Yale, make sure to pack your Food & Liquor this Spring Fling, and prepare for critically acclaimed and Grammy-award winning international rap superstar, artist, and producer: Lupe Fiasco. Born and raised in Chicago, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, discovered by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, was signed to Atlantic Records. Following his guest feature on Kanye West’s hit “Touch the Sky,” Lupe was thrown into the national rap spotlight. In 2006, his debut album, Food and Liquor, anchored by tracks, “Daydreamin,” “Kick, Push,” and “I Gotcha,” was met with outstanding critical and commercial acclaim. In 2006, he was voted GQ’s Breakout Man of the Year, and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning one for his Jill Scott collaboration on “Daydreamin.” His second album, the Cool, with tracks “Superstar” and “Paris, Tokyo,” further established Lupe’s unique and impressive standing in the rap world, emphasizing his Muslim heritage and jazz roots.
Recently, after years of delay, his latest album, Lasers, was released March 4, 2011, bringing Lupe’s rap message into the mainstream with songs like “The Show Must Go On” and “Words I Never Said.” Weeks ago, he announced the upcoming 2011 release of his fourth album, Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. Lupe Fiasco has established himself as one of the most versatile and exciting live performers today, playing everywhere from Chicago Jazz Clubs to sold out music festivals. His live performance repertoire with his colossal standing in the rap world, promise a show that Yalies won’t soon forget.
We first wrote a sick bio on the history of Third Eye Blind. It included corny puns involving “How’s it gonna be?,” some of the band members’ dogs’ name (The Boo and Shelby, to be specific), and the fact that early on in their career they were encored as openers (and then paid double, no big deal). Then we found the answer to the question “What is Third Eye Blind?”, and to be honest, the answers told us all we needed to know.
Third Eye Blind is my crutch, my drug, my lover. It is my past, my present, my future. It is a marker to the moments in my life.
-Red Balloons & Ennui
3EB is my religion, It is my relief. It is my little red escape car, whisking me far away from here.
If these quotes don’t give any indication of what to expect for this Spring Fling, we don’t know what will. These San Francisco natives have produced THREE best-selling albums, which on April 26th you will have the luck to see live and in person. Without a doubt you know all the words to some of their greatest hits, which include “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be,” “Graduate,” “Jumper,” and “Never Let You Go.” Get psyched to sing your heart out with Stephan Jenkins (singer and songwriter) and Brad Hargreaves (drummer), because this will be a Spring Fling you don’t want to forget.
Based in the Lower East Side, NY, Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson make up the electro sensation Designer Drugs. Students by day (Nelso is in medical school), music jetsetters by night, the internationally acclaimed duo, just in April 2011, will be playing in four continents: North America, Australia, Europe, and Africa. With remixes ranging from N.A.S.A. to Mariah Carey to Little Boots to Thieves Like Us, their diverse repertoire has attracted a legion of fans from all corners of the world. Their latest album, Hardcore/Softcore, released in February 2011, is a testament to their range of mastery. They can do poppy, they can do punk. They can do mellow, they can do edgy, and they'll make you dance either way. They got depth, and we so excited.
Their music? Unlike anything you've heard before. Their name? Okay, maaaaaybe a little redundant. Their albums? Free for download online.
They are Big Gigantic, and they're going to open up this year's Spring Fling with some energy and a crazy sound that blends Dominic Lalli (Production/Sax) and Jeremy Salken (Drums) into one beautiful product. Big Gigantic is one of a handful of groups that walks the line between the jamband and rave crowds thanks to a series of carefully produced beats and a knack for old school organic improvisation. The Boulder, CO-based duo has been tearing up stages coast to coast since coming together in 2008 and now, two albums and countless sold-out shows later, they're bringing their unique sound to Old Campus.
Says Salken of the origins of their sound: "DJs started coming in and becoming a big thing and then I think musicians were like, 'Let’s do this too but let’s add what we do—the acoustic instrument aspect to it.' That’s what we’re trying to do—kind of make it a blend of the two worlds." And blend it is. Big Gigantic's sound is a unique mix of electronica and jamband-improvisational, and makes for a completely unique, completely fun experience.
We believe that Lalli sums up the Spring Fling atmosphere pretty well when he describes Big Gigantic's philosophy: “Who cares what people think? Let’s do this and just have fun.” Challenge accepted.