This is an interview I recently did with artist Lupe Fiasco. It was originally posted on Imageyenation.com where I post under the name "Lady Glock." However, I changed the name back to Miss Hipstah especially for Blogcritics.
"Iâ€™m not the greatest skateboarder, but Iâ€™m a damn good rapper, so I made a damn good skateboarding song."
So there I was lying on the floor of my room, waiting for my phone to ring like some sort of lovelorn school girl in desperate need of a date for Friday's dance. I looked at my watch. It was 5:15. As usual, (well, usual according to the various articles I'd read about him) he was late. I was still working on a crossword puzzle when the phone finally rang. The woman on the other line said "Hey, hang on a second," and then I heard her call "LUPE!"
And before I could say "Kick... Push... Coast," I was talking to Lupe Fiasco.
For the next half hour or so, Lupe skooled me in skateboarding, sneakers, being Hip Hop's new darling, changing the world and of course, a robot named Seymour. Check it out:
Miss Hipsta: How you doin?
Lupe Fiasco: Uh, Iâ€™m good, Iâ€™m good.
MH: Long day?
LF: Nah, short day, short dayâ€¦
MH: Oh, thatâ€™s good.
LF: Very good dayâ€¦
MH: Well, thatâ€™s good. My first question is about skateboarding and how you got into that?
LF: I got into skateboarding when I was like a shorty. It was a toy thing. (He says "whatâ€™s up" to someone else) A toy thing, you know, like riding bikes and scooters and all that stuff. It was likeâ€¦a toy. I skated for a minute when I was really small and then it phased out. I became like a teenager and left it alone and then I picked it right back up about a year and a half ago cause I got back really heavy into collecting sneakers, and you know a lot of the dope sneakers are in skate shops and stuff like that, so I was like â€śYo, lemme get a board.â€ť
MH: Well, do you remember what your very first skateboard was?
LF: It was like a little small, plastic, blue, Lords of Dogtown looking board with big ass yellow wheels on it but it was plastic.
MH: That sounds kinda cool. So it said in the Fader article that you had published the song â€śKick, Pushâ€ť and it was about the guy who gave you yourâ€¦
LF: The dude who gave me, not that skateboard, but the first skateboard I got when I started back.