New Music: Lupe Fiasco “Light Blue”

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Lupe randomly returned to his Twitter account and dropped a track for his fans. To be featured Tetsuo & Youth coming soon.

DONT MIND ME….JUST STAYING IN SHAPE…JUST PRACTICE…LIKE A PIANO PLAYER OR A GYMNAST.  Not on T&Y…So pls dont Say It Is on your blog. Thanx.

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  • It’s the roc

    I feel like I don’t enjoy Lupe’s records as much anymore unless I listen really really hard to “get it”. That ain’t no fun

  • Hol’Up

    Dope!

  • Jacob

    Whoooaaaaaaa!!! Just thought you lost it bruh bruh!

  • THE MAN

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Ent

    I keep trying to still like Lupe, man… but really I kinda wish he hadn’t wasted this beat. Dude’s right, it’s just not fun to listen to anymore.

  • Dashing

    Once again, Lupe’s beat selection is just off. He’s better than this.

  • Educate

    You mean a pianist, Lupe?

  • 3000

    Just when we was about to give up on this guy woooooooop

  • Jus10

    F&L2 was great. Alot of subject matter and fun production. This song has neither :(

  • DMVinyourchick

    Something just ain’t right this ain’t the same lupe that made those 1st two albums nigga kinda lost it

  • Phonte

    First of all the beat if dope and second this boy snapped if you don’t get what Lupes spittin read a book or hit up rapgenius or something

  • Devante

    Tuff

  • Slim Baller

    His beat selection aint the greatest but lets be honest lupe is a smart and dope lyricist this is fire. Him and Nas both know how to portray stories through music.

  • wizsucks

    wack

  • viva la raza

    finally Lupe rocks over banging production.

    his flow & lyrics are always on point. marry that with kill production and you have a song on RR that ive been listening to on repeat.

    banger!

  • poetic assasin

    Goddamn !!!!!!!

  • ***BLACK MIRROR***

    I’m an avid Lupe fan and this was lack luster. Like dude said above I find my self not as excited to play”Archeologist” with his lyrics. This is the misconception of the “Lyrical” rapper. That complexity always beats simplicity. Not true.

  • poetic assasin

    He tapped Drake on the chin and kept it movin lolol. Lupe does this shit with ease- y’all too lazy to listen to his patterns.

  • But its drizzy season tho!

  • Dashing

    I get the need to rep “real” rap over all of the nonsense (French Montana, Trinidad James etc.) but Lupe is better than these throwaway records. And like people said above, just because something is lyrically dense doesn’t make it a good song.

  • http://yahoo.com mosambo

    wooooooooooooo! this is some hot shit

  • RRCoolJ

    Lupe challenges your ear when he spits like this. I’m sure he can make a million “Superstars” or whatever that song with Trey Songz was called. But every now and then to give something like this to the core fans who’ve followed him since day one isn’t bad. I’m appreciative of it.

  • TROLLING

    when Lupe aint being a religious nut he makes good music

  • Toy-T

    FUNERAL FLOWERS FOR THE BEAT…LUPE DESTROYED THIS

    LYRICS GALORE! SICK BEAT!

    THANK GOD FOR LUPE FIASCO!

    YOUTH SOUND JUST LIKE LIGHTENING COMING DOWN!!!!

    WAYYYYYYYYY AHEAD OF HIS TIME

  • Killa

    You realize this is lupe just having fun with it, right? His throwaway bars shit on most rappers

  • Dopeee

    I;ll be the first to say the only reason Lupe dropped this is cause Drake name dropped him in his new track ..

    it’s funny when you think a n*gga blew up after Lupe / Niggas treat me like I’ve been here for 10 / Some niggas been here for a couple, never been here again” – Drake – 5AM in Toronto

    Drake dropped his EP a few days before Food & Liquor , it has also sold more .

    Must’ve got to Lupe ..

    bout time though. FUCKIN dope track .

  • lwilsonjr

    Running laps around these rappers.

  • http://7themerson.com 7thEmerson

    @Dopeee

    I completely agree with you. As for “Fucking dope track” It was cool. Not to take away from your opinion, but it was aite.

  • Lupe’s Twitter

    Lupe – “Add a lil white to, that #lightblue and have ya self a nice sky you can fly thru when the ground floor get all stifled with ya rivals…” So sick!

  • Dopeee

    @7thEmerson

    glad you hear me out !

    lol , I’ve only listened once, I was gassed about hearing some new Lupe aha.

  • DeezNuts

    this is actually dope. i don’t like lupe post 2008

  • DJ2KO

    His EP came out in ’09. Food and Liquor came out in ’06. Drake’s mixtape came out in ’06 and that only sold a few thousand.

  • ECU

    Lupe got me thinkin

  • foreal

    YALL NEEDA READ A RHYME BOOK OR RAPGENIUS THIS SHIT, NOONES FUCKIN WITH LU

  • That Guy

    These are the times in which once a product is consumed, and there’s no instantaneous gratification, we shrug our shoulders and keep moving. Don’t you fools listen to enough songs that require only one listen to get everything, or better yet, to get all of the nothing? Yes, it’s dense. Solution: give it the attention any respectable piece of art requires and a few listens. If you don’t get it by then you just don’t have the capacity to get it.

    On another note, Lupe, although not his sharpest recently, and although I like Drake’s music, is not being touched by Drake. They have to use two different mics. It’s just what it is.

  • @That Guy

    So true. Drake is liked only because his rhymes are easy to follow. Drake is a good writer, but like you said, no where near as creative as Lupe. Lu’s analogies and metaphors are just too clever, and sadly overlooked or not understood.

  • E

    @That Guy

    Maybe it’s not worth a few listens. The bottom line is that most people listen to music for the instant gratification that you mentioned. If it’s a substantive song, great; if not, that’s fine too. But it has to be decent on the surface for it to be worth any further exploration, because musicians are in charge of music, not education. We have professors and authors and journalists and philosophers for that.

  • 3000

    “@That Guy

    Maybe it’s not worth a few listens. The bottom line is that most people listen to music for the instant gratification that you mentioned. If it’s a substantive song, great; if not, that’s fine too. But it has to be decent on the surface for it to be worth any further exploration, because musicians are in charge of music, not education. We have professors and authors and journalists and philosophers for that.”

    lol I hardly ever reply to people but this is just plain stupid lmaoooooooo.

  • Haberdashery

    @3000, actually E makes a lot of sense. “Dumb it Down” takes a few listens to catch everything. As does “Daydreamin” but they’re still good songs musically. They still sound good sonically. You DON’T get points for making complex lyrics over shitty music just BECAUSE it takes a few listens.

    The best music hits you immediately and then gets better with every listen because of the depth of the lyrics that you didn’t catch you the first time.

  • That Guy

    When you say “music”, you involve lyrics and an instrumental, if you had to break it down to the most elementary components. What you’re arguing about is beat selection, which is a different animal. What this discussion is about is Lupe’s lyrics being too “dense.” Once someone listens to a song and hears lyrics that you have to take apart and expend mental energy over they click next.

  • E

    No, I’m not talking about beat selection, and I disagree with the entire premise of your argument. There’s much more to any song than simply “beats” and “lyrics”, including but not limited to: flow (how the lyrics fit with the beat), cohesiveness, direction, creativity (how many times have you heard a similar song?), production (something as simple as a bad mix or an unneeded vocal effect can kill a track), tone, schematics, even simple things like enunciation and delivery make a major difference in the overall song.

    You and Lupe both seem to be operating under the same fallacy- that dense lyrics over a passable beat invariably make a good song. My point is that a) you’re wrong, and b) lyricism falls on dead ears (or more accurately, no ears) if the song itself is not strong enough to invite further pursuit. That’s all.

  • That Guy

    That comment was for Haberdashery. As far as your “argument:” I’m going to engage only in points that are I found amusing. As far as the rest is concerned, your posts do most of the work for me.

    1. “it has to be decent on the surface for it to be worth any further exploration, because musicians are in charge of music, not education. We have professors and authors and journalists and philosophers for that.”
    Education….really? Has not one thing to do with anything in this discussion. The philosopher was a nice bonus though.
    2. “There’s much more to any song than simply “beats” and “lyrics”, including but not limited to: flow (how the lyrics fit with the beat), cohesiveness, direction, creativity (how many times have you heard a similar song?), production (something as simple as a bad mix or an unneeded vocal effect can kill a track), tone, schematics, even simple things like enunciation and delivery make a major difference in the overall song.”
    Please read carefully, because if not you risk embarrassing yourself, like in this case. I said the COMPONENTS of any song are (and I included the word elementary so it couldn’t have been clearer): A) The words, B) The beat. This is what it is. If you want to contest this claim, don’t.
    Flow: if it’s there or not, it’s still a song. A song can’t be made out of “flow.” Direction, cohesiveness, and creativity: ways to describe a song. “That song’s got not direction.” “Wow, pretty creative song.” You can’t make songs out of these elements, do you understand?
    3. “lyricism falls on dead ears (or more accurately, no ears) if the song itself is not strong enough to invite further pursuit.”
    The expression is falls on “deaf” ears. “More accurately, no ears.” Really? more accurately, meaning, more in tune with reality it falls on no ears. People have no ears?

    I’m embarrassed that I spent so much time writing this huge post. But seriously man, how do you say these things in earnest and attempt to challenge what I said? Please do not respond.

  • E

    Now you’re just being childish.
    Rebutting your whining:

    1) I was referring to the general idolatry of “conscious” rappers. And yes, an exercise in lyrical decoding qualifies as education.

    2) What in the world are you talking about? “When you say “music”, you involve lyrics and an instrumental, if you had to break it down to the most elementary components”? Think about it for 2 seconds and you know you’re stupid. You’ve heard plenty of songs with no words, and you’ve probably heard a few a capellas, too. That’s because you’re just talking out of your ass, and you make no sense. Look up the definition of music. Better yet, I’ll do it for you:

    “a: the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity

    b: vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony”

    3) Thank you so much for pointing out that I missed the key. Should I proofread your comments? (got not direction?) And “no ears” implies that nobody’s going to listen this song, which any halfway-functioning person would have picked up except for you, because you’ve been so incredibly desperate to miss the point this entire time.

    Grow the fuck up. My point is clear- if the art sucks at first glance, it’s not worth a second. Either figure it out or don’t.

  • miriam

    I love your music….I see what you are doing and The Most High will always protect you : )

  • That Guy

    Cool. Me and you are not on the same frequency. Now we move on with life.

  • BlkPisces

    Yo, Lupe– as a man who never got into your music but always heard positive things about you– Light Blue is like my first real listening introduction to you. Bro– Light Blue is HOT. I enjoy standout type shit. You r outstanding Bro. Can’t wait to see if you accept that calling from on High that has been pulling at you…