Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco is still eyeing down a retirement from the music industry in the near future, however, he has clarified how far removed he will make himself.
According to Fiasco, he wants to pull away from dropping retail-ready albums but still make music for his own self-pleasure.
“Contractually, I still have to do another record if the label picks it up,” Fiasco said in an interview. “But even after this part one and part two [of Food & Liquor 2] I’m basically kind of done, because that album is even almost finished. I won’t make music for commercial purposes after that. It’ll more just be kind of artistic and developing my other music projects — I don’t even know if Lupe Fiasco is gonna exist after Skulls, I might even just do a name change or something like that — if I feel like making a rap album, then I’ll make it.” (Music Feeds TV)
Earlier this month, Fiasco broke the news of a disinterest in continuing his extensive rap career.
“This album will probably be my last…its been a pleasure to have all my fans provide so much love an inspiration for me and my family,” he tweeted September 5th.
“but my heart is broken and i see no comfort further along this path only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this…”
“My first true love was literature so i will return to that…lupe fiasco ends here…” “…”
“To @ThelupENDblog and Sean the robot…Thank u brother A gift…Unfinshed…but still fitting #ATpt2″
“peace and much love 2 ya!….” (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
Last month, Fiasco dug deep into his reasoning behind considering an early retirement.
“It’s not too much of a drastic, revolutionary thing. It’s the end of one thing, stepping into another capacity now. Music business is a very taxing thing, I’ve done it for a long time. I’ve been doing it for like 12, 13 years, in various capacities. Major labels, almost every major label. And it’s just time to do something else. I don’t really look at it as being that crazy of an idea. I don’t really look at it like that. As soon as this contract is up, I’m going to step more into an independent space and have the freedom to do whatever we want.” (Hard Knock TV)
He also hinted at getting offered a potential teaching position.
“Yeah, I got an offer, it’s in the works,” Lupe said when asked about the possibility of teaching in the future. “But it’s not solid yet. It’s something that kind of just came up — very serious, but just kind of like, ‘Okay — go back to the drawing board, figure out what you want me to do, exactly, put a plan together and then let’s go back to the table. So that’s what’s happening right now. If it all comes into fruition, I think it’s something I’ll definitely be doing.” (Hard Knock TV)
Check out Lupe Fiasco’s interview below: