Lasers: Lupe Fi­asco

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy - – KAREN TYE

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.

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