Lupe Fiasco releases "Hip Hop Saved My Life" single

"Hip Hop Saved My Life" is a viral video single from Lupe Fiasco's second album, The Cool.

The track features the lead singer of the Indie/Hip hop group, Nouveau Riche, Nikki Jean. Although the song had a music video, it achieved most of its popularity on the internet and through word of mouth- being an underground or "street single" with little radio airplay or advertisement. The single is a heartfelt song that tells the story of an underground rap artist, his personal problems, and his struggle and desire to achieve success.

It was revealed on MTV that the song was based on rapper Slim Thug's career.