Tortillas

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Our third album is an eclectic mash-up of styles-- from hip hop to roots reggae; from dancehall to dub; from electronica to raw punk-- start to finish Tortillas is a journey through the underground of California's sonic landscape. This album features original beats produced by IntoCognition and Mikey Cannon (formerly of the B-Side Players), as well as searing vocals from MC Karmic Basis, dancing keys from Ryan Tomizan of the Debonaires and more!

The core of BURNT for the Tortillas sessions consisted of Rob LaPorte (Drums, Percussion), Kathik Suresh (Bass), Joe Ransom (Lead Guitar, Bass) and Danny Franco (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass)

The bulk of the music for Tortillas was recorded at Stems and Seeds Studio B in San Diego. An old store front on 30th Street in North Park, which served as both the living and working space for the band, is featured on the back cover.

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released October 14, 2006

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BURNT music is rebel music: a psychedelic and groovy blend of reggae, ska, punk rock and hip-hop sounds. Building on DIY traditions of many influential punk and reggae bands before us, we manage our own tours & have independently produced 10 albums of original music. At the center of our sound is a call for social and environmental justice for all! Free your mind with BURNT music! ... more

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Track Name: Ride On
let's get one thing straight
there will be no peace
except the one up in my kakhi fleece
i call 'em beats
kill treachourous peeps my pops thirty-thirty
on stand-by
six-million ways to die
i chose to live it up
cause satan follows an army don
ameri-con
pick it up
strong strong strong
like the ink they gonna feel the terror
when i'm sittin' on chrome or vice versa
didn't mean to hurt you but i had to
they bomb saddam or yea
they even bomb sudan
i can't trust a slave driver
they hired the hit-man attacks
killin' commies twisted like oragami
and afghan searchin' for the bad man
pushin' up bag i ride on...

until the earth stops im'a keep on ridin'
until the earth stops im'a keep on ridin'
livin' in love means lifting our voices up
louder, louder, louder, louder, loud-
so do it now.

until the earth stops im'a keep on ridin'
until the earth stops im'a keep on ridin'
livin' in love means lifting our voices up
louder, louder, louder, louder, loud-
so do it now.

yo
keep the bush a-blaze keep and
keep the most high praised in a selassie-i way
fire 'pon the vatican even confederates
illeterate
made 'cause they women want these nigga lips
so maybe it's
power struggle 'cause we all wanna bubble and make dough
but we ain't pickin' cotton no mo'
my fam straight outta mississippi
durnig times of picket lines
see my mother carries a heavy load
she feelin' pimp but she can't brush her shoulders off
for raising six street scholars
trained in the art of a fine southern beat down
making sure her kids stood ground
cause if you didn't fight back you could come home
and get that ass smooth whooped
peace already over-looked
streets already wrote the book
of survival rival
yeah we all wanna bust all-american shells
but can't cool i-ah
so stubborn that i can't give up
loosing sleep 'cause i always got a plan and such
she told me touch the devil with god's heat
dirt jungle concrete
and if i go down it's gonna be from my feet
i ride...
Track Name: Good Seed
from jamaicia to japan
he spread his seed all accross the land
from the ocean to the sand
he spread his seed all across the land
with his hands with his hands
he spread his seed all across the land
from jamaicia to japan
he spread his seed all across the land

it was his master plan
to spread his seed all across the land
from jamaica to japan
he spread his seed all across the land
from the ocean to the sand
he spread his seed all across the land
with his hands with his hands
he spread his seed all across the land.
Track Name: Feelin'
all i got is this here beat
they say my vocals is unique
still i travel by feet
meek livin' in a tent but keepin' positive works
logical perps and specs while i'm breaking my neck
'cause cold ground was my bed last night
a gold crown on my head last night
killer sound speakers bled last night
we do the works 'till you scream that's tight
whether studio stage or street corners with no amp'd up mics
i fight critics with their love for hate
shit you might feel indifferent still i'm sharing my plate
it's all love like a sexual bait
they keep bitin' at it
creative habbits got me writing words with automatik
let's start the static the krackel the pop the boom back
pockets is inside out until i make 'em clap
you know the burnt crew is outta the norm
smoke a spliff do the works and we movin' on, yo...

sometimes it's no thought just feelin'
let the blood flow let the mind...
relax and gently flow
yes
so calmly as the breeze i know
plant a seed watch it grow
i'm on my spiritual quest and never rest 'till i get my soul
blessed to highest
remain a star
life the trinity is what we are
the sun the moon and stars
fire have fe burn
yes i know
i-tinually them fe learn
i and i
i and i...

sometimes it no thought just feelin'
when i'm moshin' in the pit the crowd surfin' hit the celing
and i strive to bring the blazin' irie vibe that's so appealing
so let the music touch your soul because you know it's healing
we are an army and so far we're hardly armed with armor
so we're gonna start another march in front of wal-mart
cause we're starving
for equal rights and justice
so i must bust these rusty cuffs
'cause the shackles in my mind only keepin' me behind
from reachin' up into the most heights devine
if i open up my spirit
and let you suckas hear it
nothing is the way that it appears so fuck appearance
that's the reason why i try to use my rhyme to fight ignorace
so sit your ass up in the back and let the fearless steer shit
as we approach the coast on the horizon shine
i and i most high, seen.
Track Name: Cannonballz
now don't panic don't panic but we're under attack
there's this crazy middle-eastern man
but i got your back
just give me all of your money
so that i can attack
it'll be easy see my homie
he owns this weapons company
i'll do it 'cause it's fun to me
you go back to your nine-to-five
and let me deal with these terrorist punks
by using terror
they'll never see it comming
i'm sure they're fuckin' running
one thing i need your son to hold the gun.

sometimes there's no thought just feelin'
a tip to the dome and your thought are free-wheelin'
fall up to the floor straight down from the celing
like a light from another galaxy to believe in
oh, you can't take it anymore
count your fingers and your toes but ya can't keep score
now massage your temples but it's your neck that's sore
from the bass layin' waste commin' up through the floor.
Track Name: Fish Outta Water
hey up under the reggae sun
the party had only begun
and i'm already gone
'cause nothing matters when you're punk.

hey across the reggae land
we're marching with only one demand
all equality,
give the earth back to the people seen.

harder
i feel like a fish outta water

hey up under the reggae skies
i and i would never try-
try to live that way
it's all inside of me
rightous livity.

hey up under the reggae moon
third-world justice overdue
judgement comming soon,
judgement comming soon.

harder
i feel like a fish outta water.
Track Name: Low Tied
tiny weatherd craft
beaten by waves
taking on water with each passing day
blistered by sun
broke but not done
my soul is my boat
afloat

everything born must die
watch as each and every day sccumb to night
the longest drought does end in flood
to get some life you must risk blood
for every high there is a low
fate will find you wherever you go
i know
i and i know

it's so easy remain complexive
comprehend balance for your own objective
life living well do something respected
i know how you feelin' when shit's depressing
down-pressor boy wanna take your blessings
and all you got is self and your already stressin'
but who jah bless walk in his protection
down with every breat for the holy connection
the irony of it how we love addiction
soft touches borderline heat of friction
raised on skeptics and superstition
but still aiming high to evoke the mission
extension exertion my exposition
giving you cowards life through your darkend vision
afloat 'till you crash like a quake collision
you wake up and rise with a clever decision.
Track Name: Pacified
high is my life
and my foundation
who shall i be afraid of

high is my life
and my foundation
who shall i be afraid of

what we gonna do with this here babylon
we go burn it down
what we gonna do with this here babylon
we go burn it down

all these people gonna die
'cause you won't devide the pie
you hide behind another lie
then you start to wonder why
none of us are satisfied
you can't keep us pacified
you can't keep us pacified
you can't keep us pacified

all these people gonna die
'cause you won't devide the pie
you hide behind another lie
then you start to wonder why
none of us are satisfied
you can't keep us pacified
you can't keep us pacified
you can't keep us pacified

now you can buy a nice life with credit
and be forever indebted to the system
freedom? forget it
your government's killin' innocent lives
why would you let it?
that's right i said it
you blame it on the beast but you fed it
and now regret it?
worry about the way the world is headed
and you fed up 'cause you got no cheddar
for super-unleaded just forget it
fuck it grow your hair out and dread it
'cause these walls of oppression only rise when we let 'em
so what we gonna do with this here babylon
we go burn it down
no pyromaniac no fucking around
burnt to the ground
this the new rebelious sound up in your town
and the zion lion's wearin the crown
so fuck your authority
wish the president could see me
with my middle finger up i point it at him on the t.v.
screaming evil
bush senior's saga sucks so we made a sequel?
pulled more stunts than evil kenevil to win the people
and we still got religious wars you'd think we was midevil
peaceful people in prison now 'cause ganja is illegal
but the freedom isn't out of our reach
i'm into cognition hope you listen when i speak or...
Track Name: Sorry Mom
here's my heart on a silver platter
here's my heart- the heart of the matter
it's all drying up why should i
all drying up why should i
it's all drying up why should i
all drying up why should i

here's my will
my strange desire
it keeps me here
it keeps me higher
aching broken world everyday
this morning i broke
the yoke of my egg
Track Name: Beer, Limes, Party-times
we're gonna go to the party
we gonna have a nice time
we don't want no trouble
we don't need no fight
we gonna keep on dancing
'till the morning light
don't drop the rhythm
don't lose the vibe.
run go grab your lover
she gonna love you right
the way you shake it shake it
you know this the high life
light up your spliff now
grab your beer with lime
let's get together
it's party time.