The status of Lupe Fiasco’s next album has been in limbo for some time now. He has been having some major record label problem and it eventually got so bad that fans began to protest that his new album be released. Even though a concrete release date has not be released Lupe has been releasing music from time to time to hold his fans over. His latest offering, ‘Go To Sleep’, shows off Lupe’s performance ability and showmanship.
The piano and choir give the song a moody feel that sounded like a dream. The song was produced by 1500 or Nothin’, who has produced for Game and Asher Roth before. I could literally write the whole review about the beat because it’s so good. It give the song some serious swagger and pulls the listener in after the first few seconds. It also sounds different than most of songs that are out on the radio. Since America can’t get past the idea of dance music rappers have been incorporating main stream sounds into their music (T.I.). ‘Go To Sleep’ is a true rap song, with no intention of becoming a hit, yet it could easily become one because of it compelling production.
Lupe has always been one of my favorite rappers because I feel like he can literally make any song sound good. He has dabbled with mainstream music (‘Superstar’), big band flavored songs (‘Pressure’), and smooth rap (‘Paris, Tokyo’). I loved his vocal performance in ‘Go To Sleep’ because of the way he seems to drag his voice as if he is falling to sleep. Lupe is also a talent lyricist who likes to play with the way words sound. The song reminded me of Kid Cudi until Lupe started to rap in a way that I was not expecting. The combination of the beat and his vocals was hypnotizing. I have always considered Lupe and Cudi to be in the same lane as Kanye. All are very artistic and bring their passions for the arts into their music. All three of them having music that is lyrically, musically, and visually intriguing.
The only thing that I don’t like about the song is the chorus, but I still gave it a high review mark because of the song as a whole. Some songs don’t need a catchy hook, and I’ve always felt that most of Lupe’s song are in this category. Not to say that he can’t write a good chorus (because he can), but so much of mainstream music is focused on a catchy hook and Lupe focuses on the song experience as a whole. Like I’ve said before rap should be about lyrics and expression, not radio play.
‘Go to Sleep’ makes me yearn for Lupe’s third album even more. His sophomore album was built of the momentum of the first, so I am anxious to see what he will do this time around. He has yet to disappoint in his albums and features, so I have very high expectations. His record label is crazy to not give him the right to release his album. The public has been waiting long enough.
What do you think of Lupe and ‘Go to Sleep’?