Lupe Fiasco Essay

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Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, also known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco is an American rapper. Born on February 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois Lupe is currently at the age of 26. As many people don’t know Lupe has been open about his Islamic faith. He has noted the importance of religion in his life stating: “Well, I was born Muslim, so Islam plays a part in my life and everything I do, to certain extent. I’m not like the poster boy for Islam… I still got flaws and stuff like that, so I don’t really wear that on my sleeve… I don’t go to clubs, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, you know like my whole – the whole groupie situation is shut down.” Born and raised on the Westside of Chicago Lupe is the fifth child on nine brothers and sisters. He has been rapping since the eighth grade, but was put off by the vulgarity and violent imagery of his father’s N.W.A. records. Lupe Fiasco is a rising star but with the albums that have been released and the one’s that haven’t been released yet by him shouldn’t be a surprise to the public to see him as an established icon within a couple of years. In a recent interview with Lupe I asked him what was an interesting project or project that he has done in the past and he said, “An interesting project that I have worked on in the past would be when my very first solo album Food & Liquor was released on September 19, 2006.” The main effect it had on his career was that when the album got released and a lot of people kept on buying it because they liked it and it made me want to create more music because my music is different than other rappers. People wonder who influences these rappers and singers, well for Lupe Fiasco Nas, Kanye West, Crucial Conflict, Spice 1, 8Ball & MJG and Jay-Z influenced him. Prominent hip hop mogul Jay-Z describes him as a “breath of fresh air” in a new hip-hop world characterized by mainstream pop and glamour, a sharp
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