Lupe is in the giving mood after an entertaining day on Twitter when he ghostwrote rappers' responses to Kendrick's verse, traded bars with Honors English, and hilarious juxtapositions with Greg Gutfeld. He tweets a new song called "#DopeFrancis (American Trap)", produced by Mr. Inkredible, and hashtagged #FL22.
Per usual with Lupe, I need multiple listens to wrap my head around this one. The beat goes hard, the chorus is repetitive but in a good way, and the verses is where I'll be coming back to. The beat dropping for much of the third verse grabbed my attention even more and the one breath for the last half of the verse was pretty epic.
A *Tibs Fav. for sure with Peace Of Paper/Cup Of Jayzus set to drop September 11th.
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 Fiascorandomly 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).
From cartoons to graffiti to fine art, Hebru Brantley is the hottest name in the Chicago arts scene with loyalists such as Jay Z, Alicia Keys, and LeBron James. His transition from graffiti to canvas has attracted some serious national attention. Through all of this success, Hebru represents Chicago. Recently asked by the Huffington Post, Hebru talks his love for the city and the family like feel here.
The Penny Candy shop ran from Friday to Sunday during Lollapalooza and was hosted all weekend long by Hebru in conjunction with Enstrumental, whose shirts have become iconic. Definitely check out his shirt (on Lupe in the pics) "Rap - Lies = Hip hop." (#TheMathematics). Ahhhhhhh he couldn't have put it better. Plus, Hebru combined with Enstrumental for the exclusive release of a line only available in the pop up shop this weekend — for example, the "Mike" series below.
We got the chance to chit chat with the big man, with an equally big heart. Coming up from the Southside, Hebru’s so grounded and his art illustrates his upbringing with fantasy like depiction. So much love for Hebru! Such a great event and such an amazing individual! #ChicagoPride
First, the tweets. In the past two days, Lupe revealed new videos coming soon for Food & Liquor 2's "Strange Fruition" and "Animal Pharm" (special to us for the #GWHHPremiere, so I'm especially excited for that one.) Plus, it's done by the same people Lupe worked with on the "#1234" trio of videos: WOLF Studio. The bar was set high with that one, but I look forward how they will find a new way to get there with these 2 upcoming videos.
Now the lyrics... or should we technically say "ideas"? "Piece Of Paper / Cup of Jayzus", which Lupe tweets is out September 11th.
UPDATE: More iPhone notes revealed! Daaaamn. Lupe ghostwriting diss against himself, ha! Nice. It's on.
New music from Lu in a month?! Wow, these next two months of music keep shaping up with an exciting mix of releases from some big names, my favorite artists, and let's not forget the underground independent scene too. Keep in tune!
As for Lu, the most recent Twitter chatter from him regarding new music was a song called "Blur My Hands" featuring Guy Sebastian and produced by Symbolyc One (as recapped here). He did, however, disclaim that it was not the first single. Shouts to LUPend for the news and potential artwork above?
And lastly, we actually ran into Lupe himself just yesterday at the Hebru Brantley x Enstrumental Pop-Up Shop! Great to connect with him during Lolla weekend in the hometown. More Lolla coverage coming and if you're in Chicago, Hebru's Pop-Up Shop is the place to be and going on all weekend at 902 S. Wabash. Simply put: fresh art and fashion that you gotta see for yourself. And who knows who you'll see there today and tomorrow?!
Ever the hometown favorite, Lupe Fiasco will perform in celebration of another Chicago institution, the Bears. The team is holding a season kickoff event at Aragon Ballroom on September 5th, sponsored by Miller Lite. The concert is part of "Back to Football Week" which aims to get fans psyched for the upcoming season, one that will hopefully be better than the last one. Tickets are $35 before fees and can be purchased here. Also in attendence will be musicians Michael Franti and Spearhead, along with Bears players to sign hats and whatnot. Sounds like a fun time.
Via Lupe's now private Twitter account (haha), he revealed last night he was listening to the first edit of a new song featuring his "Battle Scars" compadre Guy Sebastian. As you can see it's called "Blur My Hands" and the #TY indicates his upcoming announced album, Tetsuo Youth. Plus, S1 tweeted it above too and this makes sense since Lu and him have been in the lab, both parties have said in recent history. All sounds like a good combo to me! Hopefully we'll have that final edit sooner than later.
Chuckie f/ Lupe Fiasco, Snow Tha Product, & Too $hort
PRODUCTION Chuckie & Bangladesh
SUBMITTED BY Sgt. Tibs
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The EDM DJ crosses over into the hip hop world with this new single featuring Lupe, Snow, and Short. The beat gets redundant, but thankfully Lupe's clever basketball references make this one worth a listen. Tags by the Leakers for now (and hopefully updated soon with no tags, that kinda kills it as well.)