Hailing from Chicago, IL, Lupe Fiasco is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and is chief the executive officer of 1st &15th Productions.
Lupe, inititially rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, “Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor”. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 and features production from The Neptunes, Kanye West, Mike Shinoda, Craig Kallman, Prolyfic, Needlz, Soundtrakk, and Brandon Howard. Jay-Z, Chill, and Fiasco himself are credited as the executive producers for the album.
The album received four Grammy nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. “Daydreamin'”, featuring Jill Scott, won Best Urban/Alternative Song at the 50th Grammy Awards. The album was digitally re-released on September 13, 2011 to mark its 5th anniversary; this version features four new tracks.
Fiasco’s second album, “Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool” was his first album to be given an RIAA certification, being certified Gold. “Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool” has also spurred his first top 10-charting single, “Superstar”. The song was also certified platinum by the RIAA.
Fiasco has made music with a number of artists including international artists, such as Kanye West (“Touch the Sky”), Snoop Dogg (“Hi-Definition”), Pharrell Williams (“I Gotcha”), Jay-Z (“Pressure”), DOUBLE, Joy Denalane and Dan the Automator. He has also made music with musicians outside of the hip-hop genre, with artists such as Blake Lewis.
To date, Lupe has released four studio albums, thirteen singles, and thirteen music videos on 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records. Lupe has also released several mixtapes.
In addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fiasco is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in both interviews and his music.