Tickets for Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah go on sale to NIU students at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2; tickets become available to the general public at noon. NIU student tickets are $32 at the NIU Convocation Center box office (limit 2) with a valid NIU OneCard.
On his first two albums, “Food & Liquor” (2006) and “The Cool” (2007), Lupe Fiasco earned his reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp and dynamic lyricist and an MC who could shock listeners, make them think, make them dance and make them laugh, all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations.
“Food & Liquor” would go on to reach No. 8 on the Billboard 200, spawn subsequent singles “I Gotcha” and “Daydreamin’,” featuring Jill Scott, and end the year with multiple Grammy nominations.
A year later, “The Cool reached even greater heights selling more than 500,000 copies and spawning the Top 10 hit “Superstar,” featuring Matthew Santos.
In March of this year, Fiasco returned with one of the most heavily anticipated releases in recent years, a revolutionary album called “LASERS,” reaching new heights of lyrical and musical mastery, while aiming to reach even bigger audiences.
LASERS is an acronym for “Love Always Shines Everytime: Remember to Smile,” and the album is a reflection of a 14-point manifesto the Chicago-born MC composed to guide him on the project. The album spawned an exuberant hit single, “The Show Goes On.”
The undisputed breakout star of 2010, Tinie Tempah had an incredible year.
Few debut artists boast two hit singles, a Glastonbury performance on the Pyramid stage and an appearance on Jonathan Ross. Yet this 21 year-old South Londoner captivated music fans, celebrities and critics alike in just a matter of months.
Tempah began the year as a newly signed artist in the melee of other musicians hoping to make an impact on the UK music scene. By February, his major label debut single, “Pass Out” had received more than 4 million views on YouTube. Three weeks later it hit No. 1, and has since had in excess of 11 million views.
Its follow-up, “Frisky,” shot straight to No. 2 and has been viewed more than 8 million times. Combined, both singles have sold more than 750,000 copies.