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

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

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Lupe Fiasco

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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.

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Photography: Andrew Zaeh

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