Oh, how I missed the magical collaboration of Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean, both of whom warped my interest in hip-hop back in 2007 with " Hip Hop Saved My Life."
"Haile Selassie" is in the same vein, with Lupe touching on what he knows best: integrity, equality, and the forces that works against them.
Over five minutes of potency produced by Soundtrakk, Lupe eloquently rages against colonialism of the soul and being. Nikki Jean's ethereal vocals praising Ethiopian Emperor and the Rastafarian movement's answer to divine embodiment bring harmony to an ubiquitous message that will hopefully be explored on the upcoming mixtape Lost in the Atlantic.
Lupe quotes a powerful message that was relevant in 1963 as it is today:
"Then until the philosophy which holds one race superior
And another inferior
Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned
That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes"