News: Lupe Fiasco Looking To Earn Top Rap Spot, "If It Takes 3 More Albums To Do It, Then So Be It"

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 11:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco recently revealed his intent to earn a spot amongst the rap elite even if it means dropping another three albums on Atlantic Records.

According to Lupe, he is unsatisified with the recognition he has received as of late and wants to gain the public's utmost respect for his emcee skills.

"The last six months, it's been like, 'I gotta really, really go out there and show that I'm nicer than all of them,' " Lupe explained in an interview. "It's like, 'All right, so be it. If it takes three more albums to do it, then so be it.' That's what I got left with Atlantic. Three more after Lasers. I'm already done with two. The mixtape is coming Thanksgiving. It'll be another mixtape after that and an album after that. It's really to get that status and lock it in and [and have people] be like, 'Look at this positive dude, the underdog. The positive one who came and murdered all these dudes. And he's there, and he's good.' I'm finnin' to house every single mode and arena I can get into. If y'all had somewhere where it's live performances, I'm finnin to have the best live performances. If it's mixtapes, I'm finnin' to have the best mixtapes. If it's albums again, it's gonna be the best verse. If it's the best dressed, I'm going hard as well." (MTV)

After being denied a spot on MTV's "Hottest In The Game" 2009 list, Lupe declared his new rap motivation during a concert last month.

"Now a few days ago, well, over the past three, four weeks, [MTV] put this list out on MTV," Lupe told a crowd of fans. "And it was the top ten emcees. It makes sense 'cause it's the top ten emcees for like 'right now.' Which is cool, makes sense, n*ggas be hot. But I knew I wasn't gonna make it because I haven't done sh*t in years or some sh*t like that. I was like 'Okay, well f*ck it then.' You thinking like two straight solid years where I need to be one, two, three, four and five on that motherf*cker. So, I decided to put in the work. I was like 'You know what? I'm finna just work every day, four songs a day or some sh*t.' And then we'll see next year, who'll be number one on that list. So I did this sh*t the other day." (YouTube)

He also delivered up a song called "Fire" which addressed MTV.

Chicago's leader of the new school, Lupe Fiasco addresses MTV's Hottest MC list with the Jimi Hendrix sampled "Fire". It's good to hear Lupe back on it, I was starting to think he was gonna let Kid Cudi and Wale take his spot, Lasers still on the way. Lupe clarify's sorta "Not a diss of the list...knew I wasn't gonna make it ha!...but I'm using the fact that I wasn't on it as an excuse to just start wrecking sh*t on a frequent basis so by the time the next one comes out I'll be number 1,2,3,4 and 5..." (Sound Verite)

Lupe is most known for entering the rap game around 2006 with close ties to Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Thanks in part to the vocal support of Jay-Z, L.A. Reid signed Fiasco as a solo artist to Arista, but before anything of significance was able to happen (only a promo single and a couple guest appearances were set up), Reid was fired, leaving the MC without a label. Fiasco eventually landed at Atlantic. Preceded by the single "Kick, Push," as well as several mixtapes and an appearance on Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the album Food & Liquor was set to surface during early 2006, though an unfinished version leaked during the spring, pushing its official release back to September instead. The album earned Fiasco three Grammy nominations. A highly conceptualized follow-up, The Cool, was released in December 2007. (All Music)

A confirmed release date for We Are Lasers has not yet been announced.

Check out Lupe Fiasco speaking on MTV's "Hot" list below:

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