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Lupe Fiasco

  • Catherine J. Ervin's picture
    says: (14 Dec '09)

    According to buy essay that Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (pronounced [?lu?pe?], LOO-pay), is an American recording artist, producer and CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his critically acclaimed debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. Prominent hip hop mogul Jay-Z describes him as a "breath of fresh air"—in a new hip hop world that is characterized by mainstream pop and glamor, he is a throwback to the lyricism-focused rap of the 1990s; critics have called him a "hip-hop Generation

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Catherine J. Ervin's picture
on December 14, 2009

According to buy essay that Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (pronounced [?lu?pe?], LOO-pay), is an American recording artist, producer and CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his critically acclaimed debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. Prominent hip hop mogul Jay-Z describes him as a "breath of fresh air"—in a new hip hop world that is characterized by mainstream pop and glamor, he is a throwback to the lyricism-focused rap of the 1990s; critics have called him a "hip-hop Generation Next vanguard."

1982–2005: Early life and career beginnings

Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 16, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois.Born of West African descent,he was one of nine children of Shirley, a gourmet chef, and Gregory, an engineer. His father, who was a member of the Black Panther Party, was a prolific African drummer, karate teacher and owner of karate schools and army surplus stores. Fiasco was raised Muslim on the West side of Chicago.At the age of three, Fiasco began taking martial arts classes.By age 10, he earned his first black belt. He attended Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois. He initially "hated" hip hop music for its use of vulgarity.He began rapping when he was in the eighth grade, and upon hearing Nas' 1996 album, It Was Written, began to pursue hip hop.

Growing up, Fiasco was given the nickname "Lu", the last part of his first name, by his mother. "Lupe" is an extension of this nickname, which he borrowed from a friend from high school. "Fiasco," he says, "came from the Firm album. They had the song, 'Firm Fiasco'. I just liked the way it looked on paper."

At age 19, Fiasco was in a group called Da Pak. They signed to Epic Records and released one single before splitting up.Fiasco later signed a solo deal with Arista Records, but was dropped when president and CEO L. A. Reid was fired. During this time, he had guest appearances on singles on Tha' Rayne's "Kiss Me" and "Didn't You Know" and also K Foxx's 2004 "This Life". He also released the song "Coulda Been" on a compilation of MTV's Advance Warning. In 2005, he was featured on Kanye West's single, "Touch the Sky".

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Lm_wfc's picture

lmao at expo
Blue Iruka's picture

Thx for copy and pasting this from Wikipedia
Skiptomylu's picture

Lupe is..................muslim? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
JCutie's picture

......yep
AWil's picture

ban!
Capt's picture

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Kat's picture

Thanks for clearing that up, I didn't even know who Lupe Fiasco was!