Everybody knows Lupe Fiasco is not your typical rapper. He actually cares about what he says, and whether or not it makes sense. And sometimes, there’s even a (gasp!) message in his lyrics. But this new video for Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free) is something else to say the least. Directed by Alex Nazari (who’s worked with Travis Porter, Tyga, and Wiz Khalifa), the video has a gritty feel, complicated by the presence of a few cartoon-character accomplices. In case you were curious, this is usually what people mean when they say, real hip-hop.
Lupe Fiasco: Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)
Apparently there was some controversy over the sample (producers used the hiop-hop classic, They Reminisce Over You), but Lupe is kind of killing it, so I can’t imagine what people were mad about. It’s not like Soulja Boy sampled it. Shouts-out to Soulja Boy.
Lupe fans have a new album to look forward to this fall, as this track is another single off of the forthcoming Food And Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. The title gets a pretty cool shout-out at the beginning of the vid, as it’s a play on the typical Chicago corner store. I think my favorite part of the video is when the jeweler puts chain after chain (after chain) around his neck. Classic. And I love that he’s making his way through Chicago with a very unique set of eyes. That sounds about right for Lupe.
I’m still working through the song lyrically; he’s saying a lot about pop culture, media, and America the beautiful, — and I like that. Like at the beginning of the second verse: America’s a big mother—- garbage man/If you ain’t know you part and parcel of the problem. Looove the way he drags out that line; in fact, his flow was so cray I may or may not have had to confirm the words on DirectLyrics. Don’t judge me, I was just dying to know what he said!
I know we have at least one Lupe fan on PITNB… Erica, where you at?!
Check out Lupe’s other single, Bitch Bad. And no, it’s not a song about how much he likes bad bitches. Quite the contrary.