It’s no secret every since Lupe Fiasco came out with Kick Push, he was not afraid to be himself or speak what’s on his mind. This is something his record label has never been happy with. So, what does one of the last remaining true Conscious rappers do? Creates a mixtape speaking his mind regarding anything and everything he feels wrong with the world and the music industry. His latest venture, Friend of the People, is by far his realest work yet! For anyone struggling to understand what we the ‘AWAKE’ are talking about, this is a MUST HAVE cd!!!!
One of the songs that stands out the most to me is ‘Double Burger w/Cheese’. Anyone who is familial with urban movies might recognize the phrase from a pivotal scene from Menace II Society, a movie about a young street hustler who attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. Unfortunately, most of the movie is filled with extreme violence as it depicts inner city live.
Anyway, in this song, Lupe effortlessly weaves a lyrical montage of scenes from several of the most predominant Urban Movies, which are all filled with gangs, violence, degrading of women, drugs, and pretty much anything negative that could happen to a person who grew up in the hood. From Menace II Society to Boyz In Da Hood to Dead Presidents to Colors, and plenty more. These movies have been watched by an entire generation so many times we have become callus to everything in them. It’s become normal to watch black young men killing each other in real life because we were raised watching them do in on tv. Check out the video.
It’s really sad how we have allowed ourselves to be programmed into becoming everything these movies were suppose to be preaching against. SMH
But, hey, THAT’S MY OPINION!