Lupe Fiasco has announced plans for the “Generation LASER" tour, a full-scale North American trek that will see the Grammy Award-winning artist performing across the country through the fall, wrapping on October 11th at Fox Theater (see dates). The major tour will feature various opening artists including Big Sean, Girl Talk, Tinie Tempah, Sarah Green and Wale in select markets.
Meanwhile the third single “Out of My Head (feat. Trey Songz)” from Fiasco’s third studio album, “LASERS,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, is consistently blazing up the urban radio charts. The catchy club hit broke into the top 10 at urban radio, making it the first of Fiasco’s singles to reach that mark. Additionally the companion video for the track has received over 4.6 million views on YouTube.
“LASERS,” which marks the Chicago MC’s highest selling and chart-ranking debut to date, also includes the RIAA double platinum certified hit single, “The Show Goes On.” The companion video for the track recently received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for “Best Hip Hop Video.”
An extraordinarily gifted performer, Lupe heralded the release of “LASERS” with a long-sold-out show at New York City’s Webster Hall on Monday, March 7th. Furthermore, he has been touring the country over the past several months including festival performances at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the KahBang Festival in Bangor, ME, the Bass Nector’s Bass Island Festival at Governors Island, NY, and the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD.
Lupe’s third full-length collection, “LASERS” has quickly received a bounty of glowing critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praised Fiasco by placing him “in a tradition that runs from Marley to M.I.A.: the soul rebel who refuses to believe righteous struggle has to be a grind,” going on to applaud “his athletic, whiplash flow and rich imagination.” The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot praised such “layered, evocative tracks” as “the call-to-activism ‘Words I Never Said,’ the potent daydream ‘All Black Everything,’ the shattering ‘Beautiful Lasers’” for “(blending) wrenching introspection and an undercurrent of anger with beautifully down-tempo music, perched somewhere between melancholy and despair.” Perhaps Entertainment Weekly said it best in its “A-”-graded rave: “Simply put, ‘LASERS’ beams.”