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Lasers [Explicit]

March 4, 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2011 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 47:45
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,720 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Justin on March 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Most of Lupe Fiasco's fans know that the production of this CD was like going through hell. All of the drama with Lupe & Atlantic Records on how they wanted the CD to be done; Lupe wanted to stick to what he did best, while Atlantic made it more "radio friendly" so to speak. With all that aside, this is one of the best Hip Hop/Rap Albums to come out in the past few years. While this may of not pleased all Lupe fan's, Lupe still managed to make this own and I enjoyed almost every song on "Lasers". Heres my song by song rundown/review:

1.) Letting Go ft. Sarah Green
This album immediatly starts of with the goods. "Letting Go" is a very powerful song and Lupe really tells a story on the struggles of Laser's production. You really get the idea of how frustrated he was within the song's lyrics. The chorus grabs your attention and then Lupe just tears it up. Sarah Green dosen't have a huge part, but her part was good for what it is worth.

2.) Words I Never Said ft. Skylar Grey
Another powerful song here. This is one of two current "hits" on lasers, with Skylar Grey contributing in the chorus, which is just as good as her part in "I Need A Doctor" by Eminem & Dre. One thing that I respect about this song is that Lupe actually rapped about politics and world problems, instead of just talking about something completely pointless. If this would of had Grey's hook and some pointless verse's like we mostly hear on the radio today, this would probably be a #1 hit. I'm glad Lupe didn't do that because this one deserves to be a huge hit in it's own right. One of my favorties.

3.) Till I Get There
This sounds a lot like a Kid Cudi song to me, infact, a little to much. I enjoyed the flow & beat of the song, but I don't think it was Lupe's best work.
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77 of 93 people found the following review helpful By P. Binh on March 15, 2011
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Let's get one thing straight: this is not a Lupe Fiasco album! Atlantic Records rejected his version of Lasers years ago and he constantly battled with the label over just about every song. In the end, he "acquiesced" (his words) and decided that something (putting the album out, however mangled by corporate interference) was better than nothing (an unreleased masterpiece).

Now that we've gotten that out of the way: Lasers is awful bubble-gum rap interspersed with moments of brilliance. I'm not someone who is a knee-jerk pop music hater, but how anyone can truly enjoy bland pop electronica like "I Don't Wanna Care Right Now" is beyond me. You can hear Lupe's resignation on "Till I Get There" with his monotone flow and the lyrics of the chorus which contain veiled references to his label difficulties. "Out of My Head" is catchy but it's not Lupe. "Beautiful Lasers" sounds tainted because it combines lyrics dealing with his suicidal feelings over a wholly out of place beat. Even the single, "The Show Goes On," sounds forced, although it has Lupe's signature upbeat message for the "kids in the ghetto." (In an interview, Lupe said he was literally told not to go "too deep" lyrically on this track.)

The only tracks that sound like authentic Lupe to me are Letting Go, Words I Never Said, I'm Beaming, and Shining Down (the last two were released some time ago, probably before the label's interference). I hope his next album is better; I'd like to see Eminem add him to the Shady 2.0 roster but I don't think that will happen.

As if it weren't bad enough to ruin our standard of living and our environment, corporations are busy destroying the music of musical geniuses like Lupe Fiasco. He deserves better and so do we.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Woodstock on March 10, 2011
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Let me start off by saying I'm a pretty diehard Lupe fan. I listen to his pre-Food and Liquor mixtapes all the time. I maintain that F&L and The Cool are two of the most underrated albums in hip hop in the last 5 years. I regularly tell people that Lupe is the most underrated lyricist of our generation, and arguably ever.

But I don't know what happened in this album. The rawness, the realness, the style that makes Lupe Fiasco different from other "pop" rappers... is missing. At first, I was appalled that Amazon categorized this album as "Pop Rap", but they actually got it right, sadly enough. Yeah, Lupe still raps about things other rappers won't touch, but for some reason it now sounds forced. It's like he's trying to be too lyrical over beats that were made for the radio. Lupe used to use great but not overpowering beats to show off his amazing flow (go go gadget flow, anyone?). But Lasers is filled with distracting beats and hooks that almost completely take away from Lupe.

I have no doubt that people will love this album. It might even end up being his best selling one. But it will be from the 50 Cent, Flo Rida, Pitbull etc fans who listen to beats and hooks. It will not be because of the true hip hop heads and old Lupe fans. So yeah, you might like this album, but not if you loved Lupe's last two.

After listening to Lasers a few times through, I just had to play Food and Liquor and the Cool. And damn, those albums are straight fire. NO ONE rapped like he did over those two albums. Sadly, that includes the Lupe Fiasco that showed up to Lasers. To me, Lasers is just another album that will come and go. I can only hope that Lupe makes another hip hop album sometime in the future. But given the success that Lasers will probably have, I wouldn't count on it.
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