“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.