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Since Kendrick is, apparently, about is hitting you so hard, you should probably run for cover, the same way you get a blanket (cover) to keep you warm when it' cold. I personally prefer the Snuggie.

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As this song progresses, Lupe delves into multiple issues going on in the world today including materialism, molestation, and other things.

The phrase “stark raving” not also be a homophone for “star craving.” The song references the way that current rap and hip-hop icons are idolized and worshipped by the masses.

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In the third verse, Lupe takes the guy from the first verse, and one of the girls from the second, and has them meet in the future on this verse.

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Lupe’s is using these words to rhyme in his own song to keep the flow going AND, at the same time mocking bad rappers.. ahem..

More importantly, Lupe believes that rap has basically become a repeated song with different beats and faces: cabbage can mean money; savage, violence; baby carriage, sex. While he was mocking the hook that the kid’s mom was singing too, he is also mocking the entirety of a song that brings no (intellectual) value to its listeners… while at the same time utilizing words that are correlated with the term, “bad bitch”.

(Additionally, notice the non-inclusion of of another term that rhymes with the word: “marriage”.)

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Lupe finds the truth more satisfying than masturbating to online porn or finding a girl online who will do it in person.

Internet porn has been linked to creating large amount of dopamine. Only now are studies coming out on how internet porn can create addictions similar to meth and thus relating to Lupes previous line. The following video explains the addiction and its effects on the human body and brain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF82AwSDiU

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Iraq was, for all its flaws, relatively stable and free of sectarian conflict before the series of US invasions and sanctions beginning in the 1990’s. Despite this, the US invaded for reasons that, among others, were economic and geopolitical, and caused the exact same instability that we supposedly have to maintain a presence there to now combat

The reference to “corporate jets” could also be seen as referring to the top “1%”, those who benefit disproportionately from capitalism and would therefore receive the most profit from the production and distribution of oil.

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If you’re ignorant then you are the problem. Ignorance doesn’t negate your responsibility.

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We’ve all seen the bumper stickers:

“Freedom isn’t free” is supposed to symbolize support for the military, they’re fighting for our freedom, and therefore isn’t free. Lupe, we know, is definitely not supporting the military. He means a couple of other things:

  1. FREEdom doesn’t mean being FREE. The government, the media portray this image of an “American Dream”, where you’re free, you have liberties, etc. But Lupe understands that’s not how it really works. Nobody’s free, but we’re brainwashed into thinking otherwise.

  2. We literally have to PAY for this “freedom” with money, whether rich or poor, you pay for it in many different forms. For the poor this is usually taxes or labor, but for the rich that don’t have to work much, they could have to pay when karma catches up with them.

Lastly, the cover art for the song is an American flag decked out as a bar code. Bar codes=Paying=Freedom not being free, ya dig?

Tangentially one could posit he maybe meant that poor people pay in money and rich people pay in other ways e.g. karma

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October 20th, 2012

since the song starts in pine ridge and given the idea of seeing things from the perspective of the least among us, from the pov of a oglala lakota on the rez, freedom, what this nation was putatively built on, is mos def not free: the lakota continue to fight for their violated treaty rights and continue to refuse billions of dollars of compensation—they don’t want money; they want their land back. freedom ain’t free for the first nation people in this land not of the free but of white supremacy

September 7th, 2012

Freedom is tricky because it is used in so many ways like the ways you presented it. Could be used as social liberation, self liberation, or mental liberation. Obviously Lupe is suggesting social liberation that freedom isn’t free, we pay in any shape or form. In order to gain, you must lose something, so Freedom isn’t free, because we definitely have to gain it here in America. We are surrounded by rights and liberties that bound us.Practically we have these rights and liberties to be the standard (Americans).

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January 27th, 2013

Freedom aint free: the freedoms that we all enjoy in our cosy little first world bubbles are paid for dearly by the less fortunate, even without going into the third world that we’ve destroyed so many people are scammed by banks and just generally screwed over by those in power, one that jumps to mind is Bradley Manning and while we all close our eyes and live in blissful ignorance someone somewhere (most likely many people) are paying a price far too high

November 13th, 2012

Freedom Aint Free: The whole song he is talking about how although U.S. seems like the great land of freedom of opportunity, it actually has many downsides. Us citizens' rights of freedom in the U.S. has come at a cost of other things (i.e. America is a garbage man, Iraq war for oil), and therefore Freedom Aint Free. Also, blind, ignorant American nationalists have no idea that idea that their freedom that they hold so proudly comes at a huge cost to not only the rest of the world but also minorities within the U.S.

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The line sets contrast between heaven and hell. Everybody wants Heaven on earth, but it’s much closer to Hell.

Lupe also does a play on “in hell” (inhale) to compliment “breathe”. This is because all the air pollution makes him feel bad every breath he takes.

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He keeps his bed made up, because he can’t MAKE UP his mind. See what he did there?

It’s quite a possibility that he really might not make it to see another day so he’s always ready

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June 9th, 2013

I think this line means that he never know if he will die before he lay to sleep so he makes it up so he’ll be ready

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"Cause, while I was rappin' they was growin' up fast" (Lupe Fiasco – Bitch Bad) | accepted

In verse one and two, the characters in the story were children. By the time the third verse comes around, they’re older, and they meet. So as he was rapping, they grew up fast.

"Soon as you find out what planned obsolescence is" (Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way) | accepted

Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Lupe continues his consistent theme of attacking unfair American industry

This sounds like it’s going to be really bad..

"9 planets faithfully keep in orbit" (Yasiin Bey – Mathematics) | accepted

RIP Pluto.

Correction to the song description, the veteran doesn’t “blow himself up”. He runs a terrorist plot.

"They going through the rubble, but the body count is zero..." (Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist III) | accepted

I don’t think that he is speaking in opposites here. The government likes attacks like these because they use it as “reason” to invade other countries. This is why so many people (not including myself) theorize that 9/11 was an inside job. The government pulled it to use the attacks as a reason to invade Afghanistan and even Iraq.

"Uh huh, friend of the People" (Lupe Fiasco – BMF ( Building Minds Faster)) | accepted

The mixtape was later released in November of 2011, and did not include this track.

"I ain't saying you should die but you should leave your l..." (Lupe Fiasco – Joaquin Phoenix) | accepted

I’m not saying you should diee… but you should definitely stop living.

"Yeah, yeah, I am such a dope man / Kitchen's really happy," (Lupe Fiasco – Joaquin Phoenix) | rejected

Well he says he never did drugs, but he definitely dealt them, and that’s where you get the dope man reference. He often used songs of his old mixtapes to mask drug-dealing metaphors.

"So that's Blart, Pierce, and all that's missing is a bear..." (Lupe Fiasco – Joaquin Phoenix) | rejected

You’re gonna have to bury the beat when thee songs over, because Lupe is in the process of murdering it.