Singer and activist Harry Belafonte, rapper Lupe Fiasco and funk musician George Clinton gathered in McCarter Theatre on Wednesday to celebrate the retirement of African American studies professor Cornel West GS ’80.
Fiasco said the title of his sophomore album, “The Cool,” was inspired by a conversation the two had in which West spoke of the importance of altering societal perceptions of what is ‘cool’ and what isn’t. His third album, “Lasers,” stands for "Love Always Shines, Remember to Smile,” which he also said was inspired by West’s thoughts.
Furthermore, his forthcoming album — which will be called “Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album” — references West directly.
The lyrics of one song, called "It’s Hood Now," read, “The Ivy League was running really well; then they slipped up and let Cornel in. It’s hood now.”
via The Daily Princetonian // Photo via Christine A. Scheller
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