[artist id="2017563"]Lupe Fiasco[/artist] is following his participation in Kenna’s trek up Mount Kilimanjaro with a trek of his own: a 21-city national tour he’s announced via LupeFiasco.com. [The jaunt begins in Claremont, California, and comes after the rapper's recent performance in New Zealand, where he introduced new material from his forth-coming third LP, We Are Lasers, slated for release later this year.
“This will be the first time we actually performed a lot of the new songs of off the new record, so it’s exciting,” Fiasco told New Zealand’s 3 News of his show.
Though there’s no “We Are Lasers” single yet, Fiasco says the LP, the title of which he describes as representing “chaos, anarchy, rebelling against the system and individuality,” is completed and submitted to his parent label.
“Lasers [is coming] soon,” said the MC. “It’s on my label Atlantic, so they have it, it’s finished. I’m just waiting for them to give me a release date to put it out.”
And since he’s threatened to quit the rap game in the past, the Chicago rapper allayed fears by saying he’s got a little bit more juice in him.
“I think the ‘Lupe Fiasco’ show is almost coming to … the middle,” said the rapper. “Everything from here on out will be the grand closing.”
In addition, Fiasco says he’s working on a book, that he’ll release under his given name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco.
“I started as a writer. Since I was a little kid, I’ve been telling stories. Actually hip-hop has just been an extension of me telling stories, so putting it in a more traditional form as far as a book has always been a part of the plan,” he added.
Of course, Fiasco will be featured on MTV’s “Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro” a 90-min documentary depicting musicians Kenna, Santigold, actors Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas and a group of scientists and activists on their journey to the top of the highest peak in Africa as they learn about water issues and climb through snow, sleet, rain and treacherous terrain on their way to 19,340 feet. The climb is an effort to raise awareness about the global clean-water crisis and the “Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro” airs on March 14 at 9 p.m.
Lupe Fiasco’s tour dates, according to his Web site:
»3/5 Claremont, CA @ Bridges Auditorium
»3/20 Stockton, CA @ Bob Hope Theatre
»4/07 Boston @ House of Blues
»4/09 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
»4/10 New York @ The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza
»4/13 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
» 6/21-22 New York @ Madison Square Garden
»4/14 Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
»4/16 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
»4/17 St. Peter, MN @ Lund Arena (Gustavus Adolphus College)
»4/18 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
»4/20 Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center Theatre
»4/22 Johnson City, TN @ East Tennessee State University Center
»4/23 Charlotte, NC @ UNC Charlotte
»4/24 Worcester, MA @ Worcester Polytechnic Institute
»4/26 Houston @ House of Blues
»4/27 Dallas @ House of Blues
»4/29 Denver @ Ogden Theatre
»5/1 Las Vegas @ House of Blues (Las Vegas)
»5/2 Los Angeles @ House of Blues (Sunset)
»5/5 San Francisco @ Regency Ballroom
»5/7 Seattle @ Showbox SoDo