Lupe Fiasco, 'Tetsuo & Youth'

Three years after his last body of work, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco’s fifth LP -- and last for Atlantic Records -- Tetsuo & Youth is a journey down a rabbit hole of hazy daydreams that, at times, turn into nightmares. Dividing up his LP by seasons ("Summer," "Fall," "Winter," "Spring"), the Chicago MC punctuates each period with instrumentals to guide the listener through the year. And as the leaves changed in your mind, so did Lupe’s sonic intentions: from scornful and sullen to love drunk and hopeful. Tetsuo & Youth shows a full progression of time, taste and wisdom and makes for a statement of longevity from the rapper as he enters a new era.