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The 5th studio release from Twin Cities based, Wisconsin raised rapper Moxie. The critically acclaimed "Smile, beautiful." has been hailed as the highlight of Moxie's career, taking listeners on a painfully beautiful journey through self-discovery, nightmares, despair, and ultimately resilience and hope. The latest release from Kid Wisco is unequivocally one of the highlights of the 2015 independent music scene.
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released July 21, 2015

Written By: Mitchel Paulson
Produced By: AnnoDomini Beats (except Nyctophobic and Crows, produced by Tim Kline and Panic Attack Times Three produced by Cory Marlow)
Engineered by: Dennis Harmon
Album Art: Designed by Jonathan Hendrickson

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Moxie Saint Paul, Minnesota

Moxie is rapper Mitchel Paulson and vocalist Jess Bro (Jess & Zeb). The Twin Cities independent heavyweights have joined forces as The Mox & J. Project. Their debut album, "Who We Are", recently won the Akademia Music Awards Best Hip Hop/Rap Album 2016. ... more

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Track Name: Panic Attack Times Three
Pour a little more gin from the jar
Pour a little more flame on the star
Pour a little more gas on my heart
Light a flame to that bitch
Let it burn off the scars
wanna be rock stars
Chasin after the stars
With 16 bars
Tryin to prove that we hard
they say if we aren’t
In this man’s world we wont go very far
Man fuck your rules
I’ll stand on the stool
With my neck in the noose
Jump
just to prove
I can break these rules
And aint nothing you can do
Cuz I aint give a fuck if I win or I lose
Already punked all you fools
when Wisco let loose
had em dancing in their shoes
and droppin all they drawers
5 years forward
Now they wait see what the fuck I got in store?
Quite honestly I’m bored
honestly ignored
Ever since I drove that Ford
Escort
Was never assured
That I would reach the doors
Of the rhymesayers fort
came up short
not worried anymore
still got love
for slug
back in the day I was
addicted to his shit like bud
say thanks
walk away
grab Ron along the way
and Bobby Marines
the AK team
I’m here to say
gay or straight
black white or gray
let me pave the way
for those fighting they face
in the mirror everyday
punch the glass
cut the hands
grab a shard
time to make new scars
up and down the arms

Hook:
Between
You and me
There’s things better left unseen
deep in my dreams
its a panic attack times three
cant breathe
REPEAT

Verse 2:
between you and me
it’s a sweet release
when I douse these sheets
with coagulated blood
an aggravated cuss
just because
I’m standin above
The sun
Holdin two guns
Screamin at the top of my lungs
And nobody looks up
Tryin not to jump
don’t want the press or the pub
When I’m dead and done
wanna be known as the one
who wrote Swallow the Sun
when I gave Courtney the gun
she cocked, shot me in the head and she run
known as the one
who loved Angie and her son
when I was too dumb
to realize this was like guns
be known as the one
who let Dana slip away
when I was young
and I was ashamed
I couldn’t love her in a way
that could bring a smile to her pretty little face
be known as the one
who threw the middle fingers up
ducked
each fuckin
bump in the road
with a left hook to the fuckin throat
be known as the one
whos changed and grown
into sometin that my mom can calls her own
tell me I’m the heir to the throne
but rather slide back home
to wisco
and if this goes
according to plan
put PF on the map
and be known
the man who took his last chance
and with a smack of his hands
spit it back in the face
of the frauds and the fakes
I still claim
I’ll pave the way
the frail and the frayed
The scared and the strange
All the newspapers say
I been hailed as the savior
wont waiver
But I cant save ya
I’m not Mitchel Paulson
I’m just a stranger

Hook:
Between
You and me
There’s things better left unseen
deep in my dreams
this a panic attack times three
cant breathe
Track Name: Nyctophobic
Verse 1:
At night I fight
the starlight
So bright
It lights
The room
go away
And let me be
Fight my dreams
nightmares
I don’t want to share
My room with you
This bad time zoo
Wont let me loose
It’s a trap
I can choose
Either way I lose
What to do?
You shine so bright
bring the monsters to life
They dance
The light
It’s frightening
no its enlightening
cant this night be
over?
Rover
Send sunrise right over
Pull the covers
Over my shoulders
Lone soldier
Fear smolders

Hook:
Miss Sunlight come free me from these chains
And save me from this cage
And
Show me the light


Verse 2:
Wagin war
Scared of the floor
The lights
They dodge
they dive
losing my mind
are they closer this time?
a little more large
They crawl
They charge
Night fall
So hard
I wake
I sleep
I shake
I scream

Hook:
Miss Sunlight come free me from these chains
And save me from this cage
and
Show me the light
Track Name: Goin Once, Goin Twice
Hook:
To the homecoming king and the prom queen
To all the emotional kids with their broken wings
To all the parents who don’t understand a thing
I’ll lead you
My people

Verse 1:
mistakes been made
Coulda taken a different way
Some would say
–pause-
Touché
Sometimes I misbehave
Sometimes be actin strange
Sometimes I smash your fuckin face
(beat drops)
shapin emo brains like clay
proud to stand here and say
This the face of the punk rap game
Clichéd
Reneged
On some promises made in younger days
Lost some friends along the way
layed in bed with strange
Paid for value meals with change
Kneeled and prayed
For a way to get paid for these words I say
that hasn’t come my way
And that’s ok
Cuz with the press of the play
Button
I can listen to myself
strutten
Behind the microphone
You might not know
But I’m Prairie Farm homegrown
Wisconsin’s own
Mind blown
Face down, head in the snow
Its his time to go home
But cant let it go



Hook:
To the homecoming king and the prom queen
To all the emotional kids with their broken wings
To all the parents who don’t understand a thing
I’ll lead you
My people

Bridge:
Goin once, going twice
for the rest of his life
going one, going twice
for the rest of his life

I aint quite dead
And I aint quite dumb
But just because
You werent the first one
Torched by the sun
Doesn’t mean Mitchel Paulson won’t come
To fuck this whole city up
You fucking Punk
(beat drop)
losin this is step one
In the recovery of me
Any fuck with a brain can see
I aint even close to Mitchel P
a shell of my old self
the kid who fell down the well
screamed for help
and didn’t live to tell
the ending to the story
Mamma, don’t worry
Someday I’m a be just fine
Riding shotgun for the rest of time
With the comets and the stars
Shootin through the galaxy
At ma fuckin warped speed
you can catch the lightening
Maybe if I ask real nicely

Hook:
To the homecoming king and the prom queen
To all the emotional kids with their broken wings
To all the parents who don’t understand a thing
I’ll lead you
My people


I might take her home
Make some hot cocoa
Talk about the roles
of a man and a woman
Its bad, and its stupid
But fuck it we both losin
So tonight we choosin
To do some drug abusing
Boozin
And foot loosin
Losin all memory
Wakin up in the morning
While she still snoozin
I’m out the door and I’m shootin
My way into future
Booze cruisin
In black Ford Fusion
(pause)
how come my mind be choosin
To be so ruthless
as
I continue on my path
Provin
I’m clueless and losin
I’m Homeless and useless
I’m Confused and ruthless
So its back to the self abusin
Ma fucker preach this music

Goin once, going twice
for the rest of his life
going one, going twice
for the rest of his life

Hook:
To the homecoming king and the prom queen
To all the emotional kids with their broken wings
To all the parents who don’t understand a thing
I’ll lead you
My people

Goin once, going twice
for the rest of his life
going one, going twice
for the rest of his life
Track Name: Evil
Hear no
See no
Speak no
Evil
When she grows he knows it tweaks his ego
Pretend to be peaceful
But totally see through
follow where she goes
And hope that she don’t know
the poke from the needle
It stings and it bleeds slow
One more time for the heartbroken people
Cuz daddy went and darted
Before his Senior year had started
he zones in on these targets
Who can mend the brokenhearted
And numb him from his pain
When rememberin the days
When mamma died and claimed
That true love it didn’t remain
he’d take that to his grave
Now he thinks he cant be saved
the memories remain
as he stands up on this stage
chasin empty fame
tryin not to feel ashamed
it gets harder every day
when there’s nothing that remains
she knows his words are see through
knows she shouldn’t believe you
but its
hear no
see no
speak no
evil

Hook (to piano):
Hear no
See no
Speak no
(Evil)
Hear no
See no
Speak no
(Evil)

Everybody hold your breath
This can’t be fair
Random Thoughts and Mox on the same team
As B. Marines
That shit seems to scream
That you entire team
Will never be seen
on this scene
so Bring the police, FBI, or ma fuckin marines
Rapper Please
We a gang of ma fuckin killer bees
causin the screams
at the murder scenes
burning down the industry
as Random feasts on these queens
Mox in skinny jeans
as B. Marines
paints another masterpiece
for these freaks in the streets
A Dream Team
For all the critics to see
child please
Autokab was a mirage
An homage
To the talent of the triple
Now everbody put your hands in the air
For the tattooed, skinny white sicko

Hook:
Hear no
See no
Speak no
(Evil)
Hear no
See no
Speak no
(Evil)

It’s the birds and the bees
With sunshine and trees
You the cheesehead queen
I’m that Minnesota freak
It’s the scrapes on our knees
From blazin the path that we leave
And as far as I can see
Baby its just you and me
Feel the bass in your teeth
When we float on these beats
And We can chase our dreams
as far fetched as they seem
This summertime breeze
Makes the journey from the leaves
To the park where we sleep
We wrapped up in a sheet
On the grass in the heat
With no shirt and barefeet
We in lust and at peace
And girl we couldn’t be more free
If it was just you and me
For the rest of my scene
I’d scream it in the streets
For all St. Paul to see
Its clear to me baby
we have no equals
cuz
It’s hear no
See no
Speak no
(pause)
Evil

Hook:
Hear no
See no
Speak no
( Evil)
Hear no
See no
Speak no
(Evil)
Track Name: A Thousand Reasons ft. Jess Bro
The spring of Junior year
It all went south
Everybody in Prarie farm knows what I’m talking about
A family shattered
bombshell on the house
Maybe it didn’t even matter
Maybe these words shouldn’t come out my mouth
Chalk it up to another win for self pity
But Sometimes I feel better carrying this pain with me
Sometimes I feel like I need to man up and move on
And sometimes I try to remember but the memories are all gone
Maybe I never accomplished what everyone thought I could
Because I’ve never truly let go of everything you did
But my life is moving fast
And I’m tired of lookin back
So I’m taking this chance
To let you know
I love you, dad
I forgive you for the past
Shit I’m a grown ass man
And ther’es no better time to bury the hatched
Take responsibility for my actions
I hope youre able to see that it’s never been you
Man It’s always been me

Hook

See it’s no fault of yours
Its time to close the drawers
Shut the doors
And Lock the past away
Cuz I’ve always believed in you
Haven’t always believed in me
Now I finally see
That I cant blame you for my mistakes
Cant blame you for the failed engagement
Cant blame you for the time I’ve wasted
Its not your fault I fight with the demons
Oh,
You should see em when they attack
I’ve perfected the art of pushing em back
Hiding em deep inside
the scary places inside
but it aint pretty on those nights when they escape
even my TB4L brothers would say
when it happens I aint the same
I fear some day I’ll have pushed all my friends away
They look at me now and they see
The first person I don’t believe in is me
So light me up that cigarette
And put it in my lips
What I’m talkin about
Is I can finally admit
The problem ain’t ever been about you
Its always been about Mitch

Hook

I could think of a thousand reasons
For all the pain I’ve been feelin
And why I’ve been needing
To scream toward the ceiling
And why the inside of my arms been bleeding
And I’m aware that I’ve cheated
Death a couple of times
Shit, I wrote about it in my rhymes many times
The counselor encouraging kids not to self harm
Got tattooes covering the scars
Used to selfishly displace the anger and pain
And claim
That you were at the root of all my rage
Now here I am today
And I cant stand lookin at my own face
but now is the time and place
when I need you to hear me say
that I’m sorry for the way
I placed all that blame
On you
When the honest to god truth
Is I was the one would coulda used
A few moments of self reflection
So thank you for not forgettin
To be my dad when I needed you most
We’re no longer carrryin any ghosts
cuz I can think of a thousand reasons why
that it’s been hard for me to see
the person I don’t believe in is me

Hook
Track Name: Untapped Potential
Hook:
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was

Verse 1:
Yo
Sometimes I hit the pavement lost in the crowd
Hopin they don’t find out
Whats behind this frown
Cuz if they knew just how
This shit goes down
They’d silence the sounds
And rip my vocal chords out
32 years old
aint got shit figured out
black and blue this soul
supposed to make my mamma proud?
a top Minnesotan
I only left my people hopin
Supposed to be Entourage
Fuck I can barely keep a job
challenge the angry blonde?
Shit I can barely write this song
This shit for me
It aint what it seems
I aint even havin fun as I stare at these keys
The words on this screen
Only seem to be
Memories to me
Of all the failed achievements
Yeah Mox he had potential
Yeah Mox is influential
Thought Mox was goin be special
But Mox he broke the pencil


Yeah Mox a total letdown
And see Mox they going forget you

Hook:
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was

Verse 2:
Dropped Escape to Wisconsin
With all that buzz
6 years later
I should shut the fuck up
Shit what have I become
but unfulfilled potential
Bill collectors with a side of dementia
It’s the nightly special
When you’re dreams have left you
And you’re music considered retro
Or a one hit wonder
Shit I didn’t even become the
Best rapper from my state
How the fuck I’m gonna claim
To be the heir to Slug’s stage
Fuck the fortune and fame
I can barely find a way
To pay my bills with spare change
If I make it out this grave
With some pennies to my name
Still have a career slowly circling the drain
Becoming more enraged
With my failures on the stage
with each passing day
The goals I steady chase
Staring right up in my face
stuck in last place
shit I aint aged with any grace
look my mamma in her face
with a name that I’ve disgraced

Hook:
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was

Verse 3:
Dropped I Told You So
didn’t come close to goin gold
Swallow the Sun
Failed to create any buzz
Driving in the Dark
Mighta been my last chance
Shit I hate that fucking record everytime I look back
A swing and a miss
Shit I didn’t even come close
And as far as fame goes
I got a name nobody knows
This music industry
Will leave you broken and bruised
When you play a fuckin show and nobody even goes
You think you got a chance
When you get your albums back
Hot off the press
Gonna be your big break
you hang on every word that the music blogs say
You hopin this the day
That the fans will finally pay
Instead you face to face
With zero profit in the bank
you cancelling your gigs
cuz aint made a fuckin thing
and push up on these keys
Making words across the screen
provide a little release
as my vocal chords scream (overdub screaming the word “scream”)

Hook:
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was
It’s Untapped potential
And it’s wasted dreams
This life isn’t really all that it’s made out to be
It’s wasted talent
couldn’t keep up with the buzz
This life really isn’t all that we thought it was
Track Name: Crows
Traveling with the crows
On this journey with my shadows
The ebbs and the flows
Of anxiety that grows
and suffocates my soul
so I try to let go
follow the lines on this road
to a place I don’t even know
exists
but in my mind it lives
through every turn and twist
of the pavement
I get closer to this destination
Hyperventilation
Heart racin
Chasin
The crows

Hook (singing):
Only the crows
Knowwwwww (whisper)
Only the crows
Knowwwwwww (whisper)
So high and I’m
Belowwwwwwwwww (whisper)
red eyes, death of my
soullllllllll (whisper)

Verse 2:
The sunset beyond it’s wings
That could only be seen
from this spot on the street
where I happen to be
he looks at me
breathes
release
says its just you and me
Against the red hue he sings
A song that only speaks to me
He talks so deep
It occurs in my sleep
And be gone when I wake from this dream
Trouble
Breathe
I cant see
Lookin for the crows

Hook (singing):
Only the crows
Knowwwwww (whisper)
Only the crows
Knowwwwwww (whisper)
So high and I’m
Belowwwwwwwwww (whisper)
red eyes, death of my
soulllllllllll (whisper)
Only the crows
Knowwwwwww (whisper)
Track Name: Heroes ft. Hess Academy
Here the heroes come (sampled with kids singing the hook)
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come riding high up on they horse
here the heroes come see the shining from the swords)

Here the heroes come
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come hear em scream the battle cry
Shields are up, armour on, we fight until we die)

Over the mountains
They can feel the panic swell
The hero on his way
With his clan to bring em hell
We’ll fight until we die
Cuz we know the reasons why
Its death before dishonor
Bringin lightening from the sky
Wont take our town today
Cuz we’ll fight before we’ll pray
and as we stand tall
It’s On the battlefield theyll lay
His spear is shiny sharp
An extension of his hand
His arrows find their mark
He learned the weapons from his dad

Here the heroes come (sampled with kids singing the hook)
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come see the passion in they eyes
here the heroes come gonna fight until they die)

Here the heroes come
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come hear em scream the battle cry
Shields are up, armour on, we fight until we die)

The battle lines been drawn
Gotta protect this little village
This for all the little children
And the homes they burned and pillaged
Riding on his stallion
Time to lead these men to battle
Blood flowing by the gallons
They’ll be nothing left but shadows
put the Fist to the chest
Let him hear that battle cry
They put us to the test
Now their blood will fill the sky
It’s survival or our lives
And the warriors will rise
Our blood it flows with pride
Till our flag it rises high

Here the heroes come (sampled with kids singing the hook)
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come yeah they got the weapons drawn
here the heroes come yeah they fight from dusk to dawn)

Here the heroes come
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come hear em scream the battle cry
Shields are up, armour on, we fight until we die)

Flyin down the hillside
With their swords above the head
This war it ends tonight
An epic battle to the death
The hero leads the path
Got his warriors in tow
Some fists are gonna smash
And some heads are gonna roll
His army might be small
But his men they fight with pride
And they answering the call
For the families left behind
Cant take our farms and crops
Cant take our land and water
The hero and his men
Bringin anger to the slaughter

Here the heroes come (sampled with kids singing the hook)
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come they got nothing left to lose
here the heroes come it’s the battle that they choose

Here the heroes come
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come hear em scream the battle cry
Shields are up, armour on, we fight until we die)



The battle cry they scream
As they near the hallowed grounds
It’s larger then it seemed
As they see the edge of town
The enemy appears
Holdin weapons at they side
Not showing any fear
As they raise those weapons high
His fist up in the air
Waitin for the perfect time
Their leader he declares
And they racin toward our side
tonight they fought in battle
And the village its been saved
The hero he lives on
And his legacy remains

Here the heroes come (sampled with kids singing the hook)
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come yeah they slayed giant beast
here the heroes come they wont ever feel defeat)

Here the heroes come
Here the heroes come
(here the heroes come hear em scream the battle cry
Shields are up, armour on, we fight until we die)
Track Name: Smile, beautiful.
Hook:
We own the future and we in control
Tonight, we all revolt
We here and we wont go
Tonight, we all revolt
Unite from coast to coast
Tonight we all revolt
We fight to save our souls
So smile, beautiful

Verse 1
Tonight we bring the crew
To steal the moon
We raid the tomb
Not a moment too soon
cant silence this army
We much too strong
I got dead soldiers everywhere around me
The revolution starts with this song

Bridge:
Shout it from the buildings
Gonna burn this bitch down
Blow’in off the ceilings
Tonight we own this town

Hook:
We own the future and we in control
Tonight, we all revolt
We here and we wont go
Tonight, we all revolt
Unite from coast to coast
Tonight we all revolt
We fight to save our souls
So smile, beautiful

Verse 2 (intercom effect on voice):
so bring the war to our doorstep
We’re waitin for the bell to ring
When you dead
Death don’t mean a thing
Smiles on our faces
Cuz we comin for the crown
6 years I been chasin it
Refuse to let the children down

Bridge:
Shout it from the buildings
Gonna burn this bitch down
Blow’in off the ceilings
Tonight we own this town

Hook:
We own the future and we in control
Tonight, we all revolt
We here and we wont go
Tonight, we all revolt
Unite from coast to coast
Tonight we all revolt
We fight to save our souls
So smile, beautiful

Verse 3:
The chant grows louder
with each passing night
Look over your shoulder
We see the fear in your eyes
Momentum can’t be stopped
Bring on the army, navy
Marines and crooked cops
This the moment of truth
For those who’ve mislead the maladjusted youth
The revolution starts with a single spark
Fists in the air cuz they can never take our heart

Bridge:
Shout it from the buildings
Gonna burn this bitch down
Blow’in off the ceilings
Tonight we own this town

Hook:
We own the future and we in control
Tonight, we all revolt
We here and we wont go
Tonight, we all revolt
Unite from coast to coast
Tonight we all revolt
We fight to save our souls
So smile, beautiful