Lupe Fiasco Blasts Chicago Public School System During Black Male Graduation Event

Lupe Fiasco didn’t hold back when telling recent high school graduates at a ceremony what lies ahead for them in the real world.

The “Kick Push” rapper told hundreds of African American male students during the “2013 Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood” ceremony, “Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world. You have just spent the last . . . 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you,” according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

The CPS system has continually been a challenge for many students with 1 in 8 dropping out, according to stats compiled by Additionally, only 3 out of 100 reportedly seek higher education to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

The event was sponsored by the Black Star Project, an organization committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap.

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