By Almas Akhtar, TMO
Wasalu Mohammed Jaco a.k.a Lupe Fiasco grew up in the south side of Chicago. He has a Muslim African American heritage.His parents separated when he was very young, he was close to both of them but he mostly spent time with his dad in Chicago. They were tight on money, he grew up among kids who were drug addicts and were in and out of jail all the time.
He started playing chess, joined the school drama club and started writing songs. His mother had a large collection of National Geographic Magazine and by reading those he learned about the world around him. His dad introduced him to the music of Freddie Mercury, Ravi Shankar and Ustaad Akbar Khan.
He attributes his faith as a strong influence in his life. He caught the eye of famous rapper Jay-Z who helped him release his first album â€œFood and Liquor,â€ which became a â€œskater anthemâ€ which is popular among skate boarding kids living in small villages, towns and large cities–Black or White, Rich or Poor! He was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for his first album. His second album â€œThe Coolâ€ was released in 2007. He released his third album â€œLasersâ€ in 2011.One of his singles â€œthe Show Goes Onâ€peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Chart. Lupe Fiasco has also ventured in the fashion Industry, launching two clothing lines. He also helped with relief efforts of Haitian People after the Haiti Earthquake of 2011.
â€œGâ€™s up with Muhammed and Jesusâ€
â€œIn the Quran they call him Issa â€œ
â€œDont think Osama and Saddam is our leaderâ€
â€œWe pray for peace ,but the drama intrigues us Allâ€
â€œso we fall for the illusion of the beastâ€
â€œso instead of tryâ€™in to teach we show our teethâ€
â€œSame God different beliefâ€