I’m the hook after your last verse I’m also like the beat

from Lupe Fiasco – Go To Sleep Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Throughout this verse Lupe makes armageddon-style references, and this alludes back to that. He seems to be addressing artists in the game today. The hook after the last verse will be there at the end, he’s saying that after today’s rappers are done, he’ll still be there

“I’m also like the beat” is saying that he was there at the beginning of the, “song”. This is almost all speculation here but I believe he’s referencing previous songs where he discussed the subpar state of the rap game now and as he grew up (see Daydreamin' and Hurt Me Soul).

In this metaphor the “song” is the rap culture. He says that he will be there after today’s fads are done, and that he was there in the beginning, when the foundation for the culture was laid. Coupled with the armageddon allusions and the line “And you can say your last words and you can go to sleep” Lupe seems to be saying that he can end the plasticity and superficial elements of rap music, and that after he does, he will still be there as his song plays out.

Going off the Biblical/apocalyptic themes, is Lu finally claiming his rightful throne of God MC?

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the beat and the final hook.” — Revelation, 22:13 (as retold by the Prophet Lupe)

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