This song is about his record label holding back on his album release and how they kept trying to change his image and how he felt terrible for forgetting who he is....
Album on hold, whole word on hold
The crowd is like "ho!", operator's like "hold"
(Please hold)
Man, now ain't that cold?
I'm just trying to talk to my homie, that's up in the hole
Homegirl ain't trying to be a ho, even though she on a pole
Can she get a second chance? No!
Whoa! Like the opposite of gold
That ain't how it's supposed to be, a butterfly
For the sake of rhyming let's just say "butterflyee"
The truth stings like Muhammad Ali
I tell 'em tell 'em don't homicide me
I'm just a little old hope with his back against the ropes
Fighting for his fans and, fighting for his folks
But the boo's from the crowd they become so loud
If I could block 'em out then, I could knock 'em out and
Dance around the ring, but until then I'll sing

I'mma keep it cool, and I'mma do me
It is what it is and that's how it's gon' be
Until I get there
Until I get there
Yeah I got flaws, I know I'm not perfect
But all ups and downs, will soon be worth it
When I get there
When I get there

"Doctor doctor please! The fame ain't painless enough"
That's cause you ain't famous enough
You got a little game, but your name ain't ringing enough
He said "take two of these and put change in my cup"
I said I wasn't poor, he gave me some more
Prescribed me a publicist and pointed to the door
"Out!" Ouch, I'm telling you this all from a therapist's couch
"Tell me about your mother? What she's all about?"
Prescribed me an interview and then told me to bounce
Damn, geez, the world is so cold, I'm glad I bought these skis
Went right off of the bunny slopes and right into the trees
Went unconscious, they rushed me to a concert
Instead of green jello and maybe chicken soup
They fed me magazine covers and video shoots

I'mma keep it cool, and I'mma do me
It is what it is and that's how it's gon' be
Until I get there
Until I get there
Yeah I got flaws, I know I'm not perfect
But all ups and downs, will soon be worth it
When I get there
When I get there

And when I finally make it, I'mma stunt so hard
Evil as Knievel, I'mma jump so far
Way up in the atmosphere, I ain't coming back
Be a jerk to them jerks, yeah that'll make 'em hurt
Huh? said a young boy in the mirror
A young version of me, so I started to tear up
He said "you need to cheer up, your mind need to clear up
You're already here, just be yourself from here up"
Then he disappeared and I felt something familiar
Something I was taught, something I had lost
If you are afraid of the fear that you gon' change some
All you gotta do is just remember where you came from

I'mma keep it cool, and I'mma do me
It is what it is and that's how it's gon' be
Until I get there
Until I get there
Yeah I got flaws, I know I'm not perfect
But all ups and downs, will soon be worth it
When I get there
When I get there


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"Till I Get There" as written by Khari Cain Khalil Walton

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI haven't had alot of time to listen to LASERS yet, but this song stuck out to me as one of the best on the album. And as i've not had alot of time to listen i've also not had alot of time to contemplate all the lyrics but here's my take.

    I think the most important part of this track is the chorus. I think Lupe's talking about how music industry not being sympathetic or understanding of the lives of the artists. Also, that it's a compromise he has to make in order to get 'there'- 'there' being the life he can lead when he's done with making music.
    'It is what it is and it's how it's goin' be
    Until I get there'
    Meaning the process of selling music to make money and the lifestyle that comes with being an artist that's subjected to the media constantly will be what it it is and he can't change that so he can't change until he gets to where he wants to be.

    I think the rest of the song is just supporting the chorus talking about the uncaring nature of the lifestyle he has to lead in order to get the reward. He mentions the 'cold'ness of everything:
    'Man now ain't that cold?'
    'Damn!
    Geez!
    The world is so cold'
    'The world' being the world he lives in and everything in it.

    The whole second verse are representative of this lack of care and the greed of others. Others will exploit you in order to make money, people in his world think with a business mind, not a human one. They will pretend they care just to get you follow their rules: 'tell me bout your mother, what's she about? Prescribed me an interview and then told me to bounce' So people, instead of helping him or being genuinely interested, will just use this as a means of making money (an opportunity) so they tell him to do an interview. Instead of taking him to a hospital when he's unconscious they'd take him to a concert, instead of hospital food they'll give him magazine covers and video shoots. So nobody will ever genuinely care for him but can use anything that happens in his life as a way of making money. 'Prescribed' might show that they'll disguise their exploitation as help for him.

    Final verse is his solution and resolution to what he's faced with.
    'And when I finally make it I'ma stunt so hard
    Evel as Knievel I'ma jump so far
    Way up in the atmosphere I ain't comin' back'
    When he gets to where he wanted to get and achieves all he needed to achieve he'll 'jump' into the 'atmosphere' symbolizing his escape from the brutal world he's forced to live in.
    'A young version of me
    So I started to tear up
    He said you need to cheer up
    Your mind need to clear up
    You're already here
    Just be yourself from here'
    This is him remembering why he got into the business- remembering a younger version of himself. Remembering this gives him clarity, reminds him of his goals and reminds him that he's got so far already. This is mirrored in his closing lines:
    'If you are a afraid or fear that you going change some
    All you gotta do is remember where you came from'
    You have to remember your roots and initial aspirations sometimes when you get so caught up and depresses with the conditions you're living in.

    Maybe i'm all wrong, but even if i am it's still a dope track and seems one of the best lyrically on this album. Just my take on it. FNF up.



    revilollieon March 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "flaws" not "floss"
    supernukeon March 08, 2011   Link
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    General Comment'Album on hold
    Whole world on hold
    The crowd is like oh!
    Operator's like hold
    ::please hold::
    Man now ain't that cold?'

    Also maybe this is about his lack of control with the release of this album as he said himself that it's not his choice when his album got released. 'Album on hold.'
    revilollieon March 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLupe has some of the sickest lyrics.

    I feel like this song is pretty clear. Its the whole hollywood-all-that-glitters-may-not-be-gold. He just wants to live and enjoy life but there is too much outside pressure. People care more about someones career and the money than their well being. Its a hard life to get out of so until he gets "there" he doesnt want to change as a person.


    And I think "there" is fame and being "number one". Everyones pushing him until he gets "there".
    maseyyykon June 07, 2012   Link

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