Remember that freshman who freestyled for Lupe Fiasco two months ago? Tate Tucker (COL ’14) has been busy since then, gaining great exposure in the rap game. He was interviewed by the hip-hop media giant, The Source, about his experience with Lupe and his upcoming projects.
And last week, Tucker slapped another huge mention on his resume, a post on Pigeons and Planes. It is a great blog that we recommended before, and an absolute goldmine for the best up-and-comers of the rap and indie scene. His freestyle over the euro- dance track, “Alors on Danse” was featured with some hearty praise from the guys at P&P. If you aren’t into the music blog scene, we promise that its an impressive achievement.
But Tate isn’t resting, Vox asked what was next on his plate,
My next project is my first mixtape which I am recording with fellow freshman Will Henderson–a very talented producer. That should be dropping early April and I’m really excited about it.
Can’t wait till April? Go see him perform on February 25th at Epicurean for $5. Another DC group, Rising Suns will also be performing. Tate and Vox both agree, it will be a great way to get hype for the Syracuse game the following day.
“I got my priorities/Tate Tucker’s raps don’t recognize the majority.”
This Wednesday, Georgetown’s fall concert performer Lupe Fiasco made a visit to Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson‘s Sociology of Hip Hop course. The day before, Lupe Fiasco and Dyson gave a lecture on “The Future of Hip-Hop” at Drexel University. Tate Tucker, a Georgetown undergraduate, gave an impromptu performance while Lupe watched on.
Lupe’s oft-delayed album, Lasers, will be coming out on March 8, 2011. Its first single, “The Show Goes On,” came out this October.
On Saturday night, Lupe Fiasco performed for a few thousand costume-clad students in McDonough parking lot. The chilly Halloween night was the backdrop for an odd show—and I loved it.
Lupe has recently mixed rock influences into his repertoire, which came through in Saturday’s performance. He mostly stuck to his rapping and older tracks, while peppering newer work between older tracks like “Kick, Push” and “Daydreamin.”
The shortcomings? Despite putting on an energetic performance, Lupe seemed to be drunk, high, forgetful, or some combination of the three. He’s a strange character for sure—and recently, a borderline recluse—but the odd soliloquy he gave before launching into “Superstar” caught the audience off-guard. He broke off mid-song to perform “Show Goes On,” forgot the lyrics, and then returned to the track that made him famous.
Nonetheless, the concert was a hit. “Hip Hop Saved My Life,” the first song performed off of The Cool, set the evening’s tone. Lupe’s flow and the backing instruments aligned well and the crowd fed off of the performance.
As you already know, Lupe Fiasco will perform outside of McDonough Gymnasium on October 30 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are already on sale online through Ticket Alternative, but will also be sold in Red Square, Vital Vittles, and Hoya Snaxa beginning this Tuesday. With a GOCard, the concert will cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (Everyone else will have to pay $25 in advance, $30 at the door.)
According to Andrew Malzberg, chairman of the Senior Class Committee, ticket prices were calculated by subtracting the sponsorship funds from the total cost, then dividing that number by the amount of expected sales. The SCC expects 4,000 tickets to be sold.
“We have no interest in making any profit off this event,” Malzberg wrote in an email.
The SCC will co-sponsor the event with the Georgetown Program Board, with funding from What’s After Dark and the Corp Philanthropy Committee. Although Malzberg declined to reveal how much the SCC will spend, last week the Hoya reported that the Corp contributed $2000 for the event.
Bill Ward, a senior in the College who was recently profiled by the Voice, and Honor by August, a rock group comprised of Georgetown alumni, will perform the concert’s opening acts. The event will open at 8:30 p.m.
According to the Hoya, Lupe Fiasco will perform Saturday, October 30 at 9:30 p.m. outside of McDonough Gymnasium. The performance will be sponsored by the Georgetown Program Board and Senior Class Council and funded by What’s After Dark and the Corp Philanthropy Committee.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (or for non-Georgetown students). Tickets will be sold starting next week in Red Square. We can’t wait!
2 p.m. update: The Lupe Fiasco concert will not affect plans for GPB’s Spring concert, according to GPB Concert Chair Alexandra Kisielewski. “Georgetown Program Board has a separate budget for the Spring Concert,” she wrote in an email. “The Fall concert is an initiative that the Senior Class Committee took upon themselves to resurrect for this year, and GPB decided to co-sponsor with them.”
Back in January, the Georgetown Programming Board sent out an e-mail asking you to rank eight different artists it might be able to bring to campus for the Spring Kick-Off Concert. Now, Alexandra Kisielewski, the GPB Concert Chair, has compiled your votes and shared them with Vox.
Kisielewski explained that because GPB conducted the survey with a ranking system, they tallied the results to reflect how they were ordered overall. Since a first place vote had more weight than a fifth place vote, the highest-ranked artist may not have gotten the most votes for first place. Here are what the results were after that calculation:
Lupe Fiasco – 23.1 percent
Kid Cudi – 22.6 percent
Third Eye Blind – 22.3 percent
Arctic Monkeys – 16.6 percent
SuperMashBros – 15.3 percent
But here’s how you marked your #1 pick for the Spring Concert:
Third Eye Blind – 30 percent
Kid Cudi – 28 percent
Lupe Fiasco – 22 percent
Arctic Monkeys – 11 percent
SuperMashBros – 10 percent
It is unclear how many students voted. Flaming Lips, Talib Kweli, and Dirty Projectors were the three artists who didn’t crack the top five in either category. (Guess we couldn’t convince you that Flaming Lips is awesome).
“We’re hoping to begin advertising after Spring break and as soon as all of the contracting has been finalized we will be able to release the artist’s name,” Kisielewski wrote in an e-mail.