Music: Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco hails from the creative Chicago Hip Hop scene and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with that city’s modern greats like Kanye West and Common.

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Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco hails from the creative Chicago Hip Hop scene and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with that city’s modern greats like Kanye West and Common. While he eschews the misogyny, materialism and predictability that a lot of top-selling rappers lean on, Lupe’s imaginative approach and wide range of reference points (he’s likely the only rapper in history to name-check Morrissey and sample Modest Mouse) has helped him build a huge following. His 2011 album Lasers was polarizing (some fans and many critics knocked it for being dumbed down for a Pop-crossover pursuit), but it debuted on Billboard’s album chart at No. 1. While his following albums didn’t do quite as well commercially, many lauded the MC for going back to his more adventurous roots. Lupe has said he’ll issue three albums in 2016, though he’s been mum on release dates. It seems likely that the MC’s Drogas project will be out next; Lupe has tweeted that it is “coming soon.”


7 p.m. Monday. $35. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.  


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