In the past couple of years, [artist id="2017563"]Lupe Fiasco[/artist] has fought a few public battles — with his critics, his label and even a brief tiff with Pete Rock — but when the Chicago MC paid a visit to “RapFix Live” on Wednesday, some old hometown footage from MTV’s “My Block” brought him to tears. It was a stark reminder that sometimes reality and important issues get lost in the industry drama.
After watching 2006 footage of himself teaching “RapFix Live” host Sway Calloway to skateboard, and walking him through his old neighborhood in Chicago, Lupe become uncontrollably upset. The moment came about so suddenly that at first it was difficult to tell what had triggered the tears until Lupe explained that he was seeing “ghosts” in the video.
“It’s some of them dudes is dead,” Lupe told Sway as he tried to compose himself. “Chicago’s the murder capital. The dudes in that video are in prison, a couple of fed cases, and then there’s ghosts. You see people that, that ain’t there.”
After watching his younger self elaborate on the struggles of growing up on Chicago’s notorious West Side in the clip (“Ain’t no song that I can make, there’s no ‘We are the World’ that I’m gonna make that’s gonna unify and make all this better”), Lupe added that the situation had not improved six years later.
“Nothing’s changed,” he said. “Some of those kids ain’t gonna make it out of there. You feel so helpless. That was me, talking to me six years ago.”
The reality of the moment really hit fans, who chimed in on Twitter and in video comments to let Lupe know that they appreciated the “realness” of the moment.
The Lupe Fiasco interview on @MTVRapFix was so real…,” @ThisIsVarEZ wrote. “there needs to be a big change in black communities…question is…how?
“i feel @LupeFiasco 100% on what he said on@MTVRapFix thats some the realest sh– i ever heard in my life,” @HOA_Bossman wrote, while@kid_dubz , added, “damn that was real… made me tear up.”
“Seeing @LupeFiasco on @MTVRapFix having a real moment inspires me to keep on track to#SoMuchMore,” @tjay501 chimed in, and@LeGacieColeman added “@LupeFiasco@MTVRapFix! Was the most realist, honest, beautiful, heart-felt interview I have ever witnessed.#Food&LiquorII:TGARA in 62 Days .”
“Man @LupeFiasco hit my heart w his interview on@MTVrapfix @realsway. Im proud papa gave his life 2 get me out East NY,” @AngelOcean365 wrote.
Some viewers also shared their comments on the video’s page, writing, “Lupe i Shed Tears With You..My Brother,” “This goes to show Lupe Fiasco really really care about the —- he talks about in his music..” and “Brought me to tears….I wish this generation appreciated more conscious rap/rappers.”
Lupe’s fourth album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 is due in September.