Lupe Fiasco is no stranger to dubstep. He’s already laid down some slick bars over production by Bassnectar and Nero before. It can even be said that he’s the most dubstep-friendly rapper out there now, paving the path for fellow emcees like Kanye West, B.o.B, and Childish Gambino to follow. With that in mind, it shouldn’t shock you that his latest song plays around with some of those same dubstep elements. Lupe first leads us in with some inspring piano riffs, before dropping the hammer on us with the hook. The song itself is a unique departure from the previous iteration(s) in the series. Although released out of order (“American Terrorist III” came out sometime late last year), the focus of the songs remain on certain political commentary related to warfare. Of the three, “American Terrorist II” simultaneously bears the most uplifting and most hopeless message, mentioning idealistic youngsters who want to save the world, juxtaposed with a hook that cries out “Where are those heroes/Where are those superheroes.” Like most Lupe tracks, it effectively gets its message across.
There’s no telling if this leak will be on Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1, but we should cherish every release we get from here on out, as the masterful lyricist recently announced his retirement on Twitter.