Some top rhymin' to some boxed ears
Such a waste of my timin', that's why I'm not here

from Lupe Fiasco – SLR 3 (Round of Applause) Lyrics on Rap Genius


Lupe is saying he is speaking on deaf ears. His metaphors, wordplay and concepts are complex, and so aren’t understood by many.

One criticism of mainstream hip hip is that it’s often “dumbed down” in order to appeal to more people… Lupe’s having none of that!

Also, saying “that’s why I’m not here” implies that Lupe is barely trying in this song, it’s just a taste of what he can do, it also leads into the next lines which attributes Lupe’s lyricism being out of this world. Other Earth rappers left on the ground don’t offer him any real competition.

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