By Nadeska Alexis
If the title of this mixtape sounds familiar, it’s because Lupe Fiasco originally intended to release Friend of the People circa Christmas 2009, but those plans got a bit derailed because of his extra curricula activities. To be fair, his mixtape Enemy of the State: A Love Story was released on Thanksgiving Day of that year and 24 months later the Chi-town rapper is carrying on the tradition with his overdue and anticipated project. A few keywords we can throw out after our first spin: politics, Justice and Ellie Goulding.
Lupe’s fourth solo album Food & Liquor 2 is currently a work in progress, but this release gives him the chance to get a few things off his mind before then. The mixtape’s “Introduction” is a sound bite from a political speech, which questions the necessity of the U.S. being a military superpower vs. a humanitarian superpower. “Lupe Back” is the title of the album’s first song and it also begins with a sound bite, recalling a recent incident at the University of California, Davis, where Occupy Wall Street student protestors were pepper-sprayed.
In real Lupe fashion, he chose to lay down this material over an eclectic range of beats sampled from artists like Ellie Goulding, Justice, Skrillex and M83. Another random tidbit: the intro lines on the track “SLR” is from Pharrell’s verse on N.E.R.D.’s 2008 single “Everyone Nose.”
Download Lupe’s Friend of the People mixtape here. This is what his countdown to release looked like, beginning on Thanksgiving Eve (November 23).
10:00 AM Chicago Time. Tomorrow. #FOTP
3 hours until #FOTP drops…
2 Hours… #FOTP
1 hour, 7 minutes, 5 seconds #FOTP
19 mins… #FOTP
Happy Thanksgiving! #FOTP… ENJOY!