The Bottom Line
- Superb storytelling
- A unique concept
- A unique song that unites hip-hop with skateboarding
- Producer Soundtrakk provides a thumping beat that complements Lupe Fiasco's unique lyricism
- A street anthem that applies to various circumstances
Guide Review - Lupe Fiasco - "Kick, Push"
When I first heard "Kick, Push," it sounded like a mixtape track because of the atypical concept. As unique as the song is, you'd least expect anyone to release "Kick, Push"--a skateboard-inspired story--as the first single from a debut album. But, Lupe is not just anyone, he's hip-hop Generation Next vanguard.
Lupe tugs at the listener's senses throughout "Kick, Push," making it convenient to visualize the story with lyrics like "Labeled a misfit, abandoned, 'ka-kun ka-kun ka-kun,' his neighbors couldn't stand it." In-house producer, Soundtrakk, provides a heavy bassline meshed with an ominous, jazzy soundbed for Lupe's charming lyrics.