Lupe Fiasco & Atlantic Records Settle Their Differences, "Lasers" Gets Date

UPDATE #2: Fans can expect Lupe Fiasco's first "Lasers" single as a free download from LupeFiasco.com in just over two weeks.

Lupe Fiasco and Atlantic records seem to be on good terms again judging by a tweet from the Chicago rapper. The message said, simply, “Victory!” and featured a link to a photo of Lupe and Atlantic Records executive Julie Greenwald. The picture appears to find the two in good spirits, the 1st and 15th CEO is smiling from ear to ear and even giving a thumbs up to the camera.

The reconciliation comes a week before a scheduled protest of Atlantic by Lupe’s fans. The demonstration was meant to force Atlantic to announce a release date for Lasers, the emcee’s fourth album, which has been pushed back numerous times. Lupe himself promised to attend the rally.

While the chronically delayed Lasers is still without a release date this new development seems to offer hope that it will materialize sooner rather than later.

UPDATE: Atlantic Records has announced a March 8 release date for Lasers this afternoon. (October 8)

UPDATE #2: After a tumultuous week, it has now been announced that Lupe Fiasco's first single from Lasers will be made available for free download on October 26, via his LupeFiasco.com website.

107 Comments

  • Matthew Laux

    This was all a stupid publicity stunt. It's so obvious! Open your eyes people.

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  • lava amp

    I think people are missing the point. If LASERS had quality material on it then it would have been released when it was scheduled. Even Lupe and his greatness is not exempt. He is in the business of making music. Imagine all the backlash if he drops a dud.

    • entelleckt

      who determines quality? Is there a formula for quality? who determines what's marketable? "success" in terms of sales in our current society is determined by quality of marketing, not quality of music.

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  • 2dope

    fuck ATLANTIC. who do they think they are disrepecting a legend like lupe? he the nicest in the game. aint no denying that. Dam just can't wait to hear one leak...thats all i want till it comes out.

    • entelleckt

      @2dope search for I'm Beaming and Shining Down @Al Carlton Jr. who determines quality? Is there a formula for quality? who determines what's marketable? "success" in terms of sales in our current society is determined by quality of marketing, not quality of music.

    • Al Carlton Jr.

      legend...that's a stretch. if it was of good quality they would have already released it.

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  • JAY

    I have a feeling it will still get pushed back like most albums!!! Hope it comes out tho!!!

  • wow

    Free single??? I want lupe to make some $$$ so put it on itunes!! us fans will def support him if he puts it up for purchase...interesting

  • Quiet Dog Bite Hard

    Shit. Finally some good news, but it's also bad. By March '11 this album will be a year old. Atlantic is gonna be like "...your Uncle who payed your way through college, ...but molested you!"

  • god

    march? ... r u kidding? i guess some people assume time is a joke...

  • The_Ghost_BKS1

    Cant wait to hear some new joints from Lupe. Been way to long! www.bks1radio.com

  • The epitamy of Hip Hop

    Dude fuckin march 2011. Are you serious? I have way more important shit to do than buy this niggas album in march. Maybe if it was coming out at the same time as kanyes, i could pick it up while I went to buy an album that actually matters, but fuckin march? Hell nah, I got way more important shit to do, fuck this nigga

    • JRR

      Yeah I agree with Anonymous. Your post makes very little sense.

    • Anonymous

      yeah because everyone is booked up til March. What is the point of your rant? You can't wait til March? You won't have enough money in March? Atlantic is taking too long to release the album? Or are you just bitching for the sake of bitching

  • Yo DADDy

    Lupe Is the best Rapper to ever live. Better than Pac fag ass and FUCK Nas!! Lasers

    • StewartRiddlez

      I would love to see you say that to 2pac's mother...

    • G

      Lupe is better than Pac lyrically of course. However, touching on so many subjects doesn't always translate to good music in my opinion. I'd prefer a more personal rapper such as Shad or J. Cole as opposed to Lupe Fiasco. Lupe is excellent no doubt, and Lasers will be my album of 2011 though. Lupe can be an acquired taste while Pac' will appeal to almost all. Pac has Lupe in terms of delivery though. At first (in 2005) Lupe's voice got on my nerves.

    • Myschyveus

      Mark, I think you're missing the fact that Lupe talked about ALL those subjects and topics you've mentioned, AND more. Yes Tupac was more influential and sold more records, but his prime was during a time when digital downloading was not nearly as prevalent as now, in addition to having more time in the game, relatively speaking. Also, Lupe is much more skilled in manipulating the English language no matter how you slice it. Now, you'll have to excuse me for not saying 'Pac is better just because he's dead and that's the "respectful" thing to do. Or even because agreeing with the masses would be more socially comfortable.

    • mark

      Better than Pac? How? So I guess Lupe has better lyrics? He discusses more than Tupac ever did? Pac covered subjects such as growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, women, money, pretty much everything? 2pac is a poet and has released several writings which are taught at schools, 2pac has had more influence than Lupe, has sold more records than Lupe. 2pac is better, probably the greatest in my opinion. What makes Lupe better??? Anyway, Pac is coming out with another CD this Demember, all unremixed OG songs, we'll see what sells more, Lasers, or the purest Pac CD to come out since Don Killuminati: The 7 day theory.

  • Balls

    Am I the only person who could give a fuck about Lupe Fiascos album??

    • Myschyveus

      Not sure. But I AM sure that everyone who DOES give a fuck about a Lupe album could give less than a fuck whether or not you even exist. Ponder that...

  • Anonymous

    lupe's 4th album?? did i miss his 3rd??? the cool, and food n liquor, thas all i ever heard about.... somebody??

  • Jesse

    Finally!, the date doesnt matter, as long as it has a release date now (:

  • Killalex

    Everyone bitching about the March release date, the fuck is wrong with you? We finally get a release date and ya'll crying that it's too far away. This will give Atlantic time to promote the album and it's better for Lupe too because his hype is just gonna get bigger and bigger.

  • YungFresh8

    Good Job Lupe He new they would fold his fanbase too BIG!!!!

  • miguel Guttierres

    Great, they finally settle their differences and we have to wait six more months?!!! GTFOH, release the album dammit!

  • illness_personified

    fuck this nigga and fuck atlantic...i was a huge lupe fan ut march fucking 2011? ima bootleg the HELL out of this album and hand this shit out to ppl as they walk in the record store...i aint paying for this late ass shit anymore...

    • Anonymous

      Haha like u fags arn't goin to bootlag his album F&L was one of the most bootleg albums of all time. Haha lupe fans

    • AYEEEE

      AYYYEEEE NIGGA..........FUCK YOU. HOE ASS BitCH ASS TRICK ASS FAGGOT ASS BUTT JUICE EATING ASS NIGGA. IF I SEE U TRYNA BOOtLEG THIS ALBUM IMA SLAP U WIT MY KNEECAP BITCH

    • Whoolio

      Your username should have been "bitchassness_personified" instead...

    • simplylovely

      U'z a hater!

    • Anonymous

      ILLNESS PERSONAFIED MY ASS MORE LIKE HATER PERSONAFIED

    • Anonymous

      FUKIN PUSSY U AINT NO LUPE FAN PROBABLY A LIL WAYNE DICK RIDER IF YOU WERE A LUPE FAN YOU WOULD WAIT FOR THAT SHIT AND BUY IT.

    • Eric Asare

      stfu u ungrateful fake fan..if u had some common sense....u would know his record label will start to promote him.

    • Alex Hayford

      Jesus Christ, Hip Hop fans are such whiny bitches. Really? You were a huge fan until his record label decided to give him a 2011 release date? Are you retarded or just stupid? Dude's been trying to release Lasers for a full year now and this is the thanks he gets after he finally succeeds in getting a commitment from Atlantic? Kill yourself...

  • come on

    This whole shit was a ploy to gain hype for this bottom dwelling album in the sales department... Come on people, ya'll don't see this BS

  • big teezy

    Lupe is better than Nas people just sleep on Lupe because he is not from NYC.. This is a new generation and The Cool shits on Illmatic. Lupe is the most philosophic rapper since 2pac Shakur and honestly he is the closest MC that we have to Pac. People are going to be studying Lupe in classrooms one day. I cant wait until March and I will buy 2 of the albums one for me and one for my girl!!!!! Cant wait, Lupe is the greatest!!!!!

    • Migzy X

      Hey Lupe is my man but please, Nas made it culturally so there is no comparison...

    • FL WEB

      By "one for me and one for my girl," do you really mean, "one for me and my imaginary girlfriend?" You've gotta be like 10 years old. Lupe as good as 'Pac?...better than Nas? GTFO. Go take a long skateboard ride off a small pier pal.

    • Jets

      Lupe better than Nas ? Look stop getting ahed of yourself here ! Please dont over rate the guy. Dont get me wrong, Lupe has some heat but to compare to Nas is an absolute insult. Id even put Elzhi or Blu before Lupe in "My Opinion"

  • Meh

    Well. If its gonna come out 5 months from now I'd imagine that he's doing some new material for the album then. The album that Atlantic fought so hard NOT to release being released without anything changed? Doubt that shit. They clearly made an agreement and settled their differences, so some middleground was found.

  • bswift77

    Finally!!! I been hearing about lasers for hellas.

  • ceeonemusic

    DId I miss something? I thought this was his 3rd album? Food & Liquor, The Cool, and ???? Someone put me on if I missed something, please...

  • Baller15

    march.......... fuck

  • Up North

    Why March 8 if the album is done already? Damn near 6 months? They could have the shit ready to go by January at the LATEST. Atlantic is gonna fuck the process over again, mark my words. How will this affect Food and Liquor 2? Will there even be a Food and Liquor 2 anymore? Too many questions, not enough answers. FUCK ATLANTIC.

  • John45/23

    WE'RE NOT LOSERS!!!!

  • James Miller

    Yeah I can't wait for that album to drop because I know Lupe got some tight songs put away for the Laser album. So if I got to wait until March 8th, 2011 then it fine with me.

  • Anonymous

    Real Hip Hop..Not POP shit like that wack Eminem,Wayne,Gucci shit.. fagets

  • Alex Avram-Rusu

    finaly... lupe is back...

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  • paparazzi

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  • bdotcrack

    well at least now he'll stop crying and whining like a little bitch on twitter and now he'll have no excuses for not putting out music.

    • Anonymous

      i'm a fan, definitely a fan - but instead of twitter rants, he should've just kept putting out music to make the label want to put him out sooner.. you cant sit around and wait til the label wants you to come out, you got to make them wanna put you out. just my opinion though.

    • G

      no crying or anything lol. the label and Lupe just weren't on common ground. Now that they are I am really fuckin mad that its not coming out this year. I'm pretty sure (not certain) he's done.

    • LJbigbang

      STFU you moron.

  • Its Um

    For an album that's already finish gets a 5 month waiting period, gee that's really fair (sarcastically speaking).

  • Jakester

    March 8th...What the hell? Just release the damn album

  • Duke

    he could have just hit that ass. i wont believe the dispute is settled until Lu specificaly says it is and the album comes out.

  • Anonymous

    Tuesday, October 26th first official single

  • Killalex

    Its official people! Lasers will be out March 8th 2011! First single will launch on October 26th! Finally, kill 'em Lupe!

  • Anonymous

    March 8th 2011 album release

  • Mr Mogul

    I'm pretty sure this will be his third album.. Confirmation please?

  • The.Watcher

    Fourth album wtf? Personally, I hope it's better than the Cool, I was never able to get into that album.

    • Anonymous

      did u listen to the song the cool? it was reminiscent oF short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez(a very Fsmous latin american author....now iF you like lyrics that are dumbed down then leave it alone cus that particular song was intellectually on point!

    • ptone814

      THE COOL IS A DARK ALBUM BECAUSE IT WAS A DARK PERIOD IN HIS LIFE.... HIS FRIEND CHILLY GOT LOCKED UP..... HIS FRIEND STACK BUNDLES GOT MURKED..... HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY...... ITS STILL THE COLDEST ALBUM.....

  • ptone814

    VICTORY!??????? WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS DRAMA FROM VICKINGS QUEST!????? WHATS THE FUCKIN RELEASE DATE MOTHAFUCKAS!!!!!??????? LUPE IS THE GOAT.....HANDS DOWN....4 ALBUMS....20 SOME MIXTAPES PROVES THAT....DO UR RESEARCH HATERS..... FOOD & lIQUOR (CLASSIC) THE COOL (CLASSIC) LASERS (SOON 2B CLASSIC) IN THE JAWS OF THE LORDS OF DEATH (JC) BEFORE THERE WERE LASERS DA EXAM ENEMY OF THE STATE: A LOVE STORY (CLASSIC) FAHRENHEIT 1/15 1: THERE AMONG US FAHRENHEIT 1/15 2: REVENGE OF THE NERDS FAHRENHEIT 1/15 3: A RHYMING APE FOLLOW THE LEADER FUTURE OF THE FUTURE IM THE SHIT 168 IT WAS WRITTEN LOVE LETTER TO THE BEAT RETURN OF THE JEDI OVERLOOKED 1& 2 PARIS TOKYO USA LUPE THE JEDI SUPER FIASCO BROS. SUPER STARDOM TOUCH THE SKY VINTAGE FIASCO ELLAS

  • Ahktane

    Not good enough. Lupe is cheesing for no reason. Tell us more.

  • bios

    Altantic's logo really sucks ass nowadays. hope Lasers drops soon.

  • Mr. I Rap Better Than U

    This cd is still not going to sell more than 225,000 in the first week, why are they delaying it like it's going to get better...just promote, make a few vids, release it and let the low sells and (well deserved) critical acclaim happen or not..

  • BRRRR

    ...and the publicity stunt continues. Of course, it won't be over until a couple more stories get written about Lupe's "victory". Thanks, Lupe and Atlantic, for wasting just a little bit more of everyone's time. This whole thing was a massive pile of bullshit and everyone involved should feel bad for perpetrating it.

  • That One Guy

    Hey at least this site isn't as bad as Sohh dot com... that site gets all of it's headlines from 50 cent's twitter page and Lil Wayne's blogs... I'm glad for Lupe though Lupe is one of the only rappers who are on my favorite and top rappers list... He is the Best Rapper Dead or Alive... Food & Liquor was above Illmatic... Nas is that dude as well... but Lupe and Royce Da 5'9" shit on that nigga... If we don't get a bad meets evil track then I want Royce and Lupe to go head to head on a track And for the record, Eminem is my #3 lyricist, and #4 favorite, I don't think he could match Lupe on a track if his life depended on it... I've been waiting on Lasers so I could compare Recovery to it... Okay lengthy post there, man anyway let's celebrate the great news

    • fuckallyall

      I'll settle the debate Nas and Lupe are both wack. Food and liquor and illmatic are both overrated garbage.and you are a cocksucking fanatic.

    • sharpsh00ter155@aim.com

      illmatic is considered the best hip hop album ever. im still bumping every track on that album and that came out 13 years before food & liquir, which i personally think is the 2nd best hip hop album.

    • Anonymous

      better than Illmatic? That's like saying a bicycle is faster than a Carrera Royce da 5'9" and Lupe better lyrically than Eminem ??? Royce-"Em is better than me.." Lupe's entire discography isn't better than Stan or The Way I am Lupe is good lyricist and potentially a great rapper Just because he chooses to make more concept songs and complex ideas doesn't equal lyrical superiority He's just creative and knows how to create dope metaphorical tracks Name a Lupe verse better than Em's Renegades!@

    • Anonymous

      Food and liquor was awesome....and so is illmatic....i'm pretty sure they are neck and neck!

    • Terence Jordan

      Above Illmatic. Nigga that's crazy talk. But I still Love Food & Liquor. But over Illmatic. Lupe's good. But he nowhere the calibur that is Nas.

    • that one guy

      @brrrr your right, my bad bruh...

    • BRRRR

      LOL the only opinion of yours that I "challenged" is that this is "great news". Lupe is dope. I don't personally like any of his albums better than Illmatic, but that's cool if you do. Since there's no release date, no new music, no track list, no new info about the album whatsoever, no statement from Atlantic and no statement from Lupe beyond a one-word tweet, I don't see how this can be great news.

    • Nucca What!!!

      You think Illmatic is under the Food & Liquor, fuck what dude saying, apparently your head is stuck in the fabrication that the gangsta rap, and hardcore rap has most definitely influenced upon your brain... Illmatic is a classic, but Food & Liquor is even more so...

    • That One Guy

      I wonder why all of the ignorant hiphop heads have gathered on a Lupe head line... Food & Liquor is the all time best album practically ever. But this is my opinion, and for some person named Brrrr... and Nucca to challenge my opinion is of little interest to me

    • NUCCA

      ABOVE ILLMATIC MY ASS GTFOH...BITCH NICCA

    • BRRRR

      What great news? A one-word tweet and a single photo? No release date. No new music. Nothing. PUBLICITY STUNT

  • Anonymous

    3rd album....this site is full of mistakes

  • Tyrice Breezy Fulmore

    Its about fucking time you gotta strong arm labels in order 2 let a real hip hop mc drop a release date thats a damn shame @!!

  • Μιχαλι Hansell

    get your facts straight HHDX....third album.

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