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In theme and style, A. Billi Free effortlessly slides between the present and the future and between earth and space on her debut album I Luma. Meaning "in front" in the Samoan language, I Luma centers A. Billi Free's sincere musings on discovery and adventure in her universe over soulful, uplifting, dance-ready jams.

I Luma is backed by an electronic/pop/alternative R&B sensibility entirely composed and produced by Chicago production duo and Tokyo Dawn artists, Tensei. Interstellar jazz multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid on clarinet sets the tone for this enchanted musical journey on the track "Flourish".

Recorded in New Mexico, Illinois, and Massachusetts, the resulting magic outweighs the challenges of this type of creation as the album’s sonics are strong and richly layered, providing a solid foundation for A. Billi Free's smooth tone and earnest message to transmit through the cosmos. Rooted in an eclectic blend of hip hop, soul and electronica, she has spent the last decade in the deserts of southern New Mexico and west Texas fusing elements of both the city and the border into her sound.

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released August 12, 2019

Composed & produced by Roderick Jackson and Christopher Kramer
Vocals by Billie Drakeford
A&R by Marc Wallowy
Design by Matt Lyon
Mastering by Jan Ohlhorst

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A. Billi Free New Mexico

Vocalist, emcee, beat producer. Hip hop, Electronica, Soul.

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Track Name: Flourish feat. Angel Bat Dawid
I wish / that we will flourish

Crave comfort like a child / dive the void in my mind
Got most of my guides / Jump in at high tide

I wish / that we will flourish

As you get better I get better Ooo
Colors pop on cloudy days / turn up the hue
Things fall apart when lost in the view
but the actors are here want to play their roles too
Don’t deny them the pleasure of what you can do,
resistance moving forward always shade from a few
Turn all the lights on / spark to the fuse
power up the generator / let the party ensue

Bottle up this feeling get it prime to the media
To the people where we go there it flows

I wish / that we will flourish

Depths unmeasured a pleasure to witness
Only quanta if you don’t open your vision
Drinking my water and minding my business
Scent on the winds breathe in that goodness
Track Name: Feel It Coming
It's been a minute since out last mission
Coolin at our own pace at the homebase / falling into the daze
And our purpose emerges / it approaches
creation our service
It's all in our design
Tap into the vibe

I can feel it coming,
hug your mother kiss your lover / fold your covers
Match your tones up to your colors / hustle through the fall winter spring into summer
small window to recover
When the engines start to gunnin / got to find the others

Store up this joy til it bursts / no I can't front
Grab up a lane to slay / I'll take care of this one
Merging all traffic / results are fantastic
incredible magic / I almost can't stand it

Jumping and puffing and buzzing / becoming
We thumping and running and humming / I'm loving it
Clutching and bumping / strutting and budding
drumming and stunting
Look at what we summoned

I can feel it coming,
hug your mother kiss your lover / fold your covers
Match your tones up to your colors / hustle through the fall winter spring into summer / small window to recover
When the engines start to gunnin / got to find the others
Track Name: Against The Wall
When your back is against the wall / the wall
Pressure gets real tall / the wall
Answer when it calls / the wall
Push it til it fall / the wall

Nose at the grindstone chippin away
Another day at the office ‘nother rat in the race
Poles got them stakes in the earth on the axis
Lordt give me strength, some salts and some flax seed
Safeguarding the center line / hawk feather I know my kind
Creating moments in all the right places / hold and lift steady the pace if the brick shifts
Real tings, dealing with human beings / policies, philosophies and their principalities
Brilliant resilient gems by the pound / light the way to launch above the roar of the hounds

When your back is against the wall / the wall
Pressure gets real tall / the wall
Answer when it calls / the wall
Push it til it fall / the wall
Air thick with all the violence / Walk in beauty talk in silence
Can’t close me in or throw me off of my mission/ Natives stay Free be the name, just listen
Charging plus and leaking bandwidth / A hike in tax and they spying on our families
Bust a burner hop partitions in the way / don’t be a sucker in a lose-lose game

Got to make the come up off a bad gestalt
Keeping it together when the bodies are sprawled
I know you just got here it’s not your fault
Pray tell what will you do when your backs against the wall?
When your back is against the wall / the wall
Pressure gets real tall / the wall
Answer when it calls / the wall
Push it til it fall / the wall
Track Name: Movement
Waiting in the beat for my assignment
My soul is not for sale and no consignment
I’m a chemist of a special type of alchemy / stay self-reliant it don’t cost no money
Take me to the heights and knock me back down /
in the event my ego thought we had arrived now
Creating for my sake and for the sanity / of all the pretty souls that are surrounding me

It’ll be fine / take your time
What you want / all in your mind
Don’t you quit or overcommit
When you’re stepping and aligning / baby, that’s it
You’ve got to learn you, deeply
You’ve got to do you, completely

Alternate the burning at my candle ends
Power, purpose presence patience got the perfect blend
Light the incense and the smoke mix with my aura
Share these little gifts cause then I get to know ya
Reciprocate the love and pass it on down
When you dealing with the real that stuff don’t run out
Watered roots bring the ideas into fruition
Hold the blossoms to the sun that extra firm fix

I am that I am no pretending
middle and the south of the west representing
Got these sparks in my heart they relentless
odd times opportunities be presenting
Working big developments
Stomping through the rest like I’m an elephant
Beastfairy be the set raw and elegant
Pull them thangs from the ether, see it evident?
If you ain’t moving forward I ain’t checkin then
No love lost, still feel incredible / translate concepts were illegible
Yum eat up gourmet, digestible / Plug express to the ear like I’m federal
Paid package in the mail keep checkin’ boo
Ya fave out here bending all the hard rules
droppin hot clues / for you to pour through
sheer it’s see through / blow a bijou
Block ya blessings if ya always keep ya chest tight / got to breathe nice treat yourself right / What I conclude is that you get loose
bring your whole crew
Let’s celebrate

It’ll be fine / take your time
What you want / all in your mind
Don’t you quit or overcommit
When you’re stepping and aligning / baby, that’s it
You’ve got to learn you, deeply
You’ve got to do you, completely
Track Name: Bold Heart
Sweet like jam, flavorful / Notes aligned, favorable
No time to play around
We know how to get lit that’s not the mood right now
My mirror and my screen I can stare at you forever
Pushing buttons / mind and body work together
You got the range you got the power too
Sending out the signal zero in on you

Amazing / remarkable
Your bold heart

One for the road / One with these curves
Wrapped in your safety / watch me unfold
Illumine the cave / you’re mended with gold
Turn the page on my book / stories untold

Sparkle in your eyes with ease I’m focused
Laughter in the space where I was broken
You must know there are no opponents
Pull delight from some of the remotest

Amazing / remarkable
Your bold heart
Track Name: Enchanted
Hey yo! With you, I got a dilemma
Was on the straight and narrow but you caught my antenna
Whatcha doin later on your agenda? Let’s go out to dinner
I like your smile, hella fly, kinetic. Hope it’s epidemic

Are you from round this planet?
A million buddhas laughin
You’re a land enchanted
Looks all good from my vantage

Pick your brain about some things / unlock mystery like sphinx
Trips, slips, misses, hits / can’t believe we co-exist
Let me get a glimpse
Put the data on the disc direct download worth the risk. Hey yo!

Are you from round this planet?
A million buddhas laughin
You’re a land enchanted
Looks all good from my vantage

Takin off last minute, no time to pack the baggage
Let’s enjoy ourselves, life’s got enough challenge
Space and opportunity, know how we do we grab it
This is no coincidence, purely mathematics
Maybe you have it, what will balance me
Bold and italics, good mix up in the chalice
Coming back from the journey of the pathless
Handin out sentences, it’s nice up in your palace
Wanna know what’s behind the door? Open up the cabinet
Colors and textures this high is really lasting
Front yard blingin, you got so many facets
Impressed by the spell you weave really got me askin

Are you from round this planet?
A million buddhas laughin
You’re a land enchanted
Looks all good from my vantage
Track Name: Alright With Me
Oh ya taking it around and around and around and around
We making circles / It’s so simple / You know I love you, yeah

If I see you getting down it’s alright with me
I said if you wanna take a chance and get down,
oh you’re alright with me

It’s alright with me

Engineer your happy / Got to see you dancing
Don’t you be afraid to hold the fire
Combine or mark the line lead the design
But you got to catch the beat and match the rhyme
Swing behind jump on a dime / A gamble for the high
Move between the intervals of space and time
Air so prime / you’re on fire / you’re so fire

If I see you dancing, strike the right chord to electrify
Whole world is dancing / We’re taking chances tonight

Its alright with me

Parallel sides and right angles get all entangled
Back to squares and triangles
Forms of our anatomy perform moving geometry
The mold is just a starting post / Experiment you can do the most

If I see you getting down it’s alright with me
I said if you wanna take a chance and get down,
oh you’re alright with me
Track Name: Rushing In
Bells are ringing / Lights in the distance
Aw damn what we getting into?
Universe, no delusion
I see the signs and I know you’re in collusion

I’m rushing in / Rushing into the fun, rushing into the sun
I’m rushing in / Cause I got lightning to face rushing into the space

Out of my mind and into this sound / Wrap me up and spin me around
Lost all discipline outside of my house
My wildest dreams are playing out loud
Curious now and I got the time / Around the corner new adventure in line
Aerodynamics I must adapt / Another mystery flying in fast

Oh, this might take a while
Review all data compiled
Imagination run wild everyone got their own style
Free caught up in the net, roomy got innernet
Safe and protected / Awake and rested

I’m rushing in / Rushing into the fun, rushing into the sun
I’m rushing in / Cause I got lightning to face rushing into the space

Diving cracks in the code / Guiding traffic to flow
Take my service off hold / Way high output unload

Curious now and I got the time / Around the corner new adventure in line
Aerodynamics I must adapt / Another mystery flying in fast

Oh, this might take a while
Review all data compiled
Imagination run wild everyone got their own style
Free caught up in the net, roomy got innernet
Safe and protected / Awake and rested

I’m rushing in / Rushing into the fun, rushing into the sun
I’m rushing in / Cause I got lightning to face rushing into the space


Spheres or planes or holograms
Forget the graphs I want to feel the facts
Track Name: Halogen
I heard they drop the coins, pull leaves marking the void
Sometimes they throw bones, read marking on the stones
Bring the inside to outside with these tools of the divine
TBH you don’t need it anyway but ok,
start the games if you really wanna play

Do not adjust your dials spiral into hyper drive, hold onto your vitals
Feel it when I’m changing lanes, shifting gears and taming stage
I10 in phases
Joker jack ace queen and king know exactly what life means
Big up the guides / Oh there’s a pick up tonight

Oh we really got to work our guards / My greats taught bullshit and cards
We raised on the nightlife calibrate the eyes to read the stars
Oh can’t help the dark just adds a gloss / A lot of work but little force
Tap the Jedi to reveal the source

Do not adjust your dials spiral into hyper drive, hold onto your vitals
Do not adjust your dials spiral into hyper drive, hold onto your vitals
Do not adjust your dials

Oh it’s not the answer to the question you were grappling?
Let me ask do you even know what you’re asking?
Missed pieces we gone see / Sync rings like captain p
Nuggets make the brain go buzz
Gifts under all this fuzz, ok!

Do not adjust your dials spiral into hyper drive, hold onto your vitals
Feel it when I’m changing lanes, shifting gears and taming stage
I10 in phases
Joker jack ace queen and king know exactly what life means
Big up the guides / Oh there’s a pick up tonight

Fold up the wrapping
Live out loud laughing
Spit Zed to Alpha
Soul needs some agua, jump in my va’a
Track Name: Frontier
Fortified, covered like them boots that rise thigh high
Purified, in the lake the prince immortalized
Satisfied, with the way it’s set up / Organized, on another level
My oh my
Tight jaw steam from a kettle / Expand ripple from a pebble
Let bygones fly
Get gone now, bye
Forging another frontier / Way way way way out there

Love, peace fun feast / Yes, it’s such a lovely view
Thrown clay on the base, pushing until it follows through
Love, peace fun feast / Yes, it’s such a lovely view
Explorations explanations / So right so ripe picking all the fruit

Passing waves and the voice soars / Press that, run it through the boards
Contained hustle for the access / Claim that, five star in the process
These memories are carried, taken to the edge

Forging another frontier / Way way way way out there

At the end, don’t forget the means / Acquire and supply it
Stretching out on new greens

Love, peace fun feast / Yes, it’s such a lovely view
Thrown clay on the base, pushing until it follows through
Love, peace fun feast / Yes, it’s such a lovely view
Explorations explanations / So right so ripe picking all the fruit
Track Name: Erosion
I rule I You rule You
Why are we here and what we gonna do?
So many questions, trying to live on my best lens
It be loyals and family / I ain’t got no best friends
But before my tracks fall of the trail
Got a hit list for forgiveness, set sail
I used to think I didn’t care
On the road to right it now before my soul crosses the realm

Like water to rock over time, on the low, life will shape you
See what your fears, your failures your wins and your challenges made you

Putting paper in our pocket our way / Complex, evolve and rotate
In on the parlay mmmkay / Every hour it’s a payday
Repeat repeat repeat, writing these bars in my seat
Massaging the grind, training my mind
Omens fly by in my dreams
Situation with words, yeah / Slashing doubt with my sword
Nice spice up in the gravy / Way is open go crazy
Breeze across the green / Orange all on the leaves
All in we never lease / Confer with all the G’s

Like water to rock over time, on the low, life will shape you
See what your fears, your failures your wins and your challenges made you

Broadcast from the middle of the Palawans
Salamat Po been working on my tagalog
Art Bell chopping up the block, keep my saber tip sharp,
spitting on mic tops nonstop, like a clock
Bull Girl she’s a mountain unmovable
Crying for the world unsoothable
Get a grip on point, let me pen another joint
When I walk through them doors trynna have mad points

Like water to rock over time, on the low, life will shape you
See what your fears, your failures your wins and your challenges made you

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