Lupe Fiasco

Chicago

Details Emerge on Lupe Fiasco’s 3 Final Albums, Due out in 2016

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Lupe recently announced that he is planning to drop three (yes, 3) new albums in 2016. With one quarter of 2016 already gone, that means Lu might be dropping one per quarter for the duration of the year. Maybe? Maybe not. You never know what Lu has planned, but please believe whatever moves he makes will be calculated and well planned.

Today, Lu took to his always-entertaining Twitter account to reveal some additional info on the albums, including revised titles and cover art. The next three and final (gasp!) Lupe albums are as follows: DROGAS, DROGAS light and SKULLS. No release dates were revealed, but Lu promises they will ALL impact this year.

Is this the end of Lupe as a rapper? I’m not certain. I hope not, but he’s given us enough music to live on forever should he really be retiring. He owes us nothing at this point.

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Chicago

Dee-1 f/ Lupe Fiasco & Big K.R.I.T. – Against Us (Remix)

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Produced by Rico Beats

Fresh off catching the premiere treatment this morning on Sway in the Morning on Shade 45, Dee-1 cuts loose the official remix for his “Against Us.” This one includes a couple heavy hitters, Lupe Fiasco and Big K.R.I.T. — so you already know there’s some serious food for thought on here. Hear them go against all odds directly under the jump.

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Chicago

Lupe Fiasco – EXPRESS

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Lupe Fiasco is gearing up to drop Drogas, the first of his planned three-projects for 2016. In the meanwhile, he’s decided to let loose a freestyle over Desiigner’s popping ass “Panda” record. No Future comparisons will be made on this one, however.

Lu predictably goes crazy, which gets us excited for what will happen now that he’s 100% indie and in control of his own destiny.

Feast on the Gourmet Lupe Raps after the jump.

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Features News

The Case of Chicago Artists and the XXL Freshman Cover — How Will We Fare This Year?

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Words by Quentin Yarolem (@QuentinYarolem)

XXL just released their list of potential 2016 freshmen candidates, and Chicago is represented very nicely. Of the roughly 150 candidates, 10% are repping the Chi. To put that into perspective, only two cities have more and that’s Atlanta with 15% and Brooklyn with 10.5%. If a Chicago artist is selected for the XXL freshmen class of 2016, they will join the ranks of Tink, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Chief Keef, Lil Bibby and Lupe Fiasco as the only Chicagoans to ever land on the cover.

Historically, Chicagoans have made up a very small portion of the XXL Freshman recipients. Only six of the total 74 freshmen have been from Chicago — but that number has been on the rise over the past few years. From 2007-2012 there was only one Chicagoan chosen to be on the XXL list (Lupe Fiasco). That’s one out of 51 total freshmen. A dismal 2%. From 2013 on however, there have been five of a total 33 which comes out to be roughly 15%.
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