Lupe Fiasco announces retirement from rap
Lupe Fiasco says that his forthcoming album will be his last, MTV reports.
The Chicago rapper made the announcement on Twitter following a spat with Chief Keef, a 17-year-old MC also from Chicago that landed a deal with Interscope Records after Kanye West remixed his single "I Don't Like" and turned it into a surprise hit."This album will probably be my last. It's been a pleasure to have all my fans provide so much love and inspiration for me and my family," Fiasco tweeted. "But my heart is broken and I see no comfort further along this path only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this."
He added: "My first true love was literature so I will return to that. Lupe Fiasco ends here."
Last week, Fiasco told a Baltimore radio station that he's not a fan of Keef's music. "Chief Keef scares me," he said. "Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents... The murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing, and you see who's doing it and perpetrating it — they all look like Chief Keef. When it comes to the point that, you know, that kids who are doing the killings, and they're kids 13 to 19 years old, and you can replicate that in New Orleans, you can replicate that in Oakland. All the kids look the same."
A few days later, Keef fired back at Fiasco on Twitter and the two wound up in a heated exchange.
Keef, who's real name is Keith Cozart, is proving to be a controversial figure. On Thursday (September 6), Chicago police said they are investigating him after he appeared to mock the shooting death of rival rapper, Lil JoJo, in a series of tweets. He has since said that his Twitter account was hacked.
Lupe Fiasco's next album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, is due out on September 25.
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