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    Asterisk:Four is latest installment in this series of QN5 Music compilations of exclusive new music. Feauturing the talents of the entire QN5 artist roster (CunninLynguists, Tonedeff, PackFM, Substantial, Session) and production by the critically acclaimed QN5 Production Team (Domingo, Kno, Deacon, Elite & Tonedeff), this project gets an added boost with guest spots by affiliates such as Sean Price, Supastition, Bad Seed, Copywrite, Poison Pen & others.

    All 25 exclusive tracks are blended front to back by DJ JS-1 of Rocksteady Crew/Ground Original for fans of classic Hip-Hop mixtapes in the vain of the Rawkus 'Soundboming' series.

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    Physical version of QN5's final compilation installment.

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released March 13, 2007


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Track Name: Tonedeff - Optimist
Tonedeff - "Optimist"
© 2010 QN5 Music (ASCAP)

Life is wonderful.
Life goes full circle.
Life is wondeful.

Sometimes I hate everyone and everything – to the world itself
Even though I’m the portrait of health and been blessed with many things
Cause when it seems life’s beginning to take a splendid lead
Suddenly, everything tends to lean negatively
I used to feel my luck was bled from me at seventeen
Because ever since positive outcomes have been seldom seen
They tell me that bouts with doubt can self-fulfill prophetically
And that’s prolly why John & Paul said that it’s best to let it be
And I use to be the cat with plenty kinetic energy
Happy go lucky, Mr. Follow-Your-Dream-And-Set-It-Free
But over the years, son, I’ve been jaded to the Nth degree
I hate it, cause my sense of grief is blatant and my friends agree
See, people’s selfish deeds lead to my bleak expectancy
(Like) If I catch the E, I never expect to see an empty seat
(Nice) But in typical fashion, this’ll pass until my next defeat
Until I’m stressing deep and forced to beg and plea – till then we’ll sing.

Life is wonderful.
Life goes full circle.
Life is wondeful.

They say I’m a natural born pessimist – and that’s fuckin wild
Must’ve come with my mother’s smile and father’s bullheadedness
I pull ahead and get pulled back, but I keep struggling
Son, I feel like I couldn’t catch a break beat juggling
Still I reach upward and on, and proceed trudging along
As I lead these brothers in arms, to achieve what’s in our hearts
But the scene’s shrugging us off, so…
I just remember that every dream comes with a scar when I see something I want
When it seems nothing is wrong, well – I gotta keep telling myself to stop
Waiting for the other foot to drop
Live in the moment, sit on the throne and just take a look from the top
It’s a whole other perspective to see the good that you got
Now, if it’s an omen, quit with the moaning! Don’t let it push you to flop
That’s like being spooked at the doc since you was a baby, still shook from the shot
Don’t imagine a tragic end to the book, when there’s not
You gotta try to rewrite in spite of how crooked the plot.

Now, when you go this long uphill, you lose the will to climb it
So, I wrote this song to remind me of the silver lining
In a world this wrong, gotta carry a sword that’s strong
And slice ‘em all with smiles, y’all – I fight ‘em as I kill with kindness
Nobody wants a Bitter Benny or a Debbie Downer
Or a Sad Sam that be wrapping a wet blanket around them
Keep a sunny disposition – Breathe Out
Cause life has a way of stripping the paint off of your dream house. It’s simple.
Indeed these things seem to be easy to see
But they easily flee your mind as you find repeated deceit
Now, there’s reasons the weak of will never dream or believe
Before they leap, they concede to defeat and agree to retreat
Now, when fatigue has really got you by the balls
Remember that if you really didn’t believe you’d succeed, then you wouldn’t have tried at all
So, jump regardless of the consequence
Cause even on the night of the apocalypse, everybody’s an optimist.

No matter how hard it seems.
There’s always someone in another position.

So, when it rains, just hold on.
When it’s gray, just hold on.
When there’s pain, just hold on.
When it rains.

And when it rains, think dry skies.
When it’s gray, think bright lights.
When there’s pain, just smile, smile.
When it rains.

I know it seems everyday is a struggle to keep yourself outta trouble
This modern jungle is jumbled with muddled puzzles to stump you
And snipers gunning to stumble you, like you’ve been hunted
Dude, how the hell are you telling us ‘Life is wonderful’?
Some of you have come to conclusions/assumptions, But nothing as true or stunning
That misery becomes something that’s comfortable
Trumping the will to shun it. Run from it if you’re stuck in a rut or two
So, I figured I’d drum up something I could hum to you.
(Like this)
Track Name: Substantial - It's You (I Think)
Not much of a thug, first to admit I’m a sucker for love
My life is living proof that love is a drug
A teenage love… It happened over summer vacation
She used to call me Slim, she was something amazing
But I was two years younger in age then
Yeah, she wasn’t that old true
But I lied like most dudes
And leave it to your sis to come out and expose you
But she didn’t mind… ‘cus I was deep in her mind and heart
Likewise, sex I’m eagerly tryna start!
Tight thighs I was fiending to pry and part
Now she’s crying “Stop”, ‘cus she’s a former rape vic’
Said I could have her but I had to get her pregnant
Though I wanted sweetie badly
I wasn’t ready to be a daddy in a long distance relationship
So now I reminisce of Stevie Wonder’s
Song called I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer

Damn… Damn….. Damn!! I know it’s you
That’s how I felt in the beginning love
Guess I was wrong, ‘cus look at how we ended up

Damn!! I know it’s you!
But maybe that’s how love go?
Tell me if I’m wrong baby I don’t know

(It’s like) we… Love to live and live to love
Oh how… tough it is to give it up
When there’s… enough to get, can’t get enough
And when it gets rough, you ask yourself, “Is this love?”

I got my swagger back (hey!) After a long stretch
And mustered up the courage to step to this songstress
Beautiful youngin I had met in the chorus
And we connected while we were on the tour bus
Yo, she taught me ‘bout trust and religion
Next thing you know, love started flooding my vision
I know it sound flaky, but I cherished her greatly
When life tried to break me, her whole family embraced me
And I had been to more funerals than graduations
A bit unusual, but far from an exageration
But death was something that was still new to her
I had no idea what it would do to her (Nope)
The losses that she suffered, forever changed how we interacted
Seems like our magic had flipped and turned tragic
So, “End it while we’re still friends” is what I suggested
And she replied “I was hoping that you would get the message”

Damn… Damn….. Damn!! I know it’s you
That’s how I felt in the beginning love
Guess I was wrong, ‘cus look at how we ended up

(It’s like) we… Love to live and live to love
Oh how… tough it is to give it up
When there’s… enough to get, can’t get enough
And when it gets rough, you ask yourself, “Is this love?”

I moved on from songstress to cheerleader
Older, wiser, and my gears cleaner
Cuts my baby locks now her family speaks to me
Got closer though we didn’t hang out frequently
Stole my heart like she mastered thievery
Words can’t describe what this girl means to me
Or meant to me, it feels like centuries ago
Of course yo we broke up, eventually, you know
Easy come… hey you know how the cliché ends
I even told her that we’d be friends, think again
I know I hurt this aspiring actress
Probably uses my pics for firing practice
Then outta spite, she fucked the man that I’m closest to
At that very moment, I was officially over you
Damn heart, just do what you s’posed to do!
Guess I was wrong when I said that I know it’s you

Damn… Damn….. Damn!! I know it’s you
That’s how I felt in the beginning love
Guess I was wrong, ‘cus look at how we ended up

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