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“Occupied!”: Lupe Fiasco’s Actions Are As Loud As His Words

Lupe Fiasco At Ocupy Wall Street

Lupe Fiasco At Occupy Wall Street

From the moment that Lupe Fiasco burst onto the music scene with his 2006 debut album Food & Liquor, he has never failed to share his views on society.  Whether it be his scathing review of the United States Government’s past transgressions against Native and African Americans on his song “American Terrorist”, his expose raising awareness to the use of child soldiers in Africa on “Little Weapon”, or exploring how the world would be different if African Americans had not been slaves on, “All Black Everything”, Lupe has never been one to mince his words when discussing social and economical issues.  Merely mentioning such issues sets his work apart from many musicians, but what stands out the most about him, is his willingness to question those issues so openly without a hint of hesitation. Lupe has had a consistent history of combining his deeply ingrained sense of responsibility, with his above average musical talent, and a celebrity status. Putting all these together allows him to cut through the preverbal noise and do his part as a concerned citizen of the world.

On September 17th Lupe decided to take that activism one step further when a demonstration called “Occupy Wall Street” got underway in Liberty Square, the heart of New York City’s financial district. He and the rest of  the peaceful, leaderless, grassroots demonstration were reportedly  inspired by the recent similar demonstrations that have been taking place in the Middle East.  This is particularly important to note because it was these similar demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt  that helped lead to the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime.

Now that a similar movement has been cultivated in the United States based around our own country’s current struggles, Lupe Fiasco has been using his celebrity status to help get as much word on the agenda out as possible. We were so impressed by his commitment that we thought we’d help pass the word along as too.  The unofficial de facto website for the demonstration, https://occupywallst.org, states that the purpose of this gathering is to “no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent.”  The site also links to another website, http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/Introduction, explains who makes up the one percent in question. 

“They are the banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry. They are the important ones. They need help and get bailed out and are praised as job creators. We need help and get nothing and are called entitled. We live in a society made for them, not for us. It’s their world, not ours. If we’re lucky, they’ll let us work in it so long as we don’t question the extent of their charity.”

Occupy Wall Street has struck such a cord with Lupe that even after he left the ongoing demonstration to fulfill his obligations on tour, he decided to  personally finance the purchasing fifty tents for demonstrators. (as we learned through a twitpic posted by @fiascostreetteam)  He also has lent his support for the movement by continually using his popular twitter page to raise awareness of not only the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, but also the other Occupy movements that have been springing up across the country. Some examples include Occupy Chicago, Occupy Florida, and Occupy San Francisco amongst others.

Whether you agree with this demonstration or not, economic and political view aside, as fans of music we can all appreciate the fact that Lupe Fiasco does not simply talk about what he believes in, he acts upon it as well.  In other words, as Lupe so eloquently put it on his song “Words I Never Said”, “Just listening to Pac ain’t gone make it stop, a rebel in your thoughts, ain’t gon make it halt”.  Perhaps what he’s trying to say is, if you are passionate enough to write songs about somethign, those words can be loud, but, when those words are combined with swift action, there is nothing louder.

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Lupe Fiasco

“American Terrorist”

From: Food & Liquor

1st & 15th/Atlantic Records

 

 

Lupe Fiasco

“Little Weapon”

From: Food & Liquor

1st & 15th/Atlantic Records

 

 

Lupe Fiasco

“All Black Everything”

From: Lasers

1st & 15th/Atlantic Records

 

 

Lupe Fiasco

“Words I Never Said”

From: Lasers

1st & 15th/Atlantic Records