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Mistakes Of Man (feat. Holistik & Kryptik)



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This is a remix/revision of Holistik's rap song"Will I Be? (feat. Kryptik)"(public domain). It's my first project in quite a while and the sequel to my first collab with Holistik, "Return Of The Prodigal Son." This song is part of my continuing experimentation with hip-hop music, melding rap with my vocal melodies into a harmonious form.

Blitz and Holistik did some awesome rapping on this song. I re-wrote much of the melodies and revamped the musical arrangement. I know this may have limited appeal to Macjammers, but I consider trying new materials and genres as part of my musical adventure and artistic growth.

This song also has a great message. It is about human frailty and our distorted depth of reality...
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Mistakes Of Man
(lyrics by Holistik and Blitz)


{Leon} [Chorus]
I lay here confused with mistakes of man
Am I the same or will I be saved?
I'd like to improve with the way I am
But I've been wastin' away my days
Tastin' the strength of God felt so right
But I've strayed on the path away
I'll do what it takes if I have to fight
And I'll pray, and I'll pray, and I'll pray...

Inside lies a secret, I keep it hidden beneath all
The evil that will defeat it from people who don't believe it
They say that even though the evil grows within
I behold the secret and speak it usin' a pen
Deep in the darkest depths of the confusion
A few can realize that reality's an illusion
Know what to do when doom comes to you
Never let the wounds induce the views of illusion,
you're usually runnin' from the truth so you can...

[Chorus] X2

Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? It's hard to tell
Life is a carousel in a line wit' a death that's parallel
Oh no I fell! Will the Lord help me get back on to my feet?
Will he answer the millions of questions I have?
Will he answer who is me?
'Cause the mutiny between my brothers and I makin' mothers cry
Is enough to drive me to somethin' wild, and it's rough wit' an upset mind
But enough of this hidin'! 'Cause I'm findin' that I'm hidin' from myself
And that ain't easy to do when it's true that I'm tryin' to get help
And I know that I'm stuck in somethin' that subsequently has ups and downs, see?
It drove me to such a juncture I'm up against what'd love to drown me
But I found my family, and I think I'm on solid ground
But I'm livin' in the middle of inevitable odds that'll often knock me down
I'll get off it now, 'cause the negativity is eruptin',
bustin' it up till I'm left with nothin'
Somethin' I never woulda guessed was a factor
that trapped me in habit till it left me crumblin'
A junction, of a juncture, while I gasp 'cause my lung is punctured
But I don't need air to be part of our God so I'll die with the sun that I'm under

{Leon} [Bridge]
So you can hide in the darkness, waiting for targets
It's heartless as the teeth that you rip apart with
In this dark age a heart fades to black
Evade the trap and then you pray and pray
and pray and pray... that you leave your souls intact

[Chorus] X2

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Comments: 44
Fans: 23
Plays: 883
Downloads: 211

Uploaded: Oct 24, 2007 - 09:37:41 PM
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2007 - 10:23:53 PM Last Played: May 01, 2019 - 11:35:57 PM
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ynot said 4252 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
one of the best...
This is one of my new favorite songs. (not just on Macjams) Leon, your delivery is as good as it could be, I love the mood your voice creates. This is such a multi-dimensional song. The lyrics are powerful, the rapping is great, the production is flawless and the combination of sounds is truely professional. a very inspirational song for me straight tens!!!
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Leon said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Hi, Mike
Thanks for the encouraging feedback! Nice to know that somebody finds this song a meaningful work of art with a good message. I actually have your songs in my ipod and have been listening to them long before I made this song. Funny that you were the first to write a comment, 'cause I love your rapping and was actually thinking of asking you to sing rap in one of my songs in the future as a collab.

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ynot said 4248 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
hi mike
I'd love to colab with you...glad to know you've appreciated my songs too.
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dynoMYSTIC said 4252 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
Amazing production and performance! Love it!
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Leon said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
This song was an experiment for me, and I'm glad that it did turn out the way it did. Thanks for taking time to listen and appreciate it.
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ktb said 4251 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
its all good
the two disparate styles flow in a great way. all the singing & rapping was excellent. music and production outstanding
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Leon said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Thanks, John...
Hi, KTB! Thanks for taking time to listen and comment on this song. It's a new genre for me, and it was a bit daunting to take on a new style. But just like I did with "Primordial, Eternal," I found it satisfying to try something different and see how it shapes up into a beautiful form that I would have not expected.

Your musical sense is much admired at Macjams, so your comment is truly appreciated.
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Mcboy said 4251 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
growth and adventure is
good.......this is a killer collab......topnotch pop/rap/hiphop.....doesn't get any better than this.....i get echoes of bones,thugs and harmony the rap group when the raps come in...and then there is leon...what can i say...what a voice.........awesome work !!!!!! 10's
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Leon said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
I always feel humbled when someone like you takes time to comment on my songs. Thanks for your ever supportive remarks!
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TobinMueller said 4251 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Very cool. Wonderful emotion on the vocal track. My ear wanted more variation to the piano loop, to match the individually of the vocals, tho.
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Leon said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Thanks, Tobin...
I truly appreciate your ever-thoughtful pointers. You pay attention to fine details and that's what really helps us become better musicians. Regarding my piano skills, I wish I had even one or two of your fingers. :-)
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craft said 4251 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
great lyrics... great singing... great rapping... a great song...
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Leon said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Thanks, Craft!
Here's hoping that our collab will truly be on its way to completion.. or at least starting it :-) This hip-hop experiment should make me more confident in your genre.
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said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Uh huh...
I agree with ynot: "one of the best."

Fabulous lyrics delivered with power and conviction. Angelic vocal harmonies. The mix is pro as per usual and the rapped lines really do work here.

You have never yet disappointed me Leon. I still maintain you are the best male vocalist at MJ.

Be well bro!
Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
To the Artist Formerly Known As...
Amagi Or Micheal Wark (AFKAAOMW)... hmm that is a rather long and unpronounceable name... Calchas does sound easier, he-he! A versatile artist with a versatile name, how about that!

Thanks for your very generous remark. I'm sure there will be quite a few worthy contenders to vocal excellence, but I am humbled that you consider me such. It is for appreciations like this that I strive to do my best in every song I sing.
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gail60 said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
I am honestly blown away here! This is an awesome song. Talk about collabs! Whoa! I hate to admit that I am not usually one to like rap, but this song just really touches my heart! Such powerful words, emotional, deep, and excellent all the way through! Wonderful vocals and rap! Seriously, thanks for sharing this. Fantastic job!!
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Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Thanks for the praise.
Nice to meet you, Gail! We haven't really been introduced but I think we shall get to know each other through our music. The pleasure is mine that you took time to listen and also mentally digest the message of this song. With that, you did have a complete experience of this song. I, too, am not a big rap fan to begin with, but working with rappers like Holistik and Blitz opened my ears and mind to a whole new musical world of experience that I never ventured into before. Thanks again.. your remarks really made me smile!
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Einarus said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
A wonderful surprise
Normally I never listen to hip-hop, and most of the time I just genuinly hate it - but I'm always willing to give the more melodic kinds of hip-hop a chance. This is one of those cases.
I really like the soundbed - really beautiful. Although I agree with Tobin about changing up the piano line.

Excellent singing, Leon, as usual and excellent flow by Holistik and Blitz.

An excellent collaboration, guys!

-Einar S.
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Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
As a mainstream vocalist, I can't agree with you more about rap.. but that was more a product of my sheltered musical experience. I thought trying something new would make me change my views, and it did to a certain extent. Just like most people, I probably won't cross over completely into tuneless rap, but again that is just a matter of taste.

Thanks for even giving this a taste. It is satisfying to know that someone like you has considered this to be worth listening.
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apb said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Deep bows ..

.. this really, really good. On many levels ..
very dramatic use of rap .. the switching to 'fast'
speed rap is something I really like .. it's the
sound .. I seldom can keep up with what is said though..
but I like that aspect.

Really full and rich sound. Tiny nit was a little strong plosives on some rapped parts .. but very minor and could be easily fixed I'm sure.

Hope it gets the recognition it deserves- radio
ready/friendly/mainstream appeal too.
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Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Thanks, APB!
Thanks for the insights and appreciation! Holistik and Blitz really did much of the substance of this song, but I did some vocal garnishing, so to say. I am quite pleased that you think it has some radio potential. With that comment, I think my intent of making a listenable rap song with a popular appeal and great message has been achieved. You made my day!
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Sir Bass said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
That was speaking to me, man.
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Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
for taking some time to appreciate this song. And nice to meet you!
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Dj French Toast said 4250 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Production and nice vocals on this . The rap flow is awesome and spreads a positive message . The piano loop used is one of the first loops I ever used in a song like 3 years ago and brings back old memories of a song I produced so its kinda nostalgic for me and following hiphop form . This song was pleasant to listen to .
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Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Thanks, DJ!
From one hiphop artist to another -Ride on, bro!

I was entranced by that piano loop from the first listen, and I built the rest of the song and rhythm and theme around it. Amazing how a few notes can inspire a whole song. Thanks for your support!
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Alannah said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
I never thought I would see the day ....
.. whereby I would be so "entranced" with a hiphop/rap tune .. but WOW I really LIKE THIS ONE ... I downloaded it and EVERYTHING !!!! This one is going in my car .... so when I try to look like a KEWL chick ... driving my rusted out old 1988 Honda .. no one will be looking at me or my car ... they will be thinking ... HEY who does that TUNE that she's playin !!!! GREAT collab guys ... FER SURE !
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Leon said 4249 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Oh, my...
Alannah, you hip chick! Of all my songs, I would not have though that you would pick this to be your fav! LOL.. But then again, you always are full of surprises... (You are the ultimate chameleon when it comes to music and that is what is so awesome about you.)

I am sure the rap guys are as thrilled as I am about your generous comments.

By the way, you beat my car by a few years... in terms of antiquity, I mean. Mine is going 250,000 miles. Them Japanese cars really work... Haha!
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Ancient Rhymer said 4239 days ago (November 6th, 2007)
Welll Sheeeeeeeet!
What can I say that hasn't already been said yO, except I HOPE YOU ARE ALL LISTENING TO THE ORIGINALS AS WELL SO YOU CAN TRULY APPRECIATE LEON'S WORK%u2026 =)

I don't mean to be rude with the caps locks and all but both songs that Leon has remixed of carson's (holistik) are amongst my top favs from my brethren in rhymes. The originals have also helped me through some really though times in my life and have given me hope. So to hear Leon's remixes%u2026 it revamps that whole feeling in a new light. Also makes us rappers from the city of penticton look like slackers, haha, considering the original of this song was done in 05` In all serious tho, if you have not already done so my fellow Mac Jammers, I urge you to tune into the originals on Holistik's Mac Jams page and see the transformations that Leon has developed into his own creations

Kudos once again Leon, I dub thee honorary Kurbstomp Record Remixor, lol
looking forward to your next one, come heavy and connect as always!
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Aloma said 4238 days ago (November 7th, 2007)

This is the first I have ever heard of your work... your voice really embodies all that is worth praying for - absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy you chose to collab with who you did because it creates a really nice blend - Holistik, fabulous lyrical content as always. You're always putting no less than 120 to any project you're working on. Blitz, another new artist to me... you have the ability to intoxicate listeners and create a grave and entertaining aura right off the bat. I love it, good work!
dajama said 4215 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
This is very, very impressive
The production and overall sound is outstanding. I agree that the rapping is terrific - nice rhythm and interesting ideas, and I also love your vocal performance here. Absolutely top notch. You have surpassed yourself here. Great emotion as well as technique. Nicely done. Peace.
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Scott Carmichael said 4190 days ago (December 25th, 2007)
passions poster boy
great... excellent vocals... passionate and perfeormed with an actors precision... completely believeable... and technically excellent... i'm realaly enjoying the mixed genres, it adds such a power...

sorry I missed this one.. a rough autumn... you're definately one of my fav voices on MJ.. but it's more than just a great voice here, the whole work is dramatic and comprehensive...
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ElPeruano said 4189 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
well produced, nice rappping, hot beat, BUT its your voice that steals the show. If hip hop is new to you then I'm just really glad you're experimenting with it bc you are doing it a service.

props to Macjams for making these things possible.

but wow, youre voice. awesome.
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ElPeruano said 4189 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
technique question
just wondering, whats your recording setup like? You've got great reverb on your vocals, not too much not too little. is that added or does that come from the room? Any tips for a rookie on recording vocals besides just singing into a microphone (thats about as much as I know)?

I understand you're probably a pretty busy guy. Just wondering if you have a chance. take care!
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Leon said 4184 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
...for all your great comments about this song!

As regards the vocals, I usually play around the vocal pre-sets, or I adjust the echo and reverb until I get a nice mix with the music. I try not to put too much of these elements so as not to totally rob the vocals of its rawness.

Your vocals in your songs are very natural without effects, but you can try experimenting with these little adjustments until you get the ambience effects that you wants (like say a concert hall, or a small room, etc.)

Happy new year, dude.
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said 4164 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Unbelievable! This is an AWESOME song, my friend. Thanks so much for posting.
said 4161 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
cuttin the edge
The mixture works real well keeps me involved, some real talent here. Enjoyed this alot!
saymme said 4153 days ago (January 31st, 2008)
This a real Pearl...a STRONG very strong song , with so many different layers wow...like a real good CAKE !Mmmmm ! You got an extraordinary talent man, love the way You rip it off with that tonguetwisting lyrics..the SPEED You have WOW You're SOMETHING ! My pleasure to hear something like this bow to you guys 10-10-10-10
said 4113 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
oh my goodness
What a powerful and flawless song. Amazing. Amazing lyrics, mixing, singing, everything. Thank you. I am a new fan.
saymme said 4113 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
OMG . . . lissening......
..L O V E I T
10z acrooss the board in my book !!(dont vote) AWESOME COLLAB , AWESOME MUSIC AWSESOME RAPPIN AWESOME LYRICS AWESOME MIX...what a RAPPER(!) gotto check them out-Blitz & Holistik -are they here at Mj ? THEY SHOULD BE Lol ! Heard some other songs with You -I'm sold on this song & a fan ! Gotto hear more of You : ) : ) Hope You guys are going to make more collabs . You know what I wish to here, call it dadaism in music if You wish -I'd love to Rapping /hiphop together with a Great Classical Orchestra....dreamin . . . 8 )
Courtsey To You All great respect ! another thing. Its uploaded on October 24....just made me even happier! It is UNs *birthday* FN we call it in swedish(also my best friends b-day when I was a kid! )

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magnatone said 4109 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Mistakes of Man
This is AMAZING!! You're a genius. I love the back and forth between the classic voice and the hip-hop voice, the instrumentation is unbelievable. This is just exquisite - thanks for telling me about it Leon!
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Heightened said 4109 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
Super cool and
awesome collab! Love you expanded into Rap. Awesome!
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said 4101 days ago (March 23rd, 2008)
wow!! Leon you do have a way with words and music
love it. very well produced too, you can really sing
really good too,

Thanks for sharing Leon x
Peace Dee.
perceptualvortex said 4040 days ago (May 23rd, 2008)
The vocals, writing and production all rock. Excellent work, guys.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2340 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
HOLY $#!T!
This is INCREDIBLE! Fantastic production and some fine performing here. Props!
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