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Lupe Fiasco


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Chicago, United States (2005 – present)

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop artist and producer. He first became known to the mainstream hip-hop community in 2005 when he appeared on Kanye West’s album Late Registration on the track “Touch the Sky.” In 2006 Lupe released his debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor on Atlantic Records, and in December 2007 he released his second full length album, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. His next studio album, entitled Lasers, was released on March 8th 2011 after a protest against Atlantic’s decision not to release it.

The Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free) Songfacts reports that Fiasco’s first single off his fourth studio album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 debuted on May 21, 2012. On “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” he spits rhymes about aspects of modern American life he doesn’t like such as “Suicide bombers and prosperity gospels, emaciated models, with cocaine and blood pouring out their nostrils” as well as socio-political problems in Ghana and the invasion of Iraq.

Lupe has previously been on label Epic with his group Da Pak and then signed a solo deal with Arista. His years at Arista only led to the 2003 promo single “Pop Pop” as well as guest appearances on singles from Tha’ Rayne (2002’s “Kiss Me” and 2003’s “Didn’t You Know”) and K Fox (2003’s “This Life”), then Arista folded in 2004 and Lupe was signed to Atlantic Records.


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  • mohammadaqudah

    the album is meant to be experienced backwards.

    Yesterday 4:24pm Reply
  • mohammadaqudah

    please correct No Scratches Ft. Nikki Jean to No Scratches (feat. Nikki Jean)

    Yesterday 3:44pm Reply
  • mAAdkid

    the melody on dots and lines is so fucking dope

    25 Jan 10:52pm Reply
  • ohtheheart

    lupe ist back. very good album

    25 Jan 10:18pm Reply
  • GrimFaust

    Really enjoying Tetsuo & Youth so far, 7 songs in. I'll be surprised if this doesn't end up on my year-end list.

    25 Jan 4:00pm Reply
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  • R-Mac

    I'm loving Tetsuo! This is the opus that Lupe Fiasco should have made right after The Cool, and definitely feels like a very large progression from those albums. I'm loving the diverse instrumentation that seems heavily indie rock/folk influenced. Amazing, amazing stuff. early highlight: dots & lines.

    25 Jan 12:41am Reply
  • agentzerooo

    new album is fiya flames boi

    24 Jan 6:23pm Reply
  • niggasinparis

    Listen to T&Y in reverse order.

    24 Jan 5:40pm Reply
  • Ratt_Fink

    this new album is actually really good

    24 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • JanDaMac

    when will this fuckin dude be back on his f&l/ the cool shit... annoying. new lp is rather booooring.

    24 Jan 12:21pm Reply
  • 0a170

    no "crack" yet... but i'll wait until the end of time if i have to.

    24 Jan 7:23am Reply
  • ATLiens1

    Did not like the album nearly as much as anyone else. It's still a fine record, better than F&LII for sure, but just doesn't live up to my expectations of what everyone's making it out to be. Check out my full review in my sidebar and don't be afraid to add me as a friend!

    23 Jan 10:53pm Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    Lupe has returned. [2]

    23 Jan 6:46pm Reply
  • Roc_A_Fella

    Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) <3

    23 Jan 9:01am Reply
  • BuddieLove

    best project since F&L, not sure if better than The Cool... almost makes me like him again

    23 Jan 12:06am Reply
  • MidKnight98

    Pizza man don't come here no more

    22 Jan 5:35pm Reply
  • FuckingJens666

    "underground hip-hop" - "nearly 2 million listeners" this is very underground

    22 Jan 11:47am Reply
  • GunnarKMH

    Tetsuo & Youth is a fukin trip.... i kinda like it

    22 Jan 8:24am Reply
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