KRS One+Lupe Fiasco+LeBron +Kobe = Holiday Puppetry

Nike brings back the Kobe and LeBron puppets for another season, but this time they get little help from Hip Hop icon KRS One who plays Chris Kringles and Lupe Fiasco who play Blitzen.  The gang gets in the holiday spirit with a “friendly” challenge of basketball.  I really love clever ad campaigns. Enjoy the 3 part commercial.

Summerfest Journal: Interview, Malik Yusef

Malik Yusef

As some of you know Lupe Fiasco is performing tonight at the Miller Oasis Stage at 10pm at Summerfest.  However, at 8pm a multi-talented artist also from Chicago is performing.  His name is Malik Yusef.  He is a spoken word artist, MC, and actor.   He has been featured on Def Poetry Jam and played a role in the movie Love Jones.

Malik was raised in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood known as the “Wild 100’s” and is a former member of the widespread Islamic street gang The Blackstone Rangers. In his youth he became friendly with rapper Common Sense who was a member of the Four Corner Hustlers organization at the time. He was self-diagnosed with Dyslexia as a teenager but overcame his learning disability and word-impairment, earning himself a place among the urban intelligentsia. He has evolved over the years from a street hustler into a street poet. His name translates to “ruler” in Arabic.

I got a chance to talk to Malik before his show tonight at Summerfest about his new album on Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music, about his turbulent past, his spoken word and more.  Check out and download the full un-edited interview with Malik Yusef and check out his latest song Magic Man featuring Kanye West and Common which is about domestic abuse.

Malik Yusef Interview (download)

Malik Yusef – “Magic Man featuring Kanye West and Common”

Malik Yusef performing his spoken word piece “I Spit” on Def Poetry Jam

Daydreamin’ about Samples

Holy Cow! Today’s SEVEN O CLOCK SAMPLE is our best yet! I tried too take it easy on this one, but I couldn’t. There were just too many fabulous versions of today’s track…

Today’s original comes from the Belgian pop group Wallace Collection.

In 2001 this sample emerged on the BETA BAND album Hot Shots II. The track is is titled SQUARES.

That same year, British Electronic groups iMonster released this version called DAYDREAM IN BLUE.

In 2006, Lupe Fiasco got his hands on this sample and teamed up with Jill Scott for DAY DREAMIN’

Whew! That’s alotta samplin’!

Jordan’s TOP 5 Dance Floor Shakers

Today your Djs here at Radio Milwaukee are giving you our TOP 5 for 2008. Since I come from a “nightlife” Dj background, I decided to give you my top 5 floor shakers. Theses are songs that I enjoyed spinning out and about town this year. They are also tracks that got the party people moving their money makers!

Here they are… in no particular order!

#1 Lupe Fiasco – Streets On Fire

#2 Justice – D.A.N.C.E.

#3 M.I.A. – Paper Planes

#4 Sam Sparro – Black and Gold

#5 N.E.R.D. – Everybody Knows

( It’s the year of the acronym I guess… )

“Say Goodbye To Love” Remix Kenna Feat. Lupe Fiasco

You may remember the track we rocked heavy a couple of months back, “Say Goodbye To Love” from Kenna with the hotness on production that was screaming out Star Trak… Pharrell that is homies! 🙂 Here is a remix with the “fire marshal” of Hip-Hop himself, Lupe Fiasco.

Check out the image below, props to the photographer, a fine composition indeed! I can almost hear Pharrell asking Kenna “are you going to make sure they see your face?”… it looks like a dramatic view of Kilimanjaro behind him. Put your K’s up Kenna fans!

Enjoy!

Toodles!

Breaking News: Lupe Fiasco to get Justice

Justice to Remix Lupe Fiasco\'s The Cool

I got some interesting news. Apparently, Lupe Fiasco is going to get the french duo Justice (who are best know for the song D.A.N.C.E.) to remix his latest album “The Cool”.

Lupe Fiasco recently caught up with our very own News Presenter Rickie when he hit London and was overflowing with enthusiasm about his latest projects.

Alongside a “ridiculous” remix of his new single ‘Paris, Tokyo’, Lupe also told Rickie that a certain French electronic duo are remixing his new album: “I’m remixing the album with Justice, I’m gonna shout out to Justice”.

Justice have had massive club hits with D.A.N.C.E and more recently DVNO.

That wasn’t the only surprise The Coolest rapper dropped, he told Rickie that he’s a massive UK music fan.

Lupe’s latest album The Cool features British artist Unkle: “I worked with Unkle on a song called Hello, Goodbye and (they) introduced me to a lot of UK artists”. – MTV UK

Hip Hop is evolving and I think it is a great thing for Hip Hop. I know some Hip hop purists might not think this hip hop (see DJ Rock Dee’s post of a video interview of KRS-ONE). First off, Hip Hop is not a pure form of music it is a hybrid. Hip Hop does not have a certain sound but a spirit and an expression of honesty. If what Lupe is doing is not Hip Hop, neither is Afrika Bambaataa.

There is a cool song of Busy P (owner of Justice’s record label Ed Banger) and Murs(caution the song is very dirty, so don’t click on the link if you offended by dirty language).

Check out this video clip of DC rapper Wale rapping over Justice’s D.A.N.C.E.

Video: Lupe keeping his “cool” in Paris and Tokyo

Check out the new video for Paris, Tokyo from Lupe Fiasco.

I have always wanted to go to Japan.  Any clubs in Japan want to book a DJ from Milwaukee? Hit me up!