Fiasco beams on his darkest project

By Jennifer Peters |Staff Writer|


Lupe Fiasco’s latest album, LASERS has listeners beaming after patiently waiting for the March 8 release.

Fiasco has been working hard writing and co-producing LASERS (an acronym for Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember to Smile) alongside The Neptunes and The Audibles to name a few.

There has been plenty of  hype surrounding this album for nearly two years. Many fans feared they would never hear another album from the rapper after he announced last year that he was retiring from hip-hop

Due to conflict with Atlantic Records, LASERS has been held back for over a year including a re-titling.

Fiasco stated that the making of the album was “a very painful, dark, f’d up process,” in an interview with MTV UK.

Fans, like student Bryan Wilson, were elated when the album released because of the struggle “I was one of those devoted fans that protested the record label and petitioned for the record to be released.”

When asked how he came up with the title Fiasco said in an interview on BET’s 106 & Park, “I thought ‘
LASERS ‘ would be a dope name for an album, so when I came up with it I just put it in my ‘think-tank’ and let it evolve.”

In an interview with Complex Magazine Fiasco said ,“I’m happy for the fans, this is their album. This is the album that they fought for and that’s what made me write these songs.”

In an interview with New York Magazine, Fiasco talked about the supports of the fans and how it motivated him to release this album.

“It was amazing, humbling, and inspiring, to the point where I went back in the studio and did more records … it made everything real, that your music is actually something that people want,” said Fiasco, “And it’s something that is successful, not in selling records, but the way it moves people and inspires them to do better for themselves.”

To promote his new album Fiasco has been making appearances on major television shows like BET’s 106 & Park, and Lopez Tonight. In 2010 He also released a viral video on the Internet titled “The L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto.”

The video encouraged the growth and prosperity of the nation. In the video Fiasco said “We will not lose because we are not losers, we are LASERS! LASERS are revolutionary. LASERS are the future.”

When asked how he felt about the album Fiasco said “One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I’ll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record — which is something I can’t separate — I hate this album,” said Fiasco in an interview with Complex Magazine.

This album is a mix of hip-hop and R&B with a political message that promotes growth and inspires movement.

It is definitely an album for all to go out, get and keep on repeat.


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