Musician Lupe Fiasco brings new sound to OU campus

Lupe Fiasco burst onto the music scene in 2005 when he appeared on Kanye West’s song “Touch The Sky.” This Friday Fiasco will burst onto the OU campus.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, Fiasco will be promoting his latest album, “Lasers,” as part of a fan appreciation meet-and-greet event.

The album, his first since 2007, experienced several lengthy delays throughout production and only received a release date after over 32,000 fans sent a petition to Atlantic Records, Fiasco’s record label.

OU won a chance to have him visit campus after winning a statewide contest that took place over  two major social media outlets and was won by OU, which totaled 91 fans on Facebook and 572 followers on Twitter.

“I think it’s amazing (that he’s coming to Oakland),” said senior exercise science major James Borschian. ” It’s nice to see what Oakland has become, and student involvement has never been better, especially since it’s a commuter school for most. This could generate more appearances from others, too.”

Oakland is the only school in Michigan to be visited by the Chicago native, beating out the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University.

“Through support on Twitter and Facebook, in regards to how much they appreciate Lupe and how excited they are for his upcoming album, he chose Oakland University out of all the schools in Michigan,” said senior communications major Thomas Tucker. “As a reward, he’s coming to Oakland to have people hear the album and sign autographs and show his appreciation for the students.”

Tucker, who is also an intern at Atlantic Records, worked with Atlantic Records regional representative LaRonn Harris and FM 98 WJLB to help set up the contest., a Detroit-based website that highlights music, fashion, sports and news in the city, was involved in bringing Fiasco to Oakland’s campus.

The site pushed the contest for all of the participating schools, but a large number of people contacted them on behalf of OU.

“Oakland was approached by one of the members of his team and we were told about the contest, so we decided to make a Twitter account and get the contest started,” said Student Program Board mainstage chair Kate Rozek. “It feels great to have won this contest because our school is a lot smaller than these other universities and we are just to have Lupe on campus. This (type of event) doesn’t happen often.”

The event will be targeted towards students, but is open to the public.