Wasalu Jaco, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, Lupe
The Chicago born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco first tasted success when he featured on Kanye West’s hit “Touch the Sky”, a track that shortly preceded his real breakout, his 2006 debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, and he never looked back. He has established himself as one of the greatest urban wordsmiths of all time, with Genius even dubbing him the ‘Proust of Rap’.
While he’s now regarded of one of the 21st Century’s Hip-Hop greats, he wasn’t always a fan of the genre, initially disliking it due to the prominence of vulgarity and misogyny within it. In his late teens, he aspired to make it as a lyricist. In his early twenty’s, he met Jay-Z, who helped him sign with Atlantic Records in 2005. The following year, he released his debut album (Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor), which was met with acclaim from fans and critics alike, as did his sophomore effort, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.
The following eight years of his career saw far less output than many would’ve anticipated. This can be partly attributed to his struggles with Atlantic Records. The executives wanted him to sign a 360 deal; however, as he refused to do so they instead shelved his already completed 3rd album, Lasers, and wouldn’t promote him as they had previously. The overseers at the label also interfered with his music (as they had tried to do with his fan-favorite track “Dumb it Down”); subsequently effecting the quality and sound of his third and fourth albums.
DROGAS: The Story of an Album
Pharaoh Height 2/30
Tetsuo & Youth
Lost in the Atlantic
Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
Friend of the People: I Fight Evil
Enemy of the State: A Love Story
Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool
It Was Written...
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor (Advance/Pre-Release Leak)
Lupe the Jedi
Fahrenheit 1/15 Part III: A Rhyming Ape
Fahrenheit 1/15 Part II: Revenge of the Nerds
Fahrenheit 1/15: The Truth is Among Us
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