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Lupe Fiasco Reveals Record Label Frustrations, Retirement Plans

Lupe Fiasco also details Ab-Soul collaborations, hatred towards Twitter.

Lupe Fiasco says he has a drive to release music for a very specific reason.

"[I want to] just get this out before the Fall, so I can put out the next one so I can be done with this company,” Lupe Fiasco says in an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106’s Rikki Martinez. "That’s what we’re in right now. We’re just trying to get albums out just to get off the label.”

Fiasco says his frustrations have also driven him to thoughts about ending his career as a rapper.

"Personally, for me, I’d rather just be done,” he says. "I’d rather walk into the sunset and be up out of here. Unfortunately, my record label keeps me in a position and the greater drive is to get off my label so I can get out these contracts as opposed to retiring under these contracts and being with these people. That’s the greater drive to get it out. It’s not even about, ‘Let me please the fans.’"

Fiasco says releasing music through Atlantic Records takes time.

"You’ve gotta wait nine months between release dates and you gotta worry about the extra nonsense they put you through," he says. "That wears you down. But you fight through it.”

Despite being impacted by these circumstances, Fiasco says he understands the flip side.

"It has benefits at the same time, too,” he says. “But you always get faced with these, ‘Is it worth it?’ type situations. Some days it is. Some days, it’s not. Tomorrow will be a different day, but yeah, I’m almost done.”

Lupe says he may embark on other ventures following his career in Rap, including work in film scoring.

"If the opportunity presents itself, you know, to go beyond than just doing music for a soundtrack, but scoring is whole other kind of piece,” he says. "We got offered a piece to do for a little Indie film, but it's somthing that has to be something that's really well planned out, well thought out. And sometimes you just don't have the time it takes to be immersed in a project and put music to it to that degree and pulling in all the assets that you need to pull it off properly.”

Lupe Fiasco On Ab-Soul: "We Did A Bunch Of Records" 

As he continues to make music, some of that will include collaborations with Ab-Soul, he says.

"Soul is the homie," Lupe explains. "I try to not look at it as a protege-mentor piece. It’s more like an equal piece. I actually try to put him ahead of me as far as in the caliber of how you look at people. I always tell Soul, ‘Don’t be me. Be bigger than me.’ I think he’s accomplished that in a few different ways. But Soul’s the homie…We did a bunch of records together, too. We might do some more." 

In June, Ab-Soul has called himself "Lupe Fiasco on drugs" in a "Showoff Freestyle."

"It’s just a little inception to get your thoughts processing on the way to the club," Soul raps on the track. "I figured it out, I’m Lupe Fiasco on drugs / No religious preference, just bundles of love." 

Recently, Lupe Fiasco spoke about Ab-Soul and the TDE family

“Listen, Kendrick is ill," Fiasco said recently. "He's super ill. To me, the whole TDE team is the illest team. They're the illest team that I've seen in maybe five years. Ab-Soul's on the album. That's my homie...I'm trying to work with SZA right now...I love the creative collective they got. As an emcee, I wish I had that." 

Fiasco and Soul have collaborated on tracks, including "Thorns & Horns." 

Lupe Fiasco: “The Internet Made Me Dumb"

Beyond his frustrations with his label situation, Fiasco also says he is not pleased with the Internet during his interview with Power 106.

"I think the Internet made me dumb," he says. "Everything went away. I was just so focused on this stupid-ass machine. I always said that. When I got my first laptop, my first Apple, I was like, ‘Yo, this shit is making me dumb.’ And it becomes addicting to a certain degree. I’ve always had a hate-hate relationship with the Internet and technology.”

Fiasco adds that he wants to quit Twitter, also.

"I don’t think it’s good for me,” he says. "I’d rather not have it."

Fiasco, who claims to not know how to use Facebook, says he wishes he could quit Twitter, but that the company won't allow him to leave the network. 

"I wish I didn't have it," he says. "I tried to delete it multiple times and they won't let me. Twitter won't even let me delete it. Nah, I tried to delete it. Twitter, period, the whole account and Twitter has it where they won't let me delete it. They make money off of it now. They won't let me delete it. They won't even let me turn it off."

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07/04/2014 12:15AM
Lupe Fiasco Reveals Record Label Frustrations, Retirement Plans
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