Lupe tells the story of a young black man who prevents resorting to drugs and murder by making it as a rapper. This song was inspired by Slim Thug....
He said: "I write what I see
Write to make it right, don't like where I be
I'd like to make it like the sights on TV
Quite the great life, so nice and easy"
See: now you can still die from that
But it's better than not being alive from straps
Agreed, a Mead notebook and a Bic
That click when it's pushed and a wack-ass beat
That's a track that's weak that he got last week
Cause everybody in the stu' was like: "That's that heat!"
A bass-heavy medley with a sample from the 70s
With a screwed-up hook that went "stack that cheese"
Something something something, "stack that cheese"
Mother, sister, cousin, "stack that cheese"
He couldn't think of nothin', "stack that cheese"
He turns down the beat, writer's block impedes
Crying from the next room, a baby in need
Of some Pampers and some food and place to sleep
That plus a black Cadillac on Ds
Is what keep him on track to be a great MC

One you never heard of, I
Push it hard to further the
Grind, might feel like murder, but
Hip-Hop you saved my life

Reps North-side, so he rocks them braids
1100 friends on his Myspace page
"Stack That Cheese" got 700 plays
Producer made him take it down, said he had to pay
Open mic champ 2 weeks in a row
Ex d-Boy with a b-boy flow
Glow like Leroy, you should see the boy go
Got a daddy serving life and a brother on the Row
Best homie in the grave, tatted up while in the cage
Minute Maid got his momma working like a slave
Down baby-momma, who he really had to honor
Cause she was his biggest fan, even let him use her Honda to
Drive up to Dallas, went to open up for amateurs
Let him keep a debit card so he could put gas in it
Told her when he get on he gon' take her to the Galleria
And buy everything but the mannequins, ya dig?

One you never heard of, I
Push it hard to further the
Grind, might feel like murder, but
Hip-Hop you saved my life

His man called, said: "your time might be now
They played your freestyle over 'Wipe Me Down'
They played it 2 times, say it might be crowned
As the best thing out the H-town in a while"
He picked up his son with a great big smile
Rapped every single word to the newborn child
Then he put him down and went back to the kitchen
And put on another beat and got back to the mission of
Get his momma out the hood, put her somewhere in the woods
Keep his lady looking good, have her rolling like she should
Show his homies there's a way other than that flippin' yay
Bail his homie out of jail, put a lawyer on his case
Throw a concert for the school, show the shorties that it's cool
Throw some candy on the Caddy, chuck the deuce and act a fool
Man it feels good, when it happens like that
Two days from going back to selling crack, yessir


Lyrics submitted by Wulfreigns

"Hip-Hop Saved My Life" as written by Lupe Fiasco Nikki Jean

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    General Commenti feel like at the end of the last verse when he is talking about all the stuff he is doing after he gets money like '...Show his homies it's a way, other than that flipping yay
    Bail his homie out of jail, put a lawyer on his case,
    Throw a concert for the school, show the shorties that it's cool....' taht are productive,but after that he starts doing nonsense stuff like buying things for his car and smoking weed, like non productive stuff. then the next line is saying that in two days he is going back to selling crack. i think it means that he went back to being broke after doing things like that, like buying new rims. he became like every other rapper who just cares about money, cars and clothes.
    ryanisgarretton September 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember how I came across this song.
    I was sleeping and than I had a dream I was rapping these lyrics but I didn't even know the song.
    So than I wake up and tell my brother, he tells me that he was blasting the song all morning.
    Weird huh?
    So than I started listening to it and really got into it.
    Cause he has a sick flow, and his lyrics have great means to them.
    "He says, I write what I see. Write to make it right, don't like where I be"
    That's my fav line cuz I'm a writer and I don't like where I'm at so I write for enjoyment, self expression and to one day get out of this place.
    Phoenix328on June 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg, I love you Nikki!!!
    DJ_critikaLon December 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho is being refered to when they sing "hip hop just saved my life"?
    soccerman90on December 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts suppose to say "Hip hop you saved my life"....It is just suppose to be from the view of the guy who is struggling and trying to make it in Hip Hop. He used Hip Hop as his get away from the streets and the game.
    BDP0313on December 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment@BDP0313- Fix'd. Thanks for the correction.
    Wulfreignson December 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha, is he insulting Rich Boy?
    kreuzbergon January 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI swear i think home girl said hip hop has saved my life
    Sakuiion January 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Houston, TX as well.
    sleepytimeon January 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApart from that Nikki Jean sounds dead-hot in this song, it's brilliant.

    Lupe Fiasco's The Cool was a brilliant return album.
    park11on January 06, 2008   Link

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