The ‘Superstar’ returns

Mark Linville

In today’s music scene, we see a lot of artists striving to be different.

Very few actually succeed in standing out in the crowd.

One artist who does is Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe’s latest release, “Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile,” or “LASERS,” is a shining example of how to be original in 2011.

One word to describe his album over all is rebellious, which is the word illustrated by the album cover’s anarchy symbol.

“LASERS” is classic Lupe in the sense that he never fails to bring his originality through his positive and real lyrics.

His song “The Show Goes On” is a perfect example of his uplifting music.

Lupe has been known for breaking the rap mold.

His single “Kick, Push” from his 2006 album “Lupe’s Food and Liquor” was his debut of rebellious rap music.

“LASERS” features many well known artists that cameo on each track.

R&B artist Trey Songz provides vocals on the track “Out of My Head” and the legend himself, John Legend lends his talent to the final track on the album “Never Forget You.”

“LASERS” is one of those albums that make you feel good after listening to it.

It’s awesome to have an artist like Lupe Fiasco who creates music to inspire. He doesn’t waste his time and talent rapping about the useless facets of life.

This is his third studio album, will it be his last?

In 2008, Lupe announced that his third and final album “LupE.N.D.” would mark his retirement from music.

However, his record deal with Atlantic Records prevented his exit.

In a 2008 interview with Rolling Stone, Lupe spoke of his retirement.

“I was 85 percent last year,” Lupe said. “Now I’m like 96 percent [sure] this year that ‘LupE.N.D.’ is gonna be the last album.”

But that was then, and now “LupE.N.D.” has been put on hold and “LASERS” took place of his planned final album, which is no longer “final.”

Until the day Lupe Fiasco does retire, we’ll all just sit back and enjoy the music while it lasts.

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