Last night I had the chance to see rapper Lupe Fiasco and loved it (full disclosure: a friend’s friend is a backup singer for him and we spent as much time waiting for the passes outside as we did watching the concert). But it was worth the wait: his energy was great and the crowd was the most diverse I’ve seen at the Filmore. As the Merc wrote today: “Unlike many rappers, young Lupe isn’t championing bullets and bling or trying to come off like a tough guy by talking down to women.” NPR Music expanded: “He’s a practicing Muslim who doesn’t drink or smoke, and he avoids people who do, so…he talks about himself.” Well, that, but also relationships, politics, and violence in Iraq.


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