Lupe’s had a lot to say recently. He’s been giving his thoughts on a wide range of subjects, from imagining a Jay-Z vs. Lil WayneVerzuz battle, to calling Kid Cudi a “GOAT” but also a “b*tch.” He also discussed the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident and provided praise for Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
But Fiasco has also been busy in the studio. A couple days ago the esteemed rapper shared the artwork and release date for his new album DRILL MUSIC IN ZION. Now, he’s given us a first glimpse at the album’s sound with the new single “AUTOBOTO.”
On the song, Lupe’s lyrical acrobatics are on full display. His verses are focused on legend-building, telling his story through a wide-angle lens of biblical proportions. He ping-pongs between the grandiosity of nature (skies, seas, floods) and the everyday details of life on the street. In his chorus, he emphasizes that this versatility comes easily to him- “I can twist it, I contort.” The production on the song leans on filtered guitar samples and a stomping beat. Nayirah’s futuristic crooning at the end of its runtime adds an ominous twist, a cliff-hanger for what may lie ahead.