Released: March 19, 2020

Songwriter: Lupe Fiasco

Producer: Robert Glasper Experiment

[Intro Skit/Sample: Robert Glasper]
Casey Benjamin saxophone vocals, tanktop! (applause)
Burniss Travis on the bass and being very ugly (applause)
Mark Colemburg on the drums (applause)
Where's Colemburg? (laughter)
Yo, where's Colemburg?
What song is that? (laughter)
Yo, where's Colemburg? (laughter)
What song is that?

[Pre-Verse: Lupe Fiasco]
Uh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

[Verse: Lupe Fiasco & Frank Ocean Sample]
Elegant dust falls like water off tall cliffs
What starts as icebergs and small drips
Gangs up in what you can call crips
(Human beings in a mob
What's a mob to a king?
What's a king to a god?
What's a god to a non-believer
Who don't believe in anything?)
Blue seas, slipping like skis over the top like T's
Camouflage colored, chamomile on the battlefield
I relax and chill, yeah
Dapper Dan daffodils
Two G's worth of recording gear to make reports for your ears
I'm a little teapot, short and stout
But I'm a little ski shop, sports and routes
(Human beings in a mob
What's a mob to a king?
What's a king to a god?
What's a god to a non-believer
Who don't believe in anything?)
[?] double black diamond
Took that shop to a resort now I'm shining
Don't get a bullet lodged
I'm just here to lift 'em up, I didn't duck
Figure the flow icy so get a puck
[?] homie is sick as fuck
Look at it closely, but do it anti-socially
It's a winter wonderland but it's toasty
Two slots i work with both days
Two shots dapper pants
Niagara used to fall on my pair
Step outside, hear the voice of Creasy Bear
All up in the air like "Yeah"
Shit's the bomb, come talk to the derriere
Take every care, go blind stare in that glare
The air, Kool-Aid and Pierrier
Three cheers til they get him to cheer
I be blessed, sports and routes
I play with paths like Professor X
My on IG, that means you can snort the house
Tokyo freeze, look all this powder about, ha

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.