Hoodies, afros, locks
Teddy bear, liquor bottle shrines, rocks
Tanks, prayer rugs, church pews, Mexican corn stands
Blood, sweat, and tears, police batons
Gas masks and bullets create graffiti on corners

from Lupe Fiasco – Ayesha Says (Intro) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ayesha’s perspective has widened quite a bit past the block she described in the original F&L’s intro.

She uses a series of loosely connected images — readily recognizable trappings of youth, maturity, religion, rebellion and authority — to juxtapose the views from different ghettos and the ways in which these perspectives are muralized.

Even as she describes these murals she creates her own in the form of this poem.

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