Released: January 1, 2006

Songwriter: Lupe Fiasco

Producer: Hi-Tek

Uh, momma raised a trooper
They trynna hit me in my head like Koopa
But I move like Super
With the hood on my shoulder like Bazookas, early
I'm waking up the roosters
Until they late, and they waking up the future
And send me to the great wise ......
In a suit or, something looser
You see, I grew up around rootas of the tootas
I rephrase
I mean supporters of the snortas, I retraces
Become recorder of the corner, free base
Or the shooter
I set Madison on fire, like the looters in '92
Cooler, much more mature
You can pick it up off the floor like Hoovers
A newcomer, locin' with 2 numbers
The holidays of the hustlers
I be a Huckleberry Doc Holiday with the peacemaker
F-N-F Upwards
I'm coming
'bout my money shot like West Coast productions
But I'm Chicago born & raised, formed & made
Company's coming, please inform your maids
First and!!! (Gunshot)

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.