The Baptism EP

by Dynesti Williams

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After facing many obstacles in her life including mental-health issues, homelessness, and sexual abuse, Dynesti Williams has emerged. The Baptism is as it sounds, a rebirth. The vulnerable yet strong EP takes listeners on a journey through emotions of doubt and despair to self-love and resilience. The EP was created to combat the voices in our heads that tell us that we are not enough. Complete with "Arson", an aggressive bonus track for versatility, Dynesti Williams young lady sets fire to the box many female artists come in. Take a dive into consciousness through hip-hop/soul.

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released April 15, 2014

Lyrics by Dynesti Williams, Production by Jermatic (excluding "Arson" produced by Timian), and Mixed & Mastered by Ante O'Connor of www.musicisabstract.com. Funded by CUE arts project grant.

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Dynesti Williams Toronto, Ontario

Inspiring people everywhere to reconnect to their authentic selves through bold and unapologetic live performances, lyrics, videos, and sonic experiences, Dynesti Williams is an unstoppable powerhouse. Her passion encourages listeners to take a dive into consciousness through hip-hop/soul with a "dash" of reggae. ... more

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Track Name: ReConnect
INTRO
I want to reconnect to you-oo-oo-oo-ooo
You, you, you, you
You, you, you, you
I want to reconnect--

VERSE ONE
There’s no breath left in me
No life, there’s no light, no fight in me
I might just get high, take flight in me
Pain is so plenty
Death can come get me
Hell can’t be far from here
Maybe it’d burn my tears
Put something of mine on the rise (Rise)
Evaporate pain out eyes (Eyes)
Maybe then I’d get to live on through the rain
Force the whole world to adapt to change
Flood all the banks and destroy the prisons
Cleanse the whole world like a baptism
But here I am crying spiritually (Oh)
Trying not to give in to defeat (Oh)
Tears like a river immersing me (Yeah)
Show my reflection and it sings (Ooo)

HOOK
I want to reconnect to you-oo-oo-oo-ooo
You, you, you, you
You, you, you, you
I want to reconnect to you-oo-oo-oo-ooo
You, you, you, you
You, you, you, you

VERSE TWO
I wanna know why Yah wants me here
I am too drained to persevere
Last will be first? Well I hate the rear
Everybody sees and nobody cares
I want out, I’m not who I want to be
Got a lack of opportunity lynching me
Young black female, sick of being ignored
A minor broad, hoping that I strike a chord
Cuz I’m done with all the hardship, I’m off it
Shit makes me nauseous, so cautious
When the Baptism droppin, you cop it
Cuz my verses on some Pac shit, they honest
And I hope that you heed me, believe me
Hope my songs make it easy to feel me
Let me know you receive me, the real me
Let your hands hit the ceiling, cuz really…

VERSE THREE
What’s going on in here?
Causing breakdowns in the atmosphere
Something inside me needs to clear
Something so real that I have to share
Cuz do you understand what connections do?
Where two or three are gathered energy is too
Blessed cuz I find my higher self in you
Blessed cuz I find my higher self in you

©2014 Melissa “Dynesti” Williams. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Dreamer (Slew Dem)
VERSE ONE
As a kid I used to hang posters on my wall
Of all the people who to me, seemed to have it all
Conspired a higher reach than all of the stars
Gimmie a galaxy in my back yard
The currency, one heart
One reign, one GOD
Now I'm just tired of this patience shit
I'm livin' life borderline homelessness
And easy money isn't worth life to get
So fuck all the rules and the standards set
This world ain't real, but the debt is stress
They make few meant to have, most never get
I make due with my have's and I'm never whole
So Imma find my hope in a righteous toke
Dream under oath, bold is a painful growth
So my bredrens filling up on rum coke
Feel that ascension hit us, cups overflow
Our holy ghost, saving us from all our woes
Better than letting any of our thoughts provoke
So raise a toast, raise a toast
HOOK
Dreamer, what you afraid of? (What you afraid of?)
Dreamer, know what you’re made of (Know what you're made of)
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-out!

VERSE TWO
I’m the ungodly presence of fear and resentment
Not satisfied with the way that I’m living
Not satisfied with my fatal decline
I’m not stable, about to derail
I just tread the thin line of life and death
Make mistakes, learn the way and how to prevent
Start to wake, lessons start kickin in
Start to fade, then it start all over again
And I’m sittin' in a tornado
Of low payroll, and lowered goals
With nowhere to go
With the people I relate to making toasts
In overdose hoping my end is close cuz I
Don’t want to dive in a 9-5
And if we hit the streets we’ve already died
Got a lot I wanna do with my time but no money
There's nobody lookin’ out for me?
Options are so limited
See the eye in needle, am I the thread?
I aspire to make me a shall that says
I shall prevail no matter what trials are there

HOOK
Dreamer, what you afraid of? (What you afraid of?)
Dreamer, know what you’re made of (Know what you're made of)
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-ow-out
Slew Dem
Kill em ow-out!

OUTRO
Aye, aye
Slew the demons, yes
Slew the doubting
Slew the doubting
Slew the doubting, yes
Track Name: Put Me Out
INTRO
Brothers and sisters
If anyone is caught in any transgression
You who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness
Shalom

VERSE ONE
This is for you good church people
Thinking that those four walls mean no evil
I spent 18 years stuck making excuses
But now I’ll say it straight, your holy air is polluted
I think I was in love with your image
Never challenged the slides cuz of how they were presented
Music so sweet that the bass is what held my soul
Stuck to your main lines, and put God on hold
Always at war with the elders old
Said our drums called demons into the fold
That sparked the reason we wouldn’t go
Playing truth or dare in the basement rooms
Prettied up my hair to attract the dudes, tighter skirts had my self-worth all confused
If Jesus was the reason, why the fashion feud?
Christian competition is a deadly truth
Who slept with who sings better than who
Heard who started the fight in the back of that church
What did a young wretch like me know?
Stayed cuz the fake seemed safer than the world, oh
What an oppressive deed
I know fear turns wants to needs
Pastor can you translate for me?
Tell me what I see

HOOK
As your throne gives way
And your image fades
Hope you figure out
What it’s all about
I’m aligned with me
Where I’m to be
If I’m burning now
Will you put me out?
(One love, one love, one love)

VERSE TWO
Sunday or Sabbath, same old system
Old stay stubborn, youth don’t listen
Walk like, talk like, or get a hell sentence
Translate your way cuz I stay sinning
Backslider if I’m more than one week missing
Then I reach into my pocket and fund these prisons
You’re listening to secular? One weak Christian
Not only did I rap, I called it The Baptism
Not only are these facts, but most of you drown in em
Never fight back your silence backs the image
Burns when I look at the shelter system
So many queer youth from you in em
Put out anyone who disgraces the household
But keep all the secret abortions, rapes, and Yah knows what else
Don’t ask why we’re walking out
We love you so much that now

HOOK
When your throne gives way
And your image fades
Hope you figure out
What it’s all about
I’m aligned with me
Where I’m to be
If I’m burning now
Will you put me out?
(One love, one love, one love)

OUTRO
Please Just
Wade in the water
Every religion, each race
Stop the division, find me in the
Indigo water
LGBTQ, elders connect with the youth
Wade in the water
So much we don't know
Yeah, just let the pride go in
Indigo water
Take it back to the all
Track Name: *BONUS* Arson (Prod by Timian)
FREE VERSE
Can’t get sick of what I’m uttering
You’re dairy tolerant
I dare he to beak, When I slaughter him
Growing on ya’ll no option for abortion
Can’t stop the D with an army of Trojans
Wan f*** wit me?
Rep threats, extortion
Get me vex and you’ll be the next neck to coughin'
Choke on the rise, this back to awesome
Back when femcee lyrics weren’t injected poison
Take a back seat when it starts a bubblin' and boiling
Overflow on the scene, call me a spoiler
You will want more, to that I’m looking forward
Like a prophetess, try ya best not to ignore it
The most high rock be rim stone for your goals
If you take a shot at me find your openings closed
Catching up to my ability is my only goal
Won’t fold for ya honey, no oragamy
But, if’s or probably’s, I do this properly
When you tune to my wave length you’ll find me
You’ll be shore when I hit it’s tsunami
Spit till I drown each bit of doubting
With lyrical baptisms
Break your third eye’s prison
Get out your life sentence
Paragraph, story, novel
Here’s spiritual ass whopping
Lyrical class teaching ascension from classism
I get a pass, music as good as it get isn’t it?
So when I spazz swallow my wrath censorship
I’m Breaking Bad, I’m making meth-ology
Just like my music, all you need is one hit
One hit and you addict
So captains in the game say here's/hair's the top spot
Artists dread when I drop cuz they tracks ain’t hott
No weaving through my plots, I’ll have the caps locked
It’s an upper case arson
How the tracks spark

OUTRO
I’m in love with a dead beat and comfortable
Cuz it’s healthy to blend with vegetables
Right?
(Can't stop the D, can't stop the D)
Even the stars sayin’ they can’t taur with us
They bring too much bull
Cuz these artists played out, no festivals
Right?
(Can't stop the D, can't stop the D)