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Lupe Fiasco Hints at Retirement From the Rap Game

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It looks as if Lupe Fiasco is retiring from the rap game. Just weeks until he releases his new album ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1,’ the Chicago rapper went on Twitter Wednesday (Sept. 5) to announce his pending retirement.

“This album will probably be my last…its been a pleasure to have all my fans provide so much love and inspiration for me and my family but my heart is broken and I see no comfort further along this path only more pain,” he wrote on his timeline (courtesy of The LupE.N.D. Blog). “I cannot participate any longer in this… My first true love was literature so I will return to that…Lupe Fiasco ends here…”

Fiasco’s announcement followed after his heated Twitter spat with fellow Chi-City rapper Chief Keef, who didn’t like Fiasco’s comments about him in a radio interview. During a chat with Baltimore’s Q92, Fiasco admitted that he wasn’t a huge 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.”

In response, Keef tweeted, “Lupe fiasco a hoe a– n—a And wen I see him I’ma smack him like da lil b—- he is #300.” The tweet cause a tidal wave of reactions on Twitter. In an attempt to make peace with Keef, Fiasco wrote to the young rapper, “I cant go 4 that @ChiefKeef & i cant let the people i love, including you my n—a, go 4 that either. We kings not f—ing savages and goons. i love u lil bruh @ChiefKeef… i really really do from the bottom of my f—ing heart. I know that street s— like the back of my hand.”

While it’s sad to hear that Fiasco might consider retirement, he still owes one more album to Atlantic Records. We must also mention that Fiasco did contemplate retiring from music back in 2008 because making records for him was both financially and creatively unsatisfying.

So let’s hope that Fiasco is not really serious about hanging up the mic, especially when he’s one of the few rappers in the genre who makes poignant music to inspire and not to denigrate.

Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1′ will arrive in stores on Sept. 25.

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