Lupe Fiasco’s limited interview run I believe concludes below with his appearance on Tavis Smiley. Lu is apparently going to go in the background now but before, we get to hear more about how the content on Tetsuo & Youth will need multiple listens to digest (it really does), his painting as the album cover, his relationship with Australia, and some thoughts on free speech. It’s all below if you click the photo — a quick 13 minute watch/listen.
With Tetsuo & Youth out now, Lupe Fiasco took to a live broadcast on Revolt TV to perform “Deliver” up above, and for the first time for the interwebs, “Adoration of the Magi”.
I was intrigued to see the latter now considering it’s become one of my favorite tracks on the album since its release. Once I understood the hook…. woooooow. Watch below and click here to get it too. It’ll elevate your appreciation for the song, no doubt.
That’s not to discount “Deliver” also. Lu performs it with the same energy as his Seth Meyers appearance last week and I’m still rockin’ with this one too.
Lupe’s IG and Twitter were full of promo the past couple days in anticipation of last night’s first ever performance of “Deliver” on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
I had a trio of questions, in addition to one overarching feeling:
For one, Lu’s pace is as fast as ever, on verses 2 and 3 especially. Pun intended, but how would he deliver these verses specifically?
Two, Lupe drops a lot of ninja words so how would he or the TV sensors get around that? (Answer: Lupe is a master self-censor. He leaves a blank space in rhythm, somehow. The keen listener who knows the song already will notice, then notice the smoothness. The casual listener may wonder aloud… does he mean “ninja”?)
Three, will Ty Dolla $ign join him for backgrounds? (Nope, but we were treated to our first look at PJ + a full choir for the hook. Not to mention Lu’s band, always on point too (I see ya, Bam!) Well done, everyone involved.)
Lastly, the overarching feeling… I love how Lupe has this national stage to perform this undoubtedly ear-catching piece of social commentary. I can imagine the casual viewer, and the casual Lupe fan’s reaction being sheer appreciation. Especially as Lupe answered question number one by not missing a beat, or a word (save for the aforementioned ninja words.) Pretty much flawless, Lupe. Here’s to all the new listeners taking notice and checking out Tetsuo & Youth.
*bump* Here’s a new, one-hour long sit-down interview between Lupe and DJ Skee which covers… honestly, everything. I was hooked from the first 10 minutes where Lupe discusses why now for the album, the cover itself, rapping for the love of the art, and later on… more about his beef with Kid Cudi, advice from Jay Z, and the state of Chicago. Very, very interesting.
Out today: Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth.
In what is Lupe’s last album with Atlantic, he delivers (no pun intended) one of his most complex pieces to date. It’s certainly one to sit with and digest Lupe’s lyrics, metaphors, and messages. As he said this weekend to Billboard, “Deliver” is his most straightforward song on the album. And even that’s heavy on deeper meanings.
I’ve listened to the album a few times now and appreciate the production (for the most part) and above all: Lupe’s lyricism. That’s why I still listen to his new music in an instant, after all. That said, this is once again going to be an album that will grow over 10, 20, 30 listens as I have found myself rewinding for lines early on.
Some early personal favorites (aside from the previews): “Mural”, “Prisoner 1 & 2”, “Body of Work”, “No Scratches”, and “They.Ressurrect.Over.New.”
Be on the lookout also for Lupe performing on Late Night with Seth Meyers tomorrow night!
Lupe Fiasco has been kinda mum on the interviews leading up to Tetsuo & Youth, already up for release 2 days from now, January 20th. He hasn’t been mum on Twitter, if you’ve been following, but he also recently removed himself from there… and it looks like for good.
So naturally, this interview with Billboard is an intriguing read into the mindset of Lupe who offers a bleek outlook on his relevancy in hip hop. The story at the very end of the interview is along those lines too, but below is an excerpt of the beginning and contains the most notable quotable.
Is Tetsuo & Youth a good entry point to your music for new fans?
Not really. It’s an interesting album because it’s a transition. I’m much more mature in my representation in public, in the sense of I’m not as relevant as I was before. It’s kind of that natural irrelevancy that occurs with all artists. I think I had my peak and now I am coming down in relevancy. It’s not a sad thing for me.
I don’t want to be relevant today. I don’t want to be the go-to guy for the club song or to speak on all the dumb shit that’s going around. I’m happy being that somewhat sophisticated, overly deep weird guy making powerful music — but just two or three degrees away from the center of attention. There is a new generation speaking to a new generation, so you have a Kendrick Lamar and a J. Cole and the other people who are the new Lupes. I don’t have the same lingo. I don’t sip lean or smoke weed. I can’t compete with a Wiz Khalifa for the attention of a 12-year old.
Perhaps I’m too close to it, but I think Lupe’s relevancy is still quite large. He’s widely considered one of the best lyricists and rappers in the game and still has a large cult-like following. Plus, from my first impressions of Tetsuo & Youth, Lupe has another strong album that will only cement his status as one of said best lyricists. Listen to one more of the leaks that has been going around, “Mural”, for one reason why. Or perhaps 8 minutes of reason why.