Lupe Fiasco Again Waiting On His Label When It Comes To The Release Of His New Album

Lupe Fiasco has yet again found himself in a tug of war with his label Atlantic Records over the release of his new album.

The year 2012 is starting off with a bit of déjà vu for Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. According to Lupe he’s yet again waiting on Atlantic Records when it comes to the release of his next studio album, Food & Liquor II.

"The Lupe [Fiasco's Food & Liquor II] album is [coming out] hopefully. It's not on me," Lupe Fiasco explained to AOL’s The Boombox. "It's not done yet. I'm waiting on my record company, ain't nothing changed. Same business, it's on them."

Lupe was in the same predicament last year when his label constantly delayed the release of Lasers which was eventually released in March 2011. A petition was even released by fans demanding that Atlantic Records release the album.

While the rapper waits for Atlantic Records to give the go ahead for Food & Liquor II, Lupe revealed that he plans on doing a bit of touring prior to the release of the album.

"We got a big tour coming up in Australia in April, and we got a couple things sprinkled through the top part of the year," said Lupe. "Nothing real crazy, we're going to wait until the album drops to really go hard."

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93 Comments

  • Anonymous

    he needs to drop Atlantic & focus on FNF,All City Chess Club & Child Rebel Soldier.i would have went postal on Atlantic if they did that shit to me.flat out.

  • Lupe what is going on?

    The lyrics were there on Lasers but the beats for the most part were trash. The label didn't force Lupe to make that techno, rock thing that is lasers. If Altantic Records forced Lupe to make that album why does your new MIXTAPE sounds like lasers pt 2. Lupe found new inspiration just say it. If Food & Liquor 2 is like Lasers I hope someone throws a dictionary at your face.

    • ETK

      been waiting? you obviously haven't read half of the comments then... some beats were Lasers throwaways, album throwaways are always gonna make it on a mixtape. Lasers only had 12 tracks afterall.

    • asdf

      THANK YOU. been waiting for someone to point out that fact about his new mixtape.

  • D RIcks

    Ya'll who tought LASERS sucked are dumb if you ask me. All ya'll thought that sucked were the beats COME ON you sayin Lupe wasn't lyrical or dope on LASERS come on if some made a mixtape and threw different beats on each Lasers song except "All Black Everything" cause that Track KIlls. Ya'll would love LASERS I guarantee that

    • TEXAS

      THEN WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE AND FANS SAY IT SUCKS THE LYRICS WERE BAD AT TIMES ALSO NO ONE SAYS THE FIRST 2 ALBUMS SUCKED AND WHY DID IT WIN WORST ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY HIP HOP DX BECAUSE IT SUCKED (EVEN THO THERE WERE FAR WORST LIKE C4)

  • TEXAS

    LUPE IS DOPE BUT IM STARTING TO WONDER IF THIS ALBUM WILL SUCK LIKE LASERS IM SICK OF RAPPERS BLAMING THE RECORD COMPANY BECAUSE THERE ALBUM SUCKED YOU HAD A CHANCE TO FIX LASERS THERE NOT RUSHING YOU LUPE IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE TELLING YOU TO TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMH

  • Anonymous

    Lupe a straight fool...fullfill your contract then bounce, ya'll stay stupid man,.

  • NAS

    THE RAP GAME SOMETIME REMINDS ME OF THE CRACK GAME

  • Anonymous

    He needs to do what Big Boi did and leak a track every month until they meet his demands. Its called a hostage situation. Release a track, make demands, and then let them know if those demands are met you will kill another one in 3 weeks. Luscious LeftFoot son

  • Brandon

    Lupe just Blame Obama!

  • Monster

    Everyone's talking about how Lupe should of went the independent route. I don't blame him for signing to a label at the time it made sense. The phenomenon of independent artists becoming successful without a label is a relatively new thing, it pretty much started with Wiz. Name one artist before Wiz or Mac Miller who built a large following and sold a million records without the backing of a label? Wiz was signed to Atlantic and his albums flopped while he was signed to them. Lupe is locked into a contract, had that contract expired by now i'm sure he would have took his talents elsewhere. If he wanted to continue with a major label he would have signed the 360 deal and Atlantic would own Japanese Cartoon and SNDCLSH, as well as other projects he pursues, but he fought against the 360 deal which says a lot. Asap Rocky signed the 360 deal and he's not gonna own any of the shit he does; label has full control of him, his name and whatever he does. Wack beats or not Lupe is a lyrical beast beast and still continues to make good music.

  • IamHipHop

    First off, this is the first and probably the last time I'll ever write a comment on any site. Lasers was very commercial I won't deny that for a single minute but for you all to sit here and deny the man's lyrical capacity and say he's garbage now that's pure BS! Honestly if you're a fan of Lupe and you truly thought he was the best lyricist or one of the best you would actually listen to his content and not just the dumb beats his label chose for him. Lyrically I have nothing bad to say about Lasers and his last mixtape was one of the best tapes I heard in a minute, I been bumpin it in my whip since it came out and just pulled it out last week cause it was getting scratched too much. I for one can't wait for F&L2 and I highly suggest you actually go back and listen to the LYRICS on his last mixtape and Lasers too before you dismiss him as no longer being one of the greatest lyricists out right now. Please name 3 artists that have better content at the present moment....

    • dockevoc

      Valid points. I should probably listen to some of his stuff again. Peace.

    • A-Game

      And I'm not saying Lasers was good but if Lupe had no charisma or emotion in his music than why would his fans start a petition and protest Atlantic records in order to get the record out. I can't really imagine someone's fans going through that much trouble for any other rapper with the exception of a few.

    • A-Game

      We can agree to disagree but for you to say "Lupe ain't shit" is bullshit. All the rappers you named are all beasts and I acknowledge that. But the only thing that those rappers have over Lupe is multi's and longevity. In terms of double, triple meaning lines, wordplay, and having punchlines within his metaphors there's only a couple fucking with him. "Pimp C (see) the wings on a underground king, who's also Klingon, to infinity and beyond, something really stinks but I Spinks (Sphinx) like Leon or lying (lion) in the desert, I'm flyin on a pegasus, you're flyin on a pheasant."

    • dockevoc

      Ghostface, Scarface, Prodigy, GZA, RZA, Ice Cube, G Rap, Kane, Rakim, KRS, Guru, Q Tip, basically anyone who rapped before 5 years ago...Lupe ain't shit and there ain't no fucking way in hell he's better than Common, Nas or Elzhi...If anything he's better than Immortal Tech who's lyrics and flow are decent but he gets by with what Lupe has none of - emotion and charisma.

    • A-Game

      Lupe lyrically is better than Common, Elzhi, and Nas from today. If it was the Illmatic Nas then I would say different but Nas has lost a couple steps. The only people that I can see being better than Lupe is Immortal Technique and One Be Lo. The others I'm not so sure about..

    • Anonymous

      Reks, Access Immortal, Elzhi, One Be Lo.

    • dockevoc

      Nas, Common, Immortal Technique, Killah Priest, etc...

  • TiiDo

    I'm starting to think Atlantic Records doesn't like hip hop very much. There was that Lasers fiasco last year but even worse was what they did to Saigon's 'The Greatest Story Never Told'. They held it back for 5-6 years before it came out. Had it came out when it was supposed to, it would have got classic status, but with wait come expectations so as much as it is a great album, the delays took away some of its magic. Atlantic is killing some seriously good acts, dudes really should go independent instead...

    • darcwonn

      I wrote a blog about this months ago. Hell, Apathy even alluded to it. Atlantic ain't healthy for some of these artists.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck this bitch ass nigga. He said Atlantic forced him to be commercial with Lasers thenhe went on to the the exact same shit on his mixtape. This guy is full of shit.

    • ETK

      a) some beats were Lasers throwaways, album throwaways are always gonna make it on a mixtape b) Lupe's becoming a DJ now, he's experiencing with these sounds now c) suddenly everyone forgets about when Lasers almost got canceled.. Atlantic Records did have their part in it.

  • mo

    if Atlantic gave lupe a choice, would have lasers been commercial? Think about it.

  • Okay...

    hopefully they don't fuck with it like they did Lasers. They turned Lasers into a disappointment. He can't afford to disappoint with Food and Liquor II, since Food and Liquor was amazing.

  • dockevoc

    Labels didn't make those wack ass albums - Lupe did. I didn't here anyone associated with the label spitting on that piece of shit album. When it's all said and done LUPE makes wack shit, not the label.

    • ETK

      parts of it, just not AS commercial... Superstar on The Cool? that shit was commercial. he was gonna keep that shit in spades, ergo him doing Airplanes and Nothin On You before Atlantic snatched those beats off him and gave them to B.o.B

    • mo

      if Atlantic gave lupe a choice, would have lasers been commercial? Think about it.

    • ETK

      good job getting it all wrong to begin with no one's saying the label did Lasers - yes Lupe did them, but the label PUSHED him towards that direction originally. they dismissed his former work for the album(the supposed Lasers/LupE.N.D album) and told him his shit wasn't nice and that he had to switch it up. it was Lupe's doing, but it was Atlantic Records who lit up the fire. remember for a while Lasers was almost canceled until Lupe buckled down and went to talk to them to arrange for a release date

  • Days Of The Blue

    Lupe is under contract to produce 5 albums with his label. He can't go independent yet or change to a different one.

  • Ya Boy D

    Fucking labels man!!! Can't stand those fuckheads!!!

  • NC King

    Had Lasers been better I might would care. Lupe used to be my favorite lyricist but the rock n roll trip he has been lost on, the constant label complaints, the mediocrity of Lasers, the Barack Obama thing....I mean it just dulls the excitement I had for Lupe. LUPE IF YOU ARE READING THIS, FOOD N LIQUOR 2 BETTER BE STRAIGHT FIRE!!! Soundtrak, Kanye, Pharrell, NO ID, 9th Wonder, and somebody I wouldn't expect like Big K.R.I.T....ANYTHING LESS THAN BEST FOOT FORWARD AND IM PUTTING OUT A PETITION FOR YOU TO SHUT UP FOREVER ABOUT YOUR ALBUM AND WHEN IT COME OUT!

  • datNIGGAJ

    bismillah al-rahman al-raheem

  • Calkron

    All artist, regardless of style should take a page out of Mac Millers Book.. Stay independent, because if you actually have any type of skill whatsoever you will be very successful and not have to answer to anyone but yourself and your fans.. No matter what, your asses are owned by your record labels. You think you are free, but you are wrong. Didn't you get into this game to do this for yourself? If not, do something else because you are just a damn puppet getting your strings pulled. Artists see those zeros on a contract and take the easy way out, then when your label has a say on things you are not even allowed to say what it is that is really on your mind. Or worse, you are told to change your mind. This has been happening for too long, the douchebags sitting at their desks don't deserve the money that you make them they just feel they are obligated to it.. Don't get me wrong, there are solid independent labels out there. Go find them and stop dealing with corporate fucks, it makes you seem like you don't have the drive to do it on your own..

    • ETK

      not only that, but you can actually get your own pull/direction within your label if you have a good grasp on it.. and if you're not a pussy an example: T.I. wasn't down with B.o.B's family-friendly popish direction originally, but B.o.B kept grinding and not backing down and eventually Tip came to terms with it, also because his shit was sellin'. of course, every once in a while B.o.B's gonna go back to hard shit here and there but the point is, big labels don't always equal selling your soul, that's some naive mindset

    • Anonymous

      You can get ripped off on independent labels just like the major ones. Miss me with the BS.

  • MightyMike27

    I'm sooO fucking tired of Atlantic. I know F&L2 is gonna be amazing but.... After releasing Lasers, um yeah you ain't gonna get another petition on your behalf to release F&L2..not after that garbage...sorry Homie, its the truth. I would have preferred if Lasers never came out. Lupe would still be undefeated lol. But now he's 2-1 lol

  • Anonymous

    God Willing, the Album Will be dropped all the original stays. For those of you that dont like lasers that wasnt even "icepicks to Iceburgs" ;), I guess there are some you just cant wake up out that illusion your stuck in, but you know u got to plant the seed and hope that one day it will grow. Peace & blessings. ~Shelz

  • A-Game

    If atlantic fucks with F&L II Lupe needs to do what the Lox did to get out of his contract. Start a petition and get out of that shitty label

  • crash2k12

    Damn its mad Lupe haters on here. all yall heard was beats on Lasers. Fail to listen. its a shame but he feed off of yall. and his real fans will get together and push that shit out. Reason they dont want to drop it cause he not selling his soul on that shit.

    • ETK

      still doesn't mean you can dismiss anyone who's still bumpin it. people look at paintings differently, accept that. A lot of people are totally agreeing with the Words I Never Said lyrics among others.

    • Anonymous

      and i did say some of his lyrics because that trey songs bullshit is not lyrical

    • Anonymous

      yea it has good lyrics but the beats suck which is a component of a good song...therefore the album is a fail....thats like looking at a painting and saying it has a wonderful use of color but the image, content etc. sucks...you all need to study and learn before you critique a piece of work...the content is ok, some songs are better obviously, but overall that album will be forgotten in a years time because of its lack of direction, miscellaneous 'ok' instrumentals and overall commercial club appeal, which watered down the effect of some of his lyrics

    • ETK

      only ass here is you I'm not sayin Lasers was great or on par with his old albums, but a lot of the lyrics in there hold their own, so it's more than justified listening to it in 2012.

    • real talk

      is it hate if it actually sucks? not really...that shit has NO replay value...and if you decide to listen to that in 2012, you sir are an ass

    • Anonymous

      thank u i swear ure like the only person ive seen on here that didnt hate on lasers

  • Anonymous

    seriously, again? ridiculous Atlantic. he cant just get up and leave you idiots there is a little thing called a contract. look it up

  • Anonymous

    LUPE NEEDS TO GO TO GOOD ASAP, SO WE DONT HAVE TO GO THRO THIS BULLSHIT AGAIN

  • Anonymous

    and when the album sucks he's going to blame the label again

  • Anonymous

    i can't stand this dude

  • Realness121

    Lupe is a Boss so he needs to sign with a Def Jam or GOOD Music/Def Jam since GOOD is under Def Jam now,that would be a perfect fit as Kanye is a great Music Executive,Ye doesnt fuck with the artist,he lets the artists do their own thing,just look at Kid Cudi,Big Sean,John Legend,Mr.Hudson,Common,and many more,so being under Kanye is a great thing these days,he really knows great talent

    • ETK

      he did ask for a release you buffoon.. niggas like you think acting like a boss = everything's gonna roll nickel n' sweet

    • Anonymous

      Lupe ain't no boss, he's WAITING for the label. When he had tHE PEOPLE behind him, instead of asking for a RELEASE, he went and cashed that check and made some B.o.B. music. A year LATER, same thing. THAT AIN'T MOVEMENT LIKE A BOSS, THAT'S WORKER HABITS.

  • The MG

    Lupe needs to leave Atlantic and go to GOOD Music or something.

  • dentaldamboy

    If this fucking terrorist signs with YMCMB, he will have no problem getting a release date. YMCMB has all the buss right now an no one is looking out for Lupe's shit to drop.

    • dentaldamboy

      Lupe really is a terrorist. His sympathies are not with America or Americans. He thinks we are all inherently evil while all of the actual terrorists are good people. Trust me, if he could help the terrorists, he would. I wouldn't even be surprised if he donates money to groups that are affiliated with terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. This clown legitimately doesn't think that America has the right to defend itself from foreign threats. He's really a fucking psycho when it comes to his views of the world. His sort of thinking comes with a lack of pussy and with being a whack artist.

    • Anonymous

      Tbh, its funny that you call him a terrorist , cuz i was just watching and researching some real shit about fema camps and the marshall law. basically we are all considered terrorist just for standing up for what is right or what we believe in. shit kray. so thats small shit to a giant. Bless your heart.

    • crash2k12

      Everyone u metion fucking trash. take ur ass somewhere else. Lupe shit on all of them. wack ass rappers. U trash for metioning them. Terrorist. wow u sound so stupid

    • Anonymous

      Birdman, Bow Wow, & Tyga keep getting delayed for their albums. There hasn't even been a mention on Gudda Gudda or Millz.

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again Lupe need to understand that he should drop better music to get a release date. I listened to his mixtape an wanted my time i wasted back.......................... CHECK OUT THE MUSIC http://soundcloud.com/inevitable-success/sets/taste-of-success/

  • lupe is dope

    lasers is the worst ''hip-hop'' album i have ever bought but it only cost 3 bucks so i wasnt pissed. He's gonna be forced to make too many pop songs for this album for it to be anywhere near classic same things happened to wiz khalifa but he sucks ass ne way and doesnt care bout putting out quality music

    • Anonymous

      lol numbers do not dictate if an album is good you dumb ass...because of that comment your argument is not valid and you should shut the fuck up from now on

    • crash2k12

      See u dont understand his content. it was different. beats wasnt where it could of been. but content was up there. and he still did numbers for a so called wack album

  • jetsgo6

    damn..is this the dream? becoming a slave to your record company..fuck that

  • Young Champ

    Lupe's Lasers Failed to live up to the Hype, if i must say. and im a hardcore fan, sounded as if he compromised himself on some songs, but remained true on songs like, state run radio, and all black everything. Lyor and Atlantic wanted Lupe to make "pop Hits" featuring Singers. Dont believe me, look up the original Versions Of Airplanes and Nothing on you. it doesnt fit Lupe's style, but B.O.B. sure as hell took advantage of em. Back to the topic at hand if Food and Liquor 2 sounds similar to lasers, I wont buy it. Like the Protest to get Lasers released, we should do the same for lupe, so an Independent Release might let us actually hear what F&L2 supposed to sound like. I wonder what the original Lasers Sounded like with "Shining Down" and "Im Beaming" on it.

  • C'Mon Son...

    He should have signed with the Roc, then pushed 1st & 15th under that bigger umbrella...

  • Anonymous

    WHEN 50 SAYS IT, IT BS, WHEN LUPE SAYS IT, IT'S ALL COOL.

  • thought dog

    If Lupe was as smart as he acts he would've gone independent a long time ago. He has a hardcore fanbase where he can easily push 200-500 thousand albums each time and dictate exactly how he wants HIS music to sound.

    • adam

      You are an idiot, Lupe doesn't have that big of an fan base and you can't just leave a label when you want, people have deals of how many albums they have to release before they can get out of their contract.

  • Swagasaurus

    For a rapper that continually speaks out against the system, Lupe seems to be the only one helplessly "trapped" by the system

  • Anonymous

    better not be more techno shit

  • Anonymous

    bad idea to call it f&l 2 cuz we all know it won't be shit compared to the classic and people will immediately compare them because of their titles lupe's last chance tho

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again...this is why I've been wanting Lupe to go Indy. Atlantic records SUCKS!!!

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