Before you drive you have to wipe locusts off your rides
But I'm warming up, oceans is on the rise
Lupe here seems to be making an allusion to the Biblical stories of the Ten Plagues of Egypt (one of which was a locust swarm) as well as Moses' Parting of the Red Sea (“oceans on the rise”). Lupe is a Muslim — but this story is in the Qur'an as well.
The second line “But I’m warmin' up, oceans is on the rise”, also is a reference to the growing problem of global warming. Also, he has many times in the past referred to his flows as rising water (Dumb it Down). So he’s also just getting started in this song, about to let it go. He’s carrying on from the previous line. “Cruise” was a play on words from what he intended you to hear which was “crows,” a sign of bad things coming.
He also says “rides” like “rites”, strengthening the religious references.
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