Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Wave
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Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #465 / 759
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Based on 289 ratings
2018 Ratings: #97
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
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Thirty Tigers / Label
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At its finest moments, the "WAV Files" and "Alan Forever"s of the album, DROGAS Wave achieves that sublime filmic quality hip-hop albums chase when they want to call to mind the word 'classic'. Like all of those albums, Wave frequently stumbles and falls short, but it does so on the path to something ambitious and, touch wood, timeless.

Lupe’s nosedive from the concept into a wide array of meaningful-yet-disconnected topics renders the album a disorienting affair whose gems get buried in a conceptual landslide.
The Needle Drop

Despite its 100-minute runtime and spotty concept , DROGAS Wave is a surprisingly solid addition to this phase of Lupe Fiasco's career.


There is nothing gratuitous about Lupe Fiasco's message. His subject matter is consistently humane, frequently empowering and always substantial.


What makes Drogas Wave especially frustrating is the way you can squint and see the shape of his possible masterpiece inside.

Lupe spends so much time telling the story of everything, he leaves little room for the listener’s reflection on anything.
I always said that I heavily anticipate DROGAS WAVE since Lupe confirmed it's Tetsuo & Youth-like feeling, but I was very skeptical, because he's known for being disappointing throughout his career...the 98 minutes runtime lessened this thoughts, but other worries came to mind due to it's length...

...but...but....BUUUUUUTTTTTTTT...goddamn, this album is amazing...the Lupe all wanted...rhyme schemes on point, lyricism and metaphors on point, concept is intricate and really ... read more


Favorite Tracks: Manilla, WAV Files, Down, Alan Forever, Stronger, Sun God Sam & The California Drug Deals, Kingdom, Cripple, King Nas, Mural Jr.

Least Favorite Tracks: XO, Quotations from Chairman Fred
Opinions are subject to change.

Before The Album:
This is going to be good. Lasers may have been bad because of label trouble. Drogas light was bad (no to me but most people) because Lupe wanted it to be. When Lupe is serious he makes beautiful art. So let's see what he has for me.

The Review:
Yeah this was just as great as I thought it'd be. This was a proper successor to Tetsuo & Youth. Nearly every song was lyrically intricate and most of the production on here is very good. One ... read more
I went into this expecting this to be like DROGAS Light. I was WRONG...VERY WRONG. This is easily one of Lupe Fiasco's strongest concepts, with excellent lyrics and flow, interesting production choices, and is actually incredibly consistent despite it having the runtime of a feature-length film! I'm very impressed with this comeback from Lupe. My opinions could change in a couple of months, but this is solidified for one of the best hip hop albums of 2018.
if aziz says its good then it must be good

edit: he wasnt wrong

a few months later: this is probably my favorite Lupe record, idk if anyone else (i didn’t even think Lupe could) could make an album this long with no filler. a masterpiece
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Track List

  1. In the Event of Typhoon
  2. Drogas
  3. Manilla
  4. Gold vs the Right Things To Do
  5. Slave Ship
  6. WAV Files
  7. Down (feat. Nikki Jean)
  8. Haile Selassie (feat. Nikki Jean)
  9. Alan Forever (feat. Crystal Torres)
  10. Helter Skelter
  11. Stronger (feat. Nikki Jean)
  12. Sun God Sam & The California Drug Deals (feat. Nikki Jean)
  13. XO (feat. Troi Irons)
  14. Don't Mess Up the Children
  15. Jonylah Forever
  16. Kingdom (feat. Damian Marley)
  17. Baba Kwesi
  18. Imagine (feat. Simon Sayz & Crystal Torres)
  19. Stack That Cheese (feat. Nikki Jean)
  20. Cripple (feat. Elena Pinderhughes)
  21. King Nas
  22. Quotations from Chairman Fred (feat. Nikki Jean & Bishop Edgar Jackson)
  23. Happy Timbuck2 Day
  24. Mural Jr.
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Added on: September 13, 2018