By Amanda Dlamini
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As an all round lover of hip-hop, it is difficult listening to Lupe Fiasco‘s latest album L.A.S.E.R.S. The introductory track to this album sets you up for yet another anti-establishment album done in only the way Fiasco can. It is his meditative and profound reflections backed by a soundtrack that matches, that draw one in and keep them listening.
We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd,
We want substance in the place of popularity,
We want our own thoughts,
We want love not lies, We want Knowledge, understanding, and love. We will not lose, because we are not losers, we are L.A.S.E.R.S.
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This echoes the fight against the social order and public institutions that was fought in the 60s by the likes of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. However all this introduction provides is the biggest anti-climax since Bill Clinton denied having an affair. Steeped in political analysis, the lyrics really hit home. The downfall is the heavy electro backing on all the tracks in the album. Unlike Fiasco, he adopts the move of hip-hop to a more electro/pop centred album and in the process loses his fans as he tries engaging a larger audience. This makes it chaotic and mostly confusing to listen to.
This album would have done much better if it were a Brittany Spears album after her meltdown. As it appeals more to the pop scene; leaving the hip without any hop. It is a sad representation to the unknowing public of what Fiasco is capable of and is just a poor representation of all hip-hop artists that reject the world of fast money and booty-shakers. There is very little holding this album together other than the interesting lyrics: such as Extra! Extra! On the news stands: Black woman voted head of Ku Klux Klan in his track All Black Everything (below).
I cannot take it all away from Fiasco, he still manages to retain his quirky way of seeing the world and if one has never heard anything by Lupe Fiasco, they are seriously missing out on some great music. No matter how hard L.A.S.E.R.S tries to strip Fiasco of his talent I’m sure he has learnt that this is not what is expected of him from the bad publicity that has clouded his long awaited return.
Fiasco can do much better than this, and the entire album is not worth buying.Compare Lupe Fiasco’s latest work to his old work and judge for yourself.
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