No lie, I’m pretty hyped about the ‘Robert Glasper’ Experiment.
The Power of a MANIFESTO
Just over a week ago, I believe 10 days to be exact, I posted Lupe Fiasco’s LASERS MANIFESTO. It is my most popular Tumblr post to date, with 506 likes and reblogs combined, and counting.
It excited me to see how something could become so viral. Everyday I scroll through the numerous persons who have an interest in what could just be looked at as a simple page of words, but clearly they aren’t so simple. For this reason I thought I would write about it, because a page of words can be so powerful, and maybe for just this reason, WE SHOULD ALL HAVE A MANIFESTO.
- declaration of principles: a public written declaration of principles, policies, and objectives, especially one issued by a political movement or candidate
ORIGIN: I will assume that Lupe wrote this manifesto, but this page is actually an original post. I didn’t steal if from Google images. This is the scan of the actual stock paper promotional handout that was given to me when I interned at Warner Chappell last Fall (2010). Since the album is now released, I am free to speak about it, but I was a part of an intern focus group essentially speaking about the whole concept of Lupe’s return with “The Show Goes On”, and how we felt about it. I was particularly intrigued by the manifesto, because I don’t think there is anything on it that we all wouldn’t want. It is Lupe’s cry for peace, fairness, justice, and a world of individuality, devoid of discrimination. Instead of being a LOSER, we should all be LASERS. I thought it genius. If it was the idea of some marketing person at Atlantic records, then they deserve a raise because these here are some powerful words.
THE SONGS: We had the privilege of listening to at least 6 tracks off the album, and they were met with mixed emotions. The true Lupe fans felt the album was too commercial. They didn’t want to hear Lupe with Trey Songz (even though they are label mates). They felt like he sold out somewhat. The people new to Lupe loved it! They thought it was fresh, and different from what was out there, but still commercial enough for the softcore rap fans, but with enough content for someone who actually has functional ears. The strongest track to me was “Words I Never Said”, which still remains my strongest track, but the room knew that the controversial content of the song would never put it anywhere else but on VEVO. There is sometimes a great deal of beauty in someone being brutally and unapologetically honest, and that’s why I love this song.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU: This will also be a challenge to myself, but we should all sit down individually and quietly for a few minutes and think about what our manifestos are…Your very own life manifesto. Again the popularity of this post led me to either believe Lupe had a lot of fans, which he probably does, but also to believe that there is great power in what may seem to be a few simple words, so now I challenge you to think about what you stand for, and to declare your principles, if not publicly, then to yourself. Peace to all of you LASERS out there.
"Words I never Said" - Lupe Fiasco - This is THE song off the new Lupe album that has the most value to me, and one of the 1st I heard. This here is art because it makes you think and creates a response.