Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #660 / 668
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2017 Ratings: #523
Your Review



DROGAS Light may not surpass his auspicious debut, 2006’s Food & Liquor, but it is easily the least scattered statement he’s made in about a decade.


Tetsuo and Youth, Lupe’s 2015 offering had a flare that got the balance between leaving us breathless and making us think that DROGAS Light just misses the mark on.

The range in quality here indicates that superior work is in reserve.
The Guardian
Ultimately, this lack of direction means the album doesn’t take off. Even amid the mish-mash, however, there are enough moments of quality to remind the listener why this MC deserves to finish his career on his own terms.

Lacking cohesion and at times sliding from lyrically dense to unnecessarily complicated, DROGAS Light won't go down as a jewel in Fiasco's catalogue, but it has too many redeeming qualities to write it off as a loss.


Although Lupe claims his forthcoming DROGAS album is by far the better project, this project has enough catchy hooks and clean raps to tide fans over in the meantime.

The Needle Drop

DROGAS Light is one of Lupe Fiasco's better attempts at making an album with pop appeal, though it still pales in comparison to his more progressive work like Tetsuo & Youth.

Rolling Stone

Appreciated by themselves, the first eight tracks of Drogas Light actually serve as a brisk, masterful concept album in the vein of lyrical heir Common or the 1993 gangsta rap riposte SlaughtaHouse by Masta Ace Incorporated.

The Skinny

In what should have been a return to form for Lupe Fiasco, Drogas Light falls short, instead feeling too rushed and confused to make for any kind of anticipation for the rest of the trilogy that is still to come.

Loud and Quiet
It certainly plays like leftovers, and not the glorious second day lasagne type of leftovers. This is soggy cornflakes.
Drowned in Sound
Quite the mess all told. The second part of a trilogy is often the best though, right?
The 405
When artists as diverse as Vince Staples, Schoolboy Q, and J. Cole are receiving both critical and commercial acclaim for making socially conscious records that are musically outside the box, you’d hope that Lupe would trust himself enough to deliver the kind of music he’s capable of making. Instead, we get a terrible album—a new low in a career that already has too many down moments.
Feb 13, 2017*
After reading Lupe's self-written review of this album on Twitter, the reason the album sucks so bad makes a little more sense to me now. Personally, I don't think this is good at all, a couple tracks are kinda fun when you're in that mood for some generic, fun, trendy hip-hop shit, but the overall package is just painfully unsatisfying. However, from what i've seen, the people that enjoyed Lasers a lot are really diggin this thing, so I guess the target audience Lupe was aiming for are having ... read more
Feb 11, 2017*
DROGAS Light is sadly not a good album. It starts off with Dopamine Lit, which kicks off the album with a somewhat high note; the beat is somewhat good, and Lupe's flow is good. However, the track got stale just fifty-five seconds in for me, and something similar happens to many other tracks in this album.
The tracks that get stale just a few seconds or one minute in usually do have a terrible beat, a clumsy flow or awful lyrics, and sometimes, all of these things happen all at once.
There is ... read more
Feb 10, 2017*
The reviews make me so sad. I dont even want to listen to the album now.

update: Listened to it. And yeah its not great but why is it getting extremely negative scores. This shit is mediocre, but not trash.

2nd update: It grew on me.
Feb 17, 2017
If the next two albums aren't any better, I'm gonna be pissed. Tetsuo and Youth was incredible, then we get Lasers pt. 2 right after that. At least Lupe consciously released this knowing it wasn't any "high art" that you could argue some of his other work is. Every song is a generic trap banger that has little authenticity. DROGAS Light is gonna be a money maker for Lupe, but it is far from being one of his more well done albums.

fav tracks: NGL, Jump (maybe?), Pick Up the Phone ... read more
Feb 10, 2017
There are a couple of songs on here that didn't make me cringe while I was listening to them and were actually kind of cool, but even those I don't see myself going back to.

These songs are Dopamine Lit, Jump and Law
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#35/Complex (First Half)
Track List
  1. Dopamine Lit (Intro)
  2. NGL (feat. Ty Dolla $Ign)
  3. Promise
  4. Made in the USA (feat. Bianca Sings)
  5. Jump (feat. Gizzle)
  6. City of the Year (feat. Rondo)
  7. High (Interlude) [feat. Simon Sayz]
  8. Tranquillo (feat. Rick Ross & Big K.R.I.T.)
  9. Kill (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Victoria Monet)
  10. Law (feat. Simon Sayz)
  11. Pick Up the Phone
  12. It's Not Design (feat. Salim)
  13. Wild Child (feat. Jake Torrey)
  14. More Than My Heart (feat. Rxmn & Salim)

Added on: December 26, 2016