Watch Lupe Fiasco’s Powerful Video For ‘Lamborghini Angels / ITAL (Roses) / Audubon Ballroom’
Lupe Fiasco's 'Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1' wasn't all it was cracked up to be. The majority of the beats sounded dated and it lacked that innovation required to compete in the big leagues today. Sure, it compensated us for Lupe's dreadful 2011 effort, 'Lasers,' but an improvement upon his 'Food & Liquor' debut it was not.
If there's anything to take from Lupe's LP sequel, though, it's the necessary social commentary. The Chicago MC adds extra punch to three particularly powerful cuts, 'Lamborghini Angels,' 'ITAL (Roses)' and 'Audubon Ballroom,' which have been roped together in one incredible video.
Directed by Alex Nazari, the opening chapter in this nearly 13-minute film is a kaleidoscopic montage of all the materialistic evil that traps society: drugs, guns, sex and money. The next scene cleverly depicts a small black child transfixed on a TV which relays all that we've just watched. He's then handcuffed and escorted away by a police offer.
But for the young white boy who later takes his place, these R-Rated images are swapped out for scenes from a live orchestra, a wildlife documentary and a political news segment. Completing the trifecta, the black kid, still exposed to the images on the television, then becomes a "case" for the people in power -- both good and bad -- to debate over.
Not only a potent metaphor for how children of different races are programmed to behave through starkly contrasting influences, this video simply peels back the layers of the onion of society.