Lupe Fiasco Speaks on Atlantic, "Lasers," MTV and Bloggers

Fiasco heads over to Shade45 to shed light on a slew of topics including "Lasers," his fight with Atlantic and his displeasure with MTV and bloggers.

Lupe Fiasco’s journey to release Lasers has been a long one. In fact, during a recent interview with Shade45’s Angela Yee, Fiasco admitted that Lasers has been done for more than three years. For an album that has been waiting for a release date for so long, it will not feature too many updates.

“There’s certain pieces, certain things that have come to pass for me over the last few months that I need to address on this record, and little small stuff,” Fiasco told Yee. “But the album’s literally been kind of sitting, done, in one state or another, for two or three years.”

So, why did his fight with Atlantic take so long?

“I don’t want to put everybody’s business in the street but if we’re going to make money, let’s make money fair. Let’s not be devious in our tactics. I don’t want to be nasty when it comes to business, but you’ve got to respect us. We’re a business, too. You have to respect us the same way we respect you.”

Nevertheless, he noted that he’s confident this album will be well recieved.

“It’s still bananas and better than everybody else’s album.”

Now, Fiasco has a situation with Atlantic that will allow him to release Lasers officially and he’s thankful to be moving forward.

“They’re very supportive but it’s a business, too,” he said. “[Atlantic executive] Julie [Greenwald] has really been the bridge and the liaison between myself, my company, and Atlantic. So, she deserved that credit for putting this all behind us and moving forward.”

Not all was good, though. Fiasco also voiced his displeasure with MTV and blog sites, noting that he felt disrespected by the recent MTV article offering him advice to succeed and the way he says he’s been treated by bloggers.

“You can’t dictate what success is to me. You don’t know what I have materially. You don’t know what I’ve achieved. When they wrote the story, I was on my way to being principal for a day at my old grade school on the west side of Chicago. That’s success to me.”

Of releasing more music and blogs, he added that he is not opposed to dropping new tracks but also added that he wants to make sure he does it in a way that feels right for him.

“I want to cater to my fans. I love my fans. I love to Rap and I love to put out mix tapes. But, I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot just putting music out there.”

Lasers is currently expected to be in stores in March of 2011. 



  • Scott Miranda-Kerr

    lupe could've retired from the game after food & liquor, it would've sucked for us but he'll still would go out as one of the best! from my point of view, from day 1 he's been successful!! only a few can match his talent on a mic...

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Theres no excuse for it now being released in march. nearly half a years time, if its been done for that long an they've now sorted there differences why the fuck march? fuck this shit

  • r.pgh

    Lu, i'm a big fan, but just drop the talk then drop the album man.

  • just a person

    why is lupe fiasco so mad about that article? it wasnt even bad or really dissing. it was really just the writer’s opinion on what they think he should do. rather than “goin ham” on them. he coulda just ignored it or shortened it. i mean the only useful tip on there was drop a mixtape. other than that…its MTV as usual = shit. so i dont know why he’s mad. he coulda made one fuckin comment about garbage ass MTV and that’s it. see kids see Lu as a revolutionary, and he may be close…but what missing is the succinct quick wit of people like Malcolm, who’d of said this in a sentence or two. also why do it over Twitter? thats like the dissing rape but condoning cannibalism. Twitter is just as banal and vapid as fuckin MTV, in case he aint noticed. ok thats an opinion. and enough. comment board niggas aint gone read this.

    • cjr41

      ... dissing rape and condoning canabalism?... i think they're in completely different leagues than this. I understand what you're saying though, in another opinion though, Lu has a point. If he feels successful, then why should anybody else try to tell him what he needs to change. I think it's getting boring to hear about this kind of stuff, but i don't see anything wrong with how he said it, ya dig? personal choices. just gotta hope Lasers is as dope as it should be.


    So we're now waiting until March for an album that's been done for "2 or 3 years"? This is seriously the dumbest shit I've ever heard. There's absolutely no excuse for this in 2010 (or 2009, 2008 and 2007). Everyone's at fault here. Atlantic for being short-sighted, Lupe for being a pussy, his fans for putting up with this. This guy is the perfect example of how you can be a talented artist and overrated at the same time.

    • Anonymous

      He's overrated because people like you talk him up to ridiculous levels. "Nobody matches up to him lyrically?" Nigga, please. He's dope, but he's not without peers. Just having all the talent in the world (which he has) isn't enough. You have to actually create and release music too. Lupe is a lazy motherfucker. Your album has been done for years and your label's dicking you around? Fine. Man the fuck up, record some NEW FUCKING MUSIC and release it.

    • Jakester

      How the hell is this guy overrated? Nobody matches up to him lyrically and yet he's still under the radar. Just because Atlantic won't release his damn album doesn't mean he is overrated. You're retarded...


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  • 2dope

    you go LUPE. You tell them whose boss. I dont even know how to describe Lupe..majestic? "its still better than everyone elses album" lol! i respect it cuz it came from his mouth and he being honest...otherwise i wouldnt.

  • Sean Michael Patrick Murphy

    Lupe is the best in the game, enough said...

  • Nathan Helton

    the real reason lasers wanst released is because it was way ahead of its time if it wouldve came out before but now the rap game is way different now in a good way for stuff like this

    • Christopher Bell

      ^^^^I disagree. Janelle Monae is distributed through Atlantic. For some reason, she's the only one slippin through the cracks to do what she wants to do. She has full creative control over her product. And to me...that's evidence its possible to have your way. Its about how you play your cards.

    • Anonymous

      man STOP IT! U haven't heard it. The REASON it hasnt come out is because Atlantic is a mainstream, "whats popular now" type label. They aren't know to be supportive of ART and CREATIVITY. And even so...who gets a release date WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY down the road in MARCH which could actually mean the SUMMER for a FINISHED ALBUM? Atlantic SUCKS!

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