1.) Best Lyricism: Lupe Fiasco - Peace Of Paper / Cup Of JAYZUS
"Lu see like La Brea and Pico, with binoculars on my peephole / I feel my best work was album zero."
Lupe Fiasco tweeted most of the words to this track between August 5th and 7th, dropping it 37 days later on September 11th. Lyrically speaking, no one else came close to this track this week. Lupe's a poet, plain and simple, flipping Jay Z's 'Holy Grail' instrumental and offering his eccentric take on the current state of hip-hop with extremely dense and varied rhyme schemes.
The cryptic title is a reference to Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail. "Peace of Paper" refers to the 'Magna Carta' document that was drafted in 1215 to protect the people of England from their king, if necessary. "Cup Of JAYZUS" refers to the Holy Grail, which was allegedly Jesus' cup at the last supper - Lupe added Hov's moniker to the pronunciation of "Jesus".
Can you wrap your head around it?
They thought 'Kick Push' was about drugs
It's not, but just to be super sure
But from your perspective it might seem
Like Supreme out in front of the Odd Future Store
So that skaters and skiers
Nose grinders and grinding up
Nose powders with ether
Not an Earl diss either, but he might think it be and be like:
"Lu's new should be Mr. Pure 2Positive Shakur and to be sure he's
Not that really nice, that two girls and cup line sucked
It really means he gave himself a cup twice"
You just witnessed a double, a probable Odd Future diss in the future
And me ghostwriting my own rebuttals
You can't do that with a single cup
You gon' need a couple, again you got a double
Got my shot on the rocks, but don't stop, keep pouring 'til it's a puddle
Peace of Paper, Cup of JAYZUS, what's the drive?
Greatest Rapper Alive or Greatest Rapper That Died?
Then on judgement day, they say the greatest rapper's revived
Oh look who's here, the greatest rapper's arrived!
At the birthday party the greatest rapper surprised!
Bumped into Doom, the greatest rappers collide
Everybody dead, but AZ the greatest rapper survived
I'm not the greatest rapper... the greatest rappers' a lie
Got the same points as Lux, the greatest rapper's a tie
Told Jean, Foxy and Rah the greatest rapper's a girl
They said the greatest rapper's a guy
Phone rang it was Ghost he said:
"Kiss the greatest rapper... goodbye!"
Chris said Common, Common said Kweli
Talib said "I'm sure it's Mos Definitely!"
Let me inside the danger room, on Level 5 with the weaponized defense
With an extra side of the next guy's petty exercise attempts
The ghost of my career, better than most of what they revere
I take my targets and throw them back on my spear
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