Lupe Fiasco “Adoration of the Magi” f/ Crystal Torres

“Adoration of the Magi” grew to be one of my favorites off of Tetsuo & Youth. Once I understood all the album cover allusions in the hook, the song jumped that extra level for me. Probably the coolest mind blown moment listening to hip hop this year and I can’t help but feel smarter when this comes on everytime my iPhone is plugged into the car (it plays the first song, alphabetically for some reason so “Adoration” reigns king.)

Anyway, the song now sees a surprise new video release today that doesn’t star Lupe, rather, a stripper. The entire video features various slow pans across a strip club with an abundance of unusual characters you wouldn’t normally see in a strip club. Per usual with Lupe (and frequent collaborator, director Alex Nazari), he delivers a deeper message by the end, which came at the exact right time of the song too — the masterful end of the 3rd verse.

At this point, press play but be sure to look both ways first, it’s clearly NSFW.

*TIBS FAV.

Lupe Fiasco “Adoration of the Magi” f/ Crystal Torres

The pre-orders are available now and Tetsuo & Youth is only a couple weeks away from full release on January 20th.

“Adoration of the Magi” is Lupe’s 3rd preview of the album (following “Deliver” & “Madonna”) and it keeps the good vibes going. DJ Dahi produces and provides a chill, somewhat jazzy background with Lu to go over people’s heads again. 3rd verse brings some things together and I’m diggin’ the diction and delivery on this section specifically and throughout. Crystal Torres features as well, but for me it’s Lupe that’s the highlight.

Don’t expect a banger for repeat status, but do expect another nice track for your rotation as Lu goes 3 for 3 with a song that you can tell really resonates from within. (i.e. NO signs of label-controlled, force-fed collabs and at this point, I’d be surprised if there were some like that come Jan 20th.)

*Tibs Fav.

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Lupe Fiasco ‘Tetsuo & Youth’ (Tracklist)

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.

1. Summer
2. Mural
3. Blur My Hands (ft. Guy Sebastian)
4. Dots & Lines
5. Fall
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)
10. Winter
11. Chopper (ft. Billy Blue, Buk Of Psychodrama, Trouble, Trae Tha Truth, Fam Lay & Glasses Malone)
12. Deliver
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)
16. Spring

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.

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