Lupe Fiasco

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    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Lupe Fiasco's "Jonylah Forever" is the Most Important Song in Hip-Hop Right Now

    The funeral for Jonylah Watkins, a six-month old baby who died after being shot five times last week on the south side of Chicago, will take place this morning. Bulls basketball superstar Derrick Rose has offered to pay for the service. In a musical tribute moved by the gun violence in his hometown, ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2012

    Locally Grown Collective Grow Their Hip-Hop Roots

    [Locals Only] This dream team of young rappers cultivates a sound that resonates beyond OC

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    November 2, 2012

    Asher Roth: Frat-Rapper Turned Hip-Hop Nostradamus

    Tonight, rapper Asher Roth plays the Yost Theater. In the almost-four years since his single "I Love College" propelled him into regular radio rotation, he and his legacy have gone under a particularly curious metamorphosis. Like him or not, his celebration of the white-stoner millennial lifestyle w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    How 'The Cypher Effect' Has Changed the Local Underground Hip-Hop Scene

    In his dedication to the culture, Jorge Soria had been involved for many years on the local Los Angeles scene helping hip-hop artists by doing promotions, putting shows together and recording music all before taking a break. He returned last year offering his skills in music video production when an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    [UPDATED w/ Beat Beef Squashed] Pete Rock's Not Feelin' Lupe Fiasco's New Single

    UPDATE MAY 23 1:57 P.M.: A recent phone call between Pete Rock and Lupe Fiasco has effectively put to rest the "T.R.O.Y." controversy that erupted following the premiere of "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)." The hip-hop legend was angered by the remake of his classic cut from twenty years ago voi ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup Announced

    Last night, the folks at Guerilla Union announced the lineup and dates for Rock the Bells 2012 and a couple new surprises to its format.In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Coachella's decision to clone itself, this year's Rock the Bells will be expanding its lineup to two co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Lowkey, UK-based Rebel Rapper, Calls it Quits

    Lowkey's approach to hip-hop was always professorial and politicized. His critically acclaimed independently released double-album Soundtrack to the Struggle last year was layered with lyrical lectures and skits sampling luminaries like Tariq Ali. It was, then, as surprising as it was fitting that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Top 5 Hip Hop Releases of 2011

    ​ Although it may feel like it when tuning into the radio, hip-hop is far from being dead. Keeping the culture alive and vibrant, a plethora of creative and conceptual albums from all over the globe were released in 2011. Narrowing down a list of the five best offerings from them is a painstaking ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Top 10 Most Annoying Songs Of 2011

    ​As I mentioned once before, there's a shitload of really, really bad and annoying music out there. The music released in 2011 is no exception (No hate to Kreayshawn, but "Gucci Gucci," anyone?). Whether it's overexposure, repetition, or just a terrible melody, each of the songs below are some of ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #5 - #1

    Stop grinning. Your album sucks. ​See also: The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #10 - #6 5. Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist There was no way Perry Farrell and company were going to shock the world with another Ritual lo Habitual. That much we knew -- if for no other reason t ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco: 'These Ain't Bars, This is Barbarity!'

    ​ When I first downloaded Lupe Fiasco's free Friend of the People mixtape on Thanksgiving, I had no clue what to expect. Like many fans of the rapper these days, everything new that he does comes with the preoccupation as to whether the music industry will clamp down and restrain his genius. The i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco's 'Friend of the People' Mixtape Drops Tomorrow!

    ​Rapper Lupe Fiasco is in a giving mood again. Last Christmas, he gifted fans with the premiere of the music video for the first single "The Show Goes On" off of his chart topping Lasers album. This time around, Fiasco is releasing his Friend of the People mixtape tomorrow on Thanksgiving.

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Big Sean, Now Really Big

    The Detroit rapper lives the dream on his debut album

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    July 22, 2011

    Kreayshawn Gets Nominated Best New Artist at the VMAs--and Other WTF Moments This Year

    ​I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part II)

    ​Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with Jared Ball, author of I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto, where the "Funkinest Journalist" talks about the politics of hip-hop and popular culture. Read the first part of the interview with Jared Ball here; in this second installment ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part I)

    ​ As I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto pays homage in title to a series of articles written by the late freedom fighter Steve Biko, Dr. Jared A. Ball's first book declares hip-hop's mixtape as a principle means by which to "fight the power." Provocative in his analysis, the "Funkinest Journal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Cee Lo Green Talking to Strangers on Fuse

    On June 22, rapper/singer Cee Lo Green will debut his television series Talking to Strangers on Fuse TV. According to Pop & Hiss, the program will follow a standard talk-show format focused on interviews and performances à la The Johnny Cash Show. Featured guests will include Lupe Fiasco, Grace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco: Barack Obama's a Terrorist

    Well, I guess we know who's not being invited to the White House anytime soon. When asked about the political content in his music, rapper Lupe Fiasco told CBS' Shira Lazar, "My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America." The rapper appeared on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    'Lasers' Beams In at No. 1

    ​ It's now official! Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco can now claim a No. 1 album on his musical résumé, with first week sales of Lasers coming in at more than 204,000 copies. The Nielsen SoundScan numbers confirmed the expected, as the new release edged out and ended Adele's two-week rei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco, 'Lasers,' and Artistic Freedom​ Lupe Fiasco's Lasers, one of the most embattled albums in recent hip-hop history, finally finds its way to shelves and digital downloads today. It took a fan organized protest deemed "Fiasco Friday" back in October to force Atlantic Records to preemptively announce a release date f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Gorillaz, Yeasayer, Lupe Fiasco and More Give the Gift of New (And Free!) Music​Hot artists from Gorillaz to Lupe Fiasco are releasing new material. The cool part? The songs will be available online for download, and the cost ranges from totally free to "name your own price." These artists are among the most creative and challenging in popular music today, so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    'Fiasco Friday' Turns into Victory March as 'Lasers' Gets a Release Date!​A week before a legion of Lupe Fiasco loyalists planned to descend on Atlantic Records in protest, the rapper finally reached an agreement with his label on a release date for his third album, Lasers. The long-completed and long-awaited project from the Grammy-award winning rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Where Is Lupe Fiasco's Lasers?​Critically acclaimed and Grammy-award winning rapper Lupe Fiasco awoke today to growing fan support demanding a release date from Atlantic Records for his completed album "Lasers." The album, whose title is a backronym for "Love Always Shines, Everyone Remember 2 Smile, ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    What You Missed: MS Benefit, Common, the Cool Kids, Kevin & Bean's KROQ April Foolishness

    Christopher VictorioStacy Clark enjoys some Stereofix. ​On Saturday night, Turkey and Friends helped put together an awesome lineup of talented bands to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Local faves like Stacy Clark, Stereofix, Beta Wolf, the Relative Strangers, We Are the Pilots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Show Announcement: Coachella 2010 Dates Confirmed

    Beth StirnamanCoachella 2009: Day Two​The 2010 Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival will take place Friday, April 16, Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18 2010 at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, Calif. Pre-sale and layaway plans go on sale today at Three-day passes start at $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Travis Barker: More Hip Hop than Hip Hop

    ​Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has had plenty of side gigs over the years. Box Car Racer and 44 both featured other Blink members, while a duo called TRV$DJAM included his friend Adam Goldstein. Known as DJ AM, Goldstein, of course, was with Barker in a Learjet crash that killed four people in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Two Reasons to Be at House of Blues Tonight (Even If You Don't Like Jet)

    Don't get me wrong, it's not that I have any specific gripes against the Melbourne-based rockers of Jet, except for maybe this photo. Any band that has managed to brave the music business in the heart of the download era for more than one album deserves a little credit. Plus, you know they're all fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Beating a Dead Horse: Coachella Third Day Pics, Easy Access Links!

    Coachella may be a distant, sweaty, sticky memory at this point, but that doesn't mean that I'm willing or able to shut up about it quite yet. Beth Stirnaman had some car troubles, causing her arduous trek from Indio to be delayed (and nothing's better than being stuck in Indio when there isn't a hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2009

    Live from Coachella: The Body Says No (plus, Okkervil River, Sebastien Tellier, Lupe Fiasco!)

    Hey, did you know it's hot here today? 98 degrees at last word. But it "feels" like, I dunno, a billion? Yep. Pretty awesome. Trying to summon my (in?)famous reserves of ENDLESS ENERGY, but not necessarily succeeding. The Cure are probably going to play like three hours today. That's pretty cool. Is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Daily Coachella Update: Still No Lineup, but There is a Fake One

    It's getting to the point where the idea of the Coachella lineup is actually more appealing than whatever the eventual Coachella lineup will be, even if the actual lineup is really impressive. It's like Spock said, "having is not such a pleasing thing as wanting."So yeah, still no official Coachella ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    March 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Photos: Jill Scott at the Grove of Anaheim on 02/12

    Jill Scott - whose song "Daydreamin'" (with Lupe Fiasco) just won her another Grammy in the R&B category - took her vocal chords to Anaheim last night. 'Twas lovely but so loud that our photographer hid in the venue's Tea Rose Room, where he found some older ladies kicking back with some wine and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Kanye West LA Date Announced

    Recently crowned Grammy Award-winning rapper/producer Kanye West will be performing at LA's Nokia Theatre April 21. Joining him on the Glow in the Dark Tour are Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna and N.E.R.D. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. And are available at Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.c ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2008


    Music Revolution

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/14

    “LOCAL ANESTHESIA”: AN EXHIBITION OF EMERGING ARTISTS, until 9pm On display at OC’s “anti-mall” The ARTery at The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa “JUNGLE BOOK” AUDITIONS, 6:30pm Know any 7-17 year olds who have that acting bug? Liberty Theater at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Traini ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    December 20, 2007

    Cool Hand Lupe

    Hip-hop's lovable eccentric never ceases to amuse

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    November 15, 2007

    Career Killah

    Is Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface as Dumb as He Sometimes Acts?

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    April 12, 2007

    Strong Work Ethics

    Jonah Matranga

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    It Was Free Cuz I Stole It

    WEB EXCLUSIVE!: The Year In Unfair Shares

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Indie Vs. Major: Who's Got the Flavor

    Urban music in 2006 was typified by what it wasnt as much as what it was

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    November 30, 2006


    V.I.P. Records

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    November 9, 2006

    Huge Coup

    Nightlife and more: Nov. 9-Nov. 16

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    November 2, 2006

    Choke You Out

    Nightlife and more: Nov. 2 - Nov. 9

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    September 28, 2006


    Stacks the Vinyl Authority