April 19, 2011


As some know, Lupe Fiasco is headlining Yale’s spring concert this year. I know many of my friends and myself were very excited when we heard this news. Recently, though, I’ve been hearing people saying, “He’s headlining? That’s the best we can do?” or “He’s okay but he’s not that famous, I’d rather have Lady Gaga or someone with more of a name.”
These comments make me want to do nothing short of slap you in the face with some sense. I mean if a name is all much of the consumers these days want, maybe the music industry is in a bit of trouble. Well, by that I mean the music industry will do fine raking in profit, but the soul will be gone. How can people be dissappointed in a high-quality, highly-passionate, more-than-just-a-musician-but-a-poet-and-political-activist artist like Lupe. He’s an artistic package. A talent. A positive lyricist. A person who can see things like you and I and connect with us, yet at the same time open our eyes to other perspectives through his lyrics.
And if it makes those people feel better, he is quite popular, if you just stuck your head out of your little pop music bubble. He’s been crossing genres and collecting a fan base that spans many musical tastes. 
Lupe is quality, and if you can’t see that because you just want the most famous person you can get, let’s go find Gadaffi or Bernie Madeoff and put him on a stage. There’s a big name. Maybe then you’ll be happy. 

As some know, Lupe Fiasco is headlining Yale’s spring concert this year. I know many of my friends and myself were very excited when we heard this news. Recently, though, I’ve been hearing people saying, “He’s headlining? That’s the best we can do?” or “He’s okay but he’s not that famous, I’d rather have Lady Gaga or someone with more of a name.”

These comments make me want to do nothing short of slap you in the face with some sense. I mean if a name is all much of the consumers these days want, maybe the music industry is in a bit of trouble. Well, by that I mean the music industry will do fine raking in profit, but the soul will be gone. How can people be dissappointed in a high-quality, highly-passionate, more-than-just-a-musician-but-a-poet-and-political-activist artist like Lupe. He’s an artistic package. A talent. A positive lyricist. A person who can see things like you and I and connect with us, yet at the same time open our eyes to other perspectives through his lyrics.

And if it makes those people feel better, he is quite popular, if you just stuck your head out of your little pop music bubble. He’s been crossing genres and collecting a fan base that spans many musical tastes. 

Lupe is quality, and if you can’t see that because you just want the most famous person you can get, let’s go find Gadaffi or Bernie Madeoff and put him on a stage. There’s a big name. Maybe then you’ll be happy. 

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