Lupe’s Mural

One of Lupe Fiasco’s longest songs with some of the best lyrics. THese are only bits and peices of it but you can read and listen to the whole thing here:

“We’re all chemicals, vitamins and minerals
Vicodin with inner tubes, wrapped around the arm
To see the vein like a chicken on the barn
Top Cat chat, let’s begin another yarn
That’s flying saucer cheese, or is it chicken parm’?
But roosters don’t fly like boosters don’t buy
So what powers cowards to get them to the top
Just to fall asleep listening to Bach?

It’s still hooker heels, on my sugar hills, and sweet spots
Crying shames, make margarita rims, from cheap tops
Deep plots, in floor to ceiling windows, for my peep pots
A little scene, with the sickle swings, to make the wheat drop
And a hundred words, for them hummingbirds, that like to eavesdrop
And fan out, like peacocks, with a parakeet that beat box
So the sun rise, when the beat drops, and the sun dies, when the beat stops…
Then it unties, then it relocks, then it relapsed, then it detox
Then heat back, like a heat pack, on his knee caps of the weak spot

My rap position, was black condition, and activism
Ammunition for abolition, missions attacking systems
But they’re not apt to listen, unless it’s dropping on Activision
Are we apps, or are we bodies filled with apparitions?
Operating applications, stuck inside an Apple prison
Chicken hack, and download updates that lack religion
Or are we more…”

The last verse cited here is one of my favorites: To help understand it here are few referances and interpretations: Activision is referring to the video game maker Activision Blizzard the biggest game maker in the world. Lupe often cites video games in his lyrics and his lyrics are often about social justice. The wordplay of apt and app is a smooth alteration. Comparison of our souls being like apps in a phone stuck in a prison of our bodies. And the information we take in is often meaningless “updates that lack religion.”


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