“There’s no attempt to get on the radio, except maybe once, thus far, it’s still a work in progress. 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-ass songs.'”
-Rapper and cultural lightning rod Lupe Fiasco, who just released his third album L.A.S.E.R.S. after a long series of delays. Fiasco began talking about his third album right after the release of his second (that was The Cool, which came out at the end of 2007), but label woes kept the album on the shelf, and it took a heated fan campaign to finally get the thing released. And even now that it is finally in stores, Fiasco is less than happy with it. In interviews, he has been talking about his own lukewarm reaction to L.A.S.E.R.S. and noting that he is already working on putting the album behind him.
The new album even has a name: Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor 2, which revisits Fiasco’s landmark debut album Food & Liquor. But it’s not a sequel or a remake — just the return of a cool phrase. “It’s not an attempt to remake Food & Liquor,” Fiasco told MTV News’ Jayson Rodriguez during an interview. “It’s not any attempt to reshape it or reintroduce it. I just think Food & Liquor was a dope title and I wanted to use it again.”
Fiasco may not be the greatest supporter of L.A.S.E.R.S., but the public certainly feels differently, as the album is on pace to debut on top of the Billboard when the numbers are finally tabulated next week.