Lupe Fiasco - The Dispatch


After "The Times" yesterday, here's another excerpt:

The Dispatch...

I went out and visited with the collateral damage today. It says "Hi" and that everything is great. The optimism of the collateral damage knows no bounds and should be applauded for its lack of even a hair of despair. Upon the first sight of me the collateral damage exploded into thunderous applause. It shot headfirst into cheering and a pleasant albeit foreign whistling that filled the air with the audible scent of sweet daisies, a strange description I suspect most would reach if one were to try to find a comparable sensation in the realm of flora.

I was literally pulled into one of many fine homes of the collateral damage and at once noticed how airy and free of obstruction it was. The sun beamed in from every vantage it could find illuminating the entire inner dwelling in a natural morning fire that would put all the chandelier and candelabra of Versailles to shame. The collateral damage then relaxed itself in the most odd positions to and fro around the house and floor wherever comfort was to be possessed. Yogic contortions and asymmetrical postures of the most delightful and exotic origin. I can only describe it as a dance minus movement. From these positions, of which I was welcomed to try but for the life of me was hopelessly unable to mimic, the collateral damage spoke in the oddest measures and beats. Furthermore chatter was about the most random and roundabout things. It was as if I were not in the room at all. From what I deciphered, the moments right after the previous nights meal had to be of significant importance as it was the only topic of conversation. Spoken about up to a point then abruptly stopped mid-word then rewound and started again. Initially the cultural practices and habits of the collateral damage don't lend themselves easily to crossing the divide of opposing customs but after a while of just casual attendance the finer points can be deduced to a satisfactory medium of understanding.


Upon leaving that home I was greeted almost immediately by a group of adolescent collateral damage. They were dressed in the most vibrant crimson and cinnamon colored clothing, the preferred palette of the collateral damage, with hints of sooty blacks and dusty grays strategically placed here and there. Their faces were painted in like suit. It was reminiscent of sights once seen at a tribal ceremony where no expense was spared on the pageantry. But this was the everyday attire of the collateral damage children. What grandeur! What excess! It was truly a sight to behold. So spoiled they must be by such extravagance. The little collateral damage then invited me to play a game in which one simply fell to the ground and laid quite still in much the same distorted fashion that the collateral damage assumes when relaxing and having conversation. Again for the life of me I was unable to participate much to the censored displeasure of the small collateral damage. Luckily I had a secret weapon on my person of the confectionary kind and was soon able to rally unshakable support from them again.

I felt such a remorse in having to leave such a peaceful place populated by so many lively souls. But if the rates of growth of collateral damage is anything to go by, soon collateral damage will be as close as the neighborhood corner market or the local senior citizens home. I further suspect we will soon be able to live harmoniously in communities where proud families of collateral damage heritage share in our honored traditions and pastimes and vice versa. A seamless merging where we will become them and they will become us. A time when we can spoil our children in the same manner of colorful dress and relax as they do. An era where xenophobia of every flavor will be effectively wiped out because all will be one and the same. A place where damages of all forms collateral, intended and scheduled can prosper and grow. Our schools will be filled with collateral damage and that will be just fine. It is a fanciful vision of the future I know, but soon all will be able to say with sincerity of heart, "My neighbors, my co-workers, my teachers, my lover, my friends, my family and my world are all collateral damage and so am I!"

By Wasalu "Lupe Fiasco" Jaco (on assignment from The Dispatch)

**Editors Note: Photographs were taken.

Excerpt from a work in progress...

77 comments:

  1. "Just make sure my mic's on when I twilight zone, zone, zone, zone."

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  2. wassalu jaco aka lupe fiasco is a modern day shakespeare poet

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  3. I'm getting a George Orwell feel from "The Times" and this. It's thought-provoking so it's great. :)

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  4. ^^definitely has an Orwell feel to it!!!

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  5. am i the only one that thinks hes talking about lasers? he seems really dissappointed in himself. he talks like he believes he sold out.

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  6. He should write a motion picture script. I think if he its the right producer he could probably write a big time film.

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  7. The collateral damage families R already here many have been relocated in Phoenix and here n New Mexico in fact a new Mosque is being built here in ABQ. Guess the military feels there's less xenophobia here There's 1 Halal mkt & old men sit around talking of how it was pre 1st gulf war the minute you step in the mkt your n another world with the aroma of spices from the middle east. I like this one still thinking bout the other one

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  8. The greatest writer of our time...

    Lu > you favorite rapper and author.

    semicolon close parenthesis ;)

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  9. Yes, I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

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  10. I feel like he"s talking about the wars...

    When innocent people die, the govt' calls it collateral damage

    and at the end of the excerpt he starts to hint at it coming here

    "they (collateral damage) will become us (people in the US).

    Martial Law on the rise...

    But on the other hand Lu is full of Double/Triple/etc.. Entendres

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  11. I think everyone has a different interpretation of what Wasula could be referring to.I myself have re-read it a couple times and have various theories as to what exactly he could be informing the reader about.This is what makes his writing so great.

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  12. How is this dude the greatest writer of all time? I don't understand what the fuck this is even supposed to be about. Last time I checked, dude rhymed on the mic. Now, he finna write philosophy in some weird ass language. A'yo! I don't read the damn New Yorker cuz I ain't finna fall asleep. I read the Daily News like everyone else in Da Bronx. I'm sik of this dude actin like he smarter than everyone. Yo I can write confusing shit too. Ready? The falling path of harrows creates symbolizing eternity whence the fires of obscene creatures yearn while obfuscating said roads of harmony. Yea yo, sounds mad smart right? It aint a thangg. Dude needs to calm down wit all the advanced mumbo jumbo and put out a damn mixtape. Y'all ridin this dude's dick so much, you don't even mind when he puts in ya damn mouth. Like, yo, we gettin FuCKkED outta FOTP. Even if we did get it, just be another 20 minute ragtag mix of bad ideas that didn't turn into songs. Ain't gonna front, haven't played that enemy of the state BULESHIT since it came out. Fireman the only hot track and that's only cuz it had that weezy f flame fukkin beat Bumpin under it. Gotta respeck Wayne for at least givin his fans the one thing that they care about: MUSIC ON A CONSISTENT BASIS!

    Real talk, I didn't even read this whole article cuz it just bored the fug outta me. Real talk knamean?

    REEBOKKA BEEN AT IT AGAIN!

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  13. I liked this one better than "The Times" it's more vivid and he doesn't tell us what the collateral damage is, so it's open to interpretation. I really don't think it's talking about an actual race or specific culture of people though cz the praise of the collateral damage seems a bit satirical: their games involve doing nothing in various ways/poses, the children are spoiled, their conversation erratic and confusing, they live in excess... It actually sounds like a critique of modern society i suppose. Like we let ourselves get brainwashed or whatever by tv etc, letting our brains go to waste as we sit around doing nothing in tonnes of ways (staring at the tv, playing video games, non-productive social networking). And so bit by bit we ourselves become the collateral damage in the battle for our minds...

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  14. I liked this one better than "The Times" it's more vivid and he doesn't tell us what the collateral damage is, so it's open to interpretation. I really don't think it's talking about an actual race or specific culture of people though cz the praise of the collateral damage seems a bit satirical: their games involve doing nothing in various ways/poses, the children are spoiled, their conversation erratic and confusing, they live in excess... It actually sounds like a critique of modern society i suppose. Like we let ourselves get brainwashed or whatever by tv etc, letting our brains go to waste as we sit around doing nothing in tonnes of ways (staring at the tv, playing video games, non-productive social networking). And so bit by bit we ourselves become the collateral damage in the battle for our minds...

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  15. @ REEBOKKA. If that wasn't the most ignorant post I seen in my life. How you gonna complain about something you didn't even read? And that language is called English. you know that one that doesn't have words like "finna", "cuz", and "fug". Just because you are to stupid to understand it doesn't mean everybody else is. You act like somebody can only do one thing. Just because you only have one talent or skill, doesn't mean other people are as limited. Next time you post something make sure it isn't stupid.

    DJ2KO

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  16. @ REEBOKKA.

    You don't understand because you are ignorant. "I'm sik of this dude actin like he smarter than everyone" It would only appear that way to a moron. Also all of Enemy Of The state is dope. So fuck off.

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  17. This reebokka guy is trollin, you can feel it just from reading it.

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  18. @REEBOKKA. It's said that things are so far beyond your comprehension that it is someone "trying to be smart" to you. "Yo I can write confusing shit too" lol Nigga go learn something. Don't be ignorant all of your life. Your high school degree/G.E.D isn't enough.

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  19. Lupe never went to college . . . >_<

    College specializes you in a single field. It does NOT give you more wisdom or insight in the world or yourself.

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  20. Oh, and to say Lupe is the greatest writer of all time is also ignorant . . . there's no way in hell anybody's read/heard all the amazing poets that are KNOWN. Shit, there's a dude named Saul Williams who I believe is much deeper than Lu in this department, yet this IS only an excerpt . . and Lu is definitely a better RAPPER than him.

    But, anyway . . yah. Ignorance, awesomeness, Lasers, big booties . . . word.

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  21. I have a feeling the lupe doesnt listen to his fans at all. i think he is really stubborn. We want new music. This is cool and all but alot of his fans were disappointed with Lasers. We want music lupe. Good lyrical, thought provoking music. Not this. The funny thing is he has songs stashed he just refuses to release any songs. He should get us excited again because "personally" im bored with the ramblings (i.e. lil b, obama) let the music speak.

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  22. 1.@Criggz I wasn't talking about college. I intentionally left it out for a reason.

    2.@ the anon above me talking about "We want music lupe. Good lyrical, thought provoking music. Not this." That's what F&L2 is for. Just wait damn.

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  23. I really think he's saying we all or will be affected by the wars and world policies that redefining life as we knew or thought it to be whether you're in the US Europe the Middle East or Afica et

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  24. I don't see The Dispatch: CD as a negative tone in context at all... I feel like its like where we come to where we going as a whole sort a thing which is actually beautiful in its own way

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  25. Where is the music? Seriously. We get all of this talk, all of the time about rebelling against society and that society is crooked, but in my opinion Lupe himself is a representation of his own hate. I have been a fan since I was fourteen - six years ago. That was back when Lupe let his music do the talking. Back when he ACTUALLY MADE music. I worshiped the ground he walked on because I felt he was the most talented musician I had ever seen up until this year. Following 2007's the cool, I along with other fans, waited and waited and waited...and waited...for some type of new music. I heard every announcement of every sort and virtually zero of Lupe's promises have come true. Lupe's true fans haven't had real Lupe Fiasco music since 2007 aside from a short mixtape that was supposedly recorded in one night. Lasers was terrible if you loved Lupe for what originally set him apart from the majority. Musically, Lasers is pop and that's fine for the radio and if that's the rapper Lupe wishes to be then that's fine as well. BUT I know Lupe reads this blog so I really really do hope he sees this: Lupe, STOP writing about going against the masses, STOP running your mouth about the President of the country you live in, STOP calling out every business that profits off of consumers, and STOP trying to be a philosophical figure of authority. YOU ARE NOT CORNEL WEST. You are currently a rapper-gone-pop-star who's fan base consists of die-hard radio listeners. You can't discuss rebellion if you crumbled in the hands of Atlantic yourself. I'm tired of calling you my favorite rapper while you release pop music and make controversial statements every day. I loved the old Lupe, not the new one and I've waited for four years to see him return. It isn't happening. You don't have the right to speak when your credentials discredit every word out of your mouth. Right now, you are the rapper who once upon a time refused to dumb it down, but then did it anyway. It really does suck...

    Honestly, even mixtapes would have kept your old and true fans satisfied, but we've seen only one (which barely qualifies as a mixtape) and that was two years ago.

    -Sincerely, an ex-true fan.

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  26. ^^^I completely agree with everything you said. On top of that....Lupe used to be humble. Every other interview he is saying how "nice" he is or he is the best rapper. First, you cant make a claim without having substantial material to support it. He only has 3 studio albums. The last one shouldnt even count. Secondly, Lupe was the main guy saying "there is no best rapper,everyone has their own strengths." This is unless he just says Nas is the best. Also this whole rebel, rebel ,rebel things is too rundundant. You know most people who were rebels, took ACTION. Not only did they speak but they took action. Lupe's action should be his music, but instead he talks and comments all day. He is trying too hard to be different now. Not voting doesnt make you a rebel. Who cares about your explanation of why? Regardless, i dont care about lupe the person per se, just go back to making and releasing good music on a more consistent basis. Shout out to the "fans" who constantly defend him and they dont KNOW him AT ALL. Its sad to have somone you truly believed in as an artist revert to not doing what they are the best at. Making music........salaam

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  27. Why are you niggars talking wicked for? you niggars are losers. Lupe is ON! mufuckers

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  28. @anon you make people ditch you and leave you, your the type of people lupe is trying to get away from. you dont own him, he dont you owe nothing. shoot your self wankster

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  29. Aus10 agreed that you're free to have an opinion fans, "true fans" or "ex- true fans" should stop thinking or acting like they own their "favorite" artist by everytime giving their advice like they now how to manage a carier. I'm not satisfy about lasers neither but come on let him leave his life like he want to. He may fall but it will be the one to assume. And+ some fan, like me, love what he write so understand that he can please every one of us so don't forget that he's not super hero

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  30. 2007 lupe:
    come home, come home
    cuz i've been waiting for ya for so long so long.......

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  31. I thought he was super lupe lyrical though??

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  32. Some of ya'll need to chill the fuck out. Lupe is not limited to rapping...that is TRULY evident. Stop being whiny "fans". Lupe can do whatever he wants. Us fans can't RUN him. It doesn't work like that.

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  33. Lupe is a grown man he can say and do whatever the fuck he wants. So FUCK YOU aus10. How you gonna tell him what to do an not do? Fucking crybaby ass fans.

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  34. ^^^ aus10 was just stating his opinion... fall the FUCK back!!!

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  35. I understand that he is a grown man. I never ordered him to change his ways - I simply said that I hope he will read my comment and understand where the fans that actually bought Food & Liquor/The Cool are coming from. Yes he's versatile, yes he can write, but he has built his career around real hip hop music and for four years his oldest fans have waited for some glimpse of that music to rise again. Lasers pales in comparison to his original music. I'm sorry, but it just does. Any rapper can rhyme basic words in regards to the government - what previously set Lupe apart was his amazing skills at delivering his messages.

    And again, if mainstream pop is the career he wishes to have then that's his decision... BUT as a true fan I'm tired of being promised new and amazing music from him and then being handed a mutilated piece of work by Atlantic such as Lasers. The new outspoken and cocky Lupe is not the one that many of his fans have known and it is not the one that we have waited on for four years to produce an album. I love telling people the Lil' Wayne is horrible in comparison to Lupe, but as of late I find myself losing confidence in that argument as Lupe has succumbed to the industry of which he hates so intensely. 2001-2007 Lupe = some of the best hip hop music every created. 2008-present = Weary fans who are tired of hearing pop songs and waiting for new music. Yes, we all want his music for selfish reasons, but I find it astoundingly saddening that such a talented person has fallen out of the game so much as of late. Lupe's old music still inspires me. It would be extremely gratifying to hear that sound again...

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  36. A few point to make:
    1. I Love Lasers not because it is his best album (It is not) but because it is his most important album.
    2. Through the Lasers process Lupe has gained a VOICE.
    3. Lupe Fiasco is an employee of Atlantic Records>Warner Music Group>Access Industries Inc. Employees primarily work for the achievement of the Employer's GOALs.
    4. Lupe Fiasco has said that "Lasers is his most personal record"
    5. Lupe Fiasco said he would have stopped making recorded music 2years ago if it was not for his jailed partner/friend Charles "Chilly" Patton.
    6. Lupe fiasco said his ultimate goal is to be "positive" and to not be remembered as one "who led people astray"
    7. Lupe Fiasco will wear camouflager if he wants to.
    8. Lupe Fiasco will grow his hair out if he wants to.
    9. Lupe Fiasco will NOT put out an album if he wants to. Atlantic records will put out a Lupe Fiasco album if it wants to.
    10. Japanese Cartoon will put out an album if Wasalu Jaco wants to.
    11. Lupe Fiasco will say what Lupe Fiasco wants to.
    12. Lupe Fiasco will do what Lupe Fiasco wants to do.
    13. Lupe Fiasco will go take a dump when he wants to.
    14. Lupe Fiasco will be Lupe Fiasco and I will be Me
    15. Again, Lupe Fiasco will be Lupe Fiasco and I will be Me

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  37. @Hd^^^ Lupe actually said that he doesn't like Lasers. He said it right around the release date too, I believe. If Lupe ever does visit this site and if he ever reads these comments then he needs to know that his fans will always have his back - no matter what. But he's changed. I know he contemplated suicide and I know it was about the album. But honestly, mixtapes would have kept everyone happy. Who gives a FUCK about an album. Nobody. We just want classic Lupe music. The fact that Lasers was sent out just sucks. He said himself that Atlantic gave him multiple beats/choruses and said "do it or no album". That's not personal and that's not creative. That's not Lupe Fiasco. So frankly, Hd, you can be you, shit when you want, and do what you want but that has nothing to do with anything being said here. Nobody is ordering Lupe around. We're just speaking the truth and the truth fucking sucks.

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  38. Aus10. Lupe Fiasco is not dumb. He probably agrees with most of your grievances.

    Its just that you are directing them to through the wrong channels.

    "3. Lupe Fiasco is an employee of Atlantic Records>Warner Music Group>Access Industries Inc. Employees primarily work for the achievement of the Employer's GOALs."

    Direct them to his employers. Lupe too is enslaved by a contract he signed in 6 years ago.

    GO ahead and convince Lupe's employers that they will still make good money if they give him full control over the final product.

    “They still can’t understand me. They still don’t get it. They still don’t understand that, even without a hit record, Lupe Fiasco will be just as relevant and just as successful as the dude with the hit record. They just don’t get that.” - Lupe Fiasco (XXL)

    Ps. Record label has to sanction any release of official mixtapes.

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  39. Lupe fiasco used to be a humble, introspective, creative guy, and to that point he still is minus the humbleness. Art is subjective yes, but if anyone says Lasers is a great album they couldnt have heard Lupe's previous two albums. Lupe has changed....I would even say drastically. In an interview leading up to to the release of lasers he was talking about how is some "deep, philosophical thinker." What????? You rap...Yes you USED to be great at it. Now you come off as some arrogant iconoclast. Even in the XXL mag he said "I will eat 99 percent of these dudes up." Debate all you want but Lupe 06-07 would have NEVER said a statement like that, and he doesnt have enough material to prove it. Everybody who keeps defending a man they dont know..i ask you.....why? is it because he is your idol? is it because you love him so much that you cant give your opinion and/or constructive criticism? Then you arent a true fan. If you tell him that Lasers was great, then guess what? He will continue to think its fine to put out that type of corny, half-hearted music (my opinion). Remember lupe also NEVER went to the club..he said in almost all his interviews that he didnt. Now look at him...truth is Wasalu criticizes EVERYBODY....but HIMSELF. Now tell me im lying. salaam

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  40. I like how yall are telling people to stop defending somebody you don't even know. The question is why are yall attacking somebody you don't even know? There is nothing wrong with a little cocky sometimes. I would have been more upset by that statement if it wasn't true. He has enough music out there to prove it in my opinion. Yes some new music would be great, but that doesn't mean we are going to get it just because we asked for it. And as for Lasers. it is a good album. True it doesn't compare to his first two only because the delivery is different. But the meaning and the point behind it still is. You have to give him credit for that much if nothing else. But what fans need to understand is that, you can't force everything out of an artist. The good, quality music that you want takes time. Nobody can just sit down and write "The Cool" in a month. His life isn't entirety made around music. Let the man do whatever it is he does. As fans just be patient, go live your life. find some new music to listen to, go read book, do whatever. But don't complain about what somebody else is doing. We have taken the view away from what the post actually is. This wasn't a complain thread. Im pretty sure Lupe wanted his fans to discuss the article, not complain.


    And on that note, I think he is saying that "collateral damage" is being seen to much. And "collateral damage" isn't just one thing, it is the side effects of all actions that are taken. People don't think things through enough. They have an idea and run with it. They don't stop to consider the risk and/or the effects of their idea. They just do what they have to do without the consideration of others. They only think of themselves and how they would benefit from it, not how their joy may cause other people pain.

    DJ2KO

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  41. first off, im "attacking" what i see..its called criticizing, and Lupe doesnt take criticism well..obviously. Everything i said about lupe being no longer humble and all of that is music related. Being confident is ok, being cokcy is not ok..by any standards....ask GOD yourself. Hip Hop artist are judged primarily off of their ALBUMS. Not mixtapes or EP's. Lupe has 3 albums one of which isnt good at all in my opinion. Out of all the comments on here only 2 people criticized "the dispatch". That is Aus10 and me. The reason there is no need to comment on the dispatch is because i want music. I have no problems with lupe writing this, or a novel, or anything for that matter. It seems as though lupe caters more towards the fans who ALWAYS say "lupe is a genuis" "Lupe is the greatest writer of our time."...Its like he yearns for these types of one sided comments. As soon as someone says "Lasers isnt good" or "we want more music". He goes into defensive mode and gets all sensitive. NEWSFLASH: Its good to TRY to keep everything positive, but good criticism is NEEDED with everyone. Also, im not "complaining" im stating my opinion just like you. The artist would be nothing without fans, and not fans who are always saying how great they are. Most of Lupe's fans are young and look at him as their savior and or role model. I personally just think he is a very good rapper. I dont know what he does outside of the "Music" nor do i really care, he is an adult. Im just saying i want music..and im not the only person who feels that way. LASTLY..you said "good quality music takes time"..that is what you said.. Howcome with 3 plus years to make "quality" music..he gave us LASERS? LOL go ahead and defend him..say "Atlantic did it"..im waiting...........he could give out music for free...he doesnt make money off of record sales..its shows, clothing lines, and other ventures he has...NO RECORD LABEL can MAKE a grown man DO anything. is lupe extremely talented? absolutely..so he is held to a higher standard..and right now he isnt delivering.

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  42. I don't know how Lupe takes criticism, considering the one thing he is mainly being criticize for is Lasers. And he hasn't made anything since, so I can't if he takes it well or not. Nor can you. If he makes every song bragging, than I will see him as cocky. I see it as if you don't consider yourself as of the best then you can't become one of the best. Yes I understand that you want music, but don't take away the value of one art because you don't have the other. It isn't fair to interrupt "The Dispatch" for other just because YOU want something else. And yes artist are judge off of their albums by CRITICS. And while fans should criticize, they should do it as fans. An artist best work usually comes off of mixtapes. And when did Lupe get all "defensive" and "sensitive" about those comments? You want music, so you should go make a thread on his website and state your opinion there. This not the post to express your opinion. This is a non-musical post. And you are right, Atlantic didn't make him put out Lasers. His fans did. If it was up to Lupe, I think he wouldn't have put out an album at all. But his fans wanted one, they made a petition and threatened a protest for his album. And so he "dumb it down" for his fans. It was either lose fans or make a Lasers. A lose-lose situation. He chose the lesser of two evils.


    DJ2KO

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  43. DJ2KO thank you. Lupe is not my idol and i don't agree with everything he do just like i don't agree with everythind "everybody in this world" do. Like i already said, i'm not satisfy about lasers neither because there no song where you can hear some "super Lupe Fiasco lyrical" But this both excerpt he gives to us is kinda remind of it. If you guys are some old fan (from the beginning) so do i. And i hope he will continu on that way til he drop some good music. Sorry my grammare are not good but i'm not english. Salaam

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  44. Hold on didnt Jay-Z originally call Lupe "The greatest writer of our time" and Rakim said this year (after Lasers) "Lupe is a genius and the only MC I look at currently in the game that I respect as one of the greats" or Nas said "Lupe Fiasco and Jay Electronica are the only 2 MC's I respect, theyre keeping Hip Hop alive". Dont get to ahead of yourself with bashing him plus you say no record label can do that to you but dont Record labels have to approve all mixtapes and albums.....so if you dont put out what they want its bye bye career?

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  45. @DJ2k0 you said "an artist best work usually comes off their mixtapes." Either you are young or you are just sounding stupid on purpose. Nas, Jay, Em, The WU, Kool G rap, MF DOOm, Phaorahe...all of their best material comes from their ALBUMS. You know that as well, you are just talking to talk. Also, what is this "if u dont consider yourself the best then you cant become the best." What kind of logic is that. I previously stated thats its cool to confident in your craft, not cocky with 2 albums and one suspect album. The lesser of two evils theory doesnt hold any weight either. You said he would lose fans...ummmm he DID lose fans, true fans when he dropeed LASERS so what are you talking about? People who petition for things want specific result. I almost promise you that alot of those people who did rally up outside of atlantic regret doing it after they heard the LASERS. The alterations to state run radio..army girl missing...just to include club songs. Its not a post to express my opinion lol.....He is a hip hop artist..this blog is hip hop...i can post wherever i feel the need. Lupe has gotten alot of criticism lately.....u never thought to wonder why? It wasnt like this before lasers was it? NO it wasnt. What if Food and Liquor 2 turns out to be like lasers..then what? Dont tell me it wont because he said so..he also said the lasers was gonna change hip hop and be revolutionary. LOL he likes tossing that word around...He said it about LIL B album. SMH....anyway...if there was more music instead of talking about other people or miscellaneous things...i wouldnt say much....but one outweighs the other.....

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  46. DJ2KO, Lupe has had almost four years to produce quality music - the fans have been more than patient. And I believe that Lupe loses the right to patient fans when he promises numerous release dates for albums/mixtapes that never come to fruition. That plus the cockiness, plus the pop music, equals a bad mix for his fans. You guys can pull as many quotes off of the internet as you want, but almost all of them are pre-Lasers. But since you like the quotes so much:

    "I would quit the game altogether before I made pop music".

    -J. Cole

    Stop talking about the record label. They don't control one's free will. J. Cole knows that, Mos Def knows that, Common knows that, Nas knows that, and, hell, even Tyler the Creator knows that.

    If Lasers was a necessary step to get to Food and Liquor then so be it, but if F&L becomes a pop album and takes three years to drop then I don't know what else there is to say... It has been a sad downfall.

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  47. Lupe...
    Is..
    The..
    Man..

    Be optimistic, and patient, and you shall recieve.
    DON'T bash the man. For he will come with that fire and burn y'alls brain, with unbelievable lyrics. So you better believe that my nigga Lu, will go in and straight blow you away, better than the Lupe of the past. don't doubt his greatness or his mindset. He is focused. Forget about the shit he has said and done over the past year or so. You all act like he is a perfect man. But he is trying. Stop saying shit and have his back. If you really want music. Y'all should go listen to other artist. And stop plaguing this blog with all.of your nonsense, and instead support him to the fullest, no matter what. Be a legitimate true fan of his music and his other works. even if you don't necessarily agree or like it. Shall we unite as one.and make progress? Or be scattered and bash our favorite rapper? I know what I am for. What about you?

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  48. All the comments talking about LASERS are ridiculous, I mean really you guys make it seem as if it's the worst album of all time. You guys must not be listening to the same album as me. Look at it song by song. "Letting Go" is incredible, it just carries that i don't give a fuck attitude with it and explores his emotions deeply. Then you have "Words I Never Said". I don't really need to say anything about that one. There's "Coming Up" and "Till I Get There". when ppl heard the snippets for these they thought that they were amazing but now they want to complain. Then there are the Radio singles "Show Goes On", "Out Of My Head", I Don't Wanna Care" these are exactly what they appear to be songs to gain a greater fanbase for Lupe while still maintaining a good message. Then there's "State Run Radio" only complaint u could posibly have about this is that Lupe isn't on the chorus, but even so the son is great. "Break The Chain", It's insperational and has a deep meaning, with great lyrics from Lupe and a superb hook from Eric Turner. I kno most everyone loves "All Black Everything". Finally there's never forget you, which was a song he was forced to do but yet most fans still like it because it doesn't have a pop-ish beat. LASERS is great in its own way and did its job by getting Lupe more fans, now if only his "true fans" would stop turning his back on him it would all be good.

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  49. Hold on theres no new Lupe music? Didnt SLR, Im Beemin, Go To Sleep all drop this year not to count freestyles? Plus J Cole wont put out Pop music? Have you heard all the singles so far off Cole World? lol

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  50. And for the dude using the J.Cole comment, I like J.Cole but really so what if he doesn't make Pop music whan he makes shit like "Work Out" and "Disgusting" Crappy music is crappy music regardless of the genre. Pop music can be good and bad, same with rap.

    And for the people saying Lupe should stop saying he's the best,WHY????????? Succesfull people have confidence in case u didn't know. It's true that he could murder any rapper out there, for the people saying he fell of since LASERS, what about "SLR" what about "Go To Sleep" is that falling of are those POP songs to you too, or do you have some idiotic complaints for those too? This man could eat any rapper alive and to be able to do that you eed to carry a confidence about you you can't belive there are rappers better than you and then want to be the best, because if you don't believe you are the best you can't become it.

    As for the writing, it's an amazing piece, I think it's reffering to the unintentional effects that exist when people make decisions whether those decisions are big or small. (Collateral Damage)

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  51. You are a complete idiot. Just leave. ^^^

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  52. Who thinks all these negative comments (also the anonymous ones) are all from @Aus10? *raises hand*

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  53. The real anonymous that supports Aus10 is back. And no this sint Aus10 (shout out to him tho for being honest and expressing his opinion).....Once again the lupe stans are trying to defend him..i find it fairly odd that ONLY me and aus10 have a problem with lasers, lupe releasing music every blue moon, and his cockiness for no reason.Stop all of this "if u dont think u are the best then u cant become it." Its not about being "better" than another artist or "murdering rappers" this isnt a cyhper..its making quality music, and in the hip hop world you are as good as your last album.. LASERS was below average AT BEST. You see what happened when 'THE GOD MC' released Seventh seal? Fans were not pleased you know why??? Because it is RAKIM. This goes for lupe as well..and no im not comparing the two..just their similar album disappointments. You cant conintuously support someone and not constructively criticize them. If your friend did drugs..would you support them? Yes..but would you not say ANYTHING to them about what they are doing???? That is essentially what you are doing with Lupe. I clearly see most of you will just support him no matter wha he does...you probably agree with his "obama is a terrorist" and him "not voting". Question...howcome that people that helped Lupe make two great albums...nikki jean..mathew santos...soundtrakk...werent on LASERS????? is it ATlantic??? im sure its lupe himself...I can almost bet Food and liquor 2 will be pop..not as pop as lasers but yet in still...then i wanna hear these same people run to support Lupe....where is FOTP?? it will probably be only 25 minutes. You ever thought...how can agree with EVERYTHING an artist does or doesnt do? what about you and your own opinion? im not saying i dont see you guys' side..but yall dont even consider what me and aus10 are getting at: Lupe artistically has changed and not for the better. He put out albums back to back 2006, 2007. then in 2011????? for a basic album???? what happened to "SCREAM"??? unwritten rule in rap: DONT believe anything a rapper says until the album hits shelves or itunes....just ask GAME

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  54. AND what is the message in a song like outta my head? its a basic song about a girl...NOW if that were army girl..which talks about a woman's integrity, morals, values, her overall virtue..THEN that would be a message. I do hope lupe reads this..if he does he probably throw a tantrum going off on his fans like he usually does..i wouldnt be the least bit surprised.

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  55. The same people that are saying we cant support because we dont know are saying they have the right to condemn even though they dont know "he probably wont read this". The only thing different from this album was it wasnt a concept album and he had pop beats but his verses were still good. I agree I didnt like the beats and it wasnt his best album but to say average at best is stupid when Lil Wayne, Drake, Boosie, Gucci Mane, and other great MC's *sarcasm* are currently ruling the airwaves.

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  56. But if you have that much of a problem with it why are you still on this blog and not some Lil Wayne blog? *shrugs*

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  57. Lil wayne constantly puts out music...unlike your boy

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  58. I'd rather wait for quality music than constantly be bombarded by bullshit

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  59. You are correct, I am young. But that doesn't mean that I am wrong. And to be completely honest with you I don't know who half those people are. I don't listen to much Hip-Hop, so please excuss my ignorance. I never really got into Nas much, but I will give his credit. His music is lyrical and he has helpped keep hip-hop going if I may say. And if you mean Jay-Z, I don't like him. He isn't as good as he thinks he is. And Eminem's albums aren't really albums. They are more like mixtapes. My reason for say that their best work comes off of mixtapes is becasue mixtapes aren't for sell Thye are made primaryly for the fans. Albums are for marketing. And it makes perfect sense to me. If you only say "I will try my best" or "I hope I do well", you can't become the best. you have to know you are the best. And I said in my opinion he has enough work out. I am not a professional critic so I can base my opinion aroud his other works. If you don't think he has proved himself that that is up to you. And if you stop becoming a fan just because of ONE album that he was FORCED to make, tha I sya be gone. You weren't a real fan anyway. He might have expect his fans to understand that he was stuck behind a rock and a hard place. They WANTEd certain results yes, but those results weren't able at the time. And this is not purley a hip-hop blog. This is a blog for all things Lupe, music related or not. And yes you can post wherever you want, but I would hope that you would have respect for others. And if you will take the time out to re-read my post I said he is being criticized BECAUSE of Lasers. And if F&L2 turns out like Lasers, then it just does. What are you gonna do about it? Not much you can do. I am a baseball guy so I like the "3 strikes, your out" And lasers wasn't really a strike, it was more of a foul ball. Yeah it still counts as a strike, but atleast he hit it. And I do have a problem with Lasers, but I can understand his sideo of it. And if you think that an artist is only as good as thier las album than I have to say you need to re-think that. Most of Lupes songs, to me, are classic. Which means that I can listen to them repeatedly and they still want lose its value. THAT is what music is. And Lasers was below average for Lupe. But compared to others, it was ABOVE average. And I HIGHLY doubt it was Lupe was the reason for them not being on the album. but I can't say for certain, as can't you. For all we know they decided not to do it. And I don't agree with everything he does. But you are right I do agree with is Obama statment. But not just because Lupe said it. A homeless guy could of said and I still would agree. Outta my Head isn't as basic as you say it is. Mainly because it isn't about the girl so much as it is about him. he isn't trying to describe the girl, but how much love he has for the girl. Yeah Wayne constanly puts out music and you see they type of music he puts out. And why do you think that Lupe will throw a tantrum? What has he done to give you this impression. And to @Aus10, he has only promised one album with multiple relese dates, and that was Lasers. And the only mixtape that didn't oome out was FOTP. And as I said yeha he is kinda cocky but he can back it up. And as for, J. Cole, put him in the same situation as Lupe and see the results. And I didn't really quote much so..yeah. And like I said before, Im a three strikes and you are out kinda guy.

    I understand both of your opinions and on some level I agree with you. Lupe needs to put out more music. Lasers wasn't what we were promised. He has lost some liability. But that doesn't mean you should hate or "critize" everything he does that isn't musical. And again the point of the post has been taken away..smh


    DJ2KO

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  60. Holy crap! I did not intend it to be that long. I apoligize for the length. Lol, my bad.


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  61. naw your are good bro...i just think as to what me and aus10 were saying...nobody is FORCED to do anything. I know you said you are young and i respect you for saying that, but u dont understand some things just yet. No MAN is forced to put out an album. This isnt drug dealing..or committing crimes. His back wasnt up against the wall in THAT sense. I agree with some of what you are saying as well. Im not here to hate on lupe because obviously im a perplexed fan. Ive said before that i believe lupe is a great lyricist, therefore his standards aare to be held a notch above most. When u fail to meet it..fans will be disappointed...like myself. Im entitled to that. You are exactly correct in saying that this blog isnt JUST lupe related. That is true, although most of it IS hip hop related. Hip Hop opened up avenues for lupe to do some of the things he does. ALL I AM SAYING is just for him to put out more music.

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  62. Also, that Army Girl point was really nice. I agree with that one hundred percent.

    And I'm here and not on a Lil' Wayne site because you can take any single song off of F&L or The Cool and within 30 seconds Lupe spits more meaningful rap than Lil' Wayne has ever contemplated in his entire life. Lupe is a fucking genius. If you sit down and REALLY attempt to depict his older music what you find is awesome. That's such a rarity these days...

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  63. Yeah I see where your coming from and I respect your opinion. But I don't think age has to do with my opinion. Maybe he wasn't forced but he had to be under A LOT of pressure. True he didn't reach the standard he created for himself, but I can understand, so I'm not as disappointed as some other fans. And if anything, I think every fan thinks that Lu' needs to put out more music. Unless they are fans from Lasers. They don't count that much.

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  64. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15208-lasers/

    They pretty much nail it.

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  65. @DJ2KO i can totally respect what you're saying. To anyone on here who's said Lupe has changed music wise, i believe there's a GOOD chance that he's going to redeem himself with F&L2...atleast i'm hoping so. I just wanna say that Lasers was actually a great album to me. As a matter of fact, i'm indeed one of those "post Lasers fans". The reason being because that album came out during an EXTREEEEEMLY difficult time in my life, and i found myself being uplifted and able to relate to the positive message behind it. I also want to say that although i became a fan off of Lasers, i'm not one of those fans who thought he was a new artist or the next B.O.B when "The Show Goes On" came out (and believe me i've come across those type of fans lol). I was actually too familiar with Lupe, because he came out when I was 12 and i dreaded the sound of his music when my older brother would CONTINUOUSLY blast it (my taste in music hadn't really developed into what it is now). But that's beside the point, after hearing Lasers(which my brother bought before i did) i was prompted to go back and relisten to F&L and The Cool, as well as some mixtapes. I was ASTONISHED with how in love i was with them; It's literally insane how my take on those albums and Lupe as an artist drastically changed. Yes i will admit that Lasers is in fact his weakest material lyrically... conceptually as well, depending on what you like, but it was that album that OFFICIALLY completed the development of my current taste in music. Because of that album i am super big on all these underground artists that i said were stupid and boring as a kid. I am also able to see the stuff that artists like lil wayne, drake,& rick ross etc. put out for what it really is ....GARBAGE (in my opinion). I don't mean to ramble but Lasers will forever be a beloved album to me, because had i not heard it i might have never even thought to go back to listen to his old stuff and every other underrated, underground rapper that i'm a fan of and inspired by now. I'm 70 percent sure i'd still be listening to mainstream crap including my former favorite (and i mean FAVORITE!!!!!!)rapper drake, but because of Lasers i'm still trying to figure out what the hell i saw in that guy. So basically what i'm trying to say is that Lasers pretty much changed my entire outlook on the way i receive music. "Pre-lasers" fans may have been disappointed because it's not his strongest work ,but i was converted by that album. Yes it's frustrating that he "dumbed it down" and other post Laser Lupe fans haven't REALLY heard the raw skill and talent he has, but there are some of us who have gotten knowledge and of course a positive message from that album. I'm super sorry, i did'nt even mean to keep going for so long lol. I totally understand what ALL of you pre-laser fans are saying, and yes i can't wait for some more REAL AUTHENTIC Lupe Fiasco Music. BTW the excerpt was DOOOOOPE!!!! So thought provoking and open for interpretation..... i would have never read that if it wasn't for Lasers lol jk, but anyway i just wanted to share my opinion. I've been dying to share how i became a Lupe fan to someone :). But until next time, peace and much love to all of ya'll :)

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  66. By the way,I REALLY hope some of you guys read my comment above and try to understand where i'm coming from as a "post Lasers fan". I would really appreciate it :)

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  67. Aus10 what up!!!yea im back once again...karlene i understand what you are saying..you are emotionally attached to lasers, which is fine. AT LEAST you stated that LASERS was weak conceptually anmd lyrically which is the main point me and aus10 were getting at. I lovve lupe the artist just like everyone else...even aus10 said he is a genuis. We know how talented he is...which is why we made the statements we made. Its not hate..lets all come together good or bad and HOPE the Food and Liquor 2 is that vintage Fiasco we loved in the first place

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  68. haha Well said! I totally agree. ^^ But if Lupe starts making songs with Taio Cruz I quit. haha

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  69. @ Karlene, I LOVE the fact that Lasers opened you up. That maybe another reason as to why Lasers isn't that bad in my eyes. It is a mainstream album, made to get the attention of more people. And once Lupe has your attention and you look at his other work, than you realize how good he is and what hip-hop should be. And it is more personal album for Lu' so more people should be able to relate to it. And yes age does effect your musical taste. I didn't really like music at all until I was about 12. It started in one genre and then it soon spread to Rock, metal, country, hip-hop, pop, all of it. If all post Lasers fan can realize what you did, than I am one happy person.

    And sorry if my "post Lasers fan" comment offended you. That wasn't my intention.

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  70. @DJ2KO Thanks alot and don't worry about it I was'nt offended. I'm just glad someone could see my perspective on the whole situation the same way i try to see theirs.

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  71. I think I get the gist of what's being said here from the culmination of the comments I've read. I see it as not a question of "can he bring that heat?" It is simply "he can".

    I feel that many have somewhat the same opinion in that "LASERS" may have been a bit lax in areas, with which I agree to short extent. But with me, the content dramatically overshadows the sound. I think the lyrics are the fuel for this album.

    So because we know that Lupe truly posses that musical and lyrical prowess, and we know he has "IT", there's the natural inclination to hold him to a higher standard than most. However, being that were imperfect, were going to have those less than "fantastic" periods. Moreover the criticism that's directed towards him and/or "LASERS" should carry more of an up-building tone, and digging deep I find that to be the real basis of the majority of the opinions here :)

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  72. Okay, Lupe must be starting on that book he was talking about back in 2007. I cant wait!

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  73. I wish he would work on that album he talked about in 2007...

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  74. Lupe needs to cut his hair lol. Not a good look.

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