The good folks over at AHH reviewed the whole year and they just put up the article about the best Midwest Hip Hop Artists of 2008.
Here's what they wrote about Lupe:
Lupe spent the majority of 2008 riding the success of his critically acclaimed sophomore album The Cool. The crossover appeal of “Superstar” helped the album hit number one on Billboard Rap charts. The March 2008 video release of the poignant “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” pushed the album past gold and secured Lupe his first plaque.
Fiasco also took the time this year to partner with Coca Cola for the Refresh Your Flow Tour, a concert series aimed at empowering teens around the country from thirteen to seventeen years old that are active in their communities.
Next year, Lupe looks to again enthrall Hip-Hop fans with an ambitious three disc album named LupE.N.D. and the debut album from Child Rebel Soldier, a super group featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Lupe.
To find out what they wrote about Kanye, Common and others, click here
-a CRS album in 2009 would be really cool, right? and don't forget about that live CD/DVD set !
Grammy winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has helped provide warmth for hundreds of children this winter by giving away coats in Illinois.
According to ABC's WLS, the Chicago-bred emcee donated $5,000 to purchase the clothing items for kids throughout his native hometown.
Lupe reportedly said he wanted to give back to deserving families in Chi-town. Along with the initial coats, the "Superstar" rapper is expected to be on-hand to help pass out more coats throughout the West Side area where he was raised later today.
Illecism is a 19 year old up and coming MC from Cali. In a recentinterview he was asked about his top 5 dead or alive and Lupe made it to his list. Check out what he had to say:
Thanks to Wasalu a ni**a changed his entire style. I used to do nothing but gangsta rap, heard “Kick, Push” and never sold another bag of tree again. He felt like hip hop to me when I needed it the most. Had Lupe never dropped, my rap name would probably be Ill Steel or some corny hood shit.
Also his album The Cool was possibly the deepest conceptual album I ever heard in my life. Michael Young History is a character that any kid from the hood could identify with. For Lupe to create him in his previous album and build on him for a full disc was genius…not to mention his poetic delivery. Ridiculous.
After listening to that album and hearing the demise of The Cool on “The Die” I said to myself, “this album could change a hood ni**as’ life quicker than a Bible”. Lupe’s complexity helps me stretch myself so he made my list. He’s “cool as a pool in a blizzard with ice cubes in it…”
Fanbase is a desktop application where YOU can receive the latest content from Lupe Fiasco and other artists in one single download. The application features an audio player, chat room and a continuous feed of all the official and unofficial news, photos and videos. Works on PC & Macs.
I wish this would be a wallpaper, it's definitely dope.
Some of you might don't understand why I post a lot of fan art. The reason behind that is just simply that I think, that it's amazing how music can inspire people to do certain things.
Some people get inspired because of a song or a video that they like a lot and they start to be creative and sometimes they put together some of the coolest things. I think that's just awesome to see and if someone really puts some effort into something, they deserve to get a little bit of exposure for that.
In case you want to watch some of your favorite Lupe videos or if you want to see the latest videos of T.I., Diddy, Madonna or Linkin Park...where would you go to search them? I'm sure most of you would say "YouTube" - you can forget about that now because The Warner Music Group removed all music videos of their entire roster from the site.
Back in September of ‘06 Warner made a deal with the popular video-sharing site to share revenues from ads and royalties but after renegotiations failed over the weekend, WMG said they will take down all videos and songs from their artists, as well as content from those signed to their publishing branch.
“We simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide,” Warner Music said in a statement over the weekend.
Warner is not the only company with problems with YouTube. Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and EMI Group Ltd. are also in renegotiations with the Google owned site.
Tourniquet is a cool and futuristic novel written by Sarah Woodland. She's a good friend of mine and right now she tries to find someone who's willing to publish her book. In need of support, she started a FaceBook group.
I like the story a lot and it would be really cool if YOU would join Sarah's Tourniquet group on FaceBook to support her a bit. If a lot of people join, it will maybe give her a better chance to find a publisher for it.
Click here to join the group and to read a summary and the prologue of Tourniquet.
Really dope track and check what he wrote on his MySpace:
"One day Lupe Fiasco walks into my store to shop and looks at me hella strange, almost shocked to see me in there working. We've been friends since I was in high school. We both respected each others creativity and diversity. We would talk about the future and changing the game, and here he was, grammy nominated, living his dream". Listening to "The Cool" got me back in love with doing music, and just reconnecting with him was enough push to pursue it one more time.