Need to open up a park, just closed 10 schools
We dont need 'em
A park is a place where one enjoys nature, reflects, and reminisces; they are peaceful. He is sarcastic when stating “we don’t need em”. If you’re going to take away something so important, he needs a place to relax from all the downsides of closing off education.
He is also thinking about how the poor are overlooked a lot by the rich and don’t tend to care what they need. So destroying ten schools and opening up a park would be completely reasonable for them.
Here is Lupe on the school system and the question what influences rappers have on children:
The reason why I post this is that Lupe, although sarcastically stating in the lyrics that we don’t need the schools, tells us why we don’t need them in the current state. There is always a snatch of truth in jokes.
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