City of Trees

by J*Ras of SouLifted

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Hailing from the Foothills of Northern California, Sacramento’s own J*Ras of SouLifted breaks new ground with the release of his debut solo album “City of Trees”. Rockin’ reggae rhythms, classic hip hop flavor, and conscious dancehall vibes are seamlessly blended with a hint of jazz, R&B, and soul to form a well produced album that music lovers of all walks of life can enjoy. “City of Trees” takes the listener on a journey through the up’s and down’s of everyday life with uplifting lyrics and a positive message that will leave you inspired and keep the party rocking.
J*Ras has crafted a grooving set from start-to-finish with “City of Trees”. Every track will get your feet and body moving- and feed your mind and soul too, as the deft hand-crafted beats and grooves are lovingly complimented with a steady flow of conscious lyrics, positive messages of personal empowerment, self-realization, and strength in the struggles of life. Combinations with Prezident Brown, Soulmedic, Jahworks The Revolutionary, Lady Grace of SouLifted, and newcomer Lil Cha$e round out the offerings, with more voices adding to the chorus of upful messages.
J*Ras' self-produced “City of Trees” is a well-realized nod to the influences that he has blended so smoothly throughout the years. J*Ras embraces roots reggae, modern conscious dancehall and hip-hop joining them all with a perfect balance of heart, life, and soul on his debut album “City of Trees”. The well orchestrated instrumentation, catchy rhymes, soulful vocal harmonies, and precise dj scratches come together in perfect harmony to form a unique and refreshing sound. Well polished production and an obvious attention to detail help the album to stand out amongst your typical reggae or hip hop album. J*Ras’ of SouLifted’s “City of Trees” is a feel good album that you can enjoy again and again from beginning to end!

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released June 14, 2011

Produced By: J*Ras
Mixed and Mastered By: J*Ras and Brian Fleshman
Art and Design By: Jonas Lynch and J*Ras
*All vocals, instruments, turntables, and drum programming by J*Ras unless otherwise noted
Recorded @ SouLifted Studios in Sacramento/Grass Valley, CA
Copyright 2011 SouLifted (All Rights Reserved)
(J.Ross-Ascap/ Heart, Life and Soul Music-Ascap)

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Coming from the hills of Northern California, J*Ras & SouLifted have been turning heads and opening minds around the nation with their uplifting message and high energy stage show! Seamlessly blending roots reggae with hip hop & dancehall, J*Ras is set to release his second solo album appropriately titled "Find My Way" this summer and will be touring the U.S. on Vans Warped Tour!
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Track Name: City of Trees
J*Ras of SouLifted has crafted a grooving set from start-to-finish with City of Trees. Every track will get your feet and body moving- and feed your mind and soul too, as the deft hand-crafted beats and grooves are lovingly complimented with a steady flow of conscious lyrics, positive messages of personal empowerment, self-realization, and strength in the struggles of life. Combinations with Prezident Brown, Soulmedic, Jahworks The Revolutionary, Lady Grace, and newcomer Lil Cha$e round out the offerings, with more voices adding to the chorus of upful messages. J*Ras' self-produced City of Trees is a well-realized nod to the influences that he has blended so smoothly throughout the years. J*Ras embraces roots reggae, modern conscious dancehall and hip-hop joining them all with heart, life, and soul on his debut album City of Trees.
Track Name: 1nce Again
I'm doin this once again
For all the men, women and children
It ain't about where you're at
Or where you've been
It's all about what you have within
Track Name: Chant 4 Life ft. Prezident Brown
J*Ras Verse:

It seems they wanna take my life yo
Because I fight for basic human rights
They wanna put an end to me
Just because I speak out for justice and peace so

Listen to the words I say
We're all one people and we're all one race
That's one thing that we can't escape
Still every day we're faced with hate
What's wrong now with the world today
We must be strong and lead the way
Why can't we learn from our mistakes
That we have already made
Now it's time we make a change
Teach the truth they won't explain
So our youth can break the chain
And never have to feel the pain
Of being judged by the color of their skin
Instead they'll understand that what's important is within
So give it all you got you'll only make it if you try
Still I&I keep fighting till the day that I die
To try and put a stop to oppression worldwide
Even if they wanna take my life...
Track Name: Against the Grain
This one's for all my people
Goin against the grain
And feelin the struggle
I said we must maintain
Fighting for freedom
In a babylon game
This system's staying the same
We're bringing about a change

This one's for all my people
Goin against the grain
And feelin the pressure drop
Said we must maintain
Holding down our position by breaking the chain
With a brand new rendition cause this world needs change

Gotta get away from the day to day
Workin till your soul is gray
Can't seem to find a way
To try and ease your pain
Because every day you're feelin drained
But you just can't complain
Cause you've got to make your pay
No matter what they say...
Track Name: Get Up Wake Up
Get up wake up
Show yourself what
You've been missin lately
Got to stand up!
Track Name: The Truth
Every day I grow more numb
From all of the things that I cannot overcome
Yet still I embrace the change that comes to me yeah
I cannot escape my fate
Just plan it out carefully
But where do you draw the line when its so hard to see
They've blurred the distinction between truth and reality
I don't know if I'm goin insane (oh no!)
Or if they just want me to feel this way

I want the truth...
Track Name: Fire Burnin ft. Soulmedic & Jahworks the Revolutionary
Fire burnin, burnin
Listen to the sound
Selecta play the riddim
Let the record spin 'round
Keep it burnin, burnin
Top rankin sound
Ring the alarm said we come fi burn it down

Fire burnin, burnin
Listen to the sound
Selecta play the riddim
Let the record spin 'round
Keep it burnin, burnin
Top rankin now
Ring the alarm and let the red alert sound
Track Name: Am Who I Am
One time from deep within the vibe
I hold the microphone until the day I die
Standing tall and livin' upright
I am who I am
My own man in this life!

Said I gotta get away from the pain and the hate
Let's escape well I say leave babylon
Movin to a better place one day I'm a have it my way
Cause you know I'm a lion
Track Name: Too Blessed
You see I can't stop pushing on and speaking my mind
Searching for solutions and its blessings I find
So I remain humble with my head held high
I keep movin' on (yeah...)

Blessed is the heart that beats
And these words we speak with honesty
With thoughts of peace that grow to reach the highest peak from just a seed
We're here to free your mind and lift your soul you see
You've got to try to forget your woes and be
One with the rhythm and the beat
Seen
Blessed is the life we lead when givin the chance we might succeed
Livin' upright and righteously just keepin the positive vibe in me
Cause more love is what we need when trapped inside society
That's built on lies and run off greed but we can rise now finally
Realizing life is so unique and blessed with every breath you breath
Don't stress now just be at ease
Vibin' with the melodies
Blazin' up the sweet sensi
Dancing without no worries
Enhancing you're own livity
Yes
Said we're too blessed to be given breath
and thoughts to manifest
A higher consciousness that we all possess
So give thank for life and don't stress
Cause we're TOO BLESSED!
Track Name: No Mistake ft. Lady Grace
Yes I'm fully prepared and aware of possibilities
There's nothing now to limit me
From crossing all these boundaries
So step outside and walk with me
Not locked inside your own beliefs
with no relief when what you need
Is something that will help you see
Not hold you down till you can't breathe
I told you now's the time to leave
behind the lies that constantly
Blind your mind and mislead you
To believe you can't succeed
Through up's and down's like melodies
We still keep reaching for the freedom
That's inside of all the people

So dig your hands up in the dirt and let the earth in
To remind yourself once again you're more than just skin
See if your plans don't work you've got to keep on searchin'
And understand that nothing is for certain
You'll find that if you scratch beneath the surface
That everything's not always picture perfect
Sometimes it's like we're livin' in a circus
We walk a tight rope not knowin' what's the purpose

Up, Down
Like a melody
Left, Right
Won't you follow me
Sideways
There's possibilities
They'll be no mistake this time