Outside of rapping and making music, Lupe Fiasco also has a big passion for martial arts. Not only has he shared his affinity in various interviews, he even named one of his former companies Righteous Kung-Fu, a line that does fashion design, sneakers, toys, video games, comic books and more. Yesterday, the Chicago rapper uploaded a video of him demonstrating his expertise with the sword. Titled “Samurai Sunday,” the one-minute clip finds Lupe donning a traditional Japanese keikogi and showing off his laido skills — a Japanese martial art that puts emphasis on being able to quickly draw the sword and respond to sudden attacks.
For those who take this as a joke, Lupe actually takes martial arts very seriously. He once revealed via Facebook that his family is “three generations deep in the martial arts and had about five schools across the city of Chicago.” In a 2008 interview with methodshop, Fiasco reveals that he has “a black belt in karate, two black belts in the styles of samurai sword, kendo and aido” as well as “the equivalent of a black belt in Chinese wushu.” Watch the “Samurai Sundays” clip above.
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