Cet album a été une véritable déclaration de guerre au label Atlantic qui refusait de sortir les albums de Lupe Fiasco et voulait choisir sa direction artistique. On retrouve donc plusieurs passages où Lupe s’en prend au label sans le citer. Hormis ca le niveau lyrical de l’album est comme d’habitude très solide, seul point faible: les instrus et l’ambiance pop qui ne conviendront pas à tout le monde.


Words I Never Said

Lupe Fiasco critique les guerres, la société américaine ainsi que sa politique, mais aussi les mauvais musulmans responsables du terrorisme. Il dit aussi que si on veut changer les choses il faut être actif et le faire vraiment, pas attendre que ca se fasse.

I really think the War on Terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip?

Your child’s future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts, then wait, here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the upper crust
You get it, then they move it, so you never keeping up enough

Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either
I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people, yeah

Jihad is not holy war, where’s that in the worship?
Murdering is not Islam, and you are not observant
And you are not a Muslim
Israel don’t take my side cause look how far you’ve pushed them

Just listening to Pac ain’t gon’ make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts ain’t gon’ make it halt
If you don’t become an actor, you’ll never be a factor

I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion, that’s why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth


The Show Goes On

Dans le premier couplet il s’en prend à Atlantic en disant qu’il ne se laissera pas faire malgré tout ce qu’ils tentent de faire contre lui.

They treat you like a slave
Put chains all on your soul and put whips up on your back
They be lying through they teeth, hope you slip up off your path
I don’t switch up, I just laugh, put my kicks up on they desk
Unaffected by they threats, then get busy on they ass
Le reste est un texte d’encouragement et d’espoir.

So no matter what you been through, no matter what you into
No matter what you see when you look outside your window
Brown grass or green grass, picket fence or barbed wire
Never ever put them down, you just lift your arms higher
Raise ‘em till your arms tired, let ‘em know you here
That you struggling, surviving, that you gon’ persevere
Yeah, ain’t nobody leaving, nobody going home
Even if they turn the lights out, the show is going on


Beautiful Lasers

Il parle de ses envies suicidaires qu’il a eu il y a plusieurs années.


State Run Radio

Lupe critique le rôle de la radio qui controle l’information, leur permettant de mentir et de cacher la vérité.

We interrupt this broadcast
To bring you this special message about the forecast
The future’s cloudy and it’s raining on the poor class
Road to peace is closed, heavy traffic on the war paths

Believe the lies you learn in your class
That there’s no treasure in your trash

You’re now tuned into the weakest
Frequency of fear, keep you locked right here
And hope you never leave this, never be a leader
Think inside the box, and follow all procedures

Different is never good, good is only what we pick
You ain’t got a hit, unless it sounds like these did
Not too smart, you will be a superstar
And if you dumb it some, maybe you could be number one

So beware what’s on the airwaves
And be more aware of what’s not gettin’ airplay


All Black Everything

Lupe s’imagine un monde où il n’y aurait pas eu d’esclavagisme et où les blacks auraient donc été traités à égaux avec les blancs, avec tous les effets qui en auraient découlés comme les violences entre gangs qui ne se seraient jamais produites car il n’y aurait pas eu de ghetto vu que tout le monde aurait pu travailler avec un salaire équivalent.

Stayed in Africa, we ain’t never leave
So there were no slaves in our history
Were no slave ships, were no misery

Uh, and we ain’t get exploited
White man ain’t feared it so he did not destroy it
We ain’t work for free, see they had to employ it
Built it up together so we equally appointed

Black woman voted head of Ku Klux Klan
Malcolm Little dies as an old man
Martin Luther King read the eulogy for him
Followed by Bill O’Reilly who read from the Qu’ran
President Bush sends condolences from Iran
Where Fox News reports live
That Ahmadinejad wins the Mandela Peace Prize
Dans le dernier couplet il dit que le passé est le passé mais qu’on peut changer le future.


Never Forget You

Hommage à son père décédé.



No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. « Letting Go » (featuring Sarah Green) Wasalu Jaco, David « King David » Manzoor King David 4:26
2. « Words I Never Said » (featuring Skylar Grey) Jaco, Holly Hafermann, Alexander Grant Alex da Kid 4:16
3. « Till I Get There » Jaco, Khari Cain, Ricky Rutland, Khalil Walton Needlz 3:23
4. « I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now » (featuring MDMA) Jaco, Jason « Poo Bear » Boyd, Jimmy Gannos, Dominic Jordan The Audibles 4:15
5. « Out of My Head » (featuring Trey Songz) Jaco, Arden Altino, Jerry Duplessis, Ronnie Jackson, Jesse Wilson, Miykal Snoddy Miykal Snoddy 3:24
6. « The Show Goes On » Jaco, Isaac Brock, Dustin Brower, Jonathon Brown,Dann Gallucci, Daniel Johnson, Eric Judy Kane Beatz 3:56
7. « Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways) » (featuring MDMA) Jaco, Boyd, Manzoor King David 4:01
8. « Coming Up » (featuring MDMA) Jaco, Boyd, Manzoor King David 3:58
9. « State Run Radio » (featuring Matt Mahaffey) Jaco, Manzoor King David 3:57
10. « Break the Chain » (featuring Eric Turner & Sway) Jaco, Eric Turner, Eshraque Mughal, Derek Safo iSHi 4:21
11. « All Black Everything » Jaco, Wizzo Buchanan, Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal The Buchanans 3:40
12. « Never Forget You » (featuring John Legend) Jaco, Altino, Duplessis, John Stephens, Reginald Perry Jerry Duplessis, Syience, Arden Altino 4:04



Never Forget You (81,54)

All Black Everything (80,44)


A écouter:

Letting Go (78,96)

Beautiful Lasers (77,17)

The Show Goes On (76,86)

State Run Radio (76,27)

Till I Get Here (76,06)



Meilleurs thèmes: All Black Everything + Never Forget You + Beautiful Lasers


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