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The Rob Report: Rob Markman Rates Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth" a 9 out of 10

What’s up citizens this ya guy Rob Markman with The Rob Report, where we break down music for the game’s hottest artists. Last week we rocked with Joey Bada$$’ B4.da$$ and this week we’re going to dive deep into Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth.

Props to Lupe for being daring and throwing the 3:30 formulaic radio joints out the window, but a few of the album’s tracks beat on for far too long, like the 9:32 “Chopper.” Lu explained to Sway that he just couldn’t cut any of his guest verses from Billy Blue, Buk, Trouble, Trae tha Truth, Fam-Lay, or Glasses Malone, but DAMN! The hook is ill though.

Lupe will always be measured by the greatness of his first two albums Food & Liquor and the Cool, and while Tetsuo & Youth doesn’t quite give you the feeling of the first two, he did set a new lyrical standard. The concepts are all well-thought out and the rhymes are tightly weaved and complex. “Prisoners 1 & 2” tells an all to familiar jail tale and “Madonna” is a salute to the single mother’s trying to raise men in the hood. Then there’s the love is blind anthem “Dots & Lines.” LOVE THAT JOINT.

Tetsuo & Youth isn’t Lupe Fiasco’s best album, but lyrically I don’t know if another MC in 2015 can touch it. He set a bar and that’s why i’m giving this album a 9 out of 10. I’m also going to put a premium on lyrics but What do you think Hit me on Twitter @Robmarkman I talk back.

Catch up with Lupe Fiasco’s last radio interview and freestyle on Sway in the Morning.

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