My friend Shimon is getting a PhD in physics at Harvard. Lupe Fiasco is a rapper. Both love lasers. So when I read the liner notes from Lupe’s new album, Lasers (2011), I decided to get a physicist’s perspective.
Shimon is awesome. And so are two or three songs off Lupe’s new album.
However, it’s critical to know how stifling and pop-focused the record label was in the production and marketing of the album. Read this for some context. Even the “Lasers Manifesto” appears to be more or less a gimmick. In light of those constraints, I hope Shimon can forgive Mr. Fiasco for some of the slight scientific inaccuracies.
Here is the studio-mandated, radio-friendly, Modest Mouse sampling “The Show Goes On”. I’ll save some of the deeper tracks for another post. But I love this one for the Oakland-to-Auckland reference (which you’ll also find in this Hieroglyphics jam at 2:47). Enjoy.