But sleep on it, that's why God give you night Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

Indeed, God tells us in the Holy Books that He gave us night for a reason: so we can recuperate our bodies for the next trial He sends our way.

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They said I got it honest now I gotta give it light Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

To have something honest is a old term meaning something like you got it from your mom or dad. Lupe is saying he got the gift of gab honestly so it is only right that he puts that to good use.

Lu’s been characteristically “real” since pretty much the beginning, but that was back when he was a relatively unknown Chicago local who was spittin' about gangsta shit. Now, he feels it’s his responsibility to start “breathing life” into hip-hop, with positivity. To give something light is also an expression meaning to explain and preach about that subject. Lupe knows a lot of things that he wants to share through his rhymes.

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Life ain't meant to come around twice
Yeah, that's why I gotta get it right
Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

Lupe is a devout Muslim, who, like followers of the other two Abrahamic religions Judaism and Christianity, believe in an overall righteous lifestyle to get them at one with their neighbor and with God.

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Make a fuss if it's them, but we hush if it's us Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

This line has multiple meanings depending on who “we” and “them” are. Representatives of the United States government routinely object to human rights violations abroad while ignoring similar problems at home. See: Guantanamo Bay.

Representatives of the the United States government got off scot-free for their involvement in trafficking drugs into black neighborhoods (see Iran-Contra). Yet, since the 1970s, that same government has waged a “war on drugs” targeting communities of color. The US now incarcerates more people per capita than any other country; ¼ of prisoners are serving time for drug offenses, with people of color grossly over-represented.

Some black people frown on white people selling drugs in the black community, but adopt a “no snitching” policy to protect their own.

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Doing dirt, with the devil, chasing after the dust Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

Doing dirt with the devil obviously refers to the drug game but it’s also playing on the concept of the Dirt Devil vaccuum cleaner and how it sucks up dust and other debris (or drugs).

Dust could also refer to chasing after death, when the body returns to Earth and becomes dust. Furthermore, Dust also might refer to Angel Dust and considering that devil is mentioned prior to that this makes a nice antithesis.

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He crushed everything he crushed Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

Lu continues off the previous line, and directly references the drug game.

Alternately, it could be a reference to this guy (emotionally) crushing everything he (sexually) crushed or vice-versa (having sex with everyone he had a crush on).

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My man said blood spilled out of everything he touched Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

An even more negative, graphic spin on the legendary story of Midas, who famously turned everything he touched into gold. Also saying that Lu’s homie, whether he meant to or not, caused trouble everywhere he went; death and pain seemed to follow him everywhere.

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She said that's why she gave it up Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

Lu is likely referring to a woman who legitimately tried to have serious devotion in a relationship but eventually gave up once she found out she’d been cheated on and resorted to similar behavior afterwards.

An alternative explanation is that she didn’t trust the guy but ended up giving it up anyway. Instead of waiting to build the trust in a friendship/relationship, she gives it up to him because that lust made it feel right, at that moment.

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Lust, sometimes can override trust Real by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green)

Sexual desire, as much as we would like to argue otherwise, often preoccupies our minds more than the more honorable human quality of loyalty.

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Ororo Munroe, make it rain
Not with bills, I make it change
Yoga Flame by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe makes a reference to the X-Men character Ororo Munroe here, known for her ability to control the weather. He’s equating himself with her

Furthermore, “make it rain” refers to the popular meme of flinging dollar bills into the air and letting it flutter down like rain. Here, however, Lupe is not doing what other rappers talk about doing, he is doing something more noble, like inciting change in America.

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June 6th, 2012

Lil Wayne is constantly talking about making it rain. Lupe would prefer to change the game, society, the way his people think, than spend his money objectifying women.

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