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Lupe Fiasco went from high-school chess club to the heights of hip-hop. His new album is called Lasers.
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March 11, 2011 The Chicago-born rapper grew up in neighborhoods filled with drugs, violence and prostitution — but at home, his parents provided him a wide window to a larger world. In his music, Fiasco continues to bridge divides by reaching beyond the boundaries of hip-hop.
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December 18, 2007 Esquire music critic Andy Langer and former Rolling Stone contributing editor Toure review the latest music releases, including a sophomore album from Lupe Fiasco, a Rivers Cuomo solo record, a new one from Mary J. Blige and the Radiohead box set.
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December 5, 2006 Writer and reviewer Will Hermes shares his favorite albums of the past year. Hermes is a frequent contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and writes for Spin Magazine, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. He's also the co-editor of Spin: 20 Years of Alternative Music.
November 14, 2006 Lupe Fiasco is a Chicago-based rapper who made his mainstream debut on the most recent CD by Kanye West, who is also from Chicago. Now Fiasco is further cementing the Windy City's reputation as a breeding ground for innovative hip-hop, with a new CD, Food and Liquor.
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September 21, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs, Tom Moon and Will Hermes about the CDs they're most looking forward to this Fall. Hear sneak previews from Beck, The Decemberists, Willie Nelson, Joanna Newsom and more.
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