Lupe Fiasco

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Isn’t it weird the way we talk about “conscious” hip-hop? If there’s a hero of the subgenre, it’s Lupe Fiasco (and Common and Mos Def and Talib Kweli), but what makes what he does distinct from the rest of the field? His faith in Muhammad? Or the fact that he grew up in the ghetto with hookers and drug-dealers and guns everywhere, but kept his head buried in encyclopedias and National Geographics without MTV? Fiasco’s a poet. Though he wanted so badly to be like Benny Goodman, he was better with words than a clarinet: Once he heard Nas’ 1996 opus It Was Written, he knew that hip-hop was an art form that he could make his own.

Fiasco raps about poverty, lack of education, health care, and he’s anti-misogyny. While it’s tough to market that in 2013, the 31-year-old’s found a way, even nabbing a Grammy along the way—for “Daydreamin’,” the excellent duet with Jill Scott from his outstanding 2008 debut, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. Fiasco has been on a journey, seemingly just wanting to work and perform, accepting invitations to pair with all kinds of artists and turning mutual respect into bangin’ collaborations. He’s teamed with just about everyone worthwhile: Jay Z, Kanye West, Snoop, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Bilal and a bunch more. What’s even better is that Fiasco’s a smart dude, an entrepreneur and businessman who’s realized that he just has a gift for hip-hop. (He also sings with a rock band called Japanese Cartoon.)

Fiasco may only have four LPs to his name, but obviously the man’s overflowing with mixtape-ready imagination, haunting poems and anti-establishment ideas. There are a handful of singles that charted real high that this Troc crowd will be looking for (“Kick, Push,” “Superstar,” “Bitch Bad,” “Lamborghini Angels,” and even the slightly corny “Battle Scars”). Don’t be surprised, though,  if, in the middle of his Tetsuo and Youth Preview Tour set, he straight-up embarks on an anti-Obama tirade in the form of spoken-word fire. In fact, that’s totally gonna happen. / BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $32.50-$35. With Mickey Factz, Stalley, Dosage, The Boy Illinois + Dee-1. Trocodero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
 
 

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WHEN
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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8pm Price: Unknown

WHERE
The Troc , 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 12/04/2013. .

FOR MORE INFO
thetroc.com

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