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Lupe Fiasco and DJ Girl Talk take center stage at Elon University

May 7, 2009

Jessica L. Dexheimer

May 7, 2009

More than 2,300 sets of eyes were on Lupe Fiasco as he took the stage at Elon University May 1. Wearing sunglasses, sneakers – and at one point, an Elon basketball jersey – the Chicago-based hip-hop artist didn’t disappoint. 

Near the end of his performance, Lupe Fiasco donned an Elon University jersey and was greeted by chants of "E.U! You know!"   (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

Near the end of his performance, Lupe Fiasco donned an Elon University jersey and was greeted by chants of "E.U! You know!" (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

Lupe Fiasco is a four-time Grammy nominated hip-hop artist, and has recorded with industry heavyweights such as Kanye West and Jay-Z. On May 1, he was the headlining artist for the Student Union Board’s annual spring show, making 2009’s event the most widely attended concert in at least  four years. 

“This is only my second time working at a SUB event, but it’s definitely the best,” said sophomore SUB member Carolyn Baumgarten. “We didn’t think that we were going to get Lupe because of scheduling conflicts and just the sheer cost of it, but I’m so glad it worked out because I think everybody was just blown away by this show.”

Lupe Fiasco performed about two hours worth of songs from both his 2006 break-out album “Food & Liquor” and his better-known 2007 album, “The Cool.”

Many of his long-time fans sang along, with Lupe occasionally extending the microphone into the crowd, while newer fans danced to the hip-hop beats.

Lupe Fiasco entertained crowds with songs from his two Grammy-nominated albums.    (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

Lupe Fiasco entertained crowds with songs from his two Grammy-nominated albums. (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

“I had heard of Lupe before, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what he is famous for,” said senior Lauren Bieler. “But this was a really, really good live performance, and it makes me want to find out more about his music.” 

Lupe Fiasco also played music from some up-and-coming Chicago artists that he is trying to support, telling audience members to find the groups on social networking Web site MySpace.

Cult favorite DJ Girl Talk opened for Lupe Fiasco, and gave a crowd-pleasing performance in his own rite. Pittsburgh-bred Girl Talk is famous for “mash up” style remixes in which he combines samples of hit songs that share a common theme, riff or beat to create new, upbeat singles. Girl Talk was joined on stage by 200 students dancing among the streamers, toilet paper, confetti and beach balls that Girl Talk’s entourage regularly threw at the crowds. 

The concert ended around midnight, and as many students left the building, they were still dancing to memories of Lupe Fiasco’s songs.

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