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Stream Lupe Fiasco's Throwaway Song, "Light Blue"

Rap, just like any art or sport, requires constant practice and exercise in order to succeed, and last night Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco let fans in on part of his routine.

Taking to Twitter last night, Lupe first posted a snipped of a new song entitled “Light Blue,” along with the following message:

“DONT MIND ME¦.JUST STAYING IN SHAPE¦JUST PRACTICE¦LIKE A PIANO PLAYER OR A GYMNAST. Not on T&Y¦So pls dont Say It Is on your blog. Thanx.

Reaction was huge and just a short while later Fiasco decided to release the entire track. You can now stream “Light Blue,” which is not going to appear on Tetsuo & Youth, below. (more…)

Lupe Fiasco Booted From Stage After Anti-Obama Comments

Lupe Fiasco has strongly voiced his political opinions regarding President Barack Obama in the past, but this past Sunday, during a concert set up by StartUp RockOn celebrating the President’s inauguration, he may have gone too far. After playing a wandering half-hour version of his anti-war track “Words I Never Said,” which included vocal statements about his lack of support for the President and violent drone strikes in the Middle East, Fiasco was escorted offstage. Hypervocal, the company that co-founded StartUp RockOn, offered a statement claiming that they are “staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.” Of course, it seems unlikely that the voicing of Fiasco’s political views was not a factor in the organizer’s decision to remove him from the stage.

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You can see footage of the “fiasco” below.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

"Watch This!" Wednesday: Deadmau5, Coheed & Cambria And More

We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. Here’s this week’s freshest new clips!

Deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way – “Professional Griefers”

Ever wondered what UFC will look like in the future? Wonder no more. Deadmau5 and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way do battle via giant mouse Transformer-like machines. Pretty epic stuff…and the song ain’t bad, either.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lupe Fiasco's Challenging 'Bitch Bad'

Lupe Fiasco was never one for small gestures.

The outspoken – like, really outspoken – rapper debuted the video for his single “Bitch Bad” yesterday. The track, the second release from his upcoming album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, sees Lupe in full proselytizer mode. It’s safe to say that fans who were left nonplussed by Lupe’s pop turn on Lazers will take solace in “Bitch Bad.”

The video, an almost straight retelling of the track’s lyrics, fiercely attacks the use of the term “bitch” in rap culture. With lines reflecting on the exposure of impressionable children to imagery common in hip-hop videos as well as shots in the clip of african american actors in blackface, it’s impactful material. (It should be noted the Fiasco dedicated the video for “Bitch Bad” to actor and activist Paul Robeson and to “many black actors who endured the humiliating process of blackface in America.”)

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Family Guyz

GoodGrandKidz

Life on the streets can make you grow up hard. But that’s no excuse not to be good to your grandmother. Chicago rap duo GoodGrandKidz, comprised of first cousins Adrian Boykin and E.J. Wilson, manage to go H.A.M. with no disrespect to their elders. In BMF they lay down the law, saying, We the good grandkids but still some bad motherf—ers over sighing synths and a trilling Spanish guitar loop. Good as they may be, they’ve got a little devil in them, proven by lyrics like, OMG Jesus tweets? Tell him he should follow me. Midnight Dreamers has the same haunting, jazzy vibe as Lupe Fiasco’s Daydream, complete with a powerhouse soul singer. But on Much Higher it’s The Doors’ Light My Fire that provides the inspiration. Over shrill blasts of brass the duo aim high, saying I’m elevated like prayers. Even if Jesus doesn’t follow them, you should.

Pete Rock Is Pissed That Lupe Fiasco Sampled His Sample… Really.

When Lupe Fiasco dropped “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” the first single off his upcoming album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, we doubt he expected the type of backlash he’s receiving now. The single is a return to form for the socially-conscious Chicago MC, but features a recognizable beat from one of hip-hop’s greatest songs, 1992’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth.

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Gettin' Noisy in Boise

Niño Lobos

Not too long ago, Niño Lobos (translation: Wolf Boys) were just two guys, delivering tortillas by night and taking college courses by day. But then they decided to start a band. Now, like Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf, they’ve become something fierce. The Boise band’s youthful blend of hip hop and electro pop claws into your brain with hooks upon hooks. Hey Girl has got a fat funk bass line, stabs of reverb guitars and some serious girl problems. She got me like Stiffler in ˜American Pie’ / Scratch me up like Wolverine. But it’s Taking Over Stereos that could be and should be a monster hit. Part dance rock, part hip hop, the track is a free-flowing, adrenaline-fueled blowout. Over a compressed, percolating beat the duo name-checks anyone from Cypress Hill and Jonah Hill to Lupe Fiasco, Mr. T, Gorillaz, Run-DMC and more. If Niño Lobos keep dropping tracks like this one, some of those dudes will be name-checking them.