The Second Transgression

by Tunde Olaniran

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Installment two in a series of five EPs, "The Second Transgression" explodes into a dark, hyper-modern yet lo-fi aural landscape Tunde Olaniran has carved out as an artist. Blending dance, electro, hip-hop and rock, the Flint, Michigan native transgresses against the boundaries of pop music. Traveling from the dark club bass of "Kill or Be Killed" to the sinuous avant-pop breakup song "Autonomous," Olaniran’s self-produced EP is the next evolutionary next step in a longer musical narrative that clamors and rocks as hard it pulses and undulates. Flobots frontman Johnny 5, makes a cameo as a guest emcee holding down the introductory track, "2.0."


released December 21, 2012

Produced by B. Olaniran
All vocals/lyrics by B. Olaniran
Except 2.0, additional vocals by Jonny 5
Guitar by J. Bishop, Bass guitar by J. Sneller
Recorded and Mixed at the Soundscape Studio in Royal Oak, MI
Mastered at The Disc by Andy Toth
Album Photography by Timothy Jagielo
Graphic Design by Kingship Creative
copyright Babatunde Olaniran 2012


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Track Name: Autonomous
This doesn't have to be a battle
I'd be glad to call a truce
this war could end if I could
just let go of you
My friends are weary of these landmines
They say this siege has got to end
but I still feel your words
like bullets in my armor
and I haven't got it in me to pretend

That I don't still love you
I don't still care
I won't admit it but in my dreams
you're still there
How could you let me die
I'm here unfulfilled
and from my eyes these tears

And then I read
how you had found somebody new
but does he know how I was
once new to you?
If there was just one,
one thing that I could say
it's that I'm restless
feel like I'm in a cage
but I can say

That I don't still love you
I don't still care
I won't admit it but in my dreams
you're still there
How could you let me die
I'm here unfulfilled
and from my eyes these tears
they are autonomous

Every night I fight a battle with tears
they filled an ocean so a bridge I'll engineer
If I can cross it does that mean that I've been healed
Where can we go from here?

Track Name: Sun Goes Down
You followed every rule but you don't get far
Night is when you move only seen by stars
Colored in the lines but the ink got marred
Violence in your past that you can't get past, but
holding onto shadows only blackens your heart

Don't point over there
it's because you never like what you see in the mirror
You're missing your crown
in the day you're just a man
but when the sun goes down

Fingers in the ground digging up from your grave
Friendly people showing you the pictures you saved, but
you never did that, said you must've been framed
Picking broken glass from the street that they paved
Carving out a new new name in the flesh you was gave

Track Name: Kill or Be Killed
I'm in the bathroom getting ready for work
I don't say a damn word
when you wake up and walk by me down the hallway
I just study my face in the steaming mirror
I hate feeling like this
I really think you much blind
look through me every time
or maybe turn your head
I eat downstairs you eat in bed
but when I get there you play dead
in the dark where I've been led
it's a bullet through my head
I'm dead

Love kills, love kills
You said you wouldn't hurt me but you did
Love kills, love kills
I said I wouldn't hurt you but I did

I can be your Celie
You could be my Mister
next time we can switch up
We'll both need a stitch up
I put my fist up
You can't let your guard down
Look at what we got now: dishes and joint accounts
We're drifting apart
wish we could go back to the start
you argue with me
from this union I could secede, that could be so sweet
both looking for chances to seize
looking for air we can breathe
reaping the crop that we seeded, yeah


That's not love; that's lust
That's not faith; that's trust
That's not dirt; that's dust
That's not blood; that's rust

Track Name: Brown Boy
Trynna figure out who I am, what to be
but it's just not happening
Lights on, look around, check out my surroundings
Steady breaking through until I get understood
Try to stop me, get a splinter 'cause I'm like "I wish they would"
In a barrel they're found
kill each other for the crown
But when I come through your town?
Break it up; I shut it down
It's like, everytime I wanna get a view
they throwing shade
now what's a brown kid to do?
So I put them suckas on blast
And you can tell the man that he can kiss my a**

I'm every single thing you think of me
I'm a sinner, killer, drug dealer, refugee
So keep your jaw locked and I'll keep the peace
They act like they don't wanna but man they know me, 'cause
I'm a Brown Boy

Trynna figure out what to do, what's true
think of any way that I can break through
or what, I can give
be sure I can find it
Left of the center is where I spend my time
I need to brave enough to leave the peace behind
'cause I could be charred up in a barbecue
still come out and not be black enough for you
and then these questions; they can really trip me up
especially when they prove to be real tough, like
"Can I be a man?"
"Can I not love?"
Pledge allegiance to the flag of revelation


What else can I give?
I can't let go
What else can I give?
I won't say no