Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco announces joint podcast with Detroit’s Royce Da 5’9”
The West Side Chicago and Detroit MCs describe their podcast as “half conversation between friends, half interview show, and 100% weird.”
Rap lyricists Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco and Detroit’s Royce Da 5’9” plan to host their own podcast.
“The Lupe & Royce Show,” scheduled to launch Thursday on Apple and Spotify, was created via podcast network and virtual production studio SayWhat Media.
And Royce tweeted a photo plugging the podcast’s launching:
The longtime lyricists dropped a preview on iTunes last month describing their podcast as “half conversation between friends, half interview show, and 100% weird.”
Fiasco said: “People have been asking me for a podcast for a long time and we decided to join forces to bring the world the best podcast they’ve ever seen,” while Royce quipped: “Everyone wants to see a podcast about rappin’.”
The podcast will be produced by Thomas Frank, the show’s co-host.
“Who thought it would be a good idea to give these guys a podcast?! Introducing The Lupe & Royce Show: the first podcast from Lupe Fiasco (a rapper), Royce da 5’9” ( … also a rapper) and Tom Frank (just a dude),” said a statement from SayWhat Media’s website. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you just might learn a thing or two.”
Fiasco and Royce add to the growing number of hip-hop artists curating their own content via podcasts such as “The Joe Budden Podcast” and N.O.R.E’s “Drink Champs,” among many others.
Fiasco, a Grammy Award-winning artist, has no shortage of thoughts on the issues of day, opining on global politics through his music and social media platforms.
In 2012, the West Side native took heat for maintaining an anti-voting stance he later backtracked from amid President Donald Trump’s 2018 alleged comments describing “s—-hole” countries.
On one of his songs, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” from his fourth album “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album,” Fiasco rhymes: “Hope and pray they take Columbus Day up off the calendar.”
And last month, Fiasco responded to a tweet asking who’s the better rapper between he and chart-topping, Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. He chose himself.