Lupe Fiasco “Lilies” f/ Sirah

The 1st preview of Lupe‘s new mini-project he announced this week, ‘Lost in the Atlantic’. A slick new track from the self-proclaimed “Market Leader In Lyricism & Substance” (nice.) Female vocalist Sirah laces a sweet, addicting hook. The production, filled with melodies and horns (by ROVEL) that get better as it goes, is by The Buchanans.

Per usual, Lupe is his poetic, lyrical self (the “Chaucer of the airwaves”, as he says?):

Dim the lights to set the mood for the singers
who can turn the stage into a school for the redeemers
Like an agent teaching Afghans to use a tool with the stingers
useful as a back tire to a flat tire
A bazooka’s your best friend until it backfires
Your strata needs a bunk bed ladder to climb up,
And high hopes to put this whole matter behind uuussss…

This is the end of the second verse that blends into the aforementioned sweet hook very well; the “I’ve got a problem with commitment I’d say” transition within the hook is my favorite part. And in short, I love what Sirah did to make “Lilies” complete from beginning to end. Listen/download/digest below (you’ll also hear some thought-provoking commentary on ebola at the start of the 3rd verse, with Lu cleverly rhyming as current as one can be.)

*Tibs Fav.

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