Michael Young History: The Story Of A Victim To The Streets And The Game Part 2 [A Genius Lu' Volume 43]

When we last left off, Michael Young History was walking out of his house feeling very fortunate. Unlike those around him, he was decked out in fancy clothes paid for by his newfound profession, drug dealing. The Game had taught him all the rules of the underworld and he was masterfully applying them to his everyday life. Although corrupted, he still has faith in God and promised that he would stop hustling once he found a legitimate job. As he continues his journey, he receives a call from The Streets, but does he answer? Lets find out...

PREVIOUSLY: The Michael Young History Saga Part 1

Lupe Fiasco is nominated for an International Reggae & World Music Award

Lupe is nominated for an International Reggae & World Music Award in the category "Most Popular R&B / Hip Hop Entertainer." Other nominees include Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West & Chris Brown. The awards will be held in Chicago, IL on July 5th. Click HERE to vote for Lupe!

Props: ACCC

Bassnectar reveals how "Vava Voom" was Created

Bassnectar talked about the creation of the song "Vava Voom" in a recent interview with Migrate Music News:

MMN: “Your new album, VaVa Voom, is set to be released soon and you recently released a new single with Lupe Fiasco. Explain your song writing process, as well as your recording method in the studio. How did your collaboration with Lupe come together?”

Bassnectar: “He and I share the same birthday. I am starting to imagine that someone cast a spell on me and I slipped into a trance. When I awoke, Lupe & I were involved in some secret twilight experiment that we cannot quite remember, but will never forget.”

“The result was Vava Voom.”

PREVIOUSLY: Bassnectar x Lupe Fiasco - Vava Voom [Audio]

Lupe Fiasco to Perform @ City Hall Amphitheatre

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Lupe is set to perform at City Hall Amphitheatre in Denver, CO on May 17th. Tickets ($40-$45) for the 18+ show are on sale now via SoCo.

Michael Young History: The Story Of A Victim To The Streets and The Game Part 1 [A Genius Lu' Volume 42]

It's been a long time since the "A Genius Lu" series made an appearance on the site, but now its back in a big way!

Keep in mind that this is only my interpretation of the Michael Young History saga. Not all of the songs explained here have been officially confirmed by Lupe Fiasco himself to be part of the ongoing story, and I may have missed a couple. Solely based on my personal analysis, some of the songs only have certain verses/lines that pertain to the story and will be marked *song title* to make the distinction. The embedded links have been time-stamped to help you follow along as easily as possible. I will be using as many details and references as I can, essentially breaking it down line for line. When your done, click HERE to continue onto Part 2!

Scattered in a puzzle-like manner throughout Lupe's discography, the story of MYH is one that summarizes the journey of those that fall victim to the deceit that lies within chasing fame and fortune. Lupe uses this 17-song long musical theater to personify the lure of money and notoriety into 2 inseparable, angel faced, smooth talking, fingers-crossed-behind-their-back Bonnie & Clyde-like villains; The Streets and The Game. The fight within oneself to remain pure versus the constant inner voice yelling "BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY" is stretched even into the afterlife, where Michael Young History transforms into The Cool. The love affair, as it always does, turns into a fatal love triangle. And in the end, The Streets and The Game remain loyal to the only thing they've ever been truly devoted to... each other.

Lupe Fiasco brings Dosage out on Stage at St. Joseph's University


Lupe performed @ St. Joseph's University in Philly yesterday and brought out Dosage during his set, who then went on to perform his track "Blue Sky."

via 3DL4DL

SOHH Underrated: Lupe Fiasco


Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Ben J gave Game the title earlier this week, New Boyz's Legacy crowns Lupe Fiasco SOHH Underrated.

Legacy: Honestly, I'm not going to pick somebody from the 1990's. I have to pick somebody that's a little newers. And I know he's really not considered underrated but I feel this artist has to get a lot more attention. Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe needs to be much more of a superstar than what he already is. I feel like Lupe Fiasco is one of the dopest in the game if not "the" best lyricist in the game. He takes it to a whole 'nother level. I'm talking about listening to his records like Food & Liquor and The Cool.

Even his new album [Lasers] is really good. He's always been on top of his game. Lupe definitely deserves a lot more credibility than what he's gotten already.


Live Stream: Lupe Fiasco Skates


Lupe is back on the board and you can watch him above!

UPDATE: Live stream ended, you can watch what happened above though.

New Music: QuESt - "Gambler" [Produced By Mt.Eden]

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With his upcoming project "Fear Not Failure" merely 6 days away, QuESt decides to release the first and only official single from it entitled "Gambler." Produced by New Zealand's Drum N Bass / Dubstep Group Mt.Eden. Check the "Fear Not Failure" tracklist below.

Photo Op: Lupe Fiasco x Ben Baller @ Platinum Motorsport


Check out 2 pics of George, Oleg Kud, Lupe and Ben Baller hanging out @ Platinum Motorsport. Lupe's back on a skateboard?

New Video: The Cranberry Show - Cinema

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The official new video from The Cranberry Show "Cinema" Directed by HD Designz. Its their 1st visual from the newly released free album "Paranormal Karaoke" which dropped back in February. To download the album visit their official website www.thecranberryshow.com

PREVIOUSLY: New Music: The Cranberry Show - Traffic Lights

Video: Lupe Fiasco drops another Freestyle in Portland


Another Freestyle that Lupe did during his show in Portland. Again you can't hear much, however, shout out to DJFJDFilms for all of the footage.

Available now: Bassnectar x Lupe Fiasco - Vava Voom


You can now purchase the title track of Bassnectar's upcoming album, Vava Voom, featuring Lupe. Or, if you want to get the whole album, you can pre-order now and get the track immediately.

Check all of that on bassnectar.com

Mixtape: Mickey Factz - Mickey MauSe


Mickey just dropped his brand new mixtape, check it out after the jump!

Video: Lupe Fiasco freestyles over 'Exhibit C' in Portland


More footage from the Portland show. Here you can see Lupe freestyling over Jay Elect's "Exhibit C," unfortunately the audio is not very clear.

Alternative but shorter clip below!

Video: Lupe Fiasco says D. Rose is the best Basketball player right Now


After the video of his announcements earlier, here's another clip from yesterday's Portland show in which Lupe gives props to Bulls point-guard Derrick Rose.

Furthermore in the clip he also goes on to say that "Lupe Fiasco is the best motherfucking Rapper of all time."

Video: No more Lupe Fiasco Mixtapes; Food & Liquor 2 might be a Double Album


Last night, Lupe performed in Portland, Oregon. He stopped in the middle of his set and made 2 very important announcements.

Unfortunately, he said that there will be no more Lupe Fiasco mixtapes. But on the bright side, he says Food & Liquor 2 is completed. There is no release date yet, but he estimated that it may drop around July.

He says the only thing holding it up is deciding whether it'll be a double disc album or not.

Pics: Lupe Fiasco @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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Check a few pics of Lupe's concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall that went down in Portland last night. Dope mic btw...- More below!

New Music: Bassnectar x Lupe Fiasco - Vava Voom


Here it is! You can now listen to the title track off Bassnectar's upcoming album, Vava Voom, featuring Lupe. - Listen above!

Lupe Fiasco to perform @ Summerfest 2012 in Milwaukee

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Lupe will perform at the 45th Summerfest this year. The festival takes place in Milwaukee, WI from June 27th till July 8th. Lupe will perform on the 27th. -More info's HERE

Other tour dates HERE

Video: QuESt - Fear Not Failure [Trailer]

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With his upcoming project "Fear Not Failure" less than 2 weeks away, QuESt decides to let loose the official video trailer to accompany the bottling anticipation. "Fear Not Failure" drops April 3rd.

Bassnectar x Lupe Fiasco - "Vava Voom" to drop Tomorrow!


Bassnectar's collabo with Lupe will be available for your listening pleasure tomorrow and you'll be able to purchase it next week ...for now check a video of them headbanging above!

...a preview of the song can be found HERE (after Ni**as in Paris)

Pics: SNDCLSH in Vegas


On March 16th Lupe and Sky DJ'd at LAVO in Las Vegas, here are a couple of pics for you.

Lupe Fiasco works with 1500 or Nothin again!

Lupe's still in the studio working on his next album and yesterday he had a session with production crew 1500 or Nothin who he worked and toured with previously. Remember how dope "Go To Sleep" was? That 1500 production is golden.

Lupe Fiasco to perform @ Crawfish Boil

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Lupe is set to perform at the 2012 Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil in Birmingham, AL on May 5th! More info's can be found on the official website of the event!

Audio: Mickey Factz talks ACCC


Mickey recently talked to The Silver Tongue about a whole bunch of stuff and he touched on an All City Chess Club project that he'd like to see happen....

"We're all ready, we are waiting on him [Lupe]. Whenever he decides he wants to do it, then we will do it. Everybody that's in the crew has said 'We're ready, we want to start working'. We are waiting on Lupe, everybody is waiting on him."


Spotted at ACCC

Sarah Green's back...


...is all tatted up and we love it!

New Music: Tara/King - Don't Call It Love

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Song written by Donyea, Tara King, Kenny Wright & Robert Norman.

SNDCLSH in Las Vegas


They're back! DJ Lupe Fiasco and DJ Sky Gellatly are set to perform at Lavo in Las Vegas this Friday, March 16th! There are also other dates, May 18th and June 15th!

Video: QuESt - The Fear La Fail


Fresh off the "Fear Not Failure Video Series," QuESt continues his onslaught of visuals. This time going over Iggy Azeala's infectious single 'My World". Directed by rdotty films, QuESt give his fans something to hold onto till the release of his upcoming project.

QuESt's Free Album"Fear Not Failure" due out April 3rd. Enjoy.

Video: The A+R Room w/ Honors English x Lupe Fiasco


Honors English's "Flying High" ft Lupe receives thumbs up from Shade 45 listeners, The A+R Room and legendary Cee Lo Green and Big Gip of Goodie Mob!

Lupe Fiasco x Matthew Santos working together again?


Video: Mickey Factz - Union Square

In preparation for his upcoming project, Mickey MauSe, the Bronx emcee has started his visual campaign to promote the new music. I've had the pleasure to receive the advanced copy of this project and all I have to say is that this might be my favorite album yet. Trust me, it's THAT good and I'm not that easily impressed by a lot of music I hear.

We're going back in time on 3/26/12. In the meantime, subscribe to Mickey's youtube channel and be on the lookout for a lot of new content over there.

Lupe Fiasco set to perform at Tufts University Spring Fling


Lupe will perform at Tufts University in Medford, MA. A date or ticket details for the event haven't been announced so far...We'll keep you posted.

Lasers turns 1


Lasers dropped 1 year ago today....Don't really have much else to say...

"F&L2:GreatAmericanRapAlbum. Not Yet."

The Pro Letarians - Hello Forever

Indiana twosome The Pro Letarians have come together with The DJBooth to bring listeners their sophomore street release, Hello Forever.

The follow-up to 2011’s The Pre Game LP, the project features 15 original records from emcee Jupiter Jim and producer JO. Included are reader-approved singles “Church” and “33 Vergions.” The Pro Letarians fly solo throughout Hello Forever, with JO contributing all beats and Jupiter Jim handling all mic work.

Video: QuESt - First of the Year

To close out the the 4 part video series in association with 2dopeboyz.com, QuESt tackles Skrillex's breakout single "First Of The Year." Addressing social issues and revolution within the world, QuESt ends this captivating video series with a simple quote, "Drop your ego, raise your worth," and with that quote comes also an announcement....

Prepare for QuESt's boldly titled free album "Fear Not Failure", due out April 3rd.

Lupe Fiasco to be featured on Bassnectar's upcoming Album!

Lupe will be featured on the title track of Bassnectar's upcoming album "Vava Voom" which will drop on April 10th. The video for the track was already shot in LA.

Check the full tracklist below!

Lupe Fiasco x Kendrick Lamar to perform @ 2012 Soundset Festival


Complex Mag revealed the 2012 Soundset Festival Lineup today and there are quite a bunch of talented people on the list, including Lupe, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar and Atmosphere.

The show takes place on May 27 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. local time. General admissions tickets are $41, which includes a $3 facility fee and parking.

Full line-up on

Eric Turner talks about working on several songs w/ Lupe Fiasco


KeviPod interviewed Eric Turner recently. Turner talked about working on tracks with Lupe for Lasers and his own album and dropped a name of an unfinished/unreleased track. Check it below:

Q: After collaborating with a huge UK rapper like Tinie, you then recorded a track with US MC Lupe Fiasco called “Break the Chain”. How was it like working with Lupe? And do you know if there are still chances the song becomes a future single?

Eric: Break the Chain was a song we wrote not long after WITS. We had been going back and forth with Lupe on several tracks writing over Skype. He was originally gonna do "Stereo Sun" but it got dropped with all the controversy with releasing Lasers.

(It actually got leaked with another rapper on it by someone who got ahold of it and was tryin to shop it around under a different rapper. We were pretty sad about that cause I think we knew that if he put it on his album they'd have to do a single cause it was so vibey. It eventually ended up on Tinchy Striders album, 3rd Strike, but his album sort of got buried by some UK Rap business politics I don't understand.)

We worked on a song called "Voices of Fire" which was awesome and really rootsy then finally settled on "Break the Chain." It's probably one of my favorite songs I ever wrote cause it really says what I wanted it to say. I don't know if it will be a single, difficult to predict, my "hit song" center thinks they are crazy not to release it. It's a sleeper but it would def rise up the charts, like an Adele song.

Read more HERE

Video: Robert Glasper Experiment x Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On" [Live @ Highline Ballroom]


After Always Shine, here's another clip from the show. Lupe & the Robert Glasper Experiment performing a reinterpretation of "The Show Goes On" at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on February 29th, 2012 for the Black Radio release.

This track was not originally set to be performed, but Lupe and Robert put it together while they were upstairs before the show started.

Check another clip after the jump!

Video: Robert Glasper Experiment - "Always Shine" ft. Lupe Fiasco & Bilal [Live @ Highline Ballroom]


With a little help from Lupe and Bilal, the Robert Glasper Experiment performs "Always Shine" from the group's new album Black Radio at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom.

Pics: Robert Glasper x Lupe Fiasco @ Highline Ballroom

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Lupe joined Glasper on stage for "Always Shine" and performances of "The Show Goes On" and "Kick, Push" at the Highline Ballroom in New York on Feb. 29th. Check a few pics below!

Lupe Fiasco to perform @ Beale Street Music Festival


Lupe Fiasco is set to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN on May 4th! - For Tickets Click Here!

Lupe Fiasco to perform @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Lupe Fiasco is set to perform w/ Lloyd and other special guests at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR on March 23rd! For more ticket information Click Here!

Video: Robert Glasper x Lupe Fiasco x Bilal - Always Shine [Live on Letterman]


Robert Glasper, Lupe and Bilal performed "Always Shine" on the Late Show last night. Check it out above! Black Radio in stores now!

Lasers Gold Plaque


Lasers went Gold not too long ago...and now we get a look at the plaque courtesy of Lupe. Looks nice!