In Lupe Fiasco’s new single “Jump” from his prequel album DROGAS Light, the rapper tells a story of rapping, trapping, and alien abductions. Lupe details meeting a woman named Suzie Uzi who proposes a partnership between the two: Lupe writing raps and Suzie Uzi performing them. During the process of rap writing, Lupe and Suzie Uzi are attacked and are forced to flee the scene, and in hiding they are abducted by an alien spaceship. The song concludes with a back and forth between Lupe and featured artist Gizzle, as Lupe wants to go back to Earth and rap, while Suzie Uzi (Gizzle) is in no rush to go back to Earth, enjoying their intergalactic escapades.
While the lyrical content is a little silly compared to other Lupe Fiasco singles, his spotless flows paired with the hard-hitting trap-influenced beat (produced by Soundtrakk) is more than enough to get anyone pumped up to go to space. The beat itself is starkly similar to Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle,” with a jumbled vocal sample over some heavy bass. Personally, when listening to this track I didn’t really feel like I was listening to Lupe Fiasco; he has definitely gone through some changes as far as the subject matter of his music. While Lupe has been known to be very outspoken politically, it seems like he is taking a step back (at least musically), and creating something different and fun. DROGAS Light is apparently a prequel album, which is to be followed up by a fully-fledged DROGAS. If “Jump” is anything close to what we’ll hear on DROGAS, then I cannot wait to hear what else Lupe has in store.