Mixtape: Mick Boogie & Terry Urban - 2009 (The Grammy Remix Project)




Mick Boogie: Well... as we are gearing up to go to LA for the Grammys, Terry Urban and I thought it would be cool to honor the Grammys by doing a special remix project of our favorite Grammy nominees for 2009.

Ever wonder how Kanye would sound rapping on Kenna's song? What if The Jonas Brothers sang over some hiphop breakbeats? What if Thom Yorke sang on Lupe's "Superstar?" What if Sara Bareilles bought a sampler and not a piano? The list goes on... but the answers can be found here.


Lupe is featured on 3 tracks...so check it out !


Click here


Music For The Masses



An Interview With Ariel P




If you visit this blog on a regular basis, you probably already saw at least one video of Ariel covering a Lupe Fiasco track on his ukulele. Now I had the chance to do a short interview with him...check it out:


Sean: What's up Ariel? Let our readers know who you are and what you do.

Ariel: What’s good? The name is Ariel, pronounced, R-E-L. I’m 18 years young & I’m a full-time student @ SDSU. Sports wise, I’m into basketball & volleyball. Been playin’ bball since I was like 6. I played vball throughout high school, but I’m too short for the big leagues.

I’m real big on music. Music played a big part of how I grew up. Back in 6th grade, my family moved to Italy. That’s like, the period in life where people find themselves I guess. & that’s when I started really getting’ into the hip-hop scene cuz the Euro scene is REAL. My big brother intro’d me to talib kweli/mos def type stuff. Which led to Kanye, which led to Lupe, hah. Aside from kickin’ it with my homies, listenin to music was all that was left.

I TRY to keep it well-rounded in terms of what I’m bumpin’. A lot of Hip-hop/R&B/Acoustic stuff though. But I don’t mess with country or any of that super hard rock/metal. I respect the work they put in, but it’s just not me. Other random facts: I love fried chicken, I don’t like sauce on my food (with few exceptions), & I like to draw.

Sean: I got to know you through your youtube videos in which you mostly cover Hip Hop and RnB tracks on your ukulele. When did you start to play?

Ariel: I started bringin’ my uke to school during my Senior year (c/o ‘08) I would start strummin’ a beat, then me & the homies would just freestyle in between classes. Since then, it turned into something that I would just do. So I guess I’ve been playing for about a year, give or take a few months.

Sean: Do you also record your own music and do you try to do it professionally or is it just for fun?

Ariel: Yeah, I wrote like 4 original songs that I recorded & put up on youtube. Those songs, and the other covers I do, are all just for fun and because I really like the songs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, hah.

Sean: Did you ever try to get in contact with a record label? If so what was the result?

Ariel: Not a record label, but I did a song called “L.O.L. (the language of love)” that was about cellphone texting. I emailed all the big-time cellphone companies in the US to try get the song in a commercial, but they aint never hit me back. Those jerks. Jk. Check it out though. Its gully.

Sean: I noticed that you cover a lot of songs by Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and Common. Are you a fan of their music or is it just easier to play their stuff?

Ariel: Yeahhh, those 3 are definitely on my list of artists to hear before you die. I wouldn’t say that their music is easier to play. I just have more motivation to learn how to play their songs because I like them so much. Sometimes its hard cuz you gotta catch the actual sound of how the lyrics are being sung because of all the drums/other sounds that don’t really translate into specific notes. But that’s the fun part.

Sean: What are some other artists that you like and what's your favorite song/album right now?

Ariel: Let’s see, Ryan Leslie, Musiq’s older stuff, Estelle, & John Legend are my R&B heaters. I’m always down for some Old School West Coast rap. Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz hold down the acoustic fort. I like Lil Wayne’s old freestyles & mixtape stuff before he got REALLY big.

This one cat I met not too long ago, I been a big fan of his, he’s underground, puttin’ San Diego on the map, SON OF RAN. He works with DJ Virus & the Messangers. Look out for them. No joke. I can go on for days with stuff I like haha. But yeah, recently I’ve been listenin’ to N.E.R.D’s “Fly or Die”, Estelle’s “Shine”, & Game’s “LAX”.

Sean: Ok cool. now let's dream a bit...if you would get a phone call from...let's say Lupe Fiasco and he'd tell you that he want's you to play ukulele on one of his tracks....how would you react?

Ariel: LOL. Wow. I’d prolly drop a deuce on myself yo! Then I’d ask him how he got my phone number. Hahah, that would be insane, but definitely something I would gladly accept.

Sean: Yeah...eell...I'm almost finished with my questions...just one more thing...what can we expect from you in the future?

Ariel: In the future, hopefully ya'll can expect to see more good music on the uke by me. & hopefully a collab with Lupe, the man himself. But for now, imma keep daydreamin’. HAH, that was super corny -_-==;

Sean: Thanks for taking the time to answer those questions...and if you have anything else to say, you can do it now !

Ariel: FOR SURE, thanks for givin’ me the opportunity to say wassup & for puttin’ my vids up on the site. I really appreciate what ya'll do. Uhhh, lets see. WORD TO JC, MY BIG BROTHER, MY LIL SISTER, MY MOMS, & MY POPS WHO’S OUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST HOLDIN’ IT DOWN, THE HOLYSMOKES KREW, HG, KILLA B, FRESH KID ICE, THE REST OF THE HOMIES/GIRLS FROM ORHS ’08, KAT B, ALECKS V, A-SQUARED, & JW, EVERYBODY REPPIN THE 619/858, UKULELE UNDERGROUND HEADS, & ANYBODY THAT LOVES GOOD MUSIC! & TO THOSE THAT DON’T. . . GOD BLESS YOUR SOULS. OH & LUPE, IF YOU EVER READ THIS, THANK YOU FOR DOPE MUSIC. IT IS DEFINITELY APPRECIATED. & MY HOMEGIRL WANTS TO HOLLA, SO HIT ME UP. LOLZ, DEUCES!


Make sure to check his YouTube Channel

Rhymestyle Radio MacBook Edition


Rhymestyle Radio returns once again this week, so check it out here!

You can also search Rhymestyle on iTunes and get it that way as well.
Don't forget to subscribe!

~Rhymestyle~

Lupe Fiasco @ The Palace Theatre - More Pics








pics via Scootie

January 27th 2009 - The Palace Theatre
Melbourne, Australia

lupEND postponed????


This was posted by Lupe this morning on the FNF Army site:

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Due to circumstances beyond my control...the album roll out has changed radically...LUPE.N.D. has been postponed indefinitely!!!

As a matter of fact consider it cancelled until further notice!!!

Sorry Guys & Gals!!!!...the rumor mill and bitch ass cowards are going to have a field day with this one!!!...I'll just keep quiet about the actual reasoning so everybody can put their very special two cents in...

OK..so what now???

Actually an album is still coming in June...Thats Right!!!...Drum Roll Please...

"THE GREAT AMERICAN RAP ALBUM"

Yeah thats the new title...

want the tracklist?

ok...

1. Song #1
2. Song #2
3. Song #3
4. Song #4
5. Song #5
6. Song #6
7. Song #7
8. Song #8
9. Song #9
10. Song #10
11. The Greatest Rap Song Ever Made

No B.S.

See ya'll in June and again in December and again next June...

LupE.N.D. right after that...when the liberation comes!!!...

also JAPANESE CARTOON "IN THE JAWS OF THE LORDS OF DEATH" drops the same day as "THE GREAT AMERICAN RAP ALBUM"...Matthew Santos this spring...oh yeah...FNF UP!!!

I hate the music business...but I love music...Grammy's Here We Come!!!

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Comments?

Coachella Lineup 2009


Sunday, April 19 is the day to show up and support Lu!
We'll post the time he goes on when it becomes available.

I'm not entirely sure if I'm going yet.

Are you?!

It's Hot In Adelaide



Lupe's comment on the heat: "I'm just trying to dress cool
and stay cool and try and get God to turn off the sun"


The "Lupe Fiasco" Restaurant - Part 2





I wrote about this almost a year ago and lately
I've been getting some e-mails about it.

They actually have a website now.

The story behind the name is pretty simple: They wanted something fresh and modern and searched for a name online, they found the name Lupe Fiasco but they didn't know that it's the name of someone famous because the boss doesn't speak English.

After they found out who he is and after they heard his music, they switched the design of the place and put up some of his pictures and they also play his music and other Hip Hop/ RnB now... thanks for the mail Jana !


In case you ever visit Prague, make sure to check the restaurant.


Sarah Green on FaceBook



Click here to become a fan !


Props KayCee

B.o.B Meets Lupe



Lupe Fiasco - Character Approved Awards - Full Video



I wrote about this 2 days ago. They had this video on the website but it
wasn't embeddable. Now it's on YouTube...so check it out !

Producer Drew Correa Works With Lupe Fiasco




Billboard reports that Drew Correa is currently working with Lupe Fiasco.

Correa started to work as an engineer for Lil Wayne in the early '00s and together with Infamous he produced "Mr. Carter" from Tha Carter 3 and "Prom Queen" which is the lead single off of Lil Wayne's upcoming album Rebirth.

This should be interesting, Mr. Carter was pretty dope
and Prom Queen is not bad either.


Thanks to Demitri for sending this in

propaYne - The Experience


...stay tuned

Lupe Fiasco - BDO Melbourne - More Pics - part 2








This Is Still Dope !


Lupe Fiasco Met Some of Australia’s Native Animals


Picture: EUGENE HYLAND

Lupe Fiasco had a close encounter with Australia’s native animals today on a special trip to Healesville Sanctuary. Lupe met koalas, kangaroos and held a platypus on his private tour of the sanctuary.

"These animals are very cool but very weird," Fiasco said. In response to seeing kangaroos lolling in the shade, Fiasco said, "those are the laziest bunch of animals I’ve ever seen".

expect more pics and a full report on monday...

via Leader

Lupe Fiasco in Melbourne - Free Gaza Speech


January 27th 2009 - The Palace Theatre - Melbourne, Australia

We had a report about this on here yesterday, and now here we have a
video of the speech that Lupe gave before he performed Daydreamin'.

If you want to, you can also check a lower quality clip
right here - it features the full speech.

Featured Blog Of The Week - Hey, Olivia!



Hey, Olivia! is Olivia Munn's own personal weblog. In case you don't know her...here are some infos:

Olivia Munn (born July 2, 1982 as Lisa Olivia Munn) is an American actress, model and television personality. She's co-hosting Attack of the Show! on G4TV, she's a columnist for Complex and she's one of the hottest nerdy girls ever.

Her blog entries are very funny(fat kids!), entertaining and informative. I'm sure that all of you can find something on there that you'll like.

And to all the guys who are still not convinced, check this: She appeared at The Star Wars Convention in 2007 and was dressed up as Princess Leia...now come on, there's nothing that any girl could do to top that. (Ok, there are some things but they wouldn't be SFW)


Ok..now just click here and say: Hey, Olivia !

Lupe Fiasco @ The Palace Theatre in Melbourne - Pics








January 27th 2009 - The Palace Theatre - Melbourne, Australia

Click here to read a review of the concert

Props to Fresh To Def

Catch Lupe on House tonight



Straight from Lupe's Myspace:

Tune in TONIGHT to watch Lupe as he is featured during "House" on USA Networks, starting at 10 PM EST on USA! To be exact, Lupe will make his appearance at 10:17 exactly, so DON'T miss out!


Sean's edit: They actually broadcasted Lupe's Character Award clip. So in case you missed it, just check the entry below.

USA Network Character Approved Honoree: Lupe Fiasco




This is awesome! Congrats Lupe, you truly deserve it!



USA Network has announced the winners of the first-ever Character Approved Awards to honor individuals from a cross-section of creative disciplines who are positively influencing American culture.

This years winner for Music is Chicago-born and raised hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco, who has won over legions of fans with his musical ingenuity and emphasis on strong lyricism and storytelling.

Having racked up four 2009 Grammy nominations for his latest critically acclaimed album, no one can argue with his path to success. For more information on Lupe Fiasco and the Character Approved Awards,
visit: USANetwork

Click here
to check the extended video, you'll find it under "Webisode"

Lupe Fiasco @ The Palace Theatre - Concert Report




Fresh To Def attended Lupe's BDO side show @ The Palace Theatre in
Melbourne on January 27th 2009 and wrote the following report:


We all know Lupe is muslim, but we all also know that the reason he has said the thing he hates most right now is the Israeli Army is because of the humanitarian in him, as opposed strictly because of his faith.

Throughout the entire month here in Melbourne, we've had rallies going on in the city calling for an end to the callous war crimes being committed by the Israeli army and black t-shirts have been distributed at these events reading FREE GAZA in bold white font.

Today Lupe Fiasco reached for one of those shirts in the crowd being waved at him by one of the muslim sisters in attendance and set it aside near the drum player from 1500 or nothing. He went backstage for a moment before re-emerging topless.

He approached the girl and gave her his top as a gesture of gratitude before retrieving the Free Gaza t-shirt which he then chucked on to the thunderous approval of the entire crowd, from the front row, back of the dancefloor all the way up to the rafters, the roar reverberated through the theatre to the point where, if you were to measure, you'd record deafening decibels!

Lupe eventually settled the crowd down, before delivering a brief speech about peace being a right of every country, no matter how big or small. The speech was followed by a conveniently appropriate performance of American Terrorist.

He then prayed that every child stuck between the crossfires of the escalating war between Palestine and Israel could daydream, through these hardtimes of unrest for a better day, which he capped off with a mind-boggling performance of none other than his hit single ... DayDreamin' !!!

He had the crowd wrapped around his finger with this one. Now, Lupe was singing the praises of The Prodigy in a BLOG ENTRY recently, saying, touring with them and witnessing their sets on the national Big Day Out tour has him convinced they're the best performers he's EVER seen. I saw The Prodigy last night at the Melbourne leg of the big day out, and I can definitely vouch for Lupe when he says they're so surreal live; Insane was the way he put it I think.

But with that said, Lupe, to me anyways, has just as much spark. His energy is tremendous, his charisma is so respectable, such a likeable guy, who is a wiz at interacting with the crowd.

He did so well tonight. So well in fact, that he seriously has me contemplating travelling to his Adelaide show next up and then travelling all the way to the west coast to catch his last Australian gig on the tour, in Perth. He's simply that gifted! Ma'shallah!


Here's an additional video of Lupe performing Gold Watch:




Click here to see some more videos.

Master 3 - Light Up The Darkness




Light Up The Darkness is a concept album created by Master 3. It's loosely based on the movie I Am Legend. Each song either contributes to the general narrative or acts as a glimpse into this alternate universe.

-I personally think that it's a great album and if you like the whole concept of
I Am Legend, you'll definitely like this album, too.


Click here to download it

Rome dancin' to Streets on Fire by Lupe Fiasco



Lupe Fiasco - Big Day Out - Melbourne - More Pics






via: -tex-takes-photos-


Click here to see Lupe levitate !

propaYne Makes An Announcement



Dont forget to stop by Otaku Swagger

Lupe Fiasco X Converse - Update



The Lupe Fiasco Chuck Taylor Hi is finally getting released this year as part
of the Converse (Product) Red Spring 2009 1Hund(red) artist series.

There's still no specific date though.

Click here to check out other special editions
designed by The Edge and Bobby Shriver.


Lupe Fiasco Is Set To Perform @ Boston College




UGBC just announced that Lupe Fiasco and Ben Folds will headline the annual spring concert @ the Conte Forum this year. The concert will be on Friday, March 27th.

Tickets will most likely be sold at Robsham Theater instead of online over the athletics Web site, as they were last year. Tickets will probably go on sale 2-3 weeks before the actual concert.


I'm assuming that there will be more dates added to Lupe's upcoming U.S. Tour within the next few weeks. So in case your city is not on the list of upcoming tour dates yet, don't worry...maybe it'll be on there soon. We'll keep you updated.

Lupe Fiasco - Big Day Out Festival - Melbourne - Pics


photo taken by: Jason South




photos taken by: Melodie Mars

January 26th 2009 - Big Day Out Festival
Melbourne, Australia

"...OTHER SITE WILL BE SHUT DOWN..."


Someone on the FNF Army site made a blog entry basically asking:
"HOW MANY LUPE SITES DO I HAVE TO JOIN?" out of a joke, well Busy dropped a comment and said:

"THIS IS THE FINAL SITE. THAT OTHER SITE WILL BE SHUT DOWN ALONG WITH THOSE BOARDS, BEFORE THE NEW ALBUM DROPS.."

so there you have it folks, the "other site" I'll assume is the lupefiasco.com site, but we'll know soon. So...to all the members who still sign in on the official Lupe Fiasco Boards, sorry to say but enjoy the last few days on there as much as you can.

Gym Class Heroes, Girl Talk, and Ben Folds to Headline Duke's LDOC Concert, NOT Fiasco


As Triangle Area fans may recall, Lupe Fiasco was to head Duke University's Last Day of Class (LDOC) festival last year; however, due to the critically acclaimed Glow in the Dark Tour Lupe was double-booked. He requested a raincheck for the Fall.

Because Lupe is very popular amongst Duke's student body, many students were disappointed. The Roots gave a great show instead. Fans were excited when they heard that Lupe gave verbal confirmation of returning Fall 2008.

Fall 2008 came and left without a single performance from the FNF artist. When Duke began planning for LDOC 2009, students excitedly joined Facebook groups requesting Lupe for the line-up again. They expected that the artists would work with LDOC officials and give them the show that never was performed.

This week Gym Class Heroes, Ben Folds, and Girl Talk were revealed as the headline bands for this year's festival. Students are excited, but for some, it is bittersweet.

According to The Chronicle, Meredith Estren (the LDOC Committee Chair) stated the following: "Although Lupe Fiasco was one of the committee's top choices, his verbal promise was nonbinding and bringing him to campus would not have been possible given budget constraints."

Lupe Fiasco - Big Day Out - Gold Coast - More Pics


January 18th 2009 - Big Day Out Festival - Gold Coast, Australia



via coffeekev


Click here for some more pics

Also check the other pics from the Big Day Out Festival @
The Gold Coast that we had on here before.


Lupe Fiasco says: The Prodigy Live...BEST LIVE SHOW PERIOD...I'm At Big Day Out BTW...


Lupe posted a new topic on the OkayPlayer Boards:


The Prodigy Live...BEST LIVE SHOW PERIOD...I'm At Big Day Out BTW...

Ok...sooooooo....i've been to, watched, been a part of, hated on, learned from, walked out of, danced all night to, yawned thru, cried at, sweated at, sung along to every song at and many other adverbs and adjectives to describe my experience's at live shows....

AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THE PRODIGY LIVE.......EVER!!!


I say as of right now...It is the BEST musical performance I have ever witnessed.

The amount of energy is absolutely massive...EVERYONE on stage is a maniac...no...more like FUCKING MANIACS!!!

and there you have it...


-additional info: The new Prodigy album, "Invaders Must Die" will be in stores on March 3rd in the U.S.

Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin' - Ukulele Cover



Ariel P is back with yet another Lupe Fiasco cover.
I think I prefer this one over the cover he did of Fighters.

I also just did an interview with him...it'll be up on
here within the next couple of days.

Lupe Fiasco - Big Day Out Festival - Sydney - More Pics






Photos via: InTheMix

January 23rd 2009 - Big Day Out Festival
Sydney, Australia

Click here to read a review of the concert

FNF Army on Ning



I'm pretty sure that most of you saw the site already...anyway, here's the
official announcement from Lupe's MySpace Page:

Click the link below to join Lupe's new ning site and
become an official member of the FNF ARMY !

Click Here To Join

This will be the 1st place to hear new tracks, videos and
information about the new album, dvd and so much more!!!!


FNF UP!!!

Justice // Hey Champ - NYE 12.31.08 @ Congress Theater



Highlight clip from the New Years Eve concert
@ The Congress Theater in Chicago.

Featuring Justice, Hey Champ, Peanutbutter Wolf and more.

Theophilus London - This Charming Mixtape



Mr. London is back with his 2nd mixtape and it's awesome !

Download Here