After much debate between rapper Lupe Fiasco and his record label Atlantic Records, his Lasers album was finally given an official release date late last week. The first single off of the album will be released on October 26 while the album is scheduled to be released on March 8, 2011.
In an interview with WorldUp.org, Lupe spoke on finally reaching middle ground with Atlantic Records in regards to his album. He also credited his victory to the extreme dedication of his fans.
“We had a difference of creative opinion, difference of business direction, so we reconciled it all out,” Lupe explained to WorldUp.org. “Everybody got to say what they wanted, and we had a good meeting about it. Everything is fine, we are walking hand and hand into the sunset. We got the album released because of the fans, marches, petitions and protests, and everything. The people worked, they listened, they heard.”
In his interview, Lupe also revealed that social media played a huge role in his album finally being given a release date.
“It started on social media. It was all these different kids from all over the world connected into these one or two forums or blogs that everybody frequented,” said Lupe. “That’s where they kind of organized it, and you could see it in real time. They got a checklist of things that need to take care of, who’s going to get the vans, who’s going to get the permits who’s going to write the press release, who’s going to do “da, da, da,” and check it off. So, it’s like a real-time collective growing social activity, which is dope.”