Lupe Fiasco
Lasers


1.0
awful

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
March 10th, 2011 | 130 replies | 34,253 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A soulless, automated, corporate record

Lasers is a steaming pile of shit that should have never seen the light of day - but not because it is musically terrible. On the contrary, the rapping is solid (if not completely thoughtful) and the production sounds like what one would expect from pop-rap in 2011. Besides the fact that Lupe himself hates this record, the main problem here is a glaring, almost mechanical detachment between between music and musician; on any given track, Lupe's performance sounds like a complete afterthought. With an all-star ensemble of never-before-heard producers, record company Atlantic's theme is obvious: fabricate as many top 40 hits as conceivably possible. The record execs pull out the big guns immediately, enlisting the aid of Holly Brook, or Skylar Grey, or whatever name will make her more money this year. Riding on the coat tails of Fort Minor's irrelevant "Where'd You Go", Grey whines something equally as heartfelt over the notes of some minor chord and cheesy synth-laden arpeggios. Lupe jumps in seemingly whenever to lecture listeners with mundane generalities that no one probably cares about after Grey/Brook's catchy chorus. This pattern continues eleven more times until John Legend closes out the record with what is probably a B-Side from Evolver as interpreted by not one, but three nameless producers.

Unfortunately, we will all hear this formulaic drivel in excess for the next year (those of us that still listen to the radio, that is). Come October, some pop radio DJ wearing a trucker hat over bleached hair will announce "State Run Radio" as the new hot Lupe Fiasco "jam". Money is always the best motivator, but complaining about label misdeeds after the fact only alienates a fan base further. What happened to the Lupe Fiasco of Food & Liquor, or even The Cool? It is hard to believe that, in 2011 when any artist around the world can release a mixtape for wide, free distribution over countless hip-hop nerd blogs, any label can literally say to an artist, "rap over this". Obviously, Atlantic did not rape Lupe into releasing a soulless, automated, corporate record. The real irony is that Lupe's fans demanded this garbage be released.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
cvlts
March 10th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

roasted

Hawks
March 10th 2011



34204 Comments


Glad I decided not to listen to this one...

Digging: Manners - Pale Blue Light

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 10th 2011



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

dont bother

nice avatar hawks

Hawks
March 10th 2011



34204 Comments


I definitely won't bother after this, and thanks haha.

theacademy
March 10th 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

pretty sweet that this will be flagged + featured instead of a fake/forced positive review

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 10th 2011



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

honestly, the record is more of a 2 - 2.5, but i just had to 1 it on principal. it's just so fake

theacademy
March 10th 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What happened to the Lupe Fiasco of Food & Liquor


this basically

Ire
March 10th 2011



41746 Comments


holy fucking shit

Ire
March 10th 2011



41746 Comments


can't wait for bd's response

Voytek
March 10th 2011



139 Comments


"Lasers is a steaming pile of shit that should have never seen the light of day"


hahahahahahaa I loved this

im still gay for the show goes on, regardless

Urinetrouble
March 10th 2011



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i respectfully disagree and agree with you sobhi; half of this record is shit, the other half isn't

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2011



30859 Comments


The sad reality is that B.o.B played the better hand in regards to making manufactured radio hip pop

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theacademy
March 10th 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

can't we protest the hairplanes in the night sky are like exploding cars

GregPuciato
March 10th 2011



60 Comments


so is this album good

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sobhi is back with a bang
ridiculously good review.

Digging: Ought - More Than Any Other Day

JWT155
March 10th 2011



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Almost all the singles B.o.B has released we're offered and some recorded with Lupe on mic.

Prince1993
March 10th 2011



534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never was a Lupe fan and never will be.

Douglas
March 10th 2011



9049 Comments


i mean it aint that bad

Edwin
March 10th 2011



1399 Comments


Woah, this bad? Not sure whether to check it out or not.

ButcheredChildren
March 10th 2011



5591 Comments


lol I kind of want to check it out to see if it really is this bad



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