Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has completely let loose on the motivation behind hanging up the microphone for good. The rap veteran has explained his retirement in front of a live concert.
Footage has surfaced of Lupe telling fans about his decision to leave the rap game.
“Never really got along with rappers, always hated music executives. Always. It was always big pieces of sh*t to me, I hated it. What I learned is that the music business is a really sh*tty place to be. I actually quit nine years ago. I was done. I was done. Once I did the song, ‘Kick, Push,’ – why don’t y’all be quiet? – I did this song called ‘Kick, Push,’ – listen, you guys have done so much for me throughout my career. Nah, don’t clap. Y’all have done so much for me. You’ve allowed me to send my sisters to private school. I got to buy a coupe – it’s because of my fans.”
A few days ago, Fiasco announced he would shelve any new album releases.
Some media outlets speculate controversial lyrics may have contributed to the sudden announcement.
Lupe’s sudden declaration of retirement comes a day after he released a new song, “N.E.R.D.,” a freestyle over J. Cole’s “Everybody Dies.” The song was controversial due to one lyric that many perceived to be anti-Semitic: “Artist gettin’ robbed for their publishing / By dirty Jewish execs that think his alms from the covenant.” (HNHH)
In January, Lupe provided fans with an update on his The Cool 2 solo album.