Lupe Fiasco



Chicago-based MC Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) began rapping in junior high school and joined a group called da Pak several years later. The group signed to Epic, released one single, and split up, all before Fiasco reached the age of 20. Thanks in part to the vocal support of Jay-Z,L.A. Reid signed Fiasco as a solo artist to Arista, but before anything of significance was able to happen (only a promo single and a couple guest appearances were set up), Reidwas fired, leaving the MC without a label. Fiasco eventually landed at Atlantic. Preceded by the single "Kick, Push," as well as several mixtapes and an appearance on Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the album Food & Liquor was set to surface during early 2006, though an unfinished version leaked during the spring, pushing its official release back to September instead. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 and earned the cerebral rapper three Grammy nominations; "Daydreamin'" (featuring Jill Scott) won the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. A highly conceptualized follow-up, The Cool, was released in December 2007. Gold sales certification and four additional Grammy nominations followed.

Despite his track record, Fiasco met a number of obstacles on the way to the release of his third album, Lasers. The process culminated in a petition signed by over 30,000 followers who demanded that Atlantic release the long-delayed album, which was followed by a fan protest outside the label's New York City offices. Lasers, finally issued by Atlantic in March 2011, topped three charts: the Billboard 200, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and Hot Rap Albums. It was propelled by "The Show Must Go On" (which barely scratched the upper half of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, but went Top Ten on the Hot 100) and "Out of My Head" (number 40 Hot 100; number 11 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop). Work on the MC's fourth album, cumbersomely titled Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, began while Lasers was in pre-release limbo. Its development and September 2012 birth was relatively uncomplicated.-- In 2015 he released Tetsuo & Youth, an album that featured songs inspired by Lupe's upbringing in Chicago.

Dosage

Dayne Jordan is a hip-hop artist from Philadelphia, PA. Since 2004, Jordan, who originally performed under the name Dosage, has been releasing independent music and performing all over the globe. Dayne Jordan developed an interest in hip-hop at a young age. He has early memories of writing lyrics and performing them on his karaoke machine at home.

In 2008, fresh out of high school, Dosage had chance encounter with one of his biggest influences, Lupe Fiasco. The two formed a relationship and kept in contact. Weeks later, Dosage was introduced to DJ and Grammy-award-winning producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, who would come to be an integral part of his career.

In 2009, Dosage set out to record and distribute his first project, Sand and Foam. At the same time he created the brand, Third Degree, inspired by a group of childhood friends that he made music with.

On October 17, 2009, Dosage earned his first opportunity to open for Lupe Fiasco at Temple University’s homecoming in front of more than five thousand people. Sand and Foam was released months later, and Third Degree was shortened to 3D, representing Dream, Drive and Determination. He began branding tee shirts with the logo and selling them to help spread the word about his music and the brand.

In February 2010, after the release of Sand and Foam, Dosage joined Lupe Fiasco for the Steppin Lasers tour. Upon returning home from the tour, Dosage met DJ Ferno, now his official DJ. The pair recorded and released Dosage’s next project, 3D11. The project laid a foundation for taking their live performances to the next level. Dosage and DJ Ferno played local Philadelphia venues opening for artists like The Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Dom Kennedy and more.

In 2012, Dosage dropped his stage name and released his third project In Due Time, under his birth name Dayne Jordan. The project expressed his thoughts on the local music scene and how he yearned to share his talents with the rest of the world. At the end of a performance for Heineken Green Room at the Blockley, Dayne Jordan and DJ Ferno announced that would be their last performance in their hometown for a while so that they could pursue their career on a global scale. They both reconnected with DJ Jazzy Jeff to begin that journey.

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