Chi-Town hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) known for his extended metaphors, sociopolitical voice, and open denunciation of thug-culture has recently announced his retirement from the music scene for just after the scheduled September 25th release date of his new album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.
Fiasco initially stated on his album, “The Cool” back in late 2007 that his next and final album would be called LupEND; however, contract constraints from Atlantic Records delayed the Lupe desired outcome. One Grammy nominated album, and one ready-to-be-released album later, Lupe can finally retire.
In a statement Lupe released on his blog-site last week he wrote, “my heart is broken and I see no comfort further along this path, only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this.” He then went on to say he would return to his first true love – literature. That passion for language is evident when you listen to the vibrant imagery in “the cool,” the extended metaphors in “daydreamin’” or the general message in “Dumb it Down” where Lupe condemns the deliberate diminishment of intellectual content of language and ideas to appeal to a main-stream audience.
I for one am disappointed to see such a creative and talented lyricist leave the hip-hop medium so distraught by labels and the general creative oppression from the music industry. I believe as Allmusic editor Andy Kellman, that “if there is one MC whose rhymes should not be dulled for the sake of chasing pop trends it’s Lupe Fiasco.” Hopefully, his passion is strong enough to at least pull him back intermittently onto the music scene. Assalamu alaikum Lupe.