You would never know what you could ever be.
If you never try, you would never see.
In a previous post, I paid homage to one of my favorite lyrical scholars—Nas. Listening to his music always makes me appreciate the art form that is Hip Hop. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake (when he’s not caught up in his feelings) have consistently kept my attention throughout the past decade. But there’s one lyricist whose content I’ve recently become obsessed with, and I’m kicking myself for catching on so late. Lupe Fiasco.
Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, Lupe Fiasco is a Chicago-based MC who began rapping in Junior High School. He was initially in a group called da Pak and signed to Epic Records, but they soon split up. Atlantic, however, picked up Lupe as a solo artist where he released several mixtapes, made an appearance on Kanye West’s “Touch The Sky,” and launched his first single for his debut album, “Kick, Push.” His first album peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 and earned him three Grammy nominations.
Lupe also had success with his follow-up albums: The Cool, Lasers, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Tetsuo & Youth, Drogas Light, and Drogas Wave. He’s one of the few artists who can blur the lines between Hip Hop and Pop. And he’s been labeled as one of the most cerebral and enigmatic artists since the mid-2000s, which I definitely agree with.
Although I’m somewhat of a late fan, let’s vibe to some of his classics.
Until Next Time…
Kellman, A. (n.d.). Lupe Fiasco. Retrieved February 6, 2019, from https://www.allmusic.com/artist/lupe-fiasco-mn0000239628/biography