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.