Katie Couric Interviews Lupe Fiasco

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Fighting Together.

Lupe sat with Katie Couric for Yahoo! News to discuss his “Mission” campaign. He also spoke on his Islamic faith, Obama comment, growing up in Chicago and more.

Afterwards, Katie, who lost her husband and sister to cancer, hits he studio to record the upcoming, “Re-Mission”.

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  • Davide Leroy

    Positive always is better than negative.

  • jsmooth

    Awesome. All around awesome.

  • b r z a

    this was so dope great post RR

  • Chronic

    I’ll say this though, chance is really the only rapper coming outta the chi that really is pure anti-gun. Lupe in his freestyle the other day name dropped chance after a line talking about how they need to give up guns, an then 4 bars later he’s talking bout shooting at people.

  • Dan Karlin

    I respect what Lupe is doing; don’t get me wrong, but there’s always this air of self-righteousness about him in interviews and even his later music (anything post-LASERS, really) that makes stuff like this come off as forced and disingenuous. It’s what happens when a guy tries too hard to be controversial. Take his performance at that Inauguration party where he performed the first verse of “Words I Never Said” for thirty minutes straight. It wasn’t provocative. It wasn’t controversial. Not really. It just looked like another psuedo-activist more concerned with publicity and his own “radical” image than the message he claimed to be preaching.

    • marty mcfly

      That has been said about every person who has ever had a message.

      • Dan Karlin

        There have been countless people in the public eye who have spread messages without coming off self-serving and holier than thou. I’m not saying he’s at a Wyclef-esque “Comes Out with a New Song after Every Tragedy” level, but there’s definitely an amount of self-interest in what he’s trying to do.

        • smoss44

          totally agree. lupe is confused

        • marty mcfly

          Name one that hasn’t come off as self serving? Just for saying anything with a point period is perceived as self serving.

          • Dan Karlin

            His first two albums were just as socially conscious without seeming that way. The Enemy of the State mixtape didn’t come off as such. I feel like something happened to him during the uphill battle that was getting Lasers released that gave him this idea, perhaps subconscious, that he was owed something. That’s around the time he adopted the more radical/militant/anti-establishment media persona; the same general outlook that seemed organic and genuine coming from Talib Kweli, Mos Def, etc. It feels forced coming from Lupe. “Words I Never Said” is the perfect example of paint-by-numbers, forced controversy. He does it for the attention, not the cause.

          • marty mcfly

            Yeah but people gave him that attention. So much so that people marched up to the label demanding that Lasers be released. Atlantic could said ok Lupe, your free to go and Lupe would went home and never rapped again. Its the people that keep telling him they want his music. I mean the first song on Lasers was about his depression and thoughts of suicide and there’s another song on the album saying the same thing. The first single was him venting about his own label and Words I Never Said was just dope period and those same people who wanted his music was mad once they got. I never heard Lupe force anything musically. All the shit he said sounded like he meant it so thats why he said it. Lupe wasn’t asking for attention, people kept giving it to him.

          • marty mcfly

            I mean you make it sound like Lupe is todays Ice Cube or Immortal Technique or something… He’s not, he just giving his opinion. I dont even agree with some of his opinions but they his though.

        • marty mcfly

          I think Lupe has been the best thus far at not seeming holier then thou.

        • marty mcfly

          My question is why is Lupe rapping with all these messages and other rappers are not. If you take many of Lupe’s messages, most recently about cancer? Why is it Lupe always putting a message in his singles and not all the other rappers? They never knew anything about cancer? How real does hip hop wanna be if outta all the thousands of issues out there, its always the same guy rapping about them outta all these rappers.

        • http://batman-news.com thetruth

          you said it perfectly. he was never like that when he just came out. basically he started feeling himself.

    • ilexx

      Honestly, maybe there is a bit of holier than thou sprinkled in there because he actually does try to do something with his music. I think its more that the dude is confident that he is doing something good and sometimes that can rub people the wrong way.

      Forget all that though, cause that entire argument is a distraction from what’s important, Lupe is at it again, pushing something positive, can we talk about that?

      Can we talk about the fact that whether u love Lupe, like him or don’t care for him, he is one of the only mainstream rappers pushing some positive shit, with lyrical ability and good music to back it. Let’s applaud this man…

    • M.A.T.

      On Food & Liquor and The Cool, Lupe would tell stories and through that he would convey a message. He allowed the listener to come up with their own conclusions. By doing that it wasn’t so direct, but he could lead the listener into a certain direction because he was the one telling the story. Now I feel as though he’s just beating us over the head with a hammer with his ideas.

      I’ve been a fan since Food & Liquor. As time has gone by he has made it harder to be a fan, because I don’t always agree with his political views. I respect him for having different views, but not when the music becomes more about him trying to convert people into believing what he does. Not only that, it just comes off as preachy and to me at its core, it becomes so much about the message that it ends up not even being a good song all together…

      • Dan Karlin

        Exactly. I want to hear Lupe directly preach at me in his music about as much as I want to hear Mormon missionaries try and convert me while I’m in line to get on an airplane.

  • Bruh Bruh

    this is positive and productive, regardless of opinions

  • Michael Ibbett

    He looks like a little girl.

  • Qaadiru Rashaad

    Great Interview…

  • pienman

    Mos definitely a lupe fiasco fan since day one & hav all his albums & mixtapes… what he is doin I greatly approve due to my own mother s fight with breast cancer & won! I lost my grandpa to lung cancer & muncle fought & won his fight against colon cancer…. there should be more ppl willing to fight & take a stance

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