As far as Lupe Fiasco is concerned, Lil Wayne isn't the only rapper that can manhandle the mixtape circuit.
While Wayne was showing fans that the drought will never be over, Fiasco had his own series locked with Fahrenheit 1/15 before initially hitting the mainstream with his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor.
While on the red carpet during Diddy's 40th birthday bash last Thursday, the Chi-Town native spoke briefly on how the music scene has been as of late and how he now has something to prove and silence all those that think otherwise as it pertains to his status as a lyricist.
“It's been like things have been going on in the world for me where it's like, ‘Yo, I gotta go out there and show that I'm really, really nicer than all of them.”
Although the upcoming mixtape this weekend is untitled, the rapper will be going in over industry beats from other rappers. Look at what he did with Travis Porter's “Turnt Up” and Timbaland's “Say Something.”
Overall, the journey is to have his name etched in stone with the greatest. His last two albums have been evident of his domination, but it still feels as though he might have to beat that fact into some brains.
“If it takes three more albums to do that, then so be it. That's what I got left with Atlantic, three more after Lasers. I'm already done with two. The mixtape is coming Thanksgiving. Then there will be another mixtape after that, then another album after that. It's really just to get that status and lock it in.”
When it's all said and done and the smoke clears, Lupe added that he wants to be known as the rapper that was able to achieve the success that most other mainstream artists have done, but will do it a little different.
“Look at this positive dude underdog. The positive one who came and murdered these dudes. He's there and he's good. It is what is is.”
“Dumb It Down” was an indicator that Fiasco is unwilling to sacrifice his artistic integrity in order to achieve success. An artist's potential is hard to hide when their shine is so bright. Greatness is apparent whether people are able to accept it or not.