This interview with Lupe Fiasco on Tavis Smiley shows why both men are awesome – but Lupe in particular is a rarity in rap – none of the regular hip hop tropes apply in his music.  He’s thoughtful and intelligent and, as Tavis points out more than once, is willing to speak truth to power – not all that common in general, let alone in music.

Watch the full episode. See more Tavis Smiley.

In the interview, they cover Lu’s new album, the difficulties he had in getting it released, his fans and his political views.  Totally worth the 40 minutes.

We’ll have some thoughts on Japan in the next day or so, as it holds a particular place in my heart. I’ve studied Japan and the language for some time, visited several years ago, and have wanted to return ever since.