ESPN Music: Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco's song on 'Numbers Never Lie'

January, 6, 2013
Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "Numbers Never Lie" programming, links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

January Music on "Numbers Never Lie"

Lupe Fiasco

"Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)" from the "Food & Liquor II” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Playbook Q: Lupe Fiasco on F1, MJ & Jay-Z

October, 10, 2012
Lupe FiascoDonald Bowers/Getty ImagesThe Chicago native may be devoted to his hometown Bulls, but he grew idolizing a Brazilian soccer star, not MJ.
Jay-Z has touched the lives of a lucky few in the music industry -- those within whom he's seen some artistic gift. That select list includes the rapper Lupe Fiasco, who Jay once called a "genius writer." Seven years ago, the hip-hop mogul helped Fiasco ink a deal with Atlantic Records, and then executive-produced Fiasco's debut album, "Food & Liquor." Since then, Fiasco has gone on to release two Billboard-topping singles, "Superstar" and "The Show Goes On."

But even with Jay-Z's support, Fiasco doesn't see the need to rush over to the Barclays Center this season to watch the Brooklyn Nets. That's because the Chicago native is a huge Bulls fan -- and he's still cringing at the fact that his Cubs just can't win. But even with his hometown interests, you're much more likely to run into Fiasco at a Formula 1 race track, where he enjoys his No. 1 sports passion.

While in New York promoting "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" and the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, Lupe Fiasco talked to Playbook about the Bulls, F1 and his childhood sports idol.

I know Jay-Z helped you sign with Atlantic Records back in 2005. What do you think about him taking Brooklyn by storm as minority owner of the Nets?

On the sports side, what you think the Nets are going to do? You think playoffs? Listen, I'm all about the Chicago Bulls. I'm not even going to get into my legacy left by that team. I was there when we were winning championships, literally up the street from where I was living on [West] Madison [Street], like six blocks away from Chicago Stadium.

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