Consequence and Lupe Fiasco is an unexpected but very natural combination, and their new record, "Countdown," plays to both of the rappers' strengths. Cons and Mike Cash provide the warm, sample-based beat that even features a couple of DJ scratches here and there, providing a comfortable palette for the two rappers to bring things back to the early 00s backpack era.
Fiasco sounds as reinvigorated as he did throughout his ambitious Tetsuo & Youth LP earlier this year, while Cons brings his best out in the wordy rapper's presence. Meanwhile, Chris Turner delivers an inspired performance on the hook and bridge.
Keep your eyes on the prize
Watch them dialate
And hope the prize stare/stair back
At you like a fire escape