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Fresh GemStones Interview
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The Concept Album:
I took that idea from a song I did on the last album (Food and Liquor) called The Cool it’s about someone who comes back from the grave. I had to put him in a story line because I’m a writer first- rapper second.
I used the characters as vessels for things I couldn’t talk about (as myself). It was better for stuff to come from the first person.
When ever I play with the story I imagine it as animation as Japanese anime or like The Matrix. The Game (character) is inspired by Frankenstein and a lot of the sub-stories some from watching a lot of psychological thrillers and Steven King films.
The Cool Continues
This gives you more things to do out side of the album with marketing and presentation. I was more inspired by movies than other music when coming up with these characters and the stories.
Now I can do toys- It’s a creative franchise as well as an album
As a teen I listened to Nas, a lot of West Coast rappers like Snoop Dogg-then it was Wu Tang and Mobb Deep. It hasn’t changed. I listen to a bit of everybody on the hip hop side.
Now I listen to stuff I missed when I was growing up in the hood like techno and rock.
I met Kanye before he was famous so I watched him become a celebrity. We are jumping off with CRS (Lupe/Pharrel and Kanye’s group) on the Glow In The Dark tour in the US. There’s more coming!
Jay-Z was one of the earliest people I got to meet and do business with. It was a shock to see that Jay-Z answered his own door! I knocked on the door and it was him.
I met Snoop (who features on his track High Definition) at a show for Pharrell (Williams- another friend) and it was a weird situation.
He was driving a truck with Warren G in the passenger seat and called me over. That was so cool – I was starstruck.
I’m a big Thom Yorke fan more than a Radiohead fan. I was listening to the radio and heard The Eraser (which CRS remixed as US Placers) so I went back and got all his stuff.
I love Unkle too. I was working closely with some of James Lavelle’s associates and I was a fan so I reached out. I said I want to do a song with Unkle and I have (Hello/Goodbye on The Cool).
From the UK I like Sway and Estelle up to people like Ian Brown. I’m a big Ian Brown fan- FEAR is one of my favorite songs of all time. I always find myself discovering new rock or techno when I’m in the UK.
Now it's also officially announced...
"LUPE FIASCO'S THE COOL," the chart-topping second album from 1st & 15th/Atlantic recording artist Lupe Fiasco, has been certified gold by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000. The critically acclaimed album – which features the hit singles, "Superstar (Feat. Matthew Santos)" and "Hip-Hop Saved My Life (Feat. Nikki Jean)" –debuted on Billboard's "Top Rap Albums" chart at 1 upon its December 2007 release, and remained in the peak position for nine weeks.
Lupe is currently on a major North American tour, supporting his longtime friend and associate Kanye West on his blockbuster "Glow In The Dark Tour." The trek is now lighting up arenas across the continent, with dates continuing through a June 13th finale at Cincinnati's US Bank Arena.
Fadia Ward is a mother from Philadelphia who is known for rallying outside of the Family Court building near 11th and Market streets. Her cause? She is zero-ing in on "deadbeat daddies" who evade the responsibility of having a child.
"I want to humiliate them... They have to get their acts together."
Her website, Daddydontwantme.com, is a website where struggling single mothers and fatherless children can tell their stories.
The site is surrounded by controversy. One reader says " What’s worse - not supporting your child emotionally or financially or putting the aforementioned losers on blast?? I support this website. My only concern would be if the children knew they were on a website called “daddydontwantme.com” because it’s a pretty harsh reality. Although the children are obviously aware their fathers are not in their lives in the way they should be, saying “your daddy don’t want you” can cause emotional damage, especially self-esteem issues, that could affect them for the rest of their lives."
Others defend the fathers, saying that there is often a mother who makes it impossible for them to be in their lives.
But it is still undeniable that many fathers worldwide need to step up responsibly to be rolemodels for their children. I see it in my friends, I see it in their friends.. I see it in my own family. Ms. Ward's overall message is resounding, a declaration to fathers across the states. You WILL be publically humiliated, the same way that these children are humiliated by their "daddy's not wanting them."
The opening video of her website has the testimony of eight different children crying out for their fathers. It features the Lupe Fiasco song "He Say, She Say," where Fiasco brings to life the wellknown story of many American children; as a consequence of the absence of his father, an emotional child rebels by failing at school and fighting with peers.
"He's your little boy, and you don't even bother," Lupe scolds, from the perspective of a crying mother.
The song has special meaning to too many people.
Noone can deny the number of misguided teens going to juvenile detention halls (even jails!) at younger and younger ages. The absence of the father is a serious issue that has major ramifications on our youth; gangbanging, drugdealing, mistreating women, evading their academic responsibilities, and continuing the cycle with their own children are just a few of the reoccuring themes.
Check the video out here: http://www.daddydontwantme.com/
Credit to RhymeStyle for finding this site.