Lupe Fiasco

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Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, 16.2.1982)

Lupe Fiasco is an American, Grammy award winning rapper who rose to fame with the release of his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.

Lupe Fiasco: Childhood

Lupe Fiasco was born in Chicago and was raised in a large family; he was the fifth of nine siblings. Lupe's mother was a chef and his father was an African drummer and karate teacher.

Lupe began rapping whilst he was in the eighth grade. Although he was initially repelled by the violence of bands such as N.W.A. (whose records his father would play), Nas' It Was Written album soon schooled the young Lupe Fiasco in the ways of hip-hop.

The name Lupe Fiasco came from an extension of his mother's nickname for him, 'Lu', which was the last part of his first name. The 'Fiasco' part came from the song 'Firm Fiasco', by The Firm.

Lupe Fiasco: Musical Career

Lupe's first group was called Da Pak, who he joined at the age of 19. The group signed a deal with Epic Records but only released one single before splitting.

Lupe later signed a solo deal with Arista Records but was promptly dropped when the label experienced a major overhaul and the CEO L.A. Reid was fired. However, around this time, he did feature on singles by Tha' Rayne and K Fox. He turned down a deal with Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella label, having already started up his own label, 1st and 15th Entertainment. He later signed a deal with Atlantic Records, who are effectively the parent label of 1st & 15th.

Lupe built up an internet fan base by releasing a number of mixtapes. Mike Shinoda also featured Fiasco on his own mixtape entitled Fort Minor: We Major. Lupe Fiasco was then assisted by Jay Z in the production of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.

Following an appearance on Kanye West's 'Touch the Sky' from the album Late Registration, Fiasco released his own single, 'Kick, Push'. The album was finally released in September 2006 and featured production work from the Neptunes, Kanye West and Mike Shinoda, as well as Jay Z. The single 'Daydreamin'' also featured Jill Scott. The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Lupe Fiasco's second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool was released at the end of 2007 and the debut single, 'Superstar', was used in the HBO series, Hard Knocks.

Along with Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco formed the group Child Rebel Soldier. They released the track 'US Placers' with Thom Yorke from Radiohead on vocals.

In 2008, Lupe Fiasco joined Kanye West's 'Glow in the dark' tour, which also featured Rihanna and N.E.R.D.

Lupe Fiasco: Business Ventures

Lupe Fiasco is currently the CEO of his label, 1st and 15th Entertainment, following the arrest of his business partner Charles "Chilly" Patton.

Lupe has designed his own Reebok show, a white and grey model.

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Lupe Fiasco Breaks Bad, Rapper Accused of Stashing Drug Money

3rd September 2013 -

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15th August 2013 -

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15th March 2013 -

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Lupe Fiasco Obama Rant Sees Rapper Dragged From Stage

22nd January 2013 -

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Whilst it was all smiles at the White House of the Barack Obama inauguration, not everyone in Washington was sharing in the delight of the President being re-elected for a second term. Rapper Lupe Fiasco...

Rapper Removed from Stage After Lupe Fiasco Inauguration Rant

21st January 2013 -

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The Lupe Fiasco inauguration performance went out with a bang when he was removed from the stage having criticized President Obama.The headline performer at the pre-inauguration StartUp RockOn concert in Washingtop, Lupe Fiasco used the...

Lupe Fiasco Incident: Fiasco as Lupe Kicked Off Stage During Inauguration Performance

21st January 2013 -

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President Obama's inauguration is the official stepping stone for his continued term. For those who voted for him and believe in his policies it's an important day, for Lupe Fiasco, whose political views don't run...

Twitter Responds With Mirth As Tearful Chief Keef Sentenced To 60 Days

21st January 2013 -

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It looks as though playing the bad boy rapper has finally backfired on Chief Keef, who pleaded with a judge to go easy on him on Thursday last week (January 17, 2013), the Chicago Sun-Times...

Austere Barack Obama Inauguration Ready For Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor

21st January 2013 -

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It may be a star-studded line-up performing at the Barack Obama inauguration today at the White House in Washington DC – featuring Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor - but the event as a whole...

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12th December 2012 -

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The new Skylar Grey video of ‘C’mon Let Me Ride’ featuring Eminem is a crash course in a total lack of subtlety. “If you got a sweet tooth/ you can taste my watermelon,” she sings...

Who is Skylar Grey and Why is Eminem the Executive Producer of Her Debut Album?

31st October 2012 -

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David Beckham And Natasha Bedingfield Spotted On The Front Row At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Show

10th September 2012 -

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Photographers snap the famous faces on the front row of the Y-3 10th Anniversary Collection show for the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for Spring/ Summer 2013. Front seaters include popstar Natasha Bedingfield, rappers ASAP...

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers

14th March 2011 -

 Review

Operating in a genre in which hype and proclamations of self-genius are very much par for the course, the background to 'Lupe Fiasco's LASERS' (Love Always Shines Everytime: Remember to Smile) is interesting, perhaps moreso...

Lupe Fiasco - Paris Tokyo

22nd April 2008 -

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Lupe FiascoParis TokyoVideoLupe Fiasco releases a new single, Paris Tokyo on April 21st (physically) through Atlantic Records. Paris Tokyo is featured on Lupe's album The Cool. Lupe Fiasco trail-blazed his path to critical acclaim when...

Lupe Fiasco - Superstar

20th December 2007 -

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Lupe FiascoSuperstarVideo ‘Superstar’ is Chicago native Lupe Fiasco’s new single, due out on January 14th 2008. ‘Superstar’ is the first track from the imminent - Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool’, a largely conceptual tour-de-force, out...

Lupe Fiasco - I Gotcha

23rd November 2006 -

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Lupe Fiasco I Gotcha Video Lupe Fiasco is set to release his hot new Neptunes produced single 'I Gotcha' on November 27th through Atlantic Records. This will be the third track taken from his...

Lupe Fiasco, I Gotcha, Video Stream

12th September 2006 -

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Lupe Fiasco I Gotcha Video Stream Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Lupe Fiasco releases his new single; I Gotcha. The continued success of hip-hop depends on individuals who combine the streets with intelligence with strong radio...

Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin

31st August 2006 -

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Lupe Fiasco Daydreamin featuring Jill Scott, September 11th Video StreamPoised to be the next superstar of Hip-Hop - Chicago native Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) releases 'Daydreamin' on September 4th. This laid back...

Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push

1st June 2006 -

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Lupe FiascoKick PushVideoHailing from Chicago, Illinois, Lupe Fiasco is poised to be the next superstar of Hip-Hop and releases his debut single, 'Kick, Push' on June 19th. He shone brightly on Kanye West's 'Touch...

Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push

23rd May 2006 -

 Review

Lupe FiascoKick PushSingle ReviewAtlantic Uk Release 19th June – Released On Import Unusual for Def Jam to miss someone right under their nose. Lupe Fiasco featured on Kanye West's "Touch The Sky". But...

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Lupe Fiasco - Video Interview London 2008

11th April 2008

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Lupe Fiasco, Video Interview

27th June 2006

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Lupe Fiasco, Interview

22nd May 2006

Lupe Fiasco InterviewContactmusic.com talks to the rapper from Chicago that Jay-Z thinks is 'a breath...

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