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By BROOKE NEVILS | December 7, 2006
Up-and-coming hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, a Jay-Z protege, plays Sonar on Sunday night along with Baltimore reggae band Stryker's Posse. Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on Chicago's West Side, Fiasco gained instant rap credibility with his single "Pop Pop." That led to guest appearances with Tha'Rayne, and a record deal with Atlantic Records, which led to the release of his latest album, Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquors. Doors open Sunday at 8 p.m. at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $20, available by calling 410- 327-8333 or going to ticketmaster.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Last year, Lupe Fiasco found himself in the middle of a hot-button debate in hip-hop. His single at the time, "Bitch Bad," explicitly confronted the culture's knotty issues with misogyny, language and gender roles. The chorus begins with the song's title, but finishes with Fiasco adding, "'Woman' good, 'Lady' better. " The 31-year-old Chicago rapper thought he was initiating a healthy conversation, but some felt the rapper's tone was self-righteous to the point of sabotage. ("Lupe Fiasco mansplains misogyny on counterproductive" single, read Spin magazine's headline.)
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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last night continued his hip hop-themed debate series -- this time against Lupe Fiasco, the influential Chicago rapper who recently called President Barack Obama the country's "biggest terrorist. "  After losing (in my estimation) to comedian Jon Stewart in a recent debate over rapper Common's invitation to a White House poetry reading, O'Reilly was ready to redeem himself last night -- and he sort of did that.  "We're used to irresponsible statements from rappers, but that's really over-the-top," O'Reilly said of Lupe's comments.  So, after ripping Obama over the contrived Common controversy, O'Rellly now found himself defending Obama.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Rapper Lupe Fiasco, Wolfgang Gartner, Baltimore's The Perfects and indie artist Vital are among the artists set to rock the stage at the Dew Tour's Pantech Beach Championship in Ocean City. Organizers announced nine musicians set to perform at the Aug. 16-19 event , making it the largest line-up in Dew Tour history. The biggest name on the roster is Grammy-nominee Fiasco, who will be headlining Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 p.m. on the beach. Rapper Theophilus London will open the show at 9 p.m. The performances begin Thursday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 p.m. with a set from RAC DJ. On Saturday, Aug. 18, six acts will perform, three during a daytime line-up and three during an evening line-up.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Last year, Lupe Fiasco found himself in the middle of a hot-button debate in hip-hop. His single at the time, "Bitch Bad," explicitly confronted the culture's knotty issues with misogyny, language and gender roles. The chorus begins with the song's title, but finishes with Fiasco adding, "'Woman' good, 'Lady' better. " The 31-year-old Chicago rapper thought he was initiating a healthy conversation, but some felt the rapper's tone was self-righteous to the point of sabotage. ("Lupe Fiasco mansplains misogyny on counterproductive" single, read Spin magazine's headline.)
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Rapper Lupe Fiasco, Wolfgang Gartner, Baltimore's The Perfects and indie artist Vital are among the artists set to rock the stage at the Dew Tour's Pantech Beach Championship in Ocean City. Organizers announced nine musicians set to perform at the Aug. 16-19 event , making it the largest line-up in Dew Tour history. The biggest name on the roster is Grammy-nominee Fiasco, who will be headlining Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 p.m. on the beach. Rapper Theophilus London will open the show at 9 p.m. The performances begin Thursday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 p.m. with a set from RAC DJ. On Saturday, Aug. 18, six acts will perform, three during a daytime line-up and three during an evening line-up.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Looks like the Foo Fighters will play the DMV this year after all. It was announced today the band will perform at the Verizon Center in Washington November 11 , just a week after Kanye West and Jay-Z perform there on their "Watch the Throne" tour. There had been disappointment when the band was not included in this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, as had been speculated. But at least the band will make an area stop on their current tour, even if it won't be the outdoor, rain-drenched performance they put in over the weekend at Lollapalooza . The band is touring in support of new album, "Wasting Light.
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by Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
Recovered yet from FreeFest? (Or! Hampdenfest!) Even if the festival was only a day, the weekend felt like a long one. Maybe that's what being around all those Deadmau5 fans feels like. What did you think of the festival this year? Were there too many bugs ? Not enough porta-potties? This week, there are a couple of more festivals, but they are decidedly low-key. You probably won't find many glowsticks at the Pigtown Festival . And, Merriweather itself will host HFStiva l, which returned last year after a four-year hiatus.
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By Wesley Case | September 14, 2011
Lately, Baltimore has been booking more hip-hop shows (The Throne will be watched Oct. Nov. 1, while J. Cole, Yelawolf and Young Money's Tyga will all be here in the fall, too), a welcome trend for a city so close to bigger markets Philadelphia and Washington. This weekend is particularly stacked: Lupe Fiasco's "Generation Laser" Tour (with D.C.'s Wale) hits Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday and the legendary Mobb Deep plays the new Baltimore Soundstage Sunday. All three acts are stopping by at interesting points in their careers.
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By Shanise Winters | March 8, 2007
Lupe Fiasco What do the Roots, Lupe Fiasco (pictured) and Little Brother have in common? Unique styles infused with heavy-duty lyrical content. These musicians have proved that lyrical content is their No. 1 priority, and whether they are receiving Grammy nominations or being otherwise praised for their musical efforts, these musicians have all made their mark in the hip-hop world. They perform at 7:30 tonight at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $28-$48. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Matthew Santos exists in two pop worlds. For Top 40 listeners, Santos is the hookman on Lupe Fiasco's 2007 hit "Superstar. " The other is a grayish folk area, which showcases the soft-and-loud dynamics of the Minneapolis singer-songwriter. He has the ability to thrive in both: "Superstar" is charming for one reason and it's not Lupe Fiasco. On "Burning Up," Santos' latest single, he takes a driving beat and a pounding acoustic guitar and kneeds it into something affirming and urgent.
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By Wesley Case | September 14, 2011
Lately, Baltimore has been booking more hip-hop shows (The Throne will be watched Oct. Nov. 1, while J. Cole, Yelawolf and Young Money's Tyga will all be here in the fall, too), a welcome trend for a city so close to bigger markets Philadelphia and Washington. This weekend is particularly stacked: Lupe Fiasco's "Generation Laser" Tour (with D.C.'s Wale) hits Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday and the legendary Mobb Deep plays the new Baltimore Soundstage Sunday. All three acts are stopping by at interesting points in their careers.
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by Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
Recovered yet from FreeFest? (Or! Hampdenfest!) Even if the festival was only a day, the weekend felt like a long one. Maybe that's what being around all those Deadmau5 fans feels like. What did you think of the festival this year? Were there too many bugs ? Not enough porta-potties? This week, there are a couple of more festivals, but they are decidedly low-key. You probably won't find many glowsticks at the Pigtown Festival . And, Merriweather itself will host HFStiva l, which returned last year after a four-year hiatus.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Looks like the Foo Fighters will play the DMV this year after all. It was announced today the band will perform at the Verizon Center in Washington November 11 , just a week after Kanye West and Jay-Z perform there on their "Watch the Throne" tour. There had been disappointment when the band was not included in this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, as had been speculated. But at least the band will make an area stop on their current tour, even if it won't be the outdoor, rain-drenched performance they put in over the weekend at Lollapalooza . The band is touring in support of new album, "Wasting Light.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last night continued his hip hop-themed debate series -- this time against Lupe Fiasco, the influential Chicago rapper who recently called President Barack Obama the country's "biggest terrorist. "  After losing (in my estimation) to comedian Jon Stewart in a recent debate over rapper Common's invitation to a White House poetry reading, O'Reilly was ready to redeem himself last night -- and he sort of did that.  "We're used to irresponsible statements from rappers, but that's really over-the-top," O'Reilly said of Lupe's comments.  So, after ripping Obama over the contrived Common controversy, O'Rellly now found himself defending Obama.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 8, 2011
Influential Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco recently had some harsh words for President Barack Obama, which is no surprise for anyone who follows his music. Lupe's been critical of Obama in the past, but he took it a step further when he called Obama "the biggest terrorist" in America in an interview with CBS News.  “In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America," he said. "For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism.
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By Wesley Case | March 11, 2011
This might be hard to believe, but I'm not the only music writer on the Internets. Each week I'll compile the pieces I think are worth checking out. Check out the first batch: Noz, who has run one of rap's most vital blogs for years, breaks down the new Lil B x Phonte x Jean Grae x 9th Wonder track "Base For Your Face. " Noz, an early Based God champion, makes the excellent point that it shouldn't be shocking to hear B on a 9th Wonder beat — he's been rapping over that style for a long time.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Matthew Santos exists in two pop worlds. For Top 40 listeners, Santos is the hookman on Lupe Fiasco's 2007 hit "Superstar. " The other is a grayish folk area, which showcases the soft-and-loud dynamics of the Minneapolis singer-songwriter. He has the ability to thrive in both: "Superstar" is charming for one reason and it's not Lupe Fiasco. On "Burning Up," Santos' latest single, he takes a driving beat and a pounding acoustic guitar and kneeds it into something affirming and urgent.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | March 11, 2011
This might be hard to believe, but I'm not the only music writer on the Internets. Each week I'll compile the pieces I think are worth checking out. Check out the first batch: Noz, who has run one of rap's most vital blogs for years, breaks down the new Lil B x Phonte x Jean Grae x 9th Wonder track "Base For Your Face. " Noz, an early Based God champion, makes the excellent point that it shouldn't be shocking to hear B on a 9th Wonder beat — he's been rapping over that style for a long time.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | May 8, 2008
I'm so over Kanye West and his eggshell ego. The rapper-producer was the subject of entertainment blogs last week after he threw yet another public diva fit. What ticked him off this time? A review -- a good one. Entertainment Weekly critiqued the opening show of his Glow in the Dark tour, which stops at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday. "West's commitment to communicating inner passions and identity crises is so consuming it nearly redeems any conceptual hokeyness," the reviewer said of the Seattle performance.
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