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Lupe Fiasco 1,551

AKA: Lupe

About Lupe Fiasco

The Chicago born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco first tasted success when he featured on Kanye West’s hit “Touch the Sky”, a track that shortly preceded his real breakout, his 2006 debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, and he never looked back. He has established himself as one of the greatest urban wordsmiths of all time, with Genius even dubbing him the ‘Proust of Rap’.

While he’s now regarded of one of the 21st Century’s Hip-Hop greats, he wasn’t always a fan of the genre, initially disliking it due to the prominence of vulgarity and misogyny within it (see “Hurt Me Soul”.) In his late teens he aspired to make it as a lyricist, and in his early twenty’s he met Jay Z who helped him sign with Atlantic Records in 2005. The following year he released his aforementioned debut, which was met with acclaim from fans and critics alike, as did his sophomore effort, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.

The following eight years of his career saw far less output than many would’ve anticipated, this attributed to his struggles with Atlantic Records. The executives wanted him to sign a 360 deal, however as he refused to do so they instead shelved his already completed 3rd album, Lasers, and they wouldn’t promote him as they had previously. The overseers at the label also interfered with his music (as they had tried to do with his fan-favorite track “Dumb it Down”), this subsequently effecting the quality and sound of his third and fourth albums.

However, when it came to his fifth album, Tetsuo & Youth, he made no compromises, despite them again refusing to release his album, wanting to record a radio-friendly single for marketability. He released a promotional single preceding the album, but he stuck to his guns and made the album he wanted to make — and we at Genius are so glad he did.

With his five album ordeal with Atlantic Records officially over as of Tetsuo & Youth, Lupe made two huge announcements: The The Cool 2 was indeed coming to life, and was to be expected in the Winter of 2017. Additionally, he was releasing 3 albums in 2016, their titles being DROGAS, SKULLS, and ROY. However, these dates never came true.