Lupe Fiasco at City Hall, 5/17/12

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Britt Chester
Lupe Fiasco last night at City Hall.


LUPE FIASCO @ CITY HALL AMPHITHEATRE | 5.17.12

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Lupe Fiasco loves his fans, and clearly the feeling is mutual. The more he gave last night, the brighter his Lasers shone. The connection Fiasco has with his fans is unmistakable. At one point he stopped the show to ask a fan if he was enjoying himself before allowing him to choose the next song. For his part, the Chicago MC looked right at home with his newly dreaded hair and baby-faced smile. As he spit, his voice sounded notably better than it does on record. There was a halo-like glow surrounding his mike - which very well could have been a laser -- and he wielded it like a king with his scepter.

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Britt Chester
The scene last night at City Hall during Lupe Fiasco's set.

Opening his set with "Words I Never Said," Fiasco had the crowd instantly fired up and rocking out to the hook in between squeals and yells of excitement. Backed by a full band, Fiasco performed with a huge smile on his face, waving to fans and rocking out like a hip-hop James Brown. "Til I Get There" segued into his more popular material, cuts like "Kick Push" and "Touch the Sky," his collaboration with Kanye West. When Fiasco's verse came up, the crowd screamed back the lyrics. "Hip-Hop Saved My Life" had a laid-back and personal touch to it, and Fiasco looked like a straight-up storytelling griot as he rhymed with vigor.

By the time he got to "Outta My Head" and "Go-Go Gadget Flow," the party was in full effect -- the rapper knows how to keep the party moving. The place was packed, and the audience was bursting with energy. The fact that he was performing on the day Donna Summer died was not lost on the MC, who made mention of this in a freestyle interlude that also included a throw to MCA of the Beastie Boys. Fiasco also touched on the controversy in which he called the president a terrorist, emphasizing that he does indeed feel that way: "You would call the president a fucking terrorist, too," he said, adding that everything he does comes with a purpose, before launching into "Superstar," arguably the best moment of the show.

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Britt Chester
Lupe Fiasco last night at City Hall.

The lights were bright, Fiasco was in perfect synch, and seeing the chorus of the song sang by more than a thousand people under the glow of purple lighting was incredibly moving. Fiasco looked pleased with the reaction. Sheepishly grinning, he encouraged the crowd to "sing it louder." Fiasco ended his set with "I Don't Wanna Go Right Now" -- a sentiment shared by everybody in the building. Overall, the show felt really intimate for how many people were packed into the place.

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City Hall

1144 Broadway, Denver, CO

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Nik
Nik

The Foodchain was great, I love seeing a band from Denver be that good, Lupe was awesome, I think his show last night was better than the one at the Fillmore last fall, his sound/band is hitting harder now or maybe it was the sound system and energy... Either way much more enjoyable show and I met Von Miller from the Broncos!

Nik
Nik

maybe he's hitting harder now after working with bassnectar...

Average Joe
Average Joe

i thought he sounded good but the whole part about connecting with his fans is a little off... lupe seems to be on another planet i felt his passion and energy but i think his head has gotten a little big, he acts like he is better than average people and he wasnt like that in the beginning he used to represent the average joe.

Michelle
Michelle

the show last night was epic. lupe's drummer was spot on and had me dancing all night, his band was awesome, bass was rocking and electric guitar on words i never said changed my life. first time to city hall its my new favorite club.

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