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  • Summary: The first of a planned trilogy of albums for the rapper features guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Gizzle, Victoria Monet, Rondo, Rick Ross, RXMN, Salim, Simon Sayz, Bianca Sings, Jake Torrey, and Ty Dolla $ign.
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Pick Up the Phone
Uhh, I just need a minute to replenish who I am And who I am is so dependent on exactly where we stand I stand in any pose, anything but... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Feb 14, 2017
    74
    Ultimately, DROGAS Light reaffirms, rather than fundamentally alters, Lupe’s place in the rap pantheon.
  2. Feb 15, 2017
    60
    DROGAS Light isn't quite memorable, but Lupe's talent shines enough to save it from total obscurity. Not a bad effort, though.
  3. Feb 16, 2017
    60
    Not unlike Lasers, lots of songs on this album have focused verses from Lupe and large scale, sing-along choruses from featured guests, which both helps and hinders the overall listen.
  4. Feb 10, 2017
    50
    "Pick Up the Phone" sounds like Imagine Dragons with rap verses. Instead, press play on the first eight or so tracks and hear a killer concept EP of hard beats and hard politics for hard times.
  5. Feb 17, 2017
    50
    It falters beneath its own cynicism. Rather than continuing to forge his own sound in tandem with longtime producer Soundtrakk, he chooses to co-opt mainstream currency--the gangsta tropes of trap music, the club rhythms of EDM--and delivers a mix of parody and second-rate would-be radio singles.
  6. Feb 13, 2017
    40
    The best tracks come from producers Floss & Flame and Soundtrakk, but the album sinks under a surfeit of muddled, undercooked hip-pop. Lupe’s ability seems sadly exhausted by his ambition.
  7. Feb 14, 2017
    30
    You’d hope that Lupe would trust himself enough to deliver the kind of music he’s capable of making. Instead, we get a terrible album--a new low in a career that already has too many down moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Feb 10, 2017
    10
    Lupe is a remarkable talent. Drogas only solidifies that! For Lupe heads and music lovers alike Drogas is a breath of fresh air with LupeLupe is a remarkable talent. Drogas only solidifies that! For Lupe heads and music lovers alike Drogas is a breath of fresh air with Lupe stepping outside of his "Box" and spitting hot bars over trap beats. His intelligence and wittiness to gain the listeners ear while reaching deep down inside of his Mid West roots was surprising yet also flawless. Awesome work Mr. Fiasco. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2017
    10
    Great "trap" contemporary album for Lupe and the project is a collection of B Sides from The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2 (that never cameGreat "trap" contemporary album for Lupe and the project is a collection of B Sides from The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2 (that never came to fruition) and Leftovers from Tetsuo & Youth to name a few, Lupe himself called it a "a refinement of Lasers" Lupe's pop rap album, the album serves as a prequel to his next major release DROGAS which I'm guessing is the major project.

    Best Tracks:
    Jump (ft Gizzle)
    More Than My Heart (ft. RXMN & Salim)
    Dopamine Lit
    Tranquillo (ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Rick Ross)
    Made in the USA (ft. Bianca Sings)
    Promise
    City of the Year (ft. Rondo)

    Lackluster Tracks
    Pick Up the Phone (ft. Eric Turner)
    Kill (ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Victoria Monet)
    It's Not Design (ft. Salim)
    Wild Child (ft. Jake Torrey)

    10/10 for what it set out to do.
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  3. Jun 12, 2017
    10
    7/10 but i'm giving it a 10 to make the score fair here is some filler7/10 but i'm giving it a 10 to make the score fair here is some filler _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2017
    7
    Appetizer for DROGAS.Although it's an appetizer it has some great highlights displaying lupes various styles.NGL Is a song only lupe couldAppetizer for DROGAS.Although it's an appetizer it has some great highlights displaying lupes various styles.NGL Is a song only lupe could make combining trap and conscious rap. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2017
    7
    I get out the car and reflect halfway through anthematic track 6 called "City of the Year" feeling like it might be the turning point of theI get out the car and reflect halfway through anthematic track 6 called "City of the Year" feeling like it might be the turning point of the album.
    Usually an LP can be divided into phases and I'm hoping to hear my kind of vibe.

    Lupe's albums take digestion time. For the full experience you listen more than once because you know it's heavy even when it sounds light, and right now its sounding pretty light
    and I'm trying my best not to compare it to Tetsuo & Youth, which is a masterpiece from front to back and made me feel all the things it needed to for me to reaffirm Lupe as a GOAT.

    DROGAS Light marks a new era for the rapper who understandably may feel like he should be trying to prove nothing. All he should say is what he thinks he should say and he isn't required to try
    to blow us away
    with every bar and every song. I get that. So with it in mind I listen just to pick up what he's putting down. This is an artist who's earned my respect and I trust him to deliver music that won't make me feel like I'm wasting
    my time. what I'm hearing is music I'm enjoying, but relative to Tetsuo is unimpressive so far. The trappy stuff isn't as hard. The deep stuff isn't as cathartic. The music doesn't necessarily have
    one of those soul igniting euphoric moments of instrumental majesty.

    The songs are prettty good. "Tranquillo" featuring Rozay and Big KRIT is a highlight. The concept is deep, refreshing and has a unifying vibe that promotes peace between us and peace within us. Now that
    is a message I can be proud to echo in front of my 7 year old. A Quillo I can be proud to chop and bag, distribute and injest.

    By the time I got to "Pick Up The Phone" I've listened to DROGAS Light more than Migos' Culture. I enjoyed Culture but that's not my cup of tea. I prefer good and humble to "Bad and Boujee".

    Lupe's happy music is better than most radio tunes. I'd be more likely to tune in for hits like "Pick Up the Phone," "Wild Child", and "More Than My Heart" than songs about molly and strippers.

    The album ends on a high note and replays. This time around my brother is in the car with me. My music snob pretenses are gone and it's much easier to vibe with. I'm very much satisfied.

    On my second listen to "Jump" I get more in tuned to the record. It feels like an abstract illustration of the disparity between consciousness levels, lifestyles, and/or occupations. It raises the question of whether one can be or seek to
    sustain a titles and the character they insinuate.

    If you say that analysis sounds like a stretch I'd say,
    "What's a reach to a **** with long arms?"

    On my second listen I concede, this album indeed does go hard. And if this is the "Light" version of what's to come, then this leaves me optimistic. I have no regrets that my favorite rapper
    didn't retire just yet.
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  6. Feb 13, 2017
    7
    lupe didn't even really try on this one and its still good he just put this one out os he can finish up his contract the next one will belupe didn't even really try on this one and its still good he just put this one out os he can finish up his contract the next one will be really good I cant wait for it this one still have some gems on it though Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2017
    1
    Wow, this album is ass. This is like, Hopsin level bad. It's cheesy as hell, and it's preachy, but offers nothing that's compelling forWow, this album is ass. This is like, Hopsin level bad. It's cheesy as hell, and it's preachy, but offers nothing that's compelling for anybody older than 13. I mean, ffs, there's literally lines on this album when Lupe talks about loving his mother more than he loves his car. That's not deep for anyone with a brain... and the beats often don't make any sense. The production of the album is just straight up bad, and most of the album just sounds... borderline unlistenable... seriously, this is one of the worst hip hop albums I've ever listened to. Preserve your sanity and don't listen to it, unless you're a Paul Joseph Watson fan or have the same level of intelligence as one. Expand

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