The Chicago native, who has been highly regarded and coveted by many top-level executives and industry insiders for the past three years, has remained relatively unknown in the public eye. Until now. With the release of his Atlantic Records debut, Lupe Fiasco is sure to take the entire music industry by storm.
Raised on Chicago’s West Side as the youngest boy of nine brothers, Lupe (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) is an eclectic soul with varied interests; something that was developed from the upbringing of both of his parents. Lupe’s parents made sure he was exposed to anything and everything that was in their environment, which he credits as a major influence as a person and as an artist.
“My father was a real prolific African drummer and can play anything from the Djiembe’s to the bagpipes. My mom is a gourmet chef that has traveled the world. We were always around different cultures. It is because of these artistic experiences [that] there are no limitations to what I talk about on my record.”
Many artists have albums that aim to reach a diverse audience, but Lupe is a living embodiment of the word. Lupe is a devout Muslim and a deep thinker who listens to jazz. But he’s also a young man who loves the ladies and likes to chill with his crew. The continued success of hip-hop depends on individuals who combine the streets with intelligence with strong radio airplay. And with Lupe Fiasco, rap has found another favorite son. “[When I retire], I want to step away on positive note.” says Lupe. “What you put out into the world comes back to you. You actually change the world with what you do. I want to put some good in the world.”
"Superstar" (featuring Matthew Santos)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Video Game Licensing
(p) 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.
Performed by Lupe Fiasco (w/Evidence of Dilated Peoples)
Decon Records (©2006)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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