Lupe Fiasco’s third studio effort, Lasers, is arguably (read: actually) his worst release in any capacity.
It is also his most successful which makes for a nuanced situation in conversations about pop music not always being the best music to possibly come out of an artist’s repertoire.
At any rate, Lupe was recently inspired by the Atari 2600 landfill struggle and got the bright idea to “unmake” Lasers.
Allow him to explain as only he can.
My 3rd musically related thing I want to accomplish this year is not to make another album but to do something waaaay stupider…I want to unmake an album. I watched the ATARI E.T. documentary and got inspired. So here’s my idea. For all you people who really hated my 3rd album LASERS for whatever reason in the universe I want you to send it back to me so I can destroy it with an actual Laser. You not getting any money back or an apology or anything like that. The fact still remains that a lot of people really loved LASERS (Me Included) despite the popular myth that it’s one of the worst rap albums ever but sometimes the myth can be stronger than the truth. So yeah….if you have a physical copy of LASERS that you absolutely hate and wish for it to be rendered non-existent then you can send it back to me and I’ll have it destroyed with an actual giant laser and send it into next world in spectacular grand fashion and we can all get on with life nice and happy like it never happened. No hard feelings. If your down hit me up in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TheReturnOfLasers and if we get enough #LaserHaters willing to have their physical copy destroyed then will do it on New Year’s Day 2016!!! To you #LaserLovers out there with physical copies just sit back and enjoy the craziness that’s about to happen lol… This is a #WellBoggleMeGiblets© production
Released in March of 2011 after an year-long petition from fans to Atlantic Records, Lasers would go on to achieve double platinum status thanks to charting singles such as “Words I Never Said,” “The Show Goes On” and “Out of My Head.” It also was criticized by diehard fans and writers alike for its adaptation of a more commercial theme, especially when the Chicago MC had achieved modest success for being the anti-radio rapper.
It will be interesting to see how many of the two million shipped copies of the album Lupe actually gets.
He also recently released a surprise mixtape in Pharoah Height, which sounds absolutely nothing like Lasers.
Photos: WENN, Instagram/Lupe Fiasco