Although Lupe Fiasco's upcoming album "Lasers" has suffered noticeable delays due to label disputes and leaked tracks, the Grammy award-winning rapper plans on making this release his biggest yet.
"Lasers," out March 8, 2011, will feature superstar producing duo the Neptunes, as well as guest spots from Trey Songz and U.K. rapper Sway. The album's lead single "The Show Goes On," which saw a proper release and video last week, is a song Fiasco said will appeal to "die-hard Lupe Fiasco fans."
"It's a big controversial record, and a lot of ears should perk up on this song. It really is what the direction of 'Lasers' is all about," Fiasco tells Billboard.com...For now, Fiasco looks forward to the release of "Lasers" -- and to furthering his own musical legacy, despite the industry hiccups that have plagued him along the way.
"I think I set the precedent for record labels -- showed everyone that you can have rappers that don't fit the format and still have a presence," says Fiasco. "You look at a person like me, or Kanye [West], and it was sort of a shock to the system. I definitely think I was part of changing that, and an influence to a lot dudes that are coming out today."
Recently, HardKnockTV caught up with Terry Kennedy. At 3:27, they ask him about his previous issues with Lupe. Among other things, he says that they are now cool and there are no longer any problems between the two. He also talks about what he learned from the situation. Check it out above!
New Music: Kanye West - Christmas In Harlem (Ft. Cam'ron x Jim Jones x Vado x Cyhi Da Prynce x Pusha-T x Musiq Soulchild x Teyana Taylor x Big Sean)
LupEND: Lupe recently mentioned you in an interview and gave you a co-sign. How does it feel to get co-signs from all these other artists who been on their grind for so long?Lil B: Man, I mean it's amazing, to be co-signed by Lupe really shut down everybody. No one can really say anything after Lupe co-signs me cause that's just one of the most respected.
Happy Holidays Generation Lasers! Your gift will be here on Christmas Day! 12/25 - log on to watch the world premiere of "The Show Goes On" right here on LupeFiasco.com!
The video is super dope and was directed by Hiro! And don't forget to cop Lasers in stores March 8th! Lots more to come as well including a brand new LupeFiasco.com and new tracks off the album coming in the next month, so keep it locked!!! FNF UP!! - LupeFiasco.com
UPDATE: Video premieres at 10am EST!
Whilst tweeting some Lupe Fiasco lyrics today, Mikill Pane responded to me, reciting the rest of the lyrics. I then asked him what he knew about Lupe and he sent me a link to this dope photo of him wearing a Lupe x Romanelli jacket from The Cool collection.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything hip hop-related at the Super Bowl halftime show. As a matter of fact, if you’re of the younger generation, you’re probably feeling like it’s been a while since you’ve wanted to watch a Super Bowl halftime show.
The Super Bowl odds makers originally projected that the classic rock theme – which has gone on since 2004 – would continue again in 2011 but to the delight of many, the group that will be performing at Super Bowl XLV is The Black Eyed Peas.
If you’re wondering what keyed off the classic rock run, just think back to 2004. It was a performance with Nelly, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake and, of course, Janet Jackson. There was also a significant wardrobe malfunction and some nipple slippage, which led to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Tom Petty.
Now we get something a little more modern as The Black Eyed Peas should cover the palates of a number of different fans. They aren’t hardcore hip hop; they do have a definite infusion of pop and that should make it a fun show.
The Black Eyed Peas have previously done a couple of big football games, including the Super Bowl pre-game show in 2005 and also the halftime show of the Grey Cup, which is the championship game in the Canadian Football League.
Obviously, this stage will be one of the largest they have been on as over 230 countries will be watching with virtually all of North America as well. The Black Eyed Peas have sold over 28 million albums worldwide and are one of the most popular hip hop groups nowadays.
Super Bowl XLV will take place on February 6th, 2011.
The Robert Glasper Experiment is a group consisting of Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge and Chris Dave which experiments with the fusion of Jazz and Hip Hop.They previously worked with artists such as Mos Def, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Pete Rock and many more. This should be interesting!
The new Soho store is located at 560 Broadway and offers the largest offering of Converse footwear in the world, showcasing the breadth of the brand’s collections. - Nitrolicious
Check out a quick clip from Lupe Fiasco's first ever DJ set that took place at Chicago's Whiskey Sky 12/3/10, presented by Vitamin Water. - RubyHornet
You may remember that we posted about a possible Lupe Fiasco x Jay Electronica x Lil B collab. While at The Future Of Hip Hop forum in Drexel University, Lupe was asked (@8:29) why he would work with an artist like Lil B.
He says that the track isn't official yet, but doesn't rule out the possibility of the collaboration taking place. He also talks about his open-minded approach when it comes to working with different artists. Check it out above!
Taking their name from Steve McQueen’s 1968 Bullitt thriller, an intriguing new “action adventure” musical outfit by the name of The Bullitts is on the way with a creative concept inspired by the short stories of Roald Dahl.Click HERE to listen to their collab with Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu!
Information at this point is sketchy but we’re told their first single, “Close Your Eyes”, is due for release in February 2011 and features Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu, followed by the groups’ debut album They Die By Dawn, which also features Mos Def and Tori Amos.
In the meantime, the outfit have been working with the likes of Passion Pit, Kano, Roisin Murphy and Lupe Fiasco on a series of ‘FlixTapes’ – presenting their unique audio-visual take on the mixtape, reinventing classic TV theme tunes and film soundtracks.
We previously posted videos of Lupe's visit to Drexel University, where he discussed the future of Hip Hop with Professor Michael Eric Dyson. Now, you can watch above as Lupe explains the origin of "Dumb It Down". He reveals what the original chorus was, and what inspired him to turn the song into what it is today.
PREVIOUSLY: Lupe Fiasco Preview's a New Verse
Previously, we posted a verse that was speculated to be from Lupe's 2nd single. Now, NPR gets an exclusive look from producer Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis on the creation of "Never Forget You".
Click HERE to listen to the in-depth analysis of "Never Forget You"!
Previously, we posted about Lupe's new clothing line, Overthrown Junta. Now, HypeBeast comes through with an inside look at the new line.
Lupe Fiasco has launched a camo-leather based capsule collection for his fashion line, Trilly and Truly, called “Overthrown Junta”; the line was co-designed by Marisol Martinez, and was produced at the storied New-York-based leather house, Coyote Leather.Hit the jump for more pics!
The line is a celebration of Fiasco’s love for the iconoclasm of punk rock, melded with his opinionated stance on war and peace. First featured on Esquire Magazine’s style blog, penned by noted fashion editor Josh Peskowitz, Fiasco’s capsule collection features both a leather motorcycle jacket, called “Malcolm” for $4,000, and a leather motorcycle vest, called “Martin” for $3000.
Overthrown Junta is also slated to launch a small run of leather portage goods, likely before the close of 2010. Overthrown Junta by Trilly and Truly can currently be found at RSVP Gallery in Chicago, with new retail accounts to be added in the near future at top-tier, ultra-premium retailers.
DX: Speaking of labels, I just thought I’d get from a former Atlantic Records artist any advice you might have for Lupe Fiasco in his war with Atlantic?
Apathy: Oh shit, Lupe [Fiasco] doesn’t need any advice from me, man. Lupe’s a very smart dude, and he’s gonna come out on top… [But] I’m not even sure what [his] position is. Is it that he’s not getting the push from them and he wants more push?
DX: Well, yeah. It’s like, they abandoned him and then they came back [around], but… They put out “The Show Goes On,” which is hot, but then they still haven’t [released] a video for it or anything.
Apathy: Yeah, it’s like when you lose interest from the building and when you lose complete confidence from the building, it’s almost damn-near impossible to get that back. You might as well just say, “Alright, fuck this, I’m out…” A record label’s building and all the departments involved and everybody involved are almost like fickle, buzz-oriented girls.And once you lose that initial buzz that you created, they don’t give a fuck about you. You’ll walk up in the building and they’ll smile and be like, “Yo, what’s up man? Oh shit! I’m feeling the new shit.” But, they’re not gonna work it.It’s a very phony, corny situation… Like I said, Lupe definitely doesn’t need any advice from me, but I would say, Lu, fuckin’ jump ship, get the fuck outta there. You might as well take everything that’s built up from this point and go cake-off your own shit independently. Or go with somebody who completely gets Lupe Fiasco like Kanye West’s label or some shit like that.
"People are trapped in the culture where music needs to be free and you don't need to pay for it," he told The BoomBox. "I was just at Princeton, speaking at Cornel West's class, and someone asked that. They asked about the relationship between blogs and artists. I told them, at a bare minimum it costs me, literally out of my own pocket, it costs me $3,000 to $4,000 to make a song. It costs me about $700 to $800 to make a freestyle. I'm giving you that."
The Chi-town MC went on to discuss the difference between the tracks he dishes out compared to those bloggers take from him, unjustly."Just imagine if I work with The Neptunes, including studio time and everything that goes into it -- flying people around -- it gets up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a song like 'I'm Beamin' or 'I Gotcha.'So to kinda see it on the Internet and, for some instances, for sale, who are you to have the right to tell me that I shouldn't demand payment or feel a certain way for seeing people put my music out there like that. If I chose to do that, that's one thing. But I didn't choose to do that. That music was stolen."
The town hall conversation will feature an intergenerational group of artists, including Lupe Fiasco, Russell Simmons, Nick Cannon and others, who live at the intersection of culture and social change.
The Harlem Children’s Zone, American Values Institute, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement host a community town hall discussion to kick off Black Male: Re-Imagined—a national summit to address the negative perceptions and associations of black men and boys in American society. The town hall conversation will feature an intergenerational group of artists who live at the intersection of culture and social change.
Our hope is that this rich dialogue will empower black youth to use art and culture to transform self-images and empower communities to create change. AGENDA Monday, December 6th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Town Hall at Harlem Children's Zone A town hall with grantees, all conference invitees, and community to talk about the role of culture, media and politics from an intergenerational perspective.
Watch it live tomorrow night - Monday, December 6th @ 6:30pm EST right HERE!
"At one point it wasn't about Lasers, it was about 'yo, we want out," says Lupe Fiasco about his long standoff with Atlantic Records.Lupe had a completed project, and an eager fan base awaiting it, yet Atlantic Records did not want to release Lupe's 3rd studio album, citing creative differences and corporate concerns.
In this interview we talk to Lupe about his feelings during the holdout, as well as how this ordeal has affected his relationship with the music found on the new LP and his enthusiasm to promote it.We also talk about the impact of all the protests and demonstrations on the future of the music business, and how he finds grounding and support in the Lasers Manifesto. - Ruby Hornet