Student 1

Lulseged “Lu” Afework is a first-generation American of Ethiopian descent, born in Maryland before moving to Minnesota at the age of three. Lu first picked a notebook up after watching 8 Mile, soon succumbing to the frustrations of being eight with no bars. He picked it back up during his junior year at Simley High School, where he was always the first name on attendance that every teacher would apologize before mispronouncing. This common misstep in cultural competency, paired with the inspiration from watching a friend rap on Facebook, led to Lu’s christening as Student 1: a reflection of a lifetime dedication to learning oneself, the world, and the game.

After a two-year stint at Inver Hills Community College - ending in academic suspension which lead to him dropping out - Lu shifted his life’s focus to perfecting his work for the world outside his frozen suburbia. Student 1 embodies an upbeat approach to interrogating the questions of life, fusing an oddball braggadocio with meticulous technicality for an engrossing experience that’s equally whip-ready and stare-at-the-ceiling ready. For all the relentless energy in his flexin’, there’s a moment of self-crisis to match it. Caught in a haze of tobacco and uncertainty, Student 1 serves as a beacon of light for anyone reveling in their uncertainty, searching for the motivation to persevere through a world that feels set to destroy them.

Past Shows


Jan
24
th
2020
7th St Entry
Jan
24
th
2020
7th St Entry

Sean Anonymous

with Metasota, Student 1 and MIXIE D
Dec
14
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
14
th
2019
7th St Entry

deM atlaS

with Lady Midnight, Student 1 and DJ Keezy
Sep
18
th
2019
Fine Line
Sep
18
th
2019
Fine Line

Grieves

with Mouse Powell, Student 1 and Nur-D
Aug
10
th
2019
7th St Entry
Aug
10
th
2019
7th St Entry

Dwynell Roland

with Student 1, Manchita, FruitPunchLoverBoy and more!
Mar
28
th
2019
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Mar
28
th
2019
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Token

with Student 1
Aug
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry
Aug
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry

Chance York and Big Cats

with Dua Saleh, Student 1, DJ ROWSHEEN and more!
Mar
3
rd
2018
7th St Entry
Mar
3
rd
2018
7th St Entry

WHY KHALIQ

with Student 1, Destiny Roberts, KALEEM THE DREAM and more!
Feb
18
th
2018
7th St Entry
Feb
18
th
2018
7th St Entry

Empire X

with DJ TEK, Student 1, T-SNEAK and more!
Jan
13
th
2018
7th St Entry
Jan
13
th
2018
7th St Entry

Finding Novyon

with Dua Saleh, Student 1 and TIIIIIIIIIIP
Sep
10
th
2017
7th St Entry
Sep
10
th
2017
7th St Entry

J Flight

with THA RIFT, Destiny Roberts, Lyric Marid and more!
Aug
30
th
2017
7th St Entry
Aug
30
th
2017
7th St Entry

Psycho Show Vol. 2

with DEMON MARCUS, Devon Reason, Student 1 and more!

More Shows

Apr
17
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

MeatEater

Mar
13
th
First Avenue

The Airborne Toxic Event

Mar
4
th
7th St Entry

Ratboys

with Ellis and Double Grave
May
11
th
First Avenue