Lupe is set to perform at the 1st ever Triad Music Festival which will be held at the NewBridge Bank Park aka Greensboro Grasshopper Stadium in Greensboro, NC on September 3rd 2011. - More info's HERE
Thanks to PS for the heads up!
Lupe talks about how his father's involvement with the Black Panthers influenced his childhood and music. MTV2's 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield premieres Saturday, July 30 at 1am ET.
#7 - Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco is an extremely popular artist despite having some of the most deeply multi-layered lyrics the genre has ever seen.
Normally I would see this as a positive thing for the industry, however his last album was a terrible, pandering piece of work thanks to people working at the label (I’m not a guy who rails against mainstream evil hampering artistic integrity or even like other people who spew such things, but in this case I was very angered).
That last tidbit aside, however, his previous work was glorious. He always had a socially responsible message in his agenda, but his rhymes were more than that. He would paint beautiful, detailed pictures, often times listening to him provided an experience akin to lucid dreaming, the way he delivered his fantastical lines in his trademark laid back manner.
Yet, his lyrics were not just free-associative “mush,” he always rapped with substance, often times just one couplet would offer three different meaning simultaneously, and yet his command of language never allowed the listener to be overwhelmed or frustrated. Even if you did not always know what he meant you always felt it. And damn… the man had a way with words.
The Show Goes On till I start aiming the Lasers and Lupe will soufflé half you motherfuckers.
"You know I don't pop-pop at the bar/But I might send pop-pops through your car." Those are the firebrand boasts of Lupe Fiasco, who before finding a career as an antidote to rap's gangsta leanings attempted to blow-up by, er, positioning himself as a full-on, club-hopping gangsta type.Elsewhere in the song "Pop Pop," Lupe vows to "put the tool in your face," brags about how he's got the police, hustlers and gangstas "nervous," and details how he does all of the above while wearing alligator skin loafers. (He's a size ten, if you're feeling generous.)But when lil' Lupe realized that crime rhymes weren't going to pay for him, he wholesale flipped his image into some sort of conscious skateboarding rapper nerd who collects rare Japanese-edition Sylvanian Families figures.Nattily, the last couple of years have seen Lupe yet again develop a new persona for himself, as he seems to have ditched the idea of even attempting to make enjoyable music in preference for becoming a professional whinger and whiner.
There are a lot of famous people in my phonebook but the most famous is probably Lupe Fiasco. We talk about current news and stuff like that. He’s really a political opinionated guy, so it’s nice to have somebody smart to talk to.
I did this song for my barber, and dear friend Juan G. Its about finding paradise in the lifestyle you live when the loved one you considered paradise ends up falling away from you. Sade in the backdrop. N.E.A.T.O.
The Fourth Annual Trae Day will be going down this Friday, July 22, in Houston, and for the first time ever, it will be live broadcast on XXL’s UStream channel.
In addition to Trae, who dropped his latest album, Street King, last Tuesday, Lupe Fiasco, Rich Boy, YC, Tity Boi, Twista and more will be hitting the stage.
XXL will be in attendance, capturing the event, performances, and interviews with the artists so that those at home can tune in. - XXL
I'm quitting twitter. it was fun while it lasted...thanks for the support on #lasers and i will see you all on the road soon...don't forget...Love Always Shines Everytime Remember 2 Smile....
u know what??? i'm gonna let @NIKKIJEAN takeover my twitter -- go get that album http://bit.ly/nikkijeanitunes
Lupe Fiasco - Renowned musician and CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment discusses how technology impacts life's rhythm.
Music constantly brings him deeper into himself and also brings more of himself to the surface. For him, the force to create is an impulse that needs a medium: music and its constant critique.via GQ
Rising star NIKKI JEAN discusses how a video of her hearing herself for the first time on Lupe's The Cool album became a Youtube sensation in this outtake from her forthcoming interview on Reelblack TV.Her debut CD, PENNIES IN A JAR, which features songs co-written by legendary songwriters, hits stores July 12, 2011.
Diggy Simmons shares how Pharrell influences him, his favorite rappers including Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, and encouraging words from Jay-Z.