They treat you like a slave
Put chains all on your soul and put whips up on your back

from Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The record industry is notorious for treating their artists like slaves (recently exemplified by Nas' delayed album)

One example of Lupe being “treated like a slave” was when the label expected him to record “Nothing on You” for free. When Lupe refused, the song fell to B.O.B.

Lupe’s had his fill with record execs, with his third album LASERS being delayed for a full year prior to its release in March 2011.

For the umpteenth time, a pun on “whips & chains” — slang these days for cars and jewelry

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