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Lupe Fiasco - Hip-hop's next big thing?

Feature by Jack Foley

CHICAGO native Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) is poised to become the next superstar of hip-hop.

New single, Daydreamin’ drops on September 4 through Atlantic Records and will be followed by the highly-anticipated new album, Food & Liquor on September 18.

Daydreamin’Daydream In Blue that was originally performed by I Monster and it’s already being hailed as one of the hip-hop releases of the year by stations like Radio 1 and Kiss FM.

It follows Lupe’s debut single, Kick Push – an ode to the art of skateboarding – which charted inside the UK Top 30.

The album, Food & Liquor, finds hip-hop luminary Jay-Z as one of its executive producers – but its release was delayed after tracks from the set were leaked onto the Net.

“When my songs leaked, it caught me off guard. I had no idea just how far it would reach”, says Lupe.

Other beat-makers on the album include: Prolific, Soundtrakk, The Buchanan’s, Needles, and Bryce Wilson, while aside from Jill Scott, guests include Kanye West and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda (now also of Fort Minor).

“The title of my album reflects on me being Muslim and being from the streets,” explains Lupe. “In Chicago, instead having bodegas like in New York, the majority of the corner stores are called ‘Food and Liquors’.

“The store is where everything is at, whether it be the wine-o hanging by the store, or us as kids going back and forth to the store to buy something.

“The ‘Food’ is the good part and the ‘Liquors’ is the bad part. I try to balance out both parts of me.”

With Lupe Fiasco, rap appear to have found another favourite son.

“When I retire, I want to step away on positive note,” adds Lupe, clearly with an eye to the future. “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.”

From the sound of Daydreamin’, Lupe’s well on his way…

b>Watch and listen to Daydreamin’