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"...less is no more" is the debut solo LP from Chief. With production from The Ill Mathematical, Adlib Hopkins and Chief. This album represents the early days of The Word Association and the San Marcos music scene, then in its beginning stages.

*Downloads of the digital album include 8 additional tracks. Guest appearances on these tracks include Omari Kamau, Sigma Prime and Evak 1.

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released January 1, 2000

recorded by Jaysin and Chief at Blue Cottage (San Marcos, TX)

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Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice Austin, Texas

Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice
:: mc : dj : producer : artist ::

A wordsmith with the heart of a poet and the head of a broadcast journalist. A DJ who is not afraid to venture outside of the norm. A producer with a different vocabulary of influences, and no fear whatsoever about embracing them. An artist searching for the link between the palette and the pixel. ... more

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Track Name: Listener Supported
last night as i closed my eyes
i visualized a future vast as the skies
i saw myself as a young man with a plan
to spread some truth all across this young land
so with my mic in hand and a head full of thoughts
i ramble on, singing my song
i invite all of you to come along
because my word is bond that i will never steer you wrong
proletarian slash literary veteran
who lives off the labor of his lettering
right here is where hope is possible
you can see it clear with the right kind of opticals
theme music for those who need motivation
basically, we're in the same situation
only difference is when i rock the beat
it determines if i eat or get shoes on my feet
yet we're still out there taking chances
cause we've never been held back by circumstances
strong advances are all that we're making
with a spirit that will never be shaken
a prodigal sun returning to shine bright
where he left you with an absence of light
so take advantage of the momentary clarity
nowadays moments like this are a rarity

these eyes have seen a change coming
it's quite clear it's right now right here
we can all have a hand in this
breathe life in the air so it can exist
and say I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW, c'mon
(I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW)
everybody say I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW, c'mon
(I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW)

a plastic fantastic love bizarre
similar to an outlaw star from afar
it's like a beacon, speaking to the masses
and only getting better and better as time passes
thing that's backwards about the situation is
those that made it only practice stagnation
living life in a fool's paradise
a banquet of beggars who will never think twice about a listener
missing her or him frequently
such potential kept confidential
a song and dance routine will not happen
at any moment The Word Association is ever rapping
a magnetic rose attraction
listener supported cycle of satisfaction
we've come undone to this catalyst
caused by a pen that's given my fingers callouses
yet we still wear battle scars proudly
time has allowed me to live life loudly
so we transmit these divine signals
over instrumentals looking for your mentals

now that we've all hit the same plane
it should be simple for all of us to maintain on that other level
in the infinite beyond
a place that allows us to continue on
here's a quick moment of ascension
where collective has become the main objective
so subject yourself to the rhythm
and allow yourself a slight change of perspective

these eyes have seen a change coming
it's quite clear it's right now right here
we can all have a hand in this
breathe life in the air so it can exist
and say I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW, c'mon
(I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW)
everybody say I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW, c'mon
(I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW)
Track Name: Two Minutes Hate
thieves in the night
thought criminals with a manifesto we recite
shoot a straight line right through the middle
of the riddle of the tangled web that's been weaved
i can't believe like Adlib and Mathematics
our change in speak is that drastic
i thought we were the voice of the street
and all at one time could feel the heartbeat
now these jokers spit lines of deception
like madmen in all our directions
Punisher plus the Multiple Man
with a third eye device for the retinal scan
doors open, we enter undetected
go home and study all the data we collected
lay it down like subliminal tracks
tread for the tires driving home the facts
we could drive it home with one headlight sorta like little Dylan
i've got a feeling
that once it arrives and gets settled in
that will put an end to all of the meddling from the puppetmen
those who wanna pull strings
hope they have surround sound when my blade sings
as it cuts through the wind, severing the wires
moment of silence as playtime expires
...
an opportunity has been presented
and the only smart answer is to exploit the instance
it's one of those key steps in the process
of doing this to the extreme while we've got this
whatever 'this' represents in your case
i can still see the same look on your face as i pass
and it's reached critical mass
then i see the everyday cynical class
in their one-two, one-two of a living
giving pretty much the same effort i'm giving
i guess that's the pendulum thing
the balancing act to keep life in full swing
widescreen type dreams at night
with an ill cinematic orchestrated insight
that fades away whenever the sun rises
to no alarms and no suprises
basically right now i don't sweat it
i make sure the moves i make stay kinetic and constant
cause that's a tight combination
forward advancement for the hip hop nation
we're soldiers holding down the frontlines
or Nick Van Exel whenever it's crunchtime
so without much time we make do
less is no more than a reason to make it through
Track Name: Lone Traveler
lone traveler
not one to play games
has trouble recalling names
only place where he truly belongs
is the two to five minutes that encompass his songs
that's a place where it all just falls in line
where things so distant combine to make
a sound divine
a wrinkle in time
an Orwellian illustration of a thought crime
sublime melody
letting me definitely see the light
the endless night we call our daily life
and things are getting heavy
once again, my friend, there's a dry levy
steady is the path of the righteous
life just gives us enough to ignite us to action
then we extinguish the fire
that we worked so hard for so long to acquire

so i remain a lone traveler
there's a long journey ahead
that's why i remain a lone traveler
getting ready for the journey ahead
i've become a lone traveler
there's a long journey ahead
playing the role of lone traveler
getting ready for the journey ahead

there's an entire world i've seen that's hard to understand
yet it demands our attention
and i mention it because
the world is heartless with the things that it does
i learned that blood matters
i learned that putting your heart on the line
only brings it back shattered
i learned the dream was over way back
so i walk the path of the insomniac
using my naked eye as the leader that i follow
i move right through every hollow opportunity
the ends without the means
and apparently no in-betweens
no space to fill
no place to feel like you're needed
a program in exile soon to be deleted
and running for the sake of existence
living a life spread out over a distance

so i remain a lone traveler
staying miles ahead of the game
playing the role of lone traveler
staying miles ahead of the game
i've become a lone traveler
staying miles ahead of the game
so i remain a lone traveler
staying miles ahead of the game

i see something of myself in everyone
a trait that allows me to be the very one that connects
naturally selects a position
to act as origin for these strange transmissions
way i see it, once those things have a basis
i can reside in all places
play my role as a child of the wind
so that i can maximize every moment that i spend in this madness
where my sadness is trite
and can no longer fuel all the things that i write
maybe that had been the problem all along
maybe i've been going about this all wrong
maybe words should be spoken like silence
shared like the memory of now
time will allow understanding
at the point it seems due
the true meaning of a breakthrough

so i remain a lone traveler
lost in a world of thought
so i remain a lone traveler
lost in a world of thought
so i remain a lone traveler
lost in a world of thought
playing the role of lone traveler
steady lost in a world of thought
Track Name: Memory Banks
here lies an untapped shell
wondering when our good sense will prevail
it's a story that anyone who lives can tell
the last time music compelled them to move something
do something worthwhile to their well-being
feel the need to prove something
look deep in your memory banks
cause the past few years've been nothing but blanks
disposable art has a tragic counterpart
that it's tried to hide from the start of the matter
and what's sadder than sad
is how bad a job they've done in the spotlight
the moment that my eyes lose sight
and i slip into the darkness of the night
with my headphones on tight
many folks i would call my peers never reach my ears
send me a kite with no strings attached
only fate's wings attached
the song the sing is unmatched in conventional terms
and it reconfirms our arrival
better yet our ability to speak the words you can see vividly
viddy well little brother
Word Association's here to represent like no other

survey the eyes of a man
with no idea why he can understand the lay of the land
grounds of confusion
show the secret illusion they're using
cats play the role of Oz wizard
like Jim Morrison manifests king lizard
and it's an all or nothing proposition
hare-brained schemes to keep pole position
logical progression of the sequence
people get offended by the defense
if we have to play the role of showstoppers
then it's automatic to assume we're flow droppers
so watch the hat hit the ground
at the very same moment we've chosen to get down in surround sound
360 degrees
complex thoughts are presented with ease

the more things change and so on
becomes living proof of things to grow on
true-isms, minute made wisdom
simulcast megablast soundwave system
some cats mock the thought pattern
those same people all learn in the end
that once the game became us and them
they simply forgot we're all ordinary men
i remembered that from way back
knowledge that i picked up on the stray track
that's where i came across a pack
that attacks each time that the day turns black
24 hours in a day
and it's still funny how time slips away
so we make the clockwork moves
create words and don't disturb grooves
Track Name: Archetypical
if i spoke like a child
that would make me innocent but still trapped in captivity
therefore i run straight through speed trials
all the while racking up vividly amazing dreams
lost in thought sorta like the way things get lost in translation
hesitation is a big step right towards nothing
not even a simple explanation
positive energy activates the right thing
verbal lightning in a bottle
full throttle lyricism
victim of the moment with no expectations for tomorrow
what motivates me?
same thing that weighs me down to the depths of the soul
it's a passion burning like no other man's
yet it's not something i control

so i'm gonna stop a second
think about it
try to find space in my overcrowded head
for every single word that i've said
is an s-o-s to those who've been misled

we take one giant step towards madness
for each baby step we take towards sanity
can it be that we're easing our pace for pride's sake?
the evil stepson of vanity
slow and steady was the lesson we were taught
but that gameplan won't suit a rat race
we should relearn the lessons we forgot
those are the rules that apply to that place
we should question all things in reason
a change of a season doesn't need our approval
most things work fine in the natural design
and would be efficient with our removal
that includes circumstances of the heart
mind over matter and natural selection
some things just go without question
if you take a hint to life's subtle suggestions

so i'm gonna stop a second
think about it
try to find space in my overcrowded head
for every single word that i've said
is an s-o-s to those who've been misled

i can see your sadness and it's lovely
it radiates right through your tough skin
born within this here foggy lullaby
with intents of empty space it can fill in
one looks like an opportunity
one looks something like a meaningful existence
one looks like a mystery train on an unknown track
traveling a long distance
my plan's always been a clean break from the norm
form with an origin of oddity
just so i can clearly demonstrate how to transform
unchained thought into a commodity
my spotless mind shines eternal
a joy forever
behold it please as these things become one more artifact
that gets stacked into past due memories

so i'm gonna stop a second
think about it
try to find space in my overcrowded head
for every single word that i've said
is an s-o-s to those who've been misled
Track Name: 50 Ways To Leave...
standstill
that's what it seems like we're doing
pretty much whoever could move in with ill intention
a grin sitting on the grill
uniformly keeping it real
where's the spark?
cause it's a dark night
that will come to a close when the folks see the light
might as well get my rocks off now
is a method to madness we cannot allow
do i love you, and if i really love you
does that mean i'm not allowed to place myself above you?
i don't wanna be locked in a box
plus i warned you that my manner was unorthodox
i think it's best now that i go alone
i promise that we'll meet again at the end of it all
i hardly can keep up with myself
so i don't have time to watch somebody else crawl
the is you're such a part of me
that a complete split would be too hard for me
the bottom dropped out the artistry
no place for this man to learn how to fall
so i keep falling in and out of line
with this mad design that resembles a spine
but it lacks support and can't hold the weight
so i'm'a move soon before it gets too late

this is one of many ways
50 ways to be exact
let's leave it at that

if a rolling stone gathers no moss
then a motivated wordsmith can have no boss
no benefits if you just count the costs
like not playing the game and still taking a loss
how can that happen?
how can i justify living life purely based on my rapping?
i can't, and so i don't do it
i remember times when we all stayed fluent in the newspeak
now we're truantly creative
caught up in a line where we don't seem native
but forced to live off it
one side puts in all the work while the other side profits
an army comprised of the phony
follow Johnny-Come-Lately and his one trick pony
to a ceremony full of old tricks of the trade
where we can do nothing more than get played

this is one of many ways
50 ways to be exact
let's leave it at that

motions
why should i go through it?
so many folks just do it
it's become integral to the process
and i think it makes the both of us nauseous
maybe i've been a little too honest with the way that i feel
but keepin' it real is like a full time habit
if i see the opportunity in front of me
why wouldn't i grab it?
i'm through with the cat and mouse game
where i move to you
and you move to the same place i just was
'cause it's like we're going nowhere fast
turns out that your heart of glass is the fragile type
mine is just itching to grow
so hear me before i let go
let no man put asunder our connection
or there can be no correction

this is one of many ways
50 ways to be exact
let's leave it at that
Track Name: The Beautiful Lie
don't you know who you are?
call me the dream operator
headphone zone narrator
caretaker on you journey to the infinite
spittin' only views you can use to your benefit
close your eyes tightly and you'll realize
we might be the unlikely candidates to animate the unliving
getting spirited away
sights set for all those who've gone astray
i imagine looking off into the distance
vividly envisioning the points where i stand
mic in hand
contemplating, debating, deciding
narrowly missing when not colliding with the world of the listener
or at least that's the goal
master of a chaotic control
calculated, a thinking man's poet
reminder of the truth 'cause you already know it

i wish that i could keep it simple
throwaway lyrics over basic instrumental
but i've got a gag reflex
Ludovico technique
a real horrorshow presentation of the flow
i don't know much, but i know we've gotta do it on our own
genius stands alone against the idiot wind
some bend to break in the process
and their translation lost this
call it dumb luck, but we struck a strange chord
and left the evidence of a resonant fragment of sound creation
music that'll seal the deal for the hip-hop nation
handshake followed by and earthquake
the type that those underground sounds can make
we are now qualified to do it all
cause we've done so much with so little for all y'all

like water finds comfort in a river
pens find comfort in the words i deliver
it's the beautiful lie
playing by the rules nowadays is enough to get by
sometimes rules can resemble a sling
so flexible is the state of mind one should bring
the magnetic king
very few individuals truly do their own thing
yet and still some strive to stand out
and strive to find foundation in a handout
playing life like it's already been planned out
means you killed that dream before it ever panned out
that creates a man of constant sorrow
a man whose vision can't stretch past tomorrow
a life that in essence is lived lifeless
visionary leaders won't emerge like this
and i'm quite pissed
tired of it all
countless individuals have issued the call
i issue a reason to stand tall
one who's seen it all sees in the long haul
that we've gotta keep pushing, just keep it moving
tune yourself in to what life's already doing
'cause it's so hard searching for reception
when you're placed in the middle of a grand deception
the present still mocks the goodhearted young man
who is focused on the task at hand
and won't stop 'til it's easy for all to understand that
our self-imposed stress isn't part of the plan
medicine
just let us in your head
let us create where your thoughts have been bred
let us hit you with the simple accidental remedy
that we placed within the instrumental
Track Name: Be Looking Good
i can see the look in your eyes
i don't even think you realize that you're playing
not so much words you're saying
but the context of actions you're displaying
once i was the silent type
then i got caught up in the late night hype
stretched my arms to both sides of the box
thought for a moment then picked the locks
hot rocks oughta be your soundtrack the way you get down
you've been found by the ordinary eye
you can celebrate if it makes you happy
i tend to wait for a moment
proceed, carry on with a poker face every time i walk in the place
popularity and low profile
combinate like a runway model with no style
disasterous
after us is a big nothing
lives all about fronting
destination unknown
and if there's concern there's been none shown

take a look, soak it in
let's let the process begin
if you wanna know where you're going
just take a look at the places you've been
remember, be looking good
always keep that in mind
to assume it's understood only confirms that you're blind

we blinked for a second
that was just about enough time to get thoughts collected
following the clean slate theory
means individuals see things quite clearly
fine lines
intricate designs
each detail and whatever it defines
i was sent here to blow minds
but it's only a dent to folks with no spines
temporary setback
enter a villain, chillin' with a heart jet black
looks like i have a chance to get back where i once belong
the place where i do no wrong
the place one says so long to convention
preps themselves for ascension
just to get a bird's eye view
it's so easy you oughta try too
and while you're at it, change your approach
find one suitable that won't encroach on a cat like me
one likely to lean to the right thing like i was Spike Lee
leave a trace that bears its own presence
obstructs the wind
yet we pretend that it don't mean much
maybe it'll pass in time
what could there be behind the rhyme?
if the words you've spoken stay hollow
why would anything suitable to hear follow?
swallow that little pill
hopefully one that can come expose a raw deal

take a look, soak it in
let's let the process begin
if you wanna know where you're going
just take a look at the places you've been

locked in a gaze
locked into so many different ways that we amaze
in the days, the golden days
when everybody knew what they wanted
some had to flaunt it
showcase it for all to see
that's sorta like a place most choose to be
spotlight on me
later for the rest
now you're just tired at best

take a look, soak it in
let's let the process begin
if you wanna know where you're going
just take a look at the places you've been
remember, be looking good
always keep that in mind
to assume it's understood only confirms that you're blind

and no i don't mind the stare
cause in my mind why would anyone care about the messenger?
costumes aren't important
if you believe what you hear then support it
otherwise just let it be
time'll always run out eventually for all things
a rule without room for exceptions
without need for questions
that just means you missed lessons
missed things that leave life long impressions
couldn't see the forest for the trees
to some degree that means you missed blessings
looks like another one's coming around
a second chance to get down for a hot minute
which lasts a lifetime
scored by the next generation rhyme
Track Name: These Strange Days (featuring Collin Williams)
we fade to black
we fade away to another stray idea on this track
feels like gravitational pulls
where we symbolize wise men dependent on fools
a machine with a faceless smile
versus a warrior with a baseless style
in an ageless fight to impact the spot in the time we've got
using verbal dynamite
detonating the dramatic device
with a newspeak vocab that calls for twice the attention of the norm
but thoughts transform up to par with liquid
in the way they switch form
meanwhile loose lips sink battalions
friendly fire aimed at the average civilian
duck and cover techniques now apply
as these top cats fall ffrom positions on high

now we can all move along to a new phase
away from these strange days

we can let the years be the remedy
of the modern day abstract way we play into these tendencies
temporary satisfaction
that satisfies the now without need for action
the ballad of the thin man's accuser
coming to grips with how these slips can lose ya
time slips away similar
my length is real and only goes so far
so i reach out often
spreading this word like Fallen
answering to a higher calling
driven by an internal force
with an external locale as its main source
influences too vast to list
unless i mask them in the confines of this verse and others
parade it as disposable art
so that from the inside things get torn apart

now we can all move along to a new phase
away from these strange days

the thrill is gone
and it never seemed too much like a thrill for long
yet it passed
a shadow cast onto my whole state of being
one day i'll see what the whole world is seeing
for now, i think it'd be best
if we maintain position right ahead of the rest of the present day poets
share our position with those
who truly can understand how it goes
i suppose that we'd be mistaken
to question how seriously we've been taken
during the years we've searched for our identity
if the entire world remembered me as a child
seems things would be obscured
to a point so drastic they can't be cured
lured into bright lights and big sounds
without the background of how it all goes down

now we can all move along to a new phase
away from these strange days
Track Name: The Quiet Man
playing the wall
outside the jam sitting down writing rhymes in the hall
the quiet man observes all walks of life
because he's in it for the long haul

i promise that i never saw it coming
never been done with a hit the ground running approach
and it felt like home
but in that first moment my mind got blown
frozen, and chosen 'cause we're both faded
yet i still don't hate it
it's a basic process of gratification
the new craze sweeping the nation
this is how we take the old to the new
stretch out the tried and true
i tried it too
and i remember that i got hit so hard i had to sit a few out
and there's been new doubts that occurred
from the moment that we started the word
the web's been tangled so tight
that to get to me it could take a whole night

playing the wall
outside the jam sitting down writing rhymes in the hall
the quiet man observes all walks of life
because he's in it for the long haul

all i could say is slow down
master your art
take my heart with no sound
deep in the eyes lies control
of some of the parts used to make up the whole
i wish that my stoic facade
didn't make our beautiful moment seem odd
but my nature is to hesitate for a quick second
so the moments are reflected
selected under a slight pressure
to be the one who emits truth without measure
as a result, small talk is extinct
i wanna know what you really think about things
because it means so much
now there's a lifeline we can both clutch
common ground
a place to stand tall when it comes time to get down
when it comes time to be found
a face in the crowd your optics allowed to be clear
when the time comes near
and we all find that in our mind there's no fear
so we're back there again
proximity has the heart pulsating like a theramin
now watch it all fade away
make it easy to find words to say
innocence lost in the past
eclipsed by events and the shadows they cast
events that seem to outlast any need to be more than an outcast
so as we exist on the fringes
and view the world in our offbeat tinges
we can mirror images reflected
and be selected to be connected

playing the wall
outside the jam sitting down writing rhymes in the hall
the quiet man observes all walks of life
because he's in it for the long haul