Album Review: DROGAS Light by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco is from Chicago. A city that has produced some great talent in recent years like Joey Purp, BJ the Chicago Kid and Chance the Rapper, but all of these guys have something Fiasco doesn’t have: charisma.

Lupe Fiasco

I have a complicated relationship with Lupe Fiasco. I have never enjoyed a project in full, but I have enjoyed certain songs such as “Battle Scars,” “Superstar” and “The Show Goes On.” He has never made a project that has kept me engaged for longer than three or four songs. Coming into this album my expectations were not high, but I tried to stay level headed.

DROGAS Light was by no means a bad project, but it wasn’t a good one either. The intro to the album “Dopamine Lit (Intro)” had a banger beat and came off hitting hard, and after that “NGL” came on where Fiasco raps about how some people make it and some don’t. It was deep and genuine feeling, not a forced issue.

“Jump” was the last dope track I heard, it was hard-hitting and is the Lupe I would like to see more of.

After that the wheels fell off.

Fiasco has this tendency to get very preachy and make songs that have almost little emotion. His tone gives off the feeling that he doesn’t really care about what he is talking about, instead he googles issues and raps about them.

The vast majority of these tracks are that. Not to mention “It’s Not Design,” a terribly corny dance beat track, that sounds like pop ringtone rap from 2006.

The last two tracks on the album are terribly boring as well, they are not engaging, and at this point I have been waiting for the album to end.

The features on this were pretty bad, except for solid appearances from Rick Ross, and Big K.R.I.T. Ty Dolla $ign was boring when he sang hooks, and the rest of these people I’m not familiar with, but they were very unimpressive and underwhelming.

Fiasco proved with the amount of features he has on here that he cannot hold an album on his own. Do yourself a favor and skip this project, that is unless you are a hardcore Fiasco fan.

4/10.

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