Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has announced plans to release his first novel as an extension of his appreciation toward hip-hop.
According to Lupe, the book will fulfill a passion he has had since childhood.
“I started as a writer, you know,” Lupe explained in an interview. “Since I was a little kid, I’ve been telling stories and hip-hop has actually been an extension of me telling stories which I kinda put it in a more traditional form as far as a book, it’s always been kinda the plan.” (3 News New Zealand)
The Clipse’s Malice said he planned on dropping his own book last fall.
“People know what the Clipse content is about — what we’ve been talking about over the years,” he said about the project. “But we like to paint both sides of the picture and give you the pros and the cons and just to let you know that it’s not all glorious and sometimes you lose. The intention is to have the book out at the top of the year, after the album. We’re speaking with a few people now but it’s gonna be major publishing. It’s an awesome book that’s nothing short of phenomenal. It gives you an inside look of the Clipse, the industry, the things that we’ve been through and a very personal look at my private life.” (Honey Magazine)
Q-Tip has also decided to ink a tell-all book called Industry Rules which will reflect his rap career including his falling out with A Tribe Called Quest.
He has signed on the dotted line with Ballantine Books for an unexpected memoir. Titled Industry Rules, Q-Tip is expected to carefully construct his life story that includes growing up in Queens, his rise and fall with A Tribe Called Quest and subsequent solo success thereafter. The book, also in cooperation Random House Publishing Group, which owns Ballatine Books, was sold recently and according to a release is “a creatively constructed telling of his life story”. (Examiner)
Other rappers have begun making book deals including Jay-Z who recently confirmed signing a three-release deal.
“Yeah, the other two books though, you know I had to sign that deal,” Hov confirmed in an interview. “I’ve done the deal to do a book and the name of it is called Decoded. It’s called Decoded because I’m going to decode all the lyrics from my records. I’m gonna pick the select ones, all the double entendres and things that people may have missed or may have gotten but want confirmation on it. That’s what the book is about, it’s called Decoded.” (V103)
No further details have been released as of now.
Check out Lupe Fiasco’s interview below: