Lupe Fiasco is an American rapper from Chicago. Over the years he has come to be admired for the high lyrical content of his music which most times addresses issues relating to gang violence, social injustice, and politics. One of his albums that greatly touched on these aspects was his seventh studio album, Drogas Wave which was released in September 2018. In addition to rapping, Lupe is a well-established entrepreneur with interests in the fashion world. Follow us as we reveal more facts about “The Show Goes On” rapper.
Lupe Fiasco’s Bio (Age)
Lupe Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on the 16th of February 1982 in Chicago, Illinois to his parent; Gregory and Shirley. Jaco and his 8 siblings grew up relatively poor living conditions in the Madison Terrace housing project. Jaco got his music side from his father, Gregory, who in addition to working as an operating plant engineer was a renowned drummer.
His parents divorced when he was 5 years old, after which Jaco who was raised as a Muslim would live with his mom. However, his father remained an active part of his life and he began living with him from the 6th grade in a gang-ridden neighborhood in Harvey, Illinois.
Also a karate grandmaster, Gregory exposed his son to karate classes from the time he was 3 years old and later taught him to handle a gun so he could defend himself from the gang members that plagued his neighborhood.
Jaco was encouraged by his parents to take academics seriously and he grew up reading encyclopedias and National Geographic magazines. He nurtured a passion for music from his early teens and began writing poems that he’d later turn into music. Though Lupe originally hated rap music for its use of vulgar words, he got inspiration to begin rapping after listening to the works of Nas.
Lupe Fiasco began making his own music from his father’s basement at the age of 18. Subsequently, he became part of a rap group Da Pak which was briefly signed to Epic Records. After the group split, he began working as a solo act and got a deal with Arista Records. He would be dropped from the label following the sack of L.A. Reid.
However, Fiasco had stayed on the label long enough to meet with Jay Z who became a great admirer of his work. Jay Z helped him get a deal with Atlantic Records and the rest is history.
Lupe Fiasco has made the bulk of his wealth from his music career both as a rapper and the executive of 1st and 15th Entertainment. Lupe has had a number of his songs go platinum most notably, “The Show Goes On” from his first number 1 album, Lasers. The single has since been certified double platinum and remains his best-selling song. His albums Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, and Lasers earned Gold certifications from the RIAA.
Apart from music, Lupe owns other business ventures like his fashion lines. He owns two fashion lines; Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly. He was once a sneakers designer for Reebok. His net worth has been estimated at $14 million.
As of this writing, Lupe Fiasco has never made it down the aisle with any woman. The topic of his love life is one that doesn’t come up frequently, and that is because the rapper, unlike most celebrities does nothing social media-wise to stir up talks about his romantic life.
This in no way implies that Fiasco is celibate. According to reports, the rapper has been in a relationship with the American model, Dani Evans since 2013. Dani Evans is best known as the winner of America’s Next Top Model 2006 Cycle 6. They have been spotted out occasionally at fashion and music events. However, the couple largely keeps their relationship low key.
Height and Other Facts
- Lupe Fiasco stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall.
- His name Lupe is simply the extension of the last two letters of his first name Wasalu. He then named himself Fiasco after “Firm Fiasco” by the hip-hop group, The Firm.
- Lupe Fiasco is an avid video gamer and skateboarder.
- During his high school days, Fiasco competed in academic decathlons.
- He has been in a long-running feud with Kid Cudi.