Romans 5​:​8

by Figueroa & Spence Mills

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This is a collaboration album I did with Ohio producer Spence Mills. The entire album was recorded at Shoebox Collective by T. Blackwell, who also did the art for the front and back covers. Special thanks to Josh McNeil and Wes Carmichael alongside the rest of the Shoebox crew for the support and help with getting this done.


released May 8, 2013

Produced by: Spence Mills
Recorded by: Tanner Blackwell
Written by: Figueroa




Figueroa San Diego, California

Figueroa is an up and coming Hip-Hop artist from America's finest city: San Diego, California.

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Track Name: Wind

I was 14 years old when I first picked up the mic
When I first grabbed the pad and wrote down some lines
Started out bad, some mediocre rhymes,
But now it's taking over all of my time
Who would've thought I'd be goin' down this path in life
I don't know but it just feels so right
When I'm on that stage and I feel those lights
It makes me happy, if even just or one night
When I feel that bass bumpin', I feel that in my heart
To think, this is all just the start
Damn, I have come so far
To think, this is all just the start!

When I was 13 I never thought this is what I'd be doing
But a year later found the pieces, had to find the glue and
Now I got it so I'm slowly piecing things together
Me and music are like Wu-Tang and Wu-Tang is forever
I remember spending nights writing rhymes in my room
Only difference is now I write in the day too
And I stay cool in my mind 'cause lord knows I might lose it
So I stay cooped up inside trying to make the right music
But immediately I got off track and started to act stupid
To find hip-hop again I had to get struck by Cupid
Before that I was lost, I had no motivation
Being bout that wild life left me with no motivation
But I met someone, and inside me they lit a spark
That feeling of love reignited my heart
So I got back on my grind, re-upped, and found myself again
But promised I wouldn't end up in another life of sin

And so far, I've tried to keep up with that promise
Please believe me, I'm being completely honest
I'm not a thug, I never said I was, so why you trippin'?
I told you, most of these rappers out here are bullshittin'
All they rappin' is lies and all I do is speak the truth
I found a new church as the inside of a booth
I lose myself in these words but find myself in the beat
Just like thugs were lost in school but found themselves in the street
Everyday I wake up and feel like I hate rap
But at the same time I feel like I gotta save rap
It's like I'm fighting this big battle within me
And I scream so loud but nobody is listening
Always went against the grain, I ain't ever been a yes man
Part of that upper class but I'm still only a freshman
So it's about time all of you check this
Welcome to Romans 5:8. Yeah, we Reckless.
Track Name: Look Alive
Look Alive

Lights hit the stage, everybody screaming
Am I awake or am I dreaming
If I'm dreaming and I die before I wake
Then I pray The Lord my soul to take

[Verse 1]
See when I used to dream, it would be of something practical
But now I dream of something a lot more magical
Cause I'll be damned if I end up behind a desk
Working a 9 to 5 that really don't mean shit
Because music, well it has become my life
Me giving up Hip-Hop is me committing suicide
But I'll ride, until my last breath
Only thing that's separating me and you is death
And I do this for myself, fuck everyone else
Cause y'all just doubted me and put me up on a shelf
But I'll prove you wrong. Oh yes, I will
Mention my name: "oh that boy spits ill"
He got amazing hustle, even more amazing strive
Every time I step on that stage, I gotta look alive
And I'm always workin', I barely ever sleep
Every nights another 16 bars to prove y'all weak


[Verse 2]
Walking down the street, iPod bumpin' through my headphones
In a world of 7 billion, how is it I feel so alone?
Cause I been alienated as this hate piles in
Burnt too many bridges now I'm stuck on a fuckin' island
My life's a Hail Mary, it's either all or nothing
So don't confuse me with a boy who keeps running
Way I see it, this is all I got to give
Why work to make a livin' if we got no time to live?
So I just make music, hopin' to get right
Like Jordan in the key, I'm about to take flight
It sound greedy, but I'm workin' for these 100 G's
Lord catch me if I fall, there's no ground left up under me
Shit, I'm not even sure what's above
But when you reach the top, EVERYBODY show you love
Yet when I picture my death, it don't even seem tragic
So when I'm on the highway, I stare at oncoming traffic


[Verse 3]
My mind races fast, faster than the speed of light
Even when I wanna quit, I know I gotta fight
I gotta fight cause I know this is worth fighting for
If I'mma just give up then what the fuck am I writing for?
What am I living for? Is it worth the fight in me?
This shit went and let the flame inside of me
Thing is, my fire is my pain
No matter how hard it rains, you can't extinguish that flame
So maybe that's what separates me from the rest
Maybe that's why I can't settle for less
And I won't, cause I gotta improve society,
How come when I want the truth, everybody gotta lie to me
I fear sobriety because I fear what I was made to be
But if I'm just myself, that's what y'all afraid to be
So I'mma quote a legend, don't you get mad
"You want a hit? Give me an hour plus a pen and a pad

Track Name: Change You
Change You:

If you knew I was dying, would it change you?
If you knew I was dying, would it change?
If you knew I was dying, would it change you?
If you knew I was dying, would it change?

[Verse 1]
Well what if I said I am
What if I said my life was almost at the end
Well I'd be lying right now but two years ago I wouldn't
I wanted to end it all but I simply couldn't do it
And I'm grateful that I didn't, because look at me now
The introverted sociopath turned his life around
I sound proud, but that's the point, things do change
How you feel five years from now won't be the same as today
So just hold on, look at yourself in the mirror
It's okay to be you, it's okay to shed those tears
You are strong simply because your still alive
Simply because you had the will to live aside wanting to die
And you will strive to do something great
Because people like you give me the most hope today
Those scars don't define you. So put down that blade
Let today be the day that you make a change


[Verse 2]
She said she was fat, ugly, she wanted to die
I said "Don't Listen to the mirror, that bitch is full of lies"
Just listen to your heart 'cause true beauty lies within
Even though we ain't fam I will treat you like my kin
Because we are all one in the same, a fuckin human being
We all bleed the same blood, we all have the same needs
So when you need it most, I will extend a helping hand
My friends come first and I will be there til the end
Answer me this, if you've been wanting to die
If you truly want to end your life and say fuck it all, why?
Because you hate yourself, you hate what you've become
Will if you can tie a knot, it can certainly be undone
It just takes work, and it's a long process
But you can change yourself, I'm being completely honest
Those scars don't define you. So put down that blade
Let today be the day that you make a change

Track Name: Relapse

[Verse 1]
23 months to the damn day
And for a little white cup I poured it all down the drain
Not even sure what was going through my mind
This was my fucked up idea of a good time
Started with a sip, then proceeded to a gulp
16 ounces later I was fucked up and full
Of bullshit excuses. I mean it's not that bad
I'm not an addict, I only drank what I had
I swear I could quit at any fucking time
Oh you think this is gonna fuck with my rhymes?
But I knew I messed up, I had gone through this before
Last time I ended up on a building staring at the floor
And I don't want to end up back there
I'm smiling on the outside but inside I'm so scared
Cause I'm afraid of what I might do to myself
I'm afraid that I might fuck up my mental health

I've been there and I refuse to go again
All I need is my music and my friends
Cause trust me I've been to hell and back
So I'm gonna make it through this relapse

[Verse 2]
Next day I'm laying in bed, shaking, fighting, tweaking
Inside me I got demons and they won't stop screaming
And they're making me visualize going back down that path
And when they look me in the eyes all they can do is laugh
Because they know I am a joke, a pathetic ass person
And every single thought had me feeling worse and
I knew I had to fight but I was afraid to go and do it
I would walk around and in my head think everybody knew it
But they have no idea what the hell I'm going through
There's a difference between me, and who I am with you
There's a big difference between what I don't let you see
And this other person that I try to be
And well, I've gotten pretty good at it
No one would've guessed this was the lifestyle of an addict
But this front, I live with it on the daily
And this is what it feels like to truly be failin'


[Verse 3]
Two days later, still can't look anyone in the eye
Right now I feel like I could just die
I let myself down and everyone around me
And how I still kept it under wraps seems so astounding
My minds racing, not a single thought slows down
All I see is smiling faces, I could scream so loud
But nah, I just keep to myself
Hands straight in my pockets, brain inside hell
But I know what I gotta do and it's not back to that buzz
I refuse to go back to not liking who I was
Cause who i am is someone way stronger than I used to be
And all this bullshit are the things that I used to see
But that ain't me anymore, and it won't be again
All I needed to do was turn to a friend
And I did that, then threw it all on this track
Cause trust me, I've been to hell and back

Track Name: Hope (Feat. Wes Carmichael & News From The Front)

[Verse 1]
I'm tryin' to be that glimmer of hope for these kids
Same ones that are just as fucked up as I is
The ones who constantly contemplate ending their life
Nobody listens to em so I gotta do it, right?
I mean, somebody has to do it right
Hell if I could just save one fuckin' life tonight
Then I could die knowing that I made a real change
Which is the one thing that we lacking in today
So go out there, don't be afraid of who you are
Just like I ain't afraid to pour my heart out in 16 bars
Just be you and don't care what others think
Only one that matters is that person cross the bathroom sink
And that's you, and your beautiful soul
I'm living proof that you can pull yourself up out a hole
I was locked in one, remember life without parole
Well just keep your head up, happiness is the goal

Cuz this a storm but we ain't stuck outside
We fighting to live while we livin' to die
But you can change the world if you try
Just jump, spread ya wings and you will fly
Don't let em beat you up, don't let em push you down
Don't listen to those clowns
Don't let em beat you up, don't let em hold you down
Don't listen to those clowns

[Verse 2]
A friend of mine once told me, don't bury yourself in the hate
Leave that bad shit behind and don't carry it through today
Cause you know the old adage, you only got one life to live
But along with that you only have so much you can give
So uh, just take a big step back
you'll see you're ahead, this a victory lap
And well, you know you got it in you
Against all odds, you gone see this through
And I know we in a fucked up time right now
But it's up to us change this world and I ask how
Well maybe we could start by stop being so full of hate
Hell if we just spread love we'll have such a brighter day
Maybe instead we're being way too wary
Fuck it all, let the gays get married
But when I say shit like that it's too raunchy to see
So I say "Fuck the world and what it wants me to be"

[Bridge x2]
Track Name: Romans 5:8
Romans 5:8

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a War
No one's laughing at God when they're starving or freezing or so very poor
No one's laughing at God when the doctor call's after some routine tests
No one's laughing at God when it's gotten real late, and they're kid's not back from that party yet

[Verse 1]
I see god whenever I look in the mirror
And I know he's right by my side it's never been any clearer
So I wake up every morning, say my grace
And it's weird 'cause I swear, I could feel him touch my face
And I feel him touch my soul with every word that I speak
And I thank him for getting me through this past week
But still people mock him, because they don't believe
Because the thought that there's something greater than them, they can't conceive
But nuh uh, he still loves you
The almighty being who is always right above you
And below you, ready to catch you if you fall
He's always been by my side, even when I lost it all
So that's why I don't see how so many people can doubt him
But when they really need him all of a sudden they're all about him
So I look up to the heavens, know what to do to get me in
I don't need kush, all I need is Corinthians

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a War
No one's laughing at God when they're starving or freezing or so very poor
No one laughs at God when the cops knock on their door and say, "We've got some bad news sir"
No one's laughing at God when there's a famine or fire or flood
But God can be funny

[Verse 2]
I guess his words just missed
In a world of so much bad how is it that God exists
In a world of rape, drugs on the street and homicide
If this God really exists, tell me where does Your God reside?
It's simple, he's right in your heart
And he's been by your side right from the very start
What about the good he does like when a man marries his wife
And they go on to have a child and that child saves a life
You see, there is no good without evil
And there is no salvation if there is no God's people
If it's exodus or genesis it doesn't matter the book
All that matters is you follow his words and you take a look
At what you're doing in your life. Are you happy with yourself
And are you actually worthy of sharing God's wealth
Or did you live it not caring, just living full of sin
Only to find out you were wrong at the very end

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a War
No one's laughing at God in a hospital
No one's laughing at God in a War
No one's laughing at God when they're starving or freezing or so very poor

[Verse 3]
You know, I used to really fear him
But then I took a second to actually get near him
And I found out that fear, it wasn't demanded
But at the same time you shouldn't take him for granted
And you shouldn't spread hatred, that is not Gods word
I really used to doubt him, thought He was absurdy
But after my darkest days there was brightness ahead
It could have been luck or chance but I swear it was what he did
But still people ask me, "what if he doesn't exist
"If this is all a lie, what is the point of this?"
Well what is wrong with what I'm doing? Just loving my fellow man
Regardless of all their sin, regardless of what's the end
See, faith is such a beautiful thing
It's what makes me find the beauty in all my surroundings
Doesn't matter if your Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or Jew
Just look up. It's all the same above you.

No one laughs at God when their airplane starts to uncontrollaby shake
No one's laughing at God when they see the one they love hand in hand with someone else and they hope they're mistaken
No one laughs at God when the cops knock on their door and say, "We've got some bad news sir"
No one's laughing at God when there's a famine or fire or flood
But God can be funny
When told he'll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket or Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious
Ha Ha
Ha Ha
Track Name: Cut Me Off
Cut Me Off

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened
And that we were nothing
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger
And that feels so rough
You didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records
And then change your number
I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used

[Verse 1]
Damn, you ain't even gon' say what
Cut me all off like a military haircut
Unfriended me on Facebook, not answering my calls
Texted her to see what's up, got no response at all
Shit. Maybe I should try MySpace
I wonder what runs through your mind whenever you see my face
I just wanna know what's happening
Just a week ago, you seemed so happy and
I hit your girl up I asked her what was wrong with you
She said "she ain't even wanna talk to you"
So now tell me who's fake
Go and ask around I'm real you ain't
Cause a real person would have confronted the problem
You and real ain't even in the same column
I guess this just something I should brush off
But shit, I feel so damn cut off


[Verse 2]
No sunshine when she's gone, no sunshine when she's gone
Then again, there isn't any sunshine when she's home
I guess I'm just tripping over some bullshit romance
Home is where the heart is and I'm a fuckin' nomad
They say nothing last forever and no we can't be nothing
Cause being nothing is something so there is an end to loving
It's all a fucking contradiction
Like Nancy Reagan cooking crack rocks in the kitchen
But still I'm tripping all over a fucking girl
Didn't think she meant that much but she fucking rocked my world
So now I gotta move on, just fucking walk away
If I lose, I live to fight another day
So I'mma back up, get away, do the right thing
Get back to my friends, re-up, do the spite thing
I shoulda' listened, bros over hoes
Now I'm fucked up and you just somebody that I used to know

Track Name: Ready, Set, Fire
Ready, Set, Fire:

[Verse 1]
You set fire to the rain? Well I set fire to the game
And I set fire to these lames who keep sayin my name
Cuz what's beef? It's when I send that fire down from heaven
Bars comin out my mind faster than a Mac-11
And that Mac-11 drops your body where you stand
It's that same Mac-11 that's burning up my hand
So I throw it on the ground like I did this fuckin mic
Hell I felt like giving up, you don't know what that shits like
So back up off me before I catch a case
I might snap, beat you down, they won't recognize your face
went crazy a while ago, y'all barely realizing now
always wanted to be the best, I'm realizing how
And it starts with me taking you out
Because if time is money I gotta take the best route
And I'll do it by myself, no gun for hire
If this is a race I'm goin "Ready, Set, Fire."

[Verse 2]
And when it rains, it pours
I endured the pain like Tupac Shakur
And I'm just tryna get up, up into the big leagues
Hopin I ain't hit up when they shootin big things
Cause I'm just way too young for a casket
If I'm shot, it'll be like Pac, but way less tragic
ain't made half the impact that I know I can
Call me a marathon man but I ain't ever ran
From any one or anything and you can't front like I did
SD's bad boy and I'm still just a fuckin kid
But I'm more of a man than any of you could be
I'm taking all the shots, that you should be
But really, could any of you blame me?
At the end of the day nobody can say they made me
Been doing this for 4 years, so here is something y'all should know
I passed the 10 thousand hour mark a long time ago
Track Name: Bomb The Industry (Feat. Tony Mazerati, News From The Front & Wes Carmichael)
Bomb The Industry

[Verse 1] (Figueroa)
Take another shot of Henny to the head
Sit the fuck back and listen to these words I said
Or am saying, I can't remember the fuckin tense
Out here tryna make some dollars but I'm not even making sense
Well maybe I should just calm the fuck down
Or maybe I should go and just scream so loud
I mean the people like crazy, look at what Tyler did
So maybe I should switch it all up become a GolfWang kid
Or do what Wu-Tang did and just set the streets ablaze
Or take the Wiz Khalifa route and smoke a bunch of haze
I mean, shit, that's what a label wants
"We'll give you 150 K to mimic what's already been done
"We're gonna switch up your persona to sell as much as possible
"We'll get a writer for you, and doing the vocals is optional"
What the fuck? This isn't art anymore
You've turned a musician into a corporate whore

So fuck the industry, I refuse to sell my soul
I refuse to be a puppet, that was never my goal
See I'll do whatever it takes to get up to the top
But I don't do it for money I do it for hip-hop
So let's bomb the industry and burn it to the ground
Fuck the A&R reps, I only do it for the crowd
Fuck ghostwriters and their worthless platinum plaques
If I speak someone else's words put a knife in my back

[Verse 2] (Tony Mazerati)
Middle finger to the industry
They wanna shoot a leader down like Kennedy
I asked my enemies, "What you gonna say now?"
Motherfucker, the world is my playground
Back in this bitch with the matches to burn down the mansions
Hit you with cannons, show you there ain't no second chances
We causin' vendettas, 'cause starving artists are fed up
Go tell the national guard that the record labels getting ambushed
Sticking to the musician code like velcro
If the Devil tell me sell my soul, it's hell no
What the fuck is the industry?
A laboratory filled with devil worshipers
Scientists, creating hazardous viruses
So what do you suggest a nigga do with all this stress?
Should I walk into a office with an uzi and a tech?
If I started shooting every single suit behind a desk
There wouldn't be nobody left for me to prove that I'm the best
So it's, fuck the industry


[Verse 3] (Figueroa)
Or put a gun up to my head because I vow to only do me
Refuse to be a bitch and let a label screw me
Sure the money's nice, but touching people is better
I'd rather connect with my fans that simply collect cheddar
I'd rather save a couple lives, than drop a couple stacks
I'd rather spit my own rhymes than cut a fat check
Because the whole reason I started doing this was to have fun
And to throw that all away for cash, I am not the one
This was my emotional release, music was my nirvana
It was the only that kept me from being a goner
Because I could have given up, but instead I kept working
Towards a goal that now don't seem like such a sure thing
I mean if I get a gimmick then that would equal sales
Almost signed a contract but then I read the details
Inside it read, by signing this we own your soul
Fuck that. Rather be broke but have creative control

Track Name: Can't Stay Here (Closing Time)
Can't Stay Here

Closing time,
One last call for alcohol, so finish whiskey or beer
Closing time,
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here

[Verse 1]
Man, last night was hella crazy
'Cause I woke up in the fetal position just like a baby
A little hungover, shades on, I can barely see
"Dude you were chasing shots of vodka with Hennessy!!!"
Man be quiet, I'm real sensitive to sound
And I can't stand up without my whole world spinning 'round
And I... Hold up. Where my shoes at?
Nah for real, where the fuck are my shoes at?!?!
"You probably don't remember because you were hella baked
"But you chucked em in a tree and said you'd buy new ones today"
Well I... actually. That sounds like me
But shit, those were brand new Nike's
How fucked up was I? I don't remember shit
And my head is pounding so hard that I might just throw a fit
I reach for that OJ and a bottle of Advil
Man I gotta throw up, we all no how that feels
But maybe, lady, you could come and save me
Because my whole world is seeming a little shakey
And lately, people saying it's wrong right?
Nah, we doing the same shit tonight


[Verse 2]
Brand new party and we at it again
We gettin' fucked up off that juice and gin
We taking body shots off of chicks who's name we don't even know
Shooting beer pong like a Steve Nash freethrow
We just out here showing people how we do it
"You Only Live Once" Fuck that motto, that shit's stupid
'Cause tonight, fuck it, we invincible
Rather be here than at home actin' miserable
So hand me that Patron or that bottle of Jack
'Cause tonight, this is where the party is at
You got beef? We ain't tryna party with that
We droppin' bombs, like we partyin' in Iraq
The gender ratio is one to one
So that mean, everybody gon' be gettin' some
And that mean, everybody gon' be having fun
So this night? Yeah, it was a successful one
Yo, put your bottles in the air
Pour some shit out for the homies that ain't here
Just kick it, go and roll up your blunts
'Cause tonight, we just tryna have us some fun
So yo, put your bottles in the air
Pour some liquor for the fam that ain't here
Just kick it, go and spark up your blunts
'Cause tonight we just tryna have us some fun

Track Name: Watching Me Fall
Watching Me Fall

One time for the haters
Those same motherfuckers say they made us
So they all on the Internet talking shit thinking that what blogs say is gonna change us
One more time for the haters
All you salty motherfuckers; see you later
Got my middle finger up to all y'all
(They're watching me, watching me fall)

[Verse 1]
Yo this is for the haters the salty ass fuck boys
Mini-Cooper going against a Mack Truck boys
The 'bout to catch a heavy stream of bad luck' boys
Sending rounds at they ass, go head bag em up boys
Because none of the shit you say ever phase me
Because you ain't shit, I made me
I already told y'all, I'm fucking crazy
How you gonna bring me down when I already hate me
Yo that's some real life shit
How many of your homies are you actually real wit?
You running round talk about all these girls that let you hit
Word around the street is you got a small dick
And you bout to get a fat lip if you wanna try me
You say you hard but everyone knows that you lie, see
Can you truly confront the person inside thee?
Or is that why you just gonna hate, please advise me


[Verse 2]
This is for the haters who ain't happy with themselves
Since they ain't shit they gotta try and ruin my wealth
But fuck that, I never let a stranger bring me down
You can't come around running your mouth in my town
Because that's the kind of shit that make other shit go off
Fuck around and someone might shoot ya dome off
Then go and toss the body in a ditch
Damn. That's the life of a bitch
And please believe, we don't wanna take the violent route
But if you keep runnin' ya mouth believe yo lights is out
So I suggest you cut it out with the bullshit lies
Do you really want to have to make your mom cry
When she finds out she gotta bury her son
'Cause a pussy got nine lives but you down to ya last one
So back down, maybe hideout in ya house
And keep my fuckin' name out ya muthafuckin' mouth

Track Name: Fate Fell Short
Fate Fell Short

Fate fell short this time, your smiles fade in the summer
Place your hand in mine, I'll leave when I wanna

[Verse 1]
God damn I just feel so great
Walked outside, Cali sun shining on my face
And I know I'm bound to blow, okay?
But right now it's a brand new day
And I'm on brand new shit but I mix it with the old
'Cause even though its hot I gotta keep it cold
Starting to warm up, I made it through the winter
Wasn't the best but I can't make a living being bitter
So I'mma have to keep my head up, the end ain't even near
I say this every time but I know this is my year
Cause I finally realized you gotta earn what you want
Gotta work hard if you really wanna stunt
Chase ya dreams no matter what they say
Don't let anyone or anything get in your way
And if you fall just get back up
Go and get that dough, make that green stack up


[Verse 2]
Fate fell short but karma came through
Look at what being a good person could do
Cause I just went through hell, messed up and relapsed
But now I'm taking great strides got my city on my back
Who is that? The kid that so many people doubted
They talked so much shit when they knew nothing about him
But I don't care anymore I don't let that shit phase me
Cause at the end of the day I'm the only one that can make me
And so I'm trying, slowly headed to the top
If someone is in my way then they body I will drop
'Cause we just tryna come up, and have fun while we do it
To think, this life, well I almost just threw it
But to invoke change, all it takes is one good week
You can go from sitting at home to getting people off their feet
I said to invoke change, all it takes is one good week
Did you not hear me? Get the fuck up off your feet