Lost In Translation

by Omar Offendum

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    Journey through the Syrian-Pacific with your own personal dragoman Omar Offendum, along with his partner-in-thyme Thanks Joey. This Shamreeki sonic saga is equal parts nostalgic & futuristic. Featuring samples from some iconic Syrian films, and a dizzying dose of Damascene bilingualism, “Lost In Translation” is a celebratory love-letter to this very merry & hairy Arabian way of life in the California Califate of Los Shamgeles.
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1.
Samra 03:37
Yamo Yamo (Oh Mama, Oh Mama) Leiki Leiki (Lookie Here, Lookie Here) Leiki Hayye (Look at this Girl) 3am Ta3mel Heike (She’s Doing This Thing) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yamo Yamo (Oh Mama, Oh Mama) Leiki Leiki (Lookie Here, Lookie Here) Leiki Hayye (Look At This Girl) 3am Tur2us Heike (She’s Dancing Like This) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Ya 3eini 3ein 3ala Hal Samra (Oh My Eye, What a Pretty Tan Lady) Shoo Ma Bidda Ana Ta7t 2amra (Her Wish is My Command) B’shoofha b’manami b’2a7lami (I See Her In My Sleep, In my Dreams) Ma fee a2la Min Hal Tamra (There’s Nothing Sweeter Than This Date) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yamo Yamo (Oh Mama, Oh Mama) Leiki Leiki (Lookie Here, Lookie Here) Leiki Hayye (Look at this Girl) 3am Ta3mel Heike (She’s Doing This Thing) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yamo Yamo (Oh Mama, Oh Mama) Leiki Leiki (Lookie Here, Lookie Here) Leiki Hayye (Look At This Girl) 3am Tur2us Heike (She’s Dancing Like This) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Shoo Fee Ma Fee (What’s Up / What’s Not) Mashi 7afee (Walking Barefoot) Bas Mashi 7alee (But It’s All Good — Still Making Moves) Ishee Khurafee (It’s Something Fabulous) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Shiftek 3amtaklee (I Saw You Eating) Liqmet Knafeh (A Bite of Knafeh) Wu 6ar 3a2lee (& Lost My Mind) Ma a7lakee (You’re So Gorgeous / Sweet) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Ya 3eini 3ein 3ala Hal Samra (Oh My Eye, What a Pretty Tan Lady) Shoo Ma Bidda Ana Ta7t 2amra (Her Wish is My Command) B’shoofha b’manami b’2a7lami (I See Her In My Sleep, In my Dreams) Ma fee a2la Min Hal Tamra (There’s Nothing Sweeter Than This Date) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Shamiyeh (Lady from Damascus) 7imseeiyeh (Lady from Homs) 7alabiyeh (Lady from Aleppo) 7amwiyyeh (Lady from Hama) Libnanieh (Lady from Lebanon) 2urduniyeh (Lady from Jordan) 3iraqiyeh (Lady from Iraq) Filasteeniyeh (Lady from Palestine) Masriyeeh (Lady from Egypt) Khaleejiyeh (Lady from the Arabian Gulf) Hijaziyeh (Lady from The Hijaz) Yemeniyeh (Lady from Yemen) Sudaniyeh (Lady from Sudan) Leebiyeh (Lady from Libya) Maghribyeh (Lady from Morocco) 3arabiyeh (Arabian Lady) Yamo Yamo (Oh Mama, Oh Mama) Leiki Leiki (Lookie Here, Lookie Here) Leiki Hayye (Look at this Girl) 3am Ta3mel Heike (She’s Doing This Thing) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yamo Yamo (Oh Mama, Oh Mama) Leiki Leiki (Lookie Here, Lookie Here) Leiki Hayye (Look At This Girl) 3am Tur2us Heike (She’s Dancing Like This) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Ya 3eini 3ein 3ala Hal Samra (Oh My Eye, What a Pretty Tan Lady) Shoo Ma Bidda Ana Ta7t 2amra (Her Wish is My Command) B’shoofha b’manami b’2a7lami (I See Her In My Sleep, In my Dreams) Ma fee a2la Min Hal Tamra (There’s Nothing Sweeter Than This Date) Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
2.
I Love You 02:50
Nizar Qabbani verses: دعيني أصب لك الشاي، هل قلت إني أحبك؟ هل قلت إني سعيدٌ لأنك جئت وأن حضورك يسعد مثل حضور القصيده ومثل حضور المراكب، والذكريات البعيده.. أكرر للمرة الألف أني أحبك دعيني أقول بكل اللغات التي تعرفين والتي لا تعرفين أحبك أنت.. دعيني أفتش عن مفرداتٍ.. تكون بحجم حنيني إليك.. وعن كلماتٍ.. تغطي مساحة نهديك.. بالماء، والعشب، والياسمين دعيني أفكر عنك.. وأشتاق عنك.. وأبكي، وأضحك عنك.. وألغي المسافة بين الخيال وبين اليقين.. أأعجبك الشاي؟ Translation:  Allow me to pour you some tea Have I told you that I love you? Have I told you that I am happy you arrived? And that your presence astounds me Like the arrival of a poem And like the arrival of ships Carrying memories of loved ones from afar ... Allow me to say it in every language Those which you understand ... and those which you don’t I love you. Allow me to find the vocabulary That is suitable enough to capture my affection for you And to find the words That can cover the expanse of your bosom with water & herb & jasmine Allow me ... Allow me to think about you & long for you & cry & laugh for you And close the gap between imagination & certainty Allow me to pour you some tea Have I said that I love you? Have I said that I am happy that you arrived? And that your presence astounds me Like the arrival of a poem And like the arrival of ships And Memories from afar And Memories ... Allow me to say it in Every language Those which you understand ... and those you don’t I love you. “Did you enjoy the tea?”
3.
My mooooooney I just wanna make my money Time is Floo$ Don’t waste my time! I don’t really think it’s funny Being broke — Nope I ain’t gonna lie That’s why I hustle haaaaaard That’s just my way That’s why I thank Gooooood Every time that I get paid. Nothing like money gives a man that boost 7alab Pepper - Hot Stepper Chest out like like a rooster cock Floo$ to drop No hurry Only worry which new blue shoes to cop Refuse to stop Shopping sprees Unless it’s to cop some ... Tropical Breeze calling — Jeez! Wallet so big that it pops the wrist Of the poor old cop tryina stop & frisk Pig Please. Watch the moccasins Money talk so much need lozenges Wasn’t that a great line? I think it was... Never negative vibes Be positive As long as it’s halal to the Prophets then It ain’t rocket science A jackass can do it I move product & I get compensated through it Hell ... Not much to it really But consistency is key Slow & steady every time Brick by brick that’s by design Build till they can not stop the grind They may try to knock the hustle But when they’re that far behind They can not stop the grind. No No, they can not stop the grind. I just wanna make my money Time is Floo$ Don’t waste my time I don’t really think it’s funny Being broke — Nope I ain’t gonna lie That’s why I hustle haaaaaard That’s just my way That’s why I thank Gooooood Every time that I get paid. I am envious of the asinine Who careth not for this cash of mine This bulging pocket This stash of mine That don’t fit in my wagon It lags behind So many zeros it boggles the mind That’s why my accountants had to resign You probably make less from the bookings you get Than the bags from the shows that I’ve had to decline Nevertheless... I digress & confess that this bragging is petty I’m rather refined What I earn in money Turns into respect & I’m rather inclined To spending on others Contented with less Haters gonna hate Zatars gonna Zeit (Thyme & Olive Oil) & What is the latter but a bunch of thyme? Time ... Time spent on the grind Never been wasted Though it’s lost on a donkey Chasing a carrot that it’s never tasted Niyalak ya 7mar (I envy you Donkey) Ma biddak dollar (You don’t care for a dollar) Ma bit fakker bi shi abadan Ismo Ismo floo$ (Nor do you worry about anything called Money) I just wanna make my money Time is Floo$ Don’t waste my time I don’t really think it’s funny Being broke — Nope I ain’t gonna lie That’s why I hustle haaaaaard That’s just my way That’s why I thank Goooooood Every time that I get paid.
4.
Omarvelous 02:51
Oh my God! Omar Offendum is here Oh my God! Watch out here comes Offendum! Oh my God! Omar Offendum is here Ya Allaaaaah! Nobody can upend him! Omarvelously eloquent More verses in my throat Than fish can float inside a pelican’s (Pelicans aren’t Kosher b/c the eat shellfish) I keep it Kosher tho The key to my forever relevance Timeless as the oceans’ flow Crossing the Bosphorus Feeling prosperous with a goat in tow Spit fire skill for real Slow roast the ‘kid’ in Kosovo (Kid = Baby Goat) قبضاي / A regular 2abadhay That’s a tough guy Serving wise guys a slice of my humble pie In the form of a puffed eye & broken nose Have you smiling for the camera With my cane around your neck Hold the pose Strictly poetry — hold the prose From the Pyrenees to the Poconos More range than the Gran Telescopio in Spain (largest in the world) The princes & the paupers Newspapers & the Pope should know I am o-fficial Oh fa sho Did you catch that? I’m hoping so Remember the name! Oh my God! Omar Offendum is here Oh my God! Watch out here comes Offendum! Oh my God! Omar Offendum is here Ya Allaaaaah! Nobody can upend him! Do I Offendum with my voice? Offendum with my lyrics? Offendum with my style? Offendum with my spirit? Offendum with my eloquence Offendum with my elegance Offendum with my sentiments Offendum with my merit Oh my God! Omar Offendum is here Oh my God! Watch out here comes Offendum! Oh my God! Omar Offendum is here Ya Allaaaaah Nobody can upend him! My bad ... Did I step on your feet? — well I suppose This wasn’t the day for open toes I’m told I’ve the kinda look in my eye That can leave a soul exposed Wish I could see it for myself But alas How am I supposed to know? You prefer my old sh*t? Well I ask — How am I supposed to grow? Let it go. Shout outs to Joey though More dynamic of a Shami duo Nobody is ever really going to know Boy no no — LA! We flyin high Your place is so below zero Hasheesh (Grass) don’t grow So we won’t go I leave a stage in better shape Than I received it tho My people know Omar Offendum is Here.
5.
Yo Yo 03:23
Ya Awlad M7areb Shiddoo Al2awaleb I don’t call them fans Nah ... That’s my 7abayeb (Loved Ones) Pray for the departed Long as Allah’s lauded We gonna be alright Let’s get this Sahra (Night Party) Started Now Keep people applauding We gonna be alright Let’s get this Sahra Started Now Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! I’m in my zone I’m in my light I am not black I am not white My heart leans left But always right Stay poised Make noise Alright alright Alright alright Kil shee tamam All light — all night Tamam tamam tamam tamam Shoo? Shami Khayyo Sha7atta Flow (Sha7atta means Flip-Flop in Syrian colloquial Arabic) Labis Maillot (Wearing a Swimsuit) Allah 7ayyo Allah 7ayyo Yeah ya3ni eh La Ya3ni No Lak shoe sabbat Sha7atta flow Pray for the departed Long as Allah’s lauded We gonna be alright Let’s get this Sahra Started Now Keep people applauding We gonna be alright Let’s get this Sahra Started Now Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Sometimes I fly Sometimes I float If I’m bogged down I don’t lose hope Just keep on smiling Keep on wildin Cali vibes That’s how we cope Cope ... Cope ... Cope. Palm trees & fresh Aleppo soap Soap ... Soap. Tamam tamam tamam tamam Shoo? Shami Khayyo Sha7atta Flow Labis Maillot Allah 7ayyo Allah 7ayyo Yeah ya3ni eh La Ya3ni No Lak shoe sabbat Sha7atta flow Pray for the departed Long as Allah’s lauded We gonna be alright Let’s get this Sahra Started Now Keep people applauding We gonna be alright Let’s get this Sahra Started Now Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Ya Awlad M7areb ... Yo-Yo! Shiddoo Al2awaleb ... Yo-Yo! Are you American? Shoo? Not only that! Soori not sorry Baby No need to worry baby Are you American? Shoo? Not only that! Soori not sorry Baby No need to worry Baby “Baba Raye7 3a Mexico...” (Daddy is going to Mexico)
6.
Find me — Find me — Find me In Los Shamgeles — Californi’A Find me — Find me — Find me In Los Shamgeles — Californi’A Feek itla2eene (You can find me) bi madinat al-malaikeh (In the City of Angels) Pacific Syriano Khayyo la Hermano (Brother to Brother) That’s a Left Coast “Shamreeki” امريكا كلها غربة بس مو غريبة شلون كل ما قربنا غلى غربها القرابة زادت أكتر لهون؟ كاليفورنيا... اكلها وصوتها شكلها وكونها اكتر من لون قزحية صحراء ونخل بحر ورمل جبال وتلال وأمل خبز وحشيش وقمر شوماهي يلي فكر فيها شوي لقى جمال الحاج علي آخر فصل قصة أموية Translation: America is a strange place (important to note that strange / stranger & west / western have the same root word in the Arabic language) But isn’t it strange how The further West we go, The closer we feel? California. Her food, Her Voice, Her Appearance A colorful Spectrum ... Deserts & Palm Trees Beaches & Sands Mountains, Hills, & High Hopes Bread, Grass & Moonlight (Nizar Qabbani poem reference) Whatever it may be ... It’s 100. Whomever thinks deeply enough about it May realize the camel trek of al-Hajj Ali Was perhaps the final chapter in an Umayyad saga. (Hi Jolly — camel trekker who discovered Route 66 during the US Army's experiment with the U.S. Camel Corps c. 1856) Find me — Find me — Find me In Los Shamgeles — Californi’A Find me — Find me — Find me In Los Shamgeles — Californi’A Feek itla2eene (You can find me) bi madinat al-malaikeh (In the City of Angels) Pacific Syriano Khayyo la Hermano (Brother to Brother) That’s a Left Coast “Shamreeki” Verse 2 by Niko Is: Champagne for my real friends Real pain for my Sham friends Got perdido in Los Angeles Tan prince Silk camisa Lebanon prints Passion in the pan you hear the lamb minced ... fssss Meditated by the moon in the desert & did a sand rinse The bands visit to Milano Pacific Syriano Understanding body language turns strangers to Hermanos Colonizers — dangerous Americanos Who went & burnt down mosques just to put up a McDonald’s Vamo chamo Tamo mostrando que lós Humanos Tan tocando en los Pianos como un Piano (“Let’s go my brother we’re showing that the humans are playing with the Plans like keys on a Piano”) Seismic vibration Violent migration But the show must go on Like Live Nation What’s bad wine to great wine? What’s grapevine to a dry raisin? In LA them red eyes are sky gazing Mirame! Find me — Find me — Find me In Los Shamgeles — Californi’A Find me — Find me — Find me In Los Shamgeles — Californi’A Feek itla2eene (You can find me) bi madinat al-malaikeh (In the City of Angels) Pacific Syriano Khayyo la Hermano (Brother to Brother) That’s a Left Coast “Shamreeki” Verse 3 by Offendum (using “L.A.” alliteration) Lost And Left Alone Little About Lei Arabs Leaves A Lad Amused Luxuries Assumed Lavishly Adorned Limited Appearances Living Amidst Lands Annexed Listening Adherents Led Arbitrarily Laws Authoritarian Losing Always Loving Allah's Library. Agrarians Levied Against Lethal Armies Liberating Assyrians Lyrically At Least Amongst Levantines, Africans Legendary Affluence Lashing At Legalized Apartheid Laughing At Liars Acting Like Apes Lying About Living Arrangements Lounging At Lakes All Linguistic Ability Lacking ... A Long Awaited Lambasting, Alas, Lackadaisical Assassins Love Acting Lame Appropriations Loose Associations Left Asking Let Art Lead Adam. Find me — Find me — Find me!
7.
I was lost in Translation When she asked for a dance Said she was from America Might as well have been France We tried to do the dabkeh Couldn’t hit the right stance We tried to do the tango Didn’t have the right pants Too droopy My head too loopy She had me in a trance Unimpressed though by my parlance Foxtrotted off Thought I had no chance No attempting redemption Alas I stand... Corrected? Scribbling digits up on a napkin Passing it to me Saying yo let’s make this happen again She thought my dance moves just needed some practicing Plus she had heard Damascus was full of passionate men I’m like — yep that’s true! None more than I Naturalized citizen Not some foreign guy What I lack in experience I make up for in cologña Where you going ya 2amarrr (Moon) Wayn? (Where) I’d love to join ya Not Patagonia ... too cold Not Macedonia ... too old Lets move to California To Southern California Not Bora Bora ... too far Not Tora Bora ... too hard Lets move to California To Southern California 3am bit 2illo “Come ... Come wiz me, Come.” x 2 Huwweh bil3arabi ma bya3rif thilth al-3ashara kam! eh ma ba3ref Huwweh bil3arabi ma bya3rif thilth al-3ashara kam! lak shu bi 3arrifnee 3arabi Mamas be Like “It isn’t gonna last” 3arabi Mamas be Like “You’re moving too fast” 3arabi Mamas be Like “Are you really trying to be with her?” 3arabi Mamas be Like ”What exactly do you see in her?” I see my whole future Spouse, couple of mixed kids Hillside house, palm trees, & a big staircase That can take me way up to my happy place Damascene domesticated California caliphate / Call of Fate. What. Not Patagonia ... too cold Not Macedonia ... too old Lets move to California To Southern California Not Bora Bora ... too far Not Tora Bora ... too hard Lets move to California To Southern California 3am bit 2illo “Come ... Come wiz me, Come.” x 2 Huwweh bil3arabi ma bya3rif thilth al-3ashara kam! eh ma ba3ref Huwweh bil3arabi ma bya3rif thilth al-3ashara kam! lak shu bi 3arrifnee * Translation / Explanation of Chorus: She’s telling him to Come “Come with me, Come.” (كم / “Kam” means “How Much?” in Arabic) But he doesn’t even know how much 1/3 of 10 is! I don’t know! He doesn’t even know how much 1/3 of 10 is! Well how am I supposed to know!? — Los Angeloose (Hidden Track) * A Poetic recitation of Elia Abu Madi’s Arabic poem “Los Angeles”, written in 1948 upon his first & only visit to Southern California for a party in his honor — hosted by the local Syrian / Lebanese community ... Performed by Omar Offendum, featuring Guitar + Organ accompaniment by Ronnie Malley. أنا لست في دنيا الخيال ولا الكرى ... و كأنّني فيها لروعة ما أرى ياقوم هل هذي حقائق أم رؤى ... وأنا؟ أصاح أم شربت مخدرا؟ لا تعجبوا من دهشتي وتحّيري ... وتعجبواإن لم أكن متحيرا كيف التفت رأيت آية شاعر ... لبق تعّمد أن يجيد ليبهرا مسحت بإصبعها الحياة جفونه ... فرأى المحاسن، فانتقى وتخيرا ما ”لوس انجلوس“ سوى أنشودة ... الله غنّاها فجن لها الورى
8.
According to the AbdelKadir manuscript Sheikh Omar was the very first man who sipped This aromatic brown brew When he was exiled from Mocha Sent to a desert cave out near Ousab With little hope of ever returning A bedouin yearning This Yemeni learning That with nothing to quell his hunger His empty stomach forever churning He'd better be resourceful So he resorted to eating the beans Of nearby shrubs & ne'er remorseful But they were just too bitter to force through So he chose to roast the morsels And when that made them way too hard He softened them in hot water Thats when something caught him off guard The resulting liquid left him feeling Rejuvenated & jubilated! Almost forgetting the fact that he'd been excommunicated And when word had finally gotten round Of this magic mountain medicine That cured the sick & gave a kick They called him back for questioning He said "in every habitat you're at You have to find the lessons Me? I made this drink to think Plus it's an appetite suppressant I call it “Qahwa” It went from Qahwa to Kahve Caffe to Coffee From an Ethiopian cherry To one of the most traded commodities In the world after oil ... and in a world long before it It's what Muslims were known for So of course they tried to ban it Till Pope Clement VIII felt He could no longer ignore it Said it wasn't so satanic after all & had them pour it for him Then import it... Fast forward to today Where the importance Of a pour-over in Northeast LA Can simply not be over stated And while the hippest hipsters Have a casual debate About which spots are overrated I just try to keep it civil And highly caffeinated Engaging in the sort of conversation That keeps me fascinated About these little brown beans Traveling streets of immense silk From the Far East to the Wild West Laced with Sweetened Condensed Milk Maintaining their robustness No matter how far you send them like SinSyrianly Yours, Omar Offendum
9.
Wayno 03:48
Real brothers greet each other With a kiss on the cheek Ain’t got a problem handholding Shooting sh*t in the street Manhood secure — never skipping a beat Only stopping for roses Pick 'em & breathe in Burning bushes of Moses Life’s too short to ever listen to posers Truest of friends know this & take notice The fake dudes we ain’t close with Just stay focused They are hopeless! When the ego grow big like my nose is Gotta take a step back & control this Squash beef — Show love — Seek closures Otherwise over time it exposes Weakness like you wouldn’t believe Stress lodged in the chest Covert / Covid disease Best just let it be Ill recognize ill No pretending Offendum & friends Yousef & Yassin Where he at — where he at? Lak waynooo? This is between me & him Where he at — where he at? Lak waynooo? Y’all seen / Yassin my friend? (Narcy verse) Offendum khouya (my brother) Hollywood Don. Anee Kullish Za3lan (I’m very sad) I shoulda got you all in check like Woo Hah! But I didn’t Couldn’t visit Had visions Wuhan! First off Anee ju3an (I’m hungry) I need a plate of Timmin Bagilla (Rice & Fava Beans, as it is referred to in Iraq) See I slice the verse with the knife I cut the deal with I got life to deal with... (Offendum) Yeah yeah layk (look) I’ma let you finish But not until you have another hit of my Spinach Pie — my eye — 3eini Isn’t it delicious? (Narcy) I guess brotherhood ain’t a meal ticket It’s a real ticket To heal together Break bread once that’s a meal forever Keep it real forever (Offendum) Eh Lak Takreem il-Dhayf (Arab Hospitality!) Your commands are my wishes But I’ll smack that hand if you try to do the dishes... Where he at — where he at? Lak waynooo? This is between me & him Where he at — where he at? Lak waynooo? Y’all seen / Yassin my friend? (Offendum) We know We’re the best things To come out of the Fertile Crescent Since the grains that were pressed in sliced bread & then blessed With a sesame dressing (Narcy) Next best thing is testing & resting We know the free flows will feed folk Be broke but bespoke you’re beef roast (Offendum) No need for impressing Your presence a blessing (Narcy) Hey can we eat already man? Enough verses. (Offendum) Where he at — where he at? Lak waynooo? This is between me & him Where he at — where he at? Lak waynooo? Y’all seen / Yassin my friend? Follow me — Follow me! Damascene Dragoman Take my hand & let’s roll Follow me — Follow me — Follow me! Los Shamgeles is paved with gold Follow me — Follow me Damascene Dragoman Take my hand & let’s roll Follow me Follow me Follow me Los Shamgeles is paved with gold Or so I'm told ...
10.
Yamo 03:24
Nine long months you effortlessly carried me Took care of me in every way — you were there for me When fame & fortune didn’t really fare too well for me You reminded me what mattered most was in my heart & in my soul In my head I’m in control I got this 'cause you got me from day 1 You never let me down Or let me go No nincompoop No imbecile Sensationalist Twitter troll Could get to me Not being offended has been my specialty Nobody effing with this pedigree A soldier of composure The example that you’ve shown to me Has only grown in scope as you grow older A glory of a sight to be beholding Allahi 6awwil 3umrek Te Amo Yamo Yamo I know your love’s simply immeasurable For you I’d buy the world, for you I’d let it go Something tells me I’ll never really get it though How much you’ve sacrificed Its just incredible Yamooo ... Yamooo Ya sit il7abayeb Yamo Yamooo ... Yamooo Ya sit il7anayen Yamo Shami men Been bombarded & scarred Guarded & hardened Still ... our tongues aren’t barbed No we talk sweet Make the heart weep Soft speech — but the bark reach. Speaking it simple yet the thoughts deep Working hard so we aren’t cheap Sparking heat — Grilling, chilling, Eating charred leaf Leaving a portion aside to feed the hungry Bonded from the start By true love for our moms in every heartbeat Yamo I know your love’s simply immeasurable For you I’d buy the world, for you I’d let it go Something tells me I’ll never really get it though How much you’ve sacrificed christ its just incredible Yamooo ... Yamooo Ya sit il7abayeb Yamo Yamooo ... Yamooo Ya sit il7anayen Yamo *Yamo is the first & last thing I say on this album.

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released September 14, 2020

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Omar Offendum Los Angeles, California

Omar Offendum is a rapper / poet based in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he has been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018 / 2019. ... more

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