Lupe hangs with cartoon pals and brings a message with “Around My Way (Freedom Isn’t Free)” and “B**** Bad.”
The last time we checked in with Lupe Fiasco, he was mired in a mini-controversy with Pete Rock over the use of a very familiar sample used on both of their songs. Rock felt dissed that the prominent sax from “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” was used in a nearly identical way on Lupe’s song “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).” Since that has died down a bit (with a little help from The Roots’ own Questlove), we finally have a clip for the contentious track.
In addition to “Around My Way,” Lupe released another track that deals with a certain word he feels we should think about before throwing around it so casually.
Listen to Lupe Fiasco “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and “B**** Bad” after the jump.
Both songs have the music with a message bend that we’ve come to know from Lupe. “Around My Way” asks us to open our eyes to our ugly past, so we can do better for our future. “Reporting live from the other side what you hear/ A bunch of nonsense all in my ear/ Rich man, poor man, we all gotta pay/ Cause freedom ain’t free, especially ’round my way,” he says while cleverly using the stereotypical hip-hop imagery of chains and expensive cars with his biting bars (along with pot smoking cartoons for some reason, maybe that was over our heads).
On “B**** Bad,” Lupe rhymes about the gender politics that ladies have to deal with and how both sexes are taught to dismiss the weight of their words. “Yeah, I say/ B**** bad, woman good, lady better,” he spits on the chorus. If there’s one thing to expect from Lupe Fiasco, it’s that he will definitely speak his mind. Lupe’s fourth album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 drops Sept. 25.