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The culture of hip-hop is universal. Arguably it is the most influential way of life that affects lives across the globe. When the culture is discussed these days it gets marginalized. Hip hop consists of five pillars, breakdancing, graffiti painting, deejaying, emceeing and knowledge. Emceeing also known as rapping tends to be the representative of…

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Public meltdowns seem to happen all the time in the entertainment industry but few were more surprising this year than that of Kid Cudi. Over the past month, the former G.O.O.D music star found himself not only beefing with his baby’s mama, but also his former friend, Drake, as well as his former mentor and…

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In Chicago’s not so distant past, one would travel outside of the city and be asked questions about Michael Jordan, Oprah, deep dish pizza, or Garrett’s popcorn. In more recent times, Chicago has become known more for a corrupt political system, police misconduct, and violence, all combining to earn the city a nickname of “Chiraq.” …

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With his music career supposedly finishing by year’s end, Lupe Fiasco took the stage at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on his For The Fans tour, his latest trek since releasing his final Atlantic Records album Tetsuo & Youth in January 2015. For an event targeting fans, including the nine-minute show opener “Mural,” the…

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Australian transplant and pop rapper Iggy Azalea has been skating on thin ice with hip-hop fans for a long time. From allegations of outright cultural appropriation to facing a backlash after being bestowed with what many believe to be unearned accolades and praise from mainstream media, the 25-year-old “Fancy” rapper hasn’t been able to catch…

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Lupe Fiasco and his M.U.R.A.L (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives) foundation recently hosted its second annual bake-off event in celebration of the nationwide initiative #GivingTuesday. Held at the chic Soho House Chicago, the bake-off pitted Team Lupe featuring acclaimed pastry chef Malika Ameen of the television show Top Chef Desserts, Cyrus Rab (M.U.R.A.L. board chair), and Mama…

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Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco announced over the weekend that he’s co-founded a new non-profit endeavor with the goal of helping young inner-city entrepreneurs “turn ideas into start-ups.” The project, announced by Fiasco via Twitter, is called the Neighborhood Start Fund and according to the project’s website its mission is to create “a neighborhood-specific fund to support…

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Lupe Fiasco’s first two major label releases, 2006’s Food & Liquor and 2007’s The Cool, were both critically acclaimed triumphs, but when it came time for his third album, the Chicago native seemed to hit a wall. After a whirlwind of drama including a back and forth battle over the direction of the album between…

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Lupe Fiasco’s charitable organization M.U.R.A.L. (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives) recently held its second annual IFTAR dinner and think-tank event in Chicago. The event featured a discussion of the organization’s “Food Justice” program, which hopes to improve the healthy food choices in impoverished neighborhoods and teach community members about healthy eating and diet-related health issues…

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After a rigorous journey filled with plenty of ups and downs and false starts, Chicago-based rapper Gemstones (formerly known as Gemini) has finally arrived at his moment. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Gemstones first stepped onto the national stage as a primary artist on Lupe Fiasco’s 1st and 15th imprint. Memorable appearances on Fiasco’s LPs Food…

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Iggy Azalea has been a lightning rod of drama for the past few weeks over rampant accusations that she’s racist and that she’s appropriating and disrespecting Black music. However, rappers like T.I., will.i.am, and Lupe Fiasco garnered some of the backlash as well when they came to Azalea’s defense. Now, Fiasco is defending himself and…

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If you missed the AAHH fest then you have missed one of the biggest events in the last decade. Don’t feel bad because rolling out was there to capture  Chicago’s biggest moment of 2014. The festival bought to you by Common and The Common Ground Foundation created a very positive message for the music Industry.…

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