Who knew Dua Lipa was a teenage hip-hop head? On Wednesday (Dec. 18), the star revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that the first two concerts she ever went to as a teenager growing up in Kosovo were Wu-Tang Clan and 50 Cent.
“My first-ever show I went to was Method Man and Redman; I was 13,” she dished to a bewildered (and impressed) Jimmy Fallon. “Basically, in Kosovo, people only really listened to hip-hop. Like, it was so massive out there and the only artists that, I guess, there was such a demand for were hip-hop artists. Going to the Method Man and Redman show was kind of my first introduction to Wu-Tang. And then when I went to my second show, which was 50 Cent, I then read the book, watched the movie, learnt all the words. I went fully prepared. Massive 50 Cent fan.”
The pop star, whose sophomore album Future Nostalgia is due out early next year, went on to open up about how she’s using her star power to change the musical culture of the embattled country where she spent her early teen years.
“I wish when I was living in Kosovo I had the opportunity to see some of my favorite artists like P!nk or Nelly Furtado,” she said. “No one really came to Kosovo, so now we decided to start a festival called the Sunny Hill Festival.”
Check out Dua Lipa’s interview below.