"I love the seas and I love the shore" (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | rejected

Everybody loves a nice vacation, right?

"I love the peace and I love the war" (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | accepted

Note the wordplay of “peace”, or harmony, with “piece”, a gun; hence “war”.

"But sometimes it's like that I love me more" (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | accepted

“Pride cometh before a fall.”

"I love the Lord" (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | accepted

Lupe Fiasco is a devout Muslim.

The song itself delves into Michael Young History’s thoughts as he progresses further into spiritual darkness because of his relationships with The Game (mafia crime boss, who also controls the Streets and is a metaphor for the rap game) and The Streets (mistress of The Game and harbinger of death and diseases like AIDS).

The Game is not to be confused with the rapper of the same name.

"Beach" (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | accepted

He really means “bitch”, but he pronounces it “beach” so that it will tie in with the seas and shore mentioned in the previous line.

Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest | rejected

Note Lupe’s intricate use of wordplay throughout the song:
“I love the [peace], and I love the war"
harmony or "piece”, a gun; hence “war"
"Therefore I [spoil]… run up and raw"
cherish/satisfy or food spoil, hence "raw"
”… every [vessel]… With every flower"
blood vessel or flower vessel
“paper… her eyes glow [green]"
money $$$ or the color green
"you gon' need a [sub]… not one of Jared’s"
submarine or sub sandwich from Subway's
”… solid gold [key]… two pounds of raw"
lock-opener or ki, a kilo of drugs; raw = an uncut drug

"As / The Coolest nigga what" (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | accepted

Lupe’s concept behind “The Cool” as both a character and an album was to share his own beliefs on how what is often perceived as “cool” in popular opinion nowadays (drug dealing, prostitution, materialism, violence, etc.) is not really cool at all. It reaches its zenith in this song.

"Lord please have sympathy / And forgive "my cool young hi..." (Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest) | accepted

The concept behind the song is that Michael Young History (“my cool young history”…puns are fun!) is a major hustler who has been gunned down by his own boss and has been rejected from Heaven. Michael Young History is also too bad for Hell (“Constantine” reference, anybody?), so he miraculously comes back to life on Earth and wanders around, looking for a purpose.

Yeah, kinda morbid, isn’t it?

"Or foreplay-less sex is," (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

Or foreplay-less sex is……

I think he’s saying it like this: Foreplay-less sex = no kind of freaking around before sex; getting straight to it. Foreplay usually involves oral sex, or giving head (headless). So if he’s headless like foreplay-less sex is, he’s just saying he’s not playing around, he’s getting straight to the point. No beating around the bush like other “rappers” do. Ya feel?

Kanye West – Power | rejected

For those who might be wonderin', Kanye’s constant utterance of “Huh?” in this song is actually a trademark of his flow, going all the way back to his break-out days like “Jesus Walks”. He often uses it to emphasize something he just said, like: “Yeah, that’s right! I said it! What are you gon' do about it, HUUUUUUUH?!?”