Lupe Fiasco “Hip-Hop Saved My Life”
He turns down the beat, writers block impedes/ Crying from the next room, a baby in need/ Of some pampers and some food and a place to sleep/ That, plus a black Cadillac on D’s/ Is what keeps him on track to be a great MC
Lupe Fiasco creates a story of an up and coming rapper dreaming to make it big. The classic phrase “practice makes perfect” details what this aspiring rapper is doing. He is in his house, listening to an instrumental song, while writing lyrics. Destined for greatness and striving for excellence, the rapper has trouble jotting down creative lyrics and suffers writer’s block. At the same time, it is revealed that he also has a newborn child. Essentially, this aspiring rapper has many motivations to succeed in rap. Pampers, food and shelter are basic necessities for a child. In order to provide, the rapper has to make it as a hip-hop artist. In addition to his needs, he also has a want of a black Cadillac with D’s (aka Dubs aka 20 inch rims). The Cadillac, a luxury vehicle, inspires the rapper to keep going. Having the Cadillac with nice outer edges on the wheels will be the symbol of success, hard work, and providing for his child and future generations.
I think of it as an example of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Once he supports himself and his child, he can move up and satisfy his esteem with the black Cadillac. A stirring example of how hip-hop can save lives and satisfy dreams.