Featuring: Gizzle

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Locker room they getting ready, all jury called, getting heavy
Fish nets and them high heels, we team Louis, we team Gucci
No Pelle, all Bentley's, no Chevy's, all titties
No bellies, all yella's, black tats and they ass clapping
Looking deadly and that pole clean, stage name and a nose ring
Shoeboxes like four weeks from four blocks, bring the whole thing
Basketball money is so long, rap money only lasts four songs
Dope money, still a king here and they cornered us so they go home
Killers lurk and they chillin', camera man, he feel me
Feeling good, I'm feeling, my mama watch my children
Security know that we dealing, lights all in that ceiling
DJ let them hoes know, dope money in the building

[Hook: Gizzle & Lupe Fiasco]
They ain't really out here getting paid
But these niggas out here rapping my life
I been in the trap all day but your hoes be on the back all night
Dope money in the building, dope money in the building
Dope, dope, dope, dope, dope money in the building
Dope money in the building, dope money in the building
Dope, dope, dope, dope, dope money in the building
Dope money in the building

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
Now rap boy come show respect to that lifestyle that he rap 'bout
Basketball player don't know it yet but that car came from that trap house
That platinum card mean good credit, but street credit don't max out
A elegant little strip tease, and when you ask some tricks they lapse out
Bentley trunk in that raffle, call the troops and let the city shine
Send a bottle to my rival and then we send a bottle back over to mine
She super loose, she super fine, doing loopty-loops in those pole climbs
And rap come through get a song drop, and the real shit play, all the way
Them hood girls know the whole rhyme, connect here and we chilling
D.A. they filming, I ain't going cause I'm brilliant
Kilo, quarter million, no free throws, no spinach
Such a feeling when it's dope money in the building

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Lupe Fiasco]
It's so sick, you can feel the presence when you here
Basketball player 'bout to fall in love with that little girl
But that's her job, head over here
Do it, don't interfere with these lights and music help engineer
These money motivated romances that a pay your rent for like a whole year
What you thought it was lil' nigga, what you thought was the goal here
Devil all up in this bitch, that's why I ain't bring my soul here
My partner happy on parole here, I stand up and get a cold stare
Byproduct of them drug times, if we leave then the club dies
Girls don't want us going nowhere, coat check cause it's cold here
Girls don't want us going nowhere, coat check cause it's cold here
Now they gotta just kick it with the lames
And maybe pop it for some tickets to the game
Damn, drogas

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.