George Carlin was one of the smartest men I've ever heard
Challenged you through his comedy and displayed the power of words
My brother Dave Chappelle is a genius through his show you saw the proof
Wittily exposed the lies and had us laughing at the truth
Foxworthy, Katt, Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, Dick Gregory was the king
But from your shows it must be told I never learned a fucking thing
Eddie Griffin through his riffin' appeals to a higher sense of purpose
Takes our darkest deepest ignorances and pulls them to the surface
Turns them into food for thought, it's funny but you thinking
A comics power is they use the fun to overcome forgive me if I'm reaching
They always spoke the truth to power in a disguised and friendly bit
Only a comic can diss a president and even have him laughing at the shit
What happened to that? Strong social critiques thru thoughtful comedic jabs?
But you'd rather do "yo mama" jokes cause some heckler got you mad
I hate to break the news, but I love that it will be spoke
You didn't take your comedy seriously, so now YOU are the fucking joke!

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.