Lupe Fiasco: Lasers

Ricky Diaz, Sports Editor

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For the first time in a very long time I felt the urge to go out and buy a CD. I didn’t just get it off iTunes either; I actually went to the store and purchased a copy. I did this because Lupe Fiasco just released his new album entitled “L.A.S.E.R.S.” Fiasco has not released an actual album since 2007’s “The Cool,” and the anticipation was worth it. Just listen to the controversial “Words I Never Said” and the upbeat “The Show Goes On.”The story behind the album isn’t as optimistic as the music sounds. Fiasco stated that the process of making the CD was a painful, dark process. Atlantic Records criticized Fiasco for being too lyrical, and did not follow through on their word of a release date. The original version of “L.A.S.E.R.S.” was leaked through the internet, causing even more conflict. Despite the problems, Fiasco has recorded his most creative album to date. Rather than create a concept album and follow a story line like he has previously, “L.A.S.E.R.S.” is a compilation of songs that share the same tone of positivity and consciousness.

I bought the CD, and it has not disappointed me yet; I love every song on it. Some would be quick to classify it as a hip-hop record, but the creativity far exceeds anything labeled “hip-hop” that is currently playing on the radio. Modern hip-hop has become garbage for the most part, due to its mindlessness and repetition.

It was very refreshing to hear a CD as original as this one. It has great flow and beats to nod your head to, but it also has very deep lyrics that can make you think. The best example of that can be found in the song “Words I Never Said.” Who doesn’t love songs that are inspirational and upbeat? You will also find these qualities in my personal favorite, “The Show Goes On.” I am a huge fan of any celebrity paying tribute their upbringing and their hometown; Lupe has paid respect to Chicago throughout his career. Just listening to the music, it’s apparent that Lupe Fiasco put hard work into this album and it came out nothing short of amazing. It’s something uplifting to blast during these upcoming warm months.