Hate him or love him, we can all agree Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco in one talented and genuinely interesting artist. GQ Magazine caught up with the "Dumb It Down" MC to talk about his "10 essentials." Some of them included:
Reggae Music: “Reggae, oh man. It's the ultimate music. The positivity. The musicality. The whole cultural expressionism of it. The dancibility. Just the cool factor. The melody factor.”
Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs
"I love hot dogs. Most hot dogs are pork. Hebrew National answers to a higher authority, better packaging. It's one of those things that, coming from Chicago, it's one of our staples. And it's kind of like, hey, I love hot dogs and I like my hot dogs not to have pork in them. Hebrew National serves those purposes. They're good."
Military Speck Camo Pants
"My father used to own army surplus stores. He used to own them before we were born because he comes from the military. He brought that whole military culture to the family."
Of course OTW Vans, of which he is a spokesman, also got a shout out. No mention of Pete Rock, though. Check out the entire GQ article right here. Fiasco's forthcoming double album, Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album, drops September 25th.
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