Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers is another in a long line of albums held up by record-label issues, with fans going so far as to organize Fiasco Friday, an October protest march on Atlantic’s New York offices. Which was a success, actually: The album is officially dropping on March 8, and today the Chicago MC released a preview of what’s to come, in the form of a new track titled “Words I Never Said.” So this is what everyone’s been fighting for.
Wrapped around a powerful Skylar Grey hook, the track attacks seemingly everything and everyone involved in American politics today, from the war on terror (it’s a “bunch of bullshit”) to right-wing commentators (“Limbaugh is a racist/Glenn Beck is a racist”). He doesn’t spare President Obama either, admitting that he didn’t vote for him in 2008, nor does he plan to in 2012: “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit/That’s why I didn’t vote for him, next one either.” Lupe also tackles the religious conflict between Islam and Judaism (“Murdering is not Islam, and you are not observant/And you are not a Muslim/Israel don’t take my side, ’cause look how far you pushed them”), and the banks (“Crooked banks around the world would gladly give a loan today/So if you ever miss a payment they can take your home away”). Meanwhile, Alex Da Kid, the British producer responsible for hits like “Airplanes” and “Love the Way You Lie,” gives Lupe a driving, robotic beat that contrasts with the MC’s genuine delivery. Hopefully the rest of the album lives up to this track’s quality; Lupe’s fans gave up a Friday afternoon to make it happen, after all.