/ 28 June 2011

Conscious hip-hop

Conscious Hip Hop

Lupe Fiasco: Lasers (Gallo)

Lupe Fiasco’s third commercial album, Lasers, is a real treat. Fiasco does not feel the need to boast about the latest Lamborghini he bought or how many women stripped naked for him during his last show. This is conscious hip-hop taken to a commercial level, making this album the best of Fiasco’s three albums — pity then that he is already contemplating retirement.

Lasers takes you back to the era when rappers said something worth listening to in their songs.
On Words I Never Said, featuring Skylar Grey, he challenges United States President Barack Obama, accusing him of fronting about world peace.

“Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit that’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful and I believe in the people,” spits Fiasco.

The Show Goes On, the first single off the album, and I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now, featuring Mdma, are other highlights.

The only downside to the album is that it has only 12 songs, leaving you yearning for more.