Lupe Fiasco Is Smart, Knows It, And Tells Us About It

Aug 30th, 2007 // 4 Comments

lupe.jpgNah Right’s got a new Lupe Fiasco track from the upcoming The Cool, which Eskay assures us is “not the first single.” Probably a good idea since it’s only half-successful at best–Lupe working the same mock-’em-by-imitating-their-shtick angle as the Roots on “Don’t Say Nuthin’” or maybe a more considered, polysyllabic version of that inane, one-note “Read A Book” track that’s causing a non-flap this week–with a trunk-slam beat and a synthisizer drone (liberal arts snap music?), absolutely no hook, and a naysaying chorus that advises Lupe to “dumb it down” so he’ll pop in the streets/bang in the clubs/get more than blog love with Lupe “flatly refusing,” patting himself and everyone who downloaded the song on the back. But c’mon, Talib Kweli’s at No. 2 only a few weeks after Common went to No. 1: Maybe not-dumbing-it-down is currently selling enough that the everyone can let the defensiveness slip for a while.

Lupe Fiasco – Dumb It Down [Nah Right]

  1. brainchild

    “read a book” inane?

    no more inane than the music it’s parodying. i think it’s brilliant, and the fact that Jesse Jackson’s got his knickers all in a bunch over it thinking that the song is actually *part* of the problem says quite a bit about.

  2. brainchild

    oh, and lupe fiasco is snooze rap.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    @brainchild: Would you say that Lupe, to paraphrase Denis Leary, is a boil on the ass of hip-hop?

  4. brainchild

    no. that would be soundscan.

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