Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth is set to arrive next month (yup, now next month technically!) on January 20th, 2015. Today it feels a little more real as Lupe reveals a sweet, artistic cover art above (emphasis on artistic) and the 16 track titles and features below.
3. Blur My Hands (ft. Guy Sebastian)
4. Dots & Lines
6. Prisoner 1 & 2 (Feat. Ayesha Jaco)
7. Body Of Work (ft. Troi & Terrance Martin)
8. Little Death (ft. Nikki Jean)
9. No Scratches (ft. Nikki Jean)
11. Chopper (ft. Billy Blue, Buk Of Psychodrama, Trouble, Trae Tha Truth, Fam Lay & Glasses Malone)
13. Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) (ft. Nikki Jean)
14. Adoration Of The Magi (ft. Crystal Torres)
15. They.Resurrect.Over.New (ft. Ab-Soul & Troi)
Yup, that’s Nicki Jean on three (!) new tracks. Looks like “Chopper” will be one big rap track. And I got my eye on “Blur My Hands” as a possible single with Lu tweeting excitement in studio sessions this past year with Guy Sebastian, singer of their poppin’ “Battle Scars” single in 2012. For now, Lupe is 1 for 1 with “Deliver” as we’ll surely hear some more previews as the calendar turns to 2015.
ICYMI: Lupe Fiasco & TokiMonsta “Superstar (Remix)” [Video]
With a title like “Pu$$y”, I’m sure your attention is already captured. Lupe‘s new raps will do that too though, no matter what this is called, as he just goes off across this 4 minute track featuring Billy Blue. Lu has some on the surface gems and some more stretches that’ll take more listens to fully digest and as such, this is the type of record to sit with and one that’ll grow on me with more listens. The pulsating beat, produced by MoeZ’art, helps for replayability and is a better compliment than a few of the stray releases Lu has previously dropped this year. That’s just a bonus though, as again, you should tune in for the rhymes and ever-changing flows (also on point).
I don’t do this for most rap artists, but I head over to Genius for Lu’s records and that’s a must to fully comprehend everything on your first couple listens. And when you follow this approach, you’re likely going to pick up something you haven’t before. As such, Lupe’s really got some slick lines throughout.
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ICYMI: Lupe Fiasco & Robert Glasper’s 27 min. Blue Note Records Performance