July 21, 2008

Mile High Music Festival Wrap-Up Pt. 7

After I left Spoon and plopped down in the middle of the Lupe crowd, I began to wonder what I was in for with Lupe. I loved the Cool (what hip-kid didn't?), but I'd never actually seen a major, popular, mainstream Hip-Hop artist (as cool and different as Lupe is, you cannot deny the fact that he is mainstream).

10 minutes before the set was supposed to start, members of his crew began wandering on stage, setting up their various things and generally being more cool than everyone else (not saying they were conceited, I'm just saying that these guys are cool, and they know it). 10 minutes after the set was supposed to start, people were beginning to get a little antsy, a few more stoned characters in front of me were actually beginning to start fights with one another (definitely the first time I've ever seen someone as stoned as this fellow was try to fight. Usually pothead are super chill...) Lupe exploded onto the stage, and there was no question in my mind as to why people see mainstream rappers ... these guys have more energy than just about any rock star I've ever seen. At one point Lupe and the other MC (who's name I didn't catch) were running ... no ... sprinting from one side of the stage to the other, jumping as the passed each other. For a moment I expected one of them to clothesline the other.

The songs were full of sex and awesomeness and ... well I'd see Lupe a hundred more times ... and that's more than I can say about any of the other artists I saw at the Mile High Music Festival. The only disappointing moment about the set was when they did "Dumb it Down." They cut it down by one verse and used the first chorus twice. I love that song. Oh well, the show was phenomenal.

Lupe Fiasco - Dumb it Down

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