The Lupe Fiasco Foundation focuses on youth development through several initiatives including The Little Man Project, The Youth Committee, Sensei Jaco Scholarship Fund and Off The Block. If you would like to volunteer, make a contribution or learn more about the Foundation, please contact Briahna Gatlin.
On March 10, just two days after the release of his third solo album, Lasers, Chicago native Lupe Fiasco launched another new project, a non-profit called The Lupe Fiasco Foundation.
I’M NOT THE TYPE THAT WRITES before I have music. I know some people that do that. When I’m creating something specifically for an album, I’ll sit down with the track and communicate with the music first. A lot of times, I write in the studio.
His third studio album, “Lasers” was released in 2011 after a long series of delays and setbacks. Production for the album took place between 2008 and 2010.
His second album, 2007’s “Lupe Fiasco's The Cool” spawned his first Top 10 hit single, "Superstar." The song was also certified platinum by the RIAA. The album features production from Soundtrakk, Unkle, Patrick Stump and Chris & Drop, among others. Guest appearances include Gemini, Snoop Dogg, and Matthew Santos. The album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and debuted at #1 on the Rap Albums chart. It has been certified gold by the RIAA. The album was nominated for four awards at the 2009 Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album.
In 2007, Fiasco also formed a supergroup with Kanye West and Pharrell known as CRS; their track "Us Placers" samples a Thom Yorke song. In 2008, all three artists appeared on West's Glow in the Dark tour. Though he's revealed he plans to retire from hip-hop young in several interviews, Fiasco is reportedly working on a third album, tentatively titled LupEnd.
Lupe Fiasco energized hip-hop when his highly anticipated 2006 debut Food & Liquor was leaked online before shooting into the Top 10 of Billboard's album charts upon its release. Critics hailed the rapper as the savior of the genre on the strength of tracks like the skateboard anthem "Kick, Push" and his mellow, Grammy-winning duet with soul/jazz singer Jill Scott on "Daydreamin'."
He has a passion for skateboarding, which he discusses in his song "Kick Push". This was the first single from his debut album, 'Food & Liquor'.
However, when he heard Nas' 1996 album, "It Was Written", Fiasco was dumbstruck and instantly attracted to the art of rapping. At 19 years old he had formed a rapping group called Da Pak that were signed by Epic Records and released a single. Unfortunately, the group split up just after they were about to begin but fortunately for Fiasco who chose to go solo after that.
Born in a Muslim family on February 17, 1982, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco aka Lupe Fiasco was the fifth child out of nine siblings. His father is an engineer as well as an apt drummer while his mother is a gourmet chef. Little Fiasco was raised in Westside of Chicago and pursued his education at Illinois' Thornton Township High School. Rapping had gone into his head while he was still very young, but gangsta rap was popular during the time that he was intimidated by the profane lyrics produced by the rappers at that time. Thus he gave up rapping as a career choice.