Complex's Top 25 Albums of 2009: #19 - Enemy of the State



I really wonder why the people over at Complex.com included 6 mixtapes in their "Top 25 Albums of 2009" list...well, Lupe's EOTS mixtape made it to position #19 on that list, here's what they say about it:


The Complex Co-Sign: Even if it was a mistake, we’re happy MTV left Lupe off their hottest MCs list. The exclusion clearly ignited a spark under the rapper and led to the lyrical onslaught that is Enemy of the State. Wasalu rips beats old and new alike, making it hard to leave him off any more lists, even if it gets him inspired.


Click HERE to check the full list.

Lupe Fiasco vs. RapRadar


Just so u know what's going on here, Lupe is currently featured in RapRadar's Blackout Section and this is his response to it:


via Lu's Blog: WARNING: If you dont like me now...your gonna HATE me when you read this....its chocked full of satire & truth...be advised...

-Via Rapradar.com's YN Blackout Section: "I don't know. Never liked this guy. Not a fan. Ego doesn't match the catalogue. At least Kanye made classics in the '00s. Behind the boards and on the mic. This Chi-town fellow's Joe Budden-like Internets hype irks me.

I just don't get it. I rather listen to an old Tribe CD. Ha. Anyways, dude will stay present on the RR site next year because that's what you young bucks want. As for me, the OG, I'll pass. Kiss my ass, if you don't like it. Happy Holidays!"

He talking about Lupe Fiasco by the way...ummm...Thanks I guess???

Why though?

Anyways, dude will stay present on the RR site next year because that's what you young bucks want."

Hmmm...I mean he has all the pertinent and professional information i.e. Ego v.s. Catalouge argument, not as good as Kanye, Joe Budden-esque derived fanbase, lack of classics etc, as well as all the right in the world not to post me up on his site.

So why take the hypocritical stance of continuing to promote something that you thoroughly and strongly disagree with both personally and professionally? Greed maybe? I mean my name brings traffic to sites. Now whether the amount of traffic is small or massive doesn't matter. It all translates into "impressions" which once accumulated translates into money. Impressions mean money. Money from advertisers and investors.

So to be clear the equation crudely looks like this: artists and all that surrounds them (good or bad, gossip worthy or uninteresting) = traffic = impressions = money! Now we can all agree the most classic byproduct of money is GREED...so maybe its greed...keep him in the mix even though we don't like him just because he adds to the bottomline...say it aint so...and this leads to my next one...

Or what about just plain old honest phoniness, fakery & falsehood?...I mean thats what RUNS our industry...a lil money here and a lot of phoniness over there....all kept quietly under a smiley face until you leave the room and they got what they want out of you and then before you can even get to the elevator its fuck that nigga!...I mean to NEVER had liked someone means you didn't like them from the beginning...like from day one...to be safe lets say 2005...and how many times have I been in XXL under your reign? or how many posts have I had on RAPRADAR.COM since then?...

hmmm...somebody somewhere is faking the funk...but hey thats how its is from the STREETS to the BOARDROOM...niggaz do fake shit all the time to get things done but niggaz dont ever NEVER wanna be called out as fakes or when they are on their phoney behavior especially when KEEPING IT REAL or REALNESS is the status quo and such a reputable status to have & maintain...so maybe someone is just being dishonest with themselves and needs to have a INTERNAL REALITY CHECK so they can just do the things that that person wants to do in full honesty & harmony with themselves...you know?...truth shall set ya free....

Ok what about public pressure?...pressure from the public...the public pressuring you to do something that you dont necessarily want to do or agree with for the sake of remaining in good favor or status with the public.

Thats what runs the industry too...Customer is king and you are a servant to the public. That is such a position of great responsibility. So i hope that if some small cross section of the public humbly comes to request you NOT post anymore Lupe Fiasco material that the reaction to this public demand will be as eloquent and responsible as "I'll pass. Kiss my ass"...I mean that is what the "young bucks" want...and Lord knows I could use the exposure...

Why black out when you can just as easily shed light?

...some people...i guess...

Happy Holidays Indeed!!!

Lupe Fiasco - Official Statement regarding leaked Music [Updated]


via Lu's MySpace:




For The Record:

The track "I'm Beaming" that was leaked last night was NOT authorized or intentionally leaked by myself or my company.

Plain and simple its STOLEN property. And this goes for ANY record or track that leaks or is made available for illegal download from this day forward.

Actions are being taken and the authorities have been notified.

As a personal plea to all my fans PLEASE DO NOT share, stream, or download any unauthorized or stolen Lupe Fiasco music.

A lot of time and energy goes into the creation of this music, not to mention large sums of money, money provided by my record company as well as from my own personal finances.

My music is the product of my life. It means so much to me. I take pride in it and i also take pride in how it changes peoples lives and gives them hope. So to see it treated in this manner really numbs the soul.

So many of my family and friends rely on me for their well-being and I rely on my music to give me the opportunities that allow me to provide for them.


So this one i'm taking personal. And I will do ALL that is in my power and my circle of influence to make sure that the persons directly or even remotely responsible for this and any future events involving the piracy and illegal distribution and solicitation of my music will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Both criminally as well as civilly.


With the history that surrounds the devastating and massive piracy of my first album i'm sure some of you can understand why this very harsh stance that is being taken up.

And for those of you unsympathetic enough not to understand i can only compare it to someone breaking into your house and stealing everything not tied down or someone kidnapping you sister or brother and ransoming them back to you.

A deep sense of helplessness. I hope you never have to feel this and i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.


Happy Holidays...

EVEN AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOT LOSERS...

Lupe Fiasco...Friend Of The People...


UPDATE:



For the record:

NO SONG SLATED TO APPEAR ON ANY UPCOMING OFFICIAL LUPE FIASCO/1st&15th/ATLANTIC RECORDS PROJECT WAS EVER GIVEN TO ANY WEBSITE, BLOG, FAN CLUB SITE, MESSAGE BOARD OR ANY OTHER ONLINE VENUE WITH THE INTENTION OF REVIEWING, PREVIEWING, EXCLUSIVE LISTENING OR ANY OTHER SPECIAL OR MISC. SERVICE IN ANY FORM OR MANNER WHATSOEVER BY MYSELF OR ANY INDIVIDUAL IN MY COMPANY.

THESE MATERIALS WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE IN THE PUBLIC SPACE IN THIS MANNER OR ANY MANNER UNTIL STRICT AND CLEAR AUTHORIZATION WAS GIVEN BY THE OWNERS OF THE MUSIC.

THAT FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE SONGS ARE STOLEN PROPERTY AND RIGHTS ARE BEING INFRINGED UPON.

NOT "GIVEN" OR "BORROWED OUT" BUT STOLEN

Just so its clear...

Again Happy Holidays....

Rosa Acosta x Breast Cancer Awareness



"So when I want them to hear me out

I just sit them next to some pictures of Rosa splitting with her titties out
And what’s written on her titties is what it’s really about
Then her vagina is some poor kids from China
Nipples nuclear missiles
Ass is a daughter without a dad
Back is like Afghanistan, Iraq
Health care hair
Drive by thighs
Education lips
HIV eyes
Environment feet
Justice get her so wet, brains get you brains
You can f-ck her if you protest"
-Lupe Fiasco, National Anthem-

A Genius Lu' Volume 27


One of my favorite Lupe verses of all time.
Coming from Mean & Vicious from the Revenge of the Nerds tape...

"Truthfully, I have trouble with second verses
Cause the first one be so intimidating
It'd be bullyin and pickin on it instigatin
Pointin out all the second ones limitations
Like you aint nothing but an imitation
Like bits of bacon, then it gets the chorus
And the beat to together, then they gang up on him and get to hatin
But then around the 8th bar he tired
So they conspire and comiseratin then he finds his inspiration, to spar
He takes a few seconds of judo lessons
Gets back on beat then punches the guitar
They stand in awe like when did you write that
They ain't even write black
First verse already happened
So he don't have a chance to fight back
I like that."

Wow.

Video: Mistah F.A.B. talks about Lupe Fiasco



You might remember that Lupe recently shouted out Mistah F.A.B. on "Thank You" off of his EOTS mixtape...well...during an interview with 38thnotes.com x WarriorsWorld.net Mistah F.A.B. talked about how he's connected to Lupe and what he thinks about him. (at 2:26)

"He's a genius, he's so ahead of his time, I don't think that his music will be respected by people 'til he's done, u know, he's one of those guys that you look back years later and you'll be like 'He said what?..Wow I just got what he said.'

His lyrical ability is so ahead of the times right now in that we're living in, his raps should have came out in the early 90's were you got respected for being that dope when it comes to lyrics..."

HEY LUPE YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS BLOG ENTRY WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY K1NG ELJAY BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF YOUR "FANS" ACTUALLY FEEL THE SAME WAY



I previously deleted this entry for a reason but it seems like a lot of our readers weren't happy about that...so you can check out what K1ng Eljay wrote...or just don't. I don't agree with most of it...but...whatever...


CLICK HERE TO READ IT

..also check the comments to see what S-Preme wrote..

Vote for Lupe Fiasco x Matthew Santos!



Matthew is nominated in the category Best Rock Entertainer and Lupe is nominated in the categories Best Hip-Hop/Rap Entertainer and Best Hip-Hop /Rap Album/CD at the 29th Annual Chicago Music Awards.

Update: 1st and 15th is also nominated, as Record Label of the Year.


Click HERE to Vote!
(voting ends Dec. 31st)


The Chicago Music Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday, Jan. 24th at 6 p.m. at the Alhambra Palace (1240 West Randolph).

MTV's Hottest Mixtapes of 2009: Lupe Fiasco - "Enemy Of The State: A Love Story"



via MTV: On Monday, Mixtape Daily crowned Drake's So Far Gone the best mixtape of 2009, but there were plenty of others that excited fans from 'hood to 'hood... - Here's what they wrote about Lu's mixtape:


Lupe Fiasco: Enemy of the State: A Love Story
DJ Collaborators: N/A

Necessary Notes: "Stay outta the sun's way, like you drinking blood" — that one line says it all. Lupe Fiasco is fueled by a quest to be known as the Hottest MC in the Game. Lu may be taking awhile to craft his upcoming album L.A.S.E.R.S., but his talent doesn't take hiatus.

Enemy of the State was released on Thanksgiving Day, and obviously Lu was hungry. He jacks beats from everyone from Lil Wayne to Slaughterhouse — and even Radiohead's "Natonal Anthem" — and measures up to each and every one of them.

Although the tape is less than 30 minutes long, we're discovering a new punchline everyday. Can't-Miss Tracks: "The National Anthem," "Angels" (remix), "All the Way Turnt Up"


Click HERE to find out what they wrote about
other mixtapes that dropped this year!

#2YearsLupENDBlog



2 years ago I launched this blog...today, we are still here
and we won't go anywhere but UP...07 'til infinity...


Thanks to all of our readers and everyone who supported
us within' the last 2 years, we really appreciate it!

FALSE T.V: Episode 1 - "The Line-Up"



FALSE T.V is a humorous look at the “darker & lighter sides” of our creative culture. Scripted and animated by Le Messie, mini episodes launch on a bi-monthly schedule delving into various scenarios conjured through his mind.

Episode 1 takes a look at the ever bourgeois “Line-Up” that we see affiendos put themselves through every now and then.

Lupe Fiasco speaks on Howard Zinn



NYMag published an article about The People Speak including the following statement by Lupe about Howard Zinn's universal appeal:

"What he did and what he’s pushing with the movie and the books and all that, I think it’s something that crosses cultures, crosses beyond white, black, Chinese, Asian, whatever. You know, it speaks to everybody."

Click HERE to read more!


The Howard Zinn documentary "The People Speak" will premiere on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at 8 pm (7 pm central), on the History Channel.

Lupe Fiasco: Just The Facts


Straight from Lu's MySpace:


Hi guys...Lupe here...

There seems to be a lot...A LOT...of misconception and misguided info floating around the net...

so for the sake of clarity and so that everyone (HOPEFULLY) will be on the same page let me reaffirm and debunk some things and just turn down the general noise that is surrounding Lupe Fiasco...thats me...

My Third Album is Titled "LASERS" not "WE ARE LASERS" or "LUPE.N.D."...

MY NEXT ALBUM IS NOT TITLED "LUPE.N.D."...

"LASERS" is NOT my last and final album...

"LASERS" does NOT drop in 2009...

"LASERS" does NOT HAVE A RELEASE DATE YET...

"SOLAR MIDNITE" is NOT a single off of "LASERS"...Nor was it intended to be apart of "LASERS" project...

"SOLAR MIDNITE" was exclusively done at the request of the Twilight: New Moon Team to be apart of their film, motion picture soundtrack and as a vehicle to promote the film... NOT TO PROMOTE "LASERS"...

I produced "SOLAR MIDNITE"

I'm not SELLING OUT by doing a song for NEW MOON...

People thought I "SOLD OUT" when I did "Kick, Push"...

I LOVE "SOLAR MIDNITE"...

"SOLAR MIDNITE" is NOT a HIP-HOP RECORD...

I've done ROCK or ROCK-like records on all of my previous albums...i.e. " The Instrumental" "Hello/Goodbye"...

I HAVE A PUNK BAND CALLED JAPANESE CARTOON WHICH I SING IN AND PRODUCE FOR...

I DO NOT GO BY "LUPE FIASCO" WHEN I DO SONGS WITH JAPANESE CARTOON...NOR PERCIVAL FATS!!!...I USE MY REAL NAME...

Enemy Of The State was NOT, NOT, NOT meant to be an album...so stop (to the ungrateful among you) TREATING it like one...

Enemy Of The State was short for a reason...I DONT LIKE TO WASTE SONGS...AND IT SHOULDN'T TAKE YOU THAT LONG TO PROVE YOUR NICE IF YOUR "REALLY" NICE...

ENEMY OF THE STATE WAS WATERED DOWN ON PURPOSE...BECAUSE ITS NOT AN ALBUM...

MOST OF ENEMY OF THE STATE WAS DONE IN ONE DAY...

IF YOU DONT HEAR IT FROM ME OR DJ BUSY IT MAY NOT BE THE COMPLETE TRUTH!!!

Its more noise out there and stupid rumor but I really don't have the stamina...

FNF UP...

Lupe Fiasco - More Tour Dates for Australia



Lupe has confirmed that he'll be taking his high energy live show to stages across Australia with dates scheduled in February 2010 in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and a very special show at the Melbourne Zoo as part of SoundSafari.


Here are the dates that have been announced so far:

February 21st

Enmore Theatre - Sydney

February 23rd
Metro City - Perth

February 25th
The Barton Theatre - Adelaide

February 26th
Sound Safari @ the Royal Melbourne Zoo


Tickets will be available through Ticketek & Frontier Touring

You might remember that we've already told you about a couple of
other upcoming Lupe shows
in Australia/New Zealand within'
the last 2 weeks...all dates can be found
HERE



In Stores Today - The People Speak Soundtrack



The Original Soundtrack from the film The People Speak features EXCLUSIVE, NEW, LIVE performances by artists such as Lupe Fiasco (American Terrorist), Bob Dylan (Do Re Mi), John Legend (What's Going On) and more!

It's available through Amazon, your local record dealer and all other outlets.


Click HERE to check a snippet of the exclusive
acoustic version of "American Terrorist"


The Howard Zinn documentary "The People Speak" will premiere on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at 8 pm, on the History Channel.

B.o.B gives XXL an early spin of his album



This feature can be found in XXL's current December/January Issue.

B.o.B revealed some details about a few tracks off his upcoming album "The Adventures of B.o.B." Most importantly, he talked about the track he did with Lupe called "Past My Shades."


"Past My Shades" feat. Lupe Fiasco (Produced by B.o.B)
I produced about 90 percent of the album... There's a song on there I produced with one of my solo musicians called "Past My Shades."

The concept is, you can't see past my shades, whether the shades be physical shades or symbolic to certain kinds of perception or persona. And it's kinda saying you can't see past that...

Who? Al Shux!



Head over to vibe.com to read up on the UK's newest hit producer Al Shux. He is responsible for producing Jay-Z's first #1 single "Empire State Of Mind" ft. Alicia Keys.

Lupe fans might remember his first production score with "Hi Definition" ft. Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear off THE COOL album. Be on the lookout for more Al Shux production in your ears, early next year!

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