Monday, August 29, 2016

Lupe Fiasco in The Source + 1st & 15th (Mixtape, 2006)


"...Three years ago, the 21-year-old Chi-town native lyrically mesmerized Jay-Z over the phone. The two have kept in touch ever since, meeting up to listen to each other's unreleased lab work. "The whole time, Jay was on the radio saying, 'Yo, Chi-town, I got one of your n!ggas from the West Side,' " says Fiasco, whose government name is Wafalu Muhammad Jaco. "We always had that relationship. But signing to the Roc, it just didn't pan out. The situation wasn't there." Still, thanks to Jay's statements, major labels like Bad Boy came calling. In the end, Artist's L.A. Reid snatched the young rhyme slayer through his production company 1st & 15th. "I just love his wordplay," says Jay-Z. "Everybody is stale right now, so he's refreshing to me." Fiasco's signing with Artists was his official introduction to the game, giving his whole fam at 1st & 15th the opportunity to get their movement jumping. Not only is Fiasco the production company's premier artist, he also works as president and co-owner while his manager, Chilly, is CEO.... Being a leader comes naturally to the rhyming Muslim. Lupe's been a black belt in several martial arts since his youth, and though he later succumbed to street life, he's given up the hustle for good. Today, he watches his fries get cold as he waits for two guest spots from Jay-Z." - The Source Magazine. You can save a copy of the article below...


Check out the Lupe's "Fahrenheit 1st & 15th" mixtape below...