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Fun Facts About Lupe Fiasco

Fun Facts About Lupe Fiasco

June, 03, 2011 by: Tags: , , , , , 1 Comments

Lupe Fiasco, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, is one of Chicago’s several hip hop artists highly recognized in the music industry today. Many know him for his alternative twist to hip hop beats and his chart-topping albums, Food & Liquor and Lasers, his most recent album. However, there are quite a few things about Lupe’s childhood that strongly affected his career in which most people may not be aware of. For instance, one of his biggest hit singles, “Kick Push” from Food & Liquor, was based on his passion for skateboarding. Yes, he has a passion for skateboarding. He is, and has been, a devout Muslim who loves jazz music. In fact, before he ever started rapping, he used to strongly dislike hip hop and rap music because of its vulgarity. It wasn’t until when he first listened to Nas’ It Was Written that he began to rap and pursue hip hop. Later at age 19, he was a part of the rap group, Da Pak, but after only one single, they split, and Lupe further persevered his individual music career.

Lupe went through quite a few names — Little Lu, Lu the Underdog, Lu, Lupe – before he finally settled on his current stage name. He started out with “Lu”, which is the last syllable of his first name, Wasalu. It later changed to “Lupe”, which was basically an extension of “Lu”, borrowed from a high school friend. The “Fiasco” addition was inspired by The Firm, a hip hop group from New York City made up of Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature. On their album The Firm:  The Album, one of their songs titled “Firm Fiasco” inspired Lupe because it calmed him such that it was, more or less, a reminder to not get caught up in fiascos and be overwhelmed.

You know how rappers always have names like MC Terrorist—like they’re ‘terrorizing’ other rappers? I knew fiasco meant a great disaster or something like that, but I didn’t realize that the person named Fiasco would be the disaster, and that you should be calling other MCs fiascos — not yourself. I was moving real fast at the time, and it kind of humbled me in a sense. It taught me like, ‘Yo, stop rushing, or you’re going to have some fiascos.’ So I just kept it. It’s like a scar, I guess, a reminder to not over think or overrun anything ever again. – Lupe Fiasco, Biography Today.

Since then, he was known as Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe was born on the West Side of Chicago, but when he was 6 years old, he moved to Harvey, Illinois with his father after his parents had divorced the previous year. They lived next door to a crack house where there were drug dealers, prostitutes, killers, and gang-bangers who roamed the neighborhood. However, Lupe claims he was very well-educated in his home, and his father even taught him how to use guns to defend himself.

On the doorknob outside of our apartment, there was blood from some guy who got shot. But inside there were National Geographic magazines, encyclopedias, and a little library bookshelf situation. And we don’t have cable, so we didn’t have the luxury of having our brains washed by MTV. We watched public television — cooking shows, stuff like that. – Lupe Fiasco, Entertainment Weekly.

A few more facts about Lupe:

- One of his hit songs, “The Instrumental,” is on the soundtrack of Madden 2007.

- “Kick Push” is considered his biggest hit, and was featured on the soundtrack of NBA Live ’07.

- He started a radio station called FNF Radio, and it gets up to 6,000 listeners per night.

- Jay-Z worked with him and had a great impact on Lupe’s career.

- Lupe is culturally well-rounded:  his father is an African drummer, engineer, and karate teacher; and his mother is a gourmet chef.

- He is 1 out of 9 siblings.

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06.03.11

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