By William E. Ketchum III
In an interview with The Boombox, Lupe Fiasco says that his next album isn’t completed yet because he’s waiting on Atlantic Records. "The 'Lupe [Fiasco's Food & Liquor II]' album is [coming out] hopefully. It's not on me," he said. "It's not done yet. I'm waiting on my record company, ain't nothing changed. Same business, it's on them." Earlier this year, Lupe stated in interviews that half of Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album was complete, and that his label didn’t plan to interfere with the content. But according to this interview, history may repeat itself.
Lupe said he was pushed to the brink of suicide during his 2009 feud with Atlantic Records, when the label reportedly refused to schedule a release date for Lasers with fear that it lacked commercial singles. After a fan petition garnered over 16,000 signatures, the album was given a release date. Still, as the release approached, Lupe said he didn’t stand by the songs, and accused Atlantic of forcing him to record songs he didn’t want to make.
When the disc debuted at #1 in its first week, Lupe all but retracted his previous statements.
“Apologize for dumbing it, but look what has become of it, “All Black Everything” some old white southern woman humming it,” Lup tweeted. “Took Gaza Strip’s Politics and put them number one and shit, took the myth that conscious don’t equal commercial and mothaf--kin pummeled it!”