To the five-year-old gunshot hearer, I hear ya

from Lupe Fiasco – The Emperor's Soundtrack Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lupe is shouting out his hometown, the Chi, and is personally trying to assuage the fears of the little children who have to grow up surrounded with the violence of the ghetto.

Lupe urges these young children that are trying, in the midst of all this violence, to find their identities (the “mirror” of the next line) to not become the people you hear and see (which is where “invisible” comes in: you don’t see yourself as an influence so you do what you see).

Lupe also covered the issue of child soldiers in Little Weapon.

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