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jjenndy
April 3rd 2008


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This albums alright. It's good driving music and I really love Paris, Tokyo. Pretty much all the songs are catchy and easy to listen to. I don't think this is a life changing album or anything spectacular like all the hype is leading it to be.
Then again, I only listen to a handful of hip-hop.

UnstoppableNewt
April 5th 2008


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review was exceedingly well written, but my opinion differs from yours radically.

Maybe as a self-proclaimed hip hop head, I'm inclined to like this CD more because it exists in spite of mainstream rap, which is filled with overblown rhetoric about guns, money, and easy women. In rap, the beat really carries the vocals, which would collapse without that overpronounced foundation.
Indeed, your review and many of the comments mentioned the understated production as a detriment. In Lupe's songs, the beat is more of a vessel for the lyrics, which are the true gems. If the beats were as overwrought as in a generic rap album, it'd be distracting from the highlight of his music; it'd be like a crazy drum fill in the middle of a beautiful guitar solo.

I find it amusing that you contrast the subject matter of this album with Food and Liquor, as if they were so different. This album lacks the raw feel that Food and Liquor touts, but has more intricate lyrics that require some serious scrutiny to penetrate, and a much more streamlined sound. Aside from the conceptual shenanigans, that's the only real difference between the two. You've got your egotistical bragadoccio with Superstar, Hi-Definition, and Go Go..., which corresponds to I Gotcha and Pressure. You've got your love songs in Paris Tokyo and Go Baby, just like on Sunshine. You've got the examination of the death of hip hop on Dumb It Down, as well as most of the concept tracks, which deal with the images rap glorifies. Daydreamin', and Real, to an extent, echo this sentiment. Little Weapon and American Terrorist put political travesty in the spotlight. And the list goes on. The ideas are all similar, just presented in a different way.

Personally, I found Go Go Gadget Flow to be a little generic, Paris Tokyo to be dull, and I felt that Hello/Goodbye just crashed completely. Hi Definition didn't really stand out in my mind either. Oddly, most of these songs are the ones you list as highlights. It's probably just a difference of perspective, but you seem to prefer the more vapid, flashy pop songs to the introspective masterpieces crafted in the rest of the album.


rockfan123
April 23rd 2008


344 Comments


Okay, I listened to this a few times, and I don't see whats wrong with it?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2008


16089 Comments


Dave is just very jaded.

Bfhurricane
April 23rd 2008


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maybe as a self-proclaimed hip hop head, I'm inclined to like this CD more because it exists in spite of mainstream rap, which is filled with overblown rhetoric about guns, money, and easy women. In rap, the beat really carries the vocals, which would collapse without that overpronounced foundation.
Indeed, your review and many of the comments mentioned the understated production as a detriment. In Lupe's songs, the beat is more of a vessel for the lyrics, which are the true gems. If the beats were as overwrought as in a generic rap album, it'd be distracting from the highlight of his music; it'd be like a crazy drum fill in the middle of a beautiful guitar solo.

I actually completely agree with you. I can't stand mainstream rap but I find myself enjoying this album.

Iai
Emeritus
April 23rd 2008


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are far better examples of that than this album, though.

Iai
Emeritus
April 23rd 2008


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The artwork is a detriment tbh.

JAV
June 3rd 2008


1943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one just isn't as refreshing as the first album.
The other one just kinda came out of nowhere. Much more experimental.

SHOOTME
June 3rd 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lupe owns you Spat, admit it.

Rhaegar
June 8th 2008


24 Comments


yay great mainstream rap!

AlexTM510
December 30th 2008


1403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

currently listening to this.

It's a stretch to say but "Put you on game" is better than any song ever release by 50 cent.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

gaslightanthem
December 30th 2008


5209 Comments


i may up this it's just so good!

Mordecai.
August 27th 2009


8279 Comments


cool

fromtheinside
September 11th 2009


18717 Comments


check your ingredients before you overdose on -- the cool

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

Roach
October 7th 2009


2148 Comments


This still owns idk.

Mordecai.
October 7th 2009


8279 Comments


Yeh it's prty awesome. I like Food & Liquor just a bit more though, a bit less cool.

cirq
August 1st 2010


9264 Comments


Lasers, if Atlantic ever releases it, will spark a revolution.

MUNGOLOID
August 1st 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm, we'll see about that.

the coolest nigga what? the coolest nigga what?

Psilocyanide
August 1st 2010


1823 Comments


"It's a stretch to say but "Put you on game" is better than any song ever release by 50 cent."

Lol 50 Cent.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2011


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I GOT MY GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GADGET FLOW



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