Thursday, February 2, 2012

LYRICS: Gomo Tulku - Don't You Know

Gomo Tulku - Don't You Know ft. Jidenna (Tibet Tribute)

This song is a dedication
to the struggles going on
inside Tibet and a tribute
to the selflessness of those
who were involved in the recent
self-immolations.

Though taking one's life is an extreme tragedy,
those individuals' acts were a sobering reminder
that there are some things greater than ourselves
and worth giving our lives for.

Is there something
I can help you with?
You claim you got it
everything new whips
Fresh fit and fly baby
you call cupid.
But something in you
wants to get stupid.
If this is your first time
don't be surprised.
Just put that finger up
and make the bird fly.
This just a guide
for the layman un-cool.
Showin' you
how to lose yourself
f*#k you.

Now I am like a snowflake,
the only one of its kind.
View me from the bird's eye
and we probably all look alike, huh?
We look all alike, huh?
Well, you're probably right...

Here I was thinking I was chosen
by the boss of life.
Handpicked for a special mission.
Here I was just thinking
I'm the gifted one.
Call the medic
I'm sick with
ambition.
I never tire.
No sir,
I never Michelin.

And when I multiplied the bread
thought I was Christ.
When all my friends had left,
thought I was right.
My head was just big,
this shit is baggy.
I let life play its course now.
I'm just the caddy.

Who them all foolin' ya'll,
I don't want to know,
'cause I don't know.
Ain't all losin' control.
Aye! Don't you know that, know that, know that?
Aye cause I don't know that.
Who them all foolin' ya'll
You can let it go.
So what you need
to do is lose control.
Aye! Don't you know that, know that, know that?
Aye cause I don't know that.

Science say
we 99 percent alike
silly how we dwell on that 1 percent
difference right?
I kill and strike
fightin' for that pie
to keep that 1 percent
of this lil' slice.
If you superman,
I got that 1 percent of kryptonite.

Underneath the skin tone
we all colored red.
And we all used to crawl around
and pee all in the bed.
I grew up and blew up
that we are not the same.
I swear it must be helium
that be all in my head.

Gotta competition in me.
So surely you will fail.
The cheddar chase
rat racing always on your tail.
I know the soul gets richer
when you lose your wealth.
I guess the only way you win
is when you lose yourself.

Who them all foolin' ya'll,
I don't want to know,
'cause I don't know.
Ain't all losin' control.
Aye! Don't you know that, know that, know that?
Aye cause I don't know that.
Who them all foolin' ya'll
You can let it go.
So what you need
to do is lose control.
Aye! Don't you know that, know that, know that?
Aye cause I don't know that.

Is there something
I can help you with?
You claim you got it
everything new whips
Fresh fit and fly baby
you call cupid.
But something in you
wants to get stupid.
If this is your first time
don't be surprised.
Just put that finger up
and make the bird fly.
This just a guide
for the layman un-cool.
Showin' you
how to lose yourself
f*#k you.

Who them all foolin' ya'll,
I don't want to know,
'cause I don't know.
Ain't all losin' control.
Aye! Don't you know that, know that, know that?
Aye cause I don't know that.
Who them all foolin' ya'll
You can let it go.
So what you need
to do is lose control.
Aye! Don't you know that, know that, know that?
Aye cause I don't know that.


Gomo Tulku

A fresh sound in pop music is often credited to the culmination of an artist’s unique life experiences with his or her music. Gomo Tulku (also known as Gomo), 23-year old Buddhist lama (religious leader) and ex-monk, is by no means short of unique experiences and is by all means ushering in his own brand of popular music.

Naturally, Gomo’s music is in every way a fusion style as he himself is culmination of many cultures being he is a Tibetan-Canadian-American who resides in Italy and was raised in a Buddhist monastery in India. His sound is a mix of hip-hop, rhythm and blues, dance and pop. However, he does not necessarily subscribe to a single genre. Where in one song he may rap the verses and sing the hooks to a club-banger beat, in another song he may showcase a series of beautiful vocal melodies to an electro-type, dance beat. Although his music touches on his own personal experiences in the monastery, its content is secular and speaks to individuals from all walks of life.

But understanding Gomo requires one to really understand his unique past. Gomo Tulku, or Tenzin D. Kashhi, was born in Montreal, Canada on August 8, 1988. At the age of three, Tenzin was recognized by renowned Buddhist figure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the reincarnation of his mother’s late father, also a Buddhist lama. Thus, he was given the same name as his predecessor, Gomo Rinpoche. As a Buddhist lama, he would inherit the previous lama’s belongings, disciples, and above all, responsibility as a religious leader. By the age of seven, Gomo left his family and moved to South India to a monastery where he would begin his rigorous studies for the next 12 years.

At the age of 16, Gomo visited his family in America to get a small taste of the western lifestyle. During his one-year stay in America, Gomo attended high school, interacted with teenage Americans, and openly pursued music, all for the first time. This period would mark Gomo’s metamorphosis from a humble, quiet monk, to a confident and charismatic artist.

Gomo would spend the next few years finishing up his studies in the monastery, while also devising a strategy to take the music world by storm. At the age of twenty, Gomo gave up his vows as a monk and left the monastery for Italy where he would connect with friends, sponsors and artists to begin his music career.

Since then, Gomo has worked with famous Italian, hip-hop producer Deleterio, gained sponsorship from Guess clothing line, and has generated an international media buzz. He released his debut single and video “Photograph” in August 2011. The success of the song helped Gomo win “Best Male Artist” in the Tibetan Music Awards 2011 that October. In December 2011, he released a Tibet tribute song with New York rapper, Jidenna entitled “Don’t You Know”. The song was released as a typographic animation video.

Gomo Tulku is currently working on his first EP, amongst many projects, which is set to release in early 2012. Stay tuned and join the movement that is about to “enlighten” the music industry.

More at Gomo Tulku Music