*nods head* at the "Who better..." quote
It wouldn't be an #OldSchoolSundays without looking at the Sunday paper, right? Well, this article above from U.K. newspaper The Independent was published in August of 2008 and Lupe Fiasco randomly tweeted it last night, sharing this blast from the past. Isn't it cool to relive some of the biggest hits and the albums out at the time, now five years ago? The article will give you the nostalgia of the times when 'Ye dropped Graduation a year before and was a certified global star, when Lupe Fiasco dropped The Cool and solidified himself as one of the game's best lyricists and storytellers, and when Common was prepping the release of Universal Mind Control while backing the Democratic Party's Presidential pick, and fellow parishoner of his same southside church: Barack Obama.
It may take more squinting than you'd like, but this article is a nice refresher of another time when Chicago hip hop was king, and for different sounds, styles, and lyricism than that of today's climate. These are my three favorite Chi-Town artists after all, and all three are such influential reasons to why we started gowherehiphop.com in the first place back in 2007.
It's never a wrong day, and doesn't have to be Sunday, to spin some of these classics back. Here are a couple that the article mentions: the comedic throwback music video for "Touch The Sky" (Kanye featuring Lupe off Late Registration), and Common's 2008 ode to President Obama, "Changes" (off UMC).
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