Beloved feat. Benton James

from by Allen Mask



Beloved was originally called Charade. It was really more of a studio creation than a fully written song. I had an idea of what I wanted the sound to be but left most of the creative for the session. I hadn't heard B's verses until he hit the booth and after we changed the feel up I wrote a new chorus. Special thanks to Wendy's and my Blackberry for giving us the extra boost and technology needed to come up with a new hook on the spot!

Beloved is for all of our women who for some reason allow themselves to be ruined by bad relationships. Forgive the autotune and show Mark Albritton some love for the harmonies on the chorus.


Verse 1:

With most sincerity I
Stand and salute you for the poise you always kept in being broken so consistently
Your dedication and affinity for regular abuse align with women of my generation’s history
Can't say I’ve ever understood this strange phenomenon
I’ve monitored it patiently still hoping that maturity
Would quarantine this toxic sense of self esteem and end the billing for your rights and paying social insecurity

(Benton James)
Yo Al watch this
I can turn a killer to profit
Pop hits ripped from the heart of the heartless
Lawless lords of the poorest of dreamers
Team wit a scheme that'll bring the beast greenbacks
Hi hats and repetition
At a distance
Kids wit persistence
And I'm a eye witness
This gritty quick witted raw art done started somethin’
Culture cant tell but I can smell the storm comin’


I know that you’re lovin’ your Mr. Super Fly Fly
Just kissin’ and huggin’ but all I see is my my
Beloved – why is it you only seem to cry cry?
Just get to your limit and lady tell him bye bye

Verse 2:

Don’t think that I've ever
Been a fan of funding guilt trips
But this imbalance in the marketplace can no longer be lived with
Especially…given that the latest marriage recipe
Will often end with our wonderful women burned in effigy
Cuz I myself have had some trouble getting half way
Numbers in my math say – I remove myself from crazy mad play
All because I love and respect – but I won't ever bail on these priorities for my next

(Benton James)
Yo on the west end of town
Someone’s quotin’ scripture
And confessions of how
God can fix this broken picture
With duress and a smile
I stick with the straight and narrow
Come correct wit the stylistics
Follow my lead now
I'm the last of the Cosbys
You could probably spot me in the last Ep
Reppin’ South Philly
Crushin’ in the caddy
Screamin’ to free willy
Back when character counted for somethin’ so deal wit me

Verse 3:

And this is not the only time
her father figured that
He had never been a father figure back
When his youngest daughter was a kitty cat
And now she's broken and re-licking her wounds
Tryna put herself again back in emotional tune
You see
Somewhere a number sits and every sun and moon it sheds a little bit
It's counting down her days and may be finished with
That means this train will never stop and she’ll be
In the majority by thinking that “he's better than me”
But check it


You must forgive my being…so cavalier but listen
I swear there’s something better something greater that you’re missin’

Take a chance makin’ plans to stand on your own
And if he's playin’ with your heart then darlin’ leave him alone

One day you’ll come to terms with
The fact you’re more than perfect
The fact you’ve always been there’s so much more you need to surface

And if you ever need a place to be free
Then baby don’t worry you know that you got me


from Pilot Season [LP], released April 1, 2010
Allen Mask - Vocals, Production
Benton James - Vocals

Written and composed by Allen Mask for Playhouse Records and Thinkoption, LLC

Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jerry Albritton of Xfakturmuzik - Greensboro, NC


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