Lupe Fiasco tackles an array of social issues -- all while hanging out in his native Chicago and inviting some two-dimensional friends onto his stoop -- in the music video for "Around My Way [Freedom Ain't Free]," which debuted on Wednesday (June 27).
Despite the song's divisive political statements, Fiasco's latest video is actually pretty tame, with the clip mostly featuring the Chicago native walking around and hanging out in his hometown. In the Windy City, Fiasco spends his time walking around with demon-esque eyes, driving a flashy car through the streets and rapping on a rooftop. Most troublingly, the rapper is also seen hanging out on a stoop with some sketchy-looking cartoon animals, who are gambiling, smoking weed and drinking a 40.
Fiasco then is seen getting draped in bling from a man with a suitcase. The end of the clip shows the rapper returning his fancy ride to an exotic car renter -- demonstrating that, perhaps, not everything in America is what it seems to be.
"Around My Way" is the first single off Lupe Fiasco's upcoming album, "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1," due out Sept. 25 on Atlantic Records. The track landed the rapper in some hot water last month, when Pete Rock got angry at Fiasco over the song's use of a sample from Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth's track "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)."