Lupe performed at the University of Rhode Island's Thomas M. Ryan Center last night. Check out a review below!
Before I knew it, the lights dimmed and the five-instrument team of drums, bass, guitar, piano, and violin prepared for what the next two hours would bring. Soon, Lupe Fiasco, one of my favorite rappers in the last decade, came screaming in and energetic—a force to be reckoned with once he stormed center stage. The show had clearly begun.
Rather then many mainstream artists, Lupe randomized his playing order. 2011's "Lasers" was the highlight of the beats played flawlessly, but classic tracks including "Kick/Push", "Daydreamin'", "Hip-Hop Saved My Life", "He Says She Says", and even an acoustic version of "Touch The Sky" (minus Kanye West) were played with modern percussions. As an old school Lupe fan, I was more then pleased that he hasn't forgotten his roots, reminded again by his most quoted line of the night: "Don't forget where you came from".
The thing I took from the night, more then anything, was how Lupe reminds all of us that it's his lyrics, not single handily his beats, that get the love. Everywhere I looked, over my shoulder or down on the crowd of moving bodies, the entire crowd was into whatever Lupe was saying. Because all three of his albums were broken down all in one night, it was an experience too boggling to put into words.
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