Lupe Fiasco Seeks To Transform Communities, Starts Non-Profit

Coming straight out of left field, cult-classic wordsmith turned political pop-star Lupe Fiasco emerges back into the spotlight, but not for the usual music-related hype. No, this time it’s something much more impactful.


Lupe has partnered with the social-navigation app Waze‘s Di-Ann Eisnor to start a new non-profit organization called Neighborhood Start Fund.  The goal is simple, but the impact will be tremendous. Lupe and Di-Ann will use the organization to bring entrepreneurship to underserved communities taking it one community at a time.  They begin the journey in Brownsville, Brooklyn holding pitch competitions and offering money and mentorship to the most viable ideas.  For all of our Brownsville readers, idea submissions end at midnight on October 30th!! After that, Neighborhood Start Fund will even give the idea submitters pitch training with coaches and mentors before the live pitch event with Di-Ann and Lupe… WHAT! Bring this to Los Angeles already!!!

The initial mission will be to help these young people start their businesses with $5,000 grants and heavy coaching.  In a stroke of genius by the creators, there will also be an added feature to the Neighborhood Start Fund.  Once the startups are earning revenue, a portion of the proceeds from every start-up that sprouts up out of these communities will be reinvested into the next round of start-ups from the same community, creating a positive philanthropic feedback loop that will literally transform the communities in the process.

To me, this is absolutely brilliant and something we can get behind. Most underserved communities are full of natural entrepreneurs anyway, taking whatever they have at their fingertips and flipping it for profit.   Some products legal, some products illegal, but nevertheless the entrepreneurial spirit is more evident in impoverished communities than anywhere else because they simply do not have enough assisted opportunity in the form of paved routes to success. In my opinion, Lupe and Di-Ann are not only compassionate to want to bring new legitimate opportunities to these communities, but smart in a business sense as well and I can’t wait to see what happens.  Keep checking back with The Sampler to see how it unfolds with the Neighborhood Start Fund and spread the word about this awesome cause by sharing this article below!!!


For now, I’ll leave you with this:


Lupe drops free Pharaoh Height Mixtape

It’s not all the time that we get some new Lupe Fiasco. Recently though, he decided to surprise us with a free mixtape via twitter.

While this may seem completely random, he had actually hinted back in June that we had a mixtape coming called Pharaoh Height 2/30, sounding a lot like a sequel to his killer mixtape trilogy Fahrenheiht 1/15. Check out the tracklist and stream below, let us know how you like it!

Lupe Fiasco – Pharaoh Height

Lupe Fiasco X Ty Dolla Sign “Deliver”


Lupe Fiasco liberates another track with Ty Dolla $ign called “Deliver”. The single comes from his upcoming album Tetsuo And Youth.


Tetsuo and Youth is out everywhere January 20th, 2014.


Lupe Fiasco X Billy Blue “Pussy”


Lupe Fiasco is back with another single called “Pussy” from his forthcoming album Tetsuo & Youth.

Lupe Fiasco X Ty Dolla Sign “Next To It”


Thanks to Chicago’s DJ MoonDawg, the Internet now has a version of Lupe Fiasco’s new single with Ty Dolla $ign. Debuted last night on the radio, this duet marks the first time that the Midwest rapper and Cali singer have linked up on wax. And, it sounds like a keeper. Take your first listen below while we wait for the CDQ version.

Lupe Fiasco X Ab-Soul “Thorns and Horns”

Stream Lupe Fiascos new track thorns and horns featuring West Coast Rapper Ab Soul from his upcoming album Tetsuo and Youth.


Stream Lupe’s other leaked track “Snitches” featuring Ty Dolla $ign here.

Lupe Fiasco X Ty Dolla Sign “Snitches”


From Pigeons and Planes::

In an interview with Rolling Stone late last year, Lupe Fiaso warned that his upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth will be a dramatic departure from the politically conscious sound that’s shaped the bulk of his career. And he wasn’t lying. We last heard him spit bars over Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson,” and now he’s back with another radio-friendly track sure to polarize some fans called “Snitches,” produced by his label mate Ty Dolla $ign and featuring some smooth vocals from the rising California artist.

Wale ft Rick Ross X Lupe Fiasco “Poor Decisions”

Excited to see Wale’s 3rd installment The Gifted dropping June 25th.

Here is a new track just released Lupe and Ross add a nice touch to the melodic joint. (Even though this track isn’t on the album)

Let us know what you think.

Listen: Lupe Fiasco – Light Blue

Who says all trash is waste? The Chicago MC has released ‘Light Blue’ this morning for all his dedicated Twitter followers. Just so there isn’t any confusion he tweeted “DONT MIND ME….JUST STAYING IN SHAPE…JUST PRACTICE…LIKE A PIANO PLAYER OR A GYMNAST. Not on T&Y…So pls dont Say It Is on your blog. Thanx.” This track won’t be on his upcoming ‘Tetsuo & Youth’ album. Let’s all hope he continues to flex his lyrical muscle before his album debut.