Saturday, January 16, 2010

EOTS Review Part 2

I know you’ve waited and waited. However, while Lupe climbed a mountain I finished finals, celebrated the holidays, and got ready for graduation. Besides, MOST of the mix tape review was in Part 1. So where did we leave off? Ahhh that’s right……

”Yoga Flame.” Naturally, we’d discuss “Angels” next. However there is an excellent review of it here. I believe that young gentleman did the song absolute justice.

So after “Yoga Flame” the mix tape definitely took a turn. Lupe’s more laid back, down-to-earth tempo kicks in. I remember putting my headphones on after midnight when the tape dropped and BUGGING OUT at the first couple of songs.

I ran around the den screaming, “HE’S GOING IN!!! OMG, HE’S GIVING IT TO THEM!” I was home for Thanksgiving break and my half-asleep parental units were looking at me like I’d just lost my mind. Yet, around “Angels”, I took a seat in the sofa and cruised the rest of the lyrics….no crazy necessary.

So Ghetto

This song is the perfect example of what I call the “Fiasco Play-a-Round Flow.” This is one of Lupe’s attributes that I love most. He is excellent at staying on topic for songs in which such a characteristic is necessary. In the mix tape he has much tape to stray from the conscious track (although he doesn’t stray far.) He does this in many verses.


Uh, yeah, this one's for Chilly Chill, Food and Liquor flow//
Strong like it's been distilled by//
Hillbillies in the hills and we move down to Beverly//
So heavenly, waking n****s up like revelry//
We won't be going back to you regularly, so forget it//
Shadow flow, call up Punxsutawney Phillips//
My mind's on dope, my brain's on skillets//

Thoroughly trained to just bang off lyrics//

Bang bang bang like Pops Wayans,
Witherspoon (with a spoon) or with a fork,
Was coming out my egg like Mork, deserves his own head on Rushmore

Lu just used so many off the wall analogies; I don’t even know where to begin. So of course he shouts Chill out, as he does with every track. He even reminds us that his “flow” is still strong, hence the distilled/liquor simile.

He even lets you know that he’s still the “noisemaker” (revelry) of the industry. Now when he starts bringing in random things like Punxsutawney Phillips and Pops Wayans, you realize he’s in that “play-a-round” flow.

Here’s where the beauty of such a flow is. Because most listeners probably hear references and dismiss it they don’t understand how BEAST certain lines are. Punxsutawney Phillips is the most notorious groundhog used for Groundhog Day.

What determines the weather for the rest of the winter? Shadow? Shadow-flow? Beast. Then he’ll throw in something that’s more common knowledge like Pop Wayans notorious “bang, bang, bang”.

People don’t realize how well read and versatile Mr. Fiasco is sometimes. To fuse two COMPLETELY different aspects of life in one verse for simple analogies is genius. Half of his listeners aren’t even at the age where they’ll remember Mork and Robin Williams. Where does he come up with this stuff?

“I am on point like the eating side of forks//
So keep your head down like your reflection in a spoon//”

He HAD to be eating when he thought that up. Lol, I’m just saying. Dope.

Say Something Freestyle

I’m not going to break this track down by lyric because there’s SOOOO much to decipher. He definitely had something to say. However, I can see tons of connections with “The Cool” album. These lyrics could be reproduced on a new beat for “Lasers” and I wouldn’t have one issue with it. All the typical Fiasco elements are here:

1) Chi-Town Repping

2) Popular Reference

3) SERIOUS Wordplay

4) Connections to previous albums/tracks

The most vivid element was towards the end of the song with the food references. Much like “Gotta Eat” from The Cool album, Lupe GOES IN on the food metaphor. Weaker emcees, Media, and even other states are getting “fried” in those last couple of bars.

We’ve just covered the more “technical”/imagined elements of Mr. Fiasco’s flow. You know I’m always down for a hefty conclusion filled with tons of crafty metaphor for my favorite emcee. However, good things come to those who wait. Part 3? Sooner than Part 2? Lol,

Indeed. As Lu would say, “We’ve only got 3 more tracks to go…No More LupEND.”


PS - If you're that hungry for a dope review, here's a snippet of the ODU one:

"While in the stadium indulge in your more "positive" surroundings. Fine tune your ears, feel the bass in your heart, and open your eyes and take a look around you. Watch Fiasco get on one knee and spit the first verse of "Sunshine" to the most insecure girl in the crowd. Witness him pass his beloved mic to the 12-year-old up front who knows every song verbatim. Listen to your favorite emcee tell you how much he loves and appreciates you for what you've done for him; with tears in his eyes and a frog in his throat. Now step outside the stadium; observe the "now" elevated minds banter excitedly in Lasers and Trilly & Trully shirts; consciousness on their tongues. Walk home to your hood; look out for the boys who were destined to be gang bangers and drug dealers, hop on skateboards and throw up the CRS sign. Let the images reoccur in your mind, let that tingling feeling spread from the tip of your fingers to your crown, and most importantly"

You can read the rest here....


  1. Awesome review riva. I love reading break downs of his ingenius lyrics. Can't wait for the rest.


  2. Great Review again Riva

  3. its funny that you people NEVER know when lupe is talking about drugs, gangs and streetlife

    "he must not be tied tight, back against a wall, he will throw a BALL, like he playin jailai"

    "...or with a FORK, was comin' out my EGG like Mork..."

    i love that y'all still don't know Failure is entirely about sellin' crack.

    WHOMP to u unlisteners

  4. Dear Anonymous,

    Lyrics are all about interpretation. Love your negative....but we'll stay positive here.

  5. not interpretation.

    Failure is about drug dealing.

    throwing a ball means selling crack.

    egg is another term for crack.
    fork is the sign for GD, very prevalent in Chicago.

    you lose

  6. Dear Anonymous,

    Who the fuck cares?

  7. you face niggas SUCK! you think this dude is your savior but he reps the hood just as hard as the lose

    and how u gonna dear anonymous from an anonymous comment...FAILURE...hahahahahahaha

  8. Ehhh I think you're riding Lupe a lil hard in this review. Although a good mixtape, I don't feel as though he really "went in" in any of these tracks. Even in the last track 'Popular Demand' he says so: "No, you ain't ready for the heavy, so I'll keep it light as joggin' gear"

  9. Uhhh why would she shit on Lupe...on a blog dedicated to him?

  10. i cosign Bshrop...he didn't say she should shit on Lupe at all. But these 2 reviews are more than slightly over the top and pretty much the opposite of objective.