In a very in-depth and personal interview with The Chicago Sun-Times, [twitter=LupeFiasco]Lupe Fiasco[/twitter] addresses his situation with Atlantic Records, his Gold single “The Show Goes On,” the process of writing the Lasers album, contemplating suicide, The Great American Rap Album, and more.
Lupe on “The Show Goes On”:
“I was specifically told” — Fiasco chuckled — “‘Don’t rap too deep on this record.’” He laughed some more. “That was a specific order from the top. ‘You’re rapping too fast or too slow, or it’s too complex.’ … There are consequences and combat that comes from that process and the eventual compromise. With me, though, I’m not writing about someone else. I’m writing about me. This is my life. It’s very personal for me. So for somebody to kind of put their fingers in that and play with that, it becomes more damaging.”
The process of writing Lasers:
The process of finishing “Lasers” he described with words one hates to hear from a creative artist. He “hunkered down” and “got through it.” He “went along,” he “acquiesced.” He “found some emotional distance from the music.” He “lost those aspirations.”
Lupe on being a hostage at Atlantic:
“I am a hostage,” Fiasco said. “I gave them what they wanted. If I didn’t, at the end of the day the album wasn’t coming out.”
Lupe speaks on the Great American Rap Album:
“The Great American Rap Album” was recorded simultaneously with “Lasers.” It’s a “different sound” and should be released by the end of this year, he said. After that, maybe a greatest hits.
Head over the The Chicago Sun Times for the full interview.