Lupe Fiasco at The Mercury Ballroom
The Chicago king of cool returns for another great show in the River City. Let’s give it up for Lupe Fiasco and show him some Louisville love at his performance at the Mercury Ballroom on April 26th.
Chicago-based, MC Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) began rapping in junior high school and joined a group called da Pak several years later. The group signed to Epic, released one single, and split up, all before Fiasco reached the age of 20. Thanks in part to the vocal support of Jay-Z, L.A. Reid signed Fiasco as a solo artist to Arista, but before anything of significance was able to happen. Reid was fired, leaving the MC without a label. Fiasco eventually landed at Atlantic.
Preceded by the single "Kick, Push," as well as several mixtapes and an appearance on Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the album Food & Liquor was set to surface during early 2006, though an unfinished version leaked during the spring, pushing its official release back to September instead. The album peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 and earned the cerebral rapper three Grammy nominations; "Daydreamin'" (feat. Jill Scott) won the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. A highly conceptualized follow- up, The Cool, was released in December 2007. Gold sales certification and four additional Grammy nominations followed.
Lasers, also issued by Atlantic in March 2011, topped three charts: the Billboard 200, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and Hot Rap Albums. It was propelled by "The Show Must Go On" and "Out of My Head". Work on the MC's fourth album, cumbersomely titled Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, began while Lasers was in pre-release limbo. Its development and September 2012 birth was relatively uncomplicated. In 2015 he released Tetsuo & Youth, an album that featured songs inspired by Lupe's upbringing in Chicago.
Tickets are $39.50 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m.All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at www.mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.
For more information call 800-745-3000 or visit mercuryballroom.com