Friday, February 08, 2008

29 Days of Lupe: Creativity

Lupe is a creative genius when it comes to penning raps. He's able to succinctly provide mini-stories with profound meaning. While the big idea may be the same throughout his songs, the content is always presented with different visuals, feelings. The material sounds refreshing regardless if he was trying to prove the same point last album or song out. The ideas overlap at times too and pick up where another song, concept left off.

Being stuck in situation that you know you shouldn't be in is the big idea on "Instrumental". Lethagry and paranoia set in and gradually you're stuck in a certain lifestyle: "The Die". Both songs deal with choices and the consequences of our actions.

The use of the box as an entrapment is sublime. The box is television or your surroundings. We watch that blue flicker, jaw-dropped with amazement. Youth, and even grown-ups, are like sponges and they absorb what goes around them. Behavior is learned by observations. To strengthen our minds, we apply and mimic what we see and are exposed to. There are times when we want to change but don't see a way out, any viable means to better ourselves. Hence we continue to wrongly watch it, the box, to find that way out. Dependency arrives and hell, since this way seems to be getting us by, our thoughts crystalize; fate sets in and we may become guarded. 'Enroll in college?'... get that wack shit outta here! See I blocked it, because it didn't come out my box. We lock ourselves shut, our perception of change seizes. Belief in the box is paramount to our newfound survival.

"The Die" furthers the character in "The Instrumental". Since he's conformed, and become a mere statistic by the doctors (society), he's lost his voice. So what does he grow into? A gun addled hustler of sorts. While "Die" doesn't stick to a story form, the swagger, intensity and knowledge provided by Lupe and GemStones is more than enough to put two and two together. The kid is now caught, determined to walk and talk like those he'd watched. The initiation is over. In a retaliatory measure he's become a target no matter how smooth he were. Remember, karma's a bitch! To spit off all that about guns at such a high rate like GemStones does, means only one thing: gun talk is more than a hobby. Loving thy weapon "polishing my pistol" and the g's conundrum "should I let the mini-mac or the shotgun hit him?" are duely noted. The kid goes about business as usual, becomes arrogant, and even with his paranoia attended to (guns galore and bulletproof shoe laces), he becomes a victim.

"The Instrumental" is the song, the spirit within a youthful gang memeber who still has a chance to change. But the more he swims in those street games, he begins to sink; the window of opportunity closes. He'll soon be an OG. He grows into a hood star on "The Die", knee deep in partying and bullshit. The immintent death is pre-meditated and sought after like a predator-prey circumstance. It's the vapor coming from your mouth on a cold ass night, you breath faster and your walk is quicker. The choices have evaporated, and that's even deadly in it of itself.


At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Richie Rocks said...

uhmm I'm sorry to say so man, but I think you're completely "The Die" Lu plays the role of an aide or voice or possibly conscience speaking to The Cool and Gemini plays the role of The Game (or simply someone else who's after the cool themselves...thats up for debate*). The first verse Lu tells the current reigning "cool" that people are out for him (as everyone in the game is...everyone wants to be the coolest WHAT?), and then Gemini goes on to be that person who has set out to kill Michael Young (the reigning cool).
Then the 3rd verse is the cools aide, conscience, or friend telling him that its all talk and no ones going to kill him and Gemini continues to be everything that the cools aide says doesn't exist.

As far as the instrumental I don't think that deals in direct with any of the characters on The Cool as Lu has stated himself the only track off F&L that involves the conceptuality of The Cool is, just that, "The Cool". And i think its pretty blatantly about the media and television. It can be read into deeper I suppose but thats very much up to interpretation and perception.

*the reason I say Gemini might be playing the voice of the Game is because it seems to me that right after the short skit where Geminis character kills the cool, we hear the game laugh and go into his feature on the CD so if the game didn't kill him physically as the personification then the game as an idea or influence upon someone certainly lead to the death of the cool

At 12:43 PM, Blogger The Major said...

Yeah I feel you. Lupe is explaining the "The Cool" that there's people coming for him. GemStones is the one looking for "The Cool". But also I think he could be "The Cool" as well--both sides are all the same. While "The Game" is the puppet master, Gemstones could be just another puppet similiar to "The Cool" controlled by "The Game".

To prove a point about similiar ideas, I intepreted (and pushed) the point of gang mentality. "Inst" is about the box = tv. That's the big idea. But isn't TV just what we see? Youth see shit that they mimic even if they may know better. They gradually give up and live that life. I may be reaching but I felt that "The Die" is a the youth at a later date, paranoid and stuck. He's arrogant of what the next dude would do to him to gain recognition in the hood (a la Stack Bundles). GemStones is that next dude willing to shoot 100 times. I'm saying that when you lose your voice, "Inst", death comes "The Die".

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay I kind of see that, but I dont know if those connections were demonstrated well through the writing.
Its also noteworthy to say that Lupe stated the kid from "He Say She Say" eventually grows up to become Michael Young History and then The Cool (i forgot this when writing my original comment that nothing from F&L carried over to The Cool bar one song).
Yea i was trying to convey that the game was the puppet master, and I really really really agree with you now that you've restated it in response to my comment. It seems like a bit of a reach but it definitely rings true that the idea of "the cool" in its current state (money, hoes, and guns) is brought about by the media conveyance of a certain lifestyle and the youth buying into yea, good shit

At 2:51 PM, Blogger The Major said...

Restating often helps. I read it over again and I was like "where'd I think that those 2 fit?" I think I made them fit even though they may not. I guess I was trying to demonstrate that a lot of his songs channel the same concepts and one idea could be thought to lead to another.


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