By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner Rapper Lupe Fiasco, who received a Grammy nod for his hit single, “Daydreamin’ (Feat. Jill Scott),” will launch...

By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Rapper Lupe Fiasco, who received a Grammy nod for his hit single, “Daydreamin’ (Feat. Jill Scott),” will launch a full-scale U.S. tour supporting his sophomore CD, “The Cool,” beginning Jan. 10 in Portland, OR. Dates continue through late March with more to be announced. He is currently one of MySpace’s top 10 current artists.

The album, released Dec. 18, is a follow-up to his 2006 breakthrough debut, “Food & Liquor,” and features special guest Snoop Dogg with production from Soundtrakk, UNKLE, Chris & Drop, and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump.

The Chicago-based MC has been all over MTV and its affiliated channels in recent weeks, including a show-stopping performance with Stump at the recent mtvU Woodie Awards extravaganza. In addition, Fiasco will be the subject of a January installment of MTV’s “52 Bands,” a special feature that highlights one new artist per week throughout the year. Fiasco has already visited BET’s “106 & Park” to introduce the “Superstar” video, with additional upcoming TV appearances slated for after the New Year.

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Lupe Fiasco 2008 tour dates:

JANUARY
10 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
11 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
13 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
15 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
17 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
18 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
19 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
20 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
22 Austin, TX Emo’s
23 Dallas, TX House of Blues
25 Atlanta, GA The Roxy
27 Baltimore, MD Sonar
28 Norfolk, VA The Norva
30 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
31 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore at TLA

FEBRUARY
1 Richmond, VA Stuart C. Seigel Center
2 New York, NY Nokia Theatre

MARCH
1 New Haven, CT Yale University
25 Fredricksburg, VA Great Hall