DOWNLOAD MP3 LupeFiasco-DotsAndLines.mp3
Summary: New Lupe. Nice and smooth.
About Artist: Lupe FIasco is well known hip hop artist from Chicago. He is know for his positive “conscious” messages and his unmatched lyricism. Lupe it definitely in conversations about best lyrical rapper and his debut album Food and Liquor is a certified classic album. While Lupe’s influence in hip hop has faded dramatically since 2006/2007, which saw the release of Food and Liquor and the critically acclaimed The Cool, he still holds a place among hip hop’s elite.
About Song: This song is off of Lupe’s 5th album Tetsuo and Youth, which dropped today. I haven’t fully deconstructed the song yet so I can’t really say what the song is about but it’s smooth one.
Favorite Part: It’s weird but I like the banjo/guitar intro and outro. I also really like the chorus. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a math nerd or something else but I like this idea of sacred geometry. I also really like the generel instrumentation in the song.
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DOWNLOAD MP3 LupeFiasco-Thot97.mp3
Summary: Lupe is baaack! …and yes he can still rap.
About Artist: People may think Lupe has fallen off but I beg to differ. After his 2013 track SLR 2 which I posted on GregsHipHop last summer I would say Lupe his back from his more experiment electric grunge rock stuff to back to spittin that lyrical fire that he is so famous for. Lupe Fiasco is a old timer in the game by now and is respected as a lyrical genius with classic albums Food and Liquor and The Cool under his belt.
About Song: This title of the song is a play on the New York radio station Hot 97. It is part of a recent slew of track’s that Lupe has release online with the hashtag #Drogas. This is my favorite one of that batch so far.
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Summary: #Summer2013 is a recap of the songs that made the summer of 2013 one of the best ever. Lupe gave this response to Kendrick Lamar’s diss track “The Control”
About Artist: Lupe Fiasco is an icon in the Hip Hop landscape hailing from Chicago, known for his amazing lyricism and representing the ‘positive’ side of hip hop cutlure..
About Song: This summer Kendrick Lamar spat what many perceived as a major diss to almost all other rappers in the game on a track called Control (with Big Sean and Jay Electronica). The internet response was huge with many funny memes, intense debate, remixes and responses. My favorite was this Lupe Fiasco response. It makes me so happy to see Lupe back actually rapping AND spittin it soooo hot.
Well surprise surprise it’s all about the lyrics. Lupe’s lyrical style changes throughout copying/mocking the trademark style of lots of different rappers.
“Lu the boy, too Bruce Leroy to destroy <- Lu is just getting started
Doo doo beat like two T-boys with one freak one me
But I can DP like it’s three more
Three rewards for me or me or me or me or me or me
Team me is like meat eating animals meeting a meteor
Dinosaurs, I’m fine with all kinds of wars <- starts building
Knives and swords, lions, tigers bitin’ boars
Lightening striking Viking hordes <- building more….
Fighting heightened, violence soars <- ahhh
[German-sounding nonsense] <- ahhhhhhh lol
That was Adolf, reacting to my new shit
Translation: how come he can’t be as evil as Lu get?
Well that’s cause you ain’t Lu, bitch” (1:12)
“I ain’t matchin’ them in platinum
But I’m rappin’ like I’m flames
Like smackin’ them in the back of him and my antonyms is on ‘cain <- Niiiice
And my heroin is on metaphors and my metaphors is on brains < – Ohh ya
My left foot is in LA but my right foot is in Spain
Now we all heard what he said, but what he said means we dead
And that shit is insane” (2:20)
DOWNLOAD MP3 LupeFiasco-StrangeFruitionftCaseyBenjamin.mp3
Summary: Based on the song Strange Fruit popularized by Billie Holiday. Lupe really lets his lyricism shine while blending message AND emotion
About Artist: Lupe Fiasco is well established lyrical mastermind who was only focused more and more on his message as his careers gone one.
About Song: Lupe moved away from his lyrical basis in his last album Lasers but Food and Liquor 2 brings the best of both worlds with the message and amazing lyricsl skill. I also have to say that the production of the track is really well done the hook plays an integral part to making the song work and the lyrics on the hook could not sound more haunting.
Favorite Part: First just look at the chorus
“Made in pain, the strangest things you ever seen
Oh, look at how they swing, would you look at how they swing?
They ain’t dead though
No I ain’t die y’all
I cut myself down
Admire my fall”
DOWNLOAD MP3 Exile-WaitForMeftBigSeanLupeFiasco.mp3
Summary: This song isn’t a killer but Exile’s mixtape “Intro to the Outro” is just too good not to get some recognition. Get the mixtape for free here. I love the way each song on the tape blends into the next song (very pro)
About Artist: Exile is the producer on this song (as he is producer on all the tracks on this tape). Exile has collaborated on critically acclaimed albums with both Blu and Fashawm (both of whom he works with frequently). He is an awesome producer and even better live performer. He’s really brought live beat making back into fashion specifically with his beastly skills on an MPC
About Song: This track is off his Exile’s Intro to the Outro Mixtape that was realeased in September of 2011 to promote his debut album 4TRK MIND which has the funniest album cover ever. The song features Big Sean and Lupe Fiasco (you can check out their wikipedia pages below) but I mainly like this song because of Exile’s production.
Favorite Part: The rap is pretty solid but I just like the fun beat. Also notice the very end of the song when it starts bleding into the folowing song (which is very killer and very different). You really gotta just listen to the mixtape all the way through.
DOWNLOAD MP3 LupeFiasco-IDontWannaCareRightNowftMDMA.mp3
Summary: Lupe Fiasco with that new Pop sound.
About Artist: Lupe Fiasco is one of the best lyricist of the the decade. He has respect throughout the Hip Hop community and commands a ravenous fan base. He’s always been about his lyrics and sending a positive message which got his new album delayed by nearly two years. Lupe’s new LASERS album is a kind of pop/emo album which saddens those who love Lupe performing a more traditional hip hop lyrical style, but while Lupe’s songs on LASERS have more of an alternative pop electronic sound, his lyrics still bite hard.
About Song: This song is one of the rare upbeat/happy tracks off of LASERS. In this track I swear Lupe sounds like he copied his style completely from K’Naan, a very different kind of artist from Somalia.
I’m Lupe, yes sir, who they
They yester, and I’m today, and tomorrow, hooray
Can I get a hip-hip for the new K-I-N-G, nigga I-AM-HE
Got the game in the clutch like I am G
You ball little boy, But I N-B-A
2:24 this part epecially sounds like K’Naan in the song T.I.A
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DOWNLOAD MP3 LupeFiasco-BeautifulLasers2WaysftMDMA.mp3
Summary: This one’s a little depressing, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
About Artist: Lupe Fiasco is one of the greatest lyricists of our time. Lupe cuts through all the bullshit and breaks the boundries of the genre. Lupe Fiasco has struggled with his label Atlantic Records in an epic battle over artistic direction that at one point looked like it meant that his upcoming LASERS would never see the light of day. Lupe has undergone a pretty radical transformation as he has pretty much forsaken the mainstream to speak his mind on personal and social issues through his music.
About Song: I might describe this song as a kind of Emo-Rap. It is consistant with Lupe’s recent space-age sound coupled with the 808’s and Heartbreak autotuneness that Kanye made popular a few years ago. This song is a leaked track off of LASERS Lupe’s much anticipated album coming out March 8th. BUY A COPY! A lot of people have very high hopes for this album and at the very least its release is a moral victory for the movement Lupe has built. Check out another song from LASERS on gregshiphop.com here
“Sometimes livin’ in a word like this,
it’s pretty hard not to go insane,
not pretty if you don’t comply,
pretty easy if you don’t complain..” 0:44
“no win when it’s me against me,
one of us ain’t gonna survive,
my heart been broke for a while,
yours has been the one keeping me alive..” 1:23
“This world’s such a fucked up place,
my mind’s in such a fucked up state
Everything down here sucks,
maybe what’s up there is great,
We all gotta go one day,
I just wanna cut to the chase” 1:59
I like the double meaning of “cut to the chase”
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