by Lupe Fiasco


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Food & Liquor peaked in the Top Ten and collected three Grammy nominations. The Cool, released the next calendar year, reached gold-sales status and earned four Grammy nominations. Despite the achievements and momentum, Lupe Fiasco -- a reluctant industry cog from the beginning -- encountered several snags and had to make substantial artistic compromises prior to having Atlantic allow the long-delayed release of his third album. Nothing on Lasers symbolizes this particular conflict between art and commerce like "The Show Goes On." Lupe disassociated himself from the song and claimed he was told how to rap on it -- an edgeless, sanitized imitation of Kanye West's "All of the Lights" that, curiously enough, includes the line "They treat you like a slave, put chains all on your soul." It became one of his biggest hits. Lasers offers more substance when the reins are loosened. On "Words I Never Said," Lupe confronts fear-fueled alienation and, more pointedly, both sides of the political spectrum, following "Limbaugh is a racist/Glenn Beck is a racist" with "Gaza Strip was gettin' bombed/Obama didn't say shit." "All Black Everything" is a sobering pro-black fantasy in which Lupe provides an alternate/"what if?" version of history: "And we ain't get exploited/White man ain't fear it, so he did not destroy it." For all the concessions one can imagine Lupe making, it's unquestionably the lumbering, overwrought choruses -- something that plagued The Cool as well. Here, they are at their most glaring on "Break the Chain" and "I Don't Wanna Care Right Now," two high-gloss, Europop-flavored productions that weigh down the album and dull the impact of the rhymes. If there is one MC whose rhymes should not be dulled for the sake of chasing pop trends, it's Lupe Fiasco.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2011
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678833199
catalogNumber: 526832

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lupe Fiasco   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Sammy Fain   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Darrale Jones   Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Isaac Brock   Composer
Dann Gallucci   Composer
Eric Judy   Composer
Arden Altino   Composer,Producer
Needlz   Producer
Ronnie Jackson   Composer
John Legend   Composer
Holly Brook   Composer
Lupe Fiasco   Executive Producer
Syience   Producer
Kane Beatz   Producer
Marsha St. Hubert   Marketing
Cara Donatto   Publicity
Brian Ranney   Package Production
King David   Producer
Janice Kinjo   grooming
Khari Cain   Composer
Joe Peluso   Engineer
Alex Da Kid   Producer
'Free Chilly'   Executive Producer,Management
Wasalu Jaco   Composer
Jason "Pooh Bear" Boyd   Composer
Khalil Walton   Composer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Ishi   Producer
Dominic Jordan   Composer
Skylar Grey   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Miykal Snoddy   Composer,Producer
Ricky Rutland   Composer
Reginald Perry   Composer
Jonathon Keith Brown   Composer
Jimmy Gannos   Composer
Dustin William Brower   Composer
David Manzoor   Composer
Daniel Johnson   Composer
Cory Buchanan   Producer
Wizzo Buchanan   Composer,Producer
OAK   Art Direction
Audibles   Producer
Rob Gold   Art Manager

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