Lupe Fiasco Details Contemplating Suicide & "Ratchetness" Of "Tetsuo & Youth"

Lupe Fiasco says the violence in Chicago can only be remedied by those committing the violence.

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco continued to dish out details on his upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth, during an interview with Houston’s 97.9 The Box. Lupe denied that his upcoming album is a party album and spoke further on releasing a project that isn’t as politics-heavy as previous releases.

He later revealed that he chose that particular route for Tetsuo & Youth because he’s become tired of attempting to encourage people to take a different perspective on issues, and not receiving much of a response.

“It ain’t gonna be a party album…I did like the first interview for the album I think it was either with Rolling Stone or Billboard and just told them like, you know, on purpose there’s no politics on the record,” said Lupe. “I feel like people—I’ve said what I had to say and people replied how they had to reply. So, now it’s just music…It’s just more just like at a certain point you get tired of it. You know what I’m saying? You get tired of trying to like get people to see things from a different way or a different perspective. And it’s kinda like the lack of response what was more like ‘Oh well, forget it. Let’s just go get money then.’”

Lupe Fiasco Says “Tetsuo & Youth” Will Be Ratchet

Lupe again offered a few details in regards to his new album later in the interview as he commented on the project being “ratchet,” a sound the rapper says isn’t new for him.

“We like 90 percent done with it,” he said. “And everything that I got thus far is super good. But it’s ratchet. It’s ratchet ratchetness on there. But it ain’t nothing new for me…My early records before I got known, you know what I’m saying, before Food & Liquor, when I was first coming up…What I was talking about back then was like ratchet, street, hood, ‘let’s do it’ kinda pieces. And it was like I made the decision not to put that on Front Street initially.”

Lupe Fiasco Speaks On Contemplating Suicide, Violence In Chicago

In addition to speaking on Tetsuo & Youth, Lupe also touched on a handful of much darker topics including suicide and the ongoing violence in his hometown of Chicago.

The rappers says there was a time in his life where he once contemplated suicide, a topic that’s addressed on his 2011 album Lasers. He later revealed that the violence in Chicago has to be stopped from within, from those committing the violence.

“I think there was a point in my life where I contemplated it,” said Lupe. “I didn’t attempt it…It’s just one of those stages that everybody go to. And it was funny how many people responded to that where it was like ‘Yo, I feel the same way.’ Or how some kids tatted up with Lasers tattoos all over their body and just be like ‘Yo, I had to put that on me as a reminder.’ Whether it be ‘Show Goes On’ or ‘Beautiful Lasers’ or whatever. It’s just an album that particularly touched a lot of people. And it was commercially successful too cause that’s what kinda made it weird. It’s like it was all really heartfelt, serious issues people was relating to. So, we kinda took a little bit of that formula going into this new album.”

While commenting on the violence in his hometown, Lupe says it’s an issue he’s come to deal with and also looked at the problem from the perspective of those behind it.

“If the little homies want it to stop, it’ll stop,” he said. “Can’t nobody else stop it, but the little homies that’s actually doing it. When they ready to stop, then it’s gonna stop. Police can’t stop it…Politicians can’t stop it. Community activists can’t stop it…I just chose to deal with it. Cause they all my little dudes. So, I just deal with it…But sometimes these kids in situations, I say kids cause they babies, these kids in a situation where if they don’t get them they gonna get them. And how you gonna tell somebody ‘Hey, risk your life for the sake of the other dudes life.’ But it’s like ‘Dude’s tryna kill me.’”

Tetsuo & Youth is currently slated for release next year. During an interview last week, Lupe commented on the LP being a project that’s more so about music than his political beliefs.

“So, this record was just like, ‘You know what? My last album, Food & Liquor II, this is my standings. This is what I believe in and I ain’t gonna keep beating you over the head with it.’ So, now it’s just about music,” said the rapper.

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  • Anonymous

    lupe is such a faggot. he stinks. his albums suck. the label told him to make a gay skateboarding song to attract whites and he's been playing major label bitch boy ever since. lasers. he's not deep. he has 0 classics. his beats are trash. live show is weak. and he's a clown in interviews and a disgrace on twitter.

  • Anonymous

    Check out my song below ft an interview from Drake! Real music that people can relate too!

  • Lammz

    So is Lupe trying to coin a new use for "ratchet"? Cuz a ratchet is a wrench, and only the scuzziest of ghetto pigeons use it to refer to other washed up scuzzy-ass bitches. I mean for real, just check urban dictionary. Nobody uses "ratchet" to mean what Lupe means. And that includes all the dumb fucks that use it wrong.

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    He such a dope MC, it's too bad he's in such a state of confusion. He had it right from the beginning, then he let too many niggas get in his ear. He needs to leave the U.S. for a while and re-center himself. Get in a studio by himself, or just with one or two producers and just zone out, and don't read the papers or the responses to the album. Fuck what people think, YOU'RE the artist. Make what you wanna make, and let people adapt to it, or not. These days, if you're a nice MC, you just have to make music for the people who appreciate and say fuck everyone else. It's not like it used to be, where rap fans and Hip-Hop fans were all in the same boat. Now, ignorant rap music and lyric-heavy Hip-Hop music are too totally different things that attract totally different crowds. I don't even go to 'rap' concerts, 'cause the crowd is so fuckin' ignorant. I can tell in my city when someone "Lil" or "Young" is performing locally, because the ignorance is on full-blast, and a stabbing or shooting or some kind of fucked up situation is inevitable. Lupe needs to stop caring about that crowd. Fuck them. If anything, they resent smart niggas and want to see them fail.

  • insanemacbeth

    if LUPE's really muslim, he'd know that suicide is haraam. s.m.h.

  • die_drake_die

    I wouldn't mind if Drake committed suicide. lyrically, Lupe might be the best ever

  • Mortis

    Someone hit this ninja with a rachet.

  • Tracy Putnam

    my neighbor's mother makes $80 hourly on the computer. She has been laid off for eight months but last month her check was $15893 just working on the computer for a few hours. imp source WWW.Fb39.COM I have Lupe's first 2 albums to go back to if this is a disappointment. Lets wait and see before making any assumptions off what Lupe is saying.

  • dentaldamboy

    Lasers was the only good album from Fiasco.

    • Lammz

      "Anonymous: if you want to know what dentaldamboy is really saying use reverse psychology because what he says is the opposite of what he really means" Naw I think we'd all rather that little bitch dentaldamboy just went somewhere else with his stupid trolling-ass shit. He's obviously like 10 years old and needs to learn to keep his mouth shut when grown-ups are talking.

    • Nearly took you serious

      That's my point

    • Anonymous

      if you want to know what dentaldamboy is really saying use reverse psychology because what he says is the opposite of what he really means

    • Nearly took you serious

      O It's just you trolling again

    • dentaldamboy

      Lasers was Fiasco's hiphop album and the other albums are pop. Oh and Miley cyrus has a bubbly ass.

    • ^^^

      Retardd pop fan here.

  • 416

    He could've still kept some political topics, just pick better beats and hooks. If he suddenly turns into Gucci Mane or whatever "ratchet" type music he'll lose even more fans. He's a nerd.. people know that already and trying to appeal to the "ratchet" crowd all of a sudden will be a huge fail.

    • BAAAA

      ^lol you're wasting you're time^

    • ETK

      he didn't mean ratchet like that, he meant ratchet like, some of his old beats pre-F&L 1 had some hood flav to them. Some of his beats on The Cool too actually(Put You On Game). he's going back to those type of beats

  • Daniel

    I respect Lu for his message but why quit now? What if Ghandi quit? What if MLK quit? Just quitting because no one is listening to it now is not the way to go. All prophets get exhausted when the people they are trying to help don't respond. That doesn't mean stop. I'm going to support this cat no matter what but don't sell yourself short homie.

    • HK

      Lupe isn't giving up. the difference with Ghandi and MLK is a) they saw the changes being made as they went on and before they died, b) they were speaking to a much bigger crowd who was actually listenin, and c) they didn't do that shit alone, they had help around them to make the changes needed. Chi-town is a lost cause. what is it now, 10 deaths a day? some niggas just won't learn. Lupe's taking the rolls with the punches now. he's not giving up but he's being realistic, he knows the change isn't gonna come from him, from Obama, or nobody else but the lil homies within the hood

  • Jackie

    Well I hope this is a good album. The ratchetness bit may be a good thing but may also flop HARD. Regardless, I have Lupe's first 2 albums to go back to if this is a disappointment. Lets wait and see before making any assumptions off what Lupe is saying.



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