[Verse 1]
6 years ago there was a seismic shift
A rise, a lift
He finally arrived in rap form
And used that form as his platform to provide his gift
Summarized as sick, quick witted and hip
Also promoted wisdom in a broken system gave the fans a fix
And bitch niggas the fits, a culmination of hard work
Long nights through cold water and large surf
Wading the water this MC became a Man, McMan, Star Search...
Now in between these here albums we've had our ups & downs
Partly my fault 'cause the way I talk a mix of giving a fuck & he don't fuck around
But I always kept it honest as my father made me promise
Before he left this world to go and dwell amongst the comets
So put aside the comments, the constant blog blah blah & me arguing with comics
Cause #Sept25th I bring again the gift prepare to be astonished
And waste no time when trying to decipher every verse
Cause if part 1 is just the gift, part 2 will be the curse

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.