Lupe Fiasco has had issues with Atlantic Records over the last few years putting his career in a situation that mirrors his actual stage name. In order for Lasers to hit stores, Lupe had to get his fans to speak up and he also made some modifications to his music using songs that the label strongly suggested. One of those suggestions was “The Show Goes On,” which also had to be the LP's first single in order for Lasers to be released. The Chicago emcee recently spoke with Complex Magazine to spill about his thoughts on his third studio album.
"I listen to [Lasers] and I'll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record--which is something I can't separate--I hate this album."Lupe feels he made a strong body of work, but he mentions the ordeals he went through as far as industry politics that drained him during the process.
"I know the sneaky business deal that went down behind this song, or the artist or singer or songwriter who wrote this hook and didn't want to give me this song in the first place. So when I have that kind of knowledge behind it, I'm just kind of neutral to it like, 'Another day, another dollar.'"
He told them that his second album, The Cool took all of his own blood, sweat and tears, while this one has left him feeling somewhat neutral. Fiasco knows that it's all about the fans that helped this album finally get heard as he remarked,
"For me, it's the fans and for them to get a victory and for us to get a release date. That's all we really wanted the whole time."Lupe knows that the compromise with Atlantic does not solve the issue with them but he is fortunate to have his music reaching the people.
"And then there are records you literally had nothing to do with. That was a part of the compromise. Compromise doesn't mean everybody is going to be happy, it's just we're going to do the best thing we can. The best thing for both parties is for this album to come out," said Fiasco.Is he wrong for airing out his problems with his own music?