Bol, Kanye and Obama in the same building?

Again, I’m gonna have to keep this brief. For the second time in the past few weeks, I’m coming to you live from Chicago, where I’m in town to attend one of these outdoor music festival – this time, Lollapalooza.

I already discussed Lollapalooza here once before in reference to a controversy I was hoping there might be with regard to the fact that Kanye West isn’t headlining, despite the fact that he’s maybe the most popular artist out right now, right up there with Nickelback. Who’d probably be headlining, if they were black. (Think about it.)

Instead, Kanye West is playing either tomorrow night or Sunday night (I can’t recall, and I’m kinda in a rush), opposite Nine Inch Nails, who I’m thinking might put on a better live show (I’ve never seen either of them), though I’m sure the Kanye set would be more relevant to my “readership.” So I’m gonna have a decision to make.

I might have to check out Kanye though, on the outside chance that Barack Obama shows up. I’ve been hearing rumors that he’s gonna come out either during Kanye’s set or during Wilco – one of this year’s other headliners. First, I was hearing it was Wilco, who I know Obama has gone on record as saying he’s a fan of (hmm…). Then, I heard it was gonna be Kanye.

Which, normally, I would take to mean that he decided his best bet was to come out and address the crowd during Kanye West’s set, where probably a lot more people are gonna be. But this is kind of a weird week for Obama with rap music, what with the situation with Ludacris. Last thing he needs is for Bill O’Reilly to get his hands on the lyrics to some of the ignorant shit Kanye’s written.

So that’ll be interesting to see. I might have to file a report either here or on my own site. Only thing is, I like to go pretty hard with the substance abuse when I’m on vacation. So I can’t make any guarantees. (Think of me as your father.)

I’m taking a look at the schedule, and there’s not gonna be a whole lot of hip-hop at this thing anyway, other than Kanye. And a lot of what else there is is kinda teh ghey and hipsterish.

Today, there’s that guy K’Naan, who put out one of the best rap albums this decade (no, really), except it doesn’t really count, since it’s from motherfucking Canada. They’ve got him playing the worse time of the motherfucking festival. I might miss it, if I don’t hurry up and get done with this shit.

Then later on in the day there’s Cadence Weapon (also from Canada), who I’m altogether unfamiliar with, but I’m assuming he’s not that good; and Chi-town’s own the Cool Kids, who I passed on seeing at P-fork a couple of years ago, back when they only had like two songs out. Literally. I might try to catch them this afternoon.

Keeping with the local theme, they’ve got Lupe in a pretty sweet time slot tomorrow, for being a rap act at a mostly rock festival. Maybe it’s because he’s pretty much the only rap going on that day. This way, you’re that much less likely to miss it. Unless you get tanked, lose your sense of orientation, and just decide to check out whatever hipster bullshit is going on nearby.

Which has been known to happen.

Speaking of hipster bullshit, they’ve got another local hip-hop act, Kid Sister, playing in one of these early afternoon slots set aside for people who only have one song anyone ever heard of. I’m almost certainly gonna miss that. Then later on that day, there’s a set by Saul Williams, who I’m looking forward to catching quite a bit. That Niggy Tardust album is my shit.

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  • Champlain

    Just saw NIN last Friday…check out there set for sure!!!

  • giantstepp

    This was a fuckin waste of time and space! Step your sh*t up Bol. We, the people demand it damnit! Ron Mex been dropping jewels and you come with this BS? Nobody gives a shit about that bullshit.

    • Pierzy

      Yeah, I just didn’t understand the point of this…

    • BEsmirched



    you can suck my dick!!!

  • ThaRealBoiWonder


    After reading your title I was vicarious awaiting to read the rest of your blog. After throughly reading the first two paragraphs I must regret to inform you that this was a total mockery of what us the hip-hop fans would like to read about from the lucrative site known as XXL. You have proved sometimes worthy of writing a semi- decent blog but most of the time your blogs seem mostly trivial.


    Best Regards,


    Get My Pool in the back

  • john

    glad to hear that you like that saul album.. even though its probably cause it was produced by dave navarro

    • Dante

      You mean Trent Reznor…

  • Ron Mexico

    i love how bol brief is like 700 words.

    if you’ve seen kanye before, go see NIN!

    eh, you know you can’t do that. kanye might say/do some incredibly monumentously dickheadish shit that you’d have to bring back for us.

    i’ve had an ear on k’naan since i heard “til we get there” on nba live. he kinda destroyed that tune. seen some youtube videos of him offering social commentary. very interesting dude.

    i’ll have to listen to the album now, bol. i was afraid of 60 minutes of bourgie headwrap nonsense, but if it sounds good it sounds good.

  • kirk

    come back with something from the k’naan set for ya boy.

  • Creflo

    Nah, K’naan is that dude. Check out the track ‘Struggling’, his flow is bonkers. Remember this cat is from Mogadishu, where they call handguns ‘popcorn’ because everybody carries asault rifles…headwrap -maybe, but bougie – no way.

  • Drew Ricketts

    so Bol fucks with Niggy Tardust? ya learn something new everyday.

  • Yayza

    If it was me, I would like to think I’d get right fucked up and see NIN, but you never know, Kanye might pull through with a killer set.

  • lol

    sounds like a blipster convention

  • Barry

    You made fun of my country. It’s true, we are a joke, but at least we aren’t Germany.

    I’ll have to check the Saul LP. Haven’t felt anything since ‘Twice the first time’ though.

    Give us a Top 10 LCM BOL!

  • giantstepp

    15 comments after 3 or 4 days after you posted this BS proves that NOBODY CARES about that BULLSHIT!