The Plagues of Egypt

by Aaron Leatherdale

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The Plagues of Egypt is a musical performance based on the Book of Exodus. The production was recorded live from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

The music for the entire album was spontaneously created on stage. The tracks were not mixed in a studio, and did not go through any post production.

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released June 5, 2017

Rappers: Aaron Leatherdale, Genesis Burkley, Ryeon McClenton

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Aaron Leatherdale Kansas City, Missouri

Hi, my name is Aaron. I have created several Bible rap albums including The Book of Philippians, Tomb Stands Empty, Radiant, and others.

I currently reside in Kansas City, where I rap and serve as a missionary at the International House of Prayer.

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Track Name: The Glory of Egypt
We journey back in time, to ancient days gone by
To the days of Egypt, the days of Pharaohs
In a distant land, in a distant land
To the days of Pharaohs

This desert oasis, braced for any impact, war, or change that could rearrange dates, times, seasons, and faces, shining like a pyre in the nighttime, this city makes everything in a 2 to 9 mile radius look old, decrepit, and ancient. The city of a great king. The advancement of this race was a sight to behold. You could see it shining from the highest mountaintop or below. Nestled in the crescent of a valley, filigree gold inlay in every nook and cranny. From the tombs that consume to the palaces and streets, what was made could never be made again for eyes to see. This is the story of a kingdom, so vast that it could not be compared.

The height of human enlightenment, all its inhabitants studied arithmetic, geometry, art, and others gifts within. Language that transformed more than a nation, but transcended alphabetical simplicity, ever increasing greatness. Thutmose I, the Pharaoh that started all of this, acknowledged as a god, wisdom deeper than Solomon. His chamber was a temple, his priests dwelt close to tell, the greatness of his fury and the power of his yell.

Let’s take a closer look, to the heart of Egypt, and see that there’s more to this story than we’ve seen. Let’s take a closer look. It’s a hot day, Pharaoh in his castle steady lampin’, chillin’ like a villain while so many whips are cracking.

I truly have designed such an amazing system, 600,000 Israelites and not one of them missing. Continuing to build upon the glory of my mind, even keeping them alive makes me kind. These peons, they couldn’t stand against me, I don’t know why I was so afraid they would rise up and get me. They know the drill, they’ve been beaten and if they try and misbehave, I guess God really needs his slaves. I guess a god really does need his slaves.
Track Name: We're Slaves
We're slaves
Your cities are built on our backs
You're slaves
So carry those bricks in your sacks
We're slaves
7 days a week, no relaxing
You’re slaves
You better not slack, whips cracking
We're slaves
We carry heavy loads, arms shakin'
You're slaves
Get back to work, quit fakin'
We're slaves
Our human rights have been taken
Back-breaking, forced to work, brick makin'

Building, back- breaking, digging, masonry
Making these bricks from straw, working hastily
Egypt's economy continues to boom
On the backs of slaves, while Pharaoh looms
Shovels and trowels, we can't throw in the towel
Foul-mouthed, abusive Egyptians scowl
They whip us, they beat us, they harshly treat us
Prisoners for 400 years, they defeat us
They meet us at the end of each shift asking,
"Did you meet your daily quota, bricks in your baskets?"
They're taskmasters, we have to satisfy their checklist
Shackled hand and foot, iron necklace
Steel yoke, we feel broke, cause we are, we're penniless
No wages, no benefits, through jail bars I'm pennin' this
We want to escape and bury our bonds
But pharaoh — he’s got these chariots of bronze!
They're merciless, they're not sorry
They flogged my father down in the quarry, it was gory
He was just too slow, the work load was just too much
They broke 3 of his fingers, and now it hurts to touch
His pick, but he must, grind this dirt into dust, and clutch those boulders
That crush his shoulders, and march like soldiers
He’s parched, under harsh supervision
Taking orders, making mortar
Egypt's egregious oppression makes me question
God, because they told me that Jacob had a blessing
So where's the god of Israel?
Does he see this injustice?
What does he say?
He's a million miles away

We're slaves
Your cities are built on our backs
You're slaves
So carry those bricks in your sacks
We're slaves
7 days a week, no relaxing
You’re slaves
You better not slack, whips cracking
We're slaves
We carry heavy loads, arms shakin'
You're slaves
Get back to work, quit fakin'
We're slaves
Our human rights have been taken
Back-breaking, forced to work, brick makin'

All day long I work and toil
All day long I slave in the hot sun (x6)
Track Name: Pharaoh's Death Decree
I hear, I hear the decree of Pharaoh, the mighty.
Your son shall not live. The decree of death is released, the death decree.

Pharaoh's death decree
He told the midwives to take the baby boy’s lives
Deliver them, but if they're a male, then abort them
And give them to their mothers post-mortem

I hear the sound of soldiers scurrying feet running through the streets
Taking every Jewish newborn ripping them outta the sheets
Ripping them outta their homes, outta their cribs, outta their beds
It's not a nursery rhyme, this is the worst of times
Malicious, they throw the babies to the fishes
In the River Nile with the vicious crocodile
Alligator, reptile, sharp teeth, menacing smile
Baby bodies mount up by the pile
Where is our defender?
They separate the babies by their gender,
Women and the men aside, systematic genocide
Women scream, horrified, sickened, pulse quickened
Their hearts beat and pant inside, it's infanticide!

Where is the God of Israel? I know He chose us
I need to hide my baby Moses
Hide him in a basket, hide him in the reeds
Gotta trust God, ‘cause that's where the crocodile feeds
Where is the God of Israel? I know He chose us
I need to hide my baby Moses
I put him in a basket, push him off the river banks
Give thanks, push him off the sands, into Gods’ hands

I have to trust, I have to believe there’s a plan
As I watch my baby float away

What is this that’s coming towards me?
Servant, go and fetch this basket.
Bring it to me, that I may see
What is this, do my eyes deceive?
A little one floating freely,
What is this, do my eyes deceive?
It’s a Hebrew, it’s a Hebrew baby
Track Name: Moses Fleeing
In the courts of Pharaoh, God raised up one
Moses grew to be a fine young man
Knowledge in the ways of the Egyptians
Moses grew to be a fine young man
The prince of Egypt
Prince of Egypt in a palace
God’s deliverer, God has a plan

Moses, I'm a prince of Egypt in the palace
Not a care, golden silverware, gold chalice
Drinking fine wine, disconnected from the malice
Just outside the castle where my relatives are vassals
I haven't heard much, so I gotta see whats up
I gotta take a stroll, I know that hard work can take a toll
On my Hebrew brothers, they're my flesh and bone
It's so crazy that I'm up in this villa, while they groan
And suffer in Pharaoh’s work force, they’re hands are course
They built all these pyramids, these monuments, and a stable for his horse
So unfair. So unfair

So unfair, I look over there
An Egyptian beating a Hebrew, he's grabbing him by his hair!
My angry was flared. Hey, stop it! I struck him
Dropped him to the ground, he's dead
I didn't mean to kill him, I just wanted to stop him instead
I buried him in the sand, then I fled

I’m fleeing, fleeing to the desert land
Fleeing, fleeing away from the Pharaoh’s hand

God King Pharaoh, I have news you’ll not appreciate. Moses killed a soldier, hid the body, now he’s fleeing the state. We’ve sent a party after him, but we know not where he’s gone. What should we do, my god?

Truly, he showed his colors perfectly. Send more soldiers to find him, and bring him to me, so I can execute him myself, this is no defeat, go and get that Hebrew boy and bring him to my feet. He thinks he can live in my house, the same palace that me and my spouse dwell within, and get away with murder and still live? What are you standing around for? Find him! Moses, if I ever see you again, you’re dying

I’m fleeing, fleeing to the desert land
Fleeing, fleeing away from the Pharaoh’s hand
Track Name: The Burning Bush
I heard a voice speaking to me, calling me out by my name
Saying, I am the God of your fathers
He’s calling me and sending me out
Go speak to Pharaoh
I heard a voice, telling me to deliver
Saying, I have raised you up
He’s calling me out, calling me to Pharaoh’s house
To confront and set things straight

The Angel of the Lord appeared in the burning bush
Moses turned aside, I can’t look at this sight
God said, Moses, I’m the great I AM
I know about the oppressed people in the land
I want you to go to Pharaoh, bring my children of Israel
Out of Egypt, and tell them that my love is needed
Moses said, who am I to do something like that
My speech is slow, I’m not worthy to go
God said, don’t be afraid ‘cause I’m with you
Tell them, tell them, I’m the One who sent you
I’ll be right with you, I’ll never forget you
You know my light will come through, and shine like crystals
I’ll never leave that’s what a good father do
Moses, you making up all these excuses
Thinking that your voice is so useless
But I’m in charge of your usage
I’m the God of War, take up your sword
You can do this, I believe in you, Moses
I’m the God of War, take up your sword
You can do this, I believe in you, Moses

Moses, you will not go alone
I am with you, I am with you
Track Name: Two Kingdoms Clash
I'm heading back to Egypt with nothing but my rod
But I got my God, it's been awhile since I trod this road
It's time to save my peers
It's been 40 yrs time to face my fears
So I march up to the palace that I used to know
King Pharaoh, if my people choose to go
You need to let them, you need to set them free
So they can sacrifice, worship in the desert, let them be

Well, well, well, if it isn't the prince. Wait, who is this guy? He killed who? When? With? Whoever let this person in my house, kill him, and drag his body through the slave camp, show it to the civilians. See it's obvious I'll never let your people go. You can't even speak to me, voice shaking like you've seen a ghost. Stuttering like a bumbling idiot, no wonder why your brother talks, look at what a wimp he is. Simply this, anything you do, I can do best, my sorcerers and warlocks have defeated the true test. Who's blessed? Me! Can't you see? Get this Hebrew out of my sight, who's next?

Let me demonstrate don't laugh
I'll make a snake from my staff that will bite your snakes in half
You think you're a god with your pyramids and your sphinxes?
Jannes & Jambre, your sorcerers with their jinxes?
The Nile River will be blood, it will stink
Blood in your bathtub and your kitchen sink
You won't be able to drink, just think
Your link to life will be turned into blood-colored pink

Our water supply is blood, now I'm sipping on some metal. You think this parlor trick will change my mind, you're mental. I told you, you worthless Hebrews will never be free, send me one of his kin so they can wash my feet.

Will you let my people go? Don't say no
You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes
Will you let my people go? No! Will you?
No! I’ll kill you!
Will you let my people go? Don't say no
You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes
Will you set my people free?
No! The slaves belong to me!

The plague of frogs is upon you, they're hopping in your kitchens
Houses and your bedrooms, there's nothing your magicians
Can do with their religious chants, they bring up more frogs?
Various species? That's hilarious!
Please be kidding, their power can't match that of Yahweh
With divination, magic & slight of hand
Your dealing with the great I Am that I Am
He's the one who made the land of Egypt with every single grain of sand

Next you got insects, lice, lices, louse
No one is protected, even inside the nicest house
Even Pharaoh on your throne, on your pedestal, your head is full
Of these critters, your kids scratching, itchy, this is plague #3

I'm sick of this filthy Hebrew and all his wizardry, can't see, hear, or breathe, this I can't believe. What was once an annoyance, is now breeding in me malice. Snakes and scorpions invading every inch of this palace. I've resorted to bluffing but maybe now I think I should take a stand, he's killing my livestock, our food supply is scant. Can't this magician fix this? Who is this? Moses, you and your people are dead, you’re finished

Will you let my people go? Don't say no
You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes
Will you let my people go? No! Will you?
No! I’ll kill you!
Will you let my people go? Don't say no
You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes
Will you set my people free?
No! The slaves belong to me!

Spread the ashes from the furnace and turn this dust
Into boils with pus-filled moles, grotesque, recoil
At the sight of every royal and every commoner
With pimples, let the people go, it's simple
Or everyone will be sick plague #6
Contagious virus, on the pages of papyrus
You can write this, ‘cause it's set in stone from God's mouth it's certain
When the 7th plague hits, hailstones with fire mixed
Animals will be struck, beat to a bloody mass
Plants are doomed wheat, barley, yams, and grass
All the cattle, all the rams and ewes, and all the crops yield
Everything will die in your fields

The floors, the walls, the ceilings, the halls, everything in sight, filled with locusts as they crawl. Kill them all, kill them all, don't stop until they're dead, and someone come and bring me Moses’ head! A darkness so thick it's impossible to move, the same bricks on their backs are ours now, we're subdued. That's it! I'm through, he wants his way? Fine, with his head on a plate, this will end plagues 8 and 9

Will you let my people go? Don't say no
You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes
Will you let my people go? No! Will you?
No! I’ll kill you!
Will you let my people go? Don't say no
You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes
Will you set my people free?
No! The slaves belong to me!

Over Egypt you rule, but your stubborn as a mule
And your pigheaded obstinance these judgments has fueled
You fool! The Angel of Death will take the breath of all your firstborn
Pharaoh, you have been warned
Track Name: Angel of Death
You fool, the Angel of Death will take the breath
Of all your firstborn, Pharaoh, you've been warned

In Egypt there was a lot going on
False gods close their eyes, thinking they’re wise
To their surprise, death, Angel of the Lord
He’s coming with the sword
‘Bout to turn your city to a morgue
He’s coming for your firstborn
Israelites, you’ve been warned
Told to sacrifice animals, put the blood
On the top and the sides of your door
Make bread with no yeast
No leftovers, death passed over, let’s feast
We serve the God of Peace
Death can’t touch us, God still love us
And we’re still here with my brothers
Let’s feast, we’re going to stay together
We’re protected

It’s midnight. What’s happening? Moses depicted death and it’s happened so tragically. I believed it was just a fallacy. Not a star shines in this moment in our galaxy. My son, whom I could’ve saved, was reduced to nothing from the words of a slave. You were so brave, you were going to be the greatest god of all. They would speak about you for thousands of years, now not at all.

History was written so that you, my son, could win, but now you’re laying in my arms. What have I done? I’ve committed this murder with my own hands, his soul stands with Amenhotep and Akenhaten, please deliver him to his home. Accounts of Fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, even the livestock have been slaughtered. I must not falter, I must set these Israelites free, and give them honor.

My servant, I’m sorry to disturb you, but gather Moses and Aaron that they may gather all their people, and gather their herds, too. They must go, we cannot keep them here, lest we all come under this curse of God, and be filled with fear. You must gather them. You must tell them that they must go. They must go.
Track Name: The Exodus
The Passover, the Angel of Death passed over us
‘Cause lambs blood was brushed
On the door posts, we trust the Lord of Hosts is for us
He hasn't ignored us, this is the greatest exodus
Exodus, in spite of Pharaoh's oppressive fist
A new day dawns, our freedom is on the precipice
Flight by night, Egypt paralyzed by fright
And wonder, plundered, Rameses torn asunder
Lamb’s blood protected us, from that angel's cryptic clutch
On the lintel, threshold, now we got our chests full
Of clothes, silver and gold, we've taken all their wealth
600,000 men leaving with stealth
Families in tow, wives and kids, let's go!
Kneading bowls on our shoulders filled with unleavened dough
With our flocks and herds, and the bones of Joseph
Every Israelite is leaving, Egypt is grieving

Pillar of cloud by day
Fire by night
This is the exodus
The great Israelite flight
Pillar of cloud by day
Fire by night
This is the exodus
Exodus, exodus

You have been faithful, You’ve set us free
And now we are running, now we believe again
Track Name: Final Showdown
You took my son from me, Moses
You think you’ve defeated me, you think you have won
Well, I will avenge his blood with yours
You will pay

Anger has beset me on all sides, adept at all kinds of death, made from weapons that stretch raw hide and dissect until lungs dry. I’m vexed, can’t you tell? I’ve been up all night, haven’t slept, trying to understand, of all, why was my son, taken from where he was kept? Debts must be paid, rendered in blood, red from a slave. It’s simply the grave that will pay him his wage. Ready my chariots, we are off, and I won’t stop until his head rests on my glaive. This dead Hebrew slave.

You took my son from me, Moses
You think you’ve defeated me, you think you’ve won?
Well, I will avenge his blood with yours
You will pay in the worst way

Israelites, prepare for your end. No message to your relatives, but a few bodies I’ll send. I’ve rounded up all my horses and men, so vast that the sea couldn’t hold us within.

Where have they gone? This pillar stands tall. I can’t see or hear their marching, let’s continue to draw on. I will not stop until their blood paints my doors. I am God, and you’re about to hear me roar!

There they are! Catch them! God of War I am, I am so matchless. Ride strong men, they have laid for themselves a trap set for fools. Watch the pools of blood spill, every Israelite must be killed

I saw Moses extending his staff, God created a path
Flight from Goshen, through the middle of the ocean
Seas divide, this is our last call
We see the water on either side like glass walls
On the dry land we tread, Red Sea sea bed
All the armies of Egypt will be dead
When the mighty partitions of water crash in
In holy fashion, judged, wheels caught in the sludge
Their chariots malfunction, this is the final junction
Where Jacob and Pharaoh part ways in the sea spray
The slaves are saved through the walls of waves
While the captains charge to their watery graves

Here I am, lost in my thoughts. Tires from my chariot are stuck in the dross. 3 million men, all gasping for breath with water on all sides, crashed from the depths. The tireless pain, the endless shame when I wept, and this is to be my last step? Clutching my neck from this torrid asphyxiation, God of Moses, you decimated a great nation.

God vindicates, in the seas He buries them
But we’re the chosen people, passing through aquariums
Tidewaters frozen, return to the ocean floor
Asphyxiation decimates a nation
Horses neigh, the chariots weigh them down
This is the final showdown, shatters Pharaoh's crown, people drown
Flailing limbs, armor makes it hard for them to swim
Every chain link makes them sink, take a last drink
Cramps from treading water
Swimming with the sharks
But they don't have gills, so the H2O kills
There’s water in their lungs, but this song will be sung
Great and marvelous are all the works that Yahweh has done!
I stood by the Seashore and I could see more
Bodies washing up on the beach, 3 or 4
Then 5 or 10, it was a sight to see
Goodbye, my master, we're finally free
I stood by the seashore and I could see more
Bodies washing up on the beach, 3 or 4
Then 5 or 10, it was a sight to see
Goodbye, my friend, this is the end

Pillar of cloud by day
Fire by night
This is the exodus
The great Israelite flight
Pillar of cloud by day
Fire by night
This is the exodus
Exodus, exodus
Track Name: The Future
There’s another day coming when Pharaoh will rise again
Reprobate, the antichrist, oppressing the saints
Judgments will be released, and this man of lawlessness, this man of sin
Will be destroyed, and the saints will be victorious
21 judgments, God’s wrath completed
Saints have the victory, the beast they defeated
I saw the sign in heaven, angels with bring linen
This is light and dark collision, good VS evil
Colliding with this antichrist, the worst of the worst, sadistic
A master of manipulation, misfit, perverse and twisted
Erasing every moral codes, amalgamation,
Of all the world religions, worship me, abomination
This man of lawlessness, this man of sin
The saints will be non-conforming wearing everlasting gold crowns
7 bowls poured out, the last show down
Standing on the sea of glass like an ocean
They sing the son of Moses, flashback to Red Sea, flight from Goshen
Devotion unparalleled, spotless bride
With the Ancient of Days and the Lamb, they side
The great tribulation, wipe away all the tears

Depicted in this story is a lot for us to hold, but behold, God, the King of Glory, comes to let us know. A kingdom from the sky is coming down to set on the ground, capture the sound of death and destroy every cloud. Strip every evil from the face of the planet, and in a moment, every lover He’ll inhabit. No longer snares laid as a trap or evil magic, but the Messiah will show us more powerful than we could imagine. So many things will happen. Our government will change, agriculture will flourish as decay goes down the drain. Every animal and child, all together dwelling in unity, truly peace will reign as our God rides to do these things. Indubitably, in truth, we will see, what eye has not known, and hearts have not received. Who can stop the Lord Almighty? Not a one, under, over, behind, or in front of the Son. Catch it? This is simply a foretaste, more’s at stake, when war breaks our homes. Safe in His zone, under the shelter of His wings, we will sing and dance and shout, holy, holy is our King! Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus Christ, the slain risen Lamb is forever blessed. He shall receive glory and honor and power alone, those with weapons will beat them into tools to help Him sow this kingdom into the very fabric of existence. Princes and princesses, turned kings and queens with quickness. Enter in the Holy Lord to His temple, God will manifest Himself, are we ready? Let’s get there.

The saints are singing with palm branches in their hands
Salvation! Be to our God and to the Lamb!

Great and marvelous are the works
Great and marvelous are all the works that Yahweh has done

Jesus cracked the sky and the bride screamed, glory
Hallelujah, all praises go to Yeshua
We gon’ live the rest of our days, we should throw a parade
Have the whole crowd screaming His name, Jehovah!
The greatest of all time, He’s in it, the end-times
We’re drinking the new wine
We gon’ have a toast to the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
For His love, and just look at His glow
Just like the Father wiping all tears
The devil locked down for 1000 years
I got a smile on my face knowing we are His
Different races, all from different places
We come to together as one
We gon’ have fun with the Son
And I know we got work to do
I’m just happy to get to work alongside You

Salvation belongs to our God
Who sits on the throne
And unto the Lamb