So Lupe Fiasco Might Have Street Fighter V Skills

Lupe Fiasco gave Daigo “The Beast” Umehara the “Kick, Push” combo a number of times in a narrow victory at the Street Fighter V launch event.

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for the Street Fighter community. Not only did Street Fighter V launch today, but reviews have been all over the place, with concerns about framerate on specific stages and lack of single player content. Thankfully, Versus play is very much intact and more than ready to go for last night’s launch event in San Francisco.

Leading into the midnight release was the main event: Hip Hop artist Lupe Fiasco vs. professional Ryu player and all-around FGC legend Daigo “The Beast” Umehara.

There were some caveats to get into before the match begun. First, Daigo had to travel from Japan to San Diego in time for the event, getting very little time to actually play Street Fighter V. Despite the years of experience playing with the character, parry, V-Gauge and other game mechanics specific to the series in this iteration had to be learned on the fly. Meanwhile, Lupe Fiasco had been practicing for quite a bit on his Ken Masters game in preparation of meeting and (trying to) beat his senpai.

With an early 1-0 game lead in the best of 5, it looked like Lupe Fiasco would cruise to a victory over the jetlagged Daigo in this Street Fighter V exhibition. Once Daigo learned his opponents moves, however, all bets were off. This match really came down to the wire, so I implore you to check it out right now and see the results for yourself.