January 28, 2016


Lupe Fiasco Agrees to Battle 'Street Fighter' Champion Daigo Umehara

Daniel Boczarski/Redferns
Daniel Boczarski/Redferns

Lupe Fiasco loves Street Fighter. After some recent on-tour tweeting about the video game series that began in 1987, he's found himself at the highest echelon of competition. Asked on Twitter if he ever watches EVO (Evolution Championship Series, the world's biggest fighting game tournament), Lupe responded, "Only to study Daigo..."

That's Daigo "The Beast" Umehara, dubbed on the website of gaming company Mad Catz as "the most dominant fighting game champion in the world." He's so famous that people still talk about his come-from-behind victory in a 2004 tournament. The video has amassed more than 6.5 million views in various uploads.

An employee at Mad Catz, which sponsors Daigo, heard what was going on and offered Lupe a shot at the king, tweeting, "hi, I'm Mark with Mad Catz. How about a session to go ham  on SFV with our man Daigo? I'll bring the sticks. Let me know."

And Lupe's down!

He went on to tweet a bunch of very specific training information, including:

"Yesterdays drills were a good start. Went 14-0 in best of 7 sets using only Light Punch on SSF4. Today's drills is all LK. ... Jumping was kept to a minimum. 80% on ground. Goal was short range hadoken consistency & blocking. I work in layers. ... I choose to master every move on every button in every scenario then layer them together for links."

The guys will face off in Street Fighter V, due Feb. 16, which is also Lupe's 34th birthday.