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Lupe Fiasco shuts down Emo’s January 23, 2008

Posted by rugwu in Concert, Hip-hop, Photo, Video.
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Hip-hop’s anti-hero Lupe Fiasco demolished a two-hour set at a packed Emo’s last night on his second ever trip to Austin. Many were blown away, none were injured. The Chicago rapper who penned won of last year’s most critically acclaimed albums with his dark epic, The Cool, stopped by the live music capitol of the world for a sold out show. As you can tell from the image, it was a special night. Shout-out to my girl Natty for the pics and vids. Details and more photos after the jump.

It was incredibly cold and a little bit rainy but hundreds of hipsters, hip-hop heads and posers with good taste lined up around the corner at Emo’s hours before Lupe was set to arrive. Lu is one of those artists that never really makes blockbuster albums but has amassed legions of devoted, like-minded fans around his unique style and sound. Since his 2006 debut, Food & Liquor, Fiasco has received enough praise from the right people (Kanye, Jay-Z, the blogosphere) to emerge as an icon in hip-hop counter-culture.

When Lupe first came to Austin last year while opening for The Legendary Roots Crew, he was fresh off his first Grammy nomination but with only one album under his belt. His set lasted only about 30 minutes and consisted of basically himself a DJ and a hype man. Fans enjoyed it, but the show was ultimately less than impressive.

This time, Lu took the stage like a seasoned veteran, and with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. After about 30-40 minutes of torture care of California white-boy rap-rockers, Optimus, Lupe emerged to a screaming audience in no less than a Colt McCoy jersey accented with his signature gold watch and gold chain. Perhaps having learned a few things from ?uestlove and the gang, Fiasco was backed by a full live band seemingly assembled from around the country. Live renditions of Fiasco’s catalog were loud and vivrant, and though some of the nuance from the original instrumentals was occasionally lost in the noise, the new sound was definitely welcome. Remarkably, virtually every member of Lupe’s 1st & 15th crew – Matthew Santos, Gemstones, Bishop G, Sara Green and, apparently the sexiest woman alive, Nikki Jean – showed up to rock hooks, back-up and the occasional solo set; most notably Gemstones’ singing/rapping half-time show (look out for his album). Unfortunately, wonder-producer Soundtrakk was absent, but he’s probably making million-dollar tracks for Jay-Z somewhere.

The show was divided into two halves, the first consisting of the vast majority of songs from Food & Liquor, and the last closing out the show with varied selections from The Cool. Lupe, who has expressed fatigue with rap music and discussed plans to retire soon, was anything but tired and at times appeared almost possessed with energy. Performances of Dumb it Down, Kick Push, Little Weapon and Superstar were definitely, as Kanye would say, stadium status. Peep the videos and more photos below.

“Touch the Sky”

“Kick Push” pt.1

“Kick Push” pt.2

“I Gotcha”

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1. Paul - January 24, 2008

simply put, the concert was fire

2. VivaChi - January 24, 2008

Wow! I wish I was there!

no matter what people say about him i think he is incredible. I have seen hime before live at summerfest in Milwaukee and it was the best concert i’ve ever been to . keep it up li

3. The Coolest - January 24, 2008

Dope show and Dope Blog homie…Yo Nikki had it goin on, but you can’t be a groupie bout it…lol

4. Nikki_P_Fiasco - January 25, 2008

Great videos!! I’m in my room reliving the moment! The concert was awesome!!! Anybody that missed it should kick themselves in the ass!! The concert was everything the writer of this article said and even more.

5. Myles - January 25, 2008

Oh my lordy, I can see my arm in the videos!!!!! I have a black hoodie with white clouds, not to forget the “HEY LOOK AT ME IM UNDER 21 WITH A HUGE X ON MY HAND” stamp!!!!! Thats too cool

6. Danielle - January 26, 2008

ahhhhh!!
i was lookin for tickets forever
but i called emos n they said it was sold out
*tear* =[

7. DeanDre - January 26, 2008

WE COULDNT GO CUZ OF EMOS… they werent answeriNg there PHONE!! so we thought was sold OUT

uden my homie dat went SAID HE GOT HIS TICKET AT DA DOOR

EMOS FUCKED us UP

and we live in SAN AnTonE so we wasnt goin to risk goin up there and not knowin if we were gonna get tickets OR NOT

worst day of my life…

LUPE NEEDS TO COME BAC

8. SANTI - January 28, 2008

WHY DIDNT HE PLAY INTRUDER ALERT OR THE DIE!?!?! THE CONCERT WAS FIRE… BEST THING I’VE EVER DONE.. THANK GOD I GOT TICKETS ONCE I FOUND OUT ABOUT IT BACK IN DECEMBER… YA’LL SHOULD DEFFINENTLY HATE YA’LL SELVES FOR NOT GOING..

9. FNFup - January 28, 2008

hell yeah…Lupe killed that shit…one hell of a show

heres some footage for yall who missed:





10. JRod_iamwhatiam_Johson - January 29, 2008

The Show was Fire second only to Kanye’s Late Registration Tour But Fire nonetheless I drove from Houston only to be told that he’s adding a stop in Houston in Feb. Well i guess i get to see him twice

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