Telling us not to pursue it, just to shoe it like a blacksmith

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Matthew Santos) – Shining Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lupe plays on the different meaning of “shoe/shoo”.

Record executives (as well as said “fat bitch”) told Lupe to dumb down his lyrics to appeal to the masses. They don’t want him to pursue good music, they just want him to do his job and sell it. They view artistry as an occupation, similar to a blacksmith just hammering away.

But instead of pursuing this Auto Tuned way of life, Lupe wants to “shoo”, or get rid of these ideas and keeps doing what he’s doing.

It is interesting that the horseshoes that a blacksmith would make are in the shape of the Omega symbol, which is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. This ties in with the fat lady singing and the end of rap if Auto Tune starts to take over. It may seem like a little bit of a stretch but Lupe’s come up with things even more complex than that.

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