I don't know who's making Lupe's beats, but he fucking sucks. lyrically this ranges from decent to great, but these beats sound tailor made for Nicki Minaj top 40 bullshit, not the sequel to one of the best hip hop albums of the late 2000's.
Before I rant it should be stated that Lupe has always been a solid lyricist. Whether you agree with the guy or not his flow is impeccable and one of the more complex lyricist of mainstream hip-hop. That aside, if this album was released after the ambitious The Cool. everyone would be crapping on this. But because this comes after the radio-friendly sh*tstorm that was Lasers, it would make you believe that Lupe's F&L2 is the true return to glory of his debut. Unfortunately, a very clunky middle section and watered down production still holds Lupe back from his excellent first two records. Next album will probably go one of two ways-he progresses upward to better sounds, or remains stagnant production wise chasing the former glory he once lived in.
Pretty disappointing, a few solid tracks, but Lupe is tryin to push his feelings of the world and politics so much that hes not fun to listen to anymore. Has zero resemblance to FNL, he should write a book and get all that political sh*t out of his system and make good hip hop again.