Friday, November 22, 2013

Hip Hop Saved Me

"Lindsay, he's not coming." Our music director told me Tuesday afternoon.

My stomach dropped.

"Are you kidding me? I don't believe you." I responded.

He showed me his phone, "They're stuck on Mercer trying to get over the bridge, by the time they'd get here, it'd be after 6." He'd already told us once that they weren't coming because of  "artist delays" and then told us they'd worked it out and were on their way so it took me a bit to believe he was serious.

A bunch of us were sitting in our radio station's lobby waiting for Lupe Fiasco and his label rep and they.weren't.coming.

B even made shirts for the boys.

I'd been waiting for this for weeks. Probably a year ago I told our Program Director (the head honcho) that I'm afraid to quit because I'm afraid they'll bring T.I. or Lupe in and I'll miss my chance to meet them. My love for those two artists is un.real.

My face dropped and shortly after the Program Director came around the corner, greeted us with, "Lupe!" before I cut him off. He didn't believe me so he asked the Music Director (the PD's assistant) if I was messing with him. The MD explained and was promptly instructed to get on the phone with the label rep and get me a meet & greet. "Don't take 'no' for an answer." ......It pays to be well-liked by the PD :)

The MD took "Maybe" as an answer.

 But I got three free tickets out of it.

We wasted some time at work catching up with a former co-worker, Zac, who is now the PD of a station in Spokane. I told him I worried they didn't come because Lupe's "difficult." If he's a douchebag in real life I'd be so disappointed. My sister's boyfriend said, "That's why you don't meet your heroes."  I understood the point but really hoped he wasn't a DB.

After getting dinner with B and the boys, we hung out at home for awhile where I'd pretty much given up hope of meeting Lupe. Armed with the label reps number, my sister, her boyfriend and I arrived at Showbox Sodo right after Lupe went on stage. I couldn't believe that B chose to stay home. We had a very slight chance of meeting Lupe Fiasco!

Originally, I didn't really care about seeing him perform, I'd seen him twice before but I'm so glad we went! He did a bunch of songs from my favorite album and this time he even did Paris Tokyo!

During the concert my sister and I headed to the bathroom, juggling my phone, my clutch, my jacket and the shirt I just bought, I set my phone on top of the toilet paper dispenser and then left it in there.


I panicked. I knew it was a long shot that we'd get a meet & greet but what if it came through and I didn't have my phone?! A quick search in the stall I'd been in turned up nothing. I took a chance and asked a bouncer who pointed me to lost and found. I made my way to lost & found where the guy asked me to describe my phone.

Hallelujah they had it! Thank you God. Seriously, I thanked God.

And then when I walked away, I left the shirt I'd just bought.

I was a completely sober mess.

The lost and found guy returned my shirt to me and I enjoyed the rest of the show. After it was over, I texted the label rep inquiring about the meet & greet. She told me to meet her and Zac at the side bar which we could not get to - the bouncers were pretty much corralling people out of the venue and didn't care who Sherry from Atlantic was. I was worried they'd force us out, but Sherry came down and rescued us.

One of Lupe's guys escorted us upstairs and brought us into a holding room where as we sat on the couch waiting, my heart started speeding. It was happening! I was going to meet Lupe Fiasco! Lupe's guy took us into a tiny little room connected to Lupe's dressing room. A few minutes later, Lupe squeezed through the door.

Sherry introduced my former co-worker and explained he'd been playing Lupe's new song with Ed Sheeran, Old School Love, a ton. Lupe thanked him a bunch and took a picture with Zac and his girlfriend. Then it was our turn!

My sister, her boyfriend and I all took one together, but I can easily crop them out. Sherry was smart enough to take four with her phone to ensure she got a good one. I debated about whether I was going to ask for Lupe's autograph (the last person I asked for an autograph was Bill Cosby when I was 7 or 8.) I decided to go for it. When else would I have the chance to have him sign the jacket of my favorite album?

He was super cool and agreed to sign it. He even wrote To: Lindsay which is more than a lot of other artists do. I have a personalized item signed by Lupe Fiasco! Pretty much everyone else in the room asked him to sign something and I started rambling. I remember telling him I loved him and something about seeing him before and being so happy he did Paris Tokyo. By the end I was shaking.  I wasn't even that dorky when I met Kristen and Dax.

He was nice and listened to me, but he profusely thanked Zac over and over for playing his record. It's completely understandable he would pay more attention to the people playing his record, it's those people that expose his music to the rest of us. He was not a DB at all. He was super nice and chill. He wasn't some arrogant jerk like some artists, he didn't seem like he's the type to be "difficult" at all. I wouldn't say he's my hero, but I'm thrilled to have met him.

I floated down the stairs where my sister made fun of me and said it was the "least chill" she'd ever seen me. I shot back that a few years ago she cried when I told her we had Lil Wayne tickets. I know I made a dork of myself but I find comfort in the fact that he won't remember me or what a dork I was.

We thanked Sherry, hugged Zac and his girlfriend goodbye and crossed the street to my car when I stopped, ran back across the street with my sister's boyfriend following me and proceeded to tear down the banners of a competing radio station from the side of the venue.

Once a Promotions Person always a Promotions Person.

How cute were the boys in their shirts? I didn't blur/smudge Peanut's hand, he was waving it.


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1 comment:

  1. I was JUST about to post and ask how the meet up went - you are so absolutely adorable and I just love your recaps... LUPE!!!


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