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:


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.


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.”)