Dear Lupe Fiasco,
First off, congratulations on creating one of the most controversial songs of 2011 thus far, "Words I Never Said" from your upcoming album “Lasers.” This song is a blistering critique of why America needs to take a look in the mirror when it comes to issues of terror, Islam and education.
You created a great song that will surely create dialogue when it comes to America and its policies, spitting lines like, “Your child’s future was the first to go with budget cuts/If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut/The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and up,” shows us that you are tapped into the current state of the educational system in America. President Obama has been trying to place emphasis on the same issues. At the State of the Union Obama said: “In this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than their potential. We need to invest in the skills and education of our people.”
We applaud you for caring about education reform and being perfectly on target. But then you lose us when you spit lines like, “How much money does it take to really make a full clip 9/11 building 7 did they really pull it, uhh, and a bunch of other cover ups.” We advise you not to lead down the road of conspiracy theories. That is an endless journey that many people have traveled and were left lost.
Your passion and anger resonates with our generation when you express your thoughts on the political talking heads we are bombarded with on a nightly basis: “And that aint Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news/And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth/Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist.” The only thing is never look for truth in Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, truth is not something they attempt to take into consideration.
Your lyrics on Obama is where your true brilliance shines, “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit/That’s why I aint vote for him, next one either I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful/And I believe in the people.” We couldn’t agree with you more when you say, “But there’s also the human duality—we’re walking contradictions.”
This is true, you are part of the problem if you don’t vote. Lupe, your ability to communicate the problems of both apathy and extreme hostility in our country is remarkable. The fact is, you and others have the luxury of questioning President Obama. As Americans we have that right. Expressing your frustrations and anger on this track is a good thing. Hopefully it will open the eyes of those who have some influence.