Vintage Babies (Clean Version)

by The Vintage Babies

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Vintage Babies is the title of the collaborative album and super group created by Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, and MC, Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh and producer, Dj, and musical director Dj Dummy The Genius collectively known as The Vintage Babies. The Vintage Babies’ album consists of 17 soul and hip hop head bangers and features musical greats like Grammy & Oscar award winning Common, as well as some incredible songwriting and vocal help from Top Dawg’s own SIR, Malik Yusef , and Baltimore’s Rose Gold from the Polly seeds.

Vintage Babies is a Revival of the Soul, Funk, & Gospel sounds that Hip hop was founded on. The aim of Vintage Babies is celebrate the resilience and power of the human spirit through the utilization of the soulful sounds that have gotten us through difficult times in our history and will surely continue to do so for years to come. Vintage Babies will pull on an array of emotional strings sending you into lucid euphoric dance states in one moment then transition you into deep thought provoking storytelling about the state of humanity in the next moment with a little comic relief in between.
This is not the first time Dj Dummy and Maimouna Youssef have collaborated. They have toured together for several years with Rapper/Actor Common and in 2014 they released a mixtape together entitled the Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh. Dj Dummy and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh are not new to the music scene but if your ears are new to the sounds they’ve been creating and curating for almost a decade then check out their track records.

Dj Dummy has been J Cole’s DJ and on tour Music Direct since 2010 and Common’s DJ and Music Director since 1999. He started out djing at the age of 7 and by 14 he was winning prestigious dj battles in NYC like the Zulu Nation Battle (96) ad American DMC Battle (98). Since then he has both dj’ed and/or created stage shows for artists like Talibe Kewli, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, & De La Soul among others. He has even graced the halls of the prestigious venue affectionately known as The White House per request of 44th President Barack Obama. Dj Dummy is no newbee to the scene but he is just getting started in terms of making a name for himself as a worldwide producer and Vintage Babies is just the beginning.
His talents have attracted many of hip-hop’s premier artists, throughout the years; he has worked closely on creating stage shows and/or DJing concerts all over the world, for the likes of J Cole, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Music Soulchild, Mos Def, De La Soul, A+, DMX, Onyx, Smoothe The Hustler, going all the way back to Group Home.
DJ Dummy’s almost 20 year career has seen him electrify numerous clubs, tour internationally and entertained clients such as Prince, LeBron James and Venus Williams. It has seen him DJ in the smallest clubs in Brooklyn, to performing at the White House for President Obama. He has formed unbreakable professional relationships with many iconic artists in the industry and he’s been a part of historic moments in Hip-Hop. And this is only the beginning of DJ Dummy’s legacy, so it’s safe to say, you can certainly learn a lot from a dummy.

MAIMOUNA YOUSSEF a.k.a. MUMU FRESH
Since receiving a Grammy nomination for her vocal contribution to The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007, the singer, emcee, and songwriter Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh has been making waves in the Indie music scene as a solo artist and is only just beginning. Maimouna has shared stages with music giants such as Sting, Nas, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Bobby Mcferrin, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, D’angelo, Maxwell, Aloe Blacc, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Dead Prez, Angelique Kidjo, Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Femi Kuti, Cody ChestnuTT, and more.
Mumu Fresh has traveled world wide as a supporting vocalist for legends such as Congolese Vocal Acapella group Zap Mama, Late night Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots and is currently on tour with Grammy & Oscar award winner, Common.

Youssef’s unparalleled songwriting skills make her a force to be reckoned with. She’s written songs for Walt Disney High School Musical’s own Vanessa Hudgins, and Common among others. Youssef’s 2011 original release, “I got a man” produced by Dj Jazzy Jeff, was selected by BET as the theme song for their original movie “Being Mary Jane” Starring Gabrielle Union. She also contributed as a writer and a singer on grammy award winning DJ jazzy Jeff’s Playlist album “Chasing Goosebumps”.
She released her first Solo EP, 'Black Magic Woman,' independently in March of 2011, and her highly anticipated and widely praised first full length solo album, 'The Blooming,' in September of the same year. Maimouna's 2014 project, “The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh,” mixed and curated by Dj Dummy showcased her sharp rhyming skills as an emcee and her strong commitment to providing a balanced perspective on current social, racial, political, gender and class issues. In 2015 Maimouna recorded a full-length project with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder and The Soul Council. Now on August 31st 2017 she and Dj Dummy have released their highly anticipated, full length, all original collaborate effort entitle Vintage Babies. Anyone who loves good soul music or hip hop is sure ad Vintage Babies to their collection of instant classics!

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released August 31, 2017

1. LIVE, LOVE, SHINE (intro)
Producers: Eric Lau (PRS), Daniel Crawford KTMS music (ASCAP), Stro Elliott (Kings Son Music ASCAP), Kaidi Tatham (PRS), Tall Black Guy, Tall Black Guy Entertainment (BMI) A.Smith for Dj Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)
Recorded at The Hamptons Studios
Mixed by Eric Lau, Mastered by Charles Wilson

2. I GOT A FEELING
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Jabari Exum (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)

3. RUNAWAY
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Johnnie “Smurf” Smith for Melodic Piano,( ASCAP) Jimmy Castor & Johnnie Priutt (Minder Music LTD)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP), Tobias Truvillion (ASCAP)

4. MIRACLE
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)

5. Never Bring Me Down Skit

6. NEVER BRING YOU DOWN
Producer: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Johnnie “Smurf” Smith for Melodic Piano (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)


7. DO YOUR OWN THING
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Irvin Washington for Sterling Philly (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP), A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Jessica Jori Coleman BMI, SIR Sir Darryl Farris (Call Me Sir Publishing) (ASCAP)
Vocoder by Irvin Washington

8. JUST BEING HONEST
Poem by : Raquel Ra Brown Brown
Produced by A. Smith for Dj Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)

9. NOT READY YET
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M.Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP), R. Rose Gold Muhammad, Peermusic III Ltd Chelsea Terrace BMI
Additional Vocals by Yameen

10. Never Lie To You ( featuring Common)
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Irvin Washington for Sterling Philly (ASCAP) , Johnnie “Smurf” Smith for Melodic Piano (ASCAP)
Lyrics: Maimouna Youssef, L. Lynn Think Common Music (BMI) courtesy of Def Jam/Atrium, Herbie Hancock for Hancock Music, Polo Grounds Music, Irving Music ASCAP
Vocoder by Irvin Washington

11. PIMP DOWN
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Irvin Washington for Sterling Philly (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)
Skit by Eddie Bryant

12. WORK IN PROGRESS
Producer: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)
Flute: Elena Pinderhughes

13. Sandra Bland Interlude 0:16

14. SAY MY NAME
Producers: Wayne Bruce, Jonathan “Jon Rych” Richmond for Bro Wayne Music , A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)
Recorded By –Wayne Bruce, Ayinde Olubayo Engineered at Studio 10603, & The Art Institute of Washington, & J Rych at House Studios
Instrumentation Credits:
Wayne Bruce, Guitars
Maurice Fitzgerald, Bass
Jonathan Richmond, Keys. Drum Programming, additional Programming by DJ Dummy
Mixed by Dj Dummy

15. SHINE YOUR LIGHT
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)
Sherlyn Publishing Co. (B M I)

16. GOOD FIGHT (MNI WICONI)
Producers: A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP), Irvin Washington for Sterling Philly (ASCAP) & Kenneth Wright for NSFR Production (ASCAP)
Lyrics: Maimouna Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)

17. LIVE, LOVE, SHINE (outro)
Producers: Eric Lau, Daniel Crawford for KTMS Music ASCAP, Stro Elliott for Kings Son Music (ASCAP), Kaidi Tatham, Tall Black Guy for Tall Black Guy Entertainment (BMI) A. Smith for DJ Dummy Entertainment (ASCAP)
Lyrics: M. Youssef for Maimouna Youssef Music (ASCAP)
Recorded at The Hamptons Studios by Eric Lau, Mixed by Eric Lau and DJ Dummy
Bonus Track: Malik Yusef, Jabriel iz Myne, Universal, (ASCAP) Keys by Daniel Crawford ASCAP

All songs Recorded at the DJ Booth Studios except *Say My Name & *Live, Love, Shine intro and outro
All songs Mixed by DJ Dummy
All songs Mastered By Charles Wilson
Executive Producers: DJ Dummy, Maimouna Youssef
Graphic design by Alexander Grigoryan
Photography by Jade Greene & Anna Falck
info@maimounayoussef.com
info@thevintagebabies.com

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Maimouna Youssef aka "Mumu Fresh" is a Grammy nominated seasoned singer, emcee, songwriter and producer. She received a Grammy nomination for her contribution on the Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007 for best rap song and has since taken off as an independent artist. This is the right place for all things fresh! Welcome to the Muvement!!! ... more

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Track Name: I Got A Feeling
I GOT A FEELING

Wherever the groove goes
I got to follow
I’m glued to the rhythm like you to the bottle
Souls grow hollow seeking survival
Running from their rival the fear of tomorrow time
Give me a minute
Imma get up in it
Stretch my legs pivot make it drop like a ribbit
I heard the man want his project backs
Well I’m good with that
Think I’m bout ready to jet set
Cuz I got a feeling (Yes Lord)
It’s hunting season (Yes Lord)
Betta run for your freedom (Yes Lord)
Stomping like a heathen
Dancing and a grieving
Heat rising to the ceiling
‘Til the paint get to peeling
‘Til this pain that I’m feeling
Getting down Lord (8x’s)

Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah (3x’s)

Verse2:
Na na na na na
So call it a feeling or say that it’s healing
Lose yourself give it all the way to the spirit
Feeling up the bass, make her wind up her waist
Throw her head back like she alone in the place
Fingers tingling
Baby you’re jingling
Getting free tonight
Ain’t worried ‘bout mingling
Just you and the groove tonight
The music’s getting me through the night
Heyyyy
Betta run for your freedom (Yes Lord)
Stomping like a heathen
Dancing and a grieving
Heat rising to the ceiling
Til the paint get to peeling
Til this pain that I’m feeling

Going down Lord (3x’s)
Get me down Lord
Getting down Lord (4x’s)

Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Higher, take me higher Lord
Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Higher Higher
Spinnin and cryin
Tell the devil he’s a liar
Higher Higher
Higher Higher Lord
Higher, fill me, fill me up
Track Name: Run Away
Runaway

Yo Leroy!
What?
Your mama, she’s calling you man
Aww man.
No, no. Not that mama. That foxy mama you were with last night
Oooooo
She’s calling you out on the floor
Oooooo
Show her what you know
Oooooo
She’s calling you out on the floor
Oooooo

There’s something special about this place
Something about your face
Ancient attraction / I feel it taking over me
Why you standing so far / come fill my curiosity
Excitement of the unknown / come on baby trust me

Trust the ocean, letting go
No more fear, lose control
Rides the waves, can you feel the breeze
I feel like I’m dreaming

Keep the motion, getting wet
Moving close, chest to chest
Ride the way, of this fantasy
Come and runaway with me

Runaway with me (Oh)
Runaway with me (Oh)
Runaway with me
Won’t you runaway with me
Runaway with me (Oh)
Runway with me (Runaway with me)
Hey, won’t you runaway with me

Come runaway with me to a place we can both be free
Your lips so buttery, I quiver with joy when you touch me
Completely exposed I’m ready to go deep
See I surrender to this perfect serenity
Trust the ocean (trust the ocean) letting go (letting go)
No more fear (no more fear) lose control
Rides the waves feel the breeze
I feel like I’m dreaming

Keep the motion (keep the motion) getting wet (getting wet)
Moving close (Oh) chest to chest
ride the way of this fantasy
Come and runaway with me

Runaway with me x 2
(Come runaway, come back, come run away with me)
Runaway with me
(Come runaway, come run back)
Come Runaway with me
Runaway with me
(Don’t come back come runaway with me)
Runway with me x 2
(Come runaway come run back come run away with me)

Ooo ah huh huh Ooo ah huh huh (repeat rhythmically x 16)

Runaway with me x 2
(Come runaway come run back come run away with me)
Runaway with me
(Come runaway come run back)
Come Runaway with me
Runaway with me
( come run back come runaway with me)
Runway with me x 2
(Come runaway, come run back, come run away with me)

(She’s calling you on the floor)
Don’t come back come runaway with me
(She’s calling you on the floor)
Come runaway come run back come runaway with me
Oooooo
Don’t come back come runaway with me
Oooooo
Come runaway come run back come runaway with me
Oooooo
(Yo Leroy!)
Track Name: Miracle
Miracle
I am ready, to be vulnerable
I am ready to finally let go
I want to be annoyingly in love
I want let me guard down
I want to step out on faith
I want to dance out in the rain
I need to quit running away
‘cause I’m always on the first train

When an old bag lady
waiting on the red line
On the Northeast side
Looked dead in my eyes and cried
I said “You Good?”
And she sighed, then replied

Hook:
Your miracle is waiting on you
But it can’t come ‘til you’re ready
So baby what you gon’ do?

(repeat)
I am ready to take a chance on life
I am ready to look silly at times, Pride aside
I want to be childishly optimistic
Live my life unscripted

I want to step out on faith
I want to dance out in the rain
I want to quit running away
‘cause I’m always on the first train

When an old bag lady
waiting on the red line
On the Northeast side
Looked dead in my eyes and cried
I said “You Good?”
And she sighed, then replied

Hook:
Your miracle is waiting on you
But it can’t come ‘til you’re ready
So baby what you gon’ do?


You’re worth it
You’re perfect
You deserve it
Quite searching

You’re worth it
You’re perfect
You deserve it
Quite searching

(Repeat 2X)

Quit searching on the outside
You’ll find your miracle in the right time
Make room in your life
Won’t you make room in your life
Your miracle is waiting on you
Track Name: Never Bring Me Down (clean)
Never Bring Me Down Lyrics by Maimouna Youssef
Verse 1:
I'm tired of all the fake love from ya'll
fronting like you want to see me win but really trying to do me in
Get under my skin, cuz you resent my confidence
You’d rather see me broken, ‘cuz I ain’t ego stroking
Nah, I'm a Brazen Heifer
yeah I'm a Bad Mutha
I grow in the shade
You don' gon' and made a monster
I'm not what you’re used to
I got that black girl Juju
Back water
Track slaughter
Swagger when I move through

Edges stay fleeky
Sneaker game squeaky
Serving Nefertiti
In that Fresh Dashiki

You fragile boys are jealous of women
I bet you dressing up in my clothes I left in the kitchen ,
‘hate to see me winning,
scared of my light,
don’t want to let me shine
cuz I’m the genuine article, I’m a one of a kind
But you love a mediocre chick
You place her neck to neck with me I swear I’ll choke a chick
You weak broads make it hard to gain leverage
Exchanging brain for deals but I ain’t having none of it
The ground I put them under it
You wouldn’t last a day in my stilettos
Melanin Kisses
Genuine Thickness
I was made in the ghetto

See Normally I don’t talk like this
But dudes be thinking they running this
And that’s wonderous
I ain’t gonna be finished ‘til I’m done with it

I told you I was good for the culture
When I’m winning, we all winning
But you pretending you vulture
Don’t even raise your black fist up
When you see me in the streets don’t even dap me up
You uncle Ruckas Master lovers need a Samuel L Jack back slap
Yeah I’m talking that / Jango
The way we let them thangs go
Don’t want that pie in the sky, I need my cake on my plate
Short me my fries, I'm gonna get out the gate
You stay trying to put me in my place
But I’m already here
A self-aware black woman is your worst fear.




2nd verse:

Hear me well,
I love my brothers
I give you all your propers
But don’t be mad at me ‘cuz I’m a show stopper
Yeah I’m a jaw dropper
Flyer than a helicopter
Read you like a teleprompter
But I’ll never tell a cop’a
I’m a boss, no bitch suffix is necessary
I’m Very
hard body like Chevy
I’m colder than January
Hold all of your commentary
Don’t need no more promissories
I told you that you ain’t ready
A Lot of men can’t deal with women of my caliber
If you can’t control her, bone her, own her then you mad at her
I walk by smelling like ylang ylang and lavender
But my body is mine sir, go and get a cavalier
How much do I own you for what’s already mine,
Shit, I earned it
I worked hard for every damn dime,
Only concerned with
My money being brought on time,
And when the revolution popping off, I’m on front line
Sometimes being a woman is like being black twice
I Gotta scream fire instead of rape
And you tell me act nice
Look pretty
Stay slim
Don’t talk loud
Don’t think
Don’t feel
Don’t act proud
But if I’m at my lowest, how are you 100 percent?
God made women and man for the balance of it
So will the real men please stand up
And defend what God made signing off with love
Will the real men please stand up and defend what God made signing off with love!
Track Name: Never Lie To You feat. Common
Never Lie To You

Verse 1:
He like girl you’re beautiful
My one and only
You my special one I call when I’m lonely
I think you’re gifted
Yup you’re a winner
Here’s an invitation to my place for dinner
I want you so bad, I can’t wait for it
Can’t you see my love is blind, i’ll even pay for it
What’s your vice girl
I want to get you loose
What’s your preference
Mary Jane or Grey Goose
You getting down with that syrup or you need a boost
This ya first time trust me I got you
Relax girl I got you
I’d never lie to you

Insincere words for insecure girls
Births real bitter bitches in the world
She home cooking in the kitchen
You gone fishing
Too many in the sea to settle for chicken
That’s how goldfish become piranhas
Now she’s wreaking havoc as somebody’s baby mama
I Wish you had’ve warned her
Now you’re mad talking ‘bout she ain’t shit
But you played a big part in all of it if you’ll admit
She’s everything you made her
You never should have played her
You ain’t wanna save her
Wish a real man had’ve raised her
To love herself more than compliments and paper

Hook: I’d never fool you with those words that hungry girls have heard whispered in the dark

Verse 2:
She like boo I miss you
Wanna be near you
Can you make some time
I need to feel you
I’m at the Marriott
Down on 4th street
I’ll even pay for the cab
Just come and meet me
I’m feeling kinky
Won’t you and king me?
You’re the only one that I’m loving in between the sheets
You’re something special
You’re on my level
The best I’ve ever had out of only several
Let’s get away on a day for a vacay
I got them edibles that will make you levitate
Before it gets late
Hold on baby wait
(who you talking to?)
Huh? It’s no body just my mother baby

She so scandalous
No matter how the man is
Hurt feelings just collateral damages
She so thirsty / With no mercy
She got that live in D to pay the rent fee
Call him her roommate
She stay out late
She got that good cake
Loose like Chipotle
But she living a lie
And he feeling the fire
Don’t you look in her eyes
Having you catching a vibe
She keep her body right
She know what men like
She treat him like a king but pimp him on the side
She let that biscuit and that fry drive her nigga’s ride
No class all ass and plenty of pride

Hook:
I'd never fool you with those words that hungry girls have heard whispered in the dark

Common’s Verse:
Now I am supposed to be conscious
And I heard love conquers all
My bloodline don’t love swine
Thugs grind everyday for a better way
I serenade you you for forgiveness
‘Cause I hit once does that make her my mistress
Love is a trip let’s go the distance
You know where we from
We can overcome resistance
Power power to the people
The people that put the work in
Cause we all know that
Nothin is for sure nothin’ is for certain
But ‘til we leave this earth free it’s just you and me
That’s what she meant by U N I T Y
Let me lead by example
The you I fell in love with them other girls I ran through
Girl you got that light know they can’t hold a candle to you
Come sit by your guru
Let’s play D’s Voodoo let these words speak to you
Its crucial
(echo) Let’s play D’s Voodoo let these words speak to you
Its crucial

Hook
Track Name: The vintage Babies - Say My Name
SAY MY NAME

If I should die tomorrow at the hands of the policeman
And the papers say
We're going to call it a suicide, would you even question why
Would you shake your head and say the ain't right
Or do your best to forget about me
Please, please, please don't forget about me

Ohhhh, say my name
Say my name
Say my name
Say my name
Say my name
Don't forget my name

Say my name
Don’t forget my name

If I should die tomorrow
At the hands of the policeman
And the papers say, we're going to call it a suicide
Would you even question why
Would you believe in my innocence
Would you even come to my defense
Would you believe in the good I’ve done
Or will my name be smeared and my story unsung
Will you search for the answers or take what they hand us
Who's going to stand with me
Please please please don't forget about me

Ohhhh, Say my name
Say my name
Say my Name
Say my name
Don't forget my name

Say my name
Don’t let it be in vain

Rap:
Even the sun goes down
Heroes eventually die
Shot with their hands in the sky
Your favorite revolutionaries give up and comply
For a house on the hills, white wife, couple mills
I'm last of Mohicans I guess
Fighting for a cause they say is lost but I can't let it rest
Rebellion in the mammaries of my mama's breasts
And I drank ‘til I was drunk, like I was lean off that Crunk.
We living every word that we rapping about
And the struggle it gets hard but we ain't backing out
Nothing is impossible
The word alone says I’m Possible
So I'm the racehorse that I'm riding for
The audacity of hope
To believe we can succeed when everybody and their momma say nope
Well F ya'll
I’m different, descendent of the fittest
Reincarnated just so I can handle business
My name, oh say my name, say my name

I’m different, descendent of the fittest
Reincarnated just so I can handle business
My name, you know my name, so say my name
Don’t forget my name

I’m different, descendent of the fittest
Reincarnated just so I can handle business
Say her name, say her name
Don’t forget her name

Don’t let her struggle be in vain
So say her name
She ain’t die in vain

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