Released: September 21, 2018

Featuring: Bishop Edgar Jackson Nikki Jean

Songwriter: Vohn Beatz Nicholle Leary Bishop Edgar Jackson Nikki Jean Lupe Fiasco

Producer: GI Vohn Beatz

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Uhh, I exist, spoken in a confident voice
Can world shift and continent hoist
Look under for the plunder
A rich man's song that gets sung for a sum out the lungs of a stunner
But life turns to a station and a hustler to a hummer
Went from speaking and now not even sinking
The game is karaoke ’til it tries to punish poke me
Kinda throw me words slowly, fade degrading in the foley
Waving metal sheets make thunder
Fooling I was younger; fool me when I'm older
Fool me now, screw me down to the sofa, taking Soma
Drinking soda, eating vulture, tweeting vulgar
Playing Madden getting fat and getting cultured with the quotes
In the hopes people will get the jokes
If it rains you will get the float
But only if they're still building boats

[Interlude: Dr. Eric Thomas]
But your values system says you believe in sleep
More than you believe in grinding
Your values system says you are a consumer and not a producer
That you’re spending more money than you're making
Why? Because you're a consumer, you're reading all the books
And you're saying everything the books are saying
But those books are not in alignment with your values!
And you're gonna go to the next level
Your values are gonna have to change

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
Uhh, Drunken Fist versus Praying Mantis
Was it God's plan or man mismanaged to turn New Orleans to Atlantis?
They lie in the streets to lambast
The black land swam at like a HE MAN in a bathtub
Fire! Cup up the bad blood
Hope hand tugs come right after the lackluster backrubs
Or half structured or tech hubs or wack love
That's stacked as if chance in community chest
God said, "Don’t you ruin me yet
Until I give them everything and there’s just two of these left"
Black bumper slow fades into a vista
Rapid cuts a stock footage which freezes on a listener
Give me love, lovers
I read it like blood color on the head of a flooded structure
Can't keep the duck rubber under, fundamentally it’s buoyant
It rises like court rooms to swoon for your enjoyment

[Chorus: Nikki Jean]
Every single word you said
Will you say it to me?
Well it stays with me
I heard every single word you said
Will you say it to me?
Well it stays with me, hoohh

[Verse 3: Lupe Fiasco]
Trap music meets trapezoids, fake his own death
They roll rocks like asteroids to the crest
Think outside the box, I wrap a toy in a cheque
Then watch a sissy fuss with a boy in a dress
Mad at the world, in a voice of a man
With a bag of a girl, she just avoids the success
It's what he said, or what she said
Double entendre no matter how you play it
Then he takes the sex tape and destroys the cassette
And puts the ribbon in the sky like the limited of eye
Then prepares to utter, what's been a symbol in its side
Against the ticker tape scene in a Silver Lake dream
Sorta orders the lungs to unmilitate screams
Shouts to a forged son with imitate beams
In a blue sky filled with pornographic strings
Getting caught up in the trees, I still believe in Jesus!

Our purpose is to ensure
That literature and art sit well
Into the whole revolutionary machine
As a component part
That they operate as powerful weapons
For uniting and educating the people
And for attacking and destroying the enemy
And that they help the people fight the enemy
With one heart and one mind

[Chorus: Nikki Jean]
Every single word you said
Will you say it to me?
Well it stays with me
I heard every single word you said
Will you say it to me?
Well it stays with me

[Outro: Bishop Edgar Jackson]
There was a man who wrote many things
But Carlyle said, um, that we could not be ruined
Because no lie could live forever
William Cullen Bryan said, "Truth crushed to earth, would rise again"
And James Russell Lowell, made it more plain
That we would not be ruined or destroyed
Because he said that, "Truth, forever on the scaffold, lies forever on the throne
But that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch, above his own"
These powerful scriptures were also used by the man
In whom we celebrate his birthday today, Dr. Martin Luther King
And Dr. King told us to practice non-violence and the power of love
Non-violence and the power of love has brought us thus far
The agape love that we have for ourselves
That we have for our people is the reason why our people
In this particular diaspora called, North America
Have not been totally ruined
We have not been totally destroyed, we have not been exterminated
So therefore, uh, my dear brother, um, Wasalu
We call you, we thank you for what you've asked me to do
And we shall continue to study to show ourselves approved under God
Workman that needn’t not be ashamed
Rightly this dividing the word of truth
And so at this time, in this city
Where young men's lives are not worth much
In this city where our people have been discriminated against
And kept from the resources which we
Rightly deserve as a majority of people in the city
We are dependent upon the most high creator of the ends of the world
That I call Elohim Jehova
And we are dependent upon him to keep us from falling
To keep us from being ruined, to keep us from being exterminated
And we thank the Almighty
For the privilege of being here with my niece
Is to impart these words
And I hope it would be of assistance in this project
God bless you and thank you

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.