Lupe Fiasco is a rap artist who rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, "Food & Liquor."

The Chicago-based MC is without question one of the most compelling and creative artists of the modern era, offering a rare combination of complex, thought-provoking lyricism coupled with sure-fire beats.

With "Food & Liquor" and his second album "The Cool," Lupe Fiasco earned his reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, and make you laugh, all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations.

Lupe Fiasco burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push," a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Over breezy horn samples, Fiasco used skateboarding as a metaphor for overcoming struggles in life and love ("He said, 'I would marry you/But I'm engaged to these aerials and varials/And I don't think this board is strong enough to carry two'").

"Food & Liquor" exploded onto Billboard's Top Rap Album" chart at #1 upon its September 2006 release, while also entering the Billboard 200 at No. 8. The album spawned subsequent singles "I Gotcha" and "Daydreamin'," featuring Jill Scott. The multi-talented rapper soon proved to be the year's biggest hip-hop breakthrough, garnering a trio of Grammy Award nominations, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Solo Performance.

A year later in December 2007, "The Cool" reached even greater heights selling over 500,000 copies and spawning the top-ten hit "Superstar," featuring Matthew Santos. The album debuted on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart at #1.

In February 2008, Lupe took home his first-ever Grammy Award, scoring the Best Urban/Alternative Performance trophy for the smash single, "Daydreamin' (Feat. Jill Scott)."

It's been four years since "The Cool"—a long wait during which Fiasco squabbled with his label, endured some personal turmoil, and debated whether or not he even wanted to release another album.

"I kept asking, 'What's the point? What does all this lead up to?'" he recalls. Ultimately, he says, touring, meeting fans, and being able to do things for his family reminded him of why he wanted to make music in the first place. "You keep smiling, you keep looking for that happiness," says Fiasco.

During the downtime, Fiasco's dedicated fans grew restless. More than 32,000 signed a petition demanding that Atlantic Records release "Lasers," an effort that was covered by CNN and Rolling Stone, among others. Then, on October 15, 2010, several hundred gathered in front of the Atlantic offices in New York City to demand they release the album. The fans called the day "Fiasco Friday."

"That blew me away," says Fiasco, "that so many people would come from all over the country, miss school, miss work, put themselves on the line to do that. It really touched me."

When "Lasers" was finally released, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.


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Age: 36 years old
Birthday: February 17, 1981
Nickname: Lu
Full Name / Real Name: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

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