Here's what I streamed this week:
Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light
It'd be difficult to call Lupe underrated, despite his slow march out of the mainstream and into the hardcore hip-hop handbook. However you expected him to follow up his opus Tetsuo & Youth, a trap album with one eye open and one eye constantly winking probably wasn't on your radar. Lupe, Lil Wayne, and T.I. are the most diverse mainstream rappers on the planet, so it should be no surprise he delivers wisdom over beats designed to slap in car speaker systems. He may have done himself a disservice by not throwing caution to the wind and laying down the cash for Metro Boomin', Sonny Digital, Southside, Zaytoven, or Mike WiLL Made It, as the only real disappointment is the second-tier production. If you can make it past his slight elitism, there's gem's aplenty on DROGAS Light. It does away with the lyrical spiritual miracle individual rhymes of his last album and settles in to a more relaxed, accessible stance.