Known To His Parents As:
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
BornOn February 17, 1982
In Chicago, Illinois
- The youngest of 9 siblings
- Derived the 'Fiasco' part of his name from the song "Firm Fiasco"
- Influenced by Thelonius Monk as a child
Lupe Fiasco was exposed to so many different cultures as a child. His father was a prolific African drummer. His mom, a gourmet chef, traveled around the world, with Lupe in tow. Lu dabbled in rap in 8th grade, but he delved into hip-hop completely at 17, drawing largely from his influences: Crucial Conflict, Twista, Nas, and others.
In the formative years of his career, Lupe was passed around from one label to another. He initially found a home, along with his crew Da Pak, at Epic Records. The group was dismantled after their first single. What seemed like a fresh start at Roc-a-Fella didn't fall through, but Jay-Z continued to show his support in other ways. Arista later picked him up, but the search for a record deal continued shortly after Arista head L.A. Reid was relieved of his position. Former B.I.G. manager, Mark Pitts, would later help bring Lupe to his current home at Atlantic.
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor:
Lupe first showcased his lyrical acumen on Kanye West’s smash, "Touch The Sky." However, it was his own skateboard anthem, "Kick Push" that coasted him all the way to the hearts of hip-hop heads everywhere. His debut, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, was released on September 19, 2006. Jay-Z executive-produced the album, but it was issued on Lupe's label 1st & 15th and distributed through Atlantic.
A year later, Lupe followed his critically acclaimed debut with a conceptualized album dubbed Lupe Fiasco's The Cool. Again, his unique brand of imagery had fans and critics singing his praise.
Lupe Fiasco In His Own Words:
"When I retire, I want to step away on a positive note. What you put out into the world comes back to you. You actually change the world with what you do. I want to put some good in the world."