Cross That Line | Radical Departure (Single)

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On Dec. 11th 2012. CONQUEST releases "CROSS THAT LINE", the latest radio single off the NOV. 13TH full length album release "RADICAL DEPARTURE". "Cross That Line" is a bold, menacing & innovative take on the hip hop genre known as "trap music" which producer D. STEELE takes & completely re-invents in what can only be describe as "alternative trap muzik", complete with amplified down-tuned guitar stabs & industrial elements. Concept wise, CONQUEST uses this soundtrack to speak on the way we take advantage of people's grace by crossing boundaries that shouldn't be crossed, even relating our issues with this to how we often 'cross the line' with GOD. 'QUEST also maintains his east coast hip hop approach on this track while giving his spin on a southern sound, adding some of his signature 'screamo' vocals for good measure.

Also being released on Dec. 11TH 2012 is "RADICAL DEPARTURE (CONQUEST MUST DIE)" which is the title track off CONQUEST'S latest album on itunes as of Dec. 4th 2012. Due to the overwhelming response to the honestly displayed on this song when the album was released to the public, this powerful album cut detailing 'QUEST'S struggles with trusting God in the face of poverty, a limited diet due to financing his goals, depression & spiritual impatience had no choice but to become a radio single itself. This track that features extremely vivid, heartfelt & well executed lyricism & songwriting was also produced by acclaimed emcee/producer ESHON BURGUNDY for Salvation Armie Productions.

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released December 11, 2012

Written by Jason Andre Roberts (CONQUEST) for SeanMessiahJaylahMusic (ASCAP).
Produced, recorded & mixed by Daniel Steele aka D. STEELE for Daniel Steele Music in Jersey City NJ. 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: Cross That Line (Radio Edit)
See when it comes to Jason, mistaking my kindness for weakness?
I ain’t playin’, I’m just sayin’, I ain’t trying to see it
I got no time for deceiving, I’m god’s design and his thesis
So you taking me light is not the sign of a genius
That’s actually kinda dumb & I won’t spit like a thug
But you ain’t kicking it in love, I’m a nip in the bud
I take friendship seriously
‘cause enemies used to be friends previously
I can’t rock or get to attached to ‘em
‘cause those “friends” got the sharpest knives waiting for you to turn your back to ‘em
If brother Joseph could be sold for some paper
By his own brothers, you could take the role of a traitor
They say “cats are talking about your homie these days"
I’m like “I know, I had his back but he was throwing me shade"
I could hold my tongue, turn my cheek or keep quiet
But even David faced his Goliath with violence
Y’know what’s my problem, I’m a people pleaser
And people pleasers often end up feeble creatures
End up being targets of a lethal ether
While in denial of their people’s evil features
In other words, they’re quicker to catch a backstab
Burned soo much, you got the sequel to ‘Backdraft’
I won’t have that, not everything I laugh at
But don’t be nervous dude, I’m just observing you

(Chorus)
Even though I’m saved yo, please don’t cross me
Act all salty, that’s when you’ve lost me
Yo, i don’t know what you thought that time
Ayo, why would you even cross that line
(2x)
My grace is never a sign...that you can cross that line
Don’t cross that line (2x)
My grace is never a sign...that you can cross that line
Don’t cross that line (2x)

See wishing me the best to you is not what matters kid
You’re too stuck on what my relationship status is
You couldn’t name a single song that I spit
But you know every chick you could’ve sworn I was with
You never support, but my girl’s page you go to
Hit her up on skype, she’s like “Do I know you?!!!"
Make random request like you’re fans of the quest
Dude I don’t need fans, I need fam’ or it’s stress
Yes, that’s when you’ve crossed that line
And this is what got sisters distraught at times
In the office, wearing something tight, but business like
& co-worker’s running some game that isn’t right
In fact it’s actually troubling
& now you’re switching from ‘Mary Mary’ to ‘Jazmine Sullivan'
‘10 seconds’ away from ‘Busting windows’ out his car
‘cause he done went too far, you’re sayin’ ‘nah!!!'
So called friends are hating as soon as you earn a stack
Holla at your future spouse as soon as you turn you back
Lose it in the situation, now you’re facin’ “murder raps"
‘cause you’ve been suspected this cat, you had the burner strapped
But looking back I see I need to make ammends
‘cause to Christ I’ve been a terrible friend, he’d take offense
To the way that I’m living my life in disobedience
& in the way that people treat me, I guess I’m seeing it!

(Chorus)
Track Name: Cross That Line (Album Version)
See when it comes to Jason, mistaking my kindness for weakness?
I ain’t playin’, I’m just sayin’, I ain’t trying to see it
I got no time for deceiving, I’m god’s design and his thesis
So you taking me light is not the sign of a genius
That’s actually kinda dumb & I won’t spit like a thug
But you ain’t kicking it in love, I’m a nip in the bud
I take friendship seriously
‘cause enemies used to be friends previously
I can’t rock or get to attached to ‘em
‘cause those “friends” got the sharpest knives waiting for you to turn your back to ‘em
If brother Joseph could be sold for some paper
By his own brothers, you could take the role of a traitor
They say “cats are talking about your homie these days"
I’m like “I know, I had his back but he was throwing me shade"
I could hold my tongue, turn my cheek or keep quiet
But even David faced his Goliath with violence
Y’know what’s my problem, I’m a people pleaser
And people pleasers often end up feeble creatures
End up being targets of a lethal ether
While in denial of their people’s evil features
In other words, they’re quicker to catch a backstab
Burned soo much, you got the sequel to ‘Backdraft’
I won’t have that, not everything I laugh at
But don’t be nervous dude, I’m just observing you

(Chorus)
Even though I’m saved yo, please don’t cross me
Act all salty, that’s when you’ve lost me
Yo, i don’t know what you thought that time
Ayo, why would you even cross that line
(2x)
My grace is never a sign...that you can cross that line
Don’t cross that line (2x)
My grace is never a sign...that you can cross that line
Don’t cross that line (2x)

See wishing me the best to you is not what matters kid
You’re too stuck on what my relationship status is
You couldn’t name a single song that I spit
But you know every chick you could’ve sworn I was with
You never support, but my girl’s page you go to
Hit her up on skype, she’s like “Do I know you?!!!"
Make random request like you’re fans of the quest
Dude I don’t need fans, I need fam’ or it’s stress
Yes, that’s when you’ve crossed that line
And this is what got sisters distraught at times
In the office, wearing something tight, but business like
& co-worker’s running some game that isn’t right
In fact it’s actually troubling
& now you’re switching from ‘Mary Mary’ to ‘Jazmine Sullivan'
‘10 seconds’ away from ‘Busting windows’ out his car
‘cause he done went too far, you’re sayin’ ‘nah!!!'
So called friends are hating as soon as you earn a stack
Holla at your future spouse as soon as you turn you back
Lose it in the situation, now you’re facin’ “murder raps"
‘cause you’ve been suspected this cat, you had the burner strapped
But looking back I see I need to make ammends
‘cause to Christ I’ve been a terrible friend, he’d take offense
To the way that I’m living my life in disobedience
& in the way that people treat me, I guess I’m seeing it!

(Chorus)
Track Name: Radical Departure (Album Version)
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Let me take you inside of the mind of what the ‘Quest does
I sleep at night with disappointments & bedbugs
Roof’s caving in faster than all my dreams & goals
& I work a dead end job out in the freezing cold
My nose is peeling & reeling from it’s sneezing role
Satan’s using every doubt in trying to seize my soul
Sorry, this ain’t that pimp, player, gangster flow
No, there ain’t a chick in my bed looking like Amber Rose
This is that “I EAT THE SAME CRAP EVERY NIGHT
SAVING FOR MY STUDIO SESSIONS", that’s my very life
Kinda scary right? dude it’s a scary sight
Sometimes I barely eat, never do I rarely write
Praying that you download thoughts that God has given me
So you’re seeking Christ as savior & your liberty
But I’m seeing low downloads and low turnouts
Frustration’s got me close to being burnt out!
I’m sorta like the candle in the wind
Trying to stay on fire but I’m unraveling with sin
& it questions my confidence
& being underrated is becoming less and less of a compliment
You can keep that, I don’t need that
I need you copping the record, I need feedback
Again, sorry if I’m spittin’ with aggression
I’m talking about things that often trigger my depression
I do a lot of encouraging, a lot of supporting
Romans 12:10 says that rocks with importance
But often, I’m in need of it back
Besides the stuff I just rapped, there’s a reason for that
I rise & grind hoping it’s my season perhaps
Then watch my season collapse & give me reasons to snap
With extra demons attached & now this artist is sick
And I’m in need of a radical departure from this!!!...

'Cause I can’t do it on my own strength, lord knows
That is the biggest lie, the reason why
I gotta crucify on my own flesh, thought so!
Yeah, conquest must die, The season’s nigh...
CONQUEST MUST DIE (X4)

Pity parties are wack, I’m more mature within
But us encouragers need some encouraging
Or lose courage, found often dead
‘cause suicide finally found a way to throw us off the ledge
Not just because of rap, rap was just the last straw
Rejection of our love? that we never ask for
Was the type to be cool with everybody
'til I saw that ain’t the rule with everybody
Put myself last until I lacked wisdom
Then they act different, now I’m more selfish with my ambition
Need to change ‘cause I ought to
Plus I’m sick of loving women that I no longer talk to
My honesty is coming brutally, truthfully
I’m not friendly as I used to be, you’re getting scrutiny
I’m still open to it, but to a certain extent
It’s either that or feel the hurt then I vent
With every breath in my lung that God allowed me
That alone is humbling, shows it’s not about me
With all these crosses I bear, I swear I had enough
But being Christ like is to be taken advantage of
& being willing to do so by example
I pray it’s something that my life can handle
‘cause I’m trying to guard my heart, be grateful & be patient
But Jason’s often impatient, I’m real enough to say it
‘cause I know a lotta y’all are dying for your dream
Got fired for your dream & it fries your self esteem
Had people walk out when you needed them the most
Then you did the same thing ‘cause the demon got too close
I know a lotta y’all appreciate my straight talk
But this is more than grind, it’s a faith walk
Seek the kingdom or my heart is at risk
To the point I need a radical departure from this...

(Chorus)