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Lupe Fiasco

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco

Genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Lupe Fiasco

Biography

Chicago-based MC Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) began rapping in junior high school and joined a group called da Pak several years later. The group signed to Epic, released one single, and split up, all before Fiasco reached the age of 20. Thanks in part to the vocal support of Jay-Z, L.A. Reid signed Fiasco as a solo artist to Arista, but before anything of significance was able to happen (only a promo single and a couple guest appearances were set up), Reid was fired, leaving the MC without a label. Fiasco eventually landed at Atlantic. Preceded by the single "Kick, Push," as well as several mixtapes and an appearance on Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the album Food & Liquor was set to surface during early 2006, though an unfinished version leaked during the spring, pushing its official release back to September instead. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 and earned the cerebral rapper three Grammy nominations; "Daydreamin'" (featuring Jill Scott) won the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. A highly conceptualized follow-up, The Cool, was released in December 2007. Gold sales certification and four additional Grammy nominations followed.. Despite his track record, Fiasco met a number of obstacles on the way to the release of his third album, Lasers. The process culminated in a petition signed by over 30,000 followers who demanded that Atlantic release the long-delayed album, which was followed by a fan protest outside the label's New York City offices. Lasers, finally issued by Atlantic in March 2011, topped three charts: the Billboard 200, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and Hot Rap Albums. It was propelled by "The Show Must Go On" (which barely scratched the upper half of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, but went Top Ten on the Hot 100) and "Out of My Head" (number 40 Hot 100; number 11 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop). Work on the MC's fourth album, cumbersomely titled Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, began while Lasers was in pre-release limbo. Its development and September 2012 birth was relatively uncomplicated, though Fiasco — never one to evade controversy — received some backlash for "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" (for its bold use of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's 1992 classic "They Reminisce Over You [T.R.O.Y.]") and "Bitch Bad" (criticized so firmly by Spin magazine that it prompted Fiasco to call for a boycott of the publication). In 2015 he released Tetsuo & Youth, an album that featured songs inspired by Lupe's upbringing in Chicago.

Top Albums


1. Tetsuo &..
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
2. Lasers
Lasers (Deluxe Version), Lupe Fiasco
3. Lasers (Delu..
Lupe Fiasco's the Cool (Deluxe Version), Lupe Fiasco
4. Lupe Fiasco'..
Lupe Fiasco's the Cool, Lupe Fiasco
5. Lupe Fiasco'..
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 (Deluxe Version), Lupe Fiasco
6. Food & L..
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco
7. Lupe Fiasco'..
Lasers (Deluxe Version), Lupe Fiasco
8. Lasers (Delu..
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco
9. Food & L..
Tetsuo & Youth, Lupe Fiasco
10. Tetsuo &..
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
11. Lasers
Lupe Fiasco's the Cool (Deluxe Version), Lupe Fiasco
12. Lupe Fiasco'..
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (5th Anniversary Edition), Lupe Fiasco
13. Lupe Fiasco'..
Lupe Fiasco's the Cool, Lupe Fiasco
14. Lupe Fiasco'..
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco
15. Lupe Fiasco'..
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco
16. Food & L..
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (5th Anniversary Edition), Lupe Fiasco
17. Lupe Fiasco'..
Linger (feat. Lupe Fiasco) - Single, Guy Sebastian
18. Linger (feat..
Pu$$y (feat. Billy Blue) - Single, Lupe Fiasco
19. Pu$$y (feat...
Pu$$y (feat. Billy Blue) - Single, Lupe Fiasco
20. Pu$$y (feat...

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Battle ScarsFood & Liquor II: The G..4:09$1.29
2.
DeliverTetsuo & Youth3:52$1.29
3.
Show Goes OnLasers3:56$1.29
4.
MuralTetsuo & Youth8:48$1.29
5.
Prisoner 1 & 2 (feat. Ayesha Jac..Tetsuo & Youth8:36$1.29
6.
Blur My Hands (feat. Guy Sebastian)Tetsuo & Youth5:27$1.29
7.
They.Resurrect.Over.New. (feat. Ab-S..Tetsuo & Youth5:38$1.29
8.
Dots & LinesTetsuo & Youth6:32$1.29
9.
Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos)Lupe Fiasco's the Cool ..4:50$1.29
10.
Body of Work (feat. Troi & Terra..Tetsuo & Youth5:53$1.29
11.
Chopper (feat. Billy Blue, Buk of Ps..Tetsuo & Youth9:32$1.29
12.
Show Goes OnLasers (Deluxe Version)4:00$1.29
13.
Little Death (feat. Nikki Jean)Tetsuo & Youth4:29$1.29
14.
Adoration of the Magi (feat. Crystal..Tetsuo & Youth5:06$1.29
15.
Old School Love (feat. Ed Sheeran)Old School Love (feat. Ed S..4:33$1.29
16.
Kick, PushLupe Fiasco's Food &..4:15$1.29
17.
Daydreamin' (feat. Jill Scott)Lupe Fiasco's Food &..3:55$1.29
18.
No Scratches (feat. Nikki Jean)Tetsuo & Youth4:22$1.29
19.
Out of My Head (feat. Trey Songz)Lasers3:24$1.29
20.
Madonna (And Other Mothers In the Ho..Tetsuo & Youth4:43$1.29
21.
Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Gre..Lasers (Deluxe Version)4:16$1.29
22.
Next To It (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)Next To It (feat. Ty Dolla ..3:47$1.29
23.
DeliverTetsuo & Youth3:52$1.29
24.
Battle ScarsFood & Liquor II: The G..4:09$1.29
25.
Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Gre..Lasers4:16$1.29

Top Music Videos

Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos), Lupe Fiasco
1. Superstar (fe...
The Show Goes On, Lupe Fiasco
2. The Show Goes...
Hip-Hop Saved My Life (feat. Nikki Jean), Lupe Fiasco
3. Hip-Hop Saved...
Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos), Lupe Fiasco
4. Superstar (fe...
Out of My Head (feat. Trey Songz), Lupe Fiasco
5. Out of My Hea...
Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos), Lupe Fiasco
6. Superstar (fe...
The Show Goes On, Lupe Fiasco
7. The Show Goes...
Kick Push, Lupe Fiasco
8. Kick Push
Dumb It Down, Lupe Fiasco
9. Dumb It Down
Battle Scars, Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian
10. Battle Scars
Tightrope (Wondamix) [Feat. B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco], Janelle MonĂ¡e
11. Tightrope (Wo...
Bitch Bad, Lupe Fiasco
12. Bitch Bad
Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey), Lupe Fiasco
13. Words I Never...
This City (feat. Lupe Fiasco), Patrick Stump
14. This City (fe...
I'm Beamin', Lupe Fiasco
15. I'm Beamin'
Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing In the Line for the Bathroom) [Remix], N.E.R.D, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Pusha T
16. Everyone Nose...
Daydreamin' (feat. Jill Scott), Lupe Fiasco
17. Daydreamin' (...
Bitch Bad, Lupe Fiasco
18. Bitch Bad
Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free), Lupe Fiasco
19. Around My Way...
I'm Beamin, Lupe Fiasco
20. I'm Beamin


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