Ugh, what up y'all?
Yeah (Soundtrakk, what's poppin', baby?)
Y'all ain't know
I go by the name of Lupe Fiasco
Representin' that First and Fifteenth, yeah, uh
And this one right here
I dedicate this one right here
To all my homies out there grindin'
You know what I'm sayin'?
Legally and illegaly, haha (Uproxx)
You know what I'm talkin' about?
So, check it out, uh

First got it when he was six, didn't know any tricks
Matter fact first time he got on it, he slipped
Landed on his hip and busted his lip
For a week he had to talk with a lisp like this
Now we can end the story right here
But shorty didn't quit, it was something in the air
Yeah, he said it was something so appealing
He couldn't fight the feeling, something about it
He knew he couldn't doubt it, couldn't understand it, brand it
Since the first kick flip he landed, uh
Labeled a misfit, a bandit (ka-kump, ka-kump, ka-kump)
His neighbors couldn't stand it
So he was banished to the park
Started in the morning, wouldn't stop 'til after dark
Yeah, when they said its getting late in here
So I'm sorry young man, there's no skating here

And so he kick, push, kick, push
Kick, push, kick, push, coast
And away he rolled
Jus' a rebel to the world with no place to go
And so he kick, push, kick, push
Kick, push, kick, push, coast
So come and skate with me
Just a rebel looking for a place to be
So let's kick
And push
And coast

My man got a little older, became a better a roller
Yeah, no helmet, hell bent on killing himself
Is what his momma said but he was feeling himself
Got a little more swagger in his style
Met his girlfriend, she was clapping in the crowd
Love is what was happening to him now, uh
He said "I would marry you
But I'm engaged to these aerials and varials
And I don't think this board is strong enough to carry two"
She said "Bow, I weigh a hundred and twenty pounds
Now, let me make one thing clear
I don't need to ride yours, I got mine right here"
So she took him to a spot he didn't know about
Some modern apartment parking lot
She said "I don't normally take dates in here"
Security came and said "I'm sorry, there's no skating here"

And so they kick, push, kick, push
Kick, push, kick, push, coast
And away they rolled
Just lovers intertwined with no place to go
And so they kick, push, kick, push
Kick, push, kick, push, coast
So come and skate with me
Just a rebel, looking for a place to be
So let's kick
And push
And coast

Yeah, uh (swanky)
Yeah, yeah

Before he knew, he had a crew that wasn't no punk
In they Spitfire shirts and SB dunks
They would push 'til they couldn't skate no more
Office building lobbies wasn't safe no more
And it wasn't like they wasn't getting chased no more
Just the freedom was better than breathing they said (they said)
An escape route they used to escape out
When things got crazy, they needed to break out
They head to any place with stairs
Any good grinds, the world was theirs, uh
And they four wheels would take 'em there
Until the cops came and said "There's no skating here"

And so they kick, push, kick, push
Kick, push, kick, push, coast
And away they rolled
Just rebels without a cause with no place to go
And so they kick, push, kick, push
Kick, push, kick, push, coast
So come roll with me
Just a rebel looking for a place to be
So let's kick
And push
And coast

Haha (swanky)


Lyrics submitted by femme_x_fatale

Kick, Push Lyrics as written by Wasalu Jaco Rudolph Lopez

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  • +2
    General Comment

    It's very refreshing every time a rap artist releases a song beyond the topic of hoes/money/drugs/ice. Bravo, Lupe! This song is great, I hope it gets really big cos it deserves to. As for the meaning, its pretty straightfoward and the two posts above me pretty much sum it up.

    izzo23on April 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    This song has a refreshing hip-hop style. I think it's about a guy who is introduced to something. At first he fails and then he gets a taste of success, so he keeps trying, and eventually grows to love it so much it effects his lifestyle in so many ways, even his love life.

    The best line is "Just the freedom was better than breathing they said " That's so insightful. It's like when you enjoy something so much, you can't live without it.

    femme_x_fataleon April 14, 2006   Link
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    Wow guys two years of arguing on this song....? Lol. I must say tho it is definately worth reading all of these opinions. The only "idiots" on this forum are the ones who called another an idiot because his logic or what the song meant was "wrong".

    Hopefully some of u "idiots" have listened to more of lupe's work by now. U wud realize that the person above me was right in what he said. Lupe is king at making songs with multiple meanings. To a shallow mind this song is about skateboarding. To an average hip hoper, they see the metaphorical link to selling drugs. To the philosophical mind sees the ties to the struggle of fitting in. But to the open mind this song is about all 3.

    Lupe is a very deep thinker and a deep poet. This song is definately first and foremost about skateboarding, as it is a pasion of lupe's. But lupe is known to be a selfless artist who rarely speaks on himself. So for the pple who have to push drugs to live the is a msg in there for u, as well as the kid stuggling to fit in.

    And for any of u ppl to doubt this is true, you are DEFINATELY "idiots". Wat you're really doing is doubting the skills of this lyrical wizard. Truely the best lyricist in rap today.

    Pick up "lupe Fiasco's The Cool" if you haven't already.

    Cushion January 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "She said bow I weigh 120 pounds"

    LOVE THAT PART.

    chicklet1203on May 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    There are definately ties to both. If you're a fan you understand that Lupe grew up with drugs and crime all around him. People he knew went to prison "chasing the cool" and he decided not to fall into that trap. He's better than that. Has anyone here considered the fact that he was skating to escape the drug dealing? Look at both sides of Kick Push. It's definately about skating, but it's also about pushing. Lupe uses his lyrics to tell a story, and plays on words to give it multiple meanings. Lupe is a lyrical genius.

    and for jesse4182, first and fifteenth is Lupe's record label, Further more the 1st & 15th of the month relate to checks... Big days for dealers as everyone pays what they owe when they get their check... Or has cash on hand to buy more...

    anyway that's my 2 cents

    DWLFon June 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
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    This song is great, though he litterally focuses on "skating" its about much more than that.

    As he says in his dedication in the beginning " I dedicate this one right here to all my homies grinding, legally and illegally".

    Its about making it in life, the "hustle" of life.

    "First got it when he was six didn’t know any tricks Matter fact, first time he got on it he slipped Landed on his hip and busted his lip For a week he had to talk with a lisp like thisssss Now we can end the story right here "

    Whe we start anything, we are new to it, dont know anything and usually end up "falling down". (first love, skating, anything). Now we have the choice to say "I quit" and "I can't skate" or "I can't draw", "I hate relationships" right here and never dust ourselves off and try again.

    But if we have motivation, a goal, even if we can't finger it, you usually get back on the board/stand up.

    "Since the first kick flip he landed Labeled a misfit a bandit "

    Once we finally succeed, other people are jelous and envious and label you, no matter what it is; "whipped, nerd, jock, pusher, etc"

    "His name was couldn’t stand it So he was banished to the park Started in the morning Wouldn’t stop till after dark "

    once people can see you're getting good at something that they aren't they hate and dont want you around them. so even though those around him hated on his skating skills he didn't let it stop him. Even though people say they dont want to hear you "rapping" dont stop, even though you can't be the best at something around some people, doesn't mean you should give up.

    "Yea when they said its getting late in here So I’m sorry young man, there’s no skating here"

    I think this verse represents the hurdles in life, all the problems that try to stop us from movin on, from achieving our goals, being happy, making it.

    The Chorus says that this kid/those strong enough dont/didn't give up and kept/keep moving on, past the hurdles and problems. Looking for a place to fit in, in a world full of followers.

    The rest of the song continues along those lines I think.

    oh and the longer they skate the stronger they become, until there literally isn't any place they can't go. (or metaphorically, there isn't anything that can hold them down)

    Tc2ron April 28, 2006   Link
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    yeh the skating is just a metaphor , but im sure hes a good boarder aswell, hes just a cool guy! i love lupe fiasco

    ordinaryboyon May 06, 2006   Link
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    I think there's more than one meaning to this song. The metaphorical meaning is pretty much what you guys are saying, but the litteral meaning...Obviously it's about skateboarding, but it focuses on skaters in general. People think we're such bad people, but really we're not. We look for places to skate, but time and time again we are kicked off of these places. Skateboarders do not really fit in, just because of the fact we skateboard and stereotypically we're asshole pot heads. Anyways, all in all...this is an amazing song for a few reasons. First reason, I hate MOST music on MTV. When I saw this I was impressed. Second reason, I don't usually like rap/hip hop/whatever kind of music.

    Anyways, I'll put more thought into it later and repost.

    Premierrron June 19, 2006   Link
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    have you seen this video? its definitely about skateboarding. i mean, i agree with everyone who says it could be metaphoric for anything in life, but there's NOTHING here that screams DRUG DEALING.

    partypunk101on June 21, 2006   Link
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    all you guys are stupid, its about skateboarding. partypunk101 has the right idea. This guy was amazing tell MTV hit him n overplayed him. But i still love the guy.

    CaliEBHCon June 26, 2006   Link

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