Lyrics & Memories: Operation E.
On September 28, 1996 my wife and I was at a house party chillin. There were probably about 400 peeps packed tighly in and around this house down in Chula Vista. When I came to the spot all these cats were freestyling in the backyard by the DJ who was spinning some phat instrumentals. Everything was peace! Instead of everyone on ‘battle’ mode it seemed like the emcee’s were just vibing and enjoying the fact that there was a mic, PA system, and a crowd! Even though there were different crews assembled there everyone was actin cool and united. No one was tryin to showboat and get all crazy. It was really peace.
My wife was pregnant at the time with our second kid. We were both standin over by the sound system. The mic was being passed around and some people were telling me to get a piece of it. All of a sudden a couple of gunshots rang out from the far side of the backyard and the whole crowd started to scatter like a stampede! I was afraid for the life of my girl and the baby inside her, so I pushed her to the ground and layed over her. If bullets were flyin around I wanted them to hit me before they hit her. I was tripped out scared that my wife or the baby would be hurt!
After a few minutes everything cleared up and most of the people had either left or were on the street in front of the house. A fight had started with two gansters in the back and one of them pulled out a glock and started firing. The half funny thing is that all he hit was the other dudes butt cheek! But nevertheless I was pissed off! To be sitting at a party and have so much positivity flyin suddenly interrupted by that drama was wack! To make it worse, I felt like the life of my child and wife were violated as someone acting stupid could have killed them with a stray projectile! I was mad!
So mad that when I got home later that night I sat down and wrote this song from start to finish in less than an hour, which was a first for me. Usually I write a bit. Stop. Come back to it later and finish up when I can. But my emotions were running deep and the end result was Operation E.
I got the name from an old Eek-a-Mouse song called ‘Operation Eradication’ which was about getting rid of violence in the shanty towns. The ironic thing was that this song was my ‘anti gang’ song but it seemed to be the gangtsas favorite jam! I performed it rarely but when I did, some crazy creased Dickie, flannel wearin cat would tell me he liked it.
If you listen real close to the backups in the backround of the song, you can hear Rueben and me talking. I am telling him about the story above. We all thought that was a good effect. It made the song feel more like a conversation. ‘Dirt is telling you that guns are bad in the hands of evil people’.
The track was recorded in the Hollywood sessions and mixed a few times before the final album version.
initiated September 28, 1996
RHYMES COME CLEANIN' OUT THE DUST IN YOUR ATTIC
FOR REAL, SPRAY THEM LIKE AUTOMATIC--WEAPON
OPERATION E. EQUALS GUN DESTRUCTION
ORIGINAL TEXT READER
MAINTAIN POWER LIKE RADIO RECEIVER
I BRING NAILS TO YOUR STACKS OF LUMBER
LIKE PHSYCICS BRING 800-TELEPHONE NUMBERS
INVITATIONS TO ROCK THE PARTY SCENE
BUT WHEN THE INSECTS MOVED IN THE PEACE GREW LEAN
PEOPLE WALKIN' CROOKED LIKE UN-V8-ED
LYRICS BURN UP HOT-EVIL GETS CREMATED
HOODLUMS APPROACH ME BUT THEY DAFFY LIKE DUCKS
TRYIN' TO COME AROUND AND MAKE MY EONS FLUX
PEACE-THAT'S WHAT I GIVE TO YOU
AND IF YOU DON'T GIVE IT BACK I STILL GIVE IT TO YOU
RHYMES AS ASSUALT-CHICK-CHICK-HIT THE ASPHALT
LYRICS HIT THE BODY NOW GRAB THE CHALK
MAP THE TERRAIN
BECAUSE I'M MOVING IN YOUR FRAME-OF MIND
AND NOW YOUR STRUNG UP WITH TWINE
AND WHEN IT BREAKS, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO FALL BACK ON
FAMILIES OF TREACHERY OR HOLY SON
GET MAD-PULL GUN-SHOOT ONE-CROWD RUN
PUT DOWN YOUR METAL AND CHOOSE TRUE WISDOM BECAUSE THOSE LIVING BY THE GUN, DIE BY THE GUN
( Chorus ) 2X'S
GANGSTAS THROW YOUR SIGNS-IMMA DRAW THE LINE
KILLING MY INSIDES ONE MOMENT AT A TIME
GANGSTAS THROW YOUR GUNS AND YOUR GUN BATTLES AWAY
BECAUSE TOMORROW IS NOT A PROMISED DAY
TAKE HEED TO YOUR WEAPONS AND USE THEM
WATER REFLECTS FACE SO HEART REFLECTS MAN (proverb 27:19)
SECRETED ON EARTH BUT SCANDALOUS IN HEAVEN
YOU THINK IT WAS UNSEEN BUT ASK THE BIG MAN
ADHERE TO THE LESSONS OF PROVERBIAL MAN
AND WATCH THE DEVIL GET CRUSHED LIKE FOREHEAD TO CAN
YOU WANNA BATTLE, WELL BRING IT ON MY FRIEND
I BRING MY BRAIN YOU BRING YOURS BUT THERE'S NO EQUIPMENT
ALWAYS YELLIN',"KEEP IT A HUNDRED PERCENT!"
BUT THEN YOU BUY DRUGS AND GOLD BEFORE YOU PAY RENT
WELL GUESS WHAT, NOW YOUR STUCK IN THE CEMENT
CAME HARD LIKE TITANIUM BUT YOU STILL GET BENT
AND FOR YOU GUYS OUT THERE THAT SAY THAT YOU KNOW ME
GET TO KNOW ME, BEFORE YOU TELL SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW ME
GUNSLINGAS PLAY THAT HARDCORE GAME
SEEKING HOW MANY BULLETS CAN A BODY MAINTAIN
THEY'RE ATTACKING OUR CHILDREN
AND YET WE CLOSE OUR EYES AND ACT LIKE WE DON'T SEE THEM
WELL IF THOUGHT IS THE ROOT TO ACTION
I THINK I'LL THINK ABOUT THEIR DESTRUCTION
AND ACT UPON IT
WITH IMMEDIATE APPLICATION
AND STOP THE INTIMIDATION
YOU CAN STRIKE MY BODY BUT MY SPIRIT FLIES FREE
THEN I BLUNT YOUR REALITY LIKE REFUGEE
ROCKIN' THE PARTY 400 DEEP
BUT SOME FOOL SHOT A GUN THEN WE ALL HAD TO LEAVE
(out on chorus )
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The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
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