Just days after expressing his frustration with the redundancy of Hip Hop during an interview with HOT 93.7’s Jenny Boom Boom, Windy City rapper Lupe Fiasco is back at it again giving his commentary on the genre. During the rapper’s most recent promo stop at Louisiana’s Xavier University he touched on commercial Hip Hop, record labels, and more while being interviewed by producer Mannie Fresh.
When asked about present day Hip Hop, Lupe touched on the two different sides of the genre, cultural and commercial, and also spoke on the lack of substance in today’s commercial Hip Hop.
“There’s like the culture of Hip Hop which is Crazy Legs, Big Daddy Kane, and rap dudes who paint on the train stations in Paris to the dudes who deejay competitions in Japan,” Lupe explained in a video posted on MightyMuzik.com. “Everything that is Hip Hop from the good, the bad, the ugly, everything else. And I think you got the commercial side of Hip Hop. Everything that you hear on the radio, everything that’s for sale so to speak. And I think that today there’s a very substantial lack of substance in the commercial side of it. Which even affects some of the cultural side of it to because they are one in the same.”
The rapper also spoke on his creativity being stifled by a label whose main goal he believes is to be in control.
“It’s always a compromise,” said the rapper. “Even when I do what I want to do. They take it out of me on the backend, ‘Ah okay, you can do whatever you want but you know we’re not gonna really pay for the videos.’ They leverage it on you. You know how they do, how they get down. It’s about control at the end of the day. They don’t really necessarily care what you make, what kind of music it is: the most positive, the most negative, the wackest, or the dopest. They just wanna make sure that they got control over it to a certain extent.”
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 will be released on September 25.