Lupe Fiasco to Chicago Grads: “You have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world”

Lupe Fiasco recently spoke to a group of black high school graduates at the Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood ceremony in Chicago.

And he didn’t wasted  their time with a flowery speech.

Instead, he called the Chicago Public School systems one of the worst in the world; and implored the young men to focus less on the achievement of graduating, and more on their futures and transition into manhood.

D.L. Hughley Attacks Lupe Fiasco for Not Voting; Lupe Responds

In response to comedian D.L. Hughley’s indignation over the fact that he doesn’t vote, rapper Lupe Fiasco has issued a challenge:

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco used Twitter to respond to comments made by comedian D.L. Hughley over Lupe’s reluctance to participate in the upcoming presidential election. He attempted to reason and explain why President Obama needs key factors bigger than the Hip Hop community to achieve re-election.


“Obama need swing states and white people not radical rappers kissing his ass to win this election..,’ he tweeted September 17th.

Are We Reading Too Much into “Bitch Bad”?

Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” has been the topic of conversation all around the internet this week. Lauders and critics alike are leading conversations about the song which takes on the misogynistic trend in hip hop of reducing women to vulgar names and sexual objects. The rapper has stated that he released the song for the sole purpose of sparking a conversation around the term “bitch” and the role that music and music videos play in determining the interpretation and consequent performance of the word.


Lupe Fiasco Premieres ‘B*tch Bad” Music Video

Lupe Fiasco recently premiered a music video for his much talked about track “Bitch Bad.”

The video – rife with stark, symbolic imagery – perfectly underscores the track’s examination of  the impact of our cultural obsession with “positive” and “negative” uses of the word bitch.

Speaking with MTVNews, Lupe explained that his goal with “Bitch Bad” was simply to spark much needed conversation.

Lupe Fiasco’s Releases New Single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” Angers Pete Rock

DJ, producer, and overall hip-hop legend is not happy with skateboard king and critical darling, Lupe Fiasco’s new single, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).” The song samples Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” Arguably one of the best 5 songs of the genre, the dirge was composed in the aftermath of the tragic death of Troy “Trouble T Roy” Dixon, a dancer in Heavy D. and The Boyz. The song is incredibly personal to Pete Rock, and he  took to Twitter last night to make it  known that he was unhappy with Fiasco:

The Hood on Four Wheels

Since when has skateboarding become a standard by which we judge black masculinity? Prior to Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams, you would not see skate culture—promotion of local skate shops, perfection of kick flips and ollies, etc.—in music videos. Back then, the culture had an explicit expression whether it was Mr. “Skateboard P” himself or Lupe’s “Kick, Push” video—featuring a series of images of Chicago’s skate spots.


Conscious Hip Hop Still Here

More often than not, we get the occasional talk show hosts and news correspondents ignoring the uplifting advocacy of Hip Hop and it irks me. If they would stop copying their competition for silly gossip, they would probably recognize the tone Hip Hop is taking, especially today. Artist, it seems, are very concerned with the heavy amount antagonism that comes with the bare minimum of success. Getting over these obstacles moves such artists as Lupe Fiasco and Jay-Z to retell their stories. What these stories do however is create a network that supports the lives of their audiences. Let’s take a look at a few songs.

Ahem! The Obamanation

Aaron McGruder called it. His controversial comic/tv show, Boondocks, clowned the Obama-mania, that seems to be so resilient, back in 2009. Blocked by the historical moment that Obama represents, intellectuals and celebrities have to hush their discontent concerning President Obama—it’s an Obamanation! Excuse me I meant abomination! I’m still recovering. Damn the fool that drew up this contract that waives the duty to criticize. One of Chicago’s native sons dropped a new album this past Tuesday, and if nothing else makes it a classic let it be his honesty.  “Limbaugh is a racists, Glen Beck is a racist/Gaza Strip was getting burned, Obama didn’t say sh#t/That’s why I aint vote for him, next one either/” (Words I Never Said, by Lupe Fiasco). The imperative for Blacks to keep quiet brings serious consequences for the sensible soul; even the Redeye  predicts the alienation of Lupe by “hip-hop colleagues.”


There’s nothing wrong with “[sparring] verbally,” such as the situation between Lupe and Rhymefest after Lupe’s first “public dig” at Obama, when it produces valid accusations (read the original post and then word search “Rhymefest” within the message board). Both artists hashed out an elevated verbal spar, which is more preferable than blind allegiance. Distaste for Obama’s policies should be welcomed because it keeps Obama’s conscience renewed.