RONIN

by Zack Hemsey

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Alphacruxer Zack is an artist whose raps are full of soul and meaning. Instead of trying to put it all into words, I would rather have you experience his music. It's a unique blend of emotions, dreams and all things human. It's not another rap about drugs, money or junk. I highly recommend every album from this artist. Favorite track: Don't Get In My Way.
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zeno895 Honestly, this album has kept my hopes up for years. Ever since it released back in 2013... I just wish Zack would get back into the swing. I miss his music a lot. But I guess you can't rush genius. Favorite track: Fade Away.
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Jesus Montero This album is too great when I first heard it a few weeks ago I fell IN LOVE with it and scoured the internet to find where I could get my hands on a copy. Thank you Mr.Hemsey for the great times I've had listening to this album! Favorite track: Silver Crimson Black.
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released April 30, 2013

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Music, Lyrics, Production, and Vocals by Zack Hemsey
Published by Zack Hemsey Publishing (ASCAP)

Mixed by Zack Hemsey
Mastered by Lou Hemsey
Artwork & Design by Omead Afshari

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Track Name: Don't Get In My Way
Eyes wide shut but they know
Buried alive by the lies in their soul
Their stride of a blind man's stroll
Well for whom does the next bell toll
I'm too many years in the zone
Too many years to have built what I own
And many dumb fool try to take what I've grown
But these roots go deep and you can't blood a stone
So if you want to push, I'm a shove
If you want to spar we can do it no gloves
And if you're gonna run at me you better do it hard
Cuz I fear no fall, no brawl, no scars
I'm too pounds shy of a bomb
I'm one shade short of alarm
I'm too past wrath that I'm calm
Got two last laughs in my palms
I'm three degrees west of a hurricane
Four wheel drive with a ball 'n chain
My five foot seven is irrelevant
I'm six six six if you threaten my development
Now see a wise man learns from your mistakes
And lets the blunders of his brother serve to fill his plate
So best be on your way before the tidal wave breaks
Cuz you don't want to come to meet the Reaper that awaits


You don't want to say no more than a mime, you can't afford
And you don't want to let this turn into lines of mine and yours
And you don't want to press your luck, better back up and withdraw
Cuz trust me when I tell you you don't want that tooth 'n claw
And you don't want to see inside the mind of a savage kind
And you don't want that recognition of "oh, there goes that guy"
But if you do decide that you are gonna play that hand and try
Just think before you act because your actions don't rewind


A man with a grudge and a case
A man with intent on his face
And if a man walks into place
Let it be known I won't hesitate
This a long time coming like a comet pass
Got 'em all fired up from the rocket blast
And if I fall on my sword turn my bones to ash
Let it clog up the sand in that hourglass
We in the title fight, blow for a blow
And you can reap the benefits of what I have to sow
Cuz I'm about that worth of which you don't appear to know
So you can take the scene while I take over the show


It's a long way down when you're head is in the clouds
And all around the sirens play
Don't get in my way
Don't tell me I should bow
Cuz I'm no clown
And this is not a game
Don't get in my way

You don't want to say no more than a mime, you can't afford
And you don't want to let this turn into lines of mine and yours
And you don't want to press your luck, better back up and withdraw
Cuz trust me when I tell you you don't want that tooth 'n claw
And you don't want to see inside the mind of a savage kind
And you don't want that recognition of "oh, there goes that guy"
But if you do decide that you are gonna play that hand and try
Just think before you act because your actions don't rewind


Poisoned by the snakes in the grass
Hoaxed by the rats out the maze
They should have never poked the lion as he pass
Cuz now it's two hawks in a cage
This a tale of a cautionary kind
This a story of that Icarus design
This a message from the hanged man's twine
This when mother nature rips apart the fault lines
And this the type of case that make a grown man cry
When feeble of the spine crumble underneath the grind
When blessings of the meek lead to lessons of the blind
When Heaven shows its teeth and the planets are aligned
So amusing the feeling as they race off
Got 'em musing from the pressure as I chase off
Should have thought it through before he turned to face off
Now this fool sounding like he gone and turned his bass off
This an ace caught, cut the game short
You don't want to have an escalation of the maimed sort
And you don't want to feel the flame that burns pride
Now you know the reason why those sleeping dogs lie


Long way down when you're head is in the clouds
And all around the sirens play
Don't get in my way
Don't tell me I should bow
Cuz I'm no clown
And this is not a game
Don't get in my way

You don't want to say no more than a mime, you can't afford
And you don't want to let this turn into lines of mine and yours
And you don't want to press your luck, better back up and withdraw
Cuz trust me when I tell you you don't want that tooth 'n claw
And you don't want to see inside the mind of a savage kind
And you don't want that recognition of "oh, there goes that guy"
But if you do decide that you are gonna play that hand and try
Just think before you act because your actions don't rewind


They sicker than a wicked man's whip
Victims of they hype and of they sycophant's lip
And underneath the money and the power is the tip
Of something very dangerous and it's strengthening its grip
And I don't have to tell 'em that they turning pale with albinism
I am not their keepers but I keep my own morale
And isn't everything we do just a matter of decision
So if life is just a prison then I'm breaking out this minute

This an epidemic of the vultures in the playpen
Weasels with a smile and a guile that leaves 'em vacant
Businessman sticking up the layman out the gate and
Thieves wearing suits but they can never fool the vagrants
And con man bringing 'em treasures of fool's gold
CEO's grinning from swindling stocks cold
Politicians trading their morals for blindfolds
And cowards step aside as the criminal mind holds
Welcome to the jungle where deception is the code
Brother fighting brother as their avarice corrodes
See that evil, speak that evil, be that evil bold
You are not your own and love's a memory of old
One nation under fraud - the anthem you applaud
Well let this serve to warn, I won't enable or reward
And let the flies swarm, let the noble die strong
This is my scorn, new day, new dawn
Track Name: Slave
Habits of the lemmings die hard
Patterns of obsession go far
Digging ditches so they never see the stars
Now all them lessons learned get buried in the yard
And ways of the weapon bombard
Building mountains of them body bags large
Rubbernecking while collision greets your car
And you may know your name but don't know who or what you are


You're a slave


Poised to drink that Kool-Aid suicide
Follow don't get left behind
Don't think, better do just what they certify
You that servant, never choose a side
Vassal of the modern times
And when it all blows up you duck your head and hide
You out there searching for that silver line
But sweat has covered up the signs
Now that fortune came, but it's gone and it passed you by
You plucked your feathers, now you wonder why
You can't lift yourself and fly
Well in the middle of an ocean no one's hands are dry
If that tree fall does it make a sound?
Can the world stall from the runaround?
Can a mind think if it's in a crowd?
Can a soul search if it's never found?
And can a thing grow when you cut it down?
Can we all find peace in the here and now?
You can crawl through the mud with your hands bound
But I'll get plenty of that dirt when I'm underground


You're a slave
You're a slave
You're a slave
And this a slave ship


This a slave ship
Shackled in those chains, whipped
Pushed until you break, fixed
Back into the game quick
March along the pavement
Earn that meager wage, spit
Do just what they say, skip
Work until the pain splits
Let the haze lift
Pull yourself out of that grave pit
And consider how you became sick
All that labor brought you nothing but your bones sore
All that devotion led to nothing but the sweat pours
And now they want more
Own you to the core
Well I don't make laws
But I am not yours
And this a mob call
Let them bricks fall
If you want freedom then just take it, what you waiting for?
Don't let your masters tell you this is how it's done
Don't let the wicked fool you, this is how the war is won
That mayhem can't continue if the noble don't succumb
That forest on fire paves the way to what becomes
They tell you disregard the doubts that creep across your mind
They tell you there is simply nothing more for you to find
They tell you time to wake up and get back into the line
These pyramids don't build themselves, now go resume the grind
I tell 'em I don't follow in the footsteps of insane
I tell 'em I don't trail along a path with no terrain
I tell 'em you can work the fields and bask in all your grain
But I for one don't live to work, I will not live in vain


You're a slave
And this a slave ship


This twisted culture got you feeding from it's hand
But you will lose that food if you don't meet all their demands
And loyal is the soldier that gets slaughtered with the lambs
Examining the blueprints got you questioning the plans
And if a man fall, does it make a sound?
Will the world stall, from the runaround?
Does a mind think, when it in a crowd?
How can a soul search, if it's never found?
And can a thing breathe if it's always being drowned?
Can the leaders of the lost forever disavow?
And you can stare at the sky while you're on the ground
But I'm a wait until I die to take it lying down
This a mob call, let them bricks fall
This a mob call, now let them bricks fall
This a mob call, let them bricks fall
If you want freedom then just take it
What you waiting for?
Track Name: Nice To Meet Me
A sky red from the blood
Rose cheeks dull from the mud
Hands worn through from the sludge
A self no longer begrudged
And murder is a potion of love
Sacrifice devotion thereof
And he without sin never was
Now a changing of the guard has begun
A kingdom that belies the internal
Is a prison of the mind that's infernal
And eternal is the lie turned plague
So I've dug this grave so my truth won't fade
I feel the war paint on my face
I feel the ground tremble and quake
I feel my heart sync to the pace that these war drums make
I feel alive and awake
And all I see is war path ahead of me
Each and every step I welcome readily
And if my lack of fear bring the death of me
Let the spirits of my ancestors envelop me
So know this is that armageddon coming
A flood that goes beyond the refuge high upon the summit
A sun become hole, black hold on consumption
Spun inside itself into a beacon that has summoned
That creature of the deep that leaves a pit inside your stomach
That rumbling beneath that bodes arrival from above, and
That nature of the beast that feeds upon the will to numb it
That monster brought the seed of life, well now I have become it


And I feel like I've got a gun
Like I've been changed more ways than one
And this whole world has just begun
And it's so nice to meet me


A self once masked by these stains
That filth washed out with the rain
When I'm done only thing that remains
Is a tombstone etched with my name
Look into a face that has changed
Recognize the corpse in that grave
Resurrect, what's lost can be saved
I am now free, once slave
And I am not a part of a game
I am not a moth to a flame
I am both man and brigade
I won't be denied or restrained
I am what the weak can't obtain
I am what survives if it's slain
I am rest in peace if you aim
No I am not built of the same


And I feel like I've got a gun
Like I've been changed more ways than one
And this whole world has just begun
And it's so nice to meet me


Behold a pale horse in my gaze
High upon it Death in a rage
He said he had the truth that I crave
So my sword through his chest I gave
Ain't no one command I behave
Never put my faith in plans best laid
And I don't follow rules that you made
I think it's time I set this whole bitch ablaze
On the precipice of slaughter is the Lord
Angels and those demons come together with a cause
And I don't think you really know the meaning of a storm
Let this serve a lesson on the essence of reform
Hatred without focus make the eager man fall
Violence without purpose make the mighty man small
Vengeance without mercy leave the noble man flawed
And insurrection mounts behind those battle lines drawn
But future is beholden to the present moment cast
And prudence don't repeat the futile habits of the past
And courage is to he that sheds his skeletons as last
These trains of thought now heading toward a devastating crash
Bloodshed to that order like a flower to a thorn
Beauty know perfection like a child know the law
And I advise you heed these words enlightened and forewarned
Truth in what you are an oath of life to which I've sworn


And I feel like I've got a gun
Like I've been changed more ways than one
And this whole world has just begun
And it's so nice to meet me
Track Name: So Silent
He was down on the floor with his lips to a glass
Said he dreamed of a future that won't come to pass
That he once strived to excel in a world so vast
But why run a race when it's rigged and he's fixed in last
Then he mused all of life is a joke and he laughed
That it is what it is and he's thankful for all that he has
I said well let me just pose one question and ask
If you just want what you have, then why are are you sad?


If you want to fight
Then why are you running
If everything is fine for you
Why are you stumbling
So silent


She was tripping on something that was laced in her tea
And she was high as a kite when she said she could see
Said we in the land of the free but no freedom grows
And if we in a brave new world where'd the brave all go
I said, hell if I know
Then she told me that the problem is society
Everybody crippled by anxiety
No one is the person that they try to be
Then she said, what we need are a few with a view that can bring a change through
That we need less talk and more do
So I said to her, what about you


If you want to fight
Then why are you running
If everything is fine for you
Why are you stumbling
So silent


I was listening to someone give a speech
Something 'bout the knowledge of enlightenment he reached
And as my eyes glazed over in my seat
He approached and he asked if he could challenge my beliefs
I said by all means have at it
Then he talked about the suffering and source of bad habits
How the emptying of mind is the challenge
And withdrawing from the world is the cure to all sadness
I said that all sounds like madness
Why have a life and then not be alive
Why have a mind and then choose to be blind
What you call wisdom is the fear that you hide
You cannot retreat from those demons inside
This is not peace, it's a mask you adorn
This is not truth, it's a trap, nothing more
And you're too busy running from something you can't ignore


If you want to fight
Then why are you running
If everything is fine for you
Why are you stumbling
So silent
Track Name: Silver Crimson Black
Words of a scribe
No words can describe
But they can serve as a guide
And you can learn if applied
Now some burn from the match
Some fall through the cracks
So for those lost, this a map
Silver crimson black


To know silver is to know respect
In disguise come that silver like a side effect
But silver lies with the snake, aint no idle threat
So only rest where all them silver lines bottleneck
Silver off the screen, treated patron like a saint
Silver in that spoon but don't confuse the painter with the paint
Cuz silver heed the tales of butchered men and perished souls
Leave in its path fallen beasts, silver bullet holes
Silver under gold like pressure under weight
Silver that potential, it's that key to heaven's gate
Silver when that patience conquer seizure with restraint
Silver understands the essence of no greatest of the greats
And silver tame emotion like that silver spider sews
Silver mirrors light the way that silver moon glows
And silver cut adversity so keep your hands closed
That silver crimson black a mix so few have ever known


Silver crimson black


Crimson decimate the workings of a straw man
Cut the ribbon, crimson opens with a strong ram
And crimson spread a mass of fury when the flames fan
Crimson have you searching for the exit on the floor plan
Crimson mob bold
Paint the town - red - giant uncontrolled
Red letter A's told
And crimson can seduce and turn a district into sleepers
Infect a righteous leader with a case of scarlet fever
Now let that crimson rise within, begin to see red
Catch that surprise, crimson reveals, begin to seem red
If crimson blooms all the waters up and seized red
And all the crimson in our hands leave them seas red
Mark that zone red
Sound that code red
That ringing phone's red, emergency the word said
And crimson flows from the rivers that our hearts bled
Crimson rose, redrum, murder, pose, dead


Silver crimson black
Made with sliver crimson black


Black rose pedals on the landscape when Grim come near
And black roams far, it's that final frontier
When black holes swallow black's magic disappears
That black hole sorrow break the most austere
Now evil in the air, black tones sound fear
Though even if you stare black veils, all clear
And never beg a savage, black hears don't tear
But black mourns those who've departed so dear
Sincere is the reckoning, black's cloud storms
Black robes worn, black day's norm
Like black rats spread disease, black swarms
Meander in the dark and black eyes gone form
As black's knight shield the heaven's with - black - hides the messages
But black's light shows the evidence
And space is full of dark matter's black mass
Raise them stone walls, watch when black's ball smash
Cuz black's mark bear that ash from the rubble
Black bears the vault where those secret thoughts huddle
And black bares all, turn and face it if you dare
But if you run from black's bear be prepared for some trouble
Now who on earth am I
Why are we alive
What's the me in "my"
Where does time fly
All the pieces to the puzzle black hides
Black boundless explanatory gap so wide
And black envelops in that blackout
Question of the truth will lead to silence in that blackout
You should know confusion always follows when you black out
So never turn your back to black when it blacks out
Every luminescence casts a black shadow we perceive
But black's mail contain not one letter you can read
And criticize their worth but black's sheep stampede
Rely upon a plea or flee from black's ops
That silver shines when a man stand in victory
That crimson blinds from the fires of our history
That black aligns all the beauty and the misery
Crimson and that silver can shed light on black's mystery
So pull that sliver from the stone, let that red attack
Cross that silver with that black, be a silverback
And hold that crimson, red-handed as you go
Then with your black hand spin that hourglass, black widow


Silver crimson black
Track Name: Greeting The Menace
Evil on the mind and blood splatter in the air
Lying on the pavement beating in despair
Cruel were the blows as they battered and impaired
He was shown no sympathy and he wouldn't be spared
And all the townspeople were gathered and stood there
Watched the punishment get delivered with no care
But when he looked around at the faces that all stared
He saw his own face, that's when he became scared


Greet the menace


He awoke from the clock tower chime
Heart thud like a cannon on the line
Vivid echoes of the dream on his mind
This week the 3rd of its kind
Now his bottles of meds will conceal
But wounds left open are harder to be healed
And though some case files are better if left sealed
Unless he take them pills insomnia won't yield
Well no rest for the wicked
Such is the fruit of a life with no limit
Ghosts of the past always tend to revisit
And rarely will they come bearing gifts of forgiveness
And from the streets to the wars, so much violence he made
As he grew in age he began to follow different ways
Hounded by the haunted memories from the days that
He was detrimental, man he wished that he could change that
But one can never really leave what's behind
You can't undo the fate you've designed
Cover up the tracks and bloodhounds will find
Cuz all debts owed get paid in due time


Evil on the mind and blood splatter in the air
Gag in his mouth he was strapped to a chair
Hood on his head when lifted a face stared
He was looking at himself, that's when he became scared
Cruel were the blows that battered and impaired
Fading from the world and beaten to despair
Beyond all hope and clinging to one prayer
Let him soon pass out from the pain and be spared


But the pain kept coming
Weak from the rivers of blood that kept running
And fain from the image uncovered in front of him
He knew it, the angel of death he'd confronted
Aint no mercy in that self combat
Foot to his chest it tipped his chair back
Cuz this tormentor was eager to give more
Put a cloth to his face, to follow the water poured

Then he awoke with a cough and a heave
His heart pound like cannons in mid siege
Vivid echoes of his terrified screams
Guess nothing ever just is what it seems
Then he noticed his clothes were soaked clean
Sheets on his bed were drenched to extreme
But this time around he knew it was no dream
From the smell he could tell he was covered in gasoline
And in the corner by the door was a man
Cloaked in the shadow with a cigarette in hand
With no words spoken and motive and clear plan
Well all's fair and karma's a bitch, law of the land
Till then he had averted but with homicide certain
And that guilt inside him hurting, he concluded with the verdict
If this is what it takes to serve as my life's penance
Bring on that inferno, I'm ready to greet the menace


Evil on the mind and burnt skin in the air
Smoke fill his lungs as he breathe in despair
Devil on his shoulder in snickered with no care
This a one way journey without hope or a prayer
Fading from the world and thinking don't be scared
Let it all go, get ready be prepared
As he looked through he blaze at the body that stood there
He saw his own self in them eyes that just glared


Greet the menace
Track Name: I Can Get It Back
I see a ghost in a photograph
I feel that wave come up under me
I see myself in that other half
I feel that pain pull me underneath
I see the times that we'll never have
I hear the sighs of content we'd breathe
I feel the smile that I wish I had
But all these moments are projections of the past
Cuz a part of me died and a liveliness was lost when you passed
And a light in me dimmed as a certainty was slipping through my grasp
Now I'm picking up the pieces getting cut open by shards of broken glass
Well how long can this last
Missing is that purpose in my life but I can get it back


This isn't gone
I can get it back


I see no soul in the mirror
Only see signs of demise getting nearer
"Time heals wounds" is absurd as a theorem
But I can see above the sky's getting clearer
And though despair of things before will never leave
Although our past mistakes can never be retrieved
Way out in the distance is a vessel on the seas
And I'm a set a heading toward the sun, cuz I believe that I can get it back
All that hope and that joy
That trust and that care
Those dreams of a boy, I can get it back
All that love and that worth
That touch of a flare
That feel of the earth, I can get it back
That drive to extreme
That confidence to lead
That willingness to bleed, I will get it back
Reassembled when I'm done
Depression on the run as I come beating on these drums


This isn't gone
I can get it back


Battles with the mind and the timid stand off
Slightest bit of pain and those tender folk scoff
Choose the destination but that bridge must be crossed
Guess the bottom line is we're cut from different cloths
Borders they divide but I'm inclined to cut across
Reach the outer limits then I cut away my loss
Continue toward the goal in sight no matter what the cost
Emboldened by this chance, I'm not afraid to get lost
Cuz now I'm pushing forward and nobody dare oppose
Now I'm moving faster while that ticking clock slows
And now I'm climbing higher like the ground can't hold
So I don't plan on stopping when this summit plateaus
I'm that invasion of the body by the soul
Sickened from the cold but soon a certified whole
Never one to fight but I just hit it on the nose
It took my spirit, but I got it back, case closed
Track Name: Fade Away
There's time on the wall, but no one around
His will is numb, he's half in the ground
If all we are is all we were
Then he'd soon pass on without a whisper
And life goes on

And I will not be told
I won't be controlled
I don't want your cure
I won't be reassured
I will not be fixed
You're the one that's sick
And I will not decay
I won't ever fade away


I'll not fade away


There's flies on the wall and no one around
Once bright eyes are dull, she's half in the ground
And life goes on

And I will not be changed
I will not be chained
I will not be tamed
I will not behave
I will not be caged
I will not be slave
I won't be contained
I will never fade away


I'll not fade away
Track Name: Teachings Of A Ronin
Dogma looks but never peers through the smog
So in the clear will appear that black swan
To trap love you must wade through the fog
But try to grab it once you have it then it's gone
Now some never see beyond these walls
And some never see those worms that crawl
But mind your step or you will trip on pride's fall
Trust no man if his head above all

Stance still like the world on pause
Eased breath of a wind pre-storm
Firm grasp, let the blade conform
Manifest thy will, transform
Become sword unsheathed, cut raw
Become myth turned life, real lore
Meet the rage on the field of war
But never drink of the blood that pours

Look upon ruin and behold these ways
When you remove that leash then you'll end the dog days
Only by hand can you turn that page
Only keys of integrity unlock that cage
If you swim in foul play you will live among plague
If you cut a man's spirit he will bleed just the same
When you linger in the desert don't expect to find rain
And if you wish to know peace you must come to know pain
Every pioneer leaves a home of the brave
Every last deed has a seed that remains
And with every backlash some are shocked and afraid
But you will never see the light if you refuse to leave shade

This that jewel of the master
Steady wins the race though impatience run it faster
Turn to face the dragon as it brews your disaster
Ride upon it's back breathing flames with a rapture
In this world only victory or capture
Never sleep until that Reaper come and snatch ya
And you can't starve with a belly full of laughter
Learn to take risk so reward can come after
We all the same but aint no two of us alike
And when push come to show you abstain from the fight
Receive the match of life but then decline to ignite
That's what the sage calls the wrong of two rights
So live or die, choose the former or the latter
Walk that tight rope but don't fall to the flatter
Hit 'em with the truth and that body gone shatter
I call that mind over matter
Real talk, this aint the rhyming of a rapper
It's expression of my heart but all these people got it backwards
Jam me in a box but I don't fit inside your pattern
Maybe now they'll get the message when these lyrics gone and slapped 'em
So pay attention to the key of my tone
I can lend a hand but I can't save your soul
And if you want a leader you should lead yourself home
I call my own shots, I won't sit in your throne