One of my favorite songs of all time, “Hurt Me Soul” by Lupe Fiasco is a piece of lyrical genius. He first criticizes his own hypocrisy for becoming a rapper even though he hated what they represented when he was a kid. He continues to criticize modern rappers for being glorified even though they promote ideas such as materialism, violence, and drug-dealing. The third verse changes the tone to say that it is not rap music’s fault that the above mentioned ideas are becoming reality. His reasoning is based on the fact that even in communities where rap music is absent, greed and violence still flourish. As a result, Lupe lists all the world’s issues and mourns over them, hence the title, “Hurt Me Soul”. I encourage you to listen to this masterpiece. Here is an excerpt from that third verse:

So through the Grim Reaper sickle sharpening
Macintosh marketing
Oil field augering
Brazilian adolescent disarmament
Israeli occupation
Islamic martyrdom, precise
Yeah, laser guided targeting
Oil for food, water, and terrorist organization harborin
Sand camouflage army men
CCF sponsorin, world conquerin, telephone monitorin

Is Lupe right in saying that rap is not the reason for our problems?