Lupe Fiasco's Long-Awaited Lasers...Cover Art

Whoa hold your horses there little buddy! Did you think his album was out?

No! Luckily, Rap Genius has an exegesis of the Lasers cover art as well!

Dan Flavin is the Minimalist sculptor most-noted for his early use of fluorescent light in installations, starting in the 1960s.

Below: Flavin’s “Asymptotia”

Since Flavin’s death, contemporary art has seen a return to formalism — abstraction has been eschewed in favor of human figures and (more importantly) words.

Lupe’s installation is tying neon sculpture to minimalism (note the drab grey of the background) in a style reminiscent of British Artist Stefan Bruggermann’s gallery work:

However, the stark masterstroke to the cover is the graffiti “A” (usually standing for “Anarchy” — showing some punk rock influence). Whether the “A” painted on to the original or superimposed on the photograph remains unclear.

For Lupe, “Lasers” connotes religiosity and positive thinking (note the “O” of the original “Losers” creates a halo around the “A”, giving the sculpture a numinous air..)

Lupe has said that, for him, a laser represents the energy contained in every child in the ghetto.

LUPE: Can’t wait for your album fam. But — remember — you already released album cover art a year ago!.. your fans wanna hear it! (Or see it, as the case may be..)