Only Time Will Tell

by Jay Forbes

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Engineered by Dan Girouard at Phatkat Studio
Produced by Jordan Ward
Mixed by Jay Forbes
Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering
Artwork by Will Gallant at Sprawl Creative
Photography by Danielle Tilley at Ruby Rose Photography
Lyrics written by Jay Forbes

Thank You:

I want to give a huge thank you to my mother, my step father, my brothers and sisters, my grandparents, you all support me to the max. To my close friends who stuck with me, my manager Jordan Ward, Cavy, SKIT, Love Me While You Can, Connor Morand, 4AM, Juliano, Tempo, Chris Simpson at Attix Visual Media, Danielle "Ruby Rose" Tilley, Will Gallant at Sprawl Creative, MDB, Saint David, and thank you to anyone who ever helped me through rough times and to every single one of my supporters.

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released May 13, 2016

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Track Name: Who You Wanna Be
You know, it all comes down to who you wanna be
It's your choice

Yo, it all started as a high school trend
Hip hop was more influencing than high school friends
I used to skip class, go home and write a couple songs
I was in the wrong, but I couldn't find where I belong
People dissed me, but now lots of girls can't resist me
I spit game and throw around my words like a frisbee
I never party in the club getting tipsy
I've got better things to do please forgive me
I get ahead by working harder than most
I'm proud to be a known rapper on a part of my coast
It took years of blood, sweat and tears
I love all my peers, I'm facing my fears
So it's clear that I'm here and I won't stop
I got more control than a robot, I know that my flows hot
Watch me knock out songs I'm beat boxin
I know I'm on a roll so we're gonna keep rockin
There's too many names to name who helped me
And I plan to do same what's the game without me?
Choose your path wisely, it's in your hands
No man should slip bro so get with the program
Get them dollars, sign yourself up with SOCAN
Don't play the hunnies, find that true love and romance
I know this isn't what you're used to hearing
I'm on mission giving hip hop a new appearance

You choose who you wanna be
You could work and grow tall like the roots in a tree
It doesn't matter that you fall, keep giving it your all, you just gotta
Get up and go get it, get up and go get it

You can't spend your days sleeping the rent’s due soon
But you party every weekend cause your friends do too
Hold up, and take to a minute to listen to what I'm giving you
Lead by example, it's possible, I'm living proof
Uh, I take my life by storm
And I don't need to light that bong to write my songs
I feel gifted, I shift my wrist into position
Then let my pen do the work, mimicking my vision
2am at night sitting in my kitchen
Haven't been to bed I just wanna feel the rhythm
My lyricism will leave em for dead
Cause all I think about is music even when I go to sleep in my bed
I'm a master in the works kid, I rap until it's perfect
You know I got in me from the passion in my verses
Your mind is a dark place while searching for the sun
But you're the one determining the person you become

You choose who you wanna be
You could work and grow tall like the roots in a tree
It doesn't matter that you fall, keep giving it your all, you just gotta
Get up and go get it, get up and go get it

Yeah
I wanna dedicate this song to anyone that's overcome a struggle, an addiction, or the person they were trying to become
Much love
Track Name: I Get Down
They know I get, they know I get, they know I get, they know I get down

I've got no choice but to make it I threw my life away
Music is a part of me I do it every night and day
I crack a smile at the ladies when I pass by
When they're at my shows I tell em to keep their hands high
Moving up is a struggling process
At my shows, bring a fan cause I'm coming with hotness
They love it when I rock I sets, I'm bound to make the crowd move
Forbes with the quickness, I said it cause it sounds cool
We all have issues we need to let go
You know I'm down witchu if I'm witchu from the get go
I'm vicious with the pencil, the paper and the mic
Alls well I just need a couple haters in my life
Y'all don't know how I get down
So listen to my sound and take off my crown uh
Cause the kings here, all you do is drink beer
While I rap, yeah you're seeing double but I think clear
Come on

They know I get, they know I get, they know I get, they know I get down

I'm focused on achieving goals, not glorifying all the weed I blow
People are you with me? it's just something that I need to know
I keep the tightest rhythm, trying to make the right decisions
I'm so cool, get a vision on this life I'm livin
My mind’s blank so I smash through the writer’s block
Roll your windows down because everything I write is hot
I like to rock with the people standing in front of me
Performing for me is like grabbing money from money trees
I got a team that you probably wish you could work with
Cause next year we'll tour around the country like a circus
Ahhh, I got my city bumping Forbes 500
And I love it, it's pumping up my budget
I promise that I'm not a force to be reckoned with
And lately I've been known to turn heads like an exorcist
I knew I needed a way that I could invest my chips
And when I die well may I rest in bliss

They know I get, they know I get, they know I get, they know I get down
Track Name: Pearls
We all want the lifestyle with finer things
The girls want the pearls and the diamond rings
But me I want the stage on a world tour
So if you want it go and get it cause the world's yours

Come and hang with the crew, the nights just beginning
I stay connected with my people like a subdivision
I love the outdoors especially in late nights
I wouldn't miss what's in front of me like brake lights
You see the moon up in space, that's astrology
I'm shooting for the stars all you gotta do is follow me
People hating cause we get paid for shows
Come on, we been blessed we spit flames like pros
I'm on the back deck, writing to get a fat cheque
Knowing that it's many miles away like the Aztecs
Let it be known, I rap and devour
The passion is ours, I been at it for hours
I treat my latest cd as a trophy
You know me, I got em hooked like dope fiends on codeine
We're rap stars, kush smoking in my backyard
I'm building my image and I don't gotta try to act hard

We all want the lifestyle with finer things
The girls want the pearls and the diamond rings
But me I want the stage on a world tour
So if you want it go and get it cause the world's yours

I'm a blessing in disguise they don't know it yet
Living everyday like there's no tomorrow with no regrets
I see a lot of people hating on The Faculty
But if that means winning I want everybody mad at me
Check the status bro, yeah it’s my status quo
I left some people in the past because they had to go
Hard work is a language I speak fluent
But people give up cause it's harder to keep moving
I'm underrated cause most of you never heard of me
Get me recording I'll turn the track into a murder scene
I'll get to the straight point, I won't sugar coat it
The truth hurts but I always do it in the moment
It isn't bothering me, I'm not starting a beef
So let's smoke one and call it a week
Everyday changes, I'm feeling anxious
I just might wake up one and be famous

We all want the lifestyle with finer things
The girls want the pearls and the diamond rings
But me I want the stage on a world tour
So if you want it go and get it cause the world's yours
Track Name: Autumn (ft. Connor Morand)
Listen up, I love life in the fall
I need some Timbs and hoodies so I'm headed right to the mall
With some friends, it's hard to think that we ain't brothers
But I just love autumn because the leaves change colours
Uh, I feel a gust of wind as I watch the leaves blow
It's better than the summer cause you can't catch a heat stroke
Chilling with my people, the sun sets early
It started in September, so how must I remember?
Spring forward or fall back, I throw on my ball cap
Embracing these lyrics I call it raw rap
This time of year the white girls love Starbucks
But once they get taste of me they get star struck

It's pretty chilly weather for the most part
So my rhymes sound like Mozart with a cold heart
You recognize me like I been here before
I think it's deja vu, so let me give you some more

Connor Morand:
I see the seasons change, where I'm from you know that nothing ever stays the same
And everything falls, falls, falls, everything it falls, falls, falls

So many memories of walks on the town
With beautiful red leaves as they fall to the ground
The imagery’s on point, the scenery is a treat
My wonderful weather words flow easily to a beat
Come on, let's have fun, this couch let's hop off it
Hanging with my homies bout to grab a hot chocolate
It's cold out, warm yourself for this weather
Cause it'll take a few more months to get better
(Got my jeans on) blue Levis on my waist
Fresh kicks and a smile on my face
(with a clean white tee on) cause my styles cooler than the X Games
Headed to my barber for a fresh fade
Gotta stay clean cut, working with my feet up
Writing these songs, so Phatkat turn the beat up
It's wild how it turns out every time we meet up
I love the autumn season, outside's where you'll see us, let's go

Connor Morand:
I see the seasons change, where I'm from you know that nothing ever stays the same
And everything falls, falls, falls, everything it falls, falls, falls
Track Name: Get Away
I guess I'll start by saying I been getting frustrated
On social networks to keep my people updated
A lot of people want to chit chat and that's fine
But they can't understand that I might not always have time
Y'all be catching feelings over it all
I live a busy life I can't even go to the mall
I gotta make time for work and personal stuff
Plus my lady's feeling lonely, I'm urgent to bust
I just wanna get a minute to write
These wannabes smoke dope while I'm living my life
I got priorities son
The difference in us is you try to be a rapper but I'm born to be one
I'm playing to win, you play it cause you think that it's cool
But if you ever step on my toes I'll take you to school
Get off of my back, I'm trying to make a profit from rap
And if you want a feature pay me when I hop on your track so

Let me get away
Whenever the times right
Let me get away
I feel trapped all I wanna do is
Get away
I got a passion for rappin
Let me get away
I'm blowing off steam, I'm stressed

I know some people that won't like this song
But this is my opinion I could share it all night long
You think it matters if you never buy my cd
Your chick probably will, cause she digs me, believe me
All I ever wanna do is step back a bit
But when I don't respond y'all get mad and have a fit
Where's the peace I got morals and codes
Some days I wanna take off but I got nowheres to go, uh
People hit me up for money homie why bother
If I was famous you'd be lucky seeing 5 dollars
I'd be off on an island with no cell
Nice 5 star suite the finest of hotels
You talk about me when I leave the room
I stay humble to the bone it's not something that I need to prove
You either with me or against me
Cause whenever I blow I know I'll have this game in a frenzy

Let me get away
Whenever the times right
Let me get away
I feel trapped all I wanna do is
Get away
I got a passion for rappin
But let me get away
I'm blowing off steam I'm stressed
Track Name: Only Time Will Tell
It's time for y'all to take notes, cause Jay is not the scapegoat
That you can put the blame on, who is else is the same boat?
I'm always putting work in, props to Juliano
You know I shut these shows down like Sopranos
I thought the Forbes 500 was an ear catcher
Buzz so good it'd make you listen like peer pressure
But it never got the recognition it deserves
Driving a brand new car and then you hit the curb
Everything happens for a reason right?
That's why god hasn't given me an easy life
I guess I have a bigger purpose, I know my time is comin
A lot of people tell me I'm the dopest guy in Moncton
Well, where's the fans, where's the money, where's the fame at?
For 4 years straight I've been rocking the same hat
I'm a hip hop fiend, always staying high as hell
Will I make it in this music game? only time will tell

I question my future and everywhere I'm headed
I try to let it go and just forget it
Only time will tell
Will I have an impact that stays intact?
Or maybe I should quit rap, I'm thinking
Only time will tell

So the clock strikes 10 and the show starts
So lyrically gifted you would think I was inspired by Mozart
I got some loyal fans, all they plan to do is help
Stick beside me while I manage not to lose myself
I just want one shot at this, repping my metropolis
Fairy tales do not exist so working hard is common sense
Where do I see myself in 10 years?
Either making a difference or on my way to heaven cause the ends near
People tend to change when see they see you doing better
Money and fame will make em wanna be with you forever
I always wondered if this music is my destiny
The key to my success, I could use it like a recipe
Never doubt the kid, I could take this so far
People respect me cause I'm the realest and I go hard
Only time will tell, if I'll make it out of here
Standing all alone in a puddle of a thousand tears

I question my future and everywhere I'm headed
I try to let it go and just forget it
Only time will tell
Will I have an impact that stays intact?
Or maybe I should quit rap, I'm thinking
Only time will tell
Track Name: Coolin' (ft. Love Me While You Can)
I'm coolin from the summer time beach days
Or in the whip cruisin like we're on a speed way
When I'm in the studio you're witnessing a slaughter
Then after that I'm probably going swimming with your daughter
I'm coolin like the shade, I'm coolin like the sun going down
And coolins what I do when I get paid
Some people tell me I'm the illest in the town
And I'm proud of what I got cause I built it from the ground
You can kick me when I'm down but I'm bound to get up
Cause I'll just do another show and then I'm counting it up
You can't compare us you'll embarrass every single thing you stand for
Work harder, do shows, and interact with fans more
I see the bigger picture picture me with bigger crowds
More life, more hype, everybody singing loud
But for now we're just coolin till the sun sets
This is for my friends, everybody's having fun yes, uh

Love Me While You Can:
I’m coolin like a black sheep with no wool
We fine, we fly, we ride or die
Don’t worry bout all the shit that you pull
Cause we fine, we fine, we fine, we fine

Yo, the beach is calling me, follow me to the sand
Bonfire by the water with Bacardi in my hand
It's a, regular night, with the, friends in my life
And uh, we bring girls over they can spend the night, uh huh
It's the summer time, hot days and cool nights
Beautiful sunshine and chilling in the moonlight
Just hit my digits you can join the celebration
Living for the moment I'm avoiding hesitation
I push my whip outta town and hit the cottage up
The next night I do a show to get my dollars up
I'm bout a buck because I need to survive
And everyday I'm on a mission to be feeling alive
I got the vibes that you're fiendin, it's rhyme over reason
I fly in the sky in this time of the season
I'm coolin, my windows half down when I'm cruisin
It's Transpire, tell me if you're down with the movement, let's go

Love Me While You Can:
I’m Coolin like a black sheep with no wool
We fine, we fly, we ride or die
Don’t worry bout all the shit that you pull
Cause we fine, we fine, we fine, we fine
Track Name: Stimulate Your Mind
We're feeling so alive, we're only trying to stimulate your mind
Everybody put your hands in the sky
We're feeling so high (so high, so high, so high)
We're feeling so high (so high, so high, so high)

Yo, they give me love yeah they show me the regular
Only homies that know me can phone me on the cellular
Been at this for a while, I'll crack another smile
For the haters staring at me while they're practicing my style
My energy’s a hundred when I'm rapping for the crowd
I'm sky high baby I got passion through the clouds
I can feel this working out so I don't need books
I'll slowly push my way, smoking OG kush
I know, a lot of rappers really envy me
Cause I record a song and put it on to mp3
I got love for everybody even MDB
We all stay true so who's the real MVP?
This is Forbes in the session, I'm repping my home town
The only place I think that I was destined to hold down
And I don't gotta lotta time that I can throw away
I'm just trying to have a future when I'm old and grey, yeah

We're feeling so alive, we're only trying to stimulate your mind
Everybody put your hands in the sky
We're feeling so high (so high, so high, so high)
We're feeling so high (so high, so high, so high)

Yo, I got this down to a science so call me Bill Nye
Tell the record labels that I want this and I will try
Dreamlife on the beats I'm great for the economy
I'm probably the only local rapper worth following
I put my heart in this game like it's a transplant
Other rappers wanna tango with me but they can't dance
Nothing can stop me now I got this down pat
I'm sick of people rapping cause they wanna sound black
I got my goals set
Your careers future’s like a Nike shoe, only half finished you'll get no checks
Oh yes, people hating on me cause I flow best
Snap backs and Jordans got you lying in your own debt
I'm stacking passion, the cameras flashing it had to happen
I couldn't see myself in an office I'm glad I'm rappin
You other rappers aren't influenced by the craft
You're a puppet for the audience, you do it for the cash

We're feeling so alive, we're only trying to stimulate your mind
Everybody put your hands in the sky
We're feeling so high (so high, so high, so high)
We're feeling so high (so high, so high, so high)
Track Name: Music In The Moonlight (ft. Connor Morand)
Lets go, I'm back now, late nights with my hat down
Cruising to some tunes with the moon in the background
They're anticipating this like an iPhone
Forbes flows nice he could do it with his eyes closed
It ain't that hard for me my friend
I just wanna come through in a bleach white Benz
With white head lights and all black leather
Moon roof wide open for this hot ass weather
I keep it humble to the bones in my body
I'm nice with it but I'll never own a Bugatti
The moon illuminates down in reply
To the universe, giving you the sound of the sky
We do this constantly but only when the stars shine
Even when it rains people help me through the hard times
I wish there was no roof in my room
So when I'm writing rhymes I can look up at the moon

I think I hear a little music in the moonlight
Transpire's killing it, I gotta keep my crew tight
I got my windows down sitting in my car
Listen close to the music you can hear it in the stars

I don't really remember last night
We had some drinks and I really couldn't act right
The moon went down and then we see the sun
Sometimes it gets cloudy but eventually it comes
You gotta hold on and make it to the next night
I'll strip your flow naked like a sex life
The forecast is telling me there's clear skies
Coming tonight, let's have fun as the year flies
I got my money and my tunes right
I think I hear a little music in the moonlight, uh, yo
I got a plan in motion
That's so vast like the Atlantic ocean
That's how it's gotta be, follow me through this odyssey
Obviously I'm a nominee for moonlight harmonies
And when you talk to me you gotta do it properly
I'm probably the only rapper rapping for equality

I think I hear a little music in the moonlight
Transpires killing it I gotta keep my crew tight
I got my windows down sitting in my car
Listen close to the music you can hear it in the stars

Ohh let me hear that music play
Until it fills my soul and courses through my veins

So cherish life and let's sing a song
At my shows with every other rapper I bring along
The liquor in your cup got you feeling too fine
Cause you can see the moon shine in your moonshine
These late nights are a part of me
Writing and treating people with my music like it's Halloween
The moon lights up the sky and it's beautiful
Without it nights would end up darker then a funeral

I think I hear a little music in the moonlight
Transpires killing it I gotta keep my crew tight
I got my windows down sitting in my car
Listen close to the music you can hear it in the stars
Track Name: Follow My Lead
Life's hard but you'll make it if you try
Go for your dreams and take it to the sky
Follow my lead come on
Okay, it'll be okay
Today is gonna be okay
You know why?

Because life wasn't meant to be a simple task
Never had the luxury of living up in middle class
25 years young, the glass is always half full
There's no tug of war in life that I can't pull
That's how you have to look at anything you face
The world's set the fail but that's never been the case
People push past their limits and do more than they imagine
Hip hop raised me I'm the protégé of rappin
They know Jay Forbes is known to make it happen
Good luck with your gimmicks and your overrated fashion
I'm in a dark place looking for the light
Trying to build a career with what I'm cooking on the mic
They say I'm one of a kind
My destiny is to shine bigger and brighter than the sun in july
I'm so utterly divine, making money as I grind
Gotta pick the pace up because I'm running out of time uh

Life's hard but you'll make it if you try
Go for your dreams and take it to the sky
Follow my lead come on
Okay, it'll be okay
Today is gonna be okay
You know why?

It's very known you gotta struggle to succeed
When I'm down I just wanna have a huddle with my team
I'm proud to be a rapper, also a Canadian
Maybe one day I'll be performing in a stadium
Cavy by my side, mic in my hand
I stay true to myself to do it right for my fans
I can't turn back now I came so far
I'm trying to give em my best without the same old bars
Music you know what you mean to me
I just hope the industry is ready for a Forbes on the TV screen
Scratch that, I came to pummel through these whack cats
I'm up in Champlain selling CDs from my back pack
That's that, I don't need to further this discussion
I don't freestyle battle I never heard of a concussion
I do this like no other can and when I make a hundred grand
I'm bound to spread change through the plains in a motherland

Life's hard but you'll make it if you try
Go for your dreams and take it to the sky
Follow my lead come on
Okay, it'll be okay
Today is gonna be okay
You know why?
Track Name: Late Nights (ft. Cavy & SKIT)
You know it's getting late, might be time to celebrate
Life is going great and it's allowing us to elevate
It's nice to see change, it's sunny we don't see rain
We're out to live the good life, that's compliments of T-Pain
We like to roll around, windows down and music up
Cruising to the studio but we don't ever lose our touch
I'm feeling hungry I got money let's go grab a bite
Maybe we can roll one to satisfy our appetite
When we're not busy we go biking through the town
Peddling never been this infatuated since a child
I'm ready for any obstacle
I spit the truth I'm proof that if you want to you can conquer the impossible
So call your friends up we're bout to have a time and a half
Roll some bud and pour some wine in a glass
Uh, I think I see the moon shining at last
So let's enjoy it while we got it good times never last, like

It's part of life, we live in these late nights
At 12 o'clock we're ready take flight
The summer breeze, moon in the night sky
Oh, you're at the party? we'll be coming right by

Cavy:
The week is over, now it's on
Fuck a sober, got Patron
Bring a friend or two, we got some weed to roll
But before we get to that, come make yourself at home
And maybe if you lucky, you might not leave alone
We always got the straps, not guns, we got the domes
If you searching for a lady, get your ass up on the floor
You know we kick the raps so bass is always low
and we gon make sure that you feeling comfortable
We stressed out, we work hard, caught up in these tendencies
It's the fucking weekend, come make some fucking memories
Damn, haze linger in the air, smoke through my finger tips
The fuck if i don't care
We keep it 100 til the day that we die
I'm tryna get mines in this precious life of mine
And if you doing nothing you should probably swing by
Me, SKIT, and Forbes getting lifted in the sky
Let's go

SKIT:
They say that life is a race, I've been running from my problems
Pill bottle after pill bottle, never seem to solve it
I feel like god is picking ff my whole family
So i leave these late nights in honor of their memory
It's all good, I know that angels ride forever
So Imma live it up for all of us til were together
So grab a drink, let's have a toast to the past
And living every late night as if its the last
I got blunts for the homies, shots for the ladies
A bag of Miley Cyrus cleaner than a new Mercedes
Jay's got the Jack, Cavy's got the wine
I got Henny in my cup, with the come up on my mind
So damn right we've been living it up
Getting drunk and doing shows, never giving a fuck
Give me the blunt, smoke to the sky
Imma live these late nights til the day that i die like

It's part of life, we live in these late nights
At 12 o'clock we're ready take flight
The summer breeze, moon in the night sky
Oh, you're at the party? we'll be coming right by