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May 3, 2011

Lasers – Lupe Fiasco

Lasers, the new album by  Lupe Fiasco came at a hard time in my life emotionally.  I never thought that the album would be relevant to me emotionally when I started to listen but it was because Lupe has chosen to be honest about himself and his own vulnerabilities on it.

The frustration that people feel when they have to operate within a system that is hell-bent on exploiting them is paralyzing at times.  He gets into how his inevitable fight against the record industry,  that every artist that is commited to creativity and truth has had, took a toll on his spirit.

He definitely came out on the other side a stronger artist.  This album fits the format more than his previous albums and on first listen I must admit, I was not sure about it.  When I actually listened to it though, the artistry and genius word-play that Lupe is famous for shone through.  I can’t wait until he comes to Berlin.  I will be in the front row and by that time, I’m sure I’ll be mouthing all of the lyrics.

I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion that’s why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through – Lupe

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Denise is a Guyanese-born, New York City raised, Berliner. She is a dreamer, writer, activist who sometimes bakes.


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