Snap Judgment: Lupe Fiaso – “Words I Never Said”

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Reviews, Snap Judgment

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Published on February 02, 2011 with 14 Comments

I want to like this joint, I really do. The Cool is a new school classic in my book and with Lupe battling label politics for such a long time it would be great to see him come out swinging. His flow is tight, technically on point and he does hit some valid points in his subject matter. His comment on the budget cuts on education and it’s poor state even before that or his comdemnation of people murdering in the name of his faith for instance.

But the bland, colourless hook doesn’t add much and the synth-heavy beat sounds very contemporary but never gels into an actual banger. Even in his subject matter, the strong point of this song, Lupe makes a huge slip which will certainly raise eyebrows with anyone who has a close ear to the news of the world.

Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say sh*t. That’s why I ain’t vote for him

Really Lupe? That’s why? You must’ve been on some Marty McFly shit then because ‘Operation Cast Lead‘ didn’t start until almost two months after the election on November 4th. The bombing did happen before his inauguration and many political commentators believed this timing to be intentional because Israel expected a more critical approach from the white house after that day. Even before that “Cheney began getting messages from the Israelis about pressure from Obama“, according to a senior intelligence official. But regardless of what Obama did or didn’t do, Lupe seems to be talking out of his proverbial behind with this statement. Not a good look when you’re trying to kick knowledge.

2 out of 5

TRU

J.Monkey

1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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  1. He used President Obama’s failure to take an affirmative stance on the bombing of the Gaza Strip as an example of Obama’s tendency to remain firmly in the political middle in regards to most controversial issue. As such, the particular issue mentioned in the song is not presented in and of itself as the reason Lupe refused to support Obama. Instead, it casts light on what Lupe would deem to be a flaw in Barack’s leadership style that he believed to be so detrimental as to prevent him from offering either his vote or endorsement in both past and future elections. At least that’s how I interpreted it.

    • It’s not that deep.

      • Between Lupe’s intellect and the depth of the other songs he’s made, of course it’s that deep! This is the same guy who made a song about dumbing his songs down to make them easier to understand…and it was still hard to understand!

  2. He used President Obama’s failure to take an affirmative stance on the bombing of the Gaza Strip as an example of Obama’s tendency to remain firmly in the political middle in regards to most controversial issue. As such, the particular issue mentioned in the song is not presented in and of itself as the reason Lupe refused to support Obama. Instead, it casts light on what Lupe would deem to be a flaw in Barack’s leadership style that he believed to be so detrimental as to prevent him from offering either his vote or endorsement in both past and future elections. At least that’s how I interpreted it.

  3. Lupe I know you my nigga and all but ughh freedom aint free my nikka

  4. i second objective fan’s motion

  5. Rizoh, if Objective Fan’s point is not that deep, neither is this post on your blog.

    In terms of historical details, yes, the Gaza Strip bombings happened after the elections and the writer has a sharp eye.

    But the U.S. has always sucked Israel’s d*ck and paid for it with cash. I’ve been looking at some of Obama’s statements about that situation after he was in office and they’re incredibly weak so it’s not like he’s been disturbing the very special relationship between the U.S. and Israel that has cost our nation so much credibility on the international stage.

    In terms of poetic license, the line works just fine for me and I appreciate a lot of what Lupe puts out in these lyrics. Plus, it’s a great f*cking song!

    • I don’t think Jaap’s intention was to craft this deep, pretentious post on the song. He gave a fair, concise, accurate take on the song. As someone who’s defended/supported Lupe tirelessly since his debut, I find the song boring. Dude kinda messed up the calendar of events. But that’s another thing. Really, he could’ve have picked any number of legit reasons not to vote for Obama and it would have made sense.

      Look, Lupe is a smart dude, but don’t give him credit for opinions he didn’t actually express. The song is about finally saying things he didn’t say. There’s a reason it’s called that. If he was trying to cast a blanket opinion on Obama’s leadership via that one line or using poetic license as you say, he’s doing a good job of camouflaging it. I just don’t get that from listening to the song.

      • so your saying lupe.. one of the most political rappers in the game made this statement and no one helping in his production or anyone on the label noticed that the gaza strip bombings were after the election? He very easilly could have meant it in the same manner mentioned by Objective Fan… but then you’d have nothing to complain about. Hes smarter than you think. The point of the song was to bring to light political problems that no other rapper talks about, add his personal opinions and stir shit up… success. The reason hip hops dying is because the beats and dumb collabs have become more important than the actual lyrical message and were left with punchline shit that doesnt mean anything. At least Lupe has a message, not just countless lines about f-ing the world and creating a sexual inuendo out of it.

  6. I surprised by the cold reception of this track. I don’t personally care for these type of synth beats, but the power of Lupe’s directness on his message in this song is great. In an era where even socially conscious rappers rely on wordplay and metaphors to get their point across Lupe comes at the issues hard and with a militant attitude. Not my favorite Lupe track of all time, but NOT at all disappointed.

  7. In the words of Jay-z “This ain’t politically correct. Awww! This might offend my political connects. Aww!

    :)

  8. It’s sad. Never in a million years would I have thought that there would be a point in time that Lupe Fiasco would release material which gives evidence to the notion that Hip-Hop is dead

    • and he’s been doing it fairly consistently.

  9. But that building 7 line is a sleeper (no Al-Qaeda). Straight up Zeitgeist shit.

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