Public Enemy 

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Chicago-based rapper Lupe Fiasco has lived up to his surname in recent months. Last year he flubbed a performance on VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" program, forgetting the lyrics to "Electric Relaxation," a song made famous by A Tribe Called Quest -- the group to which he was supposedly paying tribute. Just weeks ago his politically incorrect Web posts — erroneous statements about Barack Obama — incurred the wrath of hip-hop fans and at least one of his peers. With a marketplace full of ring tone rap, it's important to distinguish yourself, but not like this. With praise from critics for his latest record ("The Cool"), maybe it's time to let the music do the talking. The skateboarding rapper and BMX stunt biker Keith King perform at Virginia Commonwealth University's homecoming at the Siegel Center Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $19. 827-1000.

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