Midnight Expression EP

by Night Train 357

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    This project was created with the idea of expressing one's self during the crossroads his or her life. I'm older and ideas and concepts have grown with me. The lyrics are sharper (I think) and the ideas presented on this record were about personal struggles and opinions about society based on observations over the years. I just wanted to share my thoughts with the rest of world. Hope you enjoy my Midnight Expression.

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This project was created with the idea of expressing one's self during the crossroads his or her life. I'm older and ideas and concepts have grown with me. The lyrics are sharper (I think) and the ideas presented on this record were about personal struggles and opinions about society based on observations over the years. I just wanted to share my thoughts with the rest of world. Hope you enjoy my Midnight Expression.

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released December 16, 2016

Music production provided by Ardamus and Marcus “Blackheart” Colbert. Mixed and mastered by Ron Vento of Nightsky Studios, Waldorf, MD (NightskyStudio.org).

© 2016 Night Train 357 Sound Affects. Warning: All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication will result in a violation of applicable laws. Printed in the USA.

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Night Train 357 Silver Spring, Maryland

Night Train 357 is a creative emcee that enjoys infusing wordplay with unique subject matter not often touched upon in the Hip-Hop community. He tells stories with a twist, constantly reminding the listener how the average can become above average. He's a breath of fresh air, a change from the mundane, and the cure for the common cool. ... more

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Track Name: Broadsword
Permit me to punctuate, my powers never fluctuate
Five in the morning, while the rest of ya'll don't get up till eight.
Wanna bet? Let's up the stakes. Rhymes that corrupt the states.
Mind still spinning while at the gym to cuff weights.
What's the weight? I need to step into the past,
Cause my present is your future. Sorry to confuse ya.
Hop on your computer, and blog about your hate
How my lyrics aren't great, but he got a producer.
And that's that stuff I don't like...but who am I
But a Sleepy Brown Outkast that's trying to Killa Mike
Couple dollars in my pocket, calling that my bill of rights
No bottles and models, just a Playstation and Miller Lite
Maybe a little UFC to catch the Rhonda Rousey fight
I got the crowd screaming with no intent to douse the hype
Ya'll gonna love me. I'll even make your momma stare
Flow so sick it won't be covered by Obamacare
Track Name: Addicted
Viewing booths each week, just to get a sneak peak...
Track Name: Bar For Days
I'm just expressive so please don't kill messenger. Just trying to keep up with the Jones like I'm Jessica. ...My prerogative is to make your ass rock. Try to fill my shoes but Trizzy is a Sasquatch! It's not about the size, but more about how you use it. But if I have both then why not spread your thighs? I'm a P38, like a robot in disguise. When you're on the mic you're like a politician telling lies.
Messing with my enterprise and I'll go warp factor 5! My travel plans are undetermined. Can't decide, like Steve Harvey, between Columbia or Philippines. Get my apple chicken sausage French cut like guillotines. International, even it that really only means it's me in DC touring every embassy. My God-given duty to show what Maryland built. What you'd expect from the son of Stephen Harrison Wilkes?
-My whole crew is unseen. Mount Olympus's dream team, getting beats from Artemis and crush brews with Hercules. You speak with uncertainty. Certainly my assertive speech hurts the government chip implanted in surgery. Disrupting your circuitry! Like a live wire, I'm fire. Won't stop rockin till I retire. I'm liar. When I'm rich I'll make money off greatest hits. And only show up on your records for guest appearances.
It's a apparent...that one day I'm gonna be an old head complaining about the music that's playing like I'm your parents. Try to keep up with the times, at times it's coherent. Other times The Game could use a little pass interference.
I'd rather you try to switch it up than fix up your lyrics. But I can't really hate if you fiend for fortune and fame, I mean I'd do the same. The only difference is my flow's like South Beach, Miami. I got bars for days.

I got Bar For Days

-Trillville; you can never ever get on my level. I only drink until 7 for happy hour specials. The rest of ya'll are all looking so dazed and disheveled. Drinking too much kaluha, while you track down your Uber. I'm using alternate maneuvers to avoid so many losers that you think I have an inside track like a medulla. Let me grab another drink out of the cooler 'fore I school ya. Gotta keep one eye open like Slick Rick the Ruler.
You've got it twisted if you think this song has subject matter. Mass of matterless material to cause a Mass Effect. I've mastered it, make you sign up like protestors and activists. Speech is so hazardous; the microphone's the catalyst.
Cook it up and package it and make you buy a bag of it. And if you don't like then I guess you have an ass to kiss. Emcees are contradictions like a battle rapping pacifist. I manifest my awesomeness to be main antagonist.

...Let's keep it copacetic message...for all the skeptics. Think before you speak. What's coming out of your mouth is sounding reckless.
Know who the best is. Can't measure my style in metrics. Better have insurance, cause the flow is so progressive.
I'm in love with the Coco puffs and cookie crisp, spoonful of Cap'n Crunch while I'm kissing pussy lips. An interesting mix. I call that my oral fix… Seshan after we're done we play PlayStation. So why you fake hating the way I make statement. You don't exist, like people who claim they hate bacon. It's a party y'all! It's a party y'all! ...I'm just a Ken looking for a couple Barbie dolls. Or better yet I'll be Serena Williams' bodyguard. So I can stare all day at the body parts that potties dog! Reaching maturity with these hip hop ways. Like maximum security I've got bars for days!
Track Name: Balance It All feat. Nu-Choyce
Energy enters me, relentlessly, telling me to spend immediately with no room for building up equity so as a youth I burn through and cut loose with scissors, matches, and tools that were my matching my inner mood. Life is a movie that’s absent an interlude. No time for review, till the DVD interview. And shortly after, you’re through…only then do you have the time to reflect on what you could do.

Now I don’t have time, so I don’t waste time. I have to make time in order to carry on. It’s not a TV show, but if we’re talking run time I’m-a run mine like I practice for marathons. The reality is it’s easier said than done. It only takes a second to wreck every plan you’ve spun. So many Starscream schemes get ruined by Megatrons…but everyday of life I reset and re-log on.

[HOOK]

The world is really dragging you down
Settin'ya up up so you can fall
The stress is gonna burn you out
So learn to balance it all...

The world is really dragging you down
Settin'ya you up so you can fall
The stress is gonna burn you out
So learn to balance it all...

Honestly, it's nothing new to me, but it feels assumedly like the world is consumed with a certain level of lunacy. Rising like the Phoenix and sparking a light like jubilee, but a mutated apocalypse's trying to ruin my unity. Work until you drop dead right after you write the eulogy. Usually the response is that you lived your life foolishly. “Oh he had it coming. Should have learned to relax, or something,” or every other issue excluding the obvious assumption.

What would you do when your kids are out of food, and your past rent to due before they evict you at noon, or studying late at school your parents struggled to put you through?
Or your father passed away the only months after you moved
Now the challenge is balancing all the chaos that's towering
Find the strength to empower or you can lay there just cowering
You've got the...earth...wind..fire, and water power rings
But you've gotta have heart for the weight of the world you're carrying

[HOOK]

The world is really dragging you down
Settin'ya up up so you can fall
The stress is gonna burn you out
So learn to balance it all...

The world is really dragging you down
Setint'ya you up so you can fall
The stress is gonna burn you out
So learn to balance it all...

Bills stack, dealing with bildrats and scallywags. Dilly dally, millions rally, displeased with their habitats. Image that people look down on your cause you're black or a woman or you are lesser because of your sexual preference. The stress is building, no question...Your enemies might need some witness protection blocking them from your aggression. Interrupting speeches like my name was Kanye West and make you blow your top like a Kardashian undressing.

Don't get seduced by the dark side like Anakin and Dookie. Peace of mind is one thing you can't find on Google. You've gotta unplug and step away and find a private getaway so you can regroup and concentrate on a better day. We're all dealing with it every way, shape and fashion. Wanna flow in harmony but every day the waves are crashing, maneuvering your raft by moving and taking action...instead of sitting around wondering what happened.

Everyday you're hustling until you stop standing. ("What about this money man?") What about your family? What about the child support your baby's mom's demanding? What about your friends, just taking a day—relaxing? You're maxing...out, bursting right the seems. For a second, you deviate, and it feels you're neglecting your dreams.
Track Name: All Night
...Gotta hundred dollar bill from the ATM machine, but the withdrawal fee cost me $3.15. I'd rather make money so the will girls chase me. Ain't nobody gonna stop me cause a brotha gotta eat.
We're all equal so I went down to the bar to get a drink, and invite the whole club back up to VIP. That's just how I be, when the cash flows free. We'gon boil down the component like's it's THC.
If I was rich...I'd be dangerous. I'm a have not, but if I have got one foot in the door and the other one standing in that sandlot. I've got the key to pad lock. Beat like this'll make your ass drop. I trained as a knight in camelot so I could brace myself for the Ragnarök.
Got bills like you. I got stress like you. But the one thing I don't have is a damn excuse.
I got haters. How else would I know I'm doing shit right? I got a pocket full of money, we gon do it All Night (All Niiiiight)

......Grown man; suit and tie. Grown woman looking superfly. From the left lane, but I'm doing it right.

......Grown man; suit and tie. Grown woman looking superfly. And you know what we gon do it all...

(All night x8)

Look at her eyes, look at her face, feeling her mind, look what she makes. Love the whole package, make no mistake. But I can stop starring when she shake's her waste.
Life is great...Life is great
Put your hands up if you can relate
Put that phrase on a license plate
Right after my registration's up to date
This ain't traprock. This ain't Takoma Park
But my focus, I can make Ethan spark.
A sure fire way to make a lethal spark.
The key is to get the whole region to talk.
You ain't a real boss till you've suffered a loss, but you still got it covered like a push-up bra. Keep it moving like a military push-up, dog. Even if you're in the back lighting the Kush up, dog.
...Ladies, ya'll make it liver!.. (Yup)
...For this one night you're on fire!... (Yup)
...Right after I finish this cypher...(Yup)
...Turn it up and get hyper...

I'm the n-i-g-h-t-t-r-a-i-n. I've been sippin Mai Tai watching the tide slide in and the sun set and rise in over the horizon. I am a wise guy and why not if the ladies in the pool tell me to dive in. Just take a leap of faith and stop overanalyzing. The results can be surprising.
...Psycho-crush-you-like-M-Bison
Jedi mind tricks that wrap around your cerebral cortex like a python.