Well we obviously have opinions that differ, but I struggle to listen to this album, and trust me, Im trying hard to like it, but I just can't. Is it better than most mainstream stuff, lyrically yes, production wise its just as bad. But this is a step back for the growth of Lupe as an artist, we have learned nothing new about him and he has touched on nothing new. Thats what I'm tryna say as well, I highly doubt this will expand Lupe's audience, because most of his mainstream fans like the fact that he provides a point of difference to the stereotypical rap sound on TV and on the radio, now he has fallen back in line with the same lames that his fans are so strongly against.
I don't understand why you would "struggle". If you don't like the production, that's one thing. To say "intolerable"... that's crazy. What needed to have been done different (besides using DIFFERENT producers).
And, we're not too far in the year--but I think it's the best mainstream hip-hop album so far. Regarding Lupe's growth as an artist. At first, I agreed with your point of "we have learned nothing new about him", but outside of his "Mount Kilimanjaro" album, what would we learn? Lyrical
? Check. Depth
? Check. Content
? Check. Flow
? Check. Able to compete with other rappers on the same track
? Check. What did you think you would learn?
As far as the growth of his fan base..... I couldn't disagree more. My boy likes Lupe, but he's not a fan of him like myself. In his music preference, he felt there were some "skippable" tracks on "F&L", and "The Cool". He prefers "Lasers" over those 2 albums. Now Lupe fans such as myself, prefer the prior two albums. In addition, thinking back to a couple women I dated fairly recently... they liked "I'm Beamin'", "Superstar", "Shining Down".... Lasers is an album more in the direction of those songs, opposed to "American Terrorist", "Streets on Fire", or "He Say She Say", which will allow more casual fans to gravitate towards the album.