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Lupe Fiasco’s “Mission”

“What’s up? This is Charlie Wilson, aka Uncle Charlie. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, but still fighting.”

That’s how Lupe Fiasco’s new single “Mission” begins. With a fight.  R&B star Wilson is soon joined by a cacophony of other cancer survivors, including a woman who yelps, “Cancer definitely picked the wrong b**ch to mess with. F**k you cancer! Woo-hoo!”

An inspiring start to an inspiring song from an inspiring artist.  Lupe takes cancer on full storm rapping clever lyrics like, “I never say never / You can have that hair cause real talk b**ch / I think I look better.”  His perspective is completely un-victimized, warrior-like and triumphant, even against all odds.  “Mission” showcases several characters in a personal battle to win: a “pink ribbon woman” who refuses to let chemotherapy break her, a child who tells his mother and father that “where I’m from they don’t make b**ches,” a husband who declares “f**k cancer!” and says if he dies, cancer dies with him.  This is some powerful anthem.

Lupe Fiasco’s “Mission”


Fiasco is a celebrity ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer, and raises funds to aid cancer research. “Mission” is the first single from his 5th studio album, Tetsuo & Youth, out this summer.

“‘Mission” is a song near to my heart from both personal experience and of those close to me,” he told Yahoo Music. “We are on a mission and hope others will join in our efforts.”

It is always thrilling when hip-hop bravely forges into territories other than guns, gold and hoes.  Taking on something as dire as cancer with all the boastful braggadocio of a typical hip-hop song is a riveting concept.  Instead of cutting down other rappers, Lupe, instead, makes cancer his b**tch.  A conscience rapper who initially disliked hip-hop for its misogyny and vulgarity, Lupe Fiasco has always been on the deep game.

 


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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