Yesterday was not the best of days for Mr. Keef. He laughed upon hearing about the death of fellow Chicagoan Lil JoJo, threatened to smack Lupe Fiasco (crazy right?), and then claimed that his Twitter was hacked. Read more
The subject is nothing new: Statements that denounce today’s hip hop music as being soulless, mindless, and shallow are sentiments that are shared daily on message boards, social media networks, and the comments section of Youtube videos. Still, it’s not a topic that today’s musicians often comment on publicly, generally speaking. Read more
On Wednesday night Vans. launched its Spring 2012 OTW footwear line during Berlin Fashion Week as part of a 3-day pop-up House of Vans experience featuring live performances by the Patta Sound System, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and new OTW advocate Lupe Fiasco. The night featured artwork exhibitions by Kong as well as fellow Advocates Eric Elms and Dimitri Coste while Lupe Fiasco and music legend Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def)shut the night down with live performances for Berlin party goers. Check out a video recap of the night, “Live in Berlin” below.
Thanks to slamxhype for the news
Having already previewed the debut US Alteration Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, here is a further look at the all new line of sophisticated cut-and-sew basics and accessories from LA designer and Barracuda founder Miguel De La Barracuda and designer Candie Weitz. An exploration of traditional Americana silhouettes seen through a modern lens, the line is rendered in the United States with immaculate attention to detail using premium materials, and accented by subtle Mexican tribal and vintage military influences reflecting the founder’s distinct sensibilities.
Currently exclusive to Los Angeles, the line will be breaking out in Spring 2012 with select global distribution and an expanded range of articulate modular pieces including vests, scarves, outerwear, and premium denim.
Remember a couple years back when Kanye ,Lupe, and Pharrell drop “Us Placers” , remember the joy of hearing that song and going nuts at the idea of a CRS album. Well its been like 3 centuries now and we still have no CRS album just 2,3 singles and that's it. But there is great hope for future CRS projects yesterday brought good news fan base, as Lupe Fiasco announced via his website that him and super-producer Pharrell Williams will join forces to release a joint album. “FOOD AND LIQUOR 2 COMING SOON….LUPE AND PHARRELL ALBUM COMING SOON…” As we all anxiously wait for additional details, we must take a look back to the label troubles Lupe went through to release Lasers and hope the same doesn’t happen for the two imminent releases.
Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump teams up with his fellow Chicago native Lupe Fiasco for their new video, off the rocker’s debut, ‘Soul Punk.’
Patrick Stump is best-known as the main creative force behind ’00s pop-punk standard-bearers Fall Out Boy, but the R&B and hip-hop influences that have long been part of his music come to the foreground on his upcoming album, Soul Punk. “This City” is the record’s first single. “I'm kind of pop but a little left of center,” Stump said. “It sounds kind of like it makes sense on the radio but at the same time doesn't at all. It's very me.”
“This City” prominently features fellow Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco, and Stump said his relationship with the rapper goes back several years. “Before Food & Liquor came out he and I were talking about working on something together. I ended up producing the song ‘Little Weapon,’ for his The Cool record,” he said. “I actually wrote the hook for ‘This City’ with him in mind before I decided to use it for Soul Punk, so when the label asked me if I'd be interested in doing a remix with an MC he was the only real way I'd say yes.”
Maybe he was better off with G-Unit. The Game's latest album upcoming "The R.E.D." has been delayed numerous times on many occasions and still has no set release date (probably hes following in his mentors the great Dr.Dre footsteps), but the California rapper says he isn't faded by the albums ongoing mishaps. In fact, he feels he's still "one of the last artists that really cares about hip-hop, when compared to upcoming artist such as Soulja Boy, Waka Flaka, and so forth and so on. The butterfly tattooed artist continues on saying "I just think that every now and then in hip hop, there's a dead space so we need some substance,I think that I just might be one of the last artists that really cares about hip hop and not rap, not the culture, not poppin' bottles, not the cars, chains, broads, I just actually care about nurturing and giving back to this sort of foundation on which I grew up on, which is real hip-hop. I'm I the only person who find this statement very funny coming from him. While Aftermath/Interscope figures out the album's street date, Game continues to release music via the internet to hold his fans off. He recently released mixtapes "Purp & Patron" and "The Hangover,". "I think that Purp & Patron has done a good job of sort of calming my fans, giving them something that they could just run with," he says. As for "R.E.D.," which stands for the rededication, Game says it's "20 times better than the mixtape. The last year and a half, I've taken my time. R.E.D. is sort of my baby and I want to make sure that I water my seeds and I lay the foundation for R.E.D. with my mixtapes." The album features production from Pharrell, who is executive producer on the set, as well as Dr. Dre. Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, Beanie Sigel, Rick Ross and Jay Electronica make guest appearances so far.
"The 'R.E.D.' album is going to remind everybody of what hip-hop is supposed to be in its prime, the 'R.E.D.' album will be the best album this year hands down. There's nobody putting out an album this year that will even be able to compete with the skill level-- the bar is gonna be set after this album drops. I guarantee it now from start to finish." well we shall see.
Death Cab For Cutie's upcoming seventh studio album, "Codes and Keys," has been touted as a keyboard-heavy departure from 2008's guitar-driven "Narrow Stairs" an experimental thread of what to expect from the band album's will be aired on the first single, "You Are A Tourist." As announced earlier tuesday morning, DCFC will film while simultaneously airing a live, scripted, one-take music video for "You Are A Tourist." Directed by Tim Nackashi (Radiohead, OK Go). The video announcement is a big welcomed surprise to allot fans seeing as they just premiered the song earlier Monday. Death Cab For Cutie bassist Nick Harmer revealed to Billboard.com earlier this year that "Codes and Keys," out May 31 on Atlantic Records (same recored label that up held Lupe Fiascos much anticipated "Lasers" album) , features a lot of "great, weird, analog synths, and we have a string section on a couple songs." Cant wait till April to see the video.
“Not only did Lupe Fiasco’s new album Lasers debut at #1 on the Billboard albums chart earlier this week with more than 204,000 copies sold, on Friday (March 18), Fiasco announced a 16-date tour on his website.
The tour kicks off March 27 at the L.A. Convention Center as part of the DUB car show and then heads to Duke University on March 31. Lupe will make two key stops in New York (April 24 and April 25) and one in New Orleans (May 6) before ending the run May 11 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.”
3/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ DUB car show, L.A. Convention Center
3/31 – Durham, NC @ Duke University
4/1 – Ann Arbor, MI @ University of Michigan
4/13 – Albany, NY @ SUNY Albany, Washington Avenue Armory
4/16 – Keene, NH @ Keen State College
4/19 – Oxford, OH @ Miami University
4/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheater
4/24-25 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
4/26 – New Haven, CT @ Yale University
4/28 – Bristol, RI @ Roger Williams University
4/29 – University Park, PA @ Penn State University