Lupe Fiasco
Enemy of The State


4.0
excellent

Review

by tkxxx7 USER (3 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After (and before) months of delaying Lasers, Lupe clears at least some of the fog surrounding his ambiguous future with the amazing "Enemy of The State".

I'm not sure who's been f***ing with us, Lupe Fiasco or Atlantic Records. Regardless, we've been f***ed, and Lupe feels bad about it. Rather than giving us Lasers, we've been stuck with Enemy of The State instead, with Lasers instead, but that isn't so bad. In fact, any real Lupe fan will tell you that his real skill is often buried deep in his Fahrenheit 51's, Lupe The Jedi's, and A Rhyming Ape's. While Enemy of The State doesn't top all of his previous mixtapes, it shows that his lyrical prowess hasn't gone anywhere.

After the annoying and fairly unnecessary opener, Lupe heads straight into ripping apart Radiohead’s ‘The National Anthem’. This track is easily my favorite off the mixtape, and the most memorable as well. Besides making all the Radiohead fans happy, Lupe’s verses vary wildly in terms of intensity, but keeping his lyrics steadily impressive with lines like:

“Feeling like a soldier, I ain’t talking where the Bears play/ Flair, look how I Fred Astaire down the staircase”.

The following tracks, ‘Turnt Up’ and ‘Yoga Flame’, aren’t nearly as good as The National Anthem but are still enjoyable, ‘Turnt Up’ more so than ‘Yoga Flame’. ‘Turnt Up’ ends interestingly and will probably lead you to rewind the song, which is worth mentioning as it stands out when looking back at the album. ‘Yoga Flame’, on the other hand, simply makes me not want to use zShare. Most of the tracks here are pretty much the same way; although barely standing up to Lupe’s past mixtapes, the songs do contain a few memorable moments strewn throughout. A strong exception, however, is ‘Angels’, which, while slow, features one of the best lines in Lupe’s history as well as emanating Lupe’s ability to manipulate your listening experience via a song’s mood.

Instead of giving more solid tracks like ‘Angels’, the rest of the album is basically verses over random tracks, some impressive (‘Thank You’, ‘Say Something’) and some underwhelming (‘Back By Popular Demand’). On ‘Say Something’, Lupe basically gives you the gist of the mixtape’s second half with the line “You might think this is deep as ***, but this is like my weakest stuff,” which unfortunately feels as though the tape is merely an “I’m sorry” to the fans for the constant delaying of both Lasers and L.U.P.End (although most fans dread the latter, anyway).

Regardless of the couple faults here, Lupe still delivers his “dictionary rap” without ever appearing pretentious. Few other rappers can go on about the state of hip-hop and their efforts to fix it without sounding arrogant, especially not as well as Lupe. Rather than delivering a set of tracks that flow well and occasionally surprise you like his albums, Lupe gives us a group of songs that stick in your mind more because of a few exceptional lines. True, that’s what most mixtapes are, but Lupe has done better ones, many of which are nearly album-quality. Besides this gripe, though, Enemy of The State is still a solid offering and worthy contribution to his already amazing catalogue of mixtapes.


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tkxxx7
February 2nd 2011


6159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I may have ranted a bit

And no album art. Great.

BigPoppaDiesel
February 2nd 2011


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

National Anthem is tight. Nice pick up, good review.

pizzamachine
February 2nd 2011


12572 Comments


Yup, you ranted a bit, but the review was decent enough so have a pos.

eyedea420
February 2nd 2011


160 Comments


just got into lupe, man is talented; just had the wrong impression that he was another soul-less mainstream corporate rapper, goddammit i was wrong

tkxxx7
February 2nd 2011


6159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Big Poppa and pizza - thanks gaiz

@eyedea yeah far from that. Easily the best lyricist around, check out his other tapes.

DarthBlubber
February 2nd 2011


218 Comments


I actually spin his Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtapes more than his albums, this mixtape was good for what it was. However I think you made a small mistake in your review, the track you speak of as "Love Come Down" is actually the remix of "Angels". Besides that, decent review.

tkxxx7
February 3rd 2011


6159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're right, the official name is 'Angels'

cirq
February 3rd 2011


9265 Comments


give me fuckin lasers!!!

808muzik
February 3rd 2011


972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy shit, The National Anthem. NEED LASERS!

tkxxx7
February 3rd 2011


6159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

accreditation so prestigious

TheIllmatics
February 10th 2011


140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah you talked shit about it quite a lot. i'm surprised you still gave it a 4. it's a little too short for me and none of the tracks really stand out. also, not that it matters, but he seems to be cursing a lot nowadays. on food & liquor he said the N word a few times and i think maybe a "shit" or two. then on the cool he dropped tons of N words and other stuff. and in his new songs he's saying "fuck".

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2011


6201 Comments


Doesn't read like a 4, not gonna lie. Especially since you mentioned how many tracks you didn't really like on the mixtape.

And the delay was all Atlantic's doing, not Lupe's.

Also, L.U.P.End is not happening. They wouldn't let him go out after only one more album, so now he's slated to release Lasers and F&LII before he even thinks about retiring.

FatChickIrl
February 10th 2011


4095 Comments


music is gay

tkxxx7
February 14th 2011


6159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know it doesn't read like a 4, I spent too much time talking about why it's not higher instead of why it's high lol

and I know it was Atlantic's doing

L.U.P.End is being split into 3 albums, the first of which is Lasers. F&L II is unrelated.

TheIllmatics
March 1st 2011


140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol @ first 2 sentences

tkxxx7
May 8th 2011


6159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who the hell is negging my reviews

qwe3
May 9th 2011


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

qwe3
December 15th 2011


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rlly like this



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