Today, the Eighth in March, debuted a rap album that imbued my ears with a mellifluous ring all day long, that album? Lasers, by Lupe Fiasco… In this trailing post, I will post all you need to know about this album before the purchase.
First and foremost, Lupe Fiasco is no sell-out rapper of the caliber of Wiz Khalifa or even Lil Wayne for that matter, in a sense that he actually raps, and does not try to auto-tune himself in a marketing-pitch for the radio…. Oh no, Lupe has struggled to put out this album because of that, his record label seemed to tame him, on the contrary Lupe is like Miley Cyrus, he Can Not Be Tamed… While two songs do make me question Lupe’s intent, the rest of the album is music to my ears!
As I said, after the quarrel between the record label and Fiasco, it is a relief to finally see the end result, one blogger put it best: :Albums that touch on paranoia and prophecy are common practice in certain genres. Artists and their particular record labels squabble and fight like schoolchildren trying to gain an edge in a sandbox. For the better part of the late 2000s, Lupe Fiasco has been mired in numerous star crossed moments. From the anointing as a hip-hop savior in the same vein as Nas a decade before him to having his debut album leaked onto the internet a full six months before it was scheduled to drop, everything has played onto Wasulu Jaco’s adopted stage name: a fiasco.”
Now rarely will I feature a quote by a blogger that long, but something of that caliber can not be beat, and I know few of you would have wound up seeing it… Check out his full article here: http://dayandadream.com/2011/03/08/review-lupe-fiasco-lasers/ My favorite part of the whole album most definitely came from the second single, Words I Never Said:
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,
Gaza strip was getting bombed Obama didn’t say sh**,
That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either,
I am a part of the problem, my problem is Im peacful…
Now, the only time you will see someone speak so freely about our anti-Utopian government is if you coincidentally strolled into a bar at 2AM to find a man who had been drinking too much liquor… Of course, I know that our Constitution’s Bill Of Rights guarantees you the Freedom of Speech, and what not, albeit many have been looked down upon as if they stole candy from a child in the Great Depression… Lupe Fiasco was certainly sober during the writing of those lyrics, how Lupe constructs his opinions in such a flow is a great enigma.
As I previously stated in one of the opening paragraphs, there was a selection of songs aimed for radio hype, much to Fiasco’s dismay, amongst the songs, I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now. Whether you can tell if an artist like what they created or not, I still believe 100 percent that Lupe Fiasco created this under great paranoia… I do like the song, do not get me wrong, but it is not classic Lupe Fiasco, heck he is starting to make a few songs that would suggest he is taking the change Common made… While these songs come seldom, it should be never that they come… Atlantic Records, please leave Lupe Fiasco the heck alone.
Of course, Lupe Fiasco is no puppet constructed of yarn, or any sort of puppet whatsoever, per se, he is not going to go down with out his opinion being put out. The albums most well known song, The Show Goes on, pits him rapping the following lines:
Did you ever feel like you was being had,
That stuff that makes you mad,
They treat you like a slave, put chains up on your soul, and whips on your back.
Certainly Atlantic Records attempted this with the young Chicago rapper, and certainly Lupe Fiasco does not really care for it… On a concluding note, Words I Never Said and The Show Goes On will be the money gatherers for this album… An album I give an eight out of ten, the deduction of points was for a compromising of style… And as usual, always purchase music through authorized retailers… Oh, and buy this album!