Check it out: a new Lupe Fiasco track. “Mazinger” features PJ and is produced by SX, as part of his Lost in the Atlantic series. “Mazinger” gets its name from the 1970s Japanese manga and anime series, which is sampled in the song. Listen to the new Lupe track after the jump.
We are halfway through 2014 and we’ve already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock’s album ever coming out? More after the jump!
New Lupe Fiasco? Sign us up! While we all wait with baited breath for Tetsuo & Youth to drop, new Lupe is always a thumbs up. And fortunately for die hard Lupe fans, he goes on a serious tear on “Pu$$y” featuring Billy Blue. Check out the new Lupe after the jump.
Lupe uses his open 3rd eye to craft this song that raises cancer awareness and research. Common sounds a little strained for his time but it’s too strong a sentiment to be weighed by a oldhead verse. Plus the vigor from Lupe shows he has a lot of fight in him for the social causes he takes up at a given time.
Lupe Fiasco is on a mission. His next album Mission, drawing on his unique ability to mold concepts into stories and then lyrics, will be a tribute to cancer survivors. Even more pithy: he’ll invoke testimonials from those survivors as a template for the songs. Heavy, deep stuff. The Chicago rapper has never shied from profound subjects. This project, however, represents the peak use of his skills both socially and artistically. Watch his interview with Katie Couric after the jump.
Lupe soooo meta. He raps about the rap game, with all these symbols that name other artists. It’s really neat. “Drizzy’s Law” live in Atlanta at the kick-off of his Tetsuo & Youth Preview Tour. Hat tip to XXL.
it’s safe to say that hip-hop has reached its Emo Era. rappers, for the first time on a major scale, are extremely comfortable expressing their darkest thoughts and lowest emotions. good for them!
Lupe is making the most of the rap’s publicity wars by dismantling popular beats and inserting himself into the conversation with symbolic lyrics about how weak the game is. It’s a good strategy: not too confrontational to be overblown but sly and referential enough to thrill those who get it. Be one of those. (Hilarious that he keeps naming these songs sequels to his earlier work when they have nothing to do with that at all.)
Lupe Fiasco making sharp commentary on the influence of “paper” on the rap greats. In a way, this is a less explicit “letter” to hip-hop legends than Kanye’s “Big Brother” or J. Cole’s “I Let Nas Down.” Greatest rapper alive or greatest rapper to die? The greatest rapper’s a lie.
Rhymes after the jump.