Keep they names in my rhymes to try and keep them out of trouble

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green) – Real Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Many rappers associate with rich people in their songs. Lupe however tries to make his songs relatable to his homies and poor people in the hood.

Impoverished neighbourhoods often have higher crime rates because people feel the only way they can make money is by committing crimes. By making his music relatable to them, Lupe tries to keep them out of trouble by giving them hope of a better life.

In addition, he often does features for these people to try and get them out of the hood.

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