Released: March 22, 2020

Songwriter: Lupe Fiasco

Producer: Robert Glasper Experiment

(piano intro)

*Lupe humming*

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Scenery, man replacing machinery
Letting my phone sing to me, sinking art, what it seems to me
Like a teenager taking the senior seats
We give so much to these devices
Lifeless after lifeless, find a likeness, hope it likes us
Even plants fight or we would choke a ficus
A ?bally swallow peaking? chokes a vegan
To death right before the weekend, now
Will testfay? testify on behalf of the victim
On what he witnessed at cafe gratitude
And incriminate the kitchen
Maybe implicate with snitchin
But chef
Point is nothing ever lacks a side effect
You could buy a vest and die from stress
Sometimes life may feel like one brick with 5 cnonects
But only you know if you really tried your best, yes yes

Robert Glasper:
Casey benjamin saxophone and vocal
Casey benjamin
Burniss Travis on the bass (applause)
Mark Colenburg on the drums (applause)
I'm Robert Glasper arigato sama (applause)

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
I'm just an author
Trying to optimize my ideals like Warby Parker
Kinda like Harvey's Harlot
When the game gets going you gotta ?tary harder?
How you gonna deal with these eyes without the skills to survive
How I lyrically take liberties
Paint literature of the walls of the embassy, yea
I hope you find sense in the asymmetries, uh
Hands up, tokyo freeze

Outro (piano)

*Japanese woman speaking japanese*

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.