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Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, 17 February 1982, Chicago, Illinois, USA. This Chicago-based rapper made his national breakthrough in 2006 after over five years on the sidelines, with a major factor in his success his friendship with the ubiquitous Kanye West.
Rapping from an early age, he adopted his unusual stage moniker from a childhood nickname and made his first recordings as a member of the group Da Pak. Despite being briefly signed to a major label, Da Pak imploded at the start of 2001 leaving Lupe Fiasco to pursue a solo career. This proved as abortive as his experience with Da Pak and the collapse of Arista Records in 2004 left the rapper without a musical home. A switch to Atlantic Records coincided with an upturn in his fortunes, notably a guest appearance on Wests hit single Touch The Sky. Fiasco also began to make a big noise in the underground press with a series of limited edition mixtape releases under the Fahrenheit...