Rock/Soul/Prog, Spring 2008

Lupe Fiasco

April 29th, 2008 by · No Comments

Lupe Fiasco was born as Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised by a family with diverse background as the fifth child of nine, with an engineer, a prolific African Drummer, and a karate sensei as a father and a gourmet cook as mother. In the eighth grade He began to try his hand at rapping, despite his discontent with the vulgarity of mainstream Hip-Hop. At age 19, Lupe began to perform with a group known as “Da Pak”, and began his underground career. Throughout his career, Lupe has been with many record Labels Including Epic, Arista, and Atlantic; his current and final label however is 1st & 15th. Lupe has released two Albums, Food & Liquor and The Cool, and has released countless mixtapes in the underground rapping circuit.
When a rapper first hit single is about skateboarding, one can only expect big, revolutionary things to come. Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick, Push”, a song about a young skate boarder rejected by society and, as the song states, “just a rebel looking for a place to be”. Lupe wowed his audiences once again with “Daydreamin’” featuring Jill Scott, another song with an unusual prospect (this time around a giant robot with hedonistic parties happening on his body). These songs are a few of the reasons why Lupe Fiasco is considered to be the Hip-Hop generation’s next Vanguard. His lyrical abilities, intricate use of interpretative metaphor, socially conscious themes, and Mass appeal have attracted music lovers from all walks of life, creeds, and genres. Lupe himself is heavily influenced by anime/otaku culture, skateboarding, Islam, video games and comic books. His self-definition, ability to free himself from the stereotypes of rappers, “nerds”, and African Americans is what makes him the voice of not only a generation but of a culture.
The buzz generated at Miami Vice when Lupe Fiasco was first rumored to be making an appearance was grand. People of all different backgrounds came together to listen to a truly original artist. The first song Lupe played was his first single from “The Cool”, “Superstar”. The song did a great job of getting everybody in the audience energized a ready for an exciting show. From there he went into a very touching performance of “Hip-Hop saved my Life” with Sarah Greene. The crowd swayed back and forth as Lupe delivered a tale of a struggling man, using Hip-Hop’s mass appeal to put food on his child’s plate and deliver his family out of poverty. Lupe ended the night with the classic track, “Kick, Push”. The Audience went into a loud cry of ecstacy as the violin opening began. A song that on face value was about a skateboarder looking for a place was, on that night, an anthem for everyone in the audience. It was not merely the story of a adolescent on a skateboard, it was the tale of anyone who ever felt they just needed a place to be themselves.

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