Ayesha Says (Intro lyrics to Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1)

Reads: 1025  | Likes: 0  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 1

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

More Details
Status: Finished  |  Genre: Song Lyrics  |  House: Booksie Classic
Best rapper in the game:-)

Submitted: June 27, 2012

A A A | A A A

Submitted: June 27, 2012

A A A

A A A


[Ayesha Jaco]

Hijabs, hoodies, afros, locks
Teddy bear, liquor bottle shrines, rocks
Tanks, prayer rugs, church pews, Mexican corn stands
Blood, sweat, and tears, police batons
Gas masks and bullets create graffiti on corners

Murals that salute freedom or death for liberty
Be it Inglewood or Egypt, Bedstuy or Baghdad
Syria or Liberia, the west bank or the west side of Chicago
Where food and liquor stores still occupy the block
While police and community watchmen justify why they shot
Emmit Till and Malice Green, Rekia Boyd and Trayvon Martin
Better not wear that hoodie while shopping for a carton
Or whatever they sellin in your food desert
Cause your soul is dessert and will be dissected and consumed
On the Fox evening news while we sing the blues
The new Jim Crow caged bird sings
Cause he's tired of occupying his misery and of our marching
He wanna fly to a higher consciousness
But his school on academic probation
They gave him medicine, diagnosed him with a felony and mental retardation
So he refuses to cease the firin, nobody's hirin
In Illinois, 67 is the new age when you retirin
Class lines have blurred, those who used to have, have not
Pensions bein snatched
Those who never have keep their hands stretched
Social services being cut
Sterilization clinics giving out pills to numb the womb
Young girls referring to their vaginas as tombs
Thinkin protests are temporary and trendy
Well rock a t-shirt and carry a poster
And two weeks later it's back to normal
But they say times are changin'
The revolution is becoming second nature, causes are combining
People carrying torches, hope burning from their hands
Attaching explosive devices cause they keep stealing their lands
In the name of freedom

Hijabs, hoodies, afros, locks
Teddy bear, liquor bottle shrines, rocks
Tanks, prayer rugs, church pews, Mexican corn stands
Blood, sweat, and tears, police batons
Gas masks and bullets create graffiti on corners


The verses from below are from the song Stange Fruition by Lupe Fiasco

Now as I wander through the city going mad,

I see the fruits of planting evidence instead of grass,

A swindled generation with no patience full of swag,

Man they so impatient with the stations that they have,

As long as they look good when they be doin' bad,

And the separation from the truth is getting vast, fast

Be a slave at first or free at... last,

Double edged choices make a nigga wanna pass,

Double headed voices of the eagle on the staff

The pyramid with eyes will split the spirited in half,

Divided over money, delighted by the dummy(dumb-ing),

And down of the importance of crowns we'll never have,

That's why my sounds and sermons are so full of wrath,
Baptize your mind, let your brain take a bath.

What does THIS MEAN??!??!!

to find out, grab your mouse and scroll down

The Breakdown Version

Now as I wander through the city going mad,
I see the fruits of planting evidence instead of grass,
-Lupe is walking through the city, lets say Chicago, and sees nothing but corruption of people planting evidence to frame others. Instead of people planting grass in a city full of concrete.

A swindled generation with no patience full of swag,
-Today's youth is almost brain washed to believe that the only importance thing in life is have swag. And they want it now, even if they are just little kids. Everybody these days wants to start doing adult things now. People are losing their innocence.

Man they so impatient with the stations that they have,
-refers to my breakdown before, impatient. And the stations (Radio and television) portrays this life of swag as the only "cool" way to live. I also think he is talking to the Lu Stans in a way. We are impatient for Lupe's music and we keep demanding it and demanding it b/c in fact he's the one of the few that is providing substance. The radio station keeps us hungry for this substance because the music they play is just plain stupid.

As long as they look good when they be doin' bad,
-play on words here. these people are wearing expensive clothes and jewelry while they do these negative things that are glamorized by the media. It also means people buying expensive stuff that they can't really afford, because they're doing "bad" in terms of their money situation.

And the separation from the truth is getting vast, fast
-the truth is no longer black and white anymore. Everyone is becoming corrupted with greed so who can you trust to get truths? the radio? the magazines? the tv? websites?

Be a slave at first or free at... last,
-another play on words. everyone is born a slave. think to back when you were a kid, they fed you lies of Santa being real and every commercial in between cartoons had you wanting their product. Eventually, we learn and become aware and are "Free at last" - MLK Jr.

Double edged choices make a nigga wanna pass,
-Personally, I think this is how the media portrays elections as a horse race. They make you choose between McCain vs Obama, Republicans vs Democrats, Conservatives vs. Liberals. Why should we try and choose the lesser of two evils, so instead Lupe decides he'll pass. (i agree)

Double headed voices of the eagle on the staff
-The eagle is on top of the American flag staff. the double headed refers to the previous breakdown line.

The pyramid with eyes will split the spirited in half,
-Spiritual people believe in God and the Devil. but the illuminati is for the people who have chosen the Devil over God. (I could be wrong about this)

Divided over money, delighted by the dummy(dumb-ing),
-People have become divided because of money and the need for it. The elites enjoy profiting off of the uneducated by controlling their lives as if it were a game.

And down of the importance of crowns we'll never have,
-We won't have a king but we have elites that try to influence are lives. They consider themselves kings

That's why my sounds and sermons are so full of wrath,
Baptize your mind let your brain take a bath.
-Lupe is going to speak out against all of this and be upfront about it. Baptize your mind means to cleanse your mind from all impurities, or corruption, or confusion and become aware

alt

Lyrics by Lupe Fiasco

Album: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

Release Date: September 25, 2012


© Copyright 2020 Austin Converse. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:

Comments

avatar

Author
Reply