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Lupe Fiasco - PRECIOUS THINGS

[Chorus: Nayirah]
These precious things
Oh, these things that we love
Oh, these precious things
How they turn, how they turn
Oh, these precious things
Oh, these things that we love
Oh, these precious things
How they turn, how they turn
On me
[Verse 1: Lupe Fiasco]
Never bite the hands that feed
But when those same hands grab the gats and up the sleeves
They gather traps and apparatus for your grief
They catch you lackin', wrap around yo' hatch and squeeze
I swear my hands werе pure, I gave 'em manicurеs
Became my adversaries, became my saboteurs
I put karats on them just like rabbit lures
My middle finger's like, "Fuck this nigga", what happened to us?
Used to be clappin' for us, thumbs up and then snappin' poets
Now they be dappin' fo's and grabbin' Moet
And they know that I don't drink
At least I don't think
I asked for peace signs, they gave me Leon Spinks
I asked for "Okays", I got, "Up yours" and "Go aways"
Shoo gestures and throat slicers, the motion's made
Give me a sign when we can talk through a plan
But my hands was like "Fam, you can talk to the hand," damn

[Chorus: Nayirah]
And these precious things
Oh, these things that we love
Oh, these precious things
How they turn, how they turn
Oh, these precious things
Oh, these things that we love
Oh, these precious things
How they turn, how they turn
On me
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Who put the arms in arms?
I put arms in palms
We was hand in hand, Allstate
Pinky speaker, thumb receiver how we used to call make
All shakes
Now it's fingers crossed over small stakes
No taller than the crawl space
Give scissors to my paper, we not on the same page
We was bat, catcher, and pitcher, now you don't even wave
We used to throw the shaka, Honolulu from the stage
Now you just wanna throw hands and technicals on my plays (Goddamn)

[Chorus: Nayirah]
And these precious things (Yeah, yeah)
Oh, these things that we love
Oh, these precious things (These precious little things)
How they turn, how they turn
Oh, these precious things (Yeah, yeah)
Oh, these things that we love
Oh, these precious things
How they turn, how they turn
On me

[Verse 3: Lupe Fiasco]
It's like you coulda did more to try and keep us out them handcuffs
It's like we only matter when fans is putting they hands up
You got popular, treated us like the Yakuza
You was Vampire Hunter D, now you Alucard
See that's the thing 'cause we was praying for you
Air guitar and playing for you
You turned a deaf ear to what we was saying to you
We was here, can't go back to before
The problem is you don't use us to write the raps anymore
[Outro: Nayirah]
Yeah (Yeah)
Precious, precious, precious, precious
Things that we love
They love, they love
Yeah, yeah
Precious things
Love, love

“PRECIOUS THINGS” is the fourth track off of Lupe Fiasco’s eighth studio album "DRILL MUSIC IN ZION". In this tongue in cheek masterful track, Lupe Fiasco deploys anthropomorphism ; a style in writing where authors give life to things that by themselves might seem to have no life. He uses the analogy of how hands ,not only as body parts, but as tools or beings that even though can be used to craft and create can sometimes end up destroying the people who use them These hands belong to a rapper in this case. In the first verse it’s his own hands turning against him, even though he tried to adorn them with beauty through manicures etc. The hands go from applauding and snapping for poets to his middle finger cursing him out and eventually his own hand tells him, to talk to the hand. In the second verse he continues with the hand analogy by exploring how people get ARMed with guns at some point in their lives due to change in environment or circumstances. He paints pictures of how the same hands that were playfully used in games such as ‘'rock paper scissors’‘ and ’‘catch’‘ can eventually hold tools of destruction. The third verse seals the analogy by now demonstrating that actions have consequences, as these hands that are now destroying are now in cuffs, even though some other hands elsewhere were praying for the character in question. The saddest part however is that these hands can’t write anymore. The thing that matters the most. You have to hand it to Lupe for this masterful effort. Even though on the surface it’s just about hands he weaves a cautionary tale about how our purpose should be protected by ourselves and not corrupted by the world.

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