FEEL GOOD MUSIC

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    ILLUS has been recording music and illustrating comics professionally since 1991 (selling over 250,000 records with no airplay or major label deal), recording and touring with such legends as Chuck D and Public Enemy, DJ Johnny Juice, R.A. the Rugged Man, Dilated Peoples and Blackalicious, and garnering praise from the likes of Wendy Day and numerous HIPHOP legends. But he has reached a whole new level of excellence with his new album- FEEL GOOD MUSIC produced by J.J. Brown.

    Feel Good Music is a 7-song opus that displays the passion, soul and heart of the artist with a true feel-good HIPHOP vibe. ILLUS is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve as he raps about his love for his wife, family and friends as well as the microphone and the culture that inspired the man. FEEL GOOD MUSIC is more than just nostalgia or a dedication to all of the great HIPHOP pioneers, it is a true modern day classic that captures the essence of all that is good about HIPHOP music and brings it to light in the modern age.

    1. Ready
    2. Beautiful Day
    3. Old Friends featuring Paul Dateh
    4. Have Fun, Will Travel
    5. Happy Little Accident
    6. Feel Good Music
    7. Super Secret Identity

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released January 10, 2010

Written and performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP
Produced by J.J. Brown
Executive Producer: ILLUS

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ILLUS is an independent HIPHOP artist and professional illustrator who makes positive, uplifting, thought-provoking, boom-bap HIPHOP for the people.

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Track Name: Ready
Ready
Written and performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

Intro

So many ready to die but not ready to live
Ready to fight, but not ready for peace
So many are ready to take, but not ready to give
Too many ready to hate should be ready to love each

Verse 1

I’m ready for change
Ready to rearrange the same
Embrace the strange and go against the grain
Ready to awaken the mundane who complain
And pray for a new day new way and a new reign
Ready for fame
Ready to break the chain
Rock steady and stake my claim
Illus the name
Ready for pain igniting the flame
Writing like lightning I’m reciting
My readiness with no shame
I’m ready to be blamed for mucking up the game
Stuck in the 80’s bucking lames
Like I’m going insane
No shucking and jiving the mic can’t be tamed
Rhyming is a way of life it can’t be explained
If it’s in you then let it out it can’t be restrained
It’s ammunition for the brain it can’t be contained
So I’m ready to release and let it bleed like a vein
So it can stain the domain of weak sheep entertained

Chorus

Ready for peace
Ready for love
Ready to be free
Ready for justice

It’s time to take it to the top
Time to give it our best
So I’m ready to rock
And live life with each breath
And you know we won’t stop
Cause we do it to death
And I’m ready to drop
Because I’m ..so ..damn …FRESH

Verse 2

I’m ready to attack and travel the map
My bags are packed
Unravel the sack and plant my flag
I’ll be back when my missions a wrap
Cause I’m ready to stack cash
Ready to smash and make a splash
And trash any weak competition
That can’t last fast or slow I surpass
When I flow cause I’m ready to go
Blast off ready I’m bad baby
Maybe you ready to get with me
If you happen to be that crazy
I’m ready to unleash my wrath
I war for peace and laugh at suckers
That can’t comprehend my math
It’s the science of art
Defiant I carve my own path
Breaking my back for every dream I have
This ain’t no fad ask flash
Hall of fame cats pioneers of the rap and scratch
R.I.P Jam Master unsurpassed
Even in the after life none brighter or badder it’s a fact
Chorus

Ready for peace
Ready for love
Ready to be free
Ready for justice

It’s time to take it to the top
Time to give it our best
So I’m ready to rock
And live life with each breath
And you know we won’t stop
Cause we do it to death
And I’m ready to drop
Because I’m ..so ..damn …FRESH

Verse 3

I’m ready for love
Ready to rise above
Set my goals even high and fly like a dove
Excel to my potential and always look up
Ready for whatever may come now matter how tough
I can always do better, see it’s never enough
To be the best person possible, it ain’t about luck
It’s about being ready to bleed and put in the work
Embracing the joy but not afraid to be hurt
Ready to accept, and ready to forgive
Ready to die for a better life and ready to live
Positive gotta give my all not matter how much
It takes to touch the ones stuck and wake their butts up
Can’t strut, gotta run and trust in my gut
and at any giving moment be ready to bust
ready for peace I seek truth and the just
and I’m ready to struggle ‘til I return to the dust

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Beautiful Day
Beautiful Day
Written and Performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

It’s a Beautiful Day
Time for Change
Time to turn the page
And welcome a new age.

Verse 1

I was born in 74
Hip Hop for sure
Financially poor
With dreams of more
a family torn
my mind explored
writing on the wall
I was born the draw
Broke the law
Flow with soul
Saw the truth in the rhyme
Fought for freedom and took control
Each line on the paper an extension of life
So when I paint or write I embrace the light
And when I take the mic in the palm of my hand
I believe in change and know yes we can
never stand still I evolve and grow
never lie on my back so the truth be told
I’m a steal the show and give my heart to the people
And live every moment like there ain’t no sequel
Ain’t got no equal I’m one of a kind
And you’ll never find another sun with more shine

Verse 2

Through the struggle and strife
The muscle and might
to hustle for life
loving the mic
busting to fight
for peace and I write
with passion smashing the stage
I give my heart to my wife and my rage to the page
Dead broke to minimum wage
No joke
Busting my ass for freedom escaping the cage
Of the slave camp rat race releasing my hate
Living for love and laughing with a smile on my face
Buck wild like it’s 88 I feel great
Born to create debate the with the best
Stay awake never rest my fate make it happen
Rapping’ for truth take my time
When I rhyme no faking or actin’
Breakin’ to rappin beat street to penn ave
And beyond Time to sound the alarm
And defeat the beast in each and reach for stars
And teach the youth the truth and heal these scars

Verse 3

I’ve got the power to transform pain to love
Make the rain in the sky disappear and the sun
Come out in the winter and melt the snow
and when I flow it’s like spring you can watch the green grow
I swing low dream and grow
Bring the pro-fessional work ethic
I wreck every show
No question, (dude) I study my lessons and pass every test
Invest in my future
I been down, been out but I got back up
and never gave in
back in the fight
went from hating
life to loving the light
and making it right
never left one dream incomplete
no defeat no retreat or surrender
remember, never say die
I’m too fly like a clear blue sky
In the month of July alive and rocking
Basking in the sun rapping forever hiphoping
Track Name: Old Friends
Written and Performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

Verse 1

It was a different time they spoke different rhymes
They were witnesses to something new you’ll never find
Cause you can’t rewind what already passed
And you can’t resurrect it or bring it back
So you try and push forward and make it your best
Remember the rules to always keep it fresh
From 13 to 34
Living the dream can’t ask for any more
Cold war survivor
Used to write rhymes on my moms old typewriter
Until the ribbon broke that ain’t no joke
You ain’t getting it you probably ain’t that old
We never sold out we just had kids
had to get jobs for food and homes to live
And did what we done to try and get by
But we still fly and down for the do or die

Chorus

This is for my old rhymes
I used to rap to my old friends
Remembering the old times
I hope they never ever end

Verse 2

They used to say this was just a fad
They used to laugh when they heard me rap
They used to say it was just a dream
But never realized I was a microphone fiend
That would never give up cause I just don’t quit
That’s the soul of HIPHOP that allows me to rip
And flip scripts slick with the flick of my tongue
It’s the spirit of caz that keep fresh and young
Cold crush rush right through the veins
So when I bust you can trust my respect for the name
You can see it in my walk
And you can feel it and believe it when you hear me talk
Cause where I’m from all we have is our word
and if you ain’t got that then you really ain’t worth
Nothing no fronting no games this is real love
Something special for the ones I be thinking of

Verse 3

We used to walk to school with our box in our hand
Bebopping to the beat rocking thinking of a plan
To make it on our own and have our names in lights
All we ever wanted was to rock the mics
And take long flights to far away lands
And rock fresh beats for all of my fans
But somewhere along the way shit changed
some of us went bald and other just went gray
Strange all this new weight slowing me down
Nnd i hate to think I’m out of touch with the new sounds
But the truth is I probably am
Bbut that stil aint stopping me from rocking a jam
For the love in my heart for music and art
The culture that made me who I am from the start
Even after we depart we’ll still be rocking
Never stopping forever HipHopping
Track Name: Have Fun, Will Travel
Have Fun, Will Travel
Written and performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

Intro

Have fun, we’ll travel
And tear down your town
No violence or guns
we came to get down.
So let’s get down
Let’s have some fun
Rebels of underground
HipHop number one

Verse 1

When I bust from the gut trust the thrust crush
Comp get stomped to dust in a clutch no fuss
I’m in my own category I can’t be touched
No crutch always fresh I never rust
Muck with us you’re outta luck it sucks
Sucker ducks get swamped and plucked
And struck like a puck thrown under a truck
So tuck your head between your legs and cluck
You’re stuck ya schmuck
Ayo what’s up buttercup
You ain’t tough cause you talk drugs and guns
You thugs are all fluff
I’ve had enough of that stuff
So just hush
Blessed from above
With passion, lust and love
I ain’t deaf blind or dumb I don’t run
I ain’t so so never been ho hum
I dance to the beat of a different drum
To spread peace love unity and having fun

Bridge to Chorus. 1x
I’m no dummy sunny I’m educated
So don’t debate it or hate it, better face it
All that negativity’s a waste kid awaken
It’s time for peace so just embrace it

Chorus

I don’t wannbe u, I just wannabe me
I gotta be true, I gotta be free
I’m an emcee, I don’t wanna hurt no body
I’m just a bad muther lover when I rock the party

Verse 2

He’ll yeah I’m rapper or better yet an emcee
Never say that I’m not when I rock beats
None badder it’s a fact that I’m the best me
That you ever see on track don’t sweat B
You can test me but you know I always pass
So do try impressing me when you talking trash
Popping smack never lasts you’ll get gassed
Left in last and slashed and scratched like a rash
and I’m a laugh my ass off
call me wack or soft I don’t really care I’m a blast off
you’ll get smashed and tossed in the trash and lost
like old crap noone wanted like a bad cough
my hats off to all the real tough guys
I don’t want no beef I just wanna bust rhymes
Want you all to feel me when I spit mines
So we can all have fun and (reel)in good times

Chorus

I don’t wannbe u, I just wannabe me
I gotta be true, I gotta be free
I’m an emcee, I don’t wanna hurt no body
I’m just a bad muther lover when I rock the party

Verse 3

I’m just an old man chilling never did a killing
A sensitive artist here to share my feelings
Don’t wanna scare any women or children
when I’m building
I’d rather uplift and god willing
Do what’s right in life I’m no villain
So I celebrate peace love and healing
And have a little fun when I’m wheeling and dealing
But I only hustle art so I haven’t made a million
I’m off the chart illing in the underground
Resilient with the funky sound
Brilliant also profound
Get down rise up throw your fists in the air
Have a little fun shake it like you don’t care
Ridiculous, inquisitive, meticulous and different
Isn’t it conspicuous this lyricist can rip this ish
I got the gift of gab like blackalicious
Rap’s exquisite illustrious wizard

When I rock the party don’t look at me funny
When I rock the party don’t act like a dummy
When I rock the party don’t bust no guns
When I rock the party just have some fun
Track Name: Happy Little Accident
Happy Little Accident
Written and Performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

Beautiful Mistake

Chorus

Life’s a happy little accident
A beautiful mistake
Your smile’s like magic
You’re my soulmate

Verse 1

She was a beautiful mistake
Two lovers of fate never knew they’d create
My love and soul mate an innocent date 30 years after
Her smile and laughter made me have to have her
Something in her eyes mesmerized my mind
Made my heart skip a beat and lose track of time
I never thought I had a chance but I wanted to dance
Even with two left feet I took her hand
No plan, romance happenstance every glance
In a trance I fell hard and I wanted to advance
Heart broken and bitter alone in winter
But I’m a sucker for pain and never been a quitter
You’ve had your heart broke too but you rolled the dice
Not afraid to get hurt you took your friend’s advice
And went out on the town in search of laughs
And somehow we connected and our souls crossed paths

Verse 2

You’re intelligent and elegant, sexually incredible
Strong and yet delicate, beautifully delectable
Affectionate and Sensitive
Tender and Compassionate
Sensational and venturous
Terrestrial, dependable
You’re my constant
Source of inspiration
My motivation for higher elevation
I thank god and your parents for your creation
You’re the light of my life
My salvation
I can’t believe this sensation
You’re my wife and foundation
My reason for celebration
Let’s build a nation of love
embracing the formation of our relation
uniting as one
you’re my warmth like the sun
I pledge my dedication with no hesitation
A complete constellation to guide me outta the dark
I give my heart in elation for our future generation

Verse 3

I know I’m difficult, girl. An emotional artist
Moody with a temper and I’m not the smartest
Not the largest a little guy hairy and goofy
I live by the do or die but always speak truthfully
A little unruly, youthfully immature
Cantankerous old soul corrupted and impure
But rest assure, your loves my cure
You can feel secure I’m forever yours
never question your investment
I’m not desperate for attention I can never be tempted
My quest in this new adventure, improve and better
With you by my side no matter the weather
Like Spiderman and Mary Jane
Cyclops and Jean Grae
Han Solo Princess Leia
Clark Kent and Lois Lane
No super villain can (ever) foil our plan
To build a family it’s destiny (I’m) forever your man
Track Name: Feel Good Music
Feel Good Music
Written and Performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

FEEL GOOD MUSIC

Verse 1

This ain’t pop music for wannabe teen idols
It’s medicine for depressed suicidals
A release for the stressed feeling violent
Religion for the lost forsaken the bible
Never idle always evolving, ever changing
Rearranging styles, wild, never faking
Uncompromising self-empowering
Independent,
Underground, inventive, relentless
You can’t stop, won’t stop, we don’t quit
Build and destroy with each lyric we flip
And Rip beats to defeat the beast with a verse
Streets to the burbs,
Best to the worst,
Blessed to the cursed, it’s the truth for the youth
The strength to break loose, live free and cut the noose
It’s the fight for justice and equality,
Against all odds and probabilities
To realize our destiny

Verse 2

This is the latchkey child’s foster father
Black CNN, uniting the people through Black Power
White children rebelling against a system
Perpetrated by racist parents unwilling to change
This is music for the strange, anthems for outcasts
Lunatics deranged, ex-patriots without pasts
Runaway slaves and freedom fighters united
Artists with conscience, graffiti writers defiant
This is poetry for the downtrodden,
For the forgotten
Unlocking the mind from the body,
Rocking the party,
Uniting the world through beats and rhymes,
Awakening the criminal mind, giving sight to the blind
For the last in line, making it to the top
Amalgamations of blues, jazz, soul, funk and rock
Drums that don’t stop for skaters, gangstas and breakers
And lyrics that touch hearts making believers outta hatas

Verse 3

This is the positive overcoming negative
The strength of love over hate,
Forgiveness over vengeance
This is the soul of the artist’s passion of creation
Mastering a gift passed down through generations
War and peace, temptation unleashed
Feast or famine standing before god admitting your weak
This is the talent to think fast and talk slow
The balance of fact and fiction, style and flow
You against the world nothing’s impossible
Inspiration to make you feel Unstoppable
The beautiful struggle of life’s battle,
Taking it to the mats, proving you’re badder
Master your craft, no acting, no talk, only action
Rapping for freedom believing in you
By any means, do whatchya gotta do
To provide for your future and family
Without losing your soul, freedom or sanity
Track Name: Super Secret Identity
Super Secret Identity
Written and Performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

Verse 1

I was a young child in the 80’s
Abused by my peers and a little bit crazy
Confused by a world of death and divorce
So every breath I kept focused hoping to hone the force

Dreaming of adventure off in galaxies far away
Believing I’d be chosen to rescue the girl and save the day
An awkward boy, shy and weak
Sometimes I missed my dad so bad I’d cry in my sleep
Go to school and get beat and run all the way home
And lose myself in my books and drawings all alone
My mind would roam to lost lands and times
And travel to the future fighting wars and crimes
The heroes struggle never giving in
Against all odds the good guys win
Never bend or buckle, never compromise
Always do what’s right no matter the sacrifice
So it wasn’t a surprise when I needed a theme song
I dreamed I was Run Dmc and I’d be strong
The power of the beat like the hammer of Thor
To transform the weak into so much more

Chorus

They said I could be
Whatever I wanted to be
How could they know
What I wanted was a fantasy
I knew I was special
I knew I had a destiny
I never let go
Of my secret identity

Verse 2

What’s your secret?
They all wanna know
What’s your weakness?
Who you be, how you roll?
Who you creep with?
Who’s under the mask
What you hiding from the people
Why you dipping so fast
Ain’t no one
Just a geek with a voice
Won’t front son
Ain’t never been cool
Not a tough guy
Just a nerd not a fool when I bust I
Transform to a beast on the beat so fly
Tell me what you see?
When you look in the sky, it’s just little old me
And I’m so fresh- you marvel at the image
Ain’t it so DEF I’m like Kirby-n-Lee
And I never lose breath
World’s Greatest so Amazing, I’m the best bet
Ragnarock on the mic when I catch wreck
An Uncanny Incredible lyrical Savage
New god 4th world miracle

Super Secret Identity
Written and Performed by Adam ILLUS Wallenta
American Mule Ent. 2010 ASCAP

Verse 1

I was a young child in the 80’s
Abused by my peers and a little bit crazy
Confused by a world of death and divorce
So every breath I kept focused hoping to hone the force

Dreaming of adventure off in galaxies far away
Believing I’d be chosen to rescue the girl and save the day
An awkward boy, shy and weak
Sometimes I missed my dad so bad I’d cry in my sleep
Go to school and get beat and run all the way home
And lose myself in my books and drawings all alone
My mind would roam to lost lands and times
And travel to the future fighting wars and crimes
The heroes struggle never giving in
Against all odds the good guys win
Never bend or buckle, never compromise
Always do what’s right no matter the sacrifice
So it wasn’t a surprise when I needed a theme song
I dreamed I was Run Dmc and I’d be strong
The power of the beat like the hammer of Thor
To transform the weak into so much more

Chorus

They said I could be
Whatever I wanted to be
How could they know
What I wanted was a fantasy
I knew I was special
I knew I had a destiny
I never let go
Of my secret identity

Verse 3

Empowered with a voice and the heart to fight
For what’s right
Like a radioactive spider bite
Changed my life so I write rhymes
To uplift
In a pessimistic world where wonder is missed
I was born with a gift like a mutant x-gene
To spit fluent form fitted lyrics so obscene
I wreck teams of demons hell-bent on my demise
And come equipped like semen to spread life and thrive
Allow me to open your eyes
So you can see beyond the lies of your favorite emcee’s disguise
I gotta secret layer in the burbs up in my attic
Where I paint works of art and craft HIPHOP classics
When duty calls I transform
Hit the streets like a god and let knowledge be born
Sworn to protect the weak and innocent
Avenge the fallen and defeat the villainous