha and Omega
Peace I pray you find in the cadence of my statements
Sing a little song with innovation
There’s many innovators but still only one Creator!



from No Freedom Without Sacrifice, released June 8, 2009
[A. Brooks]
Drums: Cousin J
Bass: Kenny Higgins
Keys: Aaron Jackman
Guitar: Ben Barker
Additional sounds and percussion: Testament
Hook: Aiwan
Vocal: Testament



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Homecut is the brainchild of MC/producer Testament. Conscious lyricism, live instrumentation and mix of Soul, Hip-Hop and sonic experimentation mark out Homecut on the UK landscape. The critically acclaimed debut album “NO FREEDOM WITHOUT SACRIFICE” features collaborations with Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, Andreya Triana and members of the Cinematic Orchesta. ... more

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