Chicago’s premiere beachside festival, Mamby On The Beach, is returning to the Windy City this year, and the lineup rivals even last year’s! Hitting the stage at Mamby in 2016 will be Lupe Fiasco, Milky Chance, Animal Collective, Chromeo, Santigold, Chet Faker and many more. Mamby is set to take place on July 2nd and 3rd at Chicago’s Oakwood Beach, and if you were there last year, you know it’s an amazing location for a music festival, so enter our contest now!
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Last month, Lupe Fiasco fans were blessed as the Chicago rapper announced that he would be releasing three new albums all in 2016. Titled DROGAS, SKULLS, and ROY, all three projects (with DROGAS expected first) will keep Lupe’s fans more than happy this year, however with this good news soon came some bad news.
Taking to Twitter, Lupe announced that ROY (the third album of his upcoming 2016 trilogy) will unfortunately be his last. So while fans will get a ton of new music from the ‘Kick Push’ rapper this year, if all goes as scheduled, it will mark Fiasco’s retirement as well. This isn’t to say that Lupe will stop making music with others or will stop touring, but it certainly has left a lot of his biggest fans disappointed.
Tonight Chicago was treated to a special Thanksgiving Eve performance from it’s very own, rapper Lupe Fiasco, as Fiasco performed a headlining set at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall. This performance wasn’t like most Lupe Fiasco concerts however, as Lupe dubbed the show as Food & Liquor vs. The Cool, which of course are Lupe’s first two albums.
Performing tracks from each of the critically acclaimed LPs, fans could finally put to rest the debate of which Lupe Fiasco album is better. The only problem is, after tonight’s great performances of each, it is only harder to decide which project is more of a classic. Whether you prefer The Cool or Food & Liquor though, you can’t go wrong listening to either and you definitely had a blast if you stopped by the Concord Music Hall tonight to hear them live.
Check out our photos of Lupe Fiasco’s hometown show below.
Tonight, rapper Big K.R.I.T. paid a visit to young Chicago artists as part of Donda House‘s “Behind The Mic” series. With a surprise visit from Chicago’s own, Lupe Fiasco, K.R.I.T. gave some great advice to the up and coming performers. K.R.I.T. will also stick around the Windy City tomorrow, as he headlines Donda House’s spring graduation. Donda’s House is a non-profit organization that honors the educational legacy of Kanye West’s late mother, Dr. Donda West. The organization holds a number of great programs and opportunities for Chicago’s youth, providing a safe and creative environment for Chicago’s aspiring artists.
Donda House’s “Behind the Mic” series is one of our favorite community programs by the non-profit, which has invited Big Sean, No-ID and more to give unique and valuable advice to the community’s brightest. Along with their community showcase at the Common Ground Foundation’s “AAHH! Fest”, Chicago artists have the opportunity to continue the city’s legacy of being one of the world’s best music hubs.
Check our more photos, from our photographer Jesus Montero, below.
Milwaukee’s Summerfest lineup this year is diverse as always. Early today Summerfest revealed over 90 of its 2015 performers and headliners and now we have our most anticipated acts for “the World’s Largest Music Festival.” This year Summerfest takes place from June 24-28 and June 30 – July 5 at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, WI and you can check here for ticket information. Ticket prices start at just $12, with various promotions that run all festival long.
It wasn’t easy to decide who we are most excited to see at Summerfest this year, but definitely hit the jump to check out our ten most anticipated acts of Summerfest 2015. Also be sure to check out Summerfest.com for more information.
“The World’s Largest Music Festival” Summerfesthas just revealed its 2015 lineup, and as always it is long and diverse! This year’s Marcus Amphitheater headliners include Kendrick Lamar with Schoolboy Q, Kings of Leon, Zac Brown Band, and Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran and more. Those tickets can be purchased separately at Ticketmaster.com (which include admission into the Summerfest grounds).
Highlights for the ground stage performers on this year’s line-up includes Lupe Fiasco, The Flaming Lips, Weird Al Yankovic, Magic!, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Lecrea, Meg Myers, Bastille, AWOLNATION, Vance Joy, a DJ set from Paris Hilton, Public Enemy, Santigold, The New Pornographers, Kansas, Gary Clark Jr. Summerfest runs from June 24-28 and June 30 – July 5 in Milwaukee, WI.
Check out the announcement video and performers below, and visit Summerfest.com for more information.
This year, January was jam packed with great releases from a variety of artists. Some came to us as a surprise, others beating expectations, and some just simply getting it right. Check out some of the best releases the month of January had to offer.
In the sport of hip-hop, some would say you’re really only as good as your last album, your last single, perhaps even your last line. By this measure, Lupe Fiasco hasn’t been good in a while. Sure, his messages have always been noble with intent and his lyricism has always been witty and methodical, but Lupe’s last two full-length LPs have struggled with perfecting the formula of balancing a conscious message and concept while also achieving popular appeal, a motive infamously enforced by Lupe’s major label, Atlantic Records. The concept of the “big men in suits” forcing the hand of an artist to dilute themselves to appeal to a majority is nothing new—rather, it is something many artists struggle with and produces pieces of work like 2011’s LASERS, Lupe’s most commercially sounding and most disappointing album yet. While it tried to be conscious and have purpose, the barrage of heavy pop-synth beats and gigantic, grotesque choruses turned whatever potent truths Lupe envisioned into a ‘lite’, more easily digestible version of himself. His last album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 definitely improved in making his messages less saturated, but fell victim to biting off more than he could chew thematically making whatever cleverness and wit established end up feeling empty and without direction. Through all displeasures and disappointments, most of us ended up applauding Lupe’s efforts rather than his art, putting Lupe in a position that seemed bound to sink into the depths of insignificance. Although he was always trying when it came to his music, it seemed year after year he was just that preachy-rapper of years past who was clinging to relevancy via bold anti-government claims and Twitter beefs. It seemed safe to say Lupe’s best years musically, were surely behind him.
Check out the tracklist for Lupe Fiasco’s upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth. After a lot of friction between Lupe and his label, Atlantic Records, it appears that Tetsuo & Youth is finally coming out on January 20th. Lupe’s new 16-track album will have features from Ab-Soul, Guy Sebastian Nikki Jean, and more! Peep the whole tracklist and the official cover art below.