Lasers: Lupe Fiasco
Here’s yet another rapper on the electro-pop bandwagon, although it seems Lupe Fiasco put up a fight against record company execs set on a filtered, commercial release. On tracks State Run Radio and All Black Everything, Fiasco, who wowed at the Big Day Out festival in January, oozes intelligent, raw hip hop. But catchy singles The Show Goes On and Words I Never Said have clearly been given the spit-and-polish treatment. There’s nothing wrong with mainstream music and Fiasco pulls it off well, but such creative talent shouldn’t be restrained by for-the-masses hooks and rhymes.