Lupe Fiasco

Rapper Lupe Fiasco

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, Lupe is the chief executive officer of 1st and 15th Entertainment. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name.
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'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack may be better than the film
ABC News - about 1 year
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The Gospel According to 'Ye: Kanye West, The Life of Pablo, and Authentic Christianity
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Kanye's best prodigy/He ain't signed me, but he's proud of me" -Chance the Rapper Blessings (Reprise) "I made Jesus Walks, I ain't never goin' ta hell ... " -Kanye West Otis Following a string of bizarre behavior last month--hallmarked by a protracted, stream of conscious tirade targeting Beyoncé and Jay Z, signaling support for Donald Trump's looming presidency, and abruptly ending the Sacramento stop of his Life of Pablo tour--Kanye West voluntarily submitted to hospitalization and a psychiatric evaluation, citing sleep deprivation and exhaustion. While officials at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles discharged Kanye West about two weeks ago, his reported bout with depression and paranoia caused him to cancel the remainder of his North American tour dates, in addition to the European leg of his tour. The entire episode has caused people to reflect on the "tragedy and triumph" of Kanye West's storied career, and its precipitous decline. Ostensibly, th...
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Lupe Fiasco said what? Rapper says 'albums cancelled' after Twitter war over lyrics
LATimes - about 1 year
Looks like Lupe Fiasco is at it again. The rapper, known for making both socially conscious rap and premature announcements about retiring, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he is quitting music. For real this time. After posting a new track, “N.ER.D.,” to SoundCloud on Monday, Fiasco received...
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A Letter To Tupac Shakur, 20 Years Later
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Dear Tupac: There is a lot I want to say to you, so much so that I do not know where to begin. There is rarely a day or week that I do not think about your life, and your death, since that fateful day on Friday, September 13, 1996. I have tried, at times, and with great failure, to block you out of my head, to ignore the people who've asked me mad questions about you, about the circumstances of your death. I've been utterly frustrated, even, when it felt, during these past twenty years, like my life, in some ways, and for whatever reasons, is at least partially linked to yours. Maybe I should simply start at the beginning. When I first heard of you, it was when your debut album, "2Pacalypse Now," had just been released. We were still in what we now call the Golden Era of hip-hop, when an incredible and diverse range of rap music was being produced, it felt, every single month, from one new artist or another. At the time, groups like N.W.A an...
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Rapper Lupe Fiasco beats Street Fighter legend Daigo Umehara at his own game
Yahoo News - about 2 years
The unlikely opponents squared off in Street Fighter V, the latest entry in Capcom's iconic fighting game franchise.
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Lupe Fiasco announces tour, no Chicago dates
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco announced a 17-city tour set to begin next month that includes no Chicago dates. The "Thank You Tour" is slated to kick off Jan. 13 in Seattle and wrap up Feb. 13 in Indianapolis, the closest the rapper gets to his hometown. Lupe Fiasco, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco and...
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Lupe Fiasco says he will release 3 albums next year
Chicago Times - about 2 years
2016 is already shaping up to be a big year for Lupe Fiasco. The Chicago rapper tweeted this week that he is planning to release three albums next year. The first album is named "Drogas," he confirmed. The rapper, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco and raised on the West Side, released the "Tetsuo and Youth"...
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Don't Say Michael Jackson. "Don't Say You Love Me" is B. Howard's Hit
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It says enough that Beverly Hills pop artist Brandon "B." Howard has just released a single that's in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's dance song chart. But his history with the legendary Jackson family is too intriguing to leave it there. A speaking voice genuinely like Michael's invokes an eerie specter when trying to extract basic information, like how old he is. His whispery answer: "Timeless." So, looking for clues.... On December 13, the day after his release party for "Don't Say You Love Me" (DSYLM) at Berlin's hot Felix ClubRestaurant, B. Howard was agog over the presence of Hollywood types at his celebration. "It was freaking awesome. People from James Bond were there and all," he shared breathlessly. "I had a rocking release party last night." Along with his uncorrupted face and pubescent tenor, that kind of zeal over starry peripherals would put him at around 19. But it turns out he's been working as a record producer since 2003. A teenager he is not. More impor...
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Why Trump's Comments Undermine What It Means to Be an American
Huffington Post - about 2 years
When I was growing up in the Philadelphia area, every Muslim American I knew was African-American (either converts to Sunni Islam or adherents of the Nation of Islam, whose connection to mainstream Islam is controversial at best). Years later, as a reporter covering the post 9/11 backlash against Muslims, Arabs and other perceived outsiders, I saw firsthand what happened when a climate of fear became combustible with xenophobia. While Muslim Americans -- and other groups -- have for years contended with increased scrutiny and suspicion, at least in localized settings or from communities in which any non-white, non-Christian group is unwelcome, Donald Trump's comments earlier this week strike a much deeper, darker tone. They take us back to days when rampant xenophobia, systematic out-grouping, and outright hatred against any perceived outsider group had grave consequences for our society -- whether it was post-Reconstruction KKK terror attacks against blacks; discrimination again...
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American Terrorist
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"Now if a Muslim woman strapped with a bomb on a bus with the seconds running give you the jitters, just imagine an American-based Christian organization planning to poison water supplies to bring the second-coming quicker" - Lupe Fiasco, "American Terrorist," 2006. One of the great honors of my life was a chance meeting with a diminutive woman named Vera Harris in Montgomery, Alabama. The widow of Dr. Richard Harris, who was a leading black businessman and pharmacist in Montgomery, we met over a decade ago while I was a seminarian visiting the city. During the days of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, Dr. Harris' downtown pharmacy and lunch counter provided sanctuary to black passengers as they awaited pick up via a taxi system established by the Montgomery Improvement Association. In his book Stride Toward Freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recalled Dr. Harris simultaneously filling prescriptions and calling in rides for his patrons. The Harris family lives in a large, beautiful...
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Halloween Gathering: All follow Lupe Fiasco for All Hallow's Eve
Chicago Times - over 2 years
One of Chicago's most famous rappers will transform into one of the city's most famous buildings Saturday for Halloween festivities held downtown. Lupe Fiasco will don a Willis Tower costume to help lead a parade of 4,000 people through Grant Park as part of the inaugural Halloween Gathering spectacle....
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Lupe Fiasco Supports Businesses In Underserved Areas With Non-Profit
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is helping out inner city businesses in underserved communities with his new non-profit. On Monday, Fiasco announced via Twitter the start of a traveling non-profit that he's involved with called the Neighborhood Start Fund.  Learn more about Neighborhood Start START here --> http://t.co/M6Dz0NJuJT @thestartfund — Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) October 12, 2015 Fiasco and Di-Ann Eisnor, tech business leader and director of the GPS mobile app Waze, started the organization with the intention of targeting entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods who need help with funding their ideas. According to the organization's mission statement, it wants "to turn every neighborhood fund into a local micro-economic engine."    The non-profit will set up competitions in various areas around the country so it can help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into startups. The first event takes place in the neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn, New...
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Lupe Fiasco's art discussion at Soho House is back on
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Lupe Fiasco is ready to talk art.
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    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    Lupe Fiasco is an avid video game fan and likes to play the Street Fighter series of fighting games. He surprisingly won an exhibition match of Street Fighter V against professional player Daigo Umehara in 2016, defeating him 3-2 using Ken.
  • 2015
    Age 33
    In June 2015, Lupe Fiasco wrote an open letter about white supremacy. In 2006, Lupe was named one of GQ's Men of the Year along with being awarded one Grammy in 2008 along with 12 nominations.
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    His latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015.
  • 2013
    Age 31
    Do you really want that, do you really have the capacity to do it?'" In March 2013 Fiasco took to Twitter to announce that he had become the Creative Director at Higi, a scoring system based in the Chicago area that helps you to discover more about yourself so you can look, live and feel better.
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    Then on October 21, 2013, Fiasco revealed that Big K.R.I.T. and Rick Ross would also be featured on the album.
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    On October 14, 2013, Fiasco released the first supposed song from the album, "Old School Love", featuring singer Ed Sheeran.
    Then on October 3, 2013, Fiasco announced the Tetsuo & Youth Preview tour to take place between November 2 and December 15, 2013.
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    On August 24, 2013, Fiasco revealed the first song from Tetsuo & Youth, "Crack", featuring Chris Brown.
    On August 4, 2013 Lupe Fiasco revealed a new song would be released on September 11, titled "Peace of Paper/Cup of Jayzus".
    On February 10, 2013, on the red carpet for the Grammy Awards he announced his fifth studio album would be titled Tetsuo & Youth.
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    On January 20, 2013, he was removed from the stage by the security for refusing to move onto the next song after performing a 30-minute version of "Words I Never Said", which contains anti-Obama lyrics, in Washington D.C., during Obama's second presidential inauguration.
    He then said that he would release another studio album in 2013.
    On January 17, 2013 he canceled the plan for the release of the second part of the original double disk.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 30
    On 21 August it was announced "Battle Scars" would be included on Fiasco's fourth album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, and was released as the fourth single in the United States on 28 August 2012.
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    Prior to the album's release, he revealed that there would be no more mixtapes after "Friend Of The People: I Fight Evil" prior to Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, which was planned to be a double-disc with Part I set to release in fall 2012.
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    Lasers, however, was nominated Best Rap Album, with "The Show Goes On" nominated for Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    In another interview in June 2011 on the CBS program What's Trending, Fiasco discussed the political content of his music, stating, "My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America.
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    After a two-year delay, Lasers was released in March 2011 to mixed reviews; however, it became his first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    Additionally, On July 16, 2010, Fiasco released his rock side-project Japanese Cartoon's debut EP In The Jaws of the Lords of Death.
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    In April 2010, Fiasco formed the hip hop collective All City Chess Club along with Pharrell, Asher Roth, B.o.B, The Cool Kids, Charles Hamilton, Blu, Diggy Simmons, Wale, J.
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    At a performance in New Zealand in February 2010, Fiasco performed new material from the then-titled We Are Lasers for the first time.
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    In addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    In 2008, MTV named Fiasco the 7th Hottest MC in the Game and announced that he was remixing The Cool with French electro house act Justice.
    In 2008, Fiasco and his band 1500 or Nothin joined Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour which also featured Rihanna and N.E.R.D.
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  • 2007
    Age 25
    Moreover, in 2007 it was revealed that Fiasco, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams had formed a group called Child Rebel Soldier.
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    In 2007, Fiasco announced his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, a concept album that expands on the story of the track of the same name on his first album.
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    The single, and its accompanying music video, helped Fiasco get attention in the hip-hop community, and was later nominated for two 2007 Grammy Awards.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor was officially released on September 19, 2006.
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    In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations.
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    He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.
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  • 2004
    Age 22
    During this time, he recorded guest performances on Tha' Rayne's "Kiss Me" and "Didn't You Know" singles, and also on K Foxx's 2004 "This Life".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 14
    He began rapping his poems in the eighth grade, and upon hearing Nas' 1996 album, It Was Written, began to pursue hip hop.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 16, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois.
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