04/01/2008 - 05/01/2008 ~ LUPEND

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GemStones Interview On UIC Radio




Check this out

Fresh GemStones Interview
listen and DL here

zShare

Are You Too Sexy For Your Shirt?


Or Is Your Shirt Too Sexy For You?

I've been getting messages from people who would like to send in pictures wearing their Lupe merchandise from the GITD tour or customized T-Shirts that they've made to represent their appreciation for Mr. Fiasco or any of the other members of FNF.

There will be a new picture every week of a different fan sporting their awesome apparel.

If you are interested to be a part of this
send your pictures to:


Thanks to Ray for sending in this picture!


(Matthew's #1 Fan)

Glow In The Dark Tour In Tucson - Another Review


Here's what The Tucson Weekly has to say
about Lupe's performance on April 24th.

The best performance came from Lupe Fiasco, who hit the stage first. Fiasco's brand of witty nerd-hop is refreshing, and his boundless enthusiasm intoxicated the stadium. Fiasco performed an equal number of songs from his two albums, the highlight being "Daydreamin'", a robot fantasy/indictment of bland hip-hop that swelled into a majestic hip-hop mini opera, directed by Fiasco. The choice to bring folk singer Matthew Santos on stage to provide his sweet and heartfelt vocals to several songs illustrates Fiasco's continued refusal to be tied down into any pre-existing definition of what hip-hop can and can't be.

For the rest click here

Chester French Mentions Us On Their Website/MySpace


Do you remeber that video where Lupe Fiasco
talked about Chester French?

Well, the group found out that we reposted it
and gave us a nice little shout-out on their page/MySpace

Check it out here

and to celebrate this a little
here's another video of them
performing for MTVU



thanks guys!
I personally can't wait for the album.
and btw... "She Loves Everybody" is such an awesome
song...I totally love it
(I also heard there's a track on Common's upcoming album that features them)

Keep doing what you do!


Also check out their MySpace

Click Here

A Former Child Soldier Turned Rapper



We've all heard the song "Little Weapon" by Lupe Fiasco; Emmanuel Jal was that "Little Weapon". It's a sad story and makes you want do something, even if it's just to try to appreciate your own live more. If you want to help people that are in the same situation in which Emmanuel was in, there are many foundations and organizations that you can get involved in.


If you want to donate something, you can do it right here

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Emmanuel Jal's album War Child will be
available on May 13th

Emmanuel's MySpace

A Little More About Lupe Fiasco's Inspirations/Influences


Lupe talked to MTV UK about his influences and inspirations


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.

The Story

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

Music

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.

Famous Friends

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.

UK Artists

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.

Jeff Walters - Superstar Drum Remix




that's nice
you can never go wrong with adding more drums to a track

We Still Need Your Voice !





In case you still haven't signed this petition.

Please do it now.

We have to try our best and bring the Glow In The Dark Tour to Europe.

For people in Asia or Australia...I know you probably also want the tour.
If someone starts a petition for that...I'll make sure to put it up, too.

Sign The Petition Here

Lupe Fiasco Vs. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide Day Dreamin'


A DJ ERB mix

Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"
vs. Lupe Fiasco's "Daydreamin"




This is so dope
You don't have to check out any videos on this page...
if you don't want to

...but you have to watch this one

Board Member Spotlight: CAPTAIN ASSHOLE

A very well put together fan made video of "Put You On Game",
made by Captain Asshole of the Lupe Fiasco Forum.

Check it out!



Lupe Fiasco - More Live Pics GITDT/KOKO London





GITDT - San Jose


thanks to Retnablog

KOKO - London

Lupe Fiasco - Intruder Alert Fan Video



Untitled from Warner Music on Vimeo.

This one's simple, but nice
it might takes a little till it's completly loaded

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

UK Cover For Paris, Tokyo By Darkboi


Ok so I came across a Myspace bulletin that said "Paris, Tokyo - UK Version".
The first thing that came to my mind was "Oh my, I need to check this out"

It was made by DARKBOI - go check his Myspace out.

Click Here

You can download the track

Right Here
or on his myspace

thoughts on it??

I liked it.
The lyrics made me laugh.
He complimented areas commonly known in London.


Lupe Fiasco Performs Daydreamin' In Las Vegas - GITDT




such a great video...
I hope that this guy recorded more
of that show

Make sure to watch it in HQ on youtube !

“LUPE FIASCO’S THE COOL” EARNS RIAA GOLD




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.


Congratulations Lupe!
-FnF up!-

Something's Coming!




The Testimony Of GemStones
available soon!

Bridget Gray - Dear Hip Hop...



Her words are incredible.

When I first heard it, I was reminded of Lupe.

(thanks to Ashlee W. for showing us the video)

Amajanese Item Of The Week - Part 1


To not forget about our whole "Amajanese Movement"...

From now on we gonna bring you a cool amajanese item every week



This is the first item.

It was an experiment of an American Otaku magazine.
But it was never really released.

It was supposed to feature the coolest Japanese toys, games and mangas.
I want a mag like that!

Do you get it?

American Magazine
+ Japanese toys , games and manga
=
Amajanese!

Check out this website

this has to be the coolest website featuring Japanese toys
you could possibly think about

Keep your eyes open for more Amajanese items!
If you know anything that could be featured in this series
send a mail to

jeezy44@gmail.com


Nikki Jean Has A New Toy



: - )





Additional to that...here's an old Nouveau Riche Video I found.



There are even more videos of Nouveau Riche
check them out
some awesome stuff

Wasn't there a new EP coming out?

Lupe Pays tribute to Martin Luther King - Pics






This was at a tribute festival for Martin Luther King
taking place in The Royal Festival Hall on April 1, 2008 in London, England.

What's up with the Bape stuff lately?

Yeah a little late on this one...but better late than never..
lol

Call GemStones


Its Official, GemStones is on SayNow.com
and now anyone can call him and leave him a message.

He registered for a SayNow account last night
and should have an actual number within a week,
but until he gets an official SayNow number,
a message can be left for him by going on his SayNow Page.

So go drop him a message right away!

Click Here

FNF Army Mission 2




Straight from MySpace:
FNF ARMY!

Here's mission #2!
We need you to click
the link below
to vote for the video
"Hip Hop Saved My Life" on BET's 106 & Park!
We got "
Superstar" to #1, so let's do the same for this one!




If you vote pls shoot us an email at 1stand15th@gmail.com
also pls call your local
station and request the track
and tell us if they playe
d it, aight?


FNF UP & AWAY!

so yeah...you should really vote and call !

We want to see the video on Nr. 1 !

Lupe Fiasco to perform at Outside Lands Festival





Lupe is set to perform at the Outside Lands Festival
in San Francisco on Saturday, August 23rd

For more info

Click Here


Bryan Tanaka - The Cool - Dance - Freestyle

Lupe Fiasco - Hip Hop Saved My Life DVD Rip





Here's the Promo DVD rip of Hip Hop Saved My Life

if you want to DL it you'll just have to search the link

Artist Spotlight: Matrixx


This week we present "Matrixx" to you.



Check out what he has to say.

I'M AN 18 YEAR OLD MC FROM THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO. I'VE BEEN RAPPING SINCE I WAS 10. I THINK MY MUSIC INFLUENCES COME FROM A VARIETY OF PLACES, BESIDES MY FELLOW CHICAGO ARTISTS, I ALSO GET A GREAT DEAL OF MUSICAL INFLUENCES FROM OTHER RAP ARTISTS LIKE UGK, AND T.I., OLD WEST COAST MUSIC LIKE N.W.A., MY FAVORITE ARTISTS GROWING UP WERE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., MASE, EMINEM, AND JAY-Z. AN UP AND COMING RAPPER BY THE NAME OF "BLU" DEFINITELY HAS A BIG INFLUENCE ON MY MUSIC AS WELL.

I HAVE A CREW CALLED THE "RENEGADES" WHICH IS MADE UP OF VARIOUS ARTISTS,PRODUCERS, AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS.

MY WHOLE PURPOSE FOR RAPPING AND ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET IN THIS INDUSTRY IS TO "PIGGY BACK" ON WHAT OTHERS LIKE KANYE, AND LUPE, AND BEFORE THEM, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, AND COMMON HAVE DONE, AND THATS CREATING YOUR LANE, AND SHOWING PEOPLE ITS ACTUALLY COOL TO BE YOURSELF IN YOUR MUSIC. AND WHEN YOU ARE YOURSELF IN YOUR MUSIC, MOST OF THE TIME, IF YOU HAVE ANY TALENT, THE QUALITY OF MUSIC HAS A BETTER OUTCOME.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, MY NEW ALBUM "REVOLUTIONS IN SMALL DOSAGES" WILL BE OUT LATER THIS YEAR, PROBABLY IN FALL OR EARLY WINTER. AND AS A FAN OF MUSIC, I'M VERY PLEASED ON HOW ITS TURNING OUT. AFTER THE ALBUM IS OUT, I'M GOING TO TRY TO HIT EVERY MAJOR CITY AND DO A SHOW, SO IF ANYBODY HAS ANY SHOWS AND NEED AN ARTIST HIT ME UP. TO STAY UPDATED ON ME AND MY MUSIC..CHECK MY MYSPACE..


MYSPACE.COM/THEMATRIX34

You can Download 2 of his songs right here:

DL - Jedi

DL - Conquest

Sorry for the caps lock...but that's how I got it from him and I won't re-write it.

Best Rendition of A Lupe Fiasco Song....


Our poll is closed and 40% of the votes went to
S-Preme and his version of Dumb It Down.

On a good 2nd place we have Dre-Ski (31%) with his version of Us Placers.

Congratulations to the winner.

And to celebrate, you can download both tracks

Right Here

Monday, April 28, 2008

Darth Vader Glow In The Dark T Shirt




I found this on filthydripped.com

After seeing that Lupe was wearing a Darth Vader outfit
at several GITD shows Filthy Dripped came up with this design.

This shirt is not up for sale yet,but you can join
their e-mail list to get an alert as soon as it's out!
Could be possible that it also glows in the dark

Click Here

Emperor's Soundtrack Mini Music Video



This might be an old video, but the song is great and Lupe did a mini music video for it, so check it out !

Our Blog has been added to Lupe's Official Blog List




Wow when Sean told me the news, I'm not going to lie,
I was like "Oh my God shut up oh my God".

Yesterday Sean told me that our blog has been added
as an affiliate on Lupe's official blog
we are right under Kanye

Go Have a look!

www.lupefiasco.com/blog


A Genius Lu'- Volume 1


This is the first quote of our new weekly series of quotes
called "A Genius Lu' "


Lupe said this one at a show at the House of Blues
in Anaheim back in January.

The Chicago Bears had been disqualified to play in the Super Bowl
...and a fan wanted to see what Lupe thought about it, so he yelled:

-"I love you Lupe!, but what about The Bears?!"

Lu's back was turned to us when the guy said this.
So he stood there in the middle of the stage facing his band and said,

-"What about The Bears? I don't play for The Bears."

Lupe turns around, points at the audience and says,

"I play for YOU."

you can only imagine how crazy we went when he said that.
such a good comeback.

Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean HHSML Live @ The Last Call


Finally we have the video!


Props to Knowxone


This Is Dope!





^^-^^

click it!

BBC Robot - Glow In The Dark Tee





Yeah the robot glows.

Unfortunately this one's sold out.
But I heard that the they were throwing some other glowing BBC shirts
into the crowd at certain Glow In The Dark Tour dates.

So if you attend a show...
make sure to get one

Glow In The Dark Tour In Denver - A Review


Back Beat Online has a review of the show up on their page.

Here's what they said about Lupe Fiasco

First up was Fiasco, who faced the longest odds of anyone on the bill. Not only did he have to begin his set with about half the members of the late-arriving crowd nowhere near their seats, but he faced the typical opener's handicap of performing without notable props or accoutrements; his sole backdrop was a black curtain. Still, he didn't let these drawbacks phase him. Emerging behooded to a mock-Gregorian chant like a badass monk, he launched into a half-hour showcase that drew from Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor and Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, his two must-have albums, displaying a leonine grace and an impressive command of the stage. While he brought on rappers and singers such as Matthew Santos as needed to assist him on the likes of "Kick, Push," "Go Go Gadget Flow," "Little Weapon" and, of course, "Superstar," he remained in control throughout, moving his hands like a conductor whenever he wasn't spitting smart, passionate rhymes. The result, unexpectedly enough, was the evening's most consistently satisfying set.

For more

Click Here

Dollicia Bryan From The Superstar Video (Update)






Dollicia was featured in Lupe Fiasco's Superstar video.

She was also featured in the following videos:

“If I Was Your Man” - Joe
“Baby It’s Your Body” - Ja Rule
“You Make Me Better” - Fabulous
“Girlfriend” - Omarion and Bow Wow
"With You" - Chris Brown
"Through The Pain" - Diddy
"Love Lockdown" - Kanye West

And she's XXL mags eye candy of the year.


Visite her
MySpace


updated on Dec. 4th

A Genius Lu'


Every week, I will be posting a different Lupe Fiasco quote that is either part of a song or something that Lupe said, that makes his lyrically genius mind shine through.
(hence the feature being called, "A Genius Lu' ")

Most people know that sometimes it takes days to figure out what Lupe is talking about because his lines are so complex, but when you finally figure them out, you're left in awe at how he stated the truths of the world so perfectly for our generation to comprehend.

The first Genius Lu' will be coming to you shortly!
Feel free to leave comments on what YOU think of the quote!
I hope you guys like this =)

Also watch out for other new features!




Streets on Fire in Iraq - Dope.

Lupe Fiasco rocks the Las Vegas World Tour Tee from Stussy




sources: hypebeast
honeyee.blog


This shirt is only available at the Stussy Store in Las Vegas

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lupe Fiasco - Glow In The Dark Tour - Setlist


I saw that according to my stats
a lot of people look for a Lupe Fiasco setlist
from the Glow In The Dark Tour.

Here are the songs he played in Seattle
on the first stop of the tour:

The Coolest
Go Go Gadget Flow
Paris, Tokyo
Hello/Goodbye
Little Weapon
Hip-Hop Saved My Life
Streets On Fire
Fighters
Day Dreamin'
Kick, Push
Superstar

the songs are not in correct order though
and the setlist is not the same every night

Lupe Fiasco - Kidrobot




This should have been posted 2 years ago
but there has been no lupEND blog back in '06.
haha


Lupe designed this
for the Kidrobot Paint Ball.

It was sold on ebay and the money
was donated to "Save The Children".

I just thought it looks cool.

Kidrobot Website/toys

Added To The FNF Blog


We Are FNF Certified Now!
lol


We've been added to the friends list
of the
Official Lupe Fiasco - FNF Blog!!!
(Has anyone noticed that before?)

We really appreciate it.
Thank you!

Check it out here

Radiohead - Weird Fishes - Fan Video



Weird Fishes: Arpeggi from flight404 on Vimeo.

Well...this is Thom Yorke's band.
Thom Yorke did "The Eraser"
"The Eraser" was sampled in" Us Placers".
Now this is Lupe related...
lol

You just have to see this video!

Lupe Fiasco - Black Hoodie From The GITDT




thanks for the pics - scfdefinit

That's once again the hoodie you can buy for 65$
at the Glow In The Dark Tour

I haven't seen it in black before...
but it looks really cool

And yeah..
we already told you

It Glows In The Dark!
So...it's worth the money.
Is there anyone who can buy me one?

If I think about it...

this can be described as an Amajanese Hoodie...
because it has Japanese signs that say: "Konnichiwa" and "Sayonara"
and well...a Hoodie is typical American...so there you have it

it's Amajanese

Lupe Fiasco And Kanye West - Touch The Sky - Live - The Glow In The Dark Tour


That's the first Video I found
which includes both of them performing the song
during the Glow In The Dark Tour.

Part 1/Touch The Sky

Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco-Touch The Sky pt.1


Part 2/The end of the show

Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco-Touch The Sky pt.2


Creative Lupe Fiasco Fans


by: br0nxchyck


I did this one by myself

GemStones Interview With Spate Magazine




The Spate Mag has another GemStones interview up!

Go and check it out!

Click Here

Cool Designer Toys


I just found a site with some great designer toys

Check some of them out!





For more

Click Here

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Glow In The Dark Tour - Las Vegas - Highlights



Glow In The Dark Tour: Vegas '08 from thisislavie on Vimeo.

Can I say it?

They are all on fire!

Lupe, NERD, Kanye even Rihanna
yeah we gotta show Rihanna some love.
(She's not in the video and hasn't performed that date)

Lupe is actually using a lightsaber now
while rocking that Darth Vader helmet

Beware of the dark side, young Jedi!

Help Us To Bring The Glow In The Dark Tour To Europe!




We just started this petition because we think
that European citizens should also get the chance,
to experience this years Glow In The Dark Tour.

For more info and to sign the petition

Click Here

also share the link with your friends and
post it on message boards,

blogs, myspace, facebook
and every other site you know.

Thank you for your support!

Lupe Fiasco To Perform At Virgin Mobile Festival


Lupe Fiasco is going to perform at
"Virgin's Mobile Festival" on August 9th, 2008
in Baltimore, MD

Other confirmed acts:

Nine InchNails, Jack Johnson,
The Foo Fighters and Kanye West

Official Page


He Say, She Say: Fadia Ward Battles Dead Beat Daddies



Fadia Ward


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/


June

Credit to RhymeStyle for finding this site.

Lupe Fiasco And Kanye West - TTS Live - Glow In The Dark


some pics



Representing CRS


Thanks to jtran for the pics!

Read A Review For The Tucson Show

Here


Yohji Yamamoto




Who is Yohji Yamamoto?
Of course, he’s one of the most important and influential fashion designers
working today, but even the label “fashion designer” seems to no longer apply.

He’s been called a philosopher, a genius, the sexiest man alive.
Giorgio Armani has called him a poet, Donna Karan an artist.

Indeed, as one of the fashion industry’s more mentally rigorous designers,
the clothes Yamamoto creates are often spiritual, intellectual,
lyrical, abstract, sometimes difficult, yet always beautiful.

They are at once avant garde and classic,
transcending both time and culture,
and sidestep altogether the question of gender
with their androgynous, asexual aesthetic.

some of his creations





Adidas Y-3


Lupe Fiasco - Glow In The Dark - Las Vegas - The Mask



The Force is what gives a Jedi his power.
It's an energy field created by all living things.
It surrounds us and penetrates us.
It binds the galaxy together.

The Force will be with you, always.

Obi-Wan




Pro-Payne - The Interview


May I introduce Pro-Payne to you.



Our favorite unsigned Hip Hop Artist right now!

I had the chance to sit down with him and talk with him about how he got started, where he want's to go and what to expect from him in the future.


lupEND Blog: Pro...introduce yourself to the readers.

Pro: YOOOO what up everyone out there on the planet of LupEnd? I go by the name of pro-paYne, I am 15 and I'm an emcee out of Jersey.

lupEND Blog: I'm pretty sure most people know who you are...but when did you start rapping?

Pro: I started rapping when I was 7 years old, around 2nd and 3rd grade.

lupEND Blog: Why did you start? What was your inspiration?

Pro: Well, I had a homie in my class that was a new student and he would always be writing raps and the teacher would ask him to read them to the class. So he would go up and read them. I would sit in the class while everyone has attention on him and I would think to myself, I should write a rap or a poem, so I did, and it just went from there.

lupEND Blog: How is your process of writing rhymes?...Do you listen to a beat first...or do the lyrics come first?

Pro: Ahhh well, majority of the time someone would play a beat and I would get attatched. But if i randomly have a couple lines come up in my head, then i would finish the rhyme and then find a beat that would fit it. Or I would play with the lyrics and customize them a lil bit to fit a beat.

lupEND Blog: Talking about beats...if you don't spit about another rappers beat. Where do you get yours from. Who produces for you?

Pro: Uhmm, I normally get them from people who think I should spit off of one of their beats or something. But as of right now I have Dj Napps working on a couple joints for me, so that is a good look. But honestly if you're talented in producing - I need beats.

lupEND Blog: Alright...I'm sure someone will get some to you. Next question...Who are people that inspire you?

Pro: Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Nas, Jay-Z, Old Busta Rhymes, ATCQ, Gemstones, Carmega, Mainstream, and just creative people and creative artists of any kind.



Click the picture to get the mixtape!


lupEND Blog: Cool...talking about Carmega and Mainstream...you guys just dropped "The Arrival" mixtape..tell me something about it...and about the group.

Pro: Haha, yeah, the group has been going strong for about 2 years. I actually met them out of beef. I didn't like either of them at first but we sort of came together and it was the perfect decision. Carmega is more of a "If you're not on my side then move out of my way" type and Mainstream is "don't lie, don't be fake, be real in what you do and do it type." The arrival was actually a mixture of all of our best tracks from when we first met to now. I personally Hate it.
People always say Carmega is Gem, Mainstream is Bishop and I'm Lu lol

lupEND Blog: That's not the worst possible combination.

Pro: Hey I don't say that lol

lupEND Blog: Are there more things coming from that group in the future?

Pro: Yeah, more down along the road, maybe this summer, we aren't sure yet. Right now I'm almost done my solo mixtape, Carmega just started working on his mixtape SketchBook, and Mainstream hasn't started yet. But maybe after people get a taste of our personal sides, we will do more collaborative stuff. I don't like saying we are a group. It's more of an incorporation. like a company with out the legal things. Like a group of solo artists that barely collaborate.

lupEND Blog: Ok....so you gonna drop your "Back to The Future Mixtape" soon...I heard a couple of tracks....and I saw you doing something over "The Coolest" beat....tell us what we can expect from that tape.

Pro: "Back To The Future", is actually a concept mixtape. I wanted to try something for the Hip-Hop heads at the same time keep my swagger. I sat down and thought about what our favorite old school rappers saw the future of Hip-Hop to be. Pretty much, what a legend wants after he is dead. I went and took that concept and mashed it with one of my favorite movies (Back To The Future of course). So this is not so much a movie mixtape like Revenge Of The Nerds and such, but more of a double concept mixtape pushing one message. I actually went and asked people "what would be dope to do for Hip Hop in the 90s?" They all said do old school tracks. So I took that input and just created what would old school rappers sound like now. Or what would they want me to sound like. When it is all put together and produced to 15 tracks, it takes people Back to the forseen future of our Hip-Hop legends. "The Illest" is actually not going to make the mixtape though. Too much "Pro acts like Lupe" drama.

lupEND Blog: haha..yeah. Errm...sounds like a nice concept and I agree "Back To The Future" is just awesome. When can we expect the tape to come out?

Pro: HAHA! Well, my mic actually died to tell you the truth. So I
So I'm in the process of getting a new one...so uhh, before May or Middle of May. If you care, you'll know lol

lupEND Blog: Alright...I also heard you go by the name of Pro Payne - The Product...where does that come from?

Pro: LOL! Well, my homie gave that name to me. he said that The product was because we are all products of our environment, but I wasn't the normal product, I look at life different lol. For example, I'd be with a girl, and she'd say something about the moon, like wow the moon is bright, and I'd say well that must mean that the sun is to our 6 o'clock because of the reflection off of the moon. Then I would think about (out loud) why people say 6'o clock for positioning, then wondering why clocks have numbers instead of some weird other language or font. lol, Honestly it's nothing serious, I just thought it sounded dope, but I'm not going to say it anymore lol

lupEND Blog: Alright...If you could choose one big artist, which would be the first one to feature you on a track..who would it be? and why?

Pro: Lupe Fiasco ALL DAY! Reason being We all know he is a lyrical genius. But the respect he gets, is dope, like, people would bring Lupe up around the saviors and front runners of Hip Hop. To be in the same category as Nas is a pipe dream, but to be on a track with Lupe, while people say I spit older than I am...that would be life changing for me.

lupEND Blog: I really hope you'll be able to get on a track with him. That would be dope... Last question.....What do you think about the word Amajanese?...and would you feature it on a track?

Pro: Amajanese.....I think its dope, I don't know how to use it in my everyday lingo, but, I wouldn't mind throwin' it on a track. I actually had an idea for you with that word you should host a mixtape with a bunch of unsigned artists and start a series called Amajanese
Don't you think that would be dope?

lupEND Blog: well..if they would all feature that word...it would maybe not appeal to Lupe that much anymore....but yeah it's a good idea.

Pro: HAHA yeah, I don't think Lupe even understands what it is. LOL

lupEND Blog: I think he does. But let's finish the interview...do you wanna give any shout outs?

Pro: iight! here i go

CARMEGA, MAINSTREAM, RHYMESTYLE, THE VISUAL, CALI, KAYCEE, DJ NAPPS, T-BROWN, LULU, KEENAN KOOL-AID, EVERYBODY HOLDING ME DOWN, EVERYONE ON THE LUPE BOARDS, AND EVERY HIP HOP FAN IN THE WORLD! REBELLION! FNF UP! AMAJANESE!!
lupEND Blog: Alright man thanks for taking the time...and much success in the future.

Pro: Thank you, and may you live long and prosper *holds up Star Trak sign*

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