Lupe Fiasco

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Legal name: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco

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Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (/ˈluːpeɪ/ LOO-pay), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Fiasco is the chief executive officer of 1st and 15th Entertainment.

Raised in Chicago, Fiasco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity and misogyny. After adopting the name Lupe Fiasco and recording songs in his father's basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations. He released his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single "Superstar" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. After a two-year delay, Lasers was released in March 2011 to mixed reviews, with lead single "The Show Goes On" peaking at number 9 on the chart. Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 was released in September 2012.

In addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fiasco is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in both interviews and his music.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Food & Liquor Lupe Fiasco 5 7
2007 Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool Lupe Fiasco 3 5
2011 Lasers Lupe Fiasco 5 4
2012 Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 Lupe Fiasco 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Enemy of the State: A Love Story Compilation Lupe Fiasco 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Friend of the People: I Fight Evil Mixtape/Street Lupe Fiasco 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Daydreamin' Lupe Fiasco 1
2007 Superstar Lupe Fiasco 1
2007 Superstar / Dumb It Down Lupe Fiasco 1
2010 I'm Beamin Lupe Fiasco 1
2010 Don't Look Down Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean 3 1
2010 The Show Goes On Lupe Fiasco 5 1
2011 This City Patrick Stump feat. Lupe Fiasco 1
2012 Vava Voom Bassnectar feat. Lupe Fiasco 1
2012 Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free) Lupe Fiasco 1
2012 B*tch Bad Lupe Fiasco 1
2012 Lamborghini Angels Lupe Fiasco 1
2012 Battle Scars Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian 1
2013 Old School Love Lupe Fiasco 2 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Daydreamin' Lupe Fiasco 1

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