Sunday, March 27, 2011

What Lupe Fiasco Is Reading, Listening to, and Wearing Right Now...

Get inside the mindand the closet—of Chicago’s cerebral hip-hop star


Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco’s third album, Lasers, cements his reputation as one of hip-hop’s most cerebral and distinctive performers. “Before I did any of the recording, I wrote a very socially conscious, socially active manifesto, and I used it as the template for the album,” says the 29-year-old, who lives in East Garfield Park. Chicago talked to him about what spurs his creativity.


Cornel West
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Cornel West, Princeton University African American studies professor. “He’s taken on the role as mentor for me, invited me to speak at Princeton.”


CURRENT MANTRA
“Knowledge isn’t exclusive to the college-professor class. The average man living his life can have profound insights.”


 WHAT HE'S WEARING

IN HIS CLOSET
Mastermind Japan (“More punk-rock-inspired stuff, but they make some great luxury items”), Somet jeans (“They’re really fine and detailed”), Dior, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, and Junya Watanabe. “I’m also a big fan of the Gap. I’ll throw on a Gap cardigan and a T-shirt and some cutoff Dickies pants and be good. I’m walking both ends of the spectrum.”


ON HIS FEET
Vans sneakers


RECENT DOWNLOADS
Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, and Bobby Brown’s Greatest Hits


ON REPEAT
John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the Mars Volta’s De-loused in the Comatorium. “[Singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s] voice is bananas.”


 WHAT HE'S READING, PLUS HIS WORKOUT REGIME
IN HIS BACKPACK
Super Imperialism: The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance
by Michael Hudson and The World As I See It by Albert Einstein. “I try to keep a spectrum of books, so when one gets too tiring to read, I can switch to another. I’m also reading Noam Chomsky and a little Immanuel Kant.”


WORKOUT REGIMEN
Jujitsu and running. “Not so much skateboarding anymore, because it’s dangerous.”


Via - ChicagoMag.com



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