Poisoned our leader

from Lupe Fiasco – Hurt Me Soul Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It’s unclear which leader he’s referring to here. The leader might not be American. Some recent examples of poisoned leaders include Victor Yuschenko of Ukraine (poisoned by Russian agents in 2005), the Palestinian Khaled Meshaal of Hamas (poisoned by Israeli in Amman, Jordan in 1996), and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (unconfirmed rumors/conspiracy theories about Israeli agents poisoning him)

Another interpretation is that this may not refer to a leader in specific, but instead refers to how ideals/beliefs get “tainted” or “poisoned.” A leader may be against something, but makes a compromise to get a deal through. Also could be about corruption since this song deals with many problems in the world.

He could also be talking about how many of the black leaders in ghettoes during the 70s, such as Huey P. Newton, met their downfall by the “poison” — or drugs. Similar to the line by Kanye, “When are heroes and heroines got hooked on heroin” in Crack Music.

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