XXL reviews Lupe Fiasco's "Friend of the People"


The homie Adam over at XXL reviewed Lupe's Friend of the People mixtape..read on below:

Lupe Fiasco is at his finest when he’s not artistically constrained, instead free to A&R his own project and entirely control its direction. For his most recent Atlantic Records release, this was tough. Many said his March 2011’s purgatory escaping Lasers fell short in this respect—pop beats and R&B hooks made for a major-label touch. With his Thanksgiving Day mixtape, Friend of the People, Lupe offers no such mainstream indulgence; this is Lupe at his uninhibited best.

The relatively constant thread woven throughout the release, a follow up to 2009’s Thanksgiving Day drop Enemy of the State, is purported in its title: Lupe is standing with the everyman, favoring Occupation over opulence. The tape opens with an excerpt from a speech by late progressive professor and author Howard Zinn, where he wonders, “Why do we have to be a military superpower? Why can’t we be a humanitarian superpower? Instead of sending planes for bombs Why don’t we send planes for food and medicine?” Lupe arrives on the next track, “Lupe Back,” and follows Zinn’s lead with a sharp critique of the state of the industry, where he encourages rappers to form a union and wags his lyrical finger at 360 record deals, radio, and fires at those who “Spit a lot of meh over jams of the year.”

Full review HERE

56 comments:

  1. J. Cole>>>>>>>> Lupe Fiasshole...

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  2. This mixtape is the sh*t. How sad are Lupe haters that they log on to the blog to post negative comments, you need a life.

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  3. ^^^you gotta come up with something better than "fiasshole" on the lupEND blog. That's not clever at all... DAMN i need to buy another lasers album just cuz of your dumb comment

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  4. to the anon above me are YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? THAT J COLE MANGINA BITCH OVER LUPE? hahahahahahahaha funniest shit i read on this blog thus far. lawd have mercy on your small brain.

    its like saying mouse > lion lmao how dumb can you be? smh..lol

    Lupe > the rap game except Nas real talk

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  5. Capt Asshole aka Chike aka @ALLCAPS_Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 3:18:00 PM EST

    most of the tracks are sauteed hippo fecal matter marinating in hogwash. D+

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  6. They were nice to give him that many points on his beat selection... smdh

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  7. Why the hell didn't they just put an honest review and say this mixtape was human waste, absolute trash, and certainly homo-friendly?? Fine...I guess I'll have to say it instead.

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  8. to the anon that said:

    to the anon above me are YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? THAT J COLE MANGINA BITCH OVER LUPE? hahahahahahahaha funniest shit i read on this blog thus far. lawd have mercy on your small brain.

    its like saying mouse > lion lmao how dumb can you be? smh..lol

    Lupe > the rap game except Nas real talk

    ^^^ SHUT D FUCK UP!!! you're taking this waaaaaay to seriouly... its just a blogsite... you don't get paid to comment... smh... FUCKING LOSER!!!

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  9. ^the troll got pawned lol..someone's feeling is hurt lmao

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  10. "HEY LOOK GUYS. SOMEONE HAS A DIFFERENT OPINION THAN ME. WHAT AN ASSHOLE."

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  11. to the anon that said:

    This mixtape is the sh*t. How sad are Lupe haters that they log on to the blog to post negative comments, you need a life.

    ^^^ EXACTLY... the mixtape is SHIT!!! And you shouldn't take a comment so personal... you don't get paid to comment either... PUSSY!!!

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  12. To the anon that said:

    you gotta come up with something better than "fiasshole" on the lupEND blog. That's not clever at all... DAMN i need to buy another lasers album just cuz of your dumb comment

    ^^^ And you to can SHUT D FUCK UP you stupid SLAVE!!! I made you react to my comment. you're a REACTER, that's what slaves do, ASSWIPE!!! Do me a favor, learn how to put periods behind every complete sentence next time.

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  13. The Greek Black Jesus said...

    Wow this mixtape is ridiculos!

    Slr!!!!! Super lyrical raps

    Lu goes crazy on this....listen and learn....goat...

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  14. I love FOTP. Not a stan it's just I know good music. "Lupe Back" is absolute fiyah..... WWJD is awesome as well. THe only song I skip from time to time is the San Francisco track

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  15. It sucks. Go to listen to "Theme Music to a drive-by" then listen to this dub-step shit and say Lupe Fiasco hasn't changed. And don't say he's "evolved" as an artist, he's gotten lazy and stopped trying.

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  16. This blog is filled with like 75% pussy niggas.

    FOTP > Lasers, going in is going wild!

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  17. It's all opinions. If you like the mixtape- cool. If you don't- cool. Let others have their individual thoughts and stop attempting to conform people to your thoughts and ideals...
    Personally, FOTP reiterated (to me) that Lupe is one of the illest MCs out there. Can't wait for F&L II

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  18. FOTP was a great mixtape & probably the best thing that dropped before 2012. Double Burger with Cheese was greater than most of the music that dropped this entire year.

    What amazes me the most is how so many of you so called Lupe fans critique him for rapping over dubstep and say he fell off but none of you niggas said anything when Jay & Ye did it on Watch The Throne with that sample by Cassius "I Love You So".

    You simple minded niggas need to reassess life & expand your horizons. ALL MUSIC DOESN'T NEED TO BE FLOODED WITH SNARES & CAMOUFLAGED IN 808's

    You have got to be a sad waste of human life to sit on a artist dedicated blog & deliberately hate on them because they didn't tickle your fancy.

    Quit bitching about nothing and get a better hobby.

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  19. Yo for a mixtape FOTP ain't that bad. No shit it ain't all crazy lupe lyrical with all the crazy delivery but it's not like this shit's an album. Yall needa chill out. Beat selection is cool for the most part and his concepts are still hella good. only thing i say he got lazy on were his ideas we're pretty sick but coulda been delivered a little better. At least seeing FOTP release tells me F&l II is coming.

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  20. the beats should have had noly one bar. the only good beats were slr, joaquin phoenix, and san fransisco.

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  21. Hating ass niggas up in here yo FOTP is dope Im so sick of you strictly hip hop fans Y'all so closed minded

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  22. @Capt asshole
    Take your trolling ass elsewhere you been trollin since 07 when the lupe boards was popin.

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  23. ^^^^ Okay you made me react to your comment because it was out of complete stupidity, "fiasshole"? shit is lame just like you, and Slaves are reactors, wtf are you talking about? People are entitled to their opinion. If you don't like FOTP it's not hating and liking it doesn't make you a dick rider, but throwing insults out of nowhere is most definitely hating and frankly kinda bitch made. You are a troll and have nothing better to do with your time then to talk shit on a website only to get reactions... I feel sorry for you

    P.S..........f....*....c...k... off how you like the period usage?

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  24. ^ Lmaooo haha u a boss!!!! U told his ass!!!

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  25. Whats up with all the idiots who've recently invaded the site?

    I'd swear you guys WERE getting paid for this shit..

    Just GTFO

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  26. LUPE is changing his style and I understand that, I've been a fan since Lupe the Jedi and all that good shit. If you've been a fan since those days then you'll understand why I fucking hate this new asshole music. I'm not a Stan and I'm not a hater. I just don't like dubstep crap. It seems like his mixing Japanese cartoon with rap and pop. I want him to rap damn it. He's a fuxking rapper he needs to rap . And his mixtape cover is exactly like blu mixtape jesus

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  27. chike aka @allcaps_ aka Capt assholeWednesday, November 30, 2011 at 1:29:00 AM EST

    always talking lmao. put ya real name up then, holla at me on twitter @allcaps_ i dont hide behind anons. oh and watch the throne was semi ass also. that new COMMON album is about to be hot. he dropped 3 dope tracks so far. all of them good. we have no idea what lupe is cooking up for his album so this mixtape really means nothing..even tho its ass sauce. cheers

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  28. To the anon that said:

    ^^^^ Okay you made me react to your comment because it was out of complete stupidity, "fiasshole"? shit is lame just like you, and Slaves are reactors, wtf are you talking about? People are entitled to their opinion. If you don't like FOTP it's not hating and liking it doesn't make you a dick rider, but throwing insults out of nowhere is most definitely hating and frankly kinda bitch made. You are a troll and have nothing better to do with your time then to talk shit on a website only to get reactions... I feel sorry for you

    P.S..........f....*....c...k... off how you like the period usage?

    ^^^ BRAVO on the response. You seem kind of tense. I can sense that your very emotional about this matter. Maybe you should CALM D FUCK DOWN cause you to my slave are not getting paid to comment either. Someone tell this CUNT that catching feelings is a female trait!!!

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  29. I just thought the beats were a little odd. Bad selection. Lyrically its fire.

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  30. ^^ I agree!. Lupe never had good tastem with beats!!

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  31. A lot of idiots are up on this blog, but the anon that said lupe is better than most rappers excluding nas is dead on, other kids need to evacuate the scene cuz ur mind has been wiped with that mainstream garbage, j cole is a moronic lyrically absent zygote who hasnt reached any level of potential and btw lupe didnt go all in on fotp, he released it so that his dedicated fans such as me can have something different to listen to lyrically and melodically wise. Food & Liquor 2 will blow away all the idiots when they realize what real rap is about, until then yall need to go recount your life by going to listen to drake's take care and sip orange juice outta sippy cup. FNF 4 Life.

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  32. In all honesty we need to unite as true Lupe fans and make sure that Lupe never makes another "Lasers".

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  33. Lot of people hating on the actual music production/beats. Why does it even matter?

    Shouldn't a MC be acknowledged for their skills and not his beats?

    I can understand dubstep and how it overwhelms the MC's voice though...

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  34. REAL TLAK THO RAPPIN OVER DANCE / DUBSTEP OR ANY OF THAT OTHER SHIT NEED TO DIE LIKE AUTO CHUNE !!!


    I THINK WE ALL AGREE ONT THAT

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  35. LU MIGHT AS WELL COLLAB WITH LDY GAGA OR MILEY CYRUS IF HE NOT GUNNA RAP OVE RHIP-HOP LOL

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  36. So Lu is changing his style? Haha You guys are a trip! Ppl said the same thing about him when he did A Rhyming Ape. Smh Lyrically he cannot be touched... He should do a mixtape called Radio BS for all u Fan Boys!

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  37. I love how before Lasers everybody was all "fuck atlantic for controlling lupe" and now because lupe decides to have an electro sound, people start to say "fuck lupe for making this electronic dub step shit he needs to stick to boom bap 90's hip hop beats b/c that shit is dope and electro shit is wack". Hypocrasy much?

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  38. Lasers was better than most albums in the last decade but as a fan it was a let down but as a artist i could hear lupe on the sly like im doing all i can wit the label watching his moves Wit that said FOTP IS BETTER THAN UNPROTECTED SEX THANKS LUPE IM SICK OF LOW FREQENCY MUSIC DIRECTED AT MY LOWER CHAKRAS FNF UP

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  39. the thing is that Jay and Kanye don't suck and make music people actually want to hear.

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  40. Lu should do an accapella mixtape so that SOME of u can focus on what's important

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  41. Double Burger w/ Cheese niggas.

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  42. Lasers was not better than most albums this decade lol. You need to listen to more rap. ^^^^

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  43. Then name an album that didnt sound the same as the others i got this i smoke that i kill this i make that i got haters ...not an album but a damn commercial lol

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  44. Love, Hate, Ignorance, and PeaceMakers all here.

    The only moment when we can say Lupe Fiasco fell off is if his F&L2 doesn't at least match up to his first 2.

    Deadline:F&L2 Early 2012.

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  45. Four Words...Double Burger With Cheese.

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