Lupe Fiasco is about to take his martial arts game to the next level.
Lupe Fiasco is the iron fist. Destined for a higher purpose, the acclaimed lyricist has put down the microphone in order to channel his inner Danny Rand. Like the Wu-Tang Clan before him, Lupe has long been fascinated with martial arts. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Lupe is actually adept at swordplay, and seems to take the art of combat seriously. It's no surprise, as Lupe has always been meticulous about his craft. Now, it would appear he is planning to take things to the upper echelon. The Chicago rapper has signed up for a new Documentary series called Beat n Path, which will focus on his quest to elevate his martial prowess.
The series will follow Lupe as he travels to China in order to train with Kung-Fu Masters throughout the pilot. As Lupe's hip-hop roots run deep, the rapper will also explore China's budding hip-hop scene. In an interview with Kix Asia, Lupe opened up about his love of martial arts, and how he kept his passion alive long into adulthood:
"I trained in the martial arts with my father since I was about 3 years old and it's always been a passion of mine. It pops up in my music sometimes [with] little hints of it here and there, but for the most part, my fans never really saw that side or really saw my martial arts side. They only know me for being a musician and a rapper. Hopefully this show will introduce people to that side of me."
Check out Lupe's interview below, for more of his notable influences. You can also catch a brief promo of Beat n Path after the jump. The series is set to premiere tonight on Celestial Tiger Entertainment's Kix in China.