Meet rapper Lupe Fiasco
60 second bio
Nas, Thelonious Monk, George Orwell, Friedrich Nietzsche, Benny Goodman
The Name Game
Lupe is an extension of his childhood nickname, Lu. Fiasco comes from a song called ''Firm Fiasco'' by rap supergroup the Firm.
By the Numbers
2 major-label releases; 4 Grammy nods; 553,713 MySpace friends; 554,000 total album units sold; 2,774,395 views of the official ''Superstar'' video on YouTube
Jay-Z was so impressed by Fiasco's cameo on Kanye West's 2006 ''Touch the Sky'' that he agreed to executive-produce his debut CD, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.