Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #231 / 772
User Score
Based on 348 ratings
2015 Ratings: #60
January 20, 2015 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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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.
Inglume
92
Mural is probably one of the best hip-hop album openers of all time!

So, a trip down memory lane: this was my very first rap album! The very first one I sat through from start to finish. It's an album that has undeniably stuck with me through the years and helped change the way I listen to music and explore new genres.

I remember the memories clearly! It was a cold February morning on Saturday. It's the weekend and a friend wanted me to listen to the new Chris Brown x Tyga collab. He ... read more
ARollingStone
70
Conscious Hip-Hop | Poetic | United States
7.5
It's pretty good.

"It's hard being a Lupe fan, go to Harvard to be a Lupe stan"

I feel like a statement like this only works with Lupe. That's one of the reasons why i think Lupe is a GOAT contender. Nobody is on his level when it comes to straight up bars and the first real song on here Mural is an 8 minute epic with just bars on top of bars. The beat on the track as well is one of the best he has ever spit on and i'd say it's one of ... read more
AZIZ
88
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
jatedisse
91
What a great album!
"Mural" is a Masterpiece
Atrocityblubber
89
Lupe is great with this artsy shit man this makes him one of the most captivating and conceptual rappers ever
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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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