Technically Emirati

by They Call Me Al

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After starting to feel disillusioned, this E.P looks to draw on my life over the past 10 years. It is the next step in my progression as a hip-hop performer.

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released June 22, 2017

Thank you to -
Everyone that has come to see me perform.
Bought my previous album.
Niamh Joyce for contributing vocals.
Clara and Stephen Bessos for filming my past music videos.
Alan Moffat and Davie Blades for recording the E.P.
Elisha Dessurne for the artwork.
Teviot Print Shop for printing the cd covers.
Pressure Valve Events for providing a platform.

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They Call Me Al Edinburgh, UK

Punk/Folk/Rap artist from Edinburgh, with ties to the middle east.

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Track Name: Technically Emirati
Flown in from Dubai, yea i’m looking fly
Gone a little overboard on the class a’s cos I rarely got high
Unless we’re talking in terms of skyscrapers
Now I smoke the vapors
A little more in tune with my nature
I’m a cave man with the crown, I’m renowned for being ancient
I’m also patient but I hate to look upon your pretty face and find it vacant
Sleeping in the basement, woken early to prayer from the mosque that’s adjacent
To my room, my precious tomb
Hiding from the pressures of every day that already loom
Large upon my head, ask for me tomorrow find me dead
Antar out of coke but I’ll settle for a pepsi instead as I choke
On my shawarma, clothes from karama
Haggling everyday, it pays off cos I got the good karma
Please no drama, I spent a lot to rock this nice poncho made from peruvian llamas
I’m the one you think about whilst you sit and pout
On your pedestal cos I laid your ass out
On the beach of all places
It’s a beauty now please taste this
Love the spices with the herbs
Think i’ll curb my enthusiasm, be wary of what you heard
Rumours spread to no end
Cunts will try their best but my will it won’t ever bend
To let you in for just a brief moment
I’m a badly oiled machine I got to many fucking components
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I’m a goner, but it is simply my choice
I try to say me spiel, nobody ever hear’s my voice
I’m Incoherent in the best of times but I’ll settle down in satwa
I’m a soldier in the night I’m coming at ya
Cos I want it all, before I start to fall
I hit the floor like a tonne of bricks
I got an itch for a better world, you know i’m mentally sick
It would help if you could give a damn but you’d better be quick
It’s a popularity contest and I’m not winning
The pain is making me go crazy with laughter and so I’m grinning
At the possibility of me ending all my troubles
Knife to my throat but it’s not to trim up my stubble
They’ll never mourn me, I wish I’d never been born see
But I’m torn between keeping up appearances
It all depends on how good my perseverance is
I’m at the end of my tether
This storm is nothing either of us could ever weather
I’m the double of a man who’s nothing left to give
My mind goes blank as the reality sets in
I bin driving about, fucking in the Maserati
Eating biscotti
You know it’s true, I’m technically Emirati
Track Name: Jazz Hands
Let’s take this back in time to when the blues was running wild
I was a child feeling in my veins, the skip james
On that crow jane, huffing butane but don’t freeze your lungs
Just speak in tongues
When your so high, that you don’t remember her face
Why you had the blues in the first place, it’s a race to the finish
My intelligence diminished, it’s a weekly habit that’s why I ain’t the thinnest
You see I eat to much yeh but I sure as hell, gon do it well
Hocus locus no spell on me, like a gazelle I leap from one joint to the next
Breaking bread with my girlies and I’m perplexed
Why you think I get by the way I do?
Because I don’t care what your thinking, I’m busy drinking the moet
This bathroom ain’t a co-ed but I got a couple fingers in ya
Now grind me dirty I hope this counter’s nice and sturdy
Won’t break, but I’ll definitely break you
Up out the zoo with my urges
Animal instinct bout to splurge a couple thousand on my baby
But where she been lately, not beside me that’s for sure
I’m going to insure all my possessions because I know she’ll up and leave
With her morality in question, what a dame
Cling to my fame but I’ve yet to reach the heights
She’ll be gone and my name is the hype on these peoples tongues
Cos she knows that I’m the one

And so I aim to share with you the old and now the new
Feeling giddy cos I got the fear of god growing in me
I’m not a believer but I certainly believe in something
I don’t know the question but the numbers I’m still crunching
Got about £20 to last me for the next week
Need some work soon then pay some attention on my physique
Though I’m a god whilst hammering the pussy and the sandwiches
Recently stuck with porn but it depends on what my bandwidth is
Holy smokes shit is brutal, not here for your approval
Could definitely use a neutral perspective
You could inspect my flow then slate me but I’ve been doing this for 5 months
And I’m better than you could be after 10 long years in the slums
With your I’m a hard man personality go and fuck your speciality
I’m not Scottish enough your shit is rough
I was born and bred internationally so fucking tough luck
I’ll just embrace it, then chase the dream of being normal
Quit your yakking I’m informal, tatted up from here to here
From peer to peer you know I’m sick, got this boy down on my dick
Like a compliment he think’s he’s slick
But nothing quite excites me like the thrill of nearly dying
So quit your crying please and just do something with your life
You’ll thank me one day once I’m finished with your wife
Track Name: Dreamer
Sculptures of myself, stood by nobody else
Than my lover and we’ve aged just like a fine wine
Sat sipping away and now we find the time
To spend with our brothers
And I’ll smother you with happy memories
Though it’s at the cost of my extremities
I unlike the kennedy’s will ask what you can do for me
Murder in the 3rd degree
It’s how you treat those around you and I’ve become the last thing you admired
I’ve retired to another realm
Cos they can’t compare to my wonder in all it’s glory
See what happens when you motherfuckers try and ignore me
Nothing and that’s the way that I like it
I don’t profit off attention locked inside my room with nothing more than a mention
On your social media pages as it’s the current norm let’s see if I survive the ages
I know what rage is, put down the pages of your made up book
Your working your way in deeper don’t you think that your off the hook
Your uncultured. I’m at the pinnacle of my well being
No romanticising Ideas I find myself agreeing
With decisions that don’t suit me or my agenda
Spread your lies I’ll shoot them down and brand them propaganda
Like the golden path, I’m the king of Kyrat
Toting weapons of emotion but in the temple is where you’ll find me at
Peace is the ideology I follow my biology
So let me rhyme about genealogy and retrace my steps
And stop with a toxicology report
I think you’ll find we ought to support
The thought that we should maybe mind our own business
Been on the rise since christmas
My dinner would of been delicious
If you abided by my wish list
And this is nothing more a point that you’ve missed
I’ll go un kissed, you the devil will revel
Before your dismissed
I loved you and now I hate you
You’ve killed what little there was left of my spirit
But I’ll still remain here, if only for a minute
Cos I’m a dreamer
Yeh I’m a dreamer

It’s an old game keeping lit an old flame
Hands are wrapped around the candle
Despite the burning pain I handle
The worst that’s yet to come cutting out my tongue
Cos it betrays my mind and now I’m highly strung

It’s an old game keeping lit an old flame
Hands are wrapped around the candle
Despite the burning pain I handle
The worst that’s yet to come cutting out my tongue
Cos it betrays my mind and I’m highly strung
Track Name: I Really Did Try Ya Know Feat. Niamh
I’ve walked right out my loafers, I don’t need a chauffeur
On the street of dreams and now I’m getting handed brochures
But I ain’t buying what your selling
I’m telling you I know my path and my peers I’m now addressing
Could you sit a listen for a second, I reckon if you tried
You would be a little happier if I died I think…
There’s some evil shit I stumble upon
I’m in the right place right time the only thing that keeps me holding on
Whilst I’m fighting off the darkest of thoughts
Like a superhero but my mental state’s never been caught
Wreaks it’s damage, but can’t be seen
I barely manage to put a gleam on it, window lean on it
Come together we double team on it
And now I’m defeated left uncompleted, nothing makes sense after you cheated
I smoke the cigarettes only cos it reminds me of the taste a you
I’m due some good luck and god knows my remaining days are few

My angel come and I’ll keep you warm
Inside yourself you’ll find your still strong
Take my coat and cover up any wounds you have
Walk on proud and don’t feel sad

I counted on someone I shouldn’t of be trusted
My heart now rusted but I’m better off and well adjusted
Your presence lacks the fire that I once desired but I’m still a lure on a hook that you admire
I can’t help it if my real life has just begun
I can’t count on anybody else to get the job done
When the setting sun is the brightest moment of your day
You’ll see your backwards and your whole world’s in disarray
I can hardly tell you all apart from the rest anymore, I’m at my best
With a broken nose, gave away my jacket still got my vest
Who'd a guessed, I’d of made it this far
Not me to many moons I’ve been depressed
Faking everyday with a smile it’s been a while
Since I’ve had some company I’ve been on trial
For the actions of another, I’ll disappoint my mother
Oh you know fuck it, why do I even bother anymore
Shh, Why do I bother

My angel come and I’ll keep you warm
Inside yourself you’ll find your still strong
Take my coat and cover up any wounds you have
Walk on proud and don’t feel sad
Track Name: Antar After Hours
Smoking the hubby bubbly
The views from my window they're lovely
My future ugly but that shit won’t concern me
Cos I’m a believer in what’s right here
Sidewinder slipping through the desert with no fear
Comatose from pressures of a fresh hurt
Liable to please I kiss the dirt that’s at your feet
And it’s the season where I begin to lose all reason
No one else feel ecstatic, well fuck you your problematic
Bitches’ll act the fool once they straight outta school
Up in the apex, wear the rolex then start to drool
Cos the lovely ladies got me acting so fucking crazy
Order champagne sniff the cocaine now we’re lazy
She’s sleeping with the giants and I’m defiant
I know who I am but to her I’m just a client
She’s dishing out the handies in the back of a limousine
It’s all so exotic my lady from the phillipines
“How’d you do baby, you know I’m clean as a whistle”
I don’t doubt it honey, now let’s be crystal clear

Finish off and clean yourself up nice and neat
You got my number on the speed dial so when your in heat
Don’t refrain from ringing my celly, my friends be jelly
But your open 24/7 just like a deli
I’m leaving bruises, with good excuses to
Bout to crush a couple fingers a bourbon and sniff the glue
No uhu, i’m on the hoodoo
Zombie in the night, cough syrup it’s just like voodoo
I ride the camel into the city, sucking on your titty
Bout to trade my wealth for a better taste of the nitty gritty
Cos I’m tired of spending every single second of my life
Doing worthless deeds
And theres no seeds to put into place
Grow and fill space
I got the grace of an equestrian
Filling every hole but it’s a case of where you been
And hat you seen, and now my dick it starts to itch
I think I need some cream
Track Name: The Bitch That Broke My Hammer
Don’t smoke the weed I’m on the edibles
I’m incredible like the hulk
But I ain’t green I certainly got the bulk
Under fat you’ll find my muscle like a puzzle but missing pieces
Let’s see just how far my reach is
Venus de milo I’m pretty high though
So you could take a swing and definitely hit me
Your baby girl will kiss me cos I’m not the instigator
I’m a liberator of pussy remove the panties and then shush me with the bush
Nine months later screaming push
Nah fuck that but I do love a bit of tush
With the curves in all the right places
Black white or brown it doesn't matter what the race is
Down whilst in London, I became a little undone
Mundane chores but my night had just begun
With my mistress from the dark continent
She was sub saharan and I was pretty confident
That she, wasn't just a smack head
But the truth it came out, so this is what I said
Your looking pretty clean for a dope fiend
Only problem is your champing at the bit
For the needle and the spoon lit
With the lighter that your mummy gave ya
Oh this is recklessness and I best behave nah
What’s it gonna take to rid myself of this unmeant sentiment of worry
All your gonna do is spur me on
All my demons be gone
A wild ride we’re going through
As I await the dawn
In another realm I was a captain of a ship
And I would make you walk the plank just for giving me the lip
Yeah, Pillaging and stealing your daddy you know he’s bealing
Cos my groove my groove is what your feeling
Ho Hey
It’s the same shit on a different day
6 months now what the fuck I gotta say other than another 6 more
I’ll be professional and you won’t ignore me
I’ll be sipping tea on the same streets
Writing all my own beats it’s a feat
And they can’t compete
You wanna collab I wanna quick jab down to the gut
Where were you when my wrists I wanted to cut
Nowhere but on this platform your feeling it
To bad cos I don’t give a shit blondie
I don’t give a shit blondie
Track Name: Up & Comer
One to one let me be a little honest with you
The break of dawn comes and me leaving is not the issue
Cos I’m only here for my pipe
Call me tummy tickler
I’m a stickler for honey’s attracted to my dick like it’s made of money
Oh your sick
Playing with my mind texting shit like are we cool
It’s a crime how you treat me and I’m the fool
For believing in you, for believing that something could happen
I will spasm in my heart once I’m out of fashion
In your fall catalogue but now I’m clashing
With your current getup
Don’t you know I’m fed up
Catch me in the back seat singing shit like please no

Don’t belittle me for saving money heading home
So I can work my little heart out, then atone
For missed opportunities, the big bucks are what I need
Shake it off then plant my seed in the earth
It’s the birthing of a new era
Providing you with the hits like I’m Yogi Berra
Practicing my swing batter up and take my base
Cos you’ve hit me so hard simply for showing my face
But I regret nothing, cos I put the fun in dysfunctional
Certainly when it comes to emotional projects
I’m a hot head very rarely, more like a prospect
Keep your eyes open for my steady rapping
Cos shit is happening

I’d like to thank you for all you’ve done
Spurred me on
Now I’m settling the score cos life it was a bore
Suffering the sadness for almost 10 years
Nearly took my life after 20 beers
5 months now with no depression for me to have
Hip hop the saviour cos the groove it got me so glad
In my heart and soul, there’s a whole lotta love to be shared
For those who cared enough just to hug me
When the world it seemed to bug me
You can take it anyway you want but don’t say that you love me
When you don’t
Cos I know that your lying, bitch I know your lying so

Don’t belittle me for saving money heading home
So I can work my little heart out, then atone
For missed opportunities, the big bucks are what I need
Shake it off then plant my seed in the earth
It’s the birthing of a new era
Providing you with the hits like I’m Yogi Berra
Practicing my swing batter up and take my base
Cos you’ve hit me so hard simply for showing my face
But I regret nothing, cos I put the fun in dysfunctional
Certainly when it comes to emotional projects
I’m a hot head very rarely, more like a prospect
Keep your eyes open for my steady rapping
Cos shit is happening
Track Name: Nearer To The Palms
Take a seat, it’s been a long night of waiting I’ll be discrete
As long as you can cooperate in the state that your in
I’m glad your here yeh it’s safest you’ve been for a while
Enough of that though, did you miss me
We’re right back were we started are you scared, well you should be
I see the future I know the past,
Carry on down this road and I guarantee you won’t last
Put your hands upon the table, this ain’t no fable.
You got the bottle in your hand and a lotta thoughts I’d deem unstable
But here I am, helping every way I can
You got your mother so upset but I can understand where you come from
Yeh I wish I got the same warning
You take it easy breathing in the early morning
The sun rise, I’ll never feel the warmth
I’m a figment of your imagination now go forth
and show the world that you mean business
Do you what you gotta do just don’t you beg for forgiveness
We don’t dare discuss the elephant within the room
It’s a tomb of fear and magic
And luck’s become sporadic
Your in danger of losing everything you’ve ever worked for
Just crumble under pressure but there’s a lot more in store
So please excite me and do what nobody else expects
Take it in your stride and you can possibly earn there respect
But the dust has filled my lungs
I’m still young, I’ve swallowed my tongue so my song will go unsung
But you can make it happen
Cos I believe that you possess the power
The beauty of a flower
Run towards your destiny and tower over
The pain, blame, same feelings that I succumbed to
And it’s a shame but I know your better than this
Though covered in your own piss
Wake the fuck up and resurrect your potential from the abyss