Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco , missing from mainstream hip-hop since 2007, returns with new single "The Show Goes On," from his highly anticipated third album, "Lasers." While the track is catchier than the rapper's past singles, it fails to emphasize his characteristic lyricism, as his words are overshadowed by the beat and resonating sound of a horn section. Lyrics like "Say hip-hop only destroy/ Tell 'em look at me, boy" are mediocre at best compared with the MC's notable words on such previous songs as "Daydreamin'," "Kick, Push" and "Superstar." However, the backing track includes a clever sample of Modest Mouse's "Float On" and an upbeat tempo. "The Show Goes On" has more of a commercially viable feel than Fiasco's past singles, and the track's captivating chorus and compelling beat are sure to find a following.
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