"Pressure" as written by and Shawn C/melvoin Carter....
[Lupe Fiasco]
Roc-A-Fella, 1st AND!!
Jay, Lupe!

Yeah,
And so it seems that I'm, sewing jeans
And, 1st and 15 is just a sewing machine
So I, cut the pattern and I, sew in seams
And, button in this hustling then publicly I'm Buddy Lee
There's no busting them and cuffing them is like
Ushering 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 on the back
Call them Nu-vi's, O.G.'s covered in blue dye
Give 'em the game, that's like giving 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 washing off the fish
Was Blackbeard 'til I brought the Roc into your ships
Yeah!

[Chorus]
It's my life, my life, everything I do I do for you
I do it all for you, everything I say you know it's the truth
I'll say it is the truth, I'll take all the pressure off of you
Take pressure off of you, I'll take, the pressure off of you

[Lupe Fiasco]
Yeah!
Uhh, it's hella proper (proper)
Cause it sag so low you can see boxer, like a boxer's
That's the way that the Family's pants worn
Then we slide, and try and put 'em on
The stones in the pocket'll drag you down to Davy Jones locker
Beware if you wanna Roc the Knickerbocker
Other nigga from the block what, they was selling O's
Like Wheel of Fortune, of imported cocaine
Just to feel important, it was +Do or Die+
They was tired of being "Po' Pimps," now for sure
That was just a product of my common sense
I guess, I was just guessing like the consonants
Momma said beware of what the devil do
Tell 'em that your soul's not for sale like the W's
So go ahead and pirate, the highest
Cannons make you leak like pirated my shh,
It's no shh, it's just shh like quiet
And big homey's out of retirement

[Chorus]

[Jay-Z]
Uhh, Young, uhh
So the pen is mightier than the sword my lord
My first picture was a line-up, now I'm on the Forbes
And I still remain the artiste through thees all
If you force my hand I'll be forced to "draw"
If the war calls for war halls
Hope you got enough space on your hall's walls
I make niggas murals, then escape the bureau's
Investigation, out in Europe on vacation
I'm back for these puppies with the pound boy
(Blaow) Here's a round boy (blaow blaow) down boy
Sound boy, you don't wanna sound clash loud noise
Leave niggas paranoid if not paralyzed
Which means you can't walk in my shoes
Too much green you can't talk in my hue
Extend the team, nigga holla at Lu'
1st and 15th, that's my cue, I'm through

[Chorus]


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"Pressure" as written by Shawn C Carter Shawn Carter

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  • +2
    General CommentFirst and Fifteenth (FnF) is his record label.
    Wulfreignson June 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Not for sale like W's"

    It's a Wheel of Fortune reference just like the lines "They were sellin' O's (Oz) like Wheel of Fortune," and "I guess, I was just guessin' like the consonants" In the show, you have to pay extra money to guess a vowel.

    In case you didn't get it, O's is also referring to ounces of coke.
    LennonFiascoon January 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing lyricism... kinda got an idea about the first verse: lupe is his own and he tryin to send a positive message instead of makin the "Prince pants" or rather the regular mainstream garbage... need help on this stuff
    jbdesi22on December 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTwo lines after the "Prince pants" lyric is "big (Biggie) in the waist, two-pocket (Tupac) on the back". Could be talking about influences. Also the line "soul's not for sale like the W's" has me curious if he's talking about Bush but seems worded oddly for that.
    I'm also pretty sure that Jay-Z's lyric at the end is Warhols not war halls the first time, as in Andy Warhol the painter, since he goes on to say "space on your hall's walls".
    phillipe_espanzoon January 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, his "jeans" are his raps and his "sewing machine" is his record label/production company. So he creates unique raps with 1st & 15 and adds all his inspirations (biggie and pac). The prince pants represent popular media friendly, mainstream music. He refuses to do the norm. His mission is to educate those of us willing to listen. "Old jeans covered in blue dye" represents the fact that nothing is necessarily "new" his craft is rap which is old but the blue dye is his style.

    "Give em the gam that's like giving chocolate to the fat, how u think I got here? That's the same game that came thru where I lived as a kid in the 'bad luck truck' and threw boxes off the back. This verse reperesents the drug game. Giving chocolate to the fat only makes a fatter person, so giving ppl drugs to sell only worsens the situation of the community. Then he cleverly refrains from actually sayin its about truck by saying"that's the same game that came thru where I lived as a kid..." Meaning the hood. The boxes in the bad luck truck were drugs.

    Then he says he delivers like a river. A river flows, he talking about his flow. But even tho he flows like a river the content in his rap is a lil thicker and slicker like oil... "And then they said oil and water don't mix. "

    I cud go on describing all the lyrics in this song but there are so many to go thru lol. Lupe is hot. His lyrical content is from a attentive perspective. He isn't just speaking on his life, rather he gives glimpses into the lives of others and also into things that affect us all like environmental issues and terrorism. And as far ashis lyrical stylings (metaphors, similies, and the such) he is at the top of my list.
    Cushion January 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWas Blackbeard 'til I brought the Roc into your ships - pun - till her brought the rocket to your ships.
    shotgunsalon April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet me try my interpretation everything in parenthesis

    Yeah, uhh
    And so it seems that I'm, sewin jeans(making rhymes)
    And, 1st and 15 is just a sewin machine(his record label for whom he's writing)
    So I, cut the pattern and I, sew in seams(prepare the ryhmes)
    And, button in this hustlin then publically I'm Buddy Lee(buddy lee being lee jean's mascot)
    There's no bustin them and cuffin them is like(refering to the "jeans" rhymes his style can't be touched)
    usherin in the regime, they want me to make Prince pants(mainstream music)
    But I withstand, I ain't gotten into that (he refuses to make mainstream music)
    A little big in the waist, two-pocket on the back(biggie, 2pac references)
    Call them Nu-vi's, Old Jeans covered in blue dye(his take on the rap game, old game and he is the dye)
    Give 'em the game, that's like givin chocolate to the fat(drug game,more you take more you want)
    Look, how you think I got here?(his past, referring back to the drug game)
    That's the same game that came through where I lived as a kid(the whole chicago drug scene in his hood)
    in the bad luck truck and threw boxes off the back(the boxes being drug influences)
    Made me a ripper, deliver like river(read cuchi's descritpion)
    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(the media is trying to reagin control after lupe changed the game)
    Was Blackbeard 'til I brought the Roc into your ships(sunk the media's ship)
    YEAH!

    [Chorus]
    It's my life, my life - everything I dooo I dooooo for you(refering to us the fan's of his music)
    I do it all for you - everything I say you knowwww it's the truth
    I'll say it is the truth - I'll take all the pressure offff of you( the pressure of "fitting in" with society)
    Take pressure off of you; I'll take, the pressure off of you


    YEAH!
    Uhh, it's hella proper (proper)
    Cause it sag so low you can see boxer, like a boxer's( going back to the jeans reference)
    That's the way that the Family's pants worn
    Don't be sly, and try and put 'em on(don't try the drug game)
    The stones in the pocket'll drag you down to Davy Jones locker(stones/rocks being another word for crack)
    Beware if you wanna Roc the Knickerbocker(a magazine in new york he's saying dont faal for the trap of mainstream fame)
    Other nigga from the block what, they was sellin O's(crackheads in the hood, selling ounces "O's"
    like Wheel of Fortune, of imported cocaine
    just to feel important, it was +Do or Die+(sometimes it had to resort to selling drugs)
    They was tired of bein "Po' Pimps," now for sure
    That was just a product of my common sense
    I guess, I was just guessin like the consonants
    Momma said beware of what the devil do
    Tell 'em that your soul's not for sale like the W's
    So go ahead and pirate, the highest
    cannons make you leak like pirated my shhh..
    It's no shhh.. it's just shhh like quiet
    And big homey's out of retirement

    [Chorus]

    [Jay-Z]
    Uhh, Young, uhh
    So the pen is mightier than the sword my lord
    My first picture was a line-up, now I'm on the Forbes
    And I still remain the artiste through thees all
    If you force my hand I'll be forced to "draw"
    If the war calls for war halls
    Hope you got enough space on your hall's walls
    I make niggaz murals, then escape the bureau's
    investigation, out in Europe on vacation
    I'm back for these puppies with the pound boy
    (Blaow) Here's a round boy (blaow blaow) down boy
    Sound boy, you don't wanna soundclash loud noise
    leave niggaz paranoid if not paralyzed
    Which means you can't walk in my shoes
    Too much green you can't talk in my hue
    Extend the team, nigga holla at Lu'
    1st and 15th, that's my cue, I'm through

    thanks to phillipe! for the 2pac biggie references
    clover32on June 23, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwhy does he always say 1st and 15th? what does that mean?
    lifted to the skyon March 06, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General Comment1st and 15th are the days in a month when a person would get their welfare checks...
    elitekilla01on March 09, 2008   Link

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