Lupe Fiasco cools out in the studio

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Even as he prepared to drop the critically acclaimed Food & Liquor last September, Chicago phenom Lupe Fiasco told anyone who’d listen that he wanted to quickly follow up with another album. Now, according to a Billboard.com news item, the Muslim rapper is heading into the studio to work on a new project called The Cool.

While Lupe gave away few details, he says he wants to collaborate with Pink Floyd (is it Roger Waters or the David Gilmour-led trio?) and hopes to have the album out by October 31 via his Atlantic-distributed imprint 1st & 15th. I’m always skeptical of release dates, especially if an album isn’t complete, but it would be nice to get another Lupe Fiasco joint this year. Meanwhile, what’s up with the Gemini album?

While you wait for The Cool, you can see Lupe procrastinate with a handful of summer gigs at various national festivals. Tour dates are below.

5/11: Columbia College, Chicago, IL
5/27: UCLA Intramural Field, Los Angeles, CA
7/06: New Center, Detroit, MI
7/08: Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI
7/10: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
7/12: Meadowbrook Center, Gilford, NH
7/29: Toronto Islands, Toronto, ON
8/03: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
9/03: Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

7/06: Comerica CityFest, schedule TBA
7/08: Summerfest w/Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Flynnville, Blue October, more TBA
7/29: Wakestock, schedule TBA
8/03: Lollapalooza, schedule TBA
9/03: Bumbershoot Festival, schedule TBA

Plug One review: Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor

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