By: Morgan Hart
Although we’re not even half-way through the year yet, 2017 will undoubtedly be walking away with more than a few burn marks due to the searing competition that is current within the rap game right now. Household names, Kendrick Lamar and Drake, have been at war with each other within the billboards and within their rhymes. Other big names including Joey Bada$$, Logic, Big Sean and Migos have all made big leaps toward improving their rap legacy and relevance. While these acts are all at war, a veteran leans back in his chair and kicks his feet up.
Lupe Fiasco, a pioneer of the conscious hip hop movement, is kicking off his tour for his recently released album, DROGAS Light, right here in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory. DROGAS Light is the start to the last chapter of Fiasco’s career. It is the first of his last three finished albums that he plans to release before his official retirement and the prequel to his next upcoming album, DROGAS.
Although, DROGAS Light is not as conceptual, intellectually intriguing, or ambitious as previous Lupe Fiasco projects, it isn’t trying to be. DROGAS Light is about Lupe having fun, experimenting and exploring foreign sounds with more light-hearted themes. This is easily apparent in the non-traditional-Lupe banger of a single, “Jump”, that goes head-to-head this year with any of the party-anthems from Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Lupe has revealed that many of the tracks from DROGAS Light are un-released material from past projects that he wanted to get out to his fans before retirement. Although this can be apparent at times (“Pick up the Phone”, “Made in the USA”), the album does not fail in cohesion and it provides some great stand-alone tracks. Lupe Fiasco may not be sitting on the throne any longer, but that doesn’t mean he can’t and won’t make a big impact from his recliner.
DROGAS Light: Top 5 Tracks
Lupe finishes off his light-hearted album with some fantastically cheesy and positive vibes in a song that shows no shame for displaying one’s love for their mama.
When you get home, just tell her you sorry
And put on this song, start movin’ to the bass
“Boy, cut that shit off!”
Goddamn, mama, they made this song for you
Lupe opens Drogas Light by courageously jumping right into controversy; essentially mocking the sound of Trap music and repetitively reciting the name of the album, sounding as if he is “drugged-out” in reference to the title and theme of the song.
This one ain’t for Bilbo’
You can stream the album on Silk Road
Drug rings for more dough
So they baggin’ like Bilbo
- Tranquillo (feat. Rick Ross and Big K.R.I.T)
Another opportunity for the Chicago rapper to have some more fun on this project with a catchy hook and guest appearances from two of Lupe’s own personal favorite rappers.
And I ain’t talkin’ ‘bout them drugs
I’m talkin’ bout that love
For myself and all my niggas
All my bitches and all my thugs
Gravitating back to his typical introspective self, Lupe sets listeners into a strip club with some chill and warm, but sexy vibes that sound like they came from a Saba or NoName project. The unpredictable switch-up from strip-club to soulful gospel music, playing on the Saturday night to Sunday morning theme, is one of DOPAMINE Light’s best moments.
It’s like dollar bills to save
Make it rain on that collection plate
An animated story that tells the fictional story of Lupe being threatened into being a ghostwriter for Gizzle. An abnormal gem from Lupe that with more traction, could compete with Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” for rap-banger of the year. Or at least on another planet it could, perhaps the one Lupe and Gizzle are abducted to in the third verse?