*As he usually does, Lupe Fiasco got deep on NBC’s “Nitecap” when he discussed the duality of being a hit making star and conscious Hip Hop artist.

While playing two roles is never easy, the rapper explained he often has to perform a balancing act in order to get his message across and make money at the same time.

“I don’t know [if it gets tiring being a conscious rapper], it all depends on what your intentions are, what you’re trying to get out of it, how much you’re willing to put up with, how much you can actually take at the end of the day,” he said. “There’s all these different factors, so it’s not like a simple yes or no kind of thing; there’s certain things you have to do for the sake of sending your little sisters to college – that’s the greater good, and sometimes greater good means you have to go through a lot of nonsense to get there. But I don’t really look at the industry in those terms as black and white, conscious or not. Everybody do their piece and do their part – a lot of the most, that kind of ignorant music that people make sometimes, they can turn around a massive fortune off of that and… in one check, write away the ills of their community.”

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