The 30-year-old MC, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, visited "RapFix Live" Wednesday (July 26), where he spoke with host Sway Calloway about his forthcoming LP, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 and a new song, "Lamborghini Angels." Yet the mood during the interview turned somber when Sway showed Lupe a six-year-old clip of MTV's "My Block," featuring the lyricist, which caused him to break down in tears after seeing many friends -- or "ghosts" as he called them -- who had since been killed or incarcerated.
Visibly and emotionally effected by the visuals of his fallen friends, Lupe took a moment to compose himself before letting viewers in on a harsh reality. "Chicago's the murder capital," he said. "The dudes in that video are in prison, a couple of fed cases, and then there's ghosts. You see people that, that ain't there."
"Nothing's changed," he continued. "Some of those kids ain't gonna make it out of there. You feel so helpless. That was me, talking to me six years ago."
The "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" creator reflected on watching himself as a 24-year-old onscreen and remembering the words his parents would continuously repeat to him.
"For me to see myself six years ago, surrounded by people that's not even here, reppin' the 'hood, doin' what they do, that never left. It's a sober thing to me," he admitted. "It's sobering because you know your father was right, your mother was right.
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 is due later this year.
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