Entries tagged with: Lupe Fiasco
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
Young Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been blowing up, and though he's gotten love from some veteran rappers like Kanye, Pusha T, and Jadakiss, others, specifically Lupe Fiasco "don't like" him. In a video posted to FakeShoreDrive (via HipHopDX), Lupe said:
Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents. Specifically in Chicago. And I don't speak this about any other city because I'm not from there. But like my family lives in Chicago. So my nephews, my cousins, my friends, and my peoples they all in those hoods that he represents. When you drive through Chicago...The hoodlums, the gangsters, and the ones you see killing each other. And the murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who's doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef.You can watch the video interview with Lupe below.
In related news, Chief Keef recently dropped the track "Appreciation" off of his upcoming mixtape, Finally Rich. You can stream the track below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Modest Mouse / Lupe Fiasco
The Firefly Music Festival continued in Dover, DE on Saturday (7/21) with sets from Modest Mouse, Polica, Cults, Charles Bradley, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, The Killers, and more. Passion Pit were scheduled to play that day, but unfortunately the Delware festival was one of the dates that the band had to cancel. They were replaced by Yeasayer at the last minute, who played at the same time as Lupe Fiasco (and we unfortunately missed).
The festival has already announced they'll be back next year. Pre-sale for 2013 general admission tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
by Andrew Sacher
Jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper released his fifth studio album, Black Radio, earlier this year on Blue Note Records. Recorded with his new band, Robert Glasper Experiment, it features an impressive array of guests, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, and more.
In addition to a number of originals, the album includes some heavily re-arranged covers including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," David Bowie's "Letter to Hermoine," Sade's "Cherish the Day," and Afro-Cuban standard "Afro Blue." The album effortlessly brings together jazz, hip hop, soul and R&B, more so than most others that attempt similar feats. Check out some videos from the album and a live video of the Robert Glasper Experiment playing John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" below, along with a spotify stream of Black Radio.
As mentioned, Robert Glasper will be in NYC tonight (6/21) for an in-store at Apple Store West 14th Street. He'll return with the full Robert Glasper Experiment in tow along with some special guests for a free Summerstage show at Marcus Garvey Park on August 7, where Sidi Toure plays one day earlier (8/6).
A list of all dates, videos and album stream below...
Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.
No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...
Nas @ Rock the Bells (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
That didn't take long. We just announced the intitial lineup. Check out the almost-full thing below...
My Morning Jacket @ Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
KahBang Festival is returning to Bangor, Maine from August 5-14, with music on August 12 and 13 and the kickoff concert on August 6. Bands playing include My Morning Jacket, Lupe Fiasco, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Chromeo, Surfer Blood, Atmosphere, DOM, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and many others. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
3-night camping passes are available too which include entry to the 2-day music festival, admission to the film fest, and entry to the campsite night stage (11pm-3am).
On the fence about going? WANT TO WIN FOUR TICKETS AND CAMPING??? We're offering the chance. Details on how to enter, with more details on the fest too, below.
My Morning Jacket play the festival during their August tour with Neko Case. Updated dates and contest details below...
I'm guessing that Bun B, who is also a co-professor of a course on Ethics & Hip Hop at Rice University, won't use the forum to speak on Religion and Hip Hop culture or a career in the music industry like he has done in recent months, but we'll let you know if that changes. Check out Bun B discussing the illuminati, ethics, and the war, with Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco and Russell Simmons at recent Rice University events, in videos below.
I wonder what Bun B thinks about Odd Future member Tyler the Creator's new album "Goblin" which is out via XL today (5/10). He might prefer the more ethical raps you can hear at the Pharoahe Monch/Jean Grae show happening at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT.
And speaking of Talib Kweli (who has his own free show coming up), maybe he'll be at Brooklyn Bowl to perform with Jean again, like he just did on his tour that included an April 28th show at SOB's and didn't include a May 4th show at Sonar in Baltimore. Watch a video of Talib and Jean on stage together (and covering Nina Simone) on May 3rd in DC (you can hear them advertise the not-cancelled-yet Sonar show at the even of the video), also below...
today in NYC
* It Is It @ Pianos
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Jaiko Suzuki @ The Stone
* the Bad Plus @ the Blue Note
* Paul & Maurey @ The Stone
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Pretty Good Friends @ Union Hall
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Ben Holmes, Patrick Farrell @ Barbes
* Lupe Fiasco, Black Milk @ Roseland Ballroom
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Qualia @ Pianos
* Sea of Bees, Smoosh, Nick Jaina @ The Rock Shop
* Wild Yaks, Lovehandle, Open Ocean @ Glasslands
* Grails, James Blackshaw, Moonrises @ Knitting Factory
* Trentemoller, Dorit Chrysler @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Neil Young, Bert Jansch @ Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall
* The Soundclash (Lupe Fiasco & Sky Gellaty) DJ set @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Matteah Baim, Sophia Knapp (of Cliffie Swan), Hairy Sands @ Zebulon
* Live Footage, Adam's Castle, Beyondo, Oh You Devil @ Mercury Lounge
* Talk Normal, Grass Widow, Broken Water, Tara Jane O'Neil @ Death By Audio
* Rafael Anton Irisarri, Goldmund, Noveller, Kyle Bobby Dunn @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Personal and the Pizzas, The Stalkers, Barrercudas, Bright Lights @ Bruar Falls
* Curtis Hasselbring's New Mellow Edward, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys @ Littlefield
* Hennessy Youngman, Young Boys, Borts Minorts, Little Band of Sailors, Aaron Igler @ Public Assembly
Lupe Fiasco plays Roseland and then DJs Brooklyn Bowl tonight. In related but unrelated news, I was just reading about the Princeton Spanish professor named Antonio Calvo who killed himself and thought this was an interesting antecdote...
"The vibrant personality his students loved is evident in his faculty webpage on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures website. Besides his academic focus on linguistics, heritage language teaching, poetics, the arts of the Harlem Renaissance and the history of language, Calvo said that his "other areas of interest" included the music of Greg Ogsby and Lupe Fiasco, photography and "hiking and excursions from Montauk to Rhode Island's coast, stopping at Block Island."What else?
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers" album finally will be released to the public this Tuesday. It's been a long time coming -- his last record was "The Cool" in 2007 -- but it's not at all the album the Chicago rapper wanted to make. His valiant attempts to buck up and promote it are downbeat and disheartening. When I first chatted with Fiasco during some down time last week in New York City, I congratulated him on the album's first single, "The Show Goes On," which had just gone gold (selling 500,000 singles). He huffed, his whole attitude was "whatever" as he responded: "It's their record. My words, their music. They forced this song to be a No. 1 single, and that's what they got. I can't take any credit for it."Regardless of Lupe Fiasco's feelings on Lasers, the Chicago MC gave a highly-energetic performance as he celebrated its release last night, 3/7, at a sold-out headlining NYC show at Webster Hall. Special guests included John Legend, Sway, and Dosage. Black Milk, who also opens the upcoming Roseland show, opened the night.
He's referring to Atlantic Records, the once historic label (founded by Ahmet Ertegun) that is now a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group. According to Fiasco, various players at Atlantic thwarted his artistic mission on this, his third album for the label -- a process that dragged on for three years and ended only when several hundred fans scheduled a protest last October in downtown Chicago and outside the label's New York City offices. -[Chicago Sun-Times]
Lupe also recently played a sponsored event at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg. His next show may be the Atlantic Records showcase (he can't be that angry) with Wiz Khalifa and Cee-Lo at SXSW.
More pictures from Webster Hall, setlist included, below...
"lupe's show was incredible! such an inspiration..
thanks for showing Brooklyn some love! #LASERS" -traces_notepad
Lupe Fiasco played a free sponsored show show at MHOW on Sunday 2/27. Did you go? How was it? He'll also be at the sold-out Webster Hall on March 8th but in addition to that, Lupe has added ANOTHER NYC date after the smoke clears from his Lasers record release. Look for Lupe Fiasco at Roseland on April 24th with the great Black Milk! Tickets are on sale.
Some videos from the Music Hall show below...
Lupe Fiasco has sold-out his previously discussed record release party at Webster Hall on March 8th, but the Chi-city MC has added another, and for free. Lupe Fiasco will appear at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/27 as part of a free, RSVP-only event at the venue. RSVP is currently open. Lupe's new LP Lasers hits store shelves on March 8th. Stream the new track "All Black Everything" at his site.
If you didn't get tickets for Webster Hall, that means you are free and clear to check out Raekwon at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/8 (tickets). The show is a record release party for the Wu-Tang great, as Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang will drop the same day as Lasers (March 8). Raekwon recently dropped a new video for title track and a new song, "Molasses" featuring Ghostface and Rick Ross. Download "Molasses" above or stream it below alongside the new video.
Pharoahe Monch has a new disc on the way, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), and he'll celebrate that with a March 24th show at SOBs. Ticket info is forthcoming. W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is due via Duck Down on 3/22 and features "Clap" available for download above and streaming below.
Still not many Diplomats reunion tour dates popping up, but in addition to the NYC & Philly shows previously mentioned, there's now also Chicago, and a March 25th show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park which is on sale. The list of dates is below.
Big Boi and People Under the Stairs are on the lineup of the just-announced Governors Ball Music Festival.
And last but not least, Southpaw has a couple of interesting hip hop shows in the coming weeks including the imperial Rah Digga with Eternia on Thursday (2/24, tickets) and the one and only Big Daddy Kane with Brand Nubian as part of a benefit on March 25th (tickets).
All streams and some video is below.
Lupe Fiasco is currently in Australia as part of the Big Day Out Festival, touring with names like Iggy Pop, Deftones, Grinderman, and countless others. After returning back to the states, he'll get ready to welcome his new LP Lasers into this world, due on March 8th. The Chicago MC will celebrate the release with a date at Webster Hall the night before it hits the streets and tickets go on sale at noon today (1/28). Lupe recently released the first single from the LP, the Modest Mouse-sampling "The Show Must Go On" via iTunes.
Tickets also go on sale at noon for Rick Ross at Best Buy Theater on March 4th, and fortunately if you can't make that show you can make it out to see him support Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj at Nassau Coliseum on March 27th as part of the I Am Music II tour. Ticket info for that show hasn't been released yet. All dates below.
Those of you who want to see Lil Wayne but might prefer to see him in a much (much) different setting than the third of three hip hop acts (instead with Motley Crue, Waka Flocka Flame, Insane Clown Posse & Bruno Mars?) can catch the recently freed MC at Bamboozle 2011 in New Jersey. Tickets are still available for the festival in multi-day, and single day pass increments.
And lets say, for some godforsaken reason you felt like a double dose of Insane Clown Posse.... that can be arranged. Insane Clown Posse has taken time off of their busy wrestling schedule to shower New York City with Faygo on April 29th at Gramercy Theater. Tickets are still available all of you Juggalos and Juggalettes!
Full Bamboozle lineup and all Lil Wayne tour dates are below.
James Lavelle & Pablo Clements will take UNKLE out on the road for a string of dates that will include three US dates (so far) and only one on the east coast. The NYC show is Webster Hall on October 23rd (during CMJ). Ticket info is forthcoming.
The US dates take place a month after Unkle releases their new and chock-full-of-guests EP, The Answer due on September 28th and featuring appearances from Tim Goldsworthy (ex-Unkle, current DFA), Lupe Fiasco, and Sleepy Sun among others. The EP has also spawned a pair of videos including the title track which is directed by The Proposition / The Road director John Hillcoat and features The Departed actor Ray Winstone. View both vids below. Preorder The Answer EP now on limited edition 12" vinyl or limited edition CD, as the physical US release will only be available via the band.
The Answer tracklisting, a pair of videos, and all tour dates are below...
N.E.R.D. (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
American rapper/producer/designer/all around great bro Pharrell Williams has recently confirmed that his rap duo N.E.R.D. will pen a track for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.I'm guessing that "Lapdance" won't be their official submission, but odds are you can hear N.E.R.D. play said banger when they headline Irving on April 28th with the great Jay Electronica. Tickets are on sale.
"We have submitted a track to FIFA which will hopefully be chosen as the official anthem," Williams told Sun newspaper. "I follow football a little bit - it would be great if it happens."
The announcement follows in the footsteps of a slew of recording artists with the same aim, including Akon's "Oh Africa" and K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag". [Shoutcast]-
Jay Electronica plays SUNY Culture Shock Fest earlier in April (as does Black Milk) and is also on board for Bonnaroo along with Stevie Wonder, Phoenix, Melvins, and many many others in June. He recently told MTV News about his wishes to collaborate with another hip hop artist, Chicago's Lupe Fiasco. Lupe plays two sold-out nights at Irving on April 10th and 11th with B.O.B.
Full NERD dates and some videos are below...
'It's amazing what these sick f#%ks will do right out in the open' - Dave Hill
Lupe Fiasco is playing Irving Plaza on April 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Dave Hill brings his "Big in Japan" show back to the UCB Theatre in NYC tonight (3/1) and March 11th.
After Dave Hill's show you can stick around UCB for Whiplash. Tonight's guests include Hannibal Buress (SNL), Kumail Nanjiani, Sheng Wang & guest host Sean Patton.
For more shows happening tonight, check out "What's Going on Monday".
Governors Island Water Taxi Beach (racreations.net)
On Tuesday, August 4, AEG Live will be presenting soul-songstress ERYKAH BADU as the first of a number of summer shows at The BEACH at Governors Island, a new 3000-capacity waterfront venue in one of New York City's most historic locations...Janelle Monae is opening tonight's show (8/4). There is also a Mos Def show in September. More information in the Beach (from a press release) below...
...Other shows on AEG's line-up for THE BEACH at Governors Island include Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime on Saturday, August 29; N.E.R.D. with special guest Asher Roth on Wednesday, September 9; Lupe Fiasco on Friday, September 11; and Brazilian Girls on Friday, October 2. Tickets for the August/September shows are on sale now; Brazilian Girls on sale next Friday, August 14 at 12pm.
Lasers are the opposite of losers. Lasers are shining beams of light that burn through the darkness of ignorance. Lasers shed light on injustice and inequality. Losers stand by and let things happen. Lasers act and shape their own destinies. Lasers find meaning and direction in the mysteries all around them. Lasers stand for love and compassion. Lasers stand for peace. Lasers stand for progression. Lasers are revolutionary.Lupe Fiasco's new album "Lasers" will be released later this year. The first single "Shining Down" will be released Tuesday (7/7). Lupe has a show scheduled in St Louis in August, and two in NY in September. On 9/11, he'll play the new Beach on Governors Island (which has its first show this Saturday - the 11th), and then the next day he plays SUNY's Dewar Arena in Oneonta. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday at noon. All dates below...
Lasers Are The Future.
We're Not Losers...We Are L.A.S.E.R.S.!!! [Lupe Fiasco]
by Black Bubblegum
Jonah Matranga & Ian Love at Gershwin Hotel (more by Tim Griffin)
Jonah might be playing that and a few more shows (listed below) solo, but - even more than before - Far is back...
Vagrant Records is proud to announce that Far has signed to the label. The recently reunited quartet is currently wrapping up their fifth full-length release in The Airport studio in Southern California with producer and guitarist Shaun Lopez at the helm and an early spring release date is expected.Far has added a few new West Coast shows in May and June, including one opening for Kings of Leon in Santa Barbara, CA. All dates below, but nothing on the east coast yet.
"We had no idea all this would happen," says vocalist Jonah Matranga. "We were just planning on getting to know each other again and playing a few shows... all of a sudden, the songs are coming, and it feels really good."
In the tail end of last year (while he was here for that Gershwin Hotel show), we caught up with Jonah Matranga and asked him about Far, his solo venture(s), and what it means to be back in lock-step with the guys again. Check out that interview below.
Meanwhile, some of Jonah's bandmates in New End Original are getting their old band back together as well. Split Lip, which became Chamberlain in 1995, will reunite with all original members to play a handful of shows in their native midwest, and eventually, the east coast. Tour dates are below.
The dates coincide with the re-issue of Chamberlain's emo-influential Fate's Got A Driver LP on color vinyl with bonus tracks.
Chamberlain's Fate's Got a Driver delivers more emotion in its 30 minutes than most bands do over the course of a career. The record is thought provoking and musically adventurous, a rare feat for a band whose members were barely past twenty when it was recorded. With nods to the Everyman side of Sunny Day Real Estate and the insistent melodicism of Fugazi, Fate's Got a Driver consistently impresses. It's all the product of lead guitarist Adam Rubenstein's thick, Fugazi-style progressions and David Moore's highly poetic lyrics... An amazing achievement by such a relatively young band. -[allmusic]Jonah discusses Lupe Fiasco, Sepultura, Fort Minor, Radiohead, and more, in the interview below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
M.I.A. & Kanye & friends (via Kanye's blog)
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D. are playing Madison Square Garden again on August 5th. Tickets go on sale Friday June 13 @ 10am. I didn't forget about Rihanna - her name doesn't seem to be on the bill this time around.
Kanye has a new video for "Flashing Lights". N.E.R.D. has a new video. Their last show at MSG was in May. Kanye then played another NYC show the next night and surrounded himself with half-naked girls dressed as astronauts. Video from that below....
At Tuesday night's Madison Square Garden stop on his national "Glow in the Dark" tour, West rapped and roamed around an otherwise empty stage, assuring that all focus would land entirely on himself.
The vast staging mimicked a lunar landscape in a world far away, underscoring "Glow's" intergalactic theme, which served the star's ego as well. At one point in the night's "Lost in Space" scenario, West met a female space alien who, naturally, recognized him.
"You're the biggest star in the universe," she exclaimed.
[Jim Farber - Daily News]
N.E.R.D. are opening for Kanye West at MSG tonight. I hope they play a much smaller venue in NYC before their new album comes out next month. Check out their performance from Letterman last night.....
Kanye is on tour with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco. The NYC show (I'm amazed they never added a 2nd one) at Madison Square Garden is tomorrow (Tuesday, May 13, 2008). Tickets are sold out. All dates below....
Yo, anybody that's not a fan; don't come to my show. For what?! To try and throw ya'll two cents in? Ya'll rated my album shitty and now ya'll come to the show and give it a B+. What's a B+ mean? I'm an extremist. It's either pass or fail! A+ or F-! You know what, fuck you and the whole fucking staff!!! I know I shouldn't dignify this with a comment, but the reviewer threw a jab at all the artists. I just wanna know when was the last time you enjoyed yourself. If you can't have fun and lose yourself at this tour it's a good chance you're a very miserable person. I actually feel sorry for you guys. Your job forces you to not have fun anymore. Grab a drink, holla at some nice girls, and party bitch!! You don't know shit about passion and art. You'll never gain credibility at this rate. You're fucking trash! I make art. You can't rate this. I'm a real person. I'm not a pop star. I don't care about anything but making great art. Never come 2 one of my shows ever again, you're not invited and if you see me...BOW!! This is not pop, it's pop art! [Kanye West - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S NOT INVITED!]And after some controversy with Kanye walking off stage in Houston on Friday....