6. Malcolm X:
"I'm hotter than Red with a head full of lye
Better run and get Spike, tell him I'm on fire"
- Lupe Fiasco, "Fire"
This song gains its title and central image from its main musical sample, Jimi Hendrix's tune also called "Fire". Here, Lupe works in a typically multi-layered reference. "Red" was the name Malcolm X went by prior to his Nation of Islam conversion. The "head full of lye" imagery refers to the chemicals used in hair conking, a process that literally burns, and that Malcolm wrote elegantly about. And Spike both directed the Malcolm X biopic and also portrayed "Shorty," who had a conk that he dearly loved.