First Impressions: Lupe and Alicia are Beauty and the Beat On "Love Letter"

Monday, April 26, 2010

How about another clash of titans? In this corner we have Lupe Fiasco and in the other, standing idly by, is Alicia Keys, and together they pack a one-two punch with the funky 70's shuffle, "Love Letter To The Beat". Fiasco is one of the few rappers that doesn't irritate me musically or personally and he usually delivers the goods (2006's Food & Liquor is still a favorite), so I knew with the addition of Keys this would've been pleasing. The results of this pairing are instant sharpness as the lyricist and the keymaster bring to life the Chad Hugo produced track. Yes, this part frenzied and slick tempo switching number is exactly something that I wanted from Fiasco, as well as what I wanted the direction of Keys' The Element of Freedom to be...well, in a perfect world. Miss Keys pretty much takes over the cut, which has one to believe this was from the Freedom cutting room floor. Yet, I'm betting it is an addition to Fiasco's upcoming LP, Lasers, and if so then things are looking rather bright for Fiasco's third album project.

Love Letter To The Beat (ft. Alicia Keys)

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