Life is like a Lupe Fiasco album; you never know what you're gonna get. Or is a Lupe Fiasco album like life? Will it be Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor or Lasers? Tetsuo & Youth or DROGAS Light? In the case of Mr. Jaco's latest, DROGAS Wave, it's a hefty mix of all of the above. The album combines the lyrical wizardry and enriched production reminiscent of his landmark albums with the aimlessness and misguided indulgence of his misses.
Conscious hip-hop exists in a state of perpetual existential irony. Known for its power-to-the-people catalog, Rawkus Records is actually a product of the moneyed elite. The subgenre's most popular modern figure promotes himself while wearing MAGA gear. Other icons, like the artist formerly known as Mos Def, simply quit.