One you never heard of, I
push it hard to further the —
grind, I feel like murder but,
hip-hop, you saved me…
Our origins post today is some more real hip-hop, this time from the intellectual and controversial Lupe Fiasco. “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” featuring Nikki Jean is one of the standout tracks from Lupe’s legendary album The Cool. This was Fiasco’s last EP before his disappointing release of Lasers where many fans felt Lupe sacrificed his original rapping style and authentic beats for a more mainstream sound. “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” is a great example of true hip-hop music with meaning and significance.
Also notable from The Cool is Lupe’s “The Die”, check it out below: