American Terrorist 2 (Superheroes) was set to be the first single off Food & Liquor II: TGARA part 2. My question is, how would people have reacted to the track if Lupe would have indeed dropped it as the first single?
In music oftentimes it's all about creating a momentum or a situation in which people will remember your work for a certain reason. The Throne did that back in 2011 when they dropped their album digitally without much promo and without it leaking prior to its release. People will always remember that, because it hasn't been done before in a long time.
Lupe found the perfect moment to release American Terrorist 2 this week after he announced his possible retirement taking place after his next album. The track perfectly fits to that, even though it has an uplifting feel, it also has a certain sadness to it. Fan reactions have been highly positive and we'll probably always remember this moment and when and why the track was released when listening to it.
Would people, or better said fans, have reacted that positive to it though if Lupe would have indeed dropped it as the first single off Food & Liquor II: TGARA part 2? We'll never find out but I think it's quite possible that it would have been criticised for its electronic dub-step influenced beat, similar to reactions to the Friend of the People mixtape for example.
So looking at it, through the situation at hand a whole nother scenario was created in which the possible mainstream appeal of the track didn't matter to anyone, all that mattered was the feeling that came across when listening to it, which is a beautiful thing if you ask me.
Those special moments that are created through a certain situation, correlating with a piece of music are something you don't get to experience that often these days but Lupe managed to do that and I'm thankful for that.
Listen to the track HERE