Sometimes I feel bombarded by music. There's just so much out there, and just as many, if not more websites, blogs, artist and label pages that I feel like one of those people who doesn't watch LOST, and keeps getting told by people who watch LOST "you HAVE to watch LOST." I mean, I'm sure its great, but I've missed so much already, and theres just so much to catch up on, and frankly, you all sound like D-bags, so i'll just take the loss...I'm ok with that.
Although this is how I feel sometimes, I think this type of attitude should be checked at the door. Can you imagine never giving The Beatles a chance just because they were making albums before you had a chance to listen from the start? or Hendrix, or The Clash, or Coltrane. Anyways, you get the picture. When it comes to good art, it's always better late than never.
However, the opposite does occur on occasion.
Always on the lookout for new music, I took the suggestion of Mr. Benjamin Irwin, and illegally...or legally, not sure, downloaded the new Lupe Fiasco album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool. Now, this was an easy sell, and the transaction itself was just as simple. I consider myself a mild fan of Mr. Fiasco's music...based on a few singles and some cameo's. But his first album, Food & Liqour, wasn't anything special...despite its single, Kick, Push, and the appetizing title...and I have never felt the urge to make the effort to obtain any more of his music.
Its not that the album was bad, I did really like 3-4 of the tracks, but it just sounded like he thought he was Kanye. An attitude that only works if you are a superstar producer, platinumplatinumplatinum artist (before 30, btw), not some hip skaterkid with really nothing more than a few hot flows on someone else's tracks, a lot of promise mind you, but really just the Corey Haim to Kanye's Corey Feldman circa 1987.
So I gave up on Lupe.
But I take suggestions from Ben Irwin quite seriously, and decided to give the latest Lupe offering a shot...and its amazing! And I'll come out and say it, it's better than Kanye West's Grammy winning Graduation. Straight up.
Bumpin' singles, hot flows, dance tracks, jazzy licks and songs very mix-able up in da club...you know, in that stoked-to-be-hearing -your-favorite-track-you-thought-noone-else-knew-about way, rather than than the everyone's-heard-'Stronger'-a-billion-times way.
And really, does it get any more hip-hop-hipster than lyrics like this:
"I like Mont Blanc pens and Moleskine paper / I like Goyard bags and green Now-n-Laters"
Cheezy moral of the story - give 2nd chances, or, never give up on someone...something like that.
1. Baba Says Cool for Thought
2. Free Chilly f. Sarah Green and Gemstones
3. Go Go Gadget Flow
4. The Coolest
5. Superstar f. Matthew Santos
6. Paris Tokyo
7. High Definition f. Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear
8. Hip Hop Saved My Life f. Nikki Jean
9. Gold Watch
10. Intruder Alert f. Sarah Green
11. Streets on Fire
12. Little Weapon
13. Gotta Eat
14. Dumb it Down f. Gemini & Graham Burris
15. Hello Goodbye f. UNKLE
16. The Die
17. Put You on Game
18. Fighters f. Matthew Santos
19. Go Baby
"Go Go Gadget Flow", "Superstar f. Matthew Santos", "Paris Tokyo"
All streamed on his MySpace page.