Mike Dreams' Review of Lasers for Refined Hype

Mike Dreams wrote a pretty dope review of Lasers for Refined Hype. Check it out below:

Cutting to the chase, before I even begin breaking down each song, let me just say my opinion overall on the album. I consider this album to be a triumph and a win for Mr. Wasalu Jaco. It was a bittersweet win, and a gruesome journey, but a win nevertheless.

If you’re a true supporter of him as an artist and a person, it should be a win for you as well. I also cannot respect you if you call yourself a true fan, but you say this album SUCKS. SUCKS is a very strong word, and I'm quite sure your sentiments are misguided in your critique. I'll elaborate on that later.

What are the main oppositions I’ve been hearing about the album from people who have heard it? Of course, it’s the expected “this is not our classic Lupe”, and “the beats are too pop” and even the highly ludicrous “he sold out” comments.

It pains me to read this, because overall, the album is not bad at all. It's NOT "Food & Liquor" or "The Cool" by any means, but it's a Lupe album. What does that mean? That means it's still going to be a pretty incredible piece of listening material, contrary to everything else.

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  1. THE best review for sure! This guy took the words right outta my mouth... Maybe outta every REAL Lupe fan! Thanks for posting this. I can retweet it so all the haters can read this and then change their minds.

  2. The man speaks the truth! That's all people need to hear...

  3. YES. Somebody finally hit the mark! He stepped on a lot of yall's toeees!

  4. awesome awesome review. i like what he said about people being "hip-hop purists" and immediately dismissing progressive sounds without actually listening to the music. music genres are increasingly becoming more and more ambiguous. i think this quote is perfect:

    "Anyone who calls themselves a "fan" and who viewed this entire process, understood what the man went through to put the album out, and listens to the masterpiece he still put together through all that, literally being a prisoner within his own album, and still getting the point across of his rebellion to the system and being a progressive influence on the genre and culture, and turns around and complete disregards this album and decides not to support, was never a fan in the first place."

  5. Someone give this guy a medal. Finally a review with no bias.

  6. Sometimes we have such a strong opinion about what an artist should do that we forget to appreciate what they do do.

  7. cohesive and well thought out review. it's very true that if any other artist put this CD out, it'd be acclaimed. Lu has just set the bar extremely high for himself. i have one issue with the review though:

    what version of IDWCRN is the reviewer listening to? sounds like an "atlantic record" if there ever was one. and saying that lu "doesn't compromise anything lyrically" is a stretch. it doesnt sound like the song is about anything at all (not to mention the notable absence of wordplay). or maybe that's the point and i shouldnt care about anything while listening to it.

  8. Hahaha! Now you know I had to chime in for this one. I didn't receive a dime for this...lol. This is all from the heart. I even lapsed on some college coursework to finish this the other night...

  9. Regarding "I Don't Wanna Care Right Now":

    I think that was the irony. That was Lupe's intent in the first place. He said he was going to make a club song. The point was that he cares a lot about everything he puts out; and he's one of the most caring lyricist out; but can he just not care for one song and make a fun song? That was the point. I don't think this was an Atlantic forced song. He said he was going to make this type of record before hand. Plus, there's wordplay all through it.

    "Said that respect was something had to work for
    But that ain't gonna work though
    Get your respect, but lose all my worth, no
    You can dead that, get a hearse, go
    Don't need 48 you'll find a killer in the first floor
    It was me boy, to commercials"

    That whole line was a metaphor about him changing the sound of commercial music, because he's already earned your respect as a lyricist and should be able to expand his sound. He still did this, without wavering. He's also made "songs with no point" in the past. But that's never really true, because they still always have a point, even if it's just some clever bars and lyrical exercise. If we go by your logic, "Dumb It Down" didn't have a point either ,except to complex.

  10. Fantastic review.

    This album really brought out the LOSER in some people...

  11. By the way, you made me re realize why Beautiful Lasers is my favorite song again. Almost cried listening to it. :'(

  12. I never said that IDWCRN doesn't have a point. I'm a big advocate of the fact that all music serves a purpose, including nonsense club bangers, (which is to make ppl feel good and move they asses). Sean kingston and soulja boy have their place and purpose in music just as much as Blu and Little Brother do. it's a matter of preference and current mood.

    The thing about IDWCRN is that the content seems out of place in comparison the rest of the album (even though the production might fit). every other song has a personal element or a deeper meaning to it, while the IDWCRN content seems more fit for Enemy of the State where Lupe chose to forgo depth, and to focus on cadence, word play, rhyme scheme and boasting his skills.

    and on the topic of wordplay, it just seemed a bit simple IMHO. lots of similes and not many metaphors or plays on words (the same reason i think talib kweli's flow isn't the greatest). basically not the lupe we're used to. then again, that's what 95% of the rest of his catalog is for.

  13. IDWCRN would be okay if they didn't fuck with his voice and had someone else sing the hook.

    I could happily never hear MDMA in another song ever again.


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