Monday 19 February 2018

Music: Lasers by Lupe Fiasco **

(Atlantic)

John Meagher

John Meagher

The Chicago rapper has not been shy about telling the world about the arduous time he had with his record company, a period so dark he apparently contemplated suicide. Talk about suffering for your art.

Such a back story makes Lasers' ordinariness all the harder to swallow. This, it soon becomes palpably clear, is not a masterwork in the vein of Kanye's latest, but rather an unfocused, messy collection whose large slew of collaborators detracts from, rather than adds to, Lupe's compositions.

It's a shame, because, when he is on form, Lupe Fiasco is quite something. Words I Never Said is angry and gripping, while the synth-styled Out of My Head is machine-tooled for the dancefloors.

Burn it: Words I Never Said

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