[Verse 1]
Watch out for the divide and conquer
There lies the monster behind the suit & tied lies
Who love that super-sized mantra
Bigger, better even if you don't need it
And you gone pay every which way for the privilege to poison yoself
And that's on every hole Jesus had to bleed with
Peace be upon him
You see you can't have a healthy tree if the seed sick
Though yo forest will be enormous, that illness will never leave it
"God ain't American!" so says Jessica CareMoore
Therefore there's more there for me to prepare for
And I can't get to heaven just by joining the airforce
I reflect on everything Baldwin ever taught me
When I had to fall back on Zinn when Noam Chomsky lost me
When Cornell stood up for me when everybody fought me
And find comfort in rebellion even though I know what it'll cost me
Let's be clear, I fear no man on this here planet
My younger hunger back and the only thing I fear is ham on this here sandwich

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.