Posted Aug 30th, 2015 (9:21 am) by Heather Starks
Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco

After hinting at the project back in June, the Chicago rapper finally made good on his word.

Lupe Fiasco has been a busy man. He already released Tetsuo and Youth in January, and this weekend he surprised his fans by releasing the 6 song mix tape Pharaoh Height. When he initially discussed the project back in June, he called it Pharaoh Height 2/30, leading most to believe that this is a direct sequel to 2006's Fahrenheit 1/15.

The material is definitely different for Lupe - the first song is a back and forth of narration that sounds as if it's being read by the announcer from "Legends of the Hidden Temple," and Lupe randomly jumping in with a staggered flow. Everything about this mix tape feels experimental, which may explain why it never went anywhere after Lupe first announced his intentions for it. However, there are bright moments of inspired lyricism, like the line, "Bernie Sanders need a Nike deal, then I might consider that he might be real." By the time you get to the last song, "Schemes," Lupe has finally found his footing, and spits rapid fire rhymes carefully crafted to remind you just how talented he is.

All in all, not bad for a free mix tape. Check out the the entire thing below.

Lupe Fiasco - Pharaoh Height

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