By Jordan Upmalis
Lupe Fiasco had plenty to talk about this week on the set of the video shoot for the remix of N.E.R.D.'s "Everyone Nose" — except on the topic of what he was actually there for.
"What are you talking about?" he asked quite seriously, while standing outside of the studio. "What remix? Remix to what? 'Everyone Nose,' that's the N.E.R.D. record. ... It's a remix? Who's on it?"
It's OK. Lupe has a lot on his plate. Fresh from playing shows in London, he's spent much of the year on the road with Kanye's Glow in the Dark Tour (which he described as real good). "I was kickin' it with N.E.R.D., Rihanna, Chris Brown and Kanye. It was love."
He also recently received a gold plaque for his second album, The Cool. But Fiasco isn't just a one-trick pony. He had much to discuss about expanding his empire — musically and otherwise.
So what's on Lupe's agenda?
· He proudly joined the ranks of Barack Obama and "a bunch of other rich bastards" as on of Esquire's Best-Dressed Men in the World for 2008. "I'm not that rich," he explained, "but I was on the list."
· He's been discovering new and upcoming talent, recently signing a group from Chicago called He Say She Say (they boast a sound Lupe described as "amazing" and "dope"). When a homeless man interrupted Lupe's interview with an alcohol-infused freestyle, the rapper put on his mogul hat and said, "That's my next artist there too, you know what I'm sayin'! Just signed him 15 minutes ago!"
· He's soon be rolling out the video for "The Cooler," the next single off of The Cool.
· He also plans to begin working on his last album. What? Last album? Well, that's when Lupe decided to really get demure, switching the subject completely and finally responding to the original question that he had dodged so vehemently. "My last album — that's later though. Right now it's about CRS' 'Everyone Nose' remix!" Touché, Lupe. Touché.
Do you think Lupe's serious about releasing only one more album? Tell us!