Lasers is the third studio album by American rapper Lupe Fiasco, released on 8 March 2011 by Atlantic Records in the United States.
Lasers is an acronym for “Love Always Shines Everytime: Remember to Smile,” and the album is a reflection of a 14-point manifesto the Chicago-born MC composed to guide him on the project, including items like “We want substance in the place of popularity” and “We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd.”
The album some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, combined with irresistible melodies, production by the likes of Jerry Wonder and The Neptunes, as well as collaborations with John Legend, Trey Songz, long-time collaborator Soundtrakk and others.
Sure enough, this album is worth buying. Lupe has produced perhaps his finest work to date. The album is radio friendly and more commercial than previous albums. Lupe brings his observations of the world and mixes it perfectly with the featured vocalists on the album. It may not be a masterpiece but it certainly inspires and we cannot recommend it enough.
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers Album Cover
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers Track Listing
1. “Letting Go” (featuring Sarah Green) - 4:26
2. “Words I Never Said” (featuring Skylar Grey) - 4:16
3. “Till I Get There” - 3:23
4. “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now” (featuring MDMA) - 4:15
5. “Out of My Head” (featuring Trey Songz) - 3:24
6. “The Show Goes On” - 3:56
7. “Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways)” (featuring MDMA) - 4:01
8. “Coming Up” (featuring MDMA) - 3:58
9. “State Run Radio” (featuring Matt Mahaffey) - 3:57
10. “Break the Chain” (featuring Eric Turner and Sway) - 4:21
11. “All Black Everything” - 3:40
12. “Never Forget You” (featuring John Legend) - 4:04
iTunes Store bonus tracks
13. “I’m Beamin” - 4:48
14. “Shining Down” (featuring Matthew Santos) - 4:34
On October 26, 2010, the official first single from Lasers, “The Show Goes On” premiered on Lupe’s official website. It was produced by Kane Beatz and samples Modest Mouse’s “Float On” as part of the chorus. The music video for the single was directed by Hiro Murai and premiered on Fiasco’s official website on Christmas day, December 25, 2010. “The Show Goes On” has peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100, 57 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and 16 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.
Fiasco confirmed that the second official single off Lasers would be “Words I Never Said.” The song is produced by Alex da Kid and features American singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. The song was released for digital download on February 8, 2011. It has since peaked at number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
But this is overall a very good, surprisingly pleasant rap album that will be far superior than anything most rap artists will come out with anytime soon. Some of the hardcore Lupe fans may not have been pleased, but we think this is something we can all enjoy.
Released March 4, 2011
Genre Hip hop
Label 1st & 15th, Atlantic
Producer Lupe Fiasco (executive), Charles “Chilly” Patton (executive), Darrale Jones (co-executive), The Audibles, Alex da Kid, The Buchanans, Ishi, Kane Beatz, King David, Needlz, The Neptunes, Soundtrakk