Lupe 'PUNK' Fiasco
Rapper Lupe Fiasco is bored with hip hop.
So bored, he's been messing around with a post-punk band called Japanese Cartoon. He's not an official member or anything, but he has been 'helping out' the band and lurking around the studio a lot. According to the group's MySpace, Mr Fiasco "does finance the band, but is not, I repeat, not, the singer in Japanese Cartoon. He is, however, the producer and we value his participation very much."
A Grammy nominated artist, Fiasco has said on a number of occasions that he was planning on retiring after the release of his third album - 'LupE.N.D'.
The LP is due for release sometime in 2009, but we're not buying the 'retirement' story - especially since Lupe still has that album with Pharrell and Kanye West to deliver.
Secondly, rappers are always saying they're going to retire, but it rarely lasts longer than a press conference. Just look at Jay Z, Kanye West and 50 Cent; they're respective retirements didn't exactly take.
If you want to hear what a Chicago MC producing new wave music sounds like, then hit up Japanese Cartoon's MySpace by clicking here.