[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]

from Lupe Fiasco – Failure Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Notice the vertical progression in this verse: from paving streets, to getting taller (“over the limp”), building up to the foundations, and finally the John Hancock center where “you could damn near see Detroit”

The beat is sampled from Idris Muhammad’s “Could Heaven Ever BE Like This”

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