Tuesday, June 27, 2006

An American Tale 2: Lupe Goes West

In spite of, or maybe because of, an uncanny resemblance to the kid that played the famous Jett Jackson on the Disney Channel,

Lupe Fiasco has been popping up in my headphones more and more often lately. In honor of the fact that his debut album, Food & Liquor, was supposed to drop today, we're going to be shining a spotlight on Mr. Fiasco.

Apparently, Lupe was raised muslim and continues to practice the faith. In an expression of that faith (maybe?), Fiasco recorded a remix of Kanye's "Jesus Walks" entitled "Muhammad Walks". The chorus does not contain backup singers piping out, "Muha-Mmad-Walks". Take that whichever way you'd like

"Muhammad Walks" by Lupe Fiasco

So the first time I heard this song, I thought it was great, but upon a subsequent listening, I actually paid attention and realized it's about skateboarding. Just that is cool enough for me, it's not too often that we get to hear a good hip hop song about sidewalk surfing. It's even rare to hear a bad one. Besides, who can knock the plotline of finding your one true love out doing kickflips by some picnic tables. All of my sarcasm aside, I really like this song.

"Kick, Push" by Lupe Fiasco

Fort Minor (fuck fort minor) invited Fiasco to join them on this track with one of Cigarbox's perennial favorites, Ghost... Face... Killaaaaaah

"Spraypaint & Inkpens" featuring Ghostface Killah & Lupe Fiasco by Fort Minor

The word on the street, as it were, is that Kanye borrowed some inspiration from a Lupe song entitled "Conflict Diamonds". Apparently West's reward for the work on "Diamonds are Forever" was the guest spot on "Touch the Sky", which really gave Fiasco his first big showcase. Although the new release date for his album hasn't been announced, it is being produced by Jay-Z. I'm guessing Mr. West is going to help. Not Kanye, Adam.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I luh-hu-huve Lupe Fiasco. The man makes me want to skateboard. And thus, I shall give it a whack. The best damn whack I can give.
FNF up!