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October 17, 2006

The Rise and Fall of Lupe Fiasco

Seems like yesterday hopes were so high for Lupe Fiasco.. one of our own, an okayplayer poster blowing up in Kanye's video.. seemed like he was poised to become the latest savior of "real hip-hop" and leader of the "regular guy rapper" movement.. but those hopes have fizzled quite a bit, and the always sharp Swift Chancellor is asking why.

...My theory on Lupe is that after the MTV debut of the ‘Touch The Sky’ video his project was rushed. Not so much rushed by Atlantic (you know I don’t do record label hating) but rushed by the public. We wanted him. And we wanted him now. We wanted our savior. We wanted Kanye’s heir. Why? Because there hasn’t been a real star in our world since Black Star. There was Little Brother and we will get to them later. We needed a new leader and after one verse and a video we crowned Lupe.

But I am not sure we ever asked Lupe if he wanted the job or asked if he was ready to take it. So what happened was we pushed him into the spotlight too soon. The result was boring interviews and ill prepared stage shows. And just like that the Hip-Hop police tossed him aside and now await their next victim...

Posted by jsmooth995 at October 17, 2006 4:41 PM

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