Lupe Fiasco

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OPENING ACT(s): Daylyt

Fri 5/12

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30
Electric Factory
— $29.50 ADV | All Ages
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Biography

A decade after Lupe Fiasco exploded onto the hip-hop scene with his seminal 2006 debut Food & Liquor, the Chicago native is closing the chapter on his career with his most visualized projects yet. The independent rapper, who parted ways with his former label Atlantic Records following the release of 2015’s Tetsuo & Youth, hits his creative peak with a trilogy of albums—Drogas Light, Drogas and Skulls—the final curtain call on one of the most gifted lyricists and visionaries to grace the mic. If anything, Drogas Light, the first delivery to fans arriving in early 2017 via 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers, is a testament to Fiasco’s artistic growth throughout the years. The 14-track LP is free of restraint, and daring by his standards: the sonic and storytelling palettes are vast and diverse, more so than ever before, traipsing genre and style with ease and touting songs to soundtrack everything from a night at the club to a quiet listen on headphones. Where Tetsuo & Youth leaned into more experimental pastures, Drogas Light is the embodiment of a musician whose foray beyond the boundaries of hip-hop feels increasingly natural, a glimpse into the genius that will be Fiasco’s legacy as he inevitably walks away from the spotlight. From the start of Drogas Light, Fiasco lays his rhyming skills bare, attacking a haunted beat accented by a screwed vocal sample on opener “Dopamine” that self-reflectively emphasizes the magnetism of the album (“Over-d off of this, but don’t fall asleep ‘til the dopamine hit!” he chants). The set is dotted with several trap-inflected songs—“NGL” featuring Ty Dolla $ign is a turn-up anthem that entertains the reasons why success comes slow to many, while the STREETRUNNER-produced lead single “Made in the USA” catalogues the various home-grown, illicit products manufactured in the country. While Drogas Light signifies the beginning of the end for Fiasco, it represents how far he’s come since he first entered the game and merely accents the intellectual breadth of the discography he’ll leave behind. At the onset of career, rappers including Jay Z and Kanye West regarded him as the future of hip-hop, with the latter tapping him for a standout guest verse on “Touch the Sky” after Fiasco remixed West’s hit “Diamonds from Sierra Leone.” His debut album Food & Liquor earned him three Grammy nominations and a win for the Jill Scott-assisted “Daydreamin’,” which netted the trophy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2008.

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    World famous battle rapper, hip hop artist, photographer and all round artistic entertainer, Daylyt has established himself as an innovative and key figure in both the music and creative industries over the past few years. Daylyt (Davone Campbell) applies his unique style and personality to everything he does and in the process leaves audiences in astonishment, always wanting to know what he'll do next and how he'll do it. Channeling his energy towards art has been massively important for Daylyt. After growing up in a tough area of Los Angeles he felt it was important to surround himself with a loyal team of people who all share the fundamental values of commitment and professionalism in order to achieve a common goal. This creative and professional outlook has led to an impressive photography career, with his remarkable work encompassing a new era we are entering of freedom, empowerment, sexuality and most importantly, artistic expression, using professional, prominent fashion looks. For his achievements in hip hop and battle rap, Daylyt is regularly featured on LA Weekly, VIBE Magazine, LA Times and HipHop DX, and has hundreds and thousands of YouTube views in the biggest and best rap battle leagues in the world. These battles reach a global audience, leading the ever popular rapper to travel to the likes of Australia, Canada, England and all across the USA in his career, he has even had a battle with world famous US rapper Lupe Fiasco.

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