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Lupe "Failure" Lyrics Explanation


 
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 03-02-2007, 02:32 AM         #26
dumb_ass23  OP
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 Nickel said
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
I honestly don't think anyone is near him on the word play... I don't even think Jigga is all that close. He doesn't drop verses like that at least not consistantly... Lupe is truly on another level.

His joint went over a lot of heads and the crazy thing is dude has flows to boot... I know he only has one album out, but off that and his mixtapes I have no problem calling him one of the best doin it right now... and I never like to give too much accolades to someone who hasn't put in a lot of work.

 03-04-2007, 02:11 PM         #27
dumb_ass23  OP
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 T$Dollar$ said
If I lean out this window with Irene
??

n*ggas as tall as Yao Ming
With L-U-P-Emperor
^^Emperor Ming
Irene = Eye Ring... another reference to a scope. A scope makes people look as tall as Yao Ming. He is basically saying don't question or test him...

Cause Lupe is the Emperor like Ming...
When he writes he is above heads like a very tall building.
And people are afraid of heights.

He then continues on with this theme by saying he hides it (foil, wrap, etc)
He is just trying to get moneyand ignore the BS (stack pape,r 6 senses)
But... This is top floor, look out before
His 2 cents (pennies from heaven) are the same as the seme from the second
Lupe reigns supreme


People get all caught up in dudes wordplay... which is amazing, but they sometimes forget that he is saying something with his songs too...


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 12 years ago '04        #28
Joe Scumbag 1 heat pts
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 Hold That said
Lupe is fu*kin overrated. The fact that some people look to him as a savior to hip hop, just shows how much this game has fallen.
I been saying how dude is overrated

I don't like him plain and simple

 12 years ago '06        #29
LYTE 151 heat pts151
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''If I lean out this window with Irene"

i always took that as Irene is his girlfriend a la Pac's "Me & My Girlfriend"

irene = gun

hence "If I lean out this window with Irene"

and u left out the best part of the 2nd verse.

"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"

"no it's not Noah Ark"
one line but it ties into the animal theme he had going.

 03-04-2007, 02:37 PM         #30
dumb_ass23  OP
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 Joe Scumbag said
I been saying how dude is overrated

I don't like him plain and simple
Whether or not you like him, the stuff he pens is deeper and more complex than basically anything else out.

 12 years ago '06        #31
LYTE 151 heat pts151
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"considered SPAINARDS where i roam(ROME)rappers"

 03-04-2007, 02:43 PM         #32
dumb_ass23  OP
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 LYTE said
''If I lean out this window with Irene"

i always took that as Irene is his girlfriend a la Pac's "Me & My Girlfriend"

irene = gun

hence "If I lean out this window with Irene"
I am pretty sure it is Irene = Eye Ring... which explains the Yao Ming line... my explanation is on PG 2

 03-04-2007, 02:43 PM         #33
JSO  OP
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I didnt get this song when I first heard but it makes me cry dryblood everytime I hear it now. The change in theme bit makes me smirk lol.

 03-04-2007, 03:13 PM         #34
dumb_ass23  OP
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 JSO said
I didnt get this song when I first heard but it makes me cry dryblood everytime I hear it now. The change in theme bit makes me smirk lol.
Yeah the cents, sense, scents references were pulled off pretty slick...
Plus he switched up what he was talking about...

Dude is just nuts with it... and he knows it.

 03-04-2007, 04:35 PM         #35
T$Dollar$  OP
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yea the kid is brilliant

"can you handle traction put your abraham lincoln on andrew jackson"

"you dont stand a chance, matter fact, you dont have half the stance, to stand if you stood half a chance like C-H-A"

"I backflip on the mattress they slept on me on"

Lose Yourself Freestyle, Dead Presidents Freestyle, Dynasty Freestyle, Hood Hop Freestyle, Thiefs Theme Freestyle, fu*k it, all them mixtapes are crazy.

 03-04-2007, 04:41 PM         #36
Lil Ray  OP
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if he would talk about stuff people wanna listen to he would get praised more. He could be a nas but his content limits his audience, he may change back to the way he use to rap.

 03-04-2007, 04:49 PM         #37
Vas_finest  OP
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most underrated

 03-04-2007, 08:15 PM         #38
dumb_ass23  OP
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 T$Dollar$ said
yea the kid is brilliant

"can you handle traction put your abraham lincoln on andrew jackson"

"you dont stand a chance, matter fact, you dont have half the stance, to stand if you stood half a chance like C-H-A"

"I backflip on the mattress they slept on me on"

Lose Yourself Freestyle, Dead Presidents Freestyle, Dynasty Freestyle, Hood Hop Freestyle, Thiefs Theme Freestyle, fu*k it, all them mixtapes are crazy.
Those are deadly lines too...

 12 years ago '04        #39
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 T$Dollar$ said
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


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that'z a reference to the movie "Mo' Money" where they were sellin sh*t, puttin the bricks in boxes and passin it off....

 12 years ago '06        #40
LYTE 151 heat pts151
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break down "Switch"

 03-17-2007, 10:43 AM         #41
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Always was on of my favorite tracks by lupe...Dude is so unappreciated, but real hiphop fans appreciate who brings that real music that you can actually vibe too.....................

 12 years ago '05        #42
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ehh, bumpy johnson can also refer to stevie wonder

I'm Bumpy Johnson, I stick to the streets
Keep my dogs out in front of me
You see what I'm saying
And I push ki's wonderfully

It's Ralph Lauren on the rap laureate
n*ggas brownnose, they are like Alf to him
Runners at Interscope are not as Stoute as him
Please don't Interscope
^refers to jay-z as jay-z refers himself to ralph lauren

"Roc-a-wear I'm the young black Ralph Lauren"


Now I'm over the lip
Watch how they mugs drop when they see my Verbal's able
^thought this was related to skateboarding "over the lip" and "verbal's able" referring to being able to do an advanced trick

Could damn near see Detroit
n*ggas is scared of heights
^"n*ggas is scared of heights" refers to dearborn heights which used to be a segregated city that tried to threaten african american families from moving in

"Dearborn was known nationally for its de facto racial segregation under Mayor Orville L. Hubbard, whose 36 year tenure ended in 1978. Hubbard became the most famous segregationist north of the Mason-Dixon line and openly admitted to allowing the use of intimidation tactics against African-American families looking to move to Dearborn."
^From Wiki

also

Of course you will
Take my time
But weight behind only pertains
To that Porsche grill
^also means about everything previously he was talking about refers to his car, but i aint even gonna get into that

 12 years ago '04        #43
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 Lil Ray said
if he would talk about stuff people wanna listen to he would get praised more. He could be a nas but his content limits his audience, he may change back to the way he use to rap.
he's alot more versatile than most rappers out his album touch all bases i dont know what u mean by something people wanna hear if thas bussin his guns and pushin megatons of coke then he'd jus be the avg rapper

 03-17-2007, 12:05 PM         #44
compton4ever  OP
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iren is from a show its a gun i think

 12 years ago '06        #45
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Penny's from the heaviens is the same as the semi's from the seven.... and i rain supreme

 12 years ago '06        #46
introspekt757 5 heat pts
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good read

 03-17-2007, 02:54 PM         #47
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Lupe, Common, and Kanye own the HIP-HOP industry...

No one understands Lupe, his lyrics are MAD to deep for some people, thx for takin' time to break them down...

Another good one is Twlight Zone...

 12 years ago '05        #48
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^^^^Dont even try to break down Twilight Zone, thats just on some weird sh*t, U would have to ask Lupe himself bout that sh*t

 03-17-2007, 03:27 PM         #49
MrW1gg1es  OP
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 Basicgz said
^^^^Dont even try to break down Twilight Zone, thats just on some weird sh*t, U would have to ask Lupe himself bout that sh*t
That $hit is outta this planet, no one compares to his level on in depth lyrics...

 12 years ago '05        #50
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Damn can someone please PM me this track! This sounds sick...

And one line you didn't analyse right...

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

Means he was poor and didn't have 'air' as in Nike airs, but now he's come up from been poor, and has come up and got lots of material things, including Nike Airs. Also links to the fact that he says he has twelve pairs or something now...








But seriously someone please up this for me.

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