Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free) (Single Artwork)

With Lupe Fiasco confirming last week that his upcoming Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album will be a double-disc, he also continues to hold true to his announcement about fans receiving a new single on May 22. The first single from Lu's forthcoming album will be titled "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)," and based on the artistic bar-coded cover and title, it looks like we're getting the old political Lupe on this one. Not much more information was made available about the track, so we'll just have to wait until next week's release of it to find out more.

By: Richard Brooks / News / May 16, 2012 / 3223 Views
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  • jimbojones

    I seriously hope Lupe and his album does well and intelligent hiphop doesn't fade into the background. Remember when Jay got angry the Grammys didn't give enough respect to rap and hiphop? It's because of artists like Chief Keef and the people that listen to that shit. Lupe shows you can make bangers AND have a message too.

    Also I'm saying right now he's going to have at least one collaboration with a dubstep artist.

  • Ca_permath

    Fuck the Grammys then. Artists like Chief Keef and Waka Flocka just show how diverse hip-hop is as a genre.. I have learned to appreciate that ignorant rap. It seems like you can't be a fan of Flocka and Nas on the same time.. At the moment I don't give two shits about Lupe.. He  was bitching about his label because he knew his album sucked, then he drops a mixtape (which usually means 100% artistic freedom) and what do we get? The EXACT same crap that was on his album.. Actually I am enjoying Chief Keef more than Lupe at this time. I find the cover to this single quite clever though.. 

  • jimbojones

    Diverse is a kind way of putting it lol. I'll admit Flocka and Keef have catchy hooks and beats but it's all very shallow. It's like fucking a hooker; it's fun, she's shakin her ass and shit, but once you're done you're left dripping in grimy ass, prostitute, flocka juice wondering "what the fuck was that?" Stylistically they're polar opposites and I feel like one is winning out even when it shouldn't. I guess society likes when you dumb it down.

    I agree his mixtape wasn't up to par and Lasers wasn't the epic everyone expected it to be but it definitely had some good songs and Lupe definitely had enough radio material on Lasers to get the album released in time. Record labels are fucking shady. They're not artists, they're businessmen and they wanted more of the cut than Lupe was willing to part with. 

    I was hesitant to say this in my first comment but I'll say this, if this new album isn't a banger Lupe's gonna fall off the radar again and it will be very hard for him to come back. I have high hopes though, the first F&L was dope as fuck. If it's as good as the first, you can bet your ass Keef is gonna put that shit on replay on his itouch he copped from his homeboy lil reese.

  • jimbojones

    Fuck got me writing an essay over here...

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  • Ca_permath

    I 100% agree that F&L (and The Cool for that matter) easily could be classified as classical albums of the '00's. I would go as far as praying for F&L:2 to be as great as its predecessor. That Lupe would simply stay in the lane that he mastered at the time. There was a lot of hype around Friend of the People and that it would be Lupe's return to greatness as it served as the successor of Enemy of the State. I am just worried that he will continue in his current lane. It's not that I'm against being creative but it's not like we haven't heard that type of rap before and Lupe did it in a B.o.B kind of way. It was only records to serve the radio. 

    And yeah, ignorant shit is just supposed to be party rap. I think that Flocka would give himself a 100% on stage and that it would be a crazy experience. Lil B did his thing when I saw him performing. The crowd was going crazy and people were just fucking around. Hiphop fans (including myself) are quick to judge and are taking everything too seriously. Waka isn't in the game to make socio-political rap. We got so many other artists to do that. Big KRIT I believe is a example of a rapper who can do that UGK-swagger type of rap that started the whole Southern hiphop movement and still be lyrical and intelligent. Of course it's hard to compare Flocka with Bun B as the two just aren't on the same lyrical level. But that shit evolved into Cash Money/No Limit which resulted in artists that just are doing 'hood rap'. Flocka's verse on Wild Boy (with MGK) is just insane on a whole other level. But yeah I see where you're coming from. I can totally understand your point of view. 

  • Garrett Nutgrass

    I can't believe I read some of that shit.

  • Jamila Wallace

    His mixtape wasn't bad, though.

  • Bo Bun

    Looks like it was done with MS Paint.

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