Lupe Fiasco was down under recently and spoke to Richie Hardcore of Auckland, New Zealand’s 95bFM. The Chicago emcee said he welcomes the contradiction—real or perceived—of working with an artist like Snoop Dogg on their song “Hi-Definition” from Lupe’s last album.
“There’s definitely a hypocrisy to the situation,” Lupe explained. “But there’s also the human duality—we’re walking contradictions. I’ll critique the world Snoop Dogg paints with his Snoop Dogg brush. But, I’ll know the song that he used to paint that world by heart, and I’ll dance to it when it comes on. And I actually like Snoop Dogg—as a person, as a rapper, as a businessman and an individual. I love Snoop.”
Lupe added that his upcoming track, “Words I Never Said,” has an angry tone to it, and when combined with some of the more melodic singles. According to Lupe, he and his A&R fought hard to make sure the song was included on Lasers because it gave the album a voice. “Words I Never Said” will premiere on February 1st.
Also, after the supporters organized “Fiasco Friday” last October 15, to protest the rapper’s delayed Lasers album release outside of Atlantic Records. The grassroots campaign drew not only crowds, but it attracted publicity, and Lupe himself, along with Warner Music Group North American Chairman Lyor Cohen.
Now, with Lasers now on the books for a March 8, 2011 release, Lupe Fiasco’s fans have organized another grassroots gathering. Dubbed “Fiasco Friday II,” fans are asking each other to unite at New York City’s Union Square on the release date to purchase the emcee’s third album. Three other cities, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles will have similar organized events.