Days after an announcement was made that Lupe Fiasco fans would hold a rally outside of Atlantic Records next month, the protest’s organizer has come forward to break down the event.
According to protestor “SeanTheRobot,” the ultimate goal is to pressure Atlantic into releasing Lupe’s long-awaited Lasers album.
“We’ve been waiting so long for this album, and Atlantic Records has been holding it back for such a long time without releasing any info about it, that now it’s just time to do something and to go out on the streets and to protest,” Sean said in an interview. “Everyone can sit behind a PC and sign an online petition…That’s probably not really impressing anyone at the label; but having people going out on the streets, protesting for something they believe in, that’s a much bigger statement.” (XXL Mag)
He also said fans were willing to travel via plane in support of Lupe’s delayed LP.
“The goal is to put more pressure on the people at Atlantic who are responsible for the release of the album,” said Sean, explaining that the idea picked up steam on the Lupe section of the Kanye West fan site kanyelive.com. “We want them to see that there are a lot of people who stand behind Lupe and who are willing to go a long way for him and for the things he stands for,” he added. “I’ve heard of people who are gonna fly to New York or make a road trip to be there on October 15, that just shows you how dedicated his fans are. And Atlantic will see that, too. They can’t just ignore that and move on if there’s a bit of humanity left in their corporate bodies. Of course, the ultimate goal is to get Lasers released ASAP.” (XXL Mag)
Earlier this week, the announcement was made on a Lupe Fiasco fan site.
2 months ago the WeWantLasers Petition was started and over 28k people signed it so far but the only reaction we got fromAtlantic Records was a tweet saying “Lasers is coming” and that’s not enough! If you think the petition would be the only thing we’d be doing to get this album released – you’re wrong! On October 15th, Lupe Fiasco fans will gather in New York City to protest in front of the Atlantic Records Headquarters! So if you’re in New York or close – be there! Wear the Lasers Uniform and bring picket signs! – If you have friends in New York – tell them about it! And for all people who aren’t able to be there, spread the word online! (Twitter / Facebook, Blogs etc.) or if there’s an Atlantic Records building in your city, you can go there, too. (LupeE.N.D. Blog)
Recently, Lupe explained what actions he has taken since Lasers keeps getting delayed.
“It’s like Lasers, that’s one album that got disrupted in the business process. It’s a great album, but that album may not come out. But here’s Food and Liquor II. So what’s going to make you happy? What’s truly going to make the people happy? I’m giving you another album. I’m already past it. I’m not sitting around, ‘Oh man, I want Lasers. Why don’t they put out my songs?’ Crying. For what? You go in and put out another record. And that’s what I did.” (Complex)
Check out some past Lupe Fiasco footage down below: