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Lupe Fiasco

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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. ~ Andy Kellman
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Albums by
Lupe Fiasco

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    Pick Up the Phone

    16 songs

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    Tetsuo & Youth

    17 songs

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    Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

    18 songs

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    Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap

    12 songs

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    Lasers

    12 songs

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    Lasers

    20 songs

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    The Cool

    19 songs

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    The Cool

    16 songs

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    Food & Liquor

    16 songs

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    Food and Liquor

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    Adoration Of The Magi (feat. Crystal "Røvél" Torres)

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    Adoration Of The Magi (feat. Crystal "Røvél" Torres)

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    Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) [feat. Nikki Jean]

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    Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) [feat. Nikki Jean]

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    Deliver

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    Deliver

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    Pu$$y (feat. Billy Blue)

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    Pu$$y (feat. Billy Blue)

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    Remission (feat. Jennifer Hudson & Common)

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    Remission (feat. Jennifer Hudson & Common)

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    Next to It

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    Next to It

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    Mission

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    Mission

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Top Songs by
Lupe Fiasco

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  2.   The Show Goes On
  3.   Superstar
  4.   Kick, Push
  5.   Daydreamin'
  6.   Out of My Head
  7.   Old School Love
  8.   Battle Scars
  9.   Words I Never Said
  10.   Dumb It Down featuring Gemstones
  11.   The Cool
  12.   Adoration of the Magi
  13.   Madonna (And Other Mothers in the Hood)
  14.   The Instrumental
  15.   Bitch Bad
  16.   Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)
  17.   Paris, Tokyo
  18.   Lamborghini Angels
  19.   Till I Get There
  20.   I Don't Wanna Care Right Now
  21.   Superstar by Matthew Santos
  22.   Angels
  23.   Hip-Hop Saved My Life by Nikki Jean
  24.   The National Anthem
  25.   Deliver
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Lupe Fiasco

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    Hoodie Allen: I Am The DJ

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    Backpack Rap

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    Hip Hop Hits

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    Jay Z: DNA

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    Lil Wayne: DNA