Tuesday, March 04, 2008

29 Days of Lupe Fiasco: Day 30

I need to review myself too. So I took a few days off from Lupe and caught up with life. 29 days, 29 pieces. I missed two days but I put in the work. 29 Days of Lupe Fiasco was done on a whim--a few days before Feburary started I got the idea. I planned it out yet new ideas came out and weak ones left. I spent around an hour a day thinking and writing these things, so they were put up fairly quick. What was the big deal, being that Lupe's been in the game for a few games, with the 29 days thing? I felt the need to let everybody know how important Lupe is to me and Rap. Yeah, he may rule the internet but he's still catching an L on the fan column. As a blogger, I feel the need to express myself. Unlike most bloggers though I write and give thoughtful opinions. Maybe people are on Lupe, maybe there are sites dedicated to him BUT has there been a month dedicated to him? Have Lupe fans ever been willing to actually looking at him from different angles? Yeah, he's ill but there's more to him than that.

And not just dick riding. I thoroughly dissected Lupe and his Cool iniative. Hence I was strict with the link giving. First of all, you should have his shit and if you don't, then if you feel moved enough, don't act like you don't know where to get music online (oh, yeah that's right, from me!).
So let's take a trip back... Hateration? I can admit it, can you!?! Lupe can invade your Memory, for real. Hey, I know I had some fluff pieces with the New Year's Resolution and the Producers tip but eh. I disagreed with Lupe on Speaking Out. I gave my thoughts on a few of his more involved songs: "Dumb it Down", "Superstar", "Twilight Zone", "Blackout" and "Hip Hop Saved My Life". I give him the respect on Politics As Usual. The beauty of his generalized Creativity (i.e. that his songs can mean different things to different people) can draw conclusions to where you think there might not be one. Questioning Wasalu's personal involvment in his content? Yeah, I wasn't content! I gave y'all more info on the he Connections he makes. Wasn't that What the Fuck is Go-Yard? shit informative? Explaining race as an obstacle to listening to Lupe--never seen someone question black folks on their ironic plight. They could pop in a Lupe CD... but they can't (and it may not be because of them). Giving White fans two thumbs up for their courage... now that's something. I looked at Lu's Cult Status and his Obsessed dick riders. I went random with his Cool comics. The agreence on hating Hip Hop didn't come out as good as I would have liked it to. Now the Fiasco v Murda challenge was cool! And again I wish I had more time to derive an influence from Nas' It Was Written. Did you find Nas to be an influence on Lupe? The Pink and Michael shit was tight to those who know what I'm talking about, anybody? And finally I groped for a description of his LupEND; was glad he'll retire with his own reasons; and gave him a reasonable G.O.A.T. push.

That was it? Yeah. But I could have done more. I wanted to explore his love for robots and comics. They usually provide a form of escape from your current situation i.e. the hood (See: Ghostface and his Tony Starks monikers). I wanted to expose his skateboarding hobby and question his posing. I was expecting those "Paris, Tokyo" and "HHSML" videos all month long too. And I wanted to touch on Islam. Being a Muslim helps and hurts Lupe. It probably makes him a better rapper with not being concerned by commercialism and knowing his self better. Yet Islam--any religion--constricts people, especially ardant followers. I don't think I'm fishing here when I say that Islam made Lupe keep himself out of his rhymes, it's as if he was less expressive at times about himself.
Stop talking about Lupe, huh? Can't. He's inspiring though, it was fun and easy to get through these 29 days. He makes me feel good, go to sleep and want to still give Hip-Hop a chance. Can you give me 29 reasons why you like Jay Z, Prodigy or Game? Didn't think so. Most, if not all, rappers are uninteresting and are uninspiring. If you haven't, go back and read all 29 pieces. The most important thing to take away from this month long trip is asking yourself why you like/dislike what you do. Lupe's ill but why? You can't just leave it that. Everybody's "FIYA" then. If Lupe is wack, then why? If I spent 29 days really thinking about Lupe from different angles, there must be something to him.


At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your 29 days of Lupe were great. It gave me something to look forward to everyday and it gave me one more reason to listen to The Cool. I agree the most important thing Lupe brings is hope.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Bemused said...

i respect your grind, even tho i don't feel Lupe like that. good work.

At 4:11 PM, Blogger The Major said...

Thanks for the love. Yeah, the 29 days of Lupe got me thru the drudgery that's February.

Glad to see people can relate (even if Lupe is their fav).

At 11:37 PM, Blogger .jas. said...

I was glad to read the 29 days of Lupe. I got a different persepective of 'The Cool' and his other albums and their inner workings. I loved your perspective of all the various Lupe post.

It would be nice if you did another artist, but like you said you've spent a lot of time writing and gathering your thoughts to put in a post. I can see the hard work in every word. Love your blog and much love to ya!



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