In a music industry where a certain type of sound and ideal dominates the landscape, a rapper like Lupe Fiasco, who's synonymous with providing social commentary every now and then, faces questions like "How can conscious rap and commercial rap co-exist? Do these two branches of hip-hop have to be sequestered?"
Recently - while in Miami - the Chicago rapper linked up with NBC's Nitecap with Peter Bailey to share some of his insights surrounding conscious hip-hop, and the duality that comes with that. When asked if it gets "tiring," Lupe's response was much more than a "simple yes or no."
"I don't know man, it all depends on what your intentions are. What you're trying to get out of it. How much you're willing to put up with. How much you can actually take at the end of the day. How much of a release valve do you have. How much do you indulge in the free time away from the business. There's all these different factors, so it's not like a simple yes or no kind of thing. There's certain things you have to do for the sake of sending your little sisters to college - that's the greater good, and sometimes greater good means you have to go through a lot of nonsense to get there. But I don't really look at the industry in those terms as black and white, conscious or not."
And that's not all Lupe had to say!
Check out part 1 of the interview above, and part 2 down below.