Lupe Fiasco is a controversial rapper that has never been afraid to express his real feelings. Born on the south side of Chicago, which most consider the murder capital of the country, he has seen first hand what war can do to friends and family. For individuals in this part of the country, the war on gang violence is one of the biggest issues at hand. On Mr. Fiasco’s third studio album entitled “Lasers” he released a single called “Words I Never Said” where he speaks about his pacifist views and how people like him can prevent wars from happening. The hook begins with a vocalist singing ”As I drown in my regrets, I can’t take back the words I never said”. Lupe’s message to his listeners is to speak out against war and violence. He believes one would forfeit their rights and be more likely to have regrets about the outcome. He jumps out of the gate cursing the war on terror and calling out some very important people in our nation including our president! Lupe Fiasco then points out that even though he may be wise enough to point out the problem he still is not a part of the solution. He ends the first verse with “I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful and I believe in the people.” This is just the beginning of a vent from Lupe trying to educate the people on how to stop the violence locally.
The second verse focuses on the war in the middle east. He tells both sides that they are fighting for no reason at all. The Muslim people in the middle east claim to be at war for their religious beliefs. This contradicts the Qu’ran which outlaws murder under any circumstances. He then brings it back to the streets of Chicago with the lines “Complain about the liquor store, but what you drinking liquor for? Complain about the gloom, but when’d you pick a broom up?” It is a bit comical how easy he makes it seem for these issues to be resolved. Since they are problems our nation has undergone for centuries, it would be hard to judge. While these actions will not stop war completely, I believe they will definitely help the cause.
The last verse is when I really start to connect with Lupe. He states ” I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence, fear is such a weak emotion, that’s why I despise it.” The people such as myself who sit back and do nothing while the violence continues are more guilty than the people actually doing the crimes. This verse relates to me more every time I hear it. Lupe and I both were born in the rough streets of Chicago so I understand why this is such a dominant theme for him and why he is so determined to have his voice heard on this issue. I feel that by releasing my support for him in this post I am doing my part in supporting peace.