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Format: CD
Sku: 219887771
UPC: 075678958656
UPC 14: 00075678958656
Release Date: 3/8/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Letting Go ~ (featuring Sarah Green)
2. Words I Never Said ~ (featuring Skylar Grey)
3. Till I Get There
4. I Don't Wanna Care Right Now ~ (featuring MDMA)
5. Out Of My Head ~ (featuring Trey Songz)
6. Show Goes On, The
7. Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways) ~ (featuring MDMA)
8. Coming Up ~ (featuring MDMA)
9. State Run Radio ~ (featuring Matt Mahaffey)
10. Break the Chain
11. All Black Everything
12. Never Forget You

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Photographer: Andrew Zaeh.
Muze PNote Food & Liquor peaked in the Top Ten and collected three Grammy nominations. The Cool, released the next calendar year, reached gold-sales status and earned four Grammy nominations. Despite the achievements and momentum, Lupe Fiasco -- a reluctant industry cog from the beginning -- encountered several snags and had to make substantial artistic compromises prior to having Atlantic allow the long-delayed release of his third album. Nothing on Lasers symbolizes this particular conflict between art and commerce like "The Show Goes On." Lupe disassociated himself from the song and claimed he was told how to rap on it -- an edgeless, sanitized imitation of Kanye West's "All of the Lights" that, curiously enough, includes the line "They treat you like a slave, put chains all on your soul." It became one of his biggest hits. Lasers offers more substance when the reins are loosened. On "Words I Never Said," Lupe confronts fear-fueled alienation and, more pointedly, both sides of the political spectrum, following "Limbaugh is a racist/Glenn Beck is a racist" with "Gaza Strip was gettin' bombed/Obama didn't say shit." "All Black Everything" is a sobering pro-black fantasy in which Lupe provides an alternate/"what if?" version of history: "And we ain't get exploited/White man ain't fear it, so he did not destroy it." For all the concessions one can imagine Lupe making, it's unquestionably the lumbering, overwrought choruses -- something that plagued The Cool as well. Here, they are at their most glaring on "Break the Chain" and "I Don't Wanna Care Right Now," two high-gloss, Europop-flavored productions that weigh down the album and dull the impact of the rhymes. If there is one MC whose rhymes should not be dulled for the sake of chasing pop trends, it's Lupe Fiasco. ~ Andy Kellman

Engineer: Joe Peluso

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sarah Green
Muze Guest Artist Skylar Gray
Muze Guest Artist MDMA
Muze Guest Artist Trey Songz
Muze Guest Artist Matt Mahaffey

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Entourage (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jill Scott Collaborations
Muze Music Compilations Trill(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Can't Ban The Truth(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Give The Drummer Some(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Street King(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Soul Punk
Muze Music Compilations Soul Punk
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black Radio Volume 2
Muze Music Compilations Black Radio Volume 2
Muze Music Compilations Vava Voom
Muze Music Compilations Pennies In A Jar
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations CADILLACTICA(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 3(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

King, Emily
King, Emily (Vocals)
Sebastian, Guy
Sheeran, Ed

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/07/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7567895865
Music Label Name Label : Atlantic (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678958656

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lupe's beats run from Nineties buoyancy to driving rap rock, but his most exciting tracks are operatic brawlers that give his athletic, whiplash flow and rich imagination room to move."

Spin (p.77)
- "[The] album fuses the seething, political rap of the underground with the motivational, occasionally emo fist-pumping that's been at the top of the charts..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.75)
- "Murky rock cut 'State Run Radio' ridicules the repetitive nature of the airwaves, while the haunting 'All Black Everything' creates a fantasy world where negative isms don't even exist." -- Grade: A-

Paste (magazine)
- "'Break the Chain' is straight soft-techno and John Legend adds raw charisma to 'Never Forget You'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Fiasco,Lupe
Product attributeLabel:   Atlantic/q Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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