Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco broke down during a recent interview with MTV News’ Sway after the host showed the emcee some old footage from an earlier “My Block” episode.
The episode followed “Kick Push” emcee through his favorite skating park and his old Madison Terrace neighborhood on Chicago’s Westside. The footage showed residents of the neighborhood and friend and family whom Lupe grew up with.
A teary-eyed Lupe told Sway that “some of the dudes” in the video were “dead.”
“Chicago the murder capital,” the rapper said. “The dudes in that video in a prison, a couple fed cases, then there’s ghosts.”
There’s people that ain’t there, he added.
That building, he said, is still there.
“Nothing’s changed,” he said.
Lupe revealed that many of the youth from his old community suffer a sad fate.
Some of those kids, he said, are not going to make it out of there.
Lupe said he feels “so helpless” because that video was shot six years ago and “stuff is the same.”
It’s not just Chicago, he said.
Lupe said this is an issue “everywhere.”
I see it in New Orleans, he said.
Lupe found refuge in the “skate parks” because he doesn’t “like the hood.”
“For me, to see myself six years ago surrounded by people who are not even here repping the hood doing what they do that never left, it’s a sober thing to me, he said.”
The Chicago rapper said it’s “sobering” because his parents’ lessons were right.
“Yo, you gotta get out,” he remembers his parents telling. “Stick to what you know and get out. Cuz if you stay, you’re gonna die. Your not gonna die anything heroic, not anything meaningful, you’re gojng to die for something that’s worthless.”
It hurts to speak to ghosts, he said.
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