Lupe Fiasco’s New Album Goes Hard, Like Really Hard


If I commit any gang-related crimes in the near future then you have Lupe Fiasco’s new album, “DROGAS Light”, to blame. I knew the new Lupe was supposed to go hard, but guys… I wasn’t expecting this.

Back in the day, I used to write album reviews. In these reviews I played the character of my “hood self” and I would use vibrant metaphors mixed with horrible grammar to describe my exact feelings about how I actually felt about the music. It’s okay, I’m black so I’m allowed to do that. Let me be clear, right now I am playing no character. This is fully me speaking.


The album is a precursor to the much anticipated DROGAS. Drogas of course is the Spanish word for drugs which is of course relevant because listening to this album makes me feel like I sell drugs as a profession. On the real, the album is interesting for a Lupe Fiasco release. Lupe Fiasco is traditionally a conscious rapper. At least he was until Lasers which then saw him transition to a pop-rapper with a positive theme. For the record I loved Lasers, but since it’s seemed that Lupe has struggles to find his musical identity. Food & Liquor 2 was boring and disjointed. Tetsuo & Youth is an underappreciated gem and even though it is the best Lupe album in years, there was still some weirdness in there. DROGAS Light is a different beast.

DROGAS Light features an unhinged Lupe. He’s not being conscious or overly positive. He’s not being super obscurely referential or obviously commercial. He’s just making an album for people to enjoy and it feels right. The album is sonically segmented into thirds. The first third of the album punches you in the face. No joke. I pressed play on the first track on the album and immediately broke into African dance. My iPod then proceeded to grow human limbs and Mike Tyson’d me until I didn’t get up for ten seconds. The second chunk of the album slows down into a smoother yet still trappy styled Lupe. The last third is pop. Like straight up pop. It’s an interesting choice for the album but I enjoy it. It’s creative and makes for easier listening. Tetsuo & Youth had a similar setup.

I don’t say all of this to say that Lupe Fiasco is back or that this album is a must listen. No. I say this all to say that if you want something that goes really hard that you can listen to shamelessly yet with still some kind of guilt deep your heart, this album may be for you. Lupe Fiasco has always been an artist that has excelled in lyrical ability over sound. This album scraps everything you know about the artist and starts fresh to create a refreshing new Lupe.


This piece was written by Blessing Adeoye. You can find Blessing on the internet either getting into dance battles or praising Jet Force Gemini at @blessingjr on the Twittersphere.

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