“When the gangbangers would try to pull it, I was like, ‘Yo, I will f**k 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.”

(Lupe talks to Entertainment Weekly)

Why???? What exactly is he trying to prove by tell Entertainment Weekly this?

Categories: Lupe Fiasco

18 replies »

  1. As much as I like him, he doesn’ half contradict himself. I thought he grew up in a quiet muslim household listening to Jazz?

    In other good news his single is going to be at number 2 (fingers crossed) this sunday.

  2. The boy needs to go to him yard and stop trying so hard to look and sound ‘gangsta’.

    You ain’t fooling anyone luv!

    The only TEC-9’s you were probably playing with were the kind that are plastic and shoot water – and even then, the water had to be at a certain warm temperature so you didn’t get too cold…..

  3. I dunno…

    It’s quite possible that Lupe did have a ‘troubled’ adolescence.

    For instance, I was in a neighbourhood in which gunplay was quite prevalent. I used to squeeze triggers and such when I was young as well. However, you grow up and become, well, a Man, and you realize that such actions are the actions of immature, foolish niggers.

    I think that Lupe is just trying to say that he knows the street, and the life therein, intimately, as he’s participated in street life. I don’t think he wants to categorize himself as a gangster rapper, nor could he, and I think he knows this.

    Then again, only Lupe knows for sure. As long as he continues to put out good music (I loved his 1st album!), I’ll continue to support him.

    That ATCQ debacle was kind of whoa, though…he should have just stayed quiet on that one…LOL

  4. You guys are idiots… Lupe grew up in a really tough neighborhood. He used to be in gangs and yea, he used to shoot guns. He used to be a gangster rapper but he has changed his image. He realized that all of that gangster nonsence was just foolish and began spreading a more positive message to his listneners in hopes to reach them through his lyrics and tell them that all that “gangbangin” is foolish. That quote is probably taken out of context… it was probably either from a long time ago or he was describing what his life was like where he grew up. Don’t hate on Lupe, he is a lyrical genious… get your facts straight.

  5. Lupe used to be a Black P. Stone
    in chicago before he changed his image…..
    you shouldnt judge if you odnt know…

  6. ehh, that doesnt sound like Lupe would say somthing like that.
    all im sayin’ is that .. i dont believe it, idk you be the judge.

  7. lupe had a rough ass life, nobody can judge if he says that s**t.
    he changed his life around&&wrote some lyrics/life stories that even blow kanye’s s**t out the waterr, so respect his ass.

  8. I don’t think people should care about how he grew up, if it was “hard” or if it was quiet and easy… he has awsome lyrics and he gives a real good message

  9. O and his quote “We were shooting TEC-9s when we were babies, so the whole gangsta image, that ain’t nothing.” – hes being sarcastic..kinda making fun of people that try to act hard and gangsta

  10. He’s a lyrical genius..It’s jux a song..whether he’s tryna be gangsta or not(he’s not) he savagely ripped dDaT line asunder..bet Lil Wayne cant do it like dDaT..anymore at least..

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