They said oil and water don't mix Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

This is a play on the previous two lines. Lupe has a flow like a river, but it’s content is thicker. A&R’s told him to dumb it down, the content would not mix with the watered down mainstream scene

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Content a little more thicker Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

As Rap Genius knows by now, Lupe’s lyrics are the hardest to explain!

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Made me a ripper Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Conversely, Lupe argues that the obstacles he encountered in the hood drove him to become successful and to pour his heart and soul into becoming the rapper that he is now

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That's the same game that came through where I lived as a kid
In the bad luck truck and threw boxes off the back
Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Here, Lupe refrains from overtly calling out the drug game and simply using the metaphor of the “bad luck truck” as the equivalent of the drug game and its corrupting influence (“the boxes”) throughout Chicago, Lupe’s hometown

This is also a reference to the unfortunate hand life dealt him from the beginning. Being from the westside of Chicago was like getting a box off the bad luck truck

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January 17th, 2014

Drug dealers think they’re giving back to the community by giving people free things to make up for the bad they’ve done. This can also be a reference to American Gangster http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765429/ and how his life used to be like that.

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Look: how you think I got here? Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Lupe again reveals that his past involved drug dealing…

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Give 'em the game, that's like giving chocolate to the fat Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Here, Lupe Fiasco uses the addictive quality of chocolate as a metaphor for the even worse addiction of drugs: the more you use, the more you want.

I personally like chocolate better:

Also, Lupe comments on the state of the art— modern hip hop listeners are spoiled by “chocolate” crunk music and can’t appreciate the best

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January 17th, 2014

If lupe turns into those other wack rappers he’s going to give the people something that won’t be good for them which is something they don’t need

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Call them Lu-vi's, old jeans covered in blue dye Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Lupe compares his music to old and worn Levi’s jeans (Lupe + Levis = “Lu-vis”) — he raps as a throwback to the lyricism of the days of old-school hip-hop

Also, notice the allusion to the violent gang Crips, whose primary color is blue. In keeping with this interpretation, the line could be read homonymically, as “O.G.’s covered in blue die”, which would serve to remind us of the tragic fate that befell Biggie and Pac (although Pac — via Suge Knight — was primarily affiliated with the Bloods..)

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Deliver like river Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

A river flows, just like Lupe’s delivery

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But I withstand, I ain't gotten into that Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

As he has stated many times before and since, Lupe Fiasco refuses to “dumb it down” and release mainstream music

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Ushering in the regime Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Lupe wants to bring to Hip-Hop a revitalized form of conscious, intelligent music. Get it? Usher-ing?

Now baby tell me what you wanna do with me

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