Heatcheck EP

by Francis Arevalo

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released April 18, 2018

Recorded and mixed by Braeden Rangno
Mastered by Stuart McKillop

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Francis Arevalo Vancouver, British Columbia

Francis Arevalo is a Filipino-Canadian hip-hop artist with roots in the poetry slam community, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He is the founder of the A Night With Friends artist showcase and he collaborates with his creative family The Lions We Are. He released two mixtape in 2017: 'Love & Basketball' in January, and “TLWA” with The Lions We Are in June. ... more

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Track Name: Heatcheck
i’m feeling real good
so i gotta tell you a story
i dropped two mixtapes and my fam was for me
yet my name gets missed,
i don’t wanna make your lists
think i’m in a whole different category
dawg, whether or not you think i’m dopest
i’ll make a living with the homies i was broke with
i’m speaking to heroes, and fearing no equal
and keeping appearance while hearing my people
cuz i could show you what’s good
and i thought i had nobody to be
til i realized nobody is me
so that really means it seems that nobody is you
so find something to do, just know i see something in you
most laughed when i had ‘em hear
my first drafts, can i have ya ears?
now you wonder what happened here?
i did in half a year what most cats won’t have in their whole career
now come on

now he’s that dude that
do that smooth rap on the boom bap
and he use rap to move cats
and now his name all in your group chat
swoop
and when the ask who’s got next
look ‘em in the eye and yell heatcheck
because i look around the whole town
nobody else lookin’ like they got now

be the rapper that you adore
baddest bars, even better with the rapport
mad scores, if ya wonder if i’ll rap more
i feel like steph curry from half court
i won’t say that i told you so
but you should listen to your older bro
imma beat your bets, ya ain’t believe me yet?
they call me keith in the street
see my heat make the people sweat
heatcheck
oh you’re digging me now
why the deepest gotta be underground
cuz the vision is loud, i’m just reverse engineering it now
i bet in 5 years, still tryna figure it out
do i have to say the accolades, the path i paved
the maps i made i laid in raps
like i think the way that chess plays
and when i say heatcheck, dawg i really mean checkmate

now he’s that dude that
do that smooth rap on the boom bap
and he use rap to move cats
and now his name all in your group chat
swoop
and when they ask who’s got next
look ‘em in the eye and yell heatcheck
because i look around the whole town
nobody else lookin’ like they got now

what if i never leave my day job
i mean i'm killing it without having a day off
now imagine what happens after this pays off
do a good job, or else they better lay off
i knew this wouldn’t be a way to the wealth
but i knew it was a way outta hell
ain't no telling dreams will ever come true
i might sleep and i'll never come to,
then at least it was a way to myself
so what’s next
they think i’m cooking with magic
damnit this reality’s happening how i planned it
francis
ain’t a whack millennial rapping
this one has more drive than two millennium falcons
i ain’t even stunting i’m just telling the truth
cuz now everybody’s frontin, while i’m still still in the booth
i can’t stop so tell me what i’m supposed to do
ya boy making more waves than the ocean do
so what’s good?

Funny how we use numbers to measure our worth
i know people buy followers whenever it works
and buy listens, i'm creating with integrity first
i don’t buy it, I’m thinking none of these measurements work
i better i’m sure
taking my time, levelling up
letting these cats lie in the shine, i lay in the sun
one day they gon’ get my name right
get to realizing the genius hiding in plain sight
please

now he’s that dude that
do that smooth rap on the boom bap
and he use rap to move cats
and now his name all in your group chat
swoop
and when the ask who’s got next
look ‘em in the eye and yell heatcheck
because i look around the whole town
nobody else lookin’ like they got now

i gotta put my family on
when the cat got the knack bad crafting a song
clapback whack cats when they slacking and wrong
i grew up with karaoke, so you’re rapping along
y’all sloppy it shows, been watching your shows
no beef but you're looking like the sloppiest joes
--cocky when you rocking, but you’re chicken in flow
i got WSDM in the chops like the barber i go
the farther i go, the further i see
i learned to believe
all the flames that were burning in me
the purpose to be, the best-verse version of Francis
now i’m sparked with the fire that you ain’t matching
my heart never tires, that dude can’t catch him
show my whole hand, and they still can’t catch it
ohh
y’all better get used to this
even the industry’s curious
whenever kuya spits

now he’s that dude that
do that smooth rap on the boom bap
and he use rap to move cats
and now his name all in your group chat
what’s good, swoop
and when the ask who’s got next
look ‘em in the eye and yell heatcheck
because i look around the whole town
nobody else lookin’ like they got now
Track Name: Back At It
ya boy's bringing the bars back
with the force of star wars menacing rocking all black
— where’s your heart at? this that brown brother
under cloud cover at night like yelling out where the stars at
i thought celebrity meant you made it cuz y’all rap, aw man
when i’m on it, i’m honest, comments go aw damn
been building, gon need a hard hat — who you kidding
— i'm literally teaching children this art rap
so fall back
come on dad
tell em that all fam
are killing whatever they chose to go on at
i go on stage with my songs, YET
they sleep on ya man
i leave ‘em in my wake, while waking up the squad, damn
i heard ‘em say they so ahead of the game
dawg, in kindergarten, 4 years ahead of my grade
see, they really had to hold me back
shouldn’t have told me that
who else can say that they make cliches slap, braaaaaaap

ya boy’s back at it
uh uh, ya boy’s back at it
Vancity’s ambassador's rap magic
i’m at-bat and i’m feeling like stat-padding
i burn whacks like candles, with gas in it
craftsmanship carpenter’s can’t match with practicing
expanding trains of thought, rap jim pattison, dawg
ya boy’s back at it

peep the passion, now i’m active with it
cats getting curious
but you know what happens to em
when all of this hits the fan
my hits hit my fans
imma be the last one standing with em
make it happen with us
i’ll make ‘em happy spitting
mark my messages, i move the net like Messier
i’m playing everyday until they’re messing with it
uh, there’s no settling, the rap game’s alien
i can’t find life or intelligence
y’all better check the kid
i have the whole demo rocking my demos, digging the depths of it
ain’t a betting man, but til you find a better man
i strengthen grip
you better tell the kids
no more celebrities, celebrate your relatives
who’s dat in your neighbourhood? ooooh you know my neighbour’s good
won’t try to be relevant, i'm tryna be related to fellow kids
who didn’t know they were meant to spit
truth like a weapon, give ‘em spectacles with spectacles
imagine what 2020 is
we’ve got more to live
and got more to give

i’m back at it
ya boy’s back at it
backwards...
i’m not getting flexing if
you’re just another "male voice" forgetting about checking your “messages"
dawg
i found my “calling", so get to it, y'all
this might be the answer to your questions, so "pick up”- the song
imma keep on spitting til the new school’s ripping me off
and the old school is giving me props
my own school calling me Prof

ya boy’s back at it
uh uh ya boy’s back at it

effortless, i’m pensive with the penmanship
independent repping it, spending sessions to better it
now get with it
trust i'm getting better at not getting competitive
but it gets to me when everything’s getting repetitive
ever forgettable with topics i'm not getting
cuz they rap about things that they’re actually not getting,
y’all tenants with all of this property i see you renting
that vancouver special, i said it was me building
cuz i own it when i’m on it, but francis like whatchu saying?
i go all in when I'm touring cuz the games all imitations
— i’m being patient, — whose line is it anyways
i call it mockery, Colin would make a better MC
jocking these empty imitators like anyday
sensei sensing all the sentences a better way

uh uh ya boy’s back at it
uh uh ya boy’s back at it

y’all shouldn't get a nice guy mad
especially when he rhymes like that
and writes like mad
and stubborn kinda like my dad
you’re surprised i rap
you ain’t hearrrrrd right, only nice guys last
cuz who else is nice and actually nice like that
somebody said that i rhymed like cats
i said thanks, but i disagree
and only i rhyme like me
they say i’m better if i leave it alone
but i be in the zone
and spitting gives me reason leaving my home
imma lead til i’m gone
somebody leave the cameras on
who else gonna rap
and say what i can
how i can in a song
somebody tell me i’m wrong
cuz years from now when i’m gone
hear em saying it was me all along
Track Name: Contact
you know i’ll never fall back
i know what i want bad
i could put you on that
when i make a song that's
preparing for combat
am i making contact
am i making contact
contact
x2

ay yo i'm still here
nothing that i will fear
now only the real see
what makes up the real me
everyday i will fight
make my dreams in real life
til i
fill my
days with the images filling my mind
see this
beast rip
beats into million pieces
his teeth get
sharper everytime that he eats it
i’m feasting in East Van so these mans best beat it
won’t say that i’m best, i’m its best kept secret
this the sound of fighting back
now that my life is back
i learned my time is now
i learned to grind at last
i earn that shine that comes
i work until the final bell
i make the hits to knock it out
only time and i will tell

fall back
i know what i want bad
lemme put you on that
when i make a songs that's
preparing for combat
am i making contact
am i making contact
contact

you know i’ll never fall back
i know what i want bad
lemme put you on that
when i make these songs that
preparing for combat
am i making contact
am i making contact
contact

tell ‘em this is fight night
step into the bright lights
giving up my night life
so i can build the right life
in hindsight
i find signs in everything that i try
that i might
feed the flames
be the name
that i need in this lifetime
pen game
is a quick hand wielding a light knife
the end game
is to make lemonade outta limelight
your friends say
can they catch the man that's out classin' em
that heavy weight, they hit the mat
fast, i'm out lasting’ em
i bounce back
found that
my sounds can prove em wrong
give me years
living here
can’t nobody prove me wrong
...so now i’m up before dawn
while they don’t know what i’m on
when i’m gone they’ll say
it's me all along

i’ll never fall back
i know what i want bad
lemme put you on that
when i make a song that'ls
preparing for combat
am i making contact
am i making contact
contact

you know i’ll never fall back
i know what i want bad
lemme put you on that
when i make these songs that
preparing for combat
am i making contact
am i making contact
contact


they don’t want us to win
and they don’t know where we’ve been
and they don’t know bout my skin
or bout my secrets or the reason i sing
i’m bringing the heat
and spitting inspirational speech
imma be going down swinging
you’ll be hearing from me
and still, i’ve yet to be the people’s champ
cuz if i’m real, it isn’t me, it’s all my people man
peep the fam, and see the stance
so can you get with the method
or can you get where i’m headed
i’m never sweating your flexing
i’ll leave my name in the legend
craft in quiet, my spirit
is full of riot, i’m here and
i’m never leaving it now
i’ll be outworking the doubt
you only get one
best be making make it count
hold your ground, hold it down
til you’re down for the count

i'll never fall back
i know what i want bad
lemme put you on that
when i make these songs that
preparing for combat
am i making contact
am i making contact
contact



if y’all ain’t feel me yet, y’all should come and peep a set
people getting me upset, cuz it seems the clearly get
they listens from they weekly cheques, dawg i got that heat to check
i’m rocking
i beat death so rap is nothing
trust me dawg i got this

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