Hip hop mastermind rocks as well as rhymes to a sold out crowd
Hip-hop and rap isn't just lowriders, gold chains and 40s in brown bags anymore. The creative edge of the genre continues to progress as time goes on and one of the front-runners of this revolution is none other than Lupe Fiasco. Lupe graced the stage on Thursday night to a sold out crowd at the Ogden Theatre on Colfax, and with him came a full band as well as a DJ who provided a spectrum of musical mastery from heavy rock backing his vocal flow, to 80s electro-pop style.
Philly-based rapper Dosage started things off for the night, and did well to get the crowd cheering, but kept his set fairly minimal to make room for the big boys: Lupe and rising star B.o.B., whom many know from his huge radio hit "Nothing on You". The crowd seemed to be almost just as excited to see B.o.B. as they did Lupe after the work B.o.B. has done with major artists such as Eminem. B.o.B. started with a more hip-hop vibe at the beginning of his set and picked up the guitar and was accompanied by rhythm guitar, bass, and drums about halfway through. Showing his performance prowess, B.o.B. kept the crowd jumping with a variety of antics, including one where he serenaded a lady from the crowd.
Backed by a full band, the ever-creative Lupe Fiasco started his set with more of a rock feel. Sporting digi-camo fatigues and a denim jacket laden with peace signs and the American flag, Lupe was breaking hip-hop stereotypes. He also mixed a variety of sound clips to pair with his live band and rhymes, including some Radiohead and other unexpected music. Of course, Lupe played many of his hits and crowd favorites such as "I Gotcha" and "Kick, Push" to keep the crowd reeling late into the night. This was definitely a show worth being tired at work the next day for.