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iPatty
Mar 10th, 2011, 05:25 PM
Two singles released so far.

Show Goes On:
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Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey):
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Album is amazing on the first play through. Anybody else listened/enjoying?

Uranium
Mar 10th, 2011, 05:28 PM
I've been listening to words I never said for like a month. So good.

The Witch-king
Mar 10th, 2011, 05:36 PM
Lupe Fiasco hates his new album
http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2011/03/lupe-fiasco-hates-his-new-album-discusses-suicidal-thoughts.html

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."

The Witch-king
Mar 10th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Lupe hates it but I absolutely love the album so far :sobbing:

doni1212
Mar 10th, 2011, 06:12 PM
I love "Show Goes On" even though Lupe irks me.

Stamp Paid
Mar 10th, 2011, 10:33 PM
Its ok, not as good as The Cool.
But any Lupe is better than no Lupe. All Black Everything is my fave track on there.

iPatty
Mar 10th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Lupe hates it but I absolutely love the album so far :sobbing:

This basically.

I like it as an album better than The Cool but I feel like there aren't as many outstanding, notable songs.

I Don't Wanna Care Right Now is probably my favorite, I think MDMA is a really nice addition.

ampers&
Mar 10th, 2011, 11:42 PM
Listened to it a couple of times and not really impressed. Previous albums and mixtapes better. Maybe it'll grow on me but something about it feels off.

hellas719
Mar 11th, 2011, 05:20 AM
If you are what you say you are, a superstar :p
I heard that song on the radio the other day for the first time in 3 years :lol:

The Witch-king
Mar 11th, 2011, 07:17 AM
I love "Show Goes On" even though Lupe irks me.

I used to find him kind of overrated.
This basically.

I like it as an album better than The Cool but I feel like there aren't as many outstanding, notable songs.

I Don't Wanna Care Right Now is probably my favorite, I think MDMA is a really nice addition.
I love that song! It's so pop though (which is probably why I like it).

Tell em what it do, yell it from the bottom, yell it from the roof boy
Tell em what it do, holla from the bottom, yell it from the roof boy
:bounce:

If you are what you say you are, a superstar :p
I heard that song on the radio the other day for the first time in 3 years :lol:

I hated that song. The guy who does the hook is awful!

iPatty
Mar 11th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Listened to it a couple of times and not really impressed. Previous albums and mixtapes better. Maybe it'll grow on me but something about it feels off.

Definitely seems to have a lot more pop elements mixed in, although Lupe has always sounded a bit different from typical rappers. I like the sound of the album but I can see how something could feel off.

ampers&
Mar 13th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Definitely seems to have a lot more pop elements mixed in, although Lupe has always sounded a bit different from typical rappers. I like the sound of the album but I can see how something could feel off.
That's what I think it is...it's far too poppy for my taste. He has always been different from "typical" rappers because he's a "conscious" hip hop artist. He still is with his new album, only the production value feels cheapened to me. Not as gritty as I would like it it be.

The Witch-king
Mar 14th, 2011, 03:38 PM
All Black Everything and I'm Beaming are very deep songs IMO.

volta
Mar 14th, 2011, 04:03 PM
hhmmm , not really feeling the new album. I like a few songs here and there but it's far from his previous ones. As it was pointed out by others it's more "popier" then the others and it kinda feels like he is not feeling it either

you can tell that Atlantic got their way with this. He'd be better on a independent label (don't know why Roc-A-Fella doesn't want to sign him)

Words I Never Said though is my ish

The Witch-king
Mar 14th, 2011, 08:30 PM
hhmmm , not really feeling the new album. I like a few songs here and there but it's far from his previous ones. As it was pointed out by others it's more "popier" then the others and it kinda feels like he is not feeling it either

you can tell that Atlantic got their way with this. He'd be better on a independent label (don't know why Roc-A-Fella doesn't want to sign him)

Words I Never Said though is my ish

Did you read the article i posted? He said some of the songs were just given to him, he didn't even meet some of the collaborators (John Legend for instance) or the producers. He just posted the vocals.

volta
Mar 14th, 2011, 08:52 PM
Did you read the article i posted? He said some of the songs were just given to him, he didn't even meet some of the collaborators (John Legend for instance) or the producers. He just posted the vocals.

OMG i missed that post :haha: i passed through it without seeing it :o:help:

WTF , it's time to freaking LEAVE. Seriously , just go independent

The Witch-king
Mar 14th, 2011, 09:14 PM
^ some of the songs on this album have real hit-potential though.

volta
Mar 14th, 2011, 09:44 PM
^ some of the songs on this album have real hit-potential though.

They are not going to push the album and Lupe probably doesn't care about it enough to fight for a proper promotion. I don't see this album or singles move that much units cuz it seems like both parts want different things.

All this drama reminds me of the Kelly Clarkson drama with My December , the difference being Clive telling her straight away that he would let her release My December without the label investing anything on it and that she'd have to do a commercial album next . It worked

Atlantic though just doesn't care , they want Lupe to do whatever they want and expect him to stfu :(
They want Lupe to be Rihanna

The Witch-king
Mar 14th, 2011, 10:04 PM
They are not going to push the album and Lupe probably doesn't care about it enough to fight for a proper promotion. I don't see this album or singles move that much units cuz it seems like both parts want different things.

All this drama reminds me of the Kelly Clarkson drama with My December , the difference being Clive telling her straight away that he would let her release My December without the label investing anything on it and that she'd have to do a commercial album next . It worked

Atlantic though just doesn't care , they want Lupe to do whatever they want and expect him to stfu :(
They want Lupe to be Rihanna

They don't wanna care right now. :sport:

I don't really understand all this label drama TBH. But it's a shame if he can't get a hit out of this album. It's so ridiculously commercial.

I also think he's way better than B.o.B. and his version of Nothin' On You is miles less annoying than the final one.

The Witch-king
Mar 14th, 2011, 10:06 PM
Oh and I don't follow Billboard so I don't know these things but could you tell me what his first week sales were? That info has been released by now right? :confused: :tape:

Stamp Paid
Mar 14th, 2011, 11:11 PM
They are not going to push the album and Lupe probably doesn't care about it enough to fight for a proper promotion. I don't see this album or singles move that much units cuz it seems like both parts want different things.

All this drama reminds me of the Kelly Clarkson drama with My December , the difference being Clive telling her straight away that he would let her release My December without the label investing anything on it and that she'd have to do a commercial album next . It worked

Atlantic though just doesn't care , they want Lupe to do whatever they want and expect him to stfu :(
They want Lupe to be Rihanna
:lol::lol::lol:

The Witch-king
Mar 15th, 2011, 10:33 PM
thanks for answering my questions volta

harloo
Mar 15th, 2011, 11:17 PM
Oh and I don't follow Billboard so I don't know these things but could you tell me what his first week sales were? That info has been released by now right? :confused: :tape:

It's projected to come in at #1 selling 220-240K which is Lupe's highest debut ever. Personally I thought The Cool was his best album and his second one was decent also. I know where the label was trying to go with this and although the album is still worth a purchase I wish they could have found a happy medium somewhere.

A lot of these tracks sound extremely popish, but I like pop so it's not a big deal. It seems like Lupe had to water it down a bit for the masses. After the #1 song on billboard and his first week success the label is going to be on his ass even more now. I think he has three more albums to complete for Atlantic. YIKES.

volta
Mar 15th, 2011, 11:47 PM
They don't wanna care right now. :sport:

I don't really understand all this label drama TBH. But it's a shame if he can't get a hit out of this album. It's so ridiculously commercial.

I also think he's way better than B.o.B. and his version of Nothin' On You is miles less annoying than the final one.
But i bet that they aren't willing to let him go either

It all comes down to promotion . If his label wants to play dirty they wont promote it that much BUT if they feel like using this as an example and throw it on his face then there will be promotion

B.O.B is ok i guess, i don't pay alot of attention to him

Oh and I don't follow Billboard so I don't know these things but could you tell me what his first week sales were? That info has been released by now right? :confused: :tape:

thanks for answering my questions volta
oh sorry x_x i didn't see the thread .

http://thehiphopupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/lupesales.bmp

I usually don't pay attention to first week sales as fans are the ones rushing to get the album during that time but he did quite well 200k :eek:

doni1212
Mar 16th, 2011, 12:25 AM
How did he do that well without a lot of promotion?

iPatty
Mar 18th, 2011, 01:05 AM
As expected, debuts at #1. :yeah:

Stamp Paid
Mar 18th, 2011, 01:29 AM
How did he do that well without a lot of promotion?Large, supportive fanbase that had been missing him for a long time. I know I had it preordered for a long time :lol:

Uranium
Jun 4th, 2011, 08:56 PM
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:worship: Love the video. The fight scene:lol: Still loving the song:lol:

volta
Jun 6th, 2011, 11:08 AM
^ love it :hearts: my fav from the album

The Witch-king
Jun 6th, 2011, 11:18 AM
But i bet that they aren't willing to let him go either

It all comes down to promotion . If his label wants to play dirty they wont promote it that much BUT if they feel like using this as an example and throw it on his face then there will be promotion

B.O.B is ok i guess, i don't pay alot of attention to him




oh sorry x_x i didn't see the thread .

http://thehiphopupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/lupesales.bmp

I usually don't pay attention to first week sales as fans are the ones rushing to get the album during that time but he did quite well 200k :eek:
Where does one get those stats (in the image)

volta
Jun 6th, 2011, 11:12 PM
Where does one get those stats (in the image)

i get mine from hitsdailydouble

The Witch-king
Jun 9th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Lupe said Obama is the biggest terrorist.
Posted: June 8, 2011 - 6:10 PM

http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/lupefiasco-image-300x169.jpg

While speaking about his politically-charged single, “Words I Never Said,” off his latest album Lasers during a recent interview with CBS News, Lupe Fiasco openly criticized President Obama, calling him the “biggest terrorist.”

“I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s causing the other forms of terrorism,” the Chicago-born artist said about the single’s politically-charged lyrics. “The root cause of the terrorism is the stuff that you as a government allow to happen and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.”

The track, which features hook-phenom Skylar Grey, addresses the ongoing war on terrorism and its effects on American youth. “Gaza Strip was gettin’ bombed/Obama didn’t say shit/That’s why I ain’t vote for ’em/Next one either, I’m a part of the problem/The problem is I’m peaceful…” Fiasco raps.

The outspoken and socially-conscious MC also made it clear that he doesn’t vote because he thinks it “meaningless.” And when questioned about what he thinks if no one voted he responded, “Who knows. Let’s try it out.” —Amber McKynzie

http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2011/06/lupe-fiasco-says-obama-is-the-biggest-terrorist/