Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor

posted Tuesday September 19, 2006 at 10:00PM PDT | 18 comments

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So while Lupe Fiasco has become the quintessential next big thing, he will also suffer the same unfortunate fate that many others before him had to deal with... having to wait for people to digest how special this man's gift truly is

There comes
a time when a change is in need. Amongst a persistently stale Hip Hop scene
lies artists that want to "change the game" but aren't embodying what it takes
to be the change. Most end up trying to become their predecessors while others
masquerade as the next big thing without understanding that the next big thing
never needed to call his or herself that. Titles like those are bestowed upon
them by the public... Malcolm and Che didn't say they were revolutionaries,
they were revolutionary. In Hip Hop we have had artists like Tupac, Rakim, Biggie, Jay-Z and Nas who came in with something special that turned the game upside
down. By being themselves they elevated the stakes to parts unknown and forever
etched their name onto the stone tablets of Hip Hop. And then comes Wasulu Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe Fiasco isn't your typical emcee. The
Chi-town native doesn't look tough, doesn't sport crazy ice and won't be seen
popping bottles at your favorite club. Hell...the kid would rather admire his
shoe collection and action figures while playing a game of Tony Hawk rather than chill with his ice grilling entourage at the
club spitting pimp game at gold diggin video hoes. Some see him as a skater or
a "backpacker" but, alas, Lupe is a
straight up nerd. He wears glasses (not shades), skateboards and does
everything opposite of what your favorite rapper does. Now don't get the term
"nerd" confused with the likes of Kanye
West
and Pharrell. It can be
argued that Pharrell is too cool to
be a real nerd and Kanye is a nerd
trying to be a superstar. Lupe
embraces his nerd and that's what makes him different.

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