Interview: Lupe Fiasco On Music Feeds, Sydney 2012

The prince of conscious hip hop and the king of cool, Lupe Fiasco, really doesn’t need too much of an introduction. The Kick Push hit maker caught up with Music Feeds in support of his highly anticipated album Food & Liquor II, out September 28 through Warner.

While chatting to the team, Lupe explains in some depth the climate and culture surrounding the release. From the album cover, which has been left purposefully blank, to the concept of sequels, Lupe explains that the release is not necessarily a sequel to Food & Liquor per-say, but rather just titled as such. The content of the album is also very conscious. As Lupe explains, the release focuses on all things American, both its highlights and also its shortcomings. Undeterred by those who will not understand the Great American Rap album (“some people will think it sucks” he even says himself) Lupe is determined to get the release out there that perfectly captures an audio snapshot of 21st century American life.

This includes exploring themes that Lupe himself questions, such as language and the use of the word ‘bitch’ and just how he goes about attacking the issue. He is never one to mince words.

As Lupe has explained, the character could be in the autumn of its years. Looking to the future for ideas and room for him to develop, Lupe mentions changing his name, starting something totally fresh. The rapper would have to be an honorary Aussie by now given the frequency of his visits. Lupe also explains just what it is about our little land that keeps pulling him back.

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