He means the mainstream rappers who rap about money and sex just to get paid.
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He wonders how he doesn’t feel emotions now.
He writes whats on his mind all the time til his pencil breaks and he’s forced to stop. Otherwise, he’d continue writing.
He has friends but even they don’t know who he really is. No one understands him and he feels alone.
He means the system. The way the Government runs things. Also he means the society.
His neighbor is wasting his time thinking about this guy wasting his time.
He means street knowledge cause he’s a gangsta.
This is some deep shit tbh
He wants to put a ring on it.
You hold the power to change the world and bring peace. You can be the hero and save the day.
These words are likely going through the mind of the new, naive hero who believes that he can and will succeed where the previous hero failed, bringing peace and gaining glory. However as is implied with the earlier verses, the cycle is merely going to repeat itself. The repetition of the line itself shows just how deluded this new hero is.
this line could mean many things to me, it could be the thought that the children are the future and the young activist thinks this and believes he can help change things, the soldier thinking or the soldier thinking this while looking down at his weapon since he had to use that to try to obtain victory over evil. or lupe saying the microphone is his weapon to bring peace and glory through his lyrics.
I think this might actually hold a more personal meaning to Lu. As we know, Lupe is known for his passion to change society (most notably, Chicago).
I think these lines here might actually imply that he is the hero.