The Lyrical Assassins Brotherhood Poetry

Been Down

Welcome Back! Welcome Back! The UGL is back with a vengeance! ARE YOU DOWN! How down are you? Peep our host for the week the one and only D-Cipher the Fire Breather showing us how down he is. As you know Ciph is the Editor and Chief of The L.A.B. and one of the original Lyrical Assassins. He sets fiyah to the game with his master of the multi verse, his verses carry many styles. So let show him some love! Show him how down you are for this poetry, this hip hop, this hood that pump through all our veins!!

SO HOW DOWN ARE YOU!!

Black Phoenix
Chief Rocka Numba 1
The Lab Underground

80 responses

  1. blackphoenix75

    FIYAH FIYAH FIYAH!! Yezzir!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    • Thanks BP, I can’t wait for you to drop your piece.

      D-Cipher

      July 14, 2011 at 4:23 am

  2. now that’s what i’m talkin bout. yessir LAB 4-eva!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    • Thanks for ALL your support. You too betta be writing Marsha.

      July 14, 2011 at 4:24 am

  3. Mike

    Yay … i’ve been down since the flu! lol jp

    July 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    • Miiiike the Milkman, I know your down, but what I want to know is, where is your joint?

      Dad

      July 17, 2011 at 5:35 am

  4. Great to see the lab back and ready to kick ass!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:00 am

    • It feels great. It bring a tear to my eye. I love the format here. It reminds me of the old myspace, but with a modern flavor. We have more control over here and our pages are on one site. We ARE The LAB. lol

      Thanks for all your support Frankie.

      David

      July 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  5. Wow…incredilbe flow and wordplay. Great news the lab is back…yall did set the space on fire and I’m sure you’ll do the same here.

    Welcome back you guys.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:08 am

    • Thanks E, I know your mind is formulating as we speak. I just pray they don’t try to change things up one day to compete with FB. lol

      David

      July 14, 2011 at 5:29 am

  6. PC

    Lol u a damn fool! …I love it when u spit like u ain’t got sense!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 6:16 am

    • Damn it’s hot down here—.
      getting me all fired up!!!
      so much freaking talent—
      thanx for the invite — you rocked it dude…

      July 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

      • Thank you soooo much Deb for swinging through. The LAB was designed to push each other in a positive way and a place we can experiment and grow.

        We look forward to seeing you again.

        D

        July 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    • lol, I wouldn’t have sense if you gave me 5 pennies. lol

      Thanks Roxy.

      David

      July 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    • Iol, I wouldn’t have sense even if you gave me 5 pennies.

      Thanks Roxy.

      David

      July 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  7. blackphoenix75

    I’ve been down with hip hop since crack rock hit hood blocks;
    Down before Rodney King got beat by so called good cops
    I’ve been down before gheri curls and wave caps
    And down before bloods and crips , yeah I’m taking it way back
    I got it in before Turbo and Ozone hit the floor
    I was The Scenario trying to get on An Award Tour
    I been flippin hot words before JJ was DYNOMITE!
    And hustling for status before Arnold and Willis was living right
    Never have a Silver Spoon, that on TV with Rick Schroder
    I had to grind in school and work hard to make life’s quota
    Scribing my struggles, the days felt like I was on the run
    Carry a pen in my hand, for me it was deadlier than a gun
    I’ve been up and down, by Allah’s decree and let it be told
    I’ll be down with poetry and the Assassins ‘til my black ass gets old!

    July 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

    • Well, your already old or is that me? lol. Either way, this was a dope flow and the Lyrical Assassins are BACK and ready to kill it. This one brought back memories. Silver Spoons? That’s when Carlton played the black guy, right. lol

      July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      • blackphoenix75

        CTHU!! Yes Sir, That before he made it to Bel Aire!!

        July 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    • loved this right here:)
      Go blackphoenix go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      • blackphoenix75

        Thanks Ms. Fab!! Glad to see you in the house today!!

        July 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    • Poetically Captured

      lmao..only you.. smh.. gota love it

      July 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      • blackphoenix75

        LOL… YOU know Ema!! I got to make it do what it do..lmbo!!

        July 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

    • hamza

      CUZZO DA MAN, UNSUPRIZABLE STRIKES AGAIN

      July 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

  8. I love this all .the theme the new place . i will be back in just a lil while with something .(:

    July 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    • Thanks Mizz Fab, I’ve been Jonesing for the LAB for a good while now. I’m just glad we could do it the way we like it done.

      D

      July 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

  9. I have been down
    By:Mizz Fab

    I have been down
    Like lower then hell
    The devil was helping me
    Write suicide notes
    And my family would still laugh at me
    Kicking me out
    As I sat there playing in traffic
    I have been down
    Broke not a dime in my pocket
    Or a napkin to scribble verses on
    I have been down
    Six feet under
    Begging to be reborn
    Start over
    I have been down so low
    That death looked inviting
    I would kiss it on the lips
    Like Judas
    And betray my existence
    I have been down so low
    I saw friends who said they would be there
    Walk fast in the other direction
    Bumped and bruised by their cold shoulders
    Had my heart ripped out my chest
    I have been so low
    Like worse then depression
    Life smacking you in the face
    Till you become one with the pavement
    Stuck trying to reach for stars
    But scared to death
    Of breaking skin
    I have been so low
    That I didn’t know
    I was above this
    Better then any of my demons
    Fed so much bullshit
    I believed I was low
    I believed I was nothing
    And knew all the years of being brought down
    Torn to shreds and feeling defeated
    Would take years to rebuild
    Yet you have got to start somewhere
    Maybe one day I will free my self from
    This mental asylum
    Reach for the stars
    And my find my way home
    Run out of hell
    And get my fight back
    While never admitting defeat….

    July 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    • This is soooo fcuking dope. “Six feet under/Begging to be reborn and I have been down so low/That death looked inviting” really got me. Wecome back!!!!!

      David

      July 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      HOT DAMN!!!!! YOU SMAHED THIS JOINT MIZ FAB!!

      July 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    • Poetically Captured

      DAMN FAB!…

      July 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    • hamza

      DANM THIS HOT….ENJOYED 4-REAL

      July 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  10. +I Been Down

    I Been Down Like

    A Sad Face Sticker

    But I’m More Eager

    To Sit Rise

    To Man Happyness,

    Yes I Been Down

    For You Since

    Momma Birth You In

    Nineteen Eighty Seven

    Her January Baby Boy

    That Gravity To Family Loyalty

    They Can Do What Ever

    To Grow A Rose In Concrete

    Between Us Nothing

    In This Land Can’t Seperate

    Real Good Brothers

    Ayoo Nova If We Can Die Today

    Nova They Will Know That We

    Always Been Down For Each Other ,

    Wow Uhhhh My Love Crush Band Wagon

    I’m Going To Ride

    That Sweet Mother F*cka

    Until The Wheels

    To My Feelings Fall Off

    I Been Down For Your

    Woman Grounds

    Since The Sweet 90s.

    I’m Trying To Paint

    A Black Blonde Woman Picture

    To My Poetry Friends

    Some See My Blur

    Some See My Clear

    My Romance I Balance

    To The ViVid World

    Is “All About You”

    The Great Tupac Shakur

    I Been Down

    July 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

    • Thanks for coming through Bel!! Yes indeedy, you’ve been down. I dig the contrast and the wordplay in this joint. Way to bring it.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:33 am

    • awesome write ! I loved this

      July 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      HELLZ YEAH BELL!! YOU DID THE THING SHOWING US HOW DOWN YOU REALLY ARE!!

      July 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    • Poetically Captured

      nice Bel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    • hamza

      NOW THIS IS REAL….HEART SHOWING IN THIS

      July 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  11. Yo, D, that shit was crazy hot. Wish I could write like you brother. Will see if I can come up with anything. It’s good to see everyone again…

    July 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

    • I appreciate the love Ryan, I know it’s been awhile, but the blood in your pen has always been circulating. It’s good to see you back.

      David

      July 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  12. dpoetic9

    I been down since the 80’s and the birth of hip hop, before Crack cocaine and automatics hit the block, when brothers rocked african medallions, and battled with their fists – not glocks, before the so called war on drugs and dirty cops, back when we break danced on the corner and sang doo wop, before my brothers started dying and getting locked, before the projects got shitty and hot, and muthafuckas started sucking dick to buy rocks, before corporations became the new slave block, and we depended on each other like we depend on puchin clocks, I was down before “Self Destruction” became the truth, and 50% of our black youths became the proof… DP9

    July 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      OH NO!! THE VETERANS ARE COMING OUT THE WOOD WORKS!! GLAD TO SEE YOU DP9!! You came through dropping bombs!!

      July 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    • Dpoetic9, Thats what I’m talking about. I’ve been missing your ink brother. Thanks for coming through and wrecking it. The gravity of this joint is certainly true and heavy.

      Welcome back

      D

      July 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    • hamza

      KOOL AS ALWAYZ YO….GREAT TO C U

      July 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  13. Yazeed

    Im down like doin’ 5 in the bing/down like the riots of LA/after the beating of Rodney King/im down for the plots and the schemes/trying ta get this come up/but still down for whatever tomorrow bring/been down for the change/who claim rights over dominions/down for the cause/where ppl voice their opinions/down against the government system/down ta lend an ear to our youth/when noone else will listen/im down ta put an end to the hate/but kats who talk wreckless about the LAB/ its probably their biggest mistake!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      Asalaamu Alaykum. I knew you would be dropping hits. Glad to see a hip hop flow from a hip hop pro!! Yezzir! You killing it

      July 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      • Yazeed

        Wa alaikum salaam. I only run with the best.

        July 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    • Y, kicking that knowledge. This is smoking hot. You sure came through on this joint. This is why you and I are down.

      D-Cipher

      July 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      • Yazeed

        On the real D, next time im gonna actually pen something down. Lately all of my flows been freestyles. Straight off top nah mean. I need to write more. Yeah, im being modest. Lol. Shout out to everyone who dropped bars for the LAB. Guess who’s back???

        July 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  14. Poetically Captured

    I’ve been down…..

    I’ve been down, laid, and crushed
    On top of my womb ..pushed
    By dirt facing my seed..hushed
    By death kissing love and love giving into death at the same time
    I’ve been down…
    Since I heard every bone in me shatter from trying to climb
    Outa the agony inside of me
    And up my spine
    But I fell…every…single…time…
    I’ve been down since down
    Was the only ground
    I could hold
    The only ground
    I could fold
    Around me ..when everyone else walked with life above me…
    I’ve been down since the only pen ever made was my mind
    And even then society still tore at me to see inside
    I’ve been wished nameless
    Dreamed to be faceless
    And hated beyond safeness
    But I’ve been through endless nights and days
    I’ve lived an eternity surrounded by pains ways
    Until hope was hoping to be saved
    cuz
    I’ve been down since life gave me back to death and destiny shoved me back in my grave

    July 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    • Thanks what I’m taking about Roxy. That was hot. “I’ve been down since down was the only ground”. That carries so much weight. Kudo’s to you.

      D

      July 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    • hamza

      KOOL FLOW MAMI

      July 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      Hey I’ gonna need you to get off the Damn Ground!!… CTHU!! LOVE IT EMA!! You smashed it once again

      July 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    • Gotdamn girl! Roxy u are the truth.. Hold up, she said:
      “I’ve been down…
      Since I heard every bone in me shatter from trying to climb
      Outa the agony inside of me” Say what?

      July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  15. Zachasaurus Wrecks

    I been down for this shit, will be till the death of me, fam. Keep a pen in my hand because I come from a block where they don’t squeeze in the air, they leave that to Yosemite Sam.
    I been down since before food banks were givin canned chicken and powdered milk. I had to think realer, an ink spiller and the world can drown in what’s spilt. Y’all just stare, your like legwear…yall were pantin now your just kilt. I started to rhyme in 99′ that was before I could afford a room, take her to the woods and pound on a quilt. Haha gave her shorts on my ports and downs on my Tilt. Say I’m old school all you want, cuz, because that’s how I’m built emerged smelling like a rose from a tower of filth
    I been down since 36 chambers, just before DMX was emerging with anger been down since the butt whooping that if you didn’t pretend to cry you’d get it worse with the hanger.
    I just had to drop, testimonial about coming from the roots? Really I had no choice. Oh they swear the were down? Motherfuckers couldn’t get down listening to Rose Royce.
    Love y’all man.
    Peace and love~ ZW~
    PS I just celebrated 6 months clean you guys are awesome. Honored to write with you.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:44 am

    • Thats my boy Zach!!!! Congrats on the C&S. I’ve been down wit you since before you me and BP, dropped one of the first LP joints. It is always an honor to have you rock with us. One love and thanks for the support.

      D-Cipher

      July 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

    • blackphoenix75

      CONGARTS AND WELCOME BACK!! Zacj missed ya man!! love seen your powerful flow on this page!!

      July 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

  16. If you didn’t know me before
    I bet you’ll know me now
    And..
    You can trust and believe
    In every degree I’ve been down
    So..
    Never mind all those things
    Turning my smile into a frown
    Because..
    Five bullets later
    I’m still around and still down
    Now..
    Tell me who’ll be down for me
    As I picture the possibilities
    But..
    Please don’t limit me
    On the strength of hustle ability
    Just..
    Visualize my symmetry
    While..
    Some may fake it to make it
    But..
    Authenticity is rare
    So..
    I dare not waste it
    I just..
    Faced it and embraced it
    To show you how its done
    Because..
    If we living in the Matrix
    Then I gotta be the one
    Like..
    A lyrical stun gun
    I shock..
    As I politic
    I’m nautical
    Wit these chronicles
    Deep..
    As the deep abyss
    Plus..
    I’m real
    As the real gets
    As I spit
    These intrusive truths
    And..
    I meditate on the mayhem
    Like..
    A modern day guru
    But I been this way
    But who knew
    Cause..
    I’m far from the usual
    Blacke Rose is som’em crucial
    To supplement what your use to
    So..
    It ain’t no mistaken who
    Scribbles scribe
    Some what profound
    But..
    That ain’t nothing new
    Like I told you
    I’ve been down

    Savvy My Gravity

    July 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

    • This was extra dope. “Because.. If we living in the Matrix/ Then I gotta be the one” That right there is fire and genius rolled up into one. Thanks for coming out and showing out Black Rose.

      D-Cipher

      July 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

    • hamza

      YO I FEEL THIS WIT BOTH HANDS

      July 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      Black Rose.. I love this flow.. I was grooving of this all the way through

      July 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

  17. Underground Spitta
    By D-Cipher

    Damn, this underground got me charged up
    So I’m leaving catz, burned and charred up
    Unable to decode my cipher, so they’re hard up
    And I’m breaking flows and blowing bars up
    Haters keep looking up, cause they star struck
    So I keep sipping them up like Starbucks
    Picking them up, [fold] because your cards suck
    I’ll keep them racing until their hearts bust
    Scatter, scram, but if you stay, keep your guard up
    See, I’m a badder man, especially when you discard luck
    These are real skills that got you sweating like a jar stuck
    And I’m the real deal, blowing up, leaving scars cut
    I’ve always been the unknown type, an underground spitta
    An unsigned hype, that’s so down to rip ya
    Shining in the dark, like I drowned in glitter
    Just a walk in the park, watch my crown flicker
    I’ve been down trying to go up, but I don’t mean to sound bitter
    Because I can roll up, hold up, and hit the ground quicker
    But I stay so deep, and watch haters get swallow downed like liquor
    See, I’m a hustler that never sleep with a profound mixture
    I’m aggravating adjectives, because my nouns are bigger
    Sticking around in the underground, I been down like a grave digger

    July 17, 2011 at 6:18 am

    • blackphoenix75

      ok, Ciph!! Heat it up!! Burn baby burn!

      July 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

      • We don’t need no water, let the muthafcuka burn. lol

        Thanks BP.

        D

        July 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    • New.Ark.Oracle

      so sweet as eye consume this piece
      nice aint the word for it, as eye hit repeat
      thoughts on overload recoil boomerang slings
      str8 jabbing notes unadulterated hard swings
      pushing back my wig as eye lean in
      reread that line one more time as it spins
      collide with the scope its pure dope!! peace

      July 28, 2011 at 3:29 am

  18. hamza

    danm i never been here…i need an invite…..great work here.

    July 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    • I’ve been inviting you. I sent you a message on FB. Now you found us, lets get to writing.

      D

      July 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  19. I’ve Been Down
    By David Cardenas

    I’ve been down with her since our eyes first crossed
    She kissed me on my forehead and shook the hurt off
    We’ve been down through dark days and hard times
    And when I felt numb, I felt her heart shine
    I’m down for her, because she understands me
    She holds me tight with what ever life hands me
    For better or worst, through the good times and bad
    We stick together when the world grinds and takes its stabs
    Watching our children grow, we pray for them as one
    Laughing as we go, playing with them in the sun
    See we’ll be down even when we come up
    When our money isn’t funny, and we’re finally one up
    When we’re old and gray and have nothing to say
    Sitting side by side outside just enjoying the day
    Laughing at our struggles, reflecting on our life
    Looking at old picture as the day turns to night
    Make our way to our bed and count our blessing
    Thank God for His love and grace and all the dressing
    As we drift into a perfect slumber, we hold hands
    I say, “You’re my old lady”, she says, “You’re my old man”
    Then we laugh and quietly fade into our dreams
    David the King and Raheema my beautiful Queen…

    July 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    • hamza

      LOL…YEAH MAN. KOOL WORK MAKE’M HURT

      July 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      • Appreciate it brother. Got to rep my queen.

        D

        July 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

    • Aw man I love that D.. beautiful expression!

      July 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      • Thank you Rachel. I like to change it up every now and then.

        David

        July 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  20. hamza

    ~ BEEN DOWN ~
    I’VE BEEN DOWN SINCE “86”
    HIP-HOP’S IN MY VIENS JUST LIKE A FIX
    GREW UP RHYME’N NOT TURN’N TRICK
    SILLY RABBIT I GOT MO FLAVOR THAN YO TRIX
    SPIT’S REAL SHIT WHEN I KICK SLANG
    ADD A LIL TREBBLE AS DA “808” BANG
    SEX LIKE “ROB BASE” JOY-N-PAIN
    SWAG STUCK ON ME LIKE A SKIN STAIN
    LISTEN’N TO CHRONIC WHILE PUFF’N CHRONIC
    SIPPIN’ JIN-N-JUICE WAS MY FAVORITE TOPIC
    OH SHE JUST A FRIEND I TOLD TIFFANY
    U KNOW MS. PARKER SHE OVER FRIENDLY
    DON’T SHOOT WAIT, I’M HAVE’N A EPIPHANY
    TELL CRAIG G. & ACE LETS MAKE A SYMPHONY
    WHO SHOT YA,……WO, SHE MISSED, I’M ALRIGHT
    JUST ANOTHER THOSE WILD SATURDAY NIGHT
    RAKIM SAYS GO BACK TO THE L.A.B.
    AND FIND A MIC TO GRAB
    MAKE THE LISTENER STEP INTO UR WORLD LIKE “KRS”
    TAKE’M BACK 2 DA BEGIN’N CUZ U BEEN DOWN EVER SINCE
    HAMZA……BITCHES…LOL

    July 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    • Yes yes, ya’ll and we don’t stop. This was Ol School Hot. Thanks for coming through and repping properly.

      D-Cipher

      July 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    • blackphoenix75

      Go get’em cuzzo!! We feel yah heat!!

      July 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

  21. been down within darkness, wherein lies a fear
    been down jet-black onyx drawing oh, so near
    been down while pupils dilate, pulse does race
    been down when heart beats rapidly … a quickening pace
    been down breath held in afraid to exhale
    been down when thoughts move fast yet slow as a snail
    been down as slow-motion drives my legs to a stall
    been down a script repeating, cemented feet fall
    been down upon dirt path full of night-time’s dew
    been down as my only thoughts are to save you …

    (c) marsha 7.17.2011

    July 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

    • This is beautifully refreshing. I love the depth and the back and forth word play. Also the ending done kilt it.

      Wonderfully done, Marsha, the Lyrical Assassin.

      David

      July 18, 2011 at 4:59 am

    • blackphoenix75

      Descriptively dark!! I REALLY LOVE IT Madam Assassin!

      July 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

  22. Whoa! Cipher I am definitely down for that flow! I’m all late and shit, but that was gangsta..

    July 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    • You know how IIIIIII do it. lol. Glad you were feeling it.

      D

      July 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  23. I am so down
    So down that ‘for whatever’ is an understatement
    So down that not even my high blood pressure could raise me up off of this pavement
    of written amazement
    It’s this thing we call POETRY
    Full name Hip Hope
    Nickname… FLOW
    The kinda flow that comes everyday of the month
    Not just three to seven
    The kind that raises hell on earth and still reaches heaven
    I mean I been down
    Been down since I learned calligraphy
    Down ever since ‘hooked on phonics’ worked for me
    So damn down that my imprint in the ground deepened
    After my acquaintance with Mavis Beacon had my fingers creepin’ atop keys
    The written word assured that my voice would never weaken
    No matter how soft estrogen got me speakin’
    I’m down and I been down
    Ever since I got down with 7 dudes on myspace
    And bookmarked my place
    With the tip of my pen
    I been down since the begin
    And I’ma still be down in the end
    Even when Lyric don’t sang no more
    She still gon’ be whispering until being down kills me

    ~Poetic Ray~

    July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    • Damn, I’m down wit that. This one is fiyah. If it kills you, I’ll be buried next to you then. Now that’s down.

      D

      July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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