Concealed Weapon (Single)

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On October 16th 2012, Tri-state based MC/songwriter/producer CONQUEST (Born Jason Andre Roberts) releases "Concealed Weapon" his latest street single off his forthcoming FALL 2012 album "RADICAL DEPARTURE". "Concealed Weapon" is easily the most socio-politically charged track on Conquest's 5th full length LP. It's a two part look at RACE & THEOLOGY/RELIGION being used as unsuspecting agents of injustice, division & death amongst people of the world, hence the title. In the 1st verse, Conquest mainly addresses the race issue, from the reasoning behind voting for or against to Barack Obama to the Trayvon Martin & Troy Davis controversies. Conquest's point was to show that RACISM is still an extremely prevalent issue which can arise at any given moment to oppress the intended target. The second verse deals with theological stances being used by Christians as "weapons" to attack each other as well as unbelievers. Conquest, grieved by destructive in person & social network debates between Christians was quickly moved to speak on this directly, challenging those who rather "win an argument" or be "prideful with their theological knowledge" than bring resolution, love & greater understanding of God amongst in people. "Concealed Weapon" was produced by D. STEELE: twitter.com/DSteeleMusic & soundcloud.com/dsteelemusic & "Concealed Weapon" (TR VERSION) was produced by TOP RANK a.k.a. TR: twitter.com/tr_414. Both versions were mastered by DON RATNEY.

Don’t vote for Obama just because he’s black
Cast your vote for a leader with his thoughts intact
Don’t get it twisted, when Barack took the oath
Of office back in ‘09, my mind was full of hope
‘Cause before then, a black man in office was a joke
So now do you hold him accountable or cut his throat?
Conspiracy theories you glamorize
Dude, we came here as slaves, why we gotta be the anti-Christ?
Republicans swear his policies are communism
His gay marriage stance questioned if god was with him
But for me this ain’t black versus white
For whatever time he has, I pray Barack works with Christ
Yeah i know Blacks been oppressed
But heck, we gotta put our own sins in check
When some of us call Asians chinks & Mexicans wetbacks
That’s a set back, I hope you get that
‘Cause legislation’s a crock & it can’t be pardoned
So I ‘stand my ground’ for Trayvon Martin
He played ball, snowboarded but trust
He still wasn’t ‘All American’ enough, he still got snuffed
That’s tough, rough for the parents of an innocent citizen
Taken out by Zimmerman’s conditioning
That any black kid in a hoodie is a suspect, a roughneck
Geraldo bought it, his son was upset
Like “pops are you done yet, you sound real ignorant"
They’ll shoot a black man cruisin’ by in a suit and tie
Execute a black man, ignore every truth for lies
And a conviction, like the Troy Davis’ stint in prison
Can’t believe the shiftiness
Like the ‘Memphis 3‘, he should’ve gotten Eddie Vedder & a Dixie chick
So pay attention to this sound
Word to Kevin Powell, I would say this to Chris Brown
Some still see you as a scary dude
And there’s some white folk just waiting to bury you
‘Cause you fit the description of a sadder scene
Where there’s John Mayer’s reckless talk in a magazine
He left this fan with a sad face
But I’d like to believe it was a moment of bad taste
You killed “Human Nature” at the King of pop’s funeral
I’m praying racism’s really not the truth for you
But it’s beyond John, believe it
It’s fearing other races you’ve befriended are hating you in secret
Hatred that’s loaded like blue steel
Racism is still real, it’s just way more concealed

(Chorus)
‘Ye said it best, I gotta be real with it
Racism’s still alive, they just be concealing it
Like a weapon trying to shoot you down
Pray my records don’t lose you now
Yeah, they say "we formed a new religion"
Where theology’s causing division, killing the christian
Like a weapon trying to shoot you down
Pray my words don’t lose you now

There’s certain things that I won’t write
Or shove it down your throat like medicine with a taste you don’t like
So if your arrogant with theology, you getting a glare
Read my lips, I don’t care
‘Cause only Christ saved the savages from being masochists
So I don’t care if you’re reformed as a Calvinist
Shoot, even catholic, matter of fact I’m baffled with
Your arguments with doctrine, does it really matter kid?
When you’re online ending up in fruitless debates
Being ruthless with phrase, it’s a stupid mistake
With unbelievers sitting there watching how this thing works
Like “see this is why I don’t go to church"
But don’t lose God’s liberty
Saying you didn’t believe ‘cause those two argued ‘bout the trinity
God’s like “You gotta be kidding me...
Word to Kane, ‘pick your B.C. date, ‘cause you are history"
No wonder there’s division
Let me quote some scripture, before you say I’m spittin’ off opinions
1 Timothy 6, verses 2 to five
Read that & handle your pride, don’t shuck & jive
I ain't dissin’ Calvinism if that’s your groove
Or dissin’ studying to show yourselves approved
But if it’s filling you with pride, put it to the side
‘Cause while you’re beating your chest, somebody died
Not knowing who Jesus was, ‘cause love was zero spoken
When you’re running ‘round as the super theologian
That nobody likes, arrogant & you look for fights
And your pound of flesh with your bible as your butcher knife

(Chorus)

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released October 16, 2012

"Concealed Weapon" was written by Jason Andre Roberts aka CONQUEST (SeanMessiahJaylah Music ASCAP), produced by D. STEELE: twitter.com/DSteeleMusic & soundcloud.com/dsteelemusic & "Concealed Weapon" (TR VERSION) was produced and mixed by TOP RANK a.k.a. TR: twitter.com/tr_414. Both versions were mastered by DON RATNEY.

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The 2012 album “Radical Departure” marks a new musical chapter for Brooklyn based, Trinidadian born emcee/songwriter CONQUEST as an artist & missionary musical evangelist. CONQUEST does unadulterated hip hop music that's mainly East Coast in style & influence with an alternative & soul influence that will be recognized as either ‘Christian hip hop' or 'progressive hip hop made by a Christian'. ... more

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Track Name: Concealed Weapon
Don’t vote for Obama just because he’s black
Cast your vote for a leader with his thoughts intact
Don’t get it twisted, when Barack took the oath
Of office back in ‘09, my mind was full of hope
‘Cause before then, a black man in office was a joke
So now do you hold him accountable or cut his throat?
Conspiracy theories you glamorize
Dude, we came here as slaves, why we gotta be the anti-Christ?
Republicans swear his policies are communism
His gay marriage stance questioned if god was with him
But for me this ain’t black versus white
For whatever time he has, I pray Barack works with Christ
Yeah i know Blacks been oppressed
But heck, we gotta put our own sins in check
When some of us call Asians chinks & Mexicans wetbacks
That’s a set back, I hope you get that
‘Cause legislation’s a crock & it can’t be pardoned
So I ‘stand my ground’ for Trayvon Martin
He played ball, snowboarded but trust
He still wasn’t ‘All American’ enough, he still got snuffed
That’s tough, rough for the parents of an innocent citizen
Taken out by Zimmerman’s conditioning
That any black kid in a hoodie is a suspect, a roughneck
Geraldo bought it, his son was upset
Like “pops are you done yet, you sound real ignorant"
They’ll shoot a black man cruisin’ by in a suit and tie
Execute a black man, ignore every truth for lies
And a conviction, like the Troy Davis’ stint in prison
Can’t believe the shiftiness
Like the ‘Memphis 3‘, he should’ve gotten Eddie Vedder & a Dixie chick
So pay attention to this sound
Word to Kevin Powell, I would say this to Chris Brown
Some still see you as a scary dude
And there’s some white folk just waiting to bury you
‘Cause you fit the description of a sadder scene
Where there’s John Mayer’s reckless talk in a magazine
He left this fan with a sad face
But I’d like to believe it was a moment of bad taste
You killed “Human Nature” at the King of pop’s funeral
I’m praying racism’s really not the truth for you
But it’s beyond John, believe it
It’s fearing other races you’ve befriended are hating you in secret
Hatred that’s loaded like blue steel
Racism is still real, it’s just way more concealed

(Chorus)
‘Ye said it best, I gotta be real with it
Racism’s still alive, they just be concealing it
Like a weapon trying to shoot you down
Pray my records don’t lose you now
Yeah, they say "we formed a new religion"
Where theology’s causing division, killing the christian
Like a weapon trying to shoot you down
Pray my words don’t lose you now

There’s certain things that I won’t write
Or shove it down your throat like medicine with a taste you don’t like
So if your arrogant with theology, you getting a glare
Read my lips, I don’t care
‘Cause only Christ saved the savages from being masochists
So I don’t care if you’re reformed as a Calvinist
Shoot, even catholic, matter of fact I’m baffled with
Your arguments with doctrine, does it really matter kid?
When you’re online ending up in fruitless debates
Being ruthless with phrase, it’s a stupid mistake
With unbelievers sitting there watching how this thing works
Like “see this is why I don’t go to church"
But don’t lose God’s liberty
Saying you didn’t believe ‘cause those two argued ‘bout the trinity
God’s like “You gotta be kidding me...
Word to Kane, ‘pick your B.C. date, ‘cause you are history"
No wonder there’s division
Let me quote some scripture, before you say I’m spittin’ off opinions
1 Timothy 6, verses 2 to five
Read that & handle your pride, don’t shuck & jive
I ain't dissin’ Calvinism if that’s your groove
Or dissin’ studying to show yourselves approved
But if it’s filling you with pride, put it to the side
‘Cause while you’re beating your chest, somebody died
Not knowing who Jesus was, ‘cause love was zero spoken
When you’re running ‘round as the super theologian
That nobody likes, arrogant & you look for fights
And your pound of flesh with your bible as your butcher knife

(Chorus)
Track Name: Concealed Weapon (TR Version)
Don’t vote for Obama just because he’s black
Cast your vote for a leader with his thoughts intact
Don’t get it twisted, when Barack took the oath
Of office back in ‘09, my mind was full of hope
‘Cause before then, a black man in office was a joke
So now do you hold him accountable or cut his throat?
Conspiracy theories you glamorize
Dude, we came here as slaves, why we gotta be the anti-Christ?
Republicans swear his policies are communism
His gay marriage stance questioned if god was with him
But for me this ain’t black versus white
For whatever time he has, I pray Barack works with Christ
Yeah i know Blacks been oppressed
But heck, we gotta put our own sins in check
When some of us call Asians chinks & Mexicans wetbacks
That’s a set back, I hope you get that
‘Cause legislation’s a crock & it can’t be pardoned
So I ‘stand my ground’ for Trayvon Martin
He played ball, snowboarded but trust
He still wasn’t ‘All American’ enough, he still got snuffed
That’s tough, rough for the parents of an innocent citizen
Taken out by Zimmerman’s conditioning
That any black kid in a hoodie is a suspect, a roughneck
Geraldo bought it, his son was upset
Like “pops are you done yet, you sound real ignorant"
They’ll shoot a black man cruisin’ by in a suit and tie
Execute a black man, ignore every truth for lies
And a conviction, like the Troy Davis’ stint in prison
Can’t believe the shiftiness
Like the ‘Memphis 3‘, he should’ve gotten Eddie Vedder & a Dixie chick
So pay attention to this sound
Word to Kevin Powell, I would say this to Chris Brown
Some still see you as a scary dude
And there’s some white folk just waiting to bury you
‘Cause you fit the description of a sadder scene
Where there’s John Mayer’s reckless talk in a magazine
He left this fan with a sad face
But I’d like to believe it was a moment of bad taste
You killed “Human Nature” at the King of pop’s funeral
I’m praying racism’s really not the truth for you
But it’s beyond John, believe it
It’s fearing other races you’ve befriended are hating you in secret
Hatred that’s loaded like blue steel
Racism is still real, it’s just way more concealed

(Chorus)
‘Ye said it best, I gotta be real with it
Racism’s still alive, they just be concealing it
Like a weapon trying to shoot you down
Pray my records don’t lose you now
Yeah, they say "we formed a new religion"
Where theology’s causing division, killing the christian
Like a weapon trying to shoot you down
Pray my words don’t lose you now

There’s certain things that I won’t write
Or shove it down your throat like medicine with a taste you don’t like
So if your arrogant with theology, you getting a glare
Read my lips, I don’t care
‘Cause only Christ saved the savages from being masochists
So I don’t care if you’re reformed as a Calvinist
Shoot, even catholic, matter of fact I’m baffled with
Your arguments with doctrine, does it really matter kid?
When you’re online ending up in fruitless debates
Being ruthless with phrase, it’s a stupid mistake
With unbelievers sitting there watching how this thing works
Like “see this is why I don’t go to church"
But don’t lose God’s liberty
Saying you didn’t believe ‘cause those two argued ‘bout the trinity
God’s like “You gotta be kidding me...
Word to Kane, ‘pick your B.C. date, ‘cause you are history"
No wonder there’s division
Let me quote some scripture, before you say I’m spittin’ off opinions
1 Timothy 6, verses 2 to five
Read that & handle your pride, don’t shuck & jive
I ain't dissin’ Calvinism if that’s your groove
Or dissin’ studying to show yourselves approved
But if it’s filling you with pride, put it to the side
‘Cause while you’re beating your chest, somebody died
Not knowing who Jesus was, ‘cause love was zero spoken
When you’re running ‘round as the super theologian
That nobody likes, arrogant & you look for fights
And your pound of flesh with your bible as your butcher knife

(Chorus)