I have made no secret that I absolutely adore Lupe Fiasco. My kid is a fan, I’m a fan, I think he is one of the most talented, smart, socially-concious rappers in the world and I think every parent who has a kid who is into music owes it to them to introduce them to Lupe. And he broke my heart when he recorded this song in honor of the baby shot dead while her father changed her diaper in Chicago.
You can listen to Jonylah Forever here.
The song was created to honor the memory of Jonylah Watkins, who was six months old when she died. Lupe tweeted this:
And yeah, it made me all teary. I don’t think it matters what side of the gun debate you are on, we can all agree that this story is so awful, so horrifically sad, and I truly admire an artist who would use their gifts to honor this baby who died in such a terrible way.
Lupe Fiasco has his own foundation set up that works with Chicago youths in order to better their communities. Their mission statement is:
The Lupe Fiasco Foundation provides inner city youth ages 14-24 with comprehensive positive youth development programming that embodies educational advancement, service learning and leadership, global capacity building and music education.
Once again, I am amazed at how utterly special, and I know how cheesy that sounds but it is true, this guy is.
(Image: Lupe Fiasco Foundation)