Only Chicago artists are talented enough to take a type of food and apply meaning to it. R. Kelly gave meaning to fruits and vegetables and potatoes.
Lupe Fiasco gave powerful meaning to a slice of pizza in what I considered to be one of his best songs to date.
It’s a masterpiece.
Lupe is an intelligent songwriter. He affectively embeds so much meaning into his music. His song “Deliver” is no different. Critics can draw their own conclusions from his single, but I found Lupe conveyed that the ghetto is so sick and corrupted that we can’t even enjoy something as small as a slice of pizza. Furthermore, we can fully understand what white privilege is as we have to work harder than others just to get a slice of the pie.
Lupe’s Alex Nazari music video opens this conversation with a powerful storyline. We watch as a young boy pedals his bicycle from his violent and poverty-stricken community to the safe confines of the suburbs to obtain his prize-pizza. Not only that, the young boy had to travel miles just to temporarily experience the same socioeconomic status as surburban whites. Unfortunately, he couldn’t stay. He pedaled his way back to the ghetto to share his prize. In this country, impoverished African Americans have to evade obstacles and work harder than others just to obtain a slice of what richer Americans take for granted.
Lupe breaks down why pizza isn’t delivered to the ghetto, rapping, “Is it cause they’re selling nicks out there all day/Cause a prostitute sucking d-ck in the hallway/Little Caesar’s never sending pizza out y’all way/Papa Johns never get delivered where y’all stayed.”
The ghetto is nothing to be celebrated. Lupe reveals what a ghetto truly is, rapping, “The ghetto was a physical manifestation/Of hate in a place where ethnicity determines your placement/A place that defines your station/Of hate in a place where ethnicity determines your placement/A place that defines your station/Remind you n-ggas your place is the basement/White people in the attic.”
Lupe is currently prepping the release of his fifth studio album “Tetsuo & Youth.” The project slated to drop Jan. 20, 2015.
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