Lupe Fiasco
Lasers


1.0
awful

Review

by PrettyToney USER (6 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Satan plays this album on repeat, in hell. But then he has to turn it off because the demons get a headache.

In a recent interview, Lupe admitted he hated a lot of his third album Lasers. He said his record label Atlantic came to him with pre-written hooks from artists he had never expressed any interest in collaborating with or had even met. When an artist says they dislike their own album before it’s even released, prepare for yourself for audio hell.

What really makes this album terrible? The horrible wannabe top-40 production. Atlantic did their best to dumb this album down and it worked perfectly, I’ve listened to first track Letting Go multiple times and I’m still unsure what it’s about. You can tell immediately that record executives ignored Lupe’s pleas for production from Q-Tip and instead called David Guetta sound-a-likes. There’s overuse of auto-tune on Beautiful Lasers, an awkward feature by Trey Songz, a horrible techno beat used on Break The Chain, and more. This is bad, real bad.

Perhaps the only saving grace on Lasers is All Black Everything, and the two bonus tracks I’m Beaming and Shining Down. That is simply because they actually sound like Lupe, the two bonus tracks are from his original concept for the album and it shows because you can actually hear the lyrics without some annoying vocal effect or a whiny pop-star chorus.

Lyrically this is another superb album. But there’s nothing worse than listening to Lupe rap “Jihad is not a holy war, where’s that in the worship? Murdering is not Islam! And you are not observant. And you are not a Muslim. Israel don’t take my side cause look how far you’ve pushed them” over Bieber-esque pop synths and a winy chorus from flavour of the month Skylar Grey. Atlantic sacrificed cohesiveness for sounding “trendy,” with choruses that barely match song lyrics and themes that are all over the place. It’s particularly ironic listening to State Run Radio preaching about the negative aspects of top-40 radio, whilst sounding like a top-40 track at the same time.

This is one of those albums that relies so much on sounding trendy that it will sound outdated in two years whilst Straight Outta Compton will continue to sound as relevant as ever. The sad thing is that fans petitioned on the street for this album to be released and it was a commercial success. Lupe Fiasco is one of this generation’s great lyricists and possibly one of the only self-proclaimed “nerd” MCs who still manages to sound cool while talking about politics and without embracing typical rap clichés: swearing, guns etc. Sadly, just like his description of creating the album, listening to it is also “mentally destructive.”



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kfresha (2.5)
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Bulldog (3.5)
Lasers is a pretty good album just as undeserving of its largely negative reaction as The Cool and F...


Comments:Add a Comment 
iFghtffyrdmns
March 22nd 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pretty good review. I agree with most of your points from what I've heard of this record....and what I have heard is two of my roommates being completely obsessed with this for the past couple weeks and henceforth blasting that shit alllll the time.

twlichty
March 22nd 2011


3442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

DUMB IT DOWN

Digging: HRVRD - From the Bird's Cage

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2011


28829 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sweet

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

Bulldog
March 22nd 2011


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neg'd.

PrettyToney
March 22nd 2011


31 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I heard someone on twitter say they thought it was the best rap album since illmatic hahaha!

Bulldog
March 22nd 2011


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

PrettyToney, by any chance do you go to HipHopDX a lot?

PrettyToney
March 22nd 2011


31 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No not all tbh. I used to, but I find it a bit cluttered. Its like allhiphop.com or worldstarhiphop.com etc. I like rapradar or cocaineblunts. Why do you ask?

P.S: You actually liked Break the chain? Sway's verse is so unmemorable.

tkxxx7
March 23rd 2011


6159 Comments


still avoiding this because I knew it'd suck

patiently awaiting Friend of The People

Bulldog
March 23rd 2011


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like...cocaineblunts


doesnt show tbqh

botb
March 23rd 2011


9780 Comments


bulldog why did you neg this? this review is better than yours tbh

PrettyToney
March 23rd 2011


31 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Why doesn't it show? Explain your ridiculous statements for once.

Yes I know a lot of people hate the album but I'd rather be honest than alternative for the sake of being alternative, because this album is actually shit.




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