Lupe Fiasco Talks His Way Out
The trendy rapper explains how he didn't mean to offend Jay-Z...
Lupe Fiasco has had to explain himself after it was seen that he was trying to diss Jay-Zwhen he said, "I don't want to be Jay-Z," in a recent interview.
Talking to MTV Lupe said: "Jay-Z’s a personal friend of mine. He executive-produced my first album. My comments were just an example using him of how people rate success. There's an idea of the status quo that every rapper wants to be Jay-Z. Nah. Every rapper does not want to be Jay-Z. Every rapper don't wanna be Kanye West. Everybody don't wanna be Lil Wayne. They wanna be who they are.”
He added: "You're a fool trying to chase that success down and manage it like that. I always look at my success as further than a dollar sign, further than record sales. Everybody thinks because you're black and you're from the hood, you wanna be Jay-Z. There's kids who wanna be astrophysicists and don't care about rap. That should be okay. You should be okay just being you, working your regular job and being happy. That's why I made that statement. I felt it needed to be said."