Was thinking about this exact same topic, earlier today. Lupe, was once, one of my favorite rappers, now he has degenerated into everything he was diametrically opposed to in 2005. Here is to hoping that, first and foremost, he finds inner peace but also returns to that “breath of fresh air” we all so dearly miss.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: http://blackmillennials.com/2015/01/08/the-curious-case-of-lupe-fiasco/
When rap mogul Jay Z called Lupe Fiasco “a breath of fresh air,” I couldn’t agree more. The year was 2006 when he released Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor. The transition of hip hop as a lyrical haven to a pop culture fixture, was well underway. Gone were the days when stellar rap music was measured by lyrical content and impassioned delivery. Now, the “best” rap songs were weighted on catchy beats and concise hooks and choruses, so as to be repeated easily. Rap was no longer a labor of love, it was a corporate chop-shop.
Lupe entered the mainstream as hip hop was changing from a lyrical exercise to a constant headbanger. At the time, I was proud of Lupe. As hip hop crippled with every Yung Something, Lupe stood strong. His spirit, bold. His content, deep. His musical prowess laid unchallenged in a wave of one-liners. The…
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