METAL LETTER EP

by Nametag Alexander

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Nametag Alexander has been hard at work on his latest project Metal Letter and is finally ready for a Summer 2016 release. After recording and releasing his single Paper in May of last year, Tag went on to record Metal Letter, entrusting the Executive Producer responsibilities to the man responsible for the anthem-JR Swiftz. Both artists being permanent fixtures in their hometowns (Detroit & Virginia respectively), Metal Letter is a long distance collaboration between a veteran emcee and a young, hungry sound-smith dually dedicated to testing the limits of where hip-hop can go.

Never one to take himself too seriously, Nametag finds himself right at home over Swiftz booming & melodic production as he drops bars on a range of topics that are as diverse as his flows. Whether it's a gritty homage to the good & bad of his hometown on "Thirty One Three", taking the forward approach with a woman on "Down", or the summer time banger & latest single "Underground Funk", the time-tested rhymer/producer tag-team wins again as Nametag Alexander & JR Swiftz bring you Metal Letter, available now across all digital formats.

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released July 15, 2016

A. Robinson (Songwriting + Some Mixing)
J. Page (Production)
D. Travis (Mixing & Engineering)

All songs fully written by Nametag Alexander
(other than tracks 2 & 4 with features)

All songs fully produced by JR Swiftz

All songs mixed & mastered by DJ DDT
(other than songs 1, 6 & 8 mixed by Nametag Alexander)

Artwork by Nametag Alexander

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Nametag Alexander Detroit

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: The iLLs
I got a clear view of that mountain top since I got-up outta the pitfalls, I'm back on a high I was dealin' with withdrawal, from that music drug, on the real tho I can't pay them bills off of music love the fam said stay lit-fuse and plug, feel like I been puttin in the work but not doin enough while other rappers doin too much, doin the most to be seen, I'd rather take leaps, not take lean, Freddy's back at it I'm interruptin and fuckin' up dreams reconsider ya career path, it's no way that everybody raps, it's no way that everybody sayin this is a passion is passionate somebody lyin' and I don't like liars, we oughta air 'em out somebody go loosen the caps on the tires, the pressure is on tighten the pliars, check my pockets for a fuck you'll see the load got a lot lighter I barely got 'em to give out, I'm D. Beasley keep my head high wit my chin out, be easy 6'2-6'3 so they see me, nothin really changed just modified the moniker it's still Nameteezy like the harmonica played by Stevie I'm blessed wit a...skill, God given Lord willin like the whip driven on the Clipse debut but these days I'm more like Jesus take the, wheel, alert the pharmaceuticals and gather up the pills this human sicka than usual he's diagnosed with the, ills.
Track Name: Thirty One Three (feat. Cordova)
Intro Bridge (Cordova):

Hands up man up / niggaz want that dough like / random and some / niggaz want that flow we / answer / get some / Labl got that glow for that rapture / I'm from Detroit my nigga let's go /

Verse 1 (Nametag)

Motown represent, demonstrate that innovative who be on that next shit, let 'em know yo' area and tell 'em who you rep wit, 7 mile, 6 mile, other side of 8 mile, east side, west side, north end, south west, home of the hustlers, bout paper bout checks, we don't call it soda ova here where that pop at, preferably Faygo, don't really follow trends we prefer to create those, stack chips we more Pringles than Better Made tho...know da slang dat's whassup is us, plus-what up doe and many of us still say schwo, grind so real you might find 'em in they same clothes from about a day ago, much love for the hood but to get up out it we all know is the way to go, floatin' down the Lodge about to exit at Jefferson, Detroit to do that Errol Flynn is a definite

Hook (Cordova)

Hands up man up / niggaz want that dough like / random and some / niggaz want that flow we / answer / get some / Labl got that glow for that rapture / capture /gotcha / snatch ya /

Hands up man up / niggaz want that dough like / random and some / niggaz want that flow we / answer / get some / Labl got that glow for that rapture/ I'm from Detroit my nigga /

Verse 2 (Nametag)

Cut on dat news channel, anotha body missin', anotha body found, somebody not livin', now what about dat person family that's gon' miss 'em, shit has gotten sickenin' too many shot up victims, when does it all stop, when will it come a time, that we don't make that list-of cities of violent crimes, now what about the youth, they the future leaders, we s'posed to set a better example the youth need us, that's word to my daughter three nephews and two nieces, 'xcuse me if it comes-off as if my preachin' but I hope somebody listen I hope a human it reaches, through the music in headphones or through the speakers, Detroit Lion, all roar restore a feelin' like the '04 Pistons modeled by Ford's vision, more of a Tiger with Motor City pride pay a visit city fly wit our Red Wings lifted like

Hook (Cordova)

Hands up man up / niggaz want that dough like / random and some / niggaz want that flow we / answer / get some / Labl got that glow for that rapture / capture /gotcha / snatch ya /

Hands up man up / niggaz want that dough like / random and some / niggaz want that flow we / answer / get some / Labl got that glow for that rapture/ I'm from Detroit my nigga /
Track Name: Paper
Hook

Make paper homey, make paper baby
Now stack paper homey, stack paper baby (Whaaaat!)

Verse 1

Dolla dolla bill yo...gotta build my bill folds, gotta hustle cuz we gotta pay the bills tho', grind-in' fo' the millions you pro'ly kill fo'.....on the real tho', rap dudes rappin' like they usin' dildos, spittin' wit no skill unreal how I kill wit that ill flow neva no chill tho'...you still think it's all about talent still?... you still tryna get a deal? you bitter bout somebody else who made it now? Damn tell 'em how you really feel...quit worryin' about the wrong things...and worry bout ya own things, the homie told me to handle my own biz, so I'm puttin' on fo' the home team

Hook (Repeat 2x)

Make paper homey, make paper baby
Now stack paper homey, now stack paper baby (Whaaaat!)

Verse 2

Gotta let the dolla circluate... that's why I'm always up workin' up late, heads nod to it as soon as they heard the bass, tell dem ladies shake somethin' make it percolate, back to the paper chase gotta make dem investments rather buy stock instead of a necklace, new to you but I move like I a vet so it's less my concern makin' a list for freshman, real talk, the truth like a fact check list time to collect a fat check stack chips, cash in hand, somethin' that's tangible straight to the bank or shoe box financial...have ya priorities in order, do it for ya sons, do it for ya daughters...they countin' on you to get the money right accumulate more so you ain't sayin' that money's tight...

Hook (Repeat 2x)

Make paper homey, make paper baby
Now stack paper homey, now stack paper baby (Whaaaat!)
Track Name: Underground Funk (feat. Ty Farris)
Hook [repeat 1x]

They like it loud, wit the system up, 808s and basslines so you feel the thump, got 'em sayin' whatchu playin' make the speakers jump, and only underground funk bumpin outta my trunk

Verse

Back up on the scene whatchu mean, feelin' like I'm at my best I'm feelin' fresh as listerine, guess I'm dressin' to impress you see my kicks they lookin clean, I ain't gotta do the most, dope in t-shirt and some jeans, when I hop up in the ride, get the auxiliary cord, got a streamin platform playlist better than yours, ridin' round wit my mind on paper and gettin' more, goin hard for my fam-yea that's who I do this for, shoutout to my cousins buzzin' movin' crowds while on tour, grindin' our way to the top, man we started at the floor, I'm just reppin' like I'm Steph and puttin' points up on the board, it's just best you be the ref and I suggest you keep the score tryna dominate the game make a claim in the sport and you know I play to win so a victory's in store, shoot for legendary status we ain't here to be ignored, here me loud in dem sounds, turn it up a lil' more, turn it up (hook)

Hook [repeat 1x]

They like it loud, wit the system up, 808s and basslines so you feel the thump, got 'em sayin' whatchu playin' make the speakers jump, and only underground funk bumpin outta my trunk
Track Name: Down
[Hook] (Repeat 2x)

Lemme know, who you tryin' to be wit', what's a number to dial if it's goin-down-down-down-yea if it's goin-down-down-down if it's goin-down

How can I fit onto ya schedule, cuz I can make room for you on mine, no photo shop on social media pics in real life lookin' like how you do online...and you look fine, sophisticated woman one of a kind stars aligned I'm a Capricorn and you're a-it don't matter bet I can connect with all signs, of the Zodiac, pose for the moment like Kodak, po' a little Henny in yo glass wit-Coke as the chaser I'm way too grown up to chase ya but got damn God bless the couple that made ya, barely a flaw, barely put on much make up at all, are ya lookin this great when ya wake up, show up to ya place snap back or my fitted low, listen you can get it doe, only if you wit it doe.

[Hook] (Repeat 2x)

Messin' me up my whole head like-how the song said like-I'll find my way if you lead right, you gon' stay around if I lay it right, I don't play around no games let me show you what it's layin' like, you seem like you know what you wanna make of life, you know-goal driven, a goal getta who can get it on her own don't condone gold diggas, it's no secret motives, no hidden agendas, I'm con-stantly scopin' you I hope it ain't offensive, we noticin' each other noticin' we both know that it's an interest here so let's be open bout the feelin'...just so we can both know what the deal is thoughts provoked ya mine's a weapon why conceal it, you wounded by ya past but I can assist wit the healin'...I insist but it's really if you willin' and if the liquor within' ya, them true feelings revealin' (I know)

[Hook] (Repeat 2x)

[Breakdown] (Repeat 4x)

Let's stop playin' and let's get aquainted, say it what's you make it, said it's what you make it

[Hook] (Repeat 2x)
Track Name: Volume Hiiii
From Michigan to VA, back wit the bomb shit like it's D Day, I paid my dues usin a pre paid, they told me kill the beats and then cremate, me and J R rackin' up the points we -Stephen and Klay see we impress and amaze like-Griffin wit the Clippers, lineup the instrumentals they end up catchin this fade, tell the promoter set the stage for it to get set ablaze, forever great you barely can find a better grade of an al-mighty emcee- highest degree-rap level ivy league you at ic-dc, everyday is school now settle down I'm teachin, bars of gold that flow reminiscent of Egypt that's ruled by Pharoah, it's thorough, feelin' second to none but really doe I'm technically second to zero, a hero wit a split personality as a villain feelin' like- -how do you save rap when you killin wit it

Hook

Put ya muthafuckin hands up...keep ya muthafuckin hands high...keep that muthafuckin volume up...keep that muthafuckin volume high...

Don't compare me to ones who neva last, I put in my best effort that's why they check for Tag, do it for love but still I'm after a check to cash, my drive is without a limit when you check the dash...stand tall I'm proper wit the posture, tryna gain weight I got my lady cookin' pasta ya heart ain't really into Hip Hop you an imposter I bless a booth and out rhyme an entire roster defyin' odds tryna put a stop to the garbage like black nominee actors boycottin' the Oscars, monster entendre on a cusp of arrogant and pompous, my arrow is up due to confidence, each fan of mine is an accomplice, dominant like Dominique in Atlanta wit a hops advantage Tag Bambaataa rockin' ya planet, settin off alarms in case you was tryna sleep word to Janet
Track Name: On My Job
HOOK

I am on my job oh my oh lawd, oh my oh lawd, puttin in that work, nah it's neva been a prob, hell naw it's not a prob (repeat 2x)

It's all ambition, still on a mission gotta provide feed the fam still the plan a goal and the in-centive, within is a winner, drive undisputed, it's no competition there is not a contender, the sayin' goes fight to the finish, yet I don't comprehend cuz the legacy forever it will never be an endin on a road to success that-desti-nation for the driven

HOOK

I am on my job oh my oh lawd, oh my oh lawd, puttin in that work, nah it's neva been a prob, hell naw it's not a prob (repeat 2x)

Priorities in order got a seed I gotta feed gotta bring home the bacon that's the way the family eats man I'm just tryna make it so don't knock me tryna succeed, my own expectations I been busy tryna exceed I'm in competition wit me-so how you tryna compete, failin in life is a lesson but not an option to me, my team follow my lead, it's lead and be legendary on a quest for that currency is somethin that's necessary nobody hardly eva remember second that's a reason that I set my foot forward and I'm steppin wit my best, you ask me how I'm feelin' I'm gon tell you that I'm blessed like what did you expect I put in work-cut the check
Track Name: Promise To Be Great
[Hook intro]

I'm here to stay
I got what it takes
Runnin this marathon don't call it a race
Higher I climb, the higher the stakes
To be honest, I promise to be great

[Verse 1]

Victory's ours now from puttin them hours down supporters and believers yea it's reachin' 'em outta town, I used to be out of bounds the guy on the sidelines, but I got on my grind I figured it's my time to re-ceive my shine it's beyond just tryin', Fully aware of what I deserve gotta put in work and earn, end up takin' my turn 'stead of waitin I'm impatient, catchin' my reflection I'm starin' at the face of greatness, I'm permanently leavin' my mark I came to engrave it at it like a tattooist that's crafty with needle usage, it's best to make it happen instead of makin' excuses, I take action and use the gift an option ova useless, used to bein the one they would see as the underdog but walk off with a win that they thought would be a loss, the all authentic see I be of a different cloth my level is loft it's less than often that I'm off

[Hook 1nce]

I'm here to stay
I got what it takes
Runnin this marathon don't call it a race
Higher I climb, the higher the stakes
To be honest, I promise to be great

[Hook 2wce]

I'm here to stay
I got what it takes
Higher I climb, the higher the stakes
To be honest, I promise to be great

[Verse 2]

Step into my arena, I show you how to play in the game follow a leader, practice until per-fect particular procedure, that of an all star ball player's my demeanor, I'm on par and you on the fence, step ya D up, I'm on guard and part of a team representin a league of overachievers, you ain't gotta believe it, you can't see my vision if you sleepin but I proceed to live out what I'm dreamin regardless tryna go for-ward wit evolvin' tryna help put on those involved in the pro-gress and all across the board, we all on one accord so it's obvious to know that win is the only option...if opportunity not knockin got a copy of the key and at the door to unlock it...I came to conquer and accomplish I'm Ethan Hunt on a Mission you ain't stoppin the impossible (I promise)

[Hook 1nce]

I'm here to stay
I got what it takes
Runnin this marathon don't call it a race
Higher I climb, the higher the stakes
To be honest, I promise to be great

[Hook 2wce]

I'm here to stay
I got what it takes
Higher I climb, the higher the stakes
To be honest, I promise to be great