Lupe Fiasco: From Retirement to a New Album

Happy Birthday (Feb. 16th) Lupe. The now 35 year old, Chicago rapper took to Twitter to say happy birthday to himself (see below).

If you’ve been following him these last couple of months you would’ve thought that he’d never put out new music again. Using the beat for J. Cole’s “Everybody Dies,” on Monday (Dec. 12), he put out a freestyle title “N.E.R.D.” A couple of lines were perceived as hate speech, which caused SoundCloud to remove the freestyle.

Lupe went off in a rant on Twitter, “Sooooo @SoundCloud took the NERD freestyle down because of “Hate Speech”??? I’m done. Getting beat up for telling the truth is not how I plan on spending the rest of life. I get the hint God. Yo Lupe fans it’s been fun and I hope you’ve had fun. I’m officially not releasing anymore music. Albums cancelled.”

The album he was talking about was DROGAS Light which came out last Friday (Feb. 10). The rapper, however, had a change of mind and got to work with some high-profile buddies, from Rick Ross to Ty Dolla $ign and others, who are all featured on the new album.

DROGAS Light is the first in a trilogy of albums — DROGAS Light, Drogas and Skull – which are tentatively set to drop this year. Fiasco parted ways with his former label Atlantic Records following the release of 2015’s Tetsuo & Youth, which reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart. Now independent, he acknowledges the trilogy will mark the final chapters in his career.

His in-retirement/out-of-retirement character has left fans with an apprehensive taste in their mouths. However, the music put forth on DROGAS Light actually bodes fairly well when compared to his entire catalog.

Well before critics could get in their album reviews for DROGAS Light, Lupe gave his own self-appraisal of the album in which he scored himself a 7/10. He describes it as a sequel to 2011’s Lasers with a lot of the music on this album coming from “the vaults.”

What do you think of the album? Listen to his latest single (above) and cop the album here: DROGAS Light.

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