And that was it, fits, tantrums random
Helter-Skelter, a world gone Manson
Life Death And Love From San Francisco by Lupe Fiasco

After any number of indignities, the song’s subject finally flips out. As a point of reference, Lupe uses notorious criminal and cult leader Charles Manson, who believed in an impending huge race war that he termed “Helter Skelter”, after the Beatles song of that name

“Fits, tantrums” may be a play on “Fitz & The Tantrums"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6cBKE3WzQ

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Bought a bag out of American Rag Life Death And Love From San Francisco by Lupe Fiasco

As can you — check out their online store!

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Flowers she would pick like guitar strings Life Death And Love From San Francisco by Lupe Fiasco

The reference to flowers is surely intentional, as flowers and San Francisco have a long history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ_WG3d3GL8&feature=related

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Known for burning clothes and petty car-keying
And other less harmful skylarking
Life Death And Love From San Francisco by Lupe Fiasco

The use of the word “skylarking” to describe the subject’s mischief is intentional. In a nod to the fact that the beat to this song samples a well-known jazz composition, Lupe references another one, the Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer tune “Skylark”. Below, Ella Fitzgerald singing it, with arrangements by the legendary Nelson Riddle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDnStrx4g9M

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April 14th, 2012

Skylark is also a vehicle typically found in the hood.

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[Verse 1] Life Death And Love From San Francisco by Lupe Fiasco

Below is Pt. 1 of John Coltrane’s classic composition “A Love Supreme”, which is sampled for this tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fth9UUa1Mfw&feature=related

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Isn't harmony great?
Look at all these friends that marketing makes
WWJD He'd Probably LOL Like WTF!!! by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe the writer (if not the narrator, who seems unaware) is positively dripping with irony here. “All these friends” are a bunch of people solely out to impress and outspend each other, and inspire envy. Not really, it need not be said, the basis for a lasting friendship

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Conspicuous consumption
That means it serves no other function
But to show off to someone, or others
Who only try to show off to you – look at your fellow loyal customers
WWJD He'd Probably LOL Like WTF!!! by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe elaborates here on the idea of conspicuous consumption — namely, that everyone involved in it is trying to show off to each other by acquiring the latest luxury goods, and that the showing off, and the status that goes with it, is in fact the main reason for buying the goods in the first place

The dictionary defines “conspicuous consumption” as:

[T]he act of buying a lot of things, especially expensive things that are not necessary, in a way that people notice

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Good thing that God accept cash
Maybe buy my way up out His wrath
Skeptically, why am I way up off this path?
Atheism's cheaper, and accepts Visa
WWJD He'd Probably LOL Like WTF!!! by Lupe Fiasco

The narrator wonders, if money can in fact buy everything, can it even buy him forgiveness from sin? For a while in the Middle Ages, it could.

“Good thing that God accept cash” refers to the Judao- Christian belief in charity, and collection plates at churches. The church (and the Bible) wants its members to give them money in the name of God, but that money is not always put to good use.
“Atheism’s cheaper and accepts Visa” refers back to this because
A) You can’t put a credit card in a collection plate.
B) Atheists don’t have a church asking them for money.
Also, atheists don’t believe in an after life, so they don’t have to fear God’s wrath or try to buy their way into heaven.

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August 29th, 2012

Almsgiving is certainly present in Christian faith but also in Muslim faith as well. Zakat, which is related to charity is about giving up wealth because having such wealth is from God. It is very similar to almsgiving in Christian faith. When I hear Lupe say “Atheism’s cheaper and accepts Visa”, I think he may be saying how easy it is to not believe or commit/surrender oneself to God. In today’s world everyone uses debit/credit, it is so easy and not a hassle, in today’s world atheism is at the highest it has ever been, the life style is easier to as it is accepted. Those are just my thoughts on it, could be totally wrong of course.

July 21st, 2013

The whole song seem to be about our trust in technology and living in the digital 21st century vs. living for the Lord… hence the TITLE of the song was written in instant messaging short-hand ( new style of communicating) That being said, in the new age carrying cash is inconvenient, and shallow people only use it for offering on sunday in hope to make it to heaven because of it, and every other day mon-sat they use credit cards in act of sin (titty-bar, getting drunk, etc).

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New runs, nuns'll scream, moms with jeans
Match their teens' jeans and genies who try to chew gum
WWJD He'd Probably LOL Like WTF!!! by Lupe Fiasco

The promise of new Nike shoes will apparently bring out all kinds of folks. A more subtle criticism here by Lupe of grown women who try to act or dress in a self-consciously youthful way, often mirroring looks worn by their own children

“Mom’s with teens/match their teen’s jeans” is specifically a reference to this bing commercial

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Had a bunch of blessings but I blew them WWJD He'd Probably LOL Like WTF!!! by Lupe Fiasco

Again paralleling the first verse, Lupe changes “blue” to “blew” here. He’s likely referring to people who are blessed with money but waste it on conspicuous consumption.
Exhibit A: MC Hammer

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