Lupe Fiasco says he faced backlash after he criticized forever president Barack Obama, and it cost him a major deal with high-end auto-luxury maker Ferrari.
During an Instagram Live broadcast Wednesday, Fiasco addressed the issue while also talking about wealth and fame—pointing out that a lot of people only indulge in luxury and extravagant purchases to impress.
He singled out the high-end watch brand Rolex.” Rolexes are garbage … Bro, y’all watches are f***in’ garbage,” he said (25-minute mark). “I’ve had Rolexes since I was 19, every single one of them b****es broke. The goal isn’t to make a watch; the goal is to make a watch that constantly needs to be maintained.”
And he didn’t stop there; he also had something to say about luxury auto-maker Ferrari. “Ferraris are garbage. They’re garbage,” he said.” This is from a guy who had a Ferrari deal on the table until I f***in’ called Obama a terrorist, then I lost all that s***. But that s ***’s garbage. How do I know? I had four of ’em.”
The Obama incident he referred to was from his 2011 appearance on CBS’s What’s Trending with Shira Lazar.
“My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America,” he said at the time. “I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.”
Now, amid his most recent comments, it appears Lupe is rapping a different tune than what he previously said on several songs, including his track H.A.M, where he rapped,” I be so up on my truthless, and I’m so ruthless. Ferrari top-down yeah, I got like four of those. And my Ferrari so clean it got four doors. Only got two LUP on that new sh-t. New Ferrari 400i, that blue kit.”
The negotiations of the deal between the rapper and Ferrari are still vague, but evidently, it is no longer on the table.
During the Live, Lupe also discussed his Chicago ally Kanye West, who he described as a “very generous man” and gave much credit to for helping his career. Ye asked Lupe to collab on his song “Touch The Sky,” which was prior to Lupe’s hit single, “Kick, Push.” He admitted at first he didn’t want to collaborate but was persuaded to do so by his manager.
“It was one of the best decisions my manager ever made because I was dead set on not doing that s***,” he said at the top of the broadcast. “… Me and Kanye go back very far. We weren’t boys, we weren’t homies, y’ know? But he’s always been Kanye. He’s always been that dude to call you in the middle of the night and be like, ‘Yo, what do you think of this verse?’ And he was honest about that s***. I always respected Kanye because of that.”
Lupe also said Kanye has done a lot to help out artists from their home state but did mention that Ye himself got a lot of help from other artists.”… I had a career before Kanye, I had record deals before Kanye,… I got my first deal in 2000; I didn’t meet Kanye until 2003-4, some s*** like that … Everybody was helping Kanye. Everybody. Well, not everybody, but it was a bunch of motherf***ers helping Kanye, which I think is something that doesn’t get told a lot.”
“Whether it was n***as helping him write his raps, n***as helping him with music, n***as helping him with deals—all kinds of s***. So Kanye is a product of a bunch of n***as, everybody in the city has helped everybody else. So when Kanye said, ‘I put n***as on in the city,’ n***as is like, ‘Yeah but n***as the one who got you that meeting.,” he said.
He then added that “… Kanye is also a f****** Gemini, and the n***a’s bipolar. There’s tons of n***as in the city that can point to what they did for Kanye, and every little piece counts, right?” According to Lupe, Kanye has been “removed from reality” but then says he is “one of the greatest artists of all-time.”
“Do I think he’s the best rapper? F*** no. Do I think he makes the best beats? F*** no,” he said (32:00). “But, I think it doesn’t matter because the n***a will take whatever the f*** it is, the weakest beat, the whackest rap, the dumbest looking clothes … And he will turn that s*** into solid gold.”
And when it comes to the shoe mogul’s perspective on politics, Lupe was quick to distance himself, saying, “You validated Trump….N***a, that s ***’s not cool.”
According to Complex, Lupe also addressed Ye’s recent remarks on the music industry and offered the idea that Kanye’s so-called enemies are the same folks he once shook hands with and looked up to.
“Why you shaking hands with the devils? Them your people. Now all of sudden, they ain’t your people,” Lupe said. “C’mon, man. You know how this s*** work … I hope that he get better now. I hope he gets his s*** straight, and he lives the life he wants to live with his family.”