Have no fear Sunshine by Lupe Fiasco

Psalm 23 of the Christian Bible states:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me

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Fresh to def she is Sunshine by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe uses the song to express his love for both a girl and hip-hop in general.

“Fresh to def,” and other such variants are popular phrases all meaning the same thing: the girl is “good-looking”.

“Def” can mean deaf, Mos Def, Def Jam, and of course death. Lupe is saying that he’s going to find music “fresh”/attractive until the day he goes deaf while making it sound like “death”, which implies that if Lupe were to ever go deaf it’d be like death.

Note the references to hip-hop icons Mos Def and Def Jam.

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From her steps to her set she is Sunshine by Lupe Fiasco

From her shoes to everything about her is attractive and fly. Set refers to a woman’s entire physical package: facial features, body shape, and style.

Another interpretation is that Lupe loves hip-hop from the cyphers on the building steps, to the music video sets, or the big concert sets that musicians put on.

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Some waves, some air guns, the days of the fair one is over for The Food by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

There’s no such thing as an honest victory for somebody anymore, in a fight or otherwise, due to the power of the pistol

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It's all good in the hood, like raps and gems
Throwbacks and Timbs, blacks and rims
Whether on ball courts, attires of all sorts
The Food by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

What a nice list of acceptable things in the hood:
Jewelry, Timberland kicks, rims on cars

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February 3rd, 2012

Common says ‘It’s all good in the hood, like RATS in GYMS. As in gym rats that always are at the gym.

Marlon
April 23rd, 2012

I think he says “Racks and gems”

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Moments like the camcorder The Food by Common (Ft. Kanye West)

Camcorder is the outdated tool used for recording family moments. Dad with a camcorder = classic image:

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Intermixed with my realities and feelings
Living conditions, religion, ignorant wisdom and artistic vision
Hurt Me Soul by Lupe Fiasco

The social issues they talked about were mirrored in his life.

Ignorant wisdom is questionable, as it’s contradicting, but sort of understandable in rap: philosophy in slang and etc. It could also be referring in this case to “street smarts,” or the type of wisdom that one can achieve without the use of higher education (college, university, etc).

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There's a certain line you just don't cross and he crossed it
I heard him say Hailie's name on a song and I just lost it
Like Toy Soldiers by Eminem

Ja Rule took shots at 50, Dre and Eminem on a diss track entitled “Loose Change” (50 Cent, loose change… get it?). At the very end he spits the lines:

Em, you claim your mother’s a crackhead and Kim is a known slut
So what’s Hailie gon' be when she grows up?

Ja: Good diss, bad career move!

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March 25th, 2014

Eminem loves his daughter Hailie

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November 22nd, 2013

In the previous reference to Benzino, this line could be talking about Benzino’s 2003 song “Die Another Day” where he says, “Tell Hailie it ain’t safe no more (nah)
Daddy better watch yo' back at the candystore
We fucked up, resort to plan B”. Clearly Benzino took a shot at Em’s daughter in the song during their feud. He later apologized

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Lauryn Hill said her heart was in Zion
I wish her heart still was in rhyming
Champion by Kanye West

Refers to Lauryn Hill’s song, To Zion where she says.

Now the joy of my world is in Zion"

Zion is the name of her first born son and refers to the Rastafarian code word. The song is about his conception and birth, which occurred despite heavy pressure from music business folks around her to terminate the pregnancy because of possible effects on her career.

‘Ye wishes Lauryn never had a bunch of damn kids and her joy still came from making dope music. She has only released one album, and has been absent for the best part of 15 years.

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Before anybody wanted K. West beats
Me and my girl split the buffet at KFC
Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

Before Ye was the superstar he is today, KFC was nice place for a date…

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