I remember the very first time I heard Lupe. The year was 2006, my step dad at the time and I were riding in his friend’s car that he borrowed. His friend had a CD in the player and when I heard it, I was instantly hooked. This kid had a fresh and colorful sound, powerful lyrics, a unique flow, and sounded so damn happy just to be in front of the mic. It was love at first listen. Since I liked the album so much, my step dad’s friend burned a copy for me and informed me that the artist’s name was Lupe Fiasco and the album was called Food & Liquor. I’ve been rocking with him ever since.
Fast forward to 2015 and here I was anticipating the release of his new album Tetsuo & Youth. I must admit, I was a bit nervous. The last time I was super anxious for his album to drop was with Lasers which came out 4 years after The Cool (by far the most perfect album to ever blast through my speakers) and unfortunately I was disappointed. But never did I lose my undying love for him and I continued to listen to everything that he released, deep down still hoping for a glimpse of that 2006-2008 Lupe. Has he returned? Not quite, but a new and exciting version of himself has arisen from the ashes.
I’ve listened to Lupe’s Tetsuo & Youth a few times now and I love it more each time I listen. The album is truly a piece of art with beautiful beats, nice composition, and complex lyrical content. As his fans know, he is a master when it comes to metaphors and double entendres and this album is no exception. In fact, his lyrical game has evolved to a whole new level, the song Mural being a great example.
This album gets my stamp of approval and I recommend that you check it out, but let me warn you, this album is not for the faint of heart. When you listen to Lupe you really have to LISTEN to Lupe (and keep rap genius on standby…trust me), otherwise he can fly right over your head…laughing.
Rumor has it that this will be his last album and he is moving on to other things. Good God I hope that this is not the case but if it is, I respect that and say all power to him! No matter what he decides to do or where he goes, I will always remain a true fan.
Lupe forever! ❤