Digital Champions Sampler

by Alpha Riff

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This is the free sampler for the full length album, Digital Champions: Migdal Bavel! You may have met one of our delightful cosplayers at a convention who pointed you to this link or awesome friends on the internet, who is just as enthused about this series as we are. If so, you're in for a treat! This is a free sampler, so please share it among your friends. If you'd like the full story, please visit alphariff.bandcamp.com/album/digital-champions-migdal-bavel to stream for free or purchase the Digital or Physical copy of the album. And visit www.AlphaRiff.com to find out when Alpha Riff, MZ, and their friends will be playing a show in your city!

Alpha Riff and MZ, a pair of digital bounty hunters (one cybernetic, the other an A.I.), are in the fight of their lives as they learn that a strain of lethal C.O.D.E. has infected the world of Digitalia and, more specifically, the city they call home: I.P. Now Alpha Riff and MZ, along with their friends B. B. Stuart, Asim Billy, Klass, Principal T. C. and more, are in a race against time to find out the origins of the C.O.D.E. and how they can stop it before they are devoured.

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released March 13, 2015

Project Concept and Execution by Alpha Riff + MZ

Associate Produced by Matthew Mead + Matt “Ish1da” Rozzel + The Last WordBenders + Phillip “Philonius Phunk” Royal

Mixed and Mastered by 2 Mello

Lyrics by Alpha Riff + MZ + MC Ohm-I + TekForce + Ekaj Da Verbal Miraje + 1-UP + TV’s Tyler Boyco + Ish1da + Nyte + 2 Mello + Jollimus + Midi Boss + Kordlyss + Forneus Mod + Phantastik the Phenom + Aramis

Singing/Hooks by Zilla Persona + Matthew Mead + 2-Ton 21 + Twill Distilled

Narration by Alpha Riff + TyeFighter + TekForce + MZ

Song Instrumentation/Production by Alpha Riff + Stone Stan + Diract Beats + De FROiZ + Makaih Beats

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Track Name: State of the Artform Feat 1-UP as Principal T. C.
Hook:
It’s the State of the art form, time to get ready for arts war
If you think you can do it, Put the gloves on, time to get to it
It’s the State of the art form, time to get ready for arts war
When it comes to the talk your mouth you can move it, it’s real when you come through and prove it

Verse 1:

1UP:
Got these students in the light going past they wildest dreams, you really need to know that the world we live in.. is not quite what it seems
You were once destined for greatness, but if you’re coming to my face and asking me for help... I will tell you sorry that you are lame kid
It’s too late, to do anything else, nothing will help, so don't try to tell
me of these plannnsss that your plotting, gear up for the apocalypse don’t be so shocked kid
You think I’m too militant, but when it comes to it, son you know that I be killin it
Bad guys I try to erase them, eat themm for breakfast like wheaty’s I taste them
Not riding in a coup, but I think it’s time for a coup, sp what we gonna do
and You know what it is, and if you don’t, then you're just planning a blitz
Maybe bout time that I put my trust in you, but remember without me that your life was really almost through

ALPHA:
Jesus, TC, are you even listening?
Creeper became the very something
You think you can tame
Leash to the Academy
Are you dense or you don’t understand
The world is going through change
This ain’t part of your power play, parliamentary games
We ain’t dealing with anything fucking remotely sane
And when I say that he’s a demon, big and scary and nasty
I mean what I say in the most literal of ways

Hook:
It’s the State of the art form, time to get ready for arts war
If you think you can do it, Put the gloves on, time to get to it
It’s the State of the art form, time to get ready for arts war
When it comes to the talk your mouth you can move it, it’s real when you come through and prove it


Verse 2:
MZ:
Now you’ve got a couple options
You could help us stop him
He contains a Code that’s just ready to blow
Inside the Fire Wall, destroy IP like whoa

ALPHA:
Yeah, just like what she said, man
You were once my Principle and
You had a plan, if the DMZ overran
It looks like that’s what they’ll try again
Even repaired my broken form
Let’s call up Klass, the calvary, bring the swarm
Cause I’m ready for the god damn storm
No difference to close up the door to the fort

MZ:
And now there’s little ol’ me
Don’t forget MZ
Access to every weapon imaginable
Bringin’ the big guns for the final siren call

1UP:
yo I got my people stacking up, we’ve had enough, but you can back us up,
You can tell them code demons that we’re through… I think my people sick and tired at they end yeah they have it tough
It’s about time we try something new and take a stand, to lead us through this journey, Alpha you are our man

Alpha:
Oh my god am I seein’ this
PTC’s in agreement
You were once my principal
Now the principal’s
Staff is critical for this
Assemble the troops for the mission
We’ll get Klass, hit Billy’s kitchen
Horsemen ride is our decision
TC, MZ, Alpha enemy fishin’

Hook:
It’s the State of the art form, time to get ready for arts war
If you think you can do it, Put the gloves on, time to get to it
It’s the State of the art form, time to get ready for arts war
When it comes to the talk your mouth you can move it, it’s real when you come through and prove it
Track Name: Front of the Klass ft. Danger Boyco as Klass + 2-Ton21 as Destiny + Ekaj as Creeper
Verse 1 (Klass):
Oh Alpha, it’s been a while
Where have you been?
You’re lookin’ good for your age
Never thought I’d see you again
And who’s this young lady? MZ I presume?
You have that look about yeah, girl
That look of impending doom.
I hear you want to bring the cavalry back
From retirement
You remind me of myself
When I first set up The Horse Men
I raised you like a son and trained you
Like a soldier
But I’m afraid this quest is
A lot more than I can shoulder

There’s a cold wind blowing
And I know it’s gonna take me away
Alpha you make this code pay

I take comfort in knowing
Alpha and MZ you’ll be heroes someday
My son you make this code pay

Chorus:

And life bleeds, no one needs a hero, hero, hero, hero
And like me, you’ll die believing a hero, hero, hero, hero

Verse 2 (Alpha + MZ):
We had this moment
Father, son we owed it
Revel in the work
Of the man that you had molded
Was a frail man coming from despair
Could hardly care, breathing this dead air
With a cold, flown stare
Raise arms against my evils
Stored real in my steeple
Never once deceitful
When I died for the people
Regale in the stories
Of what we thought was regal
On the mission to upend
With the ultimate upheaval
But that night, we fight
Fight for our lives
We didn’t know the price
The Code sneaking in the bunker
Twisting, destroys what is mine
Klass of life, we’ll smite
Watch the father turn on son
These industries will burn
Collapsed on themselves
With a final screaming turn

Chorus:

And life bleeds, no one needs a hero, hero, hero, hero
And like me, you’ll die believing a hero, hero, hero, hero

Bridge:

Alpha: Fuck, MZ, he’s infected. It’s the Code. He…

MZ: Alpha…

Alpha: We gotta save him, we… we gotta figure something out…

MZ: Alpha… it’s too late…

Alpha: Don’t fucking say that… we can save him…

MZ: He’s gone…

Alpha: We can fucking save him…

Klass: I.. I…. AAARRGGGH!!!!

MZ: You know what you have to do.

Klass: <growls>

Alpha: Klass, for everything you did for me man… rest in peace, brother. I love you.

Verse 3 (Alpha):

It’s a bang, you’re dead
A bullet to the head
The man who rose me up
A second chance you could have lived
Code fillin' the buildin’
From a Creep strickin’ villain
We’re runnin’ as bullets hit the ceilin’
MZ unleashin’ her brillance
And I know
You’re in the wreckage
We go
Break walls, pursuit’s real
And this show
Won’t end here
Yet this blow
Threatens to break me
Hands off the safety
Barrel to temple and she’s
Begging me with great need
I just want whatever’s up there to take me
But she says

MZ:
Don’t…

Chorus:

And life bleeds, no one needs a hero, hero, hero, hero
And like me, you’ll die believing a hero, hero, hero, hero
Track Name: The Man of a Hundred Guns ft. Ish1da as Asim Billy
Chorus:
He got guns, mo’ weapons
Missiles to bless ‘em
Ammo for the lock
Fill up the cache, don’t wanna test him
Alpha, MZ, Asim Billy in this game
Outfitted better than lames
You best remember the name
He got guns, mo’ weapons
Missiles to bless ‘em
Ammo for the lock
Fill up the cache, don’t wanna test him
Strength, speed, and armor
Best hide all yo daughters
Crazed like Ali Larter
Heroes out for the slaughter

Verse 1 (Asim Billy):
Alright, so Klass done caught one up in his ass and now we stressin/ So since Anti upped the ante, think y'all need some bigger weapons/ Got this AK-47 with a hundred round drum/ It's been fired at thirty men but they only found one/ See, this knife here cuts through rocks and this crossbow shot Cupid/ And I got this RPG like Robo Robs unit/ So if they froggy, jumpin stupid, you can hit em from across the way/ This shotgun pops grenades guaranteed to knock blocks off today/ You can let them rockets spray, out the barrel of this caliber/ 5-fuckin-zero, takes heads off just like Excalibur/ They'll be leakin like a colander, from this radioactive needle gun/ This magnum, I like to wag him and then blap him, just to see em run/ We need em mentally retired and eventually expired/ So if you need some big ass guns there's some Asim Billy required/ I'm not what you'd call admired and I forgot where my MedPac was/ But if you need some fuckin guns, you know who you need to get at cuz

Chorus:
He got guns, mo’ weapons
Missiles to bless ‘em
Ammo for the lock
Fill up the cache, don’t wanna test him
Alpha, MZ, Asim Billy in this game
Outfitted better than lames
You best remember the name
He got guns, mo’ weapons
Missiles to bless ‘em
Ammo for the lock
Fill up the cache, don’t wanna test him
Strength, speed, and armor
Best hide all yo daughters
Crazed like Ali Larter
Heroes out for the slaughter

Verse 2:

Alpha:
Running them games, #1 in the trade
Need a 4-5, then my man got it made
Shelf upon shelf since Klass had his day
Under quarantine, Billy leads the way
Looking through decks
He a gun touting chef
Finding them prizes with some of that heft
Blowing through bullets, taking out all them losers
Code demons with schemes, we lay em to rest
Coffins on coffins stretch out to the distance
Artillery thrill these, we the resistance
Persist through this instance
And we must insist that this mission is our only missive
Just business
Just business? Damn right
Can I get a witness?
Oh wait, laid em out last night
These vermin are only listless
So leave ‘em dead and breathless without a fight

MZ:
He’s got the circuitry that I’ve been looking for
Tech to up the ampage so I can slice them a little more
MZ comes through to grab what she needs in and out the store
Download schematics so I have it, access these tools of war
Ready for the fill up just like a Banditt
Like an Ill Alchemist, Anti can’t stand it
Iron to gold, just like we’d planned it
Upgrade the bike, canons so candid
Armor plating on the side of the ride
Hit that road out IP to Fire Wall, say goodbye

Chorus:
He got guns, mo’ weapons
Missiles to bless ‘em
Ammo for the lock
Fill up the cache, don’t wanna test him
Alpha, MZ, Asim Billy in this game
Outfitted better than lames
You best remember the name
He got guns, mo’ weapons
Missiles to bless ‘em
Ammo for the lock
Fill up the cache, don’t wanna test him
Strength, speed, and armor
Best hide all yo daughters
Crazed like Ali Larter
Heroes out for the slaughter
Track Name: Flight to the Gates of Fire Wall ft. Nyte as Crimelord B. Net + Zilla Persona as Fate
Chorus:
And fly…
And fly, it’s the flight of our lives
It’s the flight of all time
It’s the flight of our night
And fly like you have to prove
You can fly like death’s after you
Fly like life leaves you
Fly cause demons are your proof

Verse 1:

Alpha:
Flight from the city
Just demons around
Overrun the town
Watch buildings fall down
All my friends are dead
In Code they drowned
Killed without a sound
My feet hit the ground
MZ, we on the run for awhile
The last of the proud
Reversal astounds
Madness is ours
Just a pair of storm clouds
Wanna get outta OZ
Shit hit the fan, got the bag at odds
We Fire Wall bound
Gun at the ready
It’s Proxy’s home now
Rev the engines
For late decisions
Crush concerete
Pedal to the metal
Mental signal
It’s subliminal
Curse the millions
Stuck under this pavilion
Watch it break billions in a sickening way
Anti scheming, crawling out of DMZ to have his say

MZ:
We’ve got incoming, need to do something
Scanners reading Code but the visuals say nothing

Alpha:
Skies dark behind us, demons crawling all over
Now there’s a Crimelord to fight, better duck and cover

MZ:
You’re right, I’m definitely reading B. Net headed this way
He’s sprouted wings and an attitude that’s ready to slay

Alpha:
Here he comes!

B. Net:
Meet your end.

Alpha:
Gun it, MZ, I’ve got enough shots to keep this motherfucker busy
Watch him try to take out the pro team of you and me
Break his back with your nano tech assembly
Fire off a couple rounds, he has no prayers to be
And I pledge to thee, it’s no chance that he
Will overpower just what we have
Fight the Code like he’s some fucking street rat
Seamless hunt, now we meet, call me Anti’s heat half

Chorus

Dialogue

Alpha:
Ah shit, my guns aren’t doing anything. Can you augment them?

MZ:
Done. He’s gaining, Alpha. I don’t know if I can outrun him.

B. Net:
Hahaha. Poor little Alpha. She can’t save you now.

MZ:
I can unleash a wave. That’ll buy us time.

Alpha:
Do it!

Verse 2:

B. Net:
You gotta be kiddin me/ you’ll willingly/
Steppin in this hive of villainy/ It’s killer B
Net/ everything I do brings terror
You try to catch me/ you get a 4-0-4 error
Built this from the ground up/ wrote the code
Ain’t another like me/ I broke the mold
Know the whole game/ but it makes sense when
I went from being a henchman to a linchpin
Now I’m a crimelord/ raid boss status
Nearly the baddest with any technological apparatus
I know your framework/ when your gate’s released
You’ll get a bigger Trojan horse than in ancient Greece
Think you fly on the web/ I’m a scary spider
Supplier/ to your worst nightmare provider
Down with ANTI since this program released
Now witness the power the the CODE/ unleashed

Alpha:
MZ, we only got one chance to defeat
I’ll hold him off till you’re ready to release
Pent up energy in a blast to please
Decimate and destroy this ravenous beast
Duck, dodge, flip this cycle in the air
Spin, rotate, draw guns with a flair
Take my shots his too armor’s thick there
There and there and there
There and there and there
Nearly impenetrable from everything I’m doing
Nothing seems to slow him, the beast keeps on growing
Adjusting to the ammo that I am always throwing
Military grade with a plan that’s unfolding
The legs kick in and I’m running down the highway
MZ’s silent, ride in auto pilot
B. Net beside it
Leap at and off him, MZ clicks to fry it

Chorus

Dialogue

MZ:
Alpha, I’m fully charged! If you’re going to do it, you need to do it NOW!

B. Net:
You will NOT escape me!

Alpha:
DO IT MZ!

MZ:
AHHHHH!!!!!

B. Net:
Arrrrrggggghhhhhhh!

Alpha:
<out of breath> Did that do it? Did we get him? Is he gone?

MZ:
Yes… argh…

Alpha:
MZ… MZ, what’s the matter?

MZ:
… he… infected me…

Alpha:
No…
Track Name: The Captain's Fiery Inferno ft. 2 Mello as Captain Proxy + 2-Ton21 as Destiny
Intro (Destiny):

Through the fire wall x 4

Verse 1 (Alpha + MZ):

MZ:
Alpha, I’m reading something
Atop the Fire Wall
Humanoid with a bit fluxin’
Life energies
With a certain release
Like it’s feeding the gates
And it’ll do what it please

Alpha:
Yeah, I’m seeing it
It’s probably Captain Proxy
A crazed ass dude who’s missing a couple rocks, see
He’s been manning them gates
For as long as we’ve known
Like he’s more than a guard
Cause he’s callin’ it home
He’s a couple hundred years
If the rumors are true

MZ:
Okay, nice history lesson
But what are we gonna do?
We need to get through
To the DMZ
We’ve got Code on our heels
And this highway’s ending

Alpha:
Okay, just let me think
It’s power play time
Gonna swim or sink
Run a diversion
You disarm the locks

MZ:
I can do that
I’ll give us a shot



Chorus (Destiny):

Here come the guardians
Heroes left on the run
It’s two acting as one
They are the guardians

Verse 2 (Captain Proxy):
Yeah, you two are really cute, you know, you should stay out of trouble
All I got left here is rubble, my last bastion of my duties
I built a little hut, a little gate, this is my fate it seems
You want passage, well you can get it in your dreams
They used to want me to guard all these gates, to hell with that son
I’d rather not multi-task, so I killed them all but this one
I can only live so well on the salary of bits
And I’m getting along in my years, although I’d hate to admit it
Now what’s that you’re trying, no miss, you’re crossing lines
I can see your hack tool, I’m not blind, well not yet
Why’d you have to come along and make me so upset
Most days I sit here, make some tea, get introspective
Like about how I really protect them all with this old fire wall
They need to stay back, I’ve got my rifle and I’ll blast them to ash
It may look broken, but I used it last week
Blasted a hole in my toe, but my foot was asleep
So it’s cool, I’m cool

Chorus (Destiny):
Here come the guardians
Heroes left on the run
It’s two acting as one
They are the guardians

Bridge:

Here are the guardians
It’s heroes left to run
It’s two act as one
They are the guardians
And through the fire wall
As they are standing tall
They’re Anti’s final fall
They are the guardians


Verse 3 (Alpha):
Shit woman, when I said disarm
I didn’t mean explosions and blowings
Now we’re running, no slowing
Gates open yet quickly closing
Proxy pissed behind
With intentional knowings
Leaping on steep heaps
Avalanche of broken tech
Threaten to flow in
Gonna get thrown out with the wreckage
Bring the cycle in for the heck its
CODE demons in the distance
Creepin’ closer with each second
He activated the last parting shield
Make that last leap to the DMZ fields
Circuits hugged with an electron thrill
Ahhhhh!
Track Name: Me and My A.I.
Alpha:
Doc look at this, he’s broken again
Head full of lead with a cyber beginning
Built for revenge with a heart of tin
Seeking comfort in thick metal hands

MZ:
Welcome to Ip, just the home of the brave
Digital lands where the Flux can play
Protocol Academy and military

Alpha:
And there’s me, just a husk of a man
Disfigured for all my training
Constructed to keep from draining
P. T. C. I should be blaming
Kept it cybernetic so the docs can
Tinker with the hardware and soft, keep it copacetic
Broken, broken, broken, honorably honorable discharge
Here keep this token
For years I took that
Inside wires I slept
Rewire headers in programs beyond the scope I tap
And in the ghost class
A method to the madness in the callbacks
Trace the code just like the Code ravaging the world
My Prog, look at that

Chorus:

Alpha:
Me and my AI x 3

Alpha: Come on, boot up already, I wrote this code right.

Alpha:
Me and my AI x 3

Alpha: Come on, work.
MZ: Hi

Verse 2:

MZ: My name is MZ, running batch calls all through the circuitry
Are you the one who’s been poking through the code
Can’t a girl get a good night’s rest when she’s all alone?

Alpha: Uhh, it’s nice to meet you too
No such thing as AI, how’d you come through?

MZ: AI? I’m very much alive
Not artificial in the slightest, now take it back or die

Alpha: Whoa, didn’t mean to offend
But you’re a program I was tinkering with
In the software of my cybernetic arm
Look, the name is Alpha and I gotta say I’m charmed

MZ: Alpha, what a funny kind of name
But I’m your creation, is that what you’re saying?

Alpha: I guess, didn’t mean for that to happen
But here you are, so what do we do now, littlest captain?

MZ: Well, it’s kind of stuffy in here
And I’m itching to stretch these legs and my rear

Alpha: Um… you don’t have a rear

MZ: You know what I’m saying, just get me out of here

<Beeps>

Alpha: Ok, go wherever you want
I added some tech for electric fronts

MZ: Is that a motorcycle I see? Now that seems interesting
You ready for a little spin with MZ?

Chorus:

Alpha:
Me and my AI x 6

MZ: Oh, that sounds fun. Me next. Me next.

MZ:
Me and my Fluxie x 6
Track Name: Pixel to Blood
Verse 1:
Pixel to blood, I shed em equally
Cold grip at my hip, take shots and it’s a thing
To the depths the enemy brings
Dodge or you’ll be buried
Bullets ricochet, so shield all sides
Cause you’ll be harried
Dogged at the heels when you’re running for the fences
Mechanics in your legs, nano-tech active in the pinch
Less you fall before the onslaught of a hundred haters
Bounties jealous that the credits owe you common favors
Pinned down but you know you’re in the right
And that’s when you activate the girl, eyes glowing with light

MZ: That’s me!

She’s out and there’s no stopper for that genie
Bullets flying and lasers guiding, you jump like Beam Me
Up Scottie, Scottie busy watching that hottie hottie
Slam the bounty bounty, break his body, body
Until he thought he
Was as good as dead and that’s when you take their head
Gonna get them credits one way or another
Alive or dead

Chorus:
Throw your hands up if you like good guys
And throw them up again if you like bad guys
Throw them up a third time if plot is your thing
And last time’s a charm, it’s the credits so sing
Throw your hands up if you like good guys
And throw them up again if you like bad guys
Throw them up a third time if plot is your thing
And last time’s a charm, it’s the credits so sing

Verse 2:
You think that you’re done
But you’re going through the totem pole
White on black with named conventions
Pick em out with scrolling though
Villains versus heroes for an all-time epic climax show
From our world to yours, that’s just how the bounties go
Suited up and ready
The rest is simply gravy
Masterminds unchain reality
No waiting
Such a rush when it begins
Always locked and loaded with that A.I. twin
Shoot first, ask questions, call that win-win
Give me my weapon, I’ll pull that trigger on time
Cross you with Zeus’s dad, minus the S, sublime
Me, me, me credits paid out to the best
The only one to put the anti-hero to rest
Alpha to Omega, MZ to save ya
IP in the background
The military to break ya
Science brought him back
No cybernetics he lacks
Strength in spades, speed the same
Givin’ bounties heartattacks

Chorus:
Throw your hands up if you like good guys
And throw them up if you like bad guys
Throw them up a third time if plot is your thing
And last time’s a charm, it’s the credits so sing
Throw your hands up if you like good guys
And throw them up if you like bad guys
Throw them up a third time if plot is your thing
And last time’s a charm, it’s the credits so sing

Verse 3:
It’s time to take the crown
As we let the beat break it down
So relentless they called me the Hound
Playing a game with thrones, R R cleaning house
Pixels coming at you from every direction
And don’t get it confused, you have no recollection
Erased your mind, your body, the threat
You seem to forget that this dude has no regrets
Even in the sunset
I hunt with the last breath
Put them names up on the shelf
Give birth to the next generation
Like I’m a chip of Intel-ligence
Never been known to fail in this
It ain’t a goodbye unless I say it is
And I ain’t sayin’ shit
All that money, I can’t walk away
Too many bounty hunting days
Too many damn bills to pay
Too many awesome hunts to celebrate
So whether you’re on their side or mine
All I know is it’s about damn time
C’mon now shout the chorus line

Chorus:
Throw your hands up if you like good guys
And throw them up if you like bad guys
Throw them up a third time if plot is your thing
And last time’s a charm, it’s the credits so sing
Throw your hands up if you like good guys
And throw them up if you like bad guys
Throw them up a third time if plot is your thing
And last time’s a charm, it’s the credits so sing