Lupe Fiasco writes column for The Chicago Sun-Times: “This City Is a Robot” | News

Synonymous with politically-charged and socially-outspoken lyrical content, Lupe Fiasco has made the obvious step into journalism on a number of occassions in his career, perhaps most notably when he butt heads over the Obama regime with notorious Fox reporter Bill O’Reilly last year. Getting his feet a little more wet, Lupe opts out of the limelight and takes to the written word instead for his next journalistic endeavour, penning a column for The Chicago Sun-Times, which was published yesterday.

Entitled “This City Is a Robot”, the famed Windy City-made emcee shared an anecdote when his Father quipped that their home city could “make a robot” if you put all the buildings together. Not the potent article embedded with cultural commentary and “the industry is a robot”-type metaphors you might have presumed, but still a charming tale from one of hip-hop’s most introspective minds.

Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album is slated for a September 25th release.
 

A long time ago, in my romantic and impressionable youth while in this great city by the Great Lake, my beloved father told me a tale that has held a tight grasp on my mind and world to this day.

One night, while in the family car headed home from the far South Side to the far west suburbs on the elevated portion of the Dan Ryan expressway — where the full skyline of the city can be seen in all its glittering majesty — my father announced in a measured but certain voice: “If you put all the buildings in the city together, they will make a robot!”

I must give the tale due credit, and thus my father, for initiating my imagination as a whole. In an altered format, the tale has even been credited — though quite unknowingly — by the highest of music academies with its highest of honor: the coveted Grammy. While the original tale lacked in verbosity and length, it burst at the seams with mystic enchantment and wonder.

My fate was sealed. My young synapses began to fire in rapid and blistering succession. A cascade of sparks rained down from the upper regions of my brain, only to meet an even more brilliant cascade ascending upward. With giant eyes all aglow and my mouth agape in awe, Chicago instantly became a wondrous new place to me. I was given a new lens to view my surroundings with, a valuable tool to help me literally transform the normal into the extraordinary. It was an exotic and exciting new perspective that has helped build a career and constantly inspires.

To this day, I still ponder how it all fits together and which buildings would be arms and which the legs.