Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Leftovers: Lupe Fiasco - Friend of The People (Lost "Gravy" Mixtape)

This very Thanksgiving Day, much to fan delight, Lupe Fiasco liberated what has become a "lost album," of sorts: Friend of The People. The companion album mixtape to Enemy of The State (2009), which was scheduled to be released that coming Christmas holiday... until Fiasco decided to climb Mount Everest with Jessica Biel and then boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. The final released product seems to be a re-mixed and re-furbished version, as many of the sampled tracks [freestyles] weren't even out in 2009-10.

That being said: Justice, Coltrane, M83, Ellie Goulding, and Skrillex originals are effectively sampled and "MURDERED" within the sonic confines of Friend of The People's 12 tracks. In addition to 2 separate audio sound bites pulled from Justice's recent Audio, Video, Disco... "Life, Death & Love from San Francisco" is yet another track of particular interest; Lupe Fiasco laces aggressive rhymes over an edited chunk of A Love Supreme, Part 1: "Acknowledgement" (1965) - The first of 4 Coltrane-penned movements, initially spread across 2 sides of vinyl. Lupe Fiasco is reportedly holed up in the studio, putting the finishing touches on "Food & Liquor 2." It will serve as both the proper follow-up to Lasers and the long overdue sequel to his landmark debut finest, Food & Liquor (2006).

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