But he was never there, cause
if you continue to the next bar..
I believe Lupe is revealing that he’s talking about all of the Michael Young History’s out there. Meaning there wasn’t anyone in particular but the embodiment.
From The Coolest he says “No heaven up above ya, no hell underneath ye.”
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit "Cold War" by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jane $$$) Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box