Image Credit: Lionel DeluyIt’s no secret that rapper Lupe Fiasco is not a fan of the record label system as a whole. But after being forced to continuously edit, add, and subtract from his oft-delayed third album, Lasers, he’s just about fed up. In a recent interview with New York Magazine, the Atlantic Records artist says he doesn’t “really give a f—” about what the set—out tomorrow, March 8—does as far as sales are concerned. After several failed attempts at parting ways with Atlantic, Fiasco hopes his remaining years under Atlantic are easier ones.
In another interview with the U.K.’s Guardian, Fiasco recalls a meeting where his demo for Lasers on what would become B.o.B’s smash “Nothin’ On You” was called “wack” by an Atlantic executive. The conversation almost pushed him to suicide.
“It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it, he said. “I was super-depressed, lightly suicidal, at moments medium suicidal – and if not suicidal, willing to just walk away from it all completely.” With all that said, I enjoyed the album. It seems like Lupe hates the process and what it took to get the album out more than the album itself. It’s a solid effort and sounds just as controversial and intelligent as any of his other offerings. I do think, however, that he might be better suited on an independent label where he’d have more control of his music and could ex out the suits.
What do you think of Lupe’s quarrels? Will you be buying Lasers is spite of his disparaging words about the creative process?
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