Hello Victory EP

by Nametag Alexander

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Hello Victory finds veteran emcee Nametag Alexander celebrating accomplishment and lamenting over lessons learned on the road to success. He does so over production that is never crowded, but instead filled to the brim with hard drums, lush backing vocals and inspired lyricism thanks to executive producer and multi-instrumentalist Black Bethoven. Did we mention that they’re brothers too? With his family in tow, you can hear the confidence in his voice as Nametag Alexander retells the makings of his career with an intimacy that is yet to be paralleled when compared to his own work. From the blue collar to the boardroom, Hello Victory is a win for all. 

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released February 8, 2019

Alex "Nametag Alexander" Robinson (Songwriter/MC)
Alfred "Black Bethoven" Robinson Jr. (Producer)

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Detroit’s hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag Alexander has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village, while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city’s brightest young voices. ... more

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Track Name: 5 Minutes 'Til Show
The stage is set-for me to take it-gotta get my weight up-because I ain't really made it yet my kicks laced up, what's a race to a marathon runner my home is my kingdom I made the foundation layin under...it all came from game plannin now the crowd cheerin', anticipatin I'm hearin my name chanted, we all on this planet wit the same twenty four hours...so take advantage get a position of power don't be wastin' time time is too easy to take for granted, work smarter instead of work harder I learned to manage and the work speak for itself-I don't need gimmicks or antics, see me I just been busy payin dues shootin my shot, so put yo faith in this shooter like I'm Diego Cruz, steady scorin' wonderin' who really play to lose, the favorite hardly gotta persuade you to choose, I did less talkin and went ahead and made moves, nothin was overnight, I worked on my craft while y'all was gettin excited for any rapper who's overhyped...path chosen so I hold the light, gotta keep my shoulders right, whole lot to carry on my back, and the weight be enough to bare so I'm aware the load isn't lite, they told me go get on that mic, open up a little mo' about ya life, so I took the advice, goin forward I enlighten you wit a bit of insight, the doors to the church are open if you missed the original invite, see in this life-we all not tryna get left behind so we busy tryna get right, it's clockwork consistent from 12am to midnight
Track Name: Climb
[Hook]

I didn't climb this high….only for me to fall...puttin in that time...because I want it all...so I been grindin my whole life, strivin my whole life workin all day I ain't-slept through a whole night, I climbed this high…and I don't plan to fall...

[Verse 1]

All that I ask is for you to wish me well...but you find it fitting to wish that I fail don't wanna see me excel the field - is not leveled, it's tough to find balance that's why I'm tippin’ the scale, but far from a Libra conveniently I'm a leader, learned more from Jay and Jeezy than my teachers and they ain’t even get the degree to teach us, I'm from the school of King of Rock and My Adidas light above me as I'm executing my brightest ideas, this story is of glory, you gotta believe in me a victorious champion the Muhammad Ali in me, here I am in the present my gift is of importance when I ex-it, bury me a legend who was historic it was destined, it's all drawn out by the most high check the sketches I-neva failed I've only absorbed lessons, no takin Ls only two Vs-weaved, connected, that's twice the victory let's create history


[Hook]

I didn't climb this high….only for me to fall...puttin in that time...because I want it all...so I been grindin my whole life, strivin my whole life workin all day I ain't-slept through a whole night, I climbed this high…and I don't plan to fall...


[Verse 2]

Please miss me if you-doin’ the most at doin’ nothin, I got little time to waste wit a lot to accomplish, followed my own
compass, my own routes it's no hand outs the last dragon, Leroy the master I own somethin, you doubt I prosper that's yo’ opinion and own assumption, and my assumption and opinion is you not a profit, back against the ropes...I was taught how not to get boxed in, roll wit the punches weavin’ and bobbin’ cuz life got a way of throwin’ you uppercuts and haymakers you try to prevent it wit a block or you gotta take the hit...I entered the game wit- no intention to quit, leadin’ in the far left lane no signal on to switch-you can say that I was sent-you can't prevent what was meant-you either wit me or you in the way- take a pick I made a quick decision to wanna be rich in spirit and in wealth, highly driven nothin less nothin else

[Outro]
Track Name: Interlude
I be on my I be on my, f-l-y shit why the hell not, foreva wit bars call it jail rock, deliver the flow where the mailbox get a helmet I'm on fire this is hell bent, rhymin like I got an ailment real sick, lead poison and El-Matic I'm listenin to El' shit, get in where you will fit, but you betta stand out, crowd hands up like the doors when a lamb out, I been doin the damn thing you damn right I'm nice bet the bank on me and roll a pair of dice like, seven twice, then eleven, seven twice, take flight, I'm constantly conquerin a fear of heights yo you got it twisted, what competition? They obsolete, not in commission no opportunity for submission, I'm Vinnie Johnson in '90 you not stoppin this Piston, to yo microwave rap I'm the top of the pencil please do not bother me while I'm sharpenin my Ginsus, Super Saiyan off eatin a handful of Senzus I'm into givin the instru-mental a whippin wit these pis-tols spittin that truth when I'm in tune we runnin tracks getcha tennis shoes, I'm killin any pattern on any beat includin the interlude if you feel that I offended you then I intended to its my time I'm considered the one and you ten to two, made sure it's meaningful when in a booth in the same vein as Kane I get the job done no interviews me bein under rated is criminal, that's why I'm bossin up doin the Blade on you Duncan Pinderhughes, hungry as ever here to finish food, whoeva seem to be in my way they can get it to, on this set path that's paved and a destination I'm gettin to on the planet for a purpose ain't leavin 'til the mission through ambitious moves like I'm Russell and Rick Rubin signin Slick Rick Da Ruler wit the sickest jewels, now when I say I'm the shit I ain't shittin you, I don't need much of ya time just let me talk-my shit again a few, the results of me writin rhymes in my livin room, I'm a bomb that ran outta time this the tick and boom, we runnin tracks getcha tennis shoes, I'm killin any pattern on any beat includin the interlude...
Track Name: Own Lane (ft. MAHD)
Verse 1

Put in work, put it down, on the chase, for that crown this royal-ty, take a bow, you ain't next up if I got now I'm up top, look around, who gon' stop me? Tell me how, it ain't a game, I ain't playin' tho I'm one of thee best, I'm just sayyyin this be season we takin' it all, look at these people who pray that we fall, I keep my head up and shoot for the stars I'm better today and improvin' tomorrow, anyone doubted I'm provin' 'em wrong, takin' that leap and I'm movin' along supporters in my corner rootin' me on it's not just for me cuz I do this for y'all, a win is not enough I'm goin for more, just tryna be undefeated, I had a vision goin back to when I was younga I'm wonderin' now if you see it, still got the hunger like I'm neva eatin, come to da jungle the lion you meetin', I will not break, I will not fall apart I will not show them a sign of a weakness (now when they see me)

(Hook) [Repeat 2x]

Hook

When they see me I be goin in the wind/I said when I'm on they won't count me out again/I fit in wit my own lane, they just follow trends I'm just here to be the greatest when it's counted fo' the win they won't count me out again

Verse 2

No hesitatin' I go fo the win, fo-cused check out the scope of my lens, like assasination go fo the kill, aint nothin new I been dope wit the skill, fakers know they gotta cope wit the real, oh lawd let 'em know what the deal, this what I think man this what I feel if I ain't the best then I'm on they heels...predicted to fail...I aim for the best I know that I am not the one they expect to excel stay on my path and blazin a trail, tighten my laces know I gotta pace it I'm feelin' amazin while displayin greatness they ain't givin' chances I had to take it I'm in own lane to be one of the greatest (that's why)

(Hook) [Repeat 2x]
Track Name: The Chapters
Verse

Don't just wait til I've died, show me love while I am alive, tell my daughter's momma that I'm tryin', to do my best to provide and make sure that my family survive, somethin in everyday I take pride, I gotta keep it togetha need to keep it aligned, not enough hours in days gotta fit in time to finish a rhyme to recite what's on my mind once I write it on the line...anotha day anotha grind, anotha obstacle, notha ladder to climb reminiscin bout momz and how she raised me one eye blind gone too soon but from heaven you shine, watchin ova, an angel on my shoulda, my older bros tell me pops is clean but I'm skeptical that he stay sober, I know I shouldn't hold on to that notion, I know I'm 'sposed to let it go and rid of those emotions, we came a long a way from havin' roaches in the home as a kid ova on Hazelridge and feelin' hopeless, answerin' to the dopeman showin' up at the front do' askin' us 'bout his doe only cuz our father owed 'em, we sendin' up anotha prayer to God wit mo' faith that he notices...feelin like it wutnt the life I deserve, but I ain't let it keep me cripple 'stead I let it be a crutch to keep me up-motivated in this life when I earn I guess I dealt wit shit just for it to inspire and be learned (somebody feel me)

Verse 2

That stress and anxiety is hard to defeat...and as a man you don't wanna tell ya woman what you goin through assumin' you'd be perceived as weak... so you'on discuss it, 'stead of seekin guidance or advice we turn to vices for the pain and sufferin', to forget what you dealin with like neva mind it ain't nothin, you been told to have that tough skin don't let nothin' ruffle ya feathers, it's better you just get to dustin - it off of ya left shoulder, only cuz you know some of ya troubles are too heavy to hol' up, won't fold 'em, play out the cards I'm dealt these days my parents birth a King but a spade is a spade, I done been in my own way, tryna es-cape this maze called my brain but too far off in my thoughts, feelin effects of retrograde I need a vacay some time off plenty of pain to ease so I put the frame to the easel these words create paintings that need to be seen...but I'm just a vessel disguised as a rapper, an emcee as an author I take you through my chapters
Track Name: The One
Verse 1

Woke up this mornin and felt like a champ, Bomaye Bomaye follow and chant, I'm so ahead yo game I'm advanced, tryna catch up but they don't stand a chance, o my delivery leavin' a stamp, The D ain't leavin man we on a map, it's real as that and I'm speakin the facts that verse be a furnace with heat for this track, l a b l the leader of the pack who say they competin we leavin 'em flat, play dis in whips wit the beat in the back that flow be as tough as the meat on the rack I'm classic as droppin a needle to scratch that land on that vinyl see me as ya idol the numero uno I'm the highest title, temperature risin feel it in the climate

[Hook]

(La La, La La, La La...La, La) Lookin' up at the clouds like, aye momma, look at yo' son now (La La, La La, La La...La, La) went and told my pops yo' son is the one now [repeat once more]

Verse 2

I'm put here to serve my purpose, I'm gon' get heard thru these verses, ain't no stoppin just keep workin, and see that work put in well worth it, ain't no half steppin this surface e'ryday in life is school-keep learnin, I'm like Kamal while on this quest, I got it from here thanks for yo' service, I'm Dirk or Curry in a away jersey if it's shot from here them points I'm earnin, deemed MVP all games-rafter status-hall of fame, made a name to earn all acclaim, I married my craft the old ball and chain, and displayed through the art all the pain you know it's neva a loss if everything is to gain (I'm sayin)

[Hook]

(La La, La La, La La...La, La) Lookin' up at the clouds like, aye momma, look at yo' son now (La La, La La, La La...La, La) went and told my pops yo' son is the one now [repeat once more]
Track Name: Overground
Verse 1

Get on yo' hustle it's time to be motivated...underdog operate as the underrated...but on a chase-to be one of the greatest...talent plus hard work let me show you what fate is, a lazy one couldn't relate, one of the best it ain't up for debate, you can bet and take it to the bank, cash in on bein passionate, recognition off rappin, told you everyday is school, getcha lesson I'm conductin' classes, king and a giant I'mma a do it massive

Hook

You can try to (put me down [2x])
I'mma still (be around [2x])
Momma said I'm a King
Where my crown
Gonna keep on grindin
Long as I'm standin over ground

Verse 2

(Hol' up) Best foot forward go out on a limb tryna ride waves you gon sink or swim, you can be a leader go and be wit them legendary team ain't no beatin' 'em, if it's competition who competin' then get defeated then we achievin' and victory is close I can see the win you gon' damn near think it's cheatin when I get the W, cuz I'm one over number two, and my en-tire fam sucka proof buildin' empires when the muscle move this fire get the water for the roof, get higher like I'm wit the sun and moon, one nation up under anotha groove turn this up a few it's a song we grind and we hustle to (singing)

Hook

You can try to (put me down [2x])
I'mma still (be around [2x])
Momma said I'm a King
Where my crown
Gonna keep on grindin
Long as I'm standin over ground
Track Name: The Greatest
Hook

(The greatest) on a quest to be, they expect the best of me, workin on perfection it's definite that I strive to be (the greatest) repeat 4x total

First Verse

Workin all around the clock, I do this here non stop I don't know when to chill or just put a foot to the brake and let the fluid pump, all my music do is bump, like Dupri wit Kriss Kross, all it make you do is jump-jump honey wanna twerk in my lap now that's a pistol grip pump adrenaline up, makin' perfection that's never rushed sayin' it ain't too many can bang wit us, label us Notorious this X Clan van glorious we gon see who reign victorious

(The greatest) on a quest to be, they expect the best of me, workin on perfection it's definite that I strive to be (the greatest) repeat 4x total

Second Verse

Greatness is up for the taken anything less is forsaken don't settle for mediocrity when goals needed accomplished I'm a soccer team, trainin' constantly while playin' Rocky's theme, cocky as Apollo my confidence is Adonnis Creed, this the Aftermath of makin a monster my mindset is Dre out of Compton while makin that album wit the Chronic leaf, makin mountain peaks out of a rock, cuz the foundation is solid honestly I'm just tryin to be the...

Hook

(The greatest) on a quest to be, they expect the best of me, workin on perfection it's definite that I strive to be (the greatest) repeat 4x total

First Verse Repeated

Workin all around the clock, I do this here non stop I don't know when to chill or just put a foot to the brake and let the fluid pump, all my music do is bump, like Dupri wit Kriss Kross, all it make you do is jump-jump honey wanna twerk in my lap now that's a pistol grip pump adrenaline up, makin' perfection that's never rushed sayin' it ain't too many can bang wit us, label us Notorious this X Clan van glorious we gon see who reign victorious

Hook

(The greatest) on a quest to be, they expect the best of me, workin on perfection it's definite that I strive to be (the greatest) repeat 4x total

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