GQ 10 Essentials: Lupe Fiasco

By - June 18th, 2012

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Rapper Lupe Fiasco is the subject of the latest edition of GQ’s “10 Essentials” feature. The Chicago native, whose highly anticipated “Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album” is set to drop soon, is a complex guy. It makes sense, then, that his list of essentials is composed of the quotidian (Hanes boxers), unexpected (Hebrew National Kosher hot dogs — who knew?) and even metaphysical (see no. 10). Vans OTW gets some love as well, as Lupe has been wearing the brand’s shoes for years. Even before he was named a Vans OTW advocate, Lupe discloses, “I was wearing some type of Vans all the time.” Find out what else made the cut in the list below.

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1. The 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe

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2. OTW Vans

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3. United Airlines

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4. Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs

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5. Reggae

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6. Dita Glasses

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7. Tokyo

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8. Hanes Boxers

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9. Military Speck Camo Pants

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10. That This Isn't It - "It's a little more complex, but it's the idea of knowing that there's something else out there. It's very liberating. You don't feel trapped in any certain way. It comes from me studying different things and different people. Hunter S. Thompson said he would go crazy if he didn't know he could kill himself at any given minute in this world. That's the extreme example: that you feel that trapped, but to know you have an outlet, and that release that gives you some comfort and direction to move in when you're alive. When I used to live in the hood, I lived on Madison street. You could look down the street and the hood was literally fucked up. You had drugs, and prostitutes, and police, and these different things, but you look down the street and you can see the Sears Tower, the skyline of Chicago. And you knew this wasn't it."

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