Lyrics are the bricks and mortar that make up the foundation of hip hop. More so than any other genre, the words, their meaning, and the way they are put together by the artist who speaks them into existence matters just as much, if not more than the other elements of sound within the song itself. It is for this reason that The Source Magazine has partnered with lyrics mega power Genius (original founded as Rap Genius) to bring you a new series entitled, ‘Lyrics Of The Week’.
The concept is simple, each week we will highlight 5 different sets of lyrics from songs that were released during that week. Nowadays what “released” means is an ever changing topic, often of debate. For our purposes we will go with the idea that if a song/freestyle/verse etc exists, it is released; with the exception being songs from albums; for those we may count the release of the song as the day the album went on sale, not the day it leaked to the internet (usually 5-7 days prior). To reiterate, this is not “Verse Of The Week, ” “Song Of The Week, ” “Message Of The Week,” or anything other than LYRICS OF THE WEEK.
That being said the parameters are broad, it is just as likely that a lyric’s intricacy or message is the cause for their selection,
as it is that their cultural impact.
We’ll be using the annotation feature provided by Genius, the best part of which being, if you feel the explanation is lacking ..then add to it yourself. Sign up for an account HERE
So without further ado, in an epic week that brought two AMAZING album release from important hip hop figures in Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$, we bring you (in no particular order) Lyrics Of The Week for the week of January 23rd.
Lupe Fiasco “Mural” – First Verse (lyrics begin 3:02)
But Queen like white glove wave hand And not wave hand like it’s a heat wave So you make a fan by waving your hand I’m talking wave like you saying, “hey” Man, and not hay for horses ― “Mural” by Lupe Fiasco
This entire song is utterly ridiculous lyrically.
Joey Bada$$ “Like Me” 4th Verse (2:03)
Euro League “Violence” 2nd Verse (2:23) *these lyrics come with a special treat, as the artist himself gives an explanation in the Genius annotations.
When I was born , it was sworn , I was never gone be shit /
Crack baby born last year 1980’s mommy took a euro trip /
Never quite came back but she did deliver me to you /
Said that if I make it through all of the pain the human race will see the truth make me believe in you /
I won’t even be here to see you through now that’s pain , all I know
― “Violence” by Euro League
Lil Wayne “CoCo” 1st Bridge (1:40)
Chief Keef “Ain’t Nothing” 1st Verse (1:05)