Rapper Lupe Fiasco fears Justin Bieber has been let off easy following his race row because so many of his famous friends are jumping to his defence. The troubled pop star has been under fire this week (beg02Jun14) after the leak of two videos, which showed him using the N-word as part of an offensive joke and singing about joining race hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
A number of stars have spoken out to support him, including rapper Mack Maine and Bieber's mentor Usher, who vowed to stand by the embattled singer, and Lupe Fiasco is convinced he is receiving special treatment because of his pop star status. The Superstar hitmaker even compares Bieber to former basketball team owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers following the leak of a tape on which he was heard making a number of racist comments.
Fiasco tells MTV.com, "Justin Bieber said it (so) it's cool, and people are already coming to his defence. I don't think anybody should be allowed to profit off racism. Donald Sterling made a billion dollars (when) he sold the team, and there was such an uproar about somebody who didn't use the N-word at all, but then you have somebody who made a very racist joke about it (Bieber) - I wonder if Justin Bieber's gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling? I don't think he will... It's an absurd thing - you get somebody who we 'like' who says it, and says it even more 'racist-ier' (sic) and we don't bat an eyelash (sic) at it."
However, one star who is sticking by the embattled 20 year old is rapper 50 Cent, who is adamant Bieber has "lost" himself after finding fame. He tells Britain's The Sun, "I don't think he's a racist. I don't think even he knows who he is at this point - he's so young. When you see people become huge stars real early, it's tough for them. You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin's still a baby and he's lost."
Rapper Lupe Fiasco has been named the music director for the U.S. Men's soccer team ahead of the squad's appearance at the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The "Superstar" hitmaker has been tapped by officials at the U.S. Soccer organisation to provide the soundtrack for the Men's National Team prior to the the much-anticipated sports showdown in June (14). Fiasco will create playlists and handle in-game music programming during the Send-Off Series, exhibition games prior to the official start of the World Cup.
He is also slated to perform on Fan Appreciation Day in New York on 30 May (14) and at an event in his native Chicago, Illinois on 16 June (14), prior to the men's match against Ghana. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off 12 June in Brazil.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco is set to try his hand at modelling on Thursday (10Apr14) when he hits the catwalk in Australia. The Superstar hitmaker is friends with Australian design duo Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty and has now agreed to appear in a fashion show for their line Song for the Mute during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney.
The hip-hop star admits he is nervous about his runway debut, but hopes his experience as a fashion show spectator will stand him in good stead.
He tells Australian newspaper the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "This is the first time I've walked in a fashion show. I don't know what to do but I have been to enough fashion shows - I'm just going to emulate the people I have seen: you know, laser eyes. Hopefully I don't fall and break a heel!"
Rising teen rapper Rondonumbanine has been charged with murder. The 17 year old, real name Clint Massey, appeared at Cook County Bond Court in Illinois on Sunday (09Mar14) in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old driver Javan Boyd on 22 February (14).
Massey was held on $2 million (£1.2 million) bail. He is accused of being one of two gunmen who opened fire on Boyd, who was shot seven times while sitting in his car on Chicago's South Princeton Avenue.
Massey, whose rapping videos regularly gain more than a million hits on YouTube.com, has recorded with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Lil Durk.
Lupe Fiasco stormed off stage during a show in Utah on Saturday (23Nov13) after a member of the crowd threw a tomato at the rapper. The star was performing at Salt Lake City's The Depot venue, but cut the concert short after a fan in the balcony area threw the fruit at the stage.
In a clip of the incident posted on YouTube.com, the rapper can be heard responding to the suspected offender, saying, "I'm gonna finish the show, but if there' more people like that I need them the f**k out of here." He then adds, "I know what she looks like, fat, white b***h. Find her."
According to editors at The Salt Lake Tribune, the star then asked the entire balcony area to be cleared, but after staff failed to persuade all the attendees to leave, Lupe walked off the stage.
Australian singer Guy Sebastian has credited The Butler for his newfound success in the U.S. The 31 year old scored a hit with his single Battle Tracks, a collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, after it was used as part the film's soundtrack, and it has since achieved platinum sales of more than one million.
The star is convinced the track's success is down to the exposure provided by the movie, telling Australia's Daily Telegraph, "I was sitting on my couch and The Butler came on and suddenly my song was playing... And I keep hearing it on radio over here. I'm used to hearing my songs on the radio in Australia but definitely not over here so it is really cool."
WENNIt's fair to say that Eminem must have had various Interscope record executives banging their heads on the table following his awkward appearance on ESPN's Saturday Night Football last weekend. Admitting that live TV freaks him out, the zoned-out rapper missed the ideal opportunity to whet the appetite for his upcoming eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and instead mumbled about how he couldn't wait for the whole campaign to be over. But compared to some artists, his overwhelming apathy sounded like a passionate hard sell. Here's a look at five who desperately need to work on their sales techniques. Lupe FiascoTaking a slightly less egomaniacal approach than his long-time friend Kanye West, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco admitted in an interview with Complex magazine that he felt completely neutral about the majority of the songs on 2011's Lasers because of the sneaky business deals behind them. However, most of his fans didn’t seem to mind about the lack of blood, sweat and tears and the record entered the Billboard charts straight in at number one with first-week sales of over 200,000 copies.Foxy BrownA mixtape street album designed with the intention of keeping Foxy Brown's name in the spotlight until the release of her still unreleased fourth album, Black Roses, Brooklyn Don Diva was compiled whilst the rapper was serving jail time for violating her probation. On hearing the album after her release, she revealed that she was 'riddled with grief' over the finished product and subsequently fired her manager, Chaz Williams.
Miley CyrusLong before she started grinding up against men old enough to be her father with only a bra, a pair of knickers and a foam finger covering her modesty, Miley Cyrus tried to separate herself from her squeaky-clean Disneyfied output with the admission that she doesn't actually enjoy listening to pop music herself. Despite name-checking him on "Party In The U.S.A.," she also revealed that she'd never even heard a Jay-Z song and that the track was only ever recorded as it fitted in with her clothing line.KRS-OneThe Koch Records label responsible for the Foxy Brown shambles also did the dirty on KRS-One in 2003 when they released his sixth album, Kristyles, without his permission. The rap veteran won a court injunction to stop its release but its half-finished collection of songs had already been shipped out to stores by that point, prompting him to describe the whole situation as "insane, egregious and devious."Noel GallagherNever one to bite his tongue, the less abrasive Gallagher brother tried to stifle all the hype surrounding Oasis' much-maligned third album, Be Here Now, several weeks before its 1997 release by describing the production as bland and several tracks as "f***ing s**t." Despite Liam's insistence that it's "a top record, man," Noel has continued to dismiss it ever since. (Ed. note: Noel is right.)
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Rapper Lupe Fiasco has been hit with a lawsuit accusing him of hiding millions of dollars for a drug lord to stop the crook's ex-wife claiming it. The star, real name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, is being sued by criminal kingpin Charles Patton's former partner Inita, who alleges he helped to move more than $9 million (£6 million) into various bank accounts during their divorce.
She claims the rapper's involvement prevented her from accessing the cash, but his lawyers tell TMZ.com the allegations are baseless and will be proved false at trial.
A representative for the star says, "There are no secret accounts and no illicit instructions."
Patton is currently serving a 44-year prison sentence for running a heroin empire.
Kendrick Lamar has defended his decision to brand himself the 'King of New York' in a new song after it prompted derision from hip-hop heavyweights Jay Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs. The rapper made the controversial statement on Big Sean's single Control, but it prompted a withering response from Combs on Twitter.com along with negative comments from Lupe Fiasco and Cassidy.
Now Lamar has spoken out to address the issue, insisting the lyric has been taken out of context.
He tells Los Angeles radio station Power 106, "I think it's a case of maybe I should dumb down my lyrics just a little bit... The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding, it's not actually about being the king of whatever coast, it's about leaving a mark as great as Biggie (Notorious B.I.G.), as great as Pac (Tupac Shakur)."
Lamar also insists he's happy to stoke up from friendly competition with his rival rappers, telling New York's Hot 97, "A lot of people think it's about talent, that's where they get it wrong. I'm saying I'm the most hungry. I respect the legends in the game, I respect the people that done it before me, the people that lost their lives over this. Because of what they laid down, I'm gonna try to go harder, breathe it and live it, that's the point of the whole verse."
Rapper Lupe Fiasco gave Illinois high school graduates another reason to smile on Saturday (29Jun13) after handing each of the students $100 (£64) to reward them for all their hard work. The Show Goes On hitmaker appeared at the 2013 Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood ceremony to congratulate the teens on their commitment to pursuing an education, even though the Chicago Public School System has one of the highest drop-out rates for African-American males.
Warning the crowd of graduates their difficult journey is far from over, the Chicago native said, "Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, sub-standard school systems in the entire world. You have just spent the last 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you."
But in a bid to raise their spirits, the music producer donated $100 to each of the 150 teens receiving their diploma, wishing them continued success in the future, according to AllHipHop.com.