Lupe does New Moon?


This post is going to have a couple of weird Lupe facts, but I promise they will be worth it.

First of all, raise your hands if you’ve heard of the Twilight movies.  Yes? No?  I’m going to assume you all have, since that damn teenage vampire series has been all over the media like judgmental sportswriters on Tiger Woods.

Well, the latest movie in that series came out (it’s called New Moon, in case you wanted to go see it).  And while the soundtrack is filled with a variety of indie rock and mellow guitar licks.  And then, out of nowhere, comes Lupe.

No he’s not rapping, at least not really.  And considering my latest post, I guess it’s fitting to do another on a rock/rap fusion track.  I don’t even know how to describe it, but people seem to love it.  I mean, big ups to Lupe for finding a formula that works for him and broadening his appeal.  He’s always been willing to experiment and push the envelope a little bit, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.

Pitchfork turned me on to this video, and I have to give them props for it.  It definitely made me chuckle.  And they have the best way to describe it:

If you ever wanted to see Lupe performing in an alley intercut with lots of footage of CGI werewolves, now’s your chance! This track, at least, has a more technically competent guitar solo than Lil Wayne’s recent rap-rock tracks.

Check it.

My second tricky Lupe fact, also brought to you by Pitchfork, is that Lupe, Santigold, Jessica Biel are planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the worldwide water crisis. It’s a noble goal but also a strange publicity stunt.  

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