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The Calm Before the Storm (2009)

by Khalil Ismail

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Khalil's message is unfeigned, yet not lofty in delivery like many so-called conscientious rappers. Above all Khalil humanizes the "rap experience" by portraying realism, truth, integrity, family dynamics, all the while motivated by his burgeoning faith.

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released April 14, 2009

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Khalil Ismail’s multitalented inclinations range from music composition, song writing, emceeing and singing. His talents collectively landed him performances on the same stage as Mos Def, Freeway, Brother Ali, and international stars like Zain Bhikha, Native Deen , Outlandish and Dawud Wharnsby. His budding career has taken him from the US to the UK, France to Africa, Holland and back. ... more

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Track Name: On your mark
on your mark
Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes



And Your life goes on
life goes on
after the storm
you know that life goes on
after the storm
you know that life goes on

Two could never be closer
the chemistry was often insane
but when a fire burns fiercely
it seems that the flame
is short lived
meaning it never lasts
but the pain can be big when your hearts smashed
and i wonder I was wrong when i let you crawl into my life
cuz i knew that we were two different try ta unite
But the heart
gets real funny when it fights with brain
its like you trick your own self into believin you straight
I opened the gate and told you we would easily be
but our vastly different cultures made it easy to see
that you would never feel free as long as you was with me
i would never agree
with your ideologies
but my problem was my patience after tellin you ease
would be the way that we could grow before demanding my needs
and as Muslim yo my duty was to practice my preach
so i apologize to God and to you for deceit

sometimes it just wasn't meant to be
and everybody doesn't have the luxury
of getting it right the first time
so do you give up or keep or keep trying?
i know that the pain is extreme
but know that in time itll leave
cuz it was decreed
and life proceeds

love or lust
was it just a crush
was the pain that we gave each other
just because
were we too stubborn to see before we married
that we were too different to ever be happy
or maybe blissful epiphanies
just blinded reality
created a fantasy
that really was fallacy
and as time passed we
began to perceive that maybe couple that we thought we should be
and it was then that we began to really clash on things
see after honeymooning, its what reality brings
we would push each others buttons nothing
times got rough
then suddenly you recognize that love isnt enough
that's when the hurt comes
feel tears streaming
the water is the emotion and hurt leaving
there's not more helpless feelin in the world
then to hurt someone you love specially when its ya girl

when you love something set it free that's what they always say
but i don't think i understood it till we parted ways
one of the hardest decisions i had to make
was deciding that we had to break
i couldn't be jay
i couldn't make the tears stray
and so this song don't cry
instead it turn the page
a new chapter more stability and better days
learn from experience that patience is a better way
if i could retrace the pain that i gave away
then i would do it but i cant so i rhyme today
my lyrics penance for mistakes i made
ive tried to change my ways
ive got a step daughter
and she looks up me
no time for immaturity i've put down the games
i'm closer to God now he's help me gain faith
so when i look back
at times that seemed bad
i'm thankful that i had em
they made me a man

sometimes it just wasn't meant to be
and everybody doesn't have the luxury
of getting it right the first time
so do you give up or keep or keep trying?
i know that the pain is extreme
but know that in time itll leave
cuz it was decreed
and life proceeds