December 12 brought joy to the hearts of long-time Lupe Fiasco fans: one of the game’s best lyricists announced that not one, nor two, but three new LPs would see the light of day in 2016. Today, that news proved to be bittersweet.
Fiasco shared a curt, matter-of-fact tweet that referred to Roy, the title of the final project of the three to release this year, as his last. “LUPend,” he wrote as a fitting if not dramatic sign off. A decade-spanning career might just come to an end.
We’ll see if the announcement holds true; in the event that it does, listeners should have enough material to meet their demand for several album cycles. Fiasco has delivered projects widely hailed as contemporary classics in Food & Liquor and The Cool, and has reattained acclaim with last January’s Tetsuo & Youth—one of 2015’s best.