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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Food & Liquor peaked in the Top Ten and collected three Grammy nominations. The Cool, released the next calendar year, reached gold-sales status and earned four Grammy nominations. Despite the achievements and momentum, Lupe Fiasco -- a reluctant industry cog from the beginning -- encountered several snags and had to make substantial artistic compromises prior to having Atlantic allow the long-delayed release of his third album. Nothing on Lasers symbolizes this particular conflict between art and commerce like "The Show Goes On." Lupe disassociated himself from the song and claimed he was told how to rap on it -- an edgeless, sanitized imitation of Kanye West's "All ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Food & Liquor peaked in the Top Ten and collected three Grammy nominations. The Cool, released the next calendar year, reached gold-sales status and earned four Grammy nominations. Despite the achievements and momentum, Lupe Fiasco -- a reluctant industry cog from the beginning -- encountered several snags and had to make substantial artistic compromises prior to having Atlantic allow the long-delayed release of his third album. Nothing on Lasers symbolizes this particular conflict between art and commerce like "The Show Goes On." Lupe disassociated himself from the song and claimed he was told how to rap on it -- an edgeless, sanitized imitation of Kanye West's "All of the Lights" that, curiously enough, includes the line "They treat you like a slave, put chains all on your soul." It became one of his biggest hits. Lasers offers more substance when the reins are loosened. On "Words I Never Said," Lupe confronts fear-fueled alienation and, more pointedly, both sides of the political spectrum, following "Limbaugh is a racist/Glenn Beck is a racist" with "Gaza Strip was gettin' bombed/Obama didn't say shit." "All Black Everything" is a sobering pro-black fantasy in which Lupe provides an alternate/"what if?" version of history: "And we ain't get exploited/White man ain't fear it, so he did not destroy it." For all the concessions one can imagine Lupe making, it's unquestionably the lumbering, overwrought choruses -- something that plagued The Cool as well. Here, they are at their most glaring on "Break the Chain" and "I Don't Wanna Care Right Now," two high-gloss, Europop-flavored productions that weigh down the album and dull the impact of the rhymes. If there is one MC whose rhymes should not be dulled for the sake of chasing pop trends, it's Lupe Fiasco.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678833199
  • Catalog Number: 526832
  • Sales rank: 210,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Letting Go - Sarah Green (4:26)
  2. 2 Words I Never Said - Skylar Grey (4:16)
  3. 3 Till I Get There (3:23)
  4. 4 I Don't Wanna Care Right Now (4:15)
  5. 5 Out of My Head (3:24)
  6. 6 The Show Goes On (3:56)
  7. 7 Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways) (4:01)
  8. 8 Coming Up (3:58)
  9. 9 State Run Radio (3:57)
  10. 10 Break the Chain (4:21)
  11. 11 All Black Everything (3:40)
  12. 12 Never Forget You (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lupe Fiasco Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Sammy Fain Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Darrale Jones Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Isaac Brock Composer
Dann Gallucci Composer
Eric Judy Composer
Arden Altino Composer, Producer
Needlz Producer
Ronnie Jackson Composer
John Legend Composer
Holly Brook Composer
Lupe Fiasco Executive Producer
Syience Producer
Kane Beatz Producer
Marsha St. Hubert Marketing
Cara Donatto Publicity
Brian Ranney Package Production
King David Producer
Janice Kinjo grooming
Khari Cain Composer
Joe Peluso Engineer
Alex Da Kid Producer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
'Free Chilly' Executive Producer, Management
Wasalu Jaco Composer
Jason "Pooh Bear" Boyd Composer
Khalil Walton Composer
Alexander Grant Composer
Ishi Producer
Dominic Jordan Composer
Skylar Grey Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Miykal Snoddy Composer, Producer
Ricky Rutland Composer
Reginald Perry Composer
Jonathon Keith Brown Composer
Jimmy Gannos Composer
Dustin William Brower Composer
David Manzoor Composer
Daniel Johnson Composer
Cory Buchanan Producer
Wizzo Buchanan Composer, Producer
OAK Art Direction
The Audibles Producer
Rob Gold Art Manager
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