Lupe Fiasco stays with his fingers in a lot of different things. Not just musically, where he’s moved through rap into rock and pop hop, but he’s climbing mountains and occupying wall street and all kinds of stuff. How’s that for a renaissance man.Anyway, Fiasco seems to be riding this wave of dance rock pop hop for as far as it was take him. The latest offering, which is rumored to be a track from his next mixtape, Friend of the People, is “Lightwork.” It’s another song that’s been run through the synthpop beat generator and plucked from Ellie Goulding’s debut to give our young Lupe that crossover appeal.
Flickering starbursts of synth lead into some simmering lows. More ringing synth is layered on top with foggy atmospherics and Ellie Goulding tying it all together as she belts out something or other about preferring the darkness, but being called by lights.
It’s a dramatic build up and Lupe slowly steps on top of it with some interesting comments about the black image in pop culture and how a hashtag equals activism if you aren’t paying attention. At least that’s what I think he was talking about it.
Lupe bends words to his whim like few other rappers can. Sometimes the lingual acrobatics are a bit much, but he always leaves you thinking he could be the king of cerebral Hip-Hop if he tried hard enough. This song is no different, but sadly it makes the song no better.
Anyway, take a listen. It’s not what I envisioned for Lupe’s future the first time I popped Food & Liquor into the CD player, but you can’t have everything you want. “Lightwork.” Enjoy.
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