Songwriter: Lupe Fiasco

You know its hard liquor
Rock steady from the start sister
Since I stepped on the set like Godzilla
Since I stepped on the scene
It's been nothing but him hustling
Old schooling, instruction was mean
As I lean back like limbo
In 6 4's like Nintendo's, clean
Don't intervene chumps
Y'all far from the hood like limousine trunks
Man, I'm up front with the pumps
And I squeeze in the cars like a mini full of clowns
Or a coupe full of Klumps
Many put it down but
Lu from the jump been producing that crunk
Fusion, the music amusing the youth where I'm from
I'm from where you shouldn't come
OG ball, see how law override like OG call
Comp can't hold it down, they ain't fatter then me
This is no seesaw, easy
They can't see me like I'm 4 feet tall
Standing behind a 4'3" wall
Believe me I'm on the low
I do a little balling like BB
I get big like toadstools
Then I might jump into a coupe and its back to being small
I get little
The one who can't be seen like flea circus
Flees the scene like perpetrators
If you can't purchase you can still juke like work it
I will foot work like percolate
Set tripping with my usual fox, the west suburbs makes the best hustlers: Was!

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.