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Lupe Fiasco a voice of reason amid the violence

Lupe Fiasco a voice of reason amid the violence

For Lupe Fiasco, it was in some ways a heartbreaking year. In an interview last summer with MTV he broke down as he watched a 2006 video of himself and friends in his old West Side neighborhood, the laughter and easy camaraderie undercut by the realization that a number of those acquaintances were now dead, victims of gang violence. Then he found himself the target of a nasty hate tweet from Chicago's latest hip-hop star, Chief Keef, who objected to Lupe's misgivings about the message sent by the new breed of gangsta rappers in a city with an alarmingly high rate of shooting deaths. Soon after that exchange, Lupe suggested he might quit hip-hop altogether, shaken that the message...

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