We've heard about this track for the past 2 days and now it's finally here. L.E.P. Bogus Boys' "Zombie Land" featuring Lupe, off their just released "Now or Neva" mixtape.
DOWNLOAD: L.E.P. Bogus Boys x Lupe - Zombie Land
Dion: “Zombieland” is fuckin’ crazy. I’ma tell you, “Zombieland” is crazy from both angles. Before Lupe, there’s a producer named J-Kits. He does a lot of work with Trey Songz. He hit me up like, “Yo, I wanna work and do some shit with L.E.P.”. I’m like, “L.E.P.? That’s some hard rap shit”.
I said cool and he sent some beats. He sent four of the craziest fuckin’ beats we had heard that whole weekend.
Dash: “Zombieland” was a verse that he [Count] had already. We were late for a studio session and I was in the car barking about being late. I looked to the side and there’s Lupe. Moonie hopped out like, “What’s up? Let’s do something. We’re working on our mixtape. We want you to listen to it.”
Moonie asked Lu if he was in the studio and Lu replied “Nah. I’m actually going to get some sushi next door.” We didn’t want a song from Lupe or nothing. We just wanted a drop from him and he was cool with it. We’re in the studio and a hour passes. I didn’t think he was coming. I go outside and Lupe’s trying to get buzzed in. He came in and wanted us to play the tape.
We played “Zombieland” and he started jumping around the studio. He took his glasses off and said “Oh, shit. Bring that back!”. I told him that we needed to make something happen and he cut me off – “Don’t worry about it. That Zombieland record. Let’s do it.”. I didn’t even have the sessions or nothing. I called Primo and he came through with the session. Lu didn’t use a pen, paper or nothing. He just went in and layed his verse.
AllHipHop.com: I wanted to ask you just briefly, just in sort of a hindsight manner. The press made a big deal of your metaphor for President Obama as a terrorist. Do you have any regrets on that now, or maybe a different point-of-view in hindsight?
Lupe: Not at all. Not at all. I made this point when I was on Bill O’Reilly. I said just because — and it stems from Howard Zinn.
Howard Zinn said war is terror, right? Howard Zinn has a very deep past, a very powerful political thinker. He was a soldier, actually fought in World War II. He was a guy deeply involved in the Civil Rights movement in the South, [author of] “A People’s History of the United States.” A very powerful dude who I look up to very much so. His words, that war on terror, war and the definition of why we wage war is definitely terror.
The people who wage war, what are they? There is no… redefining it for the sake of making yourself feel better when you go to sleep at night. When you bomb a village for no reason at all other than that it’s a hindrance for rearranging some type of political structure or some type of energy structure in the world, or putting yourself in a better strategic position in a region so you can take over that region’s resources? That’s terror.
That’s not bringing freedom and liberty to people by eradicating an entire town and killing thousands and thousands of people, millions of people, and standing behind that. So that’s terror. But saying that, it doesn’t negate all of the other qualities or all of the other characteristics of that person. Like Bill O’Reilly, he’s a father, he’s a great speaker, he’s a great thinker. He’s a motivator. He’s a charitable person. But all of that, in itself, also does not not make him a terrorist. You know? It does not.
AllHipHop.com: So I wanted to know, just to get things moving, what are your thoughts on the whole Occupy Wall Street movement as it spreads across the world, really, at this point?
Lupe Fiasco: Overall, I think it’s great. Being actually there from the beginning of it, and seeing it kind of mobilize into being something that was an idea or like a challenge, to see the people orchestrate it and to see it actually take place, then to see it kind of spread, and now seeing it become kind of more of a global kind of thing. I think overall, I think it’s great. It’s a great conversation, a great kind of place where people can go.I’ve been to like five of them in different cities, just checking up on them, just seeing what was needed from a support side but at the same time too to take a temperature of exactly what was going on and to see, I found myself in conversation circles where it’d be a socialist and a physics teacher and a guy who works pro bono — an immigrant lawyer who does pro bono work for immigrants, and then just a regular high school kid then a college guy who went to school and is currently unemployed and is looking for something to do.And with me, you’ve got some superstar rapper then you’ve got some dude from some union, all in a circle, discussing ideas and theories and thoughts. So I think it’s great.
Taken at Occupy Orlando. Funny story - He actually walked up to me with a box of coookies to donate to the food table.I told him thank you and asked his name and he told me - I was blown away. I proceeded to sit and talk with him for an hour, and he's a really down to earth intelligent guy. It was definitely a blessing getting to meet him. - Richie B
“Moment for Life” – Nicki Minaj
“All of the Lights”- Kanye West ft. Rihanna
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne
“Out of My Head” – Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz
“Otis” - Jay Z and Kanye West
The outlook on a CRS project is bleak, according to Fiasco, who said an album wasn’t likely.
“Um, probably not. I don’t foresee it. I don’t know,” he said in an exclusive interview with AllHipHop.com.
The Chicago rapper proceeded to explain, at length, how things have progressed since the trio released “US Placers” in 2007.
Lupe continued: “Everybody has their different approaches. Do you want a CRS album or do you want a ‘Friend of the People‘ mixtape or do you want a ‘Food and Liquor 2‘ or do you want… It’s like, you know, you can’t do all of it.And then with CRS I have to get Pharrell on the same page and get Kanye on the same page – is it something that we even still want to do, you know? It was something that we maybe thought about doing 3 or 4 years ago. 3 or 4 years later, is that something that we still want to do?”
Knowing that hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco was set to perform at the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland on the second day of Occupy Oakland, numerous tweets went out days in advance asking for his support.Lupe Fiasco came through, perhaps more than expected, with donated food, supplies, tables, tents, and a generator. He even made a personal appearance during the evening's General Assembly to express solidarity with Oakland and the broader Occupy Wall Street movement, as seen in the video above.
Lupe, Salaam. Get at me family. Lets magnetize and show the ppl what a atom looks like.
Lupe Fiasco spent much of Tuesday night’s show at Oakland’s Fox Theater atop a small raised platform at center stage. There he stood, or danced or pranced, literally head and shoulders above all the other musicians.
The scene served as a metaphor for this 29-year-old Chicago rapper’s overall ability as a live performer. For in the land of hip-hop, no one stands taller onstage than Fiasco.
This shit ain't about shit so I ain't gonna go hard, now Kick, Push ..Kick, Push... get the fuck outta here... Kick, Push.
From the minute he took the stage, Lupe Fiasco embraced the rock 'n' roll side of his music. He sang hit after hit from his new album “Lasers” and got the crowd to bounce in unison to hits like “Kick, Push.” Fiasco sprayed the crowd with water danced and thrashed from one end of the stage to the other, never stopping the energy.
Sporting an "Occupy Wall Street" shirt he took several opportunities to speak about the movement. Never letting go of his activist side, Fiasco is a true superstar.
Beginning this (yesterday) morning, Fiasco Tweeted his arrival in Denver with hashtags referencing the city's inclusion in the national occupation.
At about 4 p.m., however, Fiasco made a stop at the capitol in person to drop off tents and parkas for those who front the movement locally, many of whom sleep at the area all night and all of whom are preparing for the quickly approaching cold weather.Although nobody announced his presence while he was there, one member of the occupation shouted an acknowledgment of the rapper's donations as he and his crew settled back into their van. The donations earned a rowdy round of applause, which in turn earned a generous handful of Tweets celebrating the fact.
Tabil Kweli attends Occupy Wall Street on Oct 6, 2011. Kweli performs exclusive new rhymes from a song titled "Distractions" and by request "Thieves In the Night." He also speaks heart-felt words in support of Occupy Wall Street.
On the horizon of his next project, Mickey Factz puts together a sampler of music from the project titled "Mickey Mau5", he's been working on.
Mickey Mau5 (pronounced mouse) is a pseudo-character created by Factz to tell the tale of a kid growing up in Nyc, during the street graffiti era of Fab 5 Freddy, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, etc. Embodying the spirit of the 80's, Mickey delivers a full concept tape, with a sound-bed sampled from Deadmau5 & Dangermouse production.
In the upcoming weeks, there will be a visual release as well as tracks leaked from the project. No date is yet set for the release.
“Me and my partner Scott started a dj collective called Soundclash so we’re working on that album right now and hopefully we’ll have a single out by Halloween and will try and push an album out around that and tour and all that.There’s a Lupe Fiasco mixtape that’s coming which hopefully we’ll have out before the end of the year and that will hopefully lead up to the next Lupe Fiasco album. And that’s really it, just more touring, touring, touring and music, music, music, music.”
"When it comes back to hip hop I still like Nas and Mos Def and even the newer guys like Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi who can definitely kind of catch my ear and keep my edge sharp I guess.”