Deciphering Lupe Fiasco's latest freestyle, "Thot 97," comes with a nudge and a wink from the Chicago rapper. First there's thot and Hot 97, which are both used in the title. Thot is a Chi-town slang term that stands for "That Ho Out There," and if you need more information on the topic, by all means check here. And Hot 97, where hip-hop presumably lives, is a radio station in New York. Lupe even shouts out their program director Ebro Darden a few times. By combining the two, is he calling the radio station a "Ho Out There"?
Time, and hopefully Lupe, will tell at some point. What's not difficult to figure out is this freestyle from Lupe is incredible. For nearly three minutes he takes the beat for Que's "O.G. Bobby Johnson" and tears open a black hole for any rapper that calls themself "lyrical." This is an obvious departure from Lupe's latest single, "Old School Love," which isn't actually too bad. However, if "Thot 97" is a taste of what's to come on Lupe's upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth, fans will be throwing him roses instead of tomatoes whenever he performs.
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