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Lupe Fiasco Paints A Colorful Mural With Words In An A Capella Verse (Video)

Lupe Fiasco is the kind of lyricist that many Hip-Hop Heads hold in high regard. Perhaps the Chicago, Illinois MC earned that trust and respect, given the creativity he injected into Rap music during the mid-2000s. Although Lu' achieved commercial pinnacles while experimenting with Pop, Rock, and other fusions in... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Still Refuses To Dumb It Down With A New LP That’s Deeper Than Rap (Video)

Lupe Fiasco released his DROGAS WAVE album on Friday (September 21). Due to leaks, the long-awaited project dropped a week earlier than intended. Already it is impressing quite a few of those that have encountered the 1st & 15th release. Featuring the likes of Damian Marley, Nikki Jean, Crystal Torres,... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Will Give Up All Senselessly Violent Music, TV, Film & Other Content In 2019

Lupe Fiasco is ready to sacrifice the consumption of music, television, film and more to an admirable degree. The Chicago MC is resolving to take a proactive role in expunging as much violent content from his diet, a seemingly impossible task in today's gratuitous climate. Taking to social media to... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Explains In Detail Why JAY-Z Is The Greatest MC Of All-Time

Yesterday (July 2), Lupe Fiasco decided to shed some light on the MCs that he believes are the greatest rappers in history—including a definitive opinion on #1 in that category. Online, the conversation began after a fan asked Lupe straight up who he believes the greatest ever is. The 1st... Read more

Rhymefest Rates Kanye’s Rhymes & Identifies The Beginning Of His Downfall (Video)

Che "Rhymefest" Smith and Kanye West had a bit of a public falling out recently. Well, actually, it was more like the two longtime friends and collaborators ending up at odds, with Kim Kardashian West in the middle. For those that may have missed or not followed, 'Fest had publicly... Read more

Lupe Fiasco vs. Kendrick Lamar: Why “Stealing” Is Not A Crime For Artists (Video)

Lupe Fiasco took umbrage with Marvel's upcoming Black Panther soundtrack on social media last week, arguing the cover artwork for the film's Kendrick Lamar and SZA-led soundtrack single, "All the Stars," bears a remarkable resemblance to the artwork for his forthcoming album Drogas Wave. Visual grievances aside, Lupe's and Kendrick's... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Says Kendrick Lamar Is Not A Top Tier Lyricist

In the eyes of many Hip-Hop fans, Chicago's Lupe Fiasco was an exciting addition to the music and culture during the mid-2000s. In his first two albums, a slew of mixtapes, and a la carte songs, the Chicago, Illinois native won over the masses and represented a new guard of... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Latest Video Looks At The Country’s Exports, For Better & Way Worse

In a week where the nation appears as divided as its been in ages, Lupee Fiasco releases a different kind of patriotism in "Made In The U.S.A." The Drogas Light single looks at the good and bad exports of the United States. "My Glock came from Smyrna, Georgia (bang, bang,... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Is Sick Of Hearing Wack Rappers Over Trap Beats. He Shows Them How To Do It (Video)

In February, Lupe Fiasco released DROGAS Light, his first album since 2015's Tetsuo & Youth. Despite talk of his retiring from Rap (including statements he made himself), it appears the Chicago, Illinois rapper has no such plans, at least in the immediate future. Shortly after the LP's release, Lupe performed the single... Read more

Lupe Raps That Kendrick, K.R.I.T. & More Embody Hip-Hop. But He’s Still The Heart (Audio)

On Thursday (March 30), Kendrick Lamar released "HUMBLE." The video single arrived just over one week before Dot's upcoming album, confirmed one week prior. In the song, the Compton, California MC spit "I'm so f***in' sick and tired of the Photoshop / Show me somethin' natural, like afro on Richard... Read more

Lupe Fiasco & Big K.R.I.T. Reconnect For A High Powered Message (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco is less than a month away from his sixth album, Drogas Light (February 10). That 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records LP has an interesting collaboration in the form of "Tranquillo." The song features Big K.R.I.T. as well as Rick Ross. In 2016, Lu' and Krizzle teamed up for Dee-1's... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Serves Up an Oral History of “Food & Liquor” 10 Years Later (Audio)

For Lupe Fiasco fans, September 19, 2006 marked the arrival of one of the best debut albums from an MC in the 21st century. With Food & Liquor, the Chicago, Illinois storyteller was extending a discography he'd launched a year prior with his Fahrenheit 1/15 Part I: The Truth Is... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. & Lupe Fiasco Join Dee-1 In The Fight Against Reckless Hip-Hop (Video)

In April, Dee-1 recruited Big K.R.I.T. and Lupe Fiasco for the remix to his song "Against Us." With lyrics like "I ain't in this game to prostitute my soul for dollar bills" and "What you rappin' about, killing folks? You don't see the times we in? You ain't real,” the... Read more

Lupe Fiasco, Big K.R.I.T. & Dee-1 Come Together To Be Real, Righteous & Relevant (Audio)

New Orleans, Louisiana MC Dee-1 has been grinding for years. Now backed by RCA Records, Dee has a knack for making music that knocks in the headphones and trunks, but still packs tremendous fodder for the mind. Fresh off of his club-tinged student loan-inspired "Sallie Mae Back" (a play on... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Flips SZA & Cuts Right to the Bone (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco is an artist who thinks ahead. Known for referencing projects way ahead of schedule, he's also known for frequently surprising fans with unannounced music, much like he did when releasing his Pharoah Height 2/3 mixtape for free last summer. His Wikipedia page lists four albums in his discography... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor vs. Common’s Like Water For Chocolate. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Made A Food & Liquor Sequel. Now He’s Making The Cool 2.

In 2012, Chicago, Illinois MC Lupe Fiasco released Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. The 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records release was an overt sequel to Lu's 2006 debut, both of which garnered critical praise. Now it seems that the veteran MC is following up another album from... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of August 2015 in 1 Playlist (Audio)

August 2015 was an incredibly complex month for Hip-Hop. On the one hand, it was filled with tragedy and will forever be remembered as the month when we lost the great Sean Price. On the other hand, the month also brought a new album from Method Man, the first album... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Surprises Fans With Free Mixtape, ‘Pharaoh Height 2/30’ (Mix)

Lupe Fiasco Heads rejoice...the Chicago MC has released a surprise free project and with it a nod to the fans who have been following him since 2006. Eleven years ago, he released a series of three mixtapes entitled Fahrenheit 1/15, the same year he released his Platinum-selling studio debut, Lupe... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Says Commercialism Has Ruined Hip-Hop, Not Ghostwriting

Over the course of the last several days, the topic of ghostwriting has entered the conversation about Hip-Hop in a very powerful way. As a trending topic across several social-media platforms (due largely to Meek Mill's public accusation of Drake, who he claims is a used a writer for the... Read more

Lupe Fiasco & Consequence Show Us How to Make Every Word Count (Video)

It's hard to believe that Queens MC Consequence has only released one solo album (2007's Don't Quit Your Day Job). Heads may remember him from as far back as '96, when he appeared on A Tribe Called Quest's Beats, Rhymes, Life. Nearly 20 years later, he remains respected, both lyrically... Read more

15 Amazing Hip-Hop Albums From 2015, So Far (Video)

2015 is not even at its halfway mark, and already has proven to arguably be even more exciting than last year. Seemingly, we are living in the era of surprise. Drake dropped If You're Reading This It's Too Late on a whim, Kendrick Lamar advanced the release of To Pimp... Read more

3,2,1…Lupe Fiasco & Consequence Start The Countdown (Audio)

With over 25 years combined in Hip-Hop, artists like Lupe Fiasco and Consequence are still out to make music that counts in 2015. This year alone has already graced Heads with Lupe's Windy City inspired album, Tetsuo & Youth, while the Queens-bred Consequence is still prepping the drop of his... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Combines A Strong Syncopated Flow With Signature Storytelling (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco's creative taps seemingly never run dry. This week, the 1st & 15th founder released "Something That I Never Had." The moment finds Lu' really waxing a fast, deeply syncopated flow as he tells a tale of relationships drifting. It's a lot to keep up with, but the moment... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Visual Is 9 Years Late, But Right On Time (Video)

Part of what made Lupe Fiasco's 2006 Food & Liquor debut such a captivating album was its insightfulness. Although never an official single, "Just Might Be Okay" was a grabbing album cut. The Gemstones-assisted (t/k/a Gemini) joint was an examination of where Lu' was at with his career in the... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of January 2015 in One Playlist (Audio)

The beginning of the year often brings a smorgasbord of new music, and this past January was no exception. Here's a playlist of some of the best tracks released, including music from Joey Bada$$, Lupe Fiasco, Action Bronson, Big Daddy Kane, Grand Puba, The Diplomats, Scarface, Eightball & MJG, Master... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Says He Will Never Do Interviews After This. It’s a Great One (Video)

Earlier this week Lupe Fiasco released his fifth (and reported final) album on Atlantic Records, Tetsuo & Youth, and has been making his media rounds to promote the album. In this interview on Sway In The Morning, he dropped a bomb saying that he will no longer be doing any... Read more

Lupe Fiasco “Delivers” On Late Night With Seth Meyers (Video)

Grammy Award winning artist Lupe Fiasco hit the stage for Seth Meyers' Late Night on NBC to perform his latest single, "Deliver," to a live studio audience. Lupe, who despite his waxing and waning relationship with Atlantic Records, was able to digitally release his long awaited album, Tetsuo & Youth,... Read more

Listen to Over 170 of the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2014 in One Playlist (Audio)

2014 was an incredibly diverse year for Hip-Hop, musically and thematically. Many of the sounds that have dominated airwaves and web streams remained, but something returned that had been missing from the culture for quite some time: the voice of the people. In a year that saw more unrest in... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Metaphors Extend With A Yoga-Inspired Message To The People (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth is slated to drop on January 20. With the day on its way, the 1st & 15th veteran star graced the new year, and new month, with some music. 'Lu, who is often praised for his ear for production sources, turned to hit-maker DJ Dahi... Read more

Here Are the Best Freestyles of 2014. Nothing. But. BARS (Video)

Contrary to popular belief, a freestyle does not have to be an "off the top" verse, at least according to Big Daddy Kane and Kool Moe Dee, if you take them as credible sources. Says Kool Moe Dee in his book, There's a God on the Mic: "There are two... Read more

Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean Make A Dedication To The Modern Madonnas (Audio)

Ten days from the Christmas holiday, Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean release a track that seems to examine the concept of Holy Mothers. Titled, "Madonna [And Other Mothers In The Hood]," this song uses lots of religious and spiritual imagery and lexicon, while chronicling a modern experience of how today's... Read more

Gemstones Is No Longer In Lupe Fiasco’s Shadow In Tells A Gripping Story (Video)

Between 2006's Food & Liquor and 2007's The Cool, Lupe Fiasco appeared to have one of the most exciting rosters for fledgling talent at 1st & 15th. Between Gemstones (originally as "Gemini") and Matthew Santos on vocals, and Soundtrakk plus Chris & Drop teased ears with unique, grabbing beats. Sadly,... Read more

Finding The GOAT: Lupe Fiasco vs. Royce Da 5’9″…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean Pay Tribute to Haile Selassie (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean pay tribute to Ethiopian leader and Rastafari hero, Haile Selassie. Check it out. Related: Lupe Fiasco is Feeling Lost In The Atlantic Ocean (Audio)... Read more

Lupe Fiasco is Feeling Lost In The Atlantic Ocean (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco is gearing up for a busy three months. The 1st & 15th veteran plans Lost In The Atlantic Ocean, the tongue-in-cheek titled effort alluding to how one of the few gold-selling artists on Atlantic is often treated less than the major's flagship, or quite differently than recent stars... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of August 2014 (Audio)

August was a banner month for Hip-Hop. Not only was there good music but several artists used their talents to speak out against the killing of Michael Brown and the events that transpired in Ferguson, MO. Though the Summer is fading, the heat generated from the music in August lingers.... Read more

The Week in Video Featured Killer Mike, Remy Ma, The Roots & D’Angelo, Redman & Kurupt, Your Old Droog & More (Video Playlist)

As the Summer winds down, compelling and entertaining videos keep coming. Last week brought new music videos from Redman & Kurupt, Lupe Fiasco, Fredro Starr, Rick Ross, Krazy Drayz (from Das Efx) & Smiff N Wessun, Astro and Remy Ma, freestyles from Stalley, Brianna, Troy Ave and Travi$ Scott, the... Read more

Lupe Fiasco, Common & Jennifer Hudson Honor Cancer Survivors (Video)

Hip-Hop is stepping up with its voice and power. Lupe Fiasco joins fellow Chicago Hip-Hop superstar Common and songstress Jennifer Hudson for "Remission." In conjunction with Stand Up 2 Cancer, the 3 have come together for a fundraising song. With The Notorious B.I.G and the late Poetic ("Grym Reaper" of... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Takes Aim at Materialism on Next To It (Video)

Lupe Fiasco is back with some more message music. On "Next to It" featuring Ty Dolla $ign, he puts a little perspective on materialism. He flips both sides of the coin pointing out that no matter how much you have there's always someone with more (a Benz is nothing when... Read more

Ab-Soul & Lupe Fiasco Set Their Sights On Global Domination (Audio)

Less than two weeks away from the release of his latest album These Days, Top Dawg Entertainment artist Ab-Soul drops yet another single, "World Runners" featuring soft vocals from Nikki Jean and competitive lyricism from Chicago artist Lupe Fiasco. Ab and Lupe are no stranger to one another, as the... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Confirms New Album; Talks Investment Strategies (Video)

Kendrick Lamar spoke with Revolt about a number of topics, including his new album (Dre is working on it), comments about him from Troy Ave and Lupe Fiasco, the good Dr. Dre's Apple/Beats transaction and more. In one of the most interesting exchanges, he discusses his investment strategies as he... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Freestyle Fearlessness Continues Alongside Tony Touch (Video)

Last week, Lupe Fiasco lit up Sway Up The Morning with a 100% free, freestyle. In that moment, Lu' was in the zone and combined humor, deep thought, and an unwavering flow. This week, Fiasco appeared on Tony Touch's Toca Radio on Shade 45, and also went off the dome.... Read more

This Week Brought a Mind-Blowing Freestyle from Lupe Fiasco, Deep Knowledge From Ab-Soul & More (Video)

This week, Lupe Fiasco delivered a freestyle that put him in Sway's top 10 of ALL-TIME. Ab-Soul decoded his Stigmata verse using strictly Jay Z lyrics. Pharoahe Monch flexed his surprisingly strong singing skills. M.O.P. blew out Summer Jam with The Roots. A$AP Mob rocked an off the dome cypher.... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Rocks A True Off The Dome Freestyle That Sway Says Makes His Top 10, Ever (Video)

Following his Sway In The Morning appearance this a.m. (June 4), Lupe Fiasco honored The Wake Up Show-tested tradition of kickin' a freestyle. Oh, and after that, Lupe reveals when his next album is coming too. Asking for a smooth beat, Lu' insisted he's off the dome, as he falls... Read more

Join Lupe Fiasco On A Mission To Fight Cancer (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco has been well known for his spirited involvement in humanitarian ideologies. For instance, his 2011 project, L.A.S.E.R.S., called for the "end of the glamorization of negativity in media" and for "the invisible walls that separate by wealth, race & class to be torn down." In a similar light,... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in March 2014 (Audio)

As we ease our way into April, here's a playlist of the best Hip-Hop to drop in March. You'll hear new music from Jay Z, Jay Electronica, Wu-Tang Clan, Crooked I, The Lox, Mobb Deep, Jon Connor, Devin the Dude, Big K.R.I.T., Nitty Scott, MC, Kendrick Lamar, YG, 50 Cent,... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Rocks Out With Ab-Soul On Thorns & Horns (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco and Ab-Soul have a few traits in common. One is a healthy distrust of secret societies, and another is a fearlessness in speaking their mind. In the title alone, Heads can gather that "Thorns & Horns" deals with d'evils of things. Both freak some linguistics, having fun with... Read more

Today It All Makes Sense: A Retrospective on the Chicago Hip-Hop Sound (Food For Thought)

Published by: Bandini “This the city of Chicago, the state of confusion The style I'm using is free or at least it would be if my mind was…” – Malik Yusef, “My City” (One Day It’ll All Make Sense) Since the 1990s, Common Sense has always been among my favorite... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Longs for the Late 80’s/Early 90’s in the Powerful and Visually Stunning Old School Love (Video)

Lupe Fiasco is back with a sentimental, thought-provoking and brilliantly executed new video. Old School Love is both reminiscent of a time when the sound waves in Hip-Hop were ruled by Melle Mel, Ice-T, LL Cool J and Kool Moe Dee, and also when Lupe's hometown Chicago was not known... Read more