A double dose of Lupe late tonite, as at midnight, his video for theTetsuo & Youth first single with Ed Sheeran "Old School Love" has premiered.
The video begins with Lupe watching the news report that Chicago is the world's murder capital, setting the tone for his thought-provoking words and evoking images on the hometown's much-publicized struggles. The entire aesthetic of the video contributes to that too as Coodie & Chike step behind the lens and add layers, create settings, and take us through the city for that true vintage feel. I expected all of the above, and to see how well-executed it was even after that, goes to show just how well-executed the visuals were. Ed Sheeran appears in much of the latter half of the video, kickin' it with Lu on an old-school couch and even another talented Chicago artist makes a cameo in J. Ivy. Job well done by all parties involved as the video succeeds in giving me a renewed excitement to run this back and likely first-time listeners to the song as well.
After watching the video, proceed to the previous post where I deliver my highlights and reflections from Lupe Fiasco's ongoing Tetsuo & Youth Preview Tour when it hit Chicago (+ our amazing photos).
Last night, ESPN's 30 For 30 premiered the powerful tale of "Benji" - Ben Wilson, ranked the highest rated high school basketball player going into his senior year at Simeon High School (later Derrick Rose's alum). Wilson was sadly gunned down before the senior season started and it was a tragic end to a promising career that was felt not only in Chicago, but across the country in 1984. The documentary, directed by Coodie & Chike, not only tells the story to a new generation of people, but can also help illustrate and draw parallels to some of the same issues going on in our city, and the country, in 2012. Join me in watching above and for even more on the topic, read the magnificent article on Ben Wilson from the homie Scoop Jacksonhere.