Lupe Fiasco

[INTERVIEW] Lupe Fiasco on Freedom

What does an American rapper have in common with a Burmese freedom fighter? A whole lot it seems

Lisa Bonner

by Lisa Bonner, June 28, 2012

Lupe Fiasco

shifts brought about by the people’s voices and those things weren’t voted for. Most of our changes today are brought about through technology, not by voting. 


EBONY: Do you seek to effectuate change through your music? Is music then, your medium?

LF: Yes, music is my medium, just by default because I have to talk about something. Once you exhaust the material things, you seek to learn, you talk about new things. I don’t do that consciously for people to “follow me” because I prefer critical thinking. I want people to ask questions, what am I agitating? What am I getting you to think about? I hope to get you to challenge your point of view, maybe gain a different point of view, just to think.

EBONY: Let’s talk about your new single, “Freedom Ain’t Free”, what’s your message there? What are you trying to get people to think about?

LF: I question the concept of freedom. Is freedom really “free”? You have to pay for everything; everything comes at some type of cost; are you just going from one form of subjugation to another?  As I said, I am just making statements. The song is a collage of different scenes through American history, and American pop culture. The struggles of Native Americans, the black community, the white community, the struggles of the far reaches of the U.S .empires.

EBONY: Lastly, tell me about the concept behind “Great American Rap Album, Part 1.”

LF: I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but is basically about my perspective of America and rapping. Just those two things: you will get songs about rapping and songs about America.

And with that, the celebration of freedom began.

Lisa Bonner is an Entertainment Attorney with officies in New York City. Follow Lisa on twitter @lisabonner

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