Lupe Fiasco addresses Critics


Most recently, after FOTP dropped, people been complaining about Lupe's beat choices and him rapping over Electronic beats. Lupe just took to Twitter to address his critics.

To you critics...This is hip-hop...NOT WAS...But IS! - YouTube Link

Im just continuing in that tradition... [YouTube Link] still sounds like hip-hop 2 me...#justsayin...if u dont like...so what...

Rapping On A Disco Beat?!?!... [YouTube Link] #RememberWhereYouCameFrom...

Dre's The Chronic is ALL Bootsy & P-Funk. 3 words BAD BOY RECORDS. u show me a "hip-hop" beat & i'll show u samples from EVERY musical genre!

I MAKE hip-hop...so hip-hop is what I say it is...NOT what YOU think I should make it be...if you no likey iTunes is filled w/ other options.

AND IF YOU CAN DO BETTER MY NIGGA DONT TWEET ME SAYING YOU CAN SEND THAT LITTLE TRACK OF YOURS TO RAPRADAR or @HIPHOPDX AND JOIN THE PARTY!

I aint pissed just sometimes the air must be cleared...niggaz just get active on my timeline like Im they lil brother or something...

PREVIOUSLY: Lupe Fiasco - American Terrorist III

122 comments:

  1. No comment on his lyrics tho? Then he's missing the whole point.

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  2. DAMN lupe... TELL EM WHY U MAD SON!!!

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  3. Blah blah blah. Ppl dont care that its not "hip hop"..they care that they SUCK

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  4. If ya'll just want to stan out on here and ignore the fact that Lupe's lyrics are not even close to good, fine. Have fun listening to Waka & gucci while you're at it, I'm going to go over this way where Cole, K. Dot, and pretty much every other lyricist are hanging out. Bye!

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  5. To the people talking about Lupe's lyrics are trash now. Are you referencing Lasers or FOTP or even both? I'm confused.

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  6. His lyrics are not at all trash! lmao, ya'll styling, he's still talking relevant ish! None of his songs is non-sense, he's still cryptic too! He can't do the same things all the time, that's not progression, that's staying the same, this is Lu with many perspectives & styles, no nickleback same-ness ! Always remember that Lu isn't even the biggest Rap fan, Lu always liked other genres. So chill out, as if he's working to please only one part of one genre. Lu's worse of works still the best of the best of those on the charts! His beats are different, but like he said hip-hop is full of sampling, remember Beastie Boys, Eric B. & Rakim... like come on, you're not appreciating the artist part, then get out, but don't start staying irrelevant attacks as if your opinion, that's not backed up, matters. Peace.

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  7. & funny Cole is good, but he ain't Lu good.

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  8. stfu with this gay shit and bring back Soundtrakk

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  9. Instead of defending himself why didn't he just drop a real hip-hop mixtape in the first place?

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  10. ^^ are you saying FOTP wasn't hip hop. idk what you were listening to, but I was listening to HIP HOP.

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  11. Most people who say Lupe's lyrics aren't dope probably don't understand them anyway. They still are; you just can't comprehend them.

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  12. whatever lupe...your music at the moment isn't anything special. i don't care if it sounds like hip-hop or not..its just mediocre. i know your trying to progress as an artist. But artistic progression does not justify wack shit. Andre 3000 progressed as an artists & he drops bombs ill shit on a regular basis. eh , but whatever. I'll listen to some other shit while i wait for F&L2 to drop.

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  13. morons never shut the fuck up bout relal hip hop. u obviously dnt know what it is.

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  14. ^ OKAY, then why is he defending his work stating it is "real hip-hop".

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  15. way too many lupe apologists these days."you just think his lyrics are wack , cause you can't comprehend them"...right...y'all are on some gnostic shit lol. really though lupe can do better than this. there are way too many dope producers out these days , for lupe to have mediocre beats. for example; evil needle , fs green , sir oj , ryan leslie , dj khalil , Lu's old boy soundtrakk etc. And if lupe wants to talk about "progression" and trying out new stuff , then do some work with flying lotus. possibilities are endless.

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  16. Because he wanted to rap over electro type beats. Plus he thought his fans already knew that he likes electro, techno, and punk rock music so he didn't think they would overreact like this if he decided to rap over different genres of music that he likes.

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  17. hes defending it as real because it is real moron,its all real. its real to him and its real to the people who like it. u dont have to sound like ur from the fucking nineties to be considered real. only the moronic "hip hop heads" (who dont know shit by the way) think tht. tryna trap hip hop in a little box so it doesnt change. fuck off. the same people that bitch about it dying are the people killing it.

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  18. ey ey now real talk i gota adress dat dum nigga bringin up cole nahmean? i mean real talk nigga... cole? word 2 mutha dat nigga aint gota single creativ bone in his body nahmean? real talk dat sponge nigga can make a deluxe triple disc album about da same ass shit wit da same beats nahmean? yo get me out da hood. yo im on da sidelines. yo i gota bitch pregnant. yo respect dis bitch. i mean real talk dat nigga hada put out a single singin some paula abdul nahmean? n real talk dat boi always lookin like da 9 year ol victim of domestic violence n raps like it too nahmean? shih real talk he not da fukin truth nahmean? dat nigga cole got a bandwagona niggas ready to suck his dick nahmean?

    I rap like is christmas eve.. i cry sometimes.. make a ol man get his glasses..

    REAL TALK DONT EVR BRING DAT SHIT TO A BLOG BOUT MAH NIGGA LU SON NAHMEAN?

    no hate.. n mah nigga lu doin right. real talk fuck da rest. half deez niggas hatin only do it cuh dey kno da niggas defendin lu got essays ready for dat shit nahmean? smarten up
    peace

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  19. Do people not understand that no one produced FOTP but he instead rapped over someone else's beat. In other words, he did not work with a producer on the mixtape.

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  20. If Lupe had released a real mixtape, some Fahrenheit and Enemy of the State type shit then everybody would be happy. Instead of fans criticizing and having Lupe defend his work fans would have been jumping in join screaming "Lupes back"!!

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  21. nobody is trying to put hip-hop in a box...some of us just think this is some wack shit. nothing more nothing less.. stop pulling out that bullshit about "putting hip-hop in a box" or how we are hypocrites or some shit..get off lupes dick.

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  22. Hahahah. Cheeaahh my nigga I just can't take you seriously man :D

    But its all good, nahmean?

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  23. I Love me some Lupe,he's the only rapper I know who can try different beats and still sound good. The man is a genius my ears are open for varieties. I'm proud of this man keep doing a good job.

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  24. "niggaz just get active on my timeline like Im they lil brother or something..."

    lol man if thats happening to this degree here... i can only imagine what twitter is like with his 900,000 followers. Poor guy probably takes a lot of slack.

    I like his older music better as well, but im not going to go as far as to say that his current music isn't real hip hop. obviously it is.

    Hes still creative as fuck and he has more talent in his left thumb than a lot of rappers out there so ...

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  25. Of course the fuckin lyrics are different morons. He is rappin about shit that matters to him at the moment. It's not gonna be the same shit as his first albums and mixtapes because the world changes. Times change. Every artist raps and sings about what they care about at the time. It's the thoughts in their head. They're gonna rap and sing whatever that may be and some people are gonna like and relate to it and some people won't. And if you don't like, stop with your fucking complaining. You started listening to Lupe because he rapped about shit that mattered to you and if he doesn't now, listen to someone else. It's that fucking simple. If you do like it then keep listening. Everyone leads their own lives. Let them fucking do it and stop trying to control others like you know what's best.

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  26. @Sean come silence these haters my nigg

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  27. Why do ppl come on here and talk shit anonymously?

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  28. Dude gives you free music and you ungrateful mother******s come here and talk shit?

    F*** outta here...

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  29. @99rocy..cuz its the same nigga prolly stiring ish up cuz he has noooo life

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  30. You people are here everyday saying lu's trash now i'm gunna go listen to (insert name) yet everyday you return. Just admit to yourself that you're gunna be the 1st one to hear his new music and the last one to be talking about him. Denial is never good.

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  31. The problem is too many of u guys heard F & L and The Cool and the mixtapes and assumed u actually knew Lu...he's gunna make music thats important to him regardless of whether you like it or not. He never walked around with a clipboard asking what music everyone wanted to hear in the 1st place so why would he start now?

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  32. ^^^to the anon that said "If Lupe had released a real mixtape, some Fahrenheit and Enemy of the State type shit then everybody would be happy."

    You'd think so, but I remember everyone bitching about how short EOTS was, so basically some people are never HAPPY"

    Get over yourselves Lupe ain't your personal rapper. And why wouldn't people from his FAN site support him and defend your negative comments. lol

    You don't have to like every song, but PLEASE don't get so worked up... relax damn

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  33. Lupe is Hiphop you motherfuckers are too blind to see that shit. He still the same Lupe if you would listen and stop bitching. It's propably the same people who's living with their momma's who don't have nothing better for themselves. Not happy so they want to get on here and try to make everybody else unhappy. Lupe, the man get off the breast milk already you fucken cry baby.

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  34. Neutral.

    I don't love nor hate L.A.S.E.R.S. or FOTP.

    FOTP < L.A.S.E.R.S. in my personal opinion though.

    I have gone on a 2 day journey on a car drive and repeated the whole album to see if I really do like it.

    It really is a great mixtape album since it always make you want to get up and do something y'know.

    It's not FREAKING AMAZING, but the beats are not bad as most say.

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  35. "They said they need a hero in it so I'm back to dope again"

    when Lupe? WHEN!?!?!?!?!

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  36. I don't know...Lu should have just not responded. If he knows what he's doing and if he's at peace with that, he doesn't have to defend anything imo. Of course there are people who are not gonna like it and then there are those who will go out of their way to really show that they don't like it. Either way, Lupe has nothing to prove anymore, right? He's making the music he likes. If people don't like it, then listen to something else. Plus, these are FREE tracks...so...just sayin'.

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  37. ^yea... would have been best if Lu wouldn't have responded. Sessler's tangent articulates my thoughts on art and subjectivity perfectly.
    http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/717762/uncharted-3-and-the-problem-with-review-scores-sesslers-soapbox/

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  38. This dude really had to defend his music. Think about that, he actually had to defend his work to the critics and his fans. He went as far as to explain to the people what "hip-hop" really is.

    This is how bad Atlantic fucked Lupe Fiasco in the ass people.

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  39. @cheeaahh "niggas defendin lu got essays ready for dat shit nahmean? smarten up" you know it!! haha

    Here's my little paragraph: We all know Lupe loves controversy so in the end he's just finally addressing the people that have been disagreeing with his beat selection and flat out irritating him. And I bet he's having fun stirring this controversy. I think the reason why people get so upset with his music is because gives off a very "accessible" vibe that a lot of other artists today don't. Therefore people who do not enjoy his different sound think they have a duty to inform this man about his music so they can tell him what to do to fix it. However like he said, he's not making music for our reactions but rather to express how he feels. Someone of us may not feel it and that's cool, but A LOT of other people (even those in other countries, non-english speaking included) like his music because it speaks to them. Lupe and those that enjoy both his old and his recent music are having a good time but those not feeling Lupe are just missing out. If you are not feeling his music then there's really nothing you can do about but move on.

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  40. I mean if you don't like Lupe's new sh*t, you always have Wayne,Drake and Cole. GTFO

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  41. People's perceptions astound me. How is this not real hip hop? I mean REAL, early 90s, before autotune hip hop?? Cuz it makes u think? Cuz there's no mediocre baseline that u can grind to? Cuz he's not talkin bout his cars or money? If ppl can praise the hell outta Watch The Throne, how can u disregard FOTP? Not saying WTT was bad, it was an ok album by extraordinary artists, thus in a sea of mediocre artists, it was an amazing album. Deductive reasoning right there. The fact that Lupe CAN murder any beat u throw at him jus signifies that he's a tru artist and doesn't play it safe. But y'all keep listening to Wiz's pop hop, Drakes irrelevant songs, or Wayne speaking in incoherent tongues and thinking that's real hip hop.

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  42. Ppl are aroused and think Drake,Wayne and the rest of Radio rappers that rap about the same sh*t over and over again think "this is real". Not taking anything away from them, but wtf smh

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  43. Lol dude on twitter just doing it to get attention

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  44. I hate when people compare Lupe to Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka etc, just because his lyrics aren't as 'lyrical' as they used to be. But there is no comparison. Even with his 'dumbed down' lyrics is he rappin about bitches, money, weed, liquor.. no. He's still rappin about different issues and POSITIVITY. so shut the fuck up.

    also. give some of his songs another listen. you'll be surprised at how 'lyrica'l they actually are. start with joaquin phoenix.

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  45. The problem is Lupe is choosing beats that don't sound good or compliment his vocals at all...

    Lupe has made GREAT tracks over beats that people would classify as hip hop (ie Superstar,Shining Down Stereo Sun, Joaquin Phoenix, etc).

    But if you look at some of his recent beats for example Friend of the People(NOT the mixtape, but the actual song itself), WWJD, American Terrorist III, etc. those beats do not complement his vocals or even sound good at all(in my and anyone who feels the same way's opinion of course).

    It is what it is though.

    And anyone saying that Lupe is falling off haven't heard Joaquin Phoenix or Super Cold. And if you have listened to those tracks and you still think Lu has fallen off then you simply cannot comprehend the tracks or can't see his amazing uses of literary techniques.

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  46. **TYPO CORRECTION**

    Lupe has made GREAT tracks over beats that people ***wouldn't*** classify as hip hop

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  47. ^^ Yeah but the difference is on the songs you mentioned Lupe actually worked with a producer to make the song. What Lupe has been doing as of late is rapping over the beats of songs he likes.

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  48. If I'm not mistaken, A Rhyming Ape was Lupe rapping over The Gorillaz beats................................................Last I checked, THE GORILLAZ WEREN'T CLASSIFIED AS HIP-HOP AND NEITHER WERE THEIR BEATS! AND NOBODY WAS OR IS GIVING HIM HEAT ABOUT THOSE TRACKS!

    Lupe has always been prolific in his music! The only reason people are noticing this now is because they are/were ignorant to the fact that he's not only a rapper but an artist (ie... Japanese Cartoon), and they are just now realizing this but are having a hard time accepting it. His greatest influences have been artists like Queen, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Linkin Park and a handful of rappers as well... SO YOU CAN BET HIS MUSIC IS GONNA CONTAIN SOME HINT OF WHAT HIS INFLUENCES BROUGHT TO THE TABLE.

    And for those of you complaining about his lyrics... Find an artist with as much mainstream fame as him BOLD enough to talk about HALF the things he's talking about... You won't! Find an artist who is able to deliver what he is able to deliver through his songs... You won't!

    So suck it up, Lupe has EVERY right to say each and every thing he said... If you wanna go listen to Cole.. go ahead, you won't find nearly the amount of substance in his raps as Lupe's.

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  49. I thought FOTP was a pretty good mixtape but misleading at the same time and wat I mean is I thought it actually was going to be like a classic mixtape- for me I wasn't hooked instantly it took me a while to like and its not something I continuously listen to- and I know Lu wanna touch on diff genre of music but I think we'be had more than enough of electro punk rock music from u- remember u say u do it all for the fans don't forget that please just touch on all basis- this is coming from #1 Lu fan def looking forward to F&L II but if it doesn't resemble F&L please change the title just don't wanna be mislead, all and all FNF up peace & much love!

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  50. I thought FOTP was a pretty good mixtape but misleading at the same time and wat I mean is I thought it actually was going to be like a classic mixtape- for me I wasn't hooked instantly it took me a while to like and its not something I continuously listen to- and I know Lu wanna touch on diff genre of music but I think we'be had more than enough of electro punk rock music from u- remember u say u do it all for the fans don't forget that please just touch on all basis- this is coming from #1 Lu fan def looking forward to F&L II but if it doesn't resemble F&L please change the title just don't wanna be mislead, all and all FNF up peace & much love!

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  51. stfu and bring back Soundtrakk

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  52. I guarantee you if Lu had recorded each verse off FOTP on instrumentals that sounded like those on F&L and The Cool then 95% of people wouldn't be saying shit.

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  53. Jay Z said it best..Lupe is "on that new shit, niggas like how come,niggas want my[his] old shit buy my[his] old album." Quit complaining because he "gotta keep it moving." and you guys are "stuck on stupid."

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  54. "I like this new Lupe better than the old one"-nobody

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  55. Niggas always talking about somebody lyrics is trash and never offering valid reasons or support for such claims.

    all yall albumless, mixtapeless, deal-less, fan-less, lyric-less, career-less, beat-less, producer-less, mic-less, name-less (cuz I see a lot of "anonymous" posts on here) arm chair ass wanna-be "rappers" are the experts huh? SO tell me, what's so bad about his lyrics lately.
    No matter of fact, how bout you just quote me two lines from a recent song, cuuz i have a feeling most of yall aint even listening to them and just riding some bandwagon tip somewhere.

    Go head, I'll wait.

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  56. "touch more souls than a dance floor"....Ima grown man..im not 14 that kine is wack..on to the next.."i copped the nsx, just like pharell diiiiiiiiddddd" LMFAO!!!! u are gonna justify that this is lyrical? u didnt have to wait too long lol..and thats only 2 lines from the same song.

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  57. "i'ma grown man..i'm not 14" LOL, this reachin ass nigga here.

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  58. A agree with all of this Lu. Hip-hop needs to be fluidity and allow for deviation. Not just in lyrics, but in beat as well. Hip-hop/rap is in a box right now and is in dire need of a Renaissance.....

    Keep expanding YOUR art YOUR way lu. Your lyrics are still on point imo FNF UP!!!!

    (P.S. and ppl, FOTP and AT III are mixtape tracks!!!!!! He doesnt put too much effort in them for a reason. So get off this shit about him falling off point lyrically. And making mixtape stuff is also his time to have 100% reign over his shit. So let him have it....damnnnnnnnnnnnnn)

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  59. Anybody remember Im beaming? Shining down? the original state run radio? Army girl?..and you all actually sit up here and defend him?...........and in return we get a song with trey songz? not matthew santos.....and we get a dumbed down version of state run radio?..this man compromised his muscial integrity to sell records..and he did. thats it.

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  60. Alright, since Mr Anonymous number 3million and 80 up there thinks he's funny...
    find me the rapper with even one song that is lyrical crack on every single syllable...cuz im pretty sure that's impossible.

    Better yet, give me the ratio of those slightly whack lines to the MULTITUDES of great ones that we all know he has.

    again, I'll wait.

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  61. and the man is under a contract that he has to honor douche.
    Atlantic will never let him put his shit out the way the way he wants to, thats why he executes like 4 or 5 independent projects in between those albums.
    Lupe needs to make a living like everybody else, and I dont see nobody judging you for whatever whack ass job you get up and do everyday (if you have one) so you can choke on that noise.

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  62. I mean i just think its funnny that yall sitting up here tryna jump down his throat for supposedly "compromising his musical integrity" while in the same breath (and in a very contradictory manner) attempting to control and manipulate HIS art through a message board on the internet. I have to laugh at that whole idea.

    If he's letting Atlantic mess up his vision, than what do yo think you're doing?

    Or wait let me guess...you think YOU have a better idea of what HIS music should be than HE does? is that it?

    pfffft, bwoi stop. sit down somewhere.

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  63. Interesting..Im beaming and shining down where technically on Lasers as bonus tracks..Army girl sampled Street fighter(is that "hip hop beat?") which I think is dope. And the Laser version of State run radio you can probably blame on Atlantic..The song with Trey..yea I can't defend that I'm just gonna assume it was a scheme by Atlantic remember..Lupe didnt have a lot of control over this album..so he was FORCED to compromise.

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  64. Worst part is...while you sittin up here attacking one of Hip Hop's best lyricists in probably the past 12 years at least...Flo Rida has a top 5 single on the Hot 100 and Big Sean's "Ass" is number 4 on the hip-hop/r&b list, and i dont see NONE of you whack ass bustas writin virtiloic shit up and down none of they blogs right now, so again, all yall can choke on the nearest 10 inch fallace you can locate for letting that shit happen. Please and thank you.

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  65. ^ Lol good point indeed Bakes.

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  66. You diss me and my supposed occupation? ok.....then u blame a record label for a grown man putting out music...once again..u blame a record label for a MAN putting out subpar music....and u say fans are trying to manipulate his art...but just said the record label is doing that...didnt you? im not gonna diss you...im focusing on the topic at hand...why do u think a lot of people are "all of a sudden" so called "complaining"? this isnt out of thin air. the point is..Lupe cant take constructive criticism, which is imperative to any human being for growth. You and others act like a person cant say something is wack. If they feel its wack then to them it is. Just like you say something is great.

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  67. No one here places the responsibility on Lupe himself huh? always pointing the finger at atlantic. Hypothetically speaking, even if Atlantic put a 40cal to lupe's dome and said "make pop songs with dumbed down lyrics or you album wont see the light of day." Lupe STILL shouldnt have compormised his integrity. And thats real nigga shit.

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  68. I listened to lupe since day one. It was hip hop then and its hip hop now.

    Everyone needs to chill out because haters are gonna hate.

    Good mixtape lupe. I love it because I'm a versatile guy and Im not stuck in the "hip-hop beat invisible box". I'm way past the beats and only care what you say.

    Don't listen to these haters. They aren't even worthy enough for a rant. They ain't contribute not one bit to the hip hop culture.

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  69. Way to completely misread the comment sir. Now lets revist what i actually said.

    I stated and i quote "the man has a contract that he has to honor." what that means is that unfortunately, when it comes to his ALBUM releases, yes he is forced in many ways to follow certain rules that may be out side of his vision. then i followed that with "that's why he executes 4 or 5 INDEPENDENT (that word's important because it breaks your whole argument, so make sure you read it at least 3 times beofer you respond) projects between those albums releases" in order to do what he wants.

    i didnt say the label was manipulating his art, they dont have that kind of control...i said they're manipulating his commercial releases. MAJOR difference.

    can you honestly say you aren't trying to control his art...f you werent, what reason could you possibly have for even posting here? people only post their thoughts when they want someone to pay attention to them, and you only want him to pay attention because you want him to conform to your idea. but go ahead an keep arguing for the sake of arguing because you're one of those egotistical people who cant admit when they might be wrong, i wont stop you.

    I definitely never said people couldnt say stuff was whack. but that's not what you and all these other lame muthafuckas are doing. you say "you're whack AND what you need to do..." like somebody asked for your suggestions. If you came on here and wrote "lupe you whack" and walked off, we wouldnt even be having this conversation, but clearly thats not the case.

    now go back and think about all that and try again.

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  70. oh and speaking of dissing your supposed occupation: i thought we were all allowed to say things were whack. why so sensitive?
    Eat your own words much?

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  71. once again u called me a mfer..i havent disrespected you once. AND you again said he is forced in many ways to follow certain rules. No one on eartth HAS TO DO anything. so stop with this forcing nonsense its a futile argument. God himself doesnt MAKE you do anything, so a record label sure isnt. Secondly, like everyone else im stating my opinion. Lupe clearly doesnt listen to anybody but himself, which is a problem within itself. AND if you payed attention (which im sure u have). Remember the moral Lupe? i dont go to the club, i dont wear gaudy jewlrey, the action lupe? not just "ima rebel". I know u do..he has done a 180. and what 4 or 5 indepent releases? lol he has dropped 2 mixtapes and that album with the rock group he has. that counts as 3. TOTAL. and u wanna talk conformity? look at lupe now, and 2006, check interviews. He is no longer humble. Now u tell me who has conformed.

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  72. and we can say whatever we ant. this topic isnt about me though, or you, its about lupe fiasco, therefore i wouldnt diss you. I respect your opinion.

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  73. really, he's done a 180? pfffft, thts funny because i saw him in a live shw a few weeks ago and he wasnt wearing shit but a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, but ok sir, whatever you say.

    but you know what, ima go ahead a crush all this right now, because i dont have time to break down your ego.

    you said you just wanted to say you thought the music was whack right?
    ok message received, we get it, you think its whack, Now walk off.

    ...you dont like the music, you obviously dont like me, and yo've made your opinion known so why you still here?
    what are you still doing here, why you still posting?.
    Walk off.
    Be gone.

    I was an Usher stan for years until after the confessions album when i didnt like the music as much, so when that happened i just stopped messin with it.
    i didnt get on his blog and bitch and moan into futility and make myself look dumb trying to argue syntax and semantics with his fans, i just stopped listening. what's your problem?

    simple fact of the matter is, for everyone of YOU he loses, he'll gain 10 more new fans, so you're opinion will remain as irrelevant as it was before you ever voiced it. and grow increasingly irrelevant by the second...which means you're wasting your time, breath, energy, efffort. And I dont eally understand people who do that, i think its weird, so its real simple.
    walk off.
    the end.

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  74. I respect even the disrespect you exude. Apparently if he loses me as a fan, he will gain 10 more. Cool. This is just what an artist needs. Millions of fans who never criticize a thing they do or say. the deaf leading the blind......salaam.

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  75. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100792648597788&l=59d3772fde

    ooo yeah, i see what you mean. check out gaudy ole lupe in his millions of big ass gold chains and conflict diamonds drippin out of everywhere...the same one that is constantly spotted at occupy movements and talking about bringin more peace to the world and using his influence to give lesser known artist a shot in the spot light and bringing along lil kids on his tour so they can see and experience some things outside the confines of their neighborhood. the guy who performed a show in West lafayette indiana on purdue's campus...a low rent straight whitebread lil town who's hip hop constituent are starved for entertainment because all they ever bring in is rock and country acts and no other rapper even looks that way except the roots, who had to do their show for free. he's changed OH SO badly, clearly, he aint about shit no more.

    ...riiiiiiiiiiiiight. you're not even paying attention kid, not worth arguing with.
    like i said, just walk off. you made your point (or lack there of)

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  76. He's conformed? The message in the songs he continues to put out has never changed..even with most of the tracks on lasers. I don't know about that complete 180 you speak of..

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  77. whats the point in criticizing him? what for? how come he has to be criticized just because he's a known artist, but no regular people have a daily requisite mount of criticism coming to them? that doesnt even make sense dude, and i dont even think you know or remember why you're "criticizing" him, you're seriously just arguing simply to argue, which is fine, im still gonna let you do that if it really makes you feel better, but your're still wasting your life.

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  78. Guys guys it is all love. At the end of the day we as true Lupe fans can come together and agree that
    Lasers, was an absolute piece of shit.

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  79. "I'm Tuba/Two below, like the marching band. That means I'm super deep, you surface skim. I'm the whole thing, you niggas 2 percent. Put them up on that Carton, I think I'm losing them" - Lupe Fiasco

    Alot of the people should read this is really think are you seriously saying he fell off lyrically or are you just mad about the beats? Which is two seperate arguments. Fell off Lyrically is a dumb argument when your talking about arguably the best lyricist in hip hop history and comparing him to J Cole "straight up now tell me do you really wanna love me forever" singing ass. Kendrick Lamar is dope but nowhere near Lupe. I think this is the real problem. People find it easy to build up an artist just to say 5 years later that he fell off and (Insert new up and coming underground artist) is better.

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  80. after reading a few comments on here. im starting to think that theres only a few lupe fans and all the rest are AtlanticEmployees -__-

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  81. I mean I guess. Complain all you want Lupe, but when the people who provide you with money are telling you that your music sucks, then its probably time for a change. Just saying...

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  82. The one thing that I dont like is when people comment on the things that Lupe has. They say he's changed bc he has flashy jewelry and all that other stuff but not one time has he ever bragged about it or talked about it in his songs. Lupe been had all that all that stuff, shit this guy has a collection of ferrari's and a bmw and a mercedes and a camaro and he's never mentioned it. All of sudden bc he's had acouple of top billboard hits yall care about the things he has. What, bc he's a muslim MC he cant have a diamond watch or necklace or nice cars? Back in 2007 and 2008 when he was rocking a 18k Gold Rolex Day-Date Just Presidential and had his small gold chain you guys had nothing to say. A bunch of hypocrites, If you had the money he had you would have the same shit. Lupe Fiasco is one of my idols and has been since I first heard back in 2006 as a junior in high school. He changed my life and my way of thinking as a man in american and for some you to bash him and say that he's whack is disrespectful and low. Where are his real fans at????

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  83. Thats a really bad picture.
    FOTP was cool though.

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  84. The message is still there, the means of deliverance has changed. It seems that people have a problem with the production and his lyrics. Personally I like the production (I listen to other genres), and I like the lyrics. In regards to the production, if you don't like it, then there's nothing you can do. Artists change their production all the time (Compare every Jay-Z, Drake, whoever you want here's album). In terms of lyrics they are still complex. You guys are just suffering from Illmatic/Reasonable Doubt syndrome. You think every line of every song from every album should be a classic. Be realistic.

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  85. I try to refrain from entering this coliseum of mindless bickering, but these comments are a tad ridiculous....
    First and foremost, it seems that the individuals that have an issue with Lu's currently musical output either dislike the beats or lyrics. Alright, that's all fine and dandy, but what other genres do you guys listen to. Again, generalizing for the sake of message length but if your musical preference is in the least bit eclectic.... then the "horrible beats" being used sound melodically pleasant. That notion is still personal and subjective, but it just seems that lack of musical diversity leads to an aversion to anything foreign. As human beings (for the vast majority), similarity and stagnation is comfort. Any aspect in life that is different or off-kilter is met with apprehension, whether it be progressive or simply nonsense...
    All the comments on here are hilarious. For... odd reason, differing opinions just can't be accepted. There has to be bickering and an egotistical air of superiority that makes your thoughts and feelings more valid than the others. Lots of interesting complexes shown... all from behind a protective monitor lol
    There is one comment, however, that spoke blasphemy to any ideals other than the extroverted norm. It went something like "Lu doesn't listen to anyone else, which is a problem in itself" -____- excuse me as I speak in behalf of all the introverts.... that's is how our mental mechanism functions. While an extrovert may need that constant social validation from peers or need a plethora of friends/followers, introverts the antithesis of such. Lu seems to be a pretty inverted individual, so attempting to evaluate or critique his personality or inability to "accept criticism" is simply unfair. You are making the proverbial mistake of inducing an inverted individual to the extroverted scale that is society. Awfully pretentious...

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  86. @BFresh

    Spot on sir. Besides one point -- he has mentioned his jewlery and how him having it is simply the duality of humankind in both interviews AND his songs (Conflict Diamonds comes to mind before another).

    People. Are. Fickle. Period. I'm glad Lu came out to put his own 2,000,000 cent in the subject of his selection of beats but it truly wasn't neccessary for us with a thinking mind of our own. You don't even NEED to be a Lupe fan or stan to know the mother fucker is expanding his art.

    As far as his lyrics go . . . god damn, people. He's been rapping THE SAME shit for years. He's never liked the government, he always preached respect and a unity of people (besides maybe the Revenge of the Nerd mixtapes, hehehe . . . Fast Money is gold though . . duality!), and always discussed his upbringing and the ghetto in general. Even over "not hip-hop beats" it's relevant and powerful because the lyrics are STILL as "two below" deep as ever. I would post a few examples on here but, y'know, I'll just let you doubters scurry over to RapGenius yourselves and take a gander . . . or continue to shout a pointless argument.

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  87. Wow . . . Black Frost.

    I like you . . . pause . . . xD

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  88. i liked LASERS, yes it was different from F&L and The Cool, but still i liked a number of songs , even 'The Show goes on'. music evolves it cant stay the same, like Lupe has also grown and evolved. he is a different person and artist and i appreciate him still.

    At the end of the day, if YOU don't like the sound or the Lyrics, move on no one is forcing YOU to remain a fan. so moving right along. Lupe has gained some new fans and lost some old ones, but well life goes on....

    I still rep for Lupe no matter what, coz i like what he stands for and what he raps about, i dont care about the beat...

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  89. Well put....person above me

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  90. That isnt the point. Its like being in a relationship with somebody you love for years,,and then u break up. You can say "move one", but you know its not that easy, especially when they changed and u kept trying to tell them their faults and missteps. The person just continued to be in denial. All of the people that say "move on" or that Lupe is still the "man" ....when was the last time u criticized what he has done musically? you wont be honest, because you support him even when he does wrong, and thats not right. He isnt immune to these things. The guy is arrogant now and he truly believes he is bigger than what he is. You mean to tell me that this man can stand up for occupy wallstreet (which is important to him), but cant stand up to a record label? Yea....ok

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  91. The whole point Lu is trying to make is that when ur an artist u paint WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT. Epescielly when he paints FREE shit for fun and releases it to the public. Put urself in his shoes. When your a painter you don't go "hmmmmm I wonder what my fans would want to see" No, you paint what inspires you. You "critics" are clueless to artistic process and what hip hip is all about. Rap has always been about words and Lupes flow has never failed.

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  92. The problem with brilliant lyrics over simple pop and house beats is obvious. The music doesn't mesh. The lyrics can be the sequel to the bible but if they're drowned out by annoying wah, wah wa, wah, wa's and do da da do da da do's then people will separate the two and analyze them separately, finding all the flaws that are undoubtedly there that would normally be overlooked by a mind absorbed by cohesive music. Beat is to lyrics as a camera is to a script. If the script is bad the film will never be any good. But you can still make a horrible film out of a brilliant script. (Forgive the film metaphor i'm a filmmaker of note who would like to remain anonymous.) Although this is a mixtape and therefore doesn't have to mesh as well as a studio album, since the beats are not lupe's own, the clash of music in this cd is staggering. I loved and hated almost every other track. My favorite songs on the album are life, death and love, lupe back and double burger with cheese. These songs are amazing and showcase exactly what Lupe should be doing on his mix tapes. On the other hand I hated Friend of the People, WWJD (even though the title's brilliant) and SNDCLSH along with some others. These songs are obviously catered to the masses with simple beats and lyrics like "Lup, coupe, no, more doors". C'mon my friend your a fucking genius be one. I really like what you said about hip-hop containing samples from every musical genre, but you have to realize that your both expanding and eroding your fan base with your vast differences in beat selection. People like some things, don't like others, and you say things like "if you no likey itunes is filled with other options". This statement is immature and unfocused. You fail to realize that most of the people who are criticizing you are your biggest fans. The ones who matter, the intelligent hip hop heads who were going to kill themselves if the radio took over the world and have been with you since Fahrenheit 1/15. I can honestly say I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for your music and Richard Kelly's films. I think maybe sometimes you forget the power you hold as an intelligent and popular musician, an almost extinct species. You hold the lives of the out of place in your hands. You speak to the kids who see the world and can't find themselves in it, because when they look all they see is muddled madness and mindless puppets. Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is insanity and this is the path i took since all the others seemed blocked by the masses. Your music helped ground me and seek out friends who felt the same way about it. It brought me back into the world so I could share my own stories with it instead of retreating into my mind and ignoring everyone. You have fans that no one else has, the brilliant and influential minds of tomorrow, and I don't want you to lose them for ecstasy popping beat bobbing fools. I'm sure you won't read this but if you were as cynical and open to criticism as me you would.

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  93. I hunt down every review of my films, every stupid imdb post, not because i'm sensitive but because it's the only way to truly understand every perspective. Take the criticism with a smile Lup and learn from it. Don't respond to tweets angrily just take it and make your next album the best fucking thing ever made. Beat the people by giving them what they want my friend. Godspeed my friend don't forget who your true friends and fans are but make the music you want to fuck it. If you like that poppy house shit and want to rap over it then you should. Your original fans will forgive you and keep listening no matter what they say because let's be honest, mainstream rap is awful. All this being said I love American Terrorist III, it's one of my all time favorite Lupe songs and i'll play it til I die. Drive is fucking awesome. If you're looking for some other great films released this year you guys should see Melancholia, Tree of Life, and Super 8. As a filmmaker i'm in a similar situation as Lupe but instead of dealing with mindless record execs i have to deal with their retarded fucking brothers, the major production studios, who will only read your brilliant script if there are magic practicing vampires who attend an average highschool in it. But Lupe, I would never compromise, I won't let them touch one fucking frame and you shouldn't either. Don't compromise. Fuck Atlantic records. Your famous now and all the cool kids out there from our generation (where are they)are most likely all ready your fans. Take my advice. If Atlantic alters Food and Liquor 2 publicly denounce them and spill all their secrets. Then drop them and make the album independently. Release it for free download with a Donate button next to it. I guarantee you'll receive enough in donations to keep going, even if it's not as much as you would have made with the record label, at least you'll be making good music that will inspire your fans to create projects that may change the world, instead of burying their heads in the sand. Creativity is a disease and you have spread it across the world. Don't forget the responsibility you have to keep it going.

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  94. Wow. Well obviously this is going nowhere, soooo, I will simply say:

    LOL at the guy comparing liking Lupe's music to being in a long time relationship. For real? Really? Really? Really? REALLY? C'mon man. That is some downright stalker shit there my friend. Seek help. I used to like Kid Cudi, but now his music is no good imo. Do I flame the forums and say he's full of himself and blah blah blah? No. I don't listen anymore. It's really THAT simple.

    If you are great at what you do . . . would you not be confident? Stop putting Lu on some pedestal. He's a man with his own thoughts and emotions. Like everybody else. He just happens to represent a growing percentage of people that share similar viewpoints and ENJOY his music. Are we really stooping so low in this argument that we now have to start saying Lupe's arrogant and other nonsense? Stop confusing confidence and peace in one's self with arrogance. I am sure the man has moments when he is NOT that, but he's not going to portray that during interviews.

    Oh, and by the way, a large chunk of L.a.s.e.r.s was ABOUT his insecurities concerning many topics and even his contemplation of suicide. I suppose we forgot about that because the album was "trash". Idiots . . .

    Anyway, this argument is dumb. You like it or you don't. You have opinions. Great. In the end . . . Lupe's still making music, for free and for money, and still doing more than any of us currently are. Period.

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  95. I love how it's like 1 or 2 ppl talkin shit & stirring up things 2 make every1 respond, were making it worse cuz all of us r going against that person & were making a bigger deal then wat it really is. That hater is gonna hate....fckin douche

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  96. Nobody peeped it out yet? These GOTTA be mostly Altantic records crew trying to destroy his fan base because It's what partly made him successful especially lasers and they know this is his #1 forum. That and lupe been talkin nothing but shit about the the altantic crew his latest tracks.
    Nobody that dislikes lupe just comes to this blog and flame his work and gives him advise how to make his music as if they could do better. (Sounds a little like mtv and Atlantic to me)
    But what if I was wrong? What if all of these posts are from fans that used to listen to lupe and come to this website, and post, and comment on how lupe should rap and which beats he should make?
    Three words, Get A Life. I don't care how, I don't care when, just get one. I don't care if u headbutt a floating block for hopes of a 1up mushroom to pop out. Just find one. Yeah telling lupe his music sucks is okay but then saying "but you need to do this" is kinda disrespectful imho. To most of has fans also because its what they already enjoy.
    And all yall "fans" that don't like his friend of the people and lasers just get over it. Nobody is putting a gun to your head. If his music sucks sure okay that's your opinion but trolling all day on forums telling him how to make his music is pathetic just like mtv or Atlantic records. If you don't like the music move on.
    Man and I thought the 'classic food n liquor and the cool lupe fiasco' had some smart fans smh.

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  97. It's not his lyrics that's the problem. It's gay ass beats he uses.

    He used the terrible music on his album and blamed it on his record label. Then puts out a mixtape that has more dance tracks than a lady gaga album.

    That's the problem.

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  98. ^^^^ I don't see how he "put more dance tracks on friend of the people then a lady Gaga album" is true. From what I remember he only had three tracks of the like which were only " lupe back, friend of the people, sndclsh on Vegas".

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  99. Anyone that says that Lupe's lyrics are trash or aren't as good as they use to be need to GET THE FUCK OUT right now. I don't give a shit if it's SUBJECTIVE. Lupe is the BEST lyricist to do it EVER. There is no questioning this. Lupe writes true POETRY. Some of you guys that are too deaf to hear it would probably finally be aware of his great talent if lyrics written down on paper that way you could use your EYES to see his advanced uses of literary techniques.

    As far as the beat goes Lupe needs to get back on track in my honest opinion. I've got to admit I have dismissed some of he previous songs like "The National Anthem" "Fire", and "Coming up" because of the beat. So when people be spitting lines from those song I'm like "damn those are sick lines, I'm a big Lupe fan what songs are those from?" They'll tell me it's from that raidohead head track and I'm like "Oh yeah, I skipped that track as soon as I heard the beat."

    My point is that beats are very important. I know Lupe jokes, "you're only as good as your last beat," but for me and many others, if the beat isn't appealing it loses replay value really fast. For example, while like the FOTP mixtape, I've only listened to the song "Friend of the People" only twice because I think the beat is atrocious. And due to me listening to that track only twice I wouldn't be able to tell you a single line from that song. I probably wouldn't be able to tell you a single word from it lol.

    I still have faith that F&L2:TGARA will be dope as hell. I listen to the F&L2 Intro whenever I have doubts that the album might suck.

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  100. @hijabii NUff said completely LOL

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  101. Listen to the we on ft gemeni and come back to tell him his lyrics on lasers are good

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  102. Don't see what the big deal is with the beats. Nas always got criticized for the same thing. I didn't like the beats on FOTP at first, but the more I listened and understood the lyrics, I understood why Lupe choose the beats, which enhanced the meaning of the lyrics. I think too many people hear the beat and judge the whole song based only the beat.

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  103. sorry Lupe but I gotta go with the critics on this one.

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  104. I agree that Lu's lyrics were weak in comparison to past work but Lasers was of different background, different culture, and for a larger market. Lupe is no longer the young riff raff from Farenheit, he's a grown as man making grown as decisions. He wants to help change the world, not your world. Get it straight before you try and wreck him. Oh and by the way, he could care less about you guys say, he's not changing for you until you try and change the world for him.

    TRUE TALK BITCH

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  105. ay michaelCosta. we dont care what lupe is trying to do..the fact is that his new stuff is weak

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  106. So fans can't say it when they don't like what u cooked????
    Ur example are not good. If u talk about bad boy records and sample, those came from all type of music but at the end the track sound hip hop. THAT'S NOT THE CASE OF FOTP ELECTRO F***IN BEATS

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  107. Please. If you don't like it, move on. People got pissed when he was gonna end his career with LupE.N.D. People got pissed when Lasers wasn't released after years of being completed. People got pissed when Lasers WAS released. People got pissed when FOTP was postponed/cancelled. Now people are pissed again when it finally comes out.

    He's not changing his music. Either you like it, or you don't. He still has the meaning, and still has the creativity. He's doing what he's always done.

    I love Food & Liquor. I love The Cool. I like the majority of the stuff on his mixtapes. I hated Enemy of The State. Given the conditions in which Lasers was made, I sort of like it. And I really like FOTP. Doesn't mean I went on rants about what I didn't like, trying to get him to change. I chose to stick around because I like him and respect what he does, even when its flawed to me.

    If it doesn't work for you, do yourself a favor and move on to something that does.


    He does what he does. End of story.

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  108. ^^^ Man I wish more fans were like you. People nit pick on the stupidest things, If lupe lyrics is still brilliant, I don't care if he's rapping over country beats, I would still listen. Lupe has a tendency to make even the worse of beats sound good because of his brilliant lyricism and flow. The beats (not all of them) that were on Lasers were subpar but his lyrics and message made the songs good and listenable, compared to other songs released this year by mainstream artist that have good beats but no replay value ether in lyrics, message (which to me makes a good song) or both.

    For FOTP I thought he knocked it out the park in terms of the beat selection (or maybe it was just his improved lyrics and flow that made the beats sound so good) and lyrics, everything seemed to mesh really well compared to lasers to me.

    If these so called fans don't like the production side of his recent work they shouldn't chastise the man, because when it's all said and done his work is still better than ninety nine percent of the crap that's in the mainstream of music right now (even just his skills of writing verses to songs), so for that I applaud him.

    Human beings have a tendency to be ungrateful.

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