Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Vocal Booth

By Kingpin

Peace and blessings.  Hope you have been good out there.  March is here, spring is fast approaching and summer is right around the corner. Is it just me, but has gas prices starting to become more than an accepted nuisance.  Be patient.  2011’s music season keeps rolling on. Last issue we covered a few treats from one of the greatest singer of all time (Aretha Franklin---go grab some of her great music).  Today we’ll delve a little deeper into an artist from the ‘Windy City’, but definitely not a fly by night kind of artists (sans American Idol), Lupe Fiasco. Let’s get it.



Splashing on to the scene with the very innovative and celebratory record about rhyming and skate culture, “Kick Push”, back in 2005/2006, Lupe Fiasco used his musical opportunity wise and carved a niche out for himself.  Upon the release of his debut album, Food & Liquor (1st & 15th/Atlantic), Lupe Fiasco was heralded as the heir apparent to the musical foundations laid by the Native Tongue Collective (Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest) and literally helped to remind fans that Hip Hop isn’t just a monolithic genre of music, but does contain people who actually choose to rhyme about more than simple material items.  With songs like “Just Might Be OK”, “Daydreaming”, “The Pressure”, and “American Terrorists”, Food & Liquor did much to allow not only fans, but even record companies to have an open mind in terms of what should be considered ‘good’ and ‘marketable.’  From the success of his 1st record, Lupe was coaxed (as with any and every artist who has ever had a hit) by make another album similar to Food & Liquor. This schemed has worked in certain instances (think Jay-Z or Lady Gaga), Lupe decided to do what many have artists have done to their detriment, buck the system.

To the surprise of many, and the satisfaction of many more, Lupe Fiasco’s sophomore record, The Cool, was extremely better lyrically, musically, conceptually, and is considered by most to be his best record.  It is personally the best example of Lupe Fiasco’s capability.  Fueled by the massive ‘Superstar’ and the middle-finger themed “Dumb It Down”, Lupe continued to carve his niche even further.  Concepts of love, struggles, death, success, and elevation were all intertwined to create an album unlike any other released since the new millennium began.

March 8th, 2011 marked the release of Lupe Fiasco’s third and most current album, Lasers, with the rising single “The Show Must Go On” and “Words I Never Said”, Lupe is poised to release the next outstanding record of 2011 (Joell Ortiz, Adele, Amos Lee, Saigon, and Marsha Ambrosius have jump started this year).  Please go support great music!!!


Catch you next issue.  Enjoy your days!!!!


DJ KINGPIN-Villain of Vinyl (kingpinvillianofvinyl@gmail.com)



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