For Those of You Who Listen…Relevant Covers “The Incisive” Rapper Lupe Fiasco

Posted: May 23, 2011 in News
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The hip-hop star talks about his controversial new album, why he didn’t vote for President Obama and how his Muslim faith shapes him.

As a rapper, entrepreneur and social activist, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco—aka, Lupe Fiasco—has been challenging hip-hop paradigms since he arrived on the scene in 2007. The self-proclaimed “nerd” has seen his star rise with each consecutive release, lighting up the charts on “Touch the Sky” with Kanye West, “Kick, Push” (probably the only hip-hop anthem all about skateboarding) and “Superstar.” After a professionally and personally chaotic year, 2011 finally sees the arrival of his much delayed third release, Lasers—a backronym for “Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile.” Hook-laden and polished, Lasers is arguably the wordsmith’s boldest work to date—a set of socially progressive, politically incendiary rebel cries that come complete with a 14-point manifesto (WeAreNotLosers.com). And, if you’ve heard his lead single, “Words I Never Said,” you know Lupe Fiasco has a lot to say about more than just his music. RELEVANT recently sat down with the rapper to discuss his label troubles, his role as provocateur and his Muslim faith.

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