Eric Turner ft. Lupe Fiasco x Tinie Tempah - "Angels and Stars" Video drops this Week!

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The video for Angels and Stars will premiere this week on Feb. 3rd. The song is now available on iTunes.

Preview Matthew Santos' new album - Quickly Disappearing

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Matthew is kicking off 2012 with a new solo album and a US tour. The new album, entitled Quickly Disappearing, will be released on CandyRat Records. On Quickly Disappearing, Santos plumbs social consciousness and takes inspiration from the precarious predicament resulting from the melting polar ice caps and the crisis that is global warming.

He brings this global issue into a sentimental and personal arena drawing parallels in his own life as an artist trying not to lose himself while also recognizing the enormity and urgency of this looming environmental disaster.

“Musically speaking, the album is a collection of introspective songs ranging from intimate, stripped down, acoustic movements, to full band rock 'n roll tunes,” explains Santos.

Album drops on Jan 31st.

Listen x Pre-Order HERE

Photo-Op: Lupe Fiasco x Kanye West x Tyler, The Creator in Sydney

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All of them are currently down under for the Big Day Out Festival... We previously reported that Lupe joined Bassnectar on stage.

New Music: Nu-Centz - Had Enough [ft. Lupe Fiasco] (Radio Rip)

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Nu Centz won Spin 1038's First Irish Rap Superstar competition last year. Due to that he got blessed with a Lupe verse which you can hear on his track "Had Enough."

Radio rip for now.

Pics: Lupe Fiasco @ DELABBC

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Lupe paid another visit to the De La Barracuda Boxing Club. - More Pics HERE

Pics: Lupe Fiasco @ BDO Sydney

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Lupe made a surprise appearance last night at the Big Day Out festival in Sydney and performed together with Bassnectar. Pics via BDO

Lupe Fiasco interview w/ Hypebeast

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Lupe Fiasco’s affection for sneakers has been well documented ever since he first entered the music scene with his Grammy-nominated first single “Kick, Push” in 2005. Being named a Vans OTW advocate, his involvement with footwear has now reached the next level as the Chicago native has taken an active role in designing.

Last Wednesday, during Vans’s launch event for its Spring 2012 OTW footwear line during Berlin Fashion Week, we caught up with Lupe and conversed about his involvement with the brand, his design processs, his intentions with this collaboration, his latest musical project SNDCLSH and much more.

What message are you trying to convey by collaborating with such a huge platform like Vans?

Being such a big brand, they obviously have their own philosophies. My role is based on the advocating aspect. OTW models have already been created and then we, the advocates, come in and put in the final touches. They are also trying to be educational with what they are doing, which is something I agree with.

They create a shoe that is fashionable but still carries the Vans DNA, which means it has a story behind it. It’s a shoe that you can wear every day. It is not something that comes with crazy colors and a bunch of crazy pieces. Don’t get me wrong, that is cool but the OTWs are suitable for a every day experience since they are simple and fashionable. The shoes are also relatively affordable and you can wear them for a long time. There are some technical aspects being added to it to make them more comfortable.

It makes sense and I certainly agree with that. So on that level, that was something that I was looking for. I was not looking for high fashion like Lanvin and Louis Vuitton, tear them up and feel bad and stupid about it afterwards. Or even shoes that are too heavy. So the OTWs are cool, you can wear them every day.

What is the status of your next solo album?

Food & Liquor II is in the works. However, it’s a complicated process – dealing with the record company and all that so I can’t really open up on it right now. But I am definitely looking forward to it and can’t wait to offer something special from Lupe Fiasco. Be on the lookout.


Read the full interview HERE

Honors English feat. Karina Pasian - Second Chances (prod. by Needlz)

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Track off Honors's debut album "State of the Art" which drops Feb. 22nd.

Lupe Fiasco will join Howard Zinn's "The People Speak, Live!" in Chicago

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It has just been announced that Lupe will join Howard Zinn's "The People Speak, Live!," an evening of dramatic readings and songs of rebels, dissenters, visionairies, and prophets from our past and present, at the Metro in Chicago on January 31st. Unfortunately tickets for it are already sold out.

We already have such an amazing cast from Howard Zinn's "The People Speak, Live!" with Matt Damon -- one week from today, on Jan 31 at Metro Chicago -- but we're thrilled to announce that Lupe Fiasco is joining us as well. Lupe is a featured actor in the film The People Speak and contributed "American Terrorist" to the film's soundtrack. He also recently featured a sample from one of Howard Zinn's talks on a new track.

Event page on Facebook

New Music: The Cranberry Show - Traffic Lights



Milwaukee duo The Cranberry Show just released the first single off their upcoming free album "Paranormal Karaoke" which is set to drop the 1st of February via DJ Booth and DonutsandMilk.com. Get familiar with their music...Listen and Enjoy!


Lupe Fiasco for U.S. Alteration

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Check out a couple of pics of Lupe wearing some stuff from the current U.S. Alteration line, which is now available via Union LA. - More below!

Video: Lupe Fiasco Freestyles @ Vans OTW 2012 Launch Party in Berlin

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Some exclusive footage right here. Lupe kicked a Freestyle over Redman's "Tonight's Da Night" while performing in Berlin at the Vans OTW 2012 Launch Party. Props to Yasin for the video!

New Music: Logic - Young Sinatra III

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I found this guy awhile ago and have pretty much enjoyed everything I've heard from him. Allow me to introduce you to Logic from the DMV. If you enjoy the video/song, then hit the jump to download/stream his mixtape he released last year.

iTunes Snippet: Robert Glasper - "Always Shine" [ft. Bilal x Lupe Fiasco]

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2 weeks ago we posted a snippet of this song. Now here's a 2nd one, taken from iTunes.

Pics: Lupe Fiasco @ The House of Vans in Berlin

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Check out some pics of Lupe at the House of Vans in Berlin courtesy of Max Albán von Iurisch. Peep the fresh Vans on his feet!

Photo-Op: Lupe Fiasco @ the SWAGGER Flagship Store

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While in Japan, Lupe visited the SWAGGER Flagship Store Harajuku and posed for a pic in front of the SWAGGER Logo. Another pic can be found after the jump, Jon-E x Lupe.

Highsnobiety Pics: Lupe Fiasco @ Vans OTW Launch in Berlin

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We've posted some pics of this before, now here are more, courtesy of Robert Wunsch / Highsnobiety. Check the black and white shots below!

Lasers is nominated for a NAACP Image Award

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Lupe is nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category "Outstanding Album" for Lasers. These are the other nominees in the category:

• “4″ – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• “F.A.M.E” – Chris Brown (Jive Records)
• “I Remember Me” – Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
• “The Light of the Sun” – Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)


The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards air Live on NBC on February 17th.

Photo-Op: Lupe Fiasco x Mastermind

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This pic was taken by Rob at the Grand Opening of the Not Found store in Tokyo, Japan a couple of days ago. Lupe in front of the Mastermind Skull Logo.

Lupe Fiasco reaches 1 Million Twitter Followers

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Last night Lupe got his 1 Millionth follower on Twitter. He also has over 2.7 Million LIKES on Facebook now. Congrats!

New Music: Jay Major - Watch The World

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New track by Jay Major, produced by Johnny Juliano . Just listen and enjoy!

Photo Recap: Vans OTW 2012 Berlin Launch Party w/ Lupe Fiasco

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Vans comes through with some pics from their OTW 2012 launch event. Pics of Lupe are below and more pics from the event including some of Mos Def can be found HERE

Grandmaster Flash x Lupe Fiasco x Common x LL Cool J - The Message [Rehearsal]

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We've seen the live performance on the Grammy Nominations special and now here's some rehearsal footage featuring Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Scorpio, LL Cool J, Common and Lupe.

Lupe Fiasco interview w/ Complex

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Complex sat down with Lupe Fiasco to talk about Vans, fashion, and his appreciation for Yohji Yamamoto.

You were named Vans OTW advocate recently, but it seems you've been rocking their shoes for years. How natural did the relationship with the company feel?

I was wearing more Vans than any other shoe, and I have thousands of shoes. I was wearing them just everyday — out of simplicity, ease of wear, and pricepoint. I feel bad wearing Lanvins and destroying them, but with Vans I don't really care.

I've worked with shoe brands before. I've worked with Reebok, Adidas, and even Y-3. I've always been in and out of that world of being a brand advocate, but this was a little bit easier because it was like "I'm already doing it." Even if we weren't building a relationship together, I would still be wearing them. You could just come to a show and shoot me performing and I'd be in some Vans.

What's your favorite pair?

My most remembered pair are Vans Syndicates. Some Sk8-His that I was actually skating in. That was my first lesson in like "maybe I shouldn't skate in these." They were more a fashion shoe, and I put two big ollie holes in the side. I was like "Oh well." But those are my most remembered pair.

Read it all HERE

Photo-Op: Lupe Fiasco x Mos Def in Berlin

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Lupe and Mos performed at the VANS OTW launch in Berlin yesterday. Check another pic of Lupe below!

New Music: Eric Turner ft. Lupe Fiasco x Tinie Tempah - "Angels and Stars"

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Check out the first single off Eric Turner's upcoming album.

The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey

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Skylar's 3 track EP is now available on iTunes. It features her own versions of "Words I Never Said," "Coming Home" and "Love The Way You Lie."

Get it HERE

Video: Erik Hammer interview w/ Backstage Business

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What does it take to make it to the top of the music business and get the best gigs?

Learn how to network strategically in the music business , tips on making your work multidimensional, how to connect with your audience, and pitfalls to avoid from one of the top guitarists in the business.

Joining me is Erik Hammer. Erik is the lead guitarist for Lupe Fiasco (whose album LASERS debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 earlier this year), an in-demand session musician, music producer, and high level guitar instructor.

via Backstage Biz

VANS OTW 2012 Advocate Photo Essay w/ Lupe Fiasco

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Vans strides into 2012 with its newest OTW collection captured in this “photo essay” video introducing Lupe Fiasco and Chris Kong as line Advocates joining Eric Elms and Dimitri Coste as creative forces collaborating with OTW designers.

Lupe and Chris will join the OTW crew in Berlin next Wednesday for a special launch event at the Bread & Butter trade show as they are welcomed into the Vans family. Vans will transform the East Berlin venue “Department” into a 3-day House of Vans experience featuring advocate artwork installations throughout the building.

Attendees will be able to discover the photography of Dimitri Coste, large vinyl pieces by Eric Elms, Chris Kong’s unique toys and sculptures and Lupe Fiasco’s collection of books and concert photographs.

The experience kicks off January 18 with a live musical appearance by Lupe Fiasco, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and The Patta Sound System.

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public through select Berlin retailers who carry the OTW line and the show will be webcast live at Stickam.com/vans1966. For more information on tickets if you are in Berlin, visit here.

Photo-Op: Lupe Fiasco at the Tokyo Auto Salon

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The Tokyo Auto Salon, world's largest auto exhibition, is currently going down in Chiba, Japan. Lupe rolled through the other day to check it all out.

Pic courtesy of Hellaflush / Props to foosj1

Video: Kenna interview w/ Maggie Mason

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Kenna attended Camp Mighty in Palm Springs back in November and while there he spoke to Maggie Mason about his charity efforts, their beginnings and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Vans OTW 2012 Fall/Winter Preview

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After having presented a few new styles that are set to hit retailers in the coming weeks, Vans OTW this time offers a preview of its Fall/Winter 2012 collection.

Sitting alongside many staple hybrid designs and reinterpreted classics; the new lineup features two new footwear models alongside select apparel arrangements and accessories. The new styles include the Alcon – a modernized version of the Alomar silhouette that comes with slimmer and narrower profile with longer toe and thinned collar.

Second, the Breton Lo and Hi boasts a sophisticated weather-resistant boot and low top variant that is actualized with practicality and style in mind. The line also welcomes a rucksack-style Washburn Backpack that features some leather accents, custom zippers and adjustable straps.

In addition, Vans OTW announces the participation of art director Chris Kong and American rapper Lupe Fiasco to the creative team. Look out for a comprehensive look into this collection in the coming months.

Hypebeast
has more pics!

Lupe Fiasco x Sky Gellatly talk SNDCLSH w/ Life + Times

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After debuting the “Letting Go Remix” last week off their upcoming Don’t Drop The Flag EP, Life+Times caught up with collaborators Lupe Fiasco and Sky Gellatly to discuss their new project, its purpose and giving back.

READ HERE

Lupe Fiasco's Lasers strikes Gold

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10 months after its release Lasers finally went Gold for selling over 500.000 copies. Congrats to Lupe!

Lupe Fiasco sticks to his word and records Verse for Dublin Rapper

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You might remember Spin 1038's competition to find Ireland's newest urban superstar. Lupe promised to write and record a verse for the winner.

Dublin native Nu-Centz emerged victorious and has just received that long-awaited Lupe Fiasco verse. The track is expected to hit airwaves soon, once the final edit receives the Nu-Centz seal of approval.

UPDATE: Track drops January 19th!

Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz - Out Of My Head (DJ Ruckus Remix)

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Lupe co-signed this on Twitter/Facebook, so check it.

Lupe Fiasco x Sunkist Fiesta

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Shout out to all of my fans, especially those in Chicago. Get out and buy Sunkist Fiesta orange juice and coconut fruit bars at 7-11 in most Chicago area stores and help those less fortunate this season.

Here's the deal, now until Jan. 31, 2012 buy one get one free and a portion of the proceeds are donated to buy winter coats for those in need.

Buy as many as you can and take them home. Eat a great new product and feel great about helping others.

Also follow @SunkistFiesta on Twitter and Join us on Facebook

Peace & Much Love To Ya...
Lupe

Video: Trae Tha Truth - 'I'm On' [ft. Lupe Fiasco x Big Boi x Wale x Wiz Khalifa x MDMA]

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Check out the official video for "I'm On" off Trae's "Street King" album.

Snippet: Robert Glasper - "Always Shine" [ft. Bilal x Lupe Fiasco]

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We just posted the Black Radio Album EPK, now here's a snippet of the collabo between Robert Glasper, Lupe and Bilal off the album, which drops on Feb. 28th.

Exclusive: NeoPopSicle - AWAKE [Video]

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I have the pleasure to present to you the very first NeoPopSicle music video, for her song "AWAKE" which was featured on our Dreaming Awake mixtape.

Directed by Jonny Walker

Check it out and also read the interview I just did with her HERE

Video: Robert Glasper EPK

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Robert Glasper just released this EPK regarding his upcoming album "Black Radio." At the 1:10 mark you can hear a little bit of "Always Shine" which features Bilal and Lupe.

Breaking News: Food & Liquor 2 on the way, Lupe x Pharrell album on the Way!

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Looks like we are in for some good stuff. this was just posted on Lupe's site:

FOOD AND LIQUOR 2 COMING SOON....LUPE AND PHARRELL ALBUM COMING SOON...

New Music: Mike Dreams - We The Ones

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New joint from Minnesota's very own Mike Dreams. "We The Ones" is the first single from his new upcoming project, Millenial.

Photo Op: Lupe Fiasco x Sky x DJ Kue in the Studio

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Here's a pic of a recent SNDCLSH x DJ Kue studio session, they were most likely working on the upcoming SNDCLSH EP "Don't Drop The Flag.'

Props: Kue

Lupe Fiasco to headline All In Music Fest

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Lupe will headline the All In Music Fest at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR on February 17th 2012. The All In Music Fest features Grammy Nominated UGK Legend Bun B, R&B Interscope Recording Artist Lloyd, Portland’s own Luck-One, and special guests.

Tickets HERE

Video: Lupe Fiasco talks Lyrics and Future Plans

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To ring in the new year, StarPulse caught up with Lupe at the BigBangNYE bash in Hollywood to chat about his lyrics and what 2012 will hold.

Video: Lupe Fiasco - American Terrorist III [Unofficial]

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Another AMV, from the same guy who did the one for Life, Death & Love from San Francisco.

Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor 2 is one of Complex's 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

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Another list...another Lupe placement. - via Complex

Soundtrakk is working on Food & Liquor 2

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Just yesterday Lupe posted on Facebook that he's in the studio...today, just a few minutes ago, Soundtrakk made the tweet above. ...Excited now? I am...

"Soundtrakk let the beat roll..."

Nominate us as The Best Fansite in Social Media!

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The Shorty awards are going down very soon and the submission deadline is January 27th. That's why we ask you to nominate our site in the category Best Fansite!

If you have a Twitter account, just go HERE and add your reason as to why you nominate us at the end of the text in the voting box and then Tweet your Vote.

Thank you!

Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor 2 is featured in MSN's 2012 New Music Guide

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MSN has put together a list of major releases that are expected to drop this year and Food & Liquor 2 is featured on it among new projects from Busta Rhymes, Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, Madonna, Linkin Park and others.

This past year, when Lupe Fiasco finally saw the release of his long-withheld album, "Lasers," he described himself as "medium suicidal" over what he heard. Fans disagreed, as the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 200,000 copies in its first week.

In recent interviews, this fickle pioneer of socially conscious rap -- Common and Talib Kweli also figure prominently in this style -- appears to be much more excited about his next record, which is due out sometime in 2012.

Check the full guide HERE

Pics: Lupe Fiasco @ BigBangNYE

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We had some red carpet coverage a few days ago, now here are some performance pics from Lupe's set at the BigBangNYE Party in Hollywood. Thanks to Rob! - More below!

Fuse Grammy Polldown 2012 - Vote for Lupe Fiasco!

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Fuse wants to know who you'd vote for, to get an award at this years Grammys, if you'd be part of the recording academy. 2 of the categories in which Lupe is nominated are featured:

Lupe Fiasco and others to headline Super Bowl Party

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Four of America's hottest acts — Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO and Lupe Fiasco — will team up to play a Feb. 4 concert in a converted warehouse in Indianapolis, one of the week's biggest parties.

Each act is scheduled to play a 45-minute set in the 32,000-square foot facility two blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be played the next night. Tickets cost $1,000 and can be purchased HERE starting today.

via AP

Lupe Fiasco talks about his DJ Career

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The BoomBox comes through with the 2nd part of their convo with Lupe today. This time he talks about his DJ project "SNDCLSH".

"I got a couple side projects coming up [like] my DJ album 'SNDCLSH,'" he tells The BoomBox. "Me and my partner [DJ] Sky [Gellatly] put together an all electronic, all dance music album. No rapping, no hip-hop, just all dance music."

Fiasco started deejaying a while back and decided to turn his spinning talent into a full-length project. "I got an offer to DJ like a year-and-a-half ago," he reveals. "It was something that I was good at, so it was like I got tired of playing other people's music so it's like, I might as well make my own dance music. It should be good."

'SNDCLSH' will be less about adding to his growing pockets and more about giving back to the community, with all proceeds of the album to be donated. "We actually going to be working for other people on this record," he stated.

The album is slated for release sometime this spring.


PREVIOUSLY: SNDCLSH x DJ Kue - "Letting Go Remix"

Lupe Fiasco on Food & Liquor 2: "It's not done yet, I'm waiting on my Record Company"

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Same shit, different album? .... The BoomBox chopped it up with Lupe at the BigBangNYE event, too. And Lupe talked about Food & Liquor 2.

"The 'Lupe [Fiasco's Food & Liquor II]' album is [coming out] hopefully. It's not on me," he reveals. "It's not done yet. I'm waiting on my record company, ain't nothing changed. Same business, it's on them."

While he waits on his label, Fiasco is gearing up to go back out on the road. "We got a big tour coming up in Australia in April, and we got a couple things sprinkled through the top part of the year," he states. "Nothing real crazy, we're going to wait until the album drops to really go hard."

Video: Lupe Fiasco - BigBangNYE Red Carpet Interview

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We had some pics earlier and now here's a short video of Lupe giving an interview on the red carpet @ the BigBangNYE, talking about future plans.

Pics: Lupe Fiasco on the BigBangNYE Red Carpet

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Lupe performed at the Big Bang New Years Eve party in Hollywood on Dec. 31st and above you can see 2 pics from the red carpert courtesy of Photo Grafitti

WireImage has some performance pics.

New Mixtape: Lewis - Nothing Personal

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To start off the New Year, Jersey spitter Lewis gives us a new mixtape titled Nothing Personal.

DOWNLOAD

Lupe Fiasco on BET Notarized's Top 100 Videos of 2011 List

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Lupe can be found twice on BET Notarized's Top 100 Videos of 2011 list. "The Show Goes On" made it to position 54 and "Out Of My Head" can be found at position 17.

Check the full list HERE