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Lupe Fiasco Bids Adieu To Twitter After Announcing Food And Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2 Has Been Scrapped

What’s up with Lupe Fiasco these days? He’s been quite lowkey since Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 debuted with disappointing sales. Despite his Grammy nomination for the best rap album of the year, his project came and went without much noise. (Note: I actually greatly enjoyed the LP and thought it was under-appreciated). It seemed as if his Twitter squabbles and constant verbal attacks against President Obama were turning fans off from his music. Read more…

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How “Big” Will Big Sean Get In 2013? A Primer On The Man Who Might Be Next Year’s Breakout Hip-Hop Star

His rap name is an oxymoron. Physically, Big Sean is anything but big. His waifish, 5’8″ frame isn’t exactly gargantuan in stature, but there’s no denying that he has a royal flush in his hands. It’s a winning hand which, if played correctly, could turn him into Detroit’s biggest hometown hip-hop hero since Eminem.

Big Sean, born Sean Anderson, is no overnight success. From the time the 17-year-old rapped for Kanye West outside of WHTD-FM 102.7 in 2005 (if only that infamous 16 bars would surface) to his record deal in 2007 with West’s G.O.O.D. Music to 2009’s first installment of Finally Famous Vols. 1-3 mixtape to his 2011 major label debut, his rise to fame is something like that of the tortoise in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Slow and steady wins the race. Read more…

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Does Lupe Fiasco’s Opinion On Voting Really Matter?

Lupe Twitter Spar With Roland Martin and D.L. Hughley

We get it. Lupe Fiasco isn’t into voting. He said it in 2011′s Lasers “Words I Never Said.” “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s—/That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,” he rapped. His voice on not voting has been pretty consistent since the song dropped, whether in interviews or on Twitter. As we inch closer to the 2012 election in November a few prominent voices are taking issue with Lupe expressing his views so carelessly. Read more…

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Lupe Fiasco And Guy Sebastian Shed Those “Battle Scars”

Battle scars of life. Battle scars from love. Battle scars caused by war. Lupe addresses all three in the video to his third single from the September 25th Food & Liquor II. The visual for “Battle Scars” is quite the contrast from his previous controversial “Bitch Bad.” Lupe and Australian singer Guy Sebastian lament about being wounded from whatever it is that has caused one’s battle scars. Hurt people write down what they’re fighting to overcome on a blank page. Lupe lights a torch, throwing it inside the abandoned building to represent setting those hurdles on fire and overcoming. The pages are ripped from the book so each person can start anew with no more war wounds. Read more…

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Last Lap: Micky Dolenz Of The Monkees Hates Meth, Loves Breaking Bad

MICKY DOLENZ FROM THE MONKEES HAD NO IDEA HIS SONG WAS GOING TO BE USED ON BREAKING BAD
Singer Micky Dolenz thinks Breaking Bad‘s use of The Monkees’ B-side “Goin’ Down” was “a very smart call,” but wants you to know also that the song has nothing to do with drugs. “I certainly don’t condone meth — that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives,” he told THR. He added also that, “On the other hand, I like that TV show, it’s very well-made. …And no, I didn’t make a penny.” The more you know! [THR]

ELSEWHERE IN BREAKING BAD NEWS: WALTER WHITE ASKS YOU “SAY HIS NAME”
Can we get Beyoncé‘s word on meth and Breaking Bad? [Buzzfeed]

INSANE CLOWN POSSE REVIEW “CALL ME MAYBE” VIDEO
In sum: “Who is this?” [Fuse]
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Lupe’s “Bitch Bad” Is About So Much More Than “Bad Bitches”

The first verse of Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” begins with a little boy listening to his mother rap along to lyrics where she refers to herself as a “bad bitch.” Lupe’s latest single and its accompanying video examines the dualities surrounding the word “bitch”; namely, it’s a word that can be viewed by some as damaging to women, yet also a word that is held up by some as a feminine ideal. In the video the video vixen has accepted the title of “bitch” as being something to be proud of, and an ideal that she attempts to live up to by rocking a pink wig, short shorts and removable breast enhancements. Little boys pack the theater seats to watch the faux gangster with his rolled blunt underneath a blue bandana accompanied by a gun to give credence to his street cred. The kids idolize him because he has a “bad bitch.” Only they are too adolescent to understand the way the entertainment they’re exposed to as kids may eventually shape their realities. Read more…

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Artists As Executives: Young Jeezy Joins The Atlantic Records Staff

Over the last few weeks, Executive Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records Mike Caren has been making noise about a new Director position open in his department. While news of the Urban/Rhythmic-focused gig spread through re-tweets and industry word-of-mouth, it appears a different role in Atlantic’s A&R department was also up for grabs: Senior Vice President.

Late last night, Atlanta DJ Greg Street of V103 announced over the air that Jeezy was joining forces with Atlantic Records; not added to their artist roster, the Snow Man would instead be considered an addition to their staff, lending his expertise to Mike Caren’s A&R group by landing the role of Senior VP.

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Lupe Fiasco Sheds Real Tears Over “Ghosts” From His Old ‘Hood

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Lupe‘s never been a follower of the pact as a rapper. His first single was “Kick, Push” about skateboarding for Pete’s sake! Showing a moment of vulnerability on MTV’s “RapFix Live” in a hip-hop world that relies on hyper-masculinity is just another example of Lupe not being afraid to be his own man. During his interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway, the footage from his 2006 My Block special led to tears after seeing his friends in the video that are now deceased or incarcerated. “It’s some of them dudes is dead,” said Lupe. “Chicago’s the murder capital. The dudes in that video are in prison, a couple of fed cases, and then there’s ghosts. You see people that, that ain’t there.” Read more…

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Lupe Uses Cartoon Characters For Subliminal Message In “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”

Cruising in a white Lamborghini with too-many-to-count diamond encrusted chains around his neck is not what you’ve come to expect in a Lupe Fiasco video. Unless, of course, he’s making a larger point. For “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” from Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, Lupe takes it to the streets of Chicago. With creepy glowing eyes he gives dap to the guys on the block. If the possessed glowy eyes were any indication of the surprises to come we should have expected to see him sitting on a porch rapping next to cartoon characters, one that happens to roll a joint, while two others shoot dice. Oh yeah, and another drinks a 40. Read more…

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Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” Is Not What You Think

Lupe Fiasco's "Bitch Bad" New Song

Upon first glance at the title alone, “Bitch Bad,” it’s easy to dismiss Lupe Fiasco’s second single from Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album PT.1 as just another misogynistic rap song calling women “bitches.” Of course with an artist like Lupe nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. Within the first line of the song– “I say bitch bad, woman good, lady better”–it’s clear Lupe is going to satirize the concept of “bad bitches” telling the story from how derogatory and damaging the reference can be. Read more…