Surprises and memorable moments were definitely in store for the hundreds of Lupe Fiasco devotees that filled Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre Monday night. The Chicago rapper not only catered to the fans by performing a dazzling mix of his most beloved material, but he also unexpectedly made a guest appearance joining opener Billy Blue for “Chopper” before his actual set began.
After standing through a melodic set from Boy Illinois, Lupe greeted the audience as he stood in front of a 1940s style microphone before opening with the poetic “Mural.” More material off of his latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, was performed including “Little Death” (with Nikki Jean and a live trumpet player), “Dots and Lines” and “Prisoner 1.”
The DJ soon cued a plethora of audio snippets of journalists and admirers naming their favorite Lupe songs. As each one was cited, cheers ensued as he executed the first verse of each track with vigor and enthusiasm. Album cuts dated all the way back to his first two albums (“The Coolest,” “American Terrorist,” “Hurt Me Soul,” “Go Go Gadget Flow”) and his well-known singles (“Daydreaming,”, “Paris, Tokyo,” “Superstar,” “Kick, Push”) were met with hardcore fans rapping along bar for bar.
Halfway through his performance, the beat for his freshly released track “Next To It” featuring Ty Dolla $ign dropped. Like clockwork, the R&B crooner lit up the venue as he jumped on stage to sing its hook and also treated the crowd to a taste of his hit “Blasé.”
Perhaps even more surprising was the fact that Lu did his breakthrough “Touch the Sky” verse and unselfishly performed songs off Lasers, an album he has notoriously despised so much that he attempted to destroy every copy in existence.
As he closed with “The Show Goes On” and revealed that he added his LA tour date last minute, fans left more than satisfied and reminded of how Lupe’s decade-deep discography has stood the test of time.