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Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Tetsuo & Youth’ Is A Return To Form

Lupe Fiasco’s career has been a mix of blooming ingenuity and surprising mediocrity. After a turbulent mix of starts and stops, Tetsuo And Youth, his fifth LP and reportedly his last for Atlantic, is an album that both meets fans' exalted expectations of the Chicago native while surpassing them in the process. Sonically separated by the four different seasons, Lupe has arguably released his most thematically layered and engaging album to date. The genetic makeup of the “Summer” section is a nostalgic reminder of Lupe’s career origins. “Mural” is a concrete reminder of the man’s deft lyrical stronghold. Lacking the enthusiasm of ...

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