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What’s In The Tapedeck: September Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: September Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
What’s In The Tapedeck: February Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: February Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth (Album)

Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth (Album)

My relationship with Lupe Fiasco, like any hardcore fan, has been a roller coaster (see here). Yesterday, however, Lupe brought us his 5th studio album, Tetsuo & Youth. As I proceed with a conscious ear, I am cautiously optimistic. Maybe Lupe’s back, but I’m not all the way done with my first listen and I won’t get...
Ab-Soul - World Runners ft. Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean

Ab-Soul – World Runners ft. Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean

If you’re as big of a Lupe Fiasco-head as I am, you’ll instantly see Lu’s name paired with Nikki Jean and assume “Hip-Hop Saved My Life,” arguably one of the best tracks on Lupe’s The Cool. When I went into listening to this track from TDE’s Ab-Soul, I was immensely curious in how his style would...
Lupe Fiasco - Mission

Lupe Fiasco – Mission

After an incredible run as one of Chicago’s hottest artists, Lupe Fiasco has fallen into a state of being which resembles an enigma more than anything else.  Today, Lupe returns with the first single off his upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth, and it doesn’t disappoint.  In his own unique way, Lupe places the premise of the song around cancer, a disease...
Lupe Fiasco - Thorns & Horns ft. Ab-Soul

Lupe Fiasco – Thorns & Horns ft. Ab-Soul

Back in December, fellow UPC team member Boswell wrote a very thoughtful think piece on the fiasco (no pun intended) that’s occurring with the career of Chicago’s own Lupe Fiasco. Boswell recalled pivotal moments in Lupe’s hip-hop passage, from “Kick, Push,” to the more recent negative attention he’s drawn (most famously for getting kicked out of the President’s Inaugural...
All The World's Ills: A Retrospective Look at Lupe Fiasco

All The World’s Ills: A Retrospective Look at Lupe Fiasco

I remember exactly where I was when I heard Lupe Fiasco for the first time. It was 8th grade, and I had just come home from being cut from the basketball team. Feeling dejected, I came from practice, holding the crumpled up rejection letter in my hand, and turned on MTV. The 13 year-old version...
Lupe Fiasco - Old School Love ft. Ed Sheeran

Lupe Fiasco – Old School Love ft. Ed Sheeran

If you would have talked to me about rap in middle school or high school, I would have passionately supported Lupe Fiasco as something like the “best rapper of all time period ever no questions asked.”  Though now my opinions on Lupe have cooled (mostly due to a few various episodes as well as Lasers), his...
Lupe Fiasco - Peace of Paper/Cup of Jayzus

Lupe Fiasco – Peace of Paper/Cup of Jayzus

Lupe Fiasco really knows how to irk his fans. Growing up, I was easily the largest Lupe fan in my school. I read his Twitter and his blog ferociously. After Lasers, however, I just found it hard to keep up. Lupe is attracted to controversy, even at times when he probably should keep his mouth shut...
Wale - Poor Decisions ft. Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco

Wale – Poor Decisions ft. Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco

Yesterday, Wale dropped two monster records: the highly anticipated remix for his hit single “Bad” which features Rihanna and a cut expected to be on Self Made 3 titled “Poor Decisions” that features Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross. With his third studio album The Gifted coming this month, it was only right that the DC emcee dropped some music...
Lupe Fiasco - Light Blue

Lupe Fiasco – Light Blue

The ever-enigmatic Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco took to his nondescript Twitter account today to release a new song. After (another) experience in which Lupe has become overwhelmed with the media and left us, it appears that he is now back into the swing of releasing music. Apparently this single will not appear on his album Tetsuo...
Lupe Fiasco - Lamborghini Angels

Lupe Fiasco – Lamborghini Angels

“Lamborghini Angels” is the third single off Lupe Fiasco‘s highly anticipated fourth studio album Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. The track is another righteously controversial single from Lupe; lyrically contrasting some of the harshest realities in our world today. “Lamborghini Angels” is currently 92nd on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, accredited with 40k...