Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #228 / 770
User Score
Based on 246 ratings
2015 Ratings: #54
January 20, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
HipHopDX
In place of frustration and petulance lives a warmth present for the first time in Fiasco full-length history; as if he’s reached a new checkpoint in the development of his patented simple-complexity; as if making music is again fun for him.
83
A.V. Club
The album is the best Lupe Fiasco has been in years, mostly because it forgoes the previously self-imposed mandates of his savior complex in favor of a balanced view from both intrapersonal and interpersonal lenses.
80
Complex
You will not find any throwaway tracks on here. It is quite possibly his greatest creation.​
80
XXL

After a turbulent mix of starts and stops, Tetsuo And Youth ... is an album that both meets fans’ exalted expectations of the Chicago native while surpassing them in the process.

80
Exclaim!

It's a lot to digest, but Lupe's refound vigour and poignancy make it largely worth the effort, despite one or two tracks that you'll no doubt find yourself drifting in and out of.

80
AllMusic

Tetsuo & Youth strolls its way into greatness after a couple listens and wipes out all the bitter aftertaste of Lasers as if that misstep never happened.

80
PopMatters

Tetsuo & Youth finds Lupe Fiasco returning to the ambitious abandon that defined his first two albums.

75
Consequence of Sound
Sometimes subtle, sometimes not, Lupe is a man with a lot to say and a lot of ways of doing it successfully, without pretentiousness.
72
Pitchfork

Something feels different this time around: If Tetsuo & Youth is any indication, something has shaken loose in Lupe, because it's the most focused, thoughtful, and satisfying project he's offered since The Cool.

70
AllHipHop

The main quandary with Tetsuo & Youth is not so much the production, as much as it is the production for the most part sounding the same.

69
Paste

On the whole, Tetsuo and Youth is a shaky album by a newly energized Lupe Fiasco who is newly energized.

60
Rolling Stone

Lupe Fiasco's fifth album is a swirl of double meanings, extended metaphors about yoga and math, and increasingly labyrinthine ways to say "I'm dope".

58
Pretty Much Amazing
Fiasco’s work is an intellectual exercise that takes hip-hop back to its spoken word roots, but unfortunately sacrifices much of the fun in the process.
jatedisse
91
What a great album!
"Mural" is a Masterpiece
AZIZ
91
This is the best hip-hop comeback album of all time in my opinion. After 2 duds (even though I personally enjoyed F&L2) Lupe was considered washed. This album changed all that. I can't even choose songs to comment because every song has loads of things to be commented about. The hooks are good, the rhyming schemes are very complex (internal rhymes, alliterations, lots of metaphors), the flow is pretty amazing, the subject matter is also very good most of the time. The only real low point ... read more
KingJAB99
98
EXCEPTIONAL album. This shot way above my expectations, as I almost thought Lupe had lost his footing for good (due to Lasers and F&L 2). If you are willing to dig deep enough into this album's concepts, you will realize that it is easily one of the greatest of all time. #newclassic
CuckBoi5000
94
Lupe's best imo
unknownpleasure
85
Mural is one of my favorite hip-hop tracks of all time.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/Stashed
#11/Complex
#31/PopMatters
#50/Pigeons & Planes
/HipHopDX
/XXL

Track List

  1. Summer
  2. Mural
  3. Blur My Hands (featuring Guy Sebastian)
  4. Dots & Lines
  5. Fall
  6. Prisoner 1 & 2 (featuring Ayesha Jaco)
  7. Body of Work (featuring Troi & Terrace Martin)
  8. Little Death (featuring Nikki Jean)
  9. No Scratches (featuring Nikki Jean)
  10. Winter
  11. Chopper (featuring Billy Blue, Buk of Psychodrama, Trouble, Trae tha Truth, Fam-Lay, & Glasses Malone)
  12. Deliver (additional vocals by Ty Dolla $ign)
  13. Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) (featuring Nikki Jean)
  14. Adoration of the Magi (featuring Crystal Torres)
  15. They.Resurrect.Over.New (featuring Ab-Soul & Troi)
  16. Spring
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