Lupe Fiasco hates his new album
Generally, when an artist is promoting a new record, they spend a lot of time crowing about how it's the best thing they've ever done. Not so with Lupe Fiasco, who is currently doing press for his next album, "Lasers."
"I hate 'Lasers,'" he tells the Guardian. "I don't hate the music, but I hate the process. When I look at it, I don't see song titles and artwork, I see the fight - I see the emotions, the blood, sweat and tears. There are a couple of songs on there that I love; but Lasers is a little bit of what you love, a little bit of what you like, and a lot of what you had to do."
What he's referring to is the fight with Atlantic Records, his label, which initially refused to release the record. Fiasco rallied his fans using social media and ultimately delivered a petition with 30,000 signatures to the New York offices.
It's been a rough road for Fiasco. He recorded a song called "Nothing on You" last year, and the label hated it. They scrapped his verses and increased his friend B.o.B's role on the track, and ultimately, it became a worldwide smash hit... without Fiasco's involvement.
It did a number on Fiasco's psyche. "That was the tipping point," he says. "It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it. It was mentally destructive. I say it with a certain laissez-faire now because I'm past it, but back then, hearin' that sh**, it f***ed me up. I was super-depressed, lightly suicidal, at moments medium suicidal - and if not suicidal, willing to just walk away from it all completely."
One thing Fiasco is very proud of is the song "Words I Never Said," which appears on the album. He says it's his best work. "I'm glad we got it on the album," he says, "because this is what Lasers is about. This is the voice of the album. There's a groovy beat and you can repeat the hook, but there's something deeper in the song than that - which is what I do best. That's my Louis Vuitton trunk - I do that the best. I don't know how to make shoes, I don't know how to make jackets, but I can damn sure make these trunks! You know? I can damn sure make these socially impactful records."