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June 9, 2011 | Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Lupe Fiasco has never bitten his tongue about his disdain for modern politics, and his latest single "Words I Never Said," offers a few of his thoughts on the subject. "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting burned, Obama didn't say ?/ That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either," he raps on the controversial track from his latest album, "Lasers. " The rapper has opened himself up to even more scrutiny after appearing on CBS News' "What's Trending.
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January 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Lupe Fiasco has been nominated for a Grammy Award but it is unlikely he will be named entertainer of the year -- at least if President Obama's fans get to vote. Fiasco was asked to leave the stage at a Sunday night pre-inauguration concert in Washington after the 31-year-old rapper performed an antiwar song. Known as the StartUp RockOn inauguration event at the Hamilton Live Theater, the concert featured Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco), who has not been shy about criticizing Obama before.
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January 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Lupe Fiasco has been nominated for a Grammy Award but it is unlikely he will be named entertainer of the year -- at least if President Obama's fans get to vote. Fiasco was asked to leave the stage at a Sunday night pre-inauguration concert in Washington after the 31-year-old rapper performed an antiwar song. Known as the StartUp RockOn inauguration event at the Hamilton Live Theater, the concert featured Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco), who has not been shy about criticizing Obama before.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Something curious has been happening on the music landscape lately. In the span of a few weeks, a jazz artist with a critically lauded new album has hit the late-night TV circuit with performances on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows, debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard pop chart, and performed a packed-to-the-rafters showcase at Austin, Texas' annual rock 'n' roll smorgasbord, SXSW. And the strangest part? The musician's name isn't Esperanza Spalding. The artist in question is Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper, and his new album on Blue Note Records has become one of the top stories of the year by taking jazz to all sorts of unexpected places.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011
MUSIC Swahili Blonde Founded by former "WEAVE!" drummer and vocalist Nicole Turley, the experimental octet — which has collaborated with former Chili Pepper John Frusciante in the studio — continues its Monday night residency at the Echo. Expect plenty of disorienting chord progressions and obscure rhythms during the set. The Black Apples, Residual Echoes and Secret Circuit open. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 9 p.m. Free. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com . Lupe Fiasco The rapper made a name with the unlikely skate-anthem-hit "Kick Push" but has since become a radio stalwart in his own right for his personally explorative lyrics and charismatic flow on "Lasers," his most commercially minded album yet. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $39.50.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2010
Badu is on her second installment of her "New Amerykah" series, this one a little more rooted in organic instrumentation than digital wonkery. Live, she's a hypnotic, riveting performer full of Neo-soul's Erykah righteous rage and deep-rooted feeling. Janelle Monáe and Lupe Fiasco will also perform. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sun. $38.50-$101. (323) 665-5857.
IMAGE
December 23, 2007 | Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
In a downtown photo studio, Lupe Fiasco thumbs through a rack of jackets, letting out an appreciative "Hi-yoooo!" as he notices a patchwork piece in orange military nylon and black leather, and then another constructed from vintage green army coats and duffel bags, handles dangling from its sleeves. They're all the creations of Darren Romanelli, the L.A. designer and branding guru who creates clothing under the Dr. Romanelli label.
NEWS
December 19, 2007
Lupe Fiasco lyric: A review in Tuesday's Calendar section of rapper Lupe Fiasco's new album, "The Cool," mistakenly had "hat" in place of "that" in an excerpt from the song "Dumb It Down." It should have read: "I'm earless / And I'm peerless / That means I'm eyeless / Which means I'm tearless."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2007 | Ann Powers
Lupe Fiasco, "Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor" Ludacris, "Release Therapy" Pharrell, "In My Mind" The Roots, "Game Theory" T.I., "King" 2006 was an annus horribilis for rap, with junk in the trunk (such as pop-group contender "My Humps") dominating artistically and sales dropping even for superstars. The choices here cultivate hope by casting a wide net.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2008
Why should Superman have all the fun? Song after song references the Man of Steel, but what about Batman? He doesn't show up often on the rock 'n' roll charts, but artists including rapper Lupe Fiasco, left, Lily Allen and Genesis have found inspiration in the Dark Knight. For more music to fight crime by, check latimes.com/entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011
MUSIC Swahili Blonde Founded by former "WEAVE!" drummer and vocalist Nicole Turley, the experimental octet — which has collaborated with former Chili Pepper John Frusciante in the studio — continues its Monday night residency at the Echo. Expect plenty of disorienting chord progressions and obscure rhythms during the set. The Black Apples, Residual Echoes and Secret Circuit open. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 9 p.m. Free. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com . Lupe Fiasco The rapper made a name with the unlikely skate-anthem-hit "Kick Push" but has since become a radio stalwart in his own right for his personally explorative lyrics and charismatic flow on "Lasers," his most commercially minded album yet. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $39.50.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Lupe Fiasco has never bitten his tongue about his disdain for modern politics, and his latest single "Words I Never Said," offers a few of his thoughts on the subject. "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting burned, Obama didn't say ?/ That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either," he raps on the controversial track from his latest album, "Lasers. " The rapper has opened himself up to even more scrutiny after appearing on CBS News' "What's Trending.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Suze Orman; chef Giada De Laurentiis; David Foster. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America John Leguizamo; author David Brooks; Sara Evans performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Amanda Seyfried; Donnie Wahlberg. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Avril Lavigne performs. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Nancy Grace. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Virginia Madsen; Elgin Charles and Jackée Harry. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show Garth Brooks; Carson Kressley; Ali Wentworth.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2010
Badu is on her second installment of her "New Amerykah" series, this one a little more rooted in organic instrumentation than digital wonkery. Live, she's a hypnotic, riveting performer full of Neo-soul's Erykah righteous rage and deep-rooted feeling. Janelle Monáe and Lupe Fiasco will also perform. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sun. $38.50-$101. (323) 665-5857.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2008
Why should Superman have all the fun? Song after song references the Man of Steel, but what about Batman? He doesn't show up often on the rock 'n' roll charts, but artists including rapper Lupe Fiasco, left, Lily Allen and Genesis have found inspiration in the Dark Knight. For more music to fight crime by, check latimes.com/entertainment.
NEWS
April 22, 2008
Kanye West: A review of the Kanye West concert that ran in Friday's Calendar section stated that West performed to prerecorded tracks during the show. He was accompanied by a live band playing below the stage. The review also misidentified the singer who performed with rapper Lupe Fiasco. He was Matthew Santos, not Michael Santos.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Suze Orman; chef Giada De Laurentiis; David Foster. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America John Leguizamo; author David Brooks; Sara Evans performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Amanda Seyfried; Donnie Wahlberg. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Avril Lavigne performs. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Nancy Grace. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Virginia Madsen; Elgin Charles and Jackée Harry. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show Garth Brooks; Carson Kressley; Ali Wentworth.
IMAGE
December 23, 2007 | Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
In a downtown photo studio, Lupe Fiasco thumbs through a rack of jackets, letting out an appreciative "Hi-yoooo!" as he notices a patchwork piece in orange military nylon and black leather, and then another constructed from vintage green army coats and duffel bags, handles dangling from its sleeves. They're all the creations of Darren Romanelli, the L.A. designer and branding guru who creates clothing under the Dr. Romanelli label.
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