LUPE: “We Were Shooting TEC-9s When We Were Babies”

In an interview with writer Margeaux Watson in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco discusses everything from being “cool” to his supposed retirement. The Rap-Up recently pointed out an especially interesting quote, where Lupe explains why “the whole gangsta image” ain’t a thing to him:

EW: Did you get picked on a lot when you were a kid?
LF: When the gangbangers would try to pull it, I was like, “Yo, I will fuck you up. And if you wanna call your cousin, call him. I’ll call me! I’ll call me right now.” We were shooting TEC-9s when we were babies, so the whole gangsta image, that ain’t nothing. When I was growing up, there was a crack house next door to us and they were trying to expand. My father was like, Are you serious? He took his gun, walked next door, and said, “You’re done,” while I aimed my gun out of the window. I was 13 or 14 and to see that, a lot of the facade and the upkeep [of trying] to impress people was eliminated very early for me.

  • Trey Stone

    this guy is a clown. it’s not even about it being true, but what the fuck’s dude trying to prove? get over yourself

    • EReal

      Lupe Fagsco

      LOL @ We were shooting Tech 9s when we were babies. lmmfao.

      Shut the fuck up, in your first cd you said you wrote what you saw from your window, now all the sudden ur gangsta. ROFL.

      Which is it Lupe?

      Bol > Lupe Fi-Fag-Sco

    • Y’all Lame

      You haters can’t deal w/ the fact that Lupe is a real rapper and y’all listening to your fake ass Lil’ Wayne.

      Lupe >>>> Lil’ Wayne

      • EReal

        Who mentioned lil wayne?

        Oh, it was you!!

        Maybe you should hop off his dick eh?

        Madchild > Lupe

    • Hy Inf.

      Who else besides me heard and saw 100 interviews saying he was embarrassed his father listened to rap music and he wanted nothing to do with gangster this gangster and used to hide in the car when he drove around with his pops bumping rap music… Now he says he pops off? Sounds like a COMPLETE 180 from what he was saying.. months ago?? What. The. F – pardon mi español.

      –Hy Inf.

    • Emmanuel Buck

      Yeah Lupe is a real chump. I don’t beleive him. He is a fucken wanna be.

  • LUPE’S CARD PULLER

    YEAH RIGHT LUPE THATS WHY YOUR A 8TH DEGREE BLACK BELT CAUSE WHEN U WERE YOUNG U WERE FUCKIN NIGGAS UP HUH? YOU DIDN’T MIX IT UP WIT NO GANGSTAZ YOU WAS A SKATEBOARDIN LIL SCRUB WHO RUSHED OFF TO KARATE CLASS WHILE THE REAL NIGGAS WAS HANDLIN’ REAL DRAMA IN THE STREETS. THE SAD PART ABOUT IT IS EVEN THOUGH YOUR A SUPERBLACK BELT NIGGAZ STILL AINT SCARED OF YOU MAN. PUT DOWN THE TEC AND PICK BACK UP THE SKATEBOARD CHUMP!

    • mess

      No one can validate or refute what he says. Either believe it or don’t. Cuz the nerd image is one thing, but the other is the reality of where he grew up. I think ppl blowing this shit outta proportion. You know as much as me, about this guy. Very little. So just kill that bullshit bout this chump shit. Cuz these comments don’t get to him. He don’t even have enough time for his myspace shit, let alone all these bullshit comments. So why waste it on saying, “OHH THIS NIGGA A BITCH, ALL OF A SUDDEN HE POPS ROUNDS”

      Waste of time. Just put this interview to bed.

      • Different

        Word My Nigga!!!

  • BIZZLE

    LUPE’S A DUCK. SO I GUESS THIS NIGGA WAS DOING DRIVE-BY’S ON HIS SKATEBOARD TOO RIGHT? THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!

  • Rosco

    HAHAHAHHA u cant be serious….i like lupe but wtf is he talkin bout?

  • HAYTA

    so basically he’s bragging about it without bragging about it. cool.

  • laughin@u

    I believe it.thats why he is the way he is now.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    Coming Soon to a theater near you…Lupe Fiasco in Revenge Of The Nerds V: Buck 50 Soakin’ Wet Gangsters

  • QCFSmitty

    Yo Lupe Fiasco, is a very real man, not b.c he he did what he didi but b/c he stays true to himself in his music. He had one the top 5 ablums I think this year. Keep doing what you doing man we need that music in or lives it’s truly get’s me through my day. BIG UPP !!! TO LUPE

  • yo

    Wow listen to all you lames hate. it wouldnt have mattered who it was in the interview you herbs still would try and diss.. well have fun being internet thugs. Bol has taught you well. Come to the westside of the chi with all that rahrah.

  • moresickaMC

    You lames are ignorant. if you listen to his new great album The Cool u will know why he is talking about it. but yall are too dumb and want soulja boy

  • Caine

    ” Go get ur cousin, I’ll go get me!” – Now dats some funny shit…

  • og bobby j

    there is no doubt in my mind that i would stomp this little nigga out. He like a buck 60….lil dudes with a big complex.

    • sillyweighs

      NIGGA WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU???? Easy nigga, Size ain’t strength muh fucka. Stop with them bullshit threats. U ain’t the one aiming at necks. Shut the fuck up with that bullshit. All of a sudden everybody is fucking SCARFACE, DON CORLEON, CAPONE??? LOL LOL LOL LOL. See I can say that just like n e one else here. Why can’t someone else say the same bout you?? It’s not fucking hard to type now is it?? I’m just advising you, you’re not gonna see me and I’m not gonna see you. So let’s kill this bullshit about who’s a bigger fucking thug. Cuz it’s clear that if u have time for this shit. That you’d spend most of your day dropping comments, instead of doing half the shit u claim to be doing.

      Be Easy. U embarrassing urself on the real. In case u missed what I was saying, you wouldn’t do shit if u saw LU. You wouldn’t even say that shit to LU. So let me ask again WHo are You??? All I am saying is muh fucka, is even if u could fuck him up. WHY AREN’T YOU DOING THIS RIGHT NOW??? WHY ARE YOU ON THE INTERNET MAKING IT PUBLIC VIEW ABOUT WHAT U THINK U WOULD DO!! LOL LOL
      N e ways take it however u wanna. U juss a fucked up soul waiting to get old. Ppl can diss me, I can diss you. And the silly cycle continues. So the thing is, who is it that wins in the end?? Think bout that shit before running comments off onto a page for another man’s entertainment.

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    1. You didn’t threaten no REAL gangster with a gun and not get delt with later on.

    2. Your pops may have pulled a gun on some hypes but there’s noway you ran a D-Boy on the block if he was getting money there.

    So kick and push yo @$$ off a cliff with that nonsense.

    • Snakeyez

      1. He said Gangbangers which where I’m from basically describes a bunch of lil sissys scared afraid to fight by themselves which is why they joined a “gang”. Listen to the intro of American Gangster by Jay to understand the difference between a gangbanger and a Gangster.

      2.Everybody who sells dope ain’t a G. If you don’t know that you’re delusional.

      I personally believe him. I’ve been through and seen enough things in my day that I could rhyme gangsta rap, if I wanted to same for Lu coming up in Chicago, but it’s corny. He isn’t trying to say he’s Gangsta, he’s trying to say that getting into a few situations that may seem gangsta and those who you make see as gangsta aren’t always what they seem. He wasn’t bragging just trying to open a few eyes. That is what the concept of “The Cool” is to make that which is “cool” uncool. Remember Common is from Chi too and Gangs are a way of life. He used to be in a gang and people will say they remember the Lonnie that would fuck a nigga up in a minute, but he doesn’t revel in that. He wants to show his people different just like Lu. So internet thugs go get hugs and quit fakin it so hard cause you aint. 1.

  • http://www.freshfeature.com Fresh

    I would also like to see his lakeside property in Arizona.

  • Steady Aim

    I dig Lupe too,buy Ahh, that wasn’t the question. But I do believe the crack house story though. Just cause you skateboard don’t mean you can’t aim!

  • http://www.sp1200.net Mirked

    ROFL this nigga is a clown…i was thinking yesterday that i kinda liked this cats album…now he on the bottom again like weezy

    http://www.sp1200.net <–hiphop news & music

  • http://www.freshfeature.com Fresh

    I would also like to see his lakeside property in Arizona.
    http://www.freshfeature.com

  • http://www.myspace.com/moneyburnzofficialpage Money Burnz

    First off Lupe’s new album is the shit…one of my favorie albums of all time….as far as what he said in the interview, I dont know I wasnt there…could be true, could be false….but all u bitch ass niggas making internet threats are corny as hell…a bunch of haters…”yo I’ll stomp Lupe” “he aint gangsta” “he never licked shots”…..get a fuckin life…whats so ccol about being “gangsta”? ya’ll make me laugh…idiots….breathe….

    • Flymasta

      I 2ND ON THAT IF U WASN’T THERE U AIN’T GOT THE RIGHT 2 PATRONIZE LUPE IF U WASN’T LIVING AROUND

  • DTRIP

    too much hate on a real cat…he answered the question…people think that cause he makes hip hop music and not gangster rap that he is a suburban kid who hasn’t seen much…the question was pointed at him like he was a punk because he makes hip hop…believe it or not…your fuckin GREAT gangster rappers are soft for the most part…it’s all entertainment right??…that’s sad that just cause a cat wants to rise above all the bullshit of hoods that he gets hated on by a bunch of lames…it ain’t hard to act gangster…it’s hard to rise above all that negativity and be somebody…do ya thang loop…keep it cool…

  • mja

    im from the chi and he is over exxagerating it but he wasnt a skate boarder u idiots he did that song about a friend and it just happend to pick up lol hes not a skateboarder

  • cmn man!?

    dam this nigga tryin wild out wit dis “elimination of Gangsta” bullshit…duke need ta chill who he expects to believe this shit. Mad luv fo chi-niggas but this wackass makin look like business wus that easy to deal wit in chi-like all u need is a “Ill get me!” since wen did gangbangers listen to a single-buck nuttin nigga and do nuttin after!! chi-niggas needa step up tell this fool it dun work like that in tha hood!
    this aint no internet gangsta thing dummies is jus wen a nigga go releasin information like this on the internet is natural fo nexx mans to respond..

  • these posts are racist

    Chicago, stand up. Lupe, we have nothing but love and respect for you out here in Chicago. All the haters should concentrate all this energy and do something productive with their lives.

    Lupe Fiasco, greatest lyricst since Rakim.

    • Fire

      “Lupe Fiasco, greatest lyricst since Rakim.”
      ——————————————–
      Ha. Nas is the greatest since Rakim. Lupe, is that you?

      • these posts are racist

        What up Fire. This is one of those discussions, where there is no right or wrong answer. I honestly think Lupe is the greatest emcee since Rakim. He needs to switch things up and actually “dumb it down” to appeal to a broader pop base, but for real Hip Hop Heads, he’s the real deal.

        • Fire

          I know, I feel the same way about Nas. I liked Food and Liquor somewhat, but the singles I’ve heard from The Cool just aren’t my thing. I can understand what he’s saying, but there’s also a matter of being entertaining as well. KRS One in the early BDP years had that approach down perfectly. That’s just my two cents.

        • these posts are racist

          Are you not feeling the single “Superstar”? The song, lyrics, everything is just hot.

          I love Nas, and loved Illmatic (obviously) but since that first classic album, the dude hasn’t been the same.

        • clarknova

          I’m not sure who the greatest lyricist since Rakim is (NAs? Biggie? Ghost? Andre even? Hmmmm), but I AM sure it’s not Lupe. He’s got a long way to go before he’s even in the same league… Like having a classic record, or two, which he still doesn’t have. I think he’s very talented and someone to watch, but any crowning of him as the greatest of any kind is waaaay premature. Then again, I’m not from Chicago.

  • ANT AMAZING

    shooting tec-9′s as a baby huh ? lets be serious now Lupe… you guys don’t really believe this do you ?

  • sincere

    and this is what’s really funny…people think u r suppose to be hardcore and yapping…but on the real…people u least suspect r the ones who will really go hard at you….that’s how a lot of peeps end up losing their life…that quiet unsuspecting nigga is the one who’ll do the most damage….i really wonder if most of u r lonely computer nerds or if you’ve EVER stepped foot in a ‘hood….

  • $H@KIM @LL@H

    y’all niggaz need to stop wit tha e-thug threats. This nigga from westside chicago he from the gutta he probably had to do shit like that to protect himself. U niggaz act like he wuz tryna be gangsta, he wuz tryna protect himself & his fam from tha niggaz runnin tha dope house next door. Y’all ignorant niggaz is stupid, shit it might have been done in a reckless way but he tryna get rid of tha drugs and thugs from around him so peoplez not fuckin wit him there is nothin worng wit that!!!!

    • V

      Question is? Why would someone slanging give a fuck bout the people next door unless they was snitchin? Seriously, anyone who has ever hustled out the house, why show hate to the neighbors? You show love and make sure those fucks don’t call the po-po. And that’s it.

  • CiTyStArS

    yo believe me i did martial arts and i was brown belt 2nd degree so whoever said they could beat up lupe who is a 8th degree black belt is a idiot thats like goin in a ring with ufc niggas or fuckin mike tyson in his prime and u gotta remember his partna just went to jail for sellin heiron and he grew up on the south side of the chi for all we knew he couldve been a gangster common said he used to gangbang it aint no diffrent we didnt grow wit him so how we knoe at least hes sayin bein a gangsta aint cool

  • macman22

    45th Chicago 5th Ward for life south nigga

  • Cinsere

    LOL! I was really trying to be in this guy’s corner…but it’s becoming so hard to take him seriously.

  • Sugar N’ Herbs

    Most of you haters wouldn’t even undestand lupe’s album you dumbfucks. The Cool=Album of the year.

    How do you know he didn’t have to do that shit when he was younger. Motherfuckers assuming shit without evidence.

  • http://www.myspace.com/deandresurrellthegreat deandre surrell

    lupe aint no gangsta….hes reachin…hes tryn to hard

  • Greg 405904

    All the negative comments come from lame who listen to these no talent havin ass people like Plies and shit. Who they think is so real. Stop bein so fuckin ignorant. That’s why shit is the way it is now cause of mufuckas like yaw.

  • Datruth92803

    I dont know whats wrong with Lu this is my Dude For real but it just seems like he cant catch a break everytime he says something we gotta say something about it Lupe is the Rap Britney Spears from fiascogate to this shit to that Mess with him and Kanye’s dude that looks like he straight outta a Minstrel Show, Lupe was just stating that pumping all that Gangsta Shit aint where its at for him cause he done been there done all he could do with that and thats why He in the Lane he in Now

  • Kev Lomax

    Yo seriously, you never know what somebody has done or not unless you were there. But, if this dude is nice I have no fuckin idea what nice is. He aight at best.

    On some other shit tough…anybody who makes internet threats is pussy!

  • Real Talk

    First off, I believe the dude Lupe.

    It has nothing to do with Gangsta shit you dumbasses. Could yall idiots please stop pretending yall real hard shottaz and shit? It’s just really pathetic. Your on the internet. Nobody believes you. Real gangstas don’t geek it out on XXL.com about how gangsta they is or how much street knowledge they got. YOU ALL the clowns. Well at least some of yous anyway. HATERS.

    If yall know anything about the Black Panthers, Muslim(Nation of Islam, etc), and other movements over the last 40 years, you would know this type of thing actually did happen. I’m not endorsing these movements. Matter of fact, I think that some of these people were crazy unrealistic extremists while others were advocating a healthy dose of self improvement and self empowerment. I was just explaining that things like this actually DID HAPPEN and it coincides with the idelogy and everything that these movements had.

    Instead of wastin your time on hiphop websites, pretendin yall gangstas why don’t you all go outside and get a life or somethin wit your stupid asses? Read a fuckin book or somethin. Get a girlfriend, get a job, I don’t know. MAYBE YOU UNDERSTAND ME IF I TYPE IN ALL CAPS WIT YOUR DUMBASS. GET A LIFE.

    Lupe isn’t bragging about shit. If you actually go to the source of the information, you would see that XXL.com and Entertainment Weekly is the ones that selectively picking this part of the interview out about guns and drugs and hyping it hard. Because it makes good headlines and gets little stupid mothafuckaz like yall all excited and shit.

    • saywtf

      lol. yup well said well said. Sad yow, these niggas still gonna act like they know it all. LEt ‘e, bitch about it. This is what entertainment is about, watching stupid niggas or ignoramuses of any fucking ethnicity bitch bout something they can’t change. Just like a fucking vote for a new president in the US. Views and opinions don’t even matter it’s just way for people to get it off their chest. Let ‘em be they all stressed.

  • http://XXLMAG FRAN-KEY HOLLYWOOD

    chicago is a real life nightmare when it come to the projects,the city does’nt run poverty stricken areas,the gangsters do…ctas dont even know who BUSH is but they know who KING TUCK is…sleeping in bathtubs so you wont catch a stray,that ish is real people.COMMON&LUPE > TWISTA & KANYE

  • OG Cadillac $lim

    Yeah right!! C’mon Lupe I don’t believe you, you need more people! Lol

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    DTRIP says:

    a cat wants to rise above all the bullshit of hoods that he gets hated on by a bunch of lames…it ain’t hard to act gangster…it’s hard to rise above all that negativity and be somebody…do ya thang loop…keep it cool…

    ^^realest shit i heard from here in a long time (I kno because I been there)^^

    And the funny thing about it is, all these niggaz talking shit, are either

    1) juss a bunch of teens who think gangbanging iz cool

    2) Has no life, so they have to bland in the CROWD to get notice

    3) don’t kno shit about Hip-Hop

    They all need to eat a apple

  • http://THENUMBERTOO.WORDPRESS.COM THENUMBERTOO

    THE GANGSTA MENTALITY IS OVER AND HAS BEEN FOR DECADES. READING SOME OF THE IGNORANCE FROM ABOVE JUST WHERE PEOPLE STAND ON THE ISSUE OF WHAT’S “GANGSTA” AND WHAT’S NOT. REAL GANGSTAS ARE DEAD AND HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS. THE LAST REAL GANGSTA WAS TOOKIE, BAR NONE.

    A REAL GANGSTER GROWS UP TO BE A MAN, AND THEN MAKE THE DECISION TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR HIS AND HIS COMMUNITY. BLACKS SHIT ON EACH OTHER FOR REASONS I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. WHAT EXISTS TODAY ARE MORE OR LESS THUGS. YOU MAY GO OUT AND “REPRESENT” TYRANNY, BUT THE GANGSTER MENTALITY AT THE END OF THE DAY IS SOMETHING ONLY A REAL MAN CAN POSSESS. THE PRIMARY VISION OF A REAL GANG IS TO BE COMMUNITY DRIVEN, RESPONSIBLE AND JUST.

    TODAY’S GANGSTERS ARE NOTHING LIKE WHAT THAT VISION WAS AND WHAT GANGS WERE CREATED FOR.

    ROBBING, MURDER AND THE LIKE IS NOT WHAT THAT VISION WAS MADE TO BE.

    SO JUST BECAUSE THERE WAS A REBELLION IN LUPE’S YOUTH, DON’T THINK THAT HE WAS TRYING TO BE GANGSTA, HE CLEARLY STATED WHAT OTHER REAL GANGSTERS SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT.

    • understandplaya

      You speaking the truth man. Gangsta is not determined by a static association to violence with respect to being in a gang. And u broke that down quite simply. Sad to say that most ppl here aren’t concerned. They just want some bullshit to bitch about. Cuz they acting like they was next door to Lu. But w/e. I guess it’s all bout to each his own, huh??

  • Tha Carter

    I think people on here are stupid,first this is only a part of the interview, and if you know anything about Lupe when he first came he was on that gangsta shit and his pops was a black panther so his dad might have actually done that shut down the crack house shit. Lupe has a black belt, I know niggas right now that do that karate shit and will shoot the shit out you. They asked him about the shit from the past and like I said Lupe used to be on that gangsta shit I he most likely did have guns. West side of chicago I isn’t a very place to grow up.

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    shooting Tec-9′s since we were babies? I’ll admit, dat shit is a little too exaggerating(can’t spell it) tho

  • Trey Stone

    he’s not bragging about it, but he seems to have an annoying chip on his shoulder where he wants to prove something and separate himself from his backpacker fanbase. why does dude act surprised at who he gets compared to when that’s the type of music he makes?

    the more guy opens his mouth, the more i’m convinced he’s the biggest douche of the conscious rap set. he’s trying too hard.

  • The Sick One

    knowin Lupe he prolly meant sumthin else but wooow that jus went over my head so much..I mean alot of his lyrics do but in an interview it jus went waaaay over me..also peeps hatin on skateboarders n shit sayin they cant be g’s r str8 up jus stupid

    • mess

      agrreeed my friend. LOL!! it’s not about what you do, it’s bout what u will do when u have the will to do it. YEaa, a lot of people always missing his points. LOL we can only laugh at their ignorance, and hatred for somebody who basically saying he has seen gangstas run from opposing gunfire. Regardless of which ever soul holds one. Some ppl will never get that shit. Too caught up in thinking he’s a pussy. Unless u know Lupe in person, niggas got no validity to contend this shit. Point Blank

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  • Mac Sleepy

    Right!…. I know the city Is Hell, But he Over Exagerating, bout wut he did… I Still Fuk Wit Lupe though, he a dope artist.

    http://www.myspace.com/macsleepy66

  • A Real Florida Nigga

    You dumb bitches are always tryin to find a reason to talk shit about anyone. You don’t know if the shit is true unless you were there, but I bet if Lil Wayne or Young Jeezy said this same shit you would be hugin dey dick right now so just shut up and listen to the album. It might be hard for you bitches to grasp it, but it was the best album of 2007 and it came out 13 days before the year ended.

  • home of flukie

    Im from the chi and a 7 yr old will knock you head back if you aint careful. I know lupe and his pops r.i.p. and dude was a beast he was plugged wit them iraq niggas. Killed me when he showed me that rocket launcher but yall believe what yall want im just here to tell u shit real

  • JR

    some of yall corny Wayne lovin niggas need to actually listen to Lupe’s albums and stop talkin shit

  • Sincere

    and what’s really crazy with these internet cats…they probably believe JIGGA more than they do LUPE…and JIGGA already told you he was only entertaining you!…Dumb asses!

  • nino_black05

    I dont even think yall dudes understand what lup is tryna say! In noway is this nigga tryin to say he a gangbanger or gangsta! He from muthafuckin chi-town where the stones deciples lords 4 corner and alot of otha gangs originated from! In that type of environment you have to be bout yo shit or you gonna get ate fo lunch! In my opinion the nigga was sayin that while everyone glorifies fuck ass niggas like plies for bein “gangsta” he was the type of dude that handles his and doesnt need to fit into Americas fascination for “Gangstas” to be areal cat! Gangstas dont live that long yall muthaphuckas need to get a grip on reality and grow the fuck up man fo-real! We aint never gonna rise as a people like we should with all this ignorance and hate for eachother! Shit i’ll probably get hated on for this comment. Oh well fuck ya! Lupe keep doin you nigga!!

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    COP THE COOL THE FOOL!!!

    Lupe Fiasco is hot! He’s the greatest! He’s the new rap Jesus!!

    Buy that bullshiite album!! You’ll go to the promised land and get 42 virgins!!! And they’ll be white!!!

    Fuck this dude.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    The only thing Lupe ever shot is tequila.

  • Ali

    to those who don’t believe i got one question for ya…….how come u believe everybody else?

    thats right suckas lol shut ya mouth

    & whovever hatin on “The Cool” r u kiddin me? go kill yourself

  • Haters Suck Dick

    People need to stop hating, they don’t realize that Lupe was brought up in a military household. He was taught to shoot guns and he had them in his house.

    People need to get off his back, half the people talking shit now are the same kids who pussy out…

    Get off Lil Waynes dick, and stop trying to find shit on Lupe just cause he is the truth and people scared of it…

  • kossigan2000

    EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SHUT THE F*#! UP. Y’ALL GET A LIFE

  • KrazyK823

    YO Guadalupe!!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP YO FOR REAL!!!! He gets the Nigga Please Award for this monht, Jack Ass!!!!!

  • http://www.webcrawler.com what it do?

    lupe your a fuckin clown, who are u trying to bullshit. Your as soft as that kanye nigga you roll with

    • logicalthinking

      And I suppose ur gangsta?? u ppl are funny to me. I view these things just to laugh at your exponential ignorance. And trust me, u juss mad cuz he said something u ain’t picking up. He never said he ever was gangsta. But u do with u will with whatever measurement of an IQ u have. And w/e u do, do not reply to this telling me ur age, about ur job or where u graduated. Cuz none of that shit is wisdom, it’s just a process that more than few go through. So stop bitching bout history u can’t validate. Cuz u chose to reveal only how simple ur thought process is. And truthfully, I am already aware u don’t care bout my opinion. So try applying that same analysis back to your views as well. Then You’ll see tyhat everything you said was pointless.

  • Tony Champayne

    Yo! You niggas got it right and wrong…Trey Stone has the best point…but LF could have been doing double duty – skateboarding and popping off – I know because I created a ‘crime storm’ from 86-92 through ez access to guns, which altered many lives. Lives like Lupe could’ve been affected because I sold weapons to anybody and cheaply across the country. I realize now that I was ignorant, allowing myself to be used to create an artifical crime wave in certain states so that tough laws could be added to the law books to handle juveniles as adults. Just concider the drop in crime the past 14yrs., and the fact that there are more people in prisons which is the result of the laws passed in the 90′s that has led to more prison time / longer sentences…the lesson here is always think and even a young punk or ol’ clown can be packing ‘the heat like an oven door’ (Jay Z)

    Alwys seek peace, but plan for war!

    • wToReal

      much respect for the wisdom. It’s good to see someone with a sense of reality in the face of utter illusions.

  • Tony Champayne

    ???

  • deshon2004

    If you think about it..We all play characters. It’s all perception and we all try to keep this image. I’m from LA and the Game is a nobody, but other niggas think he hood. Lupe can be whoever he wants-thug,skater,nerd, rapper. It don’t pay our bills. Fuck that nigga personal life or anyone elses besides my niggas and family. And last, The Cool is dope album.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/starrscream vega Diamond

    hey just cause he doest live that style and glorify it doesnt mean that he didnt do it. that just means he prefers to not be that way.

    Just cause you handle a gun doesnt make you gangsta…..it just makes you a person wth a gun. Gangstas get caught, shot, and killed….. who really wants that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/starrscream Vega_diamond

    of course all of these so called gangstas up here have never been to Chicago….

  • ThatniggaSki

    THis shit is real talk, the hardest niggas in the CHi was affiliated with someone in a gang and espescially if you had pops who didnt give a fuck, muslims in the Chi aint never been afraid of shit dummies

  • Anon

    Son I grew up a block away from Lupe’s hood in the Chi and let me tell you I believe every word. Not cause its Lupe, but cuz everyone stayed strapped up, everyone watched they ass and everyone took care of their family. Gangster? Call it what you will, but we did it to protect ourselves and our loved ones. SO fuck ya’ll thinkin he frontin u obviously never been to a real hood.

  • Murdaville

    none of yall dum fucks knno anything about the nigga…so u sound stupid sayin hes a liar and he fake and all dat…..ur only reason 4 thinkin hes lying is cuz he didnt come out as a “gangster rapper”…so that means he aint just a real nigga? the definition of a real nigga is a nigga dont go lookin 4 trouble to show off but will do wat he needs 2 to protect himself his fam and close 1′s…so all yall dum fucks give the mans dick some breathing room….oh yea nd most of ur “gangsta rappers” never came close to poppin a gun

  • Mr.Wang

    I like Lupe alot but even I have to say….

    Nigga shut the fuck up.

    XXL ya’ll should put this on the Negro Please part of the magazine.

  • moresickaMC

    of course he didnt mean babies babies..(diapers and shit)….he prolly just meant like he shot guns frm wen he was a kid 8,9,10

  • moresickaMC

    these dudes commentin prolly think Jeezy is the most hardcore gangsta in America and Weezy is a real blood…lol.

    just coz he made a skateboardin song dont mean he didnt come up rough

    • Mr.Wang

      Jeezy real but the most hardcore gangsta in America?

      Like I said Jeezy a real nigga but that statement is most likely not true.

  • Real Talk

    So if rappers like Wayne and Baby go out there frontin hard about how they Pryos wearin Red flags in their videos (when they never did that shit in the past), nobody questions it. When did they “convert” to Bloods? 10+ years after they out of the streets livin in mansions from their hit videos? If 50 Cent and JayZ goes around and says they were big time crack dealers and gun runners when every one really knows they was nickel and dimin at best, nobody questions it.

    But if Lupe Fiasco briefly mentions in an interview an incident that occured in his child hood about his Black Panther Muslim father goin into a crack house wit a gun, all of a sudden he’s the BIGGEST FAKE in the world??!!! WHAT? WHY? Because he doesn’t fit into your cookie cutter vision of what a [fake] gangsta rapper should be? Some of yall is NOT in touch wit reality or somethin. Please get off your computer, throw away all your hood gangsta movies and Scarface, and go outside into the real world for once.

    If the dude wanted to fake bein a gangsta like all the other rappers yall listen to, than he would of been done it just to sell records and make money. And there is nothin wrong with gangsta rap. I’m bumpin the new Freeway right now dawg. But don’t go pointin at Lupe Fiasco and yellin “FAKE!” when all the gangsta rappers in your CD collection are NOT GANGSTERS. How can you not tell a story like that without coming off like your braggin? The dude said it as humble as possible. The shit was like that than I believe him. I got no reason not to.

    Why? If he wanted to exploit some gangsta image, he would of been done that. And again it is NOT Lupe Fiasco that is exploiting this story. It is Entertainment Weekly and XXL blowin this little part of the interview up. WHY? Because little dumb fake kids like some of yall eat this shit up.

    • mess

      I gotta fucking hand it to you. One of the few ppl saying real shit that’s makes sense. I can appreciate and at least learn that I ain’t the only observant one. Watching ppl praise fakers, and then question his fucking environment as if they knew it. And as if they fucking lived it. U made some real strong points, that I never even addressed just yet. Respect for the analogy. One

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do?

    again real talk.. Lupe is a fag

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  • beatz23

    if he was tryin to show off he would have been putting it in his songs like most of these so called “gangsta” rappers that yall love

  • dza

    this is hilarious

  • http://www.yahoo.com chicago

    Are you serious lupe im from your hood i know your bitchass. I aint tryin to front but we bot know you are lying nigga

  • RealTalk

    Yeah I know. Lupe must be a fag, what it do. What type of black rapper doesn’t dress hood like everyone and raps diverse topic matter and doesn’t falsely project himself to be an unrealisticly macho criminal figure? What a fag. He should do a song about snapping his fingers. Now that’s some hood shit right there. Snapping your fingers. He should just pretend being a gangster like everyone else so he can sell more records to fake ass little kids that like to pretend they’re tough.

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  • http://xxlmag.com NCingz

    lupe real he not tryin to be gagster cause if he was he would do it in his songs so sell more records not in a interview. he not fake like lil wayne talking bout he sell drugs wene he been rich since he was 16 years old. what kind of idot if guna sell drugs to make money and put your life in danger wene you are already rich. that’s why i respect lupe casue he real but nobody belive he real wayne fake but everyone belive he real. yall sum idots that is fake thats y yall like fake ass rapper and dont like real ones casue yall aint real

  • Datruth92803@yahoo.com

    I think the point was missed in this whole thing I said it early “Real Talk” said it all through this Lupe wasnt trying to be Hard or thugged out all he was saying was that This Gangster Persona that people have is nothing to Him because his Upbringing was STREET he elevated out of that and said the hell with it its easy for anyone to put the Hard core stories on front street for the general public to eat up and love him for it Like Say Jeezy or Wayne but that aint him so all that he fake this and that it aint even called for.. and for the record Im at my job writing this not home cutting class or none of that other shit dudes be doing on here pumping that Gangsta shit Im just giving my point of view and hope that some one out there with a bit of sense can agree on what it is Im saying or better yet what the orginal statment the Nigga Lu made was for

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