Lupe Fiasco Coming to Montclair

Who raps about Tchaikovsky, Noam Chomsky and Ice Cube? Lupe Fiasco! The intellectual pioneer of the conscious hip-hop movement is coming to Montclair next month and will be received at the Wellmont Theatre on Dec. 7.

Come meet Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe Fiasco, who also goes by the name of Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, is on tour and he is out to give his fans a preview of his soon to be released album, “Tetsuo and Youth.” The album, which is expected to be released early in 2014, is a follow-up to his 2012 “Food & Liquor II.”

Lupe Fiasco
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Lupe Fiasco is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. The hip-hop artist rose to fame in 2006 after he released his debut album, “Food & Liquor,” which received three Grammy nominations that same year.

Lupe Fiasco is known for his lyrical prowess in his music. Unlike other hip-hop artists who rap about vulgarity, women, sex, drugs and violence, Fiasco uniquely makes distinguished proclamations in his songs. With great use of metaphorical technique, rhyme patterns and abstract imagery, Fiasco wraps his thoughts around issues such as war, terrorism, poverty and education. He views hip-hop as a medium conducive to storytelling.

Lupe Fiasco’s approach in lyrical composition goes back to his earlier years when he wrote play scripts as a child. To name an example, his song, “Gotta Eat,” from his album, “The Cool,” is a song written from the perspective of a cheeseburger addressing the poor nutrition in Black communities in the United States. “Gotta Eat” is just one example of Fiasco’s lyrical art of the many present in his past four albums.

Lupe Fiasco’s lyrical art is cool to his audience, but what’s more than just cool are his views on his work. During an interview in April of 2008, Fiasco told Hattie Collin from The Guardian, “You have to be uncool to be cool. That became my thing; I took the things that are uncool and made them cool. It’s challenging and breaking down the barriers of the aesthetics of what’s uncool because a lot of the cool things you’re supposed to do actually destroy you. What people are now beginning to understand…it’s that the nerds are the people to be reckoned with.”

The nerd, the cool and son of a Blank Panther, Fiasco is back and his fans are extremely excited to get a glimpse of his new and mind-blowing musical trip. In anticipation of the long overdue album, all of Fiasco’s New Jersey fans hope to take the opportunity to see him live at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, N.J. on Dec. 7 for his Tetsuo and Youth Preview Tour. Tickets are being sold online now at, starting at just $20.

Surrounded by small businesses and unique eateries, this district has something for everyone to enjoy with its city like feel so close to home. Just make sure you get their early because one thing it can’t get enough of is parking. There is street parking as well as a few paid local lots that you may be directed to depending on spot availability.

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