Lupe Fiasco recently released the first single off his next project “Tetsuo & Youth“. The single, “Mission“, was inspired from Fiasco’s grandmother and her battle with cancer. Lupe recently spoke aboutthe single and the album on MSNBC’s “Newsnation”.
“My grandmother passed away from cancer, but it was very sudden,” Lupe said. “It wasn’t a drawn out kind of battle or fight. And that was a few years ago. And just recently I had a few friends and different people in my life, specifically a professor at Chicago State University named [Kwesi], Brother [Kwesi], who developed cancer last year. And his reaction to it was he was gonna fight it. And fight it in a very bold, aggressive, vigorous kind of manner. It was the first time I’d ever seen a close friend of mine battling with cancer. Battling a disease on that level. And the music that I make has to be relative to what I do or who I’m around or personal or what have you.”
Lupe went on to discuss why he took a step back from social/political commentary on “Tetsuo & Youth”.
“I won’t say abandoned. Just kinda took a break,” he said. “I guess, if that makes any sense. But just a powerful album. Trying to tell real stories. Like the same thing you see with ‘Mission.’ But at the same time too have some fun and then kinda push myself musically as well. So, there’s a few adventures we’re taking musically on that one.”
Full interview below: