Just when you thought hip-hop was on its last legs, a slight, be-speckled Chicago boy bursts onto the scene spitting fire and silencing detractors!

Grammy nominated rapper Lupe Fiasco is returning to Oz in February for a string of high-energy gigs in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and a very special 18+ show at the Melbourne Zoo as part of Sound Safari.

First exploding onto the scene in 2004 with a mind-blowing verse on Kanye West’s ‘Touch The Sky’ Lupe, off the back of the brilliant 2006’s ‘Food & Liquor’ and last year’s critically-acclaimed LP ‘The Cool’, has managed to establish the exemplar for modern hip-hop in a few short years: keep your Nike's in the underground and your name on the charts.

Lupe’s latest hit ‘Shining Down’ is the first track off his eagerly anticipated third studio album slated for release in early 2010 – just in time for his return to our shores.

If this is hip-hop, it's alive and kicking! Get in quick, these shows are sure to sell out.

Tickets on sale 9am Friday December 18.

Sunday February 21
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (Licensed All Ages)
With special guests Phrase & Lowrider
www.ticketek.com.au

Tuesday February 23
Metro City, Perth (18+)
With special guests Phrase & Lowrider
www.moshtix.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au

Thursday February 25
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (Licensed All Ages)
With special guests Phrase, Lowrider & Diafrix
www.venuetix.com.au

Friday February 26
Sound Safari @ Melbourne Zoo 18+*
With special guests Phrase, Lowrider, Diafrix, True Live, Space Invadas, M.A.F.I.A. & Mat Cant
www.ticketek.com.au

*Due to changing liquor licensing laws, Sound Safari is now an 18+ gig. Existing underage ticket holders can obtain a full refund from the point of purchase before Monday February 22nd.