Saturday Afternoon Artist: Lupe Fiasco – The Cool


Greetings, KEXP People. Michele Myers here.

Every week on my Saturday radio show I choose a favorite artist to feature.  This week it’s Lupe Fiasco, a hip-hop artist whose sound is very diverse.

The most interesting thing about Lupe Fiasco is that he raps about the sensual, not just the sexy, but about things like food, sounds and touch.  He knows how to draw a picture for the listener’s mind.  He grew up in Chigago. His father was an African drummer and multi-instrumentalist, his mother a gourmet cook.  Lupe has traveled the world and absorbed details that he lays out in poetic form like no one else.

He’s a master of mood, and the feel of each track is so specific.  On the masterful album The Cool, he goes from “Paris, Tokyo”, a song that feels like a romantic train ride…

to the cinematic layers and tension of  “Streets on Fire”…

to the story of a real rapper’s life in the digital age in “Hip-Hop Saved My Life”.

Lupe Fiasco plays Friday night 5/7 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.  Join Michele Myers on KEXP this Saturday from 3-6pm when she’ll mix legendary favorites and cutting edge flavors and play 3 songs in-a-row from Lupe Fiasco’s record The Cool.

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