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Rundown guide for March 8, 2011

Fredric Hall

Lupe Fiasco

Rapper Lupe Fiasco and Raekwon release their highly anticipated albums

We have some awesome new releases for your ears to enjoy this week. Plenty of highly anticipated debuts and reissues of classics down below. Yep, this week is shaping up to be pretty cool in Musicland.

Lupe Fiasco – “Lasers” [Atlantic]

Well, it’s finally here. Lupe Fiasco – still reigning from the success of “Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor” – has come back with another addition to his brand of lyrical beauty. As you can see from the track “The Show Goes On,” Lupe still has the smooth lyrical flow that will make your head bob, and the beats that make you ass shake. Put this on your “to buy” list.

Raekwon – “Shaolin Vs. Wu-tang” [Ice H20]

Along with Lupe Fiasco, we have another cat whose release has made cats hop all over: Raekwon the Chef. If you liked – no LOVED – “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” and “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II” will not be disappointed by this release. All the essential Wu – Tang is here: strong beats, lyrical acrobatics and of course, crazy kung – fu samples. Check out the title track and “Butter Knives” featuring Nas to gather the greatness. 

R.E.M. – “Collapse Into Now” [Warner Bros]

Yep, they’re still at it. After releasing “Accelerate” in 2008 to critical praise, and debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, R.E.M. has not only established that it can be fresh for over twenty years, but it refuses to fade away into obscurity. “Collapse Into Now” is evidence of the band’s display of endurance and innovation. “Uberlin” shows that singer Michael Stipe hasn’t lost his edge one bit. 

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