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 03-01-2007, 03:28 AM         #1
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T$Dollar$ 
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Lupe "Failure" Lyrics Explanation
 

 
I know this song came out even before the food&liqure adv. leaked.
but too many ppl dont realize lupe's talent and hate on him.
if youre too lazy to read all of this, fukk it
this aint mine tho if im supposed to put down the url to the source, someone reply, and also if you dont have the song and cant find it, reply as well.(should be able to find it injukebox)
if you dont give a sh*t about it, go find another thread and save your time.

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It's mean, soldier
Now let me put the streets down like steamrollers
^^steamrollers pave streets, i.e.put them down

With the CATS that push
^^Caterpillar steamroller; "cats" = animal theme

40 oz. through the hood like King Cobras
^^animal theme; malt liquor

See me sling soda
'Cause the extra four in the split is mixed
It's really 36
^^seems to be a reference to 40 oz with 4 ounce of soda mixed = 36 ounces (36 oz = a ki)

Used to buy toasters and clips
^^Guns & Ammo

You can tighten your circle or boa constrict
^^animal theme

While you was lighting your purple, I was over the scripts
See, I couldn't walk the walk, couldn't really talk the talk
^^scripts, see = "script glasses"

Had to get my talk to properly explain my walk
'Cause this lack in talk had my walk looking off
Now I'm over the limp
Watch how they mugs drop when they see my Verbal's able
(That's the Usual)
^^Revelation in Usual Suspects of Kevin Spacey / Verbal Kint
At the moment Palminteri finds out he's "able" to walk, i.e. no limp, he drops his mug

When I was po' I was low
Now me and my Chaps cop Purple Label
It's Ralph Lauren on the rap laureate
^^Chaps as chaps or friends
Chaps, Purple Label = Ralph Lauren clothes
also 'when I was po' I was lo...po+lo = Polo

n*ggas brownnose, they are like Alf to him
^^Brown nosing is to... have one's nose in someone's a.ss... as in suck up.
Alf a brown alien from the late 80s/early 90s sitcom.

Runners at Interscope are not as Stoute as him
^^Steve Stoute, exec at Interscope

Please don't Interscope
^^the 2nd "interscope" he's saying "enter scope"

It's gonna be a whole lot of IV'ing and respirating
^^IVing, as in intravenous medication, and Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope

If I lean out this window with Irene
??

n*ggas as tall as Yao Ming
With L-U-P-Emperor
^^Emperor Ming

Is the foundation's high beams and the antennas
It's so serious every time I write my John Hancock like
Could damn near see Detroit
n*ggas is scared of heights
^^Hitting on the tall idea, i.e. Yao Ming
John Hancock Center is a Chicago skyscraper, 16th tallest building in the world
Antennas sit atop
High beams as a building's structual high beams and high beams as in a high beam signal that links with an anetnna signal
serious = sears tower


This is saranwrap and aluminum foil
Some potpourri, a little machine oil
^^all used to disguise the smell of drugs from police dogs
a/k/a "throw off my SCENTS'


I stack my paper and throw off my 6
^^ Ties into the previous line...6 = CENTS (only keep the bills, don't worry abt the coins)

This is top floor, better look out before
Pennies from heaven is the same as the semi from the second
^^old chicago urban legend about someone being k!lled by a coin
thrown from the observatory @ the top of the sears tower (throw off my cents)
hence "pennies from heaven" having the same effect as a bullet

And I reign supreme
Turn your umbrellas upside down
Did you even catch the change in theme?
^^As in normally when it's raining your umbrellas is right side up
but turn your umbrellas upside down so you can CATCH THE CHANGE (ties into aforementioned chi urban legend about falling coins)


And them n*ggas ain't Was nor from his regime
^^wasalu muhammad jaco = lupe's govt

Gangsta lean
Hats on tilt
^^tilt, lean

like these n*ggas ain't drop out the vending machine
You gotta put more money in
^^
[pic - click to view]

 http://www.cudakitchen.co .. php?p_ref=1372


And I shake n*ggas up every time I drop a bar
(2 for 1)
^^shaking as what you'd do to the vending machine to try and get a "2 for 1"

It's horse in the Porsche
^^animal theme; horsepower

and bricks in the box
^^brick = kilo of cocaine stashed

Like mo' money them every time I cop a car
^^Ever time he picks up a car (with the coke) funds increase from sales

You see I'm a roller, right
^^another reference along the lines of steamroller

So it might be a Rover, right
^^Range Rover

But every time I drop a 'r'
(Get off the streets)
It's "over" aite
^^Remove the 'R' from "Rover" you get "over"

Bet I be in the head like overnight
^^overhead storage

Like rollers, right
^^You put rollers in your hair for a certain look

She the chauffeur, right
So I keep her sober
^^Friends don't let friends drink and drive

She don't get Fed Ex like overnight
^^Fed Ex as in overnight shipping
"feed ex" as in ecstasy, keeping her sober still

I am Dolemite
All that gas can't help you but solar might
^^Maybe reading too much into it: GAS CAN't
Anyway, solar vs. fossil fuel energy

Just call on sun
^^sun / son

Drop a 's'
Pick up an 'o'
Uno, put it all on "one"
^^y'know / uno
"sun" drop an 's" = 'un' and an 'o' = "uno" = Spanish, Italian, etc. for "one"

Brace yourself like overbite
^^mouth theme; braces used to correct overbites

"For that quiet n*gga that relocated down south
Coming back to floss"
^^Reference to Nas' NY State of Mind PT II with "floss" being used in the mouth theme

n*gga get your molars right
^^mouth theme

Fix your grill
^^mouth theme

No plaque but a whole lot of cheese
^^no platinum plaque but a whole lot of money, i.e. cheese
mouth theme: plaque as in tooth decay, cheese as in smile

This the drill
^^mouth theme

Mr. Chill
^^Chilly, Lupe's 1st & 15th partner

Gave me the green light like Yoda knife
So I'ma force my will
Like the Force I wield
^^green light as in "go ahead"
Yoda's light saber was green
Star Wars: "Force be with you"

Of course you will
Take my time
But weight behind only pertains
To that Porsche grill
^^time / wait / weight
"weight" as in drugs as in "bricks in the box"

It's snakes in the hood
Gotta watch for that Cobra bite
^^animal theme; snakes as in shady people
earlier reference to King Cobra

Let me see
There's snakes in the hood
A bird, a horse behind the grill
^^animal theme; bird = cocaine...a ki of heron hidden behind the grill of the porsche

Something gator on the seat
^^animal theme; gator leather seating

And a fox behind the wheel
^^"fox" as in "attractive, alluring person"

For achiever
My procedure's
To proceed at all cost
With no breather
I'm all walk
Rain, snow, or fever
^^Postal Service: through Rain, Sleet, or Snow

I'm all coughs coming after your teacher
^^I don't know; coughs as in trying to get the teacher sick?
which contrasts with the previous fever reference

I'm on the ball like FIFA
^^Federation Internationale de Football a.ssociatio; soccer

Viva
^^soccer chant

Lupe Duce
Long live the leader
^^Italian from Latin duke, meaning Emperor (see earlier) or leader
viva il duce" (long live the leader) = mussolini reference
the word Duce, without necessarily historical context, relates to Emperor, from the earlier line, and the general Euro sensibility which goes with Uno and FIFA.

I remember I ain't have sneakers
It was welfare
Coming up for air is like
Whales there
^^Whales, unlike fish, have to come up from the water for air

Fila
^^Shoe company know for soccer ware


But now I'm well here
I'm Shamu with twelve pair
^^Shamu the whale

And n*ggas wanna take me back to zero like tear fare
^^fair / fare
Maybe reading too much into it: Fare, as in subway fare, having no worth when torn


Well, my skill's clear
You Sea World
^^See world, Sea World home of Shamu

It's Braille here
^^"see world" Braille how blind people read and write

I'm Bumpy Johnson, I stick to the streets
^^Bumpy Johnson = Harlem gangster
ties into Braille refrence...dude is connecting Harlem street legends to reading for the blind

Keep my dogs out in front of me
^^dogs on the street / dogs = chaps

You see what I'm saying
And I push ki's wonderfully
^^push keys as in piano, push ki's as in sell kilos of coke (duh)

51 comments for "Lupe "Failure" Lyrics Explanation"

 11 years ago '04        #2
Adwerdz 319 heat pts319
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And n*ggas wanna take me back to zero like tear fare
^^fair / fare
Maybe reading too much into it: Fare, as in subway fare, having no worth when torn

Well, my skill's clear
You Sea World
^^See world, Sea World home of Shamu

It's Braille here
^^"see world" Braille how blind people read and write

I'm Bumpy Johnson, I stick to the streets
^^Bumpy Johnson = Harlem gangster
ties into Braille refrence...dude is connecting Harlem street legends to reading for the blind

Keep my dogs out in front of me
^^dogs on the street / dogs = chaps

You see what I'm saying
And I push ki's wonderfully

Tare= to zero a scale, there is usually a button on a scale to do this

fear?= have no fear

well, My scales clear= no record of him moving drugs,

you see world= sea world, clear glasses to see through to see the aquatics= u can't always beleive what u see

it's braile here= u can see he's clean on the outside but u really blind to the facts

I'm bumpy johnson= bumps as in braile and the dude bumpy johnson

I stick to the streets keep my dogs out in front of me= he put's work out on the streets but he has other people moving it, he doesnt touch a thing,so he wont get caught

you see what i'm saying= revealing the facts to you, since u blind, he put the picture in your head now

and i push ki's wonderfully= moving work the right way


Last edited by Adwerdz; 03-01-2007 at 08:47 AM..
 11 years ago '05        #3
JDschoolboi06 
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alot ppl give me sh*t for this but i think Lupe completley annihalted this fu*king song here

[Verse 1]
They call me Lupe (pe), I'll be your new day (day)
They wanna smell like me, they want my bouquet
But they can't, they accented like the UK
Turn that ude Lupe to Pepe Le Peu spray
Fragrantly fragrant and they can't escape me
My perfume pursued them everywhere that they went
You don't want a loan leave my cologne alone
It's a little to strong for you to be putting on
Trust me I say this justly
I went from musty to musky and y'all can't mush me
I warn y'all cornballs I Hush Puppies
The swans in the pond call my duck ugly
But now they hug me, because it's lovely
They love the aroma of a roamer of the world
Got the shakers and the skaters and the players and the girls
Keep the fakers and the flakers and the haters in a twirl

[Verse 2]
And I'm from Chi-Town (town), that's where I flies round (round)
Keep some Cartier frames over my eyes now
We used to gangbang a lot of that done died down
Children of the hat tiltin' keepin hope alive now
All with no high, I do it so fly
Banksy's attack helicopter with the bow tie
I love my city really hope that God bless it
Have my mind moving faster than that hog in the hedges
Welcome all of y'all to my dark recesses
This is where I keep the bars like bathtub edges
My Ivories and my Doves my Levers and my Zests
It takes half of your bubble bath to match the freshness
The belly of the beast you know I'm from it
I wrap it in a towel here go my pal in the stomach
And I be on my green like Irish Spring and I coast
Fudge wit it and get a mouth full of soap

[Verse 3]
And so to sign off (off), this beat I rhyme off (off)
Is from the Thelonious P and Hugo Mind Boss (boss)
You feel it in the air (air), it's such a fine force (force)
But you don't hear me though (though), just like a mimes toss (toss)
That's cause I'm in Europe, me and my friends tour a
I'm on my pimp, my temperature is tempura
I take it easy on my watch I'm watchin TV
Am I clean as Maharshi, see the hare is trying to beat me
I continue to do Lu's pace
They say him got two heads and four eyes just like screwface
But see my secret's safe it's in my secret safe
That's in my secret room on my secret base
So from the runner of the FNF crew
Come in hip hop we've come to resurrect you
You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you


this kid got fu*king skillz man!
 11 years ago '04        #4
Charles Crackl 
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yeah lupe is one of the best doing it to me... people really ova look his skill
 11 years ago '06        #5
Prince Ace 35 heat pts35
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I Think Lupe Is Da Truth Right Now But Ppl Dont Wanna Hear A Lyrical Artist Right Now Dey Jus Wanna Hear Ppl Tellin Em How To Dance And How Much Jewels Dey Got
 03-01-2007, 10:47 AM         #6
macadon83  OP
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Daaaamn man. I dont even remember those words, but if i were to hear them without ya explaination, i wouldn't have even knew most of that sh*t. Like the candy bar junt, or that chaps n purple label junt. This n*gga is even better than i thought. Now i gotta go bump some lupe.
 11 years ago '04        #7
Young Professa 11 heat pts11
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 Prince Ace said:
I Think Lupe Is Da Truth Right Now But Ppl Dont Wanna Hear A Lyrical Artist Right Now Dey Jus Wanna Hear Ppl Tellin Em How To Dance And How Much Jewels Dey Got
yea, after the white rapper show, it's evident that lyricism took a backseat to simple catch phrases and redundant melodies and hooks.
 03-01-2007, 02:21 PM         #8
T$Dollar$  OP
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 JDschoolboi06 said:
alot ppl give me sh*t for this but i think Lupe completley annihalted this fu*king song here

[Verse 1]
They call me Lupe (pe), I'll be your new day (day)
They wanna smell like me, they want my bouquet
But they can't, they accented like the UK
Turn that ude Lupe to Pepe Le Peu spray
Fragrantly fragrant and they can't escape me
My perfume pursued them everywhere that they went
You don't want a loan leave my cologne alone
It's a little to strong for you to be putting on
Trust me I say this justly
I went from musty to musky and y'all can't mush me
I warn y'all cornballs I Hush Puppies
The swans in the pond call my duck ugly
But now they hug me, because it's lovely
They love the aroma of a roamer of the world
Got the shakers and the skaters and the players and the girls
Keep the fakers and the flakers and the haters in a twirl

[Verse 2]
And I'm from Chi-Town (town), that's where I flies round (round)
Keep some Cartier frames over my eyes now
We used to gangbang a lot of that done died down
Children of the hat tiltin' keepin hope alive now
All with no high, I do it so fly
Banksy's attack helicopter with the bow tie
I love my city really hope that God bless it
Have my mind moving faster than that hog in the hedges
Welcome all of y'all to my dark recesses
This is where I keep the bars like bathtub edges
My Ivories and my Doves my Levers and my Zests
It takes half of your bubble bath to match the freshness
The belly of the beast you know I'm from it
I wrap it in a towel here go my pal in the stomach
And I be on my green like Irish Spring and I coast
Fudge wit it and get a mouth full of soap

[Verse 3]
And so to sign off (off), this beat I rhyme off (off)
Is from the Thelonious P and Hugo Mind Boss (boss)
You feel it in the air (air), it's such a fine force (force)
But you don't hear me though (though), just like a mimes toss (toss)
That's cause I'm in Europe, me and my friends tour a
I'm on my pimp, my temperature is tempura
I take it easy on my watch I'm watchin TV
Am I clean as Maharshi, see the hare is trying to beat me
I continue to do Lu's pace
They say him got two heads and four eyes just like screwface
But see my secret's safe it's in my secret safe
That's in my secret room on my secret base
So from the runner of the FNF crew
Come in hip hop we've come to resurrect you
You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you


this kid got fu*king skillz man!
and this isnt even his best song
 03-01-2007, 02:21 PM         #9
T$Dollar$  OP
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 Adwerdz said:
Tare= to zero a scale, there is usually a button on a scale to do this

fear?= have no fear

well, My scales clear= no record of him moving drugs,

you see world= sea world, clear glasses to see through to see the aquatics= u can't always beleive what u see

it's braile here= u can see he's clean on the outside but u really blind to the facts

I'm bumpy johnson= bumps as in braile and the dude bumpy johnson

I stick to the streets keep my dogs out in front of me= he put's work out on the streets but he has other people moving it, he doesnt touch a thing,so he wont get caught

you see what i'm saying= revealing the facts to you, since u blind, he put the picture in your head now

and i push ki's wonderfully= moving work the right way
props on the corrections.
 11 years ago '04        #10
H.N.I.C. 
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Yeah, uhh
And so it seems that I'm, sewin jeans
And, 1st and 15 is just a sewin machine
So I, cut the pattern and I, sew in seams
And, button in this hustlin then publically I'm Buddy Lee
There's no bustin them and cuffin them is like
usherin in the regime, they want me to make Prince pants
But I withstand, I ain't gotten into that
A little BIG in the waist, tupac it (two-pocket) on the back
Call them Nu-vi's, O.G.'s covered in blue dye
Give 'em the game, that's like givin chocolate to the fat
Look, how you think I got here?
That's the same game that came through where I lived as a kid
in the bad luck truck and threw boxes off the back
Made me a ripper, deliver like river
Content a little more thicker, slicker
Yeah, and they said oil and water don't mix
Now they all down at the beach washin off the fish
Was Blackbeard 'til I brought the Roc into your ships
YEAH!


Dude is nasty
 03-01-2007, 03:03 PM         #11
YoungGQ  OP
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...i'm mad n*ggas didn't understand that song when it dropped...it really ain't even that hard to get...
 11 years ago '05        #12
Nickel 118 heat pts118
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i dont understand how anyone cant like Lupe....the dude is on another level....at this point i dunno if Jay can compete wit him on wordplay....cuz Failure is TAHT TRACK
 11 years ago '04        #13
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 T$Dollar$ said:
It's so serious every time I write my John Hancock like
Could damn near see Detroit
n*ggas is scared of heights

John Hancock Center is a Chicago skyscraper, 16th tallest building in the world
"Every time I write my John Hancock". It's a double meaning. John Hancock is a building in Chicago, and it's also a person's signature.


 YoungGQ said:
...i'm mad n*ggas didn't understand that song when it dropped...it really ain't even that hard to get...
yeah yeah lol
 11 years ago '04        #14
R-Geezy 1 heat pts
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I think Failure is one of his best songs. When I first heard it on his mixtape, I really started to pay attention to him.
 03-01-2007, 05:48 PM         #15
T$Dollar$  OP
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 YoungGQ said:
...i'm mad n*ggas didn't understand that song when it dropped...it really ain't even that hard to get...
yea noone knows this song cuz some ppl just dont get it....
this is his signiture song tho
 11 years ago '05        #16
LVuittonDon4EVA 8 heat pts
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Yeah man I don't understand why so many n*ggas hate on Lupe. Homie should've got best Rap Album no doubt, got robbed.
 11 years ago '06        #17
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LUPE to me is DOPE, skateboarder with glasses dont matter to me, dude is a lyrical monster!
 11 years ago '06        #18
authenic 6 heat pts
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its scriptz refering to the bible...

If I lean out this window with I-ring= driveby...


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 03-01-2007, 06:19 PM         #19
divine5  OP
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How many of y'all on here sucking his d*ck actually bought his album
 03-01-2007, 06:33 PM         #20
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 divine5 said:
How many of y'all on here sucking his d*ck actually bought his album
^^^^ REAL TALK
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