Bateau

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Bateau's debut album includes a bonus remix by LROY
Plus an acapella & instrumental version to Off My Meds...  

Melina Twyman was 19 years old when she decided to pursue a music career after The John Lennon Tour Bus made a stop in San Antonio,Texas and gave her an opportunity to professionally film, produce, and record a music video for her original song “Runaway” in March of 2013. The experience left a lasting impression and inspired her to move to Austin, Texas where she continued to develop her songwriting skills in the city’s open mic scene.

In January of 2014 she released the single “Put Down The Bottle” on YouTube which quickly attracted a following. The two albums she released on iTunes and Spotify began to generate sales after her songs were featured on Pandora Radio. Although she initially started to generate a buzz in the Texas indie folk scene she felt restricted by the genre and increasingly uncomfortable with the squeaky clean image that she felt pressured to maintain for her career.



She took a break from everything in 2015 and for three months took up a job waitressing to save money for a move to California. Even though she felt emotionally drained and hadn’t performed for months she couldn’t help but wonder if her fans would accept the underground hip-hop sound that inspired her to write to music in the first place as a teenager in Houston, Texas. Unable to leave music behind for good; she quietly recorded and released the single “Gold“ as Bateau and officially retired her old stage name Melina Evalyn on Facebook.



The risk payed off and “Gold” quickly won over her fans and drew in the interest of Austin Rapper/producer HADES, who then signed her to his Black Market Pluto Label after they collaborated together on the song “Downtown (Houston)”



Listening to the new tracks it’s easy to see that Melina’s vocals grew more ambitious as she started to pen more autobiographical lyrics and incorporated a more mature sound. Her voice hovers with ease over the Deep bass and dark atmospheric tones that HADES has brought to the table on both “Downtown (Houston)” and her latest release “Airplane.” on which she effortlessly delivers the lines “and I have never been one to fall apart…/ and I got all my success to back it” on the hook.

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released September 20, 2015

Bateau - Vocals, Guitar, Lyrics
HADES (Hungry Artists Don't Ever Stop) - Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Lryics
Kyle Hubbard - Vocals, Lyrics
LROY (Legitimate Rhythms Own You) - Scratches, Chronologist

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Track Name: Money Honey
MONEY HONEY

VERSE ONE

Thanks for putting up with me, thanks for making love to me
Thanks for never questioning the level of my sanity
Thanks for all the charity, acting like you're scared of me
Saying I got options like you need the fucking clarity
All these dudes are on me like some bees on fuckin’ honey boy I only want your money I Don't need no one to love me like
Tell me that you want me when you got me you don't call me when I leave you all up on me on your knees you're saying sorry like
Never want to settle down get a rush from messin’ round
Think I might be lying but one day you’re going to figure out
Catch me on the west side, different dude with each night,
Shameless from the way I got no problem when I tell a lie

CHORUS
‘Cuz I can never love you like the way I love my money
No I can never love you like the way I love my money

VERSE TWO
Damn I love that yayo, alcohol and xanax,
Oxy on my mind I keep it in my purple spandex,
Everybody wants a piece but don't want to put up with me
when I'm at my worst my pretty head inside the toilet seat
Different personalities varying with every week
Fuck all your stability ‘cuz that’s the shit that makes you weak,
Catch me up in California hopefully somebody warned you
Could not get attached to you ‘cuz all the shit that I been through
Constantly deciding what it is I'm fighting
Try to breath it out and bring myself up out of hiding
Can not stop my crying a product of your lying,
God damn I'm really trying

CHORUS
‘Cuz I can never love you like the way I love my money
No I can never love you like the way I love my money

VERSE THREE
Every night is a new thing every day a new fling
Every week a different dude who's throwing out a diamond ring
Acting like I owe them things always keep them wondering
Insanity is my strategy but I'm not doing anything
I was once in love with someone felt it every time we fucking
Turns out I was super bugging guess I really needed loving
Now I'm on my own again minus all the wondering of what these dudes are doing disappearing like some holograms

CHORUS
‘Cuz I can never love you like the way I love my money
No I can never love you like the way I love my money
Track Name: Downtown
Downtown

VERSE ONE
Cruising eighty on the freeway towards the beltway
Blasting Common on the stereo like old days
Scanning all the houses of the dudes I once played
Got around in my day what you want me to say?
Switching lanes so I can exit off of Melrose
On the streets of Houston where they got the best hoes
I love my city born and raised incase you don’t know
Two mil growing still
Harris County what’s the deal?

CHORUS
Downtown running round take in the sounds
Buildings touch the sky straight from the ground

VERSE TWO
Now I’m passing the apartments of my ex dude
He used to skate with all his homies at the high school
He’d blow me off to smoke a blunt but yeah we’re still cool
Made love in the back of his house in the pool
Used to stay on River Garden by the freeway
To get to school I’d fuck around and take the back way
Getting drunk at seventeen like it was okay
Two mil growing still
Harris County what’s the deal?

CHORUS
Downtown running round take in the sounds
Buildings touch the sky straight from the ground

BRIDGE
College educated meditated
Strongly sedated
X3

CHORUS
Downtown running round take in the sounds
Buildings touch the sky straight from the ground

I love my city born and raised incase you don’t know
X3


Streets of Houston where they got the best hoes
Track Name: Circles
Circles

VERSE ONE
Every day is the same old shit
Driving to work at a half past six
Waiting tables overwhelming feelings that I might have failed
Call you up when I want to talk
I know you felt I was not enough
But you’re the only one that I really got
So I run it back like
I don’t need it I’m okay
I don’t know what else I can say
Like wasting my whole life away
On something that I wont do
Go to college get good grades
Have a family one day
At least that’s what my parents say
I need to have a good life

CHORUS
I wont see what’s in front of me with my eyes closed
No I can’t see what’s in front of me with my eyes closed

VERSE TWO
I want to live like girls in movies
Fendi Benzi Lambo Gucci
Say goodbye to all who knew me
I am always changing
When I’m drinking I start sinking
Hoping wishing contemplating
All these things that I’ve been missing
No sense of direction
Driving down a road less traveled
Hoping that it might unravel
Pick myself up from the gravel
Dust off all the excess
Finding myself underwater
Making music is my cover
Wish I wasn’t so damn stubborn
Burning all these bridges

CHORUS
I wont see what’s in front of me with my eyes closed
No I can’t see what’s in front of me with my eyes closed

BRIDGE
Am I going to pick it up?
Am I going to make a change?
Feeling like I’m running in these circles
In these circles
Am I going to pick it up?
In a city I belong?
Feeling like I’m running in these circles
In these circles

CHORUS
I wont see what’s in front of me with my eyes closed
No I can’t see what’s in front of me with my eyes closed
Track Name: Off My Meds ft. Frankie Donatello of Suicide Notes
Off My Meds

VERSE ONE
Three in the morning shaking up
While the early birdies waking up
On the phone with my multiple personalities
Get out of me and
Save me from banality
I'm calling out but they never ever call back
Prescription make me sleepy need to fall back
And then I hear a voice that's so near
I lean my ear against the wall to the whisper
I found the glitter and gold in the kitchen
Naked doing snow off of dishes
Back end delicious
said Frankie D is fictitious
So lets get committed
She ripped my shirt off and we did it
This is how I'm living
Scratching the surface
Nails in my back
Girl make it worth it
Relax and react
Do I make you nervous?
Girl you deserve it
I did it on purpose

CHORUS
'Cuz I don't need to know your name
You make me want to go insane with you
I'm going off my meds with you
I'm going off my meds

VERSE TWO
Wake up in the evening feeling kind of drowsy
Must of been the addy laced with something pretty lousy,
Walk in to the store I pop a pill I'm out the door
See a dude who got me floored
Get his number and some more
Say that he don’t want to talk
Want to taste my coco puff
Damn he is my medication imma take a pill vacation what a wonderful sensation
Dump my vodka down the drain and
Everybody wants me but I want you
Cuz I'm going off my meds, I got you here in my bed, you inject between my legs,
You're all I need never want to get clean of you
Never want to get clean of you


CHORUS
'Cuz I don't need to know your name
You make me want to go insane with you
Going off my meds with you
Going off my meds you
X3
Track Name: Airplane
Airplane

VERSE ONE
Hey
X6

I go down on my producer
He tells me he’s a loser
But to me he was important
So I’m on to something newer
Because I’m not one to hash it out
I’m not one to talk it out
Move to higher ground just to escape the tears that flowing out
I move to California
Don’t say I never told you
All I’m doing is getting older
I’m the queen of starting over
I sing to ease the pain of all the dreams that simply won’t unfold
In front of me stands everything I’ve put up on a pedestal

CHORUS
I’ve never been one to fall apart
And I got all my success to back it
I’ve never been one to fall apart

VERSE TWO
You tried to hit me up
But I am so far over that
I’m sorry baby but you know that I’m so fucking over that
Wait no I still want you
God damn I really loved you
I’m sorry I’ve been drinking
Ignore what I’ve been saying
So I fly to California
To clear all my emotions
I’m sick of all these notions
Sick of all these potions
Los Angeles you messed me up
Made me feel I’m not enough
But California has my heart so I am never giving up

CHORUS
I’ve never been one to fall apart
And I got all my success to back it
I’ve never been one to fall apart

Hey
X6
Track Name: Bad Decision
Bad Decision

VERSE ONE
I’m an adult
So mature
but the lure of your words have a furious curse
But I’m pure
Queen do me your worst
A dream it would take to succumb to the thirst
Set flame to the bursting of yours
Cuz the first thing of worth while sex is the hurt
You wanna drag my name through the dirt
I just want good brain on the earth
She had a plane on her arm and her shirt and a bomb on her
I had to check to be sure
I heard protect your neck in a blur
I want you just slipped out in a slur
Didn’t plan on lying tonight but I’m lying if I don’t get to lie with you right?
I’m nice
There must be some evil inside
But the evil inside has no place to hide

CHORUS
I want to be your
Bad decision
I want to Make your
Bad decision
I’ve done this before
Bad decision
Caught in a
Bad decision
X2

VERSE TWO
Feels like we’re running out of time
So I strain a little harder with my bedroom eyes
Baby if you do it right
You’ll get me down in your sheets tonight
You got it all figured tu when you trace my stomach with your mouth
Baby there’s no turning back now
So I throw you hard on to the ground
Like oh my god
I love it when you touch me
Love it when you fuck me
You know what I want
Tell me that you want me
Couldn’t get enough of me
I know you think that this is a bad decision
But I’m about to make a reality of all your wishes



CHORUS
I want to be your
Bad decision
I want to Make your
Bad decision
I’ve done this before
Bad decision
Caught in a
Bad decision
X2


I know it isn’t love but I love when you touch me
Baby it’s enough because I love when you fuck me
I know I got a man
But my man doesn’t know
Tonight I got to see him but I hope it doesn’t show
I’m in love with the thought of a secret between you and I
And I swear I will keep it between you and I
So I lay on my back now and just close my eyes
Let you take full control until the end of the night

CHORUS
I want to be your
Bad decision
I want to Make your
Bad decision
I’ve done this before
Bad decision
Caught in a
Bad decision
X2
Track Name: Machine Gun ft. Kyle Hubbard & LROY (Legitimate Rhythms Own You)
Machine Gun

VERSE 1
Don’t care what you say because your opinion isn’t relevant
Try to piss me off and see me mad just for the hell of it
I don’t fuck with anyone who’s less than a phenomenon
And if you try to hold me down
Expect that I am going to run
Tattoos on my arm you like tattoo on my waist line
Say it turns you on the way I’m riding on the base line
Sorry you ain’t special if you pull I’m going to run run
Faster than a bullet shooting out of a machine gun
Yo see what I mean once heats starts descends your flesh
I got nothing for you fools who still don’t get it yet
Be a man in death unless living with your regrets
I’ve seen them both and know the second is the bigger threat
I suppose I got some shit to get in check
Truth is I got demons with more reason than my intellect
I don’t need to be a genius for my hands to know
Pride is used to cast the stones I used to craft the home
I have to go

CHORUS
Sometimes I want to run away from all this
Sometimes I want to run away from all this

Faster than a bullet shooting out of a machine gun
X4

VERSE TWO
Don’t care what you say because you’re just judging from a distance
I just flip my hair and put a wall up on these bitches
I’ll never be a millionaire
I’m a pretending extraordinaire
Will not put a filter on my mouth because I don’t fucking care
Sick of all these people who can throw out their opinions
Never spoke a word to me yeah I’m just trying to live man
No you don’t know anything about me I don’t want to change
I am taking off so swerve it back into the right lane
Some say everything is a matter of perspective
I don’t disagree but see them most don’t get the message
I ain’t about to stress it
Because I’m content to sit by
Until I got to clip the wings of birds that try to get fly
So I suggest you keep up when I speed up
Do it for the love but I won’t fuck without a prenup
When the castle start to crumble ain’t no getting out
Peasants want to build a king just so they can rip him down
And get the crown


CHORUS
Sometimes I want to run away from all this
Sometimes I want to run away from all this

Faster than a bullet shooting out of a machine gun
X4

Tattoos on my rib you like the tattoos on my backside
Tattoos on your chest I like the tattoo by your left eye
Yeah you turn me on don’t see no reason why I got to lie
I give you permission you’re in charge for the entire night
I like getting dirty with the raunchy grimy best of them
Yeah I disappear and come back harder than the rest of them
Only twenty- three ain’t got no worries I’m just testing them
Yeah I got some baggage
But it doesn’t make me less than them

CHORUS
Sometimes I want to run away from all this
Sometimes I want to run away from all this

Faster than a bullet shooting out of a machine gun
X4
Track Name: 1605
1605

VERSE ONE
I'm sorry I'm so independent
They didn't like that I changed and they didn’t
They knew my heart was inside of the ocean
They try to rip me down in a rush of emotions
They try to reach my heart just to steal it
But its so small I can barely feel it
All i want is right in front of me
And it’s so close but it’s still out of my reach
All this time that I waste on bullshit
Looking back was it even worth it?

CHORUS
I am standing tall right now do you see me?
I am standing tall right now for you
I am standing tall right now do you see me?
Standing tall so tall do you see me at all?

They can't take that they aren't my main priority
Everyone who wasn't there will try to say that they know me
Time has made me wise cut cold and withered
I'm left standing all alone guess I should have figured
When I die don't got to bury me in no grave
Spread me across the ocean fuck material things
There are things I will not know and I'm so damn glad that I let them go
All the stress so stressful made me grow


CHORUS
I am standing tall right now do you see me?
I am standing tall right now for you
I am standing tall right now do you see me?
Standing tall so tall do you see me at all?

BRIDGE
And like the trees I'm growing towards the sun
This is the last time I will ever run
Hard work won't pay off unless you’re working hard
No friends in the game of passionate young hearts
I’m born into a trade 1605
Time can change so much better keep your eyes wide
And if you find yourself looking towards the future
You got to make change nothing wrong with something newer


CHORUS
I am standing tall right now do you see me?
I am standing tall right now for you
I am standing tall right now do you see me?
Standing tall so tall do you see me at all?