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Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco


Background information
Birth name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
Born February 16, 1982
Born place Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre(s) Hip-hop
Years active 2000—present
Label(s) Arista Records
Epic Records
Atlantic Records
Associated acts Child Rebel Soldier
Japanese Cartoon
Matthew Santos
Website Website



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Lupe Fiasco Album


Lasers (03/08/2011)
03/08/2011
1.
Letting Go (feat. Sarah Green)
2.
Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey)
3.
4.
5.
Out of My Head (feat. Trey Songz)
6.
7.
8.
Coming Up (feat. MDMA)
9.
State Run Radio (feat. Matt Mahaffey)
10.
Break the Chain (feat. Eric Turner and Sway)
11.
12.
Never Forget You (feat. John Legend)
. . .


[Hook: Lupe Fiasco]
Things are getting outta control
Feels like I'm running out of soul
You are getting too heavy to hold
Think I'll be letting you go

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
My self portrait shows a man that the wealth tortured
Self-absorbed with his own self-forfeit
A shelf full of awards
Worshiping the war ships that set sail on my sea of life
When I see my own self I wonder if we still see a light
We was tight seeing lights
Speaking right and breathing life
Now I see my demons and barely even sleep at night
I don't get high life. Keep me at a decent height
As the old me I predicted all my recent plights
Exhausted. Trying to fall asleep. Losses at my recent fights
Burdens on my shoulders now, burnin' all my motives down
Inspiration drying up, motivation slowing down

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
I'm begging me don't let me go
We vow like the letter "Oh"
To never go our separate ways
And spin-off into separate shows
Tired of all the wardrobe changin'
Playing all these extra roles
Filled with all these different spirits
Livin' off these separate souls
Point in life is getting hollow
Can't wait for the exit hole
Give me room. The entry room. Let me in and let me go
So I can roam around this wilderness
See it for what it really is
I'm prepared to filter list
Magnify the youth in me, alibi the shootin' spree
Amplify the revolution, sanitize the lunacy
Strip away the justice, justify the scrutiny
I can see the lasers shootin' out of you and me

[Hook]

[Bridge: Lupe Fiasco]
Sometimes I feel like the world
Sometimes I feel like the world is against me
And everything that I've done before
I swear we used to be so pure
But we can't be in love no more
Cause I don't wanna fight this war
But when I put down my gun
I turn around and pick up one
This Uzi weighs a ton, but I think I'm done!

[Hook]

[Outro: Sarah Green]
Think I'll be letting you go
Things are getting outta control
Said, it feels like I'm running out of soul
You're getting heavy to hold
I think I'll be letting you go
...Letting you go

. . .


It's so loud inside my head
with words that I should have said
As I drown in my regrets
I can't take back the words I never said

I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a ulll clip
9/11 building seven did they really pull it?

And a bunch of other cover ups
Your child's future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts, then wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place that's on the up and up


Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the upper crush
You get it then they move it so you never keepin up enough
If you turn on TV, all you see's a bunch of what the fucks
Dude is dating so and so, blabbering about such and such
And that ain't Jersey Shore, homie that's the news
and these the same people supposedly telling us the truth
Limbaugh was a racist, Glen Beck is a racist, Ghaza strip
was gettin bombed but Obama didn't say shit
That's why I didn't vote for him, next one either
I'm a part of the problem, my problem is I'm peaceful
And I believe in the people! Yeah!

It's so loud inside my head
with words that I should've said
As I drown in my regrets
I can't take back
the words I never said

Now we can say it ain't our fault
If we never heard it
but if we know better, then we probably deserve it
Jihad is not holy war, where's that in the worship?!
Murdering is not Islam and you are not observant
And you are not a Muslim
Israel don't take my side cuz look how far you've pushed em
Walk with me into the ghetto, this is where all the kush went
Complain about the liquor store, well whatchu drinkin liquor for?
Complain about the gloom but when'd you pick a broom up?
Just listenin to Pac ain't gonna make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts ain't gonna make it whole
If you don't become an actor, you'll never be a factor.
Pills with a million side effects, take em when the pain's felt
Wash em down with Diet soda, killin off your brain cells
Crooked banks around the world will gladly give a loan today
so If you ever miss a payment, they can take your home away.


It's so loud inside my head
with words that I should've said
As I drown in my regrets
I can't take back
the words I never said


I think that all the silence is worse than all violence
Fear is such a weak emotion, that's why I despise it
We're scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I'm scared of even telling you
Sometimes I'm like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I'm locked inside a cell in me, I know that there's a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath inhale a few
My screams is finally gettin free, my thoughts is finally yellin through!

It's so loud inside my head
with words that I should've sad
As I drown in my regrets
I can't take back
the words I never said

. . .


[Verse 1]
Album on hold, whole world on hold
The crowd is like "ho!", operator's like "hold"
Man, now ain't that cold?
I'm just trying to talk to my homie, that's up in the hole
Now homegirl not trying to be a ho, even though she on a pole
Can she get a second chance? NO!
Whoa! Like the opposite of gold
That ain't how it's supposed to be: a butterfly
For the sake of rhyming let's just say "butterflyee"
The truth stings like Muhammad Ali
I tell 'em tell 'em don't homicide me
I just a little old hope with his back against the ropes
Fighting for his fans and, fighting for his folks
But the boo's from the crowd can become so loud
If I could block em out then, I could knock em out and
Dance around the ring, but until then I'll sing

[Hook:]
I'ma keep it cool, and I'ma do me
It is what it is and that's how it's gon' be
Until I get there
Until I get there
And yeah I got flaws, I know I'm not perfect
But all ups and downs, will soon be worth it
When I get there
When I get there

[Verse 2]
"Doctor doctor please! The fame ain't painless enough"
That's cause you ain't famous enough
You got a little name, but your name ain't ringing enough
He said "take 2 of these and put change in my cup"
I said I wasn't poor, he gave me some more
Grabbed me a publicist and pointed me to the door
"Out!" Ouch... I'm telling you this all from a therapist's couch
"Tell me about your mother? What she's all about?"
Prescribed me an interview and then told me to bounce
Damn... geez. The world is so cold, I'm glad I bought these skis
Went right off of the bunny sloped and right into the trees
Went unconscious, they rushed me to a concert
Instead of green jello, they made me chicken soup
They fed me magazine covers and video shoots

[Hook:]
I'ma keep it cool, and I'ma do me
It is what it is and that's how it's gon' be
Until I get there
Until I get there
And yeah I got flaws, I know I'm not perfect
But all ups and downs, will soon be worth it
When I get there
When I get there

[Verse 3]
And when I finally make it, I'ma stunt so hard
Evel as Knievel, I'ma jump so far
Way up in the atmosphere, I ain't coming back
Be a jerk to these jerks, yeah that'll make em hurt
Huh? Instead of young boy in the mirror
A young version of me, so I started to tear up
He said "you need to cheer up, your mind need to clear up
You're already here, just be yourself from here up"
Then he disappeared and I felt something familiar
Something I was taught, something I had lost
If you are afraid, the fear that you gon' change some
All you gotta do is just remember where you came from

. . .


[Verse 1]
I'm not a choo-choo, I'm a turbo
Haters pray to god that I turn slow
Like I'm sipping on purple
But I ain't on your glow
I'm in a whole 'nother circle
Trying to keep it clean like church clothes
Said that respect was something had to work for
But that ain't gonna work though
Get your respect, but lose all my worth, no
You can dead that, get a hearse, go
Don't need 48 you'll find a killer in the first floor
It was me boy, to commercials
Feeling out of place like PETA at a fur store
So I left with a couple dozen fur coats
Said I could never break away from your hold
Watch me, turn though
Said that I blew it like Turquoise
Just mad hear it all in your word choice
Know it hurts but I really don't care though
Let me rub it in, get it all up in that ho

[Hook]
I can see the morning creeping up on us
It's like the world's in my hands now
I'm feeling so rebellious from all of the envy crowding around me
I don't wanna care right now
I don't wanna care right now
No I really don't, really don't, wanna care right now

[Verse 2]
Oh-oh Go-Go-God over everything-thing
You fly but stars over everything-thing
And I'm one of them, yeah one of th-the-them
Oh I'm not o-o-one? Well I'm a hundred th-the-then
I'm a hundred mother loving stars
You're no lights, you're an undercover car
I'm an ambulance, and a fire truck, and some strobe lights, tied up!
Shining all in your eyes, all out of yours and all into mine
Lights and stars is all intertwined
And I'm feeling like Malcolm looking all out the blinds
Any means any means, and you can do anything anything
And the flow tight, skinny jeans skinny jeans
Hit you like Pacquiao, Philippines Philippines

[Hook]
I can see the morning creeping up on us
It's like the world's in my hands now
I'm feeling so rebellious from all of the envy crowding around me
I don't wanna care right now
I don't wanna care right now
No I really don't, really don't, wanna care right now

[Verse 3]
Ya'll know what I'm letting on
I'm Lupe, yes sir, who they
They yester, and I'm today, and tomorrow, hooray
Can I get a hip-hip for the new K-I-N-G, n*gga I-AM-HE
Got the game in the clutch like Iron Sheik
You ball little boy, But I N-B-A
With a hand for the world, you a boy band with a dance and a twirl
I'm a rockstar with a band so thorough
Big ass tour bus that's jammed full of girls
T-t-tell em what it do, holla from the bottom, yell it from the roof
T-t-tell em what it do, I don't care about your curfew
I'll tell you when I'm through boy

[Hook]
I can see the morning creeping up on us
It's like the world's in my hands now
I'm feeling so rebellious from all of the envy crowding around me
I don't wanna care right now
I don't wanna care right now
No I really don't, really don't, wanna care right now

Tell em what it do, yell it from the bottom, yell it from the roof boy
Tell em what it do, holla from the bottom, yell it from the roof boy
Tell em what it do, holla from the bottom, yell it from the roof boy
Tell em what it do, holla from the bottom, yell it from the roof boy
I don't wanna, I-I don't wanna, I-I-I don't wanna
C-c-c-care right now
I don't wanna, I-I don't wanna, I-I-I don't wanna
C-c-c-care right, c-c-c-care right now

. . .


[Hook: Trey Songz]
Girl I want you to know (whoo)
I can't get you out of my head
My head my head (naawww)

Girl I want you to know
I don't even know what you did
You did you did
But I love it

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Uh uh, everything hooks
Everything works, you're a real good cause/chorus
I'm a real good verse, freestyle unrehearsed
So clean no curse
And when the song's gone man everything hurts
So I put it in reverse
Go back to the scene where I seen you first
Yeah, I need you to sing that single again
Play that video I seen you up in
A hundred million scenes in my mind all day
Call in and request on the line always
Yeah, the president of your fan club
Leave them players all behind like a bad love

[Hook: Trey Songz]
Girl I want you to know
I can't get you out of my head
My head my head (I can't get you out now)

Girl I want you to know
I don't even know what you did
You did you did
But I love it (Wait)

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
Playa need a minute
Like a time out in tennis 'for I finish
How'd I get in this
Maybe 'was your hair, maybe 'was your flair
Maybe it's the heels and the way you wear
Maybe it's your real and the way you care
You don't care if I'm ill or a millionaire
The only thing that matters that the feeling's there
Your smile is so bright it's like a grills in there
High off life, don't need a pill in there (nah)
You're killing me, I think I need a will in here
Got me feeling real skills impaired
Hard to describe why you're still in here

[Hook: Trey Songz]
Girl I want you to know
I can't get you out of my head
My head my head

Girl I want you to know
I don't even know what you did
You did you did
But I love it (but I love it)

[Bridge: Trey Songz & Lupe Fiasco]
Don't care what nobody say
Cause I like it girl
Might go crazy tryna figure this out love (but I like it girl)
Don't even know why I feel this way
Cause I like it girl
Caught up in something that I can't get out of (but we like it girl)

[Hook: Trey Songz]
Girl I want you to know
I can't get you out of my head (I can't get you out now)
My head my head (said I can't get you out now)

Girl I want you to know
I don't even know what you did
You did you did (you did you did you did)
But I love it

Girl I want you to know (I want you to know)
I can't get you out of my head (Lupe)
My head my head (trey)
I want you to know (yeah)

Girl I want you to know (oh oh oh)
I don't even know what you did (just making sure)
You did you did (I don't even know)
But I love it
I can't get you out of my head (Lupe, Trey)
My head

. . .


(Kane is in the building, nigga)
(Let's go)

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

Have you ever had the feelin' that you was bein' had?
Don't that shit there make you mad? They treat you like a slave
Put chains all on your soul and put whips up on your back
They be lyin' through they teeth, hope you slip up off your path
I don't switch up, I just laugh, put my kicks up on they desk
Unaffected by they threats, then get busy on they ass
See, that how that Chi-town made me, that's how my daddy raised me
That glitterin' may not be gold, don't let nobody play me
If you are my homeboy, you'll never have to pay me
Go'n and put your hands up, when times is hard, you stand up
L-U-P the man, cuz, the brand that the fans trust
So even if they ban us, they'll never slow my plans up

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

One in the air for the people ain't here
Two in the air for the father that's there
Three in the air for the kids in the ghetto
Four for the kids that don't wanna be there
None for the niggas tryna hold them back
Five in the air for the teachers not scared
To tell those kids that's livin' in the ghetto
That the niggas holdin' back that the world is theirs
Yeah, yeah, the world is yours, I was once that little boy
Terrified of the world, now I'm on a world tour
I will give up everything, even start a world war
For these ghetto girls and boys I'm rappin' 'round the world for
Africa to New York, Haiti, then I detour
Oakland out to Auckland, Gaza Strip to Detroit
Say hip-hop only destroy, tell 'em look at me, boy
I hope your son don't have a gun and never be a D-boy

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

So no matter what been through, no matter what you into
No matter what you see when you look outside your window
Brown grass or green grass, picket fence or barbed wire
Never ever put them down, you just lift your arms higher
Raise 'em 'til your arms tired, let 'em know you here
That you struggling, survivin', that you gon' persevere
Ain't nobody leavin', nobody goin' home
Even if they turn the lights out, the show is goin' on

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

All right, already
The show goes on
All night 'til the morning
We dream so long
Anybody ever wonder
When they would see the sun go
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on

. . .


[Hook: MDMA]
There's only 2 ways out of here
You'll be too late, you'll be trapped here forever
There's only 2 ways out of here
One's through the door, the other's through me

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Sometimes living in a world like this
It's pretty hard not to go insane
Not pretty if you don't comply
Pretty easy if you don't complain
Stand there like you don't feel pain
No tears in the face of defeat
Pretend til the end that you don't fear change
Don't admit that your faith is weak
Don't say that you feel like dying
Life's hard then it feels like diamonds
Your home's just far too gone
Much too late to even feel like trying
Can't understand what I'm saying
Can't figure out what I'm implying
If you feel you don't wanna be alive
You feel just how I am
I'm on the dark side
And you can't come find him
How when it's light all around you
Yeah, But it's dark all inside him
No winners when it's me against me
One of us just ain't gonna survive
My heart been broke for a while
Your's been the one keepin' me alive

[Hook: MDMA]
There's only 2 ways out of here
You'll be too late, you'll be trapped here forever
There's only 2 ways out of here
One's through the door, the other's through me

[Verse 2: Lupe Fiasco]
This world is such a f*cked up place
My mind's such a f*cked up shape
Everything down here sucks
Maybe what's up there is great
We all gotta go one day
I just wanna cut to the chase
I wanna stop these nightmares
I just wanna touch her face
All you see is all my feats
All you see is all my flaws
All I hear is all my demons
Even through your applause
All you see is all my flights
Well all I see is all my falls
All you see is all my rights
All I see is all my wrongs
Door, keep telling me to fight
Gun on my table telling me to come home
Telling me to to put him inside my hand
Then put it up right next to my dome
Door keep telling me to find a reason
Anything to keep me from squeezing
Simplest things, yea you really like summer
You really like music, you really like reading love
I can't win if it's me against me
One of us ain't gonna survive
And my heart been broke for a while
Your's been the one keepin' me alive
Your's been the one keepin' me alive
Your's been the one keepin' me alive

[Hook: MDMA]
There's only 2 ways out of here
You'll be too late, you'll be trapped here forever
There's only 2 ways out of here
One's through the door, the other's through me

. . .


[Verse 1]
This one goes out to the baby girls
In a rush growing up in this crazy world
Yeah your brother on the road and he never home
I know you feeling kinda sad now that daddy gone
You can't let it get you down, gotta carry on
We only lose things because it make us strong
You always had my love, and now you got a song
From the biggest biggest fan that you've ever known
I know you won't be little girls, not for very long
And you ain't gotta have a man if you don't ever want
Cause I'm gonna make sure you got two of everything
That you ever want, every time, like your very own
Not to make you hard to respect
Just really really really really hard to impress
It's a whole wide world for you to go and get your hands on
Until then, just come and get your dance on now

[Hook]
I see you coming up
I'mma get you going down
You ain't never gotta worry about nothing
Just as long as I'm around

[Verse 2]
This for everybody feeling good
You know who you are, or you misunderstood
Never had money, or you living good
If you from the burbs, if you in the hood
Recognize where we come from
In my day, mane, I did a little somethin some-
They like "how come you don't rap that?"
Cause that's a bad track and I ain't tryna back that
I'm only moving forward homie that's that
Direction, a lot of shorties lack that
I'm just tryna give it to 'em like SatNav
Now I know I'm gonna make out like a fat rat
That's cool as long as they don't trap crack
Graduate from school, and still let his pants sag
Never catch a case, know how to let his cash stack
Welcome to the (?)

[Hook]

[Bridge]
When the floor falls out
I'mma be there to carry you
And if you want that star
I'll go get it out the sky for you
If you cry, shed a tear
I'mma dry your eyes
Just to let you know it'll be alright

[Verse 3]
I know it's like a whole lot going on
Things going right, things going wrong
Maybe baby, I've been waiting for you so long
Know that in this world you're never really on your own
God got a number get him on the phone
He'll never put you places where you don't belong
Put you through the pain, to put you on the throne
And I know that from the bottom of my corazon
And if they looking at you sideways
You just wave right back, tell 'em hi hater
Mad you ain't hanging with 'em in the driveway
Nah we gon' keep it moving to the highway
The shows we puttin on the week is over like Friday, chilling
Shout out to King David for bringing in Philly
And I'mma put the independent women in the building

. . .


Chorus
You must be, a radio station
And who are we, we must be
the number 1 songs, spinning all day long
and over again, and over again, and over again, and never again, and never again
And we know when,
when we call in,
and nothings free,
sounds to me like,
state run radio x8

verse 1
We now interrupt this broadcast,
to bring you a special message about the forecast,
the futures cloudy and itâ??s raining on the poor class,
the roads to peace are closed, and the traffic's on the war paths,
love is balling on a budget, the militaryâ??s stressing
we need more cash, to keep fighting for your gas
keep us in our hoods and hope we never explore pass,
stay inside of your half, believe the lies you learn in your class,
that there's no treasure in your trash, & the ceiling has the same feeling,
that the floor has, and thatâ??s where you should stay,
and this is what they play

Chorus
and over again, and over again, and never again, and never again, and never again
And we know when,
when we call in,
and nothings free,
sounds to me like,
state run radio x8

Verse 2
Youâ??re now tuned into the weakest,
frequency of fear, keep you locked right here,
and hope you never leave this, never be a leader,
think inside the box, and follow all procedures,
never ever believe that, you will never need this,
hit up all your friends and tell them to repeat this,
hi, your on the air, now what you want to hear?
well we ainâ??t got the truth, but how about a remix,
different is never good, good is only what we pick,
you ainâ??t got a hit, unless it sounds like these did,
not too smart you will be a superstar,
and if you dumb or something maybe you could be number one

Chorus
You must be, a radio station,
And who are we, we must be,
The Number 1 songs, spinning all day long,
And you put me, on daily rotation,
You on the air,
We know youâ??re scared,
But we donâ??t care,
Well bleep this here,
And over again, and over again, and over again, and never again, and over again
And you know when,
when we call in,
and nothings free,
sounds to me like,
state run radio x16

. . .


[Hook]
I waited all my life to play
I still can't find a way
But if I work it one more day
I might just break the chain
I might just break the chain
I might just break the chain

[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Freedom, we can use some of that especially where we from
Where we grew up like a green thumb
It's like a criminal is the only thing you can become
Look at what I became
Something like a phenom, nothin' but a g thang
Things I've seen when I'm looking out of these frames
Pictures I painted on the walls where we hang
From the trees we hung
Strange fruit man look at how we swung
How the hell you gonna tell us something
We ain't have a father
How to try to grow up and be one
See umm feel it in my bones
That I'm sittin' on a throne
Like a killer with a crone
When I slit another poach
Shed a whole lot of light on a little bit of home

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Sway]
Super swatter, the kid remains but I represent
I ain't no paper planes, I'm fly
Plus, I don't write no more, it's all off from the top
I shaved the braids, stay sharp
Man I knew how to razor blade
I've paid my dues and now I wait for change
Because the flows so rude
It goes without ask Lupe
I'm so big, you aim to break
Quick to cut off any baggage
Like (?) I like to travel light
I've gotta leave you at home Delilah
This is Samson-ite
No case for the police
Said I know killers, I never seen them
Ghostface, only thing I'm watching is my camera
(?)
Taking pics of Chicago
Call me camera-shy

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Lupe Fiasco]
Chain broke, you ain't make a rep for your chain smoke
No cigarettes on my plane, yo
Stunt your ham bones from the game though
Put it on mine, take a long time
B.A. Baracus is how I'm livin' online
On a webisode like let's go let 'em know
That I put up the footage that I'm takin' your shine
Wanna see the real change? Look in your mind
Your brain look like your (?) brotha
Overgrow, overload, broken zone
N*ggas playing games in the hood they got you stuck-up
Playa thinkin' that its cool to be a pimp still
We gon' set it free like a fish in a (?)
Take this home, rearrange it, change it
Danger, Sway-zer, Lupe Laser. Pow!

[Hook]

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[Hook]
You would never know
If you could ever be
If you never try
You would never see
Stayed in Africa
We ain't never leave
So there were no slaves in our history
Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn't he
See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything

[Verse 1]
Uh, and we ain't get exploited
White man ain't feared so he did not destroy it
We ain't work for free, see they had to employ it
Built it up together so we equally appointed
First 400 years, see we actually enjoyed it
Constitution written by W.E.B. Du Bois
Were no reconstructions, civil war got avoided
Little black sambo grows up to be a lawyer
Extra extra on the news stands
Black woman voted head of Ku Klux Klan
Malcolm Little dies as a old man
Martin Luther King read the eulogy for him
Followed by Bill O'Reilly who read from the Quran
President Bush sends condolences from Iran
Where Fox News reports live
That Ahmadinejad wins Mandela peace prize

[Hook]

[Verse 2]
Uh, and it ain't no projects
Keepin it real is not an understood concept
Yea, complexions not a contest
Cause racism has no context
Hip-hop ain't got a section called conscious
Everybody rappin like crack never happened
Crips never occurred nor bloods to attack them
Matter of fact no hood to attack in
Somalia is a great place to relax in
Fred Astaire was the first to do a backspin
The rat pack was a cool group of black men
That inspired the five white guys called the Jacksons
Eminem fitted in but then again he inspired a black rapper tryin to mimic him
And that's a really rose up out of Michigan, the sounding white rapper by the name of 50 cent

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
Uh, and I know it's just a fantasy
I cordially invite you to ask why can't it be
Now we can do nothing bout the past
But we can do something about the future that we have
We can make fast or we can make it last
Every woman queenin' and every man a kingin'
When those color lines come we can't seen between
We just close our eyes till its all black everything

[Hook]

. . .


[Hook - John Legend]
Take me to that old familiar place
Take me to memories we won't erase
Take me to all that we had
Good and the bad
I'll never forget you
I'll never let you go
I'll never forget you
I'll always remember, I hope you know

[Verse 1 - Lupe Fiasco]
Let the record reflect the records we set
Best foot forward with every step
And let's push towards it, never regress
And let's remember, if ever we get
Down, the places that we came from 'round
And all the good times on the bad side of town
The upside of bad, flip it upside down
Came from the bottom but we up high now
Believe, and from this view we achieved
We looked back at the rules we received
And how we broke those, dismantled and rewrote those
And the ghost still alive in the photos
Sounds of the summer, day and go wise
Cold wind blowin' through a city on fire
Moments of the past, came here to find you
Not to relive them, just to remind you

[Hook - John Legend]
Take me to that old familiar place
Take me to memories we won't erase
Take me to all that we had
Good and the bad
I'll never forget you
I'll never let you go
I'll never forget you
I'll always remember, I hope you know

[Verse 2 - Lupe Fiasco]
And let the evidence show, the future's so bright
It's never been more, not like tonight
We walk into the glow, right into the light
The past all around us, the time of our life
The first love kisses, the broke heart disses
This is just like a first-class ticket
Back, to the first written rap
The crumbled-up paper and the pen with no cap
The hand-me-down clothes and the unturned hat
The hookers on the corner and the kids sellin' crack
The needles in the yard where we used to play catch
Stories from the project we could never go at
Or to, these are shades of my youth
Trials of a child, everything truth
Moments of the past, comin' back to find us
Not to relive them, just to remind us

[Hook - John Legend]
Take me to that old familiar place
Take me to memories we won't erase
Take me to all that we had
Good and the bad
I'll never forget you
I'll never let you go
I'll never forget you
I'll always remember, I hope you know

[Verse 3 - Lupe Fiasco]
Everything cherished, remembered in my heart
So you will never perish, you will never part
I tell ‘em all about you, drummin' in the park
We put you in the ground, but I see you in the stars
Go'n, take a bow, a round of applause
The best dad ever, always ready we are
Love always shines, that's how I'll find you
In case you forgot, I hope this reminds you

[Hook - John Legend]
Take me to that old familiar place
Take me to memories we won't erase
Take me to all that we had
Good and the bad
I'll never forget you
I'll never let you go
I'll never forget you
I'll always remember, I hope you know

. . .


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