Released: January 1, 2006

Songwriter: Lupe Fiasco

Producer: Salaam Remi Nas

[Intro: Revenge of the Nerds sample]
Are all nerds as good as you?

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Look look! Gander gander
It's the young boy from the Lambda Lambdas
The Land of Lincoln, the Grand Theft Auto: Chicago
Warn all the mics that he's hardcore
And he's thinking, rose bearers to the area
Spotlights, dancers dancers
Pro Tools come in, answer answer
His flow is like the Klu Klux versus the Panthers

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
Hit the track like a heart attack, cancer cancer
Boogie Man on the mic and a band of Santas
And the Easter Bunny is the backup dancer
They fainting in the stands, gotta fan the fans-uh
Panties on the stage and the pampers of grandmas
Cause they love the way that I pamper the grammar
Moon Man, strutting down the ramp of the lander
Was nuts with the cane, Planters Planters
Adjust my frames, tamper tamper
I'm real, they Seinfeld
They ain't talking 'bout nothing, George Castanza
Louder louder, grander grander
'Cuff a friend, we tell it to 'em like Miranda
The game's in danger, panda panda
Send orders to the reporters, tell 'em pan the cameras
You might get killed if you don't listen enough
Well I guess I'm dead cause I ain't listen to Puff

[Verse 3: Lupe Fiasco]
Best believe our system it sucks
And a person like me don't believe in assistin' in such
Nah, I be rippin' 'em up
But for every pond there is different ducks
I believe if you participate at a lower level you can get a lot more things done
Like working with the alderman, but I ain't alterin' this song
To be a political statement
Let's take it back to the basement
To the encore of the sold out tour
The "More, more!"s and the standing ovations
They be standing with more patience than the county on a Friday
I did it my way, thank them

[Outro: Lupe Fiasco]

Lupe Fiasco

The Chicago born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco first tasted success when he featured on Kanye West’s hit “Touch the Sky”, a track that shortly preceded his real breakout, his 2006 debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, and he never looked back. He has established himself as one of the greatest urban wordsmiths of all time, with Genius even dubbing him the ‘Proust of Rap’.

While he’s now regarded of one of the 21st Century’s Hip-Hop greats, he wasn’t always a fan of the genre, initially disliking it due to the prominence of vulgarity and misogyny within it. In his late teens, he aspired to make it as a lyricist. In his early twenty’s, he met Jay-Z, who helped him sign with Atlantic Records in 2005. The following year, he released his debut album (Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor), which was met with acclaim from fans and critics alike, as did his sophomore effort, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.

The following eight years of his career saw far less output than many would’ve anticipated. This can be partly attributed to his struggles with Atlantic Records. The executives wanted him to sign a 360 deal; however, as he refused to do so they instead shelved his already completed 3rd album, Lasers, and wouldn’t promote him as they had previously. The overseers at the label also interfered with his music (as they had tried to do with his fan-favorite track “Dumb it Down”); subsequently effecting the quality and sound of his third and fourth albums.