Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco‘s Lasers album has only been in stores for 72 hours and yet plans are already in motion for the project’s follow-up.
According to Fiasco, he is not aiming to make radio-geared records this time around.
“There’s no attempt to get on the radio, except maybe once, thus far, it’s still a work in progress,” Fiasco promised in an interview. “It’s a harder album — the beats are way harder. It’s not about being progressive. It’s not about making music, which is weird [to say]. It’s ‘let’s make some really hard-a** songs.'” (MTV)
Fiasco’s third solo album is currently en route to debut atop the sales chart next week.
It’s Lupe Fiasco time. The Chicago-born rapper–real name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco–arrives with his third Atlantic Records studio album, Lasers, which will debut at #1 next week with between 220-240k in sales, the second biggest of the year next to Adele and the best start of his career. Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, his Grammy-winning 2006 debut, bowed at #8 with 81k sold, and went on to sell 350k. His second album, the multi-Grammy-nominated Lupe Fiasco’s Cool, debuted at #15 in Dec., 2007, selling 143k, going on to a total of more than 500k. Ice H20/EMI rapper Raekwon’s Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang is looking at between 40-45k in first-week sales. (Hits Daily Double)
The high projection comes just days after Lupe claimed Atlantic requested specific demands for the album’s material.
“I was specifically told” — Fiasco chuckled — “‘Don’t rap too deep on this record.'” He laughed some more. “That was a specific order from the top. ‘You’re rapping too fast or too slow, or it’s too complex.’ … There are consequences and combat that comes from that process and the eventual compromise. With me, though, I’m not writing about someone else. I’m writing about me. This is my life. It’s very personal for me. So for somebody to kind of put their fingers in that and play with that, it becomes more damaging.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Outside of solo projects, the rapper recently updated fans on a trio album alongside Kanye West and Pharrell Williams as supergroup Child Rebel Soldier.
“Honestly I don’t know, it’s all scheduling,” Lupe explained in an interview. “We’re all three independent artists, all working. It’s not like we’re dormant, we’re all working, so it’s about finding that moment where we can all get together and sit down, and come up with the songs and the ideas. We just haven’t had the opportunity to do that as of late, enough to put an album, a serious album together, and even if we get to that point, the business of the album coming out is ridiculous because it’s three separate labels, three separate interests and that’s going to be a paperwork nightmare. So there’s elements to it – big hurdles that need to be jumped before we can proceed with it properly and give people what they want, which is an album.” (Gigwise)
Check out some recent Lupe Fiasco footage down below: