News: Lupe Fiasco Beams "Lasers" To Atlantic Records, "I'm Turning It Into The Label Today"

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 5:40PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco said his long-awaited Lasers album was turned in to Atlantic Records for review today.

Speaking on DJ Green Lantern's radio show last night (January 25), Lupe also said he hoped the project would come out before the summertime.

"I'm actually going in to turn [Lasers] into the label in the morning," Lupe told a caller. "I was actually supposed to turn it in tonight. I'm just keeping it crispy with the fans...I'm turning it into the label tomorrow, they gonna go through they process, see what they need to do and pick whatever single they want to do and I'm hoping before the summer, you know. That's just what it is. Stay tuned, stay tuned." (Team Invasion)

Last November, Lupe said he had four more albums left for his Atlantic Records contract.

"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 fall.

"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 recently gave some insight on rappers coming into the music industry.

"Stay independent, if you can finance yourself, you put in that work ethic and do it on your own, I definitely think you should try that route," Lupe explained in an interview. "[At least] before you go into the professional kind of realm. But each one has its pros and cons. Sometimes it comes down to finance. You can't say that to a broke n*gga. Somebody flashing 50, 60 thousand dollars -- that means a lot, especially these days...You gotta do what's best for you but I definitely think that if you can muster it up and you got your focus and work ethic at least, you can pull something on your own." (All Hip Hop)

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