Lupe Fiasco Causes Stir With Controversial New Track

In anticipation for the release of his ambitiously titled upcoming record, The Great American Rap Album, Lupe Fiasco has dropped his second single Bitch Bad to mixed reception.

The track has been unfairly crucified for its seemingly uninspired production, paired with Lupe’s unorthodox flow, which seems at-odds with the majority of the chi-town rapper’s previous work.

Unfortunately, Bitch Bad has suffered from direct comparisons to the album’s first single Round my Way, which was a more straightforward and accessible track that reworked Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s classic T.R.O.Y jazz riff.

What seems to be overlooked is the context of the track and its intentions, which reflect the wordsmith’s outspoken nature.

Lupe has calculatedly jumped on a relatively generic beat (that mirrors an unfortunate trend in recent hip hop music), in an effort to emphasise the lyrics – the content of which flies in the face of established hip hop tropes.

The pedestrian beat ensures Lu’s effort to address the widespread misogyny that has wormed its way into the nadir of hip hop culture is received loud and clear.

The message here is a noble one, and something that hopefully resonates amongst some of the more ignorant youth tirelessly pumping generic Gangsta rap.

Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 is slated for a September 25th release. Stay tuned for further updates.

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