Lupe FiascoChicago-born Lupe Fiasco is part of the intelligent rapping set, with lyrics less about hoes and weed and more about social problems and politics as well as lighter subjects like his love for skateboarding. His Perth concert at Metro City showed that he’s every bit deserving of his superstar status, winning the crowd over from the word go with his energy and pizzazz, spouting lyrics effortlessly and hopping around the stage.

Metro City was the ideal venue as its layered set-up meant most people had a decent view of the stage and it was small enough to still feel intimate. Phrase seemed a little annoyed that the crowd didn’t get into his act, as is often the fate of support acts. He managed to exude energy despite his admission of suffering from tonsillitis but failed to rev up the audience, who were mainly waiting for Lupe bar a few Phrase fans who stood at the front and yelled along to all the lyrics.

When hip-hop artist Lupe ran onstage, he looked every bit the superstar with the mandatory bling, shades, a leather jacket, gloves and camouflage pants. Like Phrase, he also radiated energy but it was fierce rather than angry and he seemed to be enjoying himself immensely.

Throughout the night Lupe sang and rapped songs from his two Grammy nominated albums – 2006’s Food and Liquor and last year’s The Cool as well as a couple from his upcoming album Lasers. The lighthearted Kick Push had everyone waving their arms in the air and Hip Hop Saved My Life, Shining Down and Everybody Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom) were crowd favourites. One punter dared to hop on stage but he only managed about two steps before leaping off to avoid being caught by a massive bouncer.

There was only one low-energy moment during the performance, when Lupe sat down to sing about a time in his life when he felt so low he considered suicide. Unfortunately the crowd was too hyped up by this stage to appreciate it and the moment passed quickly. When Superstar was finally played, as the last song, Lupe conducted the audience like a puppet-master, looking proud of his rowdy choir.

Before he did his encore, Lupe shone lights on every section of the audience and said ‘what’s up?’ to everyone, leaving no-one feeling left out and unloved. His cheeky grin and lanky swagger were endearing and judging from the crowd’s response, he will have left for the rest of his Australian tour knowing he’s got a solid fan base in the West.

Australia Tour – February 2010

Enmore Theatre
Sunday 21 February
Ticketek 132 849 or

Metro City
Tuesday 23 February
MoshTix 1300 GET TIX or, Ticketek 132 849 or

Thebarton Theatre
Thursday 25 February
Venue Tix 08 8255 8888 or

Sound Safari @ Melbourne Zoo
Friday 26 February
Ticketek 132 849 or

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