Lupe Fiasco is hard at work recording Food Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1, but he wasn’t too busy to preview a track from the upcoming album on MTV’s RapFix Live Wednesday. The title of the track, “Lamborghini Angels,” is a bit misleading, as the song was inspired, not by the expensive car, but by a book by Stephen Pimpare called A People’s History of Poverty in America.
The Chicago rapper told MTV’s Sway,
“Literally that’s the anecdote that went down in the book, 100 years ago. I was like, let me make a rap out of that… It’s really like, Oh, you’re a woman in the 1800s and you want to go to school? You’re crazy and we’re sending you to a mental asylum to get a lobotomy.”
Fiasco also talked about a track on part II of Food Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album called “Atomic Misphilosphy,” which is a line from the Bob Marley song “Survival,”
“It’s really talking about the American nuclear program, bombing Hiroshima, everything with that. And I just was like, ‘I don’t know enough about this,’ and I’ll get smashed on it if I come out halfway, cuz someone will be like, ‘Well you didn’t mention dude,’ so I just went and read this book by Howard Zinn called The Bomb. It was all about — it was a super thin kind of piece, so I just took a morning and was like before I go in and do this record, I’m gonna read up on as much information as I can on it and then pull from it what I need to make a song from it.”
Later in the show, Lupe Fiasco, host Sway, and Queens rapper Nature watched a clip from MTV’s 2006 series, “My Block.” In the clip, Fiasco took Sway on a tour of his Chicago neighborhood, and the memories of friends who are either incarcerated or deceased came flooding back to the rapper. He told Sway,
“Chicago’s the murder capital. The dudes in that video are in prison, a couple of fed cases, and then there’s ghosts. You see people that, that ain’t there… To see that so real, it hurts, bro. I ain’t gonna front. It hurts; it hurts a lot to speak to ghosts.”
You can listen to a preview of Lupe Fiasco’s song “Lamborghini Angels” and watch the “My Block” clip and his reaction below.