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Drogas LightA decade after Lupe Fiasco exploded onto the hip-hop scene with his seminal 2006 debut Food & Liquor, the Chicago native is closing the chapter on his career with his most visualized projects yet. The independent rapper, who parted ways with his former label Atlantic Records following the release of 2015's Tetsuo & Youth, hits his creative peak with a trilogy of albums-Drogas Light, Drogas and Skulls-the final curtain call on one of the most gifted lyricists and visionaries to grace the mic.
If anything, Drogas Light, the first delivery to fans arriving in early 2017 via 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers, is a testament to Fiasco's artistic growth throughout the years. The 14-track LP is free of restraint, and daring by his standards: the sonic and storytelling palettes are vast and diverse, more so than ever before, traipsing genre and style with ease and touting songs to soundtrack everything from a night at the club to a quiet listen on headphones. Where Tetsuo & Youth leaned into more experimental pastures, Drogas Light is the embodiment of a musician whose foray beyond the boundaries of hip-hop feels increasingly natural, a glimpse into the genius that will be Fiasco's legacy as he inevitably walks away from the spotlight.
From the start of Drogas Light, Fiasco lays his rhyming skills bare, attacking a haunted beat accented by a screwed vocal sample on opener "Dopamine" that self-reflectively emphasizes the magnetism of the album ("Over-d off of this, but don't fall asleep 'til the dopamine hit!" he chants). The set is dotted with several trap-inflected songs-"NGL" featuring Ty Dolla $ign is a turn-up anthem that entertains the reasons why success comes slow to many, while the STREETRUNNER-produced lead single "Made in the USA" catalogues the various home-grown, illicit products manufactured in the country.
Fiasco has often been pegged as a socially conscious emcee, likened to peers including Common and Nas, and he lives up to the reputation on "City of the Year," where he explores the economic disparity of Chi-town. He flexes his storytelling muscle on the hypnotic, spinning "Jump," on which he unfolds the tale of going from a "trapper to a rapper" by supplying a female adversary with a career boost. But it's when the album hits the relax button that Drogas Light coasts on cushy grooves: "Kill," also featuring Ty Dolla $ign, is an after-hours ode to women who work at gentleman's clubs, and the vamping closer "More Than My Heart" is an emotionally charged hat-tip to all the mothers who would sacrifice anything for their children.
While Drogas Light signifies the beginning of the end for Fiasco, it represents how far he's come since he first entered the game and merely accents the intellectual breadth of the discography he'll leave behind. At the onset of career, rappers including Jay Z and Kanye West regarded him as the future of hip-hop, with the latter tapping him for a standout guest verse on "Touch the Sky" after Fiasco remixed West's hit "Diamonds from Sierra Leone." His debut album Food & Liquor earned him three Grammy nominations and a win for the Jill Scott-assisted "Daydreamin'," which netted the trophy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2008.
In the years since, he evolved from the backpack rap of his debut with a string of classics including 2007's Lupe Fiasco's The Cool and 2011's Lasers, a prelude to the following year's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. While Drogas Light is just a taste of what he has to offer in the new year, it's yet another earmark on a track record of an artist who continually comes into new bloom.1. Dopamine Lit (Intro)
2. NGL (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
4. Made In The USA (feat. Bianca Sings)
5. Jump (feat. Gizzle)
6. City Of The Year (feat. Rondo)
7. High (Interlude) (feat. Simon Sayz)
8. Tranquillo (feat. Rick Ross and BIG K.R.I.T)
9. Kill (feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Victoria Monet)
10. Law (feat. Simon Sayz)
11. Pick Up The Phone
12. It's Not Design (feat. Salim)
13. Wild Child (feat. Jake Torrey)
14. More Than My Heart (feat. RXMN and Salim)$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lupe Fiasco's The CoolLupe Fiasco's The Cool (commonly referred as The Cool) is the second studio album by Chicago-native rapper Lupe Fiasco. It was originally released on December 18, 2007, by 1st & 15th Entertainment and Atlantic Records. Recording sessions took place during 2006 to 2007, with Lupe Fiasco himself, alongside Charles Patton (Chilly) serving as the records executive producers. The concept album, The Cool was based on the song and a title character from his debut album, Food & Liquor (2006). The album features guest appearances from Gemini, Snoop Dogg and Matthew Santos, while the production was provided by Patrick Stump, Soundtrakk and Unkle, among others.
The album debuted at number 15 on the US Billboard 200, selling 143,407 copies in its first week. The album debuted as the number-one rap record and remained for 9 weeks. To date, the album was a certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 2009's Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for the Best Rap Album.LP 1
1. Baba Says Cool For Thought
2. Free Chilly
3. Go Go Gadget Flow
4. The Coolest
6. Paris, Tokyo
8. Gold Watch
9. Hip-Hop Saved My Life
10. Intruder Alert
1. Streets On Fire
2. Little Weapon
3. Gotta Eat
4. Dumb It Down
5. Hello/Goodbye (Uncool)
6. The Die
7. Put You On Game
9. Go Baby$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Radio, Volume 2On their 2012 breakout Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment laid out a new paradigm for creative music, reaching beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music and beyond. Black Radio drew unanimous praise from critics across the board and earned Glasper the highest chart positions of his career when the album debuted at #10 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart, also claiming the #1 spot on both the Billboard Jazz chart and the iTunes R&B chart. The album kept earning accolades all the way to the 2013 GRAMMY Awards where Black Radio was awarded Best R&B Album.
In 2013, RGE ups the ante with the release of Black Radio 2 (Blue Note), another genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Providing the vocals throughout is another jaw-dropping roll call of vocalists including Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli SandÉ, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
On Black Radio 2, the emphasis is on songwriting with 11 of the 12 tracks new originals, from the soaring lead track "I Stand Alone" featuring rapper Common and vocalist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy through Jill Scott's sensual ode to connection "Calls" to the reinvention fantasy "Somebody Else" featuring BRIT Award winner Emeli SandÉ. The lone cover is the album closer, a spine-tingling version of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America" by vocalist Lalah Hathaway that also features a poignant spoken word tribute to the 20 young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The album was produced by Glasper along with executive producers Nicole Hegeman and Eli Wolf.1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone - featuring Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing - featuring Brandy
4. Calls featuring - Jill Scott
5. No Worries - featuring Dwele
6. Trust - featuring Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find - featuring Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me - featuring Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride - featuring Norah Jones
10. Persevere - featuring Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco and Luke James
11. Somebody Else - featuring Emeli SandÉ
12. Jesus Children of America - featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black RadioThe Robert Glasper Experiment's Blue Note Records/EMI release Black Radio is a future landmark recording that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz hip-hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag.
The first full-length album from the Grammy-nominated keyboardist's electric Experiment band (Casey Benjamin/sax & vocoderist, Derrick Hodge/bass and Chris Dave/drummer) also features many of Glasper's famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams and Mos Def.
Throughout, the Experiment wears its eclecticism on its sleeve, presenting new collaborative originals and surprising cover songs. They transform the Afro-Cuban standard Afro Blue with Badu, Sade's Cherish The Day with Hathaway, David Bowie's Letter to Hermione with Bilal and Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit with Benjamin's vocoder vocal.1. Lift Off ft. Shafig Husayn/Mic Check
2. Afro Blue ft. Erykah Badu
3. Cherish the Day ft. Lalah Hathaway
4. Always Shine ft. Lupe Fiasco and Bilal
5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) ft. Ledisi
6. Move Love ft. KING
7. Ah Yeah ft. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele
8. The Consequences of Jealousy ft. Meshell Ndegeocello
9. Why Do We Try ft. Stokely Williams
10. Black Radio ft. Mos Def
11. Letter to Hermione ft. Bilal
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vava VoomBy combining sound and force with weight, the Bassnectar experience engulfs the senses. It is as physical as it is auditory; the adventure has no rules, no limitations, and no hesitation in fusing the familiar with the strange or the classic with the cutting edge.
Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and it exists as an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre imaginable and smashed it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes.
Bassnectar's most recent releases are Cozza Frenzy (2009), Timestretch (2010), Wildstyle (2010) and Divergent Spectrum (2011). Through his self-run Amorphous Music label and studio, he has remixed/collaborated with the likes of Ellie Goulding, Gogol Bordello, KRS-One, Perry Farrel, Fever Ray, Spearhead, STS9 and Buckethead; as well as created various remix projects with producers such as Z-trip, Diplo, ill. Gates, 6Blocc, DJ Vadim, RJD2 and Jantsen.
His new 2012 release, Vava Voom, features 11 slabs of fresh 'nectar' and a host of guests including Lupe Fiasco, Amp Live, Jansten, ill. Gates, Mimi Page and Tina Malia. The album is preceded by the title track lead single featuring Lupe Fiasco.1. Vava Voom (ft. Lupe Fiasco)
3. Ugly (ft. Amp Live)
4. Ping Pong
5. What (ft. Jansten)
6. Pennywise Tribute
7. Do It Like This (ft. ill. Gates)
8. Laughter Crescendo
9. Butterfly (ft. Mimi Page)
10. Nothing Has Been Broken (ft. Tina Malia)
11. Chronological Outtakes$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now