Listen: Blu – “Kiss The Sky (feat. Mela Machinko)”

When it comes to Blu, you know that whether or not his new music is mastered, mixed, or even finished, he’ll come hard with the rhymes. With his newest release though, there’s absolutely no need to be worried as it’s about as finished as can be. Released through Coalmine Records, new single “Kiss The Sky” features top-notch and not lo-fi verses from Blu, a fitting chorus from Mela Machinko, and some vocal samples from Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick, Push”.

I’m still a fan of his glitchy, lo-fi style but I know a lot of you have been waiting for the Below The Heavens-style music to come back. If you’ve been a long-time fan of Blu, this is definitely a huge surprise and a great one at that. Blu hasn’t sounded this focused in quite a long time and it’s refreshing to see that he’s hopefully returning to the style of music that originally got him signed to Warner Bros. Give it a listen below and grab it on iTunes here.

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Mixtape: Lupe Fiasco – Friend Of The People

Following the release of his latest album LasersLupe Fiasco announced that he wasn’t personally satisfied with the album he was forced to make by Atlantic Records, despite the commercial success of the record. Long-time fans of Lu weren’t satisfied either, calling the album too poppy and a manufactured attempt to make hits for the usually deep and incredibly lyrical rapper.

Today, on Thanksgiving Day, Lupe released a brand new mixtape titledFriend Of The People as a way to thank his fans for supporting him throughout his career. The Friend Of The People project actually began two years ago, but was shelved due to Lupe’s involvement with Summit on the Summit and his climb onto Mount Kilimanjaro. After Lasers, he rebooted the project, preparing the 12-track, sample heavy release in anticipation for his forthcoming LP, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album.

You can check out two songs below (sampling Justice and M83!), as well as the full mixtape below. The full tracklist is available after the break.

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MP3: Lupe Fiasco – “Double Burger with Cheese” (Justice “Ohio”)

MP3: Lupe Fiasco – “The End Of The World” (M83 “Midnight City”)

Friend Of The People Tracklist:
01. Introduction (Nero “2808”)
02. Lupe Back (Nero “Doomsday”)
03. Friend of the People (feat. Dosage) (Sebastian “Jack Wire”)
04. Double Burger with Cheese (Justice “Ohio”)
05. Joaquin Phoenix (feat. Lil Ronnie)
06. WWJD He’d Prolly LOL Like WTF!!! (Justice “On’n’On”)
07. Lightwork (Ellie Goulding & Bassnectar “Lights” remix)
08. Life, Death & Love From San Francisco (John Coltrane “Love Supreme”)
09. SLR
10. SNDCLsH In Vegas (Kaskade & Skrillex “Lick It”)
11. Super Cold (The Glitch Mob “Bad Wings”)
12. The End Of The World (M83 “Midnight City”)

New XV – “Words I Never Said (Freestyle)”

XV has taken to his Twitter account again, releasing a brand new freestyle. This time, XV goes in on Lupe Fiasco‘s “Words I Never Said” (without the Skylar Grey hook), the second single from Lasers, released via Atlantic Records today. I’ve heard numerous comparisons between XV and early Lupe, so it seems fitting for Vizzy to flip the single on the album’s release date. Download and stream below.

XV’s Warner Brothers debut The Kid With The Green Backpack is set to be released later this year.

Lupe Fiasco Talks Lasers: “I hate this album.”

In a new interview with Complex Magazine, Lupe Fiasco revealed some startling information about his new album, discussing songs like “The Show Goes On” that he was forced to make by Atlantic Records and why he hates Lasers.

“I had to do ‘Show Goes On,’ that was like the big chip on the table. I had to do it and it had to be the first single if the record was going to come out. And then there’s ‘Never Forget You’ [featuring John Legend]—which is another record I had nothing to do with—which became another bargaining chip, like, ‘Yo, after ‘Show Goes On’ there’s going to be this other record that you had nothing to do with.’ And I know John Legend, he’s a cool dude. But it was just a record he had sitting around and Exec A or Exec B heard it, and they were like, ‘Oh yeah! We’re going to put this on Lupe.’ And it wasn’t like, ‘Hey Lupe, do you like this song?’ it was like, ‘You got to do this record.'”

“One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I’ll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record—which is something I can’t separate—I hate this album.”

On the topic of the album’s multiple delays, Lupe said, “It’s like, ‘Another album out but the main root of the problem is still unsolved.’ And then there are records you literally had nothing to do with. That was a part of the compromise. Compromise doesn’t mean everybody is going to be happy, it’s just we’re going to do the best thing we can. The best thing for both parties is for this album to come out. Whether that means we’re homies or whether that means everything is cool now, that’s a different story.”

Read the full interview here and be sure to check out Lasers on March 8th.