Lupe Fiasco surveys every beautiful, bad and dangerous corner of America in his defiant new song, “Made In the U.S.A.”
Produced by StreetRunner (Eminem, Lil Wayne), “Made In the U.S.A.” combines triumphant synth blares and spitfire trap percussion alongside the mournful wail of vocalist Bianca Sings. Fiasco tears through the song in a staccato cadence; his bars packed with images of hip-hop culture from around the country, but also the violence that permeates America, from KKK and gang killings to fast food.
“That gang shit came from Illinois,” Fiasco spits about his home state. “That bang shit came from Illinois/ That murder rate in Illinois/ ‘Nother AR-15 that bitch that made in Illinois.”
“Made In the U.S.A.” will appear on Fiasco’s upcoming LP, Drogas Light, which is slated for release early next year via 1st and 15th and Thirty Tigers. In May, the Chicago MC tweeted a potential track list that also includes the recently released “Pick Up the Phone,” featuring Sebastian Lundberg. Drogas Light will follow Fiasco’s 2015 album, Tetsuo and Youth. That same year he also released a mixtape, Pharaoh Height 2/30.
Fiasco has a handful of U.S. dates left on a current tour, which is scheduled to wrap December 22nd at the Skyway Theater in Minneapolis.