In an interview with Rolling Stone late last year, Lupe Fiaso warned that his upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth will be a dramatic departure from the politically conscious sound that’s shaped the bulk of his career. And he wasn’t lying. We last heard him spit bars over Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson,” and now he’s back with another radio-friendly track sure to polarize some fans called “Snitches,” produced by his label mate Ty Dolla $ign and featuring some smooth vocals from the rising California artist. Giving the “ah ha, baby, yeah yeah” portion of OutKast’s “Rosa Parks” some R&B flavor, this song sees Lupe adjust his normally complex lyricism to fit the vibe. And that song artwork—well, if you’ve seen the Wolf of Wall Street, then you understand its hilarity.
Whether or not “Snitches” will appear on Lupe’s album, it’s unclear. The track begins with a phone call between Lupe and Ty which hints there’s a lot more where this came from. We’ve yet to get an official release date for Tetsuo & Youth, but expect it sometime this spring.
Stream “Snitches” below.
Update: Lupe just dropped a part 2