Although he announced that he was retired from making music last month and reiterated that fact two weeks ago, Lupe Fiasco has returned with a new single. On Jan. 27, Fiasco released “Tranquillo,” a relaxed track that features verses from Big K.R.I.T. and Rick Ross. As opposed to some of his controversial recent work, “Tranquillo” is full of joy and optimism. At one point in the song, the Chicago-based MC beams that he's in such a good place that he sustains himself on tranquility and love instead of booze or drugs.
In between his pledges to never release another album, Fiasco announced that his sixth studio, DROGAS Lights, would debut on Feb. 10. The release of “Tranquillo” seems to confirm that Fiasco intends to hit that release date. In spite of his public flameouts and controversial statement, the man born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco is one of the most talented rappers of his generation. Hopefully, the release of DROGAS Lights will signal the start of a positive new chapter for the performer.