Lupe Fiasco
Tetsuo and Youth


3.5
great

Review

by LambsBread USER (32 Reviews)
February 5th, 2015 | 159 replies


Release Date: 01/20/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At first I had patience... But then that patience turned to waiting... And then that waitin’ turned to wasting my time, my time, my time...

On his 2007 track “Dumb it Down” Lupe discussed his annoyance with being forced by fans and record executives to simplify his lyricism. That was about a decade ago. In the meantime, not only has Lupe not dumbed-down his lyrics, he has smartened them up. Yet sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. His ridiculously complex lyricism somehow both hurts and benefits his music on his new 2015 LP Tetsuo and Youth, being at once intriguing and exhausting.

“Mural” is a mind-blowing opening track. According to Lupe in an interview with MTV’s Sway, the first sixteen bars were written, the proceeding bars were essentially freestyle. The beat is a simplistic piano loop and sporadic sampling, but a great backdrop to one of Lupe’s most outstanding raps to date. Lupe plays with obscure references and double/triple-entendres while creating imagery-filled short stories, all with impeccable rhythm and flow. The album then takes a complete 180 and features complex production and r&b hooks. Lupe’s overall musicianship has greatly improved, using all types of sounds from classical to new age, the only problem he has is selecting featured artists that match his unique style.

The listener that had patience in the start of the album finds themselves waiting for some more classic-style boom bap raps like "Mural", only to find they were just wasting their time, their time, their time... The next closest thing a boom bap rap fan will find is “Chopper”, a literal mistake. Lupe sent a 32-bar beat to the five featured artists on the tracks and didn’t specify how long they should record their verses. As a result you have six 32-bar verses, by accident, on an album that was already too long. “Deliver” and “They.Ressurect.Over.New.” are clever concept and tribute songs, respectively, but the rest of the album, although highly skilled, lacks playback value for listeners concerned with segregating R & B/pop and hip hop. However, a listener who could tolerate the singing on, say, Big Boi’s Sir Lucious LeftFoot, this album will have few, if any, flaws.

Lupe says “*** being a hip hop purist” on the track “Chopper”, but also symbolically with this album. He seems to be on a mission to go as far away from boom bap as he could, while still proving he could succeed in that format on “Mural”. Some listeners will find this to be a fitting evolution of rap, but others will see it as an unnecessary and annoying appeal to mainstream audiences.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LambsBread
February 5th 2015


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gimme the boom bap when i kick my raps

no need for backup singers and dancers

fuck all that

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 5th 2015


898 Comments


nice review hil, pos

VicariousIntent
February 5th 2015


1626 Comments


I love this record, but it's very clear that you're an intelligent reviewer, a good writer, and someone well versed in the genre (it's a personal annoyance of mine when someone tackles a review like this and they've only heard The Marshall Mathers LP and The Black Album, or something).

Anyway, pos'd. Great review man.

cryptside
February 5th 2015


2397 Comments


"Lupe plays with obscure references and double/tripple-entendres while creating imagery-filled short stories, all with impeccable rhythm and flow"
*triple.
Pos'd though, nice review man.

Cygnatti
February 5th 2015


32295 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Decent pop rap record

SharkTooth
February 5th 2015


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review man, one of your best

ParanoidAndroid96
February 5th 2015


1390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review dude pos

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 5th 2015


1942 Comments


lambsbread reviews are like buses, you wait an eternity for one then all of a sudden two come

SPRFanOf5H
February 6th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of your finest Lambs, great read. Easy pos man

Digging: Camila Cabello - Camila

Rawmeeth38
February 6th 2015


1154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't say this is pop rap

LambsBread
February 6th 2015


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"lambsbread reviews are like buses, you wait an eternity for one then all of a sudden two come " made me lol



thanks yall and thanks for the constructive criticism on my recent reviews, definitely seems to have helped.

FLCL
February 7th 2015


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review man

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 8th 2015


1942 Comments


this review could not have come soon enough!

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 8th 2015


39212 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

alb starts off ok then it get real meh

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RadioSuicide
February 8th 2015


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album bangz

ProjectFreak
February 9th 2015


2304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I tried listening to Mural with RapGenius open in another tab and eventually I just settled on accepting that I don't feel like studying Lupe...I'll just accept that it's a brilliant track.



Rest of the album is pretty good

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2015


55439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not a fan of the singing on this

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ParanoidAndroid96
February 10th 2015


1390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, I agree, but I think he's slightly above average when compared to other rappers

RadioSuicide
February 14th 2015


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 14th 2015


39212 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5



yeah, I agree, but I think he's slightly above average when compared to other rappers





lol



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