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Lupe‘s never been a follower of the pact as a rapper. His first single was “Kick, Push” about skateboarding for Pete’s sake! Showing a moment of vulnerability on MTV’s “RapFix Live” in a hip-hop world that relies on hyper-masculinity is just another example of Lupe not being afraid to be his own man. During his interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway, the footage from his 2006 My Block special led to tears after seeing his friends in the video that are now deceased or incarcerated. “It’s some of them dudes is dead,” said Lupe. “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.”
Lupe is the one that made it out. Fast forward six years. Lupe’s on his fourth album Food & Liqour II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 set for a September release. Rewind to the My Block special he was a brand new rapper from the West Side of Chicago. “Some of those kids ain’t gonna make it out of there,” he said through sobs. “You feel so helpless.” But Lupe doesn’t want the tears or skateboard to fool anyone who may think those things make him soft. He reiterates that he is from the hood! And all his boys are killers, he said. Guys cry too, though. It has to be hard for him to think about how many of his friends he’s lost to senseless violence. Here’s a Kleenex, Lupe. There’s nothing wrong with a rapper shedding a few tears from time to time.