Taken From ThisIsRealMusic.com
It’s hard to believe this is actually Lupe Fiasco’s album. Confusion and disbelief may stem from rumours concerning Lupe’s personal approval of the release (rumours involving worrying words such as ‘hostage’ and ‘strong-arm’). But the music peddled here contains its own suspicions. It’s a little too radio-friendly; it’s about as edgy as B.O.B; it sounds exactly like what a major record label wants to hear which should set alarm bells ringing with anyone who loves real music.
Lupe still commands a knack for social commentary but any interesting bars drown in the trancy, compressed warbles of a few ‘hot’ singers and producers. Like a cut-and-paste posthumous Lupe Fiasco mixtape handled by dollar-eyed devils. Note the cruel irony found in the track “State Run Radio”.
“All Black Everything” is the only track which stands up to the releases from artists we used to consider as Lupe’s peers. Still unsure of the full details its difficult to take this release seriously. If the rumours are true its a real shame. Shame on the record label. Shame on the producers. Shame on the contributing artists.