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  • 26Feb

    Lupe Fiasco: More Than The Superficial

    From theage

    HOW did you start 2010? To say that the first month of this year was eventful for Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco would be a colossal understatement.

    Having leaked his excellent mixtape Enemy of the State: a Love Story at the end of last year, his first in four years, in January the 28-year-old Sunni Muslim joined a group of personalities (including actress Jessica Biel) to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the world’s lack of drinking water. He climbed all 5895 metres, he declares proudly.

    ”It actually changed my life,” he says. ”It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. At a certain point, the altitude medicine doesn’t work. It becomes more about your body. And then a spiritual and mental thing.”

    Lupe (Loop-ay) – real name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco – is difficult to pin down but, when finally on the phone, he proves articulate and candid. He speaks passionately about the fact 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water.

    ”They literally drink their water from pools on the side of the road they share with animals and use as toilets,” he says.

    ”You get to a certain point in your career and you wonder if you’re being arrogant or you are on the right path. This showed me I am on the right path with what I talk about. And now I have more to talk about.”

    The rapper returns to tour Australia this week at a strange time in his career. Having started making music at the age of 16, he earned his first http://www.brooklynbodega.com/wp-admin/post-new.phprecord deal, with Epic (Sony in Australia) at 19, before moving to Arista (BMG) and, finally, his home today, Atlantic (Warner).

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