Top 25 Songs – Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco, along with rappers Common, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, has been credited as a pioneer of the conscious hip hop movement, which focuses on social issues.Subjects touched upon on Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor include absent parents, terrorism, Islam and religion, war, and prostitution. Fiasco attributes his interest in social issues to his highly cultured upbringing, as he describes his mother as “very intellectual” and his father as a “Renaissance man“. He rejects the misogyny common in hip hop, which he discusses in the song “Hurt Me Soul“. Despite this, Fiasco is strongly opposed to censorship in music: “If we’re going to [censor things] that are offensive, then we are going to have to blind and deafen everyone. Come on, man. Let’s focus on education and literacy and poverty.”

Below, in no particular order, are the 25 best songs by Lupe Fiasco according to my humble opinion. Would you agree or did I miss one of your favorites?

Little Weapon

Put You On Game

Streets on Fire

Daydreamin’

The Cool

Glory

Handcuffs

Hip-Hop Saved My Life

Dumb It Down

Yoga Flame

Hurt Me Soul

Bitch Bad

Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)

Kick, Push

The Die

Intruder Alert

The Instrumental

The Show Goes On

Conflict Diamonds

Twilight Zone

Paris, Tokyo

Switch (The Science Project)

Kick, Push II

Words I Never Said

Strange Fruition

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