When Lupe Fiasco spoke to VIBE earlier this year, he said he would be releasing videos for his latest album DROGAS Wave soon. Now, he’s delivered on that promise.
On Friday, Lupe released the first music video from DROGAS Wave: “Cripple,” a highlight from the album’s second disc. The visuals, directed by Vann Fulfs, showcase black and white shots around New York City while emphasizing Lupe’s lyrics.
“DROGAS Wave is based on a story about a group of slaves that jumped off of a slave ship transporting them from Africa,” Fiasco said while explaining the idea behind his seventh studio album, released last September. “The slaves did not drown, and instead somehow managed to live under the sea. They spent the rest of their underwater existence sinking slave ships. ‘Drogas’ is the Spanish word for drugs. I made it an acronym which stands for ‘Don’t Ruin Us God Said.’”
Lupe is dropping the first video for his album nearly a year after its release, but now that he’s independent, he works on his own terms. Earlier this year he released the video for an unreleased song called “Run Game,” and he’s also been dropping episodes of Beat N Path, a docu-series that sees him traveling to Hong Kong to pursue elevation in his martial arts training.