SoundCheck: Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers
Since his debut in 2006, rapper Lupe Fiasco has made a name for himself in the hip-hop business for his thoughtfully written songs and his equally inspiring lyric-spitting. His first two albums, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor and Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool were both critically-acclaimed releases which brought him great success and notoriety. His latest release, Lasers, takes a more commercial approach to the Lupe Fiasco style, and the result is an album that fails to stay true to the type of music which preceded it.
While the album has several solid tracks, songs like “Never Forget You,” “Out of My Head” and “Words I Never Said” tend to come off as rather obvious attempts to make a buck, mostly because of the clear differences in style artists such as John Legend and Trey Songs have when compared to Fiasco.
That said, Lupe’s songwriting does not fail to impress in this album. One track in particular, “All Black Everything,” takes a particularly edgy tone by painting a picture of a world in which slavery never existed. “Coming Up” is another lyrical highlight of the album, a song dedicated to the girls “in a rush growing up in this crazy world.”
All in all, though Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers fails to capture the same non-commercial qualities of his earlier releases, the album is one solid musical entry. Chock-full of thoughtfully written songs and skillful rapping, Fiasco’s latest batch of songs is worth at least one listen.
Recommended tracks: “All Black Everything,” “Coming Up”