First off gotta send shout outs to my niggas
Then shout outs to my inner demon that be creepin' around my temple
Lupe and his inner demon dominate his rhymes and make his songs what they are: he is perpetually vexed by the evil both within him and society. The function is to release emotions caused by his inner demons and his emotions take the form of lyrics or art.
And by shouting out his inner demon, Lupe is demonstrating an ancient Buddhist practice of “feeding your inner demon”. The practice is explained in the book “Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict”. Basically, if we try to ignore our inner demons, they will grow stronger. But if you provide it with the attention it needs, you can conquer it.
Temple is a double entendre: a place of worship and the term used to refer to one’s head. This means that the inner demons are creeping around his mind, but also they are invading his spirituality.
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