Japanese Cartoon (band)

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Japanese Cartoon
OriginUnited States
GenresPost-punk revival, alternative rock, indie rock, electronic rock
Years active2008–present
LabelsAll Sabotage, 1st & 15th Entertainment
MembersWasalu Muhammad Jaco (vocals)
Graham Burris (bass)
Matt Nelson (keyboard)
Le Messie (production)

Japanese Cartoon is an American rock band that was formed in 2008 by rapper Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, otherwise known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco.[1][2] The band consists of Jaco (Vocals) who can be heard singing in an Mockney accent for some songs, Graham Burris (Bass), Matt Nelson (Keyboard), and Le Messie (Production).[3] Their album In the Jaws of the Lords of Death was released July 16, 2010 as a free online download from their website.


Wasalu Jaco (Lupe Fiasco) and Le Messie have been collaborating since 2004. Other musicians who collaborated on the album include Chris Gelbuda (Matthew Santos Band), Jonathan Marks (Hey Champ), Robert Tucker (Matthew Santos Band), Wolfie, Ian Astbury, Erik Hammer, and Bam Alexander.[4]

On January 25, 2015, the band's Facebook page announced they are working on their next album, "M.I.L.K. Is For Pussies."

In the Jaws of the Lords of Death[edit]

2."All Sabotage!!! (STSO)"2:21
5."Crowd Participation"3:27
6."Firing Squad"3:58
7."You Are Here"3:26


Studio Albums
  • 2010: "In the Jaws of the Lords of Death"
  • 2009: "ARMY"
  • 2010: "Heirplanes"


  • MTV.Com reports of Lupe's new body of work "Japanese Cartoon" [5]
  • Kanye West supports Japanese Cartoon.[6]
  • PigeonsAndPlanes.com report on "In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death" Album Launch.[7]
  • The Couch Sessions report on "Japanese Cartoon — Album Launch".[8]
  • MTV article on Japanese Cartoon.[9]
  • NME article on Japanese Cartoon.[10]
  • Billboard.com mentions Ian Astbury of The Cult's collaborative effort with Lupe Fiasco on Japanese Cartoon.[11]


  1. ^ "Lupe Wins Grammy For "Daydreamin'" ft. Jill Scott". Atlantic Records. Retrieved 2010-12-27.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "JUST THE FACTS... - Blog Detail". LupeFiasco.com. 2009-12-10. Archived from the original on 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  3. ^ "The LupE.N.D. Blog: Japanese Cartoon already working on 2nd album!". Lupefiasco-lupend.blogspot.com. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  4. ^ Taken off Japanese Cartoon "In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death" Digital Album Sleeve.
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2010-07-28). "Lupe Fiasco Talks Fan Petition, Lasers Being In Limbo — Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  6. ^ "Kanye West". Kanyeuniversecity.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2018-09-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Stone (2010-07-19). "New Music: Japanese Cartoon (Lupe Fiasco) – In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death". Thecouchsessions.com. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  9. ^ Roberts, Steven (2009-01-05). "Is Lupe Fiasco Fronting A 'British' Indie-Rock Band Called Japanese Cartoon? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  10. ^ "Lupe Fiasco abandons rap and launches post-punk band? | News". Nme.Com. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  11. ^ "Ian Astbury In 'Love' With Film, Theater, Music Projects". Billboard.com. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2010-12-27.

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