Lupe back. Lupe back to tell the world that the pizza man won’t deliver pies to the hood because it’s dangerous. Pizza is an Italian food (white) and delivered primarily by white pizza boys. “Deliver” is a politically charged record explaining to the world how white people are the source of evil and use schemes such as pizza delivery to keep the black population at bay. He wants to mend these problems and get shitty pizza delivered to his doorstep.
Lupe goes off on the first verse about the problems that plague the ghetto, “We make the ghetto tick, we make the ghetto run / We make the ghetto sick, we make the ghetto dumb”. By this he’s saying that people in the ghetto are caught in a self-destructive, toxic way of life fueled by their own neighbors.
In verse two Lupe speaks to the source of this brainwashing, white folks. Essentially, what he’s saying is that black people learned everything about selling drugs from white people, but are chastised for it, whereas white folks ain’t.
“White folks act like they ain’t show us how to traffic
All that dope to China, you don’t call that trapping?”
I am a little confused by these two bars, as they imply that all white people are on a team that promotes unpunished class A drug trafficking. Overall though, the message here is that there’s a discrepancy monetarily between America’s two most historically conflicting socially constructed races, black and white.
In the last verse Lupe speaks to his own experience with plenty pizza metaphors. Since he’s one of the few to escape the hood he gives perspective to the world, telling us to stop buying pizza from white folks, since it makes the rich richer.
I fuck with this song. Flow and beat are on point, that hook synth is grimy. Also, he said pow alotta times at the start, which I started. The delivery man take on race relations will put it in a new light for a lot of people, since almost everyone in America eats pizza. Personally, I think that the problem he’s describing, as well as many problems that black artists describe, are mostly the result of class warfare and not racial tension. Regardless, “Deliver” is a good way for him to throw his outspoken voice back into the game after all the issues with Atlantic Records. I’m hyped to hear what else he’s got in the reefer for this upcoming Tetsuo & Youth album.