Released: September 1, 2018

Songwriter: Lupe Fiasco

Producer: Soundtrakk

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Uh, number ones around Afros
Making figures like Hasbros
Off the field we still keep the helmet like Daft shows
Vietnam how the draft flows, private browsing, cash flows
Flow, flow, double deck, cash cash, that's a double check
Two jobs, double desk
Keep a magnum on me, you are not a fucking threat
That Vietnam, I'm too mature, dawg, I'm a ducking vet
Freudian slip, I correct my mistakes just to scope
One eye open, one eye closed, sniper face (ah, ah, ah!)
One eye open, one eye closed, pirate face
One eye woke while one hibernate
Look, it's colored people time
Both eyes open, and that is how you isolate
Optimally-speaking, global warming, ice is late
ISIS, I.C.E. is too, baby
Oh you cold cold? I'm both though
Stay dangerous as YG, you safer than a Volvo
You buy these, I sell those, I'm Crenshaw, you Melrose
Like huh? (Huh, huh, huh, huh, huuuuh)
That's street street, let's go fleet fleet
That's thirty sixes like 3 police (Woo woo woooo)
You can even lease, I'm Stephen King meets Jean Baptiste (Yeah!)
Rip locs, get the drum or something, that's 1500 or nothing huh?
These goofy niggas with they summer runs think they runnin' somethin'
They don't want none of him
I'm losing nigga, my head band is number one
The otaku, they don't understand where I'm comin' from
Choir singing and the pastor preaching and nuns will hum
Speak tongues to them, and I'm done with thought
And I ain't even begun it young, wave

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.