Jay... Lupe! Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Jay-Z also served as an executive producer of Lupe Fiasco’s debut album Food & Liquor, from which this song is culled.

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1st AND!! Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

1st & 15th, the record label Lupe himself started, so named after the days on which most people receive welfare checks

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Roc-A-Fella, Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Roc-A-Fella was the name of Jay-Z’s famous record label, which was experiencing a much-publicized falling-out amongst its executives at the time of this song’s release.

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Your fly is open, Southside by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

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I gotta testify
Come up in the spot lookin' extra fly
Fore the day I die, I'mma touch the sky
Gotta testify
I'm up in the spot lookin' extra fly
'Fore the day I die, I'mma touch the sky
Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

Ye predicts that he’ll rest peacefully once he’s dead, since he has at last reached the pinnacle of success

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You got a lot of money, I ain't tryin' to be funny
But they say where you goin', you ain't even gonna need it
The Die by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. GemStones)

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26

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I present the death of The Cool The Die by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. GemStones)

In the introduction, Lupe Fiasco sets up the song’s premise as the death of Michael Young History, who has been heavily involved with The Game and The Streets (The Game’s wife!)

“Death of the Cool” is also a reference to Miles Davis’s seminal album “Birth of the Cool,” which helped define “cool jazz.”

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I write to Do the Right Thing like Spike do Southside by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

Spike Lee’s classic Do the Right Thing

At the end of the film, Spike Lee’s character Mookie throws a trashcan through the window of Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, inciting a race riot that destroys the pizzeria, but (1) getting a kind of sideways revenge for the death of Radio Raheem at the hands of white police officers just a few moments before (2) diverting the anger of the crowd which seems poised to attack Sal and his sons.

Lee reports that white people constantly ask him whether Mookie “did the right thing”; black people, he adds, never ask that question.

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Like when Em played him and Mekhi played a rasta Southside by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

Reference to 8 Mile, Eminem’s autobiographical movie in which he played himself and Mekhi Phifer played his friend (who happened to be of Jamaican descent)

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You wouldn't be ballin' if your name was Spalding Southside by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

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