Lupe Fiasco blasted the education system during his speech to a group of graduating high school students over the weekend. As the keynote speaker at the Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood ceremony held at Chicago University, Fiasco served up a cold dish of reality. “Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world,” he told the audience.

“You have just spent the last … 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you.”

The Midwest MC reportedly offered to pay each of the 150 men in attendance $100 just for showing up, and went on to encourage them not to stop at graduation. “Transition to manhood is the most important thing that’s going on right now. The caps and the gowns and your tassels and your honorary blah blah blahs don’t mean nothing. That’s just dress. That’s just some clothes. Meaningless clothes, too, because they have no real purpose in life.

“They don’t keep you warm. What do they do? They just represent to someone else that you’ve achieved something. But then when you look back at it, what have you achieved? For young Black men, [manhood] … it is one the last things that we have … and one of the last things that we can control. Manhood is connected to humanity


  • LOL my nigga wasalu keeps it 1000%!! He ain’t doing nuthin but hitting them with the truth. I hope he reached at least half of youngins he was speaking to. They had to be shocked that this came from a hiphop artist LOL. FNF “free chilly”…my lupe niggas know what that means!

    • K-iller (DaCorpNigga)

      Lupe keeps it all the way live but he chooses the wrong forums to spread that knowledge! He killed his mainstream career with the inauguration stunt!

      • NoWhiteInMyCup

        ^^^^ Agree my n.cca there is only one thing worse than ignorance and it is a fool that is immature and wrong timing.

        LUPE “you can catch more bee’s with honey as opposed to vinegar. Sad thing is that this nicca is fcuking up his chances to spread the truth because no one will want to deal with him.

        This is the same n.cca that went off on OBAMA for not stopping wars at the drop of a dime and changing the world, when LUPE himself couldnt even dictate how and what music came out on his album.

        THis n.cca was spazing out and about to retire because of his album but wants people to change the world. GTFOH

    • jamarxyz

      +1000…@B Strait….people talk about the truth like its a bad thing…when is the rite time and place for the truth,b/c lies run rampant all day long…no guts no glory.

  • MoorDetroitRed

    Real nicca sh1t. Fuq around and the man is gonna poison his green tea. Truth is the quickest way to get etched out.

    • Bob

      @moor so just keep your trap shut my g? Just cause the truth will get you etched? Like jamar typed up, “no guts no glory”

      • MoorDetroitRed

        Its a fact. Didn’t tell anyone to keep quiet now did I.

  • naledgestate

    This nigga on some rebel without a cause sh*t.

    Lupe is one of the better rappers in the game, but a rapper talking about education? A bit of an oxymoron imo. People always blaming sh*t on the system, but what about personal accountability?

    If parents dont give a f**k about their children’s education, and if these kids dont give a f**k about their own education then you’re ultimately going to have failing schools. Who’s fault is that? The government?

    You take most kids from Africa and put them in a failing Chicago public school, they would be some of the most greatful motherf**kas on this planet and do the most with it, and I bet the school turn around over night. I’m sick and tired of this ‘woe is me’ attitude and niggas whining. If you’re not doing anything to fix the problem, you should just stfu.

    • Mike Lowrey


    • ginoBrown

      @nale +1000

  • Cakes(shake responsibly)

    Wrong place and time smh you think they dont know that? can we just look at the good for once and try to uplift them instead of spitting on their accomplishments…some will take it and run with it and try to improve the system but most will just be offended..Lupe is an azzhole..

    • I agree that was the wrong place and especially on a day when the students “WERE ” fealing some type of accomplishment.

  • 828jeffe

    Good message but wrong forum. People slammed President Obama when he spoke of self accountability but you can only blame others for so long. Take your destiny and career in your own hands and you cant lose.

    • realest shit EVER

      • MoorDetroitRed

        That sounds good until you realize a system is in place that sets kids up for failure. If anyone did as you said, they’d end up as one of the elites that control the masses. Is that your idea of success? Despite where Lupe made the comment he was 110% spot on. 12 years of education from the world’s ONE & ONLY Super Power and American kids still rank last or behind 3rd world countries. No excuse for that.

        • jamarxyz

          awareness is the 1rst step to fix any problem…are people aware that students are graduating and cant even count….he had the ballls to address a problem,and the time couldnt have been any better than at a graduation…if somebody hands you a diploma and you dont know sh!t,what did you accomplish.?

        • Moor I understand your point but look at the U.S. compared to other countries. We have the highest prison population on the planet. Out teachers are underpaid. Our crime rate is high as hell. The keeping it real slogan that some of us live by will get your head chopped off anywhere else. Other countries are ahead of us b/c their households and their government are a lot more focused, stricter and holds them accountible. In a lot of those countries two years of military is mandatory. 90% of the teachers over here fear for their lives for $35,000 a year. It’s gonna take a lot more than words.

  • LD

    Not a damn thing real about what this fool said. He just a babbling idiot who raises issues but offers no solutions ..nothing ..nada…big mouth idiot..

    • naledgestate



  • Mike Lowrey

    I see his point but until he starts empowering people and making power moves with his celebrity and money he needs to sit down. If you can recognize the problem your half way to its solution. Pointing at the problem and doing nothing about only makes things worst and that applies to everyone and every situation. Real men speak with their actions.

    • naledgestate


  • jfizzle

    Hey I can speak directly to the problem as I am a high school teacher. I like many of you attended school in America’s system. I felt like I received an excellent education. The many reason for that is education was key in my life growing up. My parents made sure I did not slack in school. My parents made sure that I was not a behavioral problem in school. Many of the kids I teach now have no discipline. That starts at home. You can tell because of the way they act. Some of the things that are allowed in school, I wouldve been put out first offense no questions. Cursing at all let alone at teachers was not allowed. Not coming to school with necessary supplies (paper and pens) unacceptable. I mean you come to school with Iphones, Dre Beats, and weaves and you don’t have schools supplies. I hear Lupe talking about our educational system but if everyone takes advantage of our educational system as it exisits, do your work, support at home, don’t cause trouble in school, it will work. I mean the 1st three months I had to establish class room etiquette. If you spend 15 minutes trying to get kids to sit down, be quit, and do you work in a 45 min, class, you have 30 minutes of education time. On a good note, those who want to learn I can see the joy in their eyes when they come to my class. I make the information relevant and I know my subject. I like our system of education, if everyone does their respective part it will work.

    • Well put! More power to ya!

  • Old Skool Quote

    Lupe is going to speak his mind in whatever forum and ya gotta respect that. It’s a lota lames that cower to powers or afraid of backlash. Put your self in a position where your life won’t be controlled by the masses and you good. Lupe can do this all day and still be good but some reg dude may lose his job and spiral from there.

    If everyone said something like this in the “right” place then it wouldnt be as loud and half of y’all wouldn’t be there!!!

    To the east blackwards !!

    Brother J

    • “To the east my brother,to the east”. -X Clan

      I know about that @old skool!!

      • Old Skool Quote

        Haha! Lol @bstrait

        Yeah that’s the hiphop/rap I grew up on! Some of these youngns need to “heed the word of the brother”!!

        • MoorDetroitRed

          X-Clan! They’d NEVER let anyone like that in the industry today.

  • jfizzle

    This past year was my first year teaching. I was at my former full time job for 13 years, and I’ll tell you this there is no other stressful job like teaching high school in an inner city school. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but the job is highly stressful. The main problem with the school system is “classroom management”, or plainly put getting the students to behave. It’s not all of the kids, but the ones that are disruptive can throw a whole class off. It’s not as simple as putting those kids out of school. Now this is where I have a problem with the school system. The numbers game. Getting federal funding and state funding for having a certain number of students enrolled. At a certain point they arent willing to put some students out, and make the teachers just deal with them. Hey some kids are just bad, whether it’s a function of their environment or whatever, they are bad. I’ll make a bold statement if parents or guardians sent well disciplined kids to school 80% of our school systems problems would disappear. Everyone who reads this post, think back to when you were in school, did you do your work, were you disruptive in class, did you go to class. I don’t expect everyone to be a genius but I expect everyone to do their best. Not every class is bad, I had my last period class doing their work, they were well disciplined, and as a treat I had them participating in a connect 4 tournament. They would get their work done to play connect four before class ended. Not a video game, but an old school board game.

    • Hang in there @fizzle, ur efforts are much appreciated & respected!!

      • jfizzle

        @bstrait, thanks bro.

        • 1luv

          Same here, you might not save everyone but you can save some. I was always the quiet one in class and could not figure out why everyone just can’t sit down and learn.