I wanted this to be the last track on the EP and the album, primarily because this is a message about how we need to treat and view our world. This is the message I'd like to be remembered by.


Verse One

Maybe I’m a teacher but, I’m a student first
I’m a student first
I’m a student of humanity, birthed in commonality
Worth a life of happiness and family
Handedly just a man seeking peace and understanding
But candidly
We’re living in a state without neutrality
Polarizing mentalities
Undeniably challenging
Extreme news cycles perpetuate it so casually
Eminent casualties
If we don’t decided to handle these works
See my objective is to make us alert
We’ve got to be active in action
We’ve got to choose acts of compassion
We’ve got to blessings to masses
We’ve got to be civil and noble
Let’s feed every person that’s hungry
Put our communities over
I want to be decent and soulful
We ought to be neighbors and saviors
Project a legacy of love and never give life to enslavers
Show people that somebody cares
And though it sounds easy on paper
Know that it takes sacrifice, prayer, and people to work through the layers
We need to (hold the light)


We can hold the light
We can be the light

Verse Two

The thing that I’ve learned about words, is words matter
Throughout history words have caused blood splatter
Started wars and protests, caused people to gather
We march for civil rights and peace, and yet the latter’s not accomplished but
We cannot give up
We persist so that the hatred won’t conquer us
We aspire to speak, like men and women before
Who when times were bleak, showed love an open door
And inspired us to change our ways
We admire their conviction and ideas are praised
With an eye on you and me a question has been raised
Will we be leaders of the truth, or just part of the parade
A part of the facade, but facades fade away
So to truth give a nod and let God show the way
I beg you to be leaders, lovers healers, through everything
Be the reason, believe that you can save the day


We can hold the light
We can be the light


I want to take a moment to say thank you
Thank you to my friends, family and community
It just so happened that the making of this record coincided with one of the hardest seasons that my family could’ve imagined
And yet thanks to all of you
Who showed my family love and support
I maintain a stronger conviction that we could be

We could be the reason they smile
And be the reason they eat
Be the reason they laugh
Maybe the reason they breathe
Be the reason they have
The confidence to be seen
Especially up in the moments when they want to retreat
Embrace the people around you
Take my advice
Choose a positive vibe
Be a good person inside
Be a good person, ignite
Teach’em love cuz it’s right
Let that love shine bright
Teach’em to love and goodnight


from The Rhymer​/​Educator EP, released April 27, 2018
Songwriter: Joe Ruiz
Instrumentation: Sinima Beats
Recorded at Always Be Genius Recording Studios
Registered with BMI Music Publishing


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