Wassup homeboys the name is Lu
Aned here with another insert rapper here-type thread. This time I'm going through my personal all-time favorite, Lupe Fiasco.
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Fiasco is the chief executive officer of 1st & 15th Entertainment.
Raised in Chicago, Jaco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity and misogyny. After adopting the name Lupe Fiasco and recording songs in his father's basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations. He released his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single "Superstar" became his first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. After a two-year delay, Lasers was released in March 2011 to mixed reviews; however, it became his first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. His latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015.
In addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fiasco is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in both interviews and his music.
TL;DR: Chi-town rapper with goat-tier lyrics and some mainstream success.
Discog: Studio Albums
Food And Liquor
F&L is Lupe's debut album released on his label 1st & 15th and Atlantic Records. Lupe uses the new kind of hip hop that Kanye paved the way for to get his messages of poverty, Islam, terrorism, racism, and individuality out into the world. Some fans say it's his best album, I think it's pretty good.
Probably Lupe's most acclaimed album, this follow-up to F&L is a concept based on the character from the song The Cool (as seen above). It follows details of the life, death, and rebirth of Michael Young History (told out of order), a gangster who grew up with nothing who finds himself unlocking the key to the Streets and the Game (both the streets and the game are personified as god-like beings). I could go into so much more depth on the story, but that would take up a whole separate post. This is also the album that got me, personally, into hip hop.
Lupe was going to release his "final" (a word that means nothing to Lu) album called LupE.N.D. as a triple album, but Atlantic was like "nah b u gotta fulfill ur contract fam" so Lu was like "h8 u but k" and so he postponed LupE.N.D. and started working on a project called The Great American Rap Album, but that was also postponed and he started working on Lasers. "Lasers" is a backronym for "Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile". Atlantic still was "ehh" on releasing it and it needed a protest to finally get out. It was his best selling album, but it wasn't very good. It had a couple good tracks, but most of them were too poppy for the Lupe-stans. Trust in Lu began to diminish.
Food And Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Part 1
Calling it part 1 kind of gives off the impression that there would be a part 2 following it, but after release, fans didn't really... like it that much i guess? I mean, most thought it was better than Lasers, but it's still not the Lu that they had hoped would come, the one from the first F&L and The Cool. There were a few more good tracks than what Lasers had but it still felt like something was missing from most of the tracks (I think Around My Way, Bitch Bad, Lamborghini Angels, Form Follows Function, and Hood Now are what save this album from being mediocre).
Tetsuo & Youth
Lupe's 6th studio album released in early 2015, often overshadowed in the mainstream by the success of TPAB by Kendrick being released at the same time. As he released singles for the album, fans started to realize that the Lu they knew and loved from his first two albums has returned, and he's arguably better than ever. During the feud between Lupe and Atlantic, Lupe started releasing songs for a mixtape titled Lost In The Atlantic (will evaluate in the mixtape section). Pressure on Atlantic was rising until they were tweeted at by Anonymous to release a date for T&Y or risk all of their private files being made... not private. The date was announced the next day. And it was worth it.
DROGAS Light is set to be a collection of songs that didn't make it into Tetsuo and Youth. Lupe's way of holding the fans over until DROGAS drops. From the singles it sounds aight so far (Best song=definitely Jump).
So I'mma clump together mixtape series in here.
The Fahrenheit 1/15 Series: Parts 1-3
This series of mixtapes was released before Lupe's debut album, meant to show off his flexibility and skills as a rapper. Part 2 is generally considered to be the best of the series, and is preferred by fans and critics alike. Part 3 is rapping all over beats from the Gorillaz's Demon Days, I like it but some people are kinda "eh" on it.
Friend of the People/Enemy of the State
I call these the "of the" mixtapes. These mixtapes were in the gap of Lupe's studio albums of The Cool -> Lasers. Many fans say that these tapes are the last we hear "old Lupe" before he crosses over to Lasers. I prefer FotP, but most like EotS better.
Lost In The Atlantic
For the record, this doesn't belong in the "of the" mixtapes because it's a "in the" mixtape, completely separate category. This tape is what I call "The greatest mixtape that never happened." Lupe was recording it when he was arguing with Atlantic about his contract with them and they wouldn't let him release Tetsuo & Youth. He put out 3 songs before he stopped, because Atlantic announced a release date for T&Y. Each song on here is still in my regular rotation.
Pharaoh Height 2/30
The title references the earliest mixtapes, Fahrenheit 1/15. This means it's kind of a return to the earliest Lu style. His last tape references his first. Except he's evolved now. This is my favorite Lupe tape. There's nothing but straight bars on here. I could listen to any of these tracks at any time and enjoy it. Schemes is particularly amazing.