- Full Name: Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
- Born: 2/16/1982
- Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
- Occupation: Rapper/Songwriter/Producer
- Marital Status: Single
Lupe Fiasco Net Worth History
Lupe Fiasco earned his net worth as a rapper, songwriter and record producer, as well as CEO of his own record label, 1st and 15th Entertainment.
About Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 16th, 1982. He was born into a tough neighborhood, and, by his account, was using a gun to protect himself and his family from drug dealers and gang bangers at the age of 9. After initially disliking hip hop because of its vulgarity and treatment of women, he saw that there was a different way to write and perform the music without these things.
He started to record music in his dad’s basement, using his current stage name, Lupe Fiasco. At the age of 19, he joined the short-lived group Da Pak. This brought him to the attention of rapper Jay-Z, who helped him land a recording contract with Atlantic Records. This allowed him to bring his political and social voice to rap, which is what he wanted.
In 2006, Fiasco released his debut album, Food & Liquor, featuring production assistant, from, among others, Jay-Z and Kanye West. The album received three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album. The next year, the song Daydreamin’, featuring Jill Scott, won the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative song. It also featured the skateboarding song Kick, Push.
In December, 2007, Fiasco released his second studio album, The Cool, and allowed him to see his first Billboard Hot 100 single, Superstar, which peaked at number 10. This album also featured his best-known song, Dumb it Down. In the song, Fiasco famously (or infamously, depending on your view), express his disaffection with the rap genre. His lyrics take rap to task for its focus on material wealth above all else and its disparagement of women. He also expresses how his peers encourage him to dumb his music down to appeal to a lower common denominator, and how he would sell more records if his music were more about cars and money and less about important issue.
Never one to rush his creative process, it took two years for Fiasco to release his third album, Lasers. Although received with mix reviews, Lasers reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 album chart. The album, featuring vocals by John Legend, among others, reached double platinum sales, selling over 200,000 copies.
In 2012, Fisco’s fourth album, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album with Pharrell. The album didn’t see the critical or financial success of his previous work.
In January of 2015, Fiasco’s most recent album, inspired by his childhood on the mean streets of Chicago, Tetsuo and Youth was released. Including vocals by Rick Ross and Ed Sheeran, the album was the first co-production between Atlantic Records and Fiasco’s own recording company, 1st and 15th (F & F) entertainment. The album’s return to Fiasco’s political and social roots took many in the rap community by surprise.
Although Fiasco hasn’t revealed the title or content of his next album, you know that he is hard and work producing something excellent that will, as his previous albums did, give us a new take on the genre.