Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men

by Naeemah Maddox

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"Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men" is Naeemah's second full length album. More than 5 years in the making, this concept album serves as a statement analyzing the effect of mankind's struggles on a macro (political) and micro (personal )level. Enhanced with the visual images created by Artist Lindsey Wavrek, this album is dense with color and texture. This album showcases a more complete view of Naeemah's uniquely quirky compositional style. Naeemah recorded this album in her west Philly apartment on her imac with a simple set up. Condenser Mic, interface, midi keyboard and a whole lot of trouble shooting. Naeemah recorded all of the instruments on the album with the exception of Drums (Tony Flagiello) and Bass (Josh Freshy Cisario). These instruments include all flutes, violins, keyboards, vocals, drum programming and bass on two of the nine tracks. The result is an album that blurs and bridges the lines between Progressive Chamber pop and soul infused rock.

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released July 23, 2017

Naeembot's: Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men - CAST
Ray White - Engineer @ Retro City Studios, recorded drums and
bass on all tracks except tracks #1, #7

Scott Radway - (mixed) all tracks. Drums on Track #1
Additional Drum programming on Tracks #7

Brett Kull - Mastering

Matt Hollenberg - Drum pre-production/ drum programming on
track #7

Tony Flagiello - Drums on all tracks except #1, #7
Josh "Freshy" Cisario - Bass on all tracks except #1, #7

Naeemah Z. Maddox - all songs and lyrics written, produced,
composed, performed,recorded and edited by NZM. All flutes,
violins, guitars, keyboards/ programming, vocals, Drum
programming on tracks #3, #7, Bass on tracks #1, #7

Recorded @ Sketchbot studios
Executive Producer: Naeemah Z. Maddox
All tracks Mixed by: Scott Radway
All tracks Mastered by: Brett Kull @Catapult Studio
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Additional Liner notes for :

Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men


1. Apple - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Scott Radway - Drum Programming

2. Bright Eyes - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Aux. Instruments,
Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass

3. Fun with Fun - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin,Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Drum Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drum set
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass

4. Never Cry Wolf - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Aux. Instruments,Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass

5. SIlver Fool - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass

6. Thread - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass

7. Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Aux. Instruments, Drum Programming
Matt Hollenberg - Drum Programming
Scott Radway - Drum Programming

8. Give Me the Money - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass

9. Softer Side - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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Thank you multiverse.
Creating this album has been such a unique experience. Out of frustration and necessity I felt compelled to take my future into my own hands and create a DIY working model. This record would not have been realized without the help and encouragement from fellow peers, artists, and inspiring innovators. Thank you Scott Radway for working relentlessly on this project. Thanks for your patience and expertise. You have truly given me a gift.


Tony Flagiello, it’s always been a dream of mine to play with you. and every time we create, it’s a dream realized. I am so grateful for our friendship. Josh “Freshy” Cisario, I knew you were fam the day I met you. Thank you for your boundless enthusiasm and extreme care that you take with my music.

Tony and Freshy, you have made my songs come alive with your style, experience and sincerity. Thank you for your friendship and loyalty. I love you guys. Lindsey Wavrek, I have been inspired by you and your art from the first day we met. Your art is priceless and has inspired me throughout this process. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into VTMM. I am beyond grateful, my friend. Matt Hollenberg - partner in time - Thank you for the endless encouragement, support, and partnership . Your creativity is a constant reminder to be relentless in the quest for musical excellence. I will always be your biggest fan. I love you. Additional thanks to: Mom, Dad, Lashanda, Ray White, Brett Kull, "Karly" Karl Hicks - my Homie, My former teacher, Mr. Dimitri Kauriga for igniting a spark and joy that is everlasting. Finally, Jen, Kira and Fizzgig for healing the Dark Crystal.


Special Thanks to: Donn Thompson Morelli for your kindness and invaluableadvice. You are a wealth of knowledge and truly my sister.
Doug Grigsby, I truly treasure the time we spent on this project. I feel lucky to have been in the presence of such wit and creativity.

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Track Name: Apple
1. Apple - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Scott Radway - Drum Programming
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I lay cold. I lay.
some things still remain
even though you are running away
and when you go, go unaware of the dreams
you can share with me , please!
why then, are you standing alone
oh why, when the world is dead in your arms

once, once in a lifetime, as you're growing,
when ideals are falling apart
as your heart reaches out
why did think I'd be gone (why did think I've begun)
why when the world is dead

so when you go
I can even tell, you don't know
when you'll go away
amazing, it's all coming down
and I'm ohhhh
OKAY, I'm ok
Tell me will you seek the truth
Tell me will you seek, will you see, will you seek
Track Name: Bright Eyes
2. Bright Eyes - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Aux. Instruments,
Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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Speaker of the night, when your sword drips red
Bright Eyes couldn’t take you and all your disgrace, Bright Eyes.
The honor will arise as the vail slips down
We ride on this wave ‘til we’re digging our grave
You alive to expel is our now living hell
Bright Eyes, What are you waiting for?
You’re running us out the door
Running us out the door
What are you waiting for?
When you gonna take me home?

Here we go unto the same routine
The cycle follows the wave ‘til we’re diggin’ a grave
of lies, Lies , Lies
Speaker of the Bright,
the sun arises to give us a way to accept you,
and all your regrets
Your exchange couldn’t bring you away from it all
Bright Eyes couldn’t share you in all that despair
(‘Til we’re digging our...)
You alive to expel, We’re alive to excel...(Excel!)

Bright Eyes Just what are you waiting for?
You’re running us out the door
You’re running us out the door. Running goes out the door
What are you waiting for? Running goes out.
What are you waiting for?
When you gonna take me home?

Here we go unto the same routine
The cycle follows the wave 'til we’re diggin’ a grave
of lies, Lies, Lies
Do you see the pain cycling the same routine again?
Track Name: Fun with Fun
3. Fun with Fun - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin,Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Drum Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drum set
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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I'm having fun, I'm having fun and while I'm with you
I want to get to get you consumed before my reign is over.
I saw a picture in an outer stream and it said
you could be anything that you want to be...
For we have the power of ability, agility
When everybody knows, then everybody grows
But anyway, I'm having fun, I'm having fun
and so it doesn't matter Home grown under a satellite .
And I just might be there...

I had a vision in an outer stream I saw you looking out
and looking greener looking greener then I thought.
We're on the edge of this insanity or can it be
a little thing you do when you are so desperate?

Humanity will always suffer 'cause there'll always be a need -
Another reason to bleed.
I never thought that you would turn away you head
You have no reason to hoard it all, (you are a rat),
holding everyone back
But anyway I'm having fun, until I’m done and so It doesn't matter,
I’m fine under a satellite
and I just might be there.
Be there , I'll be there . And I just might be there.
With all my might…. Be there.
Track Name: Never Cry Wolf
4. Never Cry Wolf - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Aux. Instruments,Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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Wait for me ...Wait for me...
Be careful of what you wish for, 'cause you may not endure
the lessons that await

That's why you... never cry... Wolf and spin the truth how you want,

(Lies)

Be, be mindful of the ties you burn
as you walk alone through bodies you discard

That's why you never cry Wolf cause when you do,
the chaos follows ...
Chaos when, you can spin the truth how you want
That's why you never cry...
Cause when you do, there's chaos when you can spin truth
Cause when you do, the chaos follows lies

Unjust and cruel you'll take your rule and all of the pieces collide
Where the evil in us all reside, you'll have your say
And our bodies all will lay when it's time to put the pieces all away

Unjust and cruel you'll take your rule and all of the pieces collide
Unjust and cruel....
A slight of hand (such a slight of hand, such a slight of hand)
Such a slight of chance (Such a slight of chance),
you'll have your say. And our bodies all will lay
when it's time to put the pieces all away
That’s why you never cry Wolf and spin the truth how you want
Wait for me , wait for me .....
Track Name: Silver Fool
5. SIlver Fool - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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Don't give up too soon, We have yet to bloom,
Broken dreams free fall from the sky

You've made a second skin, Now you are trapped within
telling lies to your inner soul...
like "you're all that mattered" like "we never mattered"
suffering in this constant flow ...

But you're wrong. We all belong

Silence, the silver fool, strangers, they came to rule
Steal your voice, and implant their thoughts
like that's all that matters
like that's all that mattered
As long as you can preserve my insides

But you're wrong. We all belong. We all belong.
Track Name: Thread
6. Thread - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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Imagine Imagine imagine imagine
look to the corners of your mind,
Where you have no place to hide
And it's my understanding that you'll find
where our likeness coincide

So go find someone, someone like me
(we can see we all are one)
Go find yourself, I guarantee

If you are listening we shouldn't have to complicate the fact
that we are adjusting the love inside
Our hearts are one and you're asking questions why

So (why can't we see we are one)
go find someone, someone like me
(we can see we all are one)
Go find yourself, I guarantee

All lonely souls are so afraid to look around
And how could you judge
when you never took a look inside
(are you afraid to look inside) ...once?
There's a place where we can connect

We connect in ways we never imagine
imagine imagine imagine

I am the addendum to your world
where you feel that fear is strong
but it's my estimation that you'll soar
even higher than before

So (why can't we see we are one?)
go find someone, yourself in me
(we can see we all are one)
Go find yourself, I guarantee

Our lonely souls are so afraid to look around
And how could you judge
when you never took a look inside,
(are you willing to look inside) once?

There's a place where we can connect
(we connect in ways we never imagined)
There's a place where we can connect
(we connect in ways we never imagine)

There's a place There's a place where we... connect
We connect in ways we never imagine,
imagine, imagine, imagine,imagine
Track Name: Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men
7. Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Aux. Instruments, Drum Programming
Matt Hollenberg - Drum Programming
Scott Radway - Drum Programming
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Salut. You came too smug to care. To care.
What is this place where forever will never be gone?
I cannot stay. I want to go.
At last, you caved. I never knew your heart would beat the same,
As me. Love’s ebb and flow

And I couldn’t dream of another place where all the pain
would dissipate again ....
But still there’s nothing for you...

Vile Tyrant and the Middle men - Let’s get them out now!
And then we’ll sail away

Just enough to feel the shadow, And I fell into you
Just enough to feel the shadow, And I fell into truth
Blue skies fall..fall...yes falling down...
But don’t you always feel something pulling you?
Back from whence you came. It’s pulling you away.

Vile Tyrant and the Middle men - Let’s get them out now!
Mankind’s own insecurities; That’s why you corrupt us again

Vile Tyrant, a slumlord to their terrestrials
When the acceleration equals light and speed
and we awake in a dream state,
to access the space in our minds and fly

Low and behold, you’ve got me controlled
(Just enough to feel the shadow) You’ve got me, OH!

You’ve got me controlled, controlled.
You’ve got me controlled, oh You’ve got me controlled
You’ve got me controlled
Track Name: Give Me the Money
8. Give Me the Money - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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Who gives you life, and who gives you depth,
When no one is around you?
I guess, you can remain trying to blame the elements around you
When you are wealth untapped

When I say: Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) When it’s all that you can bring

Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) There’s no use in being vain

Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) And help you see the truth

Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) ‘Cause your heart is wealthy too

Who lies to you more? You fear the unknown
When no-one’s there to stop you
And who... who can’t say yes to happiness
When jest is all around you?
When you are wealth untapped

When I say: Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) When it’s all that you can bring

Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) There’s no use in being vain

Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) And help you see the truth

Give me the money, Give me the money
(price you pay) ‘Cause your heart is wealthy too

your heart is wealthy too, your heart is wealthy too

...the boy who has it all...builds a wall to separate...he built a
ladder too..., he can't even relax . so how can I believe the boy?
Track Name: Softer Side
9. Softer Side - Written by Naeemah Z. Maddox
NZM - Flute, Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Flangiello - Drums
Josh "Freshy" Cisario : Bass
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I say you can breathe and send your light
When you're swallowed by doubt
and never give up, for promise comes your way
Just sit and stare like it's a game
I should have known, I should have grown sound

I sway in the wind free and you look up at me, sadly
Make your spirit see I can't be saved,
Not for, not for one of you

I love you, so you cry like you care
All I ever wanted can't be so grand,
while you sit and reprimand
I saw your shadows align it comes and goes
until you can breathe in the air,
for the savior's home but I'm never safe,
rather be alone.

swallowed, swallowed

I sway in the wind free and you look up at me,
until you can breath in the air
(make your spirit see) I can't be saved
Not for, not for one of you

I sway, I love you, and so I cry, still you fall
Still you never know (swallowed) if I should be trusted.
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