The king of character rapping is back to painting images of an incomprehensible world, but this time Lupe composes a revolutionary’s euphoria. It’s a guarantee no one else would use the words Bill O’Reilly, Quran, George Bush and Iran quite the way Lupe does in “All Black Everything” and envisioning early Eminem as the socially excepted Hip-Hop norm while a black rapper fights to be heard is just as unprecedented.
The Cool deserves credit for creativity as usual, and after “The Show Goes On” got a mixed reception from Fiasco fans, both “Words I Never Said” and “All Black Everything” sound a lot more like the pissed-off poet we know and love. The production might hold this track back though, as it doesn’t gel with the dark irony of the verses. Lupe’s proclamation, calling this the “best track he has ever created,” is a bold one and he may be right lyrically, but you would be hard pressed to find a supporting soundbed that could match the competing emotions and complexities of the track’s intentions.
Lupe Fiasco – “All Black Everything”
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