Is It Time to Give Up on Lupe Fiasco?

Is It Time to Give Up on Lupe Fiasco?

lupe-fiasco-hairOK let’s preface this rant for a moment; if you were to tell me seven years ago that I would be writing about why Lupe Fiasco, one of my favorite artists, was a waste of time for all of us I probably would have slapped you in the face with a copy of Food & Liquor. I would tell you he’s next up and 100 percent disregarded your lies of a future infuriating Lupe Fiasco.

Alas, here we are in 2013. Some of us have given up, some are on the fence, and a few out there are still part of the Lupe military (maybe a few of you). It’s time that the majority of us join that first group, at least for good while, until Lupe finally quits with his bullshit.

Let’s take a look at the reasons we even gave Lupe this much leeway to begin with. The list is short but convincing. For the span of his rise leading up to The Cool he didn’t miss a step; the formal introduction on “Touch The Sky”, his string of Fahrenheit 1/15th mixtapes, and of course Food & Liquor, all of which serves as examples of why so many struggle with Lupe fandom. There’s no taking those albums away from him, but at this point the story starts to get dicey.

He was going to retire but that eventually fell through and led to Lasers, the album that he hates but doesn’t hate, but we definitely hate. At some point during his rise and a few choice protests he lost all the soul that made his music enjoyable over his preaching. Then he released Friend of the People where, over a slew of electro-trash-rap tracks, he showed us the creative direction of Lasers wasn’t all label bullying. It was his decision-making that led him to spit over Justice and Bassnectar. There were some tracks tucked away, but mostly he just tanked his mission at being a “friend of the people.” He also further alienated his core fanbase. Finally Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 presented itself, the sermon delivered so high up on Mt. Olympus that it was impossible to hear his message, whatever that convoluted moral actually was.

There’s no problem with politically driven music. At one point Lupe was able to tiptoe the fine line between convoluted discourse and genuinely enjoyable songs. “American Terrorist” succeeds for similar reasons to why “ITAL” completely fails. Nuanced storytelling in the frame of a larger problem succeeds over aimless rambling any day.

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  1. Raw
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 19:43:00

    Funny how you only think he’s sick when you never catch a thing

  2. grondin82
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 13:54:00

    interesting article. i agree with most being a huge early lupe fan.

  3. grondin82
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 13:53:00

    the dreamer, the believer was one of the best albums of 2012. get outta here with that.

  4. Frank Luanda
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 14:21:00

    I’m glad to see I’m not alone in thinking Lupe has been too opinionated as of late. I miss the subtlety of “The Instrumental” and “Hurt Me Soul”. This new “Obama’s a terrorist” nigga is too blatant…too militant. Perhaps Lupe should dumb it down. Or coat it with a veneer of multisyllables. thx.

  5. King Kazma
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 08:59:00

    As he drowns in his regrets, he can’t take back the words he never said…

  6. wally trike$
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 00:51:00

    lupe is the gnad fly that we all need in our lives right now.

  7. Christian Jerel Wendell Mahone
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 21:24:00

    You know what? I’m going to post the link to this post on Lupe’s Facebook page. If a sizable number of people do this maybe then he’ll get the message. Sad that it has to come this with my (former) favorite rapper.

  8. raj
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 19:59:00

    yes, it’s time. Almost feel the same way about Common, too.

  9. +
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 12:39:00

    im trying man 🙁

  10. Đ℞ΞV/
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 11:17:00

    lupe is not relevant anymore. honestly, i am tired of the Lupe-stans acting like the dude was 2Pac incarnated. Sure he is lyrically nice and has had some pretty good albums. People used to talk about Lupe like he was the only one making “real hip-hop” or some type of savior of lyricism. It was all a lot of hype and today I feel like some of the G.O.A.T. worship was unwarranted to the young dude. No disrespect to Lupe’s legacy, but let’s be honest there are plenty of other artists around who do it as well as Lupe who don’t get half the praise he has.

  11. damnton
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 10:55:00

    Fuck dude. was going to make a similar comment, but this comment and this post is exactly how i feel about Lupe

  12. The Dixie Flatline
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 10:32:00

    pretty much

  13. burnsw
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 09:27:00

    SEE: his last name.

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